My children, coming home from school, head straight to the kitchen looking for something to eat. A minute later, they trudge out looking disgusted, their expressions clearly screaming- Vegetables? Again? Ugh.

Now this (and I’m sure every mother can relate) is both worrying and problematic. I obviously can’t let them eat junk food everyday. And they shied away at the mere sight of vegetables. So how could I provide them with the proper nutrition they needed? Would it help if they didn’t see the veggies in their traditional form? Could I get them to eat the vegetables indirectly? It was worth a try.

One of my kids’ favourite dishes is pasta. So I decided to make that as healthily as possible. They would be happy with the taste and I would be satisfied by its nutritional benefits. A total win-win situation.

I prepared spaghetti in red bell pepper and tomato sauce with a slight Indian twist by adding grilled aubergines.

Both aubergines and bell peppers have high water content (about 90%), are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and dietery fibres.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4


  • Boiled whole wheat spaghetti- 250gms
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 large aubergine/eggplant diced
  • 2 medium sized tomato
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • Red pesto cheese- 50 gms
  • 6-8 garlic cloves
  • 6-8 almonds
  • Olive oil- 5 tablespoons
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cut the aubergine into equal medium sized pieces.
  2. In a grill pan, pour one tablespoon of olive oil and grill the dices.DSCN1069.JPG
  3. Red sauce preparation: Roast the bell pepper in the oven or directly on flame. Peel the skin and slice it. In a grinder, add the bell pepper, tomatoes, red pesto, garlic, almonds and black pepper and blend it into a fine paste.DSCN1046
  4. Take a non-stick pot pour olive oil into it and saute the onion.
  5. Add red sauce to the pot and after letting it simmer for 5 minutes add the spaghetti and mix it well.DSCN1062.JPG
  6. Add the grilled aubergine dices to the pot.
  7. Add salt and pepper.
  8. Take the pot off the flame after two minutes.
  9. Garnish with coriander.
  10. Serve hot.

Nosh farmiye…



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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Saad says:

    Wholesome, nutritious, very tempting .


  2. Sudha says:

    It was amazing I really loved it and appreciate it

    Liked by 1 person

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