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CUISINE

ITALIAN PASTA

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound pasta, any shape
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 1 can artichoke hearts
  • 1/2 lb black olives, cut in half
  • 6 green onions
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 7 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 1/2 lemons
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil and add pasta. Cook until al dente and drain.
  2. In a jar, shake together lemon juice, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and red wine vinegar to make the dressing.
  3. Chop green onions and place in large bowl. Add olive. Drain artichoke hearts and cut them into quarters. Add to the bowl.
  4. Add thinly sliced red pepper to bowl. Add cooked, drained pasta.
  5. Pour dressing over and mix well. Add tomatoes and mix again.
  6. Finish off with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

PAV BHAJI

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes,boiled and mashed
  • Tomatoes,chopped
  • Green capsicum,chopped deseeded
  • Cauliflower,grated
  • Green peas,shelled
  • Ginger,chopped
  • Garlic
  • Oil
  • Green chillies,chopped
  • Pav bhaji masala
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Pav
  • Fresh coriander leaves,chopped
  • Lemons,cut into wedges
4 medium
4 medium
2 medium
1 medium
1/4 small
1/4 cup
1 inch piece
8-10 cloves
3-4
1 1/2 tablespoons
To taste
3 tablespoons
8   
1/4 cup
2

Method:

Boil green peas in salted water till soft, drain, mash lightly and set aside. Grind ginger and garlic to a fine paste. Heat oil in a pan and add three fourth quantity of onions. Sauté till light brown. Add green chillies and ginger-garlic paste. Stir-fry for half a minute. Add half the quantity of tomatoes and cook on medium heat for three to four minutes, stirring continuously or till oil separates from the masala. Add capsicum, mashed peas, cauliflower, potatoes and one and half cups of water. Bring it to a boil and simmer for ten minutes, pressing with back of the spoon a few times, till all the vegetables are completely mashed. Add Pavbhaji Masala, salt and remaining tomatoes. Cook on medium heat for two minutes, stirring continuously. Heat half of the butter in a thick-bottomed pan or a tawa. Slice pav horizontally into two and pan fry in butter for half a minute, pressing two or three times or till pav is crisp and light brown. Garnish the bhaji with chopped coriander leaves, remaining butter and serve hot with pav accompanied with remaining chopped onion and lemon.

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