Americans have wonderfully adapted many of other cuisines into some of their own classics. I have always been curious about many cuisines and have tried to make use of the best of it into my own cooking. This American adapted Italian Cuisine - Spaghetti with Meat balls has been further adapted by me for a healthy and vegetarian dish as Spaghetti with bean balls.
This is very versatile and can be used with varied combinations. I have used so many different twists to it and it remains unblemished! Among so many types out there, this is my version.
Soak the beans in cold water,after cleaning it,for at least 6-7 hrs. Cook it in a pressure cooker well.Soak the bread in milk for 2 min.
Once cooked,drain excess water if any.Dont throw it away. Now grind the beans in a processor, or mash it well and you can use the drained water in case needed here. Add chopped onions along with rest of the ingredients for making the bean balls.
The consistency should allow to make balls of it.If v thick use some of the drained water, otherwise use some cornflour to make it thicker. Make big balls and fry them till brown.
In the same pan add onion,garlic,ginger and tomatoes and cook them till tomatoes get all soft and mushy.
Add tomato puree,ketchup and cook for a few more min. Then add milk and make into a gravy consistency. You can use the pasta water instead of plain.
Jus 5 min before serving add the balls into the gravy and then place the spaghetti in a plate and place the balls and gravy on top, or any way you choose. This is healthy and wholesome
You can use different ingredients for making balls, be it lots of vegetables, or indian cottage cheese ( paneer ) or jus bread. It works well with all. The bean balls also taste very good as a evening snack with some chutney.
We(my family) were very skeptical when I started making this dish, but the outcome was mouth watering. I love the richness of this dish and going to try with different style of beans. We had little trouble with the bonding of bean balls as the onions started giving out water, we used some corn starch to bond them together. Also we deep fried in one of the authentic south indian utensil called kuzhi panniyaram chatti, It takes very less oil and cooks quickly too.
Used up some leftover Aloo ki sabji to make the balls, in addition to the beans and other ingredients. Really yummy!!
Also, I added some tabasco and herbs to the sauce.
I wish I'd made more sauce though. Since the recipe has no indication of the amt of spaghetti, my estimates went a bit wrong :(
Will surely make this dish again, with the right amt of spaghetti and sauce :)
No its actually not. But you can use kidney beans instead too :) --DK