Cauliflower Manchurian with BBQ Sauce
A perfect recipe to enjoy with your friends during the game season. This recipe developed as a result of an inspiration to come up with a substitute for chicken wings. All you recently converted vegetarians who miss chicken wings during the game season or even otherwise, must try this recipe. I made this very famous Indo-Chinese dish with a spin by replacing the classic tomato sauce with the BBQ sauce.
I personally like this dish a lot- the blend of crispy cauliflower with a sweet and tangy sauce makes for a perfect snack.
The use of BBQ sauce turned it into a super quick recipe! If you are hosting a football game party at your place or attending it at someone else, this is an easy and flavorful snack that you can make quickly. The only time consuming part is frying the cauliflower and that can be done in advance. Just mix the sauce with fried cauliflower right before serving, it keeps the cauliflower from getting mushy.
The green onions add a very fresh and an asian flavor to the dish. I added some toasted sesame seeds on the top- it makes it look pretty and enhances the flavor. This recipe makes a perfect combination with beer or any of your other favorite game drink!
Serving for 2
Cooking time 30 min
Things you will need:
1/2 cauliflower- separated into bite size florets
3 green onions
1 small onion (chopped)
1 clove garlic (chopped)
1/2 inch ginger root (chopped)
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
1 tbs tomato paste
1 tsp vinegar
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp sweet chili sauce (optional)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tbs cornstarch
oil for frying
First make the sauce. Cook chopped onions in some oil over medium heat till it turns transparent, add chopped green onions, ginger and garlic and cook for another min. Add BBQ sauce and cook for a min. Once heated through add soy sauce, vinegar, sweet chili sauce and tomato paste. Cook on low heat for 1 min till all the ingredients are incorporated well. Tomato paste acts as a thickening agent so the sauce sticks to the cauliflower florets very well.
In a mixing bowl add flour, cornstarch, salt & pepper and mix with water stirring constantly, turning it into a thick paste. You need to keep this mixture on a thicker side so that it sticks to the cauliflower and coats it nicely. In a pan heat oil for frying, dip the cauliflower florets in the flour mixture (make sure it covers all sides) and fry on medium heat till they turn golden brown from all the sides. Remove from the pan and cool on a paper towel. Mix the florets, the sauce and the green part of the spring onions (chopped) together- well but gently. Put in a serving bowl, garnish with some more green onions and toasted sesame seed. Enjoy with your favorite drink!