Who does not like chow mein? You? Then probably you have missed a super delicious and easy to cook food. Nowadays chowmein has become a very common and widely accepted food, particularly kid and young people like this food very much. The reason is simple, it is tasty and healthy. You are free to add any vegetables of your choice and your veg chow mein will be ready.
During winter, making veg chow mein is a really great thing to do. Really? 🙂 Ha ha! It is just because of the availability of varieties of fresh vegetables. You may say that nowadays all vegetables are easily available throughout the year. It is correct but those are not fresh and not as good as winter vegetables.
How many times did you try veg chow mein at a restaurant?
You can make your chowmein your own way and you are also doing so. But when we try veg chowmein at different restaurants, every time we realized that they must have some secret recipe, otherwise how they can make such superb tasty food. Right? You must have tried to make same tasty food but you failed. Is it? But here if you try this recipe and follow steps then probably you can make similar food at your home too.
Though veg chowmein has various versions, but restaurant style chowmein is always yummy. Here this recipe is a little bit spicy and you are free to add any seasonal vegetables of your choice.
Veg chow mein at home
Here cauliflower, carrot, beans, green peas, capsicum, green chillies and onion are used as vegetables. Most interestingly here I have added garlic powder, roasted cumin powder, roasted coriander powder and red chilli powder are added to bring the mouth-watering flavor. But without soya sauce, it is always difficult to bring that taste what suits Indian people. You may try without soya sauce but I personally do not like that. Yes, it will work if you leave a little bit gravy with corn flour or any thing else. Fried peanuts work great so add peanuts too. Lemon juice may work in absence of vinegar but something you can smell the lemon flavor. So it would be good if you add lemon little early.
Spinach in veg chow mein?
In the United States people prefer to add spinach (palak) in many foods but in India, people do not like spinach (palak) everywhere, we add spinach only to particular food. Punjabi people use spinach most, they even add spinach in non-vegetarian food too like palak chicken. So if you are too much addicted to spinach you can give spinach a chance to do romance with noodles and produce something great for you. Ha Ha!
Kids and young people like tomato sauce and chilli sauce with veg chow mein, so I added tomato sauce but not chilli sauce as here already enough chillies are added.
Veg Chow mein recipe
- Noodles - 200 gm (whole wheat)
- Cauliflower / ful gobi - ½ cup (small pieces)
- Carrot / gajar - ¼ cup (finely chopped)
- Green peas - 1 tbsp
- Beans - 6-8 (small pieces)
- Capsicum / shimla mirch- ½ piece
- Green chilis - 2 (chopped)
- Onion / pyaz - 1(fry with other vegetables) + 1 (for garnishing)
- Vinegar - 1 tsp
- Soya sauce - 2 tsp
- Peanut - 1 tbsp
- Oil - 1.5 tbsp
- Salt - as needed
- Tomato sauce - as needed (optional)
- Water - enough to cook
- Garlic / lahsun powder - ½ tsp
- Red chili / lal mirch powder - 1 tsp
- Roasted cumin / bhuna jeera powder - 1 tsp
- Roasted coriander / bhuna dhania powder - 1 tsp
- Boil 4-5 cups of water, add salt & 1 tsp oil, now add noodles and boil 6-8 mins
- Now drain residual water and keep boiled noodles aside
- Heat oil in a pan, fry peanuts and all vegetables one by one
- Now add boiled noodles, fry 2-3 mins and add all spices (garlic powder, roasted cumin powder, roasted coriander powder, red chilli powder) one by one and mix with noodles
- Add vinegar and soya sauce to noodles and mix properly
- Now add all fried vegetables and stir with a stick and fry for another 3-4 mins
- Take veg chow mein on serving plates and add tomato sauce (optional)