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Meal in a box

 A pasta with some lentils and vegetables and cheese, of course! Perfect for dinner or for the lunchbox!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian


For the sauce - Part 1 ingredients

  • 1/2 cup moong dal yellow
  • 10 tomatoes ripe and red
  • 1/2 capsicum chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 bunch spinach

Part 2 ingredients

  • 1 onion large finely chopped
  • 1/2 capsicum finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Peas
  • 1/4 corn
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1/2 - 1 cup cheese grated
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tsp oregano or any other dried spices
  • to taste salt
  • 200 gm whole wheat pasta boiled


  • Wash and boil the moong dal in a cooker well. Mash it a bit.
  • Blanch the tomatoes for 2-3 minutes in boiling water.
  • Remove the skin and keep aside.
  • Par-boil rest of the Part 1 vegetables and then grind all the part 1 ingredients to make a smooth paste.
  • Heat the olive oil in a heavy bottom pan and then add onions to it.
  • Fry for 4-5 minutes till they start changing color.
  • Add the carrots, capsicum, peas and corn and stir fry for 5 minutes or so (You can also choose to parboil these veggies)
  • Add salt, pepper and oregano (You can also add some chilli flakes if you want it spicy)
  • Add the sauce prepared above and let it cook in medium flame for about 10 mins.
  • Add the shredded cheese and boiled pasta to it..Mix well and serve hot.


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