Wishing all my readers A Very Happy & Warm Diwali. May your homes and hearts be filled with the love of your family and friends, your tummies full and your lives happy.
There is nothing that punctures the ego of a food blogger better than a set of terrible pictures! If you know me well enough, some of my best experiments, trials and efforts never make it to the blog because it would have been demolished even before I reached out for the camera. Sometimes, I would have made something which I felt was not blog worthy and after spooning in a mouthful, reached out to take a picture because the recipe / dish surpassed my expectation. Such is the life.
This Asian Style vegetable broth with noodles was made after a tired day, when the last thing I wanted to do was to slave in the kitchen. I put together whatever vegetables I had, seasoned it well and threw in some noodles for a carb kick. It hit home all the right spots and made for a very satisfying dinner. Please pardon the crappy pictures, trust me when I say this soup was excellent.
Buck wheat noodles have a nice texture because they are thicker than refined flour noodles. I happened to have a pack which I used, replace with any noodles of your choice.
Spicy Asian Style Vegetable Broth with Buckwheat Noodles – Serves 2
1 medium Onion (sliced into semi circles)
1/2 cup Yellow Pumpkin (Remove the skin and slice into 1/4 inch thickness)
1/2 cup Mushrooms (I used King mushrooms, use any kind you have)
1/2 cup Spinach (remove the tough stems and chop roughly)
1/2 inch piece of fresh Ginger
1 small fresh red chilli (use dried red chilli soaked in a bit of warm water, discard water before using), crushed with a mortar and pestle
2 sprigs of fresh Basil
1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
freshly crushed pepper to taste
1 teaspoon sesame oil (or vegetable oil)
1 cup cooked Buckwheat Noodles
1 teaspoon of lemon juice (adjust to taste)
Wash and slice/ dice all the vegetables.
Skin and crush the ginger roughly.
Cook the noodles as per the directions on the packet, drain and set aside.
In a deep saucepan, heat the oil and add the crushed ginger & red chilli. Fry for a few seconds, add the sliced onion, pumpkin and mushrooms and saute till the onion has turned translucent. Season with half the salt and pepper.
Add two cups of water and bring to a boil. Simmer on low heat for 10-12 minutes or till the vegetables have cooked through. Skim off any scum that comes to the top with a spoon.
Add the cooked noodles and spinach and take off the heat, cover and let sit for 4-5 minutes.
Spoon into serving bowls, serve hot with a dash of lemon juice and a sprig of fresh basil.