Baked Vegetable Munchurian

I am a big fan of Indo-Chinese cuisine, especially vegetable munchurian that compliments very well a bowl of fried rice or Hakka noodles. But, I have always tried to the avoid cooking it due to the enormous amount of oil the balls soak up during frying. So, I came up with the idea of baking the balls in the oven. The baked munchurian dumplings are crisp from inside and soft from inside. Now, I don’t have to worry for all the extra calories that will add up into my body because of the oil from frying. Totally guilt free enjoyment!

Veg manchurian is made in two different styles : Dry manchurian and Munchurian with gravy. Dry manchurian is normally served as an appetizer, which is a big hit with my guests every time. Munchurian with gravy can be served with noodles or fried rice and makes a complete meal. Loaded with veggies, almost oil free and lip smacking in any form you make them!

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Today, I am sharing the recipe of Munchurian with Gravy 🙂

Ingredients –

FOR MUNCHURIAN DUMPLINGS:

1/4 Cup Cabbage, Shredded very fine (I use my food processor to finely shed the veggies which saves me a lot of time)
2 Carrots, Shredded very fine
1/4 Cup Cauliflower, Shredded very fine
Half Capsicum (Bell pepper), Very finely chopped
1 Cup Rice, Cooked
1 Tablespoon Soya sauce
Around 5 Tbsp corn starch
4 Tablebspoon All purpose flour (maida)
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Black pepper powder
Oil to brush the dumplings before baking

FOR THE GRAVY:

One small onion, chopped lenghtwise
1/4 cup mushrooms
1 green bell pepper ( capsicum/ simla mirch) cut into pieces
5 Garlic cloves, Minced
2 Tablespoon Green or Red chili sauce (You can reduce or increase the amount as per your taste)
1 Tablespoon Tomato sauce
3 Tablespoon Soy sauce (or to taste)
2 Tablespoon corn starch
1/2 TeaspoonBlack pepper powder
2 to 3 Cups Water
1 Tbsp Oil

For the munchurian balls:

Pre heat oven to 400 deg F. Line the baking tray with parchment paper and keep aside.
In a microwave bowl, add the veggies and put it in the microwave for 5 min.
Let the veggies cool down and the add black pepper, soya sauce, salt and mix well.
Add rice, corn starch and all purpose flour gradually and knead the mixture until it can hold together and you can shape them into balls to shape.
Arrange these balls on the baking tray leaving some space between them. Brush them with little oil and put the tray in the oven.
Bake for around 30 minutes and then broil them for one minutes so that they get a golden brown colour. (Turn the balls with a tong twice in between to ensure that they bake evenly)

For the gravy:

Heat oil in a pan. Add in the onions and garlic, sauté for a min.
Add the mushrooms and capsicum and sauté for a min.
Add salt, black pepper, soya sauce, tomato sauce, chilli sauce and mix well.
Add water, as required. Let it come to boil.
In a separate bowl take corn starch and add little water to it, mix to form a smooth paste. Add this to the boiling gravy and lower the heat. The gravy will start to thinker slightly.
Add the dumplings to it, cook on low heat for a min.
Take it off the heat and garnish with spring onions.
Serve with Fried Rice or Hakka Noodles.

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Enjoy!