August 18, 2015

Honey Chilli Penne Pasta Toss

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Honey Chilli Penne Pasta Toss

Hola, after successful kitchen triumphs earlier this year, I have come back with a unique pasta toss recipe. This one is an easy to do with most items already available in the kitchen. Grab your pen & paper, let’s get going!

Ingredients:

1. Vegetable Oil – Preferably olive oil – 3-4tbsp
2. Red Chilli Flakes – 3 tbsp
3. Ginger – Chopped – 1 tbsp
4. Garlic Cloves – Chopped – 2 tbsp
5. Honey – 3 tbsp
6. Spring onion – 2 bulbs chopped & 3 strands of greens chopped
7. Penne Pasta – I picked up Del Monte
8. Sesame seeds – 2 tbsp

Serves – 2
Cooking time – 20 minutes
Equipments needed – Blender, Deep Bottom wok
 
Ingredients & Moi
 
Del Monte Penne Rigate Gourmet Pasta
Secret Ingredient:

Chilli Oil – In a wok, pour the oil and once warm; sauté red chilli flakes in a low heat for 3-4 minutes. Stir continuously to avoid flakes getting burnt. One you start getting the spicy aroma, take the oil off from the heat and keep aside. Do not sieve as the chilli flakes are the prime element in the oil.
#TRIVIA – Do not add red chilli powder, as the fine consistency leads to the powder getting burnt. Toast a few red chilli peppers with seeds and then add them to the oil if you do not have chilli flakes.

At a quiet Italian brunch in a tiny lil café, I happened to taste Chilli oil & garlic oil as a side for my thin crust pizza for the first time. And I have never looked back! That light olive oil flavour spiced up with the red chilli zing lingering on your tongue for a quick tour, wow! Since then I had made up my mind. I had to use chilli oil in one of my gourmet creations.

Why this dish today?

I have always been a fan of mixed palettes, with sweet & tangy being my usual choice. Penne being the most common pasta, I decided to add a chilli oil zing. But not every flavour blends with red chilli and that’s when I scoured my kitchen for a match. One look at the honey bottle and BAZINGA! Honey chilli - a tried & tested combination after all! I am making this as a light pasta toss; to be used as a salad or starter as it’s quick, easy to do and does not need very unique elements.

Method:

1. Cook your penne pasta well. Make sure you add adequate water as this is a pasta toss recipe we have to cook the pasta full instead of the usual al-dente. Sieve and drain your pasta and keep it aside.
#TRIVIA – Add a teaspoon of salt as your water boils so that your pasta gets a light taste and does not stick in itself.


2. Crush ginger & garlic cloves together in a blender. I choose the old school crusher due to a time crunch hehe! Personally I love it this way. Avoid making a fine paste in a mixer-grinder as the paste will tend to stick to your cooking pan.
#TRIVIA – Add a tiny little piece of chopped green chilli for the added aroma & flavour.


3. Prepare your chilli oil. Make sure you stir it continuously.



4. Add crushed ginger-garlic mixture to your oil. Keep stirring on low flame as garlic has a tendency to stick to the pan, no matter which pan you use hehe! Even my non-stick cookware isn’t spared!


5. Add spring onion bulbs to the oil. Sauté until the bulbs turn lightly translucent. Keep the flame low.

6. Add honey. Breathe in the lovely aroma. This one took me to nirvana! Haha! Mix the gravy well. 


7. Toss in your cooked penne pasta. Mix once, add spring onion greens and mix again lightly.
#TRIVIA – To know whether your pasta is cooked well; take out one piece and pass it through a fork or knife. If it glides quickly and softly without applying much force then it is cooked.




8. Taste your pasta once to check if you would require some additional sweetness or spice. Once done, get your wok off from the heat and garnish with sesame seeds.


9. Enjoy a delicious serving for Honey Chilli tossed pasta!


Add-ons:

1. Try fried pasta – Once you have cooked your pasta, drain well through a sieve. Wait until it is dry. Shallow fry your pasta in a wok lightly and keep aside. And later toss this in with the mixture at step 7.

2. Garnish with Italian seasoning – Bring in the Italian fix of oregano, basil, pepper & thyme at the garnish stage for a different taste.

3. Add a vegetable for main course – A pasta toss is usually light and makes up for a salad or side dish. But if you have to use this as recipe as a main dish, add in a vegetable. American Corn would be my personal choice as it would add to the sweetness of the dish and add weight as well. My second choice would be shredded broccoli. Toss the veggies with spring onion bulbs at step 5.

4. Cheesy wonder – Last but not the least, add in a dollop of grated cheese and you have heaven in front of your eyes ;)


How did you find my dish? Tried it? Awesome! Do share your views & comments with me!
 
Chef Sherna at your service!
And that’s me signing off , a delicious serving awaits!

Onomatopoeically,
Meow

5 comments:

  1. Amazing recipe! Kudos for the inclusion of honey (as if we need more reasons for using honey in the kitchen :D) and going for a recipe that is different from the usual staple of Pasta with a sauce.
    Will definitely give this a go.

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    1. Thank you very much. Do try and lemme know!

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  2. Hi Sherna...this is super simple!! And I love it..simple and less ingredients is something I try to achieve in my recipes. The Al Dente example is absolutely needed!

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  3. Hi sherna,
    I too love chilli oil, the zing it adds is perfect for our Indian pallette. Recipe Looks so effortless,
    All the best

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