Indo-Italian Pasta dish

I wish some one started Indo-Italian restaurant just like Indo-chinese one’s every where.  I am not sure if there are any dishes that could be considered italian with indian touch. Add more spices to any cuisine and that becomes Indian.

So as part of my latest love with experimenting with creation of food dishes, either recipes found online or pops up from my head..I started loving this period of my time. I have decided to blog it for my own record or if it helps any one it would be awesome to know as well.

So here is Indo-Italian Dish from me to you and of course my future self.


Wheat penne pasta (boiled in water with salt and kept aside) – I prefer wheat pasta as it is relatively better than other pasta’s.

1/2 tbsp cumin seeds

2 pinches of garam masala powder (found in indian groceries or you can order on amazon)

2 tomatoes – 1/2 inch cubes diced

1/2 cup of  fresh basil or Cilantro leaves (I used cilantro as I always have that at home)

3 medium garlic cloves, sliced thinly

1 large jalapeno pepper (fresh) (more or less depending on your preference)

2 tbsp of olive oil

Grated Parmesan  cheese (if you prefer)

Black pepper (if you prefer)

Salt to taste


1.  On a stove top, put the pan, pour the oil, after 30 seconds, add cumin seeds. After they splutter, add jalapenos, sliced garlic cloves, grounded cumin powder, let it cook for a bit and add in diced tomatoes and cilantro/basil leaves, add salt.

2.  Wait until tomatoes are semi cooked but still in shape. Now add garam masala, mix it and  add cooked and drained penne pasta to the mixture. Once you thoroughly mix, let it be on stove top for 5 minutes until pasta absorbs all the spices into it. Turn off the stove and let it it sit for few minutes before you serve.

3. You can serve it as how it is served in restaurants, If you like, add bit of pepper and parmesan cheese on the serving plate before you have it.


Penne Pasta - Tomatoes and Cilantro

Penne Pasta – Tomatoes and Cilantro

I loved with and without that extra flavor. It absolutely tasted bit of indian in italian dish. Hope you like it too.

Let me know what you think? As always, would love hear back from you about such experiments or any suggestions if you have any.


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