Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Stir fried noodles - Under 30 minutes

THIS this this is the ultimate lazy person's quick meal. Quicker than a take-out. No kidding. With all the snow, -52F and stuck at home, I am in no mood to spend hours cooking. Though that is a good way of spending time, somehow, I've become this lazy person with my nose in a book. Perfect for a cold brrrr day. 

That was almost ten days ago, I have been meaning to post this, but somehow one thing or the other has kept me away. Between my skype photography lessons, client work and my own life the days seem to blur into nights in a flash. I have never enjoyed photography as much as I am doing this year. I think the classes are so refreshing, thank you for enrolling. Keeps me on my toes.

Between all this, I've been catching up on reading. Right now I am reading two books, both non-dual inquiry. As a teen, I have spent hours learning about Advaita philosophy from my father. Somewhere, between my twenties and now I got distanced from any form of philosophy as life took over. And the same life just pulled me back into it. With such strength, that I willingly got pulled along. The last couple of years, I have started meditating, it has changed my life. I'm just so happy, not that I was ever a sad person, but this happiness has a different texture to it, it has a sense of fulfillment. Earlier, I was outcome driven and now I am more task driven. That really cuts out the anxiety of the outcome and makes the overall experience of doing anything very joy full.

We only live once and we have to be truthful to who we are. There is no perfect life, it is all in the mind and the mind can mislead, often addressed as monkey-mind, needs to get tamed and meditation is a great tool.

Going back to the stir-fried noodles, the sauce is the key. Add any veggies or meat of choice. I have used fettuccine here as I ran out of my favorite brown rice noodles. So pick the noodle of your choice.

Here comes the recipe ....


  • 2 cups,  choice of veggies chopped ( broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, baby spinach. beans) 
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp toasted peanuts
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp orange marmalade or honey
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • a few Szechuan peppers
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups cooked fettuccine or noodle of your choice
  • chopped cilantro for garnish 
  • 1 tbsp milk powder (Vegan option - corn starch)


  • Cook the noodles as per instructions
  • Chop the veggies
  • Mix all the sauces and keep aside. ( soy, marmalade, sriracha, hoisin, a few sesame seeds, milk powder)
  • In a wok heat olive oil, it should be really hot, add the veggies, Szechuan peppers and toss. 
  • Add the noodles and toss some more, now add the sauce
  • Garnish with peanuts, sesame, and chopped cilantro
  • Serve immediately. 

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