Friday, 29 May 2015

Spicy Tadka Pasta / Spaghetti in Indian Style !

Normal is definitely boring.. Fusion is fascinating.. and this is one of such fascinating fusion recipe where Italian pasta is married to  South Indian flavors.
Are you bored of the regular pasta dishes with cream and cheese and butter that are mild and subtle for an Indian  tastebud. Then this is perfect Indian pasta especially with a more south Indian touch using red chillis, curry leaves and shredded coconut. 


  • 100 gms Spaghettti (I used whole wheat)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 2 tomatoes chopped finely
  • 1 green chillis chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp sambar powder (optional)
  • salt as needed
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut

To Temper / Tadka

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp urad dal
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • a pinch hing/asafoedita
  • 2 tbsp Peanuts
  • 1 tbsp Pinenuts(optional)
  • a sprig curry leaves
  • some julienned ginger
  • 2 dry red chillis


  • Boil pasta in lots of water with salt and little oil. Once its cooked drain the water and keep aside until needed.

  •  Heat oil in a kadai, add ginger garlic, green chillis and sliced onions and saute well.
  • Once onions are sauted add tomatoes and saute it.

  • When the tomatoes turn soft, add the spice powders and little water and let it cook .
  • Wait till the raw smell of spice powders fade and the masala starts leaving oil, and then add the boiled pasta to it and mix well so that it is coated well in the masala.

  • Turn off stove and now its time for the magic tadka..
  • In a small tadka pan heat oil and add urad dal and mustard seeds. When the urad dal turns brown add jeera, hing and the peanuts. 
  • Fry the peanuts well and then add broken red chillis and curry leaves and ginger juliennes.

  • Turn off stove and pour this tadka on the pasta.
  • I also added some pine nuts to this tadka.. it is optional.
  • Finally garnish with some shredded coconut.
  • It is so so flavorful with the crunchy peanuts.. spicy and tangy masala.. do give a try.

Serve it with..hmm .. Nothing.. Just eat it as such :)

With Love,

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