Gobi Manchurian (Indian Chinese Style Cauliflower)

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"This recipe is an Indian Chinese dish from the Chinatown district of Calcutta (Kolkata), India and dates from the 1950's when Indian Chinese cuisine started spreading across India. Serve along with hot cooked white or brown rice, noodles or even fried rice. The fried cauliflower patties also make great appetizers without the gravy."

Original is 2-4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (1456.8 g)
  • Calories 925.1
  • Total Fat - 16.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 6302.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 175 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 14.3 g
  • Sugars - 18.3 g
  • Protein - 20.8 g
  • Calcium - 150.4 mg
  • Iron - 4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 324.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

To prepare the batter, whisk together the flour, 1 cup cornstarch, water, 1 tablespoon sambal oelek, garlic, ginger, sea salt and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl. You want the batter to be thick like you make for pancakes.

Step 2

Add the cauliflower into the batter and toss to coat evenly.

Step 3

Heat the 4 cups vegetable oil in a Dutch oven until it reaches 375F.

Step 4

Once the oil is ready, use a slotted-spoon to scoop cauliflower from the batter. You want each cauliflower patty to be about the size of the spoon. Carefully add a few patties to the oil and fry until golden brown (about 4 1/2-5 minutes).

Step 5

Using a clean slotted spoon, transfer the patties to a tray lined with paper towels to allow any excess oil to drain off.

Step 6

While the patties are frying, heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a medium-size saucepan on high heat.

Step 7

Once the oil is hot, add the onions and saute until they start to turn translucent (3-4 minutes). Add the garlic, ginger, bell pepper and 1 Serrano pepper. Stir-fry for about 30 seconds.

Step 8

Add the stock, soy sauce and vinegar and bring to a rolling boil.

Step 9

In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch and water together until smooth. Stir it quickly into the sauce to avoid forming lumps. Reduce the heat to a simmer and stir in the sambal oelek, black pepper and salt. The gravy will thicken a little (about 1 minute). Adjust the seasoning to your preference.

Step 10

Transfer the fried cauliflower patties to a serving dish. Pour the gravy over the patties and garnish with the remaining sliced Serrano pepper, fresh scallions and cilantro. Serve hot.


  • Paper towels

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