My Mom’s with me for a few weeks and reader’s of this blog know, that i try and make something interesting and special while she’s visiting….. it is usually stuff that she really likes, like pav bhaji and dahi vada, or savoury muffins with cheese or recipes she wouldn’t cook/ make herself. Sesame noodles is something we tried at a restaurant in Hyderabad, when we helped fellow blogger N with the househunting she was doing…. i was skeptical when i saw a it looked too simple to be tasty…. it was different from the regular soft noodles as it didnt have any of the multi hued vegetables, just some green onions, and toasted sesame seeds, yet it was simple, full of flavour, not overpowering, and paired well with the spicy vegetable side dish we ordered.K loved it and kept talking about it a couple of times… i tried and recreated it from memory and was quite pleased with the result. I am not sure if this is the recipe the restaurant used, however, this version is very good too.
Amma loves chinese food almost as much I do so it was an easy choice and a few nights ago i decided to make Sesame noodles for our dinner. For the vegetable gravy, i took the easy route and made it with one of the ready made gravy mixes from knorr, instead of making the manchurian vegetable balls (which need to be deep fried and you know how much i try and avoid deep frying anything), i used assorted vegetables cut into bite sized pieces and i think i like this version better than the dumplings. Just saying…. that it may be a tad healthier too…. So if you are looking for something different and yet relatively easy to put together, try these recipes.
Sesame Noodles (serves 3)
time taken : 20 minutes
200 gms vegetable noodles, cooked according to the pack instructions, drained and set aside
3 Tablespoons sesame oil
3 tablespoons white sesame seeds, toasted without oil till just changing colour
salt and pepper to taste
2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 cup spring onions (onion leeks) finely chopped, white and green parts separated
In a wide wok or kadai, heat the sesame oil and add the minced garlic and white parts of the spring onions. Toss till the onions are translucent, add the green parts, reserving a little for the garnish and toss for a few seconds on high heat. Add the cooked and drained noodles and toss on high heat till the noodles are mixed well with the onion and garlic. Add the salt and pepper to taste and continue to toss, ensuring you dont break up the noodles too much. Add the toasted sesame seeds on top and garnish with the reserved leeks. Serve hot with a gravy side dish.
Vegetables in Manchurian Sauce
1 packet readymade manchurian sauce (dry) ( i used Knorr Chinese Make a Meal)
3 cups assorted vegetables – onions, broccoli, cauliflower, babycorn, french beans, mushrooms (you can also add carrots, cabbage, red/ yellow/ green bell peppers etc)
1 teaspoon red chilli sauce
3 cups water
blanch the vegetables (except the mushrooms) in hot water for about 2 minutes, drain and set aside. In a pan, add the 3 cups of water and all the contents of the of the readymade manchurian sauce. Mix well to remove lumps, bring to a boil and add all the vegetables to the gravy. simmer gently for 2-3 minutes and add the chili sauce, check for seasoning. Do not add any salt or soya sauce, because the ready to make packet contains everything. when the gravy begins to thicken and the consistency is to your liking, take off the heat and garnish with a few spring onion leeks. Serve hot with fried rice or noodles.