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Reviewing the Secret to Making Hot Pot of Manchurian: Masalas

I like making Manchurian using O’real Manchurian Mix. I love how it is mildly spicy and adds a desi touch to a chinese recipe. It tastes great paired up with steamed, boiled, or fried rice. The only sad point is that it is not as widely available, which makes it extra hard to look for it.

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Updated Dec 29, 2022

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Whenever I am looking for a delicious and delectable dish to serve at my next dinner party, cooking the Manchurian is my first choice since everyone loves Chinese in my family. 

And given how versatile it is, it can be made with a number of protein options. This dish is made from a mixture of chicken, beef, and fish that is cooked in a hot and spicy sauce until a thick gravy nicely coats the protein.

It is said that the Manchurian is so delicious that it can make you want to lick your fingers, and it’s also said to be one of the most delicious dishes ever created. 

So, if you’re looking for a dish that will make your taste buds sing, the Manchurian is definitely the recipe for you. 

I love making Manchurian at home and my secret ingredient in making a scrumptious Chicken Manchurian is using a premixed Chicken Manchurian Masala. It brings out a balance of sweet and sour flavors to the curry and well, makes it very consistent.

And to find the one that provides me with that well-balanced flavor, I looked from aisle to aisle picking all the available options. I tried the following brands to find the best one.

I have also rated the following based on availability, packaging, and additives information.

My Manchurian Picks

Shan Chinese Manchurian Masala 


  • No additives information

Shan Chinese Manchurian Mix makes a delectable hot pot of Manchurian every time I make using this masala packet. It is widely available and it comes tightly air-sealed. It also has a long shelf life and makes cooking Manchurian easy-peasy.

O’real Manchurian Mix 


  • Not widely available

O’real Manchurian mix has a touch of desi curry into it and is one of my go-to masala packets. The only downside is that it is not widely available so I really have to stock it up whenever I find it.

Things I look for before buying my Chinese Manchurian Mix


I ensure that the package I pay for is air-tight for freshness and flavorful results. So, I always pick up tightly secured packaging.


No matter how authentic or delicious one spice mix might be, I would never go to a faraway store just to purchase a spice mix only.So, it is always important for me that it is available at my nearby local grocery store.


What is a Manchurian sauce made of?

The Manchurian sauce is made in a wide variety of ways; dry, semi-dry, and gravy. Depending on how one likes it, it can be made in an ample amount of ways using different ingredients. 

Is Manchurian good for health?

Manchurian is made with deep-fried minced meat and uses a lot of high-sodium ingredients. It is not a very well-balanced meal I would say, however, neither is it very healthy.

Brand rating

Shan Chinese Manchurian



Oreal Manchurian Mix