How to make Chilli Infused Ravioli Pasta Dough
1 tsp Hekpoort Heksie Chillies
pinch of salt
½ T water
1. Mix Chillies and eggs together in a mixing bowl with a fork
2. Get a medium sized bowl and add flour and salt. Make a well in the center and add the egg mixture slowly. Mix with a knife until it forms a stiff dough and add a little water if needed.
3. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes until the dough is elastic and smooth.
4. Wrap the dough in Cling wrap and allow to sit for about 30 mins.
5. Make the filling of your choosing while you wait for the dough.
6. Once the dough is ready, roll it out on the floured surface and cut with a round cookie cutter or glass jar, fill the ravioli with your desired filling and fold over , washing the edges with an egg wash.
7. Boil the ravioli for 5-7 minutes.
8. Season with some fresh basil leaves.
You can choose what filling you would like but because the chilli flavour is in the pasta dough, a cream cheese or ricotta cheese filling is recommended but you can add meat instead. Ricotta and spinach are a great combination.
Roll the pasta out so that it is not too thick that it doesnt cook through or too thin that it breaks in the boiling water. If you do make a double batch do not put it all in the pot at the same time as it could stick together. And add a little oil into the water when boiling.
Home made, fresh Pasta is always much tastier than bought pasta! If you do not have a Kenwood pasta maker or old school pasta machine, Ravioli is an easy and fun way to make Pasta. Get the whole family involved in the cooking of this meal. This recipe serves 4 people. Double the recipe if you having a small dinner party. It can even be served as a starter to a fun Italian evening
What is Chilli Con Carne?
Directly translated from Spanish it is “Chilli with meat”, carne meaning meat.
It is a stew of minced beef and beans with chillies and or chillie powder added. It is a delicious yet economical meal, a typical American meal that can be served in a number of ways and is enjoyed in many parts of the world.
The origin of Chilli Con Carne
Chilli dates back to the late 1800’s and originated in Northern Mexico and Southern Texas. Before the world wars, there were hundreds of ‘Chilli parlors’, also known as ‘Chilli joints’ and each one claimed to have their own unique spin on Chilli Con Carne.
What Ingredients go into Chilli Con Carne?
The basic ingredients include Beef mince, Red Kidney beans, Onions, Tomatoes, Garlic, Salt, Pepper, Paprika and of course Chilli but every recipe has its own variation. Sometimes it is topped with grated cheddar cheese or sour cream. It can be served over pasta or with tortillas. It often goes well with nachos.
Some interesting facts
Finally, originating in Mexico, this dish is so well loved it has become popular all around the world.
Nigella, Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey have even put their spin on it and developed their own recipes. It is a healthy, tasty and economical family meal that everyone loves.
“delectable Chile-con-carne… composed of delicate meats minced with aromatic herbs and the
poignant chile Colorado — a compound full of singular saver and a fiery zest…”
O. Henry ‘The Enchanted Kiss’
Not everyone likes chillies but they are not only tasty but are unique and interesting too. Chillies are remarkable plants from their origin to their uses. There are so many facts about chillies that you have probably never heard of before.
Here are 11 facts you may not know
In conclusion, Chillies have a long history, have travelled all over the world and enriched many a dinner plate. Chillies on a pizza, in a Red Thai Chicken Curry or a South African traditional bunny chow, make any meal tantalizing.
Chillies are members of the nightshade family, scientifically known as Capsicum Annuum. There is a wide range of chillies from the mild and sweet Pepperdew to the flaming hot Carolina Reaper. (Be careful, this one could land you in the hospital! ) Jalapeno, Serrano, Red Cayenne Pepper and Birdseye Chillies are most used in foods. Depending on your own personal tastes, you might choose a range between mild, medium and hot. Besides the taste, there are many health benefits to eating chillies.
Capsaicin is the compound found in Chillies that promotes weight loss. It reduces cravings and increases your metabolism. They can even kill certain bacteria in the gut and aid in eliminating intestinal problems. The presence of Vitamin B6 also helps with weight loss. Just 10g intake of chillies can significantly help burn fat. Green chillies contain zero calories.
Red Chillies have a high content of Vitamin C which is an antioxidant and boosts immune function. It also has vitamin A or beta-carotene which helps improve your eyesight. It also aids in immune system function. Capsaicin has antibacterial properties as well. This helps clear nasal Congestion and fight Sinus infections.
Chillies contain Potassium which increases blood flow. They contain Iron which is vital for new red blood cell formation. They also contain Folic acid which also fights anaemia and helps the production of red blood cells. Vitamin K1 maintains healthy Kidneys and is essential for blood clotting. Eating chillies regularly can reduce the risk of heart disease.
In conclusion, Chillies are not only tasty but contain great quantities of vitamins and minerals which will keep you healthy. There are plenty of other benefits I have not even mentioned. So look up some recipes to include your favourite chillies into your mealtime preparations.