Monday, March 1, 2010

Gobi / Cauliflower Manchurian ~ Baked

Cauliflower - 1 cut into bite size florets
Green pepper - 1 cut into big chunks
Green onions - 2 TBSP chopped

For the batter:
Baked Cauliflower
Rice flour - 2 TBSP
Corn flour - 2 TBSP
Corn meal - 2 TBSP
Corn starch - 1 TBSP
All Purpose flour - 1 TBSP
salt - to taste
Black pepper - to taste
Water - for mixing
(This is purely my own version for the batter)

For the sauce:
Ginger - 1 TBSP grated
Garlic - 2 cloves chopped
Green chillies - 2 chopped
Tomato ketchup - 4 TBSP
Red chilli sauce - 4 TBSP or to taste
White vinegar - 2 tsp
Soy sauce - 4 TBSP or to taste
Corn starch - 2 TBSP
Water - 1/2 cup
Oil - 2 tsp

  1. Wash the cauliflower florets and semi boil them in hot water for 2 minutes.  Strain and pat dry. (Alternatively you can cook the cauliflower in the microwave for 2 minutes)
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the ingrediants from the batter list with enough water to make a thick batter.
  3. Mix in the cauliflower and coat the batter evenly.
  4. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and spread the coated cauliflower and spary with coooking spray.
  5. Bake until brown.  Make sure to flip the cauliflower half way through.
  6. While it's baking, prepare the sauce.
  7. Heat oil in skillet and fry the chopped green chillies, ginger and garlic.
  8. Add the green pepper and green onion and fry for 30 seconds.  Do not over cook the green peppers. 
  9. Now add the ketchup, red chilli sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, corn starch and salt mix well.
  10. Add 1/2 cup of water.  Cook for 1-2 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken.
  11. Add the baked cauliflower to the sauce and mix throughly.
  12. Garnish with chopped green onions.
  13. Serve immediately.
Adjust the spice level according to your taste.


  1. Baked version of gobi manchurian sounds truly marvellous...Looks fantastic!!

  2. Love this anytime..that too baked hmmm....sounds fantastic..

  3. Brilliant idea! I got 2 try soon!

  4. Looks so very good. Who can resist a good cauliflower manchurian. Baked even better. You think the toaster oven will work?

  5. Liked your healthy baked version !!bookmarking this!!!

  6. @indo: toaster oven should work. may take bit longer to bake.

  7. Looks nice and very good idea to bake them.

  8. Nice and spicy a great fave in our house!

  9. Loved the color of the Manchurian and sure to taste good too.


  10. one of the main reasons that I hesitate making gobi manchurian is the deep frying involved. I can't wait to make this! Yours looks absolutely perfect.

  11. Awesome..will try your baked version next time..thanks :-)

  12. Loved your baked version of manchurian, looks perfect !

  13. Oh I am just loving this baked version of my favorite Indo-chinese dish. Its looking so yummy and delicious that looking at it I can't tell its baked at-all. I have bookmarked it now.

  14. baking is a nice idea..looks sooo yummy. manchurian is a yummy yummy cauliflower dish.

  15. Looks very tempting, my fav dish!

  16. Make this tonight... SO good. The Cauliflower with the sauce can easily be used as a meat substitute for a meal as well. It is very hardy. The sauce had a tiny kick but the flavor was outstanding. Will add a little more green chilies next time. We used canned chilies so that may have something to do with it.

    I give this 5 is in our book of favorites now!

  17. Haah - I never thought of making it this way. Love the idea and am gonna try it soon :)


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