Monday, February 2, 2015

Fusilli pasta salad Recipe - How to make pasta salad

salad in a serving bowl
Fusilli Pasta salad with carrot, green peas and cauliflower recipe - Pasta salad is the most easiest and simple to cook dish. Being a dry dish, it is easily packable in lunch box or it can be carried while travelling.

This salad is to be served as a breakfast dish or evening tea time snack, with a cup of coffee, tea or  juice. Pasta itself is not so flavorful. So, to enhance the flavor in the dish, I have made seasoning with green chillies, split bengal gram, curry leaves and onions.

For adding taste and nutrients, I have also used carrots, cauliflower and green peas in this salad. Several other varieties of dishes can be made with pasta and I will post those recipes in due course. 

Fusilli Pasta Salad Recipe
pasata salad in a serving bowl.
Prep time : 10 mins
Cook time : 10 mins
Total time : 20 mins
Recipe type : Breakfast
Cuisine : Indian
Yield : Serves 2
Author : Vidya Chandraha

  • 1 cup fusilli pasta
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Fistful of  chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 lemon
For the tempering
  • 1tbsp oil
  • 2 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 3/4 tsp split  bengal gram / chana dal
Fusilli pasta salad - step by step pictures

1.  In a deep vessel, dissolve 1 tsp of salt in 3 glasses of water. Boil the pasta in this salted water till tender. 
pasta boiled in salted water
2.  Drain the extra water and set aside. In another vessel, boil the carrot, green peas and cauliflower till soft. Drain the extra water and mix the boiled vegetables with the boiled and drained pasta. Keep it aside.
pasta and vegetable boiled and drained
3.  Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan.  Add the green chillies, curry leaves and the split bengal grams, saute for 1 minute.  Add the chopped onions and saute till the onions become soft.

4.  Add the boiled pasta along with boiled  green peas, carrot and cauliflower. Add the salt, sugar and saute for 2 minutes.
tempering the onions to make pasta salad
5.  Add the chopped coriander leaves and mix well.  
corinader added to boiled pasta
6.  Cook covered on low flame for 3 - 4 minutes. Stir in between to prevent it from burning. 
cilantro added to pasta salad
Remove and add the lemon juice. Mix and serve the pasta saalad hot.
pasata salad in a serving bowl.


  1. Wonderful pasta salad!! reminded me of making this thanks for sharing :)

  2. Healthy pasta dish... Loved the colour...

  3. Healthy pasta salad recipe . Will try this

  4. Good salad,I just love anything with pasta

  5. Yummy and Colorful Salad! Perfect for Lunchboxes!


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