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veg manchurian served with fried rice
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Instant Pot Vegetable Manchurian

Vegetable meatballs simmered in a spicy and tangy soya-ginger-garlic based sauce served over fried rice or noodles
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese, Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 177kcal


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ cup yellow onion diced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger grated grated
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced minced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes optional
  • 16 frozen veggie balls IKEA, Trader Joe's or Whole foods
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar I used chili vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch or arrowroot powder
  • ¼ cup water


  • red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 2 tablespoons scallions chopped


  • Turn Instant Pot to saute(more) mode and heat oil. Add onion, ginger, and garlic. Sauté for a minute. Add red chili flakes, frozen veggie balls, and broth. Give a quick stir.
  • Close Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing. Pressure Cook for 4 minutes followed by Quick Release. Open the lid and set the Instant Pot to saute mode. Add soy sauce, chili vinegar, and sugar. Mix corn starch with water and stir it in the gravy.
  • Mix well and cook until the sauce comes to a gentle boil. Add more red chili flakes for spicier taste. Garnish with cilantro and scallions. Enjoy hot over steamed rice, fried rice or noodles!



  1. Make sure to add frozen meatballs as thawed meatballs will fall apart during pressure cooking. If you have meatballs that are already thawed, then simply pressure cook the sauce and then stir in the meatballs after and cook on saute mode for 5 mins.
  2. I like to use the low sodium Better than Bouillon Vegetable Broth in this recipe. Vegetable broth can be substituted with 2 cups of water and 1.5 teaspoons of salt
  3. In addition to the veggie balls, some of my readers also have enjoyed this dish with frozen chicken meatballs
  4. If you are doubling the recipe, pressure cook time will still remain the same 
  5. For gluten-free Manchurian, use Tamari instead of soy sauce


Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 441mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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