Vegetable Manchurian ( Easy Chinese Recipe )


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Vegetable Manchurian is an Indo-Chinese dish that has become so famous that it is available everywhere these days, from roadside eateries and local restaurants to wedding menus and specialty diners too!

The succulent dish features deep-fried vegetable balls in a thick gravy that is flavoured with typical Chinese ingredients like ginger, garlic and soy sauce. This desi interpretation of the Chinese dish has no MSG or Ajinomoto.

It is quite easy to make but you just need to take care of one thing – the vegetable balls should be of the right consistency, if the mix is too loose it will break while frying.

Serve the Vegetable Manchurian piping hot with Burnt Garlic Rice or Hakka Noodles.

For more options, do check out our section of Recipes for Chinese Vegetables.

Enjoy how to make Vegetable Manchurian recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.

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Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 6 servings
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Ingredients

For The Vegetable Manchurian Balls
3 cups finely chopped cabbage
1 1/4 cups carrot , grated
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 tbsp finely chopped garlic (lehsun)
2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
3 tbsp cornflour
8 tbsp plain flour (maida)
salt and freshly ground black pepper (kalimirch) to taste
oil for deep-frying

For The Gravy For Vegetable Manchurian
1 tbsp garlic (lehsun) , finely chopped
2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
2 tsp finely chopped ginger (adrak)
3 tbsp chopped spring onions whites
3 tbsp chopped capsicum
2 cups clear vegetable stock or
1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp cornflour mixed with 2 tbsp of
2 tbsp oil
salt to taste

For Garnish
spring onions greens
Method
For the vegetable manchurian balls

    For the vegetable manchurian balls
  1. Combine the cabbage, carrots, onions, garlic, green chillies, salt, pepper, cornflour and plain flour in a bowl and mix well to combine.
  2. Divide the mixture into 24 equal portions and shape each portion into a round ball.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan and deep-fry the balls, a few at a time, on a medium flame till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides.
  4. Drain on absorbent paper and keep aside.

For the vegetable manchurian gravy

    For the vegetable manchurian gravy
  1. Combine the cornflour and 4 tbsps of water in a deep bowl, mix well and keep aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan on a high flame.
  3. Add the garlic, ginger and green chillies and sauté on a high flame for a few seconds.
  4. Add the spring onion whites and capsicum and sauté on a high flame for 1 minute.
  5. Add the soy sauce and red chilli sauce, mix well and sauté on a high flame for a few seconds.
  6. Add 2 1/2 cups of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
  7. Add the cornflour-water mixture, mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  8. Add the salt and pepper, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.

How to proceed to make vegetable manchurian

    How to proceed to make vegetable manchurian
  1. Just before serving, add the manchurian balls to the hot gravy, mix gently and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
  2. Serve the vegetable manchurian immediately garnished with spring onion greens.

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For the Vegetable Manchurian Balls

  1. For the Manchurian balls, we first have to prep the ingredients and keep so it is easier and faster to prepare. For that, finely chop the cabbage, onions, garlic and chillies and grate the carrots.
  2. In a deep mixing bowl put the cabbage.
  3. Then add grated carrot to it. Cabbage and carrot are the 2 most important ingredients for Veg Manchurian balls. You can even add french beans to this recipe if you like.
  4. Now add the onions to this as well.
  5. Add the finely chopped garlic. You can even grate the garlic if you wish but it make sure there are no big pieces as they might be pungent to bite on.
  6. Also add the finely chopped green chillies to the bowl.
  7. Add the salt and pepper to the vegetables. Salt releases the water from the vegetables which will enable the mixture to combine properly without adding any additional water.
  8. Now add the binding agent – cornflour.
  9. Add plain flour as well. Plain flour gives crispiness to the vegetable balls.
  10. Start mixing the ingredients with your hands. It will first be a dry mixture.
  11. When you start mixing a little bit more, the vegetables will start releasing water and the wet mixture will start coming together. It will look like this. Do not squeeze the mixture too much as it might become very loose.
  12. Take small spoonfuls of the mixture in your hands and shape them into small balls. If the mixture is too sticky then you might have to apply a little oil on your hands before shaping them into balls. It is very important that the balls hold their shape. We have made 24 Vegetable Manchurian balls.
  13. Heat oil in a deep non-stick pan, enough to cover a few balls at a time. Deep fry a few vegetable balls at a time, on a medium flame, until golden brown from all sides. It is very important to have the oil at the right temperature while deep frying. If the oil is too hot, the balls will burn from outside and remain undercooked and doughy from insde. We have fried the vegetable balls in batches of 5, each batch taking 4-5 minutes to cook.
  14. Drain on absorbent paper and keep aside.
     

For the Manchurian Gravy

  1. Combine the cornflour with 4 tbsps water in a small bowl and keep aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok or a deep non-stick pan on a high flame and add the garlic. Almost all Chinese cooking is done on a high flame to get an intense flavor.
  3. Then add the ginger.
  4. Now finally add the finely chopped green chillies. These 3 ingredients form the base of chinese cooking flavors. Mix well and stir fry only for a few seconds as we do not want them to burn.
  5. Now add the spring onion whites. We have not finely chopped these as we still want them to retain a bite.
  6. With this, also add the capsicum. These are also not finely chopped.
  7. Sauté these on a high flame for 1 minute only.
  8. Now add the soy sauce and red chilli sauce and stir for a few seconds.
  9. Now add 2 1/2 cups of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally. For a more intense flavor, you can even use vegetable stock. We have added so much water because we are making manchurian with gravy. If you want to make it without gravy, then check out the recioe for Dry Manchurian.
  10. Now add the cornflour-water mixture and cook for 3-4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.  As cornflour does not dissolve in water, always stir the mixture well before adding it to any sauce or gravy. The reason for adding this is for the gravy to get thicker as it cooks. If the gravy is too thin after 3 to 4 minutes, you can add more of the cornflour-water mixture. But if the gravy is too thick, you can add more water or stock to it to adjust the consistency
  11. Add the salt and pepper at this point.
  12. Simmer this sauce on a medium flame for 1 minutes till the gravy is thick and has a shine to it.

How to proceed for the Vegetable Manchurian

  1. Just before serving, put the vegetable balls in the gravy and bring the gravy to a boil and cook for 1-2 minutes till heated through.
  2. Garnish the Vegetable Manchurian with spring onion greens.
  3. Serve Vegetable Manchurian hot with burnt garlic fried rice.

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Vegetable Manchurian ( Easy Chinese Recipe )
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 on 20 Mar 19 01:53 PM


Loved the detailed photos of the Veg Manchurian recipe which was super easy to follow.
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks for your feedback.
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23 Mar 19 09:11 AM
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 on 15 Mar 18 08:14 PM


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Tarla Dalal    Glad you liked the recipe.
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20 Mar 19 01:52 PM
Vegetable Manchurian ( Easy Chinese Recipe )
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 on 19 Jun 17 05:16 PM


Yummy i and full family enjoyed the recipe. Could you give some more suggestion to improve sauce taste. Is there any need of adding MSG. If there then....... . Tysm
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Tarla Dalal    Yes, you can add MSG in the sauce if you wish as that is a taste enhancer.
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19 Jun 17 05:25 PM
Vegetable Manchurian ( Easy Chinese Recipe )
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 on 08 Apr 17 01:15 PM


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 on 09 Jan 17 03:52 PM


Vegetable Manchurian ( Easy Chinese Recipe )
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 on 25 Dec 16 10:34 PM


such a good and delicious recepie.. luv it...easy to make
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Nahid, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how they turned out. Happy Cooking !!
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26 Dec 16 08:52 AM
Vegetable Manchurian ( Easy Chinese Recipe )
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 on 11 Dec 16 12:08 AM


Amazing recipe, my family loved it and ekdam hotel jaisa Manchurian. Thank you tarla dalal and team
Vegetable Manchurian ( Easy Chinese Recipe )
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 on 17 Nov 16 01:58 PM


Hi Mam , I am just a teenage girl inspired by ur cooking . I have tried many recipies of yours and they have turned and tasted pretty good for me. Now bcaz of u i am kitchen queen for my family . do inspire us more Thankyou
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Tarla Dalal    Nishad, well done and great to see your passion in cooking. You will become better and better in cooking over time and your passion will show. Keep posting your reviews on recipes you loved on this site as it will help others.
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17 Nov 16 03:44 PM
Vegetable Manchurian ( Easy Chinese Recipe )
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 on 07 Nov 16 03:52 PM


Hii mam,, This recipe is too good but i have a doubt--do we have to boil vegetables before adding it to flour???
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Aafrin, No you do not need to boil them.
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07 Nov 16 04:43 PM
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 on 07 Nov 16 03:51 PM


Hii mam,, This recipe is too good but i have a doubt--do we have to boil vegetables before adding it to flour
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Kefiya, No you do not need to boil them.
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