No-Fry Gobhi Manchurian

DH and me love the spicy Indian-style Chinese food … I tried making Gobhi (Cauliflower) Manchurian (Dry) at home without the deep-frying and the result was yumm … so now I can try this more often without the guilt of eating fried stuff and MSG.


The usual recipe is to fry the cauliflower florets dipped in a corn flour batter. I skipped this frying step and tried this tweaked version 🙂 … See if you like it and want to try it out. This was an idea that came up when J didi and me were making this once together and also was suggested and tried by M (a friend). Similar to this one, we can also have a baby corn manchurian on similar lines or mix in the two veggies together!




Cauliflower: ½ a medium sized one

Capsicum (Green bell peppers): 2

Green chillies: 5

Ginger: 1-inch piece

Garlic: 6-7 cloves

Spring onions (shallots): 2-3

Cornflour: 1 tablespoon

Soya sauce: 1 tablespoon

Vinegar: 1 teaspoon

Tomato chilly sauce (or Tomato ketchup): 1 tablespoon

Black pepper powder: a pinch

Sugar: ½ teaspoon

Salt to taste (as the soya sauce and tomato sauce/ketchup have salt, use less salt to adjust the salt level accordingly)

Oil: 1½ tablespoons


The green chillies may be varied as per the heat level you can take.




  1. Break the cauliflower into bite-sized florets.
  2. Chop the green chillies, ginger, and garlic and rougly crush them – you may also pulse it in a small food processor.
  3. Chop the spring onions fine. Keep the white and greens separate.

    Here, I have arranged the spring onions, garlic, green chillies, and ginger.
  4. Slice the capsicum into 1 inch bite-sized pieces or juliennes.
  5. In a non-stick frying pan (wok), heat the oil. Add the green chillies, ginger, and garlic mixture and sauté till they begin to brown.
  6. Add the white portion of the spring onions and sauté for a minute.
  7. Now, reduce the heat to low and add the cauliflower florets and capsicum pieces.
  8. Cover and cook on low heat till the veggies are done, but have a bite to it. Stir ever 2 minutes or so to avoid the veggies sticking to the pan. If required sprinkle a teaspoon of water or so, but not more.
  9. In the meanwhile, mix the soya sauce and vinegar in a small bowl. Dissolve the corn flour in this sauce mixture – ensure no lumps.
  10. Add the tomato chilli sauce/ketchup, salt, sugar, and black pepper powder to this corn flour solution and mix well. In this paste, avoid adding water if you want to make a dry snack.
  11. When the veggies are almost done, add the cornflour and sauce solution to it. Gently fold in. This will help coat the vegetable pieces and give it flavor. But stir gently to avoid breaking the cauliflower florets.
  12. Allow to cook till the corn flour is cooked and the gobhi manchurian is dry – about 5 minutes. Don’t cover the pan at this stage so that the mixture dries up well.
  13. If you want a gobhi machurian gravy dish, skip step 12. Add 1½ cups of water to the pan and mix well. Cook till the corn flour is done (5 minutes) and the gravy thickens.
  14. When almost done, add the spring onion greens and mix in. Turn off the heat. I made a dry version, hence skipped step 13.
  15. Gobhi Manchurian is ready to serve and enjoy!

18 Responses to “No-Fry Gobhi Manchurian”

  1. Wow No deep frying.
    And it still looks so delicious.

    From skribles: Thanks Happy Cook 🙂

  2. We too love indian chinese, I normally Bake the cauliflower to get some crispness instead of deep frying. this is a a healthy option and will try it this way next time I make it.

    From skribles: Thanks Medhaa 🙂 … and thts a nice idea to bake the cauliflower florets … I have not yet started using an oven, so will mark it to try out …

  3. No frying??? you got my attention with that!!! Sounds like a must-try recipe…

    From skribles: Thanks Jayashree 🙂

  4. Love the idea of a no-fry gobi manchurian! Am bookmarking this!

    From skribles: Thanks Vani 🙂

  5. nice gobi manchurian….a god option of stir frying the veggies instead of the deep fry

    From skribles: Thanks Bhags

  6. great idea skribles!! the long wait at the stove for the frying is what i hate the most! come over to my blog, theres a lil something for u there!

    From skribles: Thanks for the nice words JZ; and thanks for the award as well …

  7. NO FRYING – you got my attention with these words. Looks good.

    From skribles: Thanks Mythreyee 🙂

  8. Skribbles… this looks awesome…Less sin commited a day…:P hehhee Anything which requires no frying I am in :D…
    looks lovely will try it and let u know..:D

    From skribles: Thanks Shubha … Do try and let me know 🙂

  9. NO fry munchurian got my attention. Basically you made a curry and added manchurian ingredients. Good idea to avoid deep frying.

    From skribles: Thanks Priya … Ya I cooked the cauliflower and capsicum like a dry vegetable with the addition of manchurian ingredients

  10. Oh, It looks so good… I’m starving!!!

    From skribles: Thanks Meeso 🙂

  11. looks delicious. no-fry makes it interesting.

    From skribles: Thanks Uma

  12. Wow, looks awesome and its healthy too. Will try this!!!

    From skribles: Thanks Vani. Hope you try and like it.

  13. I’m bookmarking this to try. I’ve tried baking the batter coated florets but it wasn’t too amazing.. Got to try this version 🙂

    From skribles: Thanks Laavanya … do try it out and let me know if u like it 🙂

  14. I tried this yesterday. Me and my husband just loved it!

    From skribles: Thanks AFoodLover! And nice to know u liked the recipe 🙂

  15. hi there.i tried making manchuria once and ended up in a disaster.:).used dark soya sauce and it turned the stuff into black and kinda stinky.which soya sauce do we generally use in manchurian’s ? cheers,priya

    From skribles: Thanks for visiting Priya – I use naturally brewed regular soya sauce … have not tried the dark one

  16. thanks fr the recipe..sounds delicious.. glad I hit upon it as i was just googlin to find a recipe without any deep fryin involved fr baby corn manchurian and BinGo! Wil surely try it out:)

    From skribles: Thanks Sapna. Hope you like it.

  17. Man this is amazing..thank you so much for posting it…

  18. Thanks for this gr8!! receipe, Gonna Try this one tomorrow but I am gng to add Baby corn too. Lets c. I am happy that there is no deep frying.. Doctor wife suggets me not to eat deep fried stuff and m happy I will give her a surprise with this one.

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