Cook's Hideout: Vegetable Manchurian (Lower fat version)

November 18, 2014

Vegetable Manchurian (Lower fat version)

Manchurian is a quintessential Indo-Chinese dish that is loved by many Indians, including my husband. I am on the fence for this one -- I don't love it and I don't dislike it either. My husband says he used to eat excellent Gobhi & Veg manchurian during his college days and since then made it a point to order it whenever we are at an Indian restaurant. I reluctantly agree for it because I've had my share of really good ones and really bad ones too and I'm usually skeptical how the dish we ordered is going to be.
Vegetable Manchurian (Lower fat version)
I don't make them at home because manchurian are generally deep fried and that is something I avoid as much as I can. But when I realized they can be made in the paniyaram/ appe/ ableskiver pan, I was ecstatic and made these vegetable manchurian. I was even more ecstatic when they came out perfect and tasted much better than the resaturant ones (or so I thought).
Manchurian is usually served with or without a gravy. I made it with a little bit of gravy -- not too dry and not too wet. If you want a drier manchurian, use less water than the recipe and if you want more gravy, then add more water.
Vegetable Manchurian (Lower fat version)
IngredientsMakes 18~20 small size manchurian
For Vegetable Manchurian:
Cabbage - 1cup, finely chopped
Carrot - 1 medium, grated (about ½cup)
Green Beans - ¼cup, finely chopped
Scallions/ Green Onions - ¼cup, finely chopped
All purpose flour - 2~3tbsp
Corn Starch - 2tbsp
Salt & Pepper - to taste

For the Gravy:
Ginger - 1" piece, finely grated
Garlic - 2~3 cloves, finely minced
Scallions - 4~5, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
Low sodium soy sauce - 2tsp
Green Chili sauce - 1tsp (adjust as per taste)
Tomato Ketchup - 2tbsp
Water/ Stock - 1cup (adjust as per desired consistency)
Corn Starch - 2tsp
Salt & Pepper - to taste

  • To make Veggie Manchurian: In a bowl, combine cabbage, carrot, green beans and scallions. Add the all purpose flour, corn starch and salt & pepper. Mix well. The quantity of the flours is not much -- it is only to bind the veggies when you squeeze them into balls. The ratio of veggies to flour ratio is much higher -- but if you find that the manchurain balls are not holding shape while frying, then add more flour to bind them well -- add flour 1tbsp at a time.
  • Heat the paniyaram pan and add about 1~2tsp oil in each depression. Add about 1tbsp of veggie mixture formed into a ball and fry on medium flame, stirring occasionally, till all the sides are well browned and cooked through. Remove onto paper towel lined plate and repeat with the remaining veggie mixture.
  • To make the Gravy: Heat 2tbsp oil in a pan, add ginger and garlic and once they get fragrant, add the chopped scallions and cook for 3~4 minutes or until tender.
  • In the meantime whisk water/ stock with corn starch and set aside.
  • Once the scallions are cooked, stir in the soy sauce, chili sauce, tomato ketchup, salt and pepper. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Next add the corn starch mixture and cook till the gravy thickens, this will take about 2 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped scallions and serve along with Fried Rice.
Vegetable Manchurian (Lower fat version)


  1. I am always looking for ideas for the appe pan. I will try this. Awesome pictures.

  2. u have got the perfect color... just like restaurant style!!

  3. Very well made and I agree its better than the restaurant one:))...look whose talking. .this way I will ruin my business. .but seriously no one can say that your version is home made.

  4. That's really too much Pavani, making the balls in appay pan..:)..I know it will be so healthy..though I love to munch on the deep fried ones as well..very nicely done!

  5. This low fat version of manchurian rocks, cant wait to give a try.

  6. Paniyaram pan? Why did I not think of that? Love the manchurian Pavani its loved in my place too.

  7. Looks delicious. .I can have these anytime!

  8. An excellent idea to use the appam pan to fry these balls. Great dish.

  9. Manchurian turned out good though you made them in appe pan. Lat picture is inviting.

  10. Yum Yum Yum!! love the idea of paniyaram pan..

  11. seeing all these yummy veggie balls you guys did on this day for this dish is making me so hungry!!!

  12. Looking so delicious, I like this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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