"Spaghetttiiiii & Meatballzzz👌🏽"

by Naila Sheikh


One should know that the title of this post is to be pronounced with an overly exaggerated Italian accent. I will only allow you to read further once you say it rightly with much zest and spice! Done? 

Okay. Glad that THAT is out of the way, we can now proceed to actual business at hand. The 'beeezneeez' being the very happenings in my Kitchen I so proudly share with my followers/or invisibles as I call them. 

I hope you all survived Monday and hopefully had a better chance at enjoying the last of summer days. As Houstonions, our summer days are filled with thunder and rain; or romantically put: Texan Summer Monsoons (as I like to call it). I do enjoy the change of scene in skies but oh boy, it quickly gets yucky and wet. No reason to blowdry my frizzy hair, he he😏. Oh well, it's all good! So, for today's dinner one should praise my utter laziness in creating my Spaghetti & Meatballs dish which I find satisfying and very very filling.

 

DIRECTIONS (pay close attention cuz I ain't repeating☝🏽️😆)

 

Step 1: I use Dellalo's Organic whole wheat spaghetti, cook to a la dente - keep aside. You can toss it up with a little bit of butter and mix in some thyme or oregano. If you want. If not, then ignore what I said. 

 

• Step 2: grab your skillet and pound it hard on your head for good luck. Wait. Don't do that. Kiddinnnnn. 🙄 What you should do is grab half an onion, slice it thinly, grab 2 cloves of garlic and one tomatoe. Smash the garlic cloves or use store bought paste from the Indian store (your choice). I add half tsp laal mirch (red chili powder) or instead, red pepper flakes and some paprika for an elevated taste while stir-frying. I also add *drumroll* or *gasp*😱 a little bit of Shan Masala's Keema spice. Whaaattttt. Yes I do. Again, just for the added flavor. Keep on stirring everything in EVOO until the sliced tomatoe welts its way into gooey-ness. This process is called "The Tarqa". I wish I could present to you "The Larka", ha ha, but that might take up more heat to create. Yes, an old woman desi dirty joke. Get over it.

 

• Step 3: Add some tomatoe paste, I'd say a generous 3 tbsp to your Tarqa and let it simmer. Add a handful of mushrooms (I like cutting mine in halves) and also half of a bellpepper (thinly sliced). The veggies will serve as a glue to your pan. Whatttt? They'll get all pan-scratchy and yummy, believe me...it's good. I then add a little bit of sweet n sour sauce (i use Kikkoman's). So now its become the perfect concoction of sweet and spice. In the meanwhile, make sure to have your heat on medium. You can add some water if you want to lessen the spices. 

 

• Step 4:  Add the either homemade koftay/meatballs or in this scenario you can use frozen meatballs. I've recently come to like these for a quick meal prep, especially on  a crazy Monday:

I use a handful as they are very filling. You can also make your own and freeze them up. I might do that for in the future. 

I use a handful as they are very filling. You can also make your own and freeze them up. I might do that for in the future. 

• Step 5:  I love closing the lid to my skillet with adding an authentic Texan barbecue sauce on top of the meatballs so it can soak it all up in the steam. A little bit of Parmesan cheese doesn't hurt. Close the lid, please. Step away and now...dance! 💃🏻 Keep the heat on low medium so the meatballs are cooked tender. But keep on dancing cuz JT can't stop the Feelin'! 🎤 and so wouldn't you. 

Dump the spaghetti into the mix. Don't be afraid. It's pretty cool, you know. 

Dump the spaghetti into the mix. Don't be afraid. It's pretty cool, you know. 

Step 6: add cilantro. Keep the lid on. You can turn off the stove and walk away. Check your Insta, FB and email. Drink some water. Read some articles on female Muslim Olympians: smile. Read an article on Gaza still being under cease fire: cry. 

Curse the world. Let it out.  

Open THY lid. Grab a fork and twirl that spaghetti noodle perfectly - wait: don't forget the mushroomy scratch bottom- get that in there! At last...feed YO SELF! 

 

Not bad huh? Take that, rain!

 

Pic taken towards the end when all the pan-scratch goodness was already devoured. A vivid imagination is recommended.

Pic taken towards the end when all the pan-scratch goodness was already devoured. A vivid imagination is recommended.