Spicy Hakka Noodles With a Twist
Noodles Are a Loved Snack
We all know that children love eating noodles. It is their favorite snack. Also, they love chicken nuggets and fried potatoes, better known as French fries. Well, who doesn't?
In this recipe, I have included vegetables, chicken nuggets, and curly fries for a twist. Instead of curly fries, you can use French fries too.
You can also include vegetables other than those mentioned. Most kids don't eat veggies. You can add them to the hakka noodles whole-heartedly. Your kids will be so busy eating that they won't even notice what all is there!
Do you love noodles? What about spices? Well, blend these together accompanied by fresh veggies, chicken nuggets, and curly fries. What do we have? A recipe to love! What are you waiting for? Read on to make this recipe right away.
- 5 Packets of Noodles, Of your Choice
- 4 Cloves of Garlic, Ground
- A Small Piece of Ginger, Ground
- 5 Medium Indian Green Chillies, Ground
- 1 Large Carrot, Shredded/Cut into Thin Slices
- A Handful of Corn Kernels
- 2 Medium Tomatoes, Chopped
- 2 Medium Spring onions, Chop Only the Green Part
- 2 Medium Onions, Chopped
- 8 Pieces Chicken nuggets, Fried
- 2–3 Handfuls of Curly French Fries
- 1 tsp Coriander Powder
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
- A Pinch of Red Chilly Powder, For Color
- Salt, According to your Taste
- 2 tbsp Soya Sauce
- 3 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
- Coriander/Cilantro Leaves, For Garnishing
- Half Lemon, Squeezed (For Tangy Flavor)
Cooking Instructions (Short)
- Boil noodles and strain them. Keep them aside.
- Grind ginger, garlic, chillies, and a little salt together in a mortar and pestle.
- Heat a pan and add oil. Then add onions and ginger-garlic-chili paste, and saute.
- Add spring onions and saute till onion becomes light brown.
- Add the seasonings provided in the noodle packets, salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder, and red chili powder. Stir well.
- Add carrots and corn. Let them cook. Then add tomatoes and let them cook for 2–3 minutes.
- Add soya sauce and tomato ketchup. Stir it for a minute and switch off the gas.
- Squeeze half a lemon on top of this mixture and garnish with coriander leaves.
- Add the boiled noodles, chicken nuggets, and curly fries to this and mix well.
- Serve hot.
1. Boil water. Add the noodles to this hot water, which will help in faster boiling. Once they are done (soft when you touch), keep them aside for straining.
Add a little oil while boiling noodles, so that they don't stick together.
Don't overcook as they become mushy and won't taste good.
2. Fry eight pieces (you can include more, if you want to) of chicken nuggets and a small bowl of curly/regular French fries. You can check whether they are done by cutting a piece. If it cuts through easily, it means it's properly fried.
Before frying, spread the chicken nuggets and curly fries on an absorbant paper towel/tissue paper. Doing so ensures that the items to be fried are dry and no oil drops will splash on you while frying. Hot oil drops sting on contact. Make sure the items are dried well.
3. In a mortar and pestle, add five green chillies (you can add more if you want more spicy flavor), a small piece of ginger and four cloves of garlic. Add a little salt and cumin seeds (optional, you can add them later too) and grind everything together.
Cut the chillies, ginger and garlic cloves into 2–3 pieces before putting them in the mortar and pestle. Doing so facilitates easier grinding. If you don't have a mortar and pestle, you can just make a paste out of these ingredients in a grinding machine.
4. In a pan, take 3–4 tbsp of oil and heat it. Check if it's done by placing a piece of onion; if it sizzles, it means the oil is hot enough. Add the chopped onions, ginger-garlic-chilly paste and saute.
5. Add spring onions (ensure that you have chopped only the green part) and saute till onion turns from light purple to light brown.
6. Add the seasonings (if provided) in the noodle packets, salt (accordingly as you have already added while grinding), turmeric powder, coriander powder and red chilly powder (optional, for color). Stir everything well.
Add salt accordingly as you have already added while grinding. The noodle packets contain seasonings which are salty too. Make sure the amount of salt is appropriate. No one wants to eat salty noodles!
7. Add shredded carrots and a handful of corn kernels. Let the mixture cook until carrots turn a little soft.
Cut the Carrots
If you don't have a shredder, you can just cut carrots into long strands. Remember not to overcook them as the "crunch" will be lost.
8. Add chopped tomatoes and cook for 2–3 minutes.
9. Add soya sauce and tomato ketchup and stir for a minute. Switch off the gas after this.
Repeat: Switch off the gas after adding soya sauce and tomato ketchup.
10. Squeeze half a lemon on top of this mixture and garnish with cilantro/coriander leaves. Your thick vegetable sauce is ready now.
Cilantro/Coriander is used in almost all Indian dishes. It gives a great fragrance. People who love it, describe its flavor to be a lemony-lime type.
11. Add the boiled noodles, chicken nuggets and curly fries to this thick vegetable sauce and mix everything well. Serve hot. Your spicy hakka noodles (check image at the top) are now ready to be eaten. Enjoy the abundant flavors!
|Serving size: 1|
|Calories from Fat||126|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 14 g||22%|
|Saturated fat 2 g||10%|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 100 g||33%|
|Sugar 5 g|
|Fiber 5 g||20%|
|Protein 34 g||68%|
|Cholesterol 30 mg||10%|
|Sodium 1170 mg||49%|
|* 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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