Earlier the word Noodles reminds me only Maggi. Growing up in India there are certain brands of food that can never be forgotten. Maggi is like a treat meal for myself & brother. Once in a bluemoon Amma used to buy that Yellow Packet Maggi and make it for us. Then when I started cooking post marriage Maggi Atta Noodles would definitely be made at home atleast once or twice everymonth. Somehow after reading all the controversies surrounding Maggi we stopped buying it often. At that time got introduced to the Hakka Noodles concept. No looking back ever since.You can check the recipe of Hakka Noodles with veggies here. Have also made Noodle soup few days ago. It was a filling healthy dinner too. Another variation to the noodle based recipe is this delicious Noodle Salad.
Noodle Salad bowl can be customized so easily based on our preference. If you don’t have Tofu substitute with Paneer or any protein of your choice. Like I mentioned in one of my posts before whenever I cook Legumes I bulk cook them. I save some of them to add in salads, make sundal or prepare a simple gravy with it. Mungbean salad in the recipe can be easily replaced with Channa or Lobia or Kidneybeans. I kept the flavors real simple. Black Pepper, Soy sauce are the two important ingredients that I used in prepping the Tofu and Veggies.I conciosuly avoided adding any Tomato Sauce or Chilli Sauce. Since I don’t want that sauce flavor to dominate the salad. As I always say if you like Tomato sauce you can add while preparing veggies or Noodles 🙂
Choose a base, a protein, a legume, veggie mix, add some seeds & lemon juice and your are done!
Template for Noodle Salad :
Base : Whole Wheat Noodles, Soba, Rice Noodles,Chickpea noodles,Gluten free Noodles
Protein : Tofu, Paneer, Egg or animal protein based on your preferenceLegumes : Lobia, Chickpeas, Mungbean,Green Peas,Kidney Beans
Veggie Mix : Stir fry veggies of your choice. Onion, Capsicum,Cabbage, Carrot, Sugar Peas, Beans,Garlic, Tomato,Cauliflower, Broccoli etc
Seeds : Sesame Seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Hemp, Sunflower seeds
Salad Dressing : Lemon juice, Chilli Flakes, Sesame Oil, Black Pepper Powder
My Day 22 Dinner : Noodles, Soy tofu, Mungbean salad, stir fried veggies