Mum’s Buitoni/ Masala Pasta
EVENT: SUNDAY FUNDAY
THEME: CHILDHOOD FAVORITES
RECIPE: MUM’S BUITONI/ MASALA PASTA
Mum’s Buitoni/ Masala Pasta is a pasta with an Indian twist. It has all the spices that would go into any typical daily curry. Mum’s Buitoni/ Masala Pasta is not only tasty but also never fails to bring back fond memories of my childhood and my mum.
This post was first published on 16/05/2012. Redoing the post with fresh write up and photos. The recipe remains the same.
My Mum and Pasta
My mum didn’t know how to make pasta at all. She probably had never heard of pasta, spaghetti, etc when she was growing up in the village of Koyali near Vadodara, India. But how she managed to make this pasta dish for us still baffles me. I remember reading the instructions for cooking the pasta for her but the rest she did on her own. There is nothing Italian about this dish yet it is the yummiest pasta I’ve ever had.
Saturday Night Treat
My mum would make this dish for my brother, sister and me on most Saturdays. Come to think of it, it was probably her way of treating us to something special. Every Saturday my dad and she would go to watch an Indian movie and we would be left at home with our grandmother. There is no name for this dish so I take the liberty of naming it mum’s buitoni. Buitoni because at that time that was the only brand of pasta we could buy from Uchumi our local supermarket. And besides spaghetti the only pasta available was ditali. Back then didn’t even know it was called that. We just thought it’s called Buitoni.
My mum would always say ‘ Tonight, I am making buitoni for you’. And you should have seen the joy on our faces. After my mum and dad would leave, we would leisurely eat the pasta and make a mess too. Each macaroni would become a ring for our little fingers. Each ring was eaten with laughter and giggles. When the rings were finished from our bowl, we would hold the bowl with our two hands and sip on the soupy sauce. Now those rings don’t even fit our stubby fingers. But whenever we siblings get together, we have to make Mum’s Buitoni and at the same time complain that no one can make it like mum use to. But enjoy we do 🙂
Mum’s Buitoni becomes my cousins’ favorite too
When she went to London, Mum’s Buitoni became a favorite with my cousins too. All have tasted her dish and asked for more umpteen of times. The only person who now makes this recipe is my sister and me. However, it doesn’t taste like mum’s.The main ingredient missing is her love and we miss her so dearly.
Undoubtedly, this special dish cooked for us every Saturday has to be most favorite amongst the other dishes that mum prepared. Special, as it was prepared just for my siblings and me back then.
My Other Childhood Favorites:
- Keri Nu Shaak/ Mango Curry
- Vaghareli Rotli
- Mum’s famous Handvo made on a sigri/ jiko
- Dhebra– which she would always make for picnics and drive- in movie outings
- Flaky Farsi Puri– which we all simply loved as snack
- Maida Na Parotha, a breakfast treat
- And her famous Vegetable Soup
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This week’s theme was suggested by Stacy who blogs at Food Lust People Love. She asked us to recreate a favorite dish that we enjoyed growing up. It can be homemade or restaurant prepared. As you can clearly make out from above, Mum’s Buitoni takes the cup.
Here are some of the Sunday Funday members’ childhood favorite dishes:
- Chili Mac from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Ham and Mushroom Breakfast Burritos from Making Miracles
- Homemade Lorna Doone Cookies from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Homemade Wonder Bread from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- K-Mart Sub Sandwiches from Palatable Pastime
- Kempakki Dosa from Sizzling Tastebuds
- Meat Chilly Fry by Sneha’s Recipe
- Meatballs with Mushroom Gravy from Amy’s Cooking Adventures
- Mum’s Buitoni from Mayuri’s Jikoni
- Scratch Spaghetti Os with Meatballs from Food Lust People Love
Ingredients Required For Mum’s Buitoni/ Masala Pasta:
- Pasta – ditali, macaroni.
- Onion – peeled and chopped finely. Use any onion of your choice.
- Tomato Puree – fresh or canned
- Garlic – peeled and minced
- Ginger – peeled and grated or minced
- Green Chilli – paste
- Turmeric Powder – hardar, haldi.
- Red Chilli Powder – laal mirch. Use according to your taste.
- Coriander Powder – dhania powder
- Water – for boiling the pasta
- Salt – add according to your taste
- Oil – use any of your choice. I used sunflower oil.
- Mustard Seeds – rai.
- Cumin Seeds – jeera, jiru.
- Fresh Coriander – for garnishing
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MUM'S BUITONI/ MASALA PASTA
- 1 cup macaroni/ditali
- 4 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
FOR THE SAUCE/CURRY:
- ½ cup onion finely chopped
- 1 cup fresh tomato puree
- 1 tbsp garlic paste
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- ½ tsp chilli paste
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- ½ tsp red chilli powder
- ¼ tsp mustard seeds
- ½ tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp sugar optional
- 1½ tsp salt
- 2-3 tbsp fresh coriander chopped
BOIL THE PASTA:
- Boil 4 cups of water in a pan. When its boiling, add the macaroni, 1 tsp salt and oil. Cook till it is just done. Usually the cooking time is indicated on the packet. Mine took about 8 minutes.
- Drain the pasta into a colander or sieve. Save the water in which you boiled the pasta.
PREPARE THE SAUCE/ CURRY BASE:
- To prepare the sauce, heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
- When it becomes hot, add mustard and cumin seeds. When the seeds sizzle, add the chopped onion.
- Stir fry the onion till it is light pink in colour. Add the garlic, chilli and ginger paste. Stir fry for a few seconds.
- Add the turmeric, chilli and coriander cumin powder. Mix.
- Add the tomato puree, salt and sugar. Let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat.
- Add the macaroni including about 1 cup of the water in which the macaroni was boiled.
- Simmer the pasta for 5 minutes over low heat.
- Garnish with chopped coriander.
- Serve piping hot on its own or with bread.
- If you use canned tomatoes then you may have to increase the amount of sugar.
- It tastes pretty good even the next day if you don't mind eating soft pasta.
- Add the pasta just before you are ready to serve it.
- Add more water for a more soupy base.
- Be careful when you add salt to the sauce as later you will be adding the salty water in which the pasta is boiled.
- Adjust the spices according to your taste.
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May 18, 2012 at 1:24 am
mmmm…making my mouth water!
June 3, 2012 at 9:06 pm
Brought back memories. Missing you mum.
June 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm
Try out it both of you. Never know mum may have left the magic ingredient with either of you.
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March 10, 2018 at 12:39 pm
The pasta looks delicious. I think our mums used the most natural products and served us freshly made food and it always tasted lovely. And of course they made it with lots of love too.
May 23, 2021 at 1:17 pm
I love this story, Mayuri, and those Saturday nights sound like such fun. Your mother was clearly a very special person, full of love for her children. The addition of curry spices to the pasta sauce is brilliant and I will definitely be giving this a try!
May 24, 2021 at 10:54 am
Thank you so much Stacy. And thank you for the theme as it brought back very fond memories.
May 23, 2021 at 3:39 pm
Loving the desi style flavor of this pasta dish!
May 24, 2021 at 10:53 am
May 23, 2021 at 4:07 pm
What a wonderful flavor profile on this dish. Perfect for a Meatless Monday meal.
May 24, 2021 at 10:53 am
Thanks Wendy and yes perfect for meatless Monday and as comfort food.
May 23, 2021 at 4:11 pm
Those memories of aunty ji making this on saturday nights made for such a wonderful read, Mayuri. the masala Pasta (with a very unique shape – Buitoni) in a Indian-accented masala sauce looks so much like something my kids would enjoy .. thanks for sharing..
May 24, 2021 at 10:52 am
Thank you so much Kalyani. I am sure your kids will enjoy it.. my adult kids love it, and praise it so much. If only they had a chance to taste my mum’s version.
May 23, 2021 at 7:10 pm
Love reading about your memories. It is amazing that you use to get pasta at that time and how she came up with this dish. With all that spices and mom’s magic this would be the best pasta in the world
May 24, 2021 at 10:51 am
Thank you so much Renu, at that time Kenya still had a very strong British influence and we also had a few Italian restaurants.
May 23, 2021 at 7:46 pm
What a great memory! I remember eating pitted black olives like that with my sisters. One on each finger!
May 24, 2021 at 10:50 am
Wonderful childhood memories Karen. Whenever I meet up with my siblings we so desperately try to fit our fingers into the macaroni.
May 24, 2021 at 4:37 am
Brings back memories of the Pasta, my mother used to cook in Msa!! Mum’s make the best
Thank you for your lovely recipes….😊👌
June 3, 2021 at 11:52 am
Most welcome Mala.
May 24, 2021 at 4:43 am
Pasta looks delicious…it brings back childhood memories of my mum’s Pasta, in Msa!!
Mum’s made the Best “Desi Pasta”❤
Thank you so much for all your Recipes.👌👍
May 24, 2021 at 10:48 am
Thank you so much Mala and you’re welcome. You are from Mombasa?
Rebekah R Hills
May 24, 2021 at 4:59 am
What a lovely flavorful pasta dish!
June 3, 2021 at 11:52 am
Camilla M Mann
May 24, 2021 at 6:57 pm
What a delicious looking dish! I can’t wait to try it.
June 3, 2021 at 11:51 am
thank you so much Camilla, enjoy when you try out the recipe.
September 10, 2021 at 10:30 pm
This looks delicious. I love pasta cooked this way with Indian spices. It definitely is a treat to relish while watching the Telly. It is so much fun. This was done more when we were kids, watching TV shows with all the family members assembled in the drawing room.
September 11, 2021 at 11:07 pm
Thank you so much Shobha. Hubby and I still plan movie nights.. something different to look forward to. Usually it is meals that needs only a bowl or a plate only. Or it can be pizza.
September 13, 2021 at 7:35 am
Awww! hugs to you. Mums do leave behind a hole that is impossible to fill.
Absolutely love your Mum’s Buitoni! To be honest, I have to say the shape of the pasta is very unique and I love it. The use of Indian masalas make this pasta yum and I think I must try making it when kiddo is here. She will love it too.
September 13, 2021 at 1:36 pm
Thank you so much Archana. Enjoy the pasta with indian masala.
September 14, 2021 at 9:10 am
Loved reading this post of Mum’s Buitoni. Infact we make Macaroni till date in the Indian style and enjoy slurping its soup. Sometimes the East West fusion strikes a Big Bang. And this recipe is of one of them! Do share some more interesting post like this.
September 16, 2021 at 3:53 pm
Thank you so much Neha. Imagine, my mum never tasted pasta the way Italians make it but she made this wonderful dish for us ever so often.
September 14, 2021 at 12:19 pm
I love taking ingredients and adapting them. Pasta is one of those easy ingredients that can be adapted to any cuisine. This is definitely a pasta dish I am going to try soon.
September 16, 2021 at 3:50 pm
Thank you so much Mireille. I know you love Indian flavours, so go on try it.