veg chow mein recipe

chow mein recipe with step by step photos – delicious indo chinese recipe of vegetable chow mein noodles.

veg chow mein is basically stir fried noodles with lots of veggies. smooth velvety noodles with crunch from the veggies. the recipe comes together in minutes, provided some one chops the vegetables for you 🙂

if you have a food processor, then good. your chopping time is reduced. the vegetable chow mein recipe is very versatile with you adding your choice of noodles and veggies. if you include eggs in your diet, you can also use egg noodles. whole wheat noodles or flat noodles also can be added. here i added hakka noodles. to include proteins in this vegetarian recipe, i have added mushrooms. if you are not fond of mushrooms, then you can add tofu or sprouts. chow mein is also a popular indian street food like hakka noodles.

i have already shared few more veg noodles recipes on the blog like:

the vegetable chow mein recipe can also be made into a no onion no garlic version. just skip onion and garlic. also to get a sweet tangy taste, you can add tomato ketchup. just remember to keep all the sauces and seasonings ready when you begin to stir fry the veggies. i also add some corn flour paste in the noodles for a smooth velvety texture in the chow mein. you can completely skip adding corn flour paste.

serve these chow mein with or without any sauce or accompaniments. they taste good as they are.

if you are looking for more indo chinese recipes then do check veg fried ricechilli paneer, veg manchurian and gobi manchurian.

chow mein recipe below:

veg chow mein recipe
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veg chow mein recipe - stir fried noodles with mixed vegetables.
course main course
cuisine indo chinese
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 50 minutes
servings 3
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for cooking noodles:

  • 150 to 200 grams plain or whole wheat noodles or flat noodles, about 5.5 to 7 lb noodles
  • 5 to 6 cups water or 1.25 to 1.5 litres water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil or any other oil

other ingredients for chow mein recipe:

  • ¾ to 1 cup sliced button mushrooms
  • ¾ cup grated or shredded carrots
  • ¾ cup shredded cabbage, green or purple cabbage
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup finely chopped french beans
  • cup finely chopped onions or 1 small to medium onion or 1 medium spring onion, finely chopped (reserve the spring onions for garnish)
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced capsicum (bell pepper) or about 1 small to medium bell pepper, green or yellow or red
  • ¼ cup sprouts optional
  • ⅓ to ½ cup tofu cubes optional
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped celery, optional
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons green chilies, finely chopped (skip if making for small kids) or add ¾ to 1 teaspoon chili sauce
  • 3 teaspoons soy sauce or add as required
  • 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup or add as required, optional
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper or white pepper powder, add as required
  • 2 teaspoons corn flour + 2 tablespoons water (corn flour is optional and can be skipped)
  • ½ teaspoon rice vinegar or regular vinegar
  • 2.5 to 3 tablespoons sesame oil or any other oil
  • salt as required, add in moderation as soy sauce already has a lot of salt

how to make recipe?

preparation and cooking noodles:

  1. cook noodles according to the package instructions. the noodles don't need to cooked till al dente. since towards the end we will be just tossing the noodles with the stir fried veggies.
  2. drain the cooked noodles in a colander. rinse noodles in running water very well. this method stops the cooking process.
  3. add ½ tsp oil to the noodles. toss them well, so that the oil gets coated evenly on the noodles. this method gets rid of stickiness from the noodles. cover and keep the noodles aside.

  4. when the noodles are cooking, you can chop & grate the veggies.
  5. prepare corn starch paste with 2 tsp corn starch and 2 tbsp water. keep aside.

making chow mein recipe:

  1. heat oil in a pan or wok. on medium heat, first saute the green chilies, ginger and garlic for about 30 seconds. green chilies add quite some heat in the dish. skip if you do not prefer them or if making for kids.
  2. add chopped onions or spring onions. saute for a minute.
  3. add sliced mushrooms and finely chopped french beans.
  4. stir and saute on a medium flame till the edges of the mushroom get lightly browned.
  5. add grated carrots, shredded cabbage and sliced bell pepper/capsicum.
  6. stir and increase the flame to a high. stir fry everything on a high flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. add soy sauce. at this step you can also add tomato sauce or red chili sauce or green chili sauce. since i have already added green chilies, i have not added the chili sauce.
  8. season with black pepper or white pepper and salt.
  9. stir everything and then add the corn flour paste. stir the corn flour paste very well before adding to the stir fried vegetables.

  10. stir and saute for a minute on medium flame.
  11. add the cooked noodles. increase the flame to high. mix and toss the noodles with the stir fried veggies.
  12. lastly add vinegar and give a final mix to chowmein. switch off the flame.

  13. serve chow mein steaming hot in serving bowls. you can also garnish chowmein with about 1 to 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds and spring onion greens.


how to make chow mein recipe:

1. bring 5 to 6 cups water to a boil. also add ¼ tsp salt in the water.

water to make veg chow mein noodles recipe

2. add the noodles. no need to break them.

noodles for veg chow mein noodles recipe

3. cook the noodles.

cooking noodles for veg chow mein recipe

4. allow the noodles to cook completely. we don’t need to cook them al dente, since towards the end we will be just tossing the noodles. different types of noodles require different cooking time. so prepare noodles according to the package instructions.

cooked noodles for veg chowmein recipe

5. drain the cooked noodles in a colander.

rinse noodles for veg chowmein recipe

6.  rinse the noodles in running water very well. this method stops the cooking process.

drained noodles to make chow mein noodles recipe

7. add ½ tsp oil to the noodles.

add oil to chow mein noodles recipe

8. toss them well, so that the oil gets coated evenly on the noodles. this method gets rid of stickiness from the noodles. cover and keep the noodles aside.

noodles for veg chowmein recipe

9. when the noodles are cooking, you can chop & grate the veggies. keep aside.

chopped veggies for veg chowmein noodles recipe

10. prepare corn flour paste with 2 teaspoons corn flour and 2 tablespoons water. keep aside. corn flour in india is what is known as corn starch outside india.

corn starch paste for veg chowmein noodles recipe

making chow mein recipe:

11. heat oil in a pan or wok. on medium heat, first saute the green chilies, ginger and garlic for about 30 seconds. green chilies add quite some heat in the dish. skip if you do not prefer them or if making for kids.

sauting chillies for veg chowmein noodles recipe

12. add chopped onions. saute for a minute.

add onions - making veg chowmein noodles recipe

13. add sliced button mushrooms and finely chopped french beans.

add mushrooms to make vegetable chowmein noodles recipe

14. stir and saute on a medium flame till the edges of the mushrooms get lightly browned.

cooking mushrooms for vegetable chowmein noodles recipe

15. add grated carrots, shredded cabbage, chopped celery and sliced bell pepper.

add vegetables to make chowmein noodles recipe

16. stir and increase the flame to a high. stir fry everything on a high flame for 2 to 3 minutes.

stir fry vegetables to make chowmein noodles

17. add soy sauce. at this step you can also add tomato sauce or red chili sauce/green chili sauce. since i have already added green chilies, i have not added chili sauce.

soy sauce to make vegetable chowmein noodles

18. then add black pepper or white pepper.

black pepper to vegetable chowmein noodles

19. season with salt.

add salt to vegetable chowmein noodles

20. stir everything and then add the corn flour paste. stir the corn flour paste before adding it to the vegetables.

add corn starch paste - vegetable chowmein noodles recipe

21. stir and saute for a minute on medium flame.

preparing vegetable chow mein noodles recipe

22. add the cooked noodles and increase the flame again.

add noodles to make veg chow mein noodles recipe

23. stir and quickly toss the noodles with the veggie mixture. a lot of hand work is required while tossing and mixing the noodles.

stir vegetable chow mein noodles recipe

24. lastly add vinegar and give a final mix to chowmein. switch off the flame.

stir vegetable chowmein noodles recipe

25. serve chow mein steaming hot in serving bowls. you can also garnish chowmein with about 1 to 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds and spring onion greens.

vegetable chow mein recipe




57 thoughts on “chow mein recipe, how to make chow mein recipe | veg chow mein noodles”

  1. I have tried most of your recipes. I have no words to describe. Thank you is an understatement. My family, friends and I are great fans of yours. Cheers….

  2. Hi,

    This is Pratik here. Im really eager to try this recipe out. Only problem is I don’t know where to find corn starch. Im in Mumbai and looked in a couple of grocery stores but they don’t seem to know what it is. Can you please help me as to where I could buy it from?

    Thank

    1. just tell them corn flour. they will give you the packet. actually in india its called as corn flour outside india corn starch. many brands are available which sell corn flour in india.

      1. Hey, thank you so much for the prompt reply. I’ll go ahead and do the same. Although to clear out this confusion I did look up the difference between the 2 and found out that they are not the same things. That’s why I thought I would ask.

        Thanks

        1. welcome pratik. the confusion is due to the fact that in west, the yellow colored maize flour is called as corn flour. in india we call it as makki ka atta. the white colored flour is called as corn starch in west and here we call it as corn flour. same thing, but different names.

          1. Wow, Im really amazed with your knowledge about these things. Is there any other blog or some place where you keep writing about such things? I’ll make sure to follow you. Cause honestly this is not written anywhere so there is no way for people to know.

            1. thanks a lot pratik. this is the only blog where i share whatever i know about food, cooking and recipes. many things i have learnt during my professional training in cooking as a student of home science.

  3. Hi,

    Thank you for the recipes. Haven’t tried any but I am sure they’ll be delicious. I miss indo-Chinese food. The restaurants here just don’t have that authentic taste except for far and few!
    It would really appreciate it if you could clarify the following for me.
    What is the difference between chowmein and Hakka noodles?
    What is the difference between manchow soup and hot and sour soup?
    I am in NYC. The celery generally available here is more stems and less leaves. What is preferable for your recipes?

    Thanks!

    1. thanks and welcome AA. your queries below:

      1. hakka noodles is from the chinese cuisine. i have read that hakka cuisine originated in china from the hakka people. since the chinese inhabitants in india, were hakka people, these noodles here started being called as hakka noodles. chow mein is also from the chinese cuisine, but i think the original method or recipe has been adapted depending on the countries it is popular. both are stir fried noodles. whereas hakka noodles is always stir fried, chow mein has two variants – stir fried and fried. both taste different.
      2. i suppose in the manchow soup noodles are added and in hot and sour soup, they are not.
      3. celery stem is added. leaves can be skipped. i usually add celery stems.

  4. the receipe looks good and easy to make . I wud love to make it. My son relishes noodles. The step by step picture presentation is very effective.thanks ..

  5. I have tried so many recipies of yours. I have learnt a lot. Ur step by step procedure helps a lot. Everyone loves my cooked food. Thanks for such good recipies.

  6. I am regular visitor of ur blog n have tried a lot of ur recipes. Tried out the chow mein noodles last night and it was perfect ! I added some scrambled eggs at the end for my husband and he loved it !

  7. your site is amazing !!! I cook for my husband which indian and loves the dishes !!! thank you so much.
    I love the picture guide as it always helps me .

  8. Hi

    Is corn starch same.as.cornflour which we use as a thickener in soups etc? Can i use cornflour for this recipe?

    Thanks

  9. I love the recipes made by you..veg chowmin is my favourite..I added small fried paneer piece’s to it and it was yummy..

  10. Thank you so much for recipe Idid though add 2tsp BBQ spice and left out the salt it was very much enjoyed

  11. Hello friend thanks for the good recipes and the detailed steps of preparing each. pls, am allergic to soy products. what can I use instead of soysauce?. What is the role of cornstarch? Can I use millet instead of corn? Thanks and more grace to you.

    1. skip soy sauce. an alternative is to use a bit of tamarind sauce. just a bit. its not a substitute, but will give you some hints of sourness. skip cornstarch. its just added to give a smoothness in this recipe.

  12. I oft visit your website and today made veg hot n sour soup…..it was simply super good….I too like you both am into spirituality ….simply enjoy this site and cooking with it….all the v best

    Regards
    Sonali Bhide

  13. Hi Dassana, I just wanted to tell you that this is my go to site for any dish that I have a craving for. It never fails me. I have made about 6-8 of your other recipes. All successful each and every time. I tried this chow mein recipe today and it is delicious! Thank you for your efforts. The photos, the tested recipes are all awesome!

  14. Hi Dasanna,

    Thanks, I am learning a lot from you.

    I am new to Asian dishes. Can you tell me the difference of chow mein& noodles with pasta (spagetti)? Can we use those names interchangebly?

    Thanks.

    1. both noodles and spaghetti are different as well as their textures when cooked are different. however, that said you can do substitute noodles with spaghetti or otherwise. generally egg noodles are use for chow mein recipes. but you can also use hakka noodles.

  15. Hi Dasanna,

    thank you for the recipe.it was my first ever chow mein experience and it went well.
    but my husband would like the noodles to be a bit crispy and chewy at the same time. Any idea on how to achieve that?

    1. actually chow mein are made two ways. there is fried version and the other one is this version. for the fried version, you will have to first boil the noodles till al dente. then prepare the veggie sauce and keep aside. for the veggies, just follow the recipe without adding the noodles. after the you add the corn starch paste, cook for a couple of minutes, so that the corn starch gets cooked. you can also skip adding corn starch to the veggies. heat a few tbsp of oil in another pan. place the noodles and then pan fry them till crisp and a bit golden. turn over and fry the other side. then place the pan fried noodles on a plate and top with the veggie sauce. this will give you a crisp and chewy version of veg chow mein.

  16. Chow mein is actually my fav dish and i cook it in various ways but the recipe you have mentioned I have never ever tried this way. I am surely going to make it on sunday as a dinner…Just loved the recipe.

  17. Hi Dassana,

    I am a regular on your blog, and I enjoy all your recipes.
    I had one question for you here, why do you add corn starch for this recipe ?

    Achala

    1. thanka achala. corn starch is added just to give a smoothness in the noodles. they taste pretty different when added corn starch and when just made without it.

        1. neha, it is just starch. there is no nutrient in it. more info you will find in google. if you don’t want to use corn starch then to thicken the soup you can use arrow root flour or potato flour.

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