Sesame Vegetable Noodles

Sunday is the day I hate to spend in the kitchen. Its a day meant to be lazy or go outing. But, hunger never takes a day off and I am forced to cook something or the other and hence its always a quick dish on weekends. This week we planned to take our lil angel to the zoo to show her the ‘real’ animals. She has been reading from her alphabet book and can recognize almost all the animals from it. She was excited at the prospect of seeing the animals. She is always eager to go out and enjoy her self. Enjoyment for her is running around the street without holding my hands and singing to her self some tune she makes up, waving to people who say Hai or Bye and most important of all not being told to sit in her crib!!!

So, since we planned to go out, I wanted a quick fix and all that came to my mind was noodles. With the seasonal veggies or any veggie at hand and tossing in a few tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds, a nutritious yet quick meal is ready.

You need:

1. Wheat noodles - 1 pack
2. Veggies – 1 cup, chopped [I used carrot, beans, boiled corn, potato]
3. Spring onions - 2 tablespoons, finely chopped
4. Spring onion greens - 1 tablespoon, finely chopped
5. Capsicum - 1/2, chopped
6. Garlic - 2 pods, chopped
7. Ginger - 1/2 a teaspoon, grated
8. Tomato - 1 small, chopped
9. Onion-1 small, chopped
10. Soya sauce - 1 teaspoon
11. Chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
12. Jeera - 1/2 teaspoon
13. Sesame seeds - 1 tablespoon, toasted
14. Sesame seed oil - 1 teaspoon
15. Salt to taste

Steps to follow

1. Microwave the veggies [I used carrots, beans and potato] for 5 minutes or until soft. Alternatively you can pressure cook the veggies.
2. Similarly fill a large bowl with water and put in the noodles and microwave for 5 minutes or till done. Alternatively you can use a pan filled with water and boil the noodles till done. Drain the noodles and run it under cold water and keep aside.
3. Heat a pan with oil and put in the jeera
4. When it crackles, add the onion, garlic, spring onions and ginger and sauté till the onion is soft.
5. Add the capsicum and stir for a minute and then put in the tomatoes.
6. Cook till the tomato is mushy.
7. Add the soya sauce and chilli powder, cooked veggies, boiled corn and mix well and let it cook till the raw smell of chilli powder disappears, around 2 minutes.
8. Add salt. [But remember that the soya sauce also contains salt so check before you add salt to the dish]
9. Put in the cooked noodles and mix well.
10. Stir for 2 minutes and remove from flame.
11. Keep aside 1 teaspoon sesame seeds and put in the rest to the noodles and stir.
12. Just before serving garnish with spring onion greens and the remaining sesame seeds.

Relish the healthy noodles…..

This breakfast dish is also for my event Think Spice -Think Sesame Seeds!

Anyways, lil angel had a nice time in the zoo for she saw all the animals pictured in her alphabet book except the elephant but I don’t think she minded that. After a long walk around the zoo and the playing games in the park nearby, lil angel fell asleep on the way home.

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