How to make Crispy Water Chestnuts -

Deep-fried water chestnuts stir-fried in a simple sauce.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Water chestnuts (सिंघारे), Oil (ऑइल)

Cuisine : Chinese

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

Crispy Water Chestnuts

Crispy Water Chestnuts Recipe Card


Some say Chinese cuisine is 400,000 years old going back to the Peking Man and his use of fire. Some other accounts of the history of Chinese cuisine takes the beginning to the Chinese stone age. However today Chinese cuisine enjoys the distinction of being the most popular in the world.
All this furore about Chinese food can make one wonder what is so special about this cuisine.  To put it in one word it is wholesome.  It has the characteristics of being nutritious, economical, balanced and delicious. It cannot be gainsaid that Chinese food is popular the world over and it can be adapted into our modern lifestyles as the strong link between diet and health of body, mind and spirit is epitomized in Chinese cookery. We all desire harmony in our lives and this works on the ancient Taoist principle of Yin and Yang in which balance and contrast are the key. Each Chinese dish reflects a balance of taste, texture, aroma and colour. Be it sweet, sour, pungent, hot, salty or spicy – all the six basic flavours are incorporated deftly in all Chinese dishes.

Prep Time : 0-5 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Crispy Water Chestnuts Recipe

  • Water chestnuts canned 1 cup

  • Oil 1 tablespoon + for deep-frying

  • Salt to taste

  • Refined flour (maida) 1 tablespoon

  • Cornstarch 1 tablespoon

  • Garlic chopped 1 tablespoon

  • Ginger chopped 1/2 tablespoon

  • Sweet chilli sauce 2 tablespoons

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Soy sauce 1 tablespoon

  • Spring onion greens 2 stalks

  • Tomato ketchup 1 tablespoon


Step 1

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.

Step 2

Take water chestnuts in a bowl. Add salt, refined flour and cornstarch and mix well.

Step 3

Deep-fry the water chestnuts in the hot oil till golden and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 4

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a non-stick pan. Add garlic and ginger, mix and sauté for 30 seconds. Add sweet chilli sauce and mix well. Add some water, mix and cook for 30 seconds.

Step 5

Add chilli powder and soy sauce, mix and cook for a minute.

Step 6

Cut the spring onions greens.

Step 7

Add the fried water chestnuts into the pan and mix well.Add tomato ketchup and mix well. Add chopped spring onion greens and toss to mix.

Step 8

Serve hot garnished with some spring onion greens juliennes.

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