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Spicy Fusilli Pasta

by Sonia on March 29, 2010

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Yes! we love to make our pasta with yellow-red-green colored capsicum variety but of course with the hint of Indian spices. Actually, my hubby taught me this simple pasta recipe. When I tasted first time I totally loved it. During his student life in Sydney he used to make this pasta dish at least once in a week. Since then I become a huge fan of pasta variety. Now, you’ll always find at least 5 kind of pasta in my pantry. :)

We also have tried many authentic Italian pasta in tomato sauce but we usually weigh heavily on this desi estyle way. Our spices makes it somehow tasty and yummy. This low-fat version of pasta does not includes any special sauces or Italian herbs but spice powders only. You will only need your masala-box. Try to find whole wheat or durum wheat flour pasta and make your pasta healthier for your kids. You can prepare in few minutes yet it will satisfying meal. Your kids will love this simple pasta.

Spicy Fusilli Pasta
Serves: 2 or 3
  • 2 C Fusilli Pasta
  • 1 C Mix vegetables - use any vegetables of your choice. (I used frozen Carrot, Corn and Peas)
  • 1 C Capsicum ~ any color ~ chopped in 1" cubes
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp each Mustard seeds and Cumin seeds
  • 1 Onion ~ sliced
  • 1 tsp freshly crushed ginger-garlic (optional)
  • 1 tsp Red Chili powder (or to taste)
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • ½ tsp Garam Masala powder
  • 4-5 tbsp Tomato Ketchup (or to taste)
  • Salt to taste
  • For garnish ~ shredded Mozzarella cheese
  1. In big heavy pan, bring 4 -5 Cups water to boil. When the small bubbles starts to form add little salt and 1 tsp oil. Add pasta to this. Cook pasta for 12-13 mins or al dente. The pasta should be cooked throughout but still hold the shape. Drain the water and leave the pasta in colander till you need.
  2. Heat oil in pan, add the mustard seeds first, let it crackle for few seconds and add cumin seeds now. Fry the sliced onions till translucent. Season with little salt here. Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for 2 mins more. To this, add the chopped capsicum and mix vegetables. Cover and let it cook on slow-medium heat for 4-5 mins. When the vegetables are half-cooked yet crunchy, add all the spices.
  3. Now add the tomato ketchup and mix well. Add the cooked pasta and salt to taste. Mix well. Check for seasoning and adjust.
  4. Garnish with shredded cheese if you wish but recommended. :) Enjoy!

  • Hi Sonia. I love the Indianised Pasta and it looks so colourful with those coloured capsicums. I thought u learnt it from ur DH but u mention taught..I guess a typo there.
    .-= Pari´s last blog ..Rice and Roti Cutlet =-.

    • Sonia

      Thanks Pari. Yeah you’re right that I have learnt this from my hubby and I’ve mentioned as well. :)

  • wow…looks amazing, I make in a similar way..”desi istyle” but never clicked picture like you did…awesome click..
    .-= Muskaan Shah´s last blog ..Strawberry Frosted Flakes Milkshake =-.

    • Sonia

      Thanks Muskaan for your lovely words. :)

  • Nityaa

    hmmm….yum yum…i like your this desi style pasta rather than italian….i vll try it soon…as usual pics are fabulous…thank u my sweet sonia..

    • Sonia

      Nityaa…do try and let me know. You’ll love this. Thanks for your kind words dear. :)

  • This is my first time here I think. The photos look very yummalious. I always like Indian version of pastas. It is spicy for sure, but in your husbands recipe he has mustard seeds which must have added something extra. Will try this out.

    • Sonia

      Welcome Srimathi! Thanks for stopping by here. This pasta looks spicy but actually not. Yeah mustard seeds and cumin seeds adds a special flavor. Thanks for your kind words. :)

  • Cham

    My son loves Indianized version me too :) but i make with macaroni, mix an egg too! Looks colorful and delicious!

    • Sonia

      Adding an egg in macaroni — nice idea Cham. Thanks for your words. :)

  • OOh! I love the fusion going on here! I’ll defenitely have to try this :)

    • Sonia

      Do try and let me know. :)

  • Wow Sonia, love the desi version of pasta:) I think my MIL will love this.
    .-= Preeti´s last blog ..Beriche Thalipith =-.

    • Sonia

      Priti…then go ahead with this. :)

  • Turmeric powder and pasta!!! wow we love pasta this sounds super..a def must try! Also must say ur pics are awesome!!!

    • Sonia

      yeah Sheba…the ideas are endless! We love this desi version pasta and can be prepared in minutes. Thanks for your words dear. :)

  • You Got a Wonder Blog Here. Love the Layout and the Pics. Pasta looks so Good.

    Sonia..You can send in ur entries till April 7th for Indian Flavoured Pizza.
    i WILL be waiting for ur entry!!
    .-= lavi´s last blog ..Sweet Pizza with Coconut =-.

    • Sonia

      Welcome Lavi! Thanks for stopping by. :) Thanks so much for your lovely words and letting me know your pizza entry deadline. Will try to send something, sorry! no promise though. :)

  • Congratulations on your own domain Sonu. Looks awesome.
    No wonder I was not able to find a link…
    .-= anudivya´s last blog ..Microwave Mango Ricotta Kalakand – Back to blogging =-.

    • Sonia

      Thank you Anu! :)

  • First time here !!Lovely pictures !!!

    • Sonia

      Welcome Pedhakka! Thank you for stopping by. :)

  • Your pasta looks wonderful, great photos! Love the addition of indian spices. Will need to try this one on my kids too :)
    .-= marla {Family Fresh Cooking}´s last blog ..Sweet Potato Chickpea Soup =-.

    • Sonia

      Thanks Marla. Glad you liked this version. Try sometime if you love the fusion of Indian spices. :)

  • Hi Sonia, First time here. Colorful pics & a neat presentation. I dont prefer Cheesy Italian pasta but love this Indianized Pasta cooked with the aroma of our spices. Pasta looks flavorful !!
    .-= Sashi´s last blog ..Chicken 65 =-.

    • Sonia

      Welcome Shashi! Thanks so much for kind words. I hope you had enjoyed your stay here. :)

  • Jagruti

    Hey Sonia

    your desi estayle way pasta looks delicious and really colourful:)love the pics!

    • Sonia

      Thanks Jagruti. :)

  • PJ

    ooohh.. love your desi-estyle pasta! i have never cooked pasta in this way but i can tell just looking at your pictures that its gonna be delicious… must thank your hubby too for this delicious recipe :)
    .-= PJ´s last blog ..Suralichi wadi (chickpea flour rolls with coconut stuffing) and a bookclub book review =-.

    • Sonia

      PJ, I thank you on behalf of my hubby. I’m glad you liked it. Try it sometime for a change. :)

  • Jay

    Looks divine…this is new to me…will try this one…thanks for sharing…do visit my blog sometime…
    .-= Jay´s last blog ..Sprouted Green Moongdal Veg Salad =-.

    • Sonia

      Thanks for stopping by Jay! Try it and let me know. :)

  • TBC

    I just made this for dinner tonight, Sonia. It was really good. Thank you for a chatpata recipe! :-D
    .-= TBC´s last blog ..Mushroom And Bell Pepper Tart =-.

    • Sonia

      Oh TBC! I’m so glad you did try it. yeah…it’s indeed chatpata pasta recipe. :)

  • Pictures look bright and inviting, wonderful meal

    • Sonia

      Yeah Malar…it’s tasty as well. Thanks. :)

  • Looks yumm! Maybe I can try this on my son. He loves only plain pasta, hoping he may like this.
    .-= RedChillies´s last blog ..Low Fat Banana and Zucchini Cake =-.

    • Sonia

      RC, yeah…may be your son would like this. Pls adjust the spice level to your (son’s) heat tolerance. Good luck! :)

  • I love indianized pastas, just had them yesterday night :)
    Yummy pictures!
    .-= Parita´s last blog ..Macaroni In Creamy Mascarpone Cheese Sauce =-.

  • i just love these pastas !! bravo to you Pierre de Paris
    .-= pierre´s last blog ..Minutes d’agneau, herbes en semoule et flammèches de carotte =-.

  • Pasta looks very delectable.Beautiful clicks too.My 1st visit here.You have a nice collection of posts.Following your blog.
    .-= simply.food´s last blog ..Apple Chutney =-.

  • Great fusion of flavors and techniques! Pasta is a neutral blanket after all! In lebanese cuisine we serve it with plain yogurt and garlic, so I can see using all the spices like turmeric and it would work very well!

  • Ann

    OMG!! what an inviting recipe/pic looks sooo good and I love to try this!
    .-= Ann´s last blog ..Carrot Poriyal =-.

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