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Monday, November 24, 2014

I have tried masala pasta in Indian style twice before. Both times, I could not balance the taste so ended up as total flops. So after that I never dared to try that way. But off late been craving for a spicy, desi style pasta, so wanted to give it a try. And until I finished, I wasn’t sure about the taste. But it turned out perfect. So I should stick to this recipe for a whileBlushing. I always have pasta in stock as I pack it for one day’s lunch for Aj. Mostly he likes penne pasta. Then if he gets bored, he ask me to buy either fusilli or macaroni. But few weeks back I found this farfalle aka bow-tie pasta at CPB fairprice. I have never bought that cute shaped pasta before so, quickly bought it and kept. I wanted to try something italian with it, but I could not wait to try this masala pasta, so used it to make it. For this masala pasta, I would recommend these kind of shapes rather than the long spaghetti kind of pastas. This fits in perfect for lunch boxes or for dinner. Do try this and send in your pictures to rakskitchen@gmail.com or as a message to my Rak’s kitchen pageBatting Eyelashes.

Indian style masala pasta recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian/ Fusion  |  Recipe Category: Lunch/ Dinner
Prep Time: 10 mins    |  Cook time: 25 mins    Serves: 2


Pasta (I used Farfalle) - 1 cup

Onion - 1

Tomato - 1, large

Garlic, finely chopped - 1 tblsp

Red chilli powder - 1 tsp

chopped carrot, peas - 1/4 cup

Chopped capsicum - 1/4 cup

Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp

Black pepper powder - 1/4 tsp

Kasoori methi - A pinch

Any Italian seasoning - 1/2 tsp

Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tblsp

Salt - As needed

To temper

Olive oil - 3 tblsp

Jeera/ cumin seeds - 2 tsp


  1. Boil 4 cups water and add the pasta, required salt. Cook for 10- 12 mins or as per the package instructions.
  2. How to make indian style masala pasta step 1
  3. Drain in a metal strainer, once the pasta is done. reserve 1/4 cup water drained for later use. Boil water and keep the tomato immersed for a minute. Water should be really hot. Or you can also boil for a minute with the tomato.
  4. How to make indian style masala pasta step 2
  5. Take out the tomato, run through cold water, peel off the skin. This is called blanching.  Grind coarsely.
  6. How to make indian style masala pasta step 3
  7. Heat a kadai with oil and temper with jeera. Do not let it burn, so do it in medium flame. Add garlic and give it a stir for half a minute.
  8. How to make indian style masala pasta step 4
  9. Add finely chopped onion and fry until transparent. Add the vegetables. Add required salt and fry for 2 minutes in medium flame. Add pureed tomato, red chilli, garam masala, turmeric powders, kasoori methi, italian seasoning.
  10. How to make indian style masala pasta step 5
  11. Fry until the oil separates. May take a couple of minutes in medium flame. Add chopped capsicum lastly and fry for a minute.
  12. How to make indian style masala pasta step 6
  13. Add the cooked pasta. If the pasta is stuck to each other, add the reserved water to loosen it up. Stir well for a minute or two and lastly add black pepper powder and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  14. How to make indian style masala pasta step 7


    • If you are an office goer, you can soak the pasta and when you are back from office, just boil water and add the pasta to it. Instantly, pasta gets cooked. But make sure not to over cook as there is more probability.
    • If making for kids, you can mix some butter along with olive oil.
    • You can use vegetables of your choice. Like broccoli etc.
    • Olive oil is good for health, so no need to be stingy in adding it.

Enjoy hot, perfectly jazzed up masala pasta, just to satisfy the Indian taste buds. Try for this winter.

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  1. Yummy..!! We Indians love every masaledar.. whether it is italian pasta or chinese noodles, we can make anything in our style.. ;)

    1. hahahahaha votta comment...loved it ;)

  2. yummy, so may spices and delicious!! love pastas this way!!

  3. I too make the same way except for kauri methi!looks very tasty!

  4. My mum does this version and I never get same taste even after few tries.. This version looks interesting too

  5. wow..best Tea-time snack or breakfast!!! soaking pasta before time is the great tip!! thanks for sharing!

  6. Lovely pasta. My all time favorite

  7. Very colorful & interesting!!! Will definitely give it a try.... Btw u've mentioned the ingredients like turmeric, chilli powder, garam masala pow, Kasuri methi, Italian seasoning In your ingredients list but haven't mentioned then in the method, so r these optional ingredients? If not then at what stage do we add them? Thanks

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  9. Tempting. .mouth watering dish.. I can't delay trying it..yummy pasta:)

  10. Yummy Indo Italian dish to satisfy our cravings :)

  11. YUM! masala pasta looks perfect and very inviting!

  12. I am going to try first time pasta for that searching in google i was confused with many. This is quiet intersting from other. I am going to try this one...

  13. Hi rak, u r t rock star... U always give me basic idea how to cook certain dishes... The pasta u given here, I made it with penne pasta.. And no olive oil and Italian seasoning.. But it was awesome... And I made it for first time.. And my in laws were like "yey divya".. And so much thanks to you..

  14. Looks yummy Thanks for sharing

  15. Hi rak
    I tried it came out awesome yummy taste. Thanks for sharing

  16. I just tried this recepie...awesome!!! Thank you:)

  17. Delish! I added fresh mint and it really complimented the pasta!

  18. Simple and full of vegetables and even spices all in one pasta....lovely recipe i am going to try it today.....thks for sharing your lovely recipe....

  19. Thank you so much for sharing making it for Sunday breakfast

  20. Try my recipe simple and tempting
    Cheese maggie-
    1. Maggie
    2. 1 amul cheese slice
    3. Chili powder
    4. Salt
    5. Aginomoto
    1- In a pan mix Maggie masala,salt,chili powder and aginomoto.
    2- Add cheese slice and Maggie.
    3- Now add water as much as you want.
    4- Cook for 2 min as everyone knows.

  21. Tried this today and as with your other recipes this too tasted awesome and we loved it a lot:)thanks for providing such a delicious twist to the pasta

  22. Yummy to see tis but if i try na its not coming like this.instant pasta mix is coming well.Can u give some tips to make it like instant pasta.

  23. Cooked this masala pasta several times... My husband loves it... Thanks for the perfect recipe :)


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