I read recently that Manchurian is not only one of the favourite Indo-Chinese items ordered at most Indian restaurants, but also that Manchurian has nothing to do with authentic Chinese cooking. It was perhaps made popular by street food carts and Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) and even those with take away menu cards serving fast food. Whatever the reason, this dish is very popular and has come to stay in various forms - in both gravy and dry form - tickling the Indian palate with hot-sour-spicy options like Veg Manchurian, Gobi Manchurian under veg, and Chicken and Prawn Manchurians in the non veg stable.
Today's meal for Sunday dinner was kiddo's favourite with Hakka Noodles and Veg Manchurian which was lapped up with gusto. After yesterday's Thai Green Curry from South East Asia, this is an Indo Chinese Main Course option...
Off to the recipe as this travels to BM # 31 under Main Course. The recipe for Low Cal Manchurian is given here, and it remains our family's favourite :)
For Hakka Noodles:
Prep time - 10 mins | Cook time - 10 mins | Serves - 2
- Hakka Noodles (eggless) - 1 packet
- Olive Oil - 2 TBSP
- Juilenned vegetables - 1/4 cup (carrots & beans)
- Capsicum / Bell Pepper - 1 medium
- Red Onions – 1 large (finely minced)
- Spring onion greens chopped fine – 2 TBSP
- Salt – to taste
- Ginger garlic paste – ½ tsp
- Soya sauce -1/2 tsp
- Green chilli paste - 1/2 tsp
- Vinegar - 1/2 tsp
Boil Noodles as per packet instructions. Once done, rinse under running water and mix through a TBSP of oil.
Blanched the juilenned veggies in salted water for 3-4 mins and drain into ice cold water. Drain and keep aside
In a large wok, heat the remaining oil. Add the onions and ginger garlic paste and fry.
Once the onions turn translucent, add the diced capsicum and fry till it turns crunchy.
Then add the blanced veggies, salt, soya sauce, green chilli paste and vinegar and toss well.
Add the noodles and toss again till well coated
Garnish with spring onions and serve hot with Manchurian
Low cal Veg Manchurian recipe is here.