Sunday, February 22, 2015

VEGETABLE MANCHURIAN


In India, Chinese cuisine is very popular. From street food to big restaurants, Chinese food is very famous and loved a lot by everyone. One of the many reasons for the wide popularity is that they can be prepared quickly and has abundant flavors.Indian Chinese food is prepared with the Chinese cooking techniques but with flavors that are suited for the Indian taste buds. It is tangy, sweet and spicy. Moreover, the zing in the food lingers in the mouth even after eating.


Some time back I had shared with you all a quick and easy recipe to make Schezwan Noodles. Today, I will be sharing a recipe to make VEGETABLE MANCHURIAN. In this dish, mixed vegetable dumplings are deep fried and then served in a spicy tangy soya sauce based gravy. Vegetable Manchurian is usually served with  Chinese style noodles, Fried Rice or even steamed rice.


INGREDIENTS:
Reference : Easy Chinese Cooking By Tarla Dalal

For the vegetable balls, you will need:
  • Cabbage (finely chopped) : 3.5 cups
  • Carrots (grated) : 1 1/4 cup
  • Onion (finely chopped) : 1/3 cup
  • Cornstarch : 3 tbsp
  • All purpose flour (maida) : 6 tbsp
  • Garlic (finely chopped) : 2 tbsp
  • Green chilli (finely chopped) : 1
  • Salt and Pepper as per taste
  • Oil for deep frying
For the sauce, you will need:
  • Garlic (finely chopped) : 1.5 tbsp
  • Green chillies (finely chopped) : 1 tbsp
  • Ginger (grated) : 1 tbsp
  • Clear vegetable stock or plain water : 1 cup
  • Soya sauce : 1 tbsp
  • 1.5 tbsp Cornstarch to be mixed with 1 cup of water
  • Sugar : 1 tsp
  • Oil : 1 tbsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Little spring onion greens for garnishing.
Note: All measurements are based on the US measuring cup and spoon sizes where 1 cup = 235 ml

PROCEDURE:

To make the vegetable balls
  • Mix the cabbage, onion, carrots, garlic, chilli, cornstarch, all purpose flour, salt and pepper in a bowl. 



  • Heat oil for deep frying. Shape spoonful of the vegetable mixture into small balls and deep fry them in hot oil until golden brown. Once done, drain them in an absorbent paper.


  • Set the fried balls aside until ready to be used.

To make the sauce
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok/pan on high heat.To this , add the garlic, ginger and green chillies. Fry for a couple of minutes on high heat.

  • Add the vegetable stock / water, soya sauce, sugar , cornstarch paste and salt. Mix well.  Simmer for a few minutes. Note : If the sauce seems too thick after the simmer, add little water to adjust the consistency. If you feel the sauce is too runny, mix some additional cornstarch with water and add it to the sauce.




Final Step:
  • When you are ready to serve, add the deep fried vegetable balls to the sauce and bring it to a boil. Garnish with spring onion greens and serve hot. I served VEGETABLE MANCHURIAN with Schezwan noodles.





37 comments:

  1. This VEGETABLE MANCHURIAN sounds unbelievably delicious Shuba!! Loved it, thanks for sharing :)

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    1. I always love reading your comments:)Thanks!!

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  2. Such a delicious machurian..Loved ur clicks shubha

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  3. Manchurian's are welcome anytime of the day! Lovely capture.

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    1. Thanks Anitha:) Thanks so much hun for the sweet words

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  4. Vibrant..colors..are just tempting..Shubha..perfect☺

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  5. My first love for Chinese food!!!
    Love the preparation and the presentation!!!

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    1. Mine too. During my engg days would always go to the Dental canteen as they served excellent chinese food!!:)

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  6. One of my most loved Indian Chinese dishes and I vouch that plate has been crafted to look absolutely gorgeous. Shubha an earnest confession this is one of the best looking vegetable MANCHURIAN dish that I have come across and you have done a fantastic job in bringing in the perfect balance of look and texture. What looks so visually enticing I can only imagine how it would have elevated the sense of taste with every bite. Loved it immensely.

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    1. TY TY TY dear Piyali:) I hope my manchurian lives upto the standard set by your excellent writing..you are a such good writer...Luv :)xxx

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  7. This dish definitely captures the essence of Manchurian flavors. Even without the sauce, the fried balls are spot on.

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    1. Thanks dear:) I am so glad you loved it!!

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  8. delicious and mouthwatering vegetable manchurian...loving it

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  9. love love your pictures, especially the gorgeous manchurian balls looking at me - as if saying - 'pick me up! what are you waiting for!' and the manchurian in gravy, side angle- too good...I am imagining the flavors in the sauce and the crunch of the manchurian - an awesome delight of a recipe. perfect for any celebration, appeasing the kids and grown ups alike. well done:)

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    1. You are such a sweetheart:) You have been a true inspiration for me..Thanks for the support:)xx

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  10. This is one bowl of drooling Manchurians,Perfectly made.Wonderful clicks too dear

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  11. Wonderful preparation.awesoem pics..
    Btw this is maha..visit my space when u have sum time.

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    1. Ty Maha:) would love to visit your space

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  12. Wonderful preparation n tempting dishl
    Btw this is maha ..visist my space sum time.

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  13. very delicious clicks, Shubha! love vegetarian manchurian and this is making my mouth water!

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    1. Ty so much Savita for such sweet words!! Cheers!!

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  14. Your manchurian brings back fond memories, Shubha! What a great recipe, must try it someday soon:)

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    1. I am so happy you liked it:) Do try it and please share your feedback:)

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  15. delicious. that is one thing i missed most outside india for a very long time.

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  16. Looks attractive... Visit my space if time permits

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  17. This sounds so good, Meri! I love both Indian and Chinese cuisine, so I am pretty sure I would love it! Thank you for posting!

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  18. I need some chop sticks first to enjoy this delicacy. Colourful & mouth watering platter.

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    1. Come over... chopsticks and the food ..all will be ready:)

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