Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Spicy Pasta & Veggies

I would've liked to come up with a better, more appealing name for this dish but I'm running short on time so this will have to suffice for now. The name may not be appealing but the taste of this sure to please your taste buds... Every time my friend Kaye brought this for lunch (when we were in school), there would be quite a clamor while we tried to dig our spoons in for a taste because we loved this... During a visit to her place I remembered to ask her mom how she made it and this is what I recall of aunty's recipe and follow it when we crave a spicy pasta dish.

SPICY PASTA & VEGGIES

Ingredients:
Shell pasta (small sized preferably) - 6 oz
Onion - 1 medium, chopped
Tomato - 1 big, chopped
Carrots - 2 medium, julienned into thin matchsticks
Beans - 10 to 15, french cut
Green Bell pepper - half of a small one, chopped
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt, to taste
Pepper - to taste (optional)
Margarine/Butter - 1 tbsp
Oil - 1 tsp

Method:

1) Cook pasta in plenty of boiling water with some salt till al-dente (or acc. to package directions)

2) Microwave the carrots and beans with about 2-3 tbsp of water and a pinch of salt for about 5-7 minutes (covered) till tender.

3) In a pan, heat oil and fry the onions, when transparent and browned on the edges, add the bell pepper and saute for a few more minutes before tossing in the chopped tomatoes.

4) Add salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder and coriander powder and cook till the tomatoes turn mushy. Now add the carrots and beans and stir till the masala and the veggies incorporate well.
5) Finally add the cooked shell pasta and the butter/margarine and mix thoroughly (but gently). Add in some cracked pepper to taste and let it cook for about 5 mins on medium flame, tossing every few minutes. Spicy pasta is ready to serve.

32 comments:

  1. Desi pasta... Brilliant, Laavanya!! Love this idea a lot. :)

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  2. Desi Pasta is a great name too but what's in a name after all?!Hahaha!!
    Looks yummy. I like spicy pasta, never added coriander pd though, must try!:))

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  3. Desi Pasta, how innovative Laavi....fabulous...can't wait to try this one ;)

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  4. Yeah i really agree with the name asha proposed ;-)
    Spicy pasta is always delicious, especially for ppl like me who likes a zing intheir dishes :-))

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  5. Wow!love to eat pasta lavi!my hubby used to buy from his office canteen....ur version looks great...will try in home

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  6. I love Desi style pasta, pizza , bcause it is fiery! Great spicy dish :)

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  7. Great fusion cuisine Laav... And yeah, sometimes it takes more time to come up with a name than to actually type up the recipe :)

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  8. yup, i agree! desifying' the pasta is a good idea ;)

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  9. Indian Style Pasta I love it :)

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  10. DPasta looks great Laav! I make it the same way, but no corriander powder & i add Zucchini. Try adding it, its tastes great!

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  11. As people say: "What's in a Name??!!" the pasta looks great Laavanya, and that's what matters!:)

    hope you can cook up something similar for WBB event that I'm hosting this month!:)

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  12. ohh..we used to make this when i was staying at a paying guest in Chennai...we called it masala pasta though!! :)

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  13. Hi lovely Pasta. Even i want to try pasta in Indian style. Good one...

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  14. India meets Italy.;-)
    I've never tried using Indian flavors in a pasta. Shell pasta are so pretty!

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  15. I am a vegetable person, I simply love vegetables! And my daughter loves pasta, so can't wait to make this for her when she comes home from college this weekend. We'll both enjoy!
    Thanks!

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  16. Lavs, Nice variation I just tried pasta with Maggi chilli sauce today from my collegue and I see this desi version, will give this a shot next time

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  17. love the indian style pasta.. looks delicious...

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  18. what's in name!!! it looks delicious lav:)

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  19. That's Indo-Italian fusion cooking!

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  20. This is a nice way to eat pasta... Nice and spicy.... Love it....And ur Gutti Vankaya Koora is looking great....I was hunting for this recipes....Urs looks so perfect....

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  21. Gonna try this recipe soon lavanya

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  22. A true blue Indian ishtyle pasta! who could say no!

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  23. Love the way you named the dish. It looks very yummy. And its spicy, How can I resist?

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  24. Pls visit my blog, Laavanya. Have tagged you for a meme! :)

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  25. Thanks Guys - Desi pasta does sound good :)

    Michelle - I hope you give it a shot and enjoy it.

    Kalai - thanks for tagging me... :)

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  26. Laav, I love pastas with Indian spices.Kids enjoy eating them and the diff. shapes they love!
    Have answered your query there, pls check it.

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  27. Looks gr8... Must have tasted really good with those spices... Love it!

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  28. It came out really well..I love it!!

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  29. Charu, Thank you so much for that awesome feedback.

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