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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Whole Wheat Macaroni in Tomato Flavour / Tomato - Macaroni Recipe

After I committed to post about the Wholesome Breakfast, I was wondering what I should post next, without going overboard about the South Indian recipes. To keep some variety in the menu, I hunted for some whole wheat macaroni and decided to make it tomato flavored since it gives required tangy flavour to the dish! There are a whole lot of brands which sell processed pastas and noodles which are easy to make and lure us saying “instant” so and so. But these products do have adverse effects on our health in the long run.  We have to make that extra effort to find the right ingredient so that our families eat healthy. 

We are a spice loving family, hence I add a dash of spice to many dishes I make at home. So, here I have added a pinch of Garam Masala at the end before I turn off the stove. Nothing can beat a dish with the right amount of spice, sourness in my opinion. But of course it’s optional. I also don’t like those dry macaroni recipes which stick to your teeth. I prefer them in a soupy consistency hence I have made this dish in a thick soupy consistency.  I also add some scrambled eggs to make it more wholesome! 

Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes
Serves:  3 moderate eaters

300 gms/3 cups Macaroni
4 ½  cups water / 1 ½ measure for each cup of Macaroni
2 Onions chopped
½ tsp Red chilie powder
½ tsp Turmeric Powder
½ tsp Garam Masala/ a pinch
2 Big Tomato
2 tbps Refined oil
Salt to taste
2 tbsp corn flour
Cilantro / Coriander leaves for garnishing

Take a large pan.  Heat oil and add chopped onions. Sauté for a minute.  Add a pinch of turmeric powder and ½ tsp of red chilli powder. Stir quickly and don’t let it burn.  Add chopped Tomatoes and ½ tsp of salt, fry till it becomes soft.  Then add water and macaroni and cook for 5 minutes. If you want a soupy texture, add 2 tbps of corn flour dissolved in cold water.  Simmer the stove and cook for 5 more minutes until the macaronis turn soft and water dries up a little.

Take off the stove, garnish with chopped coriander and serve Hot.  You can also add two cubes of grated cheese for garnishing if you are a cheese lover. 

Points to Ponder:

Sometimes we come across situations when we don’t know what to do!  Even after years of waiting, praying, waiting, and more waiting, we tend to grow weary and give up. I have been in this kind of situation many times and just would not know what I should be doing. I just go about doing my part silently for some time and when I am too overwhelmed, I break down and start asking questions.  There are many Bible verses which gives me comfort during such times, when I dig deeper into God’s word. All we can do in such times is pray a simple prayer like the Psalmist did in Psalms 61:2.

“From the ends of the earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”  Psalms 61:2

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him, and he shall bring it to pass.”  Psalms 37:5

 Hope you enjoyed reading!!  Take care..........

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