Give your basic breakfasts a break and try these Palestinian Cauliflower Fritters. Alternatively known as Emshat, these fritters are the perfect vegetarian breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. They are incredibly delicious yet super easy to make. The flavorful mixture almost feels like a cauliflower omelette.
Something about them is just so comforting and nostalgic. I remember my mom making them for us when we lived in Amman back when I was a child. Lucky for me, my family enjoys them as much as I do, especially my toddler. They make both of us happy.
Once You Start, You’ll Want More
Once you make Emshat for the first time, you won’t be able to stop. It will become a staple recipe in your house. And I honestly can’t blame you, it’s just that good. I make it so often too and my kid approves, so it’s a win-win situation.
First and foremost, it is super quick and easy to make which is convenient for those busy days when you don’t have the time or energy to cook a large meal.
It is a delicious and filling option for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner.
It can be a side dish that goes with almost anything and it also makes a great main dish by itself.
This recipe is very versatile so feel free to use other veggies and adapt it to your preference. Make sure to comment down below if you have tried any other variation of it, I would love to hear them!
Palestinian Traditional Breakfasts
Take a trip to Palestine with me as I introduce you to the traditional, authentic Palestinian breakfast. So here is what breakfast there might look like: starting off strong with Fattet Betenjan which is a staple not only in Palestine but throughout the Middle East as well.
Fatteh is definitely more on the filling side so if you’re looking for a lighter meal to start your day, I would recommend these Authentic Labneh Balls with a cup of Middle Eastern Mint Tea (Shai Bi Na’Na). You could actually never go wrong with this combination.
How To Serve These Palestinian Cauliflower Fritters
As a kid, I used to dip these fritters in ketchup and there’s absolutely no way you can convince me now that it’s an acceptable way to eat them 😂. So take my advice and don’t do that. Unless you really enjoy them lol. But what I would suggest is pairing them with mint yogurt.
Feel free to add a little bit of your favorite cheese on top of the fritters or pair them with a sauce. Could be spicy or mild, it all depends on your preference. And let’s not forget that they also make a great addition to your table so they’re a great companion to any main dish.
To help them hold their shape better, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
For each fritter, you need to spoon out 2 to 3 tablespoons of your batter.
To make it healthier, feel free to air fry. Make sure to spray the air fryer basket and top of the fritter then air fry at 400 for 15 minutes, flipping halfway.
Frequently Asked Questions
If the batter is too thin, add a little bit more flour until the consistency is to your liking. But if it’s too thick, add some cauliflower water.
It is perfectly fine to prepare them the night before. All you have to do is store them in an airtight container in the fridge.
It is better to keep them at room temperature and you can definitely reheat them when you’re ready to enjoy them.
Cauliflower: the star of the show.
Green onions: they have a distinctive flavor, mild but oniony at the same time.
Parsley: it adds extra freshness to your fritters.
Eggs: it creates stability within the batter.
Flour: it is what creates the structure of your fritters.
Salt: add to taste.
7 spice: a very aromatic combination.
Cumin: it adds a very warm flavor.
Black pepper: adjust it to your preferred level of spiciness.
Cinnamon: it has a strong and rich flavor.
Steps To Prep
Make the best Palestinian Cauliflower Fritters by following these super simple steps:
First, cut the cauliflower into large pieces and add them to a pot with boiling water.
Then, cook for 15 minutes or until all parts of the cauliflower are fork-tender.
Next, drain and set them aside to cool.
Once cooled, mash with a spoon until chunky, then add the finely chopped parsley and green onions.
After that, add the spices, eggs, and flour then mix them well together.
At this point, your fritters are ready to be fried.
Fry on both sides until golden, and you’re done. Enjoy!
Palestinian Cauliflower Fritters
- 3 pounds cauliflower 2 small heads
- 1 cup green onions finely chopped
- ½ cup parsley finely chopped
- 2 large eggs
- ½ tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon 7 spice
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ½ tablepoon cinnamon
- ½ cup flour
- First, cut the cauliflower into large pieces and add them to a pot with boiling water.
- Then, cook for 15 minutes or until all parts of the cauliflower are fork tender.
- Next, drain and set them aside to cool.
- Once cooled, mash with a spoon until chunky, then add the finely chopped parsley and green onions.
- After that, add the spices, eggs, and flour then mix them well together.
- At this point, your fritters are ready to be fried.
- Fry on both sides until golden, and you're done. Enjoy!
- To help them hold their shape better, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- For each fritter, you need to spoon out 2 to 3 tablespoons of your batter.
- To make it healthier, feel free you air fry. Make sure to spray the air fryer basket and top of the fritter then air fry at 400 for 15 minutes, flipping half way.