sweet and sour vegetables recipe, indo chinese sweet and sour vegetables

Sweet and sour vegetables recipe – it is a popular Indo Chinese recipe. The sauce in which vegetables are simmered is sweet and sour and hence this title.

Really easy to prepare and you can use your choice of mixed veggies. Sweet and sour vegetables accompany very well with Veg fried rice, Veg noodles, Veg hakka noodlesSchezwan noodles or even just plain steamed rice or noodles.

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sweet and sour vegetables

I had made this dish to go with with Mushroom fried rice rice. since celery, bell pepper and other herbs used in Indo Chinese cooking are easily available near my place….. So nowadays I am venturing again into Indo Chinese recipes.

The sweetness in the dish comes from tomato sauce and the sourness comes from both soy sauce and vinegar. I have used apple cider in place of white vinegar. You can easily add white vinegar if you don’t have apple cider.

The vegetables have to stir fried on a high flame and needs continuous stirring so that they do not get burned. I have blanched the veggies first, so that they cook faster when stir frying. The veggies need not be cooked till soft. You can have some crunch in them.

The dish is not spicy at all and can even go well with children. This can also be a party dish if you are planning to have an Indo Chinese menu. Serve sweet and sour vegetables hot with Schezwan fried rice or steamed rice or Chow mein noodles or chilli garlic noodles or plain noodles.

The recipe has been adapted from sanjeev kapoor’s book “Chinese cooking“. The best part of this recipe is that all the ingredients are easily available at home… May be perhaps for celery. Skip the celery if you don’t have them.

sweet sour vegetables recipe

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Sweet and Sour Vegetables

5 from 3 votes
Stir fried veggies in a sweet and sour sauce. A popular indo Chinese recipe.
sweet and sour vegetables recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:25 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:40 mins
Course:main course
Cuisine:Indo Chinese
Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 1 small to medium carrot, chopped
  • 7 to 9 french beans, sliced diagonally
  • a small head of cauliflower or broccoli, chopped - approx 1.5 cup cauliflower florets
  • 3 to 4 button mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, quartered and the layers separated
  • 1 medium bell pepper (capsicum or shimla mirch)- red or green or yellow, chopped or cut into 1 inch squares
  • ½ tablespoon finely chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon naturally fermented soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider or white vinegar
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ inch ginger, finely chopped
  • ½ to 1 tablespoon sugar or as required
  • 1.5 to 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon corn starch (corn flour) dissolved in ½ cup water
  • salt as required
  • black pepper as required


blanching vegetables

  • Rinse, peel and chop all the veggies first.
  • Quarter the onion and separate the layers.
  • Heat 2 to 3 cups water with 1 tsp salt till the water starts boiling.
  • Add the carrots, french beans, cauliflower to the hot water.
  • Switch off the fire and cover and keep aside for 5-10 minutes.
  • Drain and keep aside.
  • If you want to preserve the colors of the veggies, then just drain and keep the veggies in cold water.

making sweet and sour vegetables

  • Heat oil in a wok or kadai.
  • Add the chopped ginger and garlic and stir fry on high flame for half a minute.
  • Then add the onions and stir fry for 2-3 minutes on a high flame.
  • Add the bell pepper and mushrooms and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Then add the blanched veggies - cauliflower, french beans and carrots and stir fry for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the celery and stir fry for a minute. In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce and tomato sauce.
  • Add these two sauces to the veggies. Stir and season with pepper, sugar and salt.
  • Stir and add 2 cups of water or veg stock.
  • Let the sauce get heated through and come to a simmer.
  • Dissolve the 2 tbsp corn starch with 1/2 cup water to a smooth paste
  • Add the corn starch paste to the veggies and stir briskly so that no lumps are formed.
  • Simmer till the corn starch gets cooked in the sauce and the sauce thickens.
  • Lastly add the apple cider or vinegar.
  • Stir through and serve sweet and sour vegetables hot with veg fried rice or steamed rice or plain noodles.


  • You can alter the sugar in the recipe as per your taste buds. Also depends on the sweetness in the tomato sauce.
  • Even the vinegar & soy sauce can be adjusted as per your requirements.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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22 comments/reviews

  1. Dasanna really a great job to have pics n recipe at a time.tried d recipes n they came out very well.thanks a lot

    Really superb

    • thankyou sree 🙂 and you are welcome.

  2. I lyk to cook bt more then that i love to eattt….. Love all ur dishes….. Very tasty and convinent to cook because of step by step photos……. Wish that u were one of my family member making tasty tasty dishes every time:-):-D……keep cooking…..

    • pleased to know this anjum thankyou for your kind and encouraging words. you could always rely n our food blog for more recipe 🙂

  3. Ur website is amazing….i started making your recipes and they r coming out to be very tasty…..will try more of yr recipes soon….plz start non veg recipes also….thnx again

    • thanks and welcome shipra.

  4. good

  5. I have been following you on T V commercials for some time now. As I am a vegetarian I was looking for a good recipe for the cream of sweet corn soup. I do have what you gave us online, should you have others I will appreciate them . Thank you for bringing us vegetarians the same taste as others enjoy while keeping ourselves free of meat dishes. God Bless You.(Pandit Kishor Dutt Maharaj.)

    • we are not on tv. so not sure which tv commercials you are writing about. we will try to add a few more variations of the corn soup. thanks a lot.

  6. This looks so appetizing! I’m planning to make it for a party this week and I’m not sure I can source fresh celery. But I have a bottled of dried celery with me. Can I use that instead? Also, is it fine to omit the mushrooms since some of my guests don’t eat it?

    • you can easily add dried celery. add as per your taste. and mushrooms can be skipped. happy cooking preeti 🙂

  7. Hello does the tomato sauce in the sweet and sour vegetables refer to the ones we buy in a can or the ketchup kind?

    • its the tomato sauce which is the ketchup kind.

  8. Hi,

    Could you please share receipes for Momos (both steamed and fried)


    • i have both these recipe in my to do list.

  9. Dear Dassana,
    Thanks for replying on my query for tandoor. This tym i have a new query. All of your indo chinese dishes include celery. But I dont know its Hindi name and unable to find it in nearby market. Can I use coriander leaves?

    • hi akriti. celery is known as celery. even the vegetable vendors call it celery. but there is a variety of celery called as ajmod or radhuni. these are wild celery and their seeds form a part of the bengali paanch phoran spice mix. you can add coriander leaves instead of celery. they will add their own flavor to the dish. and in indo chinese cooking, its alright to add coriander as in many places they add coriander leaves.

  10. Keen to try this recipe

  11. mmmmmm………mouth watering 🙂

  12. Sweet n sour veggies looks so delicious. I have tried your recipes , they came out so perfect. I always link back whenever I tried your recipes. Thanks for sharing such wonderful and delicious recipes. I am so glad that you have commented back on my Papdi Chaat , it’s an honor for me. Best wishes for you..

    • thanks sapana. nice to know that you have tried the recipes. felt good.

  13. Looks super delicious and colorful 🙂