"GOBI MANCHURIAN" is one of the most delicious, popular, zestful and beloved food in India. It is an Indian-Chinese recipe. It is deep fried Cauliflower coated with a combined mixture of garlic, chilies, onions, green pepper and a blend of different sauces like soy, vinegar etc. There are basically two stages in preparing this recipe- first is to deep fry cauliflower and second, preparation of sauce. This recipe is time consuming, but it is worth the effort.
1 Medium cauliflower, chopped into bite size florets
5-8 cloves of Garlic, minced
2 Green chilies, finely chopped
1 Onion, chopped lengthwise
2 Green Bell pepper, chopped lengthwise
1/4th tsp Ajinomoto
Oil for deep fry
For the batter
6 - 8 tsp of corn flour
½ tsp of Red chili powder
Water (as required)
For the sauce
4 tsp Soy sauce
2 tsp white vinegar
4 tsp Tomato ketchup
½ cup of water
v In a bowl, combine corn flour, red chili powder and salt. Add cauliflower florets and mix well. Sprinkle water as required, just enough to coat cauliflower florets (some recipes use food color for appearance, but this recipe doesn’t use food color)
v Heat oil in a heavy bottom vessel and deep fry cauliflower until they are crisp and light brown
v In a separate pan, heat 2-3 tsp of oil, add minced garlic,green chilies and curry leaves. Sauté for few seconds and then add onions and bell pepper and mix well. Leave it for a minute in high heat setting until they are partially cooked.
v In a bowl, prepare the sauce. Whisk these ingredients - soy sauce, white vinegar, tomato ketchup and water (you can also add ½ tsp of corn flour for thick gravy).
v Pour the sauce over onions and bell pepper. Stir well. In high heat, reduce the sauce into thick consistency. Add salt and ajinomoto
v Add cauliflower and toss them
v Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot