Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Spicy Desi Pasta Loaded with Veggies - Pasta with Indian Flavours

Indians have a crazy love for Pasta and Pizza. If you ask Indians what is their favourite cuisine after Indian, most of them will answer Italian. It is no surprise then that there are a lot of Pizza and Pasta eateries in India. As with most things, Indians do a twist of their own. For example, in most Indian Pizza places, you will find Paneer Tikka Pizza, Chicken Chettinad Pizza etc. Same is true with Pastas.

I love Authentic Pasta with Proper Italian Sauces. But on some lazy days when I want to make something really quick and decently healthy I make this Pasta. Kids love it cause it is Pasta, and mom loves it cause of all the veggies that are included! You can optionally add some parmesan cheese as well to this.

Ingredients (Serves 3)

Penne (or any type pasta) 200gms (about 2 heaped cups)

Onions 2
Green Pepper 1
Peas 1.5 cups
Corn 1 cup

Tomato Puree 2 tbsp
Chilli Powder 1 tsp
Garam Masala 1 tsp

Cumin 1 tsp
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves few

Oil and Salt to taste

Method of Preparation

1. Bring water to boil in a pot. Salt it and add pasta. Cook for 10-12 min (as per the package instructions).

2. In a pan, heat a little oil. Add cumin, turmeric and curry leaves.

3. When it sizzles, add sliced onions. Saute for a couple of minutes.

4. Add chopped peppers and saute till the onions and peppers are nicely cooked.

5. Add steamed green peas and steamed corn. Mix and cook for a couple more minutes.

6. Now add the tomato purée, chilli powder and garam masala. Add a little salt. Mix and cook for couple  more minutes. Switch off the gas.

7. Now drain the pasta when it is ready and add to this pan. Mix everything.