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Kids Lunch Idea: Masala Macaroni

If I told you that I whip up amazingly gourmet meals at the drop of a hat for my everyday dinners, I’d have to be lying. Quite the contrary, I seldom ever cook something that would have me whisking away for hours on end. A huge majority of our everyday meals are often quick and simple – like this Masala Macaroni. Except of course, when I have company coming!

Recipe for Masala Macaroni taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

Now that’s a whole different story altogether. Even then, I’m not spending all those hours on one single dish, but instead, I’m actually going nuts fussing over a minimum of five main courses. Yes, I get like that while entertaining and unfortunately for Hubby  and Baby Dear it has only worsened over the years. But the diligent licking of everyone’s fingertips and perplexed weight-watching souls worrying over whether to go in for seconds (thirds, actually) more than makes up for all the effort.

When it comes to feeding my family, I like to go more easy on myself. It’s not that I don’t enjoy feeding loved ones with rich palate pleasing favourites, but I’d rather spend my time with them enjoying simple, yet equally delightful food made in minutes. A recent email from one of my readers posed a question I have been subjected to many a times. This compelled me to come all out talk about my regular at-home meals. She writes,

All your recipes appear as if they leaped out of glossy magazines. While many them are quite easy to follow, it’s hard to imagine myself cooking lavish meals every night. Do you really cook all these wonderful looking food on a daily basis, especially now that you have a baby at home?

Well, dear reader, all I can say is yes. Well, almost. You see, most of my recipes, no matter how elegantly sounding, are actually very simple and wholesome; and ones that I turn to on a weekly basis. While it may seem daunting to someone not so in tune with Indian cuisine, it’s not at all that hard. Most dishes can be made in a matter of minutes, whereas others, that seem to call for bucketfuls of spices, may just take a tad bit more time. But yes, sometimes even an adventurous cook like myself, wants to take a break and reach out to the nearest pack of instant noodles. And it’s often in times like these that I faithfully turn to my repertoire of quick fixes. And these, I assure you dear reader, can be whipped up real quick. Literally in minutes!

This Masala Macaroni recipe will prove my point exactly. It’s a definite crowd-pleaser – appealing to adults and toddlers alike! I like to add in a huge salad and maybe some buttery garlic bread for a more rounded out meal. Try it, I’m sure it’ll end up in your book of favourites!

Masala Macaroni

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com


  • 2 tbsp light cooking oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 large-sized tomato finely chopped
  • 1 cup frozen mixed veggies thawed
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken (optional)
  • 2 cups macaroni or any small shaped pasta  cooked according to package instructions, drained and set aside
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Heat oil in a large wok and sauté cumin seeds, onions and garlic till lightly browned and fragrant. Add in spices and fry for a few seconds.
  • Add in the chopped tomatoes, and cook for a few minutes to combine well. Add in veggies, shredded chicken and pasta, and stir-fry to combine well with the spices. Season with salt and pepper.

NOTE: For a gluten-free version, simply opt of gluten-free pasta instead.

If you enjoyed this recipe, then you will surely love me Indian-style Keema Pasta and Indian-style Spaghetti recipe as well.

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  • Reply
    February 10, 2013

    5 stars
    hey, Meena! I checked out your Instagram and saw a picture of this recipe. I just tried it and it was delicious!

  • Reply
    February 5, 2013

    5 stars
    Indian food is my favourite, I like this combo! Can’t wait to see how my family likes it.

  • Reply
    February 4, 2013

    5 stars
    I love the macaroni with Indian spices they taste absorb the taste really well and the spices give it a lovely kick! Perfect for the winters

  • Reply
    February 1, 2013

    5 stars
    awesome.. I always miss the Indian spices in pasta.. this’ll be my new fav 🙂

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    January 31, 2013

    5 stars
    Very cool recipe. This looks awesome!

  • Reply
    January 31, 2013

    5 stars
    This recipe looks yummy I am going to make it for my superbowl party this weekend.

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