Gobi Manchurian or Cauliflower Manchurian is a popular Indo-Chinese appetizer. Cauliflower florets are dipped in corn flour and maida (all purpose flour) batter and fried. It is then sauted in a spicy, sweet and tangy sauce. You can serve it as an appetizer or can be served with fried rice or roti.
Ingredients I (Preparation of Sauce):
Chopped onion – 1 cup
Green chilly – 2
Green onions – 1/4 cup
Half green bell pepper, chopped
Finely chopped garlic or garlic paste – 2 tsp
Finely chopped ginger – 1 tsp
Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
Soy sauce – 2 tbsp
Green chilly sauce – 1 tbsp
Red chili sauce – 1 tbsp
Sweet and sour sauce – 1 tbsp
Vinegar – 1 tbsp
Tomato sauce – 3 tbsp
Oil – 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Cilantro or coriander leaves for garnishing
Ingredients II (Preparation of cauliflower fritters):
All purpose flour/Maida – 1/2 cup
Corn flour – 6 tsp
Finely chopped garlic – 1/2 tsp
Finely chopped ginger – 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder – 3/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
Method of Preparation:
Cut the cauliflower into medium size florets and microwave it along with 1 cup of water for 3 minutes. Let it rest in there for another 3 minutes and then strain it.
If not add it to the boiling water and turn off heat and let it rest for 3 minutes.
Remove from heat before it gets overcooked and then strain it. Keep it aside.
Make a thin batter with around a cup of water using the ingredients II except oil. The batter should coat the back of a spoon.
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan or kadai over medium high heat.
Now dip the florets in the batter and drop it in oil. Fry till golden brown turning both the sides.
Repeat the process with the rest of the florets.
While frying the florets, in another stove heat 1 tbsp of oil in a wide pan.
Add onions and fry till they become translucent and then add the ginger and garlic and saute for a minute.
Add the chopped green chillies, green onions, chopped bell pepper and cook for 3 minutes.
Add red chilly powder and salt and stir them together and cook until the raw smell is gone.
Add all the sauces and vinegar one by one and mix them well.
Add 2 tbsp of water and cook for a couple of minutes and turn off the stove.
Now add the fried cauliflower to it and toss gently till it is coated with the sauce.
After a couple of minutes remove from heat and garnish with chopped coriander leaves and green onions.
Serve hot as a starter. You can also serve it with Chappathy/Fried Rice Note: Add the fritters to the prepared sauce about 5 to 8 minutes before serving. This will keep them crispy.