My food onesie; ‘samosa filling’ macaroni and cheese

11 Nov

Samosa filling macaroni cheese

When I am tired and cold (which is pretty much every evening theses days) I want foods that will soothe me into my natural rhythm and it’s not always posh nosh. I am a fan of strange and superb concoctions, novel recipes that get the mind and the taste buds tingling…but when I am feeling this way, you know what I want. I want a hot water bottle, a blanket, cuddles, Mahabharata on the telly ( the only programme I watch these days) and some proper comforting and nostalgic comfort food. This is why I call it my food onsie.

What’s happened to me? Thinking back a few years I never wore my hair up when I was out, wore contact lenses only when socialising and mostly wore make up when I left the house. I went shopping for clothes regularly and knew about what was trending. I watched films and knew what was hot and not. And now?

Now I am cold and tired and I need more sleep. Last week I went to playgroup with snot on my shoulder and I wear leggings way too often. My hair is up because I don’t want it pulled and I wear glasses more than lenses. I wear cosy socks and thought of investing in a slanket (blanket with sleeves). I need sleep and comfort food that tastes hot and moderately spiced and just delicious. That’s it. Talk about the simple things eh?

This one is indulgent and is like eating a samosa in the rain. It just works. The vegetables are simple and easy, just how life should be. The mac is cheesy and the top is crunchy with breadcrumbs and its good. Just how life should be. Let me tell you, you won’t get the munchies after eating this dish…you will sleep well…just as we all should.

Ingredients to serve 4-6

600g macaroni
Half a medium head of cauliflower, cut into florets
75g petit pois
75g sweetcorn kernels
One medium onion, diced
100g green beans, cut into bite sized pieces
5-6 curry leaves
2 green chilies
Salt to taste
3/4 tsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin seeds
2tbsp, vegetable oil for cooking
1/2 tsp turmeric
One medium potato, diced
One medium leek, cut into bite sized chunks
120g mature cheese, grated plus another couple of handfuls for the topping
100g breadcrumbs
1200ml milk
20g butter
4tbsp. Plain flour


1. Boil the macaroni per the packet instructions. Wash and drain when it is cooked and leave it to a side.
2. In the meantime, heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin, turmeric, curry leaves and chilli. Let the seeds sizzle and then add the onion and salt. Sauté until the onion is softened and then add the rest of the vegetables.
3. Mix the vegetables in the oil well and then sprinkle in the garam masala. Cook until the potato is soft enough to pierce. This should take 10-12 minutes.
4. In the meantime, make the cheese sauce by melting the butter and adding the plain flour to make a soft paste. Loosen it up with a bit of oil if needed. Add the milk and whisk on a medium to low flame until the paste is absorbed into the milk. Then add the cheese and whisk lightly and loosely until the sauce thickens. Turn the heat off.
5. Take a deep and long baking tray and spread the macaroni into the tray. Combine it with the cooked vegetables and mic thoroughly. Introduce the cheese sauce and mix again. Sprinkle on the remaining cheese and and then top with the breadcrumbs, evenly.
6. Put the tray under the grill and brown lightly.

Serve hot and you won’t need a hot water bottle. Snooze afterwards if you can, it adds to the effect.

19 Responses to “My food onesie; ‘samosa filling’ macaroni and cheese”

  1. confusedbawarchis November 12, 2013 at 12:10 am #

    What a super twist on mac & cheese and even a samosa for that matter! We hope to try this soon! 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya November 12, 2013 at 7:46 am #

      Hello confused bawarrchis! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment on here! I appreciate it.

      I love this one, it’s really scrumptious, comforting and one for the whole family! Please do try it and send me a pic when you do. I hope you enjoy it! X

  2. Joanne November 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Totally comfort food! I love how fusion-y it is. It is crazy how much a few years can change your priorities!! I used to be much more into how I looked/what I was wearing/etc and now…I really couldn’t care less!

    • Deena Kakaya November 12, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

      Hello Joanne, it is so lovely to see a comment from you, thank you!

      This is my ultimate comfort food, it’s so good! I hope you’ll try it.

      Ha ha, so it’s not just me!! It’s an accomplishment just to get through the day nowadays x

  3. Spice Kitchen (@SpiceKitchenUK) November 12, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    Love the recipe Deena! Will definitely try this one out myself (but maybe for others as I am not big fan of cheese personally).

    Really hope our curry leaves made a difference.


    • Deena Kakaya November 12, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

      Thanks Sanjay, we had a load of people eat this yesterday and it went down a storm! Even my toddler ate it!

      You don’t like cheese? Omg, as the kids would say;)

      Your curry leaves were awesome, a little went a long way. Thanks again for sending them x

  4. geeta November 12, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    Gonna try it tonight Deena! I can’t cook but gonna try this one looks to yummy not to ! (Send my regards tto Rak). Geeta

    • Deena Kakaya November 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      Hi Geeta! I’m so glad that you stopped by to let me know that you are cooking this! It really is so comforting and delicious…enjoy it x

  5. annelifaiers November 12, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    This sounds really good. Comfort food with spices…I love it and am bookmarking to make soon. And your post has really made me smile….(I own a slanket and have been exactly where you are) How old is your child/children? And leg-ins are just fine 🙂 xx

    • Deena Kakaya November 12, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

      Lovely Anneli, so lovely to see a comment from you and I’m delighted that you’ll be making it. I hope you enjoy it lots, as we do xx

      You have a slanket, I want a heated one! My boy is 21months old going on 5? And your children? I miss feeling glam, but I can’t be bothered these days…leggings are comfy xxx

  6. eastofedencook November 12, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    Yes to comfort! Blankets, warm socks and slippers are all the rage in winter home fashion, LOL! And comfort food is a must! A fab winter dinner recipe!

    • Deena Kakaya November 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

      Lovely Deb! Big fluffy hi-five to you! I’ve definitely swapped glamour for comfort, even though I swore it wouldn’t happen to me post-baby!

      So glad you like the recipe, please do eat lashings of it xx

  7. Vanesther November 12, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    Oh yes please – a double serving over this way! And thanks for entering it into this month’s Family Foodies challenge – this would make a lovely lunchbox filler. My children would be absolutely delighted to find this in their packed lunch – as would I! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya November 12, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

      Glad you like it Vanesther! We all love this one in out family, it’s great pre-snooze food xx

  8. Lisa November 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    Oh, there it is! Total comfort food. Thanks for sharing. xo

    • Deena Kakaya November 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

      It was you! Do you know I was racking my brain trying to remember who asked me for it! I’m so glad you commented! It’s an awesome dish, I really hope you enjoy it xx

  9. Deena Kakaya March 7, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    Thank you so much for including my recipe x


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