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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

VEG MANCHURIAN

INDIAN-CHINESE FUSION

VEG MANCHURIAN
Ingredients
INGREDIENTS FOR MANCHURIAN BALLS
Carrot (grated) 3
Maida 1 tbsp.
Cauliflower (grated) 1
Ajinomoto ¼ tsp.
Raw Papaya (grated) 1
Black pepper and Salt ½ tsp. each
Small Cabbage (grated) 1
Corn flour 2 tsp.
Green chilly (finely chopped) 2
Oil for deep frying

INGREDIENTS FOR MANCHURIAN SAUCE

Oil 2 tbsp.
Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp.
Ginger (paste) 1 tsp.
Tomato sauce 1 tbsp.
Garlic (paste) 1 tsp.
Vinegar 2-3 tsp.
Green chilly (finely chopped) 3-4
Salt 1 tsp.
Onion (finely chopped) 1
Black pepper ¼ tsp.
Soya sauce 2 tbsp.
Corn flour 1½ tbsp.

Preparation Method
METHOD FOR MAKING MANCHURIAN BALLS
Put 1 tsp. salt in grated cabbage and leave it for 15 minutes. After that squeeze it. Mix all the ingredients for manchurian balls(as given above). If the mixture is too soft, add more maida. Make balls of oval shape. Roll the balls in dry maida. Heat oil in a kadahi. Fry the balls to a golden brown color.

METHOD FOR PREPARING THE SAUCE OR GRAVY
For preparing manchurian sauce
heat 2 tbsp. of oil in a kadahi.
Add ginger and garlic paste and fry it for one minute.
Add the sauces, vinegar, salt and black pepper and cook for 1 minute. Add 1½ cup of water. Boil it and simmer for 2 minutes.
Mix 1/2 cup of water in corn flour and add while continuously stirring it.
Cook till it becomes slightly thick.
Remove from flame and keep aside.
While serving boil it again and put the balls in it.
Cook for one minute and serve hot.

Tip :
1. Keep the fried Balls seperately and only when you are serving add it to the gravy like it is given in the recipe. otherwise the balls will beocme very soogy and also there wont be any gravy left while serving as the balls will absorb all the gravy.
2.While buying Chinese Sauces abroad or in India always check behind for the ingredients. Many of the sauces have non vegetarian ingredients for added flavour.

Please refer to my post on "Worcestershire Sauce is actually of Indian Origin" in the "Culinary Stories" Section of My Blog.

DRY VEG MANCHURIAN
Ingredients
Spring onions (Onions and the leaves chopped finely) - 1/2 cup
Ginger Paste - 2 tspns
Garlic (Finely chopped) - 1tbsp
Soya sauce - 2 tbsp.
Vinegar 1-2 tsp.
Oil - 2-3 tbspns
Salt to taste
Method
Use the above procedure to make the Machurian Balls. Keep aside.
In a wok, Take some oil, Add ginger paste, chopped garlic,Spring onions and their leaves and Saute. Add the manchurian balls. Mix well. Add soya sauce, vinegar and salt to taste. Stir on a high for 2-3 minutes till u feel the balls are properly coated with the masala.
If the balls are more and the masala is less, fry some more masala and add to the manchurian balls.
Garnish with finely chopped spring onion leaves.

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