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chow mein

veg chowmein recipe - stir fried noodles with mixed vegetables. chow mein noodles is a popular indian street food.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: main course
Cuisine: indo chinese
Servings: 3
Author: Dassana Amit


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


cooking noodles for chowmein

  • 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 chowmein with about 1 to 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds and spring onion greens.


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