Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Spinach Pasta and Black pepper shrimp

Hope u guys had a wonderful long w/e.. Mine was busy celebrating my SIL's birthday and then cooking...My heart felt thanks for all the participants in FIC event...

Spinach pasta was originally prepared by Indira of Mahanandi. Basically it is basil and spinach combo with pasta.. I didn't have basil so i omitted it.. It tasted different.. I have to try it with basil...Lets see the ingredients..

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Ingredients:
1 cup of basil and 1 small bunch of spinach ( I didn't use basil)
Medium red onion and tomato - one each, cut into big pieces ( I used white onion)
6 to 8 green chillies and
4 garlic cloves - sliced into big chunks
Half cup of cashews
Salt and peanut/olive oil to your liking (I used corn oil)
Pasta of your choice (I used linguine)

Checkout the original version from Indira's site....

Preparation:

saute all the ingredients in a pan except pasta. Saute till the spinach wilts and the raw smell of the ingredients vanishes..Remove from heat..allow to cool. Use blender to make them into smooth paste. Don't add water, the mixture has to be thick. Heat a teaspoon of oil and pour in the pureed mixture. Stir in half to one cup of water. Have a taste, add salt if needed and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the sauce reaches the desired thickness. Meanwhile cook the pasta on boiling water until al dente. Strain and add the pasta to the sauce.. Pasta is ready..


Black pepper Shrimp

Shrimp/prawn is my all time fav.. I tried Black pepper shrimp in a Chinese restaurant.. It tasted so good.. I tried to imitate it with Indian ingredients.. It was 90% close to the original version.. I think there should be a secret ingredient which gives a punch to the recipe...

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked shrimp
1 tsp pepper powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp soy sauce
salt to taste

Seasoning:
8 big garlic cloves finely chopped
8 redchilli ground to flakes

Preparation:
Marinate the shrimp with specified ingredients for 3-4 hrs. Heat oil in a pan, add chopped garlic and red chili flakes. Fry for few minutes. Add the marinated shrimp. saute for 5 -7 mts. Shrimp cooks very fast. Don't cook shrimp more than 10 mts (if ur using jumbo shrimp cook accordingly). Once the water is absorbed, the shrimp becomes dry.. Remove from heat.. Serve hot with Sambar or rasam rice...

13 comments:

Sailaja Damodaran

Nice click.....very healthy one

Gita

Nice presentation Aswini...the shrimp looks so delicious on top of the pasta :)

Pavithra

The dish is absolutely tempting . Color is really making me hungry.

Ashwini

Thanks shailaja, gita and pavithra...

Nags

green spinach is new to me! the prawns surely add a kick!

lata raja

Pasta is very colourful.Delight to tastebuds!

Priya

Gorgeous pasta with those tempting shrimps.yumm am hungry now..

Parita

Spinach pasta sounds yummy!

Happy cook

I just love that colour and the pasta looks super super yummy delicous.

Ashwini

Thanks Nags, Lata raja, parita, Happy cook and priya

Chitra

wow, awesome roundup dear ..so many new dishes to me .thanks :)

Valarmathi

Love the color, tempting prawns, looks yummy.

Ashwini

thanks chitra and valarmathi

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