Gobi Manchurian

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Serves 3-4

This is a popular Indo-Chinese dish made of battered and fried cauliflower florets which are then coated with a thick and spicy sauce. It is very enjoyable as a snack or appetizer if prepared dry, or as part of a meal with fried rice or noodles if prepared saucy.

Ingredients for Batter
cauliflower, cut into florets
(about 2 cups)
5 tbsp
plain flour
4 tbsp
corn flour
1 tsp
red chilli powder
1/4 tsp.
black pepper powder
1/4 tsp.
garlic paste
1/4 tsp.
1/4 cup
Ingredients for Sauce
2 tbsp.
small onion, finely diced
spring onion, finely chopped
(reserve the green part for garnish)
a capsicum, finely diced
1/2 tsp.
garlic paste
1/4 tsp.
ginger paste
pinch of tandoori masala or paprika powder
(optional for color)
red/green chillies, chopped
1 tsp.
tomato paste
2 tbsp.
tomato sauce/ketchup
2 tsp.
soya sauce
1 tsp.
corn flour mixed in some water
1/4-1/2 cup
2 tsp.
lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1/2 tsp.
salt to taste

Clean the cauliflower florets and drain or pat them dry. Set them aside.

Mix the batter to a slightly loose consistency and let it rest for 10 minutes whilst you prepare the sauce. Don't make it too watery otherwise the batter will not coat the florets well.

In a pan, add the oil, let it heat up and then add both types of onions. Fry until they turn slightly golden around the edges. Add the capsicum, garlic and ginger pastes and chopped chilli. Fry for a minute. Next add the tomato paste, ketchup, sugar and salt. If you're using tandoori or paprika powder, add it in at this point to achieve a good color. Cook for 2 minutes, and then add the water. Let it come to a simmer. If you want your manchurian saucy, feel free to add extra water at this point. If you prefer it dry, use the lower amount of water. Next, add the corn flour and stir. The sauce will start to thicken instantly. Once it is of the thickness you prefer, add the soya sauce and turn off the heat.

Next, you can fry the florets.

Heat oil in a frying pan, once it is nice and hot, dip the florets in your prepared batter and drop them in the oil. Fry until they are crisp and golden. Remove on kitchen towels to drain off excess oil.

When ready to serve, heat the sauce and then add the fried cauliflower into it. Squeeze in the fresh lemon juice and mix gently to combine everything nicely.

Serve hot with garnishing of spring onion, coriander and/or chili.

Enjoy! :)



Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Deep fry.

Is it deep frying the florets, or shallow fry?

this turned out super cool.
mom loved it, thankyou

I tried it today and it was a hit!I loved it very much..thank you. I added some personal touches:red,green and yellow capsicum(made it look colourful).I also added chicken pieces(using same batter and frying method as the gobi),mushroom and pineapple slices..accompanied with a vegeterian fried rice...*****

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, difficult to get good results without the frying unfortunately.

I was wondering whether there is any way to fry the florets in a healthier way. Please advise me.

Hi looks delicious, definitely will try it
I need to ask if I add potatoes in it will it compliment to each other.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, I love potatoes with anything so I will say yes. :D

Syeda hafsa's picture

Assalam, I tried some of your recipes and they were great, now I can try any of your recipe with out giving a second thought. Do you have any recipe with bean sprouts? U will be a great help.thank you.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, thank you so much! At the moment I do not have bean sprout recipes, will try and add some soon inshaAllah. :)

I cant wIt to try this, thank you!
If i wanted to replace the gobi with chicken pieces next time, what kind of chicken pieces would you recommend?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Please check my chicken manchurian recipe, in the international folder.

Finally Cauliflower made edible for children.

very delicious. we followed this recipe exacty as it is. Kids will be surprised to know there is no chicken and they wouldn't even miss it.

Lovely!!!! One of the best veggie dishes I have made so far, my guests loved it, kids loved the aroma and could not wait to try it.... thank you dearest Fauzia!

hi sis!! sry if my question is silly :p i want to knw which one to be used in the spring onion whther it is te onion of the spring onion or the green part of it fa this manchurian as well as for chicken manchurian..

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, I chop up both then reserve some of the green for garnishing and use the remainder in the cooking.