Manchurian is an Indo Chinese dish that goes well with Mixed Fried Rice or noodles. Manchurian is a mild sauce that blends with chicken gives a unique taste. Fried Rice and Manchurian are very common in my house. My older son Risshi enjoys this combo. He often asks me to prepare this for him. Preparing Chinese food is a bit messy but its all worth when we see our family enjoying every bit of this. Now Egg Manchurian and Vegetable Manchurian is also in our regular menu list. Any Manchurian will go well with fried rice or noodles. You can even prepare these Manchurians as an appetizer or a starter.
If you are preparing Manchurian as a starter keep the fried chicken and sauce ready. When you have your guest just combine the chicken and sauce and serve them. You can prepare many different Manchurians Fish Manchurian, Prawn Manchurian, Egg Manchurian, Gobi Manchurian, Paneer Manchurian, Mushroom Manchurian, etc.
The best Manchurian I ever tasted is from china town in Coimbatore (my hometown). It is a mobile restaurant in the VOC park. I have been eating fried rice and Manchurian for last 20 years in china town. Even now when I visit my city, eating in china town will always be in my to-do list. Nothing can beat our roadside food.
I have tasted many variations in the Manchurian recipe. I always follow this 2 step process. Fried and tossed in the sauce but have seen people directly using the chicken in the sauce without frying them. If you have any other Manchurian recipe please do share it with me. I would like to give it a try.
Tips to make Chicken Manchurian:
Here is the step by step process for Chicken Manchurian:
Cut the chicken into small bite-size and marinate them with 2 tbsp cornflour,
1 tsp pepper powder, salt to taste,
Then add 1 tbsp soy sauce and mix well.
Then add 1 egg and combine everything well. Allow the marination to sit for a few minutes.
Heat oil in a deep pan, fry the marinated chicken till they are golden brown. Drain the chicken from frying and keep it in the kitchen towel.
In a wok, heat 3 tbsp oil, add 1 tbsp celery,
Now add 4 garlic cloves and saute for a few minutes. Now add 2 tbsp spring onion and saute well.
Take little water in a bowl, add 1 tbsp cornflour,
Then add 1 tbsp tomato sauce, 2 tbsp soy sauce and mix well.
Add this slurry in the pan and make a thick gravy.
Then add 1 tsp pepper powder, adjust salt to your preference and mix well.
Now add fried chicken in the gravy and combine everything well. Finally, add some chopped spring onion and it is ready to serve.
Serve Chicken Manchurian with Mixed Fried Rice
Chicken Manchurian is an Indo Chinese food. Chicken is fried and then mixed in the manchurian gravy to make a semi gravy chicken manchurian.
1. Adding celery is optional but I suggest you to add because it gives a unique taste and flavour.
2. Try using dark soy sauce to get good Manchurian colour for the dish.
3. Add spring onion at the end for crunchiness.
4. Adding corn flour slurry is important to get good thick gravy.
5. Soy sauce is bit salty so be careful when you add salt.