Air Fryer Gobi Manchurian

Gobi manchurian

If you are looking for a new dish to try that is healthy, delicious, and ready in under 20 minutes, give my air fryer gobi Manchurian recipe a try!

With the bold flavors of ginger, garlic, and sesame, it's a side dish recipe that you'll love. Cauliflower being the star of this recipe makes this a side dish you can feel good about.

Why This Recipe Works

The first reason that this vegan air fryer gobi Manchurian recipe is so great is that it's packed with powerhouse nutrients that boost your immune system and aid your digestive system.

Gobi Manchurian air fryer style is also an incredibly versatile recipe. You can adjust the ingredients to your personal taste.

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Sesame Oil: Olive and avocado oils will work in a pinch, but sesame oil will give your dish the best flavoring.

Garlic: You can use powered here if you like, but fresh is always healthier and more flavorful.

Onion: Yellow onions will work here as well.

Green Pepper: Ensure onion and green pepper are diced roughly the same size to ensure even cooking.

Ginger: If you are using fresh ginger, try peeling it with a teaspoon. It is easier and creates less waste.

Vinegar: You can use rice or white vinegar here. In case you're wondering, rice vinegar and rice wine vinegar are the same thing!

Soy Sauce: As are soy and soya sauce

Chili Sauce: There are several kinds you can pick up at your local grocery stores, like Frank's Red Hot or Sriracha, or you can make your own.

Tomato Ketchup: If you want to reduce the sweetness, you can always use tomato sauce or paste instead. Or get a little spicy and use BBQ sauce.

Cornstarch Water: Mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water to make a runny paste. Use as much as needed to achieve the desired consistency.

Cauliflower: You'll want the florets to be about nugget size.

Cornstarch: While cornstarch and cornstarch are both gluten-free in their natural forms, you must always make sure that the package clearly states that it's gluten-free if you have an allergy. Since these items are usually processed in the same manufacturing facility as other wheat items, you'll want to avoid cross-contamination.

Garlic Ginger Paste: You can make this and keep it in your fridge for future use. It's especially great to have on hand if you make a lot of Asian or Indian cuisine. Mix equal parts garlic and ginger with some oil in a blender to make a paste. Turmeric is optional.

Chili Powder: Chili powder is deceiving because it gets hotter over time, so if you add in a bunch trying to make your cauliflower Manchurian a bit spicier, you may get burned.

Spring Onions: Chop and use as an optional garnish.

How to Make Air Fryer Gobi Manchurian

Step One: Bring a pan to heat over medium-high and add sesame oil.

Step Two: Add garlic, onion, ginger, and green pepper. Sautee 3-4 minutes or until onions look opaque.

Step Three: Mix in chili sauce, ketchup, vinegar, and soy sauce. Season to taste, reduce heat, and simmer.

Step Four: Add in cornstarch water (mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water). Once the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency, remove from heat and set aside.

Step Five: Whisk together flour, cornstarch, chili powder, ginger garlic paste, salt, pepper, and water in a bowl until the batter is clump free.

Step Six: Coat each piece of cauliflower in batter, then place it in your air fryer basket.

Step Seven: Fry for 10 minutes at 300F.

Step Eight: Remove cauliflower from the basket and gently fold it into the sauce.

Step Nine: Garnish with spring onions and enjoy!


  • Ensure you spray your basket with non-stick cooking spray before you add the battered cauliflower.
  • To make this air fryer gobi Manchurian a gluten-free dish, simply swap out the flour for your favorite alternative.
  • Swap out the cauliflower for baby corn, fish, mushrooms, squash, chicken, pork, or beef.

What to Serve With Air Fryer Gobi Manchurian

Some of my favorite side dishes to serve with air fryer gobi Manchurian are:

Recipe FAQs

How long can air fryer gobi Manchurian be stored?

This dish is best served fresh, but it can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 days. If you make too much cauliflower in the air fryer, you can set those aside and freeze them for use at a later date.

Can I make this recipe with anything else?

Manchuria is a dish that can be made with a variety of different meats and vegetables. Gobi simply stands for cauliflower, so you can make chicken, mushroom, and beef Manchurian too.

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Gobi manchurian

Air Fryer Gobi Manchurian

Are you looking for a healthy and flavorful meal idea? Try this easy Air Fryer gobi Manchurian recipe.
4.86 from 7 votes
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Course: dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese, Indian
Keyword: air fryer gobi manchurian, air fryer gobi manchurian recipe, Gobi Manchurian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Corrie


  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • ½ small white onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger measurement remains the same whether you are using fresh or powdered ginger
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice or white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch water
  • 1 head cauliflower florets cut apart from the stem.
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup water more or less as needed
  • 1 spring onion, chopped optional


  • Heat pan over medium heat and add sesame oil.
  • Add onion, garlic, ginger, and green pepper to the pan. Sautee for 3-4 minutes or until onions begin to look opaque.
  • Stir in soy sauce, vinegar, chili sauce, and ketchup. Reduce heat and let simmer for 2-4 minutes. Season to taste.
  • Add cornstarch water and stir to thicken. Then remove from heat and set aside.
  • Combine flour, cornstarch, ginger garlic paste, chili powder, salt, pepper, and water in a bowl. Whisk until the batter is smooth and free of lumps.
  • Dip cauliflower pieces in the batter. and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Put the battered cauliflower pieces in the air fryer basket and cook for 10 minutes at 300F.
  • Remove the cauliflower from the basket and add to the pan with your sauce. Gently fold in to coat.
  • Serve with spring onions to garnish, and enjoy!


Calories: 237kcal Carbohydrates: 42g Protein: 8g Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 625mg Potassium: 599mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 6g Vitamin A: 214IU Vitamin C: 96mg Calcium: 53mg Iron: 3mg



  • Ensure you spray your basket with non-stick cooking spray before you add the battered cauliflower.
  • To make this air fryer gobi Manchurian a gluten-free dish, simply swap out the flour for your favorite alternative.
  • Swap out the cauliflower for baby corn, fish, mushrooms, squash, chicken, pork, or beef.
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