Gobi Manchurian Pizza

October 8, 2014



Gobi Manchurian (Indian-style fried cauliflower in tomato-chili sauce), green bell peppers, grilled paneer, cashews



1 ball of dough
flour for dusting

semolina flour for pizza stone
salt & pepper
olive oil
1 green bell pepper, seeded & sliced
1 package paneer, cubed
handful of unsalted cashews
1-2 heads cauliflower, broken into florets
vegetable or canola oil for frying

For the batter:
½ cup flour
4 tablespoons corn flour
½ teaspoon chili powder
1 clove garlic, minced
salt & pepper
¼-½ cup water (depending on consistency)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

For the sauce:
½ cup scallions, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon chili sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
squirt of lemon juice
fresh ground pepper
½-inch piece ginger, minced
½ teaspoon nigella seeds (optional, these can be hard to find)


Preheat your oven to 550° F. In a deep skillet, heat about an inch of oil on medium. Prepare your batter by combining all the ingredients except the water in a bowl. Then add a little water at a time until the consistency is pourable, but not overly runny.


Put some extra flour in a second bowl—this will help the batter stick to the cauliflower. When your oil is hot, coat the florets in flour, then dip them in the batter until they are coated. Shake off any excess and put them in the skillet, frying a couple at a time until they are golden on all sides. Let them dry and crisp up on a paper towel.


Next, prepare the sauce. Heat a little oil in a pan over medium and add the green peppers, garlic, scallions and ginger, sauteing for a couple minutes. Then add the soy sauce, chili sauce & ketchup, and stir for a minute on low heat. Add pepper to taste (you probably won’t need more salt because of the soy sauce), plus the nigella seeds and a squirt of lemon juice.


Fold the cauliflower florets into the sauce until coated, then take off the heat and set aside until you’re ready to use.


Meanwhile, preheat your grill pan or Griddler to medium heat. When it’s hot, grill the paneer cubes until they have brown grill marks on each side.


While your cheese is grilling, you can prepare your dough using the instructions on the right. Once it’s baked for a minute, take it out and brush it lightly with olive oil. Spoon out the extra Manchurian sauce in an even layer, followed by the cauliflower, green peppers, paneer & cashews.


Now pop it in the oven and bake until the crust is a nice golden brown. Then take it out and enjoy!


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Start stretching it from the center, then move it around in a circle so that gravity stretches it and creates a natural crust. It helps to put some olive oil on your hands first.



Place the dough on your floured surface & push it out with your fingertips until it's the size of your pizza stone. You can fold over the edges to create an extra fluffy crust.



When the oven is hot (preheat it with the stone inside), sprinkle some semolina flour on the pizza stone and place your dough on it.


Bake it for about a minute, or until it starts to bubble, then take it out. This last step isn't 100% necessary, but I feel like it adds a little extra crispiness to the crust.


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