Spicy Indian Macaroni

This recipe is a favorite of mine; I’ve been making it for years. My aunt Lou Anne made it for me once when I babysat her daughter. It’s not a hard recipe to make, although it takes awhile for everything to cook. I go pretty heavy on the spices, so know that you can cut back on the spices to fit your taste. This recipe also makes a lot (it’s a great leftover for lunches) so feel free to cut it in half if you don’t like leftovers. I like to serve this with a flatbread or garlic bread.

Spicy Indian Macaroni

serves 4-6
  • 2 cups any uncooked pasta (macaroni, penne, shells, rigatoni)
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper (any color)
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas OR green peas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups tomato puree (about half a 28 oz. can)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. curry powder
  • 1-2 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 serrano chili, minced (opt.)
  • 1 Tbsp. jeera (cumin seeds)
  • salt to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. oil

Heat oil in pan. Saute cumin seeds (jeera) until it changes color and becomes aromatic. Add minced chili and saute for 1/2 minute. Add vegetables, chickpeas, tomato puree, spices, salt, and pasta. Add enough water to cover the contents of the pan and cook the pasta. Cover with a tight fitting lid and cook till the pasta is done – this can take anywhere from 30 min to 45 min. Make sure to stir often to avoid pasta sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Triple Garlic Flatbread

  • 10″ disc prepared pizza dough
  • margarine
  • garlic salt
  • garlic powder
  • fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • fresh basil leaves, torn

Cover pizza dough with thin layer of margarine. Sprinkle with garlic salt (go easy on this), garlic powder (probably a couple of tablespoons) and minced garlic (2-3 gloves, depending on how much you love garlic). Bake for 5-10 minutes at temperature setting indicated on package (I used 425 F). Remove from oven, sprinkle on basil leaves, then return to oven for about 1 minute, making sure the basil doesn’t burn. Slice with a pizza cutter into squares, slices, whatever. Serve hot with Spicy Indian Macaroni.

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