First my mum, and now my husband is waiting for the time when I will outgrow my fondness for noodles. I tell them that they are wasting their time because THAT IS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN. I love noodles sooo much that I am sure I will be munching away at them even when I am a hundred years old and have no teeth left (will have to do something about the cruchy veggies but whatever!) Hubby never gives me an option of choosing a takeaway place as he knows that I will always circle back to Chinese. It is my ultimate comfort food.
Ever since we started buying wholewheat noodles for the home cooking, I can happily defeat hubby in an argument saying that there’s nothing healthier for me to binge on, that has so many vegetables in it. These noodles are healthy and yummy!
Summing up- I love noodles…I am sure you do too. Give this recipe a go and enjoy!!
A pack of whole wheat noodles or noodles of your preference
2 tbsn sesame or olive or any vegetable oil
1 cup cabbage, thinly sliced
1 cup, broccoli florets, chopped
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 carrot, thinly sliced
1 capsicum, thinly sliced
1/2 cup French beans, chopped (optional)
1 bunch of green onion, sliced and along with chopped leaves
3 tbsn soy sauce
2 tbsn chili sauce
2 tbsn tomato ketchup
1 tbsn vinegar
1 tsp pepper
Salt to taste
*Chinese cooking is always done on high heat!
-Cook noodles according to the package instructions. Drain the cooked noodles in a colander and rinse with cold water. Set aside. You can also sprinkle some oil on them and toss lightly, if you fear the noodles getting sticky.
-In a wok, heat the oil.
-On high heat, saute the carrot first because it takes the maximum time to get tender. Cook till it seems half-cooked.
-Next, add the sliced onions, green onion (not leaves!) and the capsicum. Fry for around a minute.
-Add the rest of the vegetables and stir-fry, still on high heat for 2-3 minutes. Do not overcook as we need the veggies to stay crunchy. They should not go soft.
-Toss in your noodles and also add the sauces and the vinegar. Taking two wooden spatulas, mix it all together. You can lower the heat a bit at this point if you want.
-Finally, add the salt and pepper. Mix well. Be careful while adding the salt because the sauces already have salt in them. It’s wise to taste the noodles once, before adding the salt. Switch off the gas.
Veg. chowmein is ready. Serve hot. Enjoy with veg manchurian or as it is!
-You can add any veggies of your choice to these noodles. Mushrooms, sprouts, spinach, snow-peas..everything goes very well in this dish.
-Use different colors of bell-peppers/capsicum for making the dish more attractive.
-Adjust the quantity of the sauces according to your personal preferences, especially the chilly sauce for the spice factor.
-You can look up the recipe of veg manchurian on my blog to pair up with these noodles. It’s a smashing combo!