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air fryer tandoori gobi served on a plate with onions, green chutney and lemon wedges
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Air Fryer Tandoori Gobi

This Tandoori Gobi is a delicious, popular Indian style tandoori snack where Gobi (Cauliflower) florets are marinated in a spiced yogurt-based marinade, and grilled in the air fryer, oven, stove-top pan or grill.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Keyword air fryer tandoori cauliflower, air fryer tandoori gobi
Diet Vegetarian
Method Air Fryer, Oven
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 96kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml

    For the Marinade:


    • 1 medium cauliflower (about 20 florets)



    • Clean, cut the whole cauliflower into bite-sized florets, roughly the same size for even cooking.
      cauliflower florets on a chopping board
    • In a large bowl add hung curd, besan, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder, garam masala, chaat masala, kasuri methi, lemon juice, salt, oil, and mix everything together.
      Then add the cauliflower florets and mix until each piece of the cauliflower is coated well with the marinade. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
      step to prepare marination and then add cauliflower and mix collage

    Air Fryer Method:

    • Preheat the air fryer to 360°F (180°C). Add the marinated cauliflower florets to the air fryer basket and spread them in a single layer (cook in batches if required). You can brush or spray some oil on top.
      step to place marinated gobi in the air fryer basket
    • Air fryer them at 360°F (180°C) for 16-20 minutes or until edges start browning and crisp. Shake the basket halfway through. Mine was cooked perfectly in 16 minutes.
      air fried cauliflower in the basket
    • Remove in a serving plate, squeeze some lime juice, sprinkle chaat masala and serve it immediately with mint yogurt chutney.
      air fryer tandoori gobi served on a plate with onions, green chutney and lemon wedges

    Oven Method:

    • Preheat the oven to 380°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the marinated cauliflower evenly in a single layer.
      Bake 15-20 minutes, or till the edges turn brown and cauliflower reaches desired crispiness. Turn halfway through cooking time.


    Tips & Variations

    • Cut them the same size: This helps for quick and even cooking.
    • Work in batches. Make sure to spread the marinated cauliflower in a single layer in the air fryer basket leaving some space between each other. Cook in batches if needed.
    • Shake the basket halfway: It's important to shake the basket halfway through to allow the tandoori cauliflower tikka bites to be cooked evenly.
    • If you don't have gram flour (besan) then use corn starch or all-purpose flour instead.
    • Let the cauliflower florets marinate for at least 15-20 minutes. If you have some extra time, then let them sit for longer that way they absorb more flavors from the marinade. 
    • Highly recommend adding besan (gram flour) to the marinade, this step ensures that the besan would help cauliflower to coat well and not stick to the air fryer basket/pan.
    • You can also add onion and bell peppers to this recipe.
    Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


    Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 500mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg