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Broccoli Manchurian – A Perfect Dinner Recipe

27 September 2010 39 Comments

Broccoli manchurian recipe

Broccoli Manchurian came to light when my kids refused to try this exotic vegetable with loads of health benefits. Just thought of adding Broccoli with the normal veggie Manchurian I often make, and voila ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Broccoli has become a hot favorite veggie for my kids.

It is a good idea to introduce new veggies to kids at an early age with interesting yet healthy recipes, which they would enjoy eating and ask for more.

Broccoli Manchurian recipe


(makes 4 servings)

  • 1 cup of grated Broccoli
  • 1/2 cup of grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup of grated cabbage
  • 1 small onion
  • 3-4 tsp. of cornflour
  • 1 tsp. white pepper powder
  • Salt as desired
  • Oil for deep frying

Broccoli Manchurian recipe

Method: Wash all the vegetables and wipe dry them with a clean kitchen napkin.

Grate the Broccoli, carrots and the cabbage with a grater. Peel and slice the onion thinly.

Broccoli Manchurian recipe

Take a big vessel and add all the grated veggies and the sliced onion in it. Mix in the white pepper powder, salt and the cornflour in it.

Mix all the ingredients and bind it into a dough. Take a small portion of the dough and make rounds of a Table Tennis size ball. Prepare all the balls and keep them aside.

Broccoli Manchurian recipe

Heat oil in a wok and deep fry allย  turn the prepared ball in small batches till they brown and crispy from outside. Keep them over a tissue paper to drain excess oil from the Manchurian balls.

At least half of these fried balls were missing when I went for my camera to take pictures for this post ๐Ÿ™‚

Broccoli Manchurian recipe

For the sauce:

  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 tsp. of Cornflour
  • 2 tsp. Ginger-Garlic paste
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 1 tsp. white pepper powder
  • salt as desire
  • 5-6 tsp. of dark Soya sauce
  • 1 tsp. Ajinomoto salt (optional)
  • 2 tsp. oil

Method: Heat oil in a wok and add the sliced onion and the ginger garlic paste in it. Fry it for 2 minutes.

Mix the cornflour and the Soya sauce in 4 cups of water. Pour this water in the wok and keep cooking till the sauce thickens. Add Pepper, salt and Ajinimoto to the cooked sauce and take off the flames.

Broccoli Manchurian recipe

Assemble the Manchurian: Dip all the cooked balls just 5-6 minutes before serving, else they will soak all the sauce and become soggy.

Take a serving plate, keep 2-3 cooked Manchurian balls and pour the sauce over them.

Serve hot Broccoli Manchurian and enjoy the exotic veggies in a different makeover.


  • The above recipe has very mild flavors and is less spicy, mainly keeping in mind the kids and those who dislike spices.
  • The Broccoli Manchurian balls can be shallow fried or microwave to reduce the oil content in the recipe.
  • The balls can also be steamed in a steamer or pressure cooker before adding them to the sauce.
  • The ready to eat satchels for making these sauces available in the market is a good option if you want to avoid making the sauce.
  • Try this Broccoli Soup on Tasty Bites.

Hope you try this exotic veggie Broccoli and include it in your cooking for good. More healthy recipes to come soon, take care.


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  • Krishnaveni said:

    Broccoli is my fav veggie, lovely recipe, great

  • Sameena said:

    Hi Sanjeeta,

    Lovely broccoli manchurian..Havent tried it…but it is very good for cancer…

  • Sharmilee said:

    Yummy idea….luv broccoli but am not getting it often in my place

  • Ekta said:


  • chaitrali said:

    looks super yummy dear….and lovely recipe….and superb clicks

  • Deepa said:

    Though I have made broccoli soup this sounds really cool. the balls look so crispy and yummy… Irresistible:-)

    Hamaree Rasoi

  • MaryMoh said:

    Oooh…these look very delicious. What a great way to hide vegetables. I have to try these for my picky girl who hates vegetables. I think I have to cut them even more fine. Thanks very much for sharing.

  • sonia said:

    gud recipie.and simple 1 yuuuuuuuuuuumyyyyyyyyyyy

  • Priya said:

    Fabulous looking broccoli manchurian, best way to sneak this antioxydant veggie..

  • atia shahnaz irene said:

    Thanks for this delicious dish. Broccoli is a hot item on our dining table. It’s so yummy that almost one third of the fried balls disappeared before the making of gravy. send some more ab broccoli and carrot also.

  • sneha said:

    hi, dear thanks . i’ll definitely try it

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    Ekta, Atia and Sneha thanks for dropping by and writing your comments here. Take care.

  • Srimathi said:

    Looks absolutely delicious. A wonderful way to get kids to eat veggies.

  • nisha said:

    Not a broccoli fan at all…bt the fried one looks appealing

  • Treat and Trick said:

    Very innovative way to introduce veggies to kids, great recipe…

  • Monika said:

    Looks delicious. Have all the ingredients also,so will definitely give it a try. Thanks.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Monika, thanks for being here. Yes even I like to make and try recipes which require easily available ingredients and less time in kitchen. ๐Ÿ™‚ Probably all my recipes do follow the above rule.
    Best wishes.

  • kairali sisters said:

    Love broccoli and i even make pakodas with broccoli..Love this manchurian…

  • vaishali said:

    mmmm..yummy…wish I was one of the pickers of the fried broccoli balls..SUPER:)…ABSOLUTELY …SUPER!!!!!!!!!

  • Mary said:

    I am familiar with gobi manchurian and love it. I suspect I’d love your version with broccoli as well. It looks delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • satya said:

    very creative n tasty way of having broccoli …looks so tempting ..must try this version soon

  • manita said:

    hi sanjeeta,very tempting pics.waiting for the CWG holidays.wl try & tell u how it tastes.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Manita, sure Mani, enjoy your holidays. Take care.

  • FoodieAnn said:

    Love manchurian sauce….but not a big fan of broccoli….they look delicious

  • Swathi said:

    Broccoli Manchurian looks delicious.

  • vanamala said:

    have to try it…looks delicious

  • Ananda Rajashekar said:

    I would wait for it go in to the sauce…would love just the fried ones!

  • Jyothi Mcminn said:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks so good. will try it soon. the koftas can be used as an accompaniment for a meal.

  • rebecca said:

    oh this is fun luckily my little one will eat it as is lol

  • Biren @ Roti n Rice said:

    This looks really tasty, something the kids will really enjoy.

  • kothiyavunu said:

    Lovely & healthy manchurian..i am just thinking about how tasty it will be..YUM!!

  • Vaishali said:

    Broccoli manchurian is a nice variation on cauliflower manchurian, Sanjeeta, and it looks absolutely delicious. Wish I could come over for leftovers right now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    Vaishali, most welcome! And for sure you will not be served the left overs.

  • latha said:

    hi sanjeetha,
    this is nandhini’s mother. i will definitely try the bro.manchurian which impress me a lot. regards,latha

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    Thanks Latha ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice to see you here.

  • Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective said:

    They are like little veggie hush-puppies! What a creative way to get the kiddos to eat vegetables!

  • Magic of Spice said:

    These look delicious and love the photos, gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kristina @ spabettie said:

    I think I will be making this soon !! Thank you for sharing, it looks perfectly delicious! <3

  • spice said:

    nice dish…I can so relate to the situation where manchurian balls disappear before going into the sauce, but in my case culprit is me & not my kids…lol…

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