|This makes a nice change from potato on Ekadasi|
The following amounts catered for 3 large portions, so would probably make 4 moderate servings.
1 1/2-2 (depending on size) orange sweet potatoes
2 med-large courgettes/ zucchini
a generous 1/2 cup of cashew pieces or halves
1 1/2 tabs olive oil
1 tsp seasalt
a generous pinch of coarse black pepper
the juice of one lime
a piece of ginger roughly the size of the tip of your thumb, grated finely- about a dsp once grated
one 50g packet of soba noodles
- Cut the sweet potato and courgette into fine julienne (strips) as illustrated.
- Juice the lime and let the grated ginger sit in the juice.
- Heat water in a fairly large saucepan and put in the soba noodles when it has come to a vigorous boil. Turn off the heat immediately. Keep the noodles moving by stirring constantly; that way they are less likely to stick together. Be patient, and carry on until they are soft all the way through, then drain in a colander and rinse the excess starch off with plenty of cold running water. Set aside.
- Heat the oil in a wok and stir-fry the vegetables until just starting to tenderise. Throw in the cashews, stirring constantly to ensure they don't burn. Stir in the salt, pepper, ginger and lime and when the veggies are cooked to your liking (either completely soft or a little al dente) turn off the heat.
- Now go back to the soba noodles. Don't worry if they have become a bit sticky again; just rinse them in cold water and separate gently with your fingers. Either stir them into the vegetables and cashews or serve them separately, hot or cold. (To re-heat them I used a microwave. You could also stir-fry them but I think using hot water would spoil them.)