Saturday, January 22, 2011

Gobhi Manchurian

My friend, L., celebrated her birthday this past week, and in honor of her special day, she hosted a potluck dinner for all of us to share in. So of course, I wanted to make something special and delicious for all of our friends to relish. My first thought was, as usual, a cake or other sweet treat. However, given my lack of adequate baking supplies and the fact that there were already going to be multiple desserts, I instead decided to go for a savory delight and try my hand at something very different. Gobhi manchurian proved just the answer. A staple of Indo-Chinese cuisine, many of us Indians have been lucky enough to have sampled this true delicacy. However, Indo-Chinese remains very much unknown to the practically everyone else. So, as I love gobhi manchurian, I decided I would whip up a batch for everyone to sample, slightly adapting this recipe from ...From my Palate. An excellent decision, if I do say so myself :) This dish turned out so flavorful and spicy, a nice change for everyone. The soy sauce, along with the ginger and garlic, really accentuated the Indian flavor from spices such as cumin and coriander, culminating in a time-proven Indo-Chinese classic. Furthermore, the baked version tasted just as delicious as the traditional deep-fried version but was much healthier. What more can one ask for, right?

Baked Gobhi Manchurian( adapted from ...From my Palate):
For battered cauliflower:
1 medium head cauliflower, washed and cut into big florets
1" piece ginger, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves finely chopped
3 tbsp. cornflour
1 tbsp. cumin powder
1 tbsp. coriander power
2 tsp. red chili powder
2 tbsp. tomato sauce

For the sauce:
1 small onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 tbsp. oil
3 tbsp. soy sauce
2 large cloves garlic, chopped
1" piece ginger, chopped
1/2 tsp. cumin powder
1/2 tsp. coriander powder
2 red chili peppers, chopped into large pieces
3 tbsp. tomato sauce
spring onions, chopped
salt to taste, if needed

Boil a large pot of water, and cook cauliflower florets in the boiling water(salted) for about 5 minutes. Drain and dry the florets. Preheat oven to 400F. Mix the garlic, ginger, cornflour, cumin and coriander powders along with the red chili powder, and add enough water to make a thick batter. Mix the florets with the batter, and transfer the mixture to a baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until dry.
For the sauce, heat oil in a pan, and add the chopped onion. Cook for 2-3 minutes on medium heat until the pieces become translucent and tender, but not brown. Add ginger, garlic and red chili peppers. Cook for 2 minutes, or until the garlic is no longer raw, but not yet brown. Add the bell pepper and tomato sauce, along with cumin and coriander powder. Cook, covered, for about 3 minutes. Removed the pieces of red chili peppers. Then, mix soy sauce and cornflour with a cup of water, and add to the mixture. Simmer until thick. Add the baked cauliflower, and toss until it is well-coated. Check for salt and seasoning, and add if needed. Garnish with chopped spring onions.


Swathi said...

I have to try this recipe Ameya, This looks delicious.

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

A delightful Recipe , would love to try this!
Ur fren is so blessed to have u ,and soo sweet of u to host her a dinner.

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aipi said...

Wow anytime manytime a day i can eat this.. the platter is absolutely tempting me .

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Priya said...

Definitely an inviting dish, had a wonderful afternoon meeting with u Ameya..

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veena krishnakumar said...

wow!!!!!!!!!that looks very delicious. First time here. Following you

Treat and Trick said...

Love your baked version and it looks yummy!

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