Stir-Fry Whole-Wheat Spaghetti

These days, I am able to whip up a one-dish noodle quite easily. I tend to use more Indian spices such as cumin, fennel and turmeric; than Chinese seasonings such as soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce in my noodle dishes. It works for me.

Nothing goes wrong with cabbage and carrot in a noodle dish. They add natural sweetness. Be it rice vermicelli (bee hoon) , Chinese noodles or whole-wheat spaghetti featured here, these noodles absorb the flavors of the spices and vegetables.

Spiced Stir-Fry Whole-Wheat Spaghetti
Ingredients: 2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced; 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced; 1 tsp minced ginger; pinch of cumin and fennel seeds; pinch of turmeric, 1-2 tsp curry powder; 1/4 of small head of cabbage, sliced into thin shred; 1/2 medium carrot, peeled and sliced to thin shreds; 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced; 3-4 bok choy, cleaned thoroughly, leaves and stems separated; 4-5 mushrooms caps, cleaned and thinly sliced; 1 small tomato, diced to bite-size; salt and pepper to taste; 3-4 stalks cilantro, cleaned and coarsely chopped as garnish; cooked spaghetti (or linguine, your wish)

Directions: Heat a little oil in pan. Pan roast the cumin and fennel, then add aromatics and fry briskly. When onions are slightly soft and browned, add the curry powder, turmeric and mix well. Add the carrot, celery, mushrooms, then cabbage and fry(simmer, pan covered at low-medium heat) till all the vegetables turn tender. Add in tomatoes and mix well. Add in Bok Choy stems first, mix well (this cooks fast), then add in Bok Choy leaves the last. Add a little pasta liquid if mixture is too dry. Add in spaghetti and fry with all the vegetables and allow the noodles to absorb the flavors and spiced gravy (all the moisture released by the vegetables). Before serving, garnish with cilantro.

Presto Pasta Nights (round up 7 Jan 2011) is back after a break since late December. We return to Ruth from Once Upon a Feast for our first PPN in 2011! I also bring this to My Meatless Mondays, Hearth and Soul and Friday Potluck.

Which is your favorite noodle for frying?

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