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19 Mar 2013

Indian Chicken Pasta

Bio: Though Pasta is an Italian dish, Indians are known to add their own distinct flavor to every dish and believe me, most of the times the result is simply delicious! This Indian Chicken Pasta is an easy, quick and wholesome dish to make when you’re short of time. The kids and adults both will love it!

    1 cup dry pasta (any shape – penny, arabiata or any other that you like) 
    Tip: Choose whole grain pasta for a healthier, low calorie version)
    1 green capsicum cut vertically
    1 onion cut vertically
    1/2 lb minced chicken
    1 clove garlic crushed (garlic paste purchased from the market can also be used)
     Tomato puree (425 gm)
    2 tsp oil
    Spices: 1/2 tsp garam masala, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

Prepare Chicken Pasta With Indian touch:

    Boil 3 cups of water, add pasta to the boiled water and cook for 10-12 mins. Drain the pasta and cover so that it cooks further more in steam.
    Heat oil in a pan and add capsicum, onion, crushed garlic and saute for 2 mins.
    Then add the spices, minced chicken and tomato puree and cook for another 5 mins.
    Tip:  In this step, you may also add some fresh cream or shredded cheese. Kids love it!
    Lastly add the boiled pasta to the above pan and mix well. Cook for a minute and serve garnished with finely  chopped coriander leaves.

Lemon-Chicken-Pasta with Red Pepper
Instead of tomato puree, try adding some lemon juice and ground red pepper to the onions after they turn golden. Then mix these with chicken and boiled pasta and your peppered-lemon-chicken-pasta is ready!
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