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Paneer Manchurian

Paneer Manchurian

Paneer Manchurian is a delicious vegetarian Indo-Chinese recipe that’s very easy to make and perfect to pair with my Easiest Veggie Rice Ever. It’s even great as an appetizer!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Indo-Chinese, Pakistani/Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 228kcal


For Frying the Paneer

  • 200 grams paneer or cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 4 tablespoons cornflour
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup water for making the batter
  • Oil for frying about enough to fill 1/2 inch of a small fry pan

For the Manchurian Sauce

  • tablespoons  oil
  • tablespoon  crushed garlic
  • tablespoon  crushed ginger
  • 1/4  cup  finely chopped green onion
  • 1/4  cup  ketchup
  • tablespoon  soy sauce
  • tablespoons  red chilli sauce
  • 1/2  teaspoon  sugar
  • teaspoon  cornstarch
  • tablespoons  water


  • Make a batter for dipping the paneer by combining the flour, salt, red chilli powder, and water. The batter should be runny, but not too thick or thin.
  • Dip the paneer cubes into the batter, and fry on medium heat until golden brown on all sides. Frying the paneer will take about 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Transfer the fried paneer on kitchen paper to drain the excess oil. Set aside.
  • Making the Manchurian sauce:
  • Heat oil in a wok, and add the garlic and ginger and fry for about 30 seconds.
  • Then add the green onions and fry for another 30 seconds.
  • Add all sauce ingredients except the cornstarch and water.
  • Cook for a minute or two until the sauce starts to thicken and bubble.
  • Dissolve the cornstarch in the water and add it to the sauce and keep stirring until it becomes thick.
  • Toss in the fried paneer and mix so that the Manchurian sauce coats the fried paneer evenly.
  • Serve immediately with garlic fried rice.


Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 601mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 293IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg