Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins
This is something I make. It is my own concoction. I add vegetables to this too sometimes but the meat is compulsory at my home. DH and DS love this. I omit the tomato too sometimes and make a dryish onion and garlic based dish which is also very good. The spices can be adjusted to suit your taste. Anything goes in this for me as I do not make the same recipe again without tweaking (very bad habit but cannot be helped I am like that only)so I am writing out of memory and what appeals to me right now. So feel free to
- 500 g beef mince or 500 g ground chicken
- 200 g elbow macaroni (you can use any shape and also a bigger qty)
- 2 teaspoons oil
- 3 big onions, chopped
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder (optional)
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder (optional)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground aniseed (optional)
- 2 green chilies, chopped
- 3 -4 big tomatoes, chopped
- 1 teaspoon garam masala, plus
- extra garam masala, to taste
- 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 3 tablespoons garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
- 3 cups water, 150% the volume of the macaroni (e.g. if the pasta measures 1 cup use 1 1/2 cups of water)
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon oregano or 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup or 2 tablespoons tomato paste, plus
- extra tomato ketchup, to taste
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, to garnish
- 2 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese, to garnish (optional)
- Wash the mince and drain well.
- Saute 2 onions and 1 1/2 tblsp ginger and the garlic in 1 tsp oil till translucent.
- Add the green chillies minced.
- Now add the mince and all the spice powders except the cayenne.
- Add salt to taste.Cook till almost done and dry and transfer to another pan.
- Mix in the tomato paste or ketchup and set aside.
- Add 1 tsp oil to the vessel again and saute the remaining onion and garlic till nice and golden brown.
- Add some soya sauce/ sugar to help this process (a tsp or so- a trick I use to aid the onions in the process of frying).
- Add the tomatoes chopped fine and stir well till they are incorporated.
- Add the sesame seeds, the dried herb and the cayenne pepper powder.
- Add the mince and stir.
- Add the macaroni and the water.
- add a little more salt to taste.
- Bring to a boil.
- Cover with a lid and simmer for 5-6 minutes till most of the water has been absorbed.
- Mix and garnish with cliantro chopped and cheddar cheese grated.
- Add tomato ketchup to taste if you think it necessary.
This provided us with a tasty meal-- zippy and satisfying ! I prepared this with basil, it went well with the other seasonings in my opinion. Particularly liked the crunch from the sesame seeds, too. I did have to simmer (step 15) for longer than 6 minutes in order for the water to absorb, more like 15 but that was no problem. Thanks for posting !