Gobi Manchurian Recipe – Sweet Spicy Chinese Cauliflower Meatballs

Gobi Manchurian: learn to make this extremely popular, restaurant-style and delicious gobi  (Sweet Spicy Chinese Cauliflower Meatballs) recipe that’s sauteed in sweet-spicy Chinese sauce.  Made using cauliflower rice vegetarian meatballs. 

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Easy Gobi Manchurian – Sweet Spicy Cauliflower Meatballs

                                                                         Post By: Molly Kumar

Happy Friday Folks and I’m making your Friday’s, even more, tastier and cozy with this Easy Gobi Manchurian or as many know it ‘Sweet Spicy Chinese Cauliflower Meatballs’.

If seriously, I had the option of adding a drumroll after that name, I would as this recipe deserves all that love.  

It’s a perfect Indian-Chinese fusion cuisine and I’ve lots of tricks listed below to make them Perfect Everytime

This recipe has been pending for so long that it’s become a joke within our friends that they’d rather eat it at our place than get the recipe 😉 So Yes, this post was looooooong due!

Gobi Manchurian or also known as Vegetarian Manchurian or Cauliflower Meatballs is an extremely popular and most ordered dish in any Indo-Chinese restaurant. 

What is in the Gobi Manchurian Recipe :

Dumpling / Kofta /Meatballs: made using veggies, flour (I’m using GF option) and few other ingredients.

Saucy Gravy: a mixture of dark soy sauce (tamari for GF), vinegar, ketchup, hot sauce, and few other seasonings. 

gobi manchurian recipe ingredients

Gobi Manchurian Ingredients


how to make gobi manchurian

Gobi Manchurian – Gravy / Sauce Ingredients

The pictures above are of the ingredients needed for both the Kofta/Dumping (forgot to add carrot while taking the picture) and the ingredients for the Gravy

I like to keep the gravy slightly on the saucier/less watery side, however, if you like thin sauce, add more water.

Trick # 1 – Making the Gobi Meatballs / Dumplings / Kofta:

1- You NEED to either use a food processor or hand-held grater to grate the cauliflowers into rice-like consistency.

2- For the PERFECT kofta, you NEED to remove any excess water from the grated cauliflower by pressing it with hands or using a kitchen cloth, etc.

3- You DO-NOT add a lot of flour to make the kofta/meatballs. If you do, the kofta will become hard and dry inside.

4- Once the cauliflower is grated, don’t leave it outside for long as it will start turning soggy and become extremely watery.

5- If you don’t get fresh cauliflower, you can make them using FROZEN Cauliflower Florets or Cauliflower rice too. Simply remove excess water and follow the process after the grating option.

restaurant style gobi manchurian


fried cauliflower balls on a slotted spoon

If you Follow the Tricks above, the Gobi Manchurian kofta/meatballs come out Perfect every time and they DO-NOT Burst while frying.

Trick # 2 – Making sure Manchurian Dumplings/Kofta/Meatballs remains crispy

1- Your gravy should be ready once you are done frying the kofta (this is MOST Important).

2- You can store the kofta/meatballs in an air-tight container in fridge after they are COMPLETELY Cold (hot/semi-cold kofta will turn soggy).

3- If you are using the stored kofta later, slightly fry them to make them crispy again. DO-NOT Microwave them. 

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gobi manchurian gravy recipe

Sweet Spicy Chinese Cauliflower Meatballs

Because of all these tricks/tips, my Manchurian recipe is extremely sought after by friends.

We have had so many (it’s almost countless now) Manchurian dishes outside but THIS Recipe beats them all! (I’m not saying because its mine, you got to try it to believe it). 

It’s light, super easy and you do-not need any fancy ingredients to make this Restaurant Style Gobi Manchurian recipe at home.

gobi manchurian recipeInfact, it’s almost imperative now that whenever this gets cooked, we have to have extra for next day. We have literally eaten it straight out of the fridge and loved it.

Oh and lastly, I usually serve it with steamed rice but it goes great with Chowmein / Noodles or even dinner rolls.

vegetarian manchurian recipe


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Gobi Manchurian Recipe - Sweet Spicy Chinese Cauliflower Meatballs

quick gobi manchurian recipe

Learn to make this extremely popular, restaurant style and delicious gobi (cauliflower) manchurian recipe that's sauteed in sweet-spicy Chinese sauce. This recipe is good for 4 people.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 Medium Cauliflower - cleaned and chopped into large florets
  • 1 Large Carrot - cleaned
  • 2 Tbsp Flour - I'm using glutenfree option
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil – for frying the koftas

For Sauce:

  • 1 Large Onion – chopped into small pieces
  • 1 Tsp Fresh Garlic – crushed
  • 1 Tsp Fresh Ginger – shredded
  • 6 Small Colored Bell Pepper – chopped into bite-size pieces
  • ½ Cup Green Onion - chopped into small pieces – OPTIONAL
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds – for Decoration
  • 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce – I’m using tamari (as I’m making a glutenfree version)
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp White Vinegar
  • ¼ Tsp Sugar – You can use any sugar substitute
  • 1 Tsp Cornstarch - Dissolved in 3 Tbsp water - Optional
  • 1/4 Tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • Salt – As per taste
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil – For cooking


Make the Sauce / Gravy:

  1. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan.
  2. Add, ginger, garlic and saute for a minute.
  3. Add, onions, saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Once the onions are slightly pink in color, add chopped bell pepper, green onions and saute everything over high heat for 2 minutes.
  5. Now add, the soy sauce, vinegar, chili sauce, salt, pepper and mix everything.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and let it cook for 3 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat after 3 minutes and keep the sauce aside.

Grate the Cauliflower:

Add the florets in the food processor and churn 3-4 times to turn it into a cauliflower rice. (You can use a hand-held grater to grate the cauliflower too)

Make the Gobi Dumplings/Kofta/Meatballs:

  1. In a large bowl, add grated cauliflower, carrots and flour.
  2. Mix by hand or wooden spoon to form a smooth dough.
  3. Make equal balls (about 12-15 depending on size).
  4. Heat oil in a pot/wok.
  5. Add 3-4 kofta/meatball/dumpling and turn on both side to evenly cook them.
  6. Once the kofta are golden brown, remove them and keep on kitchen towel (to soak any excess oil).

Make the Gobi Manchurian:

  1. Heat the wok in which you made the sauce.
  2. Once the sauce begins to bubble, add the gobi dumplings.
  3. Slightly coat each dumpling with sauce and let this cook in medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Once everything starts to bubble, turn off the heat.
  5. Transfer the Gobi Manchurian to the serving dish.
  6. Sprinkle green onions and sesame seed.
  7. Serve Hot.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 271Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 300mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 7gSugar: 13gProtein: 7g

11 Replies to "Gobi Manchurian Recipe - Sweet Spicy Chinese Cauliflower Meatballs"

  • Cathleen February 19, 2024 (3:46 am)

    I am so excited to try this recipe! Bookmarked to make tomorrow night, thank you so much for sharing this recipe 🙂

  • Carrie Robinson February 18, 2024 (8:48 pm)

    I have never had these before, but I do love cauliflower! 🙂 These sound delicious. Definitely going to make these soon.

  • Amy Lui Dong February 18, 2024 (8:02 am)

    This looks great! the ingredients are interesting and the instructions are easy to follow, a heaven-send indeed. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  • Lauren February 17, 2024 (3:45 pm)

    I love everything and anything made with cauliflower. This is something I just know. my husband and I will love. The fact it can be made gluten free is even better!

  • Jamie February 17, 2024 (2:35 pm)

    This makes me HOT, just kidding. I love the spiciness of this food and the combination of the other ingredients

  • Sillvia February 17, 2024 (7:23 am)

    I absolutely love it. Cauliflower is one of my favorite veggies but being honest it needs lots is seasoning and you recipe is just that, an explosion of flavor. The sauce is so good. This recipe is now in my list of favorites.

  • DK Park February 16, 2024 (9:48 pm)

    This is a great recipe for those people who want a meat substitution, it is a great help. It looks flavorful and the presentation is nice!

  • Sarah James February 16, 2024 (2:32 pm)

    Your cauliflower meatballs look delicious and the sauce sounds amazing. I love making homemade takeaways at the weekend, definitely giving your recipe a try.

  • Marta February 15, 2024 (7:37 pm)

    I really love the look and ingredients in these koftas in Manchurian sauce. I can’t wait to try them out for Meatless Monday.

  • Simi January 25, 2019 (4:05 pm)

    Wow, this looks really amazing Molly. I’m saving it to try this weekend, love Indo-Chinese food.

    • Molly Kumar January 25, 2019 (5:57 pm)

      Hi Simi, glad you liked the recipe and looking forward to you’ll enjoying it over the weekend 🙂 Thanks, Molly

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