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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Grilled Cauliflower "Manchurian"

The last time we went out for Indian food, we had an appetizer called Gobi Manchurian. It was deep fried cauliflower in a spicy sauce, and we loved it.

I saw a post recently about how to make this dish, and I started thinking how I could recreated it at home. I don't like to deep fry anything, so already I had a problem. And, many of the ingredients I didn't have on hand, so there were many obstacles. Still, I thought I could come close to the flavor profile of this dish with ingredients I had on hand. I have to say, I could eat this sauce with a spoon, to heck with the cauliflower! I had quite a bit extra left over, so don't be surprised if you see it pop up later this week.

Grilled Cauliflower "Manchurian"
For the sauce:
4 tablespoons sriracha
2 teaspoons mushroom soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped
3 large cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
3 scallions, chopped (saved greed tops for garnish)
2 teaspoons coriander
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
Blend all ingredients together until smooth.

1 whole cauliflower, cut into bite size pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat grill to high heat. Toss cauliflower with oil, and place in a large foil packet. Place on grill, and grill for 30 minutes, turning frequently. Open packet and place cauliflower into a large bowl. Toss with approximately half the sauce and the green scallion tops. Add additional sauce as needed.


  1. Just made this tonight and it's delicious! I roasted, rather than grilled the cauliflower, but otherwise followed your recipe exactly. The extra sauce will be yummy on some eggs tomorrow moring. Thanks!

  2. So glad you enjoyed it...have a chicken recipe coming with the extra sauce as well!