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Basundi using Coconut Sugar

Homemade Basundi/Rich sweetened with Coconut sugar , flavoured with cardamom and nutmeg and garnished with dryfruits. INGREDIENTS: Organic Milk 2 cups Coconut Sugar 1 cup Cardamom powder 1-2 tsp Nutmeg a pinch Sliced almonds for garnishing  INSTRUCTION: 1.Boil organic milk for a good 45 minutes to make it thick and collect the cream . 2. Add coconut sugar, cardomom powder and nutmeg powder  3.Garnish with sliced almonds..Tastes delicious when chilled.

Farfalle pasta with Asparagus and mushroom in Marinara sauce( made from scratch)

Pasta is one of the Italian delicacy loved all around the world. This is a pure comfort food.I love pasta not the packaged one but handmade from scratch.

It looks hard to make it from scratch but actually It is very easy once you start making it.With very less ingredients you can make many types of pastas of various shapes ,even without any pasta maker or authentic pasta making equipments.

I will be sharing how to make Farfalle / bowtie/ butterfly pasta without any machine/ equipment using just a rolling pin and a fork.Isnt it interesting??

This Italian inspired recipe features bow tie shaped pasta smothered with Marinara sauce along with asparagus, onion and mushroom. You can alternate with any veggies you have in hand.

Lets dig in the recipe

For the pasta dough
Semolina Flour 1 1/2 cup
Water as required to knead a stiff dough
Italian Herbs 1 tsp (optional)

For the Sauce
Butter 1 tbsp
Garlic cloves 2
Tomato 1
Mushrooms 5 to 8
Parmesan cheese 1tbsp
Marinara sauce (store bought) 1/2 cup
Black pepper powder 1/2 tsp
Red chilli flakes as per taste
Basil leaves 2
Sugar 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

For cooking pasta
Water 1 litre
Salt 1 tsp
Oil 1tsp

For Garnishing
Asparagus 5 to 6 
Onion slices caramelised 
Parmesan cheese
Basil leaves

1.lets Chop asparagus into pieces about 2 inches.Slice onions,mushrooms and chop garlic cloves.

2.For garnishing ,lets caramelise onion slices.Heat a pan, add 1/2 tsp butter ,onion slices and fry till they turn brown.Dont overfry.Keep aside.

3.Grind a tomato into fine paste.

4.Heat the same pan ,add butter and saute mushrooms.Keep aside.

4.Now lets make the dough: In a bowl, add semolina flour, salt, water and herbs.Make a stiff dough.The dough should not be soft.Keep aside for 1 hour.

5.After 1 hour,knead the dough for 2 to 3 minutes .Make 3 equal portions of the dough.

6.Take one portion and roll it out as thin as possible .

7.Cut the rolled dough in a square or rectangle shape.

8.Cut horizonat and vertical lines to make rectangular pieces.

9.Take out 1 rectangular piece and pinch in the centre to make a shape of a bow tie.

10.Now with a fork just press the edges slightly as shown to give a nice design on the edge.Continue with all other pieces and with other 2 dough portions.

11.Place the shaped pasta on a flour dusted plates.

12.In a big pot,Add water ,salt and oil and keep it on low flame to boil.

13.I kept these shaped pastas under sun for just 2 minutes to make them dry and hard.(Its optional)

14.Once the water boils, Add the shaped pastas as well as asparagus.Let them boil for 5 to 7 minutes till they are cooked.

15.Transfer them to a strainer and pour cold water on them so they dont cook more.Add some oil so they dont stick to each other and keep aside.

16.Lets make the sauce,Heat a pan,add butter, chopped garlic, saute.Now add ground Tomato paste,marinara sauce ,salt, sugar, Let it cook for 2 minutes.

17.Add italian herbs, oregano, pepper, chilli flakes, Mix well.Now add chopped basil leaves and parmesan cheese.Cook for a minute.and Off the heat.Pasta sauce is ready.

18.For Serving ,Place the cooked farfalle and asparagus pasta in a bowl or plate,Top it with the marinara pasta sauce that we prepared, garnish with sauteed mushrooms, caramelised onions ,basil and lastly sprinkle parmesan cheese.

Yummy Farfalle pasta is ready to be relished!!

Do try making pasta at home and enjoy this dish with friends and family.Hope you will like it.Do leave a comment and subscribe for more such yummy recipes.


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