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Vegetable Manchurian

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These Vegetable Manchurian balls are a delightful blend of crunchy vegetables and savoury sauces. They make a delicious vegetarian appetiser, deep-fried to perfection and coated in a rich Manchurian sauce.
Vegetable Manchurian

Vegetable Manchurian, a culinary crossroads where India meets China, presents a mouthwatering fusion of flavours and textures. This popular vegetarian dish features crispy vegetable balls submerged in a luscious Manchurian sauce. It’s a testament to the culinary creativity that emerges when two distinct culinary traditions combine harmoniously.

The key to this dish is the perfect harmony between the crispy vegetable balls and the savoury Manchurian sauce. To prepare the Manchurian balls, finely chop 2 cups of cabbage, grate two carrots, and chop 1 inch of ginger, two cloves of garlic, one green chilli, and half a bunch of spring onions. Combine these with three tablespoons of cornstarch, one tablespoon of maida, one teaspoon of chilli powder, and a pinch of salt. The vegetable moisture is enough to bind this mixture, so no additional water is required. Shape this mixture into small balls and deep-fry them until they turn golden brown.

The Manchurian sauce is equally essential and adds a burst of flavour. Heat 4 teaspoons of oil in a pan and add finely chopped ginger, garlic, and the white portion of spring onions. Sauté for a minute, then introduce salt, 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder, 2-3 teaspoons of tomato sauce, and 2-3 teaspoons of soy sauce. Add 1 cup of water, and once it boils, stir in a paste made from 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and water. The sauce will thicken. You can add the Manchurian balls and top them with the green portion of spring onions.

The result is an irresistible, crispy and saucy dish with the perfect blend of sweet, savoury, and spicy flavours. Serve your Vegetable Manchurian hot, ideally paired with Fried Rice or as a delightful appetizer.

Vegetable Manchurian

Vegetable Manchurian


Vegetable Manchurian
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Vegetable Manchurian

These Vegetable Manchurian balls are a delightful blend of crunchy vegetables and savoury sauces. They make a delicious vegetarian appetiser, deep-fried to perfection and coated in a rich Manchurian sauce.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indo-Chinese


  • 2 cups Cabbage (finely chopped)
  • 2 Carrots (grated)
  • 1- inch piece Ginger (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 Green Chili (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 bunch Spring Onions (Scallions, finely chopped)
  • 3 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp Maida
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • Oil for deep frying

For Manchurian Sauce:

  • 1/2 bunch Spring Onions (finely chopped)
  • 1/2- inch piece Ginger (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 Green Chili (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 2-3 tsp Tomato Sauce
  • 2-3 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch (mixed with water to make a paste)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 4 tsp Oil


  • Mix finely chopped cabbage, grated carrots, ginger, garlic, green chilli, spring onions, 3 tbsp cornstarch, 1 tbsp maida, salt to taste, and 1 tsp chilli powder. Combine the ingredients until they form a mixture shaped into small balls. There's no need to add water as the vegetable moisture is sufficient.
  • Shape the mixture into small balls and deep-fry them in hot oil until golden brown. Set them aside.
  • Heat 4 tsp of oil in a pan to prepare the Manchurian sauce. Add finely chopped ginger, garlic, and white spring onions. Sauté for a minute.
  • Add salt, 1/2 tsp chilli powder, 2-3 tsp tomato sauce, and 2-3 tsp soy sauce to the pan. Stir well.
  • Pour in 1 cup of water and bring it to a boil. Then, add the cornstarch paste and stir until the sauce thickens.
  • Once the sauce thickens, add the fried Manchurian balls and immediately turn off the stove.
  • Garnish with the green portion of spring onions and serve hot with Fried Rice.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Can I make Vegetable Manchurian less spicy?

Absolutely! To reduce the spiciness, you can use a milder chili powder and decrease the amount of green chili in the Manchurian balls. Adjust the chilli powder and green chilli in the sauce to your preferred spice level.

What can I serve with Vegetable Manchurian besides Fried Rice?

Vegetable Manchurian pairs well with other Indo-Chinese dishes like Hakka Noodles, Gobi Manchurian, or even plain steamed rice. Feel free to explore these options for a complete meal.

Can I use other vegetables in the Manchurian balls?

Yes, you can customize the Manchurian balls by adding vegetables like bell peppers, beans, or even sweet corn. Be creative and experiment with your favourite veggies.

How can I make this dish vegan?

To make Vegetable Manchurian vegan, ensure that the sauces and cornstarch are free from animal-derived ingredients. Also, use a plant-based oil for frying.

Can I prepare Vegetable Manchurian ahead of time?

While it’s best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the Manchurian balls and sauce separately and combine them just before serving to maintain their crispy texture.


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pranjali February 6, 2014 - 8:01 am

yummy…..sooo good

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puneet nayyar July 11, 2013 - 4:18 am

very good

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eti mahawar October 24, 2012 - 10:38 am

average. yummmmmmmmmmmmmm……………………y

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swati October 6, 2012 - 5:11 am

this is a good recipe and explained in an easy manner

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sjjkklkll September 20, 2011 - 6:39 am

I liked it tooooooooooooooooo muchhhhhhhhhhhh.
i thanks u who have given this receipe.

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anamika April 16, 2011 - 2:52 am

easy to cook dish with handy ingredients

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madhuri sharma August 12, 2011 - 1:40 am

first iwill trt ,than i tell u ,how delicious is it

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anamika April 16, 2011 - 2:50 am

easy to cook dish with all available ingrediants at home

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tejaswini thakare February 22, 2011 - 2:20 am

very nice

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jalpa December 2, 2010 - 8:11 am

it is a very good resipe,i will try i hope this is the best resipy to teach me so,a big thanks to u

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navdeep November 2, 2010 - 9:31 am

good and easy

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navdeep November 2, 2010 - 9:25 am

amazing taste with party flavour

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navdeep November 2, 2010 - 9:24 am

amazing recipe a new taste Asian food

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seranmegha October 12, 2010 - 10:06 am

its very delicious

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lakshmi October 11, 2010 - 9:08 am

it’s excellent.I shall try this out,’ve never eaten this before

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shreya August 8, 2010 - 1:47 am

it is dammmmmmm………,,,,,,,,, yummy and delious

RANJIT SINGH July 28, 2010 - 7:11 am

i loved it

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afsheen July 24, 2010 - 5:52 am


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yashpant July 8, 2010 - 9:40 am

i liked this recipe very much, the quality of veg munchurians are v.good indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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GASSDDE June 22, 2010 - 6:09 am


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navya June 11, 2010 - 3:14 am

corn flour ahh……how much???????

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sangita May 1, 2010 - 8:16 am

good good good

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Dr. Manju Ghosh April 28, 2010 - 11:35 pm

good and easy!

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[email protected] April 20, 2010 - 7:35 pm

What cornflour? How much???

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Uma March 26, 2010 - 1:21 am

Its simply superb.

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anu January 10, 2010 - 5:52 am

it is really good n easy to make.i like it very much

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kams November 22, 2009 - 8:00 am

first receipe in life, loved it.

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shailee November 14, 2009 - 7:04 am


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saabira October 11, 2009 - 2:31 pm

its simply great to have such recipies on web thanks

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suresh September 20, 2009 - 5:29 am

i am going to make after thet i will give my comment

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arvind September 10, 2009 - 5:31 am

itz yummm……y n tasty!!

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arvind September 10, 2009 - 5:23 am

itz yummm……y n tasty!!

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teja May 25, 2009 - 2:59 am


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Farah February 4, 2009 - 5:54 am

Fast to cook & great to taste!

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Nidhi November 25, 2008 - 7:53 am

it’s delicious and fast to cook

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neeru November 22, 2008 - 1:43 am

i love it


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