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Oven-Fried Gobi Manchurian

4 to 6 Servings

1¼ hours 35 minutes active

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Gobi Manchurian is a popular Indo-Chinese dish in which cauliflower (“gobi”), is battered and fried, then tossed in a tangy, salty-sweet “Manchurian” sauce. Though delicious, typical gobi Manchurian can be heavy, goopy and often overseasoned. To lighten things up, in this version, we ditch the deep-fryer and instead oven-roast cauliflower that’s coated with seasoned cornstarch and oil. The results are crisp, beautifully coated florets without greasiness or the hassle and guilt that comes with battering and deep-frying. After cooking, the cauliflower is tossed in a sauce of ketchup, soy and vinegar. We also use a good dose of scallions, chilies and ginger to keep the flavors fresh and bright.

4 to 6



Don’t be shy about rubbing the oil and cornstarch mixture into the cauliflower florets before roasting. This creates a coating that adheres to the cauliflower and helps deliver a crispy, craggy exterior to which the sauce will cling.

1¼ hours

35 minutes active


  • ½

    cup plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch, divided

  • 2

    teaspoons garam masala


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Frank C.
December 6, 2022
As good as the restaurant
These were so crispy, so much flavor. The sauce is pretty good too. I can see doing like another reviewer said and putting it on rice for a meal.
Barbara K.
June 1, 2022
My oven is not heating reliably so I did the florets in the air fryer. So delicious! I actually had more sauce then was needed so I used it on the steak I had.
William S.
February 15, 2024
Outstanding flavor and crispy but needs more sauce
The Garam Masala, of course, as the spice base, makes all the difference. I used a Patak’s paste and the covering of the cauliflower was thick and when cooked was crispy and very spicy; just what I like. However, while the sauce was also great I wished there were more sauce to soak into the rice I served it with. I’ll work on that without changing the basics of the recipe, which is a clear success.
Linda P.
July 25, 2022
I made this pretty much as the recipe stated. It was nice for a change but definitely not a healthy alternative. Sauce was good but heavy. It would be better served over rice or quinoa. I'll make it again sometime.
Barry N.
June 14, 2023
Better than the restaurants
I’m not joking about that, the Gobi marsala that I usually get in several different restaurants is greasy at times, and Hass to be eaten immediately for it to taste good. I love the air frying of the cauliflower in this recipe. Great job.
Andrea Cordero F.

The Gobi Manchurian was pure flavor and takes Cauliflower to new heights! Huge hit with the family. It would be nice to have the nutritional information listed for our diet needs, can that be found somewhere?
Thank you in advance!

Choi S.

Full of flavor and appealing textures! We loved the recipe and every last morsel was devoured by the picky eaters in our family.