I got a cauliflower in the CSA box yesterday, and immediately thought of this recipe. I did not, however, think to locate it and review it in order to purchase any missing ingredients. The recipe calls for three kinds of flour! So I had to alter the recipe, and everyone here still thought it was delicious. One day I would like to make it according to the recipe, if only to feel my tongue burst into flames.
Mine were good, but I wonder if they would've been crispier with the right flours. It wasn't mushy though. I would make this again, even with the substitutions I have made.
|A gathering of ingredients. Look at that gorgeous cauliflower. *sigh*|
Based on Not so Humble Gobi Manchurian
1 head cauliflower, cut into medium florets
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. blended corn meal (I was supposed to use corn flour, but didn't have any. So I blended my corn meal for a little while to grind it further.)
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. grated ginger
1 tsp. grated garlic
1 tsp. finely chopped jalapeño
1 tbsp. sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 c. finely chopped sweet onion
1 inch ginger, minced
1 jalapeño, finely chopped (minus the bit for coating the cauliflower)
1/3 c. soy sauce
1 tbsp. sriracha sauce ("rooster" sauce)
3 tbsp. ketchup
couple sprinkles hot chili sesame oil
Core and cut cauliflower into medium florets. Bring water with a pinch of salt to boil and add the florets. Boil about 10 minutes or until tender. Drain.
In large pan (I used a frying pan), heat a few inches of vegetable oil to 350 degrees. For batter, combine flours, garlic, ginger, and jalapeños; add enough water to make it smooth. Toss the cooked florets in the batter to coat, then sprinkle with about 2-3 tbsp. all-purpose flour and toss gently. Fry florets in small batches until deep golden brown and crispy. I had to turn a couple of mine. Drain on paper towels.
Sauté garlic in sesame oil over medium-high heat for 30 seconds. Add onion, garlic, ginger, and jalapeños and sauté another minute. Add soy sauce and ketchup and cook until thickened and bubbly (just a minute or two).
Put the hot, fried cauliflower in a large bowl. Pour sauce over and toss to coat. Garnish with cilantro and a couple sprinkles of hot chili sesame oil.
|The finished product. Yum!|