Desi noodle cups is a crunchy appetizer. It is made with fried wanton cups stuffed with vegetables & noodles. I usually prepare this dish when I feel I need a bit of change from the traditional appetizers. Few days back, I made this dish for a potluck. It turned out to be a crowd pleaser.
Inspiration for Desi Noodle Cups
The inspiration for this appetizer comes from vegetable spring rolls which I really like. I wanted to capture that taste but with less oil. This led me to play with ingredients and explore options that resulted in the Desi Noodle Cups.
The dish is very easy and simple to make. I like having Desi noodle cups as a late afternoon snack along with any hot and sweet beverage like coffee or tea. The combination of sweet tea or coffee along with spicy and tangy appetizer is simply awesome. Both are contrasting in taste and each enhances the taste of the other.
About the Desi Noodle Cups
Desi noodle cup is semi spicy and tangy. It tempers the bland taste of the shell with booming flavors of the stuffing. Whenever you are making a dish with a bland covering and stuffing in it, you should try to make the stuffing a little strong in flavor to balance out the bland cover. For this dish I have fried the cups, but you can also bake these cups for a more healthy option (though baking makes the cup a tad bit harder).
For the cups I have used wonton sheets. If you can’t get wonton sheets, you can use samosa sheets. Samosa sheets are usually rectangular in shape. You will need to cut it in square to use it for this appetizer.
The quantities specified for the stuffing in this recipe is for 13 cups, so you are going to need 13 wonton sheets. This will serve for around 4 people as an appetizer during mealtimes. This is also a great snack for small number of unexpected guests.
So, try out this recipe and let me know if this was your tummy to heart moment.
- In a vessel add 1 ½ cup of water, ¼ tsp salt and noodles. Boil for 5 to 8 minutes. Next strain the noodles and keep it aside to cool. When the noodles cool down chop them into size of 1 inch.
- In a saucepan add 1 ½ tbsp oil and heat it. Add garlic paste and sauté it for few seconds. Be careful not to burn the garlic so keep the flame at medium level.
- Add chopped onion and sauté them till they become translucent.
- Next add chopped capsicum, cabbage, carrots and 1/4 tsp salt. Sauté them. 2 minutes later cover the pan with a lid to cook for 2 minutes but don’t overcook the vegetables.
- Next add tomato ketchup, soy sauce and schezwan chutney. Mix everything properly.
- Add chopped noodles and blend everything together. Cover the pan and cook for 2 minutes to infuse the flavors into noodles.
- Then turn off the flame and keep it aside. Your stuffing is ready.
- Next fry or bake wonton wraps as shown in the pictures.
- Scoop 1 tablespoon noodles stuffing and put it in each cup. Serve warm with salad and ketchup or sauce of your choice.
You may choose to bake the wonton wraps instead of frying. See images below.