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Spaghetti with Bean Balls

Serves 2

You will need

1. Kidney beans soaked and boiled- 1 cup
2. Spaghetti
3. Vegetables like carrots, beans and capsicum- half cup each
4. Tomato puree
5. Pepper powder
6. Oregano
7. Thyme
8. Salt to taste
9. Corn flour
10. Oil, preferably olive oil
11. Red chillies
12. Garlic
13. Bread crumbs

Chop all the vegetables length-wise and keep them aside. (Don’t forget to lid them!)
Simultaneously, get the spaghetti ready. I used the typical Blue Bird variety that is available in most grocery stores across India
Now in a vessel, bring water to a rolling boil, add salt to taste and a little oil and then the required amount of dry spaghetti. The oil prevents the spaghetti from sticking to each other. Let it boil for 10 minutes after which drain the spaghetti and keep aside

For the bean balls -
Boil the kidney means for a good 15-20 minutes. Make sure you do not add salt while cooking them. Salt comes later
Now mash the cooked kidney beans thoroughly. Add salt, breadcrumbs, corn flour and other seasoning make into small even shaped balls
Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the bean-balls. A healthy variant could be to bake them; but I preferred to fry. :-D
Keep the fried bean-balls aside

For the Sauce 
Heat oil in a pan. Sauté garlic till golden.
Now add the vegetables and stir fry till they change colour
Add the tomato puree and let it simmer for 4-5 minutes on a low flame
Season with salt, pepper, thyme and oregano
Your sauce is done

On a plate take the required amount of spaghetti. Put a little sauce on it, mix well and place the bean-balls in the centre and serve hot. Enjoy on a chilly night after soup