Wednesday 8 June 2011

Recipe ramble – pasta in almond and apricot sauce

My fellow volunteer Corey who is based in Koraput came to visit over the past few days to help set up our LAN in the office. He bought with him a bunch of requested goodies from Omar’s shop in Koraput – tins of tuna, olive oil, walnuts, almonds, apricots, pasta – all things I can’t get here in Rayagada.
Today, after a particularly frustrating day, full of equipment failures, power  and internet outages, when all the work you must complete requires the internet :( , I felt like I needed a treat for lunch. What to choose? So many temptations! Ok so why not mix some of the temptations together?  Hence recipe invention time.


a handful of pasta – penne, bows, twists etc.
one onion – chopped
4-5 dried apricots, chopped into halves or quarters
small handful of almonds, ground.
a spoonful of cream


Cook the pasta in a good stock. I used chicken stock. When the pasta is cooked there should be almost no liquid left
Add the chopped apricots to the cooking pasta so they they imbibe the stock.
Gently fry the chopped onion in a little ghee until the onion is soft.  Add to the cooked pasta.
Take off the heat and stir in a couple of spoonfuls of the ground almonds, and the cream.
Serves 1.

Taste verdict

Lovely! If you are missing creamy sauces and delicate flavours, this is a real treat


  1. Glad to see Amar is still doing VSO vols proud - good on him!

  2. Yes all except muesli which he has not had now for some time and I'm down to my last helping!