Everyone thinks their mom is the best cook in the world. But my mummy is seriously yummy! And this is the proof! My mother Gulnar, came from Basra, Iraq to Karachi in 1965 and brought recipes the likes of which Karachi had never seen (well, maybe). Here's some of her signature recipes that should try. Some of them are my experiments and food experiences from around the world. You can check out the menu and order details on facebook.com/yummymummyandme

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Pakistani Penne

Yup. You got that right, a Pakistani twist on the penne pasta. If you're Pakistani, you've had the signature 'desi qeema noodles' - if you're not Pakistani, then try this Pakistani-Italian fusion 'cuisine'.

You'll need:
1/2 kg lean minced beef
3-4 large onions finely chopped
3 tablespoons tomato puree
1 tablespoon garlic paste
1 teaspoon ginger paste
5-6 chopped green chillis
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
3 tablespoons soya sauce
Salt to taste
500 gm packet of penne

Heat up about 3 tablespoons of oil in a pan or pot and add the minced beef. Keep stirring until the mince changes color - which should be about 3 - 4 minutes. Add in the onions. ginger, garlic, chilli powder, soya sauce and salt. Be careful with the salt because the soya sauce is already salty. Stir the ingredients together for another 3-4 minutes and add about 1/2 cup of water. Lower the flame and cover the pan. Add the tomato puree some 10 minutes later. Cover it again, add some water if and let it cook for another 15-20 minutes. Add another 3 tablespoons of oil and stir over a high flame for 3-4 minutes or until the oil rises to the top of the pan.

Boil pasta according to packet instructions. Add some butter and soya sauce to the drained pasta. Mix in some of the cooked minced beef to the pasta and layer the rest on top.

Try the pasta with some chilli sauce or even some Peri-Peri sauce. This is a classic pasta dish in my family. It's simple and the minced beef recipe is quite multi-purpose. So while the rest of us like it with pasta, my Dad likes it with naan. Hope you enjoy it!

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