Cauliflower (Gobi) Manchurian

We had a big head of cauliflower in the fridge and I was debating what to do with it last night when I decided that trying my hand at the delicious Indian-Chinese dish “Gobi Manchurian” would be fun (gobi is what cauliflower is called in Hindi). This is not a dish you find at traditional Chinese restaurants (its clearly not authentic Chinese), but it is an adaptation of Chinese food that you see all over India. I am not sure how to best describe it so if you are wondering if its more Chinese or Indian in it’s flavor profile, I can’t answer that!

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I start with cutting up the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. Whenever I cut cauliflower, it ends up flying everywhere so I seriously do not like doing it.

Bite-sized (ok large bite-sized) cauliflower pieces

Bite-sized (ok large bite-sized) cauliflower pieces

Then I make the batter for dipping the cauliflower. It is a pretty simple combination of flour, cornmeal, soy sauce and some spices.

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Batter-dipped cauliflower

I pan fry the pieces (you could deep-fry them but I wanted to be slightly healthier) in vegetable oil.

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The cauliflower is ready when the crust is nice and golden brown (or darker if you like it crispy)

Then I start the sauce. I used onion and garlic as the base and then add soy sauce and vegetable broth with some other spices.

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The sauce doesn’t take very long to make at all and is really flavorful

After letting the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes, I add the cauliflower and green onions.The final product tasted pretty close to the Indian-Chinese I have had at restaurants which I would say means it was a success! Its also not very hard to put together which is a plus. We ate it with leftover Indian food we ordered from the weekend and it was a perfect addition to the meal.

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Prep time: 15 minutes      Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces

Batter:

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup corn meal
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons tandoori powder
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 cup water

Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Half of a red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
  • 3 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1.5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder (or use cayenne if thats what you have)
  • 1 teaspoon tandoori powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 6 green onions, chopped

Recipe:  

  1. To make the batter: in a large bowl, mix the flour and corn meal. Add the soy sauce, ginger garlic paste and other spices to the bowl and mix well.
  2. Add about a half cup of water to the batter and mix in. Add more water as needed so the batter thins out but make sure it doesn’t get too soupy.
  3. Dip each cauliflower piece into the batter to coat.
  4. Pour the vegetable oil in a frying pan. Pan fry the cauliflower florets on medium-high heat until they become dark brown all over (3-5 minutes). Set aside.
  5. In a frying pan, saute the red onion and garlic for a few minutes on medium heat with a little bit of oil. Add the ginger garlic paste and continue to saute.
  6. Add the soy sauce and spices and combine. Then add in the vegetable broth. Let the sauce come to a boil before turning down the heat.
  7. Mix in the corn starch to thicken the sauce. Stir and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Add the cauliflower and green onion and mix into the sauce. Let it heat through for a few minutes.
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6 thoughts on “Cauliflower (Gobi) Manchurian

    • Sudipti says:

      Hi! I think it would still be ok and worth trying! You could also roast the cauliflower with olive oil and that would be healthier and get the crispiness too! Let me know if you try it. And thanks for stopping by today as well 🙂

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