Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Veggie Pasta (Desi-style)!!

Looks like my blog is gradually turning into a foodie blog which was not how I anticipated initially. All I planned for was a vivid blog with 30% allocation to food and 70% to other interesting stuff but now I see just the opposite. Seeing fellow bloggers I’m getting sooo tempted to xperiment new recipes on a daily basis, I’m totally into foodie world now.

But i promise there r some other things in my blog which you will find quite interesting and useful. To make ur life easy let me give u the links right here!!!!!!

Home tips (link)
Kitchen tips (link)
Beauty tips (
link)
Food presentation tips (
link)
Ice-cream party tips (
link) and many more........

Ok coming to my post, today is all about PASTA.
Pasta is always a simple-to-prepare dish using the fresh vegetables of the season. In spring you might make it with asparagus and peas, later in the summer with tomatoes and zucchini. Sometimes you can use a cream sauce, sometimes a marinara sauce, and sometimes, just with some grated Parmesan. Here is my spicy version and i call it PASTA- DESI STYLE.

Again this recipe was not on my post list, but thought many of you might love a spicy touch to the regular pasta that you make. Indians mostly love spicy food, if u agree ! Normally when you go to any restaurant here, you will find salt and pepper on your table. When i order a dish, i empty half of the pepper bottle but still i don't feel the complete taste of it.

I personally feel Pepper cannot replace chilli powder. The only restaurant where i saw a pure chilli powder on the serving table was a french restaurant in Mexico. I was sooo excited, sprinkled chilli powder all over my dishes , starting from salad to dessert at the end....lol!

Here's the recipe just for you:
Preparation Time : 10 Minutes
Cooking Time : 20 Minutes

You will need:

1/2 cup green peas (thawed)
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 onion chopped
1 garlic clove chopped
4-5 tbsp oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp chilli-garlic sauce
1 tomato cut into small pieces
1/2 pound pasta
To garnish:
Spring onions
Grated Parmesan (optional)

Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a rapid boil. Salt will reduce stickiness and also add flavor. Add pasta and cook uncovered stirring occasionally. Drain and keep aside.
Heat oil in a large skillet on medium high heat.
Add the garlic followed by onions.
Once they become translucent, add the peas and carrots.
Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Now add tomato and let it cook further. (for about 5 mins)
Add chilli-garlic sauce followed by salt and chilli powder.
Now add the dry pasta and mix well.
Adjust seasoning. Add more sauce if needed.
A little bit of chopped fresh spring onions would go nicely with this.

Serve with some freshly grated Parmesan, if you like.

If you are a spice lover, try this dish. I was never into pasta so much till i started preparing it my own way. Thanks to my husband for giving me this idea. You can use different combination of vegetables, but i prefer to keep it basic.

Maintaining Perfect Pasta: To keep cooked pasta fresh for later use, toss it with some amount of vegetable oil or olive oil and refrigerate.

This is on its way to FIC hosted by Neha started by Harini.

69 comments:

Lavanya said...

It is very colorful arunaa..nice garnishing..you are tempting me to make n eat pasta!!Next time when i make ..i will defintely follow your recipe!!

Sakshi said...

Me too loves pastano and Italiano boys too...But ur desi pasta munda is looking very charming!!

Read your beauty tips. Gosh did that Plautus guy really say "A woman without makeup is like food without salt?? that means am food only to high BP people...ohhh!! Have no idea about how to even hold a lipstick but yeah can try fluttering my eyelashes like mad if that counts as beauty secret.

Keep the blog rolling food, beauty and all will do

Vicky Xavier. said...

Pasta in Indian style looks very colorful and yummy. I used to make like this while in India. Thanks for reminding. Nice pics too.

ARUNA said...

Hey thanks Lavanya and Sakshi for ur quick comments.

Sakshi, thank god, i gave the links....and yeah it was definetely Plautus who said this, playwright after all...so i go with him! I guess natural beauty like u wudn't need a lipstick, fluttering ur eyelashes would work sweety!!

ARUNA said...

thanks Vicky......so make it Indian again!

Varsha Vipins said...

Thats atempting Pasta dearie..:)..Il try that sometime..:)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Vibrant colors Aruna, nice pic... I too initally started as any other blog and turned it into a foodie blog and moved all my other posts to another blog ;) expecting more recipes and other interesting posts...

Ashwini said...

That looks so colorful and tempting..

ARUNA said...

thanq Varsha, yes its worth a try!

ARUNA said...

Hi Ramya, thanks for your comments.....i dont want to have too many blogs at this point....i wud rather have one blog and manage it efficiently!

ARUNA said...

hey thanks Ashwini.

Deepa Hari said...

I love Pasta...looks colorful and yum Aruna.

ARUNA said...

thanq Deepa dear.

Priya Sriram said...

Absolutely inviting pictures Aruna... :)
Pass the plate please, wanna try some right away...

Pooja said...

Yummy pasta..looking delicious aruna..Innovative idea to cook in our style..Nice pics too..

Rajeswari said...

vibrant- bright- attracting-tempting-spoon/fork licking...Pasta.simply good. becoming Professional in presenting..

Chriz said...

the way you cut and arrange vegetables itself looks good.. thats not how i cut and arrange.. y kitchen is a total mess.. i often end up cooking ready to cook stuff.. with pasta too- thats the case... :)

nice to know that you write other stuffs too..

ARUNA said...

hey Priya, tq so much dear......not as good as ur pics though :))

ARUNA said...

Yes Pooja, try pasta this way....u will not go back to the old one!

ARUNA said...

Raji.. how can my post ever be complete without your ultra compliments!!

ARUNA said...

hey Chriz boy, if my husband is ok, i will get even coffee Ready to drink stuff.......but that's all in dreams!!!!

Prathibha said...

Thats looking lovely and yummy aruna!!

Donna-FFW said...

Hi Aruna.. your dish looks amazing, I love the vibrant colors. Thanks for this recipe, it sounds right up my alley. DELICIOUS!!

Varunavi said...

Tempting aruna,here when we ordered Pizza we get a small packet of red chilli flakes,which i dont miss eating.
My blogging first started with a general blog and i started hopping to other food blogs,then i started my own food blog,now i write two blogs.So, i have separate set of friends for both my blogs.Do check my blog http://varunavis.blogspot.com

ARUNA said...

hey thanks Prathibha, try it out!

ARUNA said...

Donna glad you liked it. You should definetely try it out and let me know. If u cannot eat too hot food, u can use pepper instead.

ARUNA said...

Dear Varunavi, visited ur blog, its really wonderful, i will keep checking! However i do not have any plans to start another blog as of now...cannot predict future though!

Arv said...

hi... now that was really tempting me to get out of work and get into the kitchen... :P

have a nice day mate... cheers...

ARUNA said...

hey Arvind, thanks for visiting......don't stop at Pasta, pls dig in.....more temptations waiting for ya!!!

Sanghi said...

yummy delights.. I loved the choco treat more.. drenched in chocolate, oh i went mad..! Do check my blog..!

ARUNA said...

hey Sanghi......thanks for visiting my blog and looks like u have a wonderful blog too, digging in right away!!!

Anil said...

hiii... I didnt know about pastas earlier, but after seeing this blog post came to know what it actually is! will definitely try my hand at this as this one seems much easier compared to others! nice! and thanx!

ARUNA said...

Oh i taught u a new recipe then.....try it and let me know Anil!

Srinu said...

Awesome ...mouth watering!!! HAVE to try it sometime soon.... :)

ARUNA said...

hey Srinu, yeah try the dish.....i'm sure u will love it and even Priyanka!

Vandana Rajesh said...

Pasta Indian style looks great. Loved ur previous post too of the chocolate cake. Lovely blog

Anil said...

sure sure!!

Anand said...

Yo Aruna babyyyy....Ur piece of mind..I liked !!
No bade dilwala n' all ya..I did it cuz I wanted to and it was a gud opportunity to be a bit different. It turned out to be nice.

U can picture me in a rockstar's grab..n problemo there.....regardless of whether I can sing. :-)

As for Pasta....well.....I had told u..I'm not much of a foodie..but u hv definately made me atleast LOOK at foodie blogs. ANytime I wanna cook something meself..Ur the one I wud be looking for. wink.

Dedene said...

Aruna, your recipes are too yummy! I love pasta and of course, I love chocolate, so I love your recipes.
Also, I'm intrigued to learn how to cook indian foods. Curry is one of my favorite flavors.

Rashmi said...

hey aruna..its looking very yummy :-)

I normally prepare mushroom pasta as my hubby is too fond of it..Its easy you can try out...you just have to crush mushroom put some milk and make a thick paste stir it for some time and add boil paste in it....it gives amazing taste...even better than pizz hut mushroom pasta :-)

coffeeismypoison said...

SLUUUURP! Drooling over the pics!
check out my simple recipe for Pirated pasts [for bachelors n hostellers] at

http://acuppaconversation.blogspot.com/2009/03/pirated-pasta.html

Priya said...

Omg, thats a gorgeous pasta Aruna...just drooling rite now!

Ann said...

looks great Aruna..colorful desi version..lovely..

ARUNA said...

hey thanks Vandana and thanq for visiting me, keep coming!

ARUNA said...

hey Anand even i was never a foodie person yaa till i started my blog but yeah i always had a passion for cooking though! U wait till ur marriage to bcome one!

ARUNA said...

Dedene, thanks for visiting my blog..happy to know u liked my recipes and also very glad to see ur interest in Indian food. Thanks for all your compliments. Keep visiting. U have a wonderful blog too.

ARUNA said...

Rashmi that's a wonderful recipe that u shared dear, will give it a try next time!! Never tried mushrooms till now on any dish!

ARUNA said...

Sweta ur pirated pasta looks gorgeous....truly for bachelors, simple and quick! Thanks for sharing dear!

Smitha said...

Nice recipe.And looks so colorful. Happy to follow your blog:)
Cheers!

ARUNA said...

hey Priya, thanks dear.......and congrats on crossing 500 posts yaar, gr8 work!!!!!!!!!

Yasmeen said...

Nice looking vibrant blog,Aruna.I always make my pasta desi-style with that extra hint of masalas:)

ARUNA said...

Ann, thanq so much dear........pls give this version a try, trust me its worth!

ARUNA said...

hey Smitha thanq dear and u have a happy vacation!

ARUNA said...

thanks for visiting me Yasmeen, yeah i know masala touch is just heavenly.....peeped into health nut, looks gr88...will keep visiting!

विनय said...

aapse bahut kuchh banana seekh rahaa hoon...

Divya Vikram said...

You haev some great tips out there. Pasta looks bright and vibrant..

ARUNA said...

yehi samay hi seekhne ka Vinay!!!

Hey thanks Divya for going thru the links :)

Pooja said...

You have something waiting at my blog..Check it out dear..

ARUNA said...

Pooja u made my day dear......when u said something waiting, i was damn sure it was ur profile picture....but was overwhelmed to c an award from u. So sweet of u Pooja!

Suparna said...

Hi Aruna,
Like the desi twist! Bright and colourful dish, good one aruna :)
TC

5 Star Foodie said...

Gorgeous looking pasta - and I love all the flavors here!

Cham said...

Very colorful pasta looks pretty!

ARUNA said...

hey Thanks Suparna, try it if u get a chance!

ARUNA said...

hey Thanq Natasha........u shud give it a try and let me know! If u r not so much into spices, u can use pepper.

ARUNA said...

thanks Cham, welcome to my space!

Neha said...

Hi there, u have a lovely blog..n the pasta is really tempting :), Thanx for sending..

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