If someone asked the question what is your favorite childhood dish? Without any hesitation, my reply would be one of my mom dish and definitely Indian (regional cuisine). But if I ask my son the same question: he says “Pasta” or “Pizza”. Yes, he is fond of cheese and pasta. Hmm, Italian cuisine impressed him most than my Indian cuisine!
So i decided why not to make a Spaghetti & soy balls! I am not throwing an authentic Italian dish. This Indo-Italian version has been made with little twist to suit my taste buds and purely vegetarian. If you are a meat lover or Vegetarian, doesn’t matter, sure you are going to love this dish, which look and taste like an authentic Spaghetti & meatballs!
Spaghetti & soya balls (vegetarian)
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To make Soy Balls (meat balls)- makes 6 soy balls
Soy crumble or granule: 1 cup- If it is a granule, soak in hot water for 5 min, squeeze out the water and rinse again in water, twice. But I used readily available “Veggie/soy crumble” from frozen section just microwave one min.
Potato: small one (microwave with baking potato option- about 4 min) and mashed it
Oregano leaves dry: ½ tsp
Basil fresh: few leaves
Parmesan grated cheese: 2 tbsp
Chilli powder: 1 tsp
Salt: a dash (optional) because I used the frozen soy crumble contains little salt!
Mix the all the ingredients together. You should make balls easily. Line a tray with aluminum foil and spray some oil. Place those balls and spray oil once again to those balls. Preheat the oven for 400 C. Place the tray and bake 10 min until they turn brown.
How to make marinara sauce:
Tomato puree: 1 cup
Tomato: 1 one diced or even substitute with crushed tomato (½ cup)
Onion: ½ diced
Garlic: 1 clove minced
Grated carrot: 2 tbsp (optional)
Chilli Powder: 1 tsp
Oregano leaves dry: ½ tsp
Basil fresh: few leaves Chopped
Parsley fresh: chopped few leaves
Nutmeg: a dash
Salt: a pinch
Parmesan cheese grated : 1 tsp
Oil (olive oil): 1 tsp
Heat a pot with oil. Add the garlic followed by onion, fry until they turn translucent. Pour the tomato sauce, tomato and all the ingredients, let it cook in simmer for 8 to 10 min. Drop the soy balls and sprinkle the cheese. Serve hot and immediately over some spaghetti.
Thin spaghetti: ½ packet
Water: 3/4 of the pot
Boil some water in a big pot, when it starts to boil, salt generously. Add the spaghetti and cook according ur taste, mine I don’t like al dente, so I cooked 10 min. Once cooked, drain and keep aside.
Tip: seeing my post, don't think it is a long process. But the truth, it could be made in less than 30 minutes.
1. Start boiling water for pasta in stove
2. Meantime prepare the ball
3. make the marinara sauce
Inspired by this post, i prepared another Indian curry which would be my next soya post!
Previous entries in soya:
3. Soya pulaov