Cauliflower Manchurian

Cauliflower Manchurian

5 from 34 votes
A delicious, crispy fried appetiser made with cauliflower, spices, and sauces. Serve as a starter at the beginning of a delicious meal or as a quick snack with a cup of tea. No matter how you enjoy these cauliflower pieces they are delicious.

Cauliflower Manchurian recipe is a popular Indo-Chinese fusion recipe for fried cauliflower dish that involves an Indian twist on a popular Chinese style of cooking. This crispy and simple gobi manchurian recipe involves coating cauliflower pieces in a thin batter and then deep-fried until crisp.

These deep-fried cauliflower florets are added to a sweet, tangy yet slightly spicy sauce. A delicious, deep-fried appetizer that is popular all over India and popular amongst the vegetarian community. Serve alongside some fried rice for a tasty lunch or dinner!

This recipe is a dish that is from Indo-Chinese cuisine. If you haven’t heard of Indo-Chinese cuisine, then let me tell you a bit about it. It’s a fusion of Chinese cuisine and Indian cuisine in essence. The distinct culinary style of Indo-Chinese food combines Indian spices and vegetables with Chinese sauces.

This gobi Manchurian recipe is a popular appetiser that is made with cauliflower, cornflour, and Indian spices. The cauliflower florets are coated in a spicy flour batter and then deep-fried until crispy. These deep-fried cauliflower pieces are tossed in a sweet and sour Manchurian sauce.

If you want to make this healthier then instead of frying the cauliflower you can bake the cauliflower florets instead. Add the cauliflower pieces in a single layer on a baking tray then bake near the top of a preheated oven at 180°C (350°F) or gas mark 6 for 30 minutes until crisp.

The timing will depend on the size of the florets, so be sure not to burn the florets. You can make this recipe gluten-free by replacing the plain flour with another tablespoon of corn flour.

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Cauliflower Manchurian

by Nabeela Kauser
A delicious, crispy fried appetiser made with cauliflower, spices, and sauces. Serve as a starter at the beginning of a delicious meal or as a quick snack with a cup of tea. No matter how you enjoy these cauliflower pieces they are delicious.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetiser
Cuisine Indo-Chinese
Servings 4
Calories 170 kcal


Frying Cauliflower

Manchurian Sauce


  • Wash the cauliflower thoroughly then cut into equal sized florets then set aside
  • In a large bowl add the cornflour, plain flour, Kashmiri chilli powder, black pepper, turmeric powder, and salt then mix until everything is well combined
  • Gradually add the water and mix until a thick batter forms
  • Add the cauliflower pieces and mix until the batter coats each piece evenly
  • Shake off any excess batter on the cauliflower pieces then add the florets into the fryer – there should be tiny bubbles surrounding them – and allow the florets to cook undisturbed for 6-8 minutes until lightly golden brown
  • As the cauliflower pieces are being fried in another pan heat up the olive oil on medium heat until hot
  • Add the chopped garlic then sauté for 1-2 minutes
  • Add the green chillies and crushes chillies and sauté for a further 1-2 minutes
  • Add the finely diced red onion and cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes
  • Add the finely sliced spring onions and cook for 1-2 minutes
  • Add the tomato ketchup, soy sauce and vinegar then cook for 1-2 minutes
  • Add the fried cauliflower pieces and mix
  • Serve alongside a side of fried rice and enjoy!



Calories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 983mgPotassium: 502mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 358IUVitamin C: 66mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Appetiser, Cauliflower, Gobi, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian
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