|Pasta with Indian Cauliflower Sauce|
These were once-a-year treats because such exotic dishes seemed too complicated to make at home. I was a bit naïve back then. I thought spaghetti came out of a can because that’s how my mother served it.
Once I became an adult and developed some cooking skills, I mastered a few of these dishes. That’s when I discovered that different ethnic cuisines shared some of the same ingredients. Noodles didn’t just belong in Italian cooking. I discovered them in Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes. When I began loving Indian food, I searched for noodle dishes but found none. So I tried combining a spicy Indian cauliflower recipe with a plate of noodles and was happily surprised.
Pasta with Indian Cauliflower Sauce – serves 3-4 (adapted from “Faster! I’m Starving!”)
1 medium onion, cut into quarters
1 16-ounce jar Masala Simmer Sauce
1 16-ounce can tomato sauce
1 small or 1/2 large cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Dash cayenne pepper
1/4 cup sour cream
8 ounces spiral (fusilli), penne or butterfly (farfalle) noodles
Half-fill a large pot with water and begin heating over high heat.
Pour the jar of Masala Simmer Sauce into a medium pot or make your own sauce, as described below.
Put the onion and tomato sauce into the bowl of a blender and process until smooth. Pour the sauce into a medium pot. Add the cauliflower, coriander, cumin, turmeric, salt, black pepper, cloves and cayenne pepper and begin cooking over medium-high heat.
Cook about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the cauliflower is soft enough to be pierced with a sharp knife. Add the sour cream and stir. Remove from the heat and cover until needed.
When the water comes to a boil, add the noodles and cook according to directions. Drain the noodles and put them in a large bowl. Reheat the cauliflower sauce and serve it in a separate bowl. Let diners help themselves.