MAC N’ CHEESE or is it…MAC N’ SPICE??

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Mac N Spice and the classic Mac n Cheese are like the movies Slum Dog Millionaire and City of God. There are few who shall draw comparisons between the two movies while there are a few who shall take offense that you dare to compare the two since they are as different as chalk from cheese! And I am among those few who sit awkwardly in between taking no side! 😀

Mac N Spice

I love playing around with Pasta in my kitchen. Now this particular dish features macaroni in a loud Bollywood masaaledaar street food style! I like the pasta for this, well done. Not overly cooked that it gets mushy but not firm either.

Mac N Spice

The best part is that it uses just three spices yet tickles your palates like never before. Pav Bhaji masala is one of those few spices that I use straight from the box. Pav Bhaji is a very popular Indian snack and has a very unique taste to it which is synonymous to great tasting street food.

Mac N Spice

Golden Macaroni

Mac N Spice

My Spice Mix

Now, how would I do any justice to the Mac n Spice and Mac n Cheese comparison if I don’t top it with some fresh Parmesan shreds?

Mac N Spice

Stringy Spicy Cheesy

 Make it, taste it and choose your side while I……. still remain undecided 😛

Recipe for Mac n Spice/Cheese

MAC N’ CHEESE or is it…MAC N’ SPICE??

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 2-4

Ingredients

  • 8 Oz (225 g) Elbow pasta (Macaroni)
  • 4 tbsp Pav Bhaji Masala (I use Baadshah or Everest –Popular brands easily available at any Indian Store)
  • 2 tsp Kasoori Methi /Dried Fenugreek (Optional & any brand will work)
  • 3 tsp red chili powder (adjust quantity to desired spice levels, 3 tsp is moderate)
  • 1 cup chopped vegetables (the choice is yours’; I added carrots, mushrooms, and bell peppers)
  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil (you can add butter instead)
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Add the pasta into a pot of boiling water and cook till it is almost done(Check the my take section). It takes about 5-8 min on medium-high heat but varies in accordance with your stovetop. Once done, drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile roast the chopped opinion in oil till it is cooked halfway through. Add the chopped vegetables and after about 2 min, add the chopped tomatoes.
  3. When the tomatoes release all the juices and the oil begins to separate, add the powdered spices, salt and mix.
  4. Add the pasta in and mix well. Reduce the heat to low, cover and let the flavors mix. The food gets cooked in its own steam.
  5. Turn off heat after about 3-4 minutes and let it sit for another 2 min.
  6. Serve hot! Add some Parmesan shreds onto your bowl for that extra special dish.

My Take:

Al dente or a tad bit uncooked is the best for pasta when in my opinion; pasta soaks in the flavors & spices better if

a) It has a nice sauce to soak in while on your plate

b) Or (if you are a dry pasta fan like me), it has to be a little better cooked than Al Dente

You might want to prepare this a little ahead of meal time and then heat it up in the microwave before serving because the flavors are absorbed better with time.

Yummily Yours'

Prash

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4 Comments

  1. Love your writing style. Ive been following your blog on and off. I thought it was you when i saw this mac and spicy on foodgawker. I love experimenting with pasta flavors too!

    • Hey Manju!
      Thanks. Its always nice to be acknowledged for your style. I would love for you to visit more often. Thanks Again 🙂

  2. I would definitely try this at home! I love the way you take the readers through every minute detail. This makes the entire reading experience more than just that. Kudos!

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