Gobi Manchurian, How To Make Gobi Manchurian, Starter


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Gobi Manchurian also called Cauliflower Manchurian are crisp-fried cauliflower florets which have a sharp tinges of ginger and garlic and a delight to bite into. Gobi Manchurian is a popular Indo Chinese deep fried starter.

A remote village en route from Coimbatore to Pollachi in Tamil Nadu, a tiny restaurant was selling tasty vegetarian food. He had got the spelling of Gobi Manchurian all wrong, but the “Gopi Manjurian” tasted fantastic and warmed us up on that chilly winter’s evening!

Borrowed from Chinese cuisine, this popular spicy Gobi Manchurian starter has become famous all over India, spanning the length and breadth of the country, being sold in small eateries as well as posh restaurants.

Together with tongue-tickling sauces and crunchy veggies like capsicum and onions, Gobi Manchurian makes a really tasty dish that you can have as such as a starter or as a Main Course when served atop Fried Rice or plain rice.

Enjoy how to make Gobi Manchurian recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.

Gobi Manchurian, How To Make Gobi Manchurian, Starter

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 3 servings
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Ingredients


For The Cauliflower
2 1/4 cups cauliflower florets
1 tbsp ginger-garlic (adrak-lehsun) paste
oil for deep-frying

To Be Mixed Into A Smooth Thick Batter (using Approx. 3/4 Cup Of Water)
1/2 cup plain flour (maida)
1/4 cup cornflour
freshly ground black pepper (kalimirch) to taste
1 tsp soy sauce
salt to taste

Other Ingredients For Gobi Manchurian
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp finely chopped garlic (lehsun)
1 tsp finely chopped green chillies
1 tsp ginger (adrak) paste
2 tsp finely chopped celery (ajmoda) , optional
1 cup chopped spring onions
1/2 cup capsicum cubes
1 tbsp red chilli sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp cornflour

For The Garnish
1 tbsp finely chopped spring onion greens

Method
For the cauliflower

    For the cauliflower
  1. Combine the cauliflower florets and the ginger-garlic paste in a deep bowl, mix well, cover with a lid and keep aside to marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan, dip each marinated cauliflower floret in the prepared batter and deep-fry on a medium flame a few at a time, till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides. Drain on an absorbent paper. Keep aside.

How to proceed to make gobi manchurian

    How to proceed to make gobi manchurian
  1. Combine the cornflour and 2 tbsp water in a bowl, mix well and keep aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the garlic, ginger paste and green chillies and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  3. Add the celery and spring onions and sauté on high flame for 1 minute.
  4. Add the capsicum and sauté on high flame for 1 minute.
  5. Add the red chilli sauce, soy sauce, vinegar and salt and sauté on a high flame for 1 minute.
  6. Add the cornflour-water mixture, mix well and cook on a high flame for a few seconds.
  7. Add the deep-fried cauliflower florets, toss well and cook on a high flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  8. Serve the gobi manchurian immediately garnished with spring onion greens.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy542 cal
Protein5.6 g
Carbohydrates30.5 g
Fiber4.7 g
Fat44.4 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium35.4 mg
Gobi Manchurian (Cauliflower Manchurian) Video by Tarla Dalal
Gobi Manchurian, How To Make Gobi Manchurian, Starter recipe with step by step photos

Recipe Notes for gobi manchurian :

  1. If you are afraid of the hidden crawlies inside the cauliflower, then boil them for 3-4 minutes, drain and pat dry them before using. If you have more time, then submerge them in salted water for 15 minutes and then use.
  2. After frying, do not keep deep fried cauliflower florets idle for long time otherwise they will turn soft and you will not get that crispy texture.
  3. Always fry the cauliflower florets in batches, so they cook evenly.
  4. You can also make a Gobi manchurian gravy by adding water, more sauces and reducing it with a cornflour slurry and cooking until the sauce forms. You can relish this gobi manchurian gravy with fried rice or hakka noodles.
  5. You can add red food colour to the batter to prepare red colour gobi manchurian.

For the cauliflower :

  1. For making crispy restaurant style gobi manchurian, clean the cauliflower head, remove the leaves and cut them into medium sized (bite sized) florets. If you detest the flavour of raw cauliflower then blanch them before preparing the cauliflower manchurian.
  2. Rinse the cauliflower florets with water.
  3. Strain it using a strainer.
  4. In a deep bowl, transfer the cauliflower florets.
  5. Add the ginger-garlic paste.
  6. Mix well, cover with a lid and keep aside to marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.

For making the batter :

  1. For preparing the batter to coat the cauliflower florets, in a deep bowl, take plain flour.
  2. Add the cornflour. Cornflour helps in making cauliflower cripsier.
  3. Next add freshly ground black pepper to provide maximum flavours to the batter.
  4. Also,add soy sauce. You can use dark or light whichever is available.
  5. Add salt to taste but don’t forget even soy sauce has salt.
  6. Gradually add water and whisk to prepare a coating consistency batter. Ensure the batter is not too thick or not too thin. If it is too thin, it won’t coat well, if it is too thick, it might remain raw.
  7. Using around ¾ cup of water we have mixed to prepare a lump-free, smooth batter.


For frying the cauliflower florets :

  1. For frying the florets to make dry gobi manchurian, heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan. You can use vegetable oil or any neutral flavour oil to fry the cauliflower florets.
  2. Dip a marinated cauliflower floret in the prepared batter.
  3. Drop 4-5 cauliflower florets one by one carefully in the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pan or else the temperature of oil will fall drastically, leaving you with soggy cauliflower florets.
  4. Deep-fry on a medium flame till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides. Alternatively, you can even shallow fry, air fry the gobi for making the gobi manchurian.
  5. Drain the cauliflower florets on absorbent paper.

How to make gobi manchurian :

  1. To prepare the gobi manchurian, in a small bowl, take cornflour.
  2. Combine the cornflour with 2 tbsp water in a bowl.
  3. Mix well and keep the cornflour slurry aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan. A wok is ideal for tossing Indo-Chinese recipes but, you can use any other thin bottomed, wide pan too.
  5. Add the garlic.
  6. Add the ginger paste. To give a spicy kick, you can add the chilli-garlic paste.
  7. Add the green chillies and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  8. Add the celery. This is optional but, celery gives an amazing taste to the Indo-Chinese gobi manchurian. Also add the spring onions.
  9. Sauté on high flame for 1 minute.
  10. Add the capsicum. Bell peppers can also be used to give a nice colour to the gobi manchurian.
  11. Sauté on high flame for 1 minute. It is important to cook everything on a high flame to maintain the crunchy texture.
  12. Add the red chilli sauce. You can increase or decrease the amount of chilli sauce according to your taste.
  13. Add the soy sauce.
  14. Add the vinegar and salt. You can adjust the quantity of all the sauce to get a desired flavor.
  15. Sauté on high flame for 1 minute.
  16. Add the cornflour-water mixture.
  17. Mix well and cook on a high flame for a few seconds.
  18. Add the deep-fried cauliflower florets.
  19. Toss well and cook on a high flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Tossing everything on high heat in a pan is a must for making best Chinese gobi manchurian dry as it maintains the texture and flavours.
  20. Serve the gobi manchurian immediately garnished with spring onion greens. If you enjoyed this recipe of gobi manchurian then also check out our other manchurian recipes like : Veg Manchurian, Corn Manchurian, Cabbage Manchurian or Paneer in Manchurian Sauce

Reviews

Gobi Manchurian, How To Make Gobi Manchurian, Starter
 on 29 Jul 19 06:55 PM
5

Tarla Dalal
30 Jul 19 12:31 PM
   Shilpa, Thanks for the feedback. Happy cooking.
Gobi Manchurian, How To Make Gobi Manchurian, Starter
 on 08 May 17 04:01 PM
5

i tried it without soy sauce but still it tasted so good that now it''s my husband''s favorite dish
Tarla Dalal
09 May 17 08:34 AM
   Hi, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them. Happy Cooking !!
Gobi Manchurian, How To Make Gobi Manchurian, Starter
 on 03 Mar 17 07:08 PM
5

even without onion garlic... this recipe comes out awesomely tasty... thanks Tarla ji
Tarla Dalal
04 Mar 17 08:59 AM
   Hi Monika, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them. Happy Cooking !!
Gobi Manchurian, How To Make Gobi Manchurian, Starter
 on 15 Feb 17 03:14 PM
5

It''s very yummm..recipe.
Tarla Dalal
16 Feb 17 09:08 AM
   Thank you for your kind words Ankita. Do try our recipes and share your feedback. Happy Cooking!!!
Gobi Manchurian, How To Make Gobi Manchurian, Starter
 on 09 Jan 17 04:00 PM
5

Gobi Manchurian, How To Make Gobi Manchurian, Starter
 on 27 Apr 16 05:40 PM
5

Turns out perfect! I tweaked a little by using atta (instead of maida) the fried florets were not so crunchy but loved it
Gobi Manchurian, How To Make Gobi Manchurian, Starter
 on 04 Mar 16 06:13 AM
5

Can I fry the florets in advance and keep it? Then when the guests arrive I simply make the sauce fresh and toss the fried florets in the sauce On high flame? Or suggest other tricks so I can do this easily.
Tarla Dalal
04 Mar 16 09:22 AM
   Hi Meera, You can but the freshness and crispness will be missing which will give a great flavour. Instead keep the sauce ready , once guest arrive just fry the cauliflower and toss in the sauce and serve...
meeraseth
04 Mar 16 11:28 AM
   Ok! That sounds very good, maybe even better... Many thanks!
Gobi Manchurian, How To Make Gobi Manchurian, Starter
 on 04 Feb 16 10:17 PM
5

Tarla Dalal
05 Feb 16 01:41 PM
   Thanks Deepak. We are delighted you loved the Gobi Manchurian recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback.
Gobi Manchurian, How To Make Gobi Manchurian, Starter
 on 31 Jan 16 03:51 AM
5

Tarla Dalal
01 Feb 16 09:51 AM
   Thanks Khedekar. We are delighted you loved the recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback.
Gobi Manchurian ( Starter)
 on 28 Oct 15 03:40 PM
5

A starter which is my all time favourite and have it in restaurants.. I tried this at home and believe me this is a super hit.. The flavours are soo simple and not complicated. i also added onion cubes for extra crunch.. The deep fried cauliflower itself tasted very nice and the added sauted garlic and flavours make it a perfect homemade starter..