Mum’s Buitoni/ Masala Pasta

May 23, 2021mayurisjikoni
Blog post




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.

Childhood Favorite

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:

Sunday Funday

Sunday Funday is a group of Food Bloggers. Every Sunday we  share some fun, traditional, hearty or easy recipes to make Sunday Family Meals a bit more exciting. To join this fun group, visit the Sunday Funday Facebook Page. Request to join in.


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:

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

Please Watch How To Make Mum’s Buitoni/ Masala Pasta. Please Subscribe to my channel. Thank you so much.



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.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Meal
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2


  • 1 cup macaroni/ditali
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 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
  • tsp salt
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh coriander chopped



  • 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.


  • 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.
Keyword masala pasta, mum's buitoni

Pin For Later:

A little request:

If you do try this recipe then please either

  • add a comment below,
  • send a picture to my email
  •  tag me as #mayuri_jikoni on Instagram
  • or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962





  • Shubee

    May 18, 2012 at 1:24 am

    mmmm…making my mouth water!

  • Sapna

    June 3, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Brought back memories. Missing you mum.

  • Mayuri's jikoni

    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.

  • Give Me Some Spice

    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.

  • Stacy

    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!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      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.

  • Sneha

    May 23, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Loving the desi style flavor of this pasta dish!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 24, 2021 at 10:53 am

      Thanks Sneha.

  • Wendy Klik

    May 23, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    What a wonderful flavor profile on this dish. Perfect for a Meatless Monday meal.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 24, 2021 at 10:53 am

      Thanks Wendy and yes perfect for meatless Monday and as comfort food.

  • Kalyani

    May 23, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    5 stars
    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..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      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.

  • Renu

    May 23, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    5 stars
    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

    1. mayurisjikoni

      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.

  • Karen

    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!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      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.

  • Mala Patel

    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….😊👌

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 3, 2021 at 11:52 am

      Most welcome Mala.

  • Mala Patel

    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.👌👍

    1. mayurisjikoni

      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!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 3, 2021 at 11:52 am

      thanks Rebekah.

  • Camilla M Mann

    May 24, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    What a delicious looking dish! I can’t wait to try it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 3, 2021 at 11:51 am

      thank you so much Camilla, enjoy when you try out the recipe.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    September 10, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    5 stars
    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.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      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.

  • Archana

    September 13, 2021 at 7:35 am

    5 stars
    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.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 13, 2021 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you so much Archana. Enjoy the pasta with indian masala.

  • Neha

    September 14, 2021 at 9:10 am

    5 stars
    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.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      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.

  • Chef Mireille

    September 14, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    5 stars
    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.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2021 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you so much Mireille. I know you love Indian flavours, so go on try it.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Previous Post Next Post

Example Colors

%d bloggers like this: