Chilli Garlic Noodles with Vegetables

Chilli Garlic Noodles with Vegetables

Noodles are versatile and are the best when you want a quick dinner. Simply toss some veggies or meat in with some sauce and your meal is ready. One evening, at the grocery store, I found these vegetable noodles. They looked like the kind you make pad thai with. The flat and slightly thicker ones. I bought a packet for myself to make a quick dinner. It was a chilly evening and I knew I wanted something spicy, chilli garlic like, and easy to put together.

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Chicken Poached in Tea and Coconut Broth

Chicken Poached in Tea and Coconut Broth

Chicken Poached in Tea and Coconut Broth

This sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? But it isn’t. This chicken poached in tea and coconut broth started off as a disaster but I salvaged it. It was originally supposed to be a tea smoked chicken dish but the smoking bit didn’t go as planned. So I used the tea in the broth that the chicken was poached in. This tea from Ausum is perfect for a broth like this since it is a blend of lemongrass, ginger, spearmint, Darjeeling green tea, and others. It complimented the lemongrass flavoured coconut broth. Ausum sent me some of their blends and as much as I like drinking the tea as it is, particularly in this weather, I figured I’d work some into a recipe like this.

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Tofu and Egg Fried Rice – Makeover for leftovers

Tofu and Egg Fried Rice

Tofu and Egg Fried Rice – Makeover for leftovers

Remember that tofu scramble I made the other day? No? Go read that first and then talk to me. Anyway, I had a bunch of leftovers from that so as the leftovers queen that I am, I made fried rice with it. I had just about half a cup of the tofu scramble so I decided to add eggs to the mix to increase the quantity. I had cooked rice from the night before. Looks like I was all set, no? No. I ran out of soy sauce and fish sauce. My two essentials for Indian-Chinese cooking. But I needed a sauce. So I mixed char siu, rice vinegar, and chilli sauce together and stirred it into the fried rice.

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Tofu Scramble with Vegetables and Vermicelli

Tofu Scramble

Tofu Scramble with Vegetables and Vermicelli

This recipe, like most recipes, doesn’t come with a backstory like how I saw the tofu and lightning struck along with the idea of scrambling it with vegetables. No. It was simply out of sheer laziness and stomach rumbling hunger that made me cook at lightning speed. And once I cooked the tofu scramble and veggies together in some randomly mixed sauce, I realized I needed to eat it with something or else I’d get hungry soon after I’d wash my plate. What cooks faster than regular noodles? Vermicelli. 5 mins. Done.

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Turmeric Chicken Noodle Bowl

Turmeric Chicken Noodle Bowl

Turmeric Chicken Noodle Bowl

It’s that time of the year again when the city chokes on smog and gives you little hints of winter on the side. Delhi winters are lovely and I can’t wait for the smog to clear up and for the real fog to hinder my visibility. Not to forget the layers and layers of clothes to be buried under. But it’s soup season, so all is well. Let me bring you turmeric chicken noodle bowl. Why turmeric, you wonder? It’s because I had some leftover chicken in its turmeric, chilli powder, ginger-garlic paste, and green chilli marinade.

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Spicy Peanut Chicken/Chicken in peanut sauce

Spicy peanut chicken recipe

Spicy Peanut Chicken Recipe

The best thing about having Asian sauces in your fridge and pantry is that you can whip up a really good meal in just a few minutes. This spicy peanut chicken recipe is the result of a jar with just a spoon of peanut butter, fish sauce, char siu sauce, soy, and chilli paste. It’s one of the quickest meals I’d fixed myself in recent days. And I cannot put into words how much I loved it. You can tweak the sauce too. If you don’t have char siu, use oyster or hoisin. If you don’t have any of those, simply use peanut butter, soy, chilli paste, and honey.

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Thai Style Chilli Basil Chicken

Thai Style Chilli Basil Chicken

Thai Style Chilli Basil Chicken Recipe

Thai food is delicious. With all the spices and strong flavours, it only seems hard to make but it isn’t. Of course, we won’t find all the authentic ingredients here but we can get really close. Like, there’s galangal, Thai chillies and others you can find in the market today. Throw in some lemon leaves and lemongrass and you’ll have some real Thai taste. Also, this recipe can be made in just a few minutes so it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner or a lazy Sunday lunch.

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Shiitake and Tofu Stir Fry

Shiitake and Tofu Stir Fry

Shiitake and Tofu Stir Fry

Yes, the looks like one sad pile of brown things that didn’t belong together. However, they tasted pretty good. And that’s because shiitake is so flavourful, it could lift any boring dish. This was my first time cooking shiitake and I wanted to pair it with something that wouldn’t take away from it. Enter, tofu. Tofu essentially soaks up anything that’s around it. Simply put these two together with some soy, chilli, ginger and garlic. Easy and quick dinner in under 20 mins.

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Crushed Cucumber Salad with a Soy Miso Dressing

crushed cucumber salad

Crushed Cucumber Salad with a Soy Miso Dressing

It’s what you think it is. Cucumber, crushed and served with a dressing. As simple as that. I recently saw someone on I follow and admire on Twitter post her meal which had this cucumber crushed and served on the side. Given how hot it still is in this part of the country, a cucumber salad seemed ideal. Well, I took it to my friend’s place and it was a hit. You can make this is in 5-8 minutes and is a great addition to your dinner.

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Fiery Prawn Noodle Soup

Fiery prawn noodle soup

Fiery Prawn Noodle Soup Recipe

I’ve always hesitated to buy seafood in Gurgaon because, well no sea. But since I’m currently unemployed with no place to be and nothing else to do, I thought I’d buy some good looking seafood and cook some delicious things. Some big prawns and blue crab caught my fancy at the supermarket and I promptly picked them up. The prawns were plump and gorgeous, costing just about the same as they do back home. So did the blue crab. Anyway, with the prawns, I knew what I wanted to do. A spicy Thai style fiery noodle soup. That’s also because I spotted some fresh Thai red chillies.

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