Appetizers/Snacks

Gobi Manchurian

Anytime favorite in my family and a must to order appetizer when we go to Indian restaurants. Tangy spicy sweet sauce with crunchy cauliflower bites is just irresistible and my kids are never satisfied without asking for seconds! It’s become a regular thing to make at home too!

Ingredients:

Medium size cauliflower-1

Medium size onion-1

Capsicum/Bell pepper-1/2

Spring onions-a small bunch

Coriander/ Cilantro- 8 to 10 strands

Garlic cloves- 6

Ginger-Small piece

Green chillies/- 5 (medium hot)

All purpose flour/ Maida- 3 Tbsp

Rice flour-1 Tbsp

Corn Flour- 3 Tbsp

Red chilli powder- According to spice level

Black pepper- 1 tsp

Salt –to taste

Tomato Ketchup -1/2 cup

Red Chili sauce -1tbsp or according to your spice level

White vinegar-1tbsp

Soy Sauce-1 Tbsp

Sugar-A pinch

Oil for frying

Preparation

Cut the base of the cauliflower and separate the florets.  Soak them in salt water for 5-10 minutes in order to remove dirt and germs. Dry the florets.

Chop onions finely, cut spring onions and capsicum/ bell pepper lengthwise. Mince garlic cloves, ginger, green chillies/ jalapenos and coriander/cilantro and keep aside.

Mix all the flours, red chilli powder, pepper powder and salt, add the florets to the dry powder and mix well. Add 4-5tbsp of water just enough for the mixture to form a thin coat on the florets. Too much water will make the manchurian soggy.

Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the battered florets till they turn golden brown on medium high heat. Keep them aside while you prepare the sauce.

Sauce

Heat 2-3 Tbsp of oil in a pan.  Add minced garlic cloves, ginger, and green chilies. Sauté for a minute and add chopped onions. Cook till they turn translucent. Now add capsicum/bell pepper and spring onions. They do not have to be cooked long (they have to be crispy). Add salt (according to taste), tomato ketchup, red chili sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, a pinch of sugar and mix well. Finally toss the fried florets with the sauce for a minute, garnish with cilantro/coriander and serve HOT!!!
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