Monday, May 19, 2014

Quick Pasta

Sometimes, when am too tired or lazy to cook, the one thing that comes to my rescue is Pasta. You may have heard that Pastas are not good for health when eaten regularly. That is not 100% true if you know how to choose Pasta.

Make sure you buy Pasta by checking the Ingredients. It should be either "Whole wheat flour" or "whole Durum wheat Semolina" and not "Refined Durum wheat Semolina".

Both "Whole wheat flour" and "whole Durum wheat Semolina" are high in protein. So, Pasta is healthy and this recipe is easy to cook and tasty too.

I have kept it simple and basic but you can add Mushrooms, carrots, peas , green beans and any Veggies you want. Now, for this dish, we are not adding any cheese so that it can be low in calories, easy to digest and satisfy our Indian taste buds too. Bon app├ętit !!! :)

Nutritional Information (Approx)
Energy  290 Calories
Fat 11 %
Carbohydrate 40 Grams
Dietary Fiber 3 Grams
Sodium 432 Mg
Vitamin A 7 %
Vitamin C 4 %
Calcium  13 %
Iron  26 %
Protein 11 Grams
Sugar 5 Grams

Pasta (Any) 2 Cups
Onion sliced 1 Small 
Cauliflower/Broccoli florets 1/2cup
Capsicum 1/2 cup
Tomatoes sliced 1/4 cup (Optional)
Pepper powder 1/2 tsp
Garlic grated 5 cloves 
Cumin 1/2 tsp
Yogurt 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Water 1/4 cup
Oil 1 tbsp

Boil a large pot of water with little salt. Add Pasta to the boiling water. Cook the pasta until tender and drain hot water and keep it aside. Make sure the pasta is not overcooked cos nothing is as bad as an overcooked pasta.

In a large pan, heat oil and add cumin seeds, onlion, garlic and fry. Once the onion is cooked, add Capsicum, Cauliflower/Broccoli and tomatoes and Mix. Cook for 2 minutes with closed lid.

Add Yogurt, Pepper powder, salt and water and Mix well. Once the mixture starts boiling, Add pasta and stir to cover the pasta with the mixture and Serve hot.

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