Favorite Czech vegetarian food: Breaded cauliflower / Oblibeny cesky vegetariansky pokrm: smazeny kvetakFavorite Czech vegetarian food: Breaded cauliflower / Oblibeny cesky vegetariansky pokrm: smazeny kvetak | Czechmatediary
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Favorite Czech vegetarian food: Breaded cauliflower / Oblibeny cesky vegetariansky pokrm: smazeny kvetak

fried/breaded cauliflower google imageIn today’s globalized world some ‘ignorant’ soul might call this dish a vegetable tempura. But we, the experienced cauliflower-lovers know, that it is not just some kind of an appetizer. When served with a side dish – like the mashed potatoes for example – breaded (or ‘fried’) cauliflower is a delicious main course!

CZ: V dnesni globalizovane spolecnosti muze nejaka ta ‘ignorantska’ duse nazvat smazeny kvetak ‘vegetable tempura’. Samozrejme ze my, zkuseni kvetakovci vime, ze smazeny kvetak neni jen nejaky predkrm. Kdyz se totiz serviruje s brambory, je z toho velmi chutna a syta vecere!


  • 1 cauliflower head
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs (plain)
  • salt
  • oil for frying


  1. Wash the whole cauliflower head
  2. Cook it in boiling water until slightly tender (about 5 minutes)
  3. Pull it out, let it drain and cool down
  4. Cut the cauliflower head into 1-inch thick slices or divide it into separate flowers
  5. Sprinkle cauliflower with salt
  6. Bathe every piece in four, then eggs and finally in bread crumbs
  7. Fry each piece on oil until golden on all sides
  8. Serve with boiled or mashed potatoes and a salad

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21 comments… add one
  • Zuzana September 28, 2009, 7:42 am

    Hehe, “vegetable tempura”, that’s brilliant!

  • lenka September 28, 2009, 7:54 am

    hm, this looks soooooooo good. I always loved it and so my kids. Funny how they will eat their vegetables when it is in this form πŸ™‚
    Couple of shortcuts I have learned. Separate the head of cauliflower before boiling. Takes shorter to boil and all the flowers (even the inside) are cooked evenly. I also boil them in salted water. (Make sure you do not overcook them. Really, they need to have a crunch to them when you take them out. Remember, you are still frying them later. If you do, do not throw them away. You can still make mozecek – scrambled with onions and eggs, or mix them in with some noodles and eggs and bake them). I found it much easier to make testicko – mix the flower and eggs with salt together to make a runny pancake-like mix. This will stick to the cauliflower better and gets in between some and holds the breadcrumbs a bit better. Anything to cut on time. This is a delicious food, but is a bit time consuming. I love it. Thank you Tanja for posting the rec.

  • lenka September 28, 2009, 7:56 am

    Also, if you have a deapfryer… use it. Cuts on time, and on oil left in your food. Especially if you place the deepfried pieces on kitchen paper towel when you take it out of the oil. But you can do this even if you pan frying. Enjoy

  • Tanja September 28, 2009, 10:36 am

    Wow, Lenka you sound like such sheff!! Total pro!
    Guess what, when I was making this I – by mystake – DID mix everything together (testicko) and then I threw it away because I thought I would have been unusable :(((( I hate throwing things away..

    PS: As far as Mozecek goes, I thought that it was a real gooses brain up until I was about 9 years old!

  • Tanja September 28, 2009, 10:37 am

    PS: Zuzko, divim se ze to Japonci jeste nezavedli na jejich menu, vzdyt oni smazej i okurku!!! Fuj..

  • lenka September 28, 2009, 10:46 am

    Tanjo, Never trow anything away. Everything can be something. A friend of mine overcooked her home made spinach raviolli. So she made a chicken, put it over the wonderful spinach mush , grated cheese over and added some tomato sauce and she had dinner. It was yummy. πŸ™‚
    What is funny is that I just red a recipe in one of my magazines. It was a cauliflower fritatas over a salad. Same thing, just instead of having the flowers whole, they mushed them, and fried them as little nugets.

  • janney September 28, 2009, 2:23 pm

    I agree with lenka – i mix flour and eggs and salt all together. I also put in this “testicko” mix some oregano and something spicy – like kari or chilly…it taste so much better.

    And I wouldn’t boil it before.I rather put it on the steamer,so the risk of overboiling is gone.
    (sorry for my english guys)

  • Jana V September 28, 2009, 2:36 pm

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  • Marika September 28, 2009, 11:02 pm

    That’s funny I just made the califlower last Thursday. When my kids were little I called it round rizek, anything to get them eat more vegetables. I do the same thing like Lenka, cut it first and put the califlower into boiling salted water. I think I only cook it for about 5 minutes. If I over cook it, well, then we have the mozecek or califlower pancakes ( kvetakove placicky. I never throw anything away either. Maybe we should put together cookbook: How to utilize left over food, or What to do with food when things go wrong.

  • Tanja September 28, 2009, 11:12 pm

    Haha, too bad my grandma is senile now she was the QUEEN of leftovers!!!! I swear, that person did not throw away a thing. Now that I am thinking about it, I don’t even think she had a trash can! πŸ˜‰

  • Tanja September 28, 2009, 11:13 pm

    PS: holky, myslim ze nas zadne anglicky-mluvici oko nesleduje, tak to muzeme rozjet v cestine aniz bysme byly ‘rude’ πŸ™‚

  • janney October 1, 2009, 1:07 am

    nekdy je to v cestine jednouduzsi.
    Tano, take moje babicka byla takova – ale uz se docela zlepsila.
    Mistotoaletaku mela natrhane takove voskove papirky co vzala nekde v praci.Pamatujete si na ne? Takove obdelnicky – tim se vubec neslo poradne utrit ..byly treba na verejnych zachodkach.
    Nu, to jsem odbocila od jidla.jen,ze si take schovavala vsechny mozny kelimky od jogurtu a tak a gumicky.Pak kdyz nam balila jidlo – to bylo zabaleny jak pro potulny pejsky πŸ˜€

  • Tanja October 1, 2009, 10:12 am

    no, presne tak! S nasi babickou to bylo uplne to samy! A ten toaletni papir si presne pamatuju, vis proc? Protoze ho babicka mela doma! A mas pravdu, vubec se s tim nedalo utrit, musela jsi pouzit asi tak 15 papirku, tak nevim, jestli se tomu dalo rikat setreni penez πŸ˜‰

  • Veronika October 3, 2009, 2:49 pm

    Hey, Tanya—I understand Czech but reading it really makes my brain work overtime! I like when the readers make comments in english! (but, it’s good for me to practise my czech a little bit, too!)

  • Veronika October 3, 2009, 2:51 pm

    I forgot to add: Speaking of using leftovers….do any of you brilliant Czech cooks know a recipe for using leftover rice? I remember my mom made something that was baked rice with peaches or apricots or plums in it….It had a crispy top and was creamy and fruity. Anyone know what it is and how to make it? thanks! And as one reader commented, you should make a recipe post on how to use leftovers to make more meals…

  • Tanja October 3, 2009, 4:39 pm

    Hi Veronika! I know exactly what it was! It was ‘ryzovy nakyp’ :)))
    I will post a recipe for it very soone :))

  • lenka October 3, 2009, 9:40 pm

    Yummy. Ryzovy nakyp. I still have to laugh how most of Americans are sooooooooooo amazed (and some disgusted) that we would eat a sweet dish for an entree. It took me some time to explain to my husband that once a week at school there was a sweet day. We still got our soup but the entree was nothing buy yummy stuff (most of the time). Of course my times were before most of the cafeterias started offering more then one choice. :):) :):)

  • Tanja October 4, 2009, 12:42 pm

    Ahoj Lenko, no tady u nas je to s manzelem to samy πŸ™‚ Ale kdyz jsem sem prijela, tak ja jsem si zase rikala, jaky je to divny, ze Americani maji sladke snidane (pancakes apod..).
    Jinak ja uz jsem taky ‘staroch’ a rovnez jsme v jidelne meli take jeden vyber. Bud nakyp, nebo buchticky se sodou, nebo zemlbaba…mnam mnam!

  • paige March 24, 2012, 3:34 pm

    Thanks for posting this recipe! My (Czech) husband and I tried it last night; he said that the recipe “worked” — i.e., that it tasted the way it should. My mother-in-law has given us a few Czech recipes, but they’re all in Czech, and my husband hasn’t gotten around to translating them… So, thanks!

  • denise June 18, 2013, 5:54 pm

    Any where in texas we can get breaded califlower

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