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Chow Mein a la Tanvi

Some Food for Thought, ... and then some real food [:P] -

I am not going to start with why I started this blog and all the drama behind it. I have already narrated it! If you missed it, too bad! Only kidding, if you want you can read it here

No matter how lonely or alone I feel sometimes, but that feeling definitely doesn't last for long. As crazy and clichéd it might sound but the blog makes me feel connected to so many people. Everyone stops by, leaves their positive energy filled with compliments and concern (even if it might not always be earnest, but I am not gonna dwell on that fact for now :P). Meghna's comment on my previous post changed the course of my Monday, which made me realize that you never know how you might affect someone's thoughts or day!?! It is really an enigma that as individuals we have that kind of power ... to make or break someone's day! Don't know about ya'll, but I for one am loving the sound of this power. I think I am gonna hang on to it ... and pass is forward ... Thanks, Meghna!

Now, time for some Indian Style Chow Mein

1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon of Tomato Paste (optional)
2 Teaspoons of White Wine Vinegar
2 Teaspoons of Soy Sauce
2 Serrano Peppers (chillies) chopped
2 Cups of Noddles
2 Cups of Shredded Cabbage
1/2 Bell Pepper chopped
1/2 Small Onion finely chopped
1 Small Tomato chopped
1/3 Cups of Peas
Pinch of salt

1. Boil the cup of peas, drain the water and keep aside.
2. Boil the noodles, and keep aside 
3. Sautée onions, tomato and serrano peppers in olive oil
4. Add tomato paste and continue to sautée
5. Add peas, chillies, bell peppers and a pinch of salt and continue to sautée 
6. Make sure you don't over cook the vegetables else they get too soft
7. Add Cabbage in the end and 
8. In less than a minute add the noodles and mix well

In India we have our own version of the Chow Mein. It tastes nothing like what an authentic Chinese noodles might taste, but we sure love it! Everyone has their own version and recipe too. I am sure the Chinese would feel the same way about their cuisine being transformed in India, as Mexicans feel about their cuisine being transformed in the rest of the world [as Tex-Mex]. N.B.You can add a lot of other vegetables to this as well, I added what I already had at home! :)

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  1. I am so indecisive I would probably never make up my mind what to wear and miss the royal wedding. I think it might be somthing by Vivienne Westwood though.

    Sorry that you feel lonely. I know how you feel about blogging though, so many lovely fashion bloggers out there, I love getting comments.

  2. love your post...and the dress that youve chosen...
    what would i wear??? id probably take ages to decide that and by the time id actually decide...the wedding would be over...

    and the indian-chowmein is my favourite...especially the roadside stall ones...

    fab. it girl!!!

  3. hmmmm I can easily see u at the Royal wedding as a special guest!!!:) gorgeous look!!!!
    kisses Tanvi,enjoy your day!!!!

  4. Mmmmmm....I hate Chinese food in the UK but love Indian-style Chinese food, I'm forever eating it in India. I'm definately trying this out.
    I'm not into the Royals but we're having a party on friday and I've no idea what outlandish outfit to wear. xxx

  5. aww i think your cousin is soo sweet, to make you get thinking on such a cool invite :)

    and talking of chowmeeeen...i remember mom packing it in my tiffin for lunch and how we gobbled it up, inspite of it being cold :)

  6. Sigh babe! I can almost visualise you looking stunning in that whole outfit & turning heads at the Buckingham Palace!! :)

  7. lovely dress for the royal wedding...
    What i'll chose for the royal wedding : a long dress in some bright color.

    I too love the Indian spicy chowmeins and do prepare them at home... :)

  8. dress is a good pick!

    i love our version of noodles and rest of the chinese food.. we just can't live without spices!! :)

    and i know what you mean.. there are few comments , that just make your day. Its a nice feeling to know that some one is reading and responding to what you say with such enthusiasm!

  9. oh gosh the lovely yellow dress seems fitting for such an event.
    yummm the chow looks so delishious and super easy to make, and yes the power of words to influence you reallychanges your outlook :)
    Lydz xX

  10. Nice dress!!! And yummy looking noodles !!
    I would wear marchesa !! Love all the gowns marchesa does..

  11. Hehe, how cool if we were actually invited to the Royal Wedding!
    The yellow gown is so stunning. And I want those earrings! London weather became unpredictable again, lol. It's warmish now, but it's meant to get nice again towards the end of the week.

    P.S. I know you asked about Pakistani designer clothes. I'm afraid I don't know any online ones. There are a few designer stores in London, for WHEN you come to London.

  12. Carolina Herrera- I've always admired the dresses! :)

  13. Ooh I'm going to try this some time! My friend introduced me to Indian Chinese food in Calcutta - it's super tasty!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  14. OOH!!! I can imaging how gorgeous you would look in that outfit! :)

    And thanks for the recipe.. You just solved my dinner dilemma for tonight :D

  15. I make these noodles at least once a week my husband loves it.
    I think the thought of blogging connecting you to people is not clichéd at all and I try to think that all the concern is real makes me feel happy

  16. somebody happy,.......well so u up fr de wedding....lts hope de gown looks color is damn attracting de view........n de cuisine u prepared made me drop my jaws....slurp slurp....cant resist...:)

  17. lovely dress you picked! hey if it taste like nothing like the chinese chow mein I'm in, I'm not a fan of chinese chow mein at all!!

  18. Lovely post dear!! and the chowmein so reminded me of India.

  19. I love your outfit choice, that dress is gorgeous. Also, that dish looks AMAZING. So hungry!
    Have a great day!

  20. that yellow gown is extremely gorgeous! what a great pick:)


  21. i dunno what would I wear...but definitely it would be something classy(definitely wouldnt experiment on this invite!!)

    yupps, indian chow mein has got its own it!!!!
    btw , ur pick is fab!!

  22. It's true: we have that power. Comments and messages from you have given me pride and joy on a deeper level than you might know. Thank you for that.

  23. Love your choice of dress Tanvi - yellow is a healing color and very much spring:) I grew up in Malaysia and ate a lot of Chinese Chow Mein and love it. But when I visit India, I enjoy the Indian Chow Mein as much too:) I guess I just love FOOD!!

  24. I am sooo proud and honored to be mentioned at the beginning of this blog.
    Great dress choice, Tanvi! Dreamy and happy! Princess Di would be proud :-)
    But where's your hat???
    Meetu D

  25. Hi Tanvii, I am a newbie here. I came across your blog few days back and fell in love with it for once. I read almost all your posts and its fantastic! I love your outfits and your fitness mantra's.
    Love yellow dress..:)

  26. Tanvi,

    What should groom be wearing?

  27. Oh yeah, give me some indian chow mein any day!

    PS: we've found that "singapore noodle" at the local Chinese joint tastes pretty similar to what passes for chinese food in india!

    Spread the good vibes around, babe! It's what you do best. :)

  28. I love your pretend outfit! PERFECT! Love the simple yet extremely elegant yellow dress! Also I think I have everything to make that chow mein! I have never attempted, so maybe I will..

  29. that yellow dress is perfect!! i love the bright colors and it would be so eye-catching at the wedding!

    cute & little
    come check out the Color Brigade!

  30. Yellow is such a positive colour - reminds me of the pretty yellow flowers in bloom in my garden this minute. As for the royal wedding: Am aware that it's sometime this week. I shan't be watching it on television, though. Sorry you are feeling lonely, but you have such sweet blogfriends;-)

  31. Ha, thats funny I am eating chowmein as I type this comment. I would need a lot and I mean a lot of advice if I were ever invited for an event like this one :)

  32. Ummm that looks good. I love the dress you chose to wear to the royal wedding as well.

  33. I heart that gown and the diamonds! :)

  34. that dress looks classy...and it's yellow!!!

    P.S. Just linked your post on mixing prints in my latest post :):)

  35. Ummmmmmmmmmmm you make me feel so humgry.
    I shall try the recipe...

  36. Im so excited for the Royal wedding this week and the outfit you chose is amazing. I love that shade of yellow. Btw: The recipe looks so delicious. I need to try it asap:) Have a great Wednesday, sunshine

  37. ..nice..beautiful dress! awesome color!!
    btw..the recipe sounds sumptuous..
    Tc.. and enjoy!

  38. No No thank you, was smiling bright reading my name here!..little pleasures of life!...was remembering the day when I came across your blog and spent hours here...posts like 'Me against myself' and many more made me come back

  39. That is very nice yellow dress.

  40. and the Queen would be super impressed by your choice...chic as always...
    and chow made me hungry n cravy n it is 1 o'clock at night:(

  41. I love Indian chow mein!! First thing I do when I land up in Delhi is order takeout, greasy chinese food:-)

    Love the flow-y, yellow dress. I thinks its perfect for a wedding! I am dying to see what Kate wears!!

  42. Hi doll, I'm just gettin caught up on your posts, I've been so swamped at work I've had little time for blogging and commenting. I love the green pants post! Also did I miss the exercise ball yet? hehe. Chow mein and royal wedding are a perfect marriage to me!! Hubs and I have a date every Friday to eat Chow mein at our spot. I just crave it after a hard days work. that and Chop suey soup! hugs -Taj

  43. I'm sure the Chinese won't recognise any Chinese dish we have in India! I'll be watching part of the royal wedding too

  44. oh..thats a lovely gown .. oh that chowmein is one of our(my sis, bro, cousins and me ) favs... and occasionally we get ma or chachi to add chicken into it .. it gets even better.. :)

  45. The power to make or break someone's day sounds a bit dangerous and unnerving to me ;)
    Shouldn't we ourselves be the masters of how our day (and in turn out life in general) will shape up? In fact, I consciously try and not let other people (with positive or negative vibes) affect me. So, I might be feeling crappy amidst awesome people, and might be feeling awesome amidst people with negative energy.. only because I myself am letting me feel like that.
    On a lighter note, I absolutely love that shade of yellow. and those earrings...*drooooool*

  46. Oh that absolutely looks lovely and like something I would indulge in!!!!

  47. Love that gown! It would be perfect for a royal wedding! That Chow Mein looks pretty fabulous as well!

  48. Absolutely HEART HEART HEART that yellowness..

    You would have surely outdone all the bridesmaid... :-p

  49. You would look absolutely stunning in this dress, Tanvi. (Maybe take a little shrug with you because it has cooled down considerably in the last few days.) I have NO idea what I would wear - but then, this morning they reported that not even ex Prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown are invited - and I'm sooooooo much further down the food chain here, so I don't think I need to worry.

  50. Love your choice of dress and hmmm, yum, yum for chow mein! XX

  51. Hey,love the dress and earings.You may steal the show with that.He he..he...

  52. I have no clue what I would've wore to the Royal Wedding!!

    Lol, I'm really loving this post, and Royal Wedding & Chow Mein, yummy!!!


  53. I don't know what looks better to me...That gorgeous gown or that delicious looking food!

  54. So I just showed Andrew this. Now I really think I am going to make it. :)

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