Desi Spaghetti

If your Pakistani or from the South Asian Subcontinent then I’m sure your mom has mixed all her Desi masalas (spices) into spaghetti. Sounds weird, but it actually tastes great!  I even recall my middle-school friends loving my ‘spicy spaghetti’ lunch days.

Here is a desi spaghetti recipe I found by Chef Fauzia.

  • 2 pounds of Ground Beef (Keema)
  • 1 packet of Spaghetti
  • 1 medium Onion (chopped)
  • Green Chillies (Hari Mirch) (chopped)
  • 1 tsp. of Red Chilli Powder (Pisi Lal Mirch) (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp. Cumin Powder (Pisa Zeera)
  • 1 tbsp. Coriander Powder (Pisa Dhania)
  • ¼ tsp. Turmeric Powder (Pisi Haldi)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 tsp. Ginger Paste (Pisi Adrak)
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Paste (Pisa Lehsan)
  • 1 bottle of Spaghetti Sauce (or to your taste)
  • 3 tbsp. Plain Yogurt 
  • Cooking Oil (as needed)
  • Water (for boiling spaghetti)
1. Heat oil in a heavy pased frying pan. Add beef and saute beef for a few minutes, or until it changes a little color. To the beef add: the ginger paste, garlic paste, onion, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt, green peppers and plain yogurt. Mix and saute for about 15 minutes, or until the beef is well done.
2. Separately in a heavy based pot, boil the spaghetti and cook spaghetti in boiling water until it is well done. Then strain the spaghetti with a strainer. After straining put the spaghetti back into the pot. And put spaghetti back on stove on medium heat.

3. Quickly add the keema to the spaghetti and mix well. Then add the spaghetti sauce and mix. Leave the spaghetti on stove until it is well heated. (By continuously mixing.) Finally take off heat and serve hot.

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