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Gobi Manchurian Recipe

Updated on August 19, 2012

Gobi (cauliflower) Manchurian has always been on the top of my 'most-difficult-to-prepare recipe' list for reasons unknown to me. We used to always buy this dish from restaurants whenever my family felt like eating it.

I looked up the recipe of this all-time favorite on the web only to feel intimidated by the lengthy procedure (at least I thought so) and postponed trying it out. The need to deep fry the cauliflower florets particularly dissuaded me from making this tasty dish as I am a health freak and want to keep out too much oil in my cooking.

I don't use the microwave too often except in times of necessity and urgency. A sudden idea that I could try Gobi Manchurian in the microwave with very little oil prompted me to try it out and the result was amazing. Of course now I prepare this delicacy twice a week (cauliflower is a seasonal vegetable, so is available only for 2 to 3 months in a year) much to my daughter's surprise and she is very happy about this change in me.

I call Gobi Manchurian one of the 'easiest-to-prepare-recipes' now !! It takes all of 45 minutes to prepare this dish of which marinating the cauliflower and flour mixture is done for 30 minutes. So the actual dish can be prepared in fifteen minutes flat.

Marinated cauliflower cooked in microwave
Marinated cauliflower cooked in microwave | Source

Ingredients

Small cauliflower 1
Green chilli 1
Finely cut onions 2
Ginger garlic paste 3 tsp
Soya sauce 2 tbsp
Tomato ketchup 3 tbsp
Salt as per taste
Oil 3 tbsp.
Chilli powder 1 1/2 + 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Rice flour or all purpose flour 1 tbsp
Corn flour 1 tbsp (optional)
Cilantro for garnishing

Cauliflower cooked in microwave and mixed with the other ingredients
Cauliflower cooked in microwave and mixed with the other ingredients | Source

Method

Separate the cauliflower into small florets and keep them immersed in salt water for a few minutes. Keeping them immersed in slightly hot water can also be done for faster cooking. In a broad plate (preferably with a high edge) mix rice (or all-purpose) and corn flours. Mix in chilli powder, salt, turmeric powder and coriander powder and then finally the florets and mix well. Keep this mixture aside for as much time as you can, at least for fifteen minutes.

An alternative to mixing all the dry ingredients with the florets would be to make a wet mixture of all the ingredients using a little water and then adding the florets. This will help in cooking the mixture better.

Now, there are two methods to make the Manchurian, one by the deep fry method and another by the microwave method.

One is the deep fry method. If you really don't mind the calories from deep frying, then you can use this method. It also gives you a crispy Manchurian.

The second is the micro wave method. This is relatively quicker, less tedious and gives you a soft Manchurian. More than anything else, you need to use very little oil for this method. My family prefers the soft and smooth texture, so I prepare Manchurian in the microwave.

Okay, now back to making Manchurian. Microwave the marinated cauliflower mixture with 1 tbsp oil (covered) on high for 8 minutes, removing the dish to stir it once in between.

By the time it is done, you can cut the onions finely and keep the ginger garlic paste ready. In a non-stick pan, fry the ginger garlic paste followed by onions in the remaining oil. Mix in a little chilli powder, salt and the slit green chilli and stir fry till the onions are well-fried.

Add soya sauce and tomato ketchup. Remove the cauliflower mixture from the microwave and add it to this mixture. Mix well once on low heat and remove.

Serve hot with chapati. It can be used as a starter or a snack too because of its unique and excellent taste. Children love this dish. An Indo-Chinese delicacy, Gobi Manchurian is a favorite in most Indian homes.

Instead of the green chilli you can use a little chilli sauce. This will make the manchurian spicier. You can make several variations in the flour mixture too. Some people use maida (all-purpose flour) and corn flour and some others use rice flour and corn flour. I think the rice and corn flour mixture worked well for me. A second preparation with the all-purpose flour and rice flour also turned out well.

Once you try preparing this dish, you'll want to try out many variations as every variation gives it a unique flavor and it just doesn't go wrong at all.

Source
Delicious Gobi Manchurian
Delicious Gobi Manchurian | Source

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Michelle for your visit and for the tweet and share. Glad you like it. Cheers, Rema.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Looks nice and spicy, the way I like it, Rema!! Will pin and share on HP. Tweeted as well.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      I really hope you'll try out this simple yet delicious dish and tell me how it turned out. Thank you very much ausmedus for the visit. Cheers, Rema.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Anamika for the appreciation. Cheers, Rema.

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      Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      This is one of my favorites too! Voted up!

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Janine,

      Very nice of you to post a nice comment here. You might just love it I am sure. Go ahead and try it out. Thanks for all the votes and the share. Cheers, Rema.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thank you very much Mama Kim for the lovely comment. I'm sure you'll enjoy preparing this simple yet tasty dish. Cheers, Rema.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Rema, I love Cauliflower and your recipe sounds delicious. Will have to try when I get to back to the store and buy some cauliflower. Have pinned to try, voted, shared and tweeted too!!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      This dish sounds and looks amazing! I will most certainly have to try it ^_^ With all those spices and the cauliflower I would count this a healthy dish as well. voting and sharing!!

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Brenda,

      I wouldn't give you a recipe that has too much oil as I know how health-conscious people are these days. You too think like me Brenda. I like this particular recipe because of the use of minimum oil. I'm sure you'll love the taste. Enjoy! Thanks for taking the time to comment here. Cheers, Rema.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      I am extremely sorry ausmedus for the delayed response. Not sure how I missed your comment here. Please try out the recipe and let me know if you liked it. Thanks for your kind words. Cheers, Rema.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This looks delicious. When I first began reading, I saw "deep fry" and was disappointed but you quickly gave a more healthy option. I also am intentional about my health and that of my family. I will definitely make this dish. We love cauliflower and have never had it this way. Thank you for a wonderful recipe.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Alocsin for the visit. Thanks for the encouraging words. Yes all the ingredients are easily available anywhere. Cheers, Rema.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This sounds delicious and even though it sounds exotic, I think we can find all the ingredients here in our local grocery. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Shampa,

      Nice to meet you after a long time. Thank you very much for making the time to visit and comment. Take my word, it is a very simple dish, as I mentioned here in this hub, I used to think it is a tedious process making it but how easy it has become now. See to it that you have the soy sauce and ketchup, they add to the special taste of the dish.

      Thanks a lot for the share and the pin. Cheers, Rema.

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      Shampa Sadhya 5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and useful!

      Gobi is my all time favourite and so is the dish. I never tried to prepare it but now I will definitely prepare it at home with your 'easy to prepare recipe'. Thanks for sharing, sharing and pinning it too.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Lizzy,

      The thought that you are eating a good vegetable cooked in little oil itself makes it a tempting dish. Surprising that some (or most) elderly women don't measure ingredients; they cook so well just by adding things just looking at the quantity to be added. I can never do that. I need to be told the perfect measurements for cooking anything. I really hope you will try it and enjoy the taste. Cheers, Rema.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks a lot jennzie for visiting and commenting. Please try it, I'm sure you'll love the taste. Cheers, Rema.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Nell,

      Thank u very much for stopping by to read this recipe hub. Nice of you to share it too. It is a very delicious dish that it has become an all-time favorite at home. Cheers, Rema.

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      Jenn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      This looks really good.. I would love to try it! Voted up.

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      This sounds very tasty, and not too difficult. I agree about avoiding too much deep-frying.

      There was a cauliflower dish I was served once when we were invited to dinner at the home of some Italian friends. It was deep-fried in a plain batter, more like pancake mix. But it was really tasty. I've always wanted to try it, but never had a recipe. The cook was an elderly woman whose recipes were all in her head, and she didn't measure anything.

      Your Gobi Manchurian sounds like a winner and I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Something totally different and sounds very yummy! voted up and shared, nell

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thank you very much Alocsin for stopping by. I am a big fan of yours and I feel happy to see you here. It is a very simple recipe that I think anyone can try out because half of the cooking is done with the microwave. Hope it turns out well when you or someone else attempts this dish. Thanks for the vote up. Cheers, Rema.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Well, this sounds delicious but I think the family cook should be handling this, not me. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Ruchira,

      Thanks very much for the comment. To be very honest, I was wondering why this hub that I had thought would appeal to most people because of its least oil content and health properties has not attracted any hubber's attention so far. You made my day! Thanks very much for the support and encouragement.

      I am very happy to be your fan. Thanks dear for the sharing too. Cheers, Rema.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      This is my favorite dish...love it!

      i like the way you described it...many votes and sharing it across

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