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Hot Sweet Sour Vegetables Recipe

Hot sweet sour vegetable cooked in a tangy, spicy sauce that can be served with noodles or fried rice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indo Chinese
Servings: 4
Author: Radhika


  • Mixed Vegetables – 1 cup (I used carrots, cauliflower, broccoli & capsicum)
  • Mushrooms – 4
  • Onion - 1 big
  • Green Chilli – 2
  • Garlic – 8
  • Tomato sauce – 1/4 cup
  • Red Chilli paste or Red chilli sauce – 3 tbsp
  • Soy sauce – 2 tsp
  • Aji-no- moto or Chinese salt – 2 pinch (optional)
  • Sugar – 2 tsp
  • White vinegar – 1/2 tbsp
  • Corn flour or Corn starch - 1-1/2 tbsp
  • Water – 1 to 1-1/2 cups
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 2 tbsp



  • Cut the cauliflower and Broccoli into bite sized florets. Chop the garlic finely.
  • Cube the carrots, capsicum and onion. Slice the mushrooms thinly. Cut the green chilli into 2 or 3 pieces.

How to make Hot Sweet Sour Vegetables:

  • Steam the vegetables (carrots, broccoli and cauliflower). I microwaved them at high for 2 mins in a partially closed container.
  • Heat a wok with oil. When the oil is hot add garlic and sauté till you get a nice aroma.
  • Add the green chilli and give it a stir. Add onion and sauté for a minute.
  • Add the bell pepper, mushrooms, aji-no-moto (if using) and sauté for another min over high flame, till they shrivel a bit.
  • Add red chili paste, tomato sauce, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, salt and cook for another min.
  • Add the steamed vegetables and mix it well so that they are all coated with the sauces. Let it cook over medium flame for 1 to 2 mins.
  • Add water and bring it to a boil till you see the bubbles around the wok. Check salt at this stage and add more if required.
  • Meanwhile in a bowl take the corn flour and add little water to it while mixing it making sure that there are no lumps.
  • Pour this cornflour solution and mix well.
  • Increase the flame to high and cook for 1 to 2 mins.
  • The sauce will thicken a bit and you can see a glossy sheen over the vegetables.
  • Switch off and take off from the stove.
  • Hot sweet sour vegetables are ready.
  • Garnish with spring onion greens and serve hot with fried rice, veg pulao or noodles.