Sunday, September 22, 2013

Veggie Pasta - Quick Cooking, Healthy Eating!

Pasta is one dish I turn to, when everything else fails.. or simply there is nothing to do or make :) Like a one pot dish... which can be spruced up with veggies!

Number of servings - 3
Pasta (I used whole wheat, whole grain) - 1/2 a box
Mixed vegetables - 1 cup
Red onion - 1
Tomato - 1 big
Garlic - 10 pods (finely chopped)
Chilli flakes - 1 spoon
Sambal (chilli paste) - 1/2 spoon
Garam masala powder - 1/4 spoon
Chilli powder - 1/2 spoon
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Ketchup - 1/2 spoon
Jalapeno sauce - few drops
Basil (dry) - to season
Olive oil

  • Cook the pasta as per instructions in the box. (I'm used to adding olive oil and salt when the pasta cooks in boiling water and wash it in cold water once the pasta is cooked and drained, so it separates beautifully)
  • In a wok, heat olive oil and as a optional step you can splutter mustard seeds and urad dal. Add the chopped garlic and saute well. Add the chilli flakes, onion and saute well. 
  • Add the tomato and saute until the tomato cooks. Add all the veggies and all the sauces, powders and ketchup given in the ingredient list. Add salt.
  • Let it simmer and get cooked into a well made base for the pasta. Then add the cooked pasta. Saute well and finish it off with chopped cilantro.


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