Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

spaghetti alio e olio

This popular Italian recipe takes minutes to make and makes you realize, how sometimes a simple recipe can be so purely delicious. Above all, its low in calories and high on flavor. This can easily be a part of my staple diet.

This recipe has various versions, here is mine.

For this all you need is:

  • 7 ounces Brown Rice or Whole Wheat spaghetti
  • 11/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 11/2 tsp Chili Flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped basil
 

Method:

  1. Boil and drain the spaghetti as per the instructions on its cover.
  2. Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan on low-medium heat. Add the Chili flakes and Garlic and saute till garlic starts changing its color.
  3. Add spaghetti to the pan and sprinkle salt and pepper.
  4. Mix well and turn off the gas.
  5. Garnish with freshly chopped basil and serve warm with Ciabatta or  Sourdough bread.

(You can be alter this version and add toppings as per your liking. Though I like the burst of pure flavors in this recipe.)

pic source: http://www.yumsugar.com/Spaghetti-Garlic-Olive-Oil-Chili-Flakes-21398824/

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Badiyon ka Pulao

badiyon ka pulao

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup badiyan (Shallow fried and broken into pieces)
  • 1 cup peas
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1” stick of Cinnamon
  • 3-4 Green Cardamoms
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 tsp Garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 2 green chili chopped
  • 1 onion diced into small peices
  • 1 tbsp coriander chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tsp Haldi
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1tbsp Canola Oil or Ghee

Method:

1. In a pressure cooker, heat some oil and add the whole spices (bay leaf, cardamom & cinnamon) along with the haldi powder. When the bay leaf starts changing its color, add the green chillies and the ginger garlic paste and saute for a few seconds. Then add the chopped onions.

2. Once the onions turn translucent, add the peas, badiyan and rest of the spices. Let it cook for a few minutes and then add rice and 4 cups of water. Mix well, put the cooker lid on and let it cook on medium heat.

3. After 3 whistles, turn off the gas and let the cooker sit for a while till the pressure subsides.

4. Garnish it with fresh coriander while serving. Serve it with raita, mint chutney and papad (Lijjat papad; easily available at all indian stores).

ENJOY…:)

Mushroom Garlic Toasted Bread

Mushroom Garlic Toasted Bread

This is a great side dish which can be served with drinks or can be had for breakfast as well.

For this you’ll need :

  • 1 packet diced mushroom
  • 1 loaf of Ciabatta garlic bread
  • 1tbsp canola oil
  • 2tsp minced Garlic
  • 2 split green chilli
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 2tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Heat the oil in a pan. When its hot, add green chillies and garlic and saute for 2 mins.
  2. Add the onions. Once the onions turn translucent, add mushrooms.
  3. Let the mushrooms cook till they start leaving water and shriveling up. Add salt and pepper and cook for another 5-6 mins.
  4. Turn off the heat, add coriander and mix well. Let it sit for 5 mins.
  5. Spread the mushroom mix evenly over the bread slices and bake them for 5-7 mins.

Your Mushroom Garlic Toast is ready..:)…

(P.S. : To make it more delicious, you could grate some cheese on top before putting the slices into the oven.)