We only eat vegetarian food in auspicious days. I always ask mom to cook cauliflower during those days to compensate the feel of eating a non - Veg food! Funny me.. Cauliflower is a low fat vegetable which has dietary fiber, vitamins B, C,etc.,
Cauliflower Manchurian is a fusion of Chinese seasonings with the Indian tastes. It is a must order restaurant dish especially as an appetizer. It's cooking as a two stages. First, Cauliflower florets are dipped in batter and deep fried once. Second stage is preparing a sauce and add in the second time fried florets. Interestingly, in this recipe when a floret is bitten it gives crispy, chewy, tangy, salty and crunchy along with a bit of sweet taste.
- Prep time - 30 mins
- Cooking time - 30 mins
- Serves - 2
- Cuisine - Indo- Chinese
For deep frying cauliflower :
- White Cauliflower - 1 small ( cut the florets out)
- All purpose flour - 1/2 cup (170 gms)
- Corn starch - 1/4 cup ( 85 gms)
- Ground pepper corn - 1/2 teaspoon
- Soy sauce - 1 teaspoon
- Oil for deep frying
- Oil - 1 and half teaspoon
- Ginger - 1 teaspoon ( finely chopped)
- Garlic - 1 teaspoon ( finely chopped)
- Green chillies - 1 ( finely chopped)
- Onion - 1 small ( finely chopped)
- Bell Peppers - Green and orange mixed - 2 tablespoons ( fine brunoise cut/ finely diced)
- Soy sauce - 1 and half teaspoon
- Hot red chilli sauce - 1 and half teaspoon
- Sugar - 1/2 teaspoon
- Vinegar or Lemon juice - 1 teaspoon
- Spring onion for garnishing
- Blanch the Cauliflower florets.
- For the batter,
Note : Watch out for the level of salt as the soy sauce has some salt in it.
|Florets after first time frying|
- Once the oil is heated ( The temperature should not exceed 365 deg Fahrenheit), deep fry the batter dipped florets for 2 mins and keep them aside.
- For sauce,
|Adding veggies in for sauce|
|Finely chopped Ginger Garlic|
- Once the vegetables are well sauteed, add soy sauce, hot chilli sauce, lemon juice, sugar and mix it well. Let it form a saucy texture. Meanwhile, deep fry the already deep fried florets for the second time in same temperature range for 2 -3 mins and add in this sauce. Mix them well and garnish it with spring onions. Oops! I didn't do that!
|Sauce and second time frying hand in hand|
|Adding in the second time fried florets|
- Serve with fried rice or as an appetizer. I bet you will ask for more! Post your tips and comments. Thank you!