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veg manchurian dry recipe, how to make dry vegetable manchurian recipe

veg manchurian dry recipe with step by step photos – a tasty indo chinese starter dish of fried veg balls in a spicy, sweet and tangy sauce.

veg manchurian is one of the dishes that we order when we have a dinner in a chinese restaurant. its one of my favorite chinese dishes from childhood and a recipe i would make from my teens.

this veg manchurian recipe as the title suggests is a dry version. there is no gravy in the recipe. on occasions i make this dry version as a side dish with veg noodles. the veg manchurian gravy version i make with steamed rice or veg fried rice.

the only time taking part in making vegetable manchurian is the grating/chopping the veggies. so the recipe does take time to prepare with frying the vegetable balls and then preparing the sauce. for less work you can make the veg balls a day before and use them the next day.

serve veg manchurian dry as a starter snack or as a side dish with hakka noodles or veg chow mein.

if you are looking for more indo chinese recipes then do check gobi manchurian dry, veg spring rolls, chilli paneerspring rolls wrappers and gobi manchurian with sauce recipe.

veg manchurian dry recipe below:

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veg manchurian dry recipe
prep time
50 mins
cook time
10 mins
total time
1 hr
 

veg manchurian dry recipe - spicy, sweet and tangy dry veg manchurian recipe.

course: starter
cuisine: Indo Chinese
servings: 2
author: dassana
ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)
for fried veg manchurian balls:
  • ½ cup grated or finely chopped cabbage (green or red cabbage - patta gobhi)
  • ½ cup grated carrot (gajar)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped capsicum (green bell pepper or shimla mirch)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped french beans
  • ¼ cup finely chopped spring onions (scallions) or onions
  • 2 tablespoon corn starch (also called as corn flour in india)
  • 2 tablespoon all purpose flour (maida)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder (kali mirch powder)
  • ½ teaspoon salt or add as required
  • oil for shallow frying or deep frying
for veg manchurian sauce:
  • ½ tablespoon finely chopped garlic (lahsun)
  • ½ tablespoon finely chopped ginger (adrak)
  • 1 or 2 green chilies (hari mirch) - finely chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped spring onions (scallions) or onions
  • ½ tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon red chili sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon corn starch optional
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder (kali mirch powder)
  • ½ teaspoon rice vinegar or regular vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • ½ to 1 tablespoon chopped spring onions greens for garnish
  • ½ tablespoon sesame oil (til ka tel)
  • salt as required
how to make recipe
making veg manchurian balls:
  1. take the finely chopped or grated veggies in a bowl.
  2. add all the dry ingredients.
  3. gather the whole mixture and kind of knead so that the veggies leave water and you get a dough like mixture.
  4. take a small portion of the mixture in your hands. press and roll it in your palm and make a round veggie ball. make all veggie balls this way and keep aside.
  5. heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan. 

  6. add a small piece of ball to the hot oil. 

  7. if the balls does not stick or settle down at the bottom of the pan, but comes up steadily the oil is ready.

  8. gently place the balls in the hot oil. the oil has to be medium hot. too much heat and the manchurian balls will be browned from top and uncooked from inside.

  9. less hot oil will make the manchurian balls absorb too much of oil.

  10. with a slotted spoon turn over the balls when cooked from one side. fry the veg manchurian balls till crisp and golden.

  11. remove them with a slotted spoon and drain as much as oil as possible.
  12. place the fried veg manchurian balls on kitchen paper towels. fry the veg manchurian balls this way in batches and keep aside.

making veg manchurian sauce:
  1. once the balls are fried, then its time to make the sauce. in another pan, heat about 1/2 tbsp of the same oil in which we fried the balls or 1/2 tbsp of sesame oil.
  2. add 1/2 tbsp finely chopped garlic, 1/2 tbsp finely chopped ginger & 1 or 2 green chilies, finely chopped.
  3. stir and saute for a minute on a low flame.
  4. add 1/4 cup chopped spring onions or onions.
  5. stir and saute till the onions soften.
  6. now add the sauces - 1/2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp tomato sauce and 1 tsp red chili sauce or green chili sauce. stir very well.
  7. keep the flame on the lower side and sprinkle 1/4 tsp corn starch. adding corn starch is optional. stir very well.
  8. quickly add salt and black pepper as required. stir again. 

  9. after adding corn starch the sauce will begin to thicken, so one has to be quick.

  10. then add the fried veg balls. stir so that the sauce coats the veg balls evenly.
  11. switch off the flame and add 1/2 tsp rice vinegar or regular white vinegar.
  12. toss and stir again. serve the veg manchurian hot as a starter snack garnished with some spring onion greens.
recipe notes

i have not added sugar in the sauce as the tomato sauce and red chili sauce already has sugar. if you want you can add a bit of sugar.


step by step dry vegetable manchurian recipe:

preparing the veg manchurian balls:
1. take the finely chopped or grated veggies in a bowl. here i added ½ cup finely chopped red cabbage, ½ cup grated carrot, ¼ cup finely chopped capsicum/green bell pepper, ¼ cup finely chopped french beans, ¼ cup finely chopped spring onions.

2. add the dry ingredients – 2 tbsp corn starch, 2 tbsp all purpose flour, ½ tsp black pepper and ½ tsp salt or add as required.

3. gather the whole mixture and kind of mix and knead so that the veggies leave water and you get a dough like mixture.

4. take a small portion of the mixture in your hands.

5. press and roll it in your palm.

6. and make a round veggie ball.

7. make all veggie balls this way and keep aside.

8. heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan. add a small piece of ball to the hot oil. if the balls does not stick or settle down at the bottom of the pan, but comes up steadily the oil is ready for frying these veg manchurian balls.

9. gently place the balls in the hot oil. the oil has to be medium hot. too much heat and the manchurian balls will be browned from top and uncooked from inside. less hot oil will make the balls absorb too much of oil.

10. when cooked from one side, turn the balls with a slotted spoon.

11. fry the balls till crisp and golden.

12. remove them with a slotted or perforated spoon and drain as much as oil as possible.

13. place the fried veg manchurian balls on kitchen paper towels. for a low fat version, you can cook the veggie balls in an appe-appam pan or æbleskiver pan.

14.  fry the veg balls this way in batches and keep aside.

preparing the veg manchurian sauce:

15. once the balls are fried, then its time to make the sauce. in another pan, heat about ½ tbsp of the same oil in which we fried the balls or sesame oil. add ½ tbsp finely chopped garlic, ½ tbsp finely chopped ginger & 1 or 2 green chilies, finely chopped.

16. stir and saute for a minute on a low flame.

17. add ¼ cup chopped spring onions or onions.

18. stir and saute till the onions soften.

19. now add the sauces – ½ tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp tomato ketchup and 1 tsp red chili sauce or green chili sauce.

20. stir very well.

21. keep the flame on the lower side and sprinkle ¼ tsp corn starch. adding corn starch is optional.

22. stir very well.

23. quickly ¼ tsp black pepper and salt as required. stir again. after adding corn starch the sauce will begin to thicken, so one has to be quick. keep a check on the salt as the soy sauce, tomato ketchup and chili sauce already has salt. so add less salt.

24. then add the fried veg balls.

25. stir so that the sauce coats the veg balls evenly.

26. switch off the flame and add ½ tsp rice vinegar or regular white vinegar.

27. toss and stir again. serve the veg manchurian hot as a starter snack garnished with some spring onion greens.




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