Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Vegetarian Noodles with Manchurian - Chinese Cuisine

Noodles were originated in China and therefore it comes under the category of Chinese food.They usually come in long thin strips form and eaten with sauce,soup or gravy etc.We are going to discuss recipe of Vegetarian noodles served with manchurian gravy. Their is originally lot of garlic in Chinese dishes however we don't eat it so skipping this key ingredient in my recipe.

Ingredients for Noodles :

1 pack of Chings Hakka noddles(i usually prefer this brand)
Water (for boiling noodles)
2 medium sized finely sliced onion
1 big sized finely sliced capsicum
1 medium sized sliced carrot lengthwise
1/2 finely chopped cabbage (smaller size)
3 tbsp oil for stir frying
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder 1 tbsp (increase or decrease according to taste)
Chings Soya Sauce 2 tbsp (use less amount if its dark soya sauce)
Chings Vinegar 1-2 tbsp (depending on sourness u require)

Ingredients for Manchurian:

1+1/2 cup of very finely chopped vegetables(spring onion,capsicum,carrot,cabbage)
2 finely chopped spring onion(if available otherwise use normal onion)
2-3 tbsp all purpose flour/maida
Salt to taste
1 tbsp red chilli powder
Water for making manchurian balls and gravy
Oil for deep frying manchurian balls
1-2 tbsp oil for making gravy
1-2 tbsp soya sauce for gravy
1 tbsp vinegar for gravy
1-2 tbsp cornflour for thickening gravy.
few strands of Coriander leaves finely chopped for garnishing(optional)

Method: Keep water for boiling in big spacious open vessel for boiling noodles,follow instructions written on pack of noodles for quantity of water required and time required for boiling.U need to keep noodles little bit 'kaccha' to avoid over cooking and sticking of noodles.Strain the water and keep boiled noodles aside by applying some oil on it to avoid sticky noodles while u r busy stir frying veggies.

Take oil in deep wok prefer non stick and heat it ,add sliced onions and cook them by 2-3 minutes,now add all other veggies including carrot,capsicum and cabbage and mix well and stir fry on medium flame for 3-5 mins till the time they are partially cooked.Keep on mixing in between to avoid burning of veggies.Now add salt and red chilli powder and mix well.Its time to put boiled noodles in wok and soya sauce,vinegar .Mix throughly so that all veggies and spices get mixed with noodles.

        Your spicy tangy noodles are ready to serve with ur choice of gravy or sauce.

For making manchurian balls take 1 cup of finely chopped veggies out of total 1 1/2 cup in a bowl add all purpose flour,water,salt and red chilli powder to taste.mix it well with clean hands.Now heat oil in wok for deep frying and apply some oil on your hands ,gently roll mixture into balls ,(mixture should be like we have for kofta) and deep fry balls in hot oil by turning them in between to allow even frying from all sides.When they are light brown in color take them out and put them on kitchen towel to strain excessive oil.

To start with gravy heat oil in another pan and add chopped spring onion,cook them for 2-3 mins,add rest 1/2 cup chopped veggies which we kept while making balls.Cook all of them well for 3-4 mins and add spices i.e salt,red chilli and 1 cup water to form gravy.Let water comes to boil  and cook for another 3-4 mins on medium flame.Now add soya sauce+ vinegar and mix well.Its time to add fried manchurian balls and gently mix to avoid breaking of balls.Take another bowl and add 2 tbsp water and add cornflour in it to form smooth paste,add this paste to gravy and stir continously to avoid lumps.U will see gravy starts thickening with in 1-2 mins .Switch off the flame.

  Your veg manchurian is ready to serve.It goes well with noodles/fried rice too.

If u want to cook dry manchurian than reduce the quantity of water to 1/4 cup and u can add chopped garlic,chilli sauce too in your gravy .

   Enjoy Chinese today :)

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