This dish, learned it from my neighbor and good friend, Naju Firfiree, has become a family favorite. We lived next door to each other in Cape Town, South Africa when our children were very young. Naju is an excellent cook and baker as well as being a very caring mother and grandmother.
One afternoon my son, Shyam, 6 years old at that time spent the evening with her as we had to run an errand.When we went to fetch Shyam from Naju's home he was enjoying dinner. He had not quite finished, so he brought it home with him.
The dish smelled so good and looked very appetizing. We all stole small bites and found it so delicious. It was tasty and spicy and really, really yummy. At that time I felt embarrassed to tell Naju that we had all sampled the dinner she had given Shyam so I never asked her for the recipe.
However I tried imitating it and I think I was quite successful as my family liked my version of it as well. We always called it Naju's Spaghetti. Very recently I told Naju about all of this and she has kindly given me her recipe as well. This dish is very easy to make, yet satisfying and filling.
Spaghetti on plate with side dishes
Vegetables mixed with spaghetti in pot
Vegetables cooking in pot
Although I have used the vegetables described in the recipe, any vegetables may be used and in proportions that you prefer. Vegetables of varying colors add to the splendor of the dish. You may use just one vegetable as well. Serve this pasta dish with a salad, garlic bread, sauteéd olives or any side dish that you prefer.
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