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 !!!
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.
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).
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 🙂
Butterto brush on rolls once the baking is completed
Preheat the oven to 200 degree C.
Measure all the ingredients and set aside.
Take the yeast, sugar and 40 - 50 ml of the measured water in bowl and let it sit for a min or so (till we see little bubbles forming)
Sieve the maida on the platform, add the yeast & sugar solution to it and start kneading.
Add the salt and continue kneading.
Add water little by little and knead till the dough becomes a thick mass, at this stage add the butter and knead the dough till all the butter is incorporated into the dough.
Continue kneading and add water little by little till the dough becomes nice and soft and spongy.
At this stage, place the soft dough inside or under a bigger vessel and let it rest for 10 - 15 mins.
Once the dough is rested, knock out or remove the air in dough by flattening the dough with hand.
Roll the dough into a thick sausage and cut 6 equal portions and set aside.
Grease a 8 inch cake mold with oil or butter.
Roll each portion of dough into round balls and place them as shown in the pic...
Sprinkle the rosemary & chilli flakes on the rolls and rest them again in the same mold in a warm place for 15-25 mins or till the rolls double & puff up in size as shown in Pic... ( I kept the mold inside a switched off microwave, guess kitchen cupboard should also be fine).
Once they have risen nicely, brush the top of the rolls with milk or eggs and bake for 10 -15 mins or till they get a nice brown colour.
Once they are baked, remove from oven and set aside to cool. Brush the hot rolls with some butter..yumm...
Once they have cooled for 5-10 mins, try and slowly remove the rolls out of the mold and place them on a tissue or butter paper (this will ensure that there is no collection of moisture at the bottom of the rolls and it does nor become too wet).
Eat as a pav or with some olive oil or as is...enjoy!
I love this particular dish…usually i have used ready to make pad thai packets where we just need to mix the ingredients and vola it is ready…but this time i decided to make it from scratch…and it turned out quite nice..
In a bowl mix sugar, tamarind extract, soy sauce and chilli flakes and set aside.
Take a vessel and boil water in it (such that noodles immerses completely in it). Once the water boils, add the noodles and cook till they are al dente... Once the noodles are cooked, remove them in a strainer and wash them in cold water and set aside...
Take a non stick kadai or wok and heat oil in it...once the oil is heated, add chopped onions to it.
In the wok now add the tofu pieces and fry it till it is fried & well done...( at this one could also add 1 egg and scrable it nicely)
Once done...Add the noodles and mix nicely.
To this add the sugar/ soy mixture, salt and mix well...cook till the liquid is absorbed well...
Switch of the gas and add green onions and bean sprouts and mix well.
Garnish with roasted peanuts & coriander leaves and serve hot