'Gobi' in hindi means cauliflower. This is a great side dish and goes well with any kind of fried rice or even some noodles. It is saucy and delish and is a great vegetarian option.

Gobi Manchurian is a great indo- chinese appetizer. The cauliflower is first marinated and then usually fried twice before coating it with the sauce. But I've just fried it once. The rice flour makes it crisp. The sauce is filled with a ginger garlic taste and is nice and saucy.

for marinating the cauliflower:
cauliflower - small (450g)
rice flour - 2 tbsps
cornflour 2 tbsps
chili powder - 2 tsps
salt to taste
oil to deep fry the cauliflower

for the sauce:
oil - 3 tbsps
garlic, minced - 1 tbsp
ginger, minced - 3/4 tbsp
green chilies, minced - 2
onion, chopped - 1/2
onion, cubed - 1/2
green capsicum, cubed - 1/2 of a big one
spring onions, cut into 1 inch pieces - 1/4 cup loosely packed
tomato ketchup - 3 tbsps
chili sauce - 3 tbsps
dark thick soya sauce - 1 tbsp
pepper powder - 1/4 tsp (optional)
water - 1/2 cup
cornflour - 1 tsp
vinegar - 1/2 tsp
sugar - 1/2 tsp
spring onions, chopped - 2 tbsps (optional to garnish)


  • Cut the cauliflower into little florets. Wash and blanch them in hot water with some salt for about 15 minutes. Drain.
  • Now to make the marinade for the cauliflower- In a big mixing bowl, add the rice flour, corn flour, chilli powder and some salt and add just enough water to form a paste . Add in the cauliflower and toss them around in the paste so the cauliflower is coated in this chili paste. Let it marinate for atleast 20 minutes.
  • In a frying pan, heat the oil to deep fry the cauliflower. When the oil is hot, add in the cauliflower in batches and deep fry them until nice and crisp. Drain on a kitchen towel.
  • Now, to make the sauce- In a small bowl mix the tomato ketchup, chilli sauce and soya sauce and keep it ready.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add the garlic and saute on low flame for about 10 seconds.
  • Then, add in the chopped onions, green chillies and ginger and saute further. 
  • When the onions start to change colour, add in the cubed onion and capsicum and saute on high flame for a minute.
  • Reduce the flame and add the spring onions. Stir and add in the sauces (which we have mixed and kept in a bowl)
  • Add in the water and let it simmer.
  • Add some salt and pepper 
  • Dilute the cornflour with 2 tbsps of water and add it to the pan. Mix well. 
  • The sauce will start to thicken. Add in the sugar and vinegar. mix well.
  • Add in the fried cauliflower and mix well so it soaks up the sauce.
  • Top with chopped spring onions and switch off the flame.

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