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Penne with tomato, cream & basil

Hi everyone. This is Girish & I am absolutely thrilled that the very first Italian recipe I have attempted to cook has come out perfect, and I even get to blog it. Absolutely happy. Yes, very happy.

We have been in love with Italian cooking for some months. And pasta has been a topper on that list. When you start cooking pasta at home it’s then you realize how easy it is. Ofcourse, we haven’t yet reached at the point where we can actually make a “pasta” and then cook it with various other ingredients. For a beginner like me, this recipe works so well. I haven’t been a crazy fan of the white creamy cheese pastas. I haven’t yet developed the taste for it. But when it comes to the tangier, spicier pasta’s am all ready to eat.

I have used a couple of ready made ingredients for various reasons but you can surely use fresh produce from the market.

Ingredients

Onion – 1 finely chopped
Tomato puree – 200 ml (Dabur Homemade)
Basil – dried basil 2 tbsp
Penne – 200 gms
Garlic – 3 cloves crushed
Cream – 150 ml (Amul)
Olive oil – 2 tbsp
Salt to taste

Recipe

Cook the pasta following the packet instructions.
Cook onion in olive oil until soft
Add garlic & cook for couple of minutes more
Add tomato puree & simmer for 2 or 3 minutes
Stir in the cream & simmer for couple of minutes, then add the basil
Add salt & mix well
Add pasta & toss it with the sauce

Tips

You can use 2/3 chopped tomatoes instead of the puree
I wasn’t able to find fresh basil, but you can surely use a handful of freshly chopped basil 

Beetroot vegetable (sabzi)

Hiiiii everyone. Amazing feeling to post something after a long time. WOW, it’s been so long I have posted anything. Such a long time. I have lost the count of it. But’s it’s good to be back. For sure. How are you all, hope you fine and enjoying cooking and blogging. Love to all and miss blogging so much.

Beetroot, I haven’t really thought about it a a veggie until recently. I always loved it as a salad or raita or even just as it is, ofcourse boiled ;). Some days I was so bored cooking the same style vegetables and wanted to cook something different. Being a holiday I had time to try out something different. This red yummy dish was one of the recipes I tried that day. I always knew such was prepared regularly in the south of India and decided to give a try. Tadaaa so here it is.

Enjoy.

Ingredients

Beetroot – 4 medium sized
Urad daal – 1/2 tea spoon
Jeera or cumin seeds – 1 tea spoon
Oil – 1/2 tea spoonn
Curry leaves – 5/6
Green chillies – 3 finely chopped
Garam masala – 1/2 tea spoon
Freshly grated coconut – 2.3 table spoon
Salt to taste
Coriander for garnishing

Procedure

  • Cook the beetroot in pressure cooker until soft. Keep it to cool.
  • Peel away the skin and cut the beetroot into small cubes.
  • Heat oi in a pan, add cumin seeds, urad daal, curry leaves and chilies.
  • Saute for 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Add beetroot, salt, garam masala and mix well.
  • Cover and cook for around 5 minutes on low flame.
  • Garnish with freshly grated coconut and coriander.
  • Serve hot with chappatis

Tips

This requires very less oil, so excellent in health terms.
Increase or decrease the amount of chilies per your taste.
It’s okay if you do not find urad daal.