BAKED TOFU MANCHURIAN is a vegan, easy and delicious Indo Chinese recipe which is prepared with marinated baked tofu and simmered in a spicy, tangy and sweet Indo-Chinese sauce. A perfect gravy to serve as a main but comes with a caution, it's moreish! 

BAKED TOFU MANCHURIAN is a vegan, easy and delicious Indo Chinese recipe which is prepared with marinated baked tofu and simmered in a spicy, tangy and sweet Indo-Chinese sauce. A perfect gravy to serve as a main but comes with a caution, it's moreish!

Indians all over the world are obsessed with Indo Chinese flavours which have taken the world by storm over the past few decades. In any fast food restaurants or roadside joints, you'll find many Indo-Chinese dishes. Indo-Chinese cuisine is ranked as one of the most favourite after local food in India.  Some of the traditional recipes are turned into Indo-chinese recipes such as Chinese Bhel, Chinese Samosa, Chinese Dosa, Chinese Paratha just to name a few. We have not yet adventured in making above in our kitchens, but certainly, a couple of recipes such as Soya Veg Manchurian, Baked Sesame Vegetable Spring Rolls and Burnt Garlic and Tofu Fried Rice and they are a hit amongst BAKED TOFU MANCHURIAN.


Indo-Chinese cuisine is an amalgamation of a delicious mix of flavours with the adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking technique to suit Indian tastes.  

More than 100 years ago Chinese migrants from Hakka origin brought their rich, spicy and delicious Chinese flavours to Kolkata, India where they came for work. Indians loved their oriental flavours but they soon realised and started combining with some of India's best most loved dishes, spices and sauces to create unique Indo-Chinese fusion cuisine.  Since then enjoying Indo-Chinese dishes is a great pastime across on the street of India. Nowadays the availability of ingredients has become easier thus this cuisine has entered in almost every Indian kitchens and people enjoy fresh and good quality Indo-Chinese cuisine. 

Indo-Chinese cuisine is packed with bold flavours, multiple ingredients and is definitely tasty! The prominent flavours are Chilli, Manchurian and Schezwan sauce and dishes can be prepared with gravy and without gravy aka dry Manchurian.   


Manchurian is the most popular, ordered and guaranteed crowd pleaser in the Indo-Chinese cuisine. Manchurian is available in vegetarian and non-veg options. In this dish, the main ingredient deep fried and then marinated in a sweet, salty and spicy thick brown gravy. 
The gravy of the Manchurian sauce is brown, thick and prepared with Indian chilli sauce and Chinese soy sauce along with some basic spices. 


Along with vegetable, cauliflower, paneer and soya Manchurian, tofu Manchurian is becoming popular. In this recipe, tofu can be deep fried or shallow fried but we have baked to keep calories down. We have followed the same method in this recipe as Veg Soya Manchurian the only change is TOFU. 


FOR BAKED TOFU we will need

Firm tofu well drained
Corn flour
Freshly ground black pepper
Garlic powder

For gravy, we will need

Onion, garlic, ginger and green chillies
Spring onion
Soy and chilli sauce
Sesame oil
vegetable stock
Corn flour
Indian spice masala such as red chilli powder, ground cumin and coriander. 


Manchurian falls in the main course so it perfectly pairs with noodles, vegetable fried rice or Burnt garlic and tofu fried rice. 


If you are making this dish in a big batch or planning to serve for the party or get together, certainly make its gravy a day in advance and keep it in the refrigerator. On the day, bake tofu then add it in the heated gravy. 

This delicious Manchurian can be served at a kitty party, small get together or enjoy over the weekend with friends and family and it will leave you craving for more! 


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Baked Tofu Manchurian

Yield: 4 servings
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 40 Mtotal time: 50 M
Lip smacking Indo-Chinese Baked Tofu Manchurian, it is vegan and easy to prepare.


Baked Tofu
  • 2 packets firm tofu
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 TSP freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 TBSP oil
  • 2 TBSP. corn flour
  • 1/2 TSP. garlic powder
Indo-Chinese Manchurian Gravy
  • 2 big red onions
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • 2" fresh ginger
  • 3-4 green chillies
  • 5-6 tbsp. white parts of spring onion
  • 1 vegetable stock cube diluted in 250 ml water + saved water from the soya and vegetables.
  • 3-4 tbsp. spring onion green part for garnishing.
  • 2-3 tbsp. vinegar
  • 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp chilli sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 4 tbsp sesame oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1-2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp. cumin and coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. black pepper powder
  • 3 tbsp. corn starch + 1/4 cup water mixed


How to cook Baked Tofu Manchurian

Baked tofu
  1. Drain all the water from the tofu.
  2. Cut into the desired shape. 
  3. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6.
  4. In a big bowl place all the baked tofu ingredients and combine gently.
  5. Place it in a single layer on the baking tray.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden.
Manchurian gravy
  1.  Use a food processor to chop onion, garlic, ginger and chillies.
  2. Mix soy, red chilli, sweet chilli sauce and ketchup in a bowl.
  3. Heat the oil in a wok or kadai, add chopped onion mixture.
  4. saute for a few minutes, and add white parts of spring onion.
  5. Add the red chilli powder, cumin and coriander powder and immediately add soy sauce mix.
  6. Stir this mixture for few minutes and add vegetable stock.
  7. Simmer this mixture for 2-3 minutes, or starts to bubble on the sides add cornstarch mix.
  8. Keep stirring and mixing and cook for 4-5 minutes, if mixtures get thicken add hot water.
  9. Now add salt and black pepper powder.
  10. Keep stirring add vinegar and switch off the heat.
  11. Add baked tofu and keep them in for 2 minutes.
  12. Garnish with the spring onion greens and serve immediately with fried rice or noodles.


Tofu can be sauteed in a frying pan too.
The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.
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  1. Oh wow this looks really comforting! This, with a side of crusty bread and count me in!

  2. I love the sweet, tangy, and spicy broth that the tofu is in. I can't wait to give this a try and bake it on my own.

  3. Oh goodness me, I just love the sound and look of this tofu! The combination of all the spices and ingredients must create the most wonderful flavours!

  4. The flavors are so good in this! It's fun to cook something unique and switches up our weekly meals. Loved it!

  5. This was so good! The flavors are unique and it was fun to switch up our weekly meals!

  6. I am not super familiar with tofu but the spices in this look mouth watering and are sure to please any crowd.

  7. I have a few friends who refer vegan and are much into Indo Chinese food, so this recipe is just perfect! I can surprise them the next time they come!

  8. This looks tasty and I bet the tofu soaks up all of those spices, yum!

  9. This sounds so great! I recently fell back in love with tofu and I can’t wait to try this! It sounds like it’d be perfect for a family gathering too!

  10. I absolutely love this recipe! The Manchurian flavors are so good and using tofu is perfect. A great dinner that is so easy to make!

  11. This looks delicious, and I love that it's vegan! I haven't experimented very much with Indo-Chinese cuisine, but clearly I need to start, because I know this would go over really well with my family. :)

  12. I've only had tofu fried, never baked. But this looks delicious. The gravy looks so flavourful, and I imagine the tofu soaks it all up nicely! This would be a tasty and filling meal for any day of the week!

  13. The gravy itself sounds absolutely delicious! Thank you for the explanations, too. It's so helpful in understanding the entire dish! I actually have almost all of the ingredients for the gravy, and would love to make it soon!


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