My new secret ingredient

13 May

I discovered this little wonder just a few weeks back. I knew it existed out there. I had seen it, picked it up for a closer look multiple times. I had also put it away with a sense of guilt. In my mind, no self-respecting cook with decent culinary skills would even think of using GARLIC POWDER!! My mom would surely disown me if she ever found out. So I am going to keep it that way unless she reads this post and I’ll just have to settle for being the black sheep of the family who uses garlic powder. In the past, I would have been ashamed of the fact but now I am going to say, ‘SO BE IT’ after having discovered the usefulness of the secret garlic weapon.

My guilt is lessened by the fact that I am using it in quick-fix-meals that need to be fixed quickly, so the lesser you have to deal with, the better, without really compromising the taste. Here is a very simple and easy pasta recipe



1 onion

1 green bell pepper

1 can of olives, drained

olive oil

grated parmesan cheese

your favorite pasta (I used egg noodles)

salt and pepper


crushed red pepper (optional)


Chop the onion and bell pepper length-wise and saute over olive oil until semi soft. Add salt to taste. Cook the pasta in boiling water mixed with salt. Drain. Add cold water (to stop further cooking) and drain again. Mix with the vegetables, add the drained olives, grated cheese and more olive oil if you like. Now add the GARLIC POWDER and see the wonderful transformation in the taste. Add crushed pepper for extra hotness. Voila, ready to serve!

I love my new secret ingredient 🙂


6 Responses to “My new secret ingredient”

  1. Swaram May 13, 2009 at 11:34 pm #

    Hey! Congrats on ur new discovery 🙂

    Back from a vacation is it?

    • ashwinideo May 14, 2009 at 12:04 am #

      You guessed right, I was out of town for a wedding. Still hungover from the stress and bad weather!

  2. Varun Shridhar May 14, 2009 at 11:07 am #

    a pasta different from the ones I normally make… gonna try that out this weekend! thanks! and hey…forayed into food bloggin huh? nice! So Jiya must be enjoyin her meals eh? 🙂

  3. aswathi May 14, 2009 at 10:49 pm #

    Need a bit of more explanation…..So do real cooks, like your mom use Garlic instead of Garlic powder ? Sorry yaar to be a tubelight….Flickr..Flickr…

    • ashwinideo May 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm #

      I have grown up seeing all the real cooks around me use real garlic. Well, that does not mean that people who do not use real garlic arent real cooks. What do you use?

  4. Swaram May 18, 2009 at 5:42 am #

    Tagged you 🙂

    Would love to read your version if it interests you 🙂

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