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Monday, June 27, 2011

Bottle Gourd Manchurian/Lauki Manchurian

I was inspired by this Manchurian recipe ever since I saw it in a TV channel demonstrated by Mrs.Mallika Badrinath. It was an all time favourite for my kids then.I used to offer them as an incentive, after my full busy  working week on a weekend.When bottlegourd was bought in my home it means Manchurian dish will follow.Seriously I never tried making anything else with it.I have not tried Manchurian with mixed vegetables or Gobi.Though it takes long time for this dish to be ready, it tastes yummy and it will be finished in no time.


Bottle gourd1 medium size
Plain flour/Maida1-2 cups
Green chilli and ginger paste2 tsp
Onion chopped1/2 cup
SaltTo taste
OilFor frying

Peel, cut and grate bottlegourd.Add a tsp of salt and leave for 5 min.
Squeeze and drain excess water and take  this in a bowl.
Add flour ,green chilli paste, chopped onion and salt and mix to make a dough.
The measure of flour given is adjustable and you can  feel the dough texture while mixing.You can add more or reduce.
Make balls to desired size and keep.
Heat oil in a pan and deep fry adding few balls at a time.Remove and place them on a kitchen towel.
Now the sauce should be prepared for these balls to soak in it.
The manchurian can be prepared dry with just enough sauce or as a wet one by making a gravy.
The method for the sauce preparation is the same for both.


Onion (finely chopped)1 cup
ginger and garlic paste1 tsp
white pepper powder1 tsp
worcestershire  sauce2 tsp
soy sauce2 tsp
red chilli sauce2 tsp
corn flour1 tblsp
Fried garlic (finey chopped)2 tsp (for garnish)
Fried green chillies (finely chopped)2 tsp (for garnish)
Salt to taste
Sugar1 tsp
Oil1 tblsp
Heat oil in a sauce pan,add a teaspoon of sugar and wait till it turns burn.Do not turn with spatula.
Now add chopped onion and mix. If Ajino motto is used add it and fry on high heat..
Put back flame on medium.Add ginger garlic paste and saute.
Add little salt, white pepper powder and mix.
Keep the sauces ready.Take each sauce as per measure mentioned and mix them with little water(few spoons) and add one after the other.
Finally take corn flour in a bowl and mix with 1 1/2 glass water and mix well.
Pour this into the pan and give a quick stir.
Wait till glazy texture is formed and put off flame.
Now drop the fried balls in this sauce and mix well.
If a gravy consistency is required more of onion can be added and corn slurry can be increased.
Garnish with fried garlic pieces and fried green chillies.

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