Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tricolored Macaroni-On-The-Fly

My regular blog readers know how much I hate cooking usually. I'm always on the lookout for recipes that can be cooked within minutes. And this is one such instant recipe for cooking macaroni, that I tried sometime last month.


Usually, people cook macaroni with white sauce. That was my original plan too, but at the very last minute, I found out that I didn't have any cornflour to make the sauce! I thought I would make it in Chinese style instead, with all the Chinese sauces. But guess what! I didn't have any soya sauce and chilli sauce either that day! So I decided to improvise.


INGREDIENTS:

1 finely chopped large onion
1 finely chopped carrot
1 finely chopped large capsicum
7-8 french beans finely chopped
2 tbsp butter
150 gm macaroni
1 cup milk
1 tsp oil
salt and pepper to taste


METHOD:

  • Boil the macaroni with half tbsp salt and 1 tsp oil. Drain when boiled.

  • Heat the butter in a fry pan, add the chopped onions and saute till golden pink.

  • Add the remaining vegetables and salt to taste, mix well, cover, and allow to cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • When the vegetables are cooked tender, add the milk, stirring continuously, and bring to boil. (Be careful so it doesn't curdle.)

  • Add the boiled macaroni.

  • Add more salt if required, and pepper.

  • Serve hot.


The mistake I did was that I added less than half a cup of milk. I wasn't really sure what would happen -- whether it would curdle instantly, or if it would taste soggy. But, later when we tasted the dish, it felt a bit dry in the mouth. That was when I realized that a little more milk could have given it the creamy texture of the white sauce, without its extra calories.

Anyway, I made this dish in like less than half an hour (which included the veggie chopping). And it has very little calories as compared to usual macaroni dishes. I didn't use any cheese either, as you can see. Moreover, it looks kind of healthy too... colorful and fresh... doesn't it?

Well, I've got two more recipes to share with you all... and those two are loaded with calories! [grins] So be prepared!

In the meanwhile, here's more in Recipes!


This is my 28th post for NaBloPoMo November 2010.

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16 comments:

ZB said...

Kaddu, The photo looks good.

I too cook a pasta at home( my speciality) and all pasta dish need not be Italian. But whats with corn flour? Italians never use corn flour. White sauce is not made with corn flour.

White sauce is made by- take a pan, add butter,some pepper corns, bay leaf and add equal amount of maida( 1:1 butter/flour) and cook on very slow fire till the flour is cooked and a sandy consistency is reached.its important that you cook the maida well and same time the roux( the maida, butter mix) retain its off white color( dont turn it brown).Add about half a liter of milk, add one whole onion studded with cloves and boil it on slow fire. keep stirring and remove the sauce when a saucy consistency is reached.The sauce should coat the back of the spoon.Voila sauce ready.

Mix with cooked macaroni( or spaghetti/canaloni/ravioli etc), crushed paprica ( red chilli crushed/not powdered) top with good amount of mozzarella or cheddar and bake in oven/MW for few minutes. Voila pasta ready....... ,

ZB said...

But you could make an indian Pasta with curry sauce and i prefer it over Italian.

Fry chopped onions and garlic in olive oil/butter, move it to the corner of the pan, break 2-3 eggs and scramble it. mix with earlier fried onion/garlic. Add kashmiri chilli powder/garam masala power( a bit), turmeric powder/corriander powder/b.pepper powder and a bit of chat masala. mix well and add cooked macaroni and chopped capsicum. Toss it. and cook for 2-3 minutes.....It r=tastes really good. My wife is a big fan of it.

ZB said...

waiting for the other recipe....I love cooking, its a passion. And Cheese is actually very good for health. Its loads of calcium and protein. So dont be shy with it. But since most cheese have loads of salt, add less salt to the dish.Calories from protein ( like in cheese) is much better than simple carbs like sugar or from grains. They dont lead to builtup of fat around the tummy.TC..too much gyaan?

Kaddu said...

Oh 3 comments in one post!

First, I've never heard that recipe for white sauce before. Yeah I had heard of maida and butter being used instead of cornflour, but for some reason, my white sauce always curdled when I tried to make it used maida. Also, with cornflour, I don't need to use any butter.

Second, I like ur Indian recipe... will try it one o these days. :D

Third, cheese is good for health !!!!!!!!!! Wow! I'll have to do some R&D on that!

Rajlakshmi said...

woaaa so many pasta recipes in one post :D
Delightful :D !!!!!

ZB said...

Kaddu- Sauce curdles coz you dont pour the milk slowly. You got to add milk very slowly, like you add salad oil while making mayonnaise, and then stain the whole thing with a good stainer.

But i think the sauce with corn flour is a lot easy to make and takes less time...But only issue is the taste may not be authentic. I dont like the taste of corn flour other thanin chinese, thai, mexican.


And cheese is very good for health. It aids digestion( much easy to digest compared to animal protein), rich in calcium for your bones and is full protein.....If you glue your bum to a couch all day and dont workout, any food is bad enough.Havent you seen those giant Europeans or arabs?

Kaddu said...

@ Rajlakshmi: Sorry for the delay in reply yaar! Got busy with the December issue of Kadzilla's Lounge, and then totally forgot!

Kaddu said...

@ ZB: Who makes mayonnaise at home? And who has the time to strain the sauce in the end! :p

Regarding cheese... I'm still doubtful about the goodness of ready made Amul cheese! How much real nutrition it contains, versus how synthetic it is!

I agree with the couch funda though...

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

Want.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

U want everything I make... be it in my kitchen or in my kraftroom!

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

Yes. Make.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

:|

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

Make na!! Acchi-acchi blog-maalkin.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Make it yourself... I've shared the recipe na!

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

:(

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

:D

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