Friday, January 16, 2009

Stir fry mixed vegetable peanut noodles


Happy New Year to everybody !! I know I am a bit late , but better late than never. This year I made a resolution to eat healthy (as most of the people I see on weight loss ads on TV) :)) . Let me see how much I can control my cravings. I followed one diet, learned few good things and few not so good things about that diet. I have a book purchased on low-fat cooking andthat's something I look forward to everyday these days.


Recently we bought some Imitation Egg Noodles for the first time. Both me and V are great fans of Maggi Noodles, and every time we do our Indian grocery , V makes sure he buys at least 3 Maggi packets. This time we did our Indian grocery in a Chinese store (have to say, they sell it much cheaper than the Indian stores). They had all sorts of Asian spices and condiments. In the Thailand Isle (yes they had Korean, Thai, Philippines, Japanese, and Indian (have to say most of their customers were Indian ;-) ] we found this imitation Egg noodles for just 99 cents. We thought of trying this out.


I am very fond of Chinese food (not like a daily basis), especially their delicious Soup and spicy dishes like Kung Pao , and Lo Mein. I love Kung Pao mainly because of the spicy and tasty peanuts they put. It adds a nice crunch to the whole dish. Lo Mein is another of my favorite dish. I decided to make a vegetarian version of Lo Mein (Indian style). I sliced and diced one Red Bell Pepper , Onion, Carrots, Mushroom, a little tofu. Slit 5-6 green chillies, mashed some garlic and grated fresh ginger.

Cooked the noodles in lots of water with a 2 tablespoons olive oil and a little salt, until soft and done and drained. Then I added 3-4 tablespoons olive oil to a hot wok, spread the oil to coat the entire wok. Added the peanuts, green chillies , garlic, and ginger, reduced flame to medium, stir fried until chillies become a bit pale. Then I added the rest of the vegetables, diced tomatoes, and salt and stir fried until everything cooked, added tofu , spices (1/2 teaspoon of coriander powder, chilly powder), 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1/4 teaspoon sugar. Stir fried and mixed everything until cooked. Lowered the fire to medium-low. Added the noodles, mixed well with the rest of the ingredients. Stir fried Noodles ready.

13 comments:

Yasmeen said...

Have a wonderful new year,hope you succeeded on eating healthy resolution.Love the Chinese noodles,the chillies do make them nice and hot:)

Cham said...

Happy New Year! You are right in MA , Indian grocery are expensive compare to Chinese. We use to go Lowell ,MA vietnamese shop , u get all Indian veggies for cheap price.
Love Peanut spicy noodle. Good resolution!

Marina said...

Hi..thanks for sharing...it's easy to make and a healthy one also...

Truth Serum said...

You can even use leftover cold spaghetti or cappelini to make this dish.
Also at the Chinese and Japanese grocers you can get wonderful fresh noodles.

Divya Kudua said...

Noodles with peanuts...sounds new to me.Here,I have had noodles with sprouts in a famous Chinese restaurant and loved it..looks like am gonna love this one too!!Happy new year to you too and good to see you back..;-)

ranji said...

Thats an eyecatching snap roopa..love the combo of noodles and roasted peanuts!!!they look so appealing..:)..delicious!!!

AnuSriram said...

Wow.. thats a tempting picture..Looks delicious...

Suma Rajesh said...

noodles with peanuts sounds interesting...ur snaps make me drool and mouth watering....

Cynthia said...

Roopa that is an awesome bowl of delicious noodles.

Roopa said...

Yasmeen, thank you dear, yes I am still trying to eat healthy, though temptation takes out the best of me, but I still manage to keep up the health food ratio.

Cham, yes the chinese groceries are much economical than the Indian, we go to the Burlington Chinese grocery as thats near.

Marina, thank you dear :)

Truth Serum, yes you are absolutely right, this can be modified using Pasta too, I am planning to post a Potato Salad soon with Pasta.

Divya, yes I too have had noodles with sprouts, I love those sprouts a lot, never had much in India though. Thanks for the welcome :) Nice to see you too :)

Ranji, Anushriram, Suma, Cynthia, Thanks a lot friends :)

Cham said...

I lived in Burl. area :)

Roopa said...

Hey thats nice to know :) I guess then that the Lowell Vietnamese shop must be cheaper than this Chinese grocery we visit. We dont have any of these in Framingham. So you are in CA now? I bet thats like a New Jersey area with cheaper Indian grocery, right?

Trupti said...

noodles looks very delicious roopa & nice photos

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