Monday, August 17, 2015

Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!



I love to try different recipes with Pasta.I always try to mix and match the ingredients to create a new recipe.And in that process I made a fusion of Indian and Italian ingredients to make this Melange Paste (a varied mixture),which turned out very well and I was successful in making my husband to eat pasta,who always says Big NOOO to Pasta!!! So,today I am sharing my successful experimental dish MELANGE PASTA Recipe as a part of Del Monte #ItalianEscapades .This is super easy to prepare and require simple and easily available ingredients. I am using Del Monte Chifferi Rigati Pasta for this recipe.
Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!
Melange Pasta Recipe ::

Preparation Time : 30-40 mins
Cooking time : 20 mins
Serving : 2 persons

Ingredients :

Del Monte Chifferi Rigati Pasta : 120 gm
Onion : 1 medium sized
Carrot : 2 medium sized
Tomato : 3 small sized
Bell Pepper/Capsicum : 1 large (any color) 
Garlic pods : 4-5 no
Ginger : 1 inch piece
Coriander leaves : fistful
Salt : to taste
Special Powder : 2-3 tbsp ( ingredients given below)
Butter : 1 1/2 tbsp
Thyme : for garnishing
Oil : few drops (any  edible oil)
Utensils : 1 or 2 wide mouthed pans, 1 small pan or dish, 2 or 3 plates for placing ingredients, 1 or 2 spatulas 

Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!
Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!
For Special Powder ( Innovated by me) :

1) Dried Red Chilies : 3-4 no.
2)  Split Bengal Gram/Chana Dal : 2 tbsp
3) Cinnamon : 1 inch piece
4) Mustard oil : 1 tsp (can use any oil)
Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!
 Special Powder Preparation Method :

1)  Take a  wide mouthed pan onto a stove and switch on the flame,Add a tsp of mustard oil and allow it to become hot,then add all the three special powder ingredients Dried red chilies,Bengal gram and cinnamon and saute it till the color of bengal gram changes slightly,it takes approximately 5-6 mins.Switch off the flame and allow it to cool.
Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!
2) Then take the roasted and cooled ingredients into a mixer grinder and grind roughly into a coarse powder (granular powder).Remove it into a bowl and keep it aside.
Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!
Method Of Preparation :

1) In a small bowl add enough water (tomatoes should immerse in it) and place it on a stove and switch on the flame.When the water gets boiled,then switch off the flame and add tomatoes into the water and place a lid over it.
Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!
2)Meanwhile clean,peel off the skin and chop onion,carrots into small pieces. Chop Capsicum(I have used yellow capsicum) into small pieces.Chop ginger and garlic finely and separately.
Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!
3)After 10-15 mins,peel the skin of tomatoes and cut it into pieces and take them into a mixer grinder,add few pieces of chopped ginger to it and blend it into a puree and take into a bowl,keep it aside.
Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!
4) Take another clean wide mouthed pan on to a stove,switch on the flame and add 3 cups of water ( 3 times the quantity of pasta), a little salt and few drops of oil. Allow it to boil.Once it starts boiling,add 1 cup of Pasta (120 gm) into it and boil it till the size of the pasta doubles it takes approximately 10-11 mins.
Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!
5) Now drain the water from the pasta in a sieve or colander and keep the pasta aside.
Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!
6) In the same pan or another fresh wide mouthed pan,add 1 tbsp of butter and when it melts,add chopped ginger and garlic.Saute it for a minute.Then add chopped onions and saute for 1- 2 mins or till they turn transparent.
Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!

7) To this add,chopped carrot and capsicum and saute for few minutes.
Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!
8) Then add tomato puree which we prepared before, salt and special powder one by one and add a half cup of water( or can add water into special powder and use the mix like a sauce).Saute for few minutes.
Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!
9) Then add chopped coriander and switch off the flame.Wash the boiled pasta with cool water,so that the pasta gets enough moisture to absorb the sauce or mixture.Add this washes pasta to the vegetables and mix thoroughly.
Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!
10) Our Melange Pasta is ready to serve. Dish out into a serving plate and garnish with thyme, serve the delicious MELANGE PASTA!!!
Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!

Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!
Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!
Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!
Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!
Melange Pasta with Del Monte #ItalianEscapades!!!
This recipe also includes Indian ingredients like Bengal gram,cinnamon and coriander leaves.Though it may not be entirely Italian,but I am super happy that my husband loved this Melange Pasta and also for the successful recipe. Hope you liked this.Please share your opinion on this in the comment section below!!!