Cooking ABC pasta with my sous chef daughter

ABC pasta is  light, funky and playful and my daughters favourite. Eat while you learn is my favorite statement:) . Here is a simple way to prepare this pasta and then watch your kids face light up !!!

Cooking ABC pasta from scratch with my sous chef daughter . Eat while you learn was the moto that day. The kitchen was filled with laughter and mess

 

I am a very private person when it comes to my family and i usually don’t share details on social media. This privacy also means that people on Instagram or Facebook get to see a lot of travel pics or just food / bake related pics.

Cooking ABC pasta from scratch with my sous chef daughter . Eat while you learn was the moto that day. The kitchen was filled with laughter and mess

Today i am going to introduce my daughter to you all, a chirpy, naughty and very perceptive 5 year old.  She is my one true love and she is my partner in my cooking experiments. A true foodie with a very very sweet tooth. A pasta lover, she started eating pasta at the age of 2 years and still loves it.

We bought this ABC Pasta packet during our vacation abroad and one fine Sunday couple of weeks back we made it for lunch. We had so much fun, initially we arranged the letters for A – Z (i think we didn’t find some of them), then tried to make words out of them and then we made a warm pasta dish out of it.

Making of ABC Pasta

To make this ABC pasta, we divided our responsibilities 🙂 . She filled the water for boiling the pasta, i boiled it. She washed the vegetables, i cut them finely. She ate some butter, I cooked with it. That Sunday the kitchen was filled with a laughter and mess, such a awesome time. I thank God for every thing and all the time and happiness ( i might sound philosophical but one must always count their blessings).

Cooking ABC pasta from scratch with my sous chef daughter . Eat while you learn was the moto that day. The kitchen was filled with laughter and mess
She very carefully arranged the letters in the middle with a little help from me

We picked vegetables of different colours and the end product – pasta looked like a rainbow with red, green, yellow colours.

A little note form this mommy to all other mommies, take out time from your busy schedule and spend with your kid…these are small pleasures of life 🙂

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ABC Pasta | Rainbow pasta for kids
Cooking ABC pasta from scratch with my sous chef daughter . Eat while you learn was the moto that day. The kitchen was filled with laughter and mess
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 -25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 -25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Cooking ABC pasta from scratch with my sous chef daughter . Eat while you learn was the moto that day. The kitchen was filled with laughter and mess
Instructions
  1. Boil water and cook the paste till al dente. Was the pasta in cold water o stop overcooking of the pasta. Coat the pasta with some oil so that they do not get sticky and set aside
  2. Heat oil in a vessel and add garlic to it and saute on low flame
  3. Cook all the vegetables in with the garlic (season as required)
  4. Add the seasoning to the vegetables and mix well
  5. Add the pasta and toss it nicely ( add some oil if required)
  6. Serve warm with some bread and nice soup

Palak Thalipeeth | Multigrain flour and spinach flat bread

Palak Thalipeeth, a multigrain flour flat bread from Maharashtra. Eat it with curd or sweet pickle and be sure to be amazed.

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

Tea With pakoras? or samosas, now is the time to try out a new snack in town. A traditional snack all the way from Maharashtra. Thalipeeth, is a flat bread made form various flours such a jowar, bajra, atta or rice flour.

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

This month, us bloggers from  Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge traveled to land of Bollywood and Chatrapati Shivaji, Maharashtra. I was paired with Sujata Roy from   “Batter Up with Sujata”. She gave me ginger and turmeric as my secret ingredients and with that i came up with Palak Thalipeeth.

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

Thalipeeth, a Maharashtrian flat bread is made from various flours such as jowar, bajra, rice and whole wheat flour. The different flours used in this recipe make it highly nutritious in calcium, phosporous, protein, minerals etc.

What goes to into making a Palak Thalipeeth

Multigrain flour is the main ingredient in making thalipeeth, so let see why  these flours and some other ingredients make this flat bead so nutritious:

Jowar flour: Made from jowar / sorghum, this flour is loaded with essential vitamins, anti-oxidants, zinc etc.

Bajra flour: This flour apart from being a great gluten free option, also is rich in proteins and fiber

Rice flour: an excellent substitute for gluten free recipes, it is also helpful in helping people who might not be able to digest wheat

Besan / Gram flour: Gram flour / chick peas flour is also a source of protein and vitamins

Palak / Spinach: Palak is known to contain vitamins and iron.

Masalas:  well Indian spices / masalas just bring life to all the recipes 😀

How to make Palak Thalipeeth

Once all the ingredients are collected as per the recipe. A firm dough is made and set aside in a bowl to rest for atleast 30 minutes. After that the magic begins!!!

  • Take two sheets of butter paper / parchment papaer (A4 size )

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

  • Take a ball of the dough (cricket ball size) and place it on the oiled parchment paper

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

  • Cover with the other sheet and slowly use your fingers to spread it out

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

  • Remove the top sheet, gently turn over the flat bread directly on the oiled tawa or on your hand before placing it on the hot tawa.

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

  • Cook on both sides with a little oil.

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I had a great time making this recipe..i hope you like it to.

 

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Palak Thalipeeth | Multigrain flour and spinach flat bread
Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, bring together all dry and wet ingredients
  2. Slowly add water to the bowl and bring all the ingredients to form a firm dough
  3. Cover the bowl with firm dough with a plate / cloth and set aside for 20 minutes
  4. Take 2 sheets of parchment paper, oil them and set aside
  5. After 20 minutes, form balls of the dough (cricket ball size)
  6. Place the ball on the oiled sheet and softly press it
  7. Place the other sheet on top of the dough and press the dough slowy to flatten it
  8. Flatten it till it is 2.5 - 3 times bigger than what the dough started out initially
  9. Remove the top sheet and transfer the thalipeeth on the tawa (either directly on the tawa or transfer to hand first and then transfer to the hot tawa)
  10. Make 4 - 5 holes while the thalipeeth is on the tawa
  11. Add oil to the holes ( this helps in evenly cooking the thalippeth)
  12. Cook on both sides on medium flame to get even colouring.
  13. Repeat the process till all the dough becomes a thalipeeth 🙂
  14. Serve hot with some pickle, curd and here we also some chickpea salad

Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables and seeds

Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables and seeds, a simple and family friendly pasta to have on a relaxed weekend. It has  the goodness of vegetables like zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, red bell peppers and my little twist of roasted seeds. 

Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables and seeds is a very simple kid friendly pasta recipe. The recipe has the goodness of vegetables and seeds

We as a family love pasta and are always looking at interesting recipes to try out. During one of my searches, i landed on Donna Hay’s page and there i saw crumb pasta video. The recipe was interesting, very new to me and very simple to make.

Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables and seeds is a very simple kid friendly pasta recipe. The recipe has the goodness of vegetables and seeds

I knew i had to make it and gave my own twist to it. I added some roasted veggies and some roasted seeds and voila a very yummy pasta recipe.

Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables and seeds is a very simple kid friendly pasta recipe. The recipe has the goodness of vegetables and seeds

What do you need to make the Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables

  • Pasta of your choice: Since this pasta is a little dry and needs to hold shape – Penne, spaghetti, farfelle or elbow would be a good choice for this recipe.
  • Vegetables : I have used zucchini, tomatoes, red bell peppers and mushroom. One could also use mushrooms, eggplant, yellow bell peppers or even jalapenos.
  • Seeds: This is completely optional, one can also use nuts such as almonds or walnuts. The seeds give a nice crunch to this recipe. Every mouthful has an explosion of flavour.
  • The main ingredient which brings together this entire recipe is bread crumbs.  You can buy panko crumbs or any other brand from the market or make one yourself. The breadcrumbs with a lovely basil give this crumb pasta with roasted vegetables an oomph that needs to be tasted right away.

 

This crumb pasta with roasted vegetables tastes good as a warm dish as well as a cold salad. Oh by the way, another cool thing that i tried later was to add some ketchup and put the pasta on some toast, you wouldn’t believe how yumm that turned out 🙂

Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables and seeds is a very simple kid friendly pasta recipe. The recipe has the goodness of vegetables and seeds

For other recipes similar to Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables and seeds –  visit my other pages to get recipes using similar ingredients:

  1. Nutty and Minty Pasta
  2. Pasta with creamy sauce and vegetables
  3. Roasted Tomatoes & Red Bell Pepper Soup
Print Recipe
Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables
Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables and seeds is a very simple kid friendly pasta recipe. The recipe has the goodness of vegetables and seeds
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 -25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 -25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables and seeds is a very simple kid friendly pasta recipe. The recipe has the goodness of vegetables and seeds
Instructions
  1. On a baking tray, scatter all the vegetables and drizzle some oil on top of it.
  2. Add some salt and pepper and mix them all
  3. In a preheated oven @ 200 deg C, roast the vegetables for 15 - 20 minutes or till the vegetables get a nice brown colour on them ( keep a watch, i have charred some veggies in my life)
  4. Meanwhile boil the pasta al dente and set aside
  5. Once the veggies are roasted, remove from the oven and set it to aside
  6. In the same tray, after removing the veggies, scatter the seeds and roasted them for 5-7 minutes.
  7. Heat some butter or oil in a pan and add the bread crumbs. Toss till they get a nice dry texture and gets a nutty smell
  8. Add the oregano, chopped basil, salt and chilli flakes and mix well. Once this is done, remove and set aside in a bowl to cool
  9. To assemble : add pasta to a bowl,then the roasted vegetables, seeds and then sprinkle the bread crumbs on top of pasta
  10. Mix well, adjust salt and pepper according to taste
  11. To finish : add some grated cheese on top