Friday, August 21, 2009

Pasta masala, Indian style

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Sometimes, we forget many important tasks to do!!! It shows the poor memory, which I feel I always suffer from. And some times, it is just out of mind. You might be thinking, what I am trying to say about!!! Yes, today when I was checking my blog after one month, I realised that after I posted "Breakfast in Photo"( for Divya's event, I totally forgot to post the recipes for the same.
I am very sorry and in future, I will make it sure, not to repeat the mistake!
My next three postings will be the recipe for the photos.

Now coming to this one, till I was in India, I never heard of Pasta or Macaroni or even Italian food. As I am from small town, and 12 years back, it was not grown up city, we were restricted to local foods and to the maximum, we used to get North Indian food in hotels. And my mom never liked going out to have food, as she always tried most of the foods at home only. So 12 years back, when I went to UAE(Abu Dhabi), first time I saw the pasta packets. I used to wonder, how they can eat these, as they looked like worms to me. (So ignorant I was!!!! ) (Even though I used to eat noodles, and I had seen the pasta recipe photos in the magazines, but when I saw it physically, these looked different,).
Then one day I bought a packet, and thought of trying it. But as I did not know the Italian way, I thought of trying it Indian way, as how we prepare poha!!! And came out this recipe. As the time went, I started trying in different ways to make pasta and I loved it every time. But as this was my first try, I want to share the same recipe here.
And when I checked for pasta recipes in many blogs(After the blogging is born), I came to know that many, prepare it this way only!! I was little disappointed, as I used to think it is my invention!!! How funny!!!
Coming to the recipe,
Pasta - 100 gms(Take any shape, but smaller the size, easy to cook !!)
Onion - 1 big chopped
Tomato - 1 big chopped or
ready tomato paste - 1/4 cup (Available in supermarket)
curry leaves - few
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Ginger - 1 inch, chopped
Red chilly powder - 2 tbsp
Green chilly - 1 chopped
Haldi - 1/2 tsp
Curry powder - 1 tsp
Dhania Powder - 1 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Lime juice - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Fresh coriander to garnish
Boil the pasta as per given instructions on the packet. Always add 1 tsp oil when boiling. Drain it and pour cold water. Keep it aside.
Add oil in thick bottomed kadai. When hot, add mustard seeds, jeera, curry leaves and ginger. Saute for a while. Now add green chilly and onion. Let it cook till transparent. Then goes tomato, and all other dry powders except salt. Let it cook till the raw smell of tomato goes. It takes at least 5 minutes. Keep on stirring. Now add salt and boiled pasta. Sprinkle lime juice and add sugar. Mix it properly. Garnish with fresh coriander. Close with the lid and cook for few minutes.
Pasta masala is ready to serve for breakfast or anytime!!!

Wait for my next post for Mix veg poha!

Keep smiling,

Thursday, August 20, 2009

My first award !!!

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All
Today I am so happy, becoz, I received my first award(s) that too three at a time!!! Thank you so much PJ of ( So sweet of you!!
PJ is my first friend in this blog world, with whom I communicated and she has taught me many things. And now she has passed the award to me! Thanks once again PJ.

The rules are: Respond and rework – answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, and add one more question of your own. Then tag eight or ten other people.
Now coming to the tag and following the rules,
I am answering the following questions, with full honesty!!!
1. What is your current obsession?
Drawing different plans of my house, as I am renovating the whole house. Thinking 24x7 about the same.
2. What are you wearing today?
As usual blue colour sports pant and brown colour top.
3. What’s for dinner?
I am going to prepare Chinese Fried Rice.
4. What’s the last thing you bought?
Fevicol, chart paper, Acrylic colors for my daughter's project work at school.
5. What are you listening to right now?
Now, nothing, as my lil one is sleeping.
6. What do you think about the person who tagged you?
Ohh, she is a wonderful friend, very helping, and a guide. I think she has lot of patience.
7. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
Of course in India, provided it should be surrounded by nature, and I should have lot of time for myself and access to easy availability of books.
8. What are your must-have pieces for summer?
Water, Water melon, any comfortable clothes, and power to run the AC or fan!.
9. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
I would love to go to Switzerland, as it is my dream place.
10. Which language do you want to learn?
I would love to learn French, German and language of a baby!!!
11. Who do you want to meet right now?
No one special, want to be alone.
12. What is your favourite colour?
Green, Green and Green.
13. What is your favourite piece of clothing in your own closet?
Sarees and blouses designed by me!!!
14. What is your dream job?
To be a Counsellor.
15. What’s your favourite quote?
It is simple to be happy, difficult to be simple.
16. If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?
17. Describe your personal style?
18. What are you going to do after this?
Help my elder daughter in her studies.
19. What are your favourite movies?
Akheela and the bee, Pursuit of Happyness, Ratatouille. Wednsday, Dil to pagal hai, Tarein zameen par, Chak de .....
20. What inspires you?
Books and water
21. Give us three styling tips that always work for you:
a. Don't use more than three colours in your dressing and accessories.
b. Be simple with less make up
c. Carry yourself with grace and be yourself.

22. Coffee or Tea?
Morning coffee by mom, evening I love to have tea.
23. What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed
I will cry if I am alone or Listen to music or dance with my elder daughter.
24. What is the meaning of your name?
One dedicated to service or (God)
25. Which other blogs you love visiting?
According to the information I want, I visit the blogs. But my regular visit is to all my co bloggers on cooking and Kannada blogs.
26. Favorite Dessert/Sweet?
Any sweet!!!
27. Favourite Food???
Anything in the plate!!! really!!!
28. What do you consider to be unethical in blogging?
Copying and sharing the information from other blog Without giving reference of the original link. am I right?
Now, question from me is
If you are given a chance to restart your life, what you want to change in your life?

Now, I am going to tag following wonderful bloggers.
If you have already recieved the awards, take it as a bonus and congratulations.

Divya Vikram from Dil se..
LG of Taste of Mysore
EC from easycrafts
Shilpa from Aayi's Recipes
Mangala Bhat from Welcome to Recipes 24x7
Last but not least(As I am not sure, whether I can pass the award to the person
who has given me the award)

Keep smiling,

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