Servings : Serves 4-6
One of my favorite pasta dishes, the combination of flavors in this meal is truly exceptional. This dish is made up of layers of rice, spaghetti, chicken cooked with veggies, mayonnaise sauce and topped off with garlic and green chilies fried in butter. I have tweaked a multitude of recipes until I finally came up with something that is to my liking. Not only does the dish appeal to the eyes, the aroma that wafts from the dish once its prepared is irresistible.
Ingredients for Mayonnaise Sauce
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise of your choice
- 3-4 tbsp ketchup
- pinch of salt
- tiny touch of garlic paste for flavor
- 2 tsp. red chilli powder
Ingredients for Chicken and Veggies Gravy
- 1/2 kg boneless chicken (preferably breast) cut into cubes
- capsicum chopped very finely (I used 1 red and 1 green for the color combination)
- 1 carrot, cubed finely
- 1 onion chopped very fine
- 1/2 tsp. ginger/garlic paste
- 2 green chillies chopped (if you don't want the dish too spicy you can omit this)
- juice of half a lemon
- splash of soya sauce
- 2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. cumin powder (optional)
- 2 tbsp. chopped coriander
- 1 tsp. red chilli flakes or chilli powder
- 1 tbsp. ketchup
- 1 tbsp. corn flour mixed in 1/2 cup water
- 3 tbsp. oil
- salt to taste
- 200 gm Spaghetti or Noodles
- 1 cup rice
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- 2-3 green chillies
- 1 tbsp. butter
- oil as needed
Prepare the Rice
You will need 1 cup of rice, bring a pot of water to boil, add salt and 1 tbsp. oil into it. Add rice that has been pre-soaked for 20mins. Boil until rice is almost done, drain the water and put the rice back into the pot. Cover and put to steam (on dum) for 15 minutes.
Prepare the Spaghetti
You will need 200gm spaghetti pasta. Boil as per package instructions, adding some salt and oil into the boiling water. Drain, then drizzle 1 tbsp. of oil on the pasta to prevent it from clumping together. Put in a hotpot and set aside.
For the Mayonnaise sauce
Mix all ingredients together and adjust taste. Set aside.
For the Chicken and Veggies Gravy
Heat the oil in a pan, add the onions and fry until they are translucent. Add the chicken, ginger and garlic paste. Fry for a few minutes until the chicken color changes. Then add the capsicum and carrots. Stir fry until the chicken is about done (should take about 8-10 minutes). Add the green chillies, chopped coriander, soya sauce, ketchup and lemon juice, plus chilli flakes, salt and pepper. Cook together for 2 minutes, then add the corn flour mixed in water. Lower the heat and let the gravy simmer for a few more minutes. You can add some extra water if you want extra gravy or if you find it too dry. Adjust taste and turn off the heat.
In a small pan, prepare the garlic and chilli topping. Take 3-4 cloves of garlic and chop them up into tiny bits. Then chop 2-3 green chillies. Add 1 tbsp. butter to the pan and let it melt, then add the garlic and chili. On low heat, fry these together for a few minutes until the aroma is great and the garlic is fried.
For the layering
Take a dish, pour the rice to cover the bottom. Then follow it with the spaghetti to cover the rice. Then pour the chicken gravy over the spaghetti. Drizzle the mayonnaise sauce all around the edges and some in the center. Finally sprinkle the buttery garlic and chilli all over and serve!
The dish can be reheated easily in the microwave, or you can prepare all the layers in advance and then give them a quick heating and pile them up just before serving.