Chinese food with an Indian twist

Chinese food is something which is very popular in India. This is because; in India we get an Indian-ised version of Chinese food which is full of flavour and taste.

Yes, once you come to India there will be plenty of Chinese restaurants but none of them will serve you authentic Chinese food items. They are always packed with zesty flavours and spices. Here are some popular Indian- Chinese dishes which one definitely needs to taste.

Chilli Chicken

The first one is the ever popular Chilli Chicken which can be paired with any fried rice or a plate of noodles. This can also be served as a starter in any party but that preparation should be devoid of any gravy and it is mainly known as the dry chilli chicken. Here the chicken chunks are marinated in soya sauce for an hour and then coated with some garlic, hot chilli, ginger and some spices. Then the sauté is done with some onions and more green chillies. This makes the perfect Indian version of chilli chicken. One can also make this with prawns or paneer instead of chicken.

Chicken Manchurian’

Before knowing about the Manchurian recipe in Hindi, one needs to know that this dish was first prepared in Mumbai in the year 1975. Here one needs to toss the regular ingredients like chilli, garlic, ginger and some garam masala to make a twist with the chicken chunks. You can also try this recipe with cauliflowers or fish and it tastes delicious.

Noodles

Also popularly known as Chowmein in India this is also referred to as Chau-meing in China. Here some boiled noodles are topped with scrambled eggs, bell peppers and some soya sauce. In India it is mainly pan fried and a lot of chillies are added to make it spicy.

Manchow Soup

In the Indian version of this soup, one needs some soy sauce and it has to be flavoured with ginger and garlic. One can cook this with either vegetables or with meat or both. The most used ingredients are celery, carrots and scallions.

Spring Rolls

In China this is known as Chung Juan and they are actually Cantonese styled dumplings. One has to fry them till they turn golden and it has to be loaded with fresh vegetables. They are mostly served as party snacks and they are great party starters.

Szechwan Chicken

This one is perfect for those who love spice. They are fiery red preparations and the use of Szechwan sauce makes all the difference. This sauce is made with a lot of garlic, dry chillies and shallots. Now one can make chicken, fish or paneer with this sauce and pair them up with rice or noodles.

Darsaan

There are flattened egg noodles which are cut into strips and then they are deep fried and coated with honey. One can also sprinkle some sesame seeds and then serve it with some ice cream.

One can make all these tasty dishes at home and it will be a great treat.

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