Sweet ‘n’ Sour Chicken Manchurian with Fried Brown Rice

So, it’s the weekend. You’ve already worked five days, and you’ve been putting your best efforts to maintain your fat intake and exercise. You’re bored of cooking the same curries and daals (lentils) daily. Why not try this delicious sweet ‘n’ sour, hot Chicken Manchurian with the flavourful Brown Rice.

The Dish:

I used to believe Chicken Manchurian as the traditional Chinese cuisine in the past, but since I learned cooking and understanding different cuisines, I began having doubts.

The spice we use in the Chicken Manchurian recipe makes it different from the authentic Chinese food. Chicken Manchurian is an Indo-Chinese cuisine and most popular for lunch/dinner time.

The Nutritions:

The recipe I’m sharing with you is full of nutrition and vegetables. Not only this recipe involves a negligible amount of oil and ghee, but also it will leave a flavor in your mouth even after you serve with the brown rice.

I prefer using Brown Rice over White Rice due to its nutritional benefits. A brown rice is a raw form of rice, basically, so it contains all the essential nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, and minerals, which the White Rice lacks due to its processing. According to Healthline, Brown rice is a whole grain, and the whole-grain foods are believed to reduce cholesterol and risk of stroke and other heart diseases.

The Choice of Meat

I’ve always used Chicken for cooking a Manchurian at home, though you have a choice of meat: Beef, Mutton, Prawn. If you’re cooking the Manchurian for the maximum health benefits, Chicken is the best and easiest option to choose from.

A Vegetarian Manchurian is also highly recommended. The Manchurian sauce and the whole cooking process are the same for both Chicken and Vegetable Manchurians, apart from the vegetable balls. I’ll share my recipe for Vegetarian Manchurian some other day. If you’re interested in learning how to make a Vegetable Manchurian, I’ve found an easy recipe here.

So, without wasting any more time, let’s begin the recipe:

Chicken Manchurian with Fried Brown Rice

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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The flavoursome Indo-Chinese Easy to make cuisine


Cuisine Type: Indo-Chinese
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Diet: Non-Vegeterian
Meat choice: Beef/Lamb/Prawn
Equipment: A Stir Fry Wok, A Fry Pan, A cooking pot for rice

Ingredients

    For Chicken Marinade
  • 1/2 kg Chicken Breast Fillet (small pieces)
  • 1 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Ketchup
  • 1 tsp Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese Salt (Ajinomoto)
  • 1/2 tsp Vinegar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp Cornflour
  • For Manchurian Sauce

  • 1/2 tsp of Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (finely chopped)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Ketchup sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese Salt (Ajinomoto)
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cornflour
  • For Fried Brown Rice:

  • 1 1/2 cups Brown Rice
  • 1/2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp ginger and garlic paste
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese Salt (Ajinomoto)
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 egg
  • Vegetables for Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 Medium size Capsicums (Diced)
  • 1 Onion (Large Dice)
  • Vegetables for Fried Rice
  • 1 chopped capsicum for Fried Rice
  • 1 cup Spring Onion
  • 1/2 can of Corns
  • 1 cup of Cabbage

Directions

  1. First, mix all the ingredients in chicken pieces and keep in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  2. Pan fry until evenly cooked.
  3. To prepare Manchurian Sauce

  4. In a stir fry Wok, add olive oil and chopped garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
  5. Add all ingredients for sauce (except Cornflour) into the stir fry wok and mix evenly.
  6. Add fried chicken into the sauce and mix 1/2 cup of water. Boil well.
  7. In a separate cup, mix cornflour and water well.
  8. Add liquid cornflour into the boiling sauce and stir well until it appears dense.
  9. Add capsicums and onions into the sauce and leave on low flame for 5 min.
  10. Garnish with spring onions.
  11. To prepare Brown Fried Rice

  12. In a pot, mix olive oil and ginger garlic paste for 1 min on low flame
  13. Add pre-boiled brown rice in the pot and mix well.
  14. Fry vegetables and scrambled eggs separately in a pan for 1 min on high flame and add them to the rice.
  15. Add ingredients for rice into the pot and mix well.
  16. Cover on low flame for 10-15 min.
  17. Serve hot.

Tips

  1. Leave marinated Chicken in the fridge for at least 30 minutes for the best crisp.
  2. Do not overcook chopped garlic or ginger garlic paste.
  3. Fry every vegetable in a separate pan.
  4. Absorb any moisture from the vegetables into the tissue to avoid sogginess.

I hope you try this recipe and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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10 BEST TIPS TO MAINTAIN YOUR WEIGHT LOSS AT HOME

Last week, while we were writing to share with you some interesting activities you can do during self-isolation (read more HERE), something was constantly bothering us from inside and that’s crazy!-our health and well-being.

Do we really need coping strategies? Should we slightly change the way we do certain things or do we stick with what we always do? 

Social distancing and self-isolation rules are imposed for good reasons. But with fewer opportunities for us to maintain our physical fitness and more time lying on our favourite couch, sadly we were kind of getting accustomed to several unhealthy behaviours and ends up increasing our weight.

While swiping our facebook newsfeed, we came across this hilarious picture 😀 Literally these were our thoughts too!

Having lost 55 kgs last year, we’ve been constantly conscious about maintaining our weight loss while following the social distancing rules during COVID-19.

This week, we’ve got so many stuff to tell you on how you can keep losing and maintaining your weight while staying at home.

1. Add herbal tea to your routine

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As you’re mostly sedentary these days, high chance is that you feel bloated and full right after a meal. Keep in mind though, it’s never too late to adopt a healthy habit!

We’re quite happy with a hot cup of Green tea after each meal and once in between (although, squeezing a fresh lemon is totally up to you).

Why? Because the experts say that it promotes smooth digestion and eliminates fatigue (as always, there’s a science behind this too).

Another great pick for us is the Ginger tea, which is best known to boost immunity (we quite need it as the winter is back in Australia).

Well, every cloud has a silver lining-we never tried ginger to calm our bloating problem until now. Oh, man! We’re pretty fascinated with the cure of magical properties of ginger.

You can try Twinnings Tea-their wide range of herbal tea and tasty infusions are quite promising and of course, we love their Green tea. Explore the variety of healthy infusions on their website Here.

2. Add healthy foods to your diet

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Quite of you agree that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Taking a few steps back from unhealthy food should give some relief to our incredible GP’s and doctors.

During self-isolation, we added more proteins, grains and fruits in our regular diet and you have to believe it! we clearly felt lighter, more energetic and fresher.

And in the long run, healthy foods are known to decrease the likelihood of gaining weight and improve general wellness. 

Orange is the top-notch fruit for you to have regularly due to its properties of strengthening the immune system and reducing constipation.

We replaced our everlasting craving of sugary drinks with green tea, thanks to the guidelines of the Healthline website. And oh! the cookies and cakes…with Greek Yogurt and Banana. And by the way, we love using the fresh and high-quality Farmers Union Greek Yogurt as a snack and side.

3.Restrict Junk food intake

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Oh! that mouth-watering smell coming out from a fast-food restaurant, and a pizza shop. We know it’s hard but it’s not impossible to hold out against.

If you eat a burger, pizza or an ice cream once in a blue moon, trust us, no big deal.

But, if you’re prone to regular intake of junk, remember the experts suggest that junk foods are very low in nutrition and high in unhealthy fats.

So, you may be putting yourself at greater risk of fatigue and weight gain.

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With reduced physical activity nowadays, limiting the junk food will make you as fit as a fiddle.

Giving up junk food may mean less tiredness for you and fairly reduced heaviness in your gut.

A good way to avoid unhealthy foods is to getting into the habit to cook your food at home. You can try super easy recipes from tasty.co. With tons of appetising recipes using super simple ingredients, this site won’t disappoint you!

4. Establish a house chore routine

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You’re right on the ball if you aren’t planning to keep rolling on the couch all day while self-isolating, because lying on the bed for several hours (apart from the sleep time, of course) can potentially give you tiredness, inactivity, dullness and even more crankiness, experts say.

Bending to sweep and mop the floor, picking up laundry, washing dishes and cooking are sorts of light exercises you should probably try to do everyday and are extremely beneficial to keep your body moving.

Light exercise is also important for those of you working from home, to feel refreshed and more productive.

We feel a million times more active and fresher since we spend more than 80% of our day doing various house chores (of course you do not have to be like us, but no harm in trying).

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5. Practice light exercise 

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No longer going to the fitness centre or commuting by public transport? By now, you may be thinking of the ways by which you could replace those everyday fitness tricks.

Hang in there! Thankfully there are hundreds of light exercises you can do at home.

Experts suggest that working out in the morning is the best form of exercise to boost your energy and mood throughout the day.

You can try to take baby steps at first and make your way up later. We found this really interesting article on the Lifehack website Here, where we learned incredibly easy exercises to include in our morning routine.

So far, we’re working out 10 minutes in the morning and oh goodness, the workouts are great to fuel energy into our body for the day. Even our kids enjoy doing workouts with us!

6. Keep yourself active with Kids

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As your kids’ sports training sessions are now on hold due to social distancing rules, you’re probably worried about their health, growth and social development.

Luckily, self-isolation is kinda blessing in disguise for your kids because now they’ve got all your time in this world.

Here’s a great opportunity for you to amuse your kids and at the same time, to keep your body moving.

While staying isolated at home, we learned that our kids feel very happy and cherished whenever we get involved with them in their playtime, yet it’s a healthy sign that we feel satisfied!

Any sort of outdoor activities amuse them and to be honest, it’s an amazing feeling to see them growing. We play cricket, football, do crazy dance, jumping jacks, bowling. 

If you like to get more fun ideas for indoor activities, check Here

7. Wear Activity tracking device

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An activity tracking device? How can a fitness tracker make you moving? These questions might pop up in your mind but believe us, it’ll be as helpful for you as it was with us during the initial days of our weight loss journey!

A fitness monitor is an easily wearable device to track your activity level throughout a period.

Fitness trackers such as a Fitbit and Apple Watch aren’t only helpful in maintaining your activity levels, but more importantly, they can prompt real motivation to keep yourself active-that’s exactly what it did for us.

Our actual weight loss journey started from the point when we bought Fitbit Flex 2 for the first time. An incredibly amazing device, waterproof, easily wearable wristband, affordable and accurate! Since we lost over 55 kgs, We’re so grateful for this device to be our best friend forever!

Just set your activity targets on the app and monitor your activity daily to achieve your goals.

8.Manage stress and anxiety

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We understand that it’s a tough time you’re going through right now-with lots of ongoing pressure, we soon realised that anxiety levels are unhealthy for us, our family and our relationships in the long run.

So, managing your stress is vital-Luckily, you’ve got heaps of relaxation techniques to relieve stress.

Yoga and meditation is known to be the best technique to take away your anxiety.

We found that closing our eyes in a quiet place is incredibly helpful to manage stress-listening to soothing music or reducing the caffeine intake in your diet should also work well.

No more nagging! At least building a house chore routine will throw the crazy negative thoughts away from you, reduce your mental stress and induce productivity.

We found more stress coping strategies for you on the Healthline website Here.

9.Skip a meal

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Ever tried leaving your gut empty for few hours? Amazingly, keeping your stomach light is a great way to prevent tiredness, inactivity, weight gain and bloating, experts suggest.

Skipping our lunch brought massive difference to our health-in a positive way. We successfully reduced our weight and maintained body composition.

But we faced few challenges-we used to feel little dizzy and lightheaded at first. By the dinner time, we got so much hungry that we ended up overeating, which is even worst because bloating hits hard!

Soon we learned the way out-eating snacks in between our meals.

You can avoid any sort of weakness by keeping healthy snack with you such as an apple or a banana, Greek Yogurt (Farmers Union plain yogurt), Oat bars (We like Uncle Tobys), low-sugar protein bars (we eat Carman’s) and no-sugar biscuits like plain Digestives biscuits (Mcvities Digestives).

10. Avoid oversleeping

Are you working from home? Rolling on the bed and on your laptop and mobile phone-not much physical activity is happening. Result-more frequent daytime naps!

Now it’s an unhealthy habit because the experts say that unless you’re sick (your body needs more sleep time), an 8-hour overnight sleep should be enough to stay healthy and productive throughout the day.

We remember having daytime fatigue-a pretty bad feeling that mostly prompted us to oversleep (because we were either doing nothing or just eating!) And so, we felt more tired, inactive, less productive, less focused and even crankier. 

We started engaging ourselves in various activities since, to avoid more groggy and crabby days. Writing this blog is indeed one of them! Thank God we’re right on the spot.

The final word

Self-care is essential for you and when it comes to maintaining the belly fat, no one wants to waste the effort made to shed it. Staying healthy while self-quarantined is no trouble and not tough at all-do little workouts and eat healthy, you’ll never be disappointed! By living a healthy lifestyle, you can always enjoy the real colours of life.

Thank you for reading our blog! We hope this was helpful for you.

We’d love to hear from you of the ways you’re managing to managing the weight loss while self-quarantined. Share in your comments below.