Green Noodles, or Noodles With Mint Paste

Updated on November 20, 2019
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Green noodles, or noodles with mint paste.
Green noodles, or noodles with mint paste.

About Green Noodles

In this recipe, mint leaves are ground with onions, cashews, pepper powder, garlic and lemon juice to give a wonderfully tangy and spicy flavor. Easy to prepare, yet very flavorful, this dish makes for a filling and tasty meal.

Kids love noodles, so this recipe is a great way to sneak some greens into their diet. Serve this for dinner or as a packed lunch, and you will see how they clean their plates!

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: Serves 2 people 250 grams of noodles

Ingredients

  • 250 grams noodles
  • 3-4 cups water, to boil and cook
  • salt, to taste
  • 1-2 teaspoon olive oil, or as needed
  • 1 bunch mint leaves (pudina), washed
  • 8-10 cashew nuts
  • 1-2 onions, roughly chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, skins removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder, or to taste
  • 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  1. In a wide pan or pot, boil 2-3 cups of water. Add salt and 1/2 teaspoon of oil and bring it to boil over high flame. Once the water has boiled, add noodles. Cook over medium flame till it is al dente, or just cooked. It may take about 2-5 minutes depending on the type of noodles you are using. (Follow the cooking instructions on the noodle packaging.)
  2. Reserve 1/2 cup of water for later use. Drain noodles in colander, rinse under cold water and set aside.
  3. Roughly chop onions and remove garlic skins. Pluck fresh mint leaves, discard stems, wash leaves, and set aside.
  4. In a pan, heat olive oil. Add onion and garlic. Saute till brown.
  5. Add cashews. Fry till brown. Let them cool.
  6. Transfer the fried mixture to a mixer jar. To this add mint leaves, pepper powder, salt, and lemon juice. Grind to smooth paste (add a little water if required).
  7. Add the ground paste back to the pan, and heat over low flame for 3-4 minutes, or till the raw smell of mint leaves dissipates.
  8. Add cooked and drained noodles to the pan. Toss well till all the noodles are coated with the paste. You can add more salt and pepper powder at this stage if you like. Sprinkle some reserved water (from the cooked noodles) if you feel your noodles are too dry.
  9. Serve and enjoy.

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In a wide pan or vessel, add water.Add 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Boil water over high flame.Add noodles to the boiling water and cook the noodles according to the instructions on the package. (I cooked it for 1-2 minutes over medium flame till al dente.)Drain cooked noodles in a colander and wash under cold water. Reserve some cooking water for later use.Roughly chop the onions and peel the skins off the garlic. Set aside.Pluck fresh leaves from stems, wash to remove dirt, and set aside.Heat oil in a pan. Add onion and garlic. Fry till onion turns translucent.Add cashews. Saute till they turn golden brown. Set aside to cool.In a blender or mixer jar, add washed mint leaves.Add fried onion-garlic-cashew mixture, salt, and pepper powder.Squeeze the half lemon.Grind to smooth paste.Pour the ground paste in the pan and heat over low flame for 3-4 minutes till raw smell of mint paste goes off.Add cooked and drained noodles.Toss well till all noodles are coated with mint paste. Add water if you feel your noodles are too dry.Tasty and healthy green noodles are ready to serve.
In a wide pan or vessel, add water.
In a wide pan or vessel, add water.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Boil water over high flame.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Boil water over high flame.
Add noodles to the boiling water and cook the noodles according to the instructions on the package. (I cooked it for 1-2 minutes over medium flame till al dente.)
Add noodles to the boiling water and cook the noodles according to the instructions on the package. (I cooked it for 1-2 minutes over medium flame till al dente.)
Drain cooked noodles in a colander and wash under cold water. Reserve some cooking water for later use.
Drain cooked noodles in a colander and wash under cold water. Reserve some cooking water for later use.
Roughly chop the onions and peel the skins off the garlic. Set aside.
Roughly chop the onions and peel the skins off the garlic. Set aside.
Pluck fresh leaves from stems, wash to remove dirt, and set aside.
Pluck fresh leaves from stems, wash to remove dirt, and set aside.
Heat oil in a pan. Add onion and garlic.
Heat oil in a pan. Add onion and garlic.
Fry till onion turns translucent.
Fry till onion turns translucent.
Add cashews. Saute till they turn golden brown. Set aside to cool.
Add cashews. Saute till they turn golden brown. Set aside to cool.
In a blender or mixer jar, add washed mint leaves.
In a blender or mixer jar, add washed mint leaves.
Add fried onion-garlic-cashew mixture, salt, and pepper powder.
Add fried onion-garlic-cashew mixture, salt, and pepper powder.
Squeeze the half lemon.
Squeeze the half lemon.
Grind to smooth paste.
Grind to smooth paste.
Pour the ground paste in the pan and heat over low flame for 3-4 minutes till raw smell of mint paste goes off.
Pour the ground paste in the pan and heat over low flame for 3-4 minutes till raw smell of mint paste goes off.
Add cooked and drained noodles.
Add cooked and drained noodles.
Toss well till all noodles are coated with mint paste. Add water if you feel your noodles are too dry.
Toss well till all noodles are coated with mint paste. Add water if you feel your noodles are too dry.
Tasty and healthy green noodles are ready to serve.
Tasty and healthy green noodles are ready to serve.

More About Green Noodles

  • Add noodles only when the water is boiling well. Add only a very small amount of oil to the water.
  • You can add some cream to this dish to give it a creamy texture.
  • You can use freshly ground black pepper or store-brought pepper powder.
  • Add a generous amount of pepper powder if you want spicy green noodles.
  • You can mix mint leaves with coriander leaves, too.
  • Garnish it with green onions (optional).

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 410
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Carbohydrates 60 g20%
Sugar 3 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 5 g10%
Sodium 700 mg29%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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    • Shwetha raashi profile imageAUTHOR

      Shwetha bhat 

      7 months ago from Bengaluru

      Thanks for your words. Please do try and I am sure you will love it.

    • lizmalay profile image

      Liza 

      7 months ago from USA

      I never had anything like this before and I bet it's yummy! Thanks for sharing an interesting recipe.

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