Honey, Chilli and Garlic Noodles- Kid’s Special Recipe


Movies many a times reflect life. Life as it is. Life as it should be. I recently happened to watch the movie “The Lunchbox”. A deftly made movie, in which the both the male and female protagonist don’t meet; they communicate with each other through a series of notes sent through a “dabba” (lunchbox) that has been wrongly delivered. The Lunchbox hits the right spot when it so gracefully touches the trials, tribulations, fears and hopes of the people of Mumbai. There are many problems that the female protagonist tackles in the movie. One among them is the eternal question of what to pack in her husband’s and daughter’s lunch box. Trivial as it may seem, this is one of the more pertinent questions faced by most mothers today at least in this city. On one level, in a vastly commercialised junk food world, it is about keeping the kid interested in the lunch. Then, at another level, it is about maintaining the nutrition level. Add to it, kids these days are well informed; if you fail to convince them about something on the plate, be rest assured that it won’t be eaten.

So then, what’s the solution we may ask? The way out to me would be to have the kids menu designed in a manner that appeals to them. Few thoughtful touches would make a huge differences, abundance of colours, shapes could do. Another thing could be done is involve them in the kitchen, time permitting small jobs for example, buttering the bread could be theirs.

And so, here is one recipe that should definitely appeal to all kids and as well as adults. Yes, a noodles recipe. Most kids love noodles and I have kept it very simple, incorporating the basic flavours. The good thing is it came of well. Just the chillies and honey to suit juniors taste. Another suggestion is try not to break the noodles when cooking them. There is a certain pleasure in slurping the long noodles.

Hope you like this one and when juniors home, I do hope you get the response that is a famous ad running on TV these days “Dhabba Khaali; pet full”!


Honey, Chilli and Garlic Noodles


  • 400 grams noodles of your choice
  • 80 grams garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons, soya sauce
  • 3 teaspoons, oil
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 40 grams, red chilli flakes
  • 3 tablespoons, honey
  • 1 tablespoon, sesame seeds


  • Cook the noodles as instructed on the pack till they are al dente (75% done). Once cooked, keep them under running water for a while and add a teaspoon of oil to prevent them from sticking. You could add salt now to the noodles.
  • Whisk the soya sauce and lemon juice together in a bowl and add the red chilli flakes. Keep aside.
  • Now, heat the remaining oil in wok or a heavy pan and add the garlic. Cook on a high flame for 2 minutes or till the garlic is reddish brown and has started releasing a pleasant aroma.
  • Once the garlic has browned, add the soya sauce and lemon emulsion and give it a quick mix.
  • Add the noodles in small batches tossing well each time.
  • Once all the noodles are well coated with the soya sauce, and the honey and toss again for a final time.
  • Garnish with the sesame seeds and serve hot.


Simple Butter Cake!

Walnut Butter Cake
Its been a while since I posted a cake recipe on the blog. Nearly a year almost.Why haven’t I baked in all this while…. Well call it my bane. The proverbial Achilles heel.  After a couple of baking attempts went put; I thought it would be better if I could focus on eating a cake, than baking one.The plan worked, till a reader wrote requesting if I could post a simple butter cake recipe. I discussed with a few friends who bake and they said it was pretty simple. I tweeted to another round of encouragement from folks. I wrote back to the reader saying I’d post the recipe. The good thing, there was time on hand. So, I searched for a simple recipe that would fit the brief. I was so spoilt for choice that I didn’t know which to choose. I narrowed down one and sent it to a friend for authentication. He sent it back with recommended changes.

So, preps done and I now was ready to face the music. I started whisking the butter gingerly, much like Sachin Tendulkar’s nervous edge down to third man to get off the mark. But as I covered the steps in the recipe, the confidence in process and myself start to increase. You need to love baking, experienced and professional bakers told me. I was now beginning to love the process. I did see the batter coming out just as my friend described it would.  I was happy. The tin was dusted and prepared. In went the batter. I had a few walnuts that I had saved from an earlier dish and felt they would give a nice crunch to the cake. In they went. But now was the true test. Waiting for the cake to bake. Believe you me those thirty five minutes seemed like and endless Rahul Dravid innings. Finally, the timer went off and I dashed off the oven as if my life depended on it.  It passed the skewer test. Now too wait for another few minutes, till it cooled completely. It finally did.

As I cut through each slice, the delicate cake was perfect. You will have to excuse the pictures, since it was a quick photo shoot. Trust me, the cake was inviting.

We enjoyed the cake with coffee. And yes, I did send the recipe to my reader who wrote

Dear Elson,

I did try the cake recipe you sent me. It was heavenly. Sheer buttery goodness.

Guess I will now use this cake to show off to all my friends that I too can bake. Thanks a lot for the trouble.

Shall also be trying the Fish Coastal Biryani soon. I’ll write and let you know how it turned out to be.

Do keep satiating our hungry souls till then.

It encouraged me to start a series for readers request recipe. Should you have a recipe that you want me to feature on the blog, please feel free to drop in a line on my email address thetummytale@gmail.com or stop by at my facebook page. There’s a lot happening there too.

Meanwhile, here is the recipe for the cake.

Simple Butter Cake
  • 150 grams butter, (preferably unsalted)
  • 125 grams, powdered sugar
  • 125 grams, all purpose flour
  • 3 medium sized eggs
  • 1 teaspoon, baking powder
  • 15 ml milk
  • few drops of vanilla essence
  • Some extra butter and flour for lining the tin
  • 8-10 drops of flavoring essence of your choice (Optional, I skipped this)
  • A handful of mixed nuts- for laying out on the cake.
  • Brush an 8 inch baking tray with butter; then dust if with sufficient flour and keep aside.
  • Next, sift the flour and baking powder together at least 3 times and keep aside.
  • Preheat oven at 100 C for about 10 mins
  • Using an electric mixer on a high speed cream the butter till it changes its colour to off white.
  • Reduce the speed of the mixer to low and start adding the sugar in small batches. Continue this till the sugar and butter have combined well.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time and continue mixing.
  • Now, stop the mixer and start folding the flour in small batches, like we did for the sugar. Combine well using a spatula. Add the milk and vanilla essence.
  • Gently pour this batter in the prepared tin, spread out the nuts on top of the batter and bake for about 30 minutes. Use the tooth pick/ skewer test to check for the doneness
  • When its entirely done, allow it cool for another 20 minutes.
  • Enjoy with a hot cup of tea or coffee


Please note that 30 minutes is indicative. The baking time may increase or decrease, depending on your oven’s brand.