When one thinks Thai food, what instantly comes to mind is a blend of sweet and spicy flavours, fresh herbs and a tropical medley which lingers long after the meal is over. While the Thai curries with loads of coconut are absolutely delectable , one doesn’t want to indulge in heavy meals like that often.
My love for Thai food is second only to our Indian, probably also because the two cuisines (and the cultures) have so much in common.Until a few years ago,like most of us, whenever we wanted to enjoy a good Thai meal at home, our instant resort would be the readymade curry pastes and hence the yellow, green or red curries. A lot of us also, are put off by the usage of fish sauce in Thai food and again are restricted to just the curries.
With time I have learnt however to enjoy similar flavours without the heaviness of coconut cream or addition of fish and oyster sauce; a few simple ingredients which one can store in their pantry for an extended period of time without the fear of them going bad can be used to put together a simple, healthy and delicious Thai meal. Want to know how? Then follow the recipe below 🙂
This is an extremely forgiving recipe and you could add other roasted veggies like carrots and pumpkins too. If mangoes are not in season, you could add grilled or fresh peaches too.
- Soba noodles boiled as per package instructions-2.5 cups
- Egg plant cut into 2X2 inch cubes-2 cups
- Baby potatoes,cubed-1/2 cup
- Dried basil-1.5 teaspoon
- Fresh Rosemary-2 sprigs
- Rice vinegar- 1/2 cup
- Honey-1.5 tablespoons
- Salt- 1/2 teaspoon or to taste + 1 teaspoon for grilling eggplants and potatoes
- Sesame oil-1 teaspoon
- Lime juice-1.5 teaspoon or to taste
- Garlic pods crushed-2
- Cajun spice-1/2 teaspoon
- Chopped green chilli (optional)-1
- Sriracha chili- 1/2 teaspoon
- Cayenne pepper (optional)- 1/2 teaspoon
- Olive or sesame oil for grilling eggplant and potatoes-1 tbsp
- Red onions , thinly sliced-1/2 cup
- Fresh or canned ripe mangoes, cubed if available -1/2 cup
- Fresh basil and/or cilantro, chopped fine-2 tablespoons
- Roasted and salted peanuts-2 tablespoons
- Mix rice vinegar, honey, 1/2 teaspoon salt, sesame oil, lime juice, garlic pods, cajun spice, green chilies, sriracha chili and cayenne pepper well till the ingredients dissolve and keep aside.
- Boil the noodles as per package instructions adding a teaspoon of oil while boiling to avoid clumping. Once cooked place under cold running water to stop cooking process, drain and keep aside
- Wash and chop eggplant to desired size pieces (preferably 2X2 inch squares) ; soak in salt water for approximately half hour then drain and dry with a paper towel to wipe off excess moisture. Place the chopped eggplants in a deep bowl and drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1.5 teaspoon dry basil.Mix well. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grill the eggplant for 15-20 minutes or until soft
- Wash, dry and half the baby potatoes , drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil, add 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary or 1.5 teaspoons of dried rosemary and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix well. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grill the potatoes for 25-30 minutes or until soft
- Cut mangoes to small cubes and keep aside
- Slice red onions as thin as possible and keep aside
- Chop fresh basil (optional) and cilantro and keep aside
- Once the noodles have come to room temperature add all the above ingredients to it in a deep bowl,add dressing, mix gently so the dressing coats the ingredients well; test for salt, garnish with chopped herbs, and peanuts and serve.