When I was searching about must do’s in Pondicherry, I came across this amazing small place called Tanto’s which is famous for their wood fire pizza’s and handmade pasta’s. We chalked down our itinerary and this was one of our must dos, when we were there a couple of months back.
We had planned a visit to this place while visiting Auroville, because it is situated in almost 30 km away from the main city, on the way to Auroville. On the way back from Auroville, we had visited this place and it was not yet ready to serve lunch. I was not ready to go back empty handed and was feeling really upset. On hearing this, the owner suggested to us to buy their ready to cook handmade pasta packets and I picked up their five varieties of dried pastas. That included whole wheat plain, Basil, carrot, spinach and beetroot one. Tried everything and liked it all other than basil. This recipe which I am sharing now is specially designed for my daughter who hates bland white sauce pastas.
Pasta – 1 packet
Whole wheat flour – 2 teaspoon
Chopped veggies – 1 cup (I have used zucchini, broccoli)
Butter – 1 table spoon
Garlic salt – as per taste
Chilli flakes – as per taste
Oregano – as per taste
Pizza sauce – 2 to 3 teaspoon
Hot and sweet tomato sauce – 2 teaspoon
Milk – 2 cups
Mozzarella cheese – as required (grated)
-Take one big vessel with sufficient water,1 tsp of oil and little salt. When it starts boiling, drop in pasta and cook.
-When it is done, drain the cooked pasta and reserve water for further use.
-Cool the pasta by pouring cold water and set aside.
– Chop the veggies and keep aside.
-Take one kadai, dry roast whole wheat flour and keep aside.
-In the same kadai, add butter, chopped veggies and fry for a while. Add garlic salt, red chilli flakes and oregano.
– When it is done (it should be crunchy) add pizza sauce, hot and sweet tomato sauce and mix nicely, so that veggies will be coated with this masala.
-Now add roasted whole wheat flour and mix evenly.
-Add little reserved water (drained water from pasta in which is cooked) ,milk and boil until it is thick and creamy.
-Check for seasoning and add grated cheese and mix in pasta.
-If you find sauce is thick or dry, add either reserved water or milk and adjust the consistency.
– Serve and enjoy.