Roasted Cauliflower Bites with Chili & Lime (VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE)

super simple oven-roasted cauliflower florets for side dish, as filling in any wrap, tacos etc.

Cauliflower like a super-food :

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable and most called this a white version of its cousin, Broccoli. This is considered like a super-food because of its nutrient-rich content. The vegetable is high in fiber and vitamins (B & C). It also contains high concentrations of carotenoids (antioxidants) and glucosinolates. These two compounds have high anti-cancer effects. Also this helps in strengthening bones, boosting the cardiovascular system etc. Cauliflower is a cool season vegetable means winter is the perfect season for this vegetable cultivation. And that season is already going on now in most part of the world.

Many ways to prepare dishes using Cauliflower :

The cauliflower is a versatile vegetable which can be incorporated in many dishes.  These can be steamed or roasted as a side dish, baked in a cheese sauce as cauliflower cheese, used to make soup, fried until golden brown, used as the main ingredient in a curry, even used for pickling (will share soon on blog) etc. Today I have here with the simple and easiest way of using cauliflower to make a dish as Roasted Cauliflower Bites with Chili & Lime.

Some more cauliflower dishes from my blog :

The exact ingredients one needs to make the dish :

    The main ingredient in this Roasted Cauliflower Bites with Chili & Lime is the Cauliflower. One surely has to pick a worm free cauliflower whole head. The other ingredients include some chili powder (adjust according to the spiciness desired), oil (any oil one can pick, but i will recommend to use olive oil that too extra virgin), curry powder (i have used to add some Indian touch), minced garlic (this gives a nice aromatic flavor to the roasted florets, so don’t skip this addition), turmeric powder (totally optional, I have added to give little yellowish color to the end result), salt as per the taste and some freshly squeezed lemon juice.

    Basic method to make these roasted beauties :

    The first step is to completely pat dry the florets after cutting and cleaning the whole head cauliflower. If this thing is not correctly followed then the roasting part’ll take time. Then the florets are mixed with spices and spread over a baking sheet. In this step also one has to keep in mind that, the florets have to spread in even layer. That means there should not be any over crowding of the florets, else instead of roasting there’ll some steam and the end result will be bit soggy kind instead of slight crisp. The baking time takes 25-30 minutes mostly, still one can stir the florets in between to evenly roasted from all sides in that time period. One can bake till the florets are charred from all the sides. To get the lime taste, I simply drizzle some freshly squeezed lemon juice over the roasted florets and gently mix. Also I do add some chopped spring onions, one can add some chopped coriander leaves here. After that these are served immediately.

    Serving suggestion :

    As this vegetable is loved by my all family members so this is a must vegetable that we buy from local market during winter season. We enjoyed these roasted florets simply as it is. My boy loves to have these by dipping in ketchup. Even these can be served as a side dish in main meal spread. Also this can be used as filling in any wrap, tacos etc. So do try these completely Vegan & Gluten free side dish, even as snacks to enjoy as it’s season is here !

    The event related to this post :


    Today is Monday and this time the Foodie Monday Blog Hop team has decided the 232th theme as ‘Go for GOBI‘ which is suggested by me. As the winter is going on and its the perfect season for the super vegetable, cauliflower. So why not make dishes uisng this one. And hence I have made this Roasted Cauliflower Bites with Chili & Lime.

    : Recipe Card :

    Roasted Cauliflower Bites with Chili & Lime

    Roasted Cauliflower Bites with Chili & Lime


    prep time: 10 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 40 M

    Super simple oven-roasted cauliflower florets served as a perfect side dish, can be used as filling in any wrap, tacos etc.


    • Whole head cauliflower 1 no.
    • Garlic (minced) 1/2 tbsp
    • Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
    • Red chili powder 1 tsp
    • Curry powder 1.5 tsp
    • Lemon juice 1 tbsp
    • Salt as needed
    • Olive oil 3 tbsp
    • Spring onions (chopped) few


    How to cook Roasted Cauliflower Bites with Chili & Lime

    1. Cut the cauliflower into bite sized florets.
    2. Wash all the cauliflower florets under tap water and drain well.
    3. Then pat dry by spreading all the florets over a kitchen towl.
    4. Meanwhile preheat the oven at 200 deg C.
    5. In a mixing bowl take olive oil, minced garlic and mix well.
    6. Add all the florets and toss to well coated.
    7. Next sprinkle all the powders and toss again.
    8. Now take a baking tray and spread the well coated florets in a single layer without over-crowding the tray.
    9. Bake for 25-30 minutes and after that the florets’ll be slightly charred and tender as well.
    10. Take out from the oven.
    11. Squeeze fresh lemon juice, some chopped spring onions and toss well.
    12. Serve immediately as it is or with some favorite sauce !


    Spiciness is adjustable as per like.
    Pick always worm free cauliflower to make the dish.

    Vegan, Gluten free, Snacks, Gobi, Winter vegetable,

    Side dish, Roasted Cauliflower, Wrap filling, Oven roasted, Roasting, Lime, Chili powder,


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    1. Poonam Bachhav

      Roasted veggies are a delight any day. This roasted cauliflower with garlic, lime and chili looks just perfect! I can dig into a bowl of these beauties.

    2. Mayuri Patel

      Definitely a wonderful way to enjoy cauliflower other than in the sabji form. I sometimes make the tandoori style but love this simple recipe. Chilli and lime is a good combination of flavors.

    3. Swati

      Loved this simple way of making oven roasted cauliflower in simple spices. Chilli and lime spiced cauliflower must have tasted so delicious spicy and tangy!!

    4. Sujata Roy

      I love roasted cauliflower. And these oven roasted cauliflower looks absolutely delicious. Bite size roasted cauliflower florets looks so cute. I am sure lemon and chilli makes the cauliflower tasty and flavorful.

    5. Priya Iyer

      The roasted cauliflower looks so crispy and absolutely delicious! A simple but flavourful way of serving cauliflower. Love the recipe!

    6. preethi'scuisine

      Roasted Cauliflower bites with chilli and lime looks super tempting and flavorful. Can just eat it as snack bites. Fab recipe.

    7. Vasusvegkitchen

      Wow what a yummy fry, i just love to have it as it is, they are very tempting. Adding olive oil, spring onions nd lemon juice made these gobi bites super yummy��.

    8. Lata Lala

      The super temting and easy recipe of roasted cauliflower is worth a try. The flavours sounds awesome with chilli and lime.
      A healthy vegan and gluten free snack to munch on. Fabulous share.

    9. Pavani

      I love roasted cauliflower and your version with chili and lime sounds absolutely delicious. Healthy and yummy!!

    10. cookwithrenu

      Roasted cauliflower with chilli and lime looks yum and delicious. Plus I like the idea as the veggie is getting cooked in oven, it gives me time to do other things. Delicious and yummy recipe to try for sure.

    11. Bless My Food by PAYAL
      Bless My Food by PAYAL

      Very simple and basic ingredients & dish is par excellent. Cauliflower and that too roasted sounds yum. Superb.

    12. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen
      Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

      Love it sasmita, the pics are so pretty, and such a simple and elegant dish, makes a great dish on the party table and a healthy appetizer !!!!

    13. Sandhya Ramakrishnan
      Sandhya Ramakrishnan

      This is my favorite way to eat cauliflower. My boys would wipe the whole tray right away. The flavor of lemon would work so well with the curry. I am going to give this a try.

    14. Uma Srinivas

      Baked cauliflower looks yummy. Loved your idea of adding chili and lime flavors to the cauliflower.

    15. Narmadha

      Such a simple and easy recipe. I can munch them anytime without guilt since it is baked. too tempting pictures

    16. Anshu

      Wow! These roasted cauliflower bites with chili and lime looks absolutely lipsmacking. So healthy and delicious…

    17. Kalyani

      what a lovey way to use up our fav vegetable – GOBI 🙂 yummy!

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