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Indo Chinese Gobi Manchurian with fried rice
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4.93 from 14 votes

Gobi Manchurian

Gobi Manchurian is an all time favorite Indo-Chinese style street food. Using an air fryer to fry the cauliflower is a guilt free way to indulge often. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indo-Chinese
Servings: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • Cauliflower – 1 large head cut into medium florets
  • Bell pepper – 1 chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • Onion – 1 chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • Spring onion – 4 chopped with the greens
  • Ginger garlic paste – 2 tbsp
  • Soy Sauce – 2 tbsp
  • Red chili sauce – 1 tbsp adjust based on your spice level
  • Tomato ketchup – 2 tbsp
  • Vinegar – 1 tbsp
  • Corn starch – 1 tbsp dissolved in about 4 tbsps of water
  • Toasted sesame oil – 1 tsp
  • Olive oil or any other cooking oil – 2 tbsp
  • Oil – for deep frying the cauliflower skip if using air fryer

For the batter –

  • All purpose flour/Maida – ¼ cup
  • Corn starch – 3 tbsp
  • Red chili sauce – 2 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • Water – as needed to make a thick batter

Instructions

  • Boil water in a large pot with enough salt. Turn off the flame and add the cauliflower florets into boiling water. Let the florets sit in the water for about 5 minutes and then drain the cauliflowers in a colander and keep aside.
  • In the meantime, mix all the ingredients listed under batter and make a thick batter. Drop all the drained cauliflower florets into the batter and mix well to coat.
  • Fry these florets in hot oil until golden brown and drain on paper towel. Keep aside.

Using an Air fryer to fry the cauliflower florets -

  • Preheat the air fryer at 380 F for about 3 minutes.
  • Then, spray the bottom of the air fryer basket with oil (or brush with oil) and place the battered florets in a single layer. Let it air fry for about 12 to 15 minutes or until they are golden brown.
  • Keep shaking the basket every 5 minutes for even frying and also to check. Depending on the size of the florets and the quantity, the frying time may vary.

Making the Manchurian -

  • In a large wok or pan, heat the sesame oil and the cooking oil. Add the chopped onions, half of the spring onions and sauté until translucent.
  • Then add the ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute more.
  • Then add the chopped bell peppers and sauté until slightly cooked. Make sure that the peppers still have a crunch in them.
  • Now add the soy sauce, chili sauce, ketchup and vinegar and mix well.
  • Let the sauces come to a boil and then add the corn starch dissolved in water. Mix well and let the sauce thicken. This takes about a minute or two.
  • Now add the fried florets to the gravy and add the remaining spring onions. Mix carefully without breaking the florets and serve the Gobi Manchurian hot with fried rice!