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I am happy to post one of my childhood favorite dish "MACARONI THE INDIAN WAY". 

As pasta was introduced elsewhere in the world, it became incorporated into a number of local cuisines, which often has significantly different ways of preparation from those of Italy.  In India, macaroni has been adopted and cooked in an Indianized way. There are few dishes that you will always remember,even though you come across n number of fancy ones.  

The first time my dad bought macaroni when I was studying in 4th grade.  I really admired the shape and started loving macaroni for its shape :) At that time there was no clue how to cook the macaroni and my mom just followed the instruction that was written on the package for cooking macaroni and  for spicing up the macaroni, she adopted the recipe of basic seasoning that we use for making upma or the Indian pasta(vermicelli).  When you do Macaroni the Indian way, its going to be really amazing flavor because of the marriage of western food with India seasoning.  We loved it a lot and it became one of our regular menu. She made this for us at least once in a week and this was one of my favorite lunch box dishes to school.

I am sharing the simple and old macaroni recipe that we use to enjoy during my childhood days and I still love this a lot and make them once in a while.   Here is Indianized way of macaroni  with the crunchy onion, little tangy tomato spiced up with Indian seasoning and hint of Garam masala ...mmmmm it brings back my childhood memories.





Ingredients :

Pasta - 1 1/2 cup (Macaroni)
Tomato - 1/2 cup(chopped)
Onion - 1/2 cup(chopped)
Tomato ketchup - 1 1/2 tbsp
Cayenne pepper - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 10 or few
Coriander leaves - few chopped finely
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt as needed
Vegetable -  1 cup optional ( Mixed vegetables like chopped Carrot,cabbage,peas and capsicum can be used)

Tempering :

Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dhal - 2 tsp 



You can use any small size or shape of pasta for this recipe. You can also use the whole wheat pasta for making this.


Perspectivemedley  – (May 8, 2012 at 12:28 PM)  

Looks yummy Pavithra! I make this alll the time.. I used to love it as a kid and now my kid loves it!.. Nice clicks :)

Unknown  – (May 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM)  

Absolutely love the idea !!!

Cilantro  – (May 8, 2012 at 12:55 PM)  

Absolutely love the click with the ingredients. I too like the Indian style Mac without the cheese.

Poornima Nair  – (May 8, 2012 at 1:21 PM)  

Macaroni tastes best this way, much better than the cheesy version, fabulous dish!!

Reva  – (May 8, 2012 at 1:53 PM)  

Loved the Indian version of the simple macaroni..:) Aything Indian becomes my favourite..
Pics are awesome Pavi.. i have to try out the pasta kheer... sounds delicious..

Nancy  – (May 8, 2012 at 2:06 PM)  

I have to try this really soon, like tomorrow. This is so unique and so delicious looking. Thanks for sharing one of your favorites:)

My Kitchen Antics  – (May 8, 2012 at 2:51 PM)  

love the indian twist..must try it sometime.

Reshmi Mahesh  – (May 8, 2012 at 2:53 PM)  

Indian version looks delicious...Lovely clicks...

Spice up the Curry  – (May 8, 2012 at 4:08 PM)  

this looks so delicious. I am feeling hungry now

Sumi  – (May 8, 2012 at 6:19 PM)  

Never prepared pasta the indianised way. I think I have to try this

Unknown  – (May 8, 2012 at 8:29 PM)  

wow this is very nice recipe....never tried it in Indian...well no words for your rock girl!

Gayathri NG  – (May 8, 2012 at 9:19 PM)  

My sisters fav dish, like ur preparation n looks delicious...

Cooking Rookie  – (May 8, 2012 at 9:21 PM)  

One of my Indian friends once made the Indian macaroni for me - it was really delish! Now I can try making it myself! Great recipe :-).

p.s. I also hope you share this on http;// :-)

Unknown  – (May 8, 2012 at 9:25 PM)  

Love the indianised twist in the macroni..looks so flavourful and yummy!

turmericnspice  – (May 8, 2012 at 9:27 PM)  

that is innovative !! love the clicks :))

chef and her kitchen  – (May 8, 2012 at 11:32 PM)  

Can u believe this was the first dish I started cooking and I think I was in 5th or 6th class....yummm yumm..very delicious..very nice clicks

Priya Suresh  – (May 9, 2012 at 3:43 AM)  

Ada ada wat a fabulous dish, desi pasta looks droolworthy Pavi.

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (May 9, 2012 at 5:56 AM)  

That sounds interesting , will try next time. beautiful clicks

MissMuffin  – (May 9, 2012 at 6:50 AM)  

Looks delicious! I dont think i can get urad dahl here i Denmark. Any suggestions to what i can substitute it with?

Ally  – (May 9, 2012 at 9:09 AM)  

Such a fabulous take on a comfort food classic! Well done!

radha  – (May 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM)  

Nice Indian twist to an Italian favourite.

Mythreyi  – (May 9, 2012 at 1:05 PM)  

Looks yum.. will try for my kiddos to get them into some indian flavors...

Yum! Yum! Yum!

Unknown  – (May 9, 2012 at 2:34 PM)  

My mom always make this when we were kids...

Savi-Ruchi  – (May 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM)  

I too make them & have posted it couple of years back. However never tried adding curry leaves or mustard seeds to it. Will try it sometime.

Vardhini  – (May 9, 2012 at 11:02 PM)  

My kids love macaroni and the clicks look gorgeous.


Pavithra Elangovan  – (May 10, 2012 at 10:15 AM)  

@ MissMuffin Basically urad dhal is added to the tempering to give crunchiness to every bite.If you do not have in handy, omit them but make sure you have mustard seeds, it gives beautiful aroma and unique flavor to the whole dish.

Love2cook Malaysia  – (May 12, 2012 at 4:26 AM)  

I too love macaroni this way. Always make them for my kids using the ingredients for fried noodles. Yours is killing me now and looks like I need to get some macaroni again. How you been dearie...miss ya!

KrithisKitchen  – (May 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM)  

Grandma makes almost similarly.. except few seasoning changes... You reminded me to try mac grandma style..

Namitha  – (May 14, 2012 at 7:11 PM)  

Quite nostalgic post ! Lovely pictures, Pavi :)

Jingalala  – (May 17, 2012 at 10:56 PM)  

Pavithra, I'm reading your article on food photography in yummy food. What was told is true about you. If I were a serial killer, i would have surrendered for your Macaroni picture - the second from top.

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