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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Homemade Paneer


It is the simplest cheese to make at home. Unlike other cheeses, it needs no special equipment or complicated technique. vinegar, a piece of muslin cloth and a strainer. everyday kitchen stuff is all that one needs to turn out the delicious paneer in a matter of minutes.

do check my other paneer recipes 

Paneer Sandwich 

Paneer Bhurji 

Grilled Paneer 

Paneer Magaz Masala

Matar Paneer

Paneer Butter Masala

Malai Kofta

ingredients

3-litre full cream milk

300 ml cream

120 ml or 8 tbsp vinegar

ice

recipe Courtesy @chefharpalsokhi

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Method

Step by step

Bring three-litre of milk to boil. once it boils turn off flame Immediately.

add vinegar and stir slowly till the milk curdles and separates from the whey.

Add ice so it stops cooking and paneer will be soft.

Drain that Split milk(Cheese) in a Dish cover with a muslin cloth or cheesecloth.

wash with fresh water to remove tanginess of paneer.

Dip the cloth in chilled water so that it cools down completely. Squeeze out the water again.

Place the paneer under a heavyweight so that all the water drains away and the paneer sets in a block.

after 2 hours or Until all water Drained, Paneer is ready to use.

note: for every litre of milk use 100 ml of Cream

keep extra vinegar with you if milk doesn’t split use it.

 

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Instant Onion Pickle


In india it’s called as a Sirke Wale Pyaaz ,
It’s a great accompaniment for any North Indian style meal and are super easy to make at home.

Ingredients

10-15 small Pearl onion or any small size

Water 1/2 Cup

1/4 beetroot

Vinegar or Chilli Vinegar 1 cup

Salt 2 tsp or to taste

Method
Peel and wash onion then pat dry and cut cross mark onion or you can add whole.
Add water in a pan and beetroot ,till it soft not mushy .around 1 minute.Strain water and keep aside

Add the onions in a jar.Pour the water over the onions.Top with vinegar and salt.
Cover the jar and keep it in the refrigerator.Use the onions after 24 hours.
It can be stored for up to 10 days in refrigerator.

Notes
You can skip beetroot but i used as it gives natural pink color to onion.
The vinegar mixture can be used again to pickle the onions.
Just add more onions after the previous ones are finished.

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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

 

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.