Sicilian Aubergine-e-Raisin Fusilli with Capers   2 comments

I made this dish after a gap of approximately 2 months inspired by a very interesting magazine I laid my Hands on (BBC Good Food India). This comes with a very distinctive flavor of the Sicilian Cuisine with Raisins, Capers, Olives and Walnuts. Aubergine, an essential vegetable used in Sicilian dishes, adds a great flavor in the sauce delicately touched with hues of Italian Red Wine (Vinegar). It is not your classic pasta sauce and is definitely a must try, even if simply to enjoy the amazing tastes from Sicily.

-:Ingredients:-

250 gm Al Dentè Fusilli Pasta
¼ cup grated Cheddar Cheese (or Parmesan Cheese)
1 Tbsp freshly chopped Mint
1 tsp freshly chopped Parsley (or ½ tsp Dried Parsley)
1 tsp freshly chopped Marjoram (Marua leaves; or ½ tsp Dried Oregano)
2 Tbsp Dry Raisins (Small Brown Raisins)
1 Tbsp Walnuts (roughly chopped)
3-4 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
2 tsp Tomato Ketchup
2 tsp Tomato Puree
½ tsp Red Chilli Powder
½ tsp Pepper
½ tsp Sugar
½ cup Water
Salt to taste
Italian Seasoning to garnish
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1-2 cloves Garlic (minced)
1 ½ Tbsp Capers (roughly chopped)
5-6 Green Olives (deseeded & diced)
1 small dried Red Chilli (crushed & chopped)
3-4 medium Tomatoes (peeled and coarsely chopped)
1 medium Onion (finely chopped)
5-6 small aubergines (eggplant; quartered into 2 cm cubes)

-: Recipe :-

  1. Heat 2-3 Tbsp olive oil in a frying pan and start browning the aubergines. Once cooked, remove them on some paper to absorb the extra oil.
  2. In the same non-stick pan, heat ½ Tbsp olive oil. Add garlic, onion and crushed red chilli and gently cook until onion starts turning golden. Add marjoram and parsley and stir well.
  3. In another frying pan, heat ½ Tbsp of olive oil and fry the raisins till they puff up.
  4. Add the aubergines and puffed raisins to the onion mixture and mix .
  5. Add the tomatoes and tomato puree along with salt, pepper, sugar and red chilli powder and cook on a medium heat while stirring regularly for 15 minutes till the sauce thickens and flavours come together. Add some water in between to maintain consistency.
  6. Meanwhile, put up the Pasta to boil till Al Dentè.
  7. Add capers, olives and the vinegar to the gravy. Mix and leave it on a low heat while stirring regularly for another 5 minutes. Add tomato ketchup in the end and mix well.
  8. Toss the pasta in the sauce and bring it off the heat.
  9. Garnish with Walnuts, Mint and Italian Seasoning.
  10. Top it with some Cheddar or Parmesan and Enjoy the Ultimate Experience 🙂

-: Tips :-

  • After taking the Al Dentè  pasta out of the colander, add some tadka in it to make it fresh and zesty. Tadka can be made by heating butter and adding few pinches of chilli powder, salt and pepper and frying that in the heated butter for a few seconds before adding that to the pasta.
  • To easily peel off tomatoes and boil them quickly, first heat water to boiling levels. Take tomatoes and slit them in a cross hair fashion for about 1-2 cms from the bottom and add to the boiling water. Take out after about 12-15 secs and wash with cold water. Peel off and chop it accordingly.
-: Pictures :-
Sicilian Aubergine-e-Raisin Fusilli with CapersSicilian Aubergine-e-Raisin Fusilli with Capers
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Posted March 26, 2012 by Rahul in Italian, Recipes

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2 responses to “Sicilian Aubergine-e-Raisin Fusilli with Capers

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  1. how many calories in a grapefruit, Hi! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the excellent work!

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  2. The ingredients seem to be so tasty and flavorsome , its easy to guess the final outcome.truly a * * * * * * * dish

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