Noodles, simple easy-to-make dish which brings radiance on the faces when they eat it at home…home-made with little changes as per individual taste…all because of its Made-At-Home tag coming with no prior preparation and no going out and coughing out a good amount from the pocket.
As this dish comes up an anecdote also comes to light all because of its close association with this food.
To make noodles is easy:
Take some noodles, any make, I’ve used Tops vegetarian noodles. There is the direction on the packet, handy for a first timer. A container of water sat on the fire and some salt went in before the water started boiling.
Back to my cooking. The water had started boiling, added some oil to it and then let go the whole packet of noodles into it. A little stir now and then…4-5 minutes and then tested one noodle to see if it was done. Another half a minute and drained the noodles on a colander.
As I took out the carrots and capsicum from the fridge, my anecdote continues.
In the meantime it was time for chopping some onions into thin slices, carrots cut into thin strips and capsicum cut very much like the carrots.
Make egg scramble of 4 eggs and put it aside.
Poured about 1 ½ tbsp of oil in the cooking vessel. Then added the onion and sautéed for about 1 minute.
Added the carrots and some salt to taste. The salt helps in cooking and softening the onion and carrots faster.
2 minutes then in went the capsicum and a stir for 1 ½ minutes.
And next the noodles and a good mix with the veggies in there.
Added some soya sauce and hot and sweet tomato sauce and mixed well.
Added the egg scramble and again a mix-n- match process to end it.
Each one carried their plates and sat before the television to enjoy the programme that was going on.
Whenever I cook noodles I’m reminded of the snake story of our favourite Mama.
But this preparation comes mostly when rotis/chappatis are not wanted dinner.
© gouri guha 2013