Gobi Manchurian

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Gobi Manchurian is an Indo-Chinese appetizer and this version will blow your mind! It features ridiculously crispy and crunchy fried cauliflower coated in a sweet, tangy, umami-rich chili sauce with lots of aromatics. A MUST-make for your next party or get-together!
Prep 35 mins
Cook 25 mins
Total 1 hr
5 from 56 votes

Gobi Manchurian is crispy fried cauliflower coated in a sweet, tangy, spicy, and umami-rich Indo-Chinese sauce that is finger lickin’ good.

It’s easily one of the best appetizers you’ll ever try and a must-make for your next party, game day, or any time you want to impress your friends and family.

In this post, I share all the tips you need to make the best Gobi Manchurian ever, including instructions for fried, baked, and air-fried versions.

Gobi Manchurian in a parchment paper lined bowl on a white tiled surface, garnished with cilantro and scallions

What is Gobi Manchurian?

Gobi Manchurian is an Indian-Chinese dish beloved in India and among Indian food lovers everywhere. It features battered and deep-fried cauliflower (gobi) tossed in a flavorful sauce made with soy sauce, chili sauce, and a generous amount of aromatics (garlic, ginger, chili peppers, scallions, etc.). It’s naturally vegan and easy to make gluten-free.

Indo-Chinese cuisine is the product of a very familiar immigration story. Several hundreds of years ago, Chinese migrants moved to India (primarily to Kolkata) seeking jobs. Many of them opened Chinese restaurants, but they soon realized they needed to adapt Cantonese cuisine to please the Indian palate, which has a predilection for spices and fried food.

Indo-Chinese cuisine fuses Chinese cooking techniques (e.g., stir frying in a wok over high heat) and certain Chinese ingredients (thickeners like cornstarch and sauces like soy sauce and vinegars) with Indian aromatics, vegetables, and spices (e.g., garlic, ginger, hot chiles, onions, chili powder).

The most common problem with Gobi Manchurian is that it’s often soggy, but if you follow these tips and this recipe, you’ll be treated to incredibly crispy Gobi Manchurian!

Gobi Manchurian in a wok, garnished with scallions and cilantro

Should you deep fry or bake Gobi Manchurian?

If you’re interested in the best possible Gobi Manchurian, you’ll absolutely want to deep fry the cauliflower. Here’s why:

  • It’s one of the most delicious things you’ll ever taste and will transport you to food heaven.
  • Deep frying yields cauliflower with a shatteringly crispy texture that will blow your mind.
  • Since fat carries so much flavor, it yields a depth of flavor that’s not possible with the other methods.
  • While deep-fried foods can be overly greasy, if you follow these instructions, this dish is not greasy. The hot oil heats the water in the cauliflower, essentially steaming it and giving it a crispy coating.
  • If you’re nervous about deep frying, I’ve provided step-by-step instructions, photos, and tips that will make the frying process easy and straightforward.
  • This is the traditional method of preparing this dish. If you’ve enjoyed Gobi Manchurian at an Indian restaurant, it was definitely deep fried.

With that said, I know deep frying isn’t the healthiest option. Gobi Manchurian is often served as party food and on special occasions, not as your weekly Tuesday night dinner. So if you wanted to make this for a weeknight meal with your family or plan to eat it often, the baked or air-fried versions are good options, even if they can’t hold a candle to the classic fried version.

Summary: If you can, please make the deep-fried version. It’s worth it. If you plan to make this dish on a regular basis, though, the baked version or air-fried version might make more sense.

scooping fried cauliflower florets in a spider tool above a pan of hot oil

How to make this recipe (step-by-step photos)

Make the Manchurian Sauce.

Whisk together the soy sauce, chili sauce, ketchup, sugar, sesame oil, and vinegar.

Manchurian sauce in bowl on white tile surface

Heat the oil in a flat-bottomed wok over medium-high heat until it just starts to smoke, then add the oil. No wok? Heat a medium frying pan over medium-high heat for several minutes.

Add garlic, ginger, and chili peppers. Stir-fry for 1 minute, shaking pan frequently, until garlic is golden but not brown.

Add shallots, green bell pepper and scallions and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes. Pour in the Manchurian sauce. Stir-fry for 1 minute, shaking pan or stirring frequently.

Add in cornstarch slurry (cornstarch + water) and stir, until the sauce turns glossy. Take off the heat and allow to cool to room temperature before adding cauliflower.

Batter the cauliflower

Note: these instructions apply to all cauliflower cooking methods: frying, baking, or air-frying.

Cut your cauliflower into small-medium sized florets. Whisk together the dry ingredients for the batter: all-purpose flour or rice flour (GF), cornstarch, grated ginger and garlic, salt, and red chili powder.

Gradually pour in the water, whisking as you go, until the batter is lump-free, thick, and viscous.

Add a few florets to the batter and use a silicone spatula to toss the florets all over, coating all the crevices. Repeat with remaining florets, adding them in batches.

cauliflower florets coated in batter in bowl

Fry the cauliflower

Note: baking and air-frying instructions can be found below.

Add enough oil to a saucepan or deep heavy-bottomed pan for deep frying.

Once the oil is at 340-350ºF (171-177ºC), transfer half of the battered florets to the oil. Do not disturb for 1 minute, then stir occasionally using a spider tool (affiliate link) or slotted spoon.

Fry until the florets are golden brown, 6 to 10 minutes. Scoop out and transfer to a paper towel-lined surface to blot away excess oil. Use your hands to pull apart florets that are stuck together.

Return the oil to the same temperature and repeat the frying process with the second batch of florets.

Increase the heat to high and bring the oil up to 375-400ºF (190-204ºC). Add all of the fried cauliflower and flash fry very briefly, 20 to 60 seconds, until golden browned.

Transfer to a new layer of paper towels and sprinkle with a bit of salt.

Note: This second “flash fry” ensures the cauliflower is extra crispy and stays crispy for quite some time. The oil needs to be very hot for this, and the florets turn deeply golden brown very quickly.

Mix the cauliflower and Manchurian sauce

Note: these instructions apply to all cauliflower cooking methods: frying, baking, or air-frying.

When the Manchurian sauce is room temp, add the cooked cauliflower florets to the sauce and toss well to coat.

Add the scallion greens and cilantro, and serve immediately.

Gobi Manchurian in frying pan, garnished with scallions and cilantro

How to make Baked or Air-Fried Gobi Manchurian

If you choose to bake or air-fry the cauliflower, please read these instructions. 

General Notes

Both of these versions both work nicely, but the deep-fried version is hands down better.

Eat these immediately; they get soggy quickly. 

The Manchurian sauce remains the same for all versions, whether you fry, bake or air fry the cauliflower. 

Rice flour: I don’t recommend it for the baked version; it came out gritty and toothsome. I haven’t tried it with the air-fryer method but it could be the same. 

Air-Fried Gobi Manchurian

When air-frying, you will need to use significantly less cornstarch for the cauliflower batter. Do NOT use the measurements in the recipe card below—it will yield gummy cauliflower.

Instead, use the below proportions for flour and cornstarch (all other measurements stay the same).

¾ cup (94g) all purpose flour
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Preheat your Air Fryer to 400ºF/200ºC for 3 minutes. Pull the basket from the air fryer and place HALF of the cauliflower florets in them. Slide it back in the air fryer and fry for 8 to 10 minutes. Turn the florets, then fry for another 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with second half of cauliflower florets.

Baked Gobi Manchurian

Check out the second recipe card below for baking instructions.

This is what the cauliflower florets should look like after baking.

baked cauliflower florets
cauliflower after baking

This is what the baked Gobi looks like once tossed in the Manchurian sauce.

baked Gobi Manchurian in blue bowl

Tips for making this recipe

Battering the Cauliflower

Make sure you pat dry the washed cauliflower. Water + hot oil are not friends.

Slowly pour the water into the flour/cornstarch mixture. If you add it all at once, it will be lumpy and you risk it being too thin.

The batter should feel a little gloopy with some resistance; otherwise, it will slip off the cauliflower. If it feels too thin, add a bit more all-purpose flour or cornstarch.

General Advice for Deep Frying

Tools. You need a slotted spoon or spider/skimming tool (affiliate link). Ideally, 2 pairs: one for lowering the battered florets into the hot oil (which will have batter stuck to it) and one for stirring and removing the florets from the oil. In a pinch, a set of long tongs can be used, but it’s more cumbersome.

A probe thermometer is also very helpful (we love this one) (affiliate links).

For the pan, stay away from shallow pans and instead use a pan that has high sides. A small Dutch oven works great (I use my 4 quart cast iron Staub Dutch Oven – affiliate link). This helps keep oil splatter to a minimum and ensures the oil doesn’t bubble over. If you have a cast iron or enameled cast iron pan with deep sides, these are great choices, as they retain heat well.

Type of oil. You can use vegetable oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, grapeseed oil—any neutral-flavored oil with a high smoke point of at least 400ºF. Do not use olive oil.

Amount of oil. You will need a fair amount of oil, enough that you can submerge the florets. The smaller the pan, the less oil you’ll need.

Safety tips: Don’t fill up your pan too high with oil, no more than 1/2 full with oil. Adding too much oil can cause it bubble over, which can potentially cause a grease fire.

Do not get any water near the hot oil. If water mixes with hot oil, it can smoke, so cover the pan with a lid or baking sheet.

Temperature of oil. Wait until the oil comes up to the listed temperature. Otherwise, the cauliflower will not get adequately fried and will become soggy when tossed in the sauce.

How to test if your oil is hot enough, without a thermometer: Add one cauliflower floret to the oil: it should bubble up immediately. Or, add a cube of bread: it should turn golden in 25 to 30 seconds.

Depending on the size of your pan, it should take (a) 12-15 minutes for the oil to reach the initial 340-350ºF temperature; (b) 1 to 2 minutes for the oil to return to this same temperature after removing the first batch of cauliflower; and (c) 3 to 6 minutes for the oil to reach 375-400ºF for the final flash fry.

Frying the Cauliflower

Fry in two batches. If you add the florets all at once, they’ll crowd the pan and won’t fry evenly.

Get properly battered florets. Don’t stir the florets during the first minute (the batter can slip off them). Some florets will stick together— don’t worry. You can easily pry them apart after they’re done frying and cool enough to touch.

Fry at the right temperature. The first fry happens at a lower temperature to ensure that raw cauliflower cooks through on the inside before it browns. If you notice the cauliflower browning very quickly, lower the heat a bit. The flash fry happens at a higher temperature since the cauliflower is already cooked.

Wait until golden brown. During the first fry, wait until the cauliflower is golden brown to remove it. The exact time depends on the size/shape of pan and how much oil you’ve added. During the flash fry, wait until they’re deeply golden brown (if using rice flour, this takes just 20ish seconds).

Don’t fry the cauliflower too far in advance to maintain maximal crispiness.

Making the Manchurian Sauce

Tools. A wok is the traditional method of making this sauce, as with any Chinese stir-fry. If you don’t have a wok, though, a medium frying pan works fine.

Mis en place and work quickly. Like any stir-fry, you need to prep all your sauce ingredients and have them ready, as the aromatics and sauce cook quickly.

Prevent sticking. When using a wok, heat it until it just starts to smoke. Then add the oil. This method ensures the ingredients don’t stick to the wok.

Keep the sauce at room temperature. In our many tests, we found that adding the fried cauliflower to a hot-temperature sauce makes the cauliflower get soggy quickly.

Adjust to your spice tolerance. Since we love spicy food, we opt for the very spicy version.

Mild heat: omit the serrano peppers.

Moderate heat: use 1 serrano pepper, remove the membranes.

Very spicy heat: use 2 serrano peppers with membranes intact.

Tip: If you are very sensitive to coughing, omit the serrano peppers entirely. But if you want more spiciness, use 2 or 2 ½ tablespoons chili-garlic sauce instead of 1 ½ tablespoons.

Gobi Manchurian in a parchment paper lined plate with scallions and cilantro as garnish, on white tile surface

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Gobi Manchurian be made gluten-free?

Yes! White rice flour works amazingly well as a substitute for all-purpose flour (we couldn’t tell the difference in our tests, and it may actually produce a crunchier texture than AP flour).

Note: rice flour batter needs a little less water, so add it slowly and gradually. If you add too much water, you can add a bit more cornstarch to thicken it up.

Can you store leftovers?

Gobi Manchurian is best served immediately or within a few hours. It starts to lose its crispiness over time, though you can refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for a couple days. My family ate the fried leftovers and still enjoyed them a lot.

In my opinion, the baked version does not make for good leftovers.

How do you serve Gobi Manchurian?

It’s usually served as an appetizer, but if you want to turn it into a meal, serve it alongside white basmati rice and a simple version of raita (mix together vegan coconut yogurt, grated and squeezed cucumber, a few squeezes of lemon juice, salt, and a few sprinkles of garam masala). Or, you can use my raita recipe, which you can also find in my cookbook, The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook

Gobi Manchurian is often served alongside other Indo-Chinese dishes like fried rice or Hakka noodles (check out this recipe from Shweta in the Kitchen). 

I deep fried the cauliflower. How do I store or discard the frying oil?

You can re-use the oil used for frying a few times, just be sure to strain out any food particles. I recommend reading this post from Serious Eats or this post from Epicurious if you have more questions. If you don’t feel comfortable reusing it, feel free to discard.

To discard the oil, once cooled, carefully transfer it to a disposable container (a funnel helps). Place it in the trash (not recycling). Do not pour it down the sink!

Gobi Manchurian in a wok, garnished with scallions and cilantro

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Gobi Manchurian

5 from 56 votes
Gobi Manchurian is an Indo-Chinese appetizer and this version will blow your mind! It features ridiculously crispy and crunchy fried cauliflower coated in a sweet, tangy, umami-rich chili sauce with lots of aromatics. A MUST-make for your next party or get-together!
Prep Time: 35 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Cuisine: Indo-Chinese
Diet Vegan
Serving size: 4 to 6 people

Ingredients

Manchurian Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons neutral-flavored oil of choice
  • 1- inch piece ginger, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 to 2 serrano peppers, chopped*
  • 1 large shallot (or 1/2 of a small red onion), finely diced
  • 6 scallions, whites and light green parts chopped (dark green tops sliced on a bias and reserved for garnish)
  • ½ cup (60g) chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sambal oelek or chili-garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons organic ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons organic brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 handful of fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

Fried Cauliflower

  • 1 small head of cauliflower, cut into small-medium florets (450-500g of florets)**
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon (70g) all-purpose flour or + 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (98g) rice flour***
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons (45g) cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon grated garlic, (or crushed with a press)
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder (mild chili powder)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup (120 mL) water, plus 1 to 2 tablespoons more as needed****
  • Vegetable oil or high-heat oil for deep frying

Instructions

  • Make the Manchurian Sauce. Mix together soy sauce, chili sauce, ketchup, sugar, sesame oil, and vinegar in a bowl. Set aside. In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and water until well combined.
  • Heat a flat-bottomed wok* over medium-high heat until it just starts to smoke. Then add 3 tablespoons of the oil and swirl the pan to get it up the lower sides of the pan. Add the ginger, garlic, and chili peppers, Cook for 1 minute, shaking the pan back and forth or stirring frequently. Add the shallots, scallion whites and light green parts, and green bell pepper, and season with a pinch of salt. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring or shaking the pan often, or until the aromatics start to get some color.
  • Add the sauce and stir fry for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir the cornstarch slurry again to incorporate, and then pour it into the pan. Mix well and stir until the sauce turns glossy and thickens a bit (should be very quick). Turn off the heat and allow the sauce to come to room temperature.**
  • Please read through the instructions before proceeding and read the "Tips" section, especially if you're new to deep frying.
  • Make the cauliflower batter: mix together the all-purpose flour or rice flour, cornstarch, garlic, ginger, chili powder, and salt in a large bowl. Gradually pour in the water and whisk until you have a lump-free and smooth batter that is quite thick and viscous (it should feel a little heavy with some resistance). Be cautious with the water (rice flour needs less water than AP flour).***
  • Heat the oil. Add enough oil to a saucepan or deep heavy-bottomed pan for deep frying, no more than 1/2 full of oil. Heat over medium heat. Line a large plate with a few paper towels.
  • Coat the florets. While the oil is heating, add a few florets to the batter and use a silicone spatula to toss the florets all over, coating all the crevices. Continue adding a few more florets until they're all coated.
  • Fry the cauliflower. Once the oil is at 335º-350ºF, lift out a few florets using a slotted spoon and add to the hot oil. Add a few more in batches, until half of the florets are in the oil. Wait 1 minute before stirring to prevent the batter from slipping off and sticking to other florets.
  • Fry the florets for a total of 6 to 10 minutes, stirring from time to time, until they are golden brown (not just golden). Scoop up the florets with the spider or slotted spoon and gently shake it up and down to get rid of excess oil. Strain florets onto the paper towel-lined surface.
    Note: The exact time depends on the size of your pan and how much oil you have (rice flour is a little quicker than AP flour). Don’t worry if the florets stick together, as it’ll be easy to pry them apart once they’re out of the oil.
  • Allow the oil to return to 335º-350ºF—it should take 1 to 2 minutes. Meanwhile, gently stir the remaining florets in the batter to ensure they’re well coated. Repeat the frying process with the second half of the florets.
  • Increase the heat to high and wait until the oil is at 375-400ºF (takes 3 to 6 minutes).**** Replace the paper towels with new ones.
  • Use the spider or spoon to add all of the florets to the oil and flash fry briefly, or until deeply golden browned (20-30 seconds for rice flour, 1 minute for AP flour). Strain onto the paper towels and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt.
  • Coat the cauliflower in sauce. When the florets are done frying, add them to the sauce (off the heat) and mix gently until well coated. Garnish with the reserved scallion greens and chopped cilantro. Serve immediately.

Notes

Ingredient Notes
*For mild heat, omit the serrano peppers. For moderate heat, use 1 serrano pepper, remove the membranes. For a very spicy heat (our preference), use 2 serrano peppers with membranes intact. If you are very sensitive to coughing, omit the serrano peppers; but if you want more spiciness, use 2 or 2 ½ TBSP chili-garlic sauce instead of 1 ½ TBSP.
**Wash and dry your cauliflower thoroughly so there’s no water left (water + hot oil don’t mix!). 
***For gluten-free, use white rice flour instead of AP flour; also use tamari instead of soy sauce. 
****If using all-purpose flour, you may need slightly more water: about ½ cup + 2 tablespoons (150 mL).
Instruction Notes
*If not using a wok, heat a medium frying pan over medium-high heat for several minutes. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of oil and once it’s shimmering, add the ginger, garlic, and chili peppers. Cook for 60 to 90 seconds, stirring frequently. Add the shallots, scallion whites, and bell pepper, and season with a pinch of salt. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring often.
**You can make the Manchurian sauce while frying the cauliflower to save time. Just allow the sauce to come to room temperature before tossing it with the cauliflower. If the sauce is hot when the cauliflower is added, it gets soggy pretty quickly. 
***If you add too much water and the batter is too thin, add a spoon of all-purpose flour, stir, and add more as needed. If using rice flour, add more cornstarch.
****If using a wok to fry the cauliflower, use medium-high heat on the flash fry instead of high heat, as it conducts heat a lot faster than other pans. 

Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 572mg | Potassium: 452mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 241IU | Vitamin C: 66mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg

Baked Gobi Manchurian

5 from 49 votes
Gobi Manchurian is an Indo-Chinese appetizer, and this baked version is a more healthful spin on the classic deep-fried version. Cauliflower florets are battered and baked until crispy, then coated in a sweet, tangy, umami-rich chili sauce with lots of aromatics.
Prep Time: 35 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Cuisine: Indo-Chinese
Diet Vegan
Serving size: 4 to 6 people

Ingredients

Baked Cauliflower

  • 1 small head of cauliflower, cut into small-medium florets (450-500g of florets)*
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon (70g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons (45g) cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon grated garlic, (or crushed with a press)
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder (mild chili powder)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup (120 mL) water, plus 1 to 2 tablespoons more as needed
  • 3/4 cup (60g) panko bread crumbs (optional, for crunch)

Manchurian Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons neutral-flavored oil of choice
  • 1- inch piece ginger, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 to 2 serrano peppers, chopped**
  • 1 large shallot (or 1/2 of a small red onion), finely diced
  • 6 scallions, whites and light green parts chopped (dark green tops sliced on a bias and reserved for garnish)
  • ½ cup (60g) chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sambal oelek or chili-garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons organic ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons organic brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 handful of fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions

  • Arrange two racks in your oven and preheat it to 425ºF/218ºC (use the convection setting, if your oven has one). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Make the cauliflower batter: mix together the all-purpose flour or rice flour, cornstarch, garlic, ginger, chili powder, and salt in a large bowl. Gradually pour in the water and whisk until you have a lump-free and smooth batter that is quite thick and viscous (it should feel a little heavy with some resistance).*
  • Add a few florets to the batter and use a silicone spatula to toss the florets all over, coating all the crevices. Continue adding a few more florets until they're all coated.
  • Spread the panko bread crumbs out on a large plate or a shallow bowl. Using one hand, dip a few florets into the panko (keep the other hand clean for ease). Transfer the florets the sheet pans (divide the florets evenly between the two pans, make sure they aren't touching). Repeat with rest of florets.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Take the pans out of the oven, rotate them by 180º and switch their positions in the oven for even baking. If already quite brown, reduce the temperature to 400ºF. Bake for another 15 to 20 minutes, until cauliflower is crispy and browned in spots. 
  • While cauliflower is baking, make the Manchurian Sauce. Mix together soy sauce, chili sauce, ketchup, sugar, sesame oil, and vinegar in a bowl. Set aside. In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and water until well combined.
  • Heat a flat-bottomed wok** over medium-high heat until it just starts to smoke. Then add 3 tablespoons of the oil and swirl the pan to get it up the lower sides of the pan. Add the ginger, garlic, and chili peppers, Cook for 1 minute, shaking the pan back and forth or stirring frequently. Add the shallots, scallion whites and light green parts, and green bell pepper, and season with a pinch of salt. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring or shaking the pan often, or until the aromatics start to get some color.
  • Add the sauce and stir fry for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir the cornstarch slurry again to incorporate, and then pour it into the pan. Mix well and stir until the sauce turns glossy and thickens a bit (should be very quick). Turn off the heat and allow the sauce to come to room temperature.
  • Coat the cauliflower in sauce. When the florets are done frying, add them to the sauce (off the heat) and mix gently until well coated. Garnish with the reserved scallion greens and chopped cilantro. Serve immediately.

Notes

Note: this version is not gluten-free and we weren’t able to find a good gluten-free version that worked. Rice flour made it gritty and toothsome. Panko bread crumbs, which contain gluten, are added for an extra crunch to compensate for the lack of crunch from deep frying. If you are GF, we recommend making the original fried version. 
Ingredient Notes
*Wash and dry your cauliflower thoroughly so there’s no water left (water + hot oil don’t mix!). 
**For mild heat, omit the serrano peppers. For moderate heat, use 1 serrano pepper, remove the membranes. For a very spicy heat (our preference), use 2 serrano peppers with membranes intact. If you are very sensitive to coughing, omit the serrano peppers; but if you want more spiciness, use 2 or 2 ½ TBSP chili-garlic sauce instead of 1 ½ TBSP.
Instruction Notes
*If you add too much water and the batter is too thin, add a spoon of flour, stir, and add more as needed. 
**If not using a wok, heat a medium frying pan over medium-high heat for several minutes. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of oil and once it’s shimmering, add the ginger, garlic, and chili peppers. Cook for 60 to 90 seconds, stirring frequently. Add the shallots, scallion whites, and bell pepper, and season with a pinch of salt. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring often.

Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 788mg | Potassium: 510mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 241IU | Vitamin C: 66mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 3mg

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94 comments on Gobi Manchurian

  1. rhonda

    5 stars
    Yum! Oven verison . Spicy and sweet!

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      Thanks for the lovely feedback, Rhonda!

  2. Bosha

    5 stars
    FABULEUX et si Délicieux, nous sommes accro à ta recette !!!
    Le parfum est magique, je comprends pourquoi les commentaires sont si dithyrambiques !!! Essayer c’est l’adopté et si facile à faire avec les merveilleuses explications. Merci Nisha

  3. Margot

    5 stars
    Yess!! The oven verwoon came out SO GOOD. I immediatly Shared The recipe with my family. We ate it with Rice and a salad.

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      Thanks for sharing, Margot!

  4. Jane

    5 stars
    Wow wow wow, my husband and I devoured this delicious cauliflower dish! Truly amazing!!! Thank you soooooo much! 😍

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Jane, So glad to hear you two loved this recipe!

  5. MP

    5 stars
    Another smashing recipe. What a delicious way to cook Cauliflower!

    Couldn’t find sambal oelek so subbed in sriracha on recommendation of google :)

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      MP, So glad to hear you loved this recipe!

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