Paneer Manchurian  Recipe

Paneer Manchurian Recipe

20 mins
3-4 servings
10 mins



As I reminisce about my culinary journey, one particular dish stands out among the rest - Paneer Manchurian. It wasn't until a fortuitous evening that I stumbled upon this delightful fusion of Indo-Chinese flavors. Picture this: the aroma of spices wafting through the air, the sizzle of the frying paneer, and the anticipation of tasting something entirely new. Little did I know, Paneer Manchurian would become a staple in my cooking repertoire, captivating the taste buds of friends and family alike.




The Recipe of  Paneer Manchurian




For Manchurian:

  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper Powder - 1 tsp
  • Schezwan Chutney - 1 tsp
  • Soy sauce – 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  • White flour (Maida) – 1 cup
  • Corn flour – 1 cup
  • Paneer cubes – 1 cup

For Gravy:

  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Chopped garlic – 1 tsp
  • Chopped ginger - 1 tsp
  • Chopped green Chili - 1 tsp
  • Whole red Chili - 4 Nos
  • Chopped spring onion - 1 tbsp
  • Medium capsicum, cut - 1 cup
  • Medium Onion, cut - 1 cup
  • Schezwan chutney - 2 tsp
  • Tomato Ketchup - 3 tsp
  • Soy sauce - 2 tsp
  • Corn flour - 1 ½ tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1 tsp
  • Green spring onion - 2 tbsp
  • Chopped coriander - 1 tbsp





For Manchurian:

  1. In a bowl, mix salt, black pepper powder, Schezwan Chutney, soy sauce, garam masala, white flour (Maida), corn flour, and a little water to make a thick batter to coat the paneer.
  2. Add paneer cubes to the batter and coat them evenly.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the coated paneer cubes until they are crispy and golden brown.
  4. Remove the fried paneer cubes from the oil and set them aside.

For Gravy:

  1. In the same pan, heat oil and add chopped garlic, chopped ginger, chopped green chili, whole red chilies, chopped spring onion, medium capsicum, and onion cuts. Saute until the vegetables are slightly tender.
  2. Add Schezwan Chutney, tomato ketchup, soy sauce, and a little water. Cook everything together.
  3. In a separate bowl, make a slurry using corn flour and water.
  4. Add the slurry to the pan and stir well until the sauce thickens.
  5. Season with salt and black pepper powder.
  6. Add the fried paneer Manchurian to the gravy.
  7. Finally, add the green part of spring onion and chopped coriander. Mix well.
  8. Paneer Manchurian is ready to be served.
  9. Garnish with some more spring onion and coriander before serving.
  10. Serve hot and enjoy the delicious Paneer Manchurian!




About the Recipe


Paneer Manchurian, a beloved Indo-Chinese delicacy, beautifully marries the richness of Indian paneer with the bold flavors of Chinese cuisine. This delectable dish features crispy paneer balls tossed in a savory and tangy Manchurian sauce, creating a symphony of flavors and textures that are simply irresistible. Whether served as an appetizer or a main course, Paneer Manchurian never fails to delight with its perfect balance of spice and umami.



Cooking Tips


  1. Crispy Paneer: Ensure the paneer is well-coated with the batter to achieve a crispy texture.
  2. Sauce Consistency: Adjust the thickness of the Manchurian sauce by controlling the amount of water added while cooking.
  3. Frying Temperature: Fry the paneer balls in hot oil to prevent them from absorbing excess oil and becoming soggy.



Pairing Guide


Paneer Manchurian pairs wonderfully with steamed rice or fried rice, offering a satisfying and flavorful meal. For a complete Indo-Chinese experience, serve it alongside vegetable noodles or stir-fried vegetables.




Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What is Paneer Manchurian?
    • Paneer Manchurian is a popular Indo-Chinese dish made with crispy paneer balls tossed in a tangy and savory Manchurian sauce.
  2. How do I make crispy paneer for Paneer Manchurian?
    • To make crispy paneer, coat the paneer pieces in a batter made of cornflour, all-purpose flour, spices, and water, then deep-fry until golden brown.
  3. Can I make Paneer Manchurian without frying the paneer?
    • While frying the paneer enhances its texture, you can also bake or air-fry the paneer for a healthier alternative.
  4. What vegetables can I add to Paneer Manchurian?
    • You can add bell peppers, onions, carrots, and cabbage to enhance the flavor and texture of Paneer Manchurian.
  5. Is Paneer Manchurian spicy?
    • The level of spiciness in Paneer Manchurian can be adjusted according to personal preference by varying the amount of chili sauce and green chilies used.
  6. Can I make Paneer Manchurian ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can prepare the paneer balls and Manchurian sauce ahead of time and assemble them just before serving to maintain the crispiness of the paneer.
  7. What is the best way to reheat Paneer Manchurian?
    • Reheat Paneer Manchurian in a preheated oven or on the stovetop over low heat to prevent the paneer from becoming too soft.
  8. Can I use tofu instead of paneer in Paneer Manchurian?
    • Yes, you can substitute tofu for paneer to make a vegan version of Paneer Manchurian.
  9. What type of rice pairs well with Paneer Manchurian?
    • Steamed jasmine rice or basmati rice complement the flavors of Paneer Manchurian perfectly.
  10. Is Paneer Manchurian gluten-free?
    • Paneer Manchurian can be made gluten-free by using gluten-free flours like rice flour or cornflour in place of all-purpose flour for coating the paneer.