Thursday, November 18, 2021

Vegan Thai Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Mow)

A classic Thai recipe, Vegan Drunken Noodles or Pad Kee Mow comes together in under 15 minutes. 

Flavorful, delicious and perfect for a one pot weeknight meal. 

Vegan Drunken Noodles in a plate

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Drunken noodles, a popular Thai noodle recipe that is super easy to make and always delicious.

A dish that comes together in a jiffy, these noodles are perfect as a main dish for any meal. It can be modified to add protein, vegetables and aromatics of your choice.

Drunken noodles is super popular in US, and is a part of MOST Thai restaurant menus. If you have had it at the restaurants, you would definitely enjoy this home-made version of the recipe.

Like other stir-fry recipes, this one comes together super quick and is ready in under 10 minutes. 

Drunken Noodles in a plate

What is Pad Kee Mow or Drunken Noodles?

A popular street food from Thailand, Drunken Noodles is a great option for weeknight dinner. 

Generally made with flat rice noodles, vegetables and a spicy sauce, these noodles are called Drunken but have zero alcohol! 

The name is actually derived from the words Pad Kee Mow. Pad means to stir fry and Khi Mow is drunkard in Thai. Thus the name! More about the name here.

These noodles are generally pretty saucy and that makes them special. They do not need a side but taste great with it too. They make a one pot meal and the leftovers are always delicious too. 

Ingredients/ What you need to make

Drunken Noodles ingredients

Flat Rice Noodles: I use flat wide noodles for the recipe. These noodles are pre- cooked and need only a few minutes to soften. 

These can be bought from the Asian store. Available in various sizes, pick the thickest one for the recipe. 

If using dry noodles, soak them in hot water till they are soft before using.

Tofu: Firm or extra firm tofu works best in this recipe. It should not disintegrate on cooking and retain shape. It can be substituted with paneer if dairy is okay.

Vegetables:Go with a handful of veggies or load it up, the choice is yours. I add a couple of vegetables each time. Broccoli, carrots, mushrooms and bok choy work perfect in the recipe.

Aromatics: Given how flavorful this recipe is, garlic, chili and onions are required for sure. Choose the garlic quantity based on how you like it. I generally add a LOT. 

Sauce: The sauce is what makes the noodles 'drunken'. Fish sauce is generally used and can be substituted with Vegetarian Stir Fry sauce. Plus, some soy sauce, five spice seasoning and brown sugar is added for the Umami flavor. 

Drunken Noodles sauce ingredients

Thai Basil: Topping the noodles with Thai Basil makes it super flavorful. A handful is perfect in the recipe. If unable to find Thai basil, use any basil you have at hand.  

Step by Step Instructions


1- To prepare the sauce mix together soy sauce, vegetarian stir fry sauce, five spice powder, salt and sugar. Stir till the sugar and spice mixes well. 

2- In a wide bottom pan or wok heat sesame oil. 

3- Add minced garlic and bird eye chili. Sauté till the garlic is cooked.

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4- Move that to the edge of the pan and add tofu. Let the tofu crisp up on all sides.

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5- Add sliced onions and mix everything. Sauté for a couple of minutes.

6- Next add broccoli florets and mushroom. Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.

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7- Add the thick rice noodles.

8- Pour the prepared sauce on the noodles.

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9- Mix everything well and cook for a minute or two till the noodles soften.

10- Add the Thai Basil and turn down the flame.

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11- Mix and serve immediately.

Drunken Noodles in a pan

Tips and Notes

  • The sauces have salt so be aware while adding more salt. Add it if you need it.

  • The recipe comes together quickly so it is best to keep everything ready before starting. 

  • Add or change the vegetables as desired. Tofu can be subbed with paneer for a non-Vegan version too.

  • The Vegetarian stir fry sauce along with soy sauce is required in the recipe in place of fish sauce. 
Drunken Noodles in a plate with egg rolls and sauce

Recipe Card
Yield: 3
Author: Smruti
Vegan Thai Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Mow)

Vegan Thai Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Mow)

A classic Thai recipe, Vegan Drunken Noodles or Pad Kee Mow comes together in under 15 minutes. Flavorful, delicious and great for a comforting meal.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 7 MinTotal time: 22 Min

Ingredients

  • Fresh Rice Noodles 4 cups (1 lb)
  • Firm Tofu 1 cup, pressed and cubed
  • Broccoli Florets 1 cup
  • Mushroom 1 cup, halved
  • Onion 1/2 cup, sliced
  • Garlic 5-6 cloves, minced
  • Thai Bird Eye Chili 1 medium, minced
  • Thai Basil 1 cup, chopped
  • Sesame Oil2 tsp

Instructions

  1. To prepare the sauce mix together soy sauce, vegetarian stir fry sauce, five spice powder, salt and sugar. Stir till the sugar and spice mixes well.
  2. In a wide bottom pan or wok heat sesame oil.
  3. Add minced garlic and bird eye chili. Sauté till the garlic is cooked.
  4. Move that to the edge of the pan and add tofu. Let the tofu crisp up on all sides.
  5. Add sliced onions and mix everything. Sauté for a couple of minutes.
  6. Next add broccoli florets and mushroom. Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add the thick rice noodles.
  8. Pour the prepared sauce on the noodles.
  9. Mix everything well and cook for a minute or two till the noodles soften.
  10. Add the Thai Basil and turn down the flame.
  11. Mix and serve immediately.

Notes:

  • The sauces have salt so be aware while adding more salt. Add it if you need it.
  • The recipe comes together quickly so it is best to keep everything ready before starting. 
  • Add or change the vegetables as desired. Tofu can be subbed with paneer for a non-Vegan version too.
  • The Vegetarian stir fry sauce along with soy sauce is required in the recipe in place of fish sauce. 


Sunday, October 31, 2021

Indian Sweets Piñata Cake

A great way to serve your Indian sweets and make a fancy edible center piece. This Piñata cake is FULL of yummy things!

Plus, it comes together so quickly and can be made before hand for a party!

Indian Piñata Cake in plate

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Piñata cakes have been super popular for a while now. Filled with delicious treats like chocolates, cakes, candies and what not. 

Piñata has been a concept for a long time. A piñata is a container, often made with paper mache and filled with candy and other goodies. 

It is broken with a stick to reveal the contents as part of a celebration. 

The same concept is used to make this Piñata cake, a chocolate shell filled with all things delicious.

I modified the contents to make a cake that is PERFECT for the Indian festive season.

What is Piñata cake?

Well, to begin with, Piñata cake is NOT a cake at all. It is a dessert made from chocolate and filled with goodies. 

Essentially, a LARGE heart shaped silicone mold is used to shape chocolate. The heart shell is then placed over a mix of edible treats. 

This shell is broken using a hammer to reveal what is under it. The entire process of hammering the shell to get the goodies is LOVED by everyone. It makes a great edible gift too.

I took the concept of this Piñata Cake with hammer and modified it slightly to make it PERFECT for Diwali.

This Piñata is filled with the MOST delicious Indian sweets. From Kaju Katli to Paan Fudge and Malai Sandwich, this would be a GREAT Diwali dessert.

Broken Indian Piñata Cake in plate

This Piñata Cake

  • is super easy to make 
  • needs just ONE ingredient; chocolate! 
  • can be filled with whatever you like
  • makes a great display piece on the festive dinner table
  • comes together in under 15 minutes!

  • is a great way to serve assorted sweets at a party

Most of the times this cake is made with a signature heart shaped mold, but it can be made with any shaped silicone mold. 

The chocolate needs to be tempered well to get the shine and smooth texture on the outside. On the inside it need not be perfectly smooth.

Indian Piñata Cake on a board


Ingredients to make this dessert

The ONLY ingredient for the shell is chocolate or compound. I have used white chocolate as it looks pretty. However, any dark or semi-sweet chocolate can be used too.

Ingredients for Indian Piñata Cake

If you want the chocolate colored, use any food color to tint the molten chocolate. 

Once the shell is made, you can add sprinkles to decorate or some edible silver foil (varakh).

Apart from the chocolate you need a mold for the piñata. While most cakes use a heart shaped mold, any large half sphere, rectangle or other shaped mold will work.

Once you have the shell, you need the fillings. Use a mix of Indian sweets or pick your favorite sweet to fill in. 

Sweets with a lot of juice will not work here. 

Ideal choices are Air Fryer Gujiya ( Indian Sweet Pastry)Besan LadooEasy Banarasi Paan FudgeInstant Marie Biscuit Chocolate TrufflesKaju KatliKaju Paan etc.

Step by Step Instructions

For the Shell

1- Chop the chocolate roughly and add them to a large microwave safe bowl.

2- Place the heart mold on a plate.

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3-Place bowl in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds. 

4- Remove bowl, mix and repeat till the chocolate melts and falls off a spatula smoothly.  

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5- Pour the molten chocolate in it and swirl it around till it form a thin layer. Cover the edges well.

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6- Place the mold in the refrigerator for 10-12 minutes till the chocolate sets.

7- If the chocolate in the bowl has set, melt it again.

8- Remove the mold from the refrigerator and add the chocolate in it. 

9- Spread it evenly using a pastry brush. The finish need not be perfect as it hides inside the piñata. 

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10- Place the mold in the refrigerator for 10 more minutes. 

11- Remove the mold from the refrigerator and carefully peel it off the chocolate. 

To fill the Piñata Cake

1- To fill, place sweets in a heart shape on a platter or board.

Steps for making Indian Piñata Cake

2- Carefully place the chocolate shell on them.

3- Melt some more white chocolate and add a drop of gel color to it. Mix well.

4- Transfer to a ziploc and decorate the shell. Add some sprinkles and varakh too.

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5- To revel the contents of the Piñata, break the shell with a hammer. The shell and the sweets inside are edible.

Steps for making Indian Piñata Cake

Tips and Notes

  • Make sure the mold is placed flat while the chocolate is still setting. Else the chocolate will slide around.

  • Melt the chocolate till it is smooth. This is important to get a smooth finish on the outside. 

  • Fill the Piñata with sweets that are not too moist. The juices will create a mess.


Steps for making Indian Piñata Cake



Yield: 3
Author: Smruti
Indian Sweets Piñata Cake

Indian Sweets Piñata Cake

A great way to serve your Indian sweets and make a fancy edible center piece. This Piñata cake is FULL of yummy things!
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 15 Min

Ingredients

Instructions

For the Shell
  1. Chop the chocolate roughly and add them to a large microwave safe bowl.
  2. Place bowl in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds.
  3. Remove bowl, mix and repeat till the chocolate melts and falls off a spatula smoothly.
  4. Place the heart mold on a plate.
  5. Pour the molten chocolate in it and swirl it around till it form a thin layer. Cover the edges well.
  6. Place the mold in the refrigerator for 10-12 minutes till the chocolate sets.
  7. If the chocolate in the bowl has set, melt it again.
  8. Remove the mold from the refrigerator and add the chocolate in it.
  9. Spread it evenly using a pastry brush. The finish need not be perfect as it hides inside the piñata.
  10. Place the mold in the refrigerator for 10 more minutes.
  11. Remove the mold from the refrigerator and carefully peel it off the chocolate.
To fill the Piñata Cake
  1. To fill, place sweets in a heart shape on a platter or board.
  2. Carefully place the chocolate shell on them.
  3. Melt some more white chocolate and add a drop of gel color to it. Mix well.
  4. Transfer to a ziploc and decorate the shell. Add some sprinkles and varakh too.
  5. To revel the contents of the Piñata, break the shell with a hammer. The shell and the sweets inside are edible.

Notes:

  • Make sure the mold is placed flat while the chocolate is still setting. Else the chocolate will slide around.
  • Melt the chocolate till it is smooth. This is important to get a smooth finish on the outside. 
  • Fill the Piñata with sweets that are not too moist. The juices will create a mess.