Few days ago, we had invited our friends for dinner. Our friend Jyoti told us, she makes this delicious Pad Thai atleast once a week to take in her lunch box. What interested me most was the fact that she told me, she does not use any kind of sauces in it. Though I have used Soy sauce, fish sauce etc in the past, I am making a conscious effort not to use them now due to various reasons. The only sauce I have on hand these days is hot sauce. I asked Jyoti for her recipe. I made some minor modifications and absolutely loved the end result. This is not a traditional Thai recipe, but I can safely say it is a healthy and easy version of the classic.
1/2 lb Pad Thai noodles
1 tea spn garlic
1 tea spn red chilli flakes
1 tea spn red chilli sauce
2-3 tbl spn brown sugar
3 tbl spns coarse peanut powder
1 tbl spn coriander leaves
2 tbl spns lemon juice
Green beans cut into thin long pieces
Carrot cut into thin long pieces
Extra firm Tofu (did not use these)
Bean sprouts (did not use these)
Broccoli (did not use these)
Cook noodles according to packet instructions.
Heat 2 tbl spns water, sugar and red chilli flakes till it thickens a bit.
Heat oil in a big wok and add tofu. Stir fry them for few minutes. With a spoon, push them to a side of wok and add eggs in the remaining space. Scramble the eggs.
Now add all the vegetables, garlic and fry them for few minutes. Let them cook for a bit.
Add cooked noodles, salt and the prepared sugar-red chilli sauce. Add the red chilli sauce(if using). Mix everything well. (Taste it at this point and add more chilli flakes or sugar if necessary).
Add lemon juice, peanut powder and mix well.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.
Serves : 1-2