Sunday, October 3, 2010

Curried Shell Pasta salad with Yogurt & an Award

The classic macaroni salad uses Mayo as the main ingredient in the dressing. Mayo has eggs and more calories to contribute!

So why not substitute mayo with yogurt? The Greeks and Lebanese use yogurt with pasta, so why not me?

So, I did it!  This  is an excellent, to die for pasta salad with home made yogurt. It was so creamy and did not fail in the taste. This salad tasted even better once chilled.
So here is a quick and easy pasta salad for any time of the day, for those busy bees out there! I also threw a hand full of black eyed beans left over from the previous day.

Get ready:

  • 2 hand full of shell pasta (dry one), cooked aldente
  • 1/4 onion chopped
  • 1/4 red pepper diced
  • 1/2 samll jalapeno
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp sambhar powder
  • 3-4 tbsp low fat yogurt
  • Cilantro 1 tbsp chopped.
  • salt to taste.


  • In a bowl mix the yogurt, cilantro and salt to taste. Keep aside
  • Keep the cooked pasta aside.
  • In a pan, add oil. When hot saute the onions and jalapeno till the onions are translucent.
  • Add the red pepper, black eyed beans and sambhar powder and saute for a few minutes.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Toss the sauted onion, pepper mix  into  the pasta and yogurt dressing .
  • Serve chilled.

PS: You may also add some grated ginger or green peas as per your taste. the options are endless!

Akila of Learning to cook passed me this award. I am so humbled and would like to give her a big thank you. She has an excellent collection of recipes and please check it out.

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 Food For Thought!!

priya mitharwal
Priya Suresh


  1. Congratulations on the award.Curried pasta dish looks very interesting and delicious.

    Pushpa @

  2. Hi Priya,

    Congrats on your award!!May you get many more!!Thanx for sharing it with me dear!!:)

    The curried pasta is so creamy and yummy...Can i dig in!!


  3. Congrats dear...thanx for sharing this lovely award with me...:)

    Tasty Appetite

  4. Congrats Priya, thanks for sharing with me, adding sambar powder in salad sounds very new and awesome...Irresistible pasta salad..

  5. congrats priya for winning this award....thank u for sharing this award with me...its really great n means a lot to me...pasta salad looks creamy n delicious..yummy


  6. Congrats on your award..pasta salad looks yummy

  7. Nice Indian twist..I love this version with yogurt n sambhar powder!
    Congrats on the award..well deaserved and thanks a lot for sharing the same with me..appreciated!

    US Masala

  8. Sambar powder and yogurt flavored pasta salad looks very delicious.Love the colorful pic.Bookmarked.Congratulations on your award and thank you for sharing it with me.

  9. hi priya,

    Congrats dear for the awards and u deserves this...Thanks for sharing it with me.

    Pasta luks really delicious...

  10. Dear Priya,
    Congratulations ! You well deserve this and I wish many more for you in future.
    Thanks for sharing this with me. I appreciate your gesture :)

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,

  11. What a lovely n creamy pasta..n luv d addition of sambhar pow!Now glad to follow u..


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