Italiano Cookingo :)

Okay so I got inspired by all these recipe blogs (thanks to the latest addition by Pleeyums) and decided to post my very own recipe with some photos to go along with it. I spent all of yesterday clicking the ingredients in good looking bowls before I did my usual mixing and mashing.  🙂

This time I decided to try out some “international” recipes and I went with three bean salad,  pasta, garlic bread and  mango mocktail.

Let me start off with the recipe for the Mexican Three bean salad.

For the dressing :

3 tbsp vinegar

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp jeera powder

1 tsp black pepper powder

1 tsp  of Mixed Herbs

1 tsp of basil leaves

1 clove garlic

1 tbsp lemon juice

Pinch of red chilli powder

1 tsp sugar

Salt to taste

For the Salad :

1 cup of Rajma (kidney beans), Green Chana and Kabuli Chana

2 tbsp of frozen corn

2 tbsp of cut onions

Method :

Mix in all the ingredients for the dressing

Soak the beans for 3 hours or more and then pressure cook it for 3 whistles.

Mix the dressing with the salad and voila..Sooper tasty Three Bean Salad

Next was the Pasta.Now here  is the recipe for making  Fusilli with Baby corn and Capsicum in Tomato Sauce


For the sauce :

4 chopped tomatoes

2 small cinnamon sticks

2 cloves garlic

2 green chillies (according to taste)

Pinch of mixed herbs and basil leaves

1 tsp sugar

2 tsp salt

For the pasta – veggies :

4 baby corns – slit into 4 pieces each

1 capsicum – thinly sliced

1 onion – thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves – chopped finely

Method :

For the fusilli –

Boil the fusilli in water with some salt according to instructions on the package till it becomes soft . Add some olive oil in the mixture before boiling so that the pasta does not stick together.

For the sauce –

Use some olive oil to fry the onions, garlic, green chilli and cinnamon stick for 2-3 minutes before pureeing it using a blender. Add the salt,sugar, some basil leaves and mixed herbs.
Let ithe mixture simmer on the stove until the volume reduces to just above half.

Fry all the vegetables – Onion , Capsicum and Babycorn seperately in olive oil adding some salt according to taste.

Mix the vegetables to the sauce and let it simmer for a minute or two.

Mix the Pasta with the vegetable and tomato sauce mixture and tadaaa..

Yummy Pasta all ready to be eaten.

Oohh I also made some simple garlic bread – using a toaster and mixing crushed garlic with butter and my very original Mango Mocktail using

1/2 cup Tropicana Mango juice

a dash of lemon juice

a dash of Kissan pineapple squash

1/4th cup water

Serve chilled with lots of ice.

It was a really good accompaniment with the pasta, garlic bread and the three bean salad.

Hope you try it out and enjoy it as much as I did ..and Atul (my husband) also agrees  (He better!)