Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Arusuvai Friendship Chain - Gobi Manchurian!..


I received the much eagerly awaited packets of Arusuvai Surprise Ingredient from dear Lathamma of Yum Blog just the proceeding week she had made the announcement!.

Renuka and myself were thrilled to receive them, almost the same time on 7th Nov-the Diwali Eve!!..

To much of our surprise we received Laddoos which dear Lathamma had made in the announcement post!..they had been turned to boondis due to the mishandling by the courier people, yet they tasted PERFECT!!..with all the bursting aroma of cardamom and cloves and the soft, chewy, sweetness was divine!!..
Moreover the packets and the laddoos were seated comfortably in Tupperware containers, she had Gifted specially for both of us!!.

Thanks a ton, my sweet Lady!!:)


The packet I received was pure white in colour and had a very powdery texture.I sniffed it and tasted a pinch and soon came to the conclusion-CORN FLOUR!! :D..
I'm pretty comfortable with this ingredient when it comes to Indochinese cooking and decided to come up with the semi dry version of Gobi Manchurian; as the name suggests a well known Indochinese side dish.

Here goes...

Ingredients:

1 Medium Gobi/Cauliflower-cut into florets

For the batter,

½ cup Cornflour(the surprise ing :))
½ cup Maida/All purpose flour
2 tsps of Ginger + Garlic-crushed
3 small onions/shallots-crushed
A tsp Red chilly powder
Salt-to taste
Oil- to deep fry

Final Mix up;

2 tbsp-Oil
A tbsp of Ginger + Garlic-julienned
A Capsicum(green or red)-cut into ½ inch squares
A Big Onion- cut into ½ inch squares
2 tbsp-Soy sauce
2 tbsp-Green chilly sauce
A tsp red chilly powder
Salt-to taste
Spring onions-to garnish


The Surprise Ingredient was white in colour and very powdery in texture which was confirmed to be “Cornflour”and the yummy "Laddoos-turned-to-Boondis!"...The Tupperware containers were also gifted along with!..:)

“IN” goes the Ingredient with the others.

The batter into which the precooked florets were dipped and deep fried.

Method:

1. Wash the cauliflower florets and boil them for a couple of minutes in salted water(should be just 1/4th cooked and not over cooked).Drain and keep aside.

2. Mix cornflour, maida, crushed ginger garlic, small onions ,chilly powder and salt with warm water to make a thick batter.

3. Dip Cauliflower florets into this batter and deep fry them until golden brown. Set aside.

4. Now for the mixing up part ; in a broad and wide wok, heat 2tbsp oil and sauté the sliced ginger-garlic, onion and capsicum in that order and saute for a couple of minute.The onions and capsicum should retain its crispiness and do not let them turn brown.They need to be just translucent.

5. Now add the red chilly powder, soy and chilly sauces in high flame and mix continuously for a few seconds.

6. Add ½ cup of water to this and fried and cooled gobi chunks.

7. Sauté again for 3-4 minutes to absorb excess water of any and switch off fire when it is semi dry/ saucy consistency has reached. Let the pieces be 'a li'l crisp' and not soggy at this stage.

Garnish with freshly chopped spring onion greens and serve hot with Indochinese noodles or rice.


My packets of Surprise Ingredients are already off to my dear blogger friends Lakshmi and Lissie ; of course with personalised letters :)…

56 comments:

  1. Clever idea to make Manchurian.Very delicious looking Gobi dish. I would have made some Makki da roti and Sarson da saag, because I am not that innovative!:)
    Enjoy. Wonder what's in the packet for girls!! Got to wait!!

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  2. So here goes my valuable comment:

    Pity manchurians can't be packaged - they look so delicious. Waiting for my packet (I know its not Semiya inspite of your threats)

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  3. Looks delicious Bharathy...!!
    Hmmm...You gals rock...we simply watch;D

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  4. I am all jealous of you and Renuka...boondi laddoos and tupperware...:)
    Lovely photos bharathy

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  5. The gobi manchurian look sso tasty...you have got them poerfect..me follow this recipe next time

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  6. Me me... pick me.. I can give you an address in India :(
    Bharathy, my gobi manchurian is soggy by the time I saute them. Thx a ton for this recipe.

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  7. bharathy wished you had called me for a demo i would have finished my lunch/dinner with you.My pack will be despatched in a day or two.My dish keep waiting for my post......

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  8. Nice one... manchurain looks delicious. Ok I have fried rice and you got manchurian grab a fork and lets eat:d

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  9. the manchurian looks delicious bharathi...

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  10. ohhhh simply rocking....lovely manchurian !!! my have a couple of times..but everytime flop :-(...bookmarked urs...will try this soon...hmmm i like to have that noodles n gobi ....wow!!! u got laddoos and tupperware along with it...enjy thannn....

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  11. Looks delicious... Never i get gobi manchurian with this good texture... Thanks for the tip.

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  12. Awesome Color Bharathy...:)
    As Raji said - "U gurls rock, We simply watch".. hhehehe..:)

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  13. Lady !!!excellent color and by the looks it seems to be very tasty ...mouth watering to me .....

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  14. Hi Bharathy,

    Amazing&excellent.Recipes looks perfect and tempting too....

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  15. I love Indian chinese..who doesn't actually??!:) I have posted recipes for all my favourites on my blog..your manchurian looks great Bharathy!

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  16. that looks scrumptious. will you send me a package if i promise to move to india soon?

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  17. kodippikkalee!
    its mouth watering!i wish i was in india :)

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  18. Just saw this on Laavanya's blog too.:)
    I love Indo-Chinese dishes especially manchurian.

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  19. ur masterpiece! i love ur gobi manchurian!!

    i cant wait for my packet :)

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  20. Hi Bharathy,
    Wow!!!! Manchurian looks perfect.(Both in colour and texture).
    nalla Kondattam ponga:-)

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  21. WOW! At first sight I thought it was deep-fried chicken. But it is not! Looks really good!

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  22. gobi looks yum!...and nice choice for the arusuvai!

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  23. Wow you are a lucky girl to recieve those laddus. They look so good. Your manchurian looks really excellent

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  24. why don't you join us this saturday with some manchurian at chennai? :)

    delicious yummy looking manchurian - mouthwatering

    i just came to know you are the real boss and i am just rubber stamp president for arusuvai :D LOL - lakshmi showed me the arusuvai tree :D

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  25. bharathy, thank you so much for choosing me as your friend in the friendship chain! i just got your courier and am thrilled to take part in the event!!!
    your gobi manchurian looks awesome :))

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  26. Boondi laddoos!You're one lucky lady...and that gobi manchurian looks absolutely perfect.

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  27. gobi manchuri looks soooooooo yummyyyyyyy

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  28. Love the manchurian. I looks super delicious.
    Waiting to know what lakshmi and lissie is going to make :-)

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  29. Hey, what a coincidence Bharathy, I posted the same thing too! Yours looks more authentic than mine. I can never get my onions to look like that when I cut it into big pieces... :) Good job on the first ever post of the Arusuvai chain and looking fwd to many more temptations.
    Btw, I don't have pop-up blocker but still have trouble commenting.. This is my umpteenth attempt in the past 2 days... :(

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  30. Just saw this at laavanyas. Now it's you. OMG...what can I say? Looks absolutely drool-worthy. Too bad that I'm not in India to be a part of this arusuvai chain.

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  31. do u still have some leftovers bharathy???? i just cant stop drooling at the pic...

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  32. The Manchurian simply looks YUMMMMMM Bharathy :-)

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  33. Bharathy, love u'r manchurian -only wish we could bake it rather than deep fry!

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  34. hi dear, u guys are having a great time there, allae...my my, i think i better keep myself away from these food blogs, ooronae kaanumbo, athellam venamennu thoonum, vayankara veshappa eppo, hee hee...and my hubby is running around the whole place in indian stores asking for payampori now!!..enikku veetilundakiyathu venda, kadayil ninnum vanghichathae mathiee...heehee

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  35. Rendu postukku oru commentaa! Edu seri padadu! :)

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  36. hi bharathy,
    thanks for visiting my blog. as you could see, i'm not a regular blogger ! i wonder, what's all this 'arusuvai' friendship chain about ?

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  37. bharathy dear,
    got it !!! but, i am so sorry to tell you this, sadly, i wont be able to join your beautiful concept. as of now, i am in no position to cook, or send gifts ! for two months, i've been tied up with an injured angle, from which i am yet recovering ! even otherwise, i don't cook often !
    believe me. though i blog, i hardly cook at home. may be, my position is somewhat like the hubbies of all these wonderful bloggers out there. mainly because rajan, my partner, is an enthusiastic cook, who likes to dominate over kitchen. so, he decides the menu, usually, and comes up with wonderful food ! even in normal circumstances, my role is kitchen management, which means, keeping an eye over the depleting kitchen ingredients, replenishing them, cleaning and maintaining order, in general !
    so, anyway, best wishes for the event. let me get back on my two feet again and let's see what could be done !!!

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  38. Unnoda malaivasal vara rombha aasai thaan! Thiruchy varacche parkalam! Eppollam milagu vilai adigamnaala, kidaikaradu aboorvam aayiduthu! :( Chennai layum kidaikkalai. rendu naal munnadi errunthathaam. Maa inji urugai vinegar la poottu vachukko! milagu kidaikarache vangi serthukalam! :)

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  39. Guess what tried this last night! turned out good,tasted good as well.. had to keep myself from eating up the fried florets before mixing them in the curry!

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  40. Camera seriyagalaya? Fridge meme kaanoom!?

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  41. bharathy (chechi :)), this looks so delicious! I used to try this whenever I invite somebody home..will try with your recipie this weekend! But many times I didn't get the florets crispy, don't understand what is going wrong! will try your recipie carefully. Could you post how to make cutlet (egg/veg/meat).

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  42. wow Bharathy th manchurian looks great and yummy :)loved to have that boondis too.....

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  43. Chocolate cakes and brownies are under sweets in the recipe index! I have asked lax to make a drop down like yours, so that people find it easy to search. I wish I could do all that myself! :( If only I learnt some computers!

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  44. Hey Bharthi,
    This looks simply devine.I just love gobi manchuri so much.Your looks simply delicious.Wish could have a bit too...

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  45. Thankyou so much dear for your suggestion for drop down. I know the traffic is good! For there is always scope to improve. There is so much I would like to do for my blog. Some times time does not permit. some time lack of computer knowledge is a hinderance. Once the play is over lax will be free and can spend some time for this.
    Html code can be pasted in WP. I will also look into sig's and bee's blog! :)

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  46. hey bharathy,
    i have atlast concluded your tag...sorry for stretching it and thank you for taging once again :)

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  47. Bharathy, I know I have missed quite a few wonderful recipes here and I must say your pictures are drool worthy. Those Manchurians look like hotel made. Gorgeous again.

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  48. Many Many Thanks for your prompt visits!!...Thank you for all your encouraging words, friends!...Truly much appreciated! :)

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  49. Hello,
    I was looking for a gobi manchurian recipe and landed on your blog.

    What is small onion? Is it regular onions small in size or shallots?

    Thanks,
    Vidhya

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  50. Welcome Vidhya,
    Small Onions Are Shallots :)
    Have edited in the recipe too..I always add Shallots for small onions always in any recipe..somehow missed to add in here :)..Thankyou for your comment!:)

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  52. I think most of us Indians would have learned to use corn flour in cooking for the first in preparing this dish, isn't it? The first time I made it, I was a budding cook and it was a big flop! you are doing a great job with this blog and arusuvai. will try your version!

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  53. wow great yaar its really cool. most of our indians waste their money over this. so instead of that this helps to prepare gobi in the home itself. i too tried this n it was very tasty. thanku.

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