Vegetable Manchurian

Vegetable Manchurian

We love Indo-Chinese but due to its high oil preparation, we keep it at bay. After several months, I prepared ‘Vegetable Manchurian’ yesterday. Like other Indo Chinese recipes, it is very easy to make. This time though, instead of deep frying the manchurian balls, I used a Kuzhi Paniyaram (குழிப்பணியாரம்) pan ( Nonstick Æbleskiver Pan). With this pan, i was able to fry the vegetable balls with minimal oil. I used avocado oil this time for frying. Avocado Oil has the highest smoking point thereby making  it conducive for Indo-Chinese cooking and deep frying.

Vegetables used: You can get creative and add or omit veggies except for carrots and beans which aren’t optional. Add green capsicum, red capsicum, yellow capsicum, Paneer. I personally think sweet corn is a must.

Vegetable Manchurian


Manchurian Balls: 

1. Carrot shredded -1 big

2. Beans finely chopped – almost 20

3. Cabbage finely chopped – 1/4 of a cabbage

4. Green chilli – 1 deseeded

5. Salt to taste

6. Tomato Sauce – 2 tsp

7. Rice flour for binding – almost 4 tsp

Manchurian Sauce:

1. Oil to Saute

2. finely chopped spring onions – 1 -3

3. Finely chopped Garlic – 7 to 8 flakes

4. Finely chopped Ginger – 1 inch

5. Finely chopped Green Chillies – 2

6. Finely cut cabbage – 1/4 of a cabbage

7. Tomato sauce – 1 cup

8. Soy sauce – 2 tbspn

9. salt and pepper to taste

10. Sugar – 1 tsp

11. Rice flour – 1 tbspn


1. In a bowl, add shredded carrots, finely chopped beans, green chilli, cabbage, salt, tomato sauce and rice flour

2. Mix well. If needed add 1 tsp of water. Mix it into a dough and make 15 mid sized balls

3. Heat the Æbleskiver pan (kuzhi paniyaram pan). Drizzle oil and place the vegetable Manchurian balls in the pan once the oil is hot. Turn the balls over after 2 mins and make sure it darkens evenly

Preparation of Manchurian sauce

1. Heat oil in a wok. Keep the temp in med high

2.When oil is hot, add spring onions, garlic, ginger, green chillies and saute till they are brown

3. Add finely cut cabbage

4. Saute well. Add 1 cup tomato sauce and 2 tbspn water

5. Add 2tbsp soy sauce

6. Add salt if needed.

7. Add pepper powder, sugar and mix well. When the sauce boils, add almost 1 tbspn rice flour while stirring constantly. Rice flour is used to thicken the gravy. You might use corn flour instead as well

8. Switch off the flame and transfer the sauce to a serving bowl

9. Right before serving place the Manchurian balls on the Manchurian sauce

Serve with Indo Chinese fried rice.



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