Garlic Chow Mein or Garlic Noodles Recipe [Pics]

Garlic vegetable chowmein easy, tried and tested recipe at home for restaurant taste. Add Chilli to make it hot and spicy. Indian style Chinese noodles.

Written by Maahi Gupta
  Maahi Gupta    Updated 13 Jul, 22


Garlic Noodles Recipe or Garlic Chowmein [Pics]

Garlic Noodles or commonly known as Garlic Chow mein in India is a delight for chinese food fans. Today, we are sharing an easy, tried and tested recipe to make them in your kitchen.

Maahi and her husband had survived their pre-marriage dates primarily on street side Chowmein.

The reason for Maahi was the love for chinese and the cost, for Anil. If we can recall correctly, a full plate of chowmein used to cost about Rs. 20 on the chinese food vans in Delhi and this was supposed to be the most healthy food as per Anil!

Anyways, we now have a recipe to make it at home and save a part of those 20 bucks too!

There are various versions of this recipe that can add or remove a particular flavor, based on adding or skipping a specific ingredient. For example, you can call it Garlic Chow mein if you add Garlic, or call it Ginger Garlic Chowmein recipe if you add both ginger and garlic.
Maahi, particularly likes to call it Chilli Garlic Noodles.
On the streets of Delhi, and specifically on the Chinese food vans, you would find them with the name of Vegetable Chow mein and Chicken Chowmein, if it has chicken pieces.

This easy, tried and tested recipe will help you get the restaurant taste at home. So, the hygiene of home, the flavor of fresh veggies is waiting right here for you. Enjoy.

  • 200 Gms Noodles
  • 1 Cup Green Bell Pepper (Chopped vertically into long pieces)
  • 1 Cup Onion (Chopped vertically into long pieces)
  • 1 Cup Carrot (Chopped vertically into long pieces)
  • 1 Cup Cabbage (Chopped vertically into long pieces)
  • 3/2 Tsp Salt
  • 5 Tbsp Oil
  • 4 Number Green Chili (Crushed into small pieces)
  • 4 Number Garlic bud (Crushed, as much as you can)
  • 1 Tbsp Soya Sauce (or to taste)
  • 2 Tsp Green Chili Sauce (or to taste)
  • 3 Tbsp Vinegar (White – basically colorless)
  • 4 Cup Water (Or enough for boiling Noodles)

Boiling Noodles

  1. Take a pan big enough to accommodate the quantity of our noodles and fill it 75% with water.
  2. Switch ON the stove on high flame and wait for a boil. When you see a boil coming, add 1/2 tsp Salt and 1 Tbsp Oil in a pan. Mix well.
  3. Now add Noodles and let them boil on high flame. Stir occasionally to avoid burning.
  4. It should take approximately 10 minutes to completely boil the Noodles. You can test the Noodles by pinching a single Noodle with your finger. If it squeezes easily, then it has boiled. Do not over-boil as it might result in a Khichdi!
  5. When Noodles are boiled, transfer them in a Sieve and run through cold water to help them cool down immediately. This will help avoid the sticking of Noodle strings with each other.
  6. Keep them aside and lets move on with garlic and vegetables frying.

Frying Vegetables

  1. Heat 4 Tbsp Oil in a pan for about 1 minute.
  2. Add Onions and fry them on high flame for about 1 minute.
  3. After a minute, add crushed garlic and green chilies. Mix well and cook again for 1 minute. Keep the stove on high flame.
  4. Add all the chopped vegetables like Cabbage, Capsicum and Carrots. Mix well.
  5. Add Salt and fry them on high flame for about 5 minutes or until they are half cooked.
  6. Once they are half-cooked, add green Chili sauce, Soya sauce and Vinegar. Mix well and keep the stove on high flame.
  7. Let it cook for about 30 seconds.

Adding Noodles to fried vegetables

  1. After 30 seconds of cooking, add noodles. Mix well without breaking the noodle strings.
  2. You can use two spatulas to mix noodles with vegetables. Professionals use only one though!
  3. Garlic Noodles are now ready to serve. Switch off the stove.
  1. Garlic Chowmein noodles can be refrigerated for about 2-3 days.
  2. It needs to be re-heated in a Microwave if you refrigerate, before serving.
  3. You can serve Garlic Chowmein Noodles with Spicy Tomato Garlic Chutney.

Eating Garlic noodles with eyes

Garlic noodle rolling in the fork
Main Dish


Written by Maahi Gupta
  Maahi Gupta  
Mother. Cook. Vegetarian. Passionate Indian Food Eater. inHouseRecipes Chef. Photo Editor.