Saturday, 24 January 2015

Thai Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Thai Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Thai Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce

This week my chosen theme for Blogging marathon is 1 cuisine 3 dishes! Thankfully Valli had whittled down the cuisines to American street food, Arabian cuisine, Thai Cuisine, French cuisine! Where we had to choose 1 cuisine and make 3 dishes . Even with this the choice was difficult and I had to go back to the old childhood way of choosing my cuisine… do inni mine mini mo…J

Finally I landed on Thai Cuisine …

Food in Thailand has harmony is the guiding principle behind each dish.

 Thai cuisine is essentially a marriage of centuries-old Eastern and Western influences harmoniously combined into something uniquely Thai.

Thai cooking originally reflected the characteristics of a waterborne lifestyle where Aquatic animals, plants and herbs were major ingredients, meat was avoided. Subsequent influences introduced the use of sizeable chunks of meats in Thai cooking.

As most Thais are Buddhist, hence Thais shunned the use of large animals in big chunks. They were laced with herbs and spices and shredded.

In the traditional Thai cooking stewing and baking, or grilling were used but with Chinese influences frying, stir frying and deep-frying were imbibed in the cooking.

Not only the Chinese but Portuguese, Dutch, French and Japanese also influenced the Thai cooking. Did you know that chillies were introduced during the late 1600s by Portuguese missionaries who had acquired a taste for them while serving in South America?

Thais are adapt at integrating foreign cooking methods and substituting ingredients. Like the ghee used in Indian cooking is replaced by coconut oil and coconut milk substituted for other dairy products. Spices are toned down and enhanced by fresh herbs such as lemon grass and galangal. In Thai curries fresh herbs are used. Thai curries burn intensely, but briefly.

Like in Indian cuisine in Thai cuisine a Thai meal is served all at once, permitting dinners to enjoy complementary combinations of different tastes.


There must be a harmony of tastes and textures within individual dishes and the entire meal.
Thai Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Thai Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Thai Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Adapted from here 
Total Time: 20 minutes
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients:
Noodles:

  • Rice noodles, 1 packet
  • Thai Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce
    Thai Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce
  • 3 tblspn oil
Spicy Peanut Sauce:

  • ½ cup spring onion, chopped the greens and onions separated
  • 1 cup carrot, finely shredded 
  •  2 cups   mixed fresh vegetables like cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms, beans, red, yellow and green capsicum
  •  3 tblspn garlic, minced 
  • ½ tblspn ginger, minced
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼   cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tblspn rice vinegar
  •  ½ tblspn chilli-garlic sauce
  • dhania /coriander leaves for garnish
Method:

  • Cook the rice noodles according to package instructions. In my case they were soaking the noodles in hot water for 45 minutes.
  • Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in thick kadhai/wok over high heat.
  • Add onions, carrots, stir-fry veggies, garlic and ginger. Sauté until vegetables soften.
  • Add honey, peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar and chilli-garlic sauce and mix well. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Drain the noodles and toss them in the kadhai/wok. Mix well.
  • Serve warm garnished with spring onion greens and dhania/ coriander leaves.
Thai Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Thai Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce

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17 comments:

  1. I could learn about Thai cuisine from your note. Nice presentation

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  2. Looks so good Archana !! My EO would love this dish ..

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  3. Beautifully clicked..Archana the noodles look very very tempting..and I have fallen for the clicks this time...super.

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  4. That is a nice intro Archana. The noodles looks great and I love the presentation.

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  5. Very nice.. I love thai food.. nice write up too

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  6. My mouth is just watering here, thai noodles looks absolutely irresistible.

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  7. I've made this before and I love the sauce

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  8. Yummy and mouthwatering Thai noodles.

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  9. Very colorful platter archana!!! Lovely presentation!!!

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  10. This is one of my favorite dish and I make it often! Looks really good Archana!

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  11. Absolutely delicious looking Thai noodles,nice presentation...

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  12. Thai noodles with that spicy sauce looks mouthwatering.

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  13. Archana, the clicks are beautiful!...don't forget the lighting used for this...and yaar that way of choosing is hard..I won't have known what to do with thai..good selection..

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  14. Very beautiful presentation...Noodles look delish!

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  15. Lovely presentation...These noodles have become a family fav at home these days!

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  16. They look so vibrant and colourful Archana. Its such a delight to see and lovely.

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  17. Yummy looking Thai noodles. I love peanut based dressings and this one sounds delicious.

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