Vegan Chinese Noodles with Baby corn Manchurian

This is my favorite combo 🙂 I am a huge fan of Chinese food. I know, who isn’t? Although the noodles is an authentic chinese food, but manchurian isn’t. It is a combination of Indian and Chinese flavors. Usually it is vegan-the ones you get in India, but when I ordered one last week in an Indian restaurant in Sydney, the chef said they use egg whites and cannot be veganised. So I decided to make one at home. All I had was baby corn and I am so glad it did 🙂 I have tagged it under ‘Evil Fried Temptations :P’
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Recipe for Baby corn manchurian 

Ingredients:

  • Baby corn-15-slit into 2-and again slit into 2. -dropped into salted boiling water for 10 minutes and dried on paper towel
  • For the batter (1 tbsp gluten-free flour, 1 tsp gluten-free corn flour, chili powder-1 tsp, soy sauce-1 tsp, extra hot chili sauce-1 tsp, salt-to taste, water to form a batter)
  • 1/2 red onion-finely chopped
  • 1/2 green capsicum/peppers-finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic-finely chopped
  • A small piece ginger-finely chopped
  • Soy sauce-1 tsp
  • Tomato sauce-2 tsp
  • Extra hot chili sauce-1 tsp
  • Salt-to taste
  • Scallion-1. chopped fine
  • Vinegar-a tsp
  • 1 Tbsp oil+oil for shallow frying

Method:

  • Mix the ingredients for batter and make a thick batter and drop baby corns into it-batter should stick to the baby corn. Shallow fry them and put them
  • In a sauce pan, add a tbsp of oil, add garlic, ginger, scallions and fry for a minute and add onion, capsicum and fry until well fried. Add salt, soy sauce, tomato sauce, chili sauce, vinegar and fry well and add baby corn in.
  • Mix well and serve with coriander leaves 🙂

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Noodles

Ingredients:

  • Gluten-free Noodles-cooked with salt-allowed to drain
  • Julienne-1 baby carrot, 1/2 capsicum, 1 onion, 5 baby corn, mushrooms(opt),Kale and Spinach-a handful
  • Scallions
  • Garlic and ginger-1 Tbsp grated-each
  • Soy sauce,Chilli sauce-1 tbsp/as per taste
  • Vinegar-1 tsp
  • Salt, Black pepper-to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil

Method:

  • In a large wok, add a tbsp of oil, add onions, capsicum, salt, let it cook, once onions are translucent, add ginger, garlic, fry for another couple of minutes and add the veges in and toss until almost cooked.
  • Add chili sauce, vinegar and toss for a minute
  • Add noodles, soy sauce, pepper and toss well until all combine well 🙂

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South African Split Pigeon Pea Soup-3 main ingredients only

I was away for a month in South Africa volunteering with lions (Excuse for not blogging regularly) Had the most amazing time of my life :D. Got to do lot of adventure activities-one of which was cage diving with sharks at Gaansbaai , Cape town.

It was a freezing cold day and had to jump into the water, do up-down up-down like 200 times, it was exhausting. Back on shore, the tour company that took us into the ocean had this vegetable soup ready to warm us up. No offence – I thought Australia was the biggest meat eating country. I was wrong. It is South Africa. Finding vegan food is a challenge there :P. Anyways, I did my normal questioning with the ladies there – Any chicken stock,butter, cream blah blah blah? The lady who made the soup said it had only lentils, potato and carrots. NOTHING ELSE. I had a mouthful of the soup and man, it was the best soup I have ever had. Got the recipe from the ladies.

Ingredients: 

  • Split pigeon pea-1/2 cup soaked in hot water for 30 mins and boil until its mushy
  • Carrot grated-1
  • Potato grated-2

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Method:

  • Add all the ingredients, lower the heat and cook on low flame for like 40 mins. Keep adding water to retain the soup consistency
  • Add salt and pepper and that’s it 🙂 Yummy soup. No oil or stock.
  • Deepa of Spice Rack blog had added a green mango for sourness. You could do that too 🙂