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Chow mein recipe with step by step photos – Delicious Indo Chinese recipe of veg chowmein noodles. A Vegan Dish.

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 someone chops the vegetables for you :). If you have a food processor, then good. Your chopping time is reduced.

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Chow mein is also a popular Indian street food like Hakka noodles and this recipe taste like the chowmein served in street style carts.

I have already shared few more popular Veg Noodles recipes On the blog like:

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

How to make chow mein

A) preparation and cooking noodles

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

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 cornflour paste. Stir the cornflour 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 vegan chow mein steaming hot in serving bowls. You can also garnish with about 1 to 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds and spring onion greens.

vegetable chow mein recipe

Tips for making chowmein

  • The veg 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.
  • This chow mein noodles recipe can also be made into a no onion no garlic version. Just skip onion and garlic.
  • To get a sweet tangy taste, you can add tomato ketchup.
  • 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 cornflour paste.

Few more similar recipes you may like are:

  • Chinese bhel – an adaptation of veg chopsuey recipe and also a fusion recipe that is made for Indian tastebuds.
  • Spring rolls – these delicious spring rolls are crunchy from outside, with a spiced vegetable filling from inside.
  • Singapore noodles – one of the delicious variety of stir fried noodles.
  • American chop suey – one of the most popular and tasty fusion recipe.

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Chow Mein (Street Style)
4.91 from 11 votes
Stir fried noodles with mixed vegetables. Chow mein noodles is a popular Indian street food.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Cuisine Indo Chinese

Servings 3

Ingredients

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

  • 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

Instructions

cooking noodles

  • 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.
  • Drain the cooked noodles in a colander. Rinse noodles in running water very well. This method stops the cooking process.
  • 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.
  • When the noodles are cooking, you can chop & grate the veggies.
  • Prepare corn starch paste with 2 tsp corn starch and 2 tbsp water. Keep aside.

making chow mein

  • 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.
  • Add chopped onions or spring onions. Saute for a minute.
  • Add sliced mushrooms and finely chopped french beans.
  • Stir and saute on a medium flame till the edges of the mushroom get lightly browned.
  • Add grated carrots, shredded cabbage and sliced bell pepper/capsicum.
  • Stir and increase the flame to a high. Stir fry everything on a high flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Season with black pepper or white pepper and salt.
  • Stir everything and then add the corn flour paste. Stir the corn flour paste very well before adding to the stir fried vegetables.
  • Stir and saute for a minute on medium flame.
  • Add the cooked noodles. Increase the flame to high. Mix and toss the noodles with the stir fried veggies.
  • Lastly add vinegar and give a final mix to chowmein. Switch off the flame.
  • Serve chow mein steaming hot in serving bowls. 
  • You can also garnish it with about 1 to 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds and spring onion greens.

Notes

  • Remember to keep all the sauces and seasonings ready when you begin to stir fry the veggies.

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57 Comments

  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….5 stars

  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?

    Thank5 stars

    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.

        2. 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.5 stars

        3. 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.

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