28 January, 2007

Veg Balls in Garlic Sauce

Love Thy Neighbour... And their food;)
The unique tang of fresh ginger combined with the pungent flavor of Garlic in Chinese food is some thing I love. It is not just pleasant to one’s tongue abut also to one's the eyes, nose and imagination. For me best Chinese food is the one which has color, aroma and unique fragrance. The aesthetic presentation of food itself is an art and I’m still learning to master this unique food style. Today I am posting my favorite side dish Veg Balls in Garlic Sauce. This is my favorite side dish which goes very well with veg noodles or steam cooked rice. Well, this is my own recipe which I shaped to match my taste.
Check the recipe of Veg Fried Rice.

Veg Balls in Garlic Sauce

For Veg Balls:
¼ cup Carrots
¼ cup Cabbage
¼ cup Beans
¼ cup Mushrooms
½ cup Fresh Bread Crumbs
2 tbsp Corn Flour
¼ tsp Ajinomoto
¾ tsp White Pepper Powder
1 tbsp Soya Sauce
Salt to Taste
Oil for deep frying

Veg Balls in Garlic Sauce

For Garlic Sauce:
6-7 Cloves of Garlic, chopped finely
3 spring Onions, chopped finely
3-4 Green Chillies, de-seeded and chopped finely
½ tsp Ajinomoto (Optional)
1 tsp Sugar
¼ cup Tomato Sauce
2 tbsp Soya Sauce
2 tsp White Pepper Powder
1½ tbsp Corn flour
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Oil

Veg Balls in Garlic Sauce served with Veg Fried Rice

For Veg Balls:
Cut the vegetables into very small pieces.
Heat oil in wok and stir fry the vegetables with ajinomoto for 2-3 minutes.
Turn of the gas and keep it aside to cool.
To these vegetables add salt, soya sauce, pepper powder, bread crumbs, corn flour and mix well. Add water only if required.
Make small lime sized balls and deep fry in oil till they turn golden brown.
Drain them in paper towel and keep them aside.

Veg Balls in Garlic Sauce

For Garlic Sauce:
Heat oil in wok and add finely chopped garlic, spring onion, green chillies and ajinomoto and fry for 2-3 minutes.
To this add tomato sauce, soya sauce, salt, sugar, pepper powder and enough water.
Add water to corn flour and make thin paste and add this into wok slowly.
Keep stirring the sauce till it thickens. Usually it takes 5-7 minutes.
Dip veg balls into the hot garlic sauce just before serving.
Serve this hot with veg noodles or veg fried rice and enjoy!

Hot Pot of Veg Balls in Garlic Sauce

Some Facts about Garlic:
Garlic was worshipped by the ancient Egyptians, chewed by Greek Olympian athletes and thought to be essential for keeping vampires at bay! But it is also good for zapping bacteria, keeping your heart healthy, warding off coughs and colds.


  1. drool drool drool....Sia, that's all I have to say.

  2. Mmmmm!!Mmmmm!!Mmmmmm!! Good:)love it. Pictures look awesome. Can u send me togo;)

  3. Hi Sia

    Nice recipe. Is this the same as veg manchuria?

  4. @trupti,
    common girl, u can do more than just drooling;) try this coz i'm sure that u will love this. and best thing is it took just 20 minutes to prepare:)

    thanks girl... u should get ur home delivery in few mins;)

    yes lakshmi. its same as veg manchuria but with different sauce. check my baby corn/gobi manchuria recipe for the base sauce:)

  5. Look at ur pics!!! they re sooo beautiful...colourful..and vibrant!! I liked the presentation too. I liked the way u play with ur brass accessories :)

    Thanks for visiting my space. I am glad u found me. Thanks for leading me to a colourful corner :)


  6. Hi Sia,
    Superb Entry for JFI. My mouth is watering.Thanks for sharing.

  7. hey supriya,
    i always wait for your lovely post and lemme tell you each time i come to your blog love to see such a nice pics hear.Just can tell you that my mouth starts watering.Once again nice one.

  8. @Shn,
    welcome dear:) and thankyou for all ur wonderful words. hope u enjoy blogging and looking forward to ur new posts:)

    @menu today,
    thanks a lot. and hey this is not a entry for JFI.

    thats so sweet of u to say that:) i too am very proud of u chewwty:)

  9. You really have the knack of good photography . Really tempting me .

  10. Thats like a visual treat!!!!!!

    When you said one thing i felt bad about leaving india..... i thought you would say my mum, dad, etc..... shoes!!! bags!!! LOL LOL!!! that was a good one sia :)

    Enjoyed reading :)

  11. Thats really looking awesome dear..Nice dish,,

    I enjoyed reading your Meme,i felt similar when i read that you remmebr most of your relatives and b'day date,even i do.
    My parents sometimes wonder and ask me,how can you remember those even now.I can rememebr my schooling classmates b'day date even now,who is not friend of mine,just classmate thats it..

  12. Awesome looking dish, Sia.
    What a memory, girl!!

  13. You have mastered the art of our neighbors Sups!!:))Great pics too.

    My can of worms!!HeHe!! Takes a while to think about them but will do it!:))

  14. Oh btw!!:)) I have 11 uncles and 7 Aunts from both sides of my parents and their spouses and two kids each!HeHeHe!!

  15. @archana,
    thanks girl. i am still in learning process:)

    he he he... i do miss them(shoes and bags) a lot u know;) thanks for tagging me:) i enjoyed writing it:)

    thats really good to know that i'm not the only one who keeps track of everyone's b'days and anni's:) we can call it one of our strenghts(can we!!!????) :)

  16. @sailu,
    thanks dear. for me ur blog is a visual treat:)
    and for memory...its just limited to remembering b'days and for rest of the things its total waste. looking forward to ur MEME. as i said before no pressure at all:)

    take ur own time ashakka:) i love reading ur MEMEs.
    and i have 8 uncles and 10 aunties from my parents side;) and i cant count the kids...god!!! we r too many.... he he he...


  17. Oh my god! your recipe is making me soooo hungry!! Wonderful and unique recipe! Good going girl!!


  18. This looks fabulous, will try it soon. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Hi Sia,

    I moved to SF last month and I am busy setting up and myself and adjusting. Will get back to the blog world once I am all set, which might take some time,
    How've you been?

  20. @Deepa,
    thanks for dropping by:) do give it a try sometime and enjoy:)

    thanks girl and let me know when u give it a try.

    i'm glad to receive ur reply. take ur own time girl. hope u r settling well and having good time:)

  21. Suppi, Lovely pics gal as always. Loved your presentation and ha ha loved those veg balls.
    Thanx for tagging me suppi. Yes, I do recall that you loved collecting hand bags and sandals. Nice MeMe gal.

  22. lovely looking veg balls.......
    Wow so now you have Manolos:)

  23. Mouthwatering entry for JFI. look at those pics !!

  24. @seema,
    will look forward for ur MEME:)

    thanks girl:) i love this one:)

    thanks dear:) i need to check what's this JFI is now...

  25. Nice recipe there, Sup! Beautiful pix! Loved reading the meme! I love pickles too but I don't ahve as many! I too loved shoes/sandals/slippers - I probably had the most in college. Not that big on bags though. And wow you do have a BIG family. Must have been a lot of fun while growing up! :)

  26. hey girl,

    Got your message~ will take up the tag in the next post for sure! Hope you and hubby had a nice day!


  27. Veg balls ,Garlic sauce Something interesting. Pictures are beautiful.

  28. Loved reading your MEME and those beautiful veg balls are looking super delicious. Just the way you said it, " Best Chinese food is the one which has color, aroma and unique fragrance", thats the way I like chinese food.

  29. Sia,
    i think you are very good with chinease cooking , i really come to your blog when i have to cook something like that. I tried your baby corn manchurian before, and it was great . thanks for sharing .
    nice to read your meme! I am also tagged but i have 2 more meme to take before this. :)) , oh god, too much pendin work , i should start writing now. :)

    i think my father 's family is small now :P , ( they are 5 siblings, until now i was thinking they have ahuge family :D ) when I read about your families.. ha ha ha ...
    Navrtan Dosa is also nice, just dont get time to frop by anyone's blog in last days.
    thanks for sharing

  30. @vani,
    ha ha vani...looks like we share some common interest here.
    and yeah it was fun growing up with so many people:)and even today i enjoy all family functions and gatherings:)

    thanks girl:) yup, we had quiet evening for ourselves:)

    thanks dear:)

  31. @nidhi,
    you are absolutely on bang:) i love all the colour and flavour in chinese food:)

    i'm glad that u liked babycorn manchurian. they are my fav too and K loves it a lot.
    dont stress urself dear:) thats why i didn't tag u for this MEME as i knew u will be busy with ur roundup n all:) do it in ur free time and have fun. will send my recipe for ur veg of the week and my first entry is green peas pulao which i have posted in blog sometime back:)

  32. Hi Sia,
    This is the same recipe i follow for veg Manchurian.. It has come out very well and the pictures are lovely

  33. @prema,
    i do it differently. will check ur blog for the recipe:)
    thank you:)

  34. Tag - Done and Posted Sia!


  35. I've been literally drooling over your beautiful pics:-))
    Great recipe; One of my favorites!

  36. @trupti...
    been there...read it...left comment:)

    thanks dear...:)

  37. wow supriya
    what a great idea..nice dish..nice to know about u..

  38. you are tagged !
    check my post .
    take it when you wish to write about that. no pressure ,just for fun . :)

  39. Hey, I'm a pickle hunter too! And I have a huge extended family as well!

  40. @swapna,
    thanks girl... i guess i have spilled enough worms there;)

    wohoo... another MEME!!! looks like we r flooded with them;) will go through it once i get back home:)

    he he... good to know that i have another soulmate when it comes to pickle hunting;)

  41. Dear Supriya...thanks for peeking at my blog...sorry I am not home at the moment...~grin~...thanks for the Hi dear friend...just to let you know...I am still alive and kicking...hopefully normal service will resume soon...take care okay...keep smiling...peace

  42. @dilip,
    wohaaa dilip bhai... good to know that u r alive n kicking;) we all are missing ur posts u know:) but please take ur own time. i know how difficult it is to manage so many things at a time:) so no worries... do it when u have time and energy:)

  43. Sia,
    Superb..I made this with Veg Fried Rice and Spring Rolls. Hatts off to your Indo-Chinese Recipes, you gave me a complete Menu.

  44. Wow.. Lovely Indo chinese recipe Sia.. mouth watering pic :)!!

  45. This is one of my favourtes too! Somehow I haven't made it for sometime. You just made me want to have it - maybe tonite?!

  46. i have been craving good indo chinese food and was not satietated as atlanta indian restruants are not very good.i have tried making this many times before and have always been very disappointed.i made veg balls with hot garlic sauce and veggie fried rice tonite and it was sooooo good:-)it was just like eating at a restruant in bangalore back home.thanks for the great recipe!!!

  47. been craving indo chinese, so a few days back i decided to go to atlanta's so called popular indochinese. It just didnt satietate my appetite for gud food.Tried your recipe and it turned out amazing:-)

  48. Hi Sia,
    I came across your blog purely by accident... but so glad I did!
    I am going to make this recipe tomorrow...but I do have a question... when you say Tomato Sauce, are you referring to Tomato Ketchup? Please clarify! :) I'd really appreciate it! Thanks a ton!!! :)

  49. @Aps,
    yes, it is tomato ketchup.

  50. Thanks Sia,
    I'll let you know how it turned out :)

  51. Hi Sia,
    I tried this recipe today! It was really good! I was having a bit trouble frying the ball... the balls were breaking... but i managed. The balls which I had made with wet hands. They held on better while frying :) Thanks for posting it! :)

  52. @aps,
    glad u liked it:) next time if it breaks while deep frying, add little more corn flour to the base and mix well so that the veg balls hold well.

  53. lolz. if people chewed garlic, i am not surprised it kept the vampires at bay :D it would keep anyone at bay :D

  54. Hi Sia,

    Just made the veg balls in garlic sauce....cudnt belive it actually tastes like the hotels....n quite simple to make as well....had a little tough time frying the balls but it was ok.... cudnt wait till tom till tell u hw much i got paised for the meal....awsom recipe


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