Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Macroni with Spinach Balls

( Macroni in red sauce with Spinach Balls and mexican herbs )
Ingredients:
For spinach balls:
1 bunch spinach
1 cube cheese/paneer
6 tsp maida
1/2 green chili, finely cut
pinch of soda
salt to taste
For red sauce:
2 cup macroni
5 medium sized tomatoes, boiled and pureed
1 onion, finely chopped
1 capsicum, finaly chopped
1 tbsp garlic paste
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp oregano/italian seasoning
1/2 tsp sugar
salt to taste

Method:

For spinach balls:
  • Steam the spinach for 5 minutes without water
  • Cut it into small pieces and mix with cheese,green chilli, maida and salt
  • Take a little water into your palm and roll the mixture into small round balls
  • Steam these spinach balls for 10 minutes ( as shown in the picture ) and set aside.

For red gravy:
  • Take water in a bowl and bring it to a boil. Add a little salt and oil. Add the macroni and cook till its tender. Drain and set aside
  • In a pan, take a little oil, add onion and cook till it turns brown.
  • Add garlic paste, capsicum and the spices. Cook for 2 minutes
  • Add the tomato puree, sugar,salt and half cup of water.
  • Cook with the lid covered for 10 minutes.
  • Add the spinach balls and macroni. Mix well.
  • Garnish with cheese and chili flakes.
Serving Suggestions:
Serve with Garlic bread

Tip:To puree the tomatoes, first slit the tomatoes as show in the picture. Boil these for 5 minutes. Peel the skin and blend it. Slitting the tomatoes before boiling makes it easy to peel the skin once the tomatoes are boiled.