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Gobi Fried Rice Recipe

Gobi Fried Rice Recipe - Cauliflower Fried Rice

Gobi Fried Rice with step by step photos.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 to 3


  • Basmati rice - 1 cup
  • Cauliflower - 1 medium
  • Carrot juliennes - 1/4 cup
  • Cabbage - 1/4 cup thinly sliced
  • Garlic - 4 minced
  • Red chili sauce - 1/2 tsp
  • Tomato sauce - 1/2 tsp
  • Soy sauce - 1/8 tsp
  • Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 2 tbsp

For Batter:

  • All purpose flour or maida - 1/4 cup
  • Corn flour or corn starch - 1/4 cup
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Red food color - 2 pinch
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Oil - to deep fry
  • Salt - to taste



  • Wash and soak basmati rice in water for 30 mins.
  • Remove stalk and separate cauliflower into bite sized florets.

Cook Rice:

  • After soaking, drain into a colander. Transfer the rice to a pressure cooker.
  • Add 1-1/2 cups water, stir, close with lid and pressure cook for 2 whistles over medium.
  • Let the pressure release by itself. Open the lid, fluff the rice using fork and keep aside to cool completely.

Make Batter:

  • In a bowl, add all purpose flour, corn flour, red chili powder, black pepper powder, ginger garlic paste, red food color ( I used 1/4 tsp kashmiri red chili powder instead) and salt. Mix together with your finger tips. Add water little by little and make a thick batter. It should coat the back of a spoon.
  • Drop the cauli florets and mix gently till the florets gets fully coated with the batter.
  • Close the bowl and let it rest for 15 to 20 mins.
  • Heat a fry pan with oil. When it gets hot, drop the batter dipped cauli florets into the oil and deep fry till they are crisp and crunchy.
  • Do it in batches for even cooking. Each batch should take 6 to 8 mins depending on the pan size. Drain into a kitchen paper and let it cool completely.
  • As they will be lumped together in clusters, separate them gently and cut into bite sized pieces using a sharp knife. Keep aside.

How to make Gobi Fried Rice:

  • Heat a sauté pan with 2 tbsp oil. When hot, add garlic and cook for few seconds till the aroma arises.
  • Cooking over high flame, add carrots and sauté for few seconds for them to soften. Add cabbage and sauté for few more seconds.
  • Add red chili sauce, soy sauce, tomato sauce, red chili powder and mix well.
  • Add fluffed up basmati rice, salt, black pepper powder and toss well.
  • Add cut, deep fried cauli-florets and keep tossing while the rice gets heated up. This should 1 to 2 mins.
  • Switch off and take the pan off fire.
  • Serve this Gobi Fried Rice with sauce and Manchurian.


Prep time is inclusive of rice soaking time and resting time for cauliflower.