Airfried Chicken Manchurian


 Made from authentic Chinese flavours, this dish is a must-try! Chicken Manchurian is a dish liked by all age groups as a starter dish at parties. Fried chicken balls cooked in a spicy sauce batter and served with Fried Rice steamed rice or Veg or Chicken noodles.

A traditional indo Chinese dish that can be made at home by some simple ingredients and method.

The creation of Chicken Manchurian is in fact credited to Nelson Wang of China Garden who introduced Manchurian to Mumbai in 1975. He started playing around with quintessential Indian ingredients like garlic, ginger, chilli and just added a splash of soya sauce instead of garam masala – and voila.

Now there are many variations made with  you can check my Gobhi Manchurian and Deep Fried chicken Manchurian

Instead of deep-frying chicken balls in this recipe, I am sharing Air fried chicken balls recipe which will simmer in delectable gravy. And using Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos instead of soy sauce in gravy.

Ingredients

Minced chicken 1 lbs /500 gm

2 tbsp all purpose flour

1 tbsp refined oil or Canola oil

1 carrot, grated

1/2 red bell pepper chopped

1/2 cup shredded cabbage

1/4 tsp minced garlic or garlic powder

Salt to taste

for Gravy

1 tbsp Chilli oil /any cooking oil

1 medium onion Sliced

1-2 chopped green chilli

1/4 cup mixed veggies (carrot/cabbage /red bell pepper)

1/2 to 1 cup chicken stock or Water

2 tbsp water

1 tbsp corn flour

1 tbsp Vinegar

1 tbsp light soya sauce or Coconut Aminos

1 tbsp chilli garlic sauce

1tbsp Tomato ketchup (optional)

salt to taste

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Method

Preheat your airfryer on 360 F or select menu for chicken/poultry.

Meanwhile, Take a bowl and add minced chicken, chopped veggies, minced garlic or garlic powder, all-purpose flour, seasoned with salt (be careful while adding salt as we will add in Gravy too.)Mix all these ingredients properly and prepare a batter. brush your air fryer with oil, before keeping chicken balls to cook.

Apply oil on airfryer basket or use spray oil for cooking it will prevent from sticking uncooked chicken balls.

Next, apply oil on your palm to make chicken balls or with a help of spoon Scoop and make a shape. Place the ball one by one. Make the sure gap between balls so it cooked evenly.

Let it cook for 10-15 min or till its fully cooked, merely turn in between for even color and crunchiness. Just apply little bit oil to balls with brush or spray it(Optional)

Cooked entire chicken mixture in a similar manner.Remove to a plate and keep it aside.

Heat oil in a pan to prepare gravy for Manchurian. I am using chili oil you can take any oil of your choice.

Add sliced onion and green chilies and saute it.

Add veggies and cook it .

Add chilli garlic sauce ,coconut aminos or Soy sauce and then add chicken stock or water and boil it .

Add Chicken balls in boiling gravy and slowly cornflour & water Slurry to thicken gravy and once it starts thickening as per your preference add vinegar,salt to taste and check seasoning then shut off the flame.

Serve it hot With Steamed Rice/Noodles or Fried Rice.

Notes:- Adding veggies to chicken minced is completely optional.

Quantity of Sauce depends on individual preferences (Add green chilli sauce or red chilli sauce or skip it)

Add the sauce mixture, and simmer till the sauce thickens and becomes translucent.

Always break one cooked ball and check as it’s completely cooked from inside

Don’t imbibe or eat half cooked or uncooked its not at all healthy.

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Gobhi Manchurian Dry


Gobhi Manchurian is an Indian Chinese fried cauliflower served as an  appetizer or a snack. The Cauliflower has a crispy coating and is tossed with a mouth-watering spicy sauce.

There are two different variants of gobhi Manchurian, dry and with gravy. Both variants are prepared by using common ingredients like cauliflower, corn flour, all purpose flour,spring onion, soy sauce, chilli sauce, minced garlic, ginger,ground pepper, etc. and has typically  garnish with spring onion.Its taste can vary from a mild spicy to hot depend on individual taste buds.

Ingredients

10-12 cauliflower

3 tbsp corn flour

5 tbsps all-purpose flour

¼ cup water

1 tsp black pepper powder

orange food color (a pinch) optional

Salt to taste

oil for deep frying

Ingredients for Manchurian Sauce

1 medium onion

½ cup chopped spring onions(white bulb)

1tbsp finely chopped garlic

2 tsp finely chopped green chillies

2 tsp finely chopped ginger

1 tbsp corn flour

1/4 cup water

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp tomato ketchup

1 tsp red chilli sauce

1 tbsp cooking oil

salt to taste

spring onion (for garnish)optional

Method :-

Heat oil in a wok or a deep fryer, till it’s becoming hot we will dissolve the corn flour and all purpose flour along with pepper,food color and salt in water.Add the cauliflower florets and mix until the florets get coated with the flour mixture.Add about 5 florets at a time into the hot oil and fry until golden brown.Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel. Keep aside.Mix the corn flour with ¼ cup of water. Add soy sauce, ketchup, chilli sauce  & salt.Heat oil in a wok or frying pan on high heat; add onion saute till it becomes pink after that add garlic, ginger, green chillies, spring onions and stir-fry for a few seconds.Add the corn flour mixture to the above and cook for a few minutes until thick and the corn flour is cooked.Turn off heat. mix well,fried cauliflower with the Manchurian Sauce and serve.Before serving garnish with spring onion leaves.

Dry Chilli Chicken


Indian Chinese cuisine is the adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to Indian tastes through a larger offering of vegetarian & Non-Vegetarian dishes.Ingredients used to prepare Indo-Chinese cuisines are  Hot chilli, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, dry red chilis, black peppercorns,soy sauce,red chilli sauce etc .Most dishes are served with gravy ,dry ,deep Fried & stir fried without gravy.Check my more  Indo-chinese recipe .

I am sharing my version of  Dry chilli chicken In its two-stage preparation, the first stage Boneless chicken is marinated & deep fried  & second stage, the deep fried chicken are sautéed with chopped onion,garlic ,bell pepper &sauce.

Ingredients

Chicken breast  500 gm/1 lb

For marination Ginger Garlic Paste 2-3 tsp

Ginger Garlic Paste 2-3 tsp

Vinegar 1 tsp

Egg 1

Soy sauce 2 tsp

Salt to taste(marination & gravy)

Black Pepper to taste

Cornflour 2 tbsp

for gravy Onion small (diced)1

Onion small (diced)1

Green Bell Pepper (diced) 1

Vinegar 1/2 tsp

Red chilli sauce 1 tsp

Garlic chopped 2-3

Soy sauce 1 tsp

Red chilli flakes 1 tsp (optional)

Tomato sauce 1/2 tbsp

Salt to taste

Cornstarch 1tsp (Dissolve with water)

Oil for  Deep frying

Oil 1 tsp for sauteeing

Method

Wash & clean Chicken breast.Pat dry using paper towel cut into  a desired shape.Take a big bowl  put chicken & marinated ingredients mentioned above.keep aside for 30 min .Heat a pan adding oil deep fry marinated chicken & drain on a paper towel to remove excess oil.Heat oil in another pan add garlic, chilli & saute.add onion & bell peppers saute.now add sauce mixture & corn starch mix give a boil.add fried chicken.mix properly so that sauce coat chicken properly.turn off heat & sprinkle red chilli flakes.Serve hot !!

My Tip:Adjust spices & sauce as per own tastebuds

 

Baked Sattu Kachori


Kachori is a snack popular in India and other parts of South Asia.It is usually a round flattened ball made of Refined flour or whole wheat  flour filled with a stuffing such as Gram flour,different types of Lentils, salt and other spices.it is deep fried or baked.Variations of  Kachori prepared in India such as Onion Kachori,Sweet Kachori , Dal Kachori etc.Served with a chutney made from Tamarind , Mint & Coriander Chutney

I am sharing Baked Kachori Filled with Sattu & Indian Spices.Served with Peanut Chutney.

Ingredients

Whole wheat soft Dough (adding salt & oil)2 cup

For Stuffing
Sattu (Roasted channa dal) 1 cup

Onion Finely chopped -1 medium

Green Chilli finely chopped 1-2

Mustard oil -2 tsp

Salt to taste

Lemon juice 1-2 tsp (adjust per taste)

Nigella seeds(kalonji )1/2 tsp

Carom seeds(Ajwain)1/2 tsp

Grated ginger1 tbsp

Chopped garlic 1/2 tbsp

Chopped Green Coriander leaves 1 tbsp

Add little bit water (it will help fillings to mix properly)

Method

In a bowl add Sattu then all stuffing  ingredients & mixed properly.Adjust ingredients as requirements.preheat oven 180 c/350f.now divide dough then roll  & put fillings as we do normally for kachori.,close properly .with help of a rolling pin or Palm flatten it .now put that kachori on a baking tray and baked turning both sides in between till it cooked properly.to make it crisp (apply little bit oil both side). put on broil mode for 2-3 min turning both sides.Serve with choice of chutney(mint-coriander/tamarind//peanut) with onion (optional)

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Inside Oven

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In process of Baking

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Broil Mode

Crispy Fried Fish


Indian non-vegetarian meal is incomplete without a Masala Fish Fry. it’s is a very common and staple dish.A nice spicy fish fry can be eaten on its own as an appetizer or starter or goes well with rice too. There are various ways of preparing the fish fry using different ingredients and spices to individual taste.The fried fish would taste better if marinated and left for long or can be cooked as soon as it’s coated with marination.Fishes are easy and quick to cook, packed with good amount of protein and low in fat.Check my Pan fried recipe  Pan Fried Tilapia

I am sharing my deep fried recipe.it’s a bony fish Marinated with Indian spices.

ingredients

Fish (with bones)1 kg /2lb

Garlic paste 2-3 tsp

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder 2tsp

Red chilli powder 1 tsp to taste

Mustard Oil (preferably)/any cooking oil for Deep Frying

Method

Clean & wash fish ,marinate with turmeric powder,chilli powder,garlic paste & salt .keep aside for 15-20 min.heat oil in a pan deep Fry .Enjoy Crispy fried fish with rice/roti or serve as an appetizer

Garlic Chutney


Garlic & red chili soaked in vinegar Grind & seasoned

ingredients

  • 1 pod garlic (peeled)
  • 2-3 Dry Red chilies (hot)
  • Vinegar 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste.
  • Kashmiri chili 1 (for natural color)

method

  1. Soak red chillies in vinegar for an hour, grind all the ingredients together in a blender. Serve.