I first came across these Shirataki Noodles when I saw a particular episode of  'Dr Oz Show' on TV. He was mentioning that these noodles are made from the starch derived from the konjac plant. (The primary component of the konjac root is glucomannan, a soluble dietary fiber.)Apparently these noodles are useful for people who are interested in cutting down their carbohydrates and therefore good for weight loss. These noodles are all fiber and water. Since the traditional noodles are loaded with Carbs, Shirataki noodles make a great alternative so one can enjoy noodles without the guilt.  I later googled and found more about these 'wonder' noodles. These plants are grown in China and Japan and the konjac root is a vegan substitute for Gelatin too. 


Also, this recipe is an adaptation of  'Indonesian Peanut Saute' from Noodles and Company (a restaurant chain). This has been my personal favorite for a few years now and of late I have come to realize that this is loaded with carbs. So I have been looking at alternatives and came to know about Shirataki Noodles. 


Caution - 
Shirataki noodles are very slimy and come in a water filled package found in the produce section placed near Tofu. They come with an awful fishy smell which I personally detested. So I had to wash them for about 5 min in cold running water for the smell to vanish. No clue why they smell so bad before the wash.




Ingredients - 


Shirataki Noodles 1 Pkt (7 oz) (Or any other noodles)
Carrots julienned 1 cup
Beans 1 inch pieces 1/2 cup
Red Capsicum (Bell Pepper) cut into 1 inch thin strips1/2 cup 
Cabbage cut into 1 inch thin strips 1/2 cup
Spring Onions finely chopped 1/2 cup
Tofu extra firm 1 inch cubes 1 cup
Soy Sauce 2 Tbsp
Garlic Salt 2 tsp (or Chopped Garlic  1 tsp )
Broccoli Florets (Optional) 1/2 cups (I didn't use )
Bean Sprouts 1/2 cup (Optional) (I didn't use )
Oil 3 tsp 


For the fiery sauce - 


Walnuts (lightly roasted) little more than 1/4 cup
Sugar /Jaggery 2 tsp (or as needed)
Tamarind juice 2 tsp
Dried Red Chillies 2-3 


Method Of Preparation - 


For the fiery sauce, make a smooth paste of all the ingredients under the ingredients for the sauce with about a cup of water if required.


Wash the slimy noodles in running water until the fishy smell goes away and smells fresh. It is easy to use these noodles if they are cut into smaller pieces.


Boil the washed noodles in about 4-5 cups of water with some garlic salt or garlic cloves or soy sauce for about 2-3 min.


Drain and rinse with cold running water.


Meanwhile, add about a teaspoon of oil to a wok and saute the cubed Tofu until they are golden brown on all sides and keep them aside.


In the same wok, add the remaining oil and the veggies and stir fry them until they are just about cooked. Add the sauteed tofu, soy sauce and the fiery sauce too. Add the required salt.


Cook for about 2 min and gently add the noodles. Mix well so that all the noodles are coated with the sauce. Give it another couple minutes and enjoy the noodles with your preferred garnish. I just squeezed some lemon juice over ours.


Preparation Time 30 min 
Serves 2 Adults

3 comments

  1. Noodles have come out looking very tasty. Thanks for sharing this unique recipe.


    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

     
  2. Kurinji Says:
  3. Different dish n thanks for sharing...
    Kurinji

     
  4. Priya Says:
  5. Mouthwatering dish, looks fabulous..

     
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