Veg Manchurian Dry (Ginger Flavored Gobi Manchurian)

Alright folks, after having this on my to-do list for a long time, I finally managed to make this Indian-chinese dish called Vegetable Manchurian Dry. I have had this dish in a lot of restaurants, but the best one I've had has been at "Bombay Chinese" - a restaurant in Dallas, TX. Unlike other places, their manchurian was always soft and well-cooked from the inside, yet with the nice and crispy exterior. And what made me crave more of it was the distinct ginger and chilli flavor. Paired with plain or Fried Rice, it was pure heaven!! So dig into this tasty and spicy Manchurian recipe that is sure to scintillate your taste buds, and have you craving for more!!

This one has a lot of ingredients, so it'll be best to plan around it and do some preparation in advance to save time. pic(source)


4 cup cauliflower - separated into small florets

2 tsp ginger - minced (add more if you like ginger flavor)

1 tbsp garlic - minced

3 tbsp maida (all-purpose flour)

2 tsp corn flour

1 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp white pepper powder

2 tsp salt

1 tsp soy sauce

1/2 tsp vinegar

1 pinch ajinomoto (optional)

For Saute

1 red onion - diced

1 green bell pepper - diced

2 green chillies - slitted and cut in halves

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

3 tbsp green spring onions - finely chopped

1 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp chili-garlic sauce

3 tbsp tomato ketchup

2 tsp salt (or to taste)

3 tbsp oil (for saute)

2 cups oil (for frying)


Wash the cauliflower florets and semi-boil them in salt water for few minutes. Drain the water completely and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Mix maida, corn flour, salt, red chilli powder, white pepper powder, ginger garlic, vinegar, soy sauce, and ajinomoto in a bowl. Make a thick paste and add cauliflower and toss in to coat it with the paste. Heat some oil and deep fry the cauliflower florets and drain the excess oil with a paper towel. Keep this aside.

Now heat 3 tsp oil in a wide saucepan on high flame. Then saute the red onions, green peppers, ginger garlic, green chilli for a few mins and once they turn slightly tender, add the fried cauliflower along with soy sauce, tomato ketchup, chilli garlic sauce and salt. Toss everything and mix well for few minutes until the masala becomes dry. Finally add the green onions and lower the heat to low flame. Keep stirring for another couple mins, then set aside. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve Veg Manchurian with Fried Rice!

Related Recipes:

Veg Manchurian Gravy

Hot and Sour Soup

Veg Fried Rice

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Anonymous said...

hey mansi...this looks brilliant!! I've eaten in bombay chinese before, and I know the taste!:) it was great to remember the flavor from your recipe:)

Suganya said...

Will an egg to the batter lend a crispy texture?

Anonymous said...

mansi, it has come out beautiful indeed!!

I love all your recipes, especially your desserts!! they are so mouth-watering:)


Mansi said...

Suganya- you might be right there...I never thought of adding an egg, but I think the cornflour should provide the same texture as an egg, right? the latter just fluffs up the dough a bit, might be worth trying next time..thanks for the tip:)

Kribha said...

Love the presentation. Usually I add egg in my manchurian. But, this time I learnt from my mom that cornflour plays the same role too. I found you giving the same reply to suganya. That's nice.

FH said...

How beautiful Mansi, love the color.Great photo too:))

Anonymous said...

This is my all-time favourite!!! very nice recipe, thanks for posting!!


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zobars said...

Hi Mansi, I found your blog thru saffronhut's blog. I miss her terribly. But I must say you have a really fun and happening blog here. I am adding you to my favs hope you don't mind. Awesome job.

Cris said...

This looks amazing, I would love to give it a try one of these days. Will bookmark. Thanks!

Mansi said...

Zobars - the pleasure is all mine!! glad you like dit here!:)

Cris- do try and lemme know how it goes! I think u'll like it:)

Asha, Kribha, Jaini, Pushpa-Thanks!!

Swaruchy said...

Mansi...the manchurian looks yumm dear...nice color...This is another variation of the recipe I know now :-)

Edith said...

Mansi, you have got a great blog!!!! Thanks for dropping by mine.

KellytheCulinarian said...

This looks so tasty. I can only imagine what it's like with fried rice ... I didn't even think I was hungry before reading this.

Siri said...

yummy recipe.. manchurian is my favorite past time snack and now I know how to make it..:D

Daily Meals said... looks mouth watering...

Laavanya said...

This is a hot favorite of mine. Yours looks very good Mansi!

Timepass said...

Looks very tempting..

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

the dry version looks great mansi, i try it out , but always it ends up in gravey!1..atlest , nest time...i shud keep myself from adding water to it

Finla said...

I love them. The best way to eat cauliflower atleast for me

Fruity said...

You seems to know how to cook so many varieties of food. I never knew Indian food consist of such a huge list..

Padma said...

This is another great recipe and looks so comforting, Manasi you r a great cook!

Richa said...

ooh! that looks yum :) modha ma pani aavey che :) indo-chinese the ever fav....

Sharmi said...

I should give you an award for posting recipes every day:) I love gobi manchurian but hate oil:) your plate tempts me.

TBC said...

I so love manchurian though I prefer mine with gravy. My hubby would love this:-). I miss eating "authentic" Indo-Chinese food:-(

Rina said...

Ooooh !!!!! I luv the manchurian. Will surley try it.

Seena said...

me too have posted one like this..My kids favourite..

Cris said...

Hum, I made this for lunch, but it was tooo good, so I saved it to a little get together we are having this evening, only tried a little, oh my, keep this good recipes coming! thanks!

Anonymous said...

wow, these are my absolute favourites!! can never get over the taste of the succulent gobi:)

awesome recipe!


sirisha said...

Hi Mansi
I am new to your blog and after coming here not able to stop coming again and again. I donot like gobi that much and was trying all different types to make it eatable.And this recipe of yours is a winner. I prepared it once and bought one more gobi again immediately.I love your fried icecream also. As soon as I get the courage to try, I shall let you know the results. Thanks for sharing.

Spice Rack said...

This one great meal, I almost tasted this in a restaurant but I canceled the order when I found out that I can't afford it. Good price really offers good food.