Easy: Vegetables in Penne Pasta

Sometimes you wish for something and you get something else in return totally unexpected. That is how unpredictable life is. I believe food and life are very similar to each other. You can make anything out of it. Be it a complete mess or something nice and beautiful! Something worth tasting. :) Usually, you need a particular sauce to go with your plain boiled pasta. But, what if you don’t want to make any? No worries, this pasta I’ve made here doesn’t  require you to make any kind of sauce and is quick and easy to prepare. Oh! And of course, delicious too. No compromising on taste. Feel free to use your own choice of vegetables.

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Ingredients (Serves 2-3)

Penne Pasta

250 ml milk

1 medium-sized onion (julienne)

3-4 cloves of finely chopped garlic

2 cubes processed cheese

¼ chopped capsicum

½ carrot cut in small cubes

1 bowl of Button Mushrooms

½ cup of cottage cheese cut in cubes

1 finely chopped green chilli

2 tbsp Olive Oil

Salt to taste

Freshly ground Black pepper

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Method

  • Add pasta to a pot of boiling water. Add salt and a tsp of Olive oil. Let it cook al dente.

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  • Heat Olive oil in a seperate pan. Add garlic and green chilies. Saute for a minute or two on a high flame.
  • Add onions and a pinch of salt
  • Next, add cottage cheese, carrots, mushrooms and any other veggies of your choice except capsicum. Let them cook on a medium flame. Add cheese cubes cut in small pieces (so that they melt easily).
  • Add milk and bring it to a boil.

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  • Add pasta and capsicum.  Mix well. Sprinkle freshly ground black pepper and hog onto it with buttered garlic bread! Slurp :p

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Happy cooking! :)

Mushroom Pulao

Mushrooms and rice go really well together. You can add various other vegetables like green beans, carrots, cauliflower, etc. to make a different version of your own. I usually don’t like to keep a fixed recipe. Most of the times I add ingredients according to my taste buds at that point of time. That way one can come up with fresh recipes every single time. Hope you all like this one. :)

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This is what you will need:-

Ingredients

½ cup Basmati Rice

1 cup diced button mushrooms

1 medium-sized red onion cut in julienne

2-3 garlic cloves

1 green chilli

1 tsp finely chopped ginger

¼ cup diced capsicum

2-3 sprigs of fresh coriander

3-4 black peppercorns

Shahi biryani masala (Everest)

1 pinch asafetida

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tbsp clarified butter

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Salt to taste

Method

  • Heat clarified butter in a vessel. Add cumin seeds and asafetida. Saute on a medium-high flame.
  • Add ginger, garlic and green chilli. Saute for 2 minutes.

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  • Next, add onions and sauté until they turn translucent.

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  • Add button mushrooms

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  • Next, add rice, biryani masala, black peppercorns, salt to taste and around one cup water.

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  • Cover the vessel with a lid and let it cook on a medium low flame for 5-7 minutes. Check at regular intervals. Add more water if required. Give it a taste to see if rice is properly cooked.

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  • Add fresh lemon juice and finely chopped coriander. Have with any nice Indian gravy or curd.

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Happy Cooking! :)

Travelling Places: Mumbai

Travel has always been one of my biggest passions after food. The world has so much to offer. There are things we don’t know even exist. So many new things to explore. Once you get the taste of it, you just don’t want to stop. The curiosity and excitement just builds up more and more.

Mumbai is definitely one of my top favorites on my bucket list. I have always been fascinated by the tall buildings, lifestyle and the overall culture of this place. Having gotten a chance to live in Mumbai is like a dream come true for me. 😄 It simply wants to make me believe that sometimes wishes do come true. One just has to believe in them and work towards making them come true. Leave the rest to fate. If it is meant to happen, it will happen in some way or the other.

Starting from scratch in a new city can be a bit overwhelming initially, but it gets better with time. Everyday is like an adventure, not knowing what lies ahead of you. There are new places to explore, new people to meet, new friends to make and a lot more. I guess that is the beauty of living in a new place.

Now that I have almost settled, I will soon get down to publishing new recipes regularly. So, stay tuned and have a happy weekend :).

Garlic and Basil Hung Curd Dip

I would totally call this a lazy person’s style of dip. All one requires is hungry taste buds that help you add your favorite set of ingredients to a plain bowl of hung curd. This dip is refreshing; definitely very quick and easy to make. Use it as an early morning sandwich spread, or have it with your good old tortilla chips and other variety of crispies.

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This is what you will need:

Ingredients (Preparation time: 5 minutes)

1 bowl of hung curd

½ finely chopped red onion

5-6 cloves of finely chopped garlic

8-10 leaves of fresh basil torn into tiny pieces

1 tsp finely chopped green chilies

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Salt to taste

Method

  • Add all of the above ingredients to the hung curd and combine well. Serve cold.

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Could this get any easier?

Happy Eating :)