BM #83 Week 3 Day 2 - 

Chinese Bhel is a fusion recipe where the traditional puffed rice is replaced with fried noodles and the Indian sauces are replaced with some Chinese sauces.

I have ignored the Chinese Bhel for far too long as the idea of deep frying the noodles was not appealing to me. Then came the Air Fryer and paved the way to try this in a healthier way.

I found that it was very easy to put together the snack if the air fried noodles are ready. With the readymade Schezwan sauce in my refrigerator, it was a breeze.

I believe that the vegetables are typically not stir fried but are served raw. But our personal preference ruled out raw cabbage :), so I had to stir fry the veggies.

Ingredients - 

*Noodles 150-200 gms (as per preference)
Cornstarch 3-4 Tbsp
Vegetable Oil 2 tsp
Cabbage, shredded 1 cup
Carrots, Peeled and shredded 1 cup
Colored Peppers finely chopped 1/4 cup
Corn kernels 1 cup
Salt as needed
Schezwan Sauce 1 Tbsp
Tomato Ketchup 2 tsp
Spring Onion thinly sliced 2 Tbsp
Onion finely chopped 3 Tbsp
Tomato seeded and finely chopped 2 Tbsp
Roasted Peanuts as needed

*I used Chow Mein Noodles 

Method Of Preparation -

To Air Fry the Noodles - 
Boil the noodles in adequate water as per the instructions on the pack. Drain and wash in cold water. 

Drain and spread them on a wide tray. [The drier the better- I actually left it for half hour as I had to run some errands].

Sprinkle cornstarch on the noodles and toss them so the cornstarch is evenly coated on all the noodles.

Preheat the Air Fryer at 400 °F for 3 minutes.

Arrange the cornstarch coated noodles in the air fryer basket evenly. [I did them in two batches.]

Air fry the noodles for 10 minutes tossing them a couple times in between. Leave them in the air fryer allowing them to crisp up.

Remove and spread them in a tray. Store in an airtight container for longer shelf life.

Stir Fry the Vegetables - (Optional)
In a heated wok, add oil and stir fry cabbage, carrot, colored peppers and corn for a couple of minutes. Sprinkle salt, schezwan sauce and tomato ketchup. Toss the vegetables for a few seconds and remove from heat.

To Assemble the Chinese Bhel - 
In a wide mixing bowl, add the stir fried vegetables (or just the raw vegetables with salt, and the sauces), onions, tomatoes, crushed air fried noodles, roasted peanuts, and toss them so they are mixed well.

Garnish with spring onions and serve immediately.


Preparation Time 


  1. Srivalli Says:
  2. Wow that's a fantastic option Harini, the whole dish looks sinful!..can't imagine it being non deep fried and so healthy too..:)

  3. This seems to be a quite popular street food in Mumbai. It is sinfully delicious and have to make it very soon. Good choice

  4. Wow ! Simply awesome ! Yes the veggies are used raw on streets ! And they have that super crunch , but Chinese is Chinese , it is loved with raw or sauté veggies . And yes I love the idea of fried noodles being done in a air fryer , awesome .

  5. Priya Suresh Says:
  6. Omg, that plate of bhel is too tempting Harini, and air fryer noodles sounds absolutely guilt free.

  7. Preeti Says:
  8. Wow looks amazing.. mouthwatering chaat.

  9. One more gadget for me to definitely buy. I have already put the air fryer in my next year's wish list. Love the recipe.

  10. love all the veggies you used - looks so colorful and inviting

  11. Looks super colorful and delicious! Such a quick snack to assemble!

  12. Pavani Says:
  13. Oh my you made your own fried noodles -- that is brilliant. My air fryer is in the mail, we should be getting it real soon and this sounds like a great dish to make in it.

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