Cayenne Pepper Garlic Chutney

I have clearly fallen in love with this chutney. As soon as one batch gets over, I yearn to make another batch of this delicious super delicious goodness. It is mildly spicy and full of flavor. Serve it up with your favorite munchies or use it as a spread. I bet it will go well with mostly any dish you name. It is easy to prepare and store as well.

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This is what you will need:

Ingredients

250 gm cayenne pepper

2 garlic heads

2 medium-sized onions

1 tsp sugar

2 tbsp olive oil

½ cup white vinegar

Salt to taste

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Method

  • Add cayenne pepper, garlic cloves and onions in your mixer grinder and blitz with roughly 1/2 a cup of water.

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  • Heat oil in a pan  and add the cayenne pepper paste. It might splutter, so be careful about that! Add sugar and salt to taste (I added 1 tsp). Cover lid and let it cook on a medium-low flame for 10 minutes. Stir at regular intervals.

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  • Turn off the flame and add vinegar. Let it cool and store in an air-tight container. Keep it in the refrigerator.

Enjoy! 🙂

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Pasta in Green Chili and Homemade Alfredo Sauce

Pasta is definitely my weakness. I can hog onto a good plate of pasta at anytime of the day. Moreover, it is such a flexible dish to prepare and requires no fixed ingredients. The one I have made here is light on the palate and at the same time quite flavorsome as well. Also, over here I have prepared Alfredo Sauce with wheat flour. It is a healthier and an easier option and there are very less chances of lumps being formed while preparing the sauce. It was pretty weird for me to try it out with wheat flour for the first time, but surprisingly it tasted the same as the actual white sauce. Since then, I prefer to make white sauce the way I’ve mentioned below. Hope you all give it a try. 🙂

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This is what you will need:

Ingredients

2 cups uncooked durum wheat pasta

3 green chillies

2 medium-sized onions

6-8 cloves of garlic

1 green bell-pepper finely chopped

Thinly sliced black olives

¼ cup wheat flour

2 tbsp butter

2 ½ cups milk

Freshly ground black pepper

A pinch of nutmeg powder

Salt to taste

1 tbsp olive oil

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Method

  • Add green chillies, 1 onion and garlic into a mixer grinder and blitz with a tbsp of water. Form a paste.
  • To prepare white sauce melt butter in a non-stick pan. Add wheat flour and mix continuously for 5-6 minutes on a medium flame.
  • Pour milk and stir. It will gradually begin to thicken. Add nutmeg powder, black pepper, salt to taste. Add Parmesan cheese.

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  • In another pan, heat olive oil. Add green chili paste and cook for 5 minutes on a medium flame.
  • In the meantime, add pasta to boiling water and cook al dente. Click here for tips and tricks.
  • Add onions and saute. Add bell-pepper and pour in your white sauce. Add olives.

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  • Lastly, add in your cooked pasta and mix well. Give it a taste. Serve hot.

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Note: If you feel pasta has gotten too dry, add more milk, seasoning and cheese if you please. 😉

I am linking this recipe to Hungry Healthy Happy and Tinned Tomatoes for the Pasta Please Challenge.

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Enjoy! 🙂

Lemony Ginger Soupy Noodles

In the past one year, I seem to have developed a rare fondness for South Korean dramas/films. It all started after a friend gave me this long list of K-dramas to watch. Just randomly, I picked out Boys over Flowers not knowing how famous this show already was. Since then, even after I finished with my friend’s list, I continued to create my own list of favorites. I recently watched Let’s Eat. It is highly recommended for a food lover. The food scenes on the show will urge you to rush to your kitchen and get something to eat for yourself. :p (Not joking)! Now, I am also keen on knowing more about Korean Cuisine. This dish is inspired from all the different kinds of food stuffs that I have seen on South Korean Films/Dramas. 😉

Noodles are my ultimate weakness. I am ever ready to make room for noodles in my tummy. I have made this recipe once before but hadn’t clicked any pictures so, I could not post it. I was too hungry and a tad lazy. 😉 Most of the time, my laziness tends to get in the way! Anyhow, it was really delicious and wanted to share it on my blog. Therefore, I decided to make it again. 🙂

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This is what you will need:-

Ingredients (Serves 3 super hungry people :p )

3 packets Instant Noodles

1 bowl button mushrooms

1 tbsp chopped ginger

4-5 cloves garlic

1 red onion cut in julienne

1 finely chopped green chili

1 lemon

100 gm cottage cheese/paneer cut in thin cubes (Can use Tofu if available)

Soy Sauce

Chili Sauce

1 tsp Sugar

1 tsp oil

Salt to taste

A few sprigs of coriander

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Method

  • In a non-stick pan, brown cottage cheese on both sides on a medium flame. Season with salt. Add a dash of soy sauce and coat evenly. Keep aside.

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  • In the same pan, heat oil. Sauté green chili and garlic. Add ginger and sauté until it releases its aroma.

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  • Add onions and sauté until translucent. Add a pinch of salt to quicken the process.

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  • Next, add mushrooms, 1 tbsp soy sauce (add more if you like-keep a check on the salt), sugar and chili sauce (according to your taste). Cook until mushrooms begin to lose their moisture. Pour ½ litre water. Bring to a boil, add cottage cheese; cover the pan and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Add coriander.

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  • Meanwhile, add lemon juice, 1-2 tsp soya sauce, and a dash of salt to around 3 cups of boiling water for the noodles. They will soak in the entire flavor preventing them from being bland.

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Now, either you can add the broth to the noodles in your bowl, or you can combine the noodles with the broth beforehand and serve. I preferred the latter.

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Happy Slurping! 🙂

Fusilli with Baked Eggplant and Marinara Sauce

I simply adore pasta; both cooking and eating it, of course. 😉 I like to try them out with different flavors and sauces. Sometimes, they turn out great and a few other times–let’s just say, not so great! Eggplant/Aubergine/Brinjal- whatever name suits you best– in  pasta might not be a new combination, but I was trying to make it for the first time. I was a little hesitant at first wondering what if it becomes too lacy or the taste of eggplant overpowers the whole dish? Thankfully, nothing like that happened. 🙂 It just gave a subtle flavor to the whole dish and gelled very well with the tomatoes.

Did you know: Eggplant tastes bitter in its raw form. Therefore, the fruit should go through a process called ”degorging” which involves soaking sliced or diced vegetables/fruits in salt water, resulting in loss of moisture and removal of the bitterness from them. Make sure to rinse them in clean water before use. This process also reduces oil absoption of the vegetables.

I didn’t know this process had a name. Just wanted to share the little fact I learned. 🙂

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To make the dish, this is what you will need:-

Ingredients (Serves 5-6)

250 gm cooked pasta (al dente)

4 medium sized eggplants

4-5 red tomatoes

1 red onion

4-5 cloves garlic

1 green chili

1 handful green beans

Grated Cheese

1 tsp sugar

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp Olive Oil

Salt to taste

Black olives for garnish

Method

  • Wash and dice eggplants; place them in salt water for 15 minutes. Drain and stick them into a pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes at 200 degree centigrade.

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  • In the meantime, make tomato puree, chop onions, garlic, green chili and 1 tomato.

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  • Add pasta to boiling water and a tsp of salt. Click here for tips and tricks to cook good pasta.
  • Heat oil in a pan and toast garlic, add green chili on a medium flame.

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  • Sweat onions. Add a dash of salt to quicken the process.

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  • Add tomato puree, tomatoes, sugar and green beans. Cover the lid and cook on a medium flame. If it gets too dry add ½ cup water.

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  • Add baked eggplants and cooked pasta to the sauce. Give it a toss, sprinkle Parmesan cheese, black pepper and olives.

Serve hot.

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  • I baked the rest for 20 minutes at 200 degree centigrade in a pre-heated oven or bake until a brown layer forms on the cheese(I have used Processed cheese over here). During the layering, I added little grated cheese in the middle, ensuring  my pasta doesn’t get all dried up.

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I preferred the baked version, although the former wasn’t all that bad! Probably, I was in a mood to eat it the cheesy way! 😉

Happy Cooking!

I am linking this recipe to Sliceoffme and Tinned Tomatoes for the Pasta Please Challenge

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Warm Potato and Pasta Salad in Sweet Onion Dressing

We all know how well sweet and sour flavors complement each other. Right?  This recipe here, is another yummy example of the heavenly sweet and sour combination. This salad is very light on the palate and a great muncher.  The Sweet Onion Dressing is more like a thick sauce, well-coated in potatoes and pasta. To be honest, I was attempting to make a normal liquid dressing. It didn’t quite turn out like that though. I think I still need to figure out how to make the actual dressing. Anyhow, this one turned out pretty great for now. The ingredients here blend really well with one another, in turn bringing out a lovely dish to savor or devour rather. 😉

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This is what you will need :-

Ingredients

8-9 Baby Potatoes

1 cup Raw Pasta (I have used Fusilli here)

2-3 cloves garlic

2 medium-sized red onions made into a paste (Use mixer grinder or grater)

1 de-seeded cayenne pepper

1 tsp sugar

2 tsp olive oil

1 tsp butter

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Juice of half a lemon

Coriander Leaves (Herbs of your choice)

Salt to taste

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Method

  • Wash the baby potatoes and poke them with a fork. Microwave for 5 minutes on high and set aside. Peel after a while, as it will cool down a little by then.

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  • Add pasta to boiling water and a dash of salt. Cook al dente.

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To prepare the dressing:-

  • Heat a tsp of olive oil in a pan. Add butter, finely chopped garlic and sauté.

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  • Next, add in your cayenne pepper and onion paste.
  • Add ½ tsp salt, sugar and 1/4 cup water.

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  • Sauté on a medium flame until translucent. A little sweetness comes naturally from the onions.
  • Add juice of half a lemon and mix.

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Turn off the flame; add pasta and potatoes. Sprinkle chopped coriander and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper and give it a toss.

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Serve warm. Happy Eating 🙂

I am also sending this recipe to No Croutons Required hosted by Lisa’s Kitchen.