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Gobi Manchurian - Cauliflower Manchurian

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Ingredients
  Oil 1 Cup (16 tbs) (For deep frying)
For the marinade
  Cauliflower 1 Medium, broken into medium sized florets
  Onions 1 Small, chopped finely (can be added to marinade mixture or into the batter)
  Ginger paste 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Garlic paste 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Green chili paste 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt To Taste
  Freshly ground black pepper To Taste
For the batter
  All purpose flour 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Corn starch/Rice flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Baking powder 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon (Optional)
  Water 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs) (As required to prepare the batter)
For the sauce
  Soy sauce 3 Tablespoon (2-3)
  Ginger paste 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Garlic paste 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Sweet and sour sauce 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (An alternate ingredient - Mix of ketchup and hot sauce)
  Hot sauce 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Sesame seed oil/Peanut butter 1 Teaspoon
  Corn syrup 1 Tablespoon (or corn starch dissolved in water)
For the garnish
  Green onions 2 Tablespoon, chopped finely
Directions

GETTING READY
To marinate the cauliflower:
1. In a bowl with the cauliflower florets, add the finely chopped onions, ginger paste, garlic paste, green chili paste, salt and freshly ground black pepper.
2. Toss well so that all the florets are well marinated with the spices. Cover the bowl and set aside for at least 20 minutes.

MAKING
To prepare the batter:
3. Take a bowl, mix all purpose flour, corn starch, baking powder, salt and freshly ground pepper (if using).
4. Gradually add water a little at a time, mixing to form a batter. Stir well to get a lump free smooth batter.
5. Heat oil for frying on a medium heat.
6. Meanwhile, add the well marinated cauliflower florets into the prepared batter and coat each floret well with the batter.
7. When the oil is hot enough, carefully drop in the coated cauliflower florets into the hot oil and deep fry them till golden brown in color. Drain them into a paper towel to remove the excess oil.
To prepare the sauce:
8. In a pan, add soy sauce, ginger-garlic paste, sweet and sour sauce, hot sauce and sesame seed oil. Mix to combine well.
9. Warm the pan on a medium heat and then add the corn syrup and stir well. After a minute take it off the heat.

FINALIZING
10. Once you are ready to serve, mix the fried Gopi (cauliflower florets) into the prepared sauce and coat all the florets well.

SERVING
11. Serve the Gopi Manchurian garnished with finely chopped green onions. This dish is best served with fried rice or plain rice.

NOTE
Do not mix the fried cauliflower florets and the prepared sauce ahead of time. Combine the two only just before serving the dish. This would help in retaining the crispiness of the cauliflower.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Indo Chinese
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Deep Fried
Ingredient: 
Cauliflower
Interest: 
Party
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
55 Minutes
Servings: 
4
Those fond of Indo-Chinese recipes will love this dish. Gobi Manchurian is made in Indian and Chinese style, which means both the type of spices are used. Manchurian is one of the famous starters in India. It is delicious and tastes spicy. Do check out the video for the detailed recipe.

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