Recipe of the Month: Coliflor envuelto en Huevo

by Simone Riddle

Guatemalan cuisine contains an abundance of vegetarian dishes yet meat has become such a prominent staple in people’s diets that many meat-free recipes get overlooked. Although there is a growing vegetarian scene in Xela, partially thanks to the thriving extranjero community, in other parts of Guatemala it can be a challenge to find something típico y vegetariano.  This month, Xela Who puts Guatemalan vegetarian cuisine back on the map with this meat-free recipe that can be quickly whipped up in the comfort of your own home (or hostel).


  • 1 medium-sized head of cauliflower
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 tbs of oil
  • 1Q of cilantro and a little queso duro to garnish
  • 1 portion of homemade tomato sauce to serve (see last month’s ‘salsa de tomate casera’ available on the Xela Who website)

NOTE: you will need an electric whisk for this recipe


1.Put a large pan of water on to boil

  1. Wash the cauliflower, cut off the stork and cut into approximately 6 wedges or pieces
  2. Place the wedges into the pan of boiling water and cook until the cauliflower is just tender, careful not to overcook otherwise it will not hold when fried

4.Strain and let the pieces sit for a few minutes to dry

5.Using two small bowls or cups, separate the egg whites from the yolks. In a medium sized bowl, whisk the whites with an electric whisk until they form stiff peaks. Next, gently fold in the egg yolks with a pinch of salt

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan, while the oil is heating take the first piece of cauliflower and dip into the whisked eggs to fully cover with batter. When the oil is hot, carefully place the coated cauliflower in the frying pan. Repeat with the rest of the pieces until the frying pan is full; you will probably need to cook the cauliflower in two batches, adding more oil in between batches if needed
  2. Cook the pieces on each side until golden brown

8.Remove from the pan and pass onto kitchen paper to soak the excess oil before serving. Serve hot with the tomato sauce either poured over or place the cauliflower pieces on a bed of tomato sauce on plates.  Sprinkle the chopped cilantro and cheese on top for garnish and ¡listo!

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