Indian Style Pasta


 

The good old versatile pasta with an Indian twist. I make this Indian style pasta with my favourite vegetables, and either paneer or chicken to add a nice depth (here I have used paneer). In this dish I only use Indian spices and not Italian herbs like oregano.

Super delicious and perfect for lunch boxes. Try this desi pasta and treat your tastebuds 🙂

 

 

 

Ingredients:

Pasta – 2 cup (I used penne)
Onion – 1 small, diced
Paneer – 100 grams, diced
Capsicum – 1 cup, sliced (I useds a mix of green, yellow and red)
Garlic – 2 cloves, finely chopped
Tomato puree or passatta – ½ cup
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp or as per taste
Butter – 4 tbsp
Cumin powder – ½ tsp
Coriander powder – ½ tsp
Garam masala – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves to garnish

Method:

  1. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water as per packet instructions until al-dante. Drain and set aside
  2. Heat a large fry pan and add 1 tbsp butter. Lightly fry the paneer pieces and set aside
  3. In the same pan, add the pasta. Add 1 tbsp butter, salt and ½ tsp chilli powder. Toss the pasta on high heat for 1-2 minutes and set aside
  4. Add onion and capsicum and saute for another 1-2 minutes. Set aside.
  5. Reduce the flame to medium and add remaining butter. Add garlic and saute for a few seconds.
  6. Add tomato puree, remaining red chilli powder, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder and simmer till tomato is cooked. Add garam masala and mix well.
  7. Add the pasta, paneer, onion and capsicum and mix well.
  8. Check seasoning and adjust if required.
  9. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve

Notes:

  • It is important not to overcook the vegetables so that they retain the crunch
  • You may add other vegetables of your choice e.g. zuchhini, broccoli etc.
  • For a vegan option, replace paneer with tofu and butter with olive oil

 

Fry the paneer pieces in some butter

Fry the paneer pieces in some butter

 

Saute cooked pasta with salt and red chilli powder

Saute cooked pasta with salt and red chilli powder

 

Saute onion and capsicum

Saute onion and capsicum

 

Add remaining butter and fry garlic

Add remaining butter and fry garlic

 

Add tomato puree, spices and simmer

Add tomato puree, spices and simmer

 

Add pasta, veggies, paneer and mix well

Add pasta, veggies, paneer and mix well

 

 

 

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