Nov 15, 2012

Fish Manchurian - Gravy Version

I love chinese foods, more than anything else. In this blog alone I have around 38 recipes which are chinese. I never thought that seafoods can be made in chinese style. I  have often seen that it takes part a major role in restaurant menu, but I have never ordered it. Oneday we thought to go bold and ordered chilli fish from our favorite restaurant. I was so amazed by the taste, and it inspired me to give a try of my own.

I thought of making it like a manchurian. Hubby bought some beautiful fish from the market and those were perfect for this. I was so amazed by the result, they tasted so fresh and yummy. I am planning to make more fish recipes in the future…I hope you will love it as much as I did..

Preparation Time - 15 mins
Cooking Time - 30 mins
Serves - 5 to 6


Fish Pieces ( I used Trevally / Jack / Parai meen ) - 500 gms ( Boneless, White Fleshed Fish )
Oil for Deep frying

For the Batter:
All Purpose Flour / Maida - 3/4 cup
Corn Starch / Corn Flour - 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Pepper - 1 tsp
Soy Sauce - 1 tsp
Water as needed

For the Sauce:
Oil - 2 tblspn
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tblspn
Onion - 1 chopped
Green Chilli - 2 chopped
Tomatoes - 1 chopped
Salt - to taste
Sugar - 1 tsp
Red Chilli Paste - 1 tblspn ( Dry red chillies ground with water)
Soy Sauce - 1 tsp or to taste
Green Chilli Sauce - 1 tsp or to taste
Tomato Ketchup - 1 tblspn or to taste
Vinegar - 1 tsp  or to taste
Water - 1/2 cup
Corn flour - 1 tblspn mixed with water to form a paste
Pepper - 1 tsp or to taste
Coriander leaves / Cilantro /Spring Onions - for garnishing


Heat oil in a kadai.

Take all the batter ingredients and add water to it. Form this into a smooth paste. Dip the fish pieces in it and fry them in hot oil for 5 mins till they are golden and cooked through. Drain them in a paper towel.

Now make the sauce. Heat oil in a kadai.

Add in ginger garlic paste and mix well.

Add in onions, green chillies and mix well. Cook this for  a min.

Add in tomatoes and toss well  in the oil. Let them cook for a min.

Add some salt and sugar to it and mix well.

Now add in red chilli paste, soy sauce, green chilli sauce, ketchup, vinegar and mix well.

Add some water to it and mix well to form a sauce. Let them come to a boil.

Add in the corn flour slurry (corn flour mixed with water). Actually I added some of the left over batter. Mix well so that it gets thick and saucy.

Add in pepper and mix well.

Add the fried fish pieces in this and toss well with the sauce.

Garnish with coriander leaves or spring onions and mix well.

Serve over with rice or noodles.

You will need sauces,cornstarch,flour,onions,
cilantro,salt, sugar,oil, pepper,chilli paste,
ginger garlic paste,fish pieces

Mix cornflour, flour, salt, pepper, soy sauce with some water

mix till it forms a smooth paste

dip fish pieces in it

and fry in hot oil

Till they are golden brown

Drain them in paper towel

No saute ginger and garlic in oil

add in onions

and green chilli

and some tomatoes

season with salt and sugar

and red chilli paste

and some soy sauce

and some green chilli sauce

and ketchup

add a dash of vinegar

pour some water

and corn starch slurry

add in pepper

and mix well 

add in fried fish pieces

and mix well

throw in coriander leaves
and serve

Taste great with Rice


  1. Mouthwatering, wat a delightful fish manchurian.Belated Thala diwali wishes to you and ur better half Aarthi.

  2. What a beautiful dish. Spicy and yum!!! I love fish manchurian :)

  3. I am a fish fan..very tempting dish.

  4. Hi,triedthe,recipe it was very taste. Being a vegetarian I used a vegetarian fish,my family enjoyed it. Thank u 4 sharing all yur wonderful recipes.

  5. nice recipe... love the flavors.. I will make a veg version

  6. Aarthi, thanks for all the hard work + sincere efforts. Hope you know it makes a difference! I love your 'pictorial' step-by-step photos; they make it so easy to follow, esp. the one photo of all the ingredients. Keep cooking - enjoy! With thanks from a fellow-foodie in Canada.

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  8. Love it...its so yummy and tasty..thank you...:)

  9. Aarthi instead of ground chill can we put chilli flakes.

  10. Can I use tilapia ??


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