I know, I’m sharing the recipe after many many days. But trust me I missed sharing on what I cooked in these past few days as much as you missed reading my blogs 😀 . I’ll be on my next trip again but I’ll be back soon and as regular as I was earlier in writing and sharing more recipes, reviews and kitchen tips.
Chow mein is something I would love to have at least once in a month or may be twice. I always prefer chow mein over plain noodles. Well… making chow mein would save you from making any other side dish like Manchurian. Plus if you have kids at home, excluding you 😉 , they will surely enjoy this Chinese-turned-into-Indian dish.
I have been making Chow mein since long. It’s the third cuisine I learnt to cook after tehri and chai. The best thing I like about Veg Chow mein is the mix of vegetables and the perfect mix of sauces – tomato, chilly and soya – make it a delicious cuisine out of the noodles.
How to Make Veg. Chow mein at Home
Making Chow mein is no Herculean task, always remember this. All you need to do is to follow the below-given steps to be organized and perfect.
Time Taken for – preparation – 30 minutes, cooking – 25 minutes; Serves 5-6 plates
- 300 gm Veg Noodles
- 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, thinly sliced (optional)
- 1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 Green Bell Pepper/Capsicum, thinly sliced
- 1 medium sized onion, roughly sliced in squares
- 2 Carrots, thinly sliced (optional)
- 2 cups Cabbage, thinly sliced
- 3 tbsp Tomato Sauce
- 1 tbsp Chilly Sauce
- 2 tsp Soya Sauce
- 2 tbsp Synthetic Vinegar
- Refined Oil
Let’s start with how you can stay organized with making the Chow mein.
Firstly, chop and cut all the vegetables you need for the Chinese cuisine. Secondly, boil the noodles and keep them aside when they are boiled. Third and the final step is to make the chow mein. Now let’s get started with the recipe.
Boil the Noodles for Chow mein
Take a deep pan, fill 3-4th of the pan with water and bring it to boil. Add 1 teaspoon salt and one tsp refined oil or mustard oil. Now add the noodles and close the lid of the pan.
Keep stirring in between, with the help of tongs. After 10 minutes, check if the noodles are cooked or not.
Now the question is – how to check if the noodles are perfectly boiled or not. Take out one noodle, with the help of your finger try to break it, if it is sticky, it would require some more time else if it breaks softly it’s perfectly done.
If it’s not yet cooked, boil for 5 more minutes. Check again. Do not over boil the noodles. Immediately turn off the stove once the noodles are boiled. Keep a strainer under the running water and strain the noodles. Be careful, they are hot. With the help of your fingers try to separate them. Now, pour 2 tsp of synthetic vinegar and 1 tbsp refined oil and mix with your hands. Keep the noodles aside.
Preparation for Chow mein
Take a big pan or kadhai, add 2 tbsp. refined oil and heat.
Now add onions, bell peppers – green, yellow and red, cabbage and carrot (optional). Fry them on high heat. Stir continuously.
Add 1/2 tsp salt. After 3-4 minutes of stir frying, lower the heat and add 1 tsp vinegar, 2 tsp soya sauce, 2 tbsp tomato sauce and 1 tbsp chilly sauce. Mix the sauces very well with the vegetables.
Slowly add the boiled noodles (we’d kept aside) and mix carefully with the vegetables. Be sure you do not break the noodles while mixing it with the veggies.
Add 1 tbsp tomato sauce and mix it. You can adjust the taste of sauces as per your taste. Cook the veg noodles for 5-10 minutes on low heat.
Serve it hot. And write to me how it was 🙂
— Recipe and Images Shared by Sara Khan