I have always enjoyed noodles as a light meal and am always on the lookout for healthy noodle options. I recently came across a pack of buckwheat noodles and was quite intrigued by it. Upon reading up on this a bit I found that buckwheat is actually the seeds of the buckwheat plant (and is not actually ‘wheat’). Buckwheat is a rich source of protein, fibre and vitamins. The pack of noodles I had found was organic, which is always good news as it means no pesticides in my food! So I happily got myself one to try it out. Wanting to make this as healthy as possible, I added my favourite greens to it and it turned out just right! Do give this a try if you can get your hands on buckwheat noodles (note that the pack I got also contained organic unbleached wholewheat flour)
● Organic Buckwheat Noodles
● Broccoli Florets chopped – 1 cup
● Green capsicum thinly sliced – 1 cup
● Basil leaves – a bunch
● Onion sliced – 1 small
● Garlic chopped – 2/3 pods
● Ginger sliced – an inch
● Red/ green chilli – sliced
● Olive oil – to sauté the vegetables
● Extra virgin olive oil – to add when serving
● Crushed red chillies – 1 tea spoon
● Pepper – to sprinkle as per taste
● Salt – to taste
Get water to boil in a deep heavy bottomed pan. When the water starts boiling, add the noodles and cook as per instructions on the pack. This usually cooks in 3-5 minutes. When ready, drain the noodles and rinse once with cold water. Then set aside.
For the vegetables, start with heating oil in a pan. Add the sliced ginger followed by garlic and sauté for a bit. Add the onions and sliced chilli. Sauté a few minutes and then add the broccoli and capsicum. Cook on high flame and leave the pan open. Add salt to taste. When the vegetables start to get tender, add a few of the red chilli flakes and pepper. Remember, you can always add more vegetables of your choice. Just keep in mind the cooking time required for your vegetables and add them accordingly.
When the vegetables are ready add the basil and the noodles and combine well. I added basil in the end as I wanted it to remain firm. Remember, basil wilts completely in heat. Check for seasoning and add more salt if required. You could also spice this up by adding more pepper and crushed red chillies if you like! This is what I did as I like my noodles spicy! To serve, add to the your serving plate and top with a spoonful of extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy
Ms Aditi Pathak is based in Singapore. Widely travelled and from a Services background, cooking is one of her many passions.