Monday, October 3, 2011

Szechwan Vegetable Noodles - Quick and Easy Recipe

Szechwan (Szechuan/Sichuan) is a province in South Western China. The Sichuan cuisine is known for its bold and spicy taste and hence the name of the dish. This is a simple and easy to make one-pot meal but very elegant for a great meal. I used left-over refrigerated spaghetti to make this. To revive leftover pasta, drop them in a pot of boiling water with a pinch of salt and drain after 2 mins. Be aware of the heat going into this dish because it is super-spicy.
Ingredients:
Serves: 2-3
Thin Spaghetti or any noodles - 1/2 lb
Vegetables - 2 or 3 cups - I used julienned Carrots, Red Bell pepper, Green Bell pepper - You could use Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower and String beans
Soy Sauce - 2 tbsp (I used low-sodium variety)
Lemon Juice - 1 tbsp
White/Brown Sugar - 1 tsp (to counter the spice)
Salt - to taste
Fresh Ground Pepper - 1/4 tsp (If you dare)
Scallions/Spring Onion Greens - For garnish
Sesame oil - 2 tbsp
Spice Mix:
Dry Red Chillies - 3 or 4 (depending on spice level)
Ginger - 1" piece
Garlic - 3 cloves

Method:
Cook the noodles/pasta according to the package directions. Coarsely grind the ingredients under spice mix in a mortar and pestle or a mixer grinder. In a wide skillet, heat the sesame oil in high heat. Add the carrots and bell peppers (and any vegetables) and saute in high heat for 2 to 3 mins. The vegetables would be half cooked but still maintain their crunch when cooked this way. Add the ground spices and mix for about a minute. Add soy sauce and the cooked noodles. Mix well and add salt and lemon juice to taste. Serve hot garnished with spring onions.
Note: I did not have any spring onions at hand so I did not add. You could add 2 eggs to the noodles if desired. Adding black sesame seeds to finish would also give a beautiful touch. The traditional szechuan sauce calls for using vinegar which I substituted with lemon juice.
Sending this to CC-What's for Friday Dinner; Kid's Delight - Party and 100 day Global Food Festival.



And also to Presto Pasta Nights - #234.

41 comments:

  1. wow yummy noodles and lovely clicks kirthi .......

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  2. Looks super delicious and beautiful click...

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  3. I love Szechwan noodle anytime. Nicely presented!

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  4. Such a beautiful dish with lovely colours , awesome presentation Krithi, wish there was a way to taste some of these creations.

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  5. Awesome Picture Kriti. Love the entire bowl.

    Cheers,
    Uma

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  6. It has been quite long since I've had Schezwan noodles. Am missing them!! Very well prepared. Love your bowl and the lightings. Awesome clicks :)

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  7. lovely noodles ...so very tempting...

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  8. Looks delicious and my son's favorite.

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  9. These Schezwan noodles sound and look so yummy and with so much going on in there,this is sure to make everyone have a ravenous appetite for this spicy well presented dish:)!

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  10. Looks delicious.Gotta try this soon.

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  11. looks super yummy.. will give it a try soon:)

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  12. So colorful and delicious noodles !! Thanks for linking to my event !!

    Ongoing Event - CC-What's For Friday Dinner??

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  13. lovely noodles..does'nt appear as spicy as u say:-) I guess i need to be the dare devil to try it though:-)

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  14. Wow looks too yummy and feel like having immediately.

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  15. Noodles look yummy. Noodles and pasta are our favorites.

    Vardhini
    Event: Halloween Fiesta

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  16. lovely presentation. They look very colorfull

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  17. very colourful and delicious .....nice pic

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  18. what a colurful and healthy noodles , looking nice

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  19. that is super colorful and looking good!

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  20. Super easy & deeeliicious!!! A tasty noodles dish ready in a jiffy :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  21. This is one of my favourite indo-chinese foods, a must have at chinese restaurants at India. Nicely presented!

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  22. Wonderful bowl of tempting noodles,seriously ur click makes me hungry..

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  23. very lovely looking bowl...bright and so colorful...

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  24. Looks colorful.........kids favorite

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  25. Pasta is one of my favourite,now I am getting hungry....Nice pictures too.I would like to invite you to join with my event http://foodssrilanka.blogspot.com/2011/09/love-your-food-dont-waste-it-new-event.html
    Appreciate if you join,because it is about using leftover food....

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  26. yummm.. one of my faves.. the pictures are so fresh, that i want to eat them off the screen!
    now i have to make these for snack today..

    Richa @ Hobby And More Food Blog
    Hobby And More on Facebook

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  27. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights. There's a frost warning here so the heat of the dish is much appreciated.

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  28. Love this! So quick and tasty too!!!

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  29. The noodles look very colorful and yummy Kirthi!!

    -Mythreyi
    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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  30. The noodles look perfect, amazing color and lovely blend of flavors and textures. Love it. Though b'lted, Happy Diwali dear..!

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  31. Thanks for the lovely entry, the picture is so beautiful!

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  32. Colorful noodles! Inviting food pics:)
    TastyVegCooking

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