Baked Rajma and Macaroni with Cottage Cheese Balls, Jain Recipe
by Tarla Dalal
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A mind-boggling dish that’s extremely satiating in all respects, the Baked Rajma and Macaroni with Cottage Cheese Balls tastes exciting, looks appealing, has multiple textures for an awesome mouth-feel, and is quite filling too.
It is a thoughtful and well-balanced fusion of Indian Mexican and Italian cuisine, which blends the best of each cooking style. Cheesy, spicy and tangy, the dish has a taste that appeals to young and old alike.
The corn adds a nice juicy bite to the cheese balls, while colourful bell peppers add a spicy crunch to the rajma. You can make the different layers of this baked pasta dish beforehand, but assemble and bake it just before serving to relish the best mouth-feel and fresh flavour.
You can also have a go at similar recipes like Baked Paneer in Spinach with Tomato Sauce or Baked Pav Bhaji Pasta.
- Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl and mix very well.
- Divide the mixture into 14 equal portions and roll each portion into a ball.
- Heat oil in a deep non-stick pan and deep-fry a few balls at a time till they turn brown in colour from all the sides. Drain on absorbent paper and keep aside.
- Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the capsicum and sweet corn kernels and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, chilli powder, dried oregano , tomato ketchup, sugar and salt, mix well while mashing it with the back of a spoon and cook on a medium flame for 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
- Add the macaroni, mix gently and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.
- Heat the butter in a broad non-stick pan, add the capsicum and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
- Add the rajma, chilli powder, dried basil, tomato ketchup and salt, mix well while mashing it lightly with the back of a spoon and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.
- Put the rajma mixture into a baking dish and spread it evenly using the back of a spoon.
- Put the macaroni and spread it evenly using the back of a spoon.
- Put the cottage cheese balls on top.
- Finally sprinkle cheese evenly over it.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°c (400°f) for 15 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
- You can even add a hint of sourness and a tinch of spice to this dish.
- Beat 6 tbsp of cream. Add 2 tsp of lemon juice, 2 tbsp of cheese and ¼ tsp of salt.
- In a greased baking dish, first make a layer of the beans. Next, spread the layer of macaroni. Put the cheese balls on top. Pour the cream over this. Spread ½ cup of cheese and sprinkle ¼ tsp of chilli powder on top. Bake in a hot oven 200°c (400°f) for 15 minutes. Serve hot.
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