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Street-style Chinese in your kitchen

By Rama Muralidharan
February 27, 2015 14:31 IST
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Food blogger Rama Muralidharan shares 3 Indo-Chinese vegetarian recipes.

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A typical Indo-Chinese vegetarian meal comprises steamed flavoured rice, gobi manchurian and chilli paneer," says Rama Muralidharan.

Here's the recipe of Flavoured Steamed Rice:

Flavoured Steam Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice soaked for 30 minutes and drained. (I love brown rice with my Chinese meal)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp chopped red chillies
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onions
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil or olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Method

  • In a thick bottom non stick pan, heat oil.
  • Add ginger, garlic and red chilli.
  • Add two cups of water. Add salt. Bring it to a boil.
  • Add rice and bring it to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to minimum. Cover and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes till the water is completely absorbed and the rice is cooked.
  • Let it rest for 10 minutes. Fluff it with a fork.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions.
  • Serve with Gobi Manchurian and Chilli Paneer (recipe below).

Gobi Manchurian

Gobi Manchurian

Ingredients

For the manchurian

  • 2 cups cauliflower cut in large florets
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp rice flour
  • 1 tbsp gram flour or besan
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to deep fry

For gravy

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp red chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornflour mixed with 1/4 cup cold water
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped green onions for garnish

Method

For manchurian

  • Make a thick batter of cornflour, rice flour, gram flour, ginger garlic paste and salt by adding cold water.
  • Dip the cauliflower florets in the batter and deep fry in hot oil till they are crunchy and golden brown.
  • Remove it on a tissue paper and keep aside.

For gravy

  • In a pan heat 1 tbsp oil.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, onions and saute for two minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and saute for 3-4 minutes till it is soft.
  • Add tomato puree, tomato ketchup, chilli sauce and soya sauce. Cook for two minutes.
  • Adjust salt to taste. Add one cup water if you want a gravy consistency.
  • If you want a dry manchurian omit the water.
  • Add the cornflour and water mixture and stir continuously. It will thicken.
  • Now add the fried cauliflower and coat it in the mixture well.
  • Fry it well on high flame for 2 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions and serve it with hot rice or noodles.

Chilli Paneer

You can even use firm tofu in the recipe.

Chilli Paneer

Ingredients

  • 2 cups paneer cut in 1 inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped green chillies
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp red chilli sauce or Szechuan sauce
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornflour mixed with 1 cup cold water
  • Chopped green onions and green chillies for garnish

Method

  • In a non stick pan, heat 1 tbsp oil.
  • On medium heat, fry the paneer cubes till they get a slight golden crust. Keep them aside.
  • In the pan add 1 tbsp oil.
  • Add green chillies, ginger and garlic and saute for one minute.
  • Add onions and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add tomato puree, chilli sauce and soya sauce.
  • Add 1/2 cup water. Adjust salt to taste. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add cornflour mixture and stir continuously till it thickens a little.
  • Adjust water if needed for gravy consistency.
  • Add paneer pieces and mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Garnish with green onions and green chillies. Serve hot with rice or noodles.

Photographs: ruchiram28.blogspot.in

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