A popular Indian Chinese dish that is guaranteed to tickle your taste buds. Deep fried fritters tossed in sweet n spicy sauce and stir-fried on high heat.
I remember the time when Hot n Sour soup, Fried rice, Hakka noodles,Gobi Manchurian, Schezuan Paneer started to appear on restaurant menu cards. These Indian Chinese dishes were so well accepted that it gained popularity in no time. Today, the Indo-Chinese food has become an integral part of the Indian culinary milieu. Now, every eating joint in India, big or small, carry a wide range of Indo-Chinese dishes in their menu.
Fusion of Indian ingredients and Chinese seasoning and techniques resulted in this winning combination!These dishes are prepared with basic ingredients of an Indian dish like onions, garlic, ginger, chillis but instead of adding Garam masala, Soy sauce and Vinegar are added!
A popular dish amongst them is Manchurian. Deep fried fritters tossed in Manchurian sauce and stir-fried on high heat. Instead of plain flour batter, a batter seasoned with chili sauce and ginger garlic paste is used. The sauce contains caramelized onions, bell peppers, and ketchup and for the 'Chinese' flavor, an overdose of chilli sauce, garlic and ginger, and generous portions of soy sauce and vinegar is added to top it all off .
Manchurian is bold, vibrant and has varied flavors. It has a nice balance of sweet, tang and spice all in one bite! It is a tantalizing dish that is guaranteed to tickle your taste buds!
Makes - 4 Servings
|Manchurian Sauce||Batter for Fritters|
|Spring Onion||- 2 bunches||Cauliflower||- 2 cups of florets|
|Bell Pepper||- 1/2 cup chopped||Flour||- 1/2 cup|
|Ginger||- 1 tbsp chopped||Corn Flour||- 1/2 cup|
|Garlic||- 1 tbsp chopped||Ginger Garlic Paste||- 1/2 tsp|
|Sriracha Sauce or|
any Red Chili sauce
|- 1 tbsp||Sriracha Sauce or|
any Red Chili sauce
|- 2 tbsp|
|Tomato Paste||- 3 tbsp||Salt||- to taste|
|Tomato Ketchup||- 2 tbsp||water||- as needed|
|Soy Sauce||- 2 tbsp|
|Vinegar||- 2 tbsp|
|Brown Sugar||- 1 – 2 tsp|
|Salt||- to taste|
Mix all the ingredients under 'batter for fritters' except cauliflower to make a thick batter.
Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat for deep frying.
Working in batches, dip cauliflower florets in batter, then fry until golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. When done remove fritters from the pan to a plate lined with paper towels.
You can use Mushrooms, Paneer, Chicken, Fish or anything of else your choice for this dish
Mix all ingredients under 'Manchurian Sauce' except onions, bell pepper, ginger and garlic. Keep aside.
Heat oil in a wok or a pan.
Add chopped ginger and garlic and saute till it flavors the oil.
Add chopped spring onions and saute for a few minutes till soft and translucent.
You can use both the onion part and the green part of the spring onions but reserve little for garnish.
Add bell peppers and saute for couple more minutes till they are slightly cooked but still crisp.
Now add the mixed sauces and stir for about 5-7 minutes till it all comes together.
If you like manchurian with more sauce, just double the ingredients for sauce
Toss the fritters in sauce and stir-fry on high heat for a few minutes to coat them well.
Remove from heat, garnish with spring onions.
Serve hot with fried rice or noodles.