Gobi Manchurian is a popular Indo-Chinese dish made with cauliflower. It is a vegetarian dish that is commonly served as an appetizer or side dish in Indian restaurants.
The dish is made by first coating cauliflower florets in a batter made of flour, cornstarch, spices, and water, and then deep-frying them until they are golden brown and crispy. The fried cauliflower is then stir-fried with a sauce made of soy sauce, tomato sauce, chili sauce, garlic, and ginger, along with other spices and vegetables like onions and bell peppers.
The result is a delicious, tangy, and spicy dish that is both crispy and soft at the same time. It can be served on its own or with steamed rice or noodles. Gobi Manchurian is a popular dish not only in India but also in other parts of the world, and it has become a staple in many Indian restaurants around the globe.
Ingredients for Gobi Manchurian
- 1 medium cauliflower, cut into small florets
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp ginger paste
- 1/2 tsp garlic paste
- 1/2 tsp red chili powder
- 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Water, as needed
- Oil, for deep-frying
For the sauce:
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 1 tbsp ginger paste
- 1 tbsp garlic paste
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp tomato sauce
- 1 tbsp chili sauce
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- Salt, to taste
- Water, as needed
- 1 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp water
- Spring onions, chopped for garnish
Instructions for Gobi Manchurian
- In a bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch, ginger paste, garlic paste, red chili powder, black pepper powder, salt, and enough water to make a thick batter.
- Heat oil in a deep pan for deep-frying. Dip the cauliflower florets in the batter and drop them gently into the hot oil. Fry until they are golden brown and crispy. Remove and drain on paper towels.
- To make the sauce, heat oil in a wok or pan. Add chopped onions and bell peppers and stir-fry for a minute or two.
- Add ginger paste and garlic paste and stir-fry for a few more seconds.
- Add soy sauce, tomato sauce, chili sauce, sugar, salt, and enough water to make a sauce. Bring it to a boil.
- Add the cornstarch-water mixture to the sauce and stir until it thickens.
- Add the fried cauliflower florets to the sauce and toss to coat them evenly.
- Garnish with chopped spring onions and serve hot with steamed rice or noodles.
- Enjoy your delicious Gobi Manchurian!
Serve the Gobi Manchurian as an appetizer or snack with some green chutney or sweet chili sauce. You can also serve it as a main course dish with steamed rice or noodles. You can also serve some stir-fried vegetables or a salad on the side.
To serve Gobi Manchurian like a street food vendor, you can sprinkle some chaat masala and lemon juice on top and serve it in a paper cone or bowl. It can be a great party snack or finger food. Serve it on toothpicks or skewers for easy snacking.
Tips and Variations
- Make sure to use fresh and firm cauliflower for the dish. The florets should be small and evenly sized for even cooking.
- Make sure to coat the cauliflower florets well with the batter to ensure that they are crispy after frying.
- Fry the cauliflower florets in small batches to ensure that they cook evenly and become crispy.
- After frying the cauliflower, drain the excess oil on paper towels to remove any excess oil and to keep the dish crispy.
- Adjust the spice level in the sauce according to your preference. If you like it spicier, add more chili sauce or red chili powder.
- Cornstarch is a great way to thicken the sauce without adding any additional flavor. Mix the cornstarch with water before adding it to the sauce to prevent lumps.
- Q: Is Gobi Manchurian vegan?
A: Yes, It is vegan as it is made with cauliflower and a sauce made with soy sauce, tomato sauce, chili sauce, and other vegan ingredients.
- Q: Is Gobi Manchurian healthy?
A: It is a delicious but indulgent dish as it is deep-fried and coated in a sauce that is often high in sodium and sugar. However, you can make it healthier by using less oil, baking or air frying the cauliflower instead of deep-frying, and using low-sodium soy sauce and reducing the amount of sugar in the sauce.
- Q: Can I make Gobi Manchurian without deep-frying?
A: Yes, you can bake or air fry the cauliflower florets instead of deep-frying them for a healthier version.
- Q: Can I use frozen cauliflower?
A: While fresh cauliflower is recommended for the best texture and taste, you can use frozen cauliflower if fresh is not available. However, make sure to thaw and drain the cauliflower well before using it in the recipe.
- Q: Can I make Gobi Manchurian ahead of time?
A: While Gobi Manchurian is best served fresh and hot, you can make the sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for a day or two. Fry the cauliflower just before serving and toss it in the sauce.