SPICY PIRI PIRI MACARONI

It is no secret that I love pasta and thus I keep try ing to make lots of different variations of pasta every chance I get. I initially started by making Indian style macaroni, then ended up using piri piri masala and let me tell you… it was a game-changer!

Here is homemade spicy macaroni. If you are someone who wants to enjoy their pasta with your Indian spices and a touch of peri-peri, this is for you. This pasta version does not just taste buds- pleasing but also eye-pleasing because of its impressive red colour. Spice up with this delicious treat! Feel free to add more veggies to it if you would like.
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INGREDIENTS:

2 cups elbow macaroni pasta
1 onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small tomato, chopped
1 Capsicum chopped
1.5 tsp of olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/8 tsp asafetida
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp cumin-coriander powder
1 tsp Piri Piri masala
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp red crushed pepper (optional)
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Half of lemon, juiced
5-6 sprigs cilantro, chopped (optional)
Basil leaves chopped

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cook the pasta according to packaged directions.
  2. In a pan, heat some oil then add cumin seeds; once the cumin seeds start to splatter, add the asafetida then add onion and garlic immediately.wp-15899061198316731161811264240822.jpg
  3. Let it cook until the onions are translucent, around 2 minutes. Then add the capsicum and let that cook for another minute.
  4. Add tomatoes, all the remaining spices, and a splash of water. Let the spices cook for a minute, then add the cooked pasta. Add more olive oil if the pasta seems dry (you can also add a ladle of the pasta water to marry everything together.) Mix everything well.wp-15899061200247713344474381654917.jpg
  5. Turn off the heat then add lemon juice and chopped cilantro (if using)
    Serve hot!
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NOTES:

  • You can use any pasta you like or have on hand.
  • I use the  Key brand Piri Piri Masala
  • You can add cheese to this if you like.
  • Taste the salt before adding more as the Piri Piri masala and the pasta water will have salt in them.
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ROASTED BEETROOT AND ORANGE SALAD

Today I am sharing the recipe of this vibrant beetroot salad which bursts with flavour. Soft beets teamed with fresh oranges, mint leaves, paneer and topped with a delicious simple dressing. This salad is a total winner!

Apart from having a beautiful pink colour, beetroot has numerous health benefits too. Beetroot is a rich source of antioxidant, lowers blood pressure and it’s almost fat-free. Beetroot is also high in fibre, iron and potassium. Beetroot is usually perceived as a boring vegetable but it can be used in so many different ways. Try it in soups, salads, cake, stews for not only its gorgeous colour but also sweet earthy taste.
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INGREDIENTS:

3 beetroots
segments of two oranges
1 Chopped  Cucumber
1/2 cup pomegranate kernels
few mint leaves
Crumbs of paneer

Dressing:
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp honey
1 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp orange juice
salt to taste
black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place beetroots in aluminium foil and drizzle some olive oil, salt and black pepper. Fold it up and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes or until tender.
  2. Once done, peel off the skin and cut in small dices.
  3. To serve, add diced beets on a plate and top with Cucumber, pomegranate, orange segments, mint leaves and paneer .
  4. For dressing,  whisk together olive oil, honey, lemon juice, orange juice, salt and pepper.
  5. Pour 2-3 tsp of dressing over the salad and serve.
  6. You can also throw in greens like baby spinach, lettuce and nuts for better texture.
  7. If you try this recipe, leave a comment or tag the photo #asthaskitchen on Instagram.

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PARLE G CHOCOLATE ICECREAM

Parle G biscuit Ice-cream is a quick and easy ice cream made with Parle G biscuit. It is a very simple recipe. This is chocolate flavoured Ice -cream which is the favourite flavour of kids . It is a mouthwatering dessert and can be instantly made. So, try out this recipe soon.
INGREDIENTS: 

Parle G Biscuit – 15 to 20 pieces
Powdered Sugar – 4 tablespoon
Cocoa Powder-2 tsp
Malai(Homemade cream)-3 tbsp
Milk-3/4 glass
Chocolate chips – around 1 tbsp
Vanilla essence – few drops
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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Take Parle-G biscuits(or any other biscuits of your choice)and crush to a fine powder using a grinder.
  2. Then add sugar and cocoa powder to the crushed biscuits and grind again.
  3. Once this dry premix is ready, add malai(or milk powder slurry i.e. milk powder mixed with water to give it a semi-solid texture) to it and mix well.wp-15861874646004903065698239046113.jpg
  4. Next, keep adding milk in small amounts and mix until you reach a pouring consistency as shown below.
  5. Pour this ice cream mix in an ice cream mould and freeze overnight.wp-15861874648313850908148610142977.jpg
  6. Once the ice cream is ready,  garnish it with chocolate chips/chocolate sauce and serve chilled.

 

NOTES:

  • You may use milk powder in place of malai. Take 1/4 cup for making 2-3 servings.
  •  You may add the chocolate chips before freezing also.
  •  You may add chocolate syrup or coffee powder as additional taste agents.
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VEGAN CHOCOLATE CAKE 

A simple, moist chocolate cake with a vegan ganache – for the chocoholic vegan!
It is easy, deeply chocolatey and moist. And like most oil cakes, it keeps well for days. You would never guess it was missing eggs or dairy! As good as any “regular” chocolate cake.
This is a really simple, yet very tasty cake. You can use rice flour or something other than wheat. You can also add chocolate chips and, or nuts.
P.S. Here I used whipped cream for decoration, but one can use vegan ganache in its place.
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INGREDIENTS:
For the cake:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cups cocoa unsweetened
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
80 ml or 1/3 cups vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp vinegar
 1 cups of water
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 160 C/ 325 F . Butter and flour a 6 inch round pan. Line the bottom with parchment (optional).
  2. Whisk together all the dry ingredients – flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
  3. Add all the wet ingredients – oil, vanilla, vinegar, water – and whisk until smooth.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 160 C/ 325 F for 30-35 minutes until top springs back when touched and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out dry.
  5. Cool in pan for 5 minutes and remove from pan to cool completely on wire rack.
NOTES:
  • This cake keeps well in the fridge for 3-4 days. Get to room temperature before serving.

SPROUTS AND MIXED VEGETABLE SALAD

One of the easiest and healthiest of all the salads- sprouted green gram salad. Sprouted green gram is rich in protein, easy to digest and when combined with some colourful vegetables and Indian spices make for a very fulfilling healthy evening snack.

You need to slightly plan ahead for this salad, as soaking and sprouting can take around 2 to 3 days depending on the temperature of your place. The recipe is very flexible, add or replace any vegetables of choice. You can also do multiple sprouted salad.
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INGREDIENTS :

1 cup sprouts

Soak one cup of green gram (moong) overnight insufficient water. Drain the excess water in the morning. This step is common for both the methods mentioned below.

*Using sprout maker
I have a sprout maker, so I put soaked moong along with water in it and they are ready in 12-15 hours.

*Using cloth
Take a cotton cloth/cheesecloth and tie the soaked moong in it. Then place it in a warm place and check for sprouting in 1-2 days.
Depending on the temperature at your place, it may take more or less time.

OTHER INGREDIENTS :

Peanuts, pressure cooked for 1 whistle/ boil in water for 10 minutes- 1/2 cup
Finely chopped yellow/red pepper- 1/4 cup
Finely chopped onions- 1/4 cup
Finely chopped tomatoes- 1/4 cup
Finely chopped coriander- for garnishing

OTHER FLAVOURINGS AND SEASONINGS :

Chaat masala- 2 teaspoons
Salt- to taste
Roasted cumin powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Chilly flakes/green chillies chopped/red chilli powder- according to taste preference
Lemon juice- from 1 big lemon

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a microwave on high power, cook the sprouted moong for 3 to 4 minutes, tossing once in between. This removes any unwanted odour and bacterial growth from the sprouts.
  2. You can also saute the sprouts in 1 teaspoon oil in a non-stick pan.
    Allow the sprouts to cool down, transfer it to a big bowl.
  3. Add boiled peanuts.
  4. Add all the chopped vegetables except coriander.
  5. Mix in lemon juice, salt and all other spices. Toss the sprouts well.
    Garnished with coriander.
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INSTANT GRAPE PICKLE

Instant grape pickle recipe, sweet, sour, spicy. An easy pickle that can be prepared under 15 minutes, a perfect side dish for curd rice or parantha or puri or as such too.

This pickle is sweet and sour in taste with some hints of chilli-flakes, black pepper and lovely aroma of fennel or ‘saunf ‘. It goes really well with North Indian cuisines.

Do try. you will surely love it.

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Green grapes – 1 cup
Red chilli powder- 1/2 tsp
fresh red chilli one finely chopped
Turmeric – 1/8 tsp
Asafoetida – 1/8 tsp
Fenugreek seeds, roasted, powdered – A pinch
Salt – as needed

TO TEMPER
oil – 2 tsp
Mustard – 1/2 tsp

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INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Wash, pat dry grapes and slit into two, mix salt. Heat a Kadai with oil, temper with mustard.
  2. Once it splutters, switch off the flame. Add red chilli powder, chopped.red chilli turmeric, fenugreek seed and asafoetida powders and stir.
  3. Add grapes and switch on the flame. fry for a minute. Instant grape pickle ready!
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NOTES:
  • Adjust red chilli powder’s quantity according to its spice level.
  • Make sure before adding the powders, the oil is not too hot. Otherwise, the powders will get burnt and spoil the taste and flavour. Especially when it is iron Kadai or heavy-bottomed vessel.
  • Cook the pickle such that the grape does not change its shape.
  • You can do this even without slitting grape, by piercing the grape using a toothpick.
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