July 24, 2012

Veg Fried Rice with Low cal Veg Manchurian : A perfect way to beat the monsoon blues !

Its raining off and on here in Mumbai, but not too much to crave for Fried Delights which I shake away with sadness due to health concerns. But surely crave for some warm and hearty meal while I sit by the window seeing the raingod's fury this evening ! Hunger pangs strike,and while the heart says I must reach for the nearest pack of fast food, the mind is dominating today, and sense prevails ! And then I make this amazing combo meal with Veg Fried Rice and a Low Cal Veg Manchurian gravy. Its a mind blowing combo, ordered often at restaurants.

But with the MSG scare and the monsoons, we don’t eat out Chinese that often.. Boy,am I glad I made this in slightly larger quantity, while serving it for dinner.Kiddo and S loved it a lot, and am a much relieved person to have fed something healthy from the Indo-chinese stable,restaurant style :) While the ingredients  or the method listed below might be a lengthy one, its made with everyday staples available at your house, and is quite easy to put together with adequate preps... Do try this out for a warm, spicy and filling meal, to fill you and your senses on a rainy day !

Prep time – 20 mins
Cooking time – 20 mins
Serves – 3
Difficulty level – Medium

(A) Fried rice:
  • Long grained rice – 1.5 cups
  • Finely diced veggies (carrots / beans / cauliflower) – ½ cup
  • Red Onions – 1 large (finely minced)
  • Spring onion greens chopped fine – 2 TBSP
  • Salt – to taste
  • Ginger garlic paste – ½ tsp
  • Olive oil – 2 TBSP
(B) Manchurian:

For Outer covering:
  • Maida / APF – 2 TBSP
  • Water – 4 TBSP
  • Salt – to taste

  • Diced cauliflower + beans + shredded cabbage – 1 cup
  • Salt – to taste
  • Ginger grated – ½ tsp
  • Garlic minced – ¼ tsp
  • Cornflour – 2 tsp
  • Oil – 2 TBSP (to fry)
For the gravy:
  • Green Chilly sauce – ½ tsp
  • Soya Sauce – 2 tsp
  • Tomato Ketchup – ½ tsp
  • Cornflour – 1 tsp
  • Warm water – 3 cups
  • Spring onions – 3 tsp
  • Onions – 2 tsp
  • Capsicum / Bell pepper – minced fine – 2 TBSP
  • Oil – 3 tsp
  • Brown sugar – ½ tsp

(A) To make the fried rice – I followed the same method as Garlic Fried Rice. Replace garlic with chopped veggies as indicated above.

(B) Method for Manchurian + gravy as below...

To make the stuffing for Vegetable Manchurian:
  1. Mix the grated veggies, salt, grated ginger and garlic in a large bowl. Add cornflour and make into equal mini sized balls.
  2. Mix ingredients for covering and keep it ready.
  3. Heat the paniyaram pan (used here to cut down on deep frying) and line with 2 TBSP oil. Dip the Manchurian balls in the APF slurry and fry in the pan on medium flame for 7 – 9 mins, turning them over repeatedly so they cook and have a golden crust on all sides. Drain on absorbent paper. Retain.

To make the gravy for Manchurian:
  1. Heat olive oil. Fry onions till they turn translucent. Add spring onions and capsicum (reserve a little for topping). Add salt, brown sugar, soya sauce, green chilli sauce and tomato ketchup and the warm water. 
  2. Cover and cook for 3 - 4 mins. Now dissolve cornflour in a little water and pour onto the gravy to make it of desired thickness. Add white pepper and check for salt and spice. Addition of capsicum to this gravy is optional.
  3. Jut before serving, add the pan fried Manchurian into the simmering gravy. Let is soak for further 4-8 mins to absorb the gravy spice.Top with chopped spring onions and serve with Veg Fried rice.


  1. That's the real perfect combo... U rocking as always !!!

  2. Love this combo any day..hey u stay in Mumbai?? whr do u stay?

  3. looks so good and tasty!!

  4. wow delicious dish,clicks are very tempting...

  5. Pictures have come out so well!..nothing like making it home and it's more satisfying when everybody agrees that it tastes better than restaurant...:)...We have been having a chill climate at our place too..and I just remembered your comment on our climate lol..

  6. Yummylicious !!! very nice Kalyani !!

    Today's Recipe
    Lemon Rice

  7. looks delicious Kalyani..i make machurian often at home as DH loves it, but always used cabbage and carrots, also bake them many times..

  8. nothing like a hearty platter kalyani- no monsoon here but there are a lot of blues which this plate can banish :)

  9. Wat a lovely spread, both tempts me a lot and am drooling here.

  10. wow... superb combo... am just drooling here kavitha...

  11. Kal i m technically fasting today so its sinful to make these visually available to someone who can be as hungry for manchurian as me!! and oh my oh my look at that platter...delicious

  12. Kalyani the pics made me drool so perfectly done..

  13. this looks so great yaar. and u frm mumbai too. i didnt knw tht and ya its been raining on and off here

  14. Loved it..bookmarking it..Thanks for posting it..

  15. now I wonder who should be taking a flt..u or me..either way..I know we shall get some awsum food...the platter is really inviting..lovely clicks!

  16. Perfect and delicious combo..pics are tempting too...

  17. What a delicious combo! All those pics are making me hungry...

  18. Love the combination and its low cal :))

  19. Looks yummy!!!!Beautiful clicks.....

  20. Bright clicks and a lovely recipe! Lovely combo

  21. Lovely combo....rice and manchurian look great

  22. Looks so tempting and delicious. Nice clicks.


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