Uighur-Inspired Noodles with Peppers and Sweet Potatoes Recipe - Vegetarian Times

Uighur-Inspired Noodles with Peppers and Sweet Potatoes


The cuisine of the Uighur people of Northwestern China is very different from most Chinese cooking. This cumin-and-coriander-seasoned dish is traditionally made with thick, chewy homemade noodles, but udon noodles provide a quick substitute.

  • 4Servings


  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed (2 cups)
  • 1 Tbs. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 cup)
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. Aleppo pepper
  • 1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 12-oz. pkg. precooked udon noodles
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro


1. Place sweet potato cubes in microwave-safe bowl, and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Microwave on high power 4 minutes.

2. Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell peppers, and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add garlic, cumin, coriander, and Aleppo pepper, and cook 1 minute more. Stir in sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and 1 1/2 cups water. Cover, bring to a simmer, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, uncovered, 10 to 12 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are tender. Stir in noodles, and season with salt, if desired. Serve with cilantro sprinkled on top.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 271
  • Carbohydrate Content: 54 g
  • Fat Content: 4 g
  • Fiber Content: 7 g
  • Protein Content: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 0.5 g
  • Sodium Content: 501 mg
  • Sugar Content: 13 g