Vegetable rice noodles with capsicum chicken…

by Sunita on April 14, 2007

Mention noodles and Dinesh is doubly hungry…so is Agastya…they just can’t wait to be served. Rengoni on the other hand is not that enthusiastic about it and usually gives that ‘what’s so great about it’ look to the boys’ excitement. However, she loves chicken dishes so does’nt complain so much about it. Well, to speak the truth, I make it a point to make the kids have whatever is placed on the table. I’m well aware that everyone has their favourites, so they do get to have them…but I tell them to have some things simply because they are good for them. Recently, Rengoni does make it clear that she does not like a particular ingredient or dish but is having them solely for the reason mentioned above. She also questions if certain things are healthy and tries to categorise them. I try to serve them a variety of cuisines so that they get accustomed to a miriad of tastes. Who knows where they might have to end up!So far so good. I only hope that they continue to do so even when they grow up and spread their wings. I just hope I’m not compelling them so much that they would want to break free and take the wrong turn. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder as to what goes on in those little minds of theirs!!!

As for the recipes, here goes-
What’s needed for the capsicum chicken-

4 pieces of chicken breasts, deboned and cut into bitesized pieces
1 onion, chopped
1 capsicum chopped
2 pods of garlic, chopped
3 tblsp soy sauce
2 tblsp tomato ketchup
1 tblsp sugar
1 tsp cornflour
salt to taste
2 tblsp oil

How to-

Heat oil in a pan. add the sugar. When it begins to melt, add the onions and garlic and fry till translucent.

Add the chicken, soy sauce, ketchup and salt and cook till the chicken is done three-fourths of the way.

Add the capsicum and stir for a minute. Cook till the chicken is completely done.

Add the cornflour mixed with 1 tblsp of water.

The chicken will leave enough juice for it to be cooked in. When the cornflour mixture has been added, stir it for a minute as the gravy will begin to thicken.

Remove from heat and serve hot with the noodles.

The noodles-
What’s needed-

200 gms rice noodles
1 onion, sliced
1 carrot, cut into strips
5-6 french beans, cut into diamonds
1C broccoli florets
2 pods of garlic, chopped
a handful of cabbage cit into strips
5-6 button mushrooms, sliced
1/2 red pepper, sliced
4 tblsp soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste

How to-

Soak the rice noodles in hot water for 5 minutes. Strain the water completely.

Heat 3-4 tblsp of oil. Add carrot, broccoli, french beans, onion, garlic and stir fry for 3 minutes.

Add the rest of the vegetables and mushrooms and stir fry for another 4-5 minutes. Add the soy sauce and salt and pepper.

Add the noodles and fry for a few more minutes. Do not over cook. Remove from heat and serve

hot with the chicken.


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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sig April 14, 2007 at 4:34 pm

Wow Sunita, that capsicum chicken looks amazing! I’ve bookmarked it for trying. I noticed that you haven’t added any spices in it, do you think I could add some red chili powder for heat?


2 sunita April 14, 2007 at 5:09 pm

Sig, I think you can go ahead and add
the chilli powder or some chopped green chillies…in fact the latter would go better with it…


3 trupti April 14, 2007 at 5:32 pm

Those rice noodles look very tempting! I don’t eat chicken..but even that looks good.

Loved those pictures from Assam in your other post…I was so fascinated with the Culture when I saw the movie “Daman” well as another old one with Shabana Azmi, I forgot the name!
I love the fact that a father is called “Devta”, how appropriate.

Have a good weekend,


4 sunita April 14, 2007 at 8:48 pm

Trupti, if the chicken has been able to tempt you, a non eater, I guess it did not turn out badly…thanks and nice to have you over…


5 Vcuisine April 15, 2007 at 4:52 am

Noodles are yummy. Viji


6 sunita April 15, 2007 at 12:51 pm

Viji, thanks…


7 Prema Sundar April 15, 2007 at 2:10 pm

Lovely presentation Sunita. I just want to grab that plate now… Rice noodles and capsicum rice look delicious .


8 sra April 15, 2007 at 5:49 pm

Sunita, those noodles look scrumptious, as does the chicken. Rengoni makes nice reading. What does the name mean?


9 sunita April 15, 2007 at 8:05 pm

Prema, thanks and nice to have you over…


10 sunita April 15, 2007 at 8:06 pm

Sra, thanks …Rengoni means a ray of light…


11 Cynthia April 16, 2007 at 12:29 pm

Sunita, I think that it a great thing you’re doing – exposing your children to a variety of foods and cuisines. It makes their palates sophisticated and like you said – you don’t know where they will end up. As they grow into adults, their lives and work will take them in many directions and in contact with people of various backgrounds and cultures and to be able to sit down and have a meal and appreciate it with someone whose from a different background as ours speaks volumes about us as people and our upbringing. Great job. Keep on doing it.


12 sunita April 16, 2007 at 2:02 pm

Cynthia, thanks…I just try my bit…only time will tell…


13 Mallugirl April 16, 2007 at 2:10 pm

the chicken looks yummy!u don’t fry the capsicum first?


14 sunita April 16, 2007 at 2:40 pm

Mallugirl, nice to have you over…and no, I don’t like to fry the capsicum first as it becomes too mushy by the time the dish is cooked…I like it to have a little crunch…


15 Homecooked February 18, 2008 at 11:11 am

Wow…these look delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe.


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