Pasta Salad

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Writing a blog post after one long month. When i took my camera today, to click this salad, for a moment i felt my 50mm lens was angry with me, saying "hmmm, all these days you were hugging that telephoto girl (300mm), and how come today you got time to think about me", if this is the case with 50mm, what would that 18-55 think about me, i should start using it often. What to do, a recent love/craze for long exposure shots, that too shooting night traffic in particular!!! :)
Thanks to our regular Blogging Marathon, for saving my blog from starving! :) I will be blogging on Salads all this week. The first one being a simple pasta salad, which i tasted in a small blogger's meet here in Dubai.  Though we know each other through FB and to some i have even talked over phone, but have met none till that day. So, when +Rafeeda AR of Big sweet tooth, arranged a meet, i didn't wanted to miss.  
One of the bloggers Asiya Omar, brought this yumm salad for the get-together. She actually stays very far in Alain, but from there she bought a big box of this salad, along with plates,spoons and the spice-mix for all of us.  We actually fell in love with that salad, i have made it twice at home after tasting hers, but only today i get to click and write about it. 
Thanks Asiya-ji for a wonderful recipe. I always remember your smiling face and your peppy personality when making this salad. 
1/2 Cup Fusilli
1/4 cup frozen green peas
1/4 cup ground nuts
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1 or 2 cherry tomatoes
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste

Seasonings ( any one of them)
Cajun spice mix
Red chilli powder
Black pepper powder
Chili oil

  • Boil 1.5 cups of water, when the water is boiling, add salt (1/2 tsp) and pasta, Let it cook until done, it should be al dente/soft but firm. Drain and keep aside. 
  • Cook peanuts with little salt, until soft. Drain the excess water and keep aside. Add Frozen peas to 1/2 cup of water and microwave high for 5 minutes. Drain the excess water and keep aside.
  • The drained water from all this can be used in soups or in Rasam or any other gravies. 
  • Now let's put the salad together. In a large bowl, add pasta, the cooked peanuts and peas. Add shredded carrots. Add your desired seasoning as per your choice.
  • Here i have used 2 pinches of red chilli powder and another pinch of pepper powder and salt. Drizzled olive oil on top. Garnished it with Cherry tomatoes and served.
  • You can also add capsicum and onions to the salad. 
  • A tadka of fresh green chili can also be tried,  instead of other seasonings. 

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  1. Good to see you back. The addition of groundnuts sounds so good.

  2. Wow, you guys have a meet, fantastic Priya, hope u had super time with them.. Pasta salad looks prefect for me.

  3. My 18-55 would refuse to get into my hands I guess :D. But the other two are quite friendly with me :D. Anyway good to see you back!

  4. My fav kind of salads are pasta salads....yours look vibrant and wonderful!

  5. Pasta salad looks wonderful.Boiled groundnuts must have given a nice taste.

  6. What an interesting and colorful pasta salad!

  7. Hehe... I have only used my kit lens all this while, but ever since I got my 55 mm, I am playing with it more now... my 55-300 lens is safely sitting in my camera bag, maybe when we go outdoors next week, I may carry it with me just to check if it is still ready to cooperate with me... hehe... I also made this salad a couple of times, it was so sweet of her to get it... :) Lovely pics as usual dear... :)

  8. I like how you've added peanuts to your pasta salad.

  9. Love the conversation between you and your lens. THis is such a flavorful salad and you have done a total justice by feeding this to the blog to bring it out of starvation :)

  10. I am big fan of these pasta salads. Keeps you filled.

  11. so nice to get to meet blogger friends in person. like the addition of the nuts ..unique twist to pasta salad

  12. I love these pasta salads though I never got around making it..thanks for sharing, I won't mind making it myself soon..its always fantastic meeting bloggers..

  13. Wow meeting fellow blogger friends is always so much fun. That pasta salad is very innovative with boiled peanuts and the spices. Sounds delicious.

  14. Boiled peanuts in a salad sounds so yumm. Been a while since I had them.


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