A fusion of vegetable-packed noodles and Indian peanut chutney, this simple dish is perfect for busy weeknights or wfh lunches. You can use your favorite noodles (I go with udon or sometimes soba), and add whatever vegetables you have on hand. The real star is the chutney: A simple blend of raw peanuts, cumin, and red chile powder, it's the condiment my family fights over, it's that good. The chutney's sweet creaminess cuts through the savory pungency of the soy sauce–laden noodles, resulting in a delightful meal that tastes even better with red chile garlic sauce. If you have the peanut chutney ready, you can make these noodles in a cinch and make dinner out of the leftovers.
Dry peanut chutney will last for at least a month if not more on the counter. Store it away in the refrigerator for longer life. Use it again the week after for making the same noodles. Or add some olive oil to chuntey and serve with torn bread pieces as an appetizer. —Annada Rathi
Roast the peanuts in a 350°F oven (or toaster oven, like I do) for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the nuts have turned dark brown, a shade darker than golden brown. Keep an eye on them! (After 3 minutes, turn the pan in such a way that the peanuts in the back come to the front.) Turn the oven off, take the peanuts out, and let cool.
In a food processor or blender, blitz all of the chutney ingredients (cumin powder, red chile powder, and salt) along with the peanuts into a coarse powder. Keep in a zip-top bag or tightly sealed jar.
Indian peanutty noodles
Cook the noodles according to the instructions on their packet and set aside. Keep half a cup of water in which you boiled the noodles.
Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet. Add broccoli and saute for 5 minutes. Feel free to add broccoli stems too. Follow with red bell pepper for about 3 to 4 minutes. (We want both these vegetables to lose their raw flavor, yet still have a bite.) Feel free to substitute with vegetables of your choice as long as the vegetables retain some bite, shape and do not become mushy. Carrots, red onions, snap peas, zucchini, water chestnuts, baby corn, mushrooms, french beans are great substitutes. Add half of the scallions and let cook for a minute.
Add peanut chutney and mix well, followed by the soy sauce, and sauté till the sauce coats all of the vegetables.
Add boiled noodles and mix till the noodles are coated evenly with the soy sauce/peanut chutney mixture. Pour some of the starchy noodle water if you like your noodles wetter.
Garnish with rest of the scallions and serve hot with fresh red pepper chile garlic sauce on the side.