Monday, February 11, 2013

Dry Gobi (cauliflower) Manchurian.A popular Indian street food

Gobi/cauliflower Manchurian a famous Indo-Chinese appetizer, Immensely popular in India  it is widespread in major Indian metropolitan cities. this is a dry version which is quite poplar street has a very crispy coating on the cauliflower and is tossed with a spicy Chinese sauce.This is also served as an appetizer during parties with a toothpick or fork .
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20-25 minutes
  • 3 cups Cauliflower ,cut to bite-size florets
  • 1cup Maida/all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Corn flour
  • 1tsp Black pepper powder
  • A pinch of orange-red color
  • Salt to taste
For the sauce:
  • 2tsp fresh green or red chilly (Chopped)
  • 3tsp Garlic ( chopped)
  • 1cup Spring onion (only white part,chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Spring onion ( green part,chopped)
  • 1tsp Ginger ( chopped)
  • 1tbsp Red chilly sauce ( optional)
  • 3tsp dark soy sauce
  • 2tsp White/synthetic vinegar
  • 2tsp Corn starch
  • 2tbsp Tomato ketchup

Cooking Directions
  • To make batter, add All-purpose flour, Corn Starch, Salt, Black Pepper and a pinch of food colour( if you are using) to get that restaurant style colourful dish and add  enough Water to a small bowl. Mix until there are no lumps and the batter should be thick.
  • Now Coat Cauliflower florets well with the batter and deep fry until Cauliflower is a medium dark brown colour and crisp
  • Finish frying all of the Cauliflower and drain it on a paper towel
  • Now mix tomato Ketchup ,Red Chilli Sauce ,Soy Sauce and Vinegar in a bowl and keep aside.
For making the sauce:
  1. Heat Oil in a medium non-stick pan.Add Green or red Chillies ( i have used fresh red chillies to make it more appetizing) ,ginger and Garlic and stir for a second.
  2. Now add onion and cook until Onions turns to light pink colour.
  3. Then add fried cauliflower florets and toss it well.
  4. Now its time to add the sauces and toss it again .Let all the florets nicely covered with the sauce.
  5. Mix 2 tsp Corn Starch with 1tbsp of water and pour this over the cauliflower pieces,toss it again on high flame.
  6. lastly add chopped spring Onion greens and toss again.
  7. Garish with few chopped spring onion and Serve immediately.
Note: you can add a pinch of MSG to enhance the flavour of this dish .Just sprinkle it evenly while frying the onions.The MSG, combined with the hot temperature of the dish, boosts the flavours already present. Use only 1/2 or 1/4tsp MSG depending upon the quantity of the dish.