Soba noodles are made with buckwheat and whole wheat. Definitely healthier than regular noodles. I came across Nigella Lawson’s recipe that called for soba noodles on my Twitter feed and figured I must try something out with soba noodles. Luckily, the grocer near home stocks all kinds of imported products and he had soba and udon noodles as well. You can also find it on Amazon. There’s no real distinct taste these noodles have, but I can say they’re less starchy and don’t feel heavy on the tummy.
I had some leftovers from the broccoli and bell pepper dish I made the previous day, and was looking to use it up in another dish. Also, who doesn’t like a quick meal? I just reheated the broccoli and bell peppers in some sesame oil, cooked a handful of prawns in them with some chilli garlic paste and tossed in cooked soba noodles. Dinner was ready in under 10 mins. That includes the soba noodles’ cooking time. Drizzle some homemade peanut sauce on it and top with crushed peanuts and you have a fantastic meal!
Soba noodles – handful (enough for one portion)
Blanched broccoli – 1/2 cup
Roasted bell peppers – 1/2 cup
Prawns – 1/2 cup (optional)
Chilli garlic paste – 1 tsp
Fish sauce – 2 tbsp (or 2 tsp soy sauce)
Peanuts – handful crushed
Sesame oil – 1 tbsp
Peanut sauce – 1 tbsp
Cook soba noodles in boiling water for exactly 4 minutes and keep aside.
Heat sesame oil and toss the bell peppers in there. Let them get a bit charred.
Throw in the prawns and chilli garlic paste. Stir well and let the prawns cook for around 3-4 minutes.
Add the broccoli at this point and a little salt.
Now add fish sauce or soy sauce and toss the noodles in. Mix well.
Take it off the heat, drizzle the peanut sauce and top with peanuts.