The Indo-Chinese dishes available in India are extremely popular and very different from authentic chinese food. Our cooks have shown creativity in molding them to suit the Indian taste and came up with tasty dishes like Chinese bhel ,manchurian, different kinds of soups which pleases the taste buds and adds desi taste to the chinese cuisine.
This recipe of vegetable manchurian was very popular in my house back in India. I learnt it from some cookery show and my mother was apprehensive about frying the vegetables -- raw ! But the results were amazing and soon I found myself going to my friends and demonstrating how to make this dish!! There was no internet bak then and we relied on learning it from each other which was so much fun. This is very easy to make and though the manchurian are deep fried in oil they dont absorb too much oil and taste great with the tangy sauce.
- Shredded cabbage --3 cups
- Grated Carrots--1 cup
- Corn Flour--4 -5 tablespoon
- All purpose flour--1 tablespoon
- Chilli powder --1 teaspoon
- salt to taste
- For the Sauce
- Spring onions--1/2 cup (chopped finely)
- Ginger --1 teaspoonchopped finely
- Tomato ketchup--2 tablespoons
- Schezwan sauce--2 tablespoons
- Knor's chinese chilli powder--2 tablespoons (you can use any of the packets like manchurian, chinese chili, or even hot and sour soup powder )
- A paste of 1 teaspoon corn flour mixed with water --1/2 cup
- Salt and pepper to taste
For making sauce-- Heat some oil in a sauce pan, add chopped ginger and fry before adding the chopped spring onions. Fry for very little time and add all the sauces and knorr powder and mix it together. Add the corn flour paste to thicken the sauce and add salt and pepper as per taste.
For making manchurian balls-- Mix cabbage, carrot, salt and chilli powder till it oozes out water. Leave for 10 minutes. Mix corn flour, all purpose flour slowly as you mix the vegetable. Add a spoon of water only if necessary. Make round flat balls and keep aside. Heat oil on medium heat and deep fry the manchurian balls until brown and crispy. Fry on medium to low heat so that they get well done from inside and increase the heat before taking them out for crispy texture.
Place the manchurian balls in a bowl and pour some sauce over it . Serve hot.
Note--You can buy the shredded cabbage and carrot combo from grocery store and use it directly to save time and effort.