Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Stir Fried Macaroni with Roasted Vegetables & Chicken

( Vegetarians can skip the chicken and go on with the rest of the recipe ... or can use Tofu or Paneer instead. )
This is a very flavourful one pot meal that I often make for dinner and is very close to my heart. The best thing about this dish is it can be had steaming hot on winter evenings .... just add some bread and soup to go with .... or can be served cold as a salad ... on a bed of ice lettuce.

It is real fast to make if all the preparations are made earlier ... so after a rushed day ... or on that lazy weekend .... all you have to do is heat some oil and toss everything. :-)

I prefer to chop up the roasted vegetables as I love the different flavours that fuse into each other.

And instead of chewing on a single piece of veggie or chicken, I prefer to have a mix of everything in every bite. Besides it feels and looks good when the sizes are in sync.

Need : Macaroni, preffered vegetables ( I had capsicum, mushrooms, baby corn, frozen green peas, tomatoes ), chicken cut into small cubes, chopped garlic, preffered Italian seasoning

( I used a mix of dried parsley + thyme + rosemary + a little oregano), some freshly ground black pepper, vinegar, cooking oil / butter, salt and sugar to taste.

If you want you can add a few chilli flakes too ... but I found it clashed with the flavour of black pepper.

How to : Cook the macaroni ... a little al dente .... in salted boiling water. Rinse under cold water and mix a spoonful of cooking oil to it evenly. This will prevent from forming a lump or sticking together.

Cut the vegetables into medium sized pieces and marinate them in vinegar, salt and freshly ground pepper. Keep them for around half an hour ... or till you make the other preparations.

Marinate the chicken cubes the same way.

Roast the vegetables in an oven in a tray sprayed with a little oil or brushed with a little butter. I prefer roasting them till they are a little soft ... and then grilling them for a while on high.

Roast the chicken the same way too.

Chop up the vegetables into bite sized pieces.

Heat oil in a wok / heavy kadhai. Add the garlic and fry ... do not brown them.

Add the macaroni , the vegetables and the chicken. Add the seasonings and dried herbs. Adjust salt and add a little sugar for a balance.Toss well.
Serve hot / cold.

Am so very happy that this is the first time I have successfully blurred the background in a snap .... No I do not have Photoshop. :-)

This plateful goes to Soma who is hosting Hay Hay it's Donna Day with Bron as the facilitator.

With that am off to the coast for the long weekend coming up ... this time it will be a new beach on the Konkan coast that we are heading to. :-)


  1. looks great! the roasted veggies add so much oomph to this pasta!

  2. You could send it to pasta presto nights too. I make this when I am lazy too:), but I have never thought of grilling the veggies. I just roast them till crunchy and add it to the pasta. Yours looks good! How did the grilled corn manage to make it into the pasta? I keep eating them up immediately!!

  3. Ai sharmila.. Great one.. na fresh herbs er dorkar the simplicity of it... photo teo darun lagchey all those roasted veggies & the chicken..

    Thanks Thanks Thanks:-)

    have a great trip!!

  4. Looks delicious Sharmila!!!
    Thank you for visiting my blog:)

  5. Wow, Sharmi what to say, Fried Mac, yumm! Look at the stir-fried veggies, makes me hungry...and top of it chicken too!! Say me when can I drop in. Love it. Will try this recipe soon.

  6. i never tried macaroni..but looks yumm with all those veggies in

  7. yummy ,,..all the photos look so temptin,...wish u happy holidays,..:-)

  8. That looks great, Sharmila! I ahve not been able to blur the background in my pix yet. It never looks righ when I do it!

  9. Love it, love the Mushrooms in there. I made this with Butterfly pasta.Looks colorful and yummy, good one Sharmila! :)

  10. I love the roasted veggies in it..must have made it so flavorful.
    Have fun on your vacation Sharmila!

  11. nice recipe and perfect for the event....have a nice trip

  12. Thanks Ranjani! :-)

    Simple Harini .. I was chomping on the chicken pieces. :-)

    Thanks Soma! Ek dine manage korlam shob kichu.:-)

    Thanks Swapna! :-)

    Thanks Malar! And you are always welcome to come over. :-)

    Do try it Preety. And thanks! :-)

    Thanks SGD! :-)

    Thanks Priyanka! :-)

    Thanks Vani ... for actually reading through the whole thing.:-)
    Even I do not know how I did it .. must go through the nuances again. :-)

    Thanks Asha! Butterfly pasta must look good in these veggies. :-)
    I'll give it a try the next time.

    It did Bharti .. but it was grilling them that actually gave the flavour & that burnt look. And thanks!:-)

    Thanks Indrani! :-)

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  14. Happy Holidaying Sharmila

    You play the keyboard ?

    pasta khub bhalo hoyeche. Ami ekhon chilli-garlic noodles kine khachi, pasta'r sathe match kore jache :)

  15. Thanks Sandeepa! Yes, it's my lifeline. :-)

  16. roasted veggies must taste heavenly. Lovely pictures.
    Have a great holiday:)

  17. Sharmila,
    its's just so tempting to me , dekhe khete iche hoche ..
    tahole tumi nischoyi gaan jaano , keyboard back ground e dekhlaam ..
    hugs and smiles

  18. Thanks Jaya! :-) Baniye dekho .. khub chotpot hoye.
    Bangali abar gaan janbe na .. chotobela theke oi ekta jinish compulsory chilo .. have passed till 4th year in Hindustani classical vocal .. last year ta complete korte parlam na studies er jonne. :-)
    Tobe keyboard e light music ar Robindrosongeet bajai. :-)

  19. Thats' great Sharmila ...hey ami bhalo gaan jani na , tobe kathak sheekhe chilaam 3 rd year pass kore charte hole studies er jonno , aro ekta bochor hole prabhakar (graduation) ta hoye jeto ..ishh.....
    amaar hubby bhalo gaan jane , or engineering colledge e rock band chilo ..
    Hugs and smiles


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