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If you’re feeling extra adventurous, give these from-scratch manchurian balls a try! We’ve found a way to make this favorite Indo-Chinese dish much healthier by not frying it. We’re using a paniyaram or appe pan to cook the manchurian balls in which saves us tons of fat and calories. It’s definitely worth trying!
Serves: 6
  • Paniyaram/Appe Pan
  • ½ cup finely chopped carrots
  • ½ cup very finely chopped cauliflower
  • ½ cup very finely chopped green cabbage
  • ¼ cup very finely chopped bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons very finely chopped ginger
  • 6 cloves finely very chopped garlic
  • 4 tablespoons rice flour/cornstarch/all purpose flour (may need more)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sambal sauce (chili garlic sauce)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • oil
  1. Combine all ingredients except for the oil in a large bowl
  2. The mixture should come together allowing you to roll small balls (1-2 inches diameter) out of it
  3. You may need to add extra flour or cornstarch if the balls are not forming
  4. Set aside the formed balls in a dish
  5. Heat the paniyaram pan by placing it on your stovetop on medium heat
  6. CAUTION: the pan will be very hot and you must use an oven mitt to handle it
  7. Place one small drop of oil in each circle of the pan
  8. Carefully drop the formed manchurian balls in each circle (you will have to repeat 2 or 3 times)
  9. Gently close the lid on the pan and allow the balls to cook for 3-4 mins
  10. Using the wooden stick (comes with pan) and a fork, flip the balls to cook the other side
  11. Gently close the lid on the pan and allow the balls to cook for 3-4 mins
  12. Remove the balls using a spoon
  13. You can now repeat these steps for the remaining manchurian balls
  14. You are now ready to make the Manchurian gravy
  15. Refer to Manchurian Gravy Recipe to create the sauce
  16. After adding in the sauces and water to the Instant Pot
  17. Close and lock the lid on the Instant Pot
  18. Turn the vent to sealing to prevent steam from escaping
  19. Press CANCEL on the Instant Pot
  20. Press MANUAL on the Instant Pot
  21. Set timer to 2 minutes
  22. Once the timer goes off, manually release the pressure by turning the vent on top of the lid
  23. The silver prong will drop back into the lid once the pressure has released
  24. Press CANCEL on the Instant Pot
  25. Carefully open the lid
  26. In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water to form a smooth slurry
  27. Turn on the Instant Pot to SAUTE mode
  28. Add the cornstarch to the manchurian gravy in the Instant Pot
  29. Mix the cornstarch well into the gravy to incorporate
  30. Add in the homemade Manchurian Balls
  31. Allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes until the gravy thickens
  32. Press CANCEL on the Instant Pot
  33. Serve in a bowl over rice or noodles and garnish with green onions
Recipe by Instapottin' With Poonam at