Here's a recipe for Gobi Manchurian, a popular Indo-Chinese dish made with cauliflower:
For the batter:
- 1 medium-sized cauliflower, cut into florets
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (maida)
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
- Salt to taste
- Water as needed
- Oil for deep frying
For the sauce:
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 green chili, slit lengthwise
- 1/4 cup finely chopped capsicum (bell pepper)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
- 1 tablespoon chili sauce
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- Salt to taste
- 1/4 cup spring onions (scallions), chopped (for garnishing)
- In a mixing bowl, combine all-purpose flour, cornstarch, ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder, soy sauce, vinegar, and salt. Gradually add water and whisk until you get a smooth batter of pouring consistency.
- Dip each cauliflower floret in the batter, ensuring it is well coated. Shake off any excess batter.
- Heat oil in a deep pan or kadai over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, deep fry the cauliflower florets in batches until they turn golden brown and crispy. Remove them using a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil. Set aside.
- In a separate pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add chopped garlic and ginger. Sauté for a minute until fragrant.
- Add chopped onions and slit green chili. Sauté until the onions turn translucent.
- Add finely chopped capsicum (bell pepper) and cook for a couple of minutes until it becomes slightly tender.
- Add soy sauce, tomato ketchup, chili sauce, vinegar, sugar, and salt. Mix well and cook for a minute.
- Add the fried cauliflower florets to the pan and toss them in the sauce until they are well coated. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring gently to avoid breaking the florets.
- Garnish with chopped spring onions (scallions).
Your homemade Gobi Manchurian is now ready to be served. It can be enjoyed as an appetizer or served with fried rice or noodles. The crispy cauliflower florets coated in a tangy and flavorful sauce make it a delicious dish. Enjoy your Gobi Manchurian.