Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spaghetti with no meat veggie balls in tomato sauce

I have often heard people talk about how good spaghetti and meat balls are together. Being a vegetarian, i decided to avoid the meat and cook vegetable balls to create Spaghetti and veggie balls. The vegetable balls are cooked in an aebelskiver/appam/paniyaram pan, thereby minimizing the use of oil.

What you need :
Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and run cold water over it and set aside.

To make the vggie balls :

Potato - 1, peeled and diced
Carrot - 1, diced
Cauliflower florets - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1, chopped fine
Bread slices - 4
Oil - a few tsp

Steam cook the potatoes, carrot and cauliflower and then mash well. Heat a tsp of oil and saute onions in it. Add the mashed veggies and saute until moisture is absorbed. Add soaked and squeezed bread slices and mix well. Shape into balls. Heat an appam/paniyaram pan with a few drops of oil in each depression. On a low flame, cook the balls, turning over once in a while until all sides are browned evenly.

For tomato sauce:
Tomato - large, juicy, ripe - 4
Onion - a small one, chopped fine
Salt - to taste

Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan. Saute onions till pink. Add the pureed tomatoes and salt. Cook on low flame until at least half of the moisture is evaporated and the sauce starts to thicken.

To serve :
Arrange some pasta on a serving plate. Place two veggie balls on it and top generously with sauce. Serve immediately.


Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

That is delicious... Looks so yummy

Priya Suresh said...

Wat a lovely and very interesting no meat balls, love to finish that plate.

Srivalli said...

That's a delicious combination Jay..even I planned on making a veg version of this..

Priya Srinivasan said...

oh wow tempting!!!

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Nice substitute for the meat,looks so delicious...

Suma Gandlur said...

Love your version of Spaghetti & 'Veggie' meatballs.

vaishali sabnani said...

Very interesting and vibrant looking dish.

Harini-Jaya R said...

That is an interesting version of veggie balls!!

Varadas Kitchen said...

What a nice idea! The use of appe pan is brilliant.

Pavani N said...

Wow, those veggie meatballs sound delicious. My kids would love that spaghetti with meatballs.

Sapana Behl said...

Meat balls without meat looks delicious with spaghetti .