Saturday, January 10, 2015

Gobi Manchurian

for pan frying the florets:
1 medium cauliflower/phool gobi
1 cup all purpose flour/maida
4 tbsp corn starch
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ to ½ tsp kashmiri red chilli powder/lal mirch powder or deghi mirch (add about 1 tsp to get a good color, but this will also increase the heat a bit)
1 tsp soy sauce
1 cup + 1 tbsp water or as required
5 to 6 tbsp oil for pan frying
for the sauce:
¾ cup chopped spring onion/scallion whites, reserve the greens for garnish
½ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1.5 inch ginger, finely chopped or 3 tsp finely chopped ginger
8 to 10 medium garlic, finely chopped or 3 tsp finely chopped garlic
2 green chilies, finely chopped or 1 tsp finely chopped green chilies
½ tbsp finely chopped celery, optional
1.5 tbsp light soy sauce or ½ to 1 tbsp soy sauce, you can also add as per your taste
1 tbsp tomato sauce or add as required
1 tsp rice vinegar or ½ tsp white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
¼ to ½ tsp black pepper powder
salt as required


Chop or break the gobi/cauliflower in medium size florets, boil for 15-20 minutes, drain.

In a bowl mix together the ingredients for making the batter - flour, corn starch, soy sauce, black pepper, kashmiri red chili powder and salt. Add water and whisk to make a smooth batter without any lumps.
Dip each gobi floret in the batter, fry in ~ 1/2 inch hot oil. Or just pan fry them until light golden. Drain on a kitchen paper towel.

Preparing the sauce:
Drain oil if there's a bunch still. In the same pan, add chopped ginger, garlic and green chilies. saute for a half a minute.
Then add the chopped spring onions, green pepper, and chopped celery if using. Increase the flame and stir fry till the capsicum is half cooked or almost cooked.
Add soy sauce, tomato sauce, black pepper and salt. stir.
Add the pan fried cauliflower florets.
Stir fry for two to three minutes ensuring the spiced sauce coats the cauliflower florets well.
lastly add vinegar and stir well. check the taste and add more of soy sauce or tomato sauce as per your taste. switch off the fire. mix in the chopped spring onions greens or garnish with them while serving.

Source: Dassana Amit,

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