Vegetable Manchurian

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.

Manchurian

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Recipe

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. 

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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.

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Hakka Noodles

Hakka noodle is yet another Indo-chinese dish which is available everywhere in India. The stalls which offer chinese food make this noodles with their experts hands swiftly  handlig pan as they toss the noodles in  air and mix them with stir fried vegetables. These are a little oily  if  ordered in restaurants so I prefer them making at home. 

Hakka Noodles

Ingredients

  • Hakka Noodle instant--1 packet
  • Green/yellow peppers--1 -2 Thinly sliced
  • Carrots--1-2 thinly sliced
  • Spring onions--chopped finely
  • Basil leaves--4-5 or dried basil
  • Soya Sauce--1/4 teaspoon
  • Chilli sauce--1/4 teaspoon
  • Schezwan sauce--1/4 Teaspoon
  • Pepper powder--1/4 teaspoon

Recipe

Hakka Noodles

Boil the water in a pan. Add the noodles and some salt. Boil them until they are soft . Drain in a sieve and pour cold water on them.Keep aside

In a pan or wok heat oil . Toss in the peppers and carrots and stir-fry on a high flame. Add the spring onions and fresh pepper powder. Sprinkle thefresh basil leaves .Add all the noodles and mix with all the sauces one after other. Use two hands with two big spoons to turn the noodles and mix well. Season with salt and serve hot.

Note: Boil the noodles till soft. Keep checking as you boil so that they dont get overcooked and mushy.

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American Chopsey

When I was in college , going to restaurants was rare thing in contrast with what it is today.  We went on special occasions like birthdays and enjoyed ordering and eating like grown ups. One dish I remember was "American chopsey" which I ate in a Chinese restaurant and loved it. 

When I came here I craved for this dish but did not know how to make it. I saw hakka noodles packet at a  Indian store and gave it a try. It tasted so good that we invited our friends over and we all enjoyed the product of my experiments !  Give it a try when you crave for something spicy and tangy..

American Chopsey

Ingredients

  • Hakka Noodles (ching's)
  • Green/yellow Pepper--1 thinly sliced
  • Spring onions--Chopped finely--1 cup
  • Ginger--1/2 teaspoon
  • Chilli Powder-1/4 tbsp
  • Corn flour--1 Tablespoon (dissolve in 1/2 cup water
  • Tomato Ketchup--2 Tablespoons
  • Soya Sauce--1/2 teaspoons
  • Knorr  ready to cook  Manchurian mix powder --3 Tablespoons( dissoved in water)

Recipe

American Chopsey

Boil water in a pan and add the Hakka noodles. Boil them Partially not until they become soft. Drain them on sieve. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the noodles ,it takes a while for the noodles to get crispy in the meantime prepare sauce.

Sauce---Take a Pan and add oil to it. When hot add  ginger,chilli powder . Now add the Green peppers which are thinly sliced and saute for some time.Add the spring onions and keep stirring. Now add soya sauce, tomato ketchup, and knorr powder and some water. Add the corn flour paste and mix well to avoid any lumps . Boil this for few minutes and season with salt.

Take a bowl and put the fried noodles on  it. Now pour the sauce over and enjoy when hot. This has to be served hot.

Note-- You can use knorr ready to cook schezwan sauce, or chilli paneer mix too.

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