Saturday, October 24, 2015

PASTA RECIPES - SPAGHETTI MEAT BALLS

           

         Spaghetti with meat balls is an Italian dish consists of spaghetti / pasta , meat balls and tomato sauce. Italian spaghetti is made from wheat semolina,  but can also be made with other kinds of flour. Pasta with meat balls is a  traditional recipe of Italy ,made to their tasty standards. BUT here i made some changes to suit  Kerala / Indian taste .  So the meat balls i here made with the same ingredients which we used for chicken samosa or cutlet fillings  and  it tastes gorgeous. Actually this recipe came to my mind only because of my craziness towards pasta and noodles....though this is my first attempt ,it turns out well and i do love to try out new varieties with pasta and spaghetti.

             








INGREDIENTS


Spaghetti / long thin pasta             - 150g, (do not brake it.)
Spicy Tomato sauce                      - as required ( either you can buy from store or homemade sauce recipe is given below).
Mozzarella cheese grated               - as required (for topping)
Minced chicken                               - 1 cup
Bread                                              - 2 slices
Onion                                              - 1 , small, chopped finely
Green chili                                    - 1, chopped
Ginger garlic paste                        - half tsp
Fennel seed powder                       - half tsp
Garam masala powder                  - half tsp
Salt
Oil
Curry leaves
Tomato                                         - for topping only


PREPARATION
  • Mix in minced chicken, finely chopped onion, green chili, ginger garlic paste, fennel seed powder, garam masala powder, salt in a bowl well  with bread pieces and make a smooth dough.
  • Make small lemon sized ball and fry in hot oil.( do not deep fry). Keep it aside.

  • Heat 2 cups of water in a pan and once boiled add  salt and 2 tbsp oil to it.
  • Then add the Spaghetti ( do not broke it) and stir continuously .
  • Cook for 5 minutes or until the the water get dried up.


  • Then remove it to a plate and spread some oil in the same pan and add the cooked spaghetti  to it along with 2 tbsp tomato sauce.
  • Mix well and add salt if required. Stir continuously for few minutes in low flame.
  • Now take a mold as shown in the image and grease it with ghee or butter.
  • Layer the spaghetti first and slightly press it and shape it.

  • Then drop some sauce over it and keep the meat balls .
  • Finally top it with grated cheese.
  • Either you can bake in oven for 5 - 8 minutes or until cheese melts. ( if on stove top, keep the mold inside  a nonstick pan with hot water and steam it for 15 minutes).
  • When the cheese melts take out of the vessel and let it cool.
  • Then take out of the mold and garnish with tomato sauce and  chopped tomato .
Tomato sauce recipe.............
INGREDIENTS
Tomato                                         - 6 nos
Onion                                           -  1 cup, chopped
Garlic                                          - 2 cloves , chopped
Celery                                          - 1 stalk , chopped
Carrot                                          - 1, small , chopped
Red chili powder                         - 2 tsp
Coriander powder                        - 2 tsp
Garam masala powder                 -  half tsp
Oregano                                        - 1 tsp
Pepper                                           - half tsp
Butter                                            - 5 tbsp
Cilantro / malliyila                       - as required
Salt
METHOD

  • Remove the skin of tomatoes and puree it.
  • Now heat a pan and saute garlic and onion over medium flame.
  • When it becomes transparent , add carrot , celery and cook until the vegetables become soft.( 5-10 minutes)
  • Then add all other spices (except pepper and cilantro) one by one and cook until the raw smell disappears from the masala.
  • Stir in the pureed tomato and mix well.
  • Cook in low flame for 1 hour until thick with uncovered pan .
  • Now finally add pepper and cilantro to this and mix well.
  • Once cooled either you can grind it or else can be used same as it is..( left over sauce can be stored in freezer for 3 months).



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