Friday, September 4, 2009

Thai style Noodles

On one of the quieter tree-lined streets in Bangalore, there was this really beautiful restaurant called 'Spiga'. It was a really pretty house and the informal atmosphere made the whole experience so much nicer.
They had an interesting menu, with a few options from various cuisines
I am a big fan of Thai food and invariably ordered that when I went there and it was simply perfect every single time

The street is now busier and is more like a high-fashion street with all Indian and global designers having a showroom there and Spiga has closed down
The good news is that they have opened their restaurant in another area in bangalore, the bad news is that I dont live there anymore *sob*

Thai style noodles

In memory of all the lip-smacking food i have had at Spiga, I made this Thai style noodles for dinner last night.
I found brocolli and coloured peppers here and I knew I had to make this. I made a little red curry paste, added peanuts, got the veggies together and made a little red curry out of it. Added a bit of soy sauce, sugar, chillies and noodles and it tasted real good, almost as good as the one from Spiga...

Thai 2

What you need -

1/2 cup peanuts
2 tsps soy sauce
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup brocolli florets
2 coloured capsicums
1 onion
1/2 cup chopped spring onions
chilli flakes
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt

(You can add tofu or mushrooms to this)

For the paste -

4 red chillies
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
5 cloves of garlic
1/2 inch piece ginger
1/2 tsp lemon rind
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 onion

What you do with it -

Roast the peanuts and crush them into small pieces
Chop the peppers lengthwise. Wash and keep aside
Chop the onion into large pieces lengthwise

Cook the noodles as per the instructions
I dropped it in how water with a little salt, for about 5 mins
Drain water. Add a tsp of oil and spread it in a large plate to avoid it getting all sticky

Soak the chillies in warm water for about 10 mins
Put thru a blender all the other ingredients under 'For the paste'
Add half the roasted peanuts and blend one more time

In a large deep pan, add the paste and fry, adding a little oil
Add sugar and salt
Add the onions, capsicums and brocolli
Add the soy sauce and stir on high heat
Lower the heat and add the coconut milk
Cover and allow to cook for 6-7 mins

To serve, place the noodles in a plate and spoon the curry over it
Garnish with roasted peanuts and spring onions


Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Yum, Yum, Yum! Looks too good...

Vani said...

Sounds like a place to check out next time I'm in BLR. That plate looks colorful and delicious, Arch!

Suparna said...

hi Arch,
Looks lip smacking :) peanut sauce and coconut milk wow! the taste and flavours would be heavenly

Rush said...

made a little modifications and tried it right now, it came out Super!!!
love it!!

Priya Narasimhan said...

too good..mouthwatering....I am really surprised that many thai recipes i have come across uses coconut this spiga a vegetarian restaurant?

Indian Khana said...

Looks colourful....that's wonderful array of ingredients..

Sophia said...

Ahhh...when you miss a food with sweet memories that you can't have, it just leaves a hole in your heart. It's the same way for me with the peanut pancakes in Singapore....

That dish looks amazing. No wonder you loved that place.

Miri said...

I luurve Thai food - and miss Benjarong in Chennai. The affordable Thai restaurants are an apology to real Thai food - cornflour to thicken the Thai curries - et al sigh.

Your curry looks amazing!!

amna said...

i think flavouring with lemongrass would make it taste much more authentic. worth a try if its available where you live :)

Sig said...

Oh those bell peppers looked like prawns first... :) I love Thai noodles!

Varsha Vipins said...

I guess everyone has fond memories assosciated with some or other eatery nooks..rite..:)..That platter looks really good Arch..:)

Red Chillies said...

Hmm...yet another place that I never went to Bangalore and sad that it is no longer there. Thai noodles look good!

Unknown said...

Hi Arch,

I tried the noodles yesterday, just did not add peanuts (my son cannot eat nuts) and it was just delicious :)

Thank you for this heavenly recipe



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