Easy way of styling a dish – Ricotta spinach tortellini with Makhani sauce.

tortallini-makhani-3If you go to a good restaurant you could see they have used many techniques to embellish the dish to stimulate your appetite. One of the main components of this food styling is the focal point of your plating. That is where mainly our eyes get attracted. It can be either in the centre, or on the sides of the plate. Here in this simple recipe I am showing these with few tortellini pastas and basil leaves.


tortallini-makhani5Shapes of some food items are great, especially pastas. Pastas like tortellini, ravioli, fusilli, farfalle are great in plate presentations. Here I have used ricotta spinach tortellini with makhani sauce.tortallini-makhani2

Pastas used – Ricotta spinach tortellini and spaghetti

Sauce – Makhani sauce

Recipe for Makhani sauce

Makhani sauce is one of the favourites’ among Indian sauces. It is a delicately flavoured sauce which has a taste of tomatoes, aromatic spices, butter and cream.

Serves 3- 4

Preparation time – 15 minutes

Cooking time – 25 minutes


Tomatoes – 2 nos (chopped)
Onion –2 nos  (chopped)
Green chilli – 1
Cashew nuts – 8 to 10
A small piece stone flower – small piece
Bay leaves – 2 nos
Cloves – 2 nos
Green cardamom – 2 nos
Black cardamom – 1 nos
A small piece of mace
Butter – 3 tsp
Oil – 2 tsp
A pinch of sugar
Fresh cream- ¼ cup
Roasted kasoori methi (powdered) ¼ tsp
1) Soak the cashew nuts in warm water for half an hour and grind to make a smooth paste.

2) Boil onion, tomatoes and green chilli together. Cool and grind to a smooth paste.

3) Mix butter and oil together in a pan and heat them.

4) Add all the whole spices and sauté on low flame.

5) Add the coriander, red chilli, turmeric powders and mix.

6) Add the cooked onion-tomato-chilli paste and cook.

7) Add the cashew nut paste, mix and cook bit more.

8) Add water to the gravy to bring it to your right consistency.

9) Switch off the flame and mix the cream and garnish with kasthoori methi.

10) Makhani gravy is ready








110 thoughts on “Easy way of styling a dish – Ricotta spinach tortellini with Makhani sauce.

  1. Bookmarking this page for both the presentation (need to impress my Japanese daughter-in-law 😉) and your sauce. Your site is truly inspirational! Am I right in supposing I could substitute the soaked ground cashews with cashew butter? Lazy me…

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  2. 1) I must comment that I have never had the wit to serve pasta with a curry sauce – this is something I will rectify immediately …. it is obviously delicious. 2) You have really made me reassess the plates presented to me when I dine out. The care that goes into that eye-candy on a plate. I love learning from you and 3) I have recently made far more effort at home in presenting food prettily and it does absolutely make a difference to the overall enjoyment of a meal. Thank you – you have enhanced my life threefold today!

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    • I am down to earth Osyth! You are soo inspirational person. That makahani sauce especially with torellini pasta is great. Both sauce ad pasta are silky smooth😄 I have learned a lot from you as well!! Thank you for that amazing words.

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