Cooking and experimenting while doing it is another aspect of my life, that I really really enjoy. My roommates and some close friends (here in Toronto) know this side of me, which took a backseat back home in India (didn't want to challenge my mom in her own kitchen,...and besides, she cooks really really well, although there is not much fusion/experimentation in her cooking).
It's more like a feeling you know...you just go with the flow, taste the gravy, add a few things here and there. Haven't really taken pains to note down the recipes that pour out of my kitchen here, till now. I guess it's worth a try...and so here goes my first attempt at writing a recipe. And guys...if you any do try to prepare and follow this recipe at your home...please do let me know how it goes, and of course feel free to innovate and experiment with it :-).
Preparation Time: About 15-20 minutesIngredients:
(Serves 3 to 5 adults (depending on the appetite :-D) )
5-6 cloves of garlic
1 onion, finely chopped
carrots, peas, corn and beans - 25 grams (or mixed frozen veggies) [You can also add broccoli, french beans, mushrooms, or basically whatever you want. We won't be overcooking the veggies though. It's only going to be slightly sauted, so it has to be something that does not need a lot of cooking, or is already boiled and cooked beforehand]
1 big tomato (or two medium tomatoes)
2 Green chilies - finely chopped
Hot sauce / tomato sauce/ chilli sauce/ketchup - (for flavour)
Catelli tricolor macaroni (which contains elbow macaroni - whole wheat and carrot flavors; and shell macaroni - spinach flavor)
Salt to taste
2 tsp oil (to saute)
1 tbsp butter/ margarine.Prepare the macaroni:
Boil the macaroni in three times the amount of water for about 8-10 minutes on medium heat (start counting the time once the water starts to smoke/boil), in an open vessel.
Add a little salt for taste to the pasta while boiling.
After about 7-8 minutes, most of the water should have evaporated, and the macaroni should have turned soft. Allow it to boil, till the desired softness is achieved.
Drain most of the excess water (leave a small bit) and keep aside to cool.Prepare the sauce :
This can be done in parallel while the macaroni boils.
Use a mixer to mix the tomatoes to a coarse pulp. Alternately, the tomato can be finely cut, and beaten, or just heated straight away.
Add the chillies and heat this tomato pulp
Add a dash of hot sauce / tomato sauce/ chilli sauce/ketchup or a mixture of these as per taste preferences.
Add some salt to the sauce.
Heat it till all the contents mix well together. It should take about 2-4 minutes. Keep aside once done.Stir fry:
You can start with this after the sauce is ready. The macaroni will be done by the time you are ready to add it to the stir fry.
Heat 2 tsp oil in a frying pan for about 15 seconds.
Add onions and garlic and saute them in oil for about 30 seconds, or till the garlic (not the onion) starts turning golden brown. Add the veggies and a quarter glass of water.
Bring to a boil (should take about 2-3 minutes).
Add the macaroni (with the remaining water) to the frying pan.
Add the sauce and mix everything throughly.
Allow it to cook for another 3-4 minutes or so till the consistency of the sauce is thick.
Add a dash of butter / margarine and mix it well and allow the pasta to stand and cool for a few minutes before serving.