Spice up a basic and cheap package of vegetarian ramen noodles to give it some extra kick! Ramen noodles get a bit of a bad rap. Sure, they're not necessarily a great meal on their own, but then again, neither is plain pasta or white bread, and they don't have nearly the same kind of negative reputation that ramen has! Why eat ramen? Well, for one thing, it's super cheap, filling, and can be prepared if you're cooking with nothing more that a hot plate or a microwave, or even if you're going camping.
I like to add things such as vegetables, eggs or tofu to a plain pack of ramen noodles, and this recipe is one of those ways to spruce up a pack of ramen quickly and easily, transforming it from the usual flavors. If you've got some curry powder, a bit of cumin and some red pepper flakes on hand, you can make yourself the basis for a quick Japanese-inspired vegetarian ramen meal. Add some tofu or some greens, if you want to make it more of a full meal. I'd add a handful of green onions, too, for some crunch and oniony flavor, or, if you wanted to get fancy, I'd brown some shallots until crispy and toss those in. But let's face it, if you're sprucing up a packet of ramen, you're probably not looking to get fancy!
If you're a vegetarian or vegan on a budget and eating cheap ramen noodles, you can use this quick and easy recipe to add some flavor and variety to your ramen dishes by making a simple vegetarian and vegan ramen curry. Enjoy!
Wondering if ramen noodles are actually vegetarian? See here for the answer: Are ramen noodles vegetarian?
- 1 package ramen noodles
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- dash red pepper flakes
Cook the ramen in the water for a minute or two, according to the package instructions, then add the curry and cumin, and allow to heat for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until noodles are done. Add a dash of red pepper flakes and enjoy!
You can use this recipe either with or without the flavor packet which is included - up to you.
See also: Shopping for Vegetarian Ramen
Recipe note: I've indicated that this recipe is for one serving, because it's one packet of ramen and that's what most people eat.
However, if you're counting calories or otherwise tracking your nutritional intake, you might want to double check the serving size listed on your ramen packet. Chances are, you may be surprised to find out that the entire ramen packet (and the nutritional information listed on the packet) is actually for two servings. Don't believe me? Take a peek! That's how they get you!