Chicken Manchurian a Indo-Chinese Recipe

13 Mar

If you grew up in America with Chinese take-out than Chicken Manchurian may sound alien just as Orange Chicken is to an Indian. Do note MSG is not banned in India so eating Chinese food in India may contain MSG. My recipe uses bouillon or Maggie cube instead.

chicken-manchurian-gobi-cauliflower-recipe-ingredients-chinese-indian-dry-gravyThe popular Chinese dishes in India are Chicken or Gobi(cauliflower) Manchurian, Fried Rice , Hakka Noodles made with egg noodles, Chilli Chicken and Hot & Sour soup. Dishes like Orange Chicken, Lo Mein and Beef & Broccoli are unheard of.

chicken-manchurian-gobi-cauliflower-recipe-ingredients-chinese-indian-dryChicken Manchurian is a 3 step process. First is marination of the meat, then frying and finally sauteing it in the sauce. You can make it as an appetizer or as an entrée. It can also be made dry or with gravy. I use a very light coat of batter for my chicken. If you are a vegetarian or vegan then this recipe will work for you just replace the chicken with cauliflower florets or cubed pressed firm tofu. I also do not use egg in my batter. There are many variations to this recipe so if my recipe does not match up to what you know than please make the adjustment.

Serving size: 4-6


chicken-manchurian-gobi-cauliflower-recipe-ingredients-chinese-indianFor Marination:

2 lbs of chicken breast cut in 1″ pieces

2 tbsp of soy sauce

1/2 diced jalapeno (keep the remaining half for the sauce)

2 tbsp of fine chopped garlic

1 tbsp of fine chopped ginger


Mix the above all ingredients and let it marinate for 30 minutes.

chicken-manchurian-gobi-cauliflower-recipe-ingredients-chinese-indian-ginger-garlicFor Batter:

6 tbsp of corn starch

6 tbsp of white flour

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp of water

salt to season

oil heated for deep-frying


Mix the above first 4 ingredients to form a thicker batter. To this mix the marinated chicken/cauliflower florets/pressed firm tofu pieces mix well so each piece is coated with the batter.

Deep fry till light golden brown.

Drain on paper towel.

chicken-gobi-tofu-manchurian-chinese-indo-recipes-dry-gravy-spicy-paneerManchurian Sauce Ingredients:

1 medium onion cut into 1.5 inches

1 bell pepper chopped into 1.5 inches

2 tbsp of chopped garlic

1 tbsp of ginger

1/2 diced jalapeno

2 tbsp of soya sauce

2 tbsp of tomato sauce

1/2 tsp of vinegar

2 tbsp of corn starch

vegetable or chicken bouillon for seasoning

2 cups of water.


Heat oil in a saute pan. Add the chopped onions and bell pepper and saute till transparent should be crunchy and not soft.

Next add the ginger, garlic and jalapeno saute for 45 seconds. Add the soy, ketchup, vinegar and water. Stir and bring it to a simmer.

Mix corn starch with little water add this to the sauce and stir till it thicken. Season it with 1/2 a bouillon or according to your taste.

Finally add the fried chicken/cauliflower/tofu to the sauce. Mix it so all the pieces are well coated with the sauce.

chicken-manchurian-gobi-cauliflower-recipe-ingredients-chinese-indian-with-gravyServe nice and hot with rice, noodles or zoodles.  You can check out more recipes with Corn Starch here.


68 Responses to “Chicken Manchurian a Indo-Chinese Recipe”

  1. renxkyoko March 13, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    Archived ! The recipe looks easy. And we have all the ingredients in the pantry. Thanks for sharing.

    • Nandini March 13, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

      That is so awesome. I hope you enjoy it :-).

  2. urbanmonique March 13, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    In addition to cooking, I build and play guitars. When another player impresses you, one might comment, “that’s good enough to make me quit playin’.”
    You, my friend, cook that well…

    • Nandini March 13, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

      Oh Wow Monique! Thanks for your kind words. I am very touched. Btw I used to play the guitar as a teenager and loved singing 🙂

  3. Laura Moody March 13, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

    it looks SO GOOD !

    • Nandini March 13, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

      Thank You so much Laura :-).

  4. Fade, the food concoctionistd March 13, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    this is yummy 🙂

    • Nandini March 13, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

      Thank You so much Fade 🙂

  5. Fade, the food concoctionist March 13, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

    I love this recipe

  6. Arl's World March 13, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

    Looks delicious 😀

  7. Colin Noel-Johnson March 13, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

    Looks great!

    • Nandini March 13, 2015 at 11:32 pm #

      Thank You Colin 🙂

  8. circadianreflections March 13, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

    Miam, miam! You scored again! The images are wonderful. The food looks scrumptious! I love most dishes Chinese, and Hot and Sour soup is a fav when I’m sick.
    Actually Nandini…I’m going to be honest…I love food and will eat anything that doesn’t eat me first! 🙂

    • Nandini March 13, 2015 at 11:36 pm #

      Thank you Deborah that is so sweet of you. I too love to try out different foods 🙂

  9. Mr. Militant Negro March 13, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

    • Nandini March 13, 2015 at 11:38 pm #

      Thank You so much Jueseppi :-).

  10. sarithakumbakkara March 13, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    Nandini, Next tym i visit Goa, i am gonna visit you to have a look at your kitchen where you create such awesome dishes. You got my heart dear! 😉

    • Nandini March 13, 2015 at 11:40 pm #

      Sure Saritha you are always welcome but you will have to take a trip across the pacific ocean to come over to my kitchen 🙂

      • sarithakumbakkara March 14, 2015 at 12:00 am #

        I realy don’t mind doing that for such awesome food! 😀

      • sarithakumbakkara March 14, 2015 at 12:00 am #

        I realy don’t mind doing that for uch awesome food! 😀

  11. Kamila Pala March 14, 2015 at 12:31 am #

    Thanks for tip! I know very similar recipe but I try yours 🙂 have a nice day. Kamila

    • Nandini March 14, 2015 at 9:34 am #

      Thank You Kamila. You too have a great weekend 🙂

  12. pinkiebag March 14, 2015 at 1:33 am #

    Such a simple recipe that looks great going to Dave this one and give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

    • Nandini March 14, 2015 at 9:36 am #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  13. MSS March 14, 2015 at 4:54 am #

    Looks tempting!! Slurp.. 😋 I am sure going to try this but with paneer 😀 my hubby is a vegetarian 😁

    • Nandini March 14, 2015 at 9:37 am #

      Thank You :-). that is awesome you can use cauliflower as well 🙂

  14. gabimwooten March 14, 2015 at 5:07 am #

    That looks SO good! And I already have most of those ingredients in my pantry! I’ll have to give it a try.

    • Nandini March 14, 2015 at 9:39 am #

      Thank You so much. You should, it taste awesome specially if you like a ginger garlic duo like me 🙂

  15. elenisempanadas March 14, 2015 at 6:36 am #

    I’m totally making this.

    • Nandini March 14, 2015 at 9:39 am #

      That is so good to know Elenis 🙂 Thank You

  16. Next Step to Nirvana March 14, 2015 at 8:29 am #

    Oooh! I have been thinking about Gobi Manchurian 🙂 You just inspired me to make it!

    • Nandini March 14, 2015 at 9:40 am #

      That is so awesome :-). Let me know how it goes.

  17. LBcruiseshipblogger March 14, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    It looks really tasty.

    • Nandini March 16, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  18. Stanley Vincent Rodrigues March 14, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

    Hi Nandini!

    It’s that man again. Yet another fabulous recipe, in the shape of Chicken Manchurian. This really looks fantastic. I like Chicken Manchurian very much. I mail all Your recipes to My ex East Africa friend Malcolm Da Costa from Chandor, Goa. Malcolm is a big fan of Goan/Indian/Asian nosh. We will give Chicken Manchurian Our best Go. And I bet it will turn out as good as it looks. Something to light up the weekend. Thank You for sharing this recipe and Your genius with Us. Look after Yourself. Bye for now.

    Kind regards

    Stan the Man

    • Nandini March 16, 2015 at 6:44 pm #

      Thank You Mr Stan, for your kind words. I appreciate and feel encouraged to press forward all the time. And thank you for sharing my work with your family and friends :-). You too take care and regards to you and Mrs Stan.

  19. dmariebates March 14, 2015 at 4:54 pm #

    Wow….. this looks delicious. Showed it to my hubby and he liked it too. I will be trying this one soon.

    • Nandini March 16, 2015 at 6:46 pm #

      That is so awesome Donna, Thank you so much 🙂

  20. kimboxin March 14, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

    Note to self: Do not read this blog when hungry. I wish I could whip this up right now!

    • Nandini March 16, 2015 at 6:49 pm #

      Lol! Kim that’s the whole point of the blog post. Btw……It makes me happy to know that you enjoy my recipes 🙂

  21. jmsabbagh March 14, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

    Great recipe , my wife loves new recipes .Have a beautiful Sunday.

    • Nandini March 16, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

      Thank You so much Jalal. Have a great week!

  22. studio6464 March 15, 2015 at 12:59 am #

    Reblogged this on The Webcircle Information and commented:
    must check tis out

    • Nandini March 16, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

      Thank You so much for the re-blog. That was very kind of you 🙂

  23. Roci March 15, 2015 at 6:26 am #

    This is a must try!! It looks so delicious!

    • Nandini March 16, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

      Thank You so much Roci:-)

  24. deutschtrailer March 15, 2015 at 7:38 am #

    Mmmhhhh delicious, thank you very much Nandini….💗💗💗

  25. Maulshri Mitra March 16, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

    A good chicken recipe is always welcome, this looks delicious so making this.

    • Nandini March 16, 2015 at 7:01 pm #

      Thank You so much Maulshri. That is so good to know 🙂

  26. For The Love of Ghee March 16, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

    Yum! It’s so late right now but you’ve got me in the mood for chicken manchurian 😉 looks so good Nandani!

    • Nandini March 18, 2015 at 8:17 pm #

      Awww…. thank You so much Shamim 🙂

  27. skd March 17, 2015 at 9:23 pm #

    This makes me so hungry. I love the versatility of the dish. We can serve this with almost anything. Very tempting pictures.

    • Nandini March 18, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  28. Brienne Jamieson March 18, 2015 at 11:13 pm #

    This looks amazing! I will have to give it a try one day soon. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

    • Nandini March 20, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

      Thank You so much Brienne 🙂

  29. yummyinsidemytummy March 20, 2015 at 12:58 am #

    Such a great recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Nandini March 20, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

      You are so welcome and Thank You 🙂

  30. kim March 20, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    This recipe looks amazing! I am new to Indian food, but finding I love it, so I am sure I will enjoy your recipes, too! Looking forward to trying your Coriander Chutney, as well. So glad you “liked” my 3 Ingredient Almond Milk recipe on my site, as it led me to your site! Thanks!

    • Nandini March 20, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

      Thank You Kim, appreciate your kind words. I too am happy to have come across your blog post as I do consume a lot of almond milk.

  31. fromthefamilytable March 21, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Thanks so much for the interesting recipe as well as the beautiful images. Some folks call that “food porn”


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