Sin-A-Mon Tales

A chronicle of my kitchen experiments, a little healthy a little indulgent

A day for Baking

Myself, N and Ojas all of us love Pasta, and this is the simplest and frankly the most delicious pasta recpie… Works well with almost all pastas…  I have tried it with Frafalle, Penne, Fussili, Alphabet Pasta, the shells and it tastes well with everythin… ofcourse the colored alphabets are Ojas’s favorite are colored alphabets 😀


  • 1 cup pasta (I use whole wheat/semolina)
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped and blanched veggies (cabbage, capsicum, carrot, baby corn or whatever u like) also if u like ur veggies crisp skip the blanching I blanch more for Ojas
  • 1 onion chopped
  • handful of fresh oregano, thyme and basil (incase fresh is not there u can use dried variety)
  • Red chilli flakes and salt to taste
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp butter


  • Boil pasta as per instructions
  • Heat olive oil and butter in a pan
  • Add the herbs and onions and fry for 3-4 minute, the onions wont really turn brown because of olive oil and butter
  • Add the veggies and stir fry for 3-6 minutes depending on whether u blanched ur veggies or not
  • Add salt and red chilli flakes
  • Fry for another 2-3 minutes
  • Transfer to a baking dish, sprinkle the grated cheese
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for about 5 mins till the cheese is nicely melted
  • Serve hot


I usually take out my portion, spice it up with more chilli flakes, Tabasco before baking the rest…


I was in a baking mode today and also made yummy Banana muffins courtesy the Baking Buddies, I modified her recipe a little though…. instead of all maida… I made it 3/4 whole wheat flour and 1/4 maida and increased the eggs to 2… the result was healthier and still yummy muffins…


I also experimented with bread the first time in life… again with Mandy’s recipe… but what a disaster it was…Its edible but doesnt have the bread texture at all… My bread is shouting for help Mandy…. feel there was some problem with the way I handled yeast or the yeast I bought because the dough didnt raise at all even after keeping for 4 hours… we have to use dry yeast only na? Mandy, Smitha help please here…

49 comments on “A day for Baking

  1. Aathira
    September 26, 2009

    That pasta looks yumm…

  2. Just call me 'A'
    September 26, 2009

    You are on a roll. So many goodies and that too I see them on an empty stomach :(. I love the combination of colors in all the pic and how it’s making the post so colorful. And your header is beautiful.

    • monikamanchanda
      September 26, 2009

      he he he

      see mine wednesday’s and friday posts are fixed rest I guess I have gone mad… think I should slow down?


  3. shilpadesh
    September 26, 2009

    Third! The pasta looks drool-worthy!

  4. Swaram
    September 26, 2009

    We shud hv come home for lunch! White magic ws nothing in front of Monu’s magic 😉

    BTW lady, u hv awards waiting for u 😉 Pls collect them plsssssssss 🙂

    • monikamanchanda
      September 26, 2009

      he he I gave u guys offer too!!!!

      hey will hop over for the awards… been running very busy but soooooooooooon I will come

  5. Indian Homemaker
    September 26, 2009

    I will definitely need to add exra chilli and tabasco to my portion 🙂 Am making it this evening, Daughter will love it too!!

    My Daughter and Son are the newest bakers in the house so I will show them the Banana Muffins too. I only use whole wheat atta and saffola/mustard oil or olive oil Monika, my kids have never had cakes and rock buns (cookies) made from maida (when cooked at home) but never tried this with muffins! Def. going to try …!! Thanks!

    • monikamanchanda
      September 26, 2009

      IHM let me know if u liked it…. and i hope she likes it too

      wow that shld be good , daughter and son baking for u 😉 ya me too usually make cookies with whole wheat only but muffins i tried for the first time

  6. Smitha
    September 26, 2009

    Wow, Monika, Baking day sounds delicious! The pasta sound delish too! I will give this a try. I make something similar – but I don’t bake it – just a stir through pasta. Will try baking it like this next. Poohi and I love pasta – so we make it every so often 🙂

    Banana muffins! I have to bake -have been trying to stay away from baking 😦 Yesterday, Poohi wanted cake – so I baked a micro cake in a coffee cup – but it was nothing like the real thing 😦

    About your bread – it does look like a problem with the yeast – for me it rose very easily. The yeast I used needed to be activated in warm water/milk. But from what I have seen, there are some yeast that can be added directly without activating and some that need activating.. So it must be a yeast issue, I guess. Am sure it will turn out fine the next time.

    • monikamanchanda
      September 26, 2009

      ya same here and plus the fact that in dishes like pasta and all veggies are easier to get inside… try the bake

      me is baking but not eating… but i did give in for a small bite of muffin though…

      u think so abt the bread na… let me do some research and try again

  7. Tara
    September 26, 2009

    i never bothered to note the names of diff pasta 🙂 .. I know them today, courtesy monu !
    I love pasta too.. will try this after navmi..

    • monikamanchanda
      September 26, 2009

      he he I am fascinated by Pasta’s dear… I keep buying all shapes and then reading on them

  8. Joy
    September 26, 2009

    The pasta looks yummmmmmy… I’ll definitely try this one out… Thanks for sharing the recipe…

    • monikamanchanda
      September 27, 2009

      wow welcome to the club… we shld all form a group where we can exchange recipe and tips

  9. Reema
    September 27, 2009


  10. daddysan
    September 27, 2009

    Ooh nice recipes..I just made Whole wheat Banana Bread day before time I’ll try your muffins recipe..

    Aas for the bread, I think yeast must be the problem. When I used to bake back in India I also used to face the same problem with dry yeast.

    I finally went to a small local bakery and bought yeast from them , wrapped it into small portions and froze them. That way they kept for some time too.

  11. daddysan
    September 27, 2009 this is a good site for whole wheat baking recipes.
    and oh by the way…its me avanti 🙂 commented by mistake from Neerajs login..

    • monikamanchanda
      September 27, 2009

      hey will check out the site and thanks for telling I was wondering wow two bakers in the same house 😉

  12. umsreflections
    September 27, 2009

    The pasta looks absolutely delicious….lip smacking…am going to do it for my girls right now !!! 🙂

    And those yummy muffins – you used atta more and maida less – thats a gud try – I shld also do that !!!! Atta is better than the refined maida !!!! 🙂

  13. pixie
    September 27, 2009

    Header is lovely Monu!! 🙂

    And the pasta looks delicious. Can I use the microwave for this?

    And baking – yummy!
    The cookies were delicious the other day! 🙂 🙂
    I wish I had taken a couple more of them!! 😉


    • monikamanchanda
      September 28, 2009

      thanks dear i think microwave shld be ok…

      i told u take more now they are over 😉 will call u next time I make some


  14. hitchwriter
    September 27, 2009

    Fantastic Header… !!!! I will have my pics loaded once I am back !!!!! 😀 😀 😀

    Wow… new recipes !!!! and again items that sound yum to me… !!!! 😀 😀

    • monikamanchanda
      September 28, 2009

      he he I know u will come with a whole lot of them… meis turning totally green :mrgreen:

      he he do try and let me know if u liked them

  15. mandira
    September 27, 2009

    hey Mon! sexy looking pasta there.. dont worry too much about the bread… it takes a while to get it right.. sent u a mail…. check it out. 🙂

  16. mandira
    September 27, 2009

    btw, i have always wanted to try cakes/muffins with atta.. never had the guts.. it turns out ok na?

    • monikamanchanda
      September 28, 2009

      oh yes they were yummy made 12 of them and got over the same day 😉

  17. Butterfly
    September 28, 2009

    Yum! I am all for baking! I am going to try these out. Especially the banana muffins. Awesome!

  18. richajn
    September 28, 2009

    Any left overs? Can I drop by!?!?
    Am so impressed with your baking skills!

    Do u have any recipies for pasta sauce? They like it soaked in sauce in my house (goosh included!) and my sauces turn out terrible. So afar the best sauce I made was outta a packet – Maggi Rich Tomato Soup! 🙂

  19. Meira
    September 28, 2009

    Gee, never thought I could bake pasta too. Will try 🙂
    Have never baked muffins….should experiment I guess. These look awesome 😀

    • monikamanchanda
      September 28, 2009

      wow i would be very happy if i could tempt u into try baking 😉 go for it girl

  20. Nova
    September 28, 2009

    Yummyyyyyy!!! Love pasta too 🙂 Let me try this one out! 🙂

  21. suma
    September 28, 2009

    oh my the header pic is beautiful…and we love pasta too, i try to make it atleast once in a week…

  22. Tara
    September 28, 2009

    i said na i will try this.. went to buy cheddar cheese yday and there were around 15 kinds of cheddar cheese.. I missed having your no. to call u right there n find which one do u use for that taste u so dearly love.

    I just bought one randomly.. it tastes fine and will use in pasta soon..

    right now i feel like doing a research online on cheddar cheese. The supermarkets here are only good to confuse me

    • monikamanchanda
      September 28, 2009

      LOL I know when I go to the cheese counter of the super market I feel the same, I usually buy the simplest britannia cheddar cheese for this and the other fancier varieties for special occasions or to have with wine…

      hey do that and share the results it would be good

  23. Crafty Shines
    September 28, 2009


    😀 i have an off today monu, and am planning to bake! its been such a looong while!!!

    that pasta sure looks yummmm! and co-incidence! me made it for breakfast 😀 😀 😀

    no cheese tho 😐

    i made fusilli with bell peppersa and baby corn, and only seasoned it with parsley and oregano… and made white sauce for it 😀

    damn! i shud have clicked!! 😛 if bakin goes well, will click it! 😀 😀

    those banana mufins from baking buddies me also tried! i will give ur atta version a go! like mandy, me too didn’t have guts to have a go with wheat! but they look yummmm!!!



  24. Solilo
    September 28, 2009

    Drool baby Drool! Me likes Pasta. Easy and yum!

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