I had prepared this dish 5-6 times and the youngsters liked it very much. This recipe is from an old paper cutting of Hindu newspaper dated September '07! I don't know why I did not try all these times! It is very easy to make. I used 'True' brand wheat macaroni and the taste was very good. I took the photograph before adding the cheese.!
1. 250 gms. Macaroni
2. 2 tbsp. Butter
3. 2 Medium sized onions, finely sliced
4. 2 Capsicums, finely sliced
5. 2 Tomatoes, finely sliced
6. 3 tbsp. Tomato Ketchup
7. 4-5 tbsp. Grated cheese (add more cheese to taste better!)
8. 2 tsp. chilli Flakes (warm 6-7 red chillies and grind it coarsely in the mixie)
9. 3 cups White sauce
10. 1 tsp. Oregano
11. Salt and Pepper to taste.
Boil 5-6 cups of water in a vessel. Add half tsp. of salt and a tsp. of any cooking oil. Add the macaroni and boil for 5 mts. The macaroni should not become very soft. Strain and keep aside.
Heat a tbsp. of butter in a frying pan and add onions. Fry for 2 mts. Add capsicums and fry for 2 mts. Switch off the fire.
Now prepare the white sauce in another vessel and keep it. If you prepare it very early, it becomes very thick and sticky.
Now, switch on the fire and add macaroni, tomato ketchup and white sauce to the onion and capsicums' pan. Add the tomatoes, chilli flakes, oregano, a tsp. of salt and a tsp. of pepper. (Taste it and see if the salt is enough!). Stir well. Cook on a low flame for 2 mts. Pour the mixture in a greased baking dish. Cover with grated cheese.
Bake it in a hot oven until the cheese turns into light brown. 180 degree C for the first 10 mts. and then 150 degree for another 10-15 mts.
1. 2 tbsp. butter
2. 3 tbsp. Maida (Plain flour)
3. 3 cups milk
4. Salt and Pepper to taste.
Melt the butter in a flat pan. add the plain flour and keep stirring on a low flame, without browning it.
Add the milk gradually, stirring continuously, until the sauce thickens. There should be no lumps. Add half tsp. of salt and half tsp. of pepper. The sauce can be made thin by adding more milk.
Preparation time for this recipe is very less. Any new cook can try this!
Comments are welcome!