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5 from 3 votes

Indian style masala pasta recipe

Masala pasta is a spicy Indian style pasta with all the spice powders to jazz up the dish to suit our taste buds. Step by step detailed post.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • Pasta- 1 cup I used Farfalle
  • Onion - 1
  • Tomato - 1 large
  • Garlic- 1 tbsp finely chopped
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • chopped carrot - 2 tbsp
  • Peas - 2 tbsp
  • Chopped capsicum - ¼ cup
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Garam masala powder - ½ tsp
  • Black pepper powder - ¼ tsp
  • Kasoori methi - A pinch
  • Any Italian seasoning - ½ tsp
  • Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
  • Salt - As needed
  • Olive oil - 3 tbsp
  • Jeera/ cumin seeds - 2 tsp

Instructions

  • Boil 4 cups water and add the pasta, required salt. Cook for 10- 12 mins or as per the package instructions.
  • Drain in a metal strainer, once the pasta is done. reserve ¼ cup water drained for later use. Boil water and keep the tomato immersed for a minute. Water should be really hot. Or you can also boil for a minute with the tomato.
  • Take out the tomato, run through cold water, peel off the skin. This is called blanching.  Grind coarsely.
  • Heat a kadai with oil and temper with jeera. Do not let it burn, so do it in medium flame. Add garlic and give it a stir for half a minute.
  • Add finely chopped onion and fry until transparent. Add the vegetables. Add required salt and fry for 2 minutes in medium flame. Add pureed tomato, red chilli, garam masala, turmeric powders, kasoori methi, italian seasoning.
  • Fry until the oil separates. May take a couple of minutes in medium flame. Add chopped capsicum lastly and fry for a minute.
  • Add the cooked pasta. If the pasta is stuck to each other, add the reserved water to loosen it up. Stir well for a minute or two and lastly add black pepper powder and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Notes

  • If you are an office goer, you can soak the pasta and when you are back from office, just boil water and add the pasta to it. Instantly, pasta gets cooked. But make sure not to over cook as there is more probability. This works only with best quality pasta. Low quality pasta or quick cook pasta gets dissolved when soaked.
  • If making for kids, you can mix some butter along with olive oil.
  • You can use vegetables of your choice. Like broccoli etc.
  • Olive oil is good for health, so no need to be stingy in adding it.