Naughty Curry Pasta Salad
Submitted by: Serene
Saw this recipe on Livejournal, and thought some of you might like it. (There are lots of fat-free Italian dressings out there).
Everything from here on is quoted:
3 cups raw rotini pasta
2 cups broccoli florets
3 green onions, minced
1/2 cup grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup carrots, chopped
1 ½ TB Spice Mix (see below)
1 1/3 cup fatfree Italian dressing, plus more as needed
salt and pepper
2 tsp black mustard seeds
**OPTIONAL: 3-7 dried red chilies, de-seeded, soaked 5 minutes in warm water, then minced. (I used 4-- I reccommend this!!!)
2 tsp black peppercorns
1/4 cup coriander seeds
1/4 cup cumin seeds
2 whole cloves
½ tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp ginger powder
½ tsp asafetida
Dry roast the Spice Mix Q except for the ginger powder and the paprika. Whizz it to a powder in your coffee grinder, then mix in the ginger powder and paprika. Set aside.
Cook the pasta until it is done but still somewhat firm. Rinse with cold water.
Combine the pasta with the vegetables in a large bowl. Stir in the salad dressing. Add salt and 1 1/2 Tb of the spice mix. In a small skillet, heat a dab of oil until it is sizzle-hot. Add the black mustard seeds. As soon as they have quit popping, dump them in the
Mix everything together. Cover and refrigerate. It's best to let it chill at least an hour before chow time, if you can stand it..
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