Friday, July 12, 2013

Prawn Pasta with Tom-Chi Sauce

This is a very special recipe because it was made by K. He always gives me good tips to try out new recipes but very rarely he enters the kitchen. This was one such rare day and as usual the dish turned out very tasty. T was so thrilled to see his dad cook and he was quietly watching sitting on the kitchen table. I had a nice relaxing time with my favourite book.

Coming to the recipe, it is infact a very easy one, because he used a ready-made TOM-CHI sauce by Jamie Oliver. One of the finest ingredient used in Italian cuisine is Oregano. It gives such nice flavour to the dish. I generally don't keep stock of it. Instead I use "Omam" (in tamil ) or "Ajwain" (in hindi) which also gives almost the same flavour to the dish. It has got numerous medicinal values. Mainly it increases appetite and improves digestion.

Let see how he made it so easily and tasty too :)


Pasta - 1 cup

Normal Prawns - 7 - 8 nos (cut into three pieces)

Olive Oil - 2 tbsp

Omam / Ajwain - 1/4 tsp

Yellow Capsicum - 1/4 julienne

Green Capsicum - 1/4 julienne

Cherry tomatoes - 5-6 cut into four halves

Red Onion - 1/2 Diced

Leeks - little

Basil - few

Mozzarella cheese grated - 2 tbsp

Tomato- Chilli Sauce - 2 -3 tbsp

Salt & Pepper

Method :

Marinate the prawns with little chilli powder, salt and turmeric for 10 mins.

Boil pasta in water with required salt and little oil for 5mins. Drain the water and keep it aside.

Heat oil in a wide pan and add the Omam. In few secs it will give a nice aroma then add the capsicum, onion, leeks one by one. Saute for few mins and when the onions are soft, add the marinated prawns. Sprinkle salt and pepper and let it cook for few mins. Prawns gets cooked very fast. Then add the tomatoes and saute only few secs. Tomatoes should not get mashed. Immediately add the already boiled pasta and mix well. Now add the TOM-CHI sause and again mix well and cook for few mins. All this while keep the lid of pan open. Check for spices level and then finally add cheese and close the lid for few mins. This will allow the cheese to melt and mix well with the pasta.

Finally place little pasta on the serving plate and put cut basil on top.

Jamie Oliver sause is a simple sauce and it is doesnt have any strong flavours and it would definetly suit our indian taste buds.

** Adding little oil while boiling pasta makes them not to stick to each other.

** Basil is optional. I like the taste, so I added it.

** You can also use Red / orange capsicum.

** Instead of prawns you can also use pre-cooked boneless chicken or paneer or any other vegetable.