My culinary journey started when I was 10 years old. I was the eldest one among three siblings. Growing up in a middle class Indian family I soon came to realise, how important it is for our families to teach girls how to cook. In order to fit in well in ‘Sasuraal’ (in laws house) a girl must know how to prepare lip-smacking delights. In India, most men (and also women) think cooking is women’s department and in some middle class families men in kitchen are still frowned upon. I was lucky, when 13 years later I realised this is not the situation in all families. My husband loves cooking and in my ‘Sasuraal’ (in laws house) all men cook and not only cook, they cook mouth-watering delicacies.
When I was growing up, my mother used to had severe migraine attacks. Men never entered the kitchen, so I had to start learning to cook at the age of 10. Though I hated it at that time, it was about to become a boon for me in later years. By the time I was 21, I was the best cook next to my mom in my whole family. After completing studies, when I was working in Delhi, it were only my culinary skills which made me able to feed myself and my roommate whenever our maid was away.
10 more years later, I am married and mommy to a 5 year old. Each day is a roller-coaster ride in kitchen. New demands everyday, new inventions everyday. Bittu, my 5 year old son does not eat daal, rice, roti everyday and I am always in search of new ways to cook his favorite foods in a healthy way. I cook even in my dreams. He loves Macaroni and Pasta. Instead of preparing regular Mac and cheese, I wanted to cook something different, more in line with our regular Indian food. So, came up with this recipe:
- Macaroni Springs. 150 gm
- One diced Onion. Medium sized
- One diced Tomato. Medium sized
- Olive oil. 2 tsp
- Pasta sauce. 2 tbsp
- Salt. 2 tbsp
- A pinch of Red chilli powder
- Dried Oregano flakes
Put water to boil. Add salt to it. Then add Macaroni Springs. Let it boil. After Macaroni is cooked, drain water, but leave a little pasta water in it. Don’t drain completely.
Add Olive oil to a frying pan and sauté onion. Then add tomatoes, red chilli powder and pasta sauce. Add 2-3 tbsp of pasta water. Cook it while stirring. Once it reaches the desired consistency, add boiled Macaroni Springs. Mix well and cook on low heat for 3 minutes. Garnish with oregano and serve.
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