Monday, July 8, 2013

Vegetable Manchurian Recipe-Veg Manchurian Dry-Vegetable Manchurian Gravy

In our last post we learn't how to make mushroom fried rice. Today we will see a good side dish for it. This vegetable manchurian is a super combination for mushroom fried rice. This is a very popular Indian Chinese dish prepared with vegetables. Dry Vegetable manchurian can be served as an appetizer and the vegetable manchurian gravy can be served as main course. Learn how to make Veg Manchurian both dry and gravy version following this simple recipe with step by step pictures.

Vegetable Manchurian

How to prepare Vegetable Manchurian
Recipe source -Vahrehvah

Prep time - under 15 mins
Cook time - under 20 mins
Serves - 2-3

Ingredients needed for the Veg balls

Mixed Vegetables - 2 cups (mix of carrot, cabbage, beans, capsicum)
Finely chopped green chillies - 1
Finely chopped ginger -1/2 tsp
Spring onion greens -2 tbsp
Cornflour - 1 tbsp
Soya sauce -1/2 tsp
Chilli sauce -1/2 tsp
Cooked rice - 1/3 cup
Oil for frying the balls


Chop all the vegetables finely. Steam cook them until soft. Check out my vegetable cutlet recipe to know how I cooked the vegetables.

After the vegetables are cooked, put them in a cloth and squeeze out as much water as possible. Refer picture below. We will use that water which is actually vegetable stock for the gravy later. Now the vegetables are ready.


Take the cooked vegetables in a bowl, add finely chopped green chillies, spring onion greens, ginger, cornflour, soya sauce, chilli sauce and cooked rice. Mash it nicely and make balls.

preparing vegetable for veg manchurian

Make even sized balls out of it. I got 10 balls. Now heat oil in a kadai and fry just 1 ball and see. If it breaks, add more cooked rice, mash it, mix well and make balls.

Deep fry the balls until golden brown. Remove the balls from the oil and drain on paper towels. Now the vegetable manchurian balls are ready. We will prepare the gravy.

vegetable manchurian balls

Ingredients needed for the sauce/ gravy 

Sesame seed oil/vegetable oil -2 tbsp
Garlic - 1/4 cup minced
Green chilli -1/2 tbsp
Ginger -2 tsp
Onion - 3/4 cup very finely chopped
Spring onion greens - 1/4 cup
Soya sauce - 1 1/2 tbsp
Chilli sauce -1 tbsp
Pepper powder -1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Salt needed
Cornflour -2 tbsp mixed with 1/4 cup of water


Heat oil in a pan, add garlic, ginger and green chillies. Saute for a few minutes.

Then add onions and saute until onions become transparent.

 sauting onions and garlic

Add spring onion greens, soya sauce, chilli sauce, pepper powder, sugar, salt needed and saute on high flame for a few seconds. 

If you want dry manchurian, reduce the flame, add the balls at this stage, mix well until well coated with the sauce and switch off the flame. Dry vegetable manchurian is ready.   

how to make dry veg manchurian

Vegetable Manchurian Gravy

If you want gravy, after adding both the sauce and pepper powder, add the vegetable stock/water (around 3/4 cup) which we reserved earlier for the gravy. Mix well.

how to make vegetable manchurian gravy

Now keeping the flame in low, add the cornflour mix stirring continuously. The sauce will start to thicken. Once it thickens, add the balls, mix well to coat and switch off the flame. This is vegetable manchurian gravy.

Garnish with spring onion greens and serve hot with mushroom fried rice or egg fried rice or vegetable fried rice.

Note - Add the balls only at the time of serving.

Sauces can be adjusted according to individual preferences.

Other side dishes for fried rice 

Gobi manchurian

Chilli paneer 

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  1. now that is way too tempting, Padhu..especially liked how small u have cut the onions...

  2. Yummy n delicious manchurian...

  3. veg manchurian looks so tempting and nice step by step pics.

  4. Perfect curry manjurian..loved the look and feel through click

  5. Wow, cant take my eyes from ur click, very attractive manchurian.

  6. wow this is very well done and nicely explained.

  7. healthy manchurian dish with loads of vegetables..loved it..

  8. i m drooling here.. my fav dish.. perfectly it.. :)

  9. attempted first time this recipe today, as my little one loves Manchurian a lot. I am so happy to tell you although it felt chore and I panicked here and there at first, but it did turn out really nice and my whole family loved it!!! thank you so much Padhu this means a lot!!! keep up the good work much love and best wishes

  10. Awesome recipe... I never thought Manchurian is this easy... A recipe to try this weekend...

  11. My favorite along with fried rice... Amazzzzzzzzing dish.

  12. That's so tempting with those perfect veg balls :) Yummy & apt side for fried rice :)

  13. I am going to try it out todsay..thanks..

  14. I'll be trying this today, although I dont have corn flour. I hope it turns out ok..Thankyou for the recipe!

  15. Hi padhu .I tried this recipe . The ball came out well after frying and didn't break. I made the gravy and finally added the balls to it. But when I mixed slightly with a spoon two or three balls broke. But the taste was superb. I used medium peri peri chilli sauce instead of soya sauce as it doesn't suit my stomach.
    Is there any other method of mixing so that the fried balls not break at final stage?

    1. If you add cornflour while making balls, the balls will not break. You must add the balls to the gravy only at the time of serving. Another tip -place the fried ball in a shallow pan/vessel and pour the sauce over it before serving.

    2. Thank you padhu. I will try your tip next time ?

  16. Hi Padhu.. I tried your recipe for my office potluck lunch for around 50 ppl.. It came out very well..

  17. Hi Padhu.... I tried this recipe and my family loved it. Thank you for this recipe.

  18. Padhu, I wish to try this recipe. I see that you have used corn flour for making the dry balls and also the gravy. I have corn meal and not corn flour at home. Do you think this recipe would work if I use corn meal ? Also, I plan to use a salad bag (carrots, cabbage and lettuce) mix by adding capsicum to it. Wanted to check with you if these changes would affect the recipe.
    Thank you !

    1. Cornmeal will be coarse, so I suggest you to use cornflour.Yes, you can use cabbage, lettuce and carrots.

    2. Thanks for the reply Padhu !
      Will try the recipe later with corn flour.

  19. Padhu can I prepare this without using chilli sauce and soya sauce ? Thank u for the wonderful receipe

    1. It is the soya sauce which gives color and taste to the gravy. Do not skip that.

  20. Tried and it came out well..thanks for a clear explanation.


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