Dinner in minutes


What do you do when you have hardly any time and have to rustle up something quick? And no, take out isn’t an option in this case. I’m faced with these situations very often on a weekday. Since we try and avoid eating out Monday to Friday, I’m always looking for something fast, quick and simple to make. Maybe that’s why I enjoy watching Jamie Oliver on the TV, it’s amazing how he can whip up all those yummies in just 15 minutes!

This was one of those days, I had some steamed noodles leftover from the previous day and was looking to make something really simple with it. Since we have soup and salad for dinner I thought of doing a noodle soup. But the husband wanted something different, preferably something sour and spicy, he said. Now for a person who doesn’t like spicy food, that coming from him was really something! And I thought and thought about what to make… it was on my mind all the way from work to home. In my mind I tossed a lot of ideas. Also, since it was a madly busy mid-week time I wanted something with almost zero effort. I’m lazy like that sometimes you know.

When I opened the fridge I saw I’d some bell peppers that were waiting to be used so I knew something had to be made with them. As the husband asked for something spicy, I remembered we had some black pepper chicken sausages. So I thought of doing a simple stir fry with all these and lots of garlic, of course, which I served with some steamed noodles that were seasonsed with chilli and seasame. This made for a simple but filling meal, a perfect dinner option at the end of a busy day.

Sausage and bell pepper stir fry
10-12 black pepper sausages (I used the ones by Prabhat), chopped
1/2 each of big yellow, green and red bell peppers, chopped roughly
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
3 large cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
1/2 tsp of ginger, chopped
Salt to taste
Oil

For the sauce
1 tbsp of tomato ketchup
1/2 tsp of fish sauce
1/2 tsp of soya sauce
1 tsp of chilli sauce

To garnish: Some Alfalfa sprouts

Mix the sauces together and keep it in the fridge for about 10 mins till you get the rest of the things ready.

Heat oil in a deep bottomed kadai or wok, add the ginger and garlic to this and keep stirring around. When the raw smell begins to go away quickly add the onions and stir some more till it just begins changing colour.

Next add the sausages to this and stir around some more. Lower the flame a little bit and add the sauces. Mix well to ensure that the liquid coats all the ingredients in the wok. Add the bell peppers now and stiry fry for a little less than 30 seconds and immediately switch off the flame. Garnish with the sprouts and serve immediately.

* If you can’t find black pepper sausages, then you can use regular ones and add freshly crushed black peppercorns at the end

* Be sure to have all the ingredients prepped and ready as you need to move really fast with this recipe

* If you don’t have alfalfa sprouts then you can use some toasted sesame seeds for the crunch. To add some green you can use chopped chives or spring onion greens 

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