Recently on a trip to the grocers, I picked up this small packet of Asian Sichuan seasoning mix (powder form) which was tucked away in a corner beside the more popular stir-fry sauces and noodles. I also picked up some Japanese stir-fry blend from the frozen section which actually is a blend of broccoli, carrots, snowpea pods, onions and mushrooms. I knew I would be able to make a sizzling meal out of these two. I wasnt wrong! The color of the dish was just awesome, and very appetizing. We all had a very satisfying meal, thanks to the wonderful flavor imparted by the unassuming packet of seasoning mix - Szechwan (as on the packet). The stir-fry can be made vegetarian by omitting the meat, or beef can be replaced by the all-time favorite chicken or pork. Experiment with your favorite blend of vegetables and enjoy!!
Recipe (Serves 5) :
Beef - 3/4 lb, cut into strips
Sugar - 1 tsp
Soy sauce - 3 tbsp
Water - 1/4 cup
Oil - 2 tbsp
Fresh mushrooms - 1/4 lb, sliced
Bamboo shoots - 1 can, drained
Japanese stir fry mix - 8 oz, frozen **
Hot & Spicy Sichuan/Szechwan seasoning mix - 1, (3/4) oz packet
Combine the seasoning mix, sugar, soy sauce and water.
Blend and set aside.
In a large skillet, heat oil, add meat and stir-fry until browned.
Add the frozen stir-fry vegetables and saute until cooked and tender.
Toss in the sliced mushrooms and bamboo shoots, stir-fry.
Add the seasoning mxiture.
Stir fry for another minute or until thickened.
Serve the stir-fry over noodles or fried rice.
- I served the stir-fry on a bed of enriched lomein noodles.
- Chicken or pork can be substituted for beef in this recipe.
- Make a quick vegetable stir-fry by omitting the meat.
- The actual recipe called for fresh vegetables. So instead of the stir-fry vegetables blend, you can use onion (1 medium, sliced), carrots (2, sliced) and red or green bellpepper (1, sliced).
- I did not use bamboo shoots.
- Stir-fry over high heat so that the vegetables would stay crisp.
I am sending this stir-fry to the "Eat Healthy - Protein Rich" event at Sangeeth's Art of Cooking Indian Food. Check out my other entries like,
Chicken tikka masala
Noodles with Peanut Sauce
Stir-fried Chicken with Mango
Baked Buffalo Wings
Diced Chicken with Vegetables
Hot and Sour Pork with Celery
Sweet and Sour Chickpeas
Have a great weekend ahead!!
Keeping in touch with my friends
Cleaning the house (to welcome my in-laws!) and more cleaning!
Anyone who is interested can take up the tag and enjoy doing it!! :-)