Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pasta in White Sauce

Pasta is a favorite among people of all ages. Some people prefer the creamy pasta in white sauce over the tangy pasta in red sauce. White sauce is also known as Alfredo sauce and is big hit among people who especially love cheese.

Ingredients :

To make white sauce (Alfredo Sauce):
2 tbspns butter
2 tbspns all purpose flour (Maida) or Corn flour
2 cups milk
1 cup water
1/2 cup fresh cream
1/2 cup processed cheese 
1/4 tspn white pepper powder
Salt to taste

To cook Pasta :
1 cup Pasta [Any]
2 tspns salt
2 tspns oil
5-6 cups boiling water
Olive Oil to drizzle

To make pasta :
1 tbspn olive oil or butter
1 tspn fresh garlic paste
7-8 boiled and vertically babycorns corn
1/2 each vertically chopped red and yellow Bell peppers 
1/2 tspn pepper powder (preferably white)
1/4 tspn mixed herbs
White sauce (as above)
Boiled pasta (as above)
3-4 tbspns grated processed cheese
Salt to taste

For Garnishing :
Grated processed cheese
Basil leaves

Method :

To make White sauce (Alfredo sauce) :
Heat butter in a pan. Once butter starts melting add All Purpose Flour (Maida) and reduce the flame. Saute till it starts releasing butter from the sides of the pan. Then add milk and stir continuously so that no lumps are formed. Then add a cup of water and cook the sauce till the mixture is thick and it starts bubbling. Lastly add fresh cream, grated processed cheese, pepper powder and salt to taste. Cook further for a minute or so. Switch off the flame and transfer it into a bowl for using it in pasta. 

To cook pasta :
Heat 5-6 cups water in a deep pan. Then add salt and oil into the boiling water. Once the water starts boiling, add pasta into it. Cook till the is pasta soft. After cooking, drain out the excess water from pasta by transferring it into a colander. Drizzle some olive oil over the cooked pasta so that it does not become sticky. Set it aside.

To make Pasta :
Heat butter in a pan. Once butter starts melting add garlic paste. Then add blanched baby-corns and again saute it for a minute. Once the baby-borns are sauteed, stir in the bell peppers. Season the mixture with pepper powder, dried mixed herbs and salt to taste. Mix white sauce, cooked pasta and grated cheese into the mixture. Cook it for a minute or two. 

Serve hot by garnishing it with basil leaves and grated processed cheese.

Notes :
Garlic paste can also be added while making the white sauce
Instructions given above for cooking pasta can be modified and instructions given on the pasta packet can be considered.

Stepwise Pictures :

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Carrot & Raisins Salad

In today's age where people are becoming more and more aware about their health and fitness, I thought let me share a healthy salad with you. This recipe is not only easy to prepare but is also very appealing in terms of colour and texture. I am sure you will love this salad and can easily wipe off a bowlful in one go, just as I did.

For dressing :
1/2 Lemon's juice
2 tbspns Honey
1/4 tspn Pepper powder
1 tspn chopped Basil leaves
Salt to taste

For Salad :
1 cup grated Carrot
3 tbspns Black Raisins (Soaked in hot water for 15 minutes) 
1 tspn roasted Sesame (Til)
Salad dressing (as given above)
Salt to taste

To make dressing :
Squeeze out fresh lemon juice in a bowl. Mix honey, pepper powder, chopped basil leaves and salt into it. Set it aside to use it in Salad.

To make salad :
Take grated carrots, black raisins,  roasted sesame in a mixing bowl. Pour the dressing over it. Mix all the ingredients and serve immediately

In the dressing,  basil leaves may be substituted with fresh mint leaves
Preferably red carrots should be used

Stepwise Pictures:

My Doodle recipe is a part of Easy Doodle Recipe contest at BlogAdda.com in association with TastyKhana.com
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