Tricolored Macaroni-On-The-Fly


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My regular blog readers know how much I hate cooking usually. I'm always on the lookout for recipes that can be cooked within minutes. And this is one such instant recipe for cooking macaroni, that I tried sometime last month.


Usually, people cook macaroni with white sauce. That was my original plan too, but at the very last minute, I found out that I didn't have any cornflour to make the sauce! I thought I would make it in Chinese style instead, with all the Chinese sauces. But guess what! I didn't have any soya sauce and chilli sauce either that day! So I decided to improvise.


INGREDIENTS:

1 finely chopped large onion
1 finely chopped carrot
1 finely chopped large capsicum
7-8 french beans finely chopped
2 tbsp butter
150 gm macaroni
1 cup milk
1 tsp oil
salt and pepper to taste


METHOD:

  • Boil the macaroni with half tbsp salt and 1 tsp oil. Drain when boiled.

  • Heat the butter in a fry pan, add the chopped onions and saute till golden pink.

  • Add the remaining vegetables and salt to taste, mix well, cover, and allow to cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • When the vegetables are cooked tender, add the milk, stirring continuously, and bring to boil. (Be careful so it doesn't curdle.)

  • Add the boiled macaroni.

  • Add more salt if required, and pepper.

  • Serve hot.


The mistake I did was that I added less than half a cup of milk. I wasn't really sure what would happen -- whether it would curdle instantly, or if it would taste soggy. But, later when we tasted the dish, it felt a bit dry in the mouth. That was when I realized that a little more milk could have given it the creamy texture of the white sauce, without its extra calories.

Anyway, I made this dish in like less than half an hour (which included the veggie chopping). And it has very little calories as compared to usual macaroni dishes. I didn't use any cheese either, as you can see. Moreover, it looks kind of healthy too... colorful and fresh... doesn't it?

Well, I've got two more recipes to share with you all... and those two are loaded with calories! [grins] So be prepared!



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2 comments:

Manjusha Sinha said...

Hey very innovative...am sure it tastes really good and wud love to
see the other two recipes as well may be if it's loaded with cal then kids wud defiantely relish it...Manjusha

December 8, 2010 at 12:02 PM
Kaddu said...

Thanks for the encouragement yaar! :p
And the other 2 dishes, oh! They were made on-demand by my sister! Takes like ages to make them, but gone within minutes! I'll try to share at least one of them in the Jan issue.

December 8, 2010 at 12:29 PM

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