Veg noodles recipe – A quick dinner idea for busy week nights. Making this healthy & delicious vegetable noodles is super easy. It takes only 20 mins to make 2 servings. This also goes great with a saucy Indo chinese side like Gobi manchurian, Veg manchurian, Chilli paneer etc. As such it tastes great on its own even without a side.
You can use any of your favorite veggies like cabbage, carrots, capsicum, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, green peas, bean sprouts and green beans.
The flavors of the noodles made in Chinese restaurants or takeaways is so intense & is very hard to create the same at home.
Large burners, large woks and making individual servings are the 3 main factors for the restaurant noodles to be so flavorful.
In this post I am sharing the details on how to make the best veg noodles with lots of tips & tricks.
1. Bring 5 cups water to a boil in a large pot to cook noodles. I used organic soba noodles (made of wheat flour & buck wheat flour/ kuttu in hindi) which calls for cooking for 4 minutes. You can simply follow the instructions on your pack for the cooking time.
Do not overcook as they turn mushy. While the noodles cook shred the veggies. I used about 2 heaped cups of cabbage, 3/4 cups of carrot, 1/4 cup of beans, 3/4 cup capsicum. You can use upto 3 1/2 cups of mixed veggies. Make sure cabbage is well drained.
2. When the noodles are cooked al dente, drain them and rinse with cold water. Drain in a colander & smear 1 teaspoon oil to keep them non sticky.
How to make veg noodles
3. Heat a pan with 2 tablespoons oil on the highest flame. Add 1 tablespoon chopped garlic & 1 to 2 slit green chilies. I also use 1 strand of mace / javitri and star anise. These spices flavor up the noodles and you can easily skip the sauces.
Saute until the garlic smells good, just for a minute. Make sure you use enough green chilies for the heat if you do not prefer to use any sauce else the noodles will be very bland.
4. I skipped onions. If you are using toss them for a minute or 2. Next add all the veggies.
5. Fry stirring often for 2 to 3 minutes. Do not over cook, we want the veggies to be crunchy.
6. Add drained noodles, salt & pepper. Pour soya sauce, hot sauce and vinegar. I skipped the sauces and just drizzled some vinegar. Add some more oil if you prefer. Add salt with caution if you have used it already while boiling.
Frying veg noodles
7. Toss or mix and fry for 2 mins without burning.
If you like your noodles to be slightly tangy, you may add some lemon juice just before serving. But the flavor of vinegar cannot be replicated.
But these veg noodles taste great, just use the right amount or generous amount of oil, salt and green chilies.
I made some fried eggs in the same pan. Set aside the noodles to serving plates. Add 2 tsp oil to the hot pan. Just pour your egg on the hot pan and cook on a low heat until the yolk is partially set.
Flip it and cook until done. Sprinkle some salt and pepper. For step by step photos, you can check this post on fried eggs. Serve veg noodles hot or warm.
Tips to make veg noodles
Noodles : For this recipe you can use any kind of noodles like whole grain, hakka noodles, egg noodles, soba noodles etc. I have used soba noodles here.
High flame is the main factor that lends a smoky aroma to the Chinese dishes. So just like any other Chinese dishes the vegetable noodles recipe has to be prepared on a high flame.
Wok: Most Chinese restaurants use a wok made of carbon steel which also helps to fry the food imparting a smoky aroma. A heavy bottom pan, cast iron skillet or a kadai also work well for home preparations.
Soya sauce is the key ingredient used to make any Chinese noodles to get a umami taste. Choose organic or naturally brewed soya sauce for health reasons. You can also use tamari instead of soy sauce. However you can also avoid it completely if you do not prefer.
Other sauce: I have not used any kind of sauce here, but you can simply add your favorite sauce like chilli sauce, schezwan sauce or sriracha.
You can also skip all the sauces and just add a single strand of mace and a star anise along with garlic. These lend a wonderful aroma to the vegetable noodles.
Tips to cook noodles
- Always bring water to a rolling boil before adding the noodles to the water.
- Use salt and oil only if mentioned on the pack. Some kind of noodles do not require both as they are already salted.
- Cook the noodle al dente without making them mushy. Please follow the instructions on the pack for cook time of the noodles. The cook time varies depending on the kind of noodles.
- Once the noodles are drained to the colander, rinse them well under cold water. Please check the pack of your noodles. Some kind of noodles turn limpy when kept under cold water. So they should not be rinsed.
- You can also smear 1 tbsp oil to the cooked noodles to prevent them from turning sticky.
Veg noodles recipe (Vegetable noodles)
For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
- 2 packs noodles (2 servings (150 to 180 grams))
- ¼ teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil (or sesame oil)
- 1 tablespoon garlic chopped
- 1 to 3 green chili peppers slit (adjust to taste)
- 1 small onion sliced or 3 tbsp spring onions (optional)
- 2 to 3 cups mixed veggies julienned (cabbage, carrots, bell pepper, green beans)
- ½ teaspoon black pepper crushed (powder)
Sauce – optional
- 1 tablespoon soya sauce (or star anise & 1 strand mace)
- 1 teaspoon vinegar (or lemon juice)
- 1 to 2 teaspoon hot sauce (like chilli sauce or sriracha)
- Bring 5 cups water to a rolling boil. Add the noodles and cook them al dente without making mushy. They should be cooked just until done so don't overcook.
- Follow the instructions on the pack for cook time. When they are done, drain them to a colander.
- Rinse them well under running cold water. Sprinkle 1 tsp oil and spread it to the noodles. This prevents them from turning sticky. Set aside.
- While the noodles cook, prepare the veggies & garlic.
Making veg noodles
- Pour oil to a hot wok and regulate the flame to medium high.
- Add garlic and green chilies. Stir fry for 30 seconds and add onions. If using spring onions, add only the white portions.
- Fry them for a minute and then add all the veggies – carrots, bell pepper & cabbage.
- Toss & stir fry on the highest flame for 2 to 3 mins until they are half done yet crunchy.
- Add cooked noodles, pepper and salt. Optional – pour in vinegar, soya sauce & hot sauce if using.
- Toss and stir fry for 2 mins. Serve veg noodles hot or warm.
NUTRITION (estimation only)
- If using mace & star anise, you can skip all the sauces. Add them to the oil along with garlic.
- To skip vinegar, add lemon juice while serving.
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.
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