Chinese food made the Desi way has its own taste and charm. It leaves you fulfilled, happy and makes you come for more. In India small Chinese thelas is a very common site. They serve yummy food and very light on the pocket. Ask any single staying in pune/mumbai/banglore who end up eating at least once a week at these small stalls. This is a great Indo-chinese fusion cuisine. Its not gourmet food but defineetly some lip-smacking food.
I wasn't a big fan of Chinese food till i arrived in Pune and started staying on my own. With mom not around to cook some good food i would rely on the Chinese bhaiya for food. I remember packing food for me n my roomies from Chaturshringi, SB road Pune. They serve great schezwan Rice. I also like Chicken Manchow soup, Hakka Noodles and Gobi Manchurian. I also like Chinese bhel. This will be featured very soon here.
I have made Gobi Manchurian many many times and it never gets boring. I can eat it every week; It can be eaten as dry appetizer or with gravy. It was raining very heavily so i Thought of making Gobi manchurian with Schezwan noodles. when i opened by fridge i was disappointed to see that there wasn't any cauliflower. But then i saw broccoli and in an instant i knew what i would do. I would make Broccoli Manchurian. Manchurian is basically meat or vegetable balls deep fried with corn - all purpose flour. These crunchy balls are covered with sauce made of soy-tomato-chillies. the out come id ...............yummmy!! If you want some gravy than just add lots of water and some corn flour. I followed the same recipe like gobi Manchurian except for Gobi( cauliflower) was replaced with broccoli.
We will first make deep-fried broccoli. Cut broccoli in small florets. Make a thick paste as follows.
1 Tbl Spn Corn flour
1 Tbl Spn all purpose flour
1/2 tbl spn ginger-garlic paste
salt as per tstae
Method. Mix all the above ingredients into a thick paste. All the broccoli florets. Cover them all over with the batter and deep fry them.
For the sauce:
1 tbl Spn soy Sauce
1 tbl Spn tomato ketchup
1/4 tbl spn chili sauce
a litlle vinegar
Method: Mix all the above ingredients. The sauce is ready.
For the Gravy you need a spoonful of corn flour mixed into a very smooth, thin paste.
Now comes the finale of this dish.
Heat a wok. Add a few drops of oil, add chopped onions. Its best if you add spring onions. I didn't have any so i have used white onions. Julienne and saute them. Add chopped capsicum. saute for a few more minutes. Add sauce, broccoli and water. let it boil for 5 mins. Simmer and add corn-flour paste. This thickens the gravy. Add salt as per taste.
Broccoli is much more crunchier and doesn't get soggy as fast as cauliflower. I loved this broccoli manchurian. i hope you like it too.