Black bean noodles in turmeric coconut curry

I was lucky to get my hands on some lovely handmade noodles from Nutty Fresh (IG: nutty_fresh). The children love noodles and I thought of experimenting a little.

I found a great recipe which had easy alternatives to the missing ingredients, plus added a few of my own and lunch was a relaxed and delicious deal!

Ingredients:

  • Coconut milk
  • Cumin whole or powdered
  • Coriander powder
  • Ginger
  • Onion
  • Red chilly (dried or de seeded, fresh)
  • Garlic
  • Turmeric
  • Lemon zest
  • Lemon juice
  • Celery
  • Basil
  • lemongrass stalk with leaves
  • Jaggery
  • Salt to taste
  • Noodles
  • Veggies of choice: I’ve taken zucchini green and yellow, red pepper & Spring onion

Method:

  • Grind the Cumin (whole or powdered), Coriander powder, Ginger, Onion, Red chilly (dried or de seeded, fresh), Garlic, Turmeric with a tablespoon of coconut milk.
  • Set aside
  • In a wok / kadhai, add coconut oil and sauté finely chopped garlic and lightly sauté the veg.
  • Add the fresh paste you just made to the mix.
  • Add coconut milk and water (go easy on the water)
  • Bring to a boil until the veg is almost cooked
  • Add chopped fresh parsley, basil, lemon zest and spring onions. Cook for a minute more approx.
  • Add salt and jaggery to taste
  • Add the lime juice
  • Make noodles separately.
  • Serve the noodles and the curry in a bowl. Garnish with onion chives, chili flakes, dash more of lime if need be.
  • Serve the noodles dunked in the warm curry and toppings.

I am a very instinctive cook so I don’t really do measurements but here’s the link of the site where I got the recipe from.

How do you like your noodles?

Breakfast Challenge – Day 0

off late I’ve been tired of trying to get my 5 and a 1/2 year old to eat his breakfast without making a fuss or a face first thing in the morning. A morning rhythm that seemed like a seamless ritual is now turing out to be quite the emotional tug of war resulting in tears and unsavory words. Sigh! why is he growing up this quick, where is my baby?!

Anyhow, since he seemed so bored and unhappy with what his mother was dishing out for breakfast I decided to give him the reigns. I asked him to design his own breakfast menu for a whole week. The only condition was that he HAD to choose a breakfast item and the other, he couldn’t repeat anything.

He was thrilled at the prospect of eating what HE WANTED TO for breakfast. He went straight to the drawing board and started scribbling away rather enthusiastically. This is when I break in cold sweat realizing I must stick to my promise and what exactly am I trying to achieve here? What’s the point of this exercise? Well, that’s just something I will have to wait to find out. 

The Breakfast list:

His breakfast list was the cutest thing I’d ever seen. Not a bone in me wanted to correct those cute little errors. My challenge in this whole situation now is to convert all his choices that he considers as amazing breakfast options to what I think a healthy food choice might be  (this is in my opinion only, I am not a nutritionist or judging anyone else’s choices).

Trilok_Menu.jpg

He picked the following:

Monday: Appé Pancakes. Appé or appam or uppappam is a traditional Indian snack either made savory or sweet. There are days when I use the pancake batter in the appé pan (I’ll enclose a pic in the next post), which both the kids find fascinating.

Tuesday: Waffles.

Wednesday: Cereal.

Thursday: Fruit Bowl (hahah…my saving grace this one!!)

Friday: Chocolate Chip Pancakes.

Saturday: Dosa.

Sunday: Egg Mayo Sandwich.

PS: Secretly I am overjoyed that at least 3 of the 7 days have items that I will not have to alter!

Like I mentioned earlier, I’ll just have to wait and watch if my little experiment helps me get rid of his morning breakfast blues OR this was just something that ended up increasing my work!

Either way it’d have provided enough content for me to cover 8 days! haha…. So please stay Tuned IN for the week for daily recipe updates.

Thanks for reading!