tandoori gobi | gobi tikka

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Tandoori gobi or gobi tikka recipe with step by step photos – tandoori recipes are favorite in Punjabi families. tandoori gobi is an excellent snack or starter recipe.

tandoori gobi recipe, gobi tikka

I don’t have a tandoor at home, but I can still cook tandoori dishes at home….. And make a great Tandoori gobi.

To marinate the gobi or cauliflower in this recipe, I have used cashew yogurt. The best part was that no one came to know that the tandoori gobi was made in cashew yogurt. You can use regular dairy curd also for marination.

For curry based gravies and for marination of dishes like tandoori gobi or Tandoori aloo or Mushroom tikka, I always use cashew yogurt. I have not yet tried making a Punjabi kadhi with cashew yogurt, so can’t say anything on this one. I know I have to post the making of a cashew yogurt, which I will do shortly.

If you are not a vegan, then make this tandoori gobi with yogurt/dahi. its a fool proof recipe and you will always thank me for this recipe.

This gobi tikka recipe is a spicy version, so if making for kids or folks who do not like spicy food, just cut down half of the red chili powder and garam masala. I have included both the measurements in the recipe details below.

How to make gobi tikka or tandoori gobi

1. We need to use thick yogurt or you have to strain the yogurt. You can use a cheesecloth/muslin and tie the yogurt in it and let the whey drain out from it. This may take 45 mins to 1 hour. Or use a fine mesh strainer like I have done. The first step would be to drain the yogurt.

curd for tandoori gobi recipe

2. Chop the cauliflower into medium or large florets and rinse well in water. make sure they are of uniform size.

gobi for tandoori gobi recipe

3. Boil water with salt. Add the florets and cook for 3-4 minutes. Keep them in the hot water for 7-8 minutes more.

making gobi tikka recipe

4. Later drain the cauliflower florets and keep aside.

gobi for gobi tikka recipe

5. Roast some gram flour/besan in a pan.

besan for gobi tikka recipe

6. Till it becomes golden brown and starts giving a nutty aroma.

preparing gobi tikka recipe

7. Lets make the marination now. take the hung or strained yogurt in a bowl and add all the dry spice powders and herbs.

making tandoori gobi recipe

8. Mix well and add oil along with the roasted gram flour/besan.

making tandoori gobi recipe

9. Stir the besan well so that no lumps are formed.

batter for tandoori gobi recipe

10. Add the cauliflower pieces in the marination and gently coat them with the marination.

gobi for tandoori gobi recipe

11. Cover and keep the bowl aside for 1 hour or more. You can also refrigerate the marination and keep it overnight in the fridge. after 1 hour, gently again mix the whole mixture.

batter for tandoori gobi recipe

Baking tandoori gobi

12. Pre heat an oven to 200 degrees C. On a grilling rack, place the marinated gobi. Keep a tray or plate below to avoid a messy kitchen surface.

baking - tandoori gobi recipe

13. Place the tray in the oven. I kept the large florets on the rack and the smaller ones on an aluminium foil covered tray below. Otherwise also, cover the bottom tray with aluminum foil or brown paper or butter paper so that juices or the marination do not fall on the tray.

baking - tandoori gobi recipe

14. Grill in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes till the cauliflower florets are cooked well and the edges start to become browned. After 10 or 15 minutes, remove the tray and turn over the florets. This is done for even grilling. You can also char them a little if you want. But don’t overcook as they become dry. Here are the grilled cauliflower florets. The cauliflower florets should be tender, juicy and well cooked.

tandoori gobi recipe, gobi tikka recipe

15: Serve tandoori gobi hot with some mint chutney usually served with tandoori snacks and onion-lemon slices. Sprinkle some chaat masala and black salt from above.

These tender, spiced and grilled cauliflower pairs excellently with some bread, buns and naan or tandoori roti. You can also have them plain or as a side dish.

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tandoori gobi recipe

tandoori gobi

4.59 from 12 votes
Tandoori gobi recipe is marinated and grilled cauliflower to perfection
Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs

Cuisine North Indian
Course: Appetizers, Snacks

Servings 4 servings


main ingredients

  • 1 medium size cauliflower head or gobi

for the marination

  • 2.25 to 2.5 cups milk yogurt (curd) or cashew yogurt
  • ½ tablespoon Ginger-Garlic Paste (adrak lahsun ka paste) or approx 1 inch ginger and 2-3 garlic crushed or ground in a mortar-pestle
  • ½ or 1 teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • ½ or 1 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder or tandoori masala
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (ground coriander)
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • ½ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon kasoori methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
  • 2 tablespoon besan - roasted (gram flour)
  • 1 or 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • black salt or rock salt as required


preparation for gobi tikka

  • Hung the curd in a cheese cloth and let the whey get drained.
  • Alternatively you could also use a fine mesh sieve to drain the curd
  • Let this whole process take about 45 minutes to 1 hour. You don't want too thick a curd. So 45 mins is fine.
  • Meanwhile, rinse and chop the cauliflower/gobi florets into medium or large size.
  • Try to keep them in one size as its helps in uniform grilling or baking.
  • Boil water with salt. Add the florets and simmer them for 3-4 minutes.
  • Switch off the fire and let the florets be in the hot water for 7-8 minutes
  • Drain the florets and keep aside. mix all the ingredients listed under marination.
  • Check the seasoning and add more if required. add the florets and mix well.
  • Marinate for an hour or two. Keep in the fridge if you want to marinate for a longer period of time.

baking tandoori gobi

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees c. on a grill rack, place the cauliflower florets.
  • You can also brush them with oil if required.
  • Grill or bake the cauliflower for 25-30 minutes or till they get cooked and the edges start to become browned. While grilling, after 10 or 15 minutes, remove the tray and turn over the florets
  • Once grilled, remove from the tray and arrange on serving platter or plate.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and sprinkle some chaat masala.
  • Serve gobi tikka with mint chutney along with sliced onion and lemon wedges.
  • You can also sprinkle some lemon juice on the tandoori gobi if you want.
  • Enjoy tandoori gobi with bread, buns or rotis or naan.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
tandoori gobi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 659mg29%
Potassium 317mg9%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 210IU4%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 174mg17%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Hi Dassana.
    I regularly follow your blog and make veg recipes in my kitchen. I am going to make this today. Do you turn the gobi florets midway or do you grill them for 20-25 mins at one side?

    1. pratirupa, i do turn them midway once or twice while grilling. i will update in the post too.

  2. This recipe is spot on. So flavorful and each ingredient adds value to the overall dish.5 stars

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