Friday, June 25, 2010

Gobi Manchurian (dry ) - a tantalising appetizer

It is friday, weekend mood!  Some nice food to cook before weekend getaways. I was so confused in deciding, then saw some cauliflowers. Another yummy day with gobi manchurian. So instead of making like baji, I want to make an appetizer.
Dry Gobi Manchurian is a tantalizing Indian Chinese appetizer and very different from the gravy version. The Cauliflower has a crispy coating and is tossed with a mouth-watering spicy sauce. It can be picked up with a fork and enjoyed with cocktails or before a meal. Although it is dry, sometimes we have it along with rotis.

You need:
Cauliflower – 1/2 medium, cut to bite-size florets
Oil – for deep frying


For the batter:
All-purpose Flour – 5 Tbsp
Corn Starch – 3 Tbsp
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Black Pepper – 1/4 tsp
Water – 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp
For the sauce:
Oil – 1 Tbsp
Onion – 1/2 medium, chopped finely
Green Chilies – to taste, cut diagonally
Garlic – 3 large cloves, chopped finely
Ketchup – 2 Tbsp
Red Chili Sauce – 2 Tbsp or to taste
Soy Sauce – 4 tsp or to taste
White Vinegar – 2 tsp
Water – 4 Tbsp
Corn Starch – 2 tsp
Green Onions – 1 stalk, cut diagonally for garnishing

Heat Oil in a medium non-stick pan. Add Onions, Green Chilies, Garlic and cook until Onions are light brown. Add Ketchup and Red Chili Sauce and cook until Oil starts to separate from mixture. Now add Soy Sauce and Vinegar and mix well.
Mix 2 tsp Corn Starch with 4 Tbsp Water and add it to the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes until sauce starts to thicken.
(Corn starch added here makes the mixture think)
Keep sauce aside.
To make batter, add All-purpose flour, Corn Starch, Salt, Black Pepper and Water to a small bowl. Mix until there are no lumps. Coat Cauliflower pieces well with batter and deep fry until Cauliflower is a medium dark brown color.

Finish frying all of the Cauliflower and add it to the pan with the sauce. Toss well to coat Cauliflower completely. Add Green Onions and toss again.
Serve immediately.

I make this atleast once or twice a month, as Sundar loves this, esp., I cook this the day before going for any shopping. :)


  1. hi Vidhya, tried ur gobi manchurian. It came out very well and enjoyed it. thanks for ur receipes they all r gr8.

  2. Most popular recipe.
    Looks very good. Thanks.


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