Cooking is my emotional outlet! Whether I’m super happy or sad, just stressed, bored or too mad, you’ll find me in the kitchen whipping up something to suit my moods. My parents are usually my guinea pigs and I’m proud to say that they haven’t complained… yet!
Just bored with my monotonous week, I was looking for some excitement – and what better place to start than the kitchen! I was scanning through the kitchen shelves for some inspiration and all I could find was some penne pasta and Indian spices! And voila, what came to my mind was an awesome fusion:
***Pasta Tikka Masala***
As absurd as it may sound, I have to admit it was quite delicious. So if you have a mad chef in you who likes to experiment with ingredients and create something crazy yet delicious, this recipe is just for you.
Penne pasta – 500 gms
Paneer – 30 gms
Tomatoes – 2 large
Capsicum – 1 large
Onion – 1 large
Garlic – 4 large cloves (you can add less if you don’t like it to be too garlicky)
Ginger – 1 inch piece
Full fat cream – 2 tbsp
Garam masala – 1 tsp
Dhaniya jeera powder – 1 tbsp
Chilli flakes – 1 tsp
Turmeric – 1 tsp
Kasuri methi – ½ tsp
Nutmeg powder – ½ tsp (you can skip this if you don’t have it)
Besan – 1 tbsp
Oil – As required
Salt – As required
Tandoori masala powder – 1 tsp (don’t fret if you don’t have this)
- Boil pasta in a deep vessel with salt and some drops of oil. Once the pasta is almost cooked, take it off the flame, drain and wash with cold water and set aside.
- In a pan, heat oil. Add cubes of onions and sautee until translucent.
- Add garlic & ginger paste to the pan and sautee until cooked.
- Now you can add the finely chopped tomatoes and cook until the mixture starts releasing oil.
- Add the capsicum and all the other spices including, garam masala, dhaniya jeera powder, tandoori masala, chilli flakes, turmeric, salt and nutmeg powder. Mix well.
- Take a small bowl and mix the besan with some water forming a smooth paste with no lumps. Add this to the onion, tomato mixture in the pan and mix well.
- Now add the boiled penne pasta, cream and crumbs of paneer to the pan. Mix gently and add kasuri methi. Mix again and take it off the flame.
- Add a dollop of cream and some coriander leaves to garnish.
- Serve piping hot with some garlic bread
TOF plating tip – If you have kids at home or just want to make things a little more beguiling with your plating, add alternate pieces of grilled tomato, capsicum, onion and the cooked pasta to a skewer and pour the sauce mixture on it. Enjoy eating this delicious preparation just like paneer tikka on skewers.
Try it out! You won’t be disappointed. And when you do, let me know in the comments below how you like it! 🙂