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5 DIY RECIPES TO MAKE PERFECT MEALS WITH NOODLES

Call it a major generalizing or just a part of growing up in an Indian family, but whenever we think of the South East-Asian countries, it’s their cuisine which immediately strikes us, their most famous contribution to the world ‘Noodles’. However, what many of us may not be aware of, are the different ways noodles can be cooked in. Even if we know a few, not everyone knows how to cook each type differently. Well, worry not! Today I am going to share 5 types of Noodle recipes with you. And before we start discussing about their nutritional value, let me tell you noodles are rich in nutrients. They also a versatile comfort food that people of all ages may enjoy. They are great alternatives to instant noodles, which may have added preservatives.

In case you want to learn easy recipes during this lockdown, check my blogs here. Let us now explore some of the different versions of noodles which can be curated as a quick and scrumptious meal

1. NOODLES WITH EGG

The Chinese believe there is beauty in simplicity. This is one of the easiest types of Noodles, which is very easy and can be prepared using locally sourced farm-fresh vegetables and spices.

  1. Ingredients
    • Noodles ( 1 pkt)
    • Oil (1 tsp)
    • Water (3-4 cups)
    • Salt (1 tsp)
    • Carrot (1/4 cup – Finely chopped)
    • Beans (1/4 cup – Finely chopped)
    • Capsicum (1/4 cup – Finely chopped)
    • Onion (1/4 cup – Finely chopped)
    • Ajnomoto or MSG
    • Pepper (As per taste)
    • Garlic (2 cloves)
    • White vinegar (1 tsp)
    • Dark Soy sauce (2 tsp)
    • Scrambled eggs (according to requirement)
  • Procedure
    1. Boil noodles with 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp oil and keep separately.
    2. Take a wok, add oil and heat it.
    3. Add the chopped vegetables in the order of onions, carrots , beans, and capsicum along with grated garlic. 
    4. After that add Ajnomoto (optional)
    5. Add 1tsp salt, and pepper and cook it well with the vegetables.
    6. Add in the vinegar and the dark soy sauce
    7. Add in the boiled noodles 
    8. Garnish with the chopped spring onion and cook for 2 to 3 minutes while mixing gently.
    9. Prepare scrambled eggs and add them to the noodles. 
    10. If you want to add chicken, cook it in the microwave separately with salt, pepper and garlic before adding to the noodles.

2. SPAGHETTI AGLIO-E-OLIO

Running short on Spaghetti? Not a problem, this Italian version of Noodles can turn out to be the best hassle-free recipe you will ever come across. Its main ingredients are olive oil and garlic. Italians love their olive oil which is evident in their naming a dish Aglio-e-Olio which means garlic and oil.

  • Ingredients
    1. Noodles/Spaghetti ( 1.pkt)
    2. Garlic (4-5 pods) – finely chopped 
    3. Butter ( 2 ½  tbsp) 
    4. Salt (1 tsp)
    5. Black pepper (1 tsp) – crushed 
    6. Black pepper powder (1/4tsp)
    7. Chili flakes (optional)
    8. Onion powder (1 tsp)
    9. Italian seasoning (As required)
    10. Parsley or Chives (1 tbsp) finely chopped
    11. Parmesan or regular cheese for garnishing – (Grated)
  • Procedure
    1. Boil the noodles/spaghetti in hot water with 1tsp salt and a drop of olive oil
    2. Keep in the fridge so that it becomes firm and easy to cook.
    3. In a wok, heat 2 tsp of butter.
    4. Add the chopped garlic and let it cook for 2mins or till the aroma sets in. (don’t overcook)
    5. In that add 1tsp salt, 1tsp black pepper, crushed black pepper, and black pepper powder (chilli flakes are optional according to your palate
    6. To this add the onion powder, the consistency might become a little thick
    7. Add the noodles/ spaghetti to this along with remaining butter.
    8. Mix it with tongs or a fork
    9. Add Italian seasoning and Add the chopped chives or parsley
    10. Mix it well and serve it after garnishing with grated cheese.

3. PAD THAI

This dish was originated in Thailand by their Prime Minister in the 1930s, and ever since has been commonly served as the staple diet of Thai people. These noodles are now famous worldwide because of their typical flavor and robust mix of spices. It is also a rich source of protein as a good amount of meat/tofu is used in these noodles.

  1. Main Ingredients
    • Rice noodles ( 1 packet)
    • Hot water (3 cups)
    •  Chicken (1/2 cup)
    • Prawn (1/4 cup)
    • Salt (1tsp) 
    • Pepper ( a pinch)
    • Onions (1/4 cup) sliced
    • Chives (1tbsp) finely chopped
    • Spring onions (1/4 cup)-half sliced and half to be finely chopped
    • A handful of roasted peanuts
  2. Sauce Ingredients
    • Garlic paste (1/2 tsp)
    • Oil (1 tsp)
    • Chili sauce (1 tsp) 
    • Dark soy sauce (1 tsp) 
    • Fish sauce (4 tsp)
    • Oyster sauce (1 tsp) 
    • Tomato ketchup ( 1 tsp) or tamarind
    • Sugar ( to taste)
  • Procedure
    1. Take the noodles and soak in hot water for 12 to 15 minutes.
    2. Prepare the sauce by adding the sauce ingredients together, stir it well and keep it aside.
    3. Stir fry the chicken and prawns with salt and pepper and keep it separately
    4. Heat oil in a wok and add the sliced onions
    5. You may then add the sauce, salt to taste and the spring onions, mix it gently with a light hand.
    6. Now add the protein which is chicken and prawns in my recipe (stir fried )
    7. Add the noodles and mix it very gently as the rice noodles are very long
    8. Add chopped chives in the end and turn off the gas
    9. Finally, add the crushed roasted peanuts for a typical Thai taste
  • PRO TIP- Add a scrambled egg in, while cooking the noodles it makes the Pad Thai taste authentic and very flavorful.

4. CHILI GARLIC NOODLES

Chili garlic noodles is an Indo-Chinese variant which caters to an Indian audience with its increased spice profile.

  • Main Ingredients
    1. Hakka noodles (1 packet)- plain or egg-based
    2. Water (3 cups)
    3. Oil ( 3 tbsp) 
    4. Assorted vegetables (Cabbage, bell peppers and onions)
    5. Garlic powder ( 1 tsp) 
    6. Garlic (4 cloves)- 4 finely chopped and 2 grated
    7. Green chili ( 1 no)- Finely chopped 
    8. Dried red chili ( 2 nos)
    9. Salt ( 1-2 tsp)
    10. Black pepper (to taste) 
    11. Kashmiri red chili ( to taste or just for color)
    12. Red chili sauce (2 tbsp)
    13. Vinegar (1 tsp)
  • Procedure
    1. Boil the noodles in hot water as per instructions on the packet until they are almost cooked. Drain the excess water.
    2. Add a little oil and 1 tsp of garlic powder. Mix it well and keep it aside 
    3. In a pan or wok now add 2tbsp of oil
    4. Add the finely chopped garlic as well as the grated garlic, onions and stir fry until golden
    5. Add green chili and Dry red chili paste (or crushed)
    6. Stir fry the contents for about a minute and add vegetables of your choice including cabbage, beans, and bell peppers, all finely chopped
    7. Continue till the vegetables are cooked and then add 1tbsp salt and pepper to taste
    8. Once done, add 1tsp Kashmiri red chili powder just for aesthetics
    9. Add the red chili sauce, soy sauce, and a dash of vinegar. Ajnomoto or MSG to enhance the taste (purely optional)
    10. Now add the noodles. Toss and garnish with spring onions.Serve hot!
  • Note: If you don’t want it too spicy, you may de-seed the red chili. I genuinely like it without the vegetables to devour the flavorful main dish Kashmiri red chili powder adds vibrant color to the dish

5. VEGAN RAMEN NOODLES

Vegan Ramen
Source: Today.com

A flavorful variant of noodles from Japan, which has noodles in a soupy base or as they call it the broth. It’s a rich source of protein and is a very healthy option for all the fitness enthusiasts out there.

  • Ramen Main Ingredients
    1. Onion ( 1 no)
    2. Spring onions ( 3-4 nos) – sliced
    3. Ginger (1-2 inches) – grated
    4. Carrot (1/2 to 1 no) – sliced
    5. Mushroom (6-7 pieces) – diced
    6. Tofu ( 250 grams)
    7. Bread crumbs (100 grams)
    8. Garlic (4-5 cloves) 
    9. Soy sauce ( 2 tbsp)
    10. Sesame oil ( 1 tsp) 
    11. Salt (To taste)
    12. Black pepper ( To taste)
  • Procedure
    • Ramen broth
      1. In a saucepan, add 1tbsp and let it heat
      2. Add diced onion, grated ginger, chopped garlic, chopped spring onions, and about half of the mushrooms.  
      3. Add 1 tsp of salt, 1 tsp black pepper, MSG (purely optional)
      4. To this add 2tbsp soy sauce
      5. Let this cook on simmer while until tha little thick
      6. Once the broth is ready cook the ramen separately and add a tsp of dark soy sauce and sesame oil to it.
    • Stir-fried vegetables
      1. Stir fry sliced carrot only till its crunchy (don’t overcook) and keep it separately
      2. Add in the leftover diced mushrooms and cook in 1 tsp of dark soy sauce for a rich taste.
      3. For the tofu, add it to bread crumbs and pan fry until brown and crispy. It gives the dish a nice crunchy twist.
    • Note: Paneer or tofu should be coated with bread crumbs only when the broth is ready.
    • Serve
      1. Add ramen to the bowl, add approximately 1 cup of broth for 1 serving of noodles
      2. Top it with veggies , with a dash of lemon.
      3. Add the crispy Tofu/Paneer in the end.
      4. Serve hot

While for most western countries, Noodles has become their most popular take-out item, many countries have a different take on this classic dish. If your country has a tastier variation of noodles, please feel free to reach out to me in the comments section below.

Bon Appétit

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