Gobhi Manchurian is a classic and quintessential Indo-Chinese dish. Crispy deep fried cauliflower in tangy, spicy gravy is absolutely scrumptious.
For the second day of this week’s ‘Deep fried dishes’ theme, I made our family favorite Gobhi Manchurian. Crispy deep fried cauliflower florets with tangy, spicy thick gravy makes for an addictive dish. It is usually served as an appetizer or as a side dish for fried rice or noodles.It is a little time consuming dish but well worth every minute of it. If there’s any cuisine we are like in our family, then it has to be Indo-Chinese. My husband has always been a big fan of it and recently even my 11 year old jumped on the band wagon.
He can eat manchurian all day every day 🙂 He started eating and tolerating spicy food after eating the spicy manchurian in India. My son keeps asking for it and I finally made it this weekend. Let me tell you he was a very happy camper. I had to save some for his dinner too. This was our simple Indo-Chinese lunch with tofu fried rice and dessert wontons (recipe coming up tomorrow).The time consuming part of this recipe is the deep frying the cauliflower. I used this recipe from Tarla Dalal’s site. Only change I made was to par cook the cauliflower before deep frying. The golden brown crispy fried cauliflower are inviting and delicious on their own. I lost a few of them to the kids who couldn’t wait for the whole dish to be completed.
The gravy part doesn’t take too long to make. Also it is important that that fried florets are tossed in the sauce as quickly as possible, so they stay crispy and don’t get soggy. Depending on how you are serving the dish, there can be a lot or little gravy.Dry gobhi manchurian is perfect as an appetizer whereas manchurian with gravy is great as a side dish for Indo Chinese dishes. If you don’t want to deep fry, then use the appe/ aebliskiver pan to fry – like in this low-cal version. All in all, this is a great dish to have in the repertoire to please family and friends.Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 95.
2cupsCauliflower florets (from about 1 small head)
½cupall purpose flour
To tasteSalt Pepper
As neededOil, for deep frying
For the Manchuria Gravy:
1"Ginger piece, finely grated
3Garlic cloves, finely grated
4~5Green Onions, finely chopped
1Small Green Pepper, finely chopped
To tasteSalt Pepper
2tspCorn flour whisked in ¼ cup of waterAdd more water to make the gravy
Make the Fritters:
Steam or microwave cauliflower florets until fork tender. Make sure not to overcook them, they have to be cooked but not mushy. Drain and add the ginger+garlic paste. Mix to combine. Set aside to marinate for about 20~30 minutes.
Combine all purpose flour, corn flour, salt, pepper and soy sauce, Add about ¾cup of water to make a thick, yet pourable batter.
Heat oil for deep frying. Dip the florets in the batter and gently add to the hot oil. Fry on medium-high flame until they are lightly golden on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon onto a paper lined plate and repeat with the remaining fritters.
Make Gobhi Manchurian:
Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add ginger, garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until aromatic. Next add the green onions and green pepper - cook for 2~3 minutes or until the veggies are crisp tender.
Add soy sauce, chili sauce, ketchup, salt and pepper. Cook for 30 seconds.
Stir in the corn flour mixture and cook until the mixture thickens. Add the fried cauliflower florets and toss to coat them evenly with the sauce. Add more water to make a more saucy gravy. Serve as is or as a side for Indo-Chinese main dishes.