Gobi Manchurian

Gobi manchurian

Gobi Manchurian or Cauliflower Manchurian is a very popular Indo-Chinese starter that you will find in all Indian restaurants. It can be very easily made at home.

Basically, cauliflower florets are seasoned and deep-fried in oil and then tossed in a flavorful sauce. It can be either made as a dry or semi-dry starter or with some gravy as a side dish for Chinese dishes.

The sauces used generally are the simple tomato sauce and soya sauce apart from the chilly sauce and the vinegar. These give the basic Chinese flavor for all Chinese or rather Indo-Chinese dishes. 

Of course, you can add a pinch of the Chinese salt or Ajinomoto if you want, but I normally tend to avoid it. 

Also, you can opt for deep-fry or air fry. Both work out well, though oil fried does have an edge 🙂  . In this recipe, I have deep-fried as I wanted it to be close to the real thing.

I have prepared a dry Manchurian. If you want a bit of gravy then increase the sauces and the quantity of cornflour slurry. Also do not wait for it to dry out completely and remove when the sauce is of the desired consistency.

In the restaurants, they do add red color, but you can totally avoid it as the tomato sauce gives a very nice red color. A bit of Kashmiri red chilli powder can also be added for the color.

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Cauliflower is not a regular vegetable in our house, coz I rarely find clean white ones. And then the use of pesticides does linger at the back of the mind.

When after all this I do buy one it’s always the Gobi 65 recipe, which is the most demanded one in our house. Now, this has been added as the other favorite.

Try to buy organic cauliflower or make it a point to soak it in a baking soda solution for some time. This, it seems will remove pesticides to a great extent.

Over to the recipe..

Gobi Manchurian
Gobi Manchurian is a very popular Indo-Chinese starter that can be found in all Indian restaurants.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Soaking time5 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Appetizer, starter
Cuisine: Indo-Chinese
Keyword: Cauliflower Manchurian, Dry Gobi manchurian, How to make Cauliflower Manchurian at home
Servings: 2 people
Author: Hema Magesh

For soaking

  • 250 g Cauliflower florets
  • Water as needed
  • 1 tsp salt (rock salt preferably)

For frying

  • 2 tbsp All-purpose flour/maida
  • salt (as needed)
  • pepper powder (as needed)
  • oil for frying(as needed)

For the sauce

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 2 tsp chilly sauce
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp corn flour
  • 2 tbsp water
  • a few spring onions
  • salt as needed
  • Wash and chop the cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Boil water with the salt, turn off flame, and immerse the cauliflower pieces for 5 minutes.
    Gobi Manchurian prep step 1
  • Drain, and spread on a towel to dry a bit. Meanwhile, make a dry mix with the all-purpose flour, salt, and pepper as given under "for frying".
    Gobi Manchurian prep step 2
  • Sprinkle this on the cauliflower pieces and mix well to coat.
    Gobi Manchurian prepn step 3
  • Heat up oil in a frying pan and fry the cauliflower florets in batches. Drain on to a paper towel.
    Gobi Manchurian prepn step 4
  • Chop the chillies, garlic, and spring onions finely. Make a slurry of the cornflour with the water.
    Gobi Manchurian prep step 5
  • Heat up a tbsp of oil and saute the garlic and green chillies. Next, add all the sauces and fry for a few seconds. Add the cornflour slurry and let it thicken and come to a boil. Taste test for salt and spices and add more if needed.
    Gobi Manchurian prep step 6
  • Quickly add the fried cauliflower florets and toss to coat. Turn off flame when it completely dries up.
    Gobi Manchurian prep step 7
  • Garnish with chopped spring onions. Can be served as such or as an accompaniment to noodles and fried rice.

Hema’s P.S

  • Soaking the cauliflower in hot water is to remove the worms in them and not to cook them. The cauliflower should be crunchy.
  • The moisture in the florets will hold the all-purpose flour mix onto it. You can also make a thick batter of the flour, coat the florets with it, and deep-fry. I prefer it this way.
  • The addition of the sauces is purely based on personal preference. Generally, soya sauce and tomato sauce are added in the ratio of 1:2. 
  • Spring onions are a must for Chinese dishes. If you don’t have it, you can replace it with coriander leaves.

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6 Responses

  1. kanchana says:

    That looks yummy and inviting ❤❤

  2. Ambily says:

    I followed the recipe..nd the manchurian turned out really well.. the idea of making a dry batter is the best part in this recipe as the gobi was really crispy.. thank u akka

  3. The images along with the steps make it really very simple and easy to understand things. I am not a good cook however I managed to make it very easy and also a yummy Manchurian. Thank you so much for putting up this post.

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