Monthly Archives: May 2011

Pasta with Broccoli and White Beans

For this recipe, fresh broccoli should be used.  Frozen might become too soft when sauted


  • 4 oz pasta (Rotini, Penne etc)
  • ½ lb fresh broccoli florets (after thick stems removed)
  • 5 sundried tomato halves chopped into small pieces
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can northern white beans
  • 16 whole black olives
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese + extra for sprinkling
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


  • Cook pasta and drain and set aside
  • Add oil to a heavy saucepan/skillet and once it’s hot add chopped dried tomatoes and sauté for about a minute
  • Add broccoli florets and sauté for about 4 minutes on medium-high flame
  • Meanwhile wash and drain the beans thoroughly (I wash the beans to remove any chemicals added as preservative)
  • Add washed beans to the saucepan and cook on medium-low flame for another 3 minutes
  • Add pasta, black olives, salt, pepper and the cheese and mix well while on low flame
  • Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with extra cheese
  • Serves 2

Split Red Lentil Dhal with Pumpkin


  • ½ cup red lentil dhal (masoor dhal)
  • 4 oz yellow pumpkin cubed into about ½ inch pieces
  • ½ cup chopped tomato
  • 2 green chilies split lengthwise
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • ½ inch piece ginger
  • 2 teaspoon cooking oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon tamarind paste
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • Add dhal to a saucepan and add enough water to cover and cook on medium flame uncovered until ¾ done.  Set aside
  • Chop garlic and ginger into small pieces (or crush them)
  • Add oil to a saucepan and sauté garlic and ginger until golden brown
  • Add green chilies and sauté for another 10 – 15 seconds
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook for about a minute in low flame
  • Add pumpkin, ¼ cup water, salt, chili powder, turmeric, tamarind paste and cover and cook until pumpkin is soft.
  • Add cooked dhal to the saucepan and mix well and cook until dhal and pumpkin are well done.
  • Add milk and cook for a couple of seconds
  • Serve with rice