Cilantro Basil Noodles is comfort food. It takes just 15 minutes to make! So quick and easy, and made with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Gluten free and vegan, this cilantro and basil flavored noodles is an ideal meal for a busy weeknight on a budget. The whole family will love this one!
This is one of my favorite go-to recipe when I have wiped off my fridge by the end of the week! Yes, by Friday evening, I have usually exhausted my resources and my fridge looks sparkling clean with very few things in there. If it sounds familiar to you as well, then read on. If you are not like me and believe in stocking up your fridge for weeks, then too read on..there is no harm in learning a new recipe right! I especially love this recipe because of the simplicity of it. It’s almost surreal that just few simple ingredients can bring out such wonderful flavors in a dish. But that is the beauty of certain ingredients, using just some amount does wonders to the recipe. Most of my Friday dinners comprises of either Cilantro Basil Noodles or Cilantro Pot rice (Spinach Infused). They both may seem similar but are different. You need to make and taste both to know what I mean.
Being in Orlando, we entertain a lot of visiting guests, courtesy Disney! We have families coming from India and US for their vacation and we absolutely love it. It’s a great way to connect with family and friends on a personal level at home, get to know their children more closely and generally unwind together. Given the busy lives we live today, getting to know one another or to stay in touch becomes slightly difficult. Thankfully for us, having a house in a strategic location comes with benefits. Families come, stay with us, we create happy memories, exchange gifts, discover one another in a different way, enjoy theme parks together and of course share meals. I always enjoy cooking up new dishes for my guests. They get to try something different and also give me instant feedback. I do not shy away from trying something for the first time even if it for my guests, I love experimenting with ingredients and create fusion recipes. Thankfully, my guests love it too.
This month was filled with visitors. We had 2 families visiting us back to back. One was a college friend from Bombay and one was my cousin sister. I usually accompany my guests to one theme park at least and on that day either KR cooks us dinner or I come home and prepare a super quick and easy meal. Only if we both are totally exhausted we go out. The only reason being, I hate theme park food (not many vegetarian options out there) and it only suffices to pull of the day but not for the night. I need something substantial for dinner and not just fries and I would like to offer something good for people visiting as well. This time, I had been to Animal Kingdom with my friend and her family. It was a fun day indeed but we were really famished by the end of the day. We got home and this is what I prepared while they freshened up. Now you can understand how quick and easy this recipe is! I decided upon noodles because it was a favorite of my friend’s daughter.
Here is the recipe – Boil the hakka noodles as per the instructions on the packet. Drain the water and keep it aside. Make a smooth paste of garlic, almonds and green chillies. Heat oil in a wok, fry the basil leaves for 30 seconds and then add the ground paste. Fry it for 2 minutes and then add the veggies like bell pepper and green peas. You can really experiment here. Add any kind of vegetables you like or have. Sometimes I make it without any and the noodles still turn out great. Add salt and saute the veggies till they are done. Then add the chopped cilantro and fry it for 45 seconds. Then add the cooked noodles and mix it all together. Taste and adjust the seasonings as per your taste. Cilantro Basil Noodles are done. Take it off the pan and serve!
This is what my friend had to say after she took a couple of bites of these noodles, “Let me tell you one thing, after a hard long day filled with fun and laughter all one needs is a good meal to put you to sleep. This dish is all that and more!” I was smiling ear to ear as I could completely relate to what she was saying. Also when you are miles away from your home, the one thing you miss or crave for is home cooked food. I am just glad that I get this opportunity to cook something for my loved ones when they visit our home and give them a flavor of our home cooked meal. This is what gives me immense satisfaction. I think I take on my mom when it comes to hospitality. She was a wonderful host and everyone who stayed with us would talk about it for years to come. It was not just her food but her overall persona of spreading warmth and love made her stand apart from others and that is what people eventually remember. I am happy to have some part of her skill in me and I wish to host more and more friends and family in our home for years to come.
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Vegan Cilantro Basil Noodles
- 1 pkt vegetarian hakka noodles
- 7-8 almonds
- 25 - 30 cloves garlic
- 2 green chillies
- 2 cups basil
- 2 cups cilantro
- salt and pepper as required
- Boil the hakka noodles as per the instructions on the packet. Drain the water and keep it aside. Make a smooth paste of garlic, almonds and green chillies. Heat oil in a wok, fry the basil leaves for 30 seconds and then add the ground paste. Fry it for 2 minutes and then add the veggies like bell pepper and green peas. You can really experiment here. Add any kind of vegetables you like or have. Sometimes I make it without any and the noodles still turn out great. Add salt and saute the veggies till they are done. Then add the chopped cilantro and fry it for 45 seconds. Then add the cooked noodles and mix it all together. Taste and adjust the seasonings as per your taste. Cilantro Basil Noodles are done. Take it off the pan and serve!
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Fan of noodles? Oh then you must try these dishes out, you will love them – One Pot Spicy Thai Noodles, Teriyaki Noodles with Broccoli & Beets, Yakisoba Stir Fry Noodles with Mushroom and Almond Butter, Lemon Rice Noodles/Sevai and Chilly Garlic Noodles. Here are some easy weeknight recipes like this one that can make you unwind after a long busy day – Vegan Tomato Basil Rice Recipe, Rajma/Kidney Beans Enchilada Mini Casserole, Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta, Raddish & Lentil Stew, Achari Dahi Bhindi | Pickled Okra in Yogurt Gravy and Vegan Tofu Tikka Masala.