Asian-style Spaghetti with Garlic and Cilantro


Pasta or Noodles are the most-favored quick-fix meals in a lot of families. But the recipes we use can tend to get fairly monotonous, and we start craving for a change of taste pretty soon! A few variations would be choosing different styles of pasta, changing the sauces, and adding thai or asian spices to it. But I had tried almost all possible variations, and it was time to try something new, a fusion between the cuisines I enjoyed, a hand at pairing up some unique flavors! So I decided to combine two of my favorite dishes, the Veg Hakka noodles and the Garlic Spaghetti Pasta. I too the basic pasta, and instead of opting for tomato-basil or cream sauce, I went for the soy sauce to make these asian-style noodles. Fo the flavor, I used garlic and Cilantro, a pretty unique blend to noodles, but try it before you feel it's not a good choice! I aslo added some sweet chilli sauce for the thai influence, basic veggies and some chopped green onions. The result, a totally scintillating plate of noodles, with all the right balance of flavors, set off by the unique taste of cilantro and the fresh smell of garlic. Even the soy-sauce glazed onions and capsicums added to the inviting look! Try it, you will surely love it!:)

Ingredients
1 packet spaghetti noodles
5-6 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of fresh cilantro, and some more for garnish
5-6 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sweet chilly sauce (Maggi)
2 tbsp regular ketchup
salt and black pepper - to taste
1 cup chopped capsicum - long slices
1 cup chopped red onions - long slices
2 tbsp chopped green onions
2 tbsp crushed peanuts (optional)
2 tbsp oil

Method
Boil and cook the spaghetti in water with 1 tbsp oil as instructed on the packet.

Take a non-stick pan, add 2 tbsp oil and add the chopped garlic, onions and capsicum. When they turn caramelzed and have a glaze, add the soy sauce and salt. cover with a lid and cook for 5-7 mins on medium-low flame. Then add the Maggi sweet chilli sauce and ketchup, and throw in the crushed peanuts and the chopped cilantro. Mix well, add the chopped green onions, leaving some for garnish.

Take a serving bowl and transfer the cooked pasta/noodles into it. Add the prepared veggie sauce onto the noodles and toss a little to combine. Finally, garnish with the remaining chopped green onions and a bunch of fresh cilantro leaves, and serve hot!

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24 comments :

Amy said...

a wonderful twist Mansi! I love garlic, and I think the cilantro would add a nice taste to the noodles:)

-Amy

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Noodles are perfect--so versatile, comforting, and satisfying. I'm really over the top for the kickin' combination of garlic and cilantro you put in here, Mansi!

Asha said...

I am not sure about Cilantro but Garlic sounds great!:)
Cilantro might work since it has Asian flavor, on second thoughts!

bee said...

i'm not fond of pasta or noodles, but this may be great with rice too.

Angela said...

this flavor combination does sound inviting Mansi! I'll be sure to try it:) Thanks for sharing!

-Angela

Rajitha said...

that looks absolutely delicious..i will give it a try...coz i make pasta atleast twice a week...

vimmi said...

looks great.. will try it with linguini.

Madhavi said...

You have some amazing recipes. Particularly impressed with ur dessert section.

Great work...!

Madhavi.

Mansi Desai said...

glad you like it guys!

Asha - I was skeptical too, but the cilantro really does great job to the pasta flavor:) try it for yourself!

Madhavi - elcome to this site, and thanks for your compliments! Look out for loads of new recipes in the coming year:D

Bee - try it with rice and tell me what you feel; I think it should be great!

Susan, Angela, Amy - thanks!

Rajitha, Vimmi - I'm sure you'll get hooked to the taste, its really nice, esp for the indian/asian palette:)

Ashley said...

whoa girl! you do comeup with some fascinating combos! hats off to you:) and this looks great!!

-Ashley

Nags said...

wow! the cilantro must give an awesome flavour to the noodles, havent tried it this way before.

Padma said...

I like the Indian version of any pasta, makes me go mad for the spicy taste compared to the original ones...This looks so perfect for me!

I wish u & ur family a very happy new year!

Cris said...

Hi Mansi! Sorry I haven't been around, hope it's not too late to wish you a great 2008! Your recipes as usual, are terrific! Love them all.

Swaroopa said...

cool recipe!! will give it a try...happy new yr, dear.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

This looks great. I wonder if some chopped peanuts would be good sprinkled on it.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Oops. I'm a doodyhead. You had optional peanuts in there. You were way ahead of me!

katy said...

This looks so delicious!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I had to just chime in once more and let you know I made this over the weekend. BRILLIANT! Utterly delicious.

Mansi Desai said...

Disorder cook - I'm so thankful to you for trying out and testifying almost all of my dishes and taking time to come and share your comments!! I'm glad you liked it rachel:)

Anthony said...

These noodles look so tasty! perfet blend of ingredients, I must say! I loved the cilantro addition:)

-Anthony

Avani said...

That looks delicious! My Mom makes "vaghareli spaghetti". Not sure if other Gujju people make it or not. It's vegetables cooked Gujarati style with a little tomato sauce tossed with spaghetti.

Ruth Daniels said...

What a great dish. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta NIghts. I do hope you plan on coming back next week for the one year birthday bash.

sandhya said...

wonderful recipe Mansi...this is the first time that spaghetti has come out well for me....my daughter (a very fussy eater) had a second helping n was asking for me....grt job....

Mansi Desai said...

that's great Sandhya! nothing comes close to someone vouching for my recipe! I'm so happy your daughter liked it too!:)

thanks again for your feedback!