Monday, 25 February 2008


This time when I travelled home , we forgot to book a vegetarian meal on the flight.As a result I had a faint idea that I would be actually fasting for the whole of 9 hours of that flight, my daughters did find something to eat ,but were quite intrigued by the meat balls and spaghetti served to them.In spite of me telling them to eat were not ready to eat it.Anyways when I got back it was at the back of in my mind how to make this stuff at home.I could not use meat balls but I am sure veg balls too would actually make taste as good.

Pasta has been elusive dish in our house ( I do not enjoy it as much as the others so do not make it often ).When I started looking for some pasta came across that there were Long and short Pasta types.. Long ones like,Fettuccine,noodles - Tagliatelle, linguini - linguine, Spaghetti, Spaghettini and many others I am struggling to pronounce.Short pasta types can have a variety of shapes and are easier to eat than long pasta.butterflies - farfalle ,conchiglie - shells ,elbow shell- Pipe rigate, penne - pen points, pennete and mezze penne..... helix - fusilli orecchiete

Chinese noodles are a better option for me... easy to cook and no fuss of sauce and stuff... .The Lasagna is all time favourite but then I don't get it right at all... stopped making it... Spaghetti is one thing which i can really do well, but when I got the sauce part... usually used the ready made pasta sauces.... This time seeing the meatballs triggered off to make vegetarian balls so that I can make it look more tempting to the eyes and tasty on the tongue too....
The Search Engine brought up so many recipes that I just could not think of any one suitable one.There were so many different ways of making the Veg balls. I actually did not have many ingredients at home .. But had to make them at that moment , lest I lost the mood to cook them at all.With the few ingredients I had i tried and really turned out tasty..... sharing that recipe with you... which you might really like and try out....



250 gms of Spaghetti
For the Sauce:

Tomatoes/tomato puree (I used canned tomatoes) – ½ kg
Garlic – 3-4 cloves, finely chopped.
Spring Onions - Half a bunch chopped fine.
Chilli powder – ½ tsp
Vegeta Powder - 1 tsp...( had mentioned about it earlier.It adds taste not a main ingredient)
Freshly crushed black pepper – 1 tsp
Olive Oil – 1 tbsp
Corn flour - 1/2 tbsp
Salt to taste

For the VEG Balls:
Grated cabbage– 1 cup
Grated Potatoes - 1 cup
Grated carrots - half cup
crushed Tofu or paneer -half a cup
Rice flour - 1 tbsp
wheat flour/all purpose flour – 1 tbsp
Bread crumbs – ¼ cup
Salt to taste
Oregano – 1 tsp
Cooking soda 1/2 tbsp
Pepper powder – 1 tsp
Oil – to deep fry


To make the sauce:

Wash tomatoes, blanch with just enough water . Remove, dunk into cold water and peel.Blend them in a blender/mixer to make a puree , alternatively can use canned tomatoes or tomato puree to make it easier...

Heat olive oil in a pan and add garlic to it saute for a minute and then add spring onions, sauté for a minute and then add the tomatoes to the garlic, sauté for 6 to 8 minutes.

Add chilli powder, vegeta powder and salt, let it cook covered for about 15 minutes, adding a splash of water in between if needed.

In half a cup of cold water dissolve the corn flour and add it to the sauce and let it cook.

It should cook to a thick sauce consistency.It thickens quite quickly.

Add the crushed pepper just before taking off the flame.

2.Making the spaghetti:

While making the sauce , cook the spaghetti with a dash of olive oil in more than enough water.Drain the extra water when the spaghetti is done... You will know that is done by breaking g one strand.cover the spaghetti pan with a lid to avoid it drying and keep it warm.
(All the spaghetti packs found in stores have directions to cook them. Cook as per directions )

3.Making the balls:

In a deep pan or Kadai,,, heat the oil.... mix all the above ingredients(expect the oil ) for the Veg balls in a bowl.
Mix them well using only enough flour and bread crumbs to bind all the vegetables . Deep fry these balls and place them in a shallow bowl. Add the sauce on the balls and let the balls soak up sauce.

4. To Serve
To serve place a layer of cooked spaghetti in a shallow bowl.Add the balls and top them up with the sauce .

Add some crushed pepper and some shredded cheese.. to garnish it... Yummy

I am sure you will enjoy this recipe too...I had a great weekend... Wishing you all a lovely week ahead too...Do say hi and leave a few words, makes me happy to see people taking time to write comments.


Deepa said...

Hi Shubha,

Recipe looks delicious and will try out soon. Thanks for the delicious recipe.

Shubha said...

Thanks for visiting the site deepa, looking forward for the feedback after trying it out..

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Shubha said...

Thanks TVS avare.... hesru bereyardroo nanna naligege ruchi iddaddu matra illi post madutiddene... heege visitisuttairi...

Deepa said...

Hi Shubha tried this recipe last weekend. It turned out very delicous. My hubby just loved it. Thank u sooo much.

Shubha said...

Thanks Deepa, I am glad you and family liked it.....

this encourages me to post more recipes....

smriti said...

Hi Shubha ji!

The recipe is great... i have often made it (before, and with a little modification as veg manchurian). I substitute fried rice for spaghetti.

Shubha said...

Hi smriti...

Yes , that is a good idea too.. it makes nice manchurian balls aswell...

thanks ...keep commenting..

Anusha said...

Hi Shubha,
Thanks for sharing this recipe.It was very delicious.My kids loved it.The kids helped me through the whole process.It was very quick & they enjoyed eating Spaghetti.Thank you very much

Shubha said...

Great to know that Anusha.Glad kids enjoyed both dish and the process. I am yet to make the cake.. remember microwave one!!!

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