Gobi Manchurian

750 grams cauliflower cut to medium size florets
Oil for frying
90 grams corn flour
3 tbsp plain flour
1/4 tsp black pepper
Pinch of salt
150 mls water

for the sauce:
3 tbsp vegetable oil
5 spring onions thinly sliced (save the greens for garnish)
1 tbsp garlic chopped
1 tbsp ginger chopped
3 tbsp chilli garlic sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp vinegar
2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp black pepper
Salt to taste
150 mls water
chopped green chillies (optional)

In a mixing bowl add the corn flour, plain flour, black pepper and salt. Add the water a little at a time making sure to stir well to rid of any lumps. Add the florets to the batter and mix well.

Heat oil for deep frying over a medium heat. Add the cauliflower in batches and fry for 5-6 minutes. Make sure to heat is not too high as you want the cauliflower to cook all the way through.

Fry as they go crispy and light brown and drain of kitchen paper. Keep warm while you make the sauce.

For the gravy heat the oil in a wok or kadhai over a medium heat. Add the white part of the spring onion and fry for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and fry for a further 2 minutes.

Add the chilli garlic sauce, soy and ketchup, stir over a low heat for 1 minute. Now add the vinegar, sugar and black pepper. Season to taste.

Add the water and simmer for 2 minutes as the gravy thickens. Add the fried cauliflower florets and stir well coating them in the sauce. Warm through for a minute and turn the heat off and rest for a few minutes as the cauliflower soaks all the gravy flavour. Serve warm with egg fried rice or noodles.

Vegetable Jalfrezi

1.5 tablespoons oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 medium red onion, chopped
3 stalks green onion, chopped
1 green chili, sliced
2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste
1 large tomato, sliced
1 large carrot, cut into rounds
1/4 cup green peas
3/4 cup paneer cubes, 120 grams
3/4 cup water, 6 oz
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/3 cup tomato puree, store bought, canned
1 medium green pepper, sliced
1 inch ginger , cut into julienne
cilantro, to garnish

Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan on medium heat. Once hot, add the cumin seeds and let then sizzle. The add the onions, green chili and saute them for 2 to 3 minutes until softened.

Add the ginger-garlic paste and cook for 1 minute. Then add the sliced tomato, carrot, peas and paneer. Add water (you might need only 1/2 cup of water while making this on stove-top).

Also add turmeric, cardamom, chili powder, garam masala, ketchup, vinegar, sugar, salt and tomato puree.

Stir and cover the pan with a lid. Let the veggies cook for 5 to 6 minutes.

Then add the green peppers and ginger julienne. Cover and simmer for 3 more minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve.