How to Make Pasta

Pasta is just the perfect quick fix when you are looking for an easy main course dish which is finger licking delicious too. This Italian origin food can be cooked in a variety of flavors, favorites can be a spicy tomato sauce based pasta or a creamy cheesy pasta. You can enjoy the pasta as a healthy delicacy when it is cooked with the goodness of veggies. In all its forms, pasta recipes are now on global cuisine and are all time hits with kids as well adults. Here is a Creamy Garlic Italian Pasta recipe that you would love to cook.

Simple and easy Pasta

Simple and easy Pasta

Ingredients

  • Oil to cook (around 1 tbsp)
  • Ripe cherry tomatoes - About 8-10
  • Spaghetti pasta - 300 gms
  • Water to boil the spaghetti pasta
  • Dry garlic powder - 1 tbsp
  • Thick cream - 2 tbsps
  • Rocket leaves - a bunch

Instructions

  1. Heat a non-stick pan and add oil first.
  2. Now, add the tomatoes after removing their greens and let them fry a bit in the oil till they have softened. Keep stirring and tossing them. In a few minutes, they will get cooked perfectly. These tomatoes once cooked impart a fresh Mediterranean tomato flavor to the dish which makes it all the more savory and goes very well with the garlic flavor too.
  3. In a separate saucepan, keep the water on heat and let it come to a boil.Once the water boils, add the spaghetti which will get cooked just in a few minutes.
  4. Once the tomatoes are done, you can now add the generous amount of garlic powder and let it sauté with the tomatoes on medium flame so that it gives a nice garlicky aroma.
  5. Now, toss in the heavy cream and mix well so that the tomatoes are all wrapped up in the creamy base. Let it simmer for some time. The cream will gradually start melting into a thinner consistency. You can choose whole fat or skimmed milk cream as per your diet considerations.
  6. By this time, your spaghetti must have got cooked. So, drain out the excess water and add the spaghetti into the creamy tomato mixture.
  7. Mix everything well on the heat.
  8. For a yummy garnishing, add the rocket leaves, washed and gently chopped. Turn them well into the pasta and stir the dish nicely so that all the ingredients mingle perfectly.
  9. Your creamy garlic pasta dish is now ready to eat. Switch off the heat, and serve it hot.
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How to Make Chicken Curry

Here is the most basic of all Indian recipes to cook a tasty chicken curry that can come out well even in a beginner’s kitchen. The traditional ingredients, especially the whole spices when cooked with the chicken enhance its flavour and the typical onion – tomato gravy offers a finger-licking experience.

Delicious Chicken Curry

Delicious Chicken Curry

Ingredients

  • Chicken, cut to pieces – 800 gms
  • Onions (grated) – 2, medium sized.
  • Freshly made tomato puree – 2 cups
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Fresh coriander leaves (chopped) – 1 tbsp+1 tsp
  • Red chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Cumin Powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Garlic paste- 1 tsp
  • Ginger paste – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 tsps
  • Cinnamon- ½ inch
  • Green Cardamoms – 2-3
  • Cloves- 3-4

Instructions

  1. In a non-stick pan, heat the oil. Add the whole spices - cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. As they fry, they lend their special aroma to the gravy.
  2. Add the grated onion after squeezing out their excess water. This helps in browning them faster. Saute them by stirring continuously till they are nicely browned. If you need more oil, add it at this point. Spend considerable time to make them a nice brown. Now add ginger garlic paste and mix well.
  3. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder and coriander powder. To avoid these dry powders from burning, you may add a little bit of water. Saute the mixture for a minute.
  4. Now put the pureed tomatoes. The colour of the curry will now become a tempting red colour. The Kashmiri red chilly powder will give a good bright red colour. Add salt now so that the tomatoes cook faster. Let the curry cook well now by stirring intermittently. Once the oil separates, the tomatoes are done.
  5. Add the chicken and mix well. Add a little more salt and some coriander leaves. Don’t add water at this point as the chicken will also leave the water. Wait for the chicken to get cooked. As it cooks, it will leave its own juice and impart a thick feel to the curry.
  6. Add garam masala and mix well. Cook for some time. At this point, If you need, add warm water so that the chicken remains soft. Cover and cook for at least 20 minutes or till the chicken is cooked well. Do not use cold water, as it makes the chicken pieces more rubbery and chewy. Check the consistency of the curry and add more water if needed. Bring it to a boil and put the gas off.
  7. Add fresh coriander leaves for garnishing. Chicken curry is now ready to serve. Serve hot with rotis, parathas or steamed rice.
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Pro Tip: If you are using frozen chicken then thaw it properly before use. Best way to thaw is using microwave, however if you don’t have a microwave you can thaw under cold water as well.

How to Make Vegetable Soup

An appetizing vegetable soup is a healthy treat for your tummy and has a detoxifying effect on the body’s digestive system. The goodness and nutrition of fresh vegetables can be enjoyed with a wholesome big bowl of fresh vegetable soup. If you are a diet-conscious person or just not in the mood to cook an elaborate meal after a long, tiring day, a quick and convenient vegetable soup would be your best food. Instead of indulging in those highly processed ‘easy-to-make’ packaged soups which do more harm than good, try this simple recipe of a butter bean vegetable soup and you will simply fall in love with it.

Healthy and Tasty Vegetable Soup

Healthy and Tasty Vegetable Soup

Ingredients

  • Cooking Oil – 1 tsp
  • Garlic cloves – 2 (grated)
  • Onions – 2 (chopped)
  • Leek – 1 (chopped)
  • Carrots – 2 (medium sized, chopped)
  • Tomato puree – 1 tbsp
  • Fresh tomatoes – 2 (chopped)
  • Butter Beans – half a can
  • Salt – to taste
  • Rosemary herb – a pinch
  • Butter cheese – for garnish
  • Celery – for garnish
  • Vegetable Stock – 1-2 cups

Instructions

  1. In a cooking pan, heat the oil. Sprinkle the rosemary to add a quick flavour of this winter
  2. herb to the soup.
  3. Add the onions and garlic and sauté them on medium heat so that they get a bit
  4. roasted and give a slightly tarred taste to the soup. You should adjust the flame
  5. intermittently so as not to burn the vegetables, but to cook them up sufficiently too. Add
  6. the leeks and carrots and let them cook and blend well. Keep stirring.
  7. Now, you should put the tomato puree and sauté again till the mixture becomes
  8. brownish. Next, add the tomatoes and the butter beans. Let the beans absorb the
  9. puree.
  10. Add salt to taste. Now pour in the vegetable stock, according to the quantity you want
  11. to serve. Bring it to a boil. The vegetables must have blended well by now and the
  12. tomatoes will add a tangy taste. The best part of this soup is that you can use frozen
  13. vegetable stock too, if you are short of time. You can also use certain other vegetables
  14. of your choice or as per the season allows.
  15. Take some fresh celery, chop it and add for garnishing after switching off the heat. Top
  16. it off with some salted butter cheese. This will make the soup all the more tempting and
  17. will also give it a creamy feel.
  18. Serve this fresh, hot and rosemary flavoured soup to nourish your body.
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How to Make a Cake

A freshly baked sponge cake is simply irresistible. The aroma of a soft and homemade cake is truly enticing. You can bake easy and simple sponge cakes perfectly for your friends and family on special occasions or even on a busy weekday to simply enjoy with a hot cup of coffee or for your ever-hungry growing kids. Sponge cakes can also form the base of many other dessert recipes like truffle puddings and frosted cakes. So, here is the simplest method of baking a sponge cake at home.

Irresistible Sponge Cake

Irresistible Sponge Cake

Ingredients

  • All-purpose refined flour – a cup
  • Self rising flour – 1/3rd cup
  • Castor Sugar – 2/3rd cup
  • Eggs – 4
  • Cornflour –1/3rd cup

Instructions

  1. The first step is to sift the flours well, so that they are aerated well. This is the secret behind making a good and soft sponge cake. Take 2/3rd cup of each of the three flours, i.e. the refined flour, self rising flour and cornflour in a sieve and sift them together in a bowl. Repeat this sifting five times to ensure that the flours get enough air in them.
  2. In a separate wide mouthed bowl, break the eggs and add 1/3rd cup of castor sugar. Mix them well with a handheld electric mixer at high speed for about six minutes. By this time the mixture becomes fluffy and risen to three times its original volume. If you tap the bowl at this point from the bottom, it should give a hollow sound indicating that the mixture has lots of air in it now.
  3. Now fold in the rest of the dry flours very gently with a spatula, carefully so that the mixture doesn’t lose its airiness.
  4. Next pour in the mixture in a greased spring fork based cake tin. Spin the bowl a few times on the work surface so that the cake’s surface becomes evened out.
  5. Preheat an oven to 190 degrees C and put in the cake for baking for 20 minutes in the pre-heated oven.
  6. For a simple yet delicious twist, you can cut the cake transversely into two halves and spread some soft cream and jam on the lower half. Now cover it with the top half and sprinkle the remaining castor sugar on the top surface.
  7. You can now serve your soft freshly baked sponge cake and enjoy its delicious aroma that lingers on for a long time in the kitchen.
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