Sunday, 20 September 2009

A Kiddies Delight- Dinosaurs Pasta in a Vegetable Medley

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I was in a mood to fix a quick Sunday breakfast for the kids, as I had to start shopping for FIL’s 80th b’day which I have to attend this month end in Bangalore. Last few days were very low for us and since the younger one seemed a little okay, and he had got the kind little nod from the doc, that he could have some whole wheat pasta made in little oil, I indulged myself in making some dinosaur shaped pasta for him. A treat for him after 3 weeks of stringent diet regime.
This is a very simple recipe, very quick to make and a complete heart winner with the kids. One can use any pasta of their choice, I used the dinosaur shaped ones as my younger one is very fond of it. I used fresh herbs, no artificial flavorings, a little olive oil and spiced with a little freshly ground pepper. We got a pasta with all natural and prominent flavors.
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Ingredients
21/2 cups of boiled pasta
2 onions chopped
4 tomatoes chopped
2 large garlic cloves  chopped
1 green or any colored capsicum chopped
3-4 mushrooms washed and sliced
1/2 carrot peeled and grated
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
2-3 tsp chopped celery
a large pinch of ajwain or carom seeds or oregano
salt to taste
1/2 tsp sugar
3-4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
parsley to garnish
Method
Take a large pan and take enough and more water to boil the pasta. One should remember that Pasta almost doubles in volume after cooking. Add 2 tsp oil and some salt to the water. When the water starts boiling add about 11/2 cups of pasta and cook ‘Al Dente’. It means it is tender but with firm resistance to the bite.
Once cooked remove in a colander and pour cold water on it and keep aside. This prevents the Pasta from sticking each other.
Heat olive oil in a pan and add chopped garlic. When it turns brown add the onions and cook till translucent. Now add chopped celery, carom seeds (I added this as they are good for gastric discomfort), carrot, tomatoes, salt and sugar. Cook till tomatoes are done and has a saucy texture.
Now add the pasta, capsicum, pepper pwd and toss it in the sauce properly for 2-3 mins max. Do not overcook, else you loose all natural flavors and the sauce turns too thick. It should coat the pasta properly (ideally the pasta should be dipped in hot water before adding to the sauce).
Serve it hot with some parsley and grated cheese (I did not add that, as he still can’t have it).
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Sending the pasta to Kids delight hosted by Srivalli at Spice Your Life to celebrate her blog’s first anniversary.
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And to  “Just not any other dish” hosted by My experiments with cooking @ cooking demystified, as this is a special meal for my child, for whom it is like the first step taken towards  normal eating after a very long duration. So, this Pasta is very special for him and for me too.Smile
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32 comments:

radha said...

Hope the little one is all fine now. When kids are unwell, nothing seems right! The pasta should have cheered him up. Looks real good.

workhard said...

Hey hope the kiddos doing good now..

I know when my lil niece gets sick.. i get tensed.. all the time..

the pasta seems yummy.. hey id eat something like that myself..

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n33ma said...

I'm sure your son must have enjoyed his colorful great looking pasta,who wouldnt.

Priya said...

Wow pasta looks yummy..prefect entry Pari!

Shri said...

Never came across these shapes...Where do you get them?Beautiful pasta, Pari!

Sireesha said...

Looks very intresting my kiddo will definitely like it....

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks good with lovely colors.

Sushma Mallya said...

looks so colourful, surely a kid's delight...

Pari said...

Thanks every one.
@ Shri
Hi! I was gifted this Pasta by my co sister, she got it from Australia.
But you get this shape in the cook and eat in 10 min variety also. I fail to recollect the name of the brand. Will write to you once I remember.

Jaya Wagle said...

Nice pasta dish for kids and adults Pari. Never heard of dino shaped pasta but can imagine why your little one would want it. Now, only if my little one would try that.
@ ur comment on my blog, ur right. Our relationships with our mom are so complex and yet so simple. And being the moms that they are, they forgive and forget so easily. Glad to know u were better behaved than I was. :)

Nandini said...

Pasta looks colourful, lovely and slurpilicious! Kiddos will surely like it!

jeyashrisuresh said...

oh i never attempted my own masala for pasta. always i bought the readymade storebought pasta sauce. Ur version looks very simple and superbWill try soon for kids.Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Mansi said...

This pasta looks yummy.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovely pasta to cheer up a sick one or anyone for that matter...

Gita said...

Hope your little one is doing all better now..the pasta looks so delicious...love the color :)

Preeti Kashyap said...

looks yummmm!

En Samaiyal said...

Looking very colourful & yum ,nice click & nice entry Pari....

chakhlere said...

Wow yummy pasta!! Those little dinos are really cute.

Parita said...

Perfect entry for the events!

Srivalli said...

That a nice dish..thanks for the entry!

munchcrunchandsuch said...

the name is so catchy..am sure its a great dish .

Katy ~ said...

The dinosaur pasta looks like fun for all ages, grins. I think seeing this wonderful pasta helped to perk him up!

Purva Desai said...

I am tempted to be a kid and have those cute dino pastas.... :)

Palidor said...

It looks delicious and I love the dinosaur shapes!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Perfect for the event...looks delicious

Talita said...

So funny! Kids will love!

Chitra said...

Hmm, looks nice :)

Vaishali said...

Now which kid wouldn't love that? I could definitely go for it too, Pari :)

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RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wow,sounds and looks good,good one,my kid would love this,will try out:)

Varsha Vipins said...

Oh Pari,,hope he is doing better now..hugs for the baby..:)
..n dino pasta is so new to me..have never seen it..:)

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