At Signora Pittipatti’s,
Let’s see what she’s left us to eat.
The result was this concoction – Cheesy spaghetti with Indian sauce. The Indian sauce consists of the regular tomato gravy containing potatoes, peas and baby corn. Like all mothers, I too jazz up or twist dishes to suit my kids’ tastes.
This turned out pleasantly tasty. Of course, there isn’t too much difference except that I haven’t used the regular spaghetti sauce veggies like gherkins and instead used potatoes which I assume is an Indian favourite.
Here’s how you go about it – quick n easy. Since I have just used whatever was available, the quantities are all approximations. Besides spaghetti is such a flexible dish – you can just add and delete as per your liking.
Spaghetti – I must have used about 100g.
(Cook it as per instructions on the pack. Wash in running cold water and set aside to drain)
Cheese – 2 cubes of amul cheese
Whole wheat flour – 1tsp.
Milk – 1 to 1 and 1/2 cups.
Butter – 1/2tsp.
Potatoes (Boiled and peeled) – 2 small
Shelled and boiled peas – 1/2cup
Tomatoes puree – 100g
Dry Oregano – 1 tbsp.
Dry Rosemary – 1tsp.
Dry fenugreek leaves – 1tbsp.
Salt – to taste
turmeric pdr. – a pinch
asfoetida pdt. – a pinch
red chilli powder or (tobasco sauce) – to taste
Olive oil – 1tbsp.
Parsley – for the garnish
Heat the butter and roast the wheat flour till aroma exudes. Add milk and stir till it turns thick. Grate cheese and add and stir. If it is not blended, give the mixture a run in the mixer. Again heat and add the cold, drained spaghetti and fold to coat the spaghetti all over with the sauce. It should be a thickish spaghetti with a little liquid but not runny. We do not want a lumpy mass after sometime so if it looks a little thin that all right. It will thicken in no time.
Heat a tbsp. of olive oil. Add the tomato puree, boiled and chopped potatoes, salt, peas and spices. Mix till the gravy looks shiny and coats the veggies. If it is a little sour, add a little milk or cream or butter after it comes down to nearly room temperature (Mine was right, so didn’t have to do much!).
Scoop the spaghetti on to the plate. Top with the gravy and garnish with coriander leaves or parsley.
Just to end the song I started before….here’s how the pasta verse goes;
Take some, give it a try.
Spaghetti very wriggly,
Oh mamma mia, oh my.
Give it a tune of your own and sing it along with your child while playing with the spaghetti and the fork – It is fun.