Weather is nice and sun is shinning in this part of the world, many say it’s unusual for them in the month of March here. But who really cares about that as long as we get to enjoy this rare and nice weather. That leaves me astonished; I never took weather seriously back home, except just for the entertainment pur se when DD Doordarshan would broadcast the weather updates. But here I do follow weather and check the daily temperatures and especially on weekends.
On Monday, generally I don’t feel like cooking up storms in my kitchen, the weekend laid back attitude find its way up to Monday evening. With DD and DH in school and in office, I do tend to become lazy bones. Many a times I do make quick one-pot meals like a simple vegetable pulao, and sometimes even experimenting with other cuisines. Even better if I happen to have some left over stuff, left from the previous night meal, is sufficient for me. Sunday night is most of the times “pasta night” for us. All sorts of pastas and made in many different ways.
This pasta recipes is not exotic, but a very basic recipe made with Indian spices. Many will like to call it fusion cooking. Italian pasta cooked with Indian spices-like apna desi style… does this reminds you a famous celebrity/political marriage!!
Curried Pasta with Green Beans
About 2-3 large cups of cooked pasta
For the curry which forms the sauce for this pasta recipe
Green beans about 2 cups chopped roughly
1 medium size onions
2 medium size tomatos
2 garlic pods
½ tsp of ginger grated
Vegetables as per your choice about 1 cup
2-3 tbs of cooking oil /olive oil/canola oil/corn oil
1 tsp of salt
2 tsp of red pepper powder
1 tsp of coriander powder
½ tsp of turmeric powder
½ tsp of cumin seeds
Cook pasta according to package directions. Run some cold tap water over cooked pasta or drizzle some oil over it, pastas will tend to loosen up and will not become soggy.
Now put saucepan/fry pan over stove-top. Add cooking oil; temper it with cumin seeds. Now add in chopped onions, garlic and ginger. Keep on frying them till onions become little translucent.
Now add chopped beans, tomato and vegetables as per your choice. Many times I do add broccoli, sweet corn and carrots. If you want more gravy then add one more tomato. I also like to add about ½ cup of finely chopped coriander leaves at this time.
Now add the seasonings- turmeric powder, red pepper powder, coriander powder, salt.
Fry all the above for 6-7 mints at med-high or till all vegetables are cooked.
Now add in cooked pasta, toss and mix well.
Serve hot garnished with some cheese if you prefer that way.
Happy Cooking Friends