BM #82 Week 2 Day 3 - 

Mixed vegetable manchurian is always welcome as part of any meal at our place. Here is my healthy take on this delight. 

Last year around this time, I gave in to my impulse and bought this gadget called the Air Fryer. For most part, I used to make French Fries in them and later on started to reheat fried goodies. As I got used to it, I experimented with manchurian. 

I found no difference between the fried version and this air fried version. To be frank, they tasted very dry as is but the manchurian sauce transformed it to the sinful version!

Ingredients - 

For the Veg Dumplings- 
Cabbage, Carrot, Cauli Flower, Beans finely minced 3 cups
All Purpose Flour 2 Tbsp
Corn Starch 2 Tbsp
Rice Flour 1 Tbsp
Ginger-Garlic-Green chili paste 1 Tbsp
Salt and Pepper Powder to taste
Oil for spraying
For the Manchurian Sauce - 
Sesame oil 1 Tbsp
Ginger-Garlic-Green Chili paste 2 tsp
Spring onion, finely chopped 2 Tbsp
Onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup
Soy Sauce 2 Tbsp
Chili Garlic Sauce 2 Tbsp
Tomato Ketchup 1 Tbsp
Cornstarch 1 Tbsp mixed with 1/4 cup of water
Salt as needed

Method Of Preparation -
To Prepare the dumplings- 
Mix all the ingredients listed under the 'For veg dumplings' except oil and make about 30 equal portions and make dumplings.

Preheat the air fryer for 3 minutes at 375 °F. Arrange these dumplings in a single layer. 

Set the timer to 10 minutes. Let the air fryer do its thing. Remove and then toss around the semi cooked dumplings. Set the timer again for 7-8 minutes.

They come out beautifully browned. 

Repeat the process until all the dumplings are done. The air fryer I have can accommodate 10 dumplings at a time.

While these dumplings are being cooked, prepare the manchurian sauce.

To Prepare the Manchurian Sauce -
In a heated pan add sesame oil. Saute ginger-garlic-green chili paste. 

Then saute onions and spring onions.

Add in the soy sauce, tomato ketchup, chili garlic sauce. Sprinkle adequate salt.

Mix cornstarch in water to make a thin paste and pour it into the mixture and let the sauce simmer. Adjust the flavor as needed. 

Dunk in the dumplings in the sauce just before serving, garnish with spring onions and enjoy!

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 82. 

This is for Srivalli's Kid's Delight event, guest hosted by Sapana, themed on Bite Size Appetizers

Preparation Time 1 hr 30 minutes
Makes 30 manchurians


  1. Srivalli Says:
  2. wow I love all these recipes coming out from the Air fryer!..your manchurians surely look awesome!

  3. Yes , the air fryer is a wonderful gadget . Really at times one can’t make out the difference between fried and air fryer food . This manchurian looks absolutely stunning and the sauce .. it looks wow !

  4. Air fryer is a bliss when it comes to guilt free fried dishes. Looks so delicious.

  5. Sowmya :) Says:
  6. Wow that manchurian looks absolutely delicious. Now I am really tempted to go for the air fryer

  7. Srividhya Says:
  8. wow one more air fryer dish. You, girls, are tempting me with your guilt-free recipes and now I feel like buying one.

  9. Priya Suresh Says:
  10. Thats a brilliant idea of using air fryer, and those manchurians looks absolutely guilt free, this vegetable manchurian rocks Harini.

  11. Healthy version of machurian.. Now that we can have it without any guilt.

  12. veena Says:
  13. This looks absolutely stunning. Now i have another recipe to try in air fryer

  14. Tony Smith Says:
  15. I had trouble getting the Manchurian balls to stay round and not be too doughy, but found a compromise in using my takoyaki pan and a little bit of ghee to do a preliminary cook and shape of the dumplings, and finished them in the air fryer.

    Part of the problem was that my chopper chopped the veggies TOO fine!

  16. AJ Says:
  17. Manchurian balls didn’t seem to be cooked well from inside. Could taste flour. Otherwise they were great. Should I cook longer in air fryer (more then 20 mins) to cook them well inside

  18. Harini R Says:
  19. Thanks AJ. Each air fryer is different. The time I mentioned is specific to the air fryer I use. So please cook according to your appliances.

  20. sp Says:
  21. I have tried your Manchurian recipe multiple times and every time it came out really good. My family is now a big manchurian fan.

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