Curried pasta has found its place on the curry menu with immense international appeal. Here’s a delicious recipe you will want to prepare over again for your family and friends to savor. You can also substitute meat for your favorite vegetables (mushrooms, broccoli, green beans, yellow and green squash).
Curried Pasta sautéed with Fresh Mint
(Pudinawala Do-Piazza Seviayan)
2 pounds lean ground lamb or meat of your choice
½ cup plain yogurt
Salt to taste
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
½ cup corn oil
1 large onion, peeled and sliced fine
1 bay leaf
2 fresh green chilies, chopped fine
¾-inch piece fresh gingerroot, peeled and chopped fine
1 large onion, peeled and chopped fine
8 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped fine
2 cups water
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
1 pound packaged frozen baby green peas
1 pound packaged thin spaghetti
16 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil
In a large bowl, combine the ground lamb, yogurt, salt, turmeric, and cumin seeds. Marinate for 10 minutes.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and bay leaf and sauté for 5–6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden brown.
Add the ground lamb and mix thoroughly. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lamb is half-cooked.
Add green chilies, chopped ginger, chopped onion, and garlic, and stir thoroughly for 2–3 minutes.
Add 2 cups water and stir. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lamb is tender and most of the liquid has evaporated. Add green peas and mix thoroughly. Cover and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove and set aside.
Garnish with fresh mint leaves and cover.
In a large pot, add 16 cups water and 1 tablespoon oil. Boil over medium heat. Add spaghetti and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 8–10 minutes until done. Drain immediately in a colander.
On a platter, transfer the spaghetti and top it with the cooked ground lamb. Serve hot with fresh tossed salad and sweet mint chutney.
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