Monday, August 4, 2014

Pasta Pulao

Pasta Pulao is a tasty and aromatic dish perfect for a holiday brunch. This dish is very healthy since it has veggies and spices.

I wake up at 7:30 or 8 when Naveen does not have to go to office since he works from home often. If it's weekend, I will still be sleepy and light headed because of all that heavy and junk eating on Friday night. It will be past midnight by the time we hit the bed every Friday night and the next day is wasted by being lazy and sleepy.(:|

Every weekend when I open my fridge, I find the stocked up Veggies looking at me forlorn, unused and some of them crying for help.  That is when I make up my mind for the dish that I should prepare for brunch. I prepared this Pulao which is filling, amazingly tasty and is a pure indulgence, trust me once on this. I like to experiment on Pasta a lot because it is the tastiest and interesting of all the raw Ingredients. You can just pan fry with butter, salt and pepper and it still tastes amazing. 

Pasta is healthy only if you choose "Whole grain Pasta" since the normal pasta is made of Plain flour/Maida and is harmful for health. The veggies added to pasta dish makes it more colorful and each flavor stands out making the dish more lovable by all age groups. 

You can add all the veggies you want or skip one or two of those I have added. It tastes best when it is hot so serve and eat before it gets cold. If serving for kids, Garnish with some cheese or paneer and they will love it! thumbs up

Nutritional Information  (Approx) (per serving)
Energy  200 Calories
Fat 2 %
Carbohydrates 14 %
Dietary Fiber 8 %
Sodium 1 %
Vitamin A 20 %
Vitamin C 25 %
Calcium  0 %
Iron  10 %
Protein 7 Grams
Sugar 2 Grams

Ingredients: For masala
Green chillies 3
Fennel seeds 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon
Garlic cloves 3
Cinnamon  1 small stick
Cloves 2
Cardamom 2
Coriander leaves 1/4 cup
Mixed Vegetables of your choice chopped 1 cup
Onion chopped
Bell pepper chopped
Oil 2 teaspoons
Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon
Lemon juice 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves  to garnish

* Boil all the Veggies except Onion and bell pepper. Cook only till the veggies are only half boiled.
* Gather Green chillies, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, Garlic cloves, Cinnamon, Cloves, cardamom and Coriander leaves in a mixer.
* Grind the masala to a smooth paste.

* 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.
* Heat oil in a pot and add cumin seeds. After a minutes, add chopped onion and saute till onion looks transparent.
* Add bell pepper and cooked vegetables and fry for another minute.

* Add the ground masala, salt and lemon juice and mix.
* Add cooked pasta and give it a good mix.
* Cook for 2-3 more minutes and remove from heat. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

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