Monday, June 30, 2014

spicy calamari spaghetti

I'm just crazy over Italian food and I don't know why
I've done quite a bit of pasta 
experimenting with ribbon, elbow and macaroni
and earnest desire right now is to cook more of Italian ;)
this dish is spicy as chilli paste are used in the recipe
to localize its flavor to suit Asian tastebuds!

Here's how I cook it:

on one stove boil water in a pot to cook the spaghetti

meanwhile on the next stove heat 2 Tabsp cooking oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat

sautee 2 sliced mushroom till tender and add in 1 diced onion..stir well

add in 2 crushed garlic mix well and keep on stirring till the onion become transparent

toss in 1 teasp chilli paste and 1 teasp salt..keep stirring for 1 minute to cook the chilli paste

add in 2 teasp tomato paste + 3 teasp canned diced tomatoes + 1 cut green chillies + sprinkle of black pepper

 mix all the ingredients well and allow to simmer for 2 minutes

check the spaghetti and if it is cooked, drain the water from the pot and keep aside

add in 5 cut calamari and quickly mix in the gravy until the calamari turns opaque white
an indication that the calamari is cooked

remove the calamari immediately onto a serving plate

add in the spaghetti and mix with whatever is left of gravy in the pot

add in the cooked calamari back into the pot, mix thoroughly and off the fire

serve immediately and garnish with cilantro
I was running out of fresh oregano :(


a word on calamari
I added in the calamari when the gravy is thickening to infuse its flavor into the calamari 
but immediately remove it from the pot when it is cooked or turns opaque white
overcooked calamari have very hard and rubbery texture

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