Vegetable Hakka Noodles in Chili Lemon Sauce

There are several ingredients you can add to your noodles. It all depends on the taste that you are looking for at that point of time. For now, chili lemon sauce sounded good in my head,  so I thought of giving it a try. It turned out great. The recipe was flavorsome and nutritious too because of all the vegetables I added to my noodles. Although, this time I used store-bought red chili sauce. You can also make chili sauce at home. Here is the link to one of my chili sauce recipes – Cayenne Pepper Garlic Chutney. Lemon juice gives the recipe a fresh taste in place of adding vinegar. Once again I would say the same thing I do for mostly all my recipes – feel free to add your favorite vegetables and you will definitely end up creating a new recipe which you’ll be proud of. :)

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Ingredients

1 packet Hakka Noodles

1 spring onion cut in julienne

1 medium sized red onion

½ carrot cut into thin strips

Green, yellow and red bell-pepper cut in julienne

1 cup finely shredded cabbage

1 finely chopped green chili

A handful of cottage cheese cubes

5-6 cloves of finely chopped garlic

1 tsp finely chopped ginger

Red chili sauce

Juice of 1 lemon

A pinch of asafetida

2 tbsp refined oil

Salt to taste

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Method

  • Heat oil in a wok and brown the cottage cheese. Keep aside. This step is not necessary. You can skip it.
  • Boil noodles in another vessel while sauteing vegetables.
  • Next, add asafetida, ginger, garlic and green chili. Saute on a medium flame and add onions. Increase the flame. Add salt to taste.
  • Add cabbage and carrot; let it cook for 1 minute or so on a high flame.
  • Add bell-peppers cottage cheese and red chili sauce.
  • Add boiled noodles, lemon juice and spring onion leaves. Mix well. Give it a taste.

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The whole cooking process has to go very quickly. It tastes better if you leave your vegetables crunchy. It gives texture and body to your noodles. Moreover, they will taste better too. :)

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Enjoy :)

Broccoli and Cream on Toast

This recipe I have come up with is really simple. It requires very little cooking time and can be made in a jiffy. It is definitely nutritious, and we all know how healthy greens are for your body. Feel free to add your own veggies for your toppings like zucchini, mushrooms and bell-peppers. Red and yellow color would just make the topping more colorful and appealing. Green chili gives the topping a slight kick which is good. Do give it a try. It is delicious. ;) Adjust the quantity of the ingredients according to your liking.

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This is what you will need:-

Ingredients (Makes 3)
11/2 cup broccoli
1 medium-sized red onion (roughly chopped)
1 finely chopped green chili
A handful of green beans
A few sprigs of coriander
3 tbsp fresh cream
Grated Processed Cheese
1 tsp Olive Oil
Chili flakes, freshly cracked black pepper and salt for seasoning

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Method

  • To make the topping, heat olive oil in a pan.
  • Add onions and green chili. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and sauté on low-medium flame until translucent.

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  • Next, add green beans and broccoli. Sprinkle a handful of water and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. We want the keep the filling slightly crunchy. You can even blanch them beforehand and add them to the onions along with rest of the ingredients.

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  • Add fresh cream, seasoning of your choice and grated cheese. Mix well and add coriander.

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  • Place the topping on your toast. You can even use toasted garlic bread. Butter it and toast well.

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Enjoy :)

Easy: Vegetables in Penne Pasta

Sometimes you wish for something and you get something else in return totally unexpected. That is how unpredictable life is. I believe food and life are very similar to each other. You can make anything out of it. Be it a complete mess or something nice and beautiful! Something worth tasting. :) Usually, you need a particular sauce to go with your plain boiled pasta. But, what if you don’t want to make any? No worries, this pasta I’ve made here doesn’t  require you to make any kind of sauce and is quick and easy to prepare. Oh! And of course, delicious too. No compromising on taste. Feel free to use your own choice of vegetables.

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Ingredients (Serves 2-3)

Penne Pasta

250 ml milk

1 medium-sized onion (julienne)

3-4 cloves of finely chopped garlic

2 cubes processed cheese

¼ chopped capsicum

½ carrot cut in small cubes

1 bowl of Button Mushrooms

½ cup of cottage cheese cut in cubes

1 finely chopped green chilli

2 tbsp Olive Oil

Salt to taste

Freshly ground Black pepper

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Method

  • Add pasta to a pot of boiling water. Add salt and a tsp of Olive oil. Let it cook al dente.

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  • Heat Olive oil in a seperate pan. Add garlic and green chilies. Saute for a minute or two on a high flame.
  • Add onions and a pinch of salt
  • Next, add cottage cheese, carrots, mushrooms and any other veggies of your choice except capsicum. Let them cook on a medium flame. Add cheese cubes cut in small pieces (so that they melt easily).
  • Add milk and bring it to a boil.

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  • Add pasta and capsicum.  Mix well. Sprinkle freshly ground black pepper and hog onto it with buttered garlic bread! Slurp :p

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Happy cooking! :)

Mushroom Pulao

Mushrooms and rice go really well together. You can add various other vegetables like green beans, carrots, cauliflower, etc. to make a different version of your own. I usually don’t like to keep a fixed recipe. Most of the times I add ingredients according to my taste buds at that point of time. That way one can come up with fresh recipes every single time. Hope you all like this one. :)

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This is what you will need:-

Ingredients

½ cup Basmati Rice

1 cup diced button mushrooms

1 medium-sized red onion cut in julienne

2-3 garlic cloves

1 green chilli

1 tsp finely chopped ginger

¼ cup diced capsicum

2-3 sprigs of fresh coriander

3-4 black peppercorns

Shahi biryani masala (Everest)

1 pinch asafetida

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tbsp clarified butter

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Salt to taste

Method

  • Heat clarified butter in a vessel. Add cumin seeds and asafetida. Saute on a medium-high flame.
  • Add ginger, garlic and green chilli. Saute for 2 minutes.

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  • Next, add onions and sauté until they turn translucent.

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  • Add button mushrooms

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  • Next, add rice, biryani masala, black peppercorns, salt to taste and around one cup water.

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  • Cover the vessel with a lid and let it cook on a medium low flame for 5-7 minutes. Check at regular intervals. Add more water if required. Give it a taste to see if rice is properly cooked.

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  • Add fresh lemon juice and finely chopped coriander. Have with any nice Indian gravy or curd.

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Happy Cooking! :)

Travelling Places: Mumbai

Travel has always been one of my biggest passions after food. The world has so much to offer. There are things we don’t know even exist. So many new things to explore. Once you get the taste of it, you just don’t want to stop. The curiosity and excitement just builds up more and more.

Mumbai is definitely one of my top favorites on my bucket list. I have always been fascinated by the tall buildings, lifestyle and the overall culture of this place. Having gotten a chance to live in Mumbai is like a dream come true for me. 😄 It simply wants to make me believe that sometimes wishes do come true. One just has to believe in them and work towards making them come true. Leave the rest to fate. If it is meant to happen, it will happen in some way or the other.

Starting from scratch in a new city can be a bit overwhelming initially, but it gets better with time. Everyday is like an adventure, not knowing what lies ahead of you. There are new places to explore, new people to meet, new friends to make and a lot more. I guess that is the beauty of living in a new place.

Now that I have almost settled, I will soon get down to publishing new recipes regularly. So, stay tuned and have a happy weekend :).