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Indian Baked Penne with Vegetables
29 Mar 2020

Ingredients

Whole meal penne pasta

2 tbsp. finely chopped red onion, 2gl. garlic, chunk of ginger

3 Bay leaves, 3 cinnamon sticks

Finely chopped courgettes, aubergines, celery

Green peas

Small broccoli florets

Pinch of red chilly

2 tbsp. garam masala

1 tbsp. turmeric powder

1 tbsp. coriander powder

2 tbsp. tomato paste

½ pint vegetable stock

Salt & pepper

¼ fresh lime

(Coconut cream optional) 

 

Cream sauce

3 tbsp.  Chick pea flour

3 tbsp. sunflower oil

1 ltr unsweetened Almond milk

2 Star anise

½ tbsp. cinnamon powder

Salt & pepper

 

Method

In a large sauce pan heat the oil and toss the onions, garlic and ginger, bay leaves and cinnamon stocks until soft. Add all the vegetables except the broccoli and stir until golden brown. Then add the broccoli florets for a minute and add all the dry spices. Stir for a minute or two and add the tomato paste and the vegetable stock. It should be saucy but not juicy. Cook for a few minutes until all is cooked, add salt and pepper to taste. Squeeze the lime and optionally you may add a couple of spoons of coconut cream. Leave to rest on the side until you cook the pasta in hot water. Drain the pasta and mix with the vegetable mixture.

 

Cream sauce- In another pan heat the oil, add the flour and stir constantly as if you make a roux as a base for a cheese sauce. Be careful not to overheat but you need to cook the flour. Then add your almond milk a little at time not to curl but mix well with the flour mixture. Keep stirring and adding a little of milk at the time until it becomes a thick cream. Add the star anise, salt and pepper, and a little at a time the vegetable stock but mix some with the cinnamon powder and add at the end. Keep on low fire stirring until the cream thickens.

 

Let it rest for a minute and then pour over the pasta evenly. Sprinkle with some fresh crushed peppercorns and cinnamon dust.

 

Bake in the oven for 45 minutes in 220 c.

 

Note : Mobile photo at home during ‘stay safe at home’

 

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