Yesterday, I tried my hand at cooking spaghetti – and it turned out to be pretty good, even though I do say so myself. Here is the recipe I followed –
- Garlic – 8-10 cloves, chopped
- Onion – 2, chopped
- Carrot – 1, grated
- Beans – 8-10, chopped
- Eggs – 2, beaten
- Olive oil – as required
- Sweet and Sour Chilli Sauce – as required
- Dark Soy sauce – 4-5 drops
- Salt – to taste
Mode de Cuisson (a.k.a How to Make the Stuff):
The Mixture –
- Take a non-stick pot, and heat it on a stove to get it completely dry.
- Add olive oil, turn up the heat, and wait till the oil heats up.
- Once the oil is hot enough, put the heat on simmer, and add the chopped garlic and onions to it.
- Stir, so that it doesn’t burn, till the onion has turned colourless.
- Add the beans and grated carrots to the mix, and keep stirring.
- Now, make a small pit in the centre of the vegetable mix in the pot, and add the egg inside. Wait a bit for the egg to start cooking, and then start stirring just the eggs in the pit till you see egg lumps forming inside. Wait a bit more and then mix it with all the vegetables. [By waiting till the egg lumps start forming before mixing with the vegetables, we can ensure that the veggies don’t go all soggy and will retain its crispness.]
- Once the eggs have cooked well and mixed with the vegetables, add the chilli sauce. Keep stirring till this also blends in. You will start to get a wonderful aroma now.
- Add salt to taste, and the soy sauce to the vegetables. Keep stirring to mix well.
Now you can turn off the heat, and get to work on the spaghetti.
The Spaghetti –
- I first broke the dry pasta in half, so that the spaghetti fitted into my boiling pan. But you can also go without this step, if you half a large enough pan.
- Take some water in a pot, and get it boiling.
- Pour some olive oil over the water, and drop the pasta into it.
- Now wait for about 10-12 minutes for the spaghetti to cook fully. You can test it by stirring the strands around, and trying to take a bite of it to see whether it is done. When the spaghetti is done, it will have lost its deep golden hue, it will no longer resemble a stick and will instead be limp and you can bite into it.
- Add some salt to the pasta before straining out the water.
The Grand Finale –
For the final act, once again turn on the heat over the pot of vegetables, and add the spaghetti to the veggies. Toss them together, till the spaghetti is well coated with the veggies and sauces.
Now enjoy with a glass of wine and some ketchup.
Mmmmmm….the aroma is quite appetizing. Let me go ahead and take my advice to enjoy it 🙂