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August 2, 2010


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I had an eye on this veg manchurian for a long time. I’ve tried Gobi & baby corn manchurian so many times but never tried this. Last weekend i prepared this along with fried rice & peas gravy.I followed Tarla dalal’s recipe.It was very nice. . I’ll will post the fried rice & peas gravy soon.Now comes the manchurian,
Veg manchurian 1


  • Cabbage – 2 cups ( shredded finely)
  • Carrot – 3 nos (grated )
  • Onions – 1 no (finely chopped)
  • Garlic flakes – 5 nos (finely chopped)
  • Green chilly – 1 no (finely chopped )
  • Ajino motto – 1/2 tsp
  • Soya sauce – 1/4 tsp
  • Maida – 5 tbsp
  • Corn flour – 2.5 tbsp
  • Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt & water –As needed.
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Capsicum – 1 /2 no (finely chopped)
  • Onion- 1 no (Finely chopped )
  • Green chilly -  1 no (-do-)
  • Garlic flakes -  5 nos (chopped )
  • Ginger – 1 inch ( chopped )
  • Corn flour – 1/2 tbsp ( dissolve in little water )
  • Ajino motto – 1 /4 tsp
  • Tomato sauce – 1 tbsp
  • Red chilly powder – 1 /2tsp
  • Salt & water – as needed.
Spring onions /Coriander leaves & stem – to garnish
  • Take all the ingredients mentioned under “ for the balls “ in a wide bowl .
  • Mix everything well and add water for binding if necessary .Make a dough .
  • Take lemon sized balls and deep fry in oil.Drain in an absorbent paper.
  • In a kadai take some oil and add the onions , capsicum , chillies , ginger , garlic and saute well.
  • Then add the red chilly powder , Ajino motto , soya sauce , tomato sauce and salt.Mix well and simmer for few mins.
  • Lastly add the corn flour paste , a pinch of sugar and required water.
  • Allow it to boil & thicken. Just before serving add the prepared veg balls in the sauce and bring to boil .
  • Serve hot !!
Note :
If the sauce is too thick , add some water to thin down..
Veg manchurian



Sadly, most of the households wrinkle their noses at the mere mention of this valuable, all powerful and sorely misunderstood vegetable. The word cabbage is usually enough to send children to their rooms with a myraid of excuses as to why they may not wish to eat their evening meal.
Cabbage is a sturdy, strong and abundant vegetable. Hardy and easy to grow, it is almost universally available in all countries and cultures. Cabbage belongs to the all important family of cruciferous vegetables. The members of this family of vegetables are so named for their cross shaped (crucifer) flower petals. Rich in nutrition and fiber, cabbage is an absolutely phenomenal source of Vitamin C. Even more impressive is that cabbage is famous for a specialized, naturally occurring, nitrogenous compound known as indoles. Current research indicates that indoles can lower the risk of various forms of cancer.
Cabbage was popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans. An early Roman medicinal preparation blended lard with the ashes of burnt cabbage to make an ointment for disinfecting wounds. Throughout history, the Asian diet has been rich and abundant in cabbage and its various varieties. Epidemiological studies have found that men living in China and Japan experience a much lower rate of prostate cancer than their American counterparts. Similar data has been uncovered regarding breast cancer rates among women.
It is no wonder that the lowly, plain, boring cabbage gets rave reviews from the world of nutritionists. Cabbage is relatively cheap yet one of the richest when it comes to protective vitamins. Talk about the original weight loss food! One cup of cabbage contains only around 15 calories.
Cabbage is rich in the following nutrients:
Vitamin A: responsible for the protection of your skin and eyes.
Vitamin C: an all important anti-oxidant and helps the mitochondria to burn fat.
Vitamin E: a fat soluble anti-oxidant which plays a role in skin integrity.
Vitamin B: helps maintain integrity of nerve endings and boosts energy metabolism.
Modern science has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the health benefits and therapeutic value of cabbage, which also plays a role in the inhibition of infections and ulcers. Cabbage extracts have been proven to kill certain viruses and bacteria in the laboratory setting. Cabbage boosts the immune system's ability to produce more antibodies. Cabbage provides high levels of iron and sulphur, minerals that work in part as cleansing agents for the digestive system.
There are many different varieties of cabbage, so please, be brave and innovative. Green cabbage is the most popular, common and of course the one we are most familiar with. Take a walk on the wild side with Savoy cabbage. With yellow crinkled leaves, you can use this variety of cabbage as an alternate in many recipes. Let's not forget Bok Choy, a routine addition to Chinese recipes that has a sweet, light, celery type familiarity. Red Cabbage. It goes without saying in that it simply has to be good for you given all that beautiful plant pigment where the majority of nutrition is stored. Red cabbage is good in salads and is commonly pickled. Napa cabbage has a mild sweet taste and is incredible in stir fry dishes.
Whatever your choice of cabbage may be, enjoy a serving at least once a week along with your other valuable and health promoting cruciferous vegetables. Try to cook your cabbage lightly. Steaming and quick stir fry dishes are considered to be the best methods for preserving the power packed natural nutrition given so freely by Mother Nature. Cabbage soup anyone? Smile


  1. The platter is droolworthy..Yummy manchurian balls

  2. looks perfect dear...
    I am going to try this for dinner and let u know :)

  3. Hi Chitra, while the picture was loading, I first saw only the peas colourful:) The manchurian balls looks perfectly done. My interest always is piqued with your write up on all the goodness that goes inside the dish..keep up the research for the likes of me..easy to find where to read:)

  4. looks perfect and tempting dear... amazing presentation !!

  5. i love this chithra....wht a beautiful delicacy for my dinner...i ll try this soon tonight...i love the pretty click u hve taken n ofcourse the color looks the whole manchurian tooo rich..

  6. that is so drool worthy..awesome clicks n presentation

  7. Very gorgeous looking manchurian. Always I enjoy the kitchen clinic part of ur posts,very informative.

  8. Seriously yum! Loved the mouthwatering capture... & Thanks for the e-deliver of the yumminess of this prep.... Kudos!!!!


  9. Thats my very fav one..looks yumm.

  10. Wow,looks awesome,nice clicks and looks delicious !! I have not yet tried the gravy style,a must try!!

  11. wow veg manchurian looks so delicious n colorful ...lovely presentation too which makes me drooling here :)..bookmarked


  12. Looks super just drooling here and wonderful click

  13. What a delicious curry and the photos are beautiful.
    Excellent work ♥

  14. The veg manchurian makes me drool looks perfect some noodles or fried rice will do the magic!!

  15. Veg manchurian looks so yumm..just perfect..nice clicks..btw, all 3 dishes looks so nice, Chitra

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  16. Do u still use ajino motto/chinese's not good for health, as I know

  17. Lovely Manchurian !!! Looks delicious..

  18. so tempting dish...Sure will had it to my list to do...thanks for sharing

  19. Thanks buddies :) @ indrani, thanks for ur care & love.I used little ajinomotto to enhance the flavor.Using it once in a while is ok no dear :)

  20. I had been wanting to try this for long....urs tempt me more

  21. ya me too wanted to try this for a long time.looks very nice and tempting

  22. wow!!looks perfect and lovely...perfect combo with fried rice

  23. The manchurian look yummy.. Mouthwatering platter.. Valuable info on Cabbage

  24. Lovely clicks, I haven't tried Manchurian in a gravy style, thanks for sharing!, I will give this a go, my kids will love it!

  25. Very colourful, nice presentation. Will wait for your fried rice and peas gravy, so for now happily following you:-)
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  26. Looks yummy and eye catching... Gonna try this weekend for veg pulav. I am also from Salem presently residing in Bangalore and I am budding blogger following you.

  27. Looks like it is out of a chinese restaurant! cool clicks Chitra!

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  30. wow thats so good one.. what a delicious platter.. superb

  31. You have used Tomato sauce in this recipe. What is Tomato sauce? Is it Tomato Ketchup or pureed fresh tomatoes. Please let me know as I am going to try this recipe this week. Great food shot. My compliments!

  32. @ ritu , Its store bought tomato ketchup . Do try n let me know ur feedback:)


  33. Thanks for providing such a very nice information,it is really good details
    veg manchurian recipe


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