BM #85 Week 2 Day 3 - 
In this series of 'adapted cuisines from a different country', it would be unfair not to highlight our favorite Indo-chinese appetizer - Gobi Manchurian.

The platter in the above picture features all of our Indo-Chinese favorites. I have already posted the recipes for Schezwan Fried Rice, Schezwan Noodles and Vegetable Corn Soup

I have frozen the battered cauliflower a few hours in advance as I felt that the air fryer would become messy with the batter dripping everywhere and I was rewarded with the perfectly done dumplings.

Recipe Source
Ingredients - 
For the Gobi Dumplings - 
Cauliflower Florets 2 cups
Corn Flour 2 Tbsp
All Purpose Flour 2 Tbsp
Salt, Red Chili Powder as needed
For the Manchurian Sauce - 
Sesame Oil 1 Tbsp
Ginger-Garlic-Green Chili paste 2 tsp
Spring onion, finely chopped 2 Tbsp
Onion, cubed 1/2 cup
Bell Peppers cubed 1/2 cup
Soy Sauce 2 Tbsp
Chili Garlic Sauce 2 Tbsp
Tomato Ketchup 1 Tbsp
Cornstarch 1 Tbsp mixed with 1/4 cup of water
Salt as needed

Method Of Preparation -
To Prepare the cauliflower dumplings - 
In a mixing bowl, add the flours, salt and red chili powder. Sprinkle water as needed to make a thick batter.

Dip each cauliflower floret into the batter so that it is well coated and arrange in a parchment lined baking tray.

After all the florets are coated with the batter, freeze them for 3-4 hours. 
[I observed that these turn out very good if frozen. It is a great idea to freeze them ahead of time ].

Preheat the air fryer for 3 minutes at 375 °F. 

Arrange the frozen battered cauliflower in the air fryer.

Set the timer to 10 minutes. Let the air fryer do its thing. Remove and then toss around the semi cooked dumplings. Set the timer again for 7-8 minutes.

They come out beautifully browned. If they seem not so crispy, air fry them for a few more minutes.

To Prepare the Manchurian Sauce -
In a heated pan add sesame oil. Saute ginger-garlic-green chili paste. 

Then saute onions and spring onions.

Add in the soy sauce, tomato ketchup, chili garlic sauce. Sprinkle adequate salt.

Mix cornstarch in water to make a thin paste and pour it into the mixture and let the sauce simmer. Adjust the flavor as needed. 

Dunk in the dumplings in the sauce just before serving, garnish with spring onions and enjoy!


Preparation Time 25-30 minutes [Assuming the frozen dumplings are ready] 
Serves 3-4


  1. We love cauliflower Manchurian and yours looks so delicious. Love that Indo Chinese spread.

  2. Indo Chinese platter is inviting and gobi manchurian had turned out so food. Ha, so the freezing the bater trick worked out perfectly!

  3. Unknown Says:
  4. Wow, guilt-free recipes. The manchurian looks awesome. Jayanthi(

  5. Pavani Says:
  6. Now I have yet another dish to try in the air fryer. Your gobhi manchurian look so delicious. Thank you for the detailed recipe -- I'm going to give it a try some time soon.

  7. Priya Suresh Says:
  8. After seeing all your air fryer friendly dish, am tempted to get an air fryer now. Such a fabulous guilt free manchurian Harini, fantastic post.

  9. code2cook Says:
  10. really a fabulous job done. in air fryer you cooked this. looking so tempting and just mouth watering.

  11. Kalyani Says:
  12. hey ! Thanks for the tip on freezing the battered cauliflower. That might help me bake these as well in the oven, isnt it ?

  13. sushma Says:
  14. Awesome, gobi manchuria looks soo yummy.

  15. looks so good - one of my fave indo-chinese fave dishes

  16. Mayuri Patel Says:
  17. My hubby's favorite and when he saw your pictures he's now bitterly complaining that I don't make his favourite food ! Love the whole platter.

  18. Ritu Tangri Says:
  19. I bought my air frier about 2 years ago, but I'm lazy enough to use it. Your perfectly made gobi manchurian is calling me to open my air frier. Bookmarking to try ASAP :)

  20. Suma Gandlur Says:
  21. My husband is the gobi manchurian maker at home :) and your whole Indo Chinese fusion platter looks colorful and inviting.

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