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Indian Style Masala Pasta

Masala pasta is a delicious and flavorful Indian style pasta with curried vegetable masala. This is a super quick recipe that you can make in 20 minutes, vegan and gluten free too. This is such a kid friendly pasta recipe that you can pack in lunch or serve for quick dinner.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: continental, Indian
Keyword: masala pasta
Servings: 3
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Harini


  • 1.5 cups pasta any variety
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste or minced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions chopped fine
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes chopped fine
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro lraves
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice


Cooking pasta

  • Bring a large pot of water to rolling boil.
  • Add few drops of oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mix well.
  • Add the measured pasta and mix well.
  • Once cooked, drain excess water after reserving around 1/4 cup pasta cooked water.Keep covered until use.

Making Masala For Pasta

  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan over medium heat. Add cumin seeds.
  • Next add slit green chili, minced ginger garlic. Saute for a minute.
  • Add sliced onions and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Now add finely chopped tomatoes. For a super smooth pasta you can blanch and puree the tomatoes but for quick weeknight dinners, I just add chopped tomatoes.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder, ground coriander, ground cumin.
  • Mix well and saute for 7-8 minutes or until the tomatoes are well cooked and oil separates from sides. Add chopped vegetables and mix well.
  • Add salt to taste and cook for another 5-6 minutes or until the vegetables turn soft.

How To Make Masala Pasta

  • Now once the veggies are well cooked, add the cooked pasta. Now add 2-3 tablespoons of pasta cooked water and mix well.
  • Toss well, add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and lemon juice. Adjust salt if required.
  • Mix well and serve Indian style masala pasta hot.



  • While cooking pasta do add few drops of oil to avoid sticking and breaking of cooked pasta.
  • Adding few tablespoons of pasta cooked water prevents the dish from getting dry and also makes it more tasty.
  • You can any of your favorite vegetables like corn, peas in this recipe. It will be attractive to kids too.
  • If not vegan, you can use butter to saute the veggies to enhance flavor. On the same note you can also add some cream after cooking veggies.
  • You can double the recipe.


Serving: 3g | Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3210IU | Vitamin C: 76mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1.1mg