Indian stir-fried spring veg vermicelli with peanuts

Indian stir-fried spring veg vermicelli with peanuts

Anjum's Quick & Easy Indian
Cooking time
10 mins
Lisa Linder

Vermicelli and rice noodles feature on Indian menus, the former in desserts in North India as well as in quick stir-fries in many regions, the latter mostly in the South. This recipe is inspired by those northern vegetable stir-fries. If you make the recipe with fine vermicelli (available in Indian stores), you will produce a softer, more unctuous dish. Rice noodles, used here, are more textured but also more widely available. Both work well. I like to add edamame beans for a little protein, but you can use broad beans or peas for a burst of sweetness if you prefer.


Quantity Ingredient
2-3 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 dried red chillies
1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
2 teaspoons chana dal
14 fresh curry leaves
1 red onion, finely sliced
15g root ginger, finely shredded, (peeled weight)
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 large carrot, cut into 7.5 cm matchsticks
12 asparagus spears, tips cut whole on the diagonal, stalks finely sliced
2 spring onions, finely sliced on the diagonal
2 handfuls edamame beans
300g fine rice noodles
2-3 tablespoons lemon juice, to taste
small handful mint or coriander leaves, finely chopped
small handful roasted salted peanuts, lightly crushed


  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick sauté pan. Add the chillies and mustard seeds and, once the popping dies down, the chana dal and curry leaves. Once the lentils start to colour, add the red onion, ginger and seasoning and sauté for three to four minutes before adding the turmeric. Fry for 20 seconds, stirring to mix well, then add the rest of the vegetables.
  2. Stir-fry for two minutes, then add the rice noodles and lemon juice and continue to cook for another two minutes, or until the noodles are soft but the vegetables are still crunchy. Stir in the herbs and peanuts and serve hot or warm.
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