Vegetable Manchurian - Vegetarian Vegan Hakka style

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Mar. 20, 2018

Manchurian recipes are popular all over India and the world for good reason. I've made a Chicken, Cauliflower and a Mushroom version and today I'm going to make the very popular Vegetable Manchurian! Cabbage and other veggies are formed into small balls and deep fried before being tossed in a delicious Manchurian gravy.


For veggie balls:
Sliced cabbage 1 1/2 Cup (24 tbs)
Vegetables 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (mushrooms, carrots and green onions)
Chinese 5 spice powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Ginger paste 1 Teaspoon
Garlic paste 1 Teaspoon
Chilli paste/Sambal oelek 2 Tablespoon
Corn starch 1 1/2 Tablespoon
All purpose flour 1 1/2 Tablespoon
Oil 3 Cup (48 tbs) (For deep frying)
For the gravy :
Sliced spring onions 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Diced onions 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Minced garlic 1 Teaspoon
Minced ginger 2 Tablespoon
Oyster mushrooms 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Chilli paste/Sambal oelek 2 Tablespoon
Ketchup 1 Tablespoon
Dark soy sauce 1 Tablespoon
Veggie stock 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Salt 1/2 Teaspoon (or to taste)
Slurry 2 Teaspoon (corn starch slurry)
Garnishes 2 Tablespoon (sliced Spring Onions and chopped Coriander)



1.Process the cabbage in a food processor and put into a bowl.

2.Add the mushrooms, carrots and green onions.

3.Add the 5 spice powder, ginger & garlic paste and sambal oelek or chilli paste.

4.Add the corn starch and flour and mix well.

5.Grease the plate and your hands and form the mixture into balls.

6.Heat oil and deep fry the balls.

7.Prepare the gravy by heating some oil and sauteeing the spring onion and regular onion.

8.Add the minced garlic and ginger and the green chilli.

9.Add the mushrooms, followed by the chilli paste, ketchup and the soya sauce

10.Follow this with the veggie stock.

11.Add salt to taste.

12.Thicken the gravy with a corn starch slurry.

13.Add the veggie balls in and toss to coat.

14.Garnish with the spring onions and coriander


15.Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 3