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Spaghetti stirfry, stirfry spaghetti????

Okay, so I interchange the name, depends on whichever comes to mind. spaghetti stirfry,stirfry spaghetti. this particular stirfry is a curry based veggie meal, I like it because its colorful and tasty and you can substitute just about any other veggie/meat/seafood if you get bored with one style of cooking it. Its also crunchy and interesting to eat....wide grin! In addition, you are assured of eating a good helping of veggies with your pasta. I bet a lot of people have tried this meal or something similar, I decided to put it on my blog when friends began to ask about the ingredients that made it so colourful.

Ingredients (please note that you can substitute with similar ingredients depending on your preference)

One packet of Spaghetti
1/2 of large can sweetcorn
2 large red bell peppers
1 large onion
2 large green peppers
 one bunch of spring onions
3 large carrots
a cup of raw peas(steamed) or a small can of peas
a cup of cooked chicken/meat/shrimps
crushed ginger and garlic (one teaspoon)
1 tablespoon of curry
1/2 teaspoon of thyme
3 large bayleaves
4  small seasoning cubes
2 tablespoons of chicken/beefstock
pinch of salt to taste


Procedure
Boil some water ,salt it a bit and pour the spaghetti into it.cook it till its al-dente(chewy but not soft).To achieve this, Stir occasionally to prevent the strands from sticking (clumping). boil for 6-8 minutes and drain the water, set it aside and work on the veggie mixture. you can run some cold water over the pasta while its draining,this will help rinse out some of the excess starch.


In a pan,add some oil or butter, add the grated ginger and garlic ,fry the onions and then add the carrots, the chicken or meat,and other ingredients.the peppers go in last to retain the colour and crunch. Add some beef/chicken stock to the mixture and the curry,thyme and some bayleaves.mix it and allow the ingredients to soak up the curry flavor. Allow to simmer for some minutes and pour in the cooked spaghetti, mix it evenly,ensuring that the mixture blends with the spaghetti properly. Remove the bayleaves and serve.

Note: Other veggies that work with this recipe are celery,mushrooms,cabbage.

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