Gobi Manchuri

Gobi Manchuri was one of the favourite street foods when I was in college. My friends and I would regularly visit Srinivas' gaadi. Initially he started off near our college, and we used to stop by often to grab a plate of the delicious Gobi Manchuri he made. Late he rented a small shop, and inside the shop he had his gaadi. It was very weird but we didn't mind at all as long we got our share of chats and manchuri. We used to sit on our two wheelers and enjoy the yummy stuff. After we moved to the US, Gobi Manchuri was another dish I missed a lot. Street food always has its own taste (for whatever reasons :-D) and its hard to duplicate the same at home. Nevertheless, that didn't stop me from trying to make some!

The taste was great and better than when I made it the first time, which was kind of a disaster because the fried Gobi fell apart by the time it was in the sauce :( A lesson well learned I knew what had gone wrong and made the necessary changes. And this time I even made up the recipe for the sauce.

You will need:

½ head Cauliflower cut into florets
1 Green beller pepper cubed or thinly sliced
1 Onion cubed or sliced
2-3 Green chillies slit (vary to suit your taste)
½ cup Corn flour
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp Dark soy sauce
1 tbsp Red Chilli sauce
1 tsp Ketchup
1 tsp Vinegar
A Pinch Ajinomoto (Chinese salt)
½ tsp White pepper powder
Salt to taste
Oil for frying plus 2-3 tbsp

Bring a small pot of water to boil and add 1 tsp salt. Add cauliflower and par boil, for around 4-5 minutes. Drain and keep aside. Heat oil in a deep pan for frying. Make a thick batter of the corn flour with water. It should be thick enough to coat the floret evenly, otherwise the coating will fall apart when tossing with the sauces. Dip each floret in this batter and drop in hot oil. Fry till light brown. Make sure oil is not too hot, this will lead to fast and uneven browning. Drain excess oil from fried florets on paper towels.

In a small bowl, mix the light and dark soy sauces, chilli sauce, ketchup and vinegar to make one sauce. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add green chillies and fry for a minute. Then add onions and sauté till half done. Add the bell pepper and sauté till both onions and bell pepper are cooked through. Add the fried florets and salt. Pour the prepared sauce mixture over the florets and veggies and toss to coat completely. Sprinkle white pepper and ajino moto. Toss well to combine. Taste and season accordingly. Garnish with chopped coriander and/or chopped scallions. Serve hot.

This is one of the ultimate comfort foods no matter what, so I'm sending this over to Meeta's "Monthly Mingle: Comfort Foods" at What's For Lunch Honey?


  1. This looks absolutely divine...yummmm

  2. I have been thinking to do something different with my cauliflower. Now I got an idea. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. I love the gobi manchurian

  4. Love Love Love the Gobi Manchuriann!!!

    ~ Siri

  5. Lokks great. Thats the prob with street food. somhow it just wont taste like the that

  6. Looks yummy, and I love that bowl :)

  7. Thanks Easy:)

    That's gr8 Uma, thanks for stopping by :)

    Thanks Siri and Happy :)

    Thanks Vimmi, yup street food is best eaten on the streets :D

    Thanks Meeso

  8. Yep, street food is the best! Your dish looks great, the florets are all perfect... And lovely bowl too...

  9. Gobi manchurian is an absolute favorite of mine. Looks good Namratha.

  10. Hi namratha
    gobi manchurian is indeed a lovely dish. All the best for your submission of the entry.

  11. ayyoo...namrathavre..eega gobi thinna beku antha anisthaide...nakshatra plate kuda superagi ide.

  12. looks delicious!
    hehe.... I remember that Srinivas' gaadi :)

  13. This looks so delicious and I just adore your red star bowl :)

    Rosie x

  14. my eternal fav. namratha, u are making me feel hungry now :)

  15. yummm :)
    the street vendors do know how to make a mean chinese meal, don't they ;)

  16. Thanks Sig and Laavi:)

    Thanks Anamika :)

    Thanks Lakshmi :)

    Hehe, glad u remember too Suman, miss those times!!

    Thanks Rosie :)

    :) Grihini

    Oh yes they do Richa!

  17. I love, love, love Gobi Manchurian.
    Manchurian with Chinese fried rice is a match made in heaven. Your dish looks fabulous, Namratha.:-)
    So u're home alone too, huh? :-(

  18. I love cauliflower and this looks great!

  19. Wow gobi looks great.. has been very long making gobi manchuria...


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