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Vegetable Manchurian


Vegetable Manchurian is a popular Indo-Chinese appetizer. This is one of my all time favorite. I always thought the procedure is hard and time consuming. It was true the first time I made it. But from the next time, it was as easy as any other dish. The fried vegetable balls soaked in a saucy gravy makes me go crazy. I hope you like the recipe and please share your thoughts. Here you go…


For Veggie Balls:

  • Shredded Carrot – 1/2 cup
  • Shredded Cabbage – 1/2 cup
  • Shredded Cauliflower – 1/2 cup
  • Shredded Beans – 1/2 cup
  • Shredded Bell Pepper – 1/2 cup
  • Green Chilies – 2 (adjust to taste)
  • Chopped Ginger – 1 tbsp
  • Chopped Spring Onion –  2 tbsp
  • Corn Flour – 4 tbsp
  • Pepper Powder – 1/2 tbsp
  • Soy Sauce –  1 tsp
  • Red Chilly Paste – 1 tsp
  • Ajinamoto or MSG –  a pinch (optional)
  • Boiled Rice
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 2 to  cups

For Sauce:

  • Chopped Onions – 3/4 cup
  • Chopped Ginger – 1 tbsp
  • Chopped Garlic – 2 tbsp
  • Green Chilies – 2
  • Spring onions – 3 tbsp
  • Soy Sauce – 1 tbsp
  • Red Chilly Paste – 1 tbsp
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce – 1 tbsp
  • Pepper Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Sesame oil – 2 tbsp
  • Ajinamoto or MSG – 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Salt to taste

Method of Preparation:

  1. Heat 1 cup of water in a vessel and add all the shredded vegetables.
  2. Cover and cook them till they are half cooked.
  3. Drain the vegetables using a cotton cloth and completely  squeeze water out of it. Store the water (vegetable stock) in a container.
  4. Now transfer it to a bowl and add a little salt, ajinamoto (MSG), chopped green chilies,  pepper powder, chopped ginger, 1 tsp of Soy Sauce, 1 tsp of chili sauce, 2 tbsp of spring onions, a cup of rice and corn flour and mix them all..
  5. Make small dumplings and deep fry it in hot oil.
  6. If the dumpling breaks, add some more boiled rice to the mixture and combine well.
  7. Fry all the dumplings and keep it aside.
  8. Heat oil in a pan and add chopped ginger and garlic.
  9. Saute for a minute and add onions followed by chopped green chilies. Saute for a couple of minutes.
  10. Add pepper powder, soy sauce, chili paste, sweet and sour sauce. If you don’t get the sweet and sour sauce add a little sugar to it.
  11. Add ajinamoto (MSG) and a little salt as we have also added soy sauce.
  12. Check for salt and add if required.
  13. Add the spring onion and cook for a minute. Sauce is ready.
  14. Now add the deep fried Manchurian to this sauce and mix them well till the balls are coated well with sauce. Leave it for a couple of minutes and remove from heat.
  15. If you want to make Veggie Manchurian Gravy, just add the stored vegetable stock, little salt, 1 tsp of soy sauce, 3 tbsp of corn flour batter to the sauce gravy.
  16. Leave it for 2 minutes and add the Manchurian Balls and let it absorb the sauce for a minute and remove from heat.

🙂 Serve hot…


  1. I love Manchurian, made with Gobi. Your’s looks delicious, great color and love the sauce clinging to them. YUM!

  2. Yum, that looks mouthwatering!

  3. Mouthwatering Manchurian!

  4. Wow I want all of them, looks so so yummy. Drool drool.

  5. looks absolutely delicious.

  6. Man I’m hungry…Chinese & Indian combo…that’s like death row last meal good…yummmmmmmm. And the fact that its vegan!!! SWEET!

  7. Hi friends, happy that u all like it. Thank u so much for your lovely comments…

  8. hi nithu,

    ur dish also looks very good like u…………

  9. i luv adirasams… can we make adirasam with the readymade raw rice powder available in the supermarkets . pls do reply

  10. yummy……….looks so good

  11. Hey gayu.. hve bought all the ingredients to try out ur manchurian, will make it during the weekend.

  12. Hi Sameena, Thanks for ur lovely comment. I haven’t tried adhirasam with ready rice flour. I will reply to your question soon after trying.

    Thanks Manisha

    Hi Aartee, Let me know how it came out. Thanks.

  13. i tried to made manchurian few daz the balls were not round and very soft too…i didn’t add boil rice bt add maida flour in it…it was not bad bt not also too gud:(

  14. Yummy and mouthwatering. Do visit my space when time permits

  15. Hi dat looks awesome…I’ll try that immediately…thx a lot for the receipe!!

  16. Really lots of thanks for your recipe.

    I would like to know what is Ajinamoto ?

    • @Gamze- Hi ajinamoto is also called as Chinese salt you can get it in any supermarket

    • It’s MSG, which causes problems for some people. I haven’t tried it yet, but think this recipe would be fine without it.

  17. Tasty food

  18. Tried the manchurian! It turned out very well! Thanks for the easy to follow recipe 🙂

  19. Thanks all.

    @ Sandra – you can use sauce with no MSG. It’ll still be tasty.

  20. Looks yummy! What is the serving size for this recipe?

    • Thank u Riddhi. This serves aound 6 to 7 people.

  21. awesome and yummy dish….