Tadka Noodles

The day I had made Hakka Noodles for a dinner get-together, I had boiled excess noodles so reserved some for later.  Since our intake of soya sauce, chili-garlic sauce, ketchup and vinegar was high that week, I did not want to reuse the noodles for anything Indo-Chinese.  While I was beginning to make my regular dal, with the tadka and veggies, I added the remaining noodles instead of lentils – and so was the birth of Tadka Noodles, the Indian touch to Chinese noodles but NOT a part of Indo-Chinese cuisine.  I believe you can call this dish a cousin of Semaiya Pulao / Seviyan Upma / Vermicelli Pulao.

Tadka, aka tarka / chaunk / bagaar, is the tempering of herbs, spices, and/or vegetables in hot oil or ghee, either at the beginning of the dish or pouring on top after cooking.  For example, to make Jeera Rice you’d put a tadka of bay leaf, clove, cardamom, cumin seeds, and cinnamon in hot ghee and then add rice.  To make Dal Tadka, you’d probably pour a tadka of cumin seeds, mustard seeds, asafoetida, sliced onions, and chopped garlic over the cooked dal.

My hubby doesn’t like to eat plain dal with a simple cumin tadka (ah, he won’t tell that to his mom – all tantrums are only for the wife, you know).  So I make tomato-spinach lentil (tamatar-palak dal) everyday, adding different spices, pastes, and vegetables once in a while.  That’s one reason the dal or these Tadka Noodles don’t need to follow a specific recipe – completely, absolutely, totally adaptable.

Let's Begin!
1 cup noodles
1 tsp salt
1 tsp oil
1.  Boil 3 cups water in a pan; add salt + oil + noodles.  Switch off when noodles almost done.  Test by cutting one or chewing a small piece.  Drain hot water, pour cold water over noodles, drain, and keep aside.  Read correct way of cooking noodles & info on health here.
1 Tbsp oil/ghee
¼ tsp mustard seeds (rai)
¼ tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
Pinch asafoetida (hing)
2-3 dry red chilies, broken
6-7 curry leaves (kari patta)
Pinch turmeric power (haldi)
2.  Heat oil/ghee in pan, add mustard seeds + cumin seeds, let pop, add asafoetida + dry red chilies + curry leaves + turmeric powder, mix.  Even if you skip or lack any ingredient (except oil), it doesn’t matter.  Like I said, this recipe is very flexible.

½ tsp ginger, chopped / paste
½ tsp garlic, chopped / paste
1 tsp green chilies, chopped / paste
2 cup various chopped vegetables
Salt to taste
3.  Add the chopped ginger + garlic + green chilies or the pastes; add all your veggies + salt, sauté until tender.  The veggies I used were all the leftovers from previous day’s dinner – tomato, cabbage, carrot, green beans, scallion, cauliflower, and bell pepper.  You can use anything, really.

4.  At this point you can either add pressure-cooked lentils and make a delicious and wholesome dal, or add the noodles; mix gently so they don’t break much.  But even if they break, it really doesn’t matter.  Mix well.  Tadka Noodles are ready.  Serve hot or cold.  For breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  Pack in lunch box or take for picnic.  Enjoy.

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  1. Nice way..when we can make the same wid rice noodles,y not with these ones..looks yumm

    1. Thanks Pratibha.
      Yep! Why not with even spaghetti, isn't it?! :D

  2. That's a nice variation..

  3. i actually thought thats semiya upma. looks delicious.

    1. Hehe. That's why I'm calling these their cousin :D

  4. yummy and delicious recipe .........

  5. Gosh!! What beautiful and phenomenal clicks!! :)
    This recipe is a keeper, such a fab one!!

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  6. Nice blog Nisha.. wonderful recipes and neat clicks. Am glad to follow u :)

  7. a bit laborious..but looks worth it!!


    1. Haha. Guess the list of ingredients makes it look so. But it's just throwing all of them in the pan, really simple :D

  8. I also make this with vermicili but never tried with noodles..loved the recipe and the tempting pics dear..

  9. Thank you for visiting my blog and now here I am! Nice to meet you too! There is a quite popular Indo Chinese restaurant near my neighborhood that I'm keeping an eye on it. After reading this post, I definitely need to pay a visit! Hope I can find this noodle there. =D

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Nami. Hope you're enjoying your time in Japan.
      Btw I doubt you'll find this one in that Indo-Chinese restaurant! :)

  10. Hey Nisha,

    Thanks for stopping by..I am doing good and have gotton hell busy :) with the work..its been 2 months now and I am learning like nothing in the past 2 years.. (technical).....I am trying to keep up with my cooking passion as well and hate when I want to do things but I just cannot do them as I get tired ..The recent interesting thing I did is a cake decoration class, I am planning to have a post on it soon...

    Well hows life at your end..? I browsed through some of your latest recipes and I should say they are really good..I am going to look at paneer chilli one in detail....and ofcourse those cupcakes...I don't eat eggs and hence thats gonna help me ...You are going some great and innovative things here..The new QnA thing..something which I have never seen before...Keep it up..and now let me look at the recipes in detail :)...

    1. Replied to you via e-mail. Tell me if you received!?

  11. What a neat idea! Adding vegetables to noodles won't be feel so bad about the ridiculous amount of noodles I can eat :)

    1. Making it just a little healthier, I guess!?
      And thanks for dropping by, Azmina, welcome :)


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