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Chicken Manchurian

An indo-chinese recipe

Recipe by Lata Anand of Santa Clara, US

Ingredients non vegetarian 4 servings

    1 cup Chicken (minced) 1 pinch MSG 4 tbsp. Soy Sauce 1 tsp Vinegar 4 tbsp. Corn Flour 1 no. Egg white 4 nos. Green Chilies (optional) 4 tsp. Garlic 4 tsp Ginger ½ cup Onions 1 cup cabbage ½ cup tomato Ketchup 3 tbsp Green Chili Sauce Vegetable Oil for frying


    1. Combined chicken, soy sauce (2 tbsp), egg white, corn flour (3 tbsp), cabbage, green chili sauce (1 tbsp), tomato ketchup (1 tbsp), garlic (1 tsp), ginger (1 tsp), white pepper (1/2 tsp) and salt (to test).
    2. Make small balls out of this mixture and deep-fry them in hot oil till golden brown.
    3. Heat 1-tablespoon oil in a wok. Add chopped onions, garlic and ginger. Fry them for 3-4 minutes.
    4. Now add soy sauce (2 tbsp), tomato ketchup and green chili sauce (2 tbsp). Mix them well and add 2 cup of water.
    5. When water starts boiling, add chicken balls and MSG and cook this for about 4 to 5 minutes. Add chopped green chilis.
    6. Mix a tbsp corn flour in ½ cup of water and slowly add while stirring; cook for about 2 to 3 minutes.
    7. Garnish with chopped spring onions and serve with steam rice or Indian breads: poori, paratha and naan.



    why is there mention of cabbage when u dont use it in the recipe?

    alice d'souza

    i tried it with a variation instead of chiken i used soyabeen was wonderful..


    All those asking about MSG, it is not really good for you. And as Deepak said, it is banned in the US. NY restaurants are BANNED from using MSG. You dont really HAVE to include MSG or Ajinomoto in your chinese cooking, you can certainly cook without out. Here is what is said about MSG and the health concerns related to it visit this website.


    very nice recipe...thanks for adding it....i cooked it and all were very happy in home

    Xi Meng

    MSG is not recommended and it's not often used in the authentic chinese kitchen. It's unhealthy and has caused people migraines. For those who experience health issues with the usage of MSG you can for example substitute with a pinch of white sugar instead. Xi Meng.


    hw s ajinomoto looks like


    msg also called as zeal in southern africa...


    MSG is chinies salt


    I don't think it is outright banned in the USA. I got a big bottle of it at a "dollar store" and it was labeled "Flavor Enhancer." Some people lack the enzyme or some such thing to process it. Many people can eat a bit of MSG without harm (monosodium glutamate.) Go easy on it if you're not sure.


    MSG is good to taste.Unfortunately, its harmful to health and banned in USA.


    msg(otherwise known as monosodium glutamate) has other names as well, ajinmoto or even tasting salt. It can be found at your local asain market.(and usually for under a dollar) Just look for a small clear plastic bag with red writing on it, it will say Super Seasoning Aji-No-Moto or just ask for it with the names listed above and it comes in either a 5 or 10oz pouch. I hope this helps! :)

    rifat kazmi

    what is msg.pls write in full form.


    hey people, the word MSG over here means the chinese salt also called as AJINOMOTO!!!


    I have not tried the recipe but can I suggest that you abandon the Monosodium glutamate (MSG) called taste powder by the Chinese and not a good thing to have in your food. It is a flavour enhancer but my sister is quite allergic to it and it can make you feel bloated. Good food doesn't need it.

    deepa sareen

    i tried it . it was too gooooooooooooooood . my son just loved it. but i want to know one thing what is MSG the ingredient u asked to use 1 pinch thanks & pls let me know where i can find MSG Smiles DEEPA


    it was a mouth watering dish i really really liked it and my hubby too it was better than what we eat at the restaurant also Asante sana ( meaning Thank you )


    achchhA... best I have tried so far!!!

    Swati Patil

    I tried this recipe its mouth watering. You can also use those fried manchurian balls as Starters. Good One.


    is cabbage necessary in this receipe ?cant we replace it with something else??



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