These are the basic breading and cooking instructions for making either air-fried tofu or cauliflower.
Appetizer, Main Course
Author: Monson Made This
For the basic chickpea binder:
1/2 to 1cupwater or plant-based milk
A pinch of salt.
For the basic panko breading:
1 to 2tablespoonsolive oil
pinch of salt.
To prepare the chickpea binder:
In a shallow dish, or pie pan, combine the ingredients. Start with the chickpea flour in the dish, and then slowly add water to incorporate. Continuously stir and work out any lumps using a fork. You’re looking for the consistency of thin pancake batter. You don’t want it super thick, but you do want it to coat the tines of the fork. Stir in a pinch of salt.
To prepare the panko breading:
In a shallow dish, combine the oil and the bread crumbs. Use your hands to make sure the oil is distributed evenly. Toss in a pinch of salt.
How to bread:
Prepare your vegetables or tofu into pieces the size of your choosing. They could be bitesize, nugget shaped, cubes.... Frozen vegetable work great because they are already tender, and cook quickly (Work with them while they are still frozen). Add your pieces to the chickpea mix and coat completely. Transfer the pieces to the breading mixture. Lightly press the panko onto your pieces, and then remove them to a tray while you complete the rest of the batch.
Follow the directions on your particular air fryer. Each brand, model, and style are different, and reach different temperatures affecting the cooking times. For the ones I used (Philips Airfryer and Breville Smart Oven Air), the temperature ranged from about 390 to 400 Fahrenheit. At those temperatures, you’re looking at about 10 to 20 minutes of cooking time. The key is golden brown and crispy. Don't be afraid to toss them or turn them as the cook to make sure they are browning evenly. When they’re golden brown and crispy, they’re done.