Gobi/ Cauliflower Manchurian


Having talked so much about the weather a couple of posts now, I guess yesterday Pinwas the height of things. As I got out of office, wondering why it was looking so cloudy… suddenly was faced with a situation of driving in a terrible sandstorm that had reduced visibility to minimal levels. It was so difficult to see the sides or even the front cars and we had to drive extremely slow. Since I took the city route, it was bearable, but my colleagues, who normally take the highway had quite a tough time seeing the roads and the lanes. This situation lasted for almost an hour till it settled towards sunset. Quite scary it was… however these experiences are not new here, keeps happening… πŸ™‚ And don’t worry, I was pretty calm yesterday unlike the storm but yes, when my energies dry out by sleep time, I’m a little monster! Ask my kids… hehe… Β I guess because of all that dust yesterday, my throat is giving a little tough time today… hmm….


Talking about today’s recipe, my B, even though he is a big-hearted carnivorous, is a big fan of cauliflower. It is the only vegetable he would eat with a smile. No other vegetable gets or deserves the satisfaction he gets eating cauliflower. The day umma declares is a “veg-day”, you will see him run off to the supermarket to get the biggest cauliflower to make something of it. Actually speaking, I am not a big fan of it, so I normally frown when he does that. One curry he loves is the manchurian, but seriously, making it scares me. It’s definitely not the taste – but it’s the deep frying that scares me. You may have noticed throughout the blog that I normally refrain from deep fried stuff. I get shivers while thinking about it, not that I am a calorie conscious person, not at all!!! So there you go, this is his favorite curry which I could make for him at midnight and he would happily finish it off… Here’s the way I make this tempting Indo-Chinese delicacy…


Gobi/ Cauliflower Manchurian

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 medium cauliflower cut into florets and cleaned
  • For batter:
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup corn flour
  • 1 egg
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • Water for batter
  • For sauce:
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 large onions sliced thinly
  • 1 capsicum chopped
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp chilli sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp chopped spring onions


  • Prepare a thick batter from the ingredients mentioned under "for batter". Mix in the cauliflower and mix well to coat. Deep fry till golden brown. Drain on kitchen towel.
  • Heat a saucepan. Add the oil, once it becomes hot add the ginger and garlic paste and saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the onions and cook till it becomes slightly brown.
  • Add in the capsicum and cook for around 5 minutes.
  • Add in all the sauces and saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Mix the cornflour into the water and pour in.
  • Add the pepper and salt and cook till the mixture thickens.
  • Add in the fried cauliflower, mix well and keep on low flame for 5 minutes. Serve with the spring onion garnished on top!


If you require some gravy, then add in more water and boil till slightly thick. We normally prefer it to be a thick gravy coated on the cauliflower, tastes much better!

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  1. Super yum and my all time fav dear…
    on going event:wtml with giveaway @priyas virundhu

    1. thank u so much priya…

  2. all time favourite! pass me the bowl plz

    1. thank u so much sangeetha…

  3. my favourite . Thanks for linking.

    ongoing event: Healthy breakfast

    1. thank u so much nandoos…

  4. Lovely gobi manchurian….

    1. thank u so much razina…

  5. the pic looks horrible.. thank god you are safe from sandstorm.. we dont see this in india..
    btw manchurian looks awesome πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much preeti… yes, we are all safe… πŸ™‚

  6. First of Thank Lord dat u r safe…Gopi Manchurian is always dere in my favorite list…Thanx for sharing dear….

    1. thank u so much remya… yes, Alhamdulillah…

  7. The sandstorm does look scary πŸ™ manchurian looks wonderful !

    1. thank u so much reni… we are safe dear… πŸ™‚

  8. I am happy that you r safe.. pic looks scary Manchurian is my fav.. looks yummy

    1. thank u so much veena…

  9. Glad to know that u all are safe.. My sis called me too and told about the sandstorm.. Better avoid driving at such circumstances dear.. And have honey and ginger for throat.. Trust me it's the best remedy… surely Delicious gobi manchurian.. Looks damn tasty.. I'm gonna try this soon Rafee.. Take care.. Hugsxx

    1. thank u so much for your concern nilu… πŸ™‚

  10. The weather has been pretty rough here too, raining heavily and the return of it is massive traffic jam. I am a big fan of caulis, in fact I use it so often. Now, this is one recipe I must try. I see lots of ingredients and all is worth for the inviting flavors.

    1. ah yes… when the weather is bad, the traffic gets really worse her too!!! thanks a lot dear…

  11. Alhamdulillah!!!!my sweet rafee is safe…….

    1. ayyoda… Alhamdulillah, shaai… xoxo

  12. perfectly made dear…i am sure it was very tasty as i see a small bowl on display πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much divya… the small bowl was because my B had finished his dinner by then… πŸ™‚

  13. Hah, me too not a great fan of cauli.. U have made the manchurian well, it is tempting me too πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much chitra… πŸ™‚

  14. thank god your safe…manchuriyan looks yummy..

    1. thank u so much bhawna…

  15. Commute in tough weather conditions is really hard.

    Cauliflower manchurian looks yummy but I don't want in this small bowl I should get atleast half a plate :))

    1. yes it is hard, especially sometimes it gets very extreme here…haha… love that comment meena… πŸ™‚

  16. Sand Storms are scary. I hope you and your family always stay safe Rafs! Cauliflower Manchurian looks delicious.

    1. Alhamdulillah, we are safe, dear… thanks a lot! πŸ™‚

  17. You have done this so well. pic says it all.

    1. thank u so much sebeena…

  18. Very inviting and tempting dish…yummilicious!

    1. thank u so much divya…

  19. How much I love this gobi dish ! perfect with fried rice !

    1. thank u so much shree…

  20. Gobi manchuiran looks delicious, yes I saw your facebook post about sandstorm. Hope you reached safely.

    1. thank u so much swathi… yes, was safe…

  21. gud to hear that u r safe and manchurian looks yummy….

    1. thank u so much sangeetha…

  22. Ahan!!! I love this dish like anything… yummy, spicy, flavorful… Wow, Rafee πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much shruthi… πŸ™‚

  23. This is one of absolute favorites! Looks delicious and inviting.

    1. thank u so much sona…

  24. Yeah the sandstorm was really horrible, the effect of it starts showing up soon with a bad throat:(
    Manchurian is our favourite, just like your B, we too make it on a strictly veg day.

    1. yeah, i know… today i'm feeling better than yesterday… thanks a lot dear…

  25. Gobi manchurian looks yumm.

    1. thank u so much chandrani…

  26. wow.. Spicy Gobhi manchurian.. Anytime S S S πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much smitha… πŸ™‚

  27. its my fav too πŸ™‚ I could finish that all by my self. I got to make it soon too πŸ™‚

    1. i'm seeing a lot of cauli fans right here… πŸ™‚ thanks a lot dear…

  28. we are yet to get the touch of the sand..hopefully it wont be bad as always. But, sand or no sand…i loved the gopi !!! athu sathyam…sathyam..sathyam !!! :)hey..just made some editing to that 311 post on my pick quicks..just drop in once again..ok…to the end.

    1. haha… sona… thanks a lot dear… i will check the post for sure… πŸ™‚

  29. Like you,me too not a great fan of cauli.We make gobi manchurian for a change from usual non veg recipes.Ur gobi looks inviting.

  30. thank u so much shajitha…

  31. The sandstorm looks quite scary! I'm glad that you guys are safe.

    I'm the cauliflower lover here although the techie doesn't mind it once in a while. The manchurian looks yum Rafee πŸ™‚

    1. yes, we are safe, priya… πŸ™‚ thank u so much dear…

  32. Cauliflower manchurian looks tempting even though I'm not a cauliflower fan πŸ˜‰

    1. thank u so much ambreen… πŸ™‚

  33. Loved reading your driving saga.And Gobi Manchurian,boy I am as well a sucker of gobis..Bliss to have !

    1. thank u so much dhyuthi…

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