Paneer Manchurian – 2 ways (dry and gravy)


Paneer Manchurian – 2 ways (dry and gravy)

Paneer Manchurian is a popular and tasty Indo Chinese starter snack of pan fried spicy, sour and sweet paneer cubes.

There are two ways to make this dish and I have shared both the methods in this post.

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  1. Paneer Manchurian Dry (Restaurant Style)
  2. Paneer Manchurian Gravy (or with a sauce)

Both the recipes are easy and taste good. It is up to you to make the dish as a dry snack version or a gravy version for a chinese main course.

This Paneer Manchurian recipe is a popular and tasty Indo Chinese starter snack of pan fried spicy, sour and sweet paneer cubes. This is a restaurant style dry snack recipe made healthy and is also vegan.

Making dry paneer manchurian is easy and just about takes 30 minutes. Since you don’t need to chop many veggies unlike some other Indo Chinese recipes. This recipe can also be made with tofu instead of paneer.

In this healthy recipe, I have pan fried the paneer cubes, instead of shallow or deep frying. For a crispy version, you will need to shallow or deep fry the paneer cubes. However as a healthier option, it is best to pan fry the paneer cubes for making this dish.

If you are looking for a gravy version then do check this Spicy Gravy Recipe of Paneer Manchurian.

Dry Paneer Manchurian can be served as a starter snack. You don’t need any other dip or accompaniment to go along with this dish. Since the sweet-tangy sauce, coats the paneer cubes very well.

Few more Vegetarian Manchurian recipes

How to make Dry Paneer Manchurian

Preparation

1. First chop the onions and bell pepper into 1 inch squares. Finely chop the ginger, garlic, green chilies and celery. Keep aside. Skip celery, if you don’t get it. You can also use spring onion/scallions instead of onions. Red or green or yellow bell pepper (capsicum) can be added.

dry paneer manchurian ingredients

dry paneer manchurian ingredients

2. Then dice paneer in cubes. Pat dry them with a clean kitchen towel. Then add them to a mixing bowl.

paneer cubes

paneer cubes

3. Add ½ tsp red chili powder, ½ tsp black pepper powder, ½ salt and 2 tbsp corn starch.

add spices to paneer

add spices to paneer

4. Gently shake, toss and mix. Everything should be well mixed. You could also mix the corn starch and the spice powders first and then add the paneer cubes to it.

mix paneer with spices

mix paneer with spices

5. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan or kadai or wok.

heat oil to make dry paneer manchurian

heat oil to make dry paneer manchurian

6. Add the paneer cubes. The oil should be medium hot. If the pan or wok is small, you will have to fry the paneer in batches.

add paneer cubes to make manchurian

add paneer cubes to make manchurian

7. Flip and pan fry so that all the sides get cooked evenly. For a crisp version, you will need to shallow fry or deep fry the paneer cubes.

pan frying paneer for manchurian recipe

pan frying paneer for manchurian recipe

8. Pan fry till the paneer cubes are light golden. Don’t fry for a longer period of time as the paneer cubes might become dense. Use good quality and fresh paneer. Homemade paneer is the best.

pan fried paneer for manchurian recipe

pan fried paneer for manchurian recipe

9. Drain the pan fried paneer cubes on kitchen paper towel.

fried paneer for paneer manchurian recipe

fried paneer for paneer manchurian recipe

Making Paneer Manchurian

10. In the same pan in which the paneer cubes were pan fried, add the chopped onions, bell peppers, ginger, green chilies, garlic and celery.

making dry paneer manchurian masala

making dry paneer manchurian masala

11. Stir well.

making paneer manchurian dry recipe

making paneer manchurian dry recipe

12. Whilst the veggies are getting stir fried, in the same bowl in which the paneer cubes were mixed, there will be leftover corn starch & spice powder mixture.

making paneer manchurian dry recipe

making paneer manchurian dry recipe

13. Add ¼ cup water to this leftover corn starch & spice mixture. Make a smooth paste. you will only get the above dry mixture if the paneer cubes were dry. If the paneer cubes are moist, then you will need to make a separate corn starch paste. For this, dissolve 1 tbsp corn starch with 3 tbsp water.

making paneer manchurian dry recipe

making paneer manchurian dry recipe

14. Meanwhile, on a medium flame stir fry the veggies till the bell peppers are half cooked.

making paneer manchurian dry recipe

making paneer manchurian dry recipe

15. Add ½ tbsp soy sauce.

making paneer manchurian dry recipe

making paneer manchurian dry recipe

16. Add tomato ketchup. About 1½ tbsp tomato ketchup is just sweet. For extra sweetness, 2 tbsp tomato ketchup needs to be added.

making paneer manchurian dry recipe

making paneer manchurian dry recipe

17. Stir and mix.

making paneer manchurian dry recipe

making paneer manchurian dry recipe

18. Then season with salt, red chili powder and black pepper. Add less salt as both soy sauce, tomato ketchup and the above corn starch paste we made, already have salt in them. You can also add about ½ tsp of sugar.

making paneer manchurian dry recipe

making paneer manchurian dry recipe

19. Add the corn starch paste (corn flour paste).

making paneer manchurian dry recipe

making paneer manchurian dry recipe

20. Stir well and allow to simmer on a medium flame till the sauce thickens. About 1 to 2 minutes.

making dry paneer manchurian recipe

making dry paneer manchurian recipe

21. Once the sauce has thickened, then add the pan fried paneer cubes.

fried paneer for dry paneer manchurian recipe

fried paneer for dry paneer manchurian recipe

22. Stir again very well so that the sauce coats the paneer cubes evenly.

stir paneer manchurian dry recipe

stir paneer manchurian dry recipe

23. Lastly add ½ teaspoon rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar or regular white vinegar.

vinegar for paneer manchurian dry recipe

vinegar for paneer manchurian dry recipe

24. Stir. check the taste of dry paneer manchurian and add more salt, soy sauce, vinegar or black pepper if required.

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dry paneer manchurian recipe, dry paneer manchurian recipe

25. Serve restaurant style dry paneer manchurian hot garnished with celery or some spring onion greens. You can also garnish with chopped coriander leaves or parsley. For more delicious paneer recipes, you can check this collection of 90 Paneer recipes.

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dry paneer manchurian recipe, dry paneer manchurian recipe
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This recipe post is from the archives and has been republished and update on 23 May, 2020.

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Paneer Manchurian (Restaurant Style Dry Starter Snack Made Healthy)

4.75 from 16 votes

This is a Restaurant Style Dry Paneer Manchurian recipe made healthy and a popular Indo Chinese starter recipe.

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Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:30 mins
Course:starters
Cuisine:indo chinese

Diet:vegan,vegetarian

Servings (change the number to scale):3

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

for frying paneer

  • 250 grams paneer (cottage cheese) or 8 to 9 ounces paneer
  • 2 tablespoon corn starch
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder or white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder or ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon salt or add as required
  • 3 tablespoon oil

for manchurian sauce

  • 1.5 to 2 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • ½ tablespoon soy sauce or add as required
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder or white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon rice vinegar or apple cider or regular vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder or ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup water
  • cup onions or spring onion whites diced into 1 inch squares
  • ½ cup capsicum diced into 1 inch squares. any color capsicum – red, green or yellow (bell peppers)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped green chilies
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon finely chopped celery – optional
  • salt as required

preparation

  • First chop the onions and bell pepper into 1 inch squares. Finely chop the ginger, garlic, green chilies and celery. Keep aside. 

  • Skip celery, if you don’t get it. You can also use spring onion/scallions instead of onions. Red or green or yellow bell pepper/capsicum can be added.

  • Then dice paneer in cubes. Pat dry them with a clean kitchen towel. Then add them to a mixing bowl.

  • Add 1/2 tsp red chili powder, 1/2 tsp black pepper powder, 1/2 tsp salt and 2 tbsp corn starch.

  • Gently shake, toss and mix. Everything should be well mixed. You could also mix the corn starch and the spice powders first and then add the paneer cubes to it.

pan frying paneer

  • Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan or kadai or wok.

  • Add the paneer cubes. The oil should be medium hot. If the pan or wok is small, you will have to fry the paneer in batches.

  • Flip and pan fry so that all the sides get cooked evenly. For a crisp version, you will need to shallow fry or deep fry the paneer cubes.

  • Pan fry till the paneer cubes are light golden. 

  • Don’t fry for a longer period of time as the paneer cubes might become dense. Use good quality and fresh paneer. Homemade paneer is the best.

  • Drain the pan fried paneer cubes on kitchen paper towel.

making dry paneer manchurian

  • In the same pan in which the paneer cubes were pan fried, add the chopped onions, capsicum, ginger, green chilies, garlic and celery. Stir well.

  • Whilst the veggies are getting stir fried, in the same bowl in which the paneer cubes were mixed, there will be leftover corn starch & spice powder mixture. 

  • You will only get this dry mixture if the paneer cubes were dry. 

  • If the paneer cubes were moist, then you will need to make a separate corn starch paste. Dissolve 1 tbsp corn starch with 3 tbsp water.

  • Add 1/4 cup water and make a paste of the remaining corn starch & spice powder mixture.

  • Meanwhile, on a medium flame stir fry the veggies till the bell peppers are half cooked.

  • Add 1/2 tbsp soy sauce. Add tomato ketchup. About 1.5 tbsp tomato ketchup is just sweet. 

  • For an extra sweetness, 2 tbsp tomato ketchup needs to be added. Stir. You can also add about ½ tsp of sugar.

  • Then season with salt, red chili powder and black pepper. 

  • Add less salt as both soy sauce, tomato sauce and the corn starch paste we made, already has salt in them.

  • Add the corn starch paste. Stir well and allow to simmer on a medium flame till the sauce thickens. About 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Once the manchurian sauce has thickened, then add the pan-fried paneer cubes.

  • Stir again very well so that the sauce coats the paneer cubes evenly.

  • Lastly add rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar or regular white vinegar.

  • Stir. Check the taste and add more salt, soy sauce, vinegar or black pepper if required.

  • Serve dry paneer manchurian snack hot garnished with celery or some spring onion greens. You can also garnish it with chopped coriander leaves or parsley.

Nutrition Facts

Paneer Manchurian (Restaurant Style Dry Starter Snack Made Healthy)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 416 Calories from Fat 315

% Daily Value*

Fat 35g54%

Saturated Fat 14g88%

Cholesterol 55mg18%

Sodium 1058mg46%

Potassium 93mg3%

Carbohydrates 14g5%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 4g4%

Protein 13g26%

Vitamin A 328IU7%

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%

Vitamin B6 1mg50%

Vitamin C 22mg27%

Vitamin E 6mg40%

Vitamin K 4µg4%

Calcium 404mg40%

Vitamin B9 (Folate) 6µg2%

Iron 1mg6%

Magnesium 4mg1%

Phosphorus 14mg1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Paneer Manchurian Gravy – Recipe 2

This Spicy Paneer Manchurian Gravy is an Indo Chinese dish of crispy paneer cubes in a sour & umami gravy or sauce.

You will find this Paneer Manchurian with sauce and Veg Manchurian with gravy in many restaurants serving Chinese food. I love Chinese food, be it the authentic original Chinese food or the Indo Chinese Food.

About this Paneer Manchurian with Gravy

  • Without Maida – In the recipe you will also not find the addition of maida or all purpose flour. I have used cornflour.
  • Without Deep Fry – I have not deep fried the paneer cubes but shallow fried them. You can even pan fry them or deep fry them as per your preference.
  • Without Capsicum – I have also made this paneer manchurian gravy without capsicum (bell pepper). However if you want to add capsicum then you can add it.
  • Substitute for Paneer – Instead of Paneer, you could also use Tofu for this recipe.

This Spicy Paneer Manchurian Gravy is easy to make. I have added celery in the gravy, but you can give it a skip if you don’t have and the recipe will still taste good.

paneer manchurian recipe

paneer manchurian recipe

You can serve it hot garnished with spring onion greens with fried rice or veg noodles.

How to make Paneer Manchurian gravy

1: Dice 200 grams paneer (cottage cheese) into cubes or squares. Mix 2 tbsp corn flour, ½ tsp chopped ginger-garlic, black pepper powder (as required) and salt (as required). Mix the whole mixture well.

paneer cubes for paneer manchurian recipe

paneer cubes for paneer manchurian recipe

2: Heat 4-5 tbsp oil in a wok or kadai. Shallow fry the flour-coated paneer cubes till light golden.

fry paneer to make paneer manchurian recipe

fry paneer to make paneer manchurian recipe

3: Drain on kitchen tissues and keep aside. Don’t over fry as the paneer cubes might become dense.

paneer cubes for paneer manchurian recipe

paneer cubes for paneer manchurian recipe

4: If there is extra oil in the wok, then remove it in a bowl. Add spring onions to the oil and stir fry till the onions become translucent. Add 5-6 finely chopped garlic, ½ inch finely chopped ginger, 1 finely chopped green chilli, 1 tsp chopped celery and stir fry for some seconds.

fried herbs for paneer manchurian recipe

fried herbs for paneer manchurian recipe

5:  Now add 2 tsp soy sauce, 1 or 1.5 tbsp tomato sauce and 1.5 cup veg stock or water. Cook till the mixture begins to simmer.

soy sauce for preparing paneer manchurian recipe

soy sauce for preparing paneer manchurian recipe

6: Add the cornflour paste (2 tbsp corn flour + ½ cup water). Stir so that the no lumps are formed.

making paneer manchurian recipe

making paneer manchurian recipe

7: Simmer and keep on stirring till the gravy begins to thicken. Once the desired consistency of thickness is done, add the fried paneer cubes, (¼ or ½) tsp black pepper powder, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp white vinegar and salt as required.

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paneer manchurian, paneer manchurian recipe

8: Stir and simmer for 1 or 2 minutes. Serve Spicy Paneer Manchurian Gravy hot garnished with spring onion greens with some veg fried rice or veg noodles.

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paneer manchurian, paneer manchurian recipe

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Paneer Manchurian Gravy

5 from 11 votes

Sweet, sour, umami Indo Chinese recipe of Paneer Manchurian with sauce.

Paneer Manchurian Recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:30 mins
Course:main course
Cuisine:indo chinese

Diet:vegan

Servings (change the number to scale):4

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

main ingredients

  • 200 grams cottage cheese (paneer) or tofu
  • 1 small capsicum (green bell pepper) – chopped or thinly sliced, optional
  • 1.5 cups veg stock or water
  • ¼ or ½ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • ½ cup chopped spring onion (scallion whites)
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • ½ inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 5-6 garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon celery, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 or 1.5 tablespoon tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider or white vinegar
  • salt as required
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons oil for frying the paneer
  • a few spring onions for garnishing (scallion greens)

for the corn flour paste

  • 2 tablespoon corn flour
  • ½ cup water

for paneer marinade

  • 2 tablespoon corn flour
  • ½ teaspoon ginger-garlic, chopped
  • salt as required
  • pepper as required as required

Frying Paneer

  • Mix all the ingredients for the paneer marinade.

  • Add paneer to the marinade to the paneer. Toss the mixture well, so that the paneer is well coated with the marinade.

  • Shallow or deep fry the paneer cubes in hot oil. Drain on paper napkins and keep aside.

Making Paneer Manchurian gravy

  • Remove the extra oil from the wok or kadai. When the oil becomes hot add the onions.

  • Stir fry the onions on medium to high heat taking care that they do burn.

  • Make the corn flour paste with water.

  • Let the onions become translucent. Add the ginger, garlic, green chili and celery. Stir for some seconds or a minute.

  • Now add the capsicum if adding them. Stir fry the capsicum also for 2-3 mins.

  • Now add all the sauces, veg stock or water. Stir and simmer. Add the corn flour paste and let the sauce thicken.

  • Now add the fried paneer cubes, vinegar, pepper and salt. Stir and simmer the gravy for a minute.

  • Garnish it with spring onion green and serve paneer manchurian gravy hot with veg fried rice, asian veg rice or veg noodles.

  • Add the cornflour paste slowly and keep on stirring while adding it so that lumps are not formed.
  • If you like to have more gravy, you will obviously use more water or stock. So in proportion you will have to increase the cornflour paste.
  • The cornflour is added to thicken to the gravy. If the gravy becomes too thick, then you can thin it by adding little water.
  • You can even add the paneer pieces directly instead of frying them.
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