Bangalore Street Style Crispy Gobi Manchurian recipe (Cauliflower Manchurian recipe) step by step

Bangalore Street Style Crispy Gobi Manchurian recipe (Cauliflower Manchurian recipe)Gobi Manchurian is an Indo-Chinese dish made with deep-fried crispy cauliflower florets fritters tossed with soya sauce and red chilli sauce accompanied by capsicum (green bell pepper) and onion. Gobi means cauliflower in hindi and Manchurian is an Indo Chinese recipe prepared with sweet & spicy Chinese sauce.

To make Gobi Manchurian, blanched & marinated cauliflower florets are coated in a flour batter and deep fry in oil to make a crispy fritter. Lastly tossed those crunchy cauliflower fritters in manchurian sauce (a mixture of soya sauce, tomato sauce & red chilli sauce). Though instead of deep frying, baking or frying in an air frier can take place, for less oil consumption.

Bangalore Street Style Crispy Gobi Manchurian recipe (Cauliflower Manchurian recipe)

What is Gobi Manchurian recipe?

Gobi manchurian is an Indo Chinese dish made with crispy cauliflower florets fritters tossed in a soya sauce and red chilli sauce accompanied by capsicum (green bell pepper) and onion. This crispy cauliflower fritter is also popular as Cauliflower Manchurian in an Indian-Chinese-style dish.

Gobi manchurian also has two variants like other Indian Chinese dishes – One is dry & crunchy, other one is with gravy recipe. Dry gobi manchurian remains the cauliflower fritters crispy so easy to use as a starter. Gravy one is used as a side dish of noodles or fried rice. I mostly prepare the dry gobi manchurian which is my today’s recipe too.

I first have Gobi Manchurian in Bangalore from a street-side fast food stall. That was the first time I had a Manchurian recipe prepared with gobi. Seems chote chote crispy gobi ke pakore (cauliflower florets fritters) tossed in Chinese style Manchurian sauce. Crispy & dry from the outside and soft & juicy from the inside. Many times I had it from Bangalore’s many roadside fast food joints, mostly in many Udupi cafes.

Later get to know, this Gobi manchurian recipe is developed in Karnataka. That is the reason I have never ever seen this dish on a Chinese restaurant’s menu. It is a Karnataka style very popular evening snack and a veg starter

Generally, Manchurian dish comes with gravy and are commonly served with Chinese Fried rice or Noodles. However, this cauliflower manchurian is quite dry compared to other Manchurian dishes. So you can have it as a starter or appetizer. Or even you can have it with roti or chapathi too.

How to keep gobi manchurian crispy?

Due to tossing in a thick Manchurian gravy the crispness of the gobi or cauliflower fritters long last. So If your Gobi Manchurian does not remain crispy means the fritters might soak the gravy.

Reason 1Just because gravy is not too thick as required for this recipe. So please check it while cooking and never ever let the fritters get soaked in the gravies. And the crispness will stay longer

Reason 2One more reason for non-lasting crispiness might be the coating of these cauliflower fritters. For making the coating crispy, a mix of maida & cornflour is used in a perfect ratio. Whereas cornflour is a more important factor to maintain the crunch. So if you are using gram flour instead of maida & cornflour then also lose the crunch and the taste without it.

How to make gobi Manchurian fritters in Bangalore street side shops?

Generally in winter due to the availability of cauliflower, cauliflower is the main ingredient for making manchurian fritters.

However, other than in winter, I have seen in Bangalore roadside shops make this gobi manchurian recipe with a mixture of grated cabbage (band gobi or patta gobi in hindi), carrot, cauliflower. Mix the ingredients with ginger-garlic paste, maida and cornflour. By sprinkling little water make dough from these & turn the dough into small balls.

Lastly deep fry the balls until crisp & similarly coat them with the manchurian sauce, how I do it in this recipe.

Though this manchurian is a cauliflower based dish, however, you can make it without cauliflower too. How? Just by making a ball with chopped cabbage (patta gobi in hindi), carrot, capsicum, onion and ginger garlic paste.

Let’s see how to make this crispy gobi manchurian at home and let me know your feedback about this recipe and its simple tips and tricks. 

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Bangalore Street Style Crispy Gobi Manchurian recipe (Cauliflower Manchurian recipe) step by step

Recipe by Moumita PaulCourse: Starters, Snacks, AppetizersCuisine: Indian, Indo ChineseDifficulty: Moderate
Servings

4-5

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Calories

300

kcal
Total time

45

minutes

Gobi manchurian is an Indo Chinese dish made with crispy cauliflower florets fritters tossed in a soya sauce and red chilli sauce accompanied by capsicum (green bell pepper) and onion. is basically crispy cauliflower fritters tossed with a manchurian sauce accompanied by capsicum (green bell pepper) and onion.

Ingredients of Gobi Manchurian

  • For Marinating Cauliflower
  • 1 Medium Phul Gobi / Cauliflower

  • 3/4 tsp Ginger Paste

  • 11/2 tsp Garlic paste

  • 1 tsp Black pepper Powder

  • 1/4 tsp Salt

  • For making batter
  • 10 tbsp Flour or Maida

  • 4 tbsp Cornflour

  • 1 tsp Red chilli Powder

  • 1/4 tsp Salt

  • 1/2 cup of Water

  • To make gobi manchurian sauce
  • 11/2 tsp Red Chilli Sauce

  • 2 tsp Soya Sauce

  • 4 tbsp Tomato Ketchup

  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder

  • To make gobi manchurian gravy
  • 2 tsp Chopped Garlic

  • 1 tsp Chopped Ginger

  • 1 Big Onion

  • 1 Capsicum or Green Bell Pepper

  • 3 tbsp Vegetable Oil

  • 2 tbsp Cornflour + 1/2 cup Water

  • 1/2 tsp Salt

  • 1/2 tsp Pepper

  • 2 tbsp Chopped Spring Onion

Instructions

  • For making gobi manchurian recipe, first, wash & cut the cauliflower into small to medium florets. 
  • Wash the florets again and keep them in a pan, add 11/2 cup of water, and add 1 tsp salt in it. Start heating the pan on a high flame. 
  • Blanch the cauliflower florets for 3-4 minutes on high flame. Discard the water and keep it in a mixing bowl. 
  • Add 3/4 tsp ginger, 11/4 tsp garlic paste, 1 tsp black pepper powder, and 1/2 tsp salt with the cauliflower florets. Mix it well and keep it aside until the batter is ready.
  • In the meantime, in another mixing bowl take 10 tbsp maida, 4 tbsp cornflour, 3/4 tsp salt, and 1 tsp red chilli powder, Mix it well. 
  • Then gradually mix water (1/2 cup ≈ 125 ml) into this mixture and make a smooth batter. 
  • Make sure the cauliflower florets are nicely coated with the batter.
  • To Fry Cauliflower Fritters
  • To fry the cauliflower fritters, heat a pan on medium heat, pour a generous amount of vegetable oil for deep frying and let the oil gets hot. 
  • To check the correct temperature of the oil, put a drop of batter into the oil. If the drop immediately comes up & starts floating on the oil means the oil is perfectly hot to fry.
  • Then remove the drop from the oil and one by one put the batter-coated cauliflower florets into the hot oil.
  • Fry the fritters until the coating of the cauliflower is golden and hard from all sides. Remove them from the pan.
  • In the same way, fry all the cauliflower florets, and now make the sauce.
  • For making manchurian sauce, in a bowl, add 4 tbsp tomato ketchup, 2 tsp soya sauce, 11/2 tsp red chilli sauce and 1/4 tsp red chilli powder at last. Mix it well.
  • To Make Gobi Manchurian gravy
  • For making the gravy, first, heat the same pan on high heat, and add chopped garlic and chopped ginger in oil. Saute for 30 secs. 
  • Add the onion cubes after separating the petal from each other. Stir it well for another 30 secs.
  • Next, add green capsicum (green bell pepper), toss it well, then add chopped green chillies and stir it for 30 more secs. 
  • Then add the sauce mixture (Red chilli sauce+ tomato ketchup + soya sauce) to the pan, mix it well, and add 1/2 tsp salt & 1/2 tsp black pepper powder. 
  • After sautéing for a minute, add cornflour mixed water (2 tbsp Cornflour + 1/2 cup Water) to the pan, Mix it well. 
  • When the gravy starts boiling, starts to get thick & dry off, then add chopped spring onion to it. Mix well. 
  • Then immediately put the cauliflower fritters into the gravy and nicely coat them with the sauce. Turn off the heat.
  • Our street style crispy gobi manchurian is ready. Sprinkle some chopped spring onion on top. Immediately plate it out & relish the crunch with each bite.

Notes

  • Blanching of cauliflower needs to remove the insects & the dirt remaining inside the cauliflower florets. Even you can make it without blanching too. Just soak it in hot water with salt will give you the same result.
  • Why Marination is necessary? Cauliflower has a bad odour, to remove that bad odour and to make the fritters flavourful, marination is required for this recipe.
  • Do not overcrowd the pan while frying the cauliflower fritters, otherwise, the fritters can stick to each other.
  • If the batter gets thin & not able to properly coat the cauliflower, then you can add a little maida (≈ 1 tbsp) to adjust the consistency.
  • Instead of using a ginger-garlic paste, you can use the same amount of dry ginger garlic powder too.

How To Make Gobi Manchurian recipe

Instruction

Preparation

  • For making gobi manchurian recipe, first, wash & cut the cauliflower florets into small to medium pieces. 
Cauliflower florets cut into small pieces for making gobi manchurian recipe
  • Wash the cauliflower pieces again and keep them in a pan with 11/2 cup of water, and add 1 tsp salt in it. Start heating the pan on a high flame. 
Blanching cauliflower with salt
  • Blanch the cauliflower for 3-4 minutes. Discard the water and keep it in a mixing bowl. 

To Marinate Cauliflower

  • To marinate, add 3/4 tsp ginger, 11/4 tsp garlic paste, 1 tsp black pepper powder, and 1/2 tsp salt with the blanched cauliflower. Mix it well and keep it aside until the batter is ready.
Marination of cauliflower for making gobi manchurian recipe

To Make Batter

  • For making the batter, in another mixing bowl, take 10 tbsp maida, 4 tbsp cornflour, 3/4 tsp salt, and 1 tsp full red chilli powder, Mix it well. 
  • Then gradually mix water into this mixture and make a smooth batter. 
Making batter for gobi manchurian recipe
  • Make sure the cauliflower is nicely coated with the batter. As shown in the picture below.
Gobi is nicely coated in batter

To Fry Cauliflower Fritters

  • To fry the cauliflower fritters, heat a pan on medium flame, pour generous amount of vegetable oil, and let the oil gets hot. 
  • To check the correct temperature of the oil, put a drop of batter in hot oil. If the drop immediately starts floating on the oil means the oil is perfectly hot to fry.
  • Then remove that from the pan and one by one put the batter-coated cauliflower into the hot oil.
  • Fry the fritters until the cauliflower coating is golden and crisp from all sides. Remove them from the pan.
Crispy gobi ke pakore for making manchurian recipe
  • In the same way, fry all the cauliflower fritters, and now make the sauce.

To make Manchurian sauce

  • For making manchurian sauce, in a bowl, add tomato ketchup, soya sauce, red chilli sauce and 1/4 tsp red chilli powder at last. Mix it well.
Making manchurian sauce for making gobi manchurian recipe

How To Make Gobi Manchurian Gravy

For making the gravy, heat the same pan on high heat, and add chopped garlic and chopped ginger in oil. Saute for 30 secs.

Frying garlic and ginger for making gobi manchurian gravy
  • Add the onion cubes after separating the petal from each other. Stir it well for another 30 secs.
Frying onion
  • Next, add green capsicum (green bell pepper), toss it well, then add chopped green chillies and stir it for 30 more secs. 
Frying capsicum and green chillies
  • Then add the sauce mixture (Red chilli sauce+ tomato ketchup + soya sauce) to the pan, mix it well, and add 1/2 tsp salt & 1/2 tsp black pepper powder. 
Sautéing manchurian sauce with salt and pepper
  • After sautéing for a minute, add cornflour mixed water (2 tbsp Cornflour + 1/2 cup Water) to the pan, Mix it well.
Adding cornflour and water mixture for making gobi manchurian gravy
  • When the gravy starts boiling & starts to get thick and dry, add chopped spring onion to the gravies. Mix well.
Thick manchurian gravy for tossing batter fried crispy gobi in it
  • Then immediately put the fritters into the gravy and nicely coat them with the sauce. Turn off the heat.
Bangalore Street Style Crispy Gobi Manchurian is ready to serve
  • Bangalore street style crispy Gobi Manchurian is ready, sprinkle chopped spring onion. Immediately plate it out & relish the crunch with each bite.

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