1 medium sized cauliflower broken into florets (made approx. 3 cups)
1/2 cup diced bell peppers (Mixed colors)
1/3 cup + 2 tbsp corn starch
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (maida)
1/4 to 1/2 cup water (to make a batter)
Oil for frying + 1 tbsp
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon orange zest
3/4 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp Sriracha (Or any other red chili paste/sauce)
1/4 teaspoon crushed black pepper
Salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
2 tbsp green onion, thinly sliced
Heat oil for frying
In another pan, heat half tbsp. oil and add the diced peppers. Sauté them for a min or 2 until they turn golden. Make sure that you are not overcooking the peppers. Set aside once they are done.
Mix the corn starch and all-purpose flour with a pinch of salt and water to make a thick batter.
The batter should be thick enough to coat the cauliflower florets evenly.
Dip each cauliflower floret into the batter and add them into hot oil for frying.
Fry them in batches so as to not overcrowd the pan.
Once the batter covering the florets turns crisp, drain them out of the oil and place them on paper towels.
Once you are done frying all the florets, you have to keep them crisp until you are ready to toss them in the sauce. You can do this either by keeping them warm in a pre-heated oven or re-frying them in hot oil for just a min before adding them into the sauce.
For the sauce, heat 1/2 tbsp oil in the pan you roasted the peppers in. Add minced ginger and garlic.
Sauté them for a min until they turn golden. Add the orange zest in.
Add the broth, orange juice, sriracha, soy sauce, sugar and mix well.
Meanwhile, mix 2 tbsp of corn starch in water to make a thin paste.
Once the broth-orange mixture begins to boil, lower the heat.
Add the crushed black pepper and salt (if required only)
Add the corn starch paste into the boiling mixture in a slow steady stream. Make sure you are constantly stirring the simmering mixture with your other hand while adding the corn flour paste.
Once the mixture thickens, toss in the fried cauliflower and the sautéed bell peppers.
Mix well and increase the heat up a notch. Heat for a min or 2.
Transfer it to a serving dish and garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.