Make a batter by whisking together the flour, salt, baking powder, cumin seeds and 125 ml (4⅓ fl oz/½ cup) water in a bowl.
Heat the oil in a small saucepan or wok over high heat. Test the temperature by dropping a little batter into the oil – it should quickly spring up to the surface.
Dip all the cauliflower pieces into the batter and fry in batches until golden brown.
Season generously with salt, then serve with the chutney on side.
To make the tomato chutney
Put all the ingredients into a pan and stir well to combine. Simmer for 30–40 minutes, or until jammy. Pour into a sterilised jar, seal and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Vegetarian Party Food by Jessica Oldfield (Hardie Grant, £12.99) Photography © Beatriz Da Costa
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