Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Schezwan Noodles Recipe


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Recipe type: main
Cuisine: indo chinese, indian street food
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients (american measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
for cooking the noodles:
  • 150 grams hakka noodles or plain noodles, 1 pack of noodles
  • 5 cups of water to cook noodles
  • 1 to 2 tsp oil to coat the noodles
  • 2 to 3 drops of oil to be added while heating water.
other ingredients:
  • 1.5 to 2 cups finely chopped vegetables (a mix of carrots, beans, cabbage, mushrooms, capsicum/green bell pepper)
  • OR
  • 1 medium carrot/gajar, finely chopped
  • 2-3 small spring onions or 1-2 medium spring onions or ¼ cup spring onions, finely chopped, reserve the greens for garnish
  • 8-10 french beans, about ⅓ cup finely chopped french beans
  • 1 small capsicum/green bell peppers/shimla mirch, finely chopped
  • 7-8 mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 3-4 garlic/lahsun finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp schezwan sauce, you can add more for a more spicy taste
  • ¼ to ½ tsp black pepper or as required
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar or regular white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 to 1.5 tbsp of spring onion greens
  • 2 tbsp oil for stir frying
  • salt as required

1. boil enough water in a pot or pan with some salt and a few drops of oil.
boil water to make schezwan noodles
2. add the noodles in the hot boiling water.
add noodles in water
3. no need to break the noodles. atleast i don’t break the noodles. i have used hakka noodles here, but you can use any good quality noodles.
noodles in water
4. cook the hakka noodles according to the package instructions.
cook the noodles
5. when the noodles are just about cooked, meaning al dente, its time to strain them.
cooked noodles
6. strain the noodles in a colander.
wash the noodles
7. rinse the noodles in running water very well. this method stops the cooking process and removes the starch.
wash noodles in running water
8. add oil to noodles.
add oil to noodles
9. toss the noodles gently, so that the oil gets coated evenly on the noodles. this method gets rid of stickiness from the noodles. keep aside covered and let the noodles cool completely before you add them to the stir fried veggies.
toss the noodles well
10. heat oil in a pan or wok. on medium heat, add the garlic and saute for a few seconds.
saute garlic - making schezwan noodles recipe
11. increase the flame and then add the finely chopped spring onions/scallions whites. stir fry on a high heat for about 1 minute.
add onions - making schezwan noodles recipe
12. add the  french beans.
add french beans - making schezwan noodles recipe
13. keep on stir frying on high flame for about 3 to 4 minutes.
making schezwan noodles recipe
14. add the remaining veggies – finely chopped carrots, capsicum (green bell pepper), mushrooms. you can even add cabbage. i added the veggies which were there in the kitchen.
making schezwan noodles recipe
15. keep on stir frying the veggies on the high flame.
making schezwan noodles recipe
16. stir fry for about 7 to 8 minutes till the edges of the veggies start to slightly brown. i usually prefer the veggies to be cooked more. you can cut down on the stir frying time, if you prefer half cooked or more crunchy veggies.
making schezwan noodles recipe
17. now reduce the flame to medium heat and add schezwan sauce, salt and black pepper. the amount of schezwan sauce can be added as per your taste.
making schezwan noodles recipe
18. add the hakka noodles in batches and stir fry.
making schezwan noodles recipe
19.  increase the flame and keep on tossing and stir frying the noodles till the schezwan sauce coats all the noodles well.
making schezwan noodles recipe
20. add rice vinegar or white vinegar and mix well.
making schezwan noodles recipe
21. add the chopped spring onion greens to schezwan noodles. stir.
making schezwan noodles recipe
22. serve schezwan noodles hot in serving bowls or plates. you can accompany some more schezwan sauce in separate small bowls, if people want to have a more helping of spice in their food.

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