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Desi Mac (Macaroni and Cheese)

Desi Mac (Macaroni and Cheese)
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Now give us a good reason why the grown-ups should be left out when the kids eat that yummy Mac ‘n’ Cheese! Here is a recipe for ‘Desi’ Mac (macaroni and cheese) and as the name suggests, it is full of flavor and other goodies that you will be proud to eat as well as serve your family!
  • Elbow Macaroni – 2 cups
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
  • Curry Leaves – few
  • Garlic – 1 tbsp, finely chopped
  • Mushrooms – 8 oz, sliced thick
  • Onion – 1 med., chopped
  • Red & Green Bell Pepper – ½ each, chopped
  • Salt – to taste
  • Black Pepper – to taste
  • Red Chili Flakes – to taste
  • Soy Sauce – 3 tbsp
  • White Vinegar – 1 tbsp
  • Tomato Ketchup – 3 tbsp
  • Spinach – 1 cup, chopped
  • Cilantro – 10 sprigs, finely chopped
  • Shredded Cheese – 1.5 cups
  • Bread Crumbs – as needed
  • Butter – for topping
  • Cooking spray
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cook the Macaroni as per package instructions for al dente with a little salt. Drain and keep aside.
  3. Heat a medium size pan on medium heat.
  4. Add in the Oil. Allow it to heat up.
  5. Add in the Mustard Seeds and allow them to pop.
  6. Add in the Curry Leaves and the chopped Garlic. Cook for 30 seconds.
  7. Add in the Mushrooms and a little salt (to speedup the cooking process) and turn up the heat/flame for this step.
  8. The Mushrooms will let water go and then the water needs to evaporate.
  9. Once that is done, add in the Onions and the bellpeppers.
  10. Sprinkle some Black Pepper and red Chili Flakes and saute fr 3 minutes.
  11. Add in the sauces – White Vinegar, Soy Sauce and Ketchup, saute for 1-2 minutes.
  12. Add in Cilantro/Coriander Leaves and Spinach and give it a quick toss.
  13. Lightly grease the casserole dish that is to be used for baking with Cooking Spray and keep aside.
  14. Add the Macaroni to the vegetables and give it a good mix.
  15. Turn the stove off and add in the Shredded Cheese.
  16. Mix well and mix very fast and pour the macaroni into the casserole.
  17. Level the mixture and sprinkle some Bread Crumbs on top with a few blobs of Butter.
  18. Bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees F and then broil for 2 minutes to give it a golden color on top.
  19. Serve hot with some garlic bread and/or some soup. Serves 8.
1. If Elbow Macaroni is not available, use any pasta.
2. Add in chopped Green Chilies for an additional kick.
3. Drizzle a little oil on the Macaroni after boiling and draining it. It will prevent it from sticking and clumping together.
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