Thursday, October 15, 2009

Malaysian Style Fried Spaghetti


This is a simple recipe I cooked for my kids, for their lunch (sekali-sekala tukar selera, kalau tiap-tiap hari makan nasi, ada la yang mula menunjukkan kurang selera). Preparation time - approximately 1 Hour or less (depending on the readiness of your ingredient).

The ingredient:
Spaghetti (boiled, tossed)
Shallot & garlic - for frying
Chicken (you can also put beef, prawns or anything that suit your taste bud, i used chicken as that is what my kids love)
Ground black pepper
1 table spoon of Chilli paste (do not put too much as we are going to put black pepper later)
Carrot
Any green vege
Salt
Dried parsley

How to:
1. Fry shallot & gralic till brown and fragrant. Add chicken.
2. Add chilli paste. Cook till chicken is soft, and the chilli is well cooked.
3. Add carrot.
4. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
5. Add in the spaghetti and green vege.
6. Finally, sprinkle dried parsley.

This is a 'trial & error' recipe (but of course ada le jugak meninjau laman web lain, tapi tak le pulak menyalin resepinye), but alhamdulillah, it turns out fine and delicious (kalau tak jadi, tak masuk blog hehe). My kids love it too, especially Atikah, so-so for Sabrina as she dislikes the pepper, and OK for Hakim as he eats when he is hungry.

SOME HEALTHY FACTS ON PASTA
(Source: http://www.ilovepasta.org/health_facts.html)


Pasta Health Facts

Pasta and Health

  • Pasta is a “good” carb. Carbohydrates are the source of most of the body's glucose, which is the crucial fuel energy source for the brain, red blood cells, muscle and organs. Pasta is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates.
  • Pasta is not a “white” food. Pasta is golden or amber because it is made from semolina flour, which is ground from durum wheat. White flour used to make white bread is ground from common wheat.
  • Pasta is nutritious. Pasta is a good source of B vitamins, iron and niacin. It is very low in sodium and is cholesterol free.
  • Pasta has a low Glycemic Index (GI) so it does not cause sugar in the blood to rise quickly. The Glycemic index measures how rapidly a carbohydrate triggers a rise in blood sugar; the higher the number, the greater the blood sugar response.

Healthy Pasta Meals and The Mediterranean Diet

  • Pasta meals are efficient “delivery systems” for healthy foods. Pasta is eaten with its plate partners, such as vegetables, fish, olive oil, cheese, tomato sauce, beans, poultry and meat. By pairing pasta with ingredients, the complete pasta meal is nutritious and satisfying.
  • Pasta meals are central to the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet is characterized by abundant variety of plant foods (fruits, vegetables, breads, pasta, other forms of cereals, potatoes, beans, nuts, and seeds), olive oil as the principal source of fat, dairy products (mostly cheese and yogurt), fish and poultry consumed in low to moderate amounts, zero to four eggs consumed weekly, red meat consumed in low amounts, and wine consumed in low to moderate amounts.
  • The New England Journal of Medicine reported that the Mediterranean Diet reduces the risk of death from heart disease and cancer. Cereals, which include pasta, are an integral part of the Mediterranean Diet.

Monday, October 5, 2009

1-hour plus Baked Makaroni

At almost 2pm, Sunday (4th October), I received a call from my x-classmate, Liza Salleh, she's coming for a visit, jalan-jalan raya, Alamak.... what should I serve her? Takkan kuih raya je kot .... tak best la ...

A search in my food cabinet found me with a packet of half opened makaroni, eggs was already on the cabinet (as I planned to bake a Prune cake ...tapi tak jadi le pulak sebab resepi lupa nak bawa balik dari opis). So I thought, a Baked Makaroni is a great idea. Further more, I have wanted to eat this for quite sometime. Ini la masanya, selalu masak, makan sorang je, because other member of the family did not like this so much.




I used to cook Baked Macaroni with chili paste, but I remembered eating Baked Macaroni made by my MIL which uses 'rempah Kurma' and it tasted good, so, I decided to try it. Resepinya ingat-ingat lupa tapi hentam je la .... but deep in my heart I was praying that the 'hemtam je lah' recipe works ...... Amin.

The ingredients:
Elbow Macaroni (Boiled till soft and drained)
'Rempah Kurma'
Minced chicken (meat if you like)
Onion (finely chopped)
Few stalks of parsley (finely chopped)
Salt to taste
5 Eggs
Ideal Milk (1 cup)
3 tablespoon of flour


Pasta:
  1. Fry the chopped onion till brownish and frangrant.
  2. Add Rempah, cook fro a while.
  3. Add minced chicken.
  4. Add some water and cook till chicken is tender the spice is cooked, add salit to taste.
  5. Finally, add the cooked makaroni and chopped parsley.
  6. Put aside.
Preparation for baking:
  1. Greased the baking pan.
  2. Add egg, milk and flour together, stir well. (Milk and flour are used in order to reduce the egg consumption - watchout your cholestrol level!)
  3. Add the fried macaroni. (Make sure the egg mixture covers the macaroni, or else you will get loose macaroni after baking).
  4. Ready to bake at 140C for about 35 minutes.
When my friend arrived at 3pm, the macaroni was almost ready. Thanks to Atikah who helped me to prepare the drinks. The macaroni was served hot from oven for my visitors. Alhamdulillah.

I like it 'hot' so I ate it with some left overs chili that I made for Chicken Rice (our lunch for that day).