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Masala pasta recipe - Indian style
This is my first post on pasta recipes. I really wonder why din’t I try a pasta recipe so far. Actually I wanted to start with pasta with white sauce or red sauce but my friend Shalini suggested me to try our Indian style, easy pasta recipe with full of masala flavours.

This recipe is very similar to Penne Arrabiata. As kids love pasta very much, I tried this recipe for Raksha’s breakfast. We too tasted some. It was very nice, flavourful and tasty. So my first attempt in making a pasta recipe was a great success. I felt very happy and I wanted to share this recipe with you all. U can make many variations in this recipe and prepare it more healthy & colorful by adding vegetables. Friends, if you are bored of making cheesy pasta recipes, try this low calorie, easy peasy pasta recipe with Indian masala. U will love it.
Masala pasta recipe

Indian style masala pasta recipe

Indian style masala pasta recipe Easy,Indian style masala pasta recipe for breakfast/Dinner - Tastes great !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Pasta recipes
Serves:  3
Prep time: 15 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes

To cook pasta
  • Penne pasta - 1 cup
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - 5 cups
  • Cooking oil - few drops
For the masala
  • To temper
  • Cooking oil+ghee - 1.5 tbsp +1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Big onion - 2 nos
  • Tomato - 2 nos or tomato puree - 1/3 cup
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Ginger-Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder or sambar powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder-1/2 tsp
  • Kasoori methi - 2 pinches
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish

  • How to cook pasta: Take 5 cups of water in a bowl. Add some salt and few drops of cooking oil. When the water comes to boil, add 1 cup of pasta. Mix well using a ladle to avoid pasta sticking to the bottom and cook for 10-12 minutes in medium flame. It should be soft but firm without losing its shape. Switch off the flame and transfer the pasta to a colander. Discard the excess water. Show the pasta under running water to make it firm. Set aside.
How to cook pasta
How to cook pasta
  • Heat oil+ghee in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds. Add urad dal, chana dal. Now add big onions and saute till transparent. Add g&g paste and saute for few seconds till its raw smell emanates.
Masala pasta recipe step3
  • Then add tomatoes or tomato puree. Saute till mushy. Add all the powders and mix well for few minutes. Add 2 pinches of kasuri methi and let mixture boil for a minute in low flame.
Masala pasta recipe step4
  • Lastly add the cooked pasta, toss well and switch off the flame. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves, sprinkle some lemon juice if needed and serve hot.
Masala pasta recipe step5
Indian style masala pasta is ready !


  • For variations, add sambar powder in place of red chilli powder.
  • You can use tomato puree instead of chopped tomato.
  • Use pav bhaji masala powder or biryani masala powder in place of garam masala powder. But adjust the spice level as per your taste.
  • U can also add few mint leaves while sauting onions. It gives a nice flavor.

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AparnaRajeshkumar said...

even i did the same , as pasta is not our cup of tea. i started with indian version , now i can say i like 4 to 5 varieties of pasta. U should try with white sauce , quite addictive.

Shanthi said...

i love pasta..Indian style pasta is always addictive...

Chitra said...

Yes Aparna,have to try with white sauce soon :)

Unknown said...

wow.................its picture perfect and tempting to have some............

Home Cooked food said...

yummy fusion of pasta dish.

Sundari Nathan said...

looks very tempting!! love the title "Indian Style"

great-secret-of-life said...

I love this version my mum makes it as after school snack.. tempting pasta

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi said...

something similar to this was our go to supper in collage days. looks wonderful.

Priya Suresh said...

Who will say no to this irresistible dish, definitely not me..

Priya said...

I too first tried indian style pasta on my friends house .From there on there is no going back .Love pastas

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Pastas are favorite with my kids...Love this Indian version

Unknown said...

Both Pasta and Picture are perfect dear!!! Love the indianised version

Resna said...

Perfect all Indian style pasta...lovely click

Unknown said...

Love the indian touch...... Looks delicious!

VineelaSiva said...

Even I too prepare indian style.Adding our spices to pasta gives nice taste.

Julie said...

yummy pasta,looks very tempting :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

kids favourite pasta.....

nandoos kitchen said...

kids fav. looks super yumm..

Unknown said...

Loved it..thanks for the recipe

Chitra said...

Thank u :)