Thursday, June 9, 2011

Curried Macaroni Salad


1 pound of pasta (elbow macaroni)

The vegetables 
3 carrots grated
bunch of spring onions chopped (both green and white part)
2-3 serrano chilies seeded and chopped
1 green bell pepper diced

The Spices and Aromatics:
1 tsp of cumin seed (slightly crushed) * see note 1
1 tsp of mustard seed (slightly crushed) *see note 1
1 tsp of red chili flakes (or to taste)
1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
1 Tbs of grated fresh ginger
1 Tbs of grated fresh garlic
2 tsp of curry powder * see note 2

Note 1:  I put the seeds in a mortar and pestle and pounded it for a few seconds to break some of the seeds up.

Note 2: I used an American version of curry powder by McCormick: 


Heat a large pan or skillet on medium-high heat with 1 Tbs of olive oil.  Then add the crushed seeds and fry for 30-45 seconds or until they become fragrant. Next add your ground spices and fry for another 30 seconds.  Careful not to burn.  Next add your vegetables, grated ginger, garlic and some salt to season.  Fry well for a few minutes until the vegetables begin to soften.  Finally add your pre-cooked macaroni and 1 cup of frozen peas.  Toss well.  Allow macaroni too cool before adding dressing.

To make the dressing:
1/2 cup of mayonnaise(regular or reduced fat is fine)
1/2 cup of yogurt (any fat level is fine)
1 tsp of sugar
1 Tbs of rice wine vinegar

Directions:  Mix well.  Once the macaroni is cooled, add the dressing.  Mix well.  Taste for salt and seasoning.  Chill in fridge until ready to serve.

Note: If you keep overnight and the macaroni looks dry, add a little more mayo before serving.

Serves 8-10 people as a side dish.  Garnish with chopped parsley or cilantro.  Enjoy.

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