Thursday, May 26, 2022

Rihaakuru pasta

First of all, My heart is heavy about the school shooting that happened in Texas. I know there are so many kids already dying in War-torn Syria, and Afganistan and even Ukraine. But no child should die, regardless of their race, gender or religion. It's a child for crying out loud, what is his or her crime? 

My heart goes out to any parent who looses their child too soon, not even too soon to be a live when your own child dies before you is heartbreaking. 

Anyway, today's recipe is inspired by  a similar recipe that was shared by a recipe shared by a friend of mine. This recipe  is a fusion pasta recipe, where rihaakuru or fish paste is used to make the sauce.  I used that recipe and also Marion Grasby's pantry pasta as a guide. 

So one afternoon I decided to make this recipe, just for myself, both boys were having lunch at school and hubby was on duty, so why not right? 

RECIPE: Rihaakuru pasta for one

1/2 small onion, finely chopped

1 fat clove of garlic, finely chopped

1 tiny piece of scotch bonnet pepper , finely chopped ( depends on how spicy you like it)

6 curry leaves, roughly chopped or torn up

1/2 tbsp rihaakuru

1/4 cup water

Some canned tuna. I used a little less than 1/2 can., flaked

a good handfull of spaghetti

water to cook the spaghetti, 


thelulifaiy to serve

Vegetable oil 3 tbsp

Instructions : 

1. Bring a large pan with water to boil, add 2 tsp salt and add the spaghetti and cook until al dente', drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water.

2. While the pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large frying pan or wok, and fry the onions until they start to go translucent.

3. Add the garlic, curry leaves and scotch bonnet pepper. Cook for a minute or so. 

4. Now stir in the rihaakuru   and mix it into the onion mixture along with  a little water.  Then flake in the tuna and stir it around. Add half of the pasta water that you reserved into the sauce and let it come simmer a few minutes.

5. Stir in the pasta and toss it well. Add in the remaining pasta water, so you get a nice loose texture, just enough to cling the sauce to the pasta. 

I didn't add cheese, because its already got a lot of sauce and I don't think the cheese and rihaakuru will pair well. 

When serving stir in theluli faiy ( fried moringa leaf mixture)into the pasta and serve immediately.  

A little lime juice right at the end really brings out the flavors. 

1 comment:

  1. The world is getting crazy...can't imagine the Grief of those parents who lost their child..just awful. The pasta looks very comforting!


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