Air Fryer Veg. Manchurian | Non-Fried Dry Veg Manchurian

 How to Make Veg Manchurian in the Air Fryer

Hello Foodies,

         Veg Manchurian is a trendy fusion dish consisting of fried mixed vegetable balls and mouth-watering flavorsome sauce. Veg Manchurian is an excellent entree option and this tangy amazing dish will definitely satisfy your craving! And now you can enjoy your favorite dish without any guilt with low oil.

Air fried, crispy veggie balls are coated with spicy, sour, and slightly sweet sauce. Best served as a starter or appetizer or snack. One of the delicious ways to eat veggies. If you love Manchurian, then I am sure this recipe is for you. I have already shared the Instant Pot Hakka Noodles and Veg. Fried Rice Recipe and Manchurian goes well with noodles or fried rice or plain steamed rice. In the recipes, instead of veggies, you can use tofu or Paneer to make it Paneer or Tofu Manchurian.

Video Recipe:

Traditional Manchurian is deep-fried, but here I am using an air fryer to fry the veggie balls, which worked best. Air Fryer gives nice crispy edges and that is the perfect texture for this dry Veg. Manchurian. To grate the veggies and make Manchurian balls I have used a food processor, this helped me a lot and saved time. 

After making Veggie balls, make a thick, spicy, slightly tangy, and sweet sauce that will take just 5-7 minutes only. In the end, mix the air fried balls with this sauce and it is ready to munch on. If you don’t have an air fryer, still you can make the low oil Manchurian version using an appe pan. Doesn't it sound easy? So let's get started!

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes; Air Frying Time: 15-20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 5-7 Minutes.
Each serving of Air Fryer Veg. Manchurian Contains 


To Make Veggie Manchurian Balls:

  • Cabbage 1cup
  • Carrot ½ Cup
  • Green Bell Pepper 3 Tbsp, finely chopped
  • Green Onion 3 Tbsp
  • Green Chilies 1, finely chopped
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste 1 Tbsp
  • Salt ½ Tsp
  • Black Pepper ½ tsp, ground
  • Corn Starch 1 Tbsp
  • All-Purpose Flour/Maida 1 Cup

To Make Sauce for Manchurian:

  • Oil 2 Tsp
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste ½ Tbsp
  • Green chilies 5 strips
  • Onion ¼ Cup, finely chopped
  • Green Pepper/capsicum 3 Tbsp
  • Green onion 3 Tbsp
  • Salt ½ Tsp
  • Black Pepper ½ Tsp
  • White Vinegar  1 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce 1 Tbsp 
  • Red chili sauce 1 Tbsp 
  • Tomato sauce/Ketchup 1 Tbsp
  • Water ¼ Cup


To Make Veggie Balls:

  • Grate the vegetables(carrot, cabbage) using a grater or use a food processor or chopper(squeeze out the grated cabbage to get rid of extra water, so that will help to make veggie balls crispy). 
  • Finely chop green onion and bell pepper.
  • In a bowl add grated cabbage, carrots, chopped green pepper, green onion, ginger-garlic paste, green chili, salt, and pepper and mix well.
  • Now, add cornflour and maida and combine everything well and make a dough(add any water).
  • Grease the palm with oil and make small equal sized balls out of the prepared veggies mixture/dough.

To Air Fry Veggie Balls:

  • Preheat Air Fryer at 400 F for 3 Minutes.
  • Spray some oil over to the Air Fryer’s basket(It will help to prevent Manchurian balls from sticking to the fryer).
  • Place the prepared veggie balls into the Air fryer’s basket and spray some oil over to the veggie balls.
  • Close the Air Fryer’s basket.
  • Air Fry Veggie BAlls at 400 F for 20 minutes, shake them in between so it cooks well from all sides.
  • Air Fry veggie balls till they turn crispy and golden brown, once done keep them aside.

To Make Veg. Manchurian Balls in Appe Pan:

  • Keep appe pan on low heat and brush little oil in all the molds.
  • Add prepared veggie balls, cover, and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Flip the veggie balls and cook from all the sides.
  • Cook till light brown from all the sides.
  • Once done cook them with prepared Manchurian sauce.
  • (If making in the appe pan then you can skip adding the corn and all-purpose flour and use only the bread crumbs too). 
To Make Veg. Manchurian Sauce:

  • Heat oil in a pan and add ginger-garlic paste and green chilies. 
  • Add onions and green pepper and saute for a minute or two, but do not overcook them(keep the onion and pepper crunchy). 
  • Add white vinegar, tomato sauce, soy sauce, red chili sauce, and water and mix well.
  • Add black pepper, salt, and mix well.
  • Add air-fried veggie balls and toss them in the sauce to coat them completely(Only add veggie balls if you are ready to serve). 
  • Once done garnish it with some chopped green onion.
  • Dry Veg. Manchurian is ready to serve, serve hot as a snack/starter/appetizer. Enjoy!!!

How to Freeze Non-Fried Veggie Manchurian Balls?

  • Prepare Veggie balls and place them in the ziplock bag / airtight container and freeze it for up to 3-4 weeks.
  • I like to make these Manchurian balls ahead of time, and when I want to make Veg.Manchurian, I just make the Manchurian sauce and Air fry Manchurian Balls and dump the balls in the sauce and simmer it! 
  • These Manchurian balls freeze well too so you can make them in a big batch and take a few out of the freezer when needed!

Serving Options:

  • Serve this Dry Veg. Manchurian as a starter or snack.
  • You can serve it along with your Indo-Chinese meal. 
  • It can be served as a side with noodles like veg Chow Mein or Veg.Fried Rice.
  • You can deep fry or shallow fry veggie balls too.
  • Or you can use an appe pan to fry the veggie balls.

Some more Indo-Chinese Recipes to Try:

Dietary Comment:

  • The calorie count is based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • Per serving contains 180 calories, along with 27 g carbohydrates, 2 g fats, and 4 g protein.
  • Portion size can always be increased or decreased depending on your health goals and activity level.
  • (Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on products used).

Good Time To Eat:

           It is good to eat Veg.Manchurian as an evening snack, Appetizer, or Starter. 

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