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Baked Gobi Manchurian (dry version) | Healthy Baked Snacks | #PartyIdeas

Gobi Manchurian is an
Indo-Chinese fusion which probably had its origins in the street food carts of
India. So much so that some people actually don’t prefer the Authentic Chinese
served at fine dine restaurants. Be it as it may, each of these dishes are
favourites amongst kids and adults alike. I made this for a kids’ party and
served it along with Hakka Noodles. I had made another low cal version of Veg Manchurian (with gravy) earlier. 

Being baked, this was
definitely guilt free than the original deep fried version. My elder one tasted
a piece before the party, and sweetly told me to click a pic of the dish before
it disappeared. Am so glad I did so, for the Kids truly relished it, and the older ones especially kept
coming back for seconds.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s series of Kids Delight – Party Pleasers theme with this Baked Gobi Manchurian, Almond Meal – Oats – Honey Muffins & Tri bell-Pepper Toast for Blogging Marathon.

Stay tuned for another theme next week 🙂 Till then, enjoy this Baked and guiltfree version 😀


If you are a fan of this
Indo-Chinese version, do give it a try, and it would be a hit at home.

What other similar dishes
do you relish? I am keen to know…

Prep time : 15 mins, bake
: 15-20 mins , Cook time : 15 mins

Serves : 6 kids or 3-4

Cuisine : Indo Chinese,
course : Starters / snacks / appetisers

Spice level : Medium to



For the Cauliflower /

  • Cauliflower – about 400 gms
    / 1 largish head


  • Besan / Gramflour – 4 TBSP
    (you can also substitute with all purpose)
  • Cornflour –1 tsp (increase
    by another ½ tsp if using all purpose flour in place of gramflour)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Thick Hung yoghurt – ¼ cup
  • Oil – 3 TBSP + 1 tsp
    (divided use)
  • Kashmiri Red chilli powder
    – ½ TBSP (you can sub with mild paprika)

Sauce / stir fry:

  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Onions – 1 large
  • Minced Spring onions /
    scallions (white and greens) – 3 TBSP
  • Minced garlic – 1 tbsp
  • Minced ginger – ½ tsp
  • Minced green chillies – ½
    tsp (adjust spice)
  • Green pepper / capcsium – 1
    medium ( I used yellow too as I had them on hand)
  • Tomato sauce – ½ tsp
  • Schezwan sauce – ½ tsp
  • Vinegar – ½ tsp
  • Brown sugar – ½ tsp


  • Finely chopped scallions /
    spring onion greens



  1. wash and cut the
    cauliflower into bite sized florets and blanch it with a pinch of salt for 1-2
  2. Drain thoroughly and dab
    with kitchen towels (don’t skip this step).
  3. Mix all the ingredients for
    marination. Add the blanched florets, oil and rest of spices and mix well. Let it marinate (covered) for 15-20 mins.
  4. Towards the end of the
    marination, preheat oven to 200 C and line a baking tray.
  5. Arrange the soaked florets
    without overlapping. (Make sure to shake off any excess liquid before placing
    in the tray). Baste them with ½ tsp Oil.
  6. Bake for 12-15 mins
    (shaking them midway , turning them over and basting them with 1/2 tsp more
    oil). Let them cool on a wire rack.
  7. (( Oven temperatures may
    vary – you need your florets to be 85% cooked, with a slight crunch)
  8.  In a pan, heat oil. Saute
    onions, garlic and ginger. Add the spring onions, peppers and toss once more.
    Now add all the sauces, sugar and vinegar. Add the baked florets and toss
    nicely till well coated.
  9.  After 1-2 mins, serve
    immediately topped with spring onion greens.



  1. coconut chutney

    Wow, lovely dish .

  2. Wow, you baked the manchurian. That is amazing. I'm definitely going to try this one out soon.

  3. Priya Suresh

    Such a guilt free manchurian, can have it without any fuss.. You nailed them prefectly.

  4. Not sure if my previous comment came the idea of baking the florets..lovely dish!

  5. vaishali sabnani

    Gobhi manchurian looks yum , I could invite myself for it .. It's really tempting !

  6. Gayathri Kumar

    This baked version looks absolutely inviting.

  7. Amazing effort baking the manchurian.

  8. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    WHat a lovely version. I would love to try this as my boys love manchurian and I get tired of frying them.

  9. Baked sounds so good!! I will definitely give this a try.

  10. cookingwithsapana

    Baked gabi Manchurian looks so tasty Kalyani.Feel like grabbing from sceen..

  11. Nalini's Kitchen

    Baked version sounds healthy and inviting..

  12. Nalini's Kitchen

    Baked version sounds healthy and inviting..

  13. Suma Gandlur

    That platter is an inviting one and the guilt free baked version makes it more welcome.

  14. Love this guilt free version!!

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