Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fried chicken biryani



One of my friend told me that if chicken is fried and then added to the biryani, it would taste so much better than regular biryanis. I was not sure if it would be tastier or if I could prepare biryani that way. Anyhow, I took a risk and made this fried chicken biryani.... Finally, the risk was worth it. This biryani was such a big hit at home. I was glad this preparation turned out to be a tasty feast. Here goes the recipe....

Ingredients:
Chicken - 1 kilo
Basmati rice - 4 cups
Onions (large) - 4 nos
Ginger-garlic paste - 2 tbsp
Tomatoes - 3 nos
Green chillies - 2 nos
Mint and coriander leaves (chopped) - 1 cup
Lime juice - 1tbsp
Red chilly powder - 4 tbsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tbsp
Chicken flavour cube - 1 small
Ghee - 3/4 cup
Salt for taste

Whole spices like:
Cloves - 6 nos
Cardamom - 6nos
Cinnamon - 1 stick
Bay leaves - 2 nos
Mace - 2-4 nos
Star aniseed - 2 nos
Aniseed - 1 tbsp
Dried plums with pits - 2 nos

For the garnish:
Saffron strands - 1 pinch

For marinating chicken:
Hung curd - 1 tbsp
Ginger paste - 1 tsp
Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Chicken flavour cube - 1 small
Corn flour - 1 tsp
Salt for taste

Oil for deep frying


Method:
Marinate chicken for 2-4 hours. Deep fry in hot oil. When its done, strain excess oil using kitchen tissue and keep this fried chicken aside.
Heat ghee in a broad bottomed vessel, add whole spices and fry till all the aroma is released. Add finely sliced onions and fry till golden brown. Now add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a min. Add chilly powder and give it a stir. Add finely chopped tomatoes and saute for 2 min. Add curd, lime juice, finely chopped mint and coriander, green chillies (slit lengthwise) and stir well. Add garam masala powder, coriander powder, and cook till the oil separates. Finally add fried chicken, chicken flavour cube, stir and turn off the flame.
Cook basmati rice (soaked in hot water for 30min) in hot boiling water with salt for taste. Cover and cook till its almost done (about 90% done). Stir well and turn off the flame. Now add this almost cooked rice into the broad bottomed vessel in which the fried chicken with masala is there. Cover tightly using aluminium foil and baked at 200 degrees for 15 - 20 min and its done. Mix well, garnish and serve.

Note:
If the bottomed vessel that you are using is not oven friendly, then transfer contents to a oven friendly bowl or tray and then follow the same method. Do not cook the fried chicken in the masala for long as it can make the fried chicken loose its texture (moreover, oven cooking is also done later).
Looking for some other biryani recipe?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Chawarma (one base for all)


I make chawarma/ shawarma at home quite often and yes with so many different fillings. Sometimes, its chicken, sometimes, meat, kebe, falafel (chickpea vadas), french fries etc. The chawarma base can be so simple yet so full of flavour, tasty and healthy. This one can be used as a common base for any chawarma. I have used a garlic mayonnaise sauce as the chawarma sauce here. One can also use hummos or tahini sauce (sesame sauce). Here goes the recipe.....

Ingredients:
Lebanese bread - 1 nos
Garlic -mayonnaise sauce - 1 tbsp
Pickled cucumber - 2-3 small
Lettuce leaves (chopped) - 1 handful
Onion - 1 nos
Tomato - 1 nos

Method:
Place the Lebanese bread on a tawa and warm it. Spread garlic mayonnaise sauce. Top with sliced or chopped pickled cucumber ( I used small Lebanese cucumber). Also add chopped onions, tomato and lettuce. Place any main ingredient of choice like falafel, chicken , meat etc. wrap into a roll using a wrapping paper or aluminium foil and enjoy.

Note:
Mix 1/4 tsp garlic paste with 2 tbsp mayonnaise to get garlic mayonnaise sauce. Soak tiny Lebanese cucumber in vinegar with salt to get pickled cucumber (can include other veggies as well). Can replace lettuce leaves with fresh parsley, coriander etc.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Stir fried spaghetti noodles (Asian twist)

Simple and quick spaghetti noodles with Asian twist. Here goes the recipe...

Ingredients:
Spaghetti noodles - 300grams
Eggs - 2 nos
Shredded chicken - 200 grams
Chilly paste - 1 tbsp
Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Dark soya sauce - 1 tsp
Aroma or flavour cube (tomato) - 1 small
Salt and pepper for taste

Method:
Cook spaghetti noodles in hot boiling water till its done. Strain water using a colander and keep the spaghetti aside. In a wok, Heat oil, add chilly paste, garlic paste and saute for a min. Add eggs with constant stirring, shredded chicken, and stir well. Add aroma or tomato flavour cube, dark soya sauce and stir well again. Add salt and pepper for taste. Toss well and serve hot.

Note:
Can add chilly powder, instead of chilly paste. Can add light soya sauce instead of dark soya sauce. Can try with other flavour cubes as well. Can include some veggies instead of chicken and egg for a veg version. Great way to use leftover chicken, egg, veggies etc.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Noodle soup



I usually make noodle soups with non-veg ingredients like chicken, meat etc. This time I made it with just veggies and eggs. Simple and healthy one. Here it goes...

Ingredients:
Wheat noodles - 200grams
Carrots - 1 nos
Capsicum - 1 nos
Oyster mushrooms - 1 handful
Eggs - 1 nos
Veg stock cube or aroma cube - 1 small
Dried herbs like parsley, chives, thyme etc. as per need
Salt and pepper for taste
Water - 1-2 litre
Oil - 3 tbsp

Method:
In a stew pot, heat 1 tbsp oil, add carrots and capsicum (both cut into thin strips) and stir well. Add oyster mushrooms and stir again. Add enough water and cover and cook 45 min along with all the dried herbs. Add the wheat noodles, veg stock or aroma cube. And cook till its done. Add scrambled egg, salt and pepper and serve hot.

Note:
Separately do the scrambled egg with the remaining 2 tbsp oil and finally add. Do not add before hand.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Stir fried frog legs



Few days back, had been to a Vietnamese restaurant here in Abidjan and there was this fried frog legs on the menu. Everybody (except me) wanted to try that and they really enjoyed it. Every time, I used to see this frog legs in the supermarket, but never knew what it was cause the legs were folded and almost resembled clams or something of that sort???!!! I mean yes! For the 1st time in my life, I tried to prepare stir fried frog legs and the efforts were well appreciated. Though it almost looked like pan fried chicken which I usually prepare, I had used little more ingredients as well. Here goes the recipe...

Ingredients:
Frog legs - 12 nos
Onions - 1 nos
Ginger - garlic paste - 1 tsp
Chilly powder - 1 tbsp
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Dark soya sauce - 1/4 tsp
Oyster sauce - 1 tsp
Salt for taste

Method:
Heat oil in a wok, Add finely chopped onions and fry till golden brown. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a min. Add chilly powder and stir well. Add the frog legs, and stir fry till its almost done (can add little water if required). Add the remaining ingredients and stir fry till its done and completely dry. Serve hot.

Note:
Can follow pan fried chicken recipe as well.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Chappathi wraps (Cocktail filling)




I always make some chappathi wraps with new fillings every now and then. Specially when I cook some tandoori chicken, minced meat balls, pan fried chicken, stir fried chicken etc. I try and use the leftover food as a filling in chappathi wraps (But, I love to make the fillings newly and freshly and try to do it that way always). This time I used Cocktail seafood, scrambled eggs, chicken and other veggies to make this completely cocktail filling. Here goes the recipe...

Ingredients:
Chappathi - 2 nos

For the filling:
Cocktail seafood - 200 grams
Boneless chicken - 200 grams
Eggs - 2 nos
Carrots - 1 nos
Beans (chopped) - 1 handful
Soya sauce - 1 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt for taste
Oil - 2 tbsp

Method:
Prepare cocktail seafood as per this recipe here and keep aside. Prepare chappathi and keep aside. In a wok, heat oil, add carrots cut into thin strips, beans chopped lengthwise, boneless chicken roughly chopped and and stir fry till chicken changes color. At this point add some water and let it cook till water is evaporated and chicken is done. Add the cocktail seafood, soya sauce, pepper and stir well again. Add egg with constant stirring. Finally add salt for taste and give a good toss. Turn off the flame. Now the filling is ready. Place half of this filling on each chappathi, wrap it well using a aluminium foil and serve.

Note:
I prefer to make scrambled egg before hand and then add into the wok, this will keep the egg pieces large in size.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Phirni



Phirni is a classic dessert which needs no introduction. Phirni is a sweet made out of rice. It must have originated during the times of mughal rule in India since similar rice pudding and desserts are also seen in Lebanese cuisine (must have been middle eastern in origin). Here goes the recipe...

Ingredients:
Milk - 1 litre
Basmati rice - 100 grams
Cashew, badam, pista paste - 1 tsp
Cardamom - 6 nos
Saffron -3-4 strands
Sugar for taste
Sweetened condensed milk - 400 grams
Condensed milk cream - 170 grams
Salt - 1 pinch

For the garnish
Almond - 4 nos
Pista - 4 nos
Saffron strands - 1 pinch
Raisins (optional) - 4 - 8 nos
Silver foil (optional)

Method:
Wash rice and drain well using a clean dry cloth. Boil milk, add cardamon (Discard them after the aroma is released), add this rice with constant stirring and cook till the rice is done (can add more water). Mash well. Reduce the flame, add condensed milk cream with constant stirring and cook till it thickens. Add the cashew, badam and pista paste, saffron strands, pinch of salt and mash well again using a hand mixer. Add condensed milk, sugar for taste and turn off the flame. Chill for 4-5 hours, garnish and serve.

Note:
To garnish, place silver foil on the phirini and take it out carefully. Add sliced almonds, sliced pista, cashew, raisins, saffron etc. for the garnishing . Add sugar as per need, Can use sugarfree also. Can add cardamon powder instead of whole cardamons.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Ayurveda and food combinations


"Ayurveda" this word contains it all, the knowledge of life! And yes, when one is following ayurvedic diet he/she can not only expect health but also bliss of life! I had only mentioned about the principles of ayurvedic diets in my post on ayurvedic diets. One such principle is that the food consumed should not be contradicting in nature. And one of my blogger friend yummy team did ask me to elaborate it. Hence, I felt the need for this post on food combinations.

When we cook we always wish the food to appear and taste yummy, Won't we? We strive hard to prepare healthy food, don't we? Sometimes even the tastiest and healthiest food can bring ill effects due to its contradicting nature. Just imagine combinations like biryani with raitha, Rice or roti with chicken or fish curry, dahi vada, cheese omelette (I'm thinking of all other combinations like mushroom omelette, oyster omelette, Spanish omelette etc), paneer pakora, milk and nut kheer, ice creams (who wouldn't like to have it after a meal???), chicken with pineapples, or even healthy food like fruit salad (with lots of red and blackcurrants, strawberries, kiwi, apples, oranges, pineapples, with custard, cream etc.) salad with dash of lime, cereals with milk, curd rice, etc. Sounds yummy and healthy. In reality all are wrong food combinations due to its contradicting nature!!!

When people with similar ideas and thoughts work together, there will be harmony and peace. But, When people have different ideas and thoughts.... sometimes, they can adjust and work, otherwise there will be some clash or difficulty. Similar thing would happen with food leading to disorders like vomiting, loose stools, indigestion etc. Hence, in ayurveda, it is said that one should consume food that would work in harmony not in contradiction. Now, let me justify my above mentioned statement that certain food combinations are wrong....

  1. When there is a dominating leader in a team, it is very difficult for the rest of the team to perform....Same thing would happen when milk is consumed along with other food. Milk also acts like a dominating leader making it impossible for the other food to perform their work. Milk is a complete food by itself and needs a full fledged digestion. It is digested in duodenum and not the stomach unlike other proteins like meat, nuts etc. Its fat and protein content coagulates in the stomach to form curd. If any other food is consumed along with milk, its curd forms a insulating layer against the gastric juices. This prevents their digestion until the milk curd is digested. Leading to indigestion. Even curd should not be mixed with other food (raitha is a wrong food combination).Combinations like milk with biscuits, cereals are tolerable.
  2. A student of chemistry would understand this much better. Carbohydrates like rice should not be consumed with proteins like fish , chicken etc. Simply because carbs get digested in alkaline medium, and proteins in acid medium. When both are consumed together, the acid alkali react to neutralize each other, hindering digestion of both. Rice or roti with subzi, boiled potato with sauteed veggies etc. are perfect to be consumed together (simply because they are both carbs). Egg with bread, meat with rice etc. are wrong food combinations (because egg and meat are proteins, bread and rice are carbs respectively). Dal and rice is tolerable.
  3. Fruits and sweets must be consumed alone, or even before consuming any solid food. (Imagine consuming desserts even before having your meal!!! )Because , sugars undergo digestion in the intestines. When consumed alone, they are not held in the stomach for long but are quickly sent into the intestine.When consumed along with or after meals, its in the stomach for a long time (until the solid food is completely digested) and undergoes fermentation (sugars usually ferment in the presence of solid food, milk etc.). Sugar being acidic will cause acidity and indigestion issues. Next time, remember to have your chocolate or ice-cream before food. Two different fruits must not be consumed at the same time eg. acid fruits like strawberry, oranges, lemons etc. must never be consumed with sweet fruits like apples, banana,papaya etc.
  4. Medicines are always consumed as per the given dosage, what happens if there is a overdose? similar thing would happen if proteins are consumed along with sour food, citrus fruits etc. Protein is digested in acid medium, if more fruit acids are consumed it will inhibit the secretion of gastric juices. This will leave the proteins undigested. Remember this next time when you'll add a dash of lime on meat, or even add tomato or tamarind juice to the dal etc. (even I add them, if it is tolerable can continue to add, or else better to avoid). Even beverages should not be consumed with solid food.
  5. Even carbs should not be consumed with acid or citrus fruits because it will deactivate the action of saliva (alkaline mediuim) which is required for the digestion of carbs.
  6. Two different protiens like milk and meat should never be consumed together. The strongest juices are poured out in the 1st hour of digestion in case of meat and it is in last hours of digestion in milk (its completely fine to marinate meat with curd). Cheese omelette, paneer pakora, milk and nut kheer etc are all wrong food combinations. Can have turkey and chicken together, groundnut and almonds together etc. Milk and curd should not be consumed together.
  7. Anybody feels lazy after consuming fatty foods or fat rich meal. True, fat depresses the action of gastric glands and inhibits proper release of juices which are needed for protein digestion. Hence protein and fat should never be consumed together. Fried meat, chicken etc. are very wrong food combinations ( even fried dal). But, using ghee to give tadka for the dal is tolerable. But, carbs can be consumed with fats, so roti with ghee, bread with butter is tolerable.
Remember to eat only when hungry cause body can tolerate wrong food combinations in genuine hunger. Make a note of tolerable food combinations (though in nature if they are wrong food combinations) and can consume them as long as they don't cause any disorders like vomiting, indigestion, loose stools etc. Bread and egg, rice or roti with dal, mango and milk, ghee with dal etc are all tolerable food combinations. Try to take one type of food at a time or lesser variety of food. This will not strain the digestive system. (Very similar to forcing a child to perform well in everything like studies, sports, arts, crafts, swimming, dancing, music, etc, the child will only be confused and pressurized. Instead expose the child slowing one by one to everything , the child can perform better). Many variety of food taken at a time can lead to indigestion, fermentation etc. Try to consume healthy, organic, natural food like fresh fruits, veggies, sprouts, nuts etc. Eat healthy, live healthier!

References: Foods that are killing you slowly but steadily by M.K. Gupta

Soya chunks masala (Soya meat masala)


Soya chunks has got that chewy texture and is excellent substitute for meat. Great ingredient to play with specially for vegetarians. After successfully trying soya chunks biryani and soya meat dum biryani, made this soya chunks masala... huh! worth it ! Here goes the recipe...


Ingredients:
Soya chunks - 200-300 grams
Onion - 5 nos
Ginger paste - 1 tbsp
Garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Chilly powder - 2 tbsp
Tomato - 3 nos
Mint and coriander leaves (chopped) - 1 tbsp
Green chilly - 1 nos
Garam masala powder - 1 tbsp
Aniseed powder - 1/2 tsp
Veg stock cube - 1 nos
Oil - 4 tbsp
Salt for taste


Method:
Wash soya chunks in hot water, strain and again wash in hot water. Repeat process till the smell is gone. Keep the soya chunks aside. Heat oil in a wok, add finely sliced onions and fry till golden brown. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for 2 min. Add chilly powder and give a good stir. Add chopped tomatoes and saute for 3 min. Add garam masala powder and give a good stir. Now add soya chunks, veg stock cube and stir well. Add enough water to cook, salt for taste and cook till its done.Turn off the flame. Garnish with mint and coriander leaves and green chilly. Serve with roti, chappathi etc.

Note:
Can add more water to get a gravy or curry.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Healthy Pulav/Pilaf/ Pulao/Palav



Pulav is a one pot meal. Usually some ingredients like vegetables, chicken, fish, prawn, meat etc are cooked along with rice. I have used oyster mushrooms, other veggies and spices to make this healthy pulav. Here goes the recipe...

Ingredients:
Basmati rice - 2 cups
Onions - 1 nos
Ginger - garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Carrots - 1 nos
Sweet corn -1/2 cup
Oyster mushroom - 1 cup
Capsicum - 1 nos
Beans - 1 handful
Garam masala powder - 1 tbsp
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Salt for taste
Ghee - 2 tbsp


Whole spices like:
Cloves - 6 nos
Cardamon - 4 nos
Cinnamon - 1 stick
Bay leaves - 2 nos
Mace - 1 nos
Aniseed - 1 tbsp
Star aniseed - 1 nos

Method:
Heat ghee in a casserole, add whole spices and fry till aroma is released. Add finely sliced onions, and fry till golden brown. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a min. Add all the veggies and stir well. Add garam masala powder, pepper powder, soaked and washed rice and give a good stir. Add about 4 cups of water, salt, cover and cook till its done. Serve hot with papad and pickles (tomato thokku).

Note:
This pulav is healthy as there are many veggies including mushrooms, the spices used here are all helpful in digestion and only 2 tbsp ghee is used (ghee kindles digestion).

Friday, July 9, 2010

Groundnut Sundal



Sundal is usually made with channa (kadala), kabuli channa, groundnut etc. Its very easy to prepare and tasty snack. I like to have this hot, hot sundal during a rainy evening. Its a completely healthy evening snack. Here goes the recipe...

Ingredients:
Groundnuts (Raw)- 2 cups
Chilly powder - 1 pinch
Lime juice - 1/4 tsp
Grated coconut - 1/2 tsp
Salt for taste

For the seasoning:
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Dry red chillies - 2 nos
Oil - 1 tbsp

Method:
Boil groundnuts in lots of water and salt for taste, strain water when its done. De-shell and keep the groundnuts aside. In a wok, Heat oil splutter mustard seeds and dry red chillies. Add chilly powder, boiled groundnuts, and give a good stir. Turn off the flame, add salt for taste with dash of lime. Sprinkle some grated coconut and enjoy.

Note:
Can exclude chilly powder and lime juice and can make it plain too.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Roasted chicken stuffed with Khushka/kuska/khusqa (Biryani rice)



Roasted chicken is usually stuffed with variety of stuffing. I tried this roasted chicken stuffed with khushka (Biryani rice) and the try was worth it. I stuffed chicken with almost done khushka rice and then roasted it. For roasting chicken I followed the same recipe of poulet roti except for the marination and cooking time (Roasted for 20 at 240 degrees and then 40 min at 200 degrees). Here goes the recipe...

Ingredients:

All ingredients of poulet roti
(I used 2 chicken)

For the Khushka:
Basmati rice - 4 cups
Onions (large) - 4 nos
Ginger-garlic paste - 2 tbsp
Tomatoes - 3 nos
Green chillies - 2 nos
Mint and coriander leaves (chopped) - 1 cup
Curd - 1 tbsp
Lime juice - 1tbsp
Red chilly powder - 4 tbsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tbsp
Ghee - 3/4 cup
Salt for taste

Whole spices like:
Cloves - 6 nos
Cardamom - 6nos
Cinnamon - 1 stick
Bay leaves - 2 nos
Mace - 2-4 nos
Star aniseed - 2 nos
Aniseed - 1 tbsp

Method:
Marinate chicken overnight (refer poulet roti for marination)
Heat ghee in a broad bottomed vessel, add whole spices and fry till all the aroma is released. Add finely sliced onions and fry till golden brown. Now add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a min. Add chilly powder and give it a stir. Add finely chopped tomatoes and saute for 2 min. Add curd, lime juice, finely chopped mint and coriander, green chillies (slit lengthwise) and stir well.Add garam masala powder, add basmati rice (soaked in hot water for 30min), 8 cups of hot water, salt for taste. Cover and cook till its almost done (not fully done). Stir well and turn off the flame.
Now, Stuff this almost done khushka rice in marinated chicken as much as possible. Continue to cook the remaining rice till its done.
Now roast the stuffed chicken in a preheated oven at 240 degree Celsius for 20 min. Then reduce the oven temperature to 200 degree Celsius and continue to roast for 40 min or till its done. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve it with the remaining khushka rice.

Note:
Can garnish with some freshly chopped coriander leaves. Can exclude tomatoes, chilly powder etc. and can prepare a plain and simple khushka rice only with basmati rice, onions and other whole spices.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Masala rice with green flageolets





This one can be prepared in a jiffy and it is quite healthy too as brown rice has been used instead of polished white rice. Brown rice is fibre rich and can make us feel full (so, that the quantity consumed will be less). Here goes the recipe...

Ingredients:
Brown rice (cooked) - 2 cup
Onions - 1 nos
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Chilly powder - 1 tbsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Aniseed powder -1/4 tsp
Green flageolets - 1 small tin
Salt for taste
Olive oil - 1 tbsp

Method:
Heat oil in a wok, add finely chopped onions and fry till golden brown. Add garlic paste and saute for a minute. Add green flageolets and stir fry for 3 min. Add chilly powder, garam masala powder, aniseed powder and give it a stir. Add boiled rice, salt for taste and stir well till each rice grain is well coated with masala. Serve hot

Note:
Oil and rice used may be of individual choice. I have used boiled rice and olive oil as it is a healthy option. Leftover brown rice can be used for the same.

Stir fried squid and prawns (Cocktail seafood)




Stir fried squid (calamari) was such a big hit, every time I'm asked to prepare the same. I would always love to try new recipes each time with the same ingredients or even different ingredients. I followed the same method as in stir fried squid and added some prawns to get this cocktail seafood. And my try was worth it. Here goes the recipe...

Ingredients:
Squid - 500 grams
Prawns - 500 grams
Chilly powder - 4 tbsp
Pepper - 2tbsp
Oyster sauce - 2tbsp
Oil for stir frying
Salt for taste
Lime juice 1 tsp
Water for cooking

Method:
Heat oil in a Pan. Add finely sliced squid, prawns, chilly powder and fry. Now add oyster sauce and give it a toss. Add salt if required (oyster sauce would be salty). Add just enough water to cook the squid and prawns. When the water is evaporated, add pepper powder, check if its done. If not, add more water and cook till done. Finally add lime juice and serve hot.

Note:
Best when enjoyed hot.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Chicken biryani


This is one eternal recipe for those who love biryani and for those who love chicken. Here goes the recipe...


Ingredients:

For the marinade:
Curd - 4 tbsp
Ginger- garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Chilly powder - 1 tbsp
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp

Chicken - 1 kilo

Grind to smooth paste to get the masala paste:
Tomatoes - 3 nos
Mint - 1/4 cup
Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup
Green chillies - 3 nos


Other ingredients:
Basmati rice - 5 cups
Onions - 4-5 nos
Ginger - garlic paste - 2 tbsp
Chilly powder - 3 tbsp
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tbsp
Black pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Cloves - 6 nos
Cardamom - 4 nos
Cinnamon - 1 stick
Bay leaves - 2 nos
Mace - 2 nos
Aniseed - 1/2 tsp
Dried plums with pits - 2 nos
Screw pines or Kewra/ketaki flower (optional ) - just for flavour
Chicken stock cube- 1 nos
Food colors (optional) or saffron strands - 1 pinch
Salt for taste
Ghee - 1 cup

Method:
Marinate Chicken overnight. Soak basmati rice for 30 min then cook it in hot boiling water along with salt until its almost done (not fully cooked), strain water using a colander and keep the rice aside. In a wok, Add 1/2 cup ghee, when hot add all the whole spices like cloves, cardamom, Cinnamon, bay leaves, mace, aniseed, kewra and stir till the aroma is released. Now add finely sliced onions and fry till golden brown. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry for a min. Add turmeric powder, and chilly powder and stir for 1/2 min. Now add coriander powder, pepper powder, garam masala powder, dried plums with pits and chicken stock cube and cook till oil separates. Now add chicken pieces, enough salt, water and cook till it done (till water is completely evaporated ). Just see that the masala is dry and the ghee is floating on top. Now this is done. Take a baking try, grease it with ghee and spread a layer of rice, top it with a layer of masala, then again a layer of rice, then masala, then finally cover with rice and pour the remaining ghee all over it. Pour some colored water if you wish your biryani to be colorful. Cover with aluminium foil and bake at 200 degrees Celsius/400 degree Fahrenheit for 15 min and its done. Garnish with fried onions, cashews, saffron etc.

Note:
Looking for some other Biryani recipe? The masala paste may smell too strong, nothing to worry, the final taste will be good.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Fish and asparagus soup




Soups are always so healthy, comforting, and filling. I love to try various varieties of them. This one is inspired by Vietnamese style crab and asparagus soup. Here goes the recipe...

Ingredients:
Asparagus - 4 nos
Fish fillets - 200 grams
Onion paste - 1 tsp
Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Prawn stock cube - 1 nos
Corn starch - 1 tbsp
Water - 2 litres
Salt and pepper for taste
Olive oil - 2 tbsp

Dried herbs like
Sage, chives, parsley, thyme,
basil etc.. (use as per choice)

Method:
Heat oil in a stew pot, add onion and garlic paste and saute for 2-3 min. Add fish fillets broken into chunks and stir well. Add enough water, prawn stock cube, dried herbs and cook for 45 min. Now add asparagus and continue to cook till its done. Finally add the corn starch with constant stirring and turn off the flame when the required consistency is obtained. Add salt for taste. Garnish with some fresh parsley, add a dash of pepper and serve.

Note:
Can add some fresh herbs instead of dried herbs. Can add some chilly sauce, soya sauce etc and serve.

Chappathi wraps (Tandoori chicken filling)



I'm such a great fan of Indian wraps simple because chappathi and roti can be prepared in a jiffy and any leftover food can be altered and used as a filling (I love to make the fillings freshly and try and make them that way most of the time). Tandoori chicken is such a classic Indian recipe, I make them as often as possible as it is healthy too. When there is some leftover tandoori chicken I shred them and use them in noodles, fried rice, wraps and rolls, sandwich, biryani etc. This can be a great filling for wraps and rolls. Here goes the recipe...

Ingredients:
Chappathi - 2 nos
Tandoori chicken - 2 nos
Lebanese cucumber -2 nos
Onions - 1 nos
Garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Chilly paste - 1 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp

Method:
In a wok, heat oil, add onions sliced horizontally, garlic paste and saute for a min. Add chilly powder and paste and stir well. Add tandoori chicken shredded, pepper powder, salt for taste and toss well. Now the Tandoori chicken filling is ready. Place this filling on a chappathi. Slice the Lebanese cucumber (can use any cucumber) and place them on the filling. Wrap well using a aluminium foil and enjoy.

Note:
I had used 2 tandoori chicken thigh pieces. Can add any pickled veggies or salad.
Click here for tandoori chicken recipe and chappathi

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Gobi Manchurian



Gobi Manchurian is such a common Indo-chinese recipe. Its common fast food , street food in India as well. I followed the same method that I used to prepare Gobi-manchurian dry, with few extra steps. Here it goes...

Ingredients:
All ingredients used to prepare gobi manchurian dry
Spring onions (chopped) - 1/2 cup
Corn starch - 2 tbsp
Water - 1 cup
Salt for taste

Method:
Prepare gobi manchurian dry in a wok. Add one cup water and bring to boil. Add corn starch with constant stirring, salt if needed and turn off the flame when gravy consistency is obtained. Garnish with spring onions and Serve with fried rice.

Note:
I prefer semi-gravy consistency. If more gravy is needed, water and corn starch should be added accordingly.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Soya meat dum biryani


Dum biryanis are always fantastic. I usually make them at home, specially when I expect some guest as the dum keeps the biryani really hot and also the slow cooking gives an amazing taste and flavour. This time I tried it with soya meat which is great substitute for meat and a vegetarian delight. Its simple, tasty and healthy. Here goes the recipe..

Ingredients:
Basmathi rice - 1 kilo or 4-5 cups
Soya chunks - 200-300 grams
Onion - 5 nos
Ginger paste - 1 tbsp
Garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Chilly powder - 2 tbsp
Tomato - 3 nos
Thick curd - 1 tbsp
Lime juice - 1/2 tsp
Mint and coriander leaves (chopped) - 1 cup
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
Aniseed powder - 1/2 tsp
Veg stock cube - 1 nos
Ghee - 1 cup
Salt for taste

Whole spices like:
Cloves - 6 nos
Cardamom - 4 nos
Cinnamon - 1 stick
Bay leaves - 2 nos
Aniseed - 1/4 tsp
Mace - 2 nos
Star aniseed - 2 nos

Method:
Wash soya chunks in hot water, strain and again wash in hot water. Repeat process till the smell is gone. Keep the soya chunks aside. Heat ghee in a broad bottomed casserole, splutter all the whole spices and fry till the aroma is released. Add finely sliced onions and fry till golden brown. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for 2 min. Add chilly powder and give a good stir. Add chopped tomatoes and saute for 3 min. add cumin powder, aniseed powder, pepper powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder and give a good stir. Add thick curd, lime juice, chopped mint and coriander leaves and give a good stir. Now add soya chunks, veg stock cube and stir well. Add washed basmati rice, 8-10 cups water, salt for taste, and cook in a low flame. When its almost done. Turn off the flame. Cover the mouth of the vessel with aluminium foil and cover with the lid place it on direct charcoal heat, add more charcoal on top of the vessel and let it stand for 1 hour. Serve hot garnished with fried onions, cashew etc.

Note:
For best results soak basmati rice in water for 45min before cooking. Can add green chillies for flavour (I had excluded them for health reasons). Looking for some other biryani?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Spaghetti noodles ( Asian style)



Spaghetti is a noodle pasta. I usually prepare it with some meat ball sauce or any other tomato base sauces. This one is a Asian style noodles which is not just spicy but, so full of flavour. Here goes the recipe...

Ingredients:
Spaghetti noodles - 200grams
Carrots - 1 nos
Beans - 1 handful
Egg -2 nos
Soya sauce - 1 tbsp
Chilly paste - 1 tbsp
Garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Veg stock cube - 1 nos
Salt for taste
Oil - 2 tbsp

Method:
Boil water in a stew pot, add spaghetti in hot boiling water and cook till its done. Strain water using a colander. keep the spaghetti aside. In a wok, Heat oil, add egg with stirring, add chilly paste, and stir well. Add garlic paste and saute for a min. add carrots (cut into thin strips), beans, soya sauce, and stir well. Add veg stock cube, pepper powder, and stir again. Add noodles and toss well. Add some salt if required. Stir fry till its done. Serve hot.

Note:
Can include other veggies, chicken, meat etc.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tridoshic recipe - Moong dal Khichdi



Ayurvedic diets are based on doshas (vata, pitta, kapha). One has to consume food which is suitable for their nature (prakruthi). A tridoshic recipe is suitable for all the 3 doshas. Moong dal khichdi is a tridoshic recipe, which gives a grounding, calming and warming effect. This is also served after a panchakarma treatment since this helps in flushing out toxins from the body. This can be consumed on the 2nd day of a women's menstrual cycle (1st day feed on papaya and other fruits) and will prove to be very beneficial specially if chilly and salt is avoided. A simple moong dal khichdi will give all the benefits. But, I have also included many vegetables in my recipe. This one is a one pot meal, easy to digest and very filling and healthy. Here it goes....

Ingredients:
Basmati rice - 2 cup
Moong dal - 1/2 cup
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Black peppercorns - 10nos
Chilly powder (optional) - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon and cardamom powder (optional) -1/4 tsp
Grated ginger - 1/4 tsp
Onion - 1 nos
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Salt for taste
veggies of choice chopped - 1 cup
(I used veggies like carrot, beans, green flageolets, green peas)
water for cooking - 5-6 cups

Method:
In a pressure cooker, add ghee, when hot, add cumin seeds, black peppercorns and splutter. Add onions and saute for a min. Add other veggies and stir well. Add turmeric powder, chilly powder, Cinnamon and cardamom powder along with grated ginger and stir well again. Wash rice and dal together and add it into the pressure cooker. Add water for cooking, salt for taste, cover and cook till its done. Serve hot

Note:
Can add more water depending on how you like the consistency of the khichdi to be.

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails