The Delightful White Sauce Pasta!

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Arnav Enjoying his Pasta!

Arnav Enjoying his Pasta!

Pasta in white sauce is my favorite lunch at work- I have it when I want to pamper myself.  Having said that, it is Arnav’s and Charit’s favorite too. I always feel guilty when I have something that Arnav loves and he is not around to enjoy it- he loves his food and is always open to trying new things- which is a blessing!

I remember when I was in hostel my Mom used to say this, “We made custard pudding and missed you.” I did not understand it as much as I do it now! A Mom is a Mom is a MOM!

So I cook this white sauce pasta often at home and it is always a hit with my little Arnavi and Charit.  You can always change the vegetable mix that goes with it- add garlic if you like the flavor, chicken sausages too- suit yourself! Use a lot of veggies – broccoli, mushrooms…corn!

Warning- Calorie Count not allowed!

Pasta in White Sauce

Pasta in White Sauce

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Pasta (of your choice) – 250 gms

Oil- ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp

Butter- 1 Tbsp

All Purpose Flour (Maida) or Corn flour- 1Tbsp

1 Big Onion- Sliced into Thin Long wedges

1 Carrot- Sliced into Thin Long wedges

6-7 Beans- Sliced into Thin Long wedges

Green Peas- 1Tbsp

White Cream- 1.5 Cups or more as desired

1 Cheese Cube grated

Salt to taste

Oregano for seasoning/Pepper to taste

Red Chili Flakes – optional (I don’t add pepper and red chili flakes)

Method-

Pasta

Boil the pasta as per the packet directions- add a pinch of salt and half tbsp oil to the water while boiling. Once the pasta is boiled- drain the hot water and run the pasta under cold water.

Sauce

Heat the butter in a Sauce Pan. If you wish to add garlic paste, add now and stir for a couple of minutes. Add the Maida/flour and stir. Stir the Maida/Flour only for a minute and now add milk to this- stir continuously so that no lumps are formed.  Once it boils, add Salt, Oregano/Pepper and red chili flakes. Let the mixture thicken, add white cream and bring this mixture to boil. Add grated Cheese and stir. Take it off the heat. The Sauce is ready.

Veggies.

Take a little oil in the Sauce Pan and add onions, sir and let them turn golden brown. Add carrot, and beans, peas and other veggies. Stir and cover the lid for five minutes. Add salt as per taste. Take the veggies off the heat once they are cooked. Don’t overcook the veggies – you will like them slightly crunchy in Pasta.

Veggies like Carrot, peas can be boiled with the pasta too.

Now place the sauce on heat and add cook veggies and pasta to it. Stir mix gently- add more cream/cheese to garnish and serve hot with a soup of your choice!

Getting Back with Lauki Channa Daal

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Lauki Channa Daal

Lauki Channa Daal

Lauki Channa Daal

I have been away for quite some time from the blog but not the kitchen! Today I decided to break the jink…and post.
I have taken up a full time job and that has kept me slightly busy. But now that I am more or less settled with my new routine, I have decided to be regular here!
Lauki Channa Daal is a humble, mildly flavored dish- quick to make! Nothing fancy about it- at least the way I make it- but you are bound to fall in love with the simplicity and flavor of this dish. Charit loves it when served with hot Chapattis and so here it is all for him.

Ingredients

Half Bottle Gourd- Chopped into medium sized cubes
Bengal Gram daal (Channa Daal) – Half Bowl- Soaked before hand for 3-4 hours.
Mustard and Cumin Seeds- ½ tsp each
Salt and red Chili Powder to taste
Turmeric Powered- ½ tsp
Chopped Coriander to garnish

Method

Soak the Channa Daal for 3-4 hours in water.
Chop the Lauki into small cubes. Take oil in a sauce pan, let it heat, add Cumin and Mustard seeds. Once they crackle, add the chopped lauki and stir fry for 10-15 minutes till it starts to turn golden brown. Now add Channa Daal. Add salt turmeric powder and Chili powder to taste. Fry again for 10 minutes. Now add water and bring to boil. Let it simmer for five minutes and check if both lauki and channa daal are soft. Once soft, take them off the heat. Garnish with coriander and serve with hot Chapattis.
I keep this one very simple and basic- you can add curry leaves/ginger garlic paste/Garam Masala /chopped onions to suit your taste

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