Italian Manchurian Gravy

August 21, 2020


-1/2 cup finely chopped vegetables (cauliflower, carrots, bell peppers, cabbage, beans)

-1/4 tsp grated garlic - garlic paste

-Green chillies (as per taste needed)

-1/2 cup poha

-1 pinch black pepper


For the gravy:

-1/2 cup finely chopped onion

-1/4 cup red or green pepper

-1/4 cup spring onions

-1/2 tsp garlic (finely chopped)

-1/4 tsp grated ginger

-1/4 tsp green and red chilli sauce

1/4 tsp honey

1/2 cup water

1/4 tbsp rice flour 

-1 pinch black pepper

-Salt to taste


Step 1

Place poha in a colander. Wash it thoroughly under tap water. Cover and let it sit for 10 minutes for it to soften and double its size. Meanwhile, dice and pulse the vegetables.

Step 2 

Add all the vegetables, softened poha and all the mentioned seasoning. Make small balls. The balls should be smooth and soft yet firm enough so that they do not fall apart.. 

Step 3

Heat up the paniyaram pan. Place the prepared balls in the pan and let them cook while stirring on low to medium heat for 5-6 minutes rotating until golden brown.

Step 4 (For the gravy)

Add ginger and garlic to a pan and saute for 30 seconds. Add onion, bell peppers and saute for another 30 seconds.

Step 5

Add in the mentioned sauces and cook for a minute. Add in the water and simmer the gravy till it reduces to half the amount.

Health Benefits

Manchurian is yet another famous street food. This recipe is a healthy version of the same. The deep frying cooking method is replaced by an entirely healthy method and you can enjoy eating them anytime.

Recipe Created By
Ria Jain

iThrive’s biggest focus is to teach anyone how to harness the healing power of food. In order to do this, we have been creating innovative and delicious recipes that are filling, tasty and full of healing benefits. This is just one of those recipes.

Ria Jain
Functional Nutritionist

Ria has a Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics and is in a permanent research mode and keeps the rest of us at iThrive (Previously ThriveFNC) updated with her latest findings in the field of Nutrition. Her articles on iThrive's blog are an expression of her research findings. We really don’t know what we’d do without her support and her focus.