Vegetable Manchurian


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Manchurian is a delicious Chinese dish which comprises of dumplings in spicy Chinese gravy. The dumplings can be made with vegetables, chicken, mushroom or any ingredients of your choice. This is the recipe for vegetable Manchurian, so it’s perfect for the vegetarians.


For the veg Manchurian balls:

  • 1 cup finely grated carrot
  • 1 cup finely chopped cabbage
  • ½ cup finely chopped capsicum
  • ¼ cup finely chopped spring onion
  • ½ tsp freshly crushed black pepper or black pepper powder or white pepper powder
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour/maida
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • salt to taste

for the sauce:

  • 2 tbsp onion or spring onion
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1 or 2 green chilies
  • 1 tbsp corn flour dissolved in 2 tbsp water
  • ½ tbsp soya sauce
  • ½ tbsp vinegar
  • 1 or 1.5 cup water or vegetable stock
  • ½ tsp freshly crushed black pepper or black pepper powder or white pepper powder
  • salt to taste
  • sugar to taste
  • some chopped spring onion


preparing the veg Manchurian balls:

  1. Cook vegetables with very little water  and salt .once cooked squeeze out the stock and keep aside.
  2. mix all the ingredients listed under veg balls. and the cooked veggies
  3. keep aside for 15-20 minutes.
  4. shape into small round balls and shallow fry or deep fry till golden browned on a moderately hot oil.
  5. Fry the veg balls only on medium heat. if they are fried on a high heat, then the outside will get cooked and the inside will be not cooked leaving a doughy taste in the mouth.if they are fried on a low heat, they will absorb oil and this will make them oily and soggy.
  6. drain on kitchen tissues and keep aside.

preparing the sauce:

  1. heat oil. fry the onions, ginger, garlic, chilies, celery on a high flame. there is no need to brown them.
  2. add water or veg stock. add soy sauce, crushed black pepper,
  3. mix well and add let the sauce simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the cornflour paste to thicken the sauce.
  5. if you want a thick consistency, add a few teaspoons of corn flour paste. this dish thickens after it cools down. so when reheating you may have to add some water.
  6. add vinegar, salt, sugar and the fried veg balls. stir and simmer for a minute.
  7. serve veg manchurian garnished with spring onion greens.


  • MSG is strictly avoided in this recipe eventhough most chinese dishes uses them . msg or mono sodium glutamate is not good for the health.
  • Soy sauce contain salt so check before adding salt.

Thanks And Regards

Anitha Varghese


Posted on August 20, 2015, in Vegetarian Recipes and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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