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VEG CHOWMEIN - Can't resist having a spicy Veg Chow-mein right? Now you can make this at home... Do try my recipe and let me know how you like it…

Noodles or chowmein is one of the popular street food in India and China. This Indian street style noodle recipe is very delicious and also you can prepare it by simple and easy process. It is also one of the all time favourite street food for street food lover’s and many of you might even have it all the time. Then this delicious recipe is perfect for you. You can have this as a starter, main course or even as evening snack with your friends and family. This recipe is completely Indian too.

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You all have noticed in your childhood and we would always wait for birthdays or other special occasions to eat “chow mein”. Anyway, so growing up noodles was one of my favourite food item to eat and we were allowed to eat it for special occasions only. Yes, eating out and eating junk was so uncommon when I was a kid. However things have changed now!!!


Noodles are not only authentic food originated from China. In-fact it is also one of the cuisines of many other countries as well. In India, many North Indian states you can easily find this recipe. Also is very popular in Mumbai. There are also many variations available apart from Chinese cuisine. Here too, you will get the recipe in one of the variant as well. Veg Chow Mein is dish made from stir fried noodles and mixed vegetables which is then flavored with Chinese sauces. The word “Chow’ means stir-fried or sautéed and ‘mein’ means noodles. The word noodle is derived from German word nudel in 18th century.

This spicy version of Veg Chow Mein noodles which is originally a Chinese food, but is very popular in India, Nepal and many South-East Asian Countries. Also veg chowmien is quite popular as a street food and children love this dish due to its tangy, smoky flavor and crunchy texture which makes it scrumptiously delicious in taste.

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This is a quick & easy to make dish that can be enjoyed alone as a snack or as a complete meal along with another Indo-Chinese side dishes like Vegetable Manchurians.

Veg Chow Mein not only tastes great but the use of fresh vegetables also add to its nutrition value. Thus, it is a fulsome dish for a healthy dinner as well. To make it healthier you can opt for whole grain noodles and increase the amount of vegetables used. You may use any veggies of your choice here. Tofu, broccoli would work well too!

Kids love noodles, isn’t it? Well… so do adults…

kid is enjoying noodles
kid is enjoying noodles (source: pinterest)

Making noodles at home is very easy. All you need is to part the procedure into different section, to avoid the last minute panic when the oil is heating up…


Preparation time : 15 minutes

Cooking time : 25-30 minutes

Servings : 2

Whenever the cravings strike, I simply make this chowmein at home and is really easy to make with few basic ingredients…


ingredients of noodles (source: Kitchen Sanctuary)

For Boiling Noodles

  • 2 packs Noodles
  • 2 ltr Water‌
  • 2 tbsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Oil

For Chow Mein

  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 medium Onions – sliced
  •  5-6 cloves Garlic – chopped
  • 3 fresh Green Chillies – chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger – chopped
  • 1 medium Red Bell Pepper – julienned
  • 1 medium Capsicum – julienned
  • ½ medium Cabbage – shredded
  • Boiled Noodles
  • ½ tsp Red Chilli Sauce
  • ¼ tsp Soya Sauce
  • Spring Onions

For Sauces Mixture

  • 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Sauce
  • 1 tsp Green Chilli Sauce
  • 1 tsp Soya Sauce
  • ½ tsp Powdered Sugar
  • The addition of ketchup gives nice sweet, tangy taste. (Optional*)

For Powdered Spices

  • ½ tsp Garam Masala
  • ¼ tsp Degi Red Chilli Powder
  • Salt to taste

For Egg Mixture

  • 1 Egg
  • ½ tsp Red Chilli Sauce
  •  ¼ tsp Vinegar
  • ¼ tsp Soya Sauce

For Garnish

  • Spring Onions

How to make noodles or chowmein???

To make Veg Chow Mein at home follow the steps of the recipe, here I have distributed the steps in some small small process listed below…


For Boiling Noodles

  • In a large pot heat water, salt and bring it to a rolling boil then add the raw noodles and let them cook.
  • Once cooked remove in a strainer and apply oil and keep aside for further use.

For Sauces Mixture

  • In a bowl add vinegar, red chilli sauce, green chilli sauce, soya sauce, powdered sugar and mix everything properly and keep aside for further use.

For Powdered Spices Optional*

  • In a bowl add garam masala, degi red chilli powder, salt and mix everything then keep aside for further use.

For Chow Mein

  • In a pan, heat oil and add onion, ginger, garlic, green chillies and sauté for a few seconds.
  • Now add red bell pepper, capsicum, cabbage and saute for a minute on high heat.
  • Then add boiled noodles, prepared sauces mixture, spices mixture, red chilli sauce, soya sauce and toss it properly until well mixed.
  • Continue cooking for a minute then switch off the flames and add spring onions. Serving immediately and garnish it with spring onion.
Veg-Chowmein (src: internet)

For Egg Mixture Optional*

  • In a bowl add egg, red chilli sauce, vinegar, soya sauce and mix everything properly and make an omelet.
  • Then cut it into strips and serve along with Chow mein to make it an egg chow mein.

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