I haven't been in the kitchen much in the past few weeks… blame it on the jet lag, cold whether or simple laziness. What ever I did cook was nothing worth writing about.
The other day I watching BBC lifestyle channel and saw Bill’s cookery show. The spaghetti salad recipe really caught my eyes and I instantly wanted to give a try. But this is not India, where I can just grab my wallet and go grocery shopping. I had to wait for my weekend trip to the farmer's market and bought our weekly stock of veggies and cottage cheese. The recipe asks for few things like cherry tomatoes and olives that are usually not bought by Indian households but this is worth buying because olives do tastes good with herbed paneer and tomatoes. So here goes the recipe…which has been slightly tweaked to suit my Indian taste.
Spaghetti 1 ounce
Garlic cloves minced 3-4
Tomato(small) pureed 1
Cherry tomatoes 4-5
Cubes of paneer
Chilli powder to taste
Salt to taste
Oil sunflower/ olive oil
How to cook...
Heat a large pot with water over the stove.
Sprinkle table salt and add few drops of oil to the heating water. This makes sure that spaghetti tastes good and doesn’t stick. Once the water starts boiling, add one ounce of dry spaghetti noodles. Let it boil for ten minutes. It should be slightly undercooked as we will be cooking it again. Once done, drain it under cold running water. Keep it aside.
For the dressing
Heat the pan on medium fire and add few tea spoons of oil, add garlic when the oil is hot. Once you start smelling the aroma; add capsicum, pureed tomato, chilli powder, salt, coriander leaves, and herbs. Stir often. In the end add cherry tomatoes, olives, and paneer cubes and give a good stir. In the end, add cooked spaghetti to this mixture and give a good toss.