Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

“It’s a gift to be able to give many thanks for the small things in your life. For the kind words and smiles. May the candles burn brightly and offer you peace. 
On this special day, 
May your blessings increase!”

Monday, November 7, 2016

Green coconut chutney

What u need
  • Fresh grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  • shallots - 1-2 chopped
  • ginger  -  1 inch
  • curry leaves - 4-5
  • oil - 1 tsp
  • salt as needed
  • green chillies - 1-2  
  • mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Grind coconut, green chillies ,ginger and shallots in to a fine paste , add oil in a pan when hot add the mustard seeds as they start to break add the finely chopped shallots and curry leaves .
  • Keep the heat on low so that nothing gets burnt.
  • Add the coconut mix and stir on medium heat .
  • Keep in stirring for few mins then add salt.
Serve it with Idlis or Dosas. NJoy !

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Chicken Tikka Quesadilla

Quesadilla is one of the easiest quick fix dinner ideas at my place. On days when I don't want to stand and cook for long and do not have the time to do so, this one comes in as a rescue , and a very yummy one too :)

What u need :
Quesadilla - 1 pack small
Cooked chicken - 2 Lbs ( I used pulled chicken )
Shredded cheese - 1 pack ( Cheddar and Monterey jack )
Chicken tikka masala - 2 teaspoon (this is the kicker  I used Rajah brand)
Hot salsa sauce- 1 bottle
Sour cream - 1 tube
Chopped red onions - 1/2 cup
Chopped red tomatoes- 2
Chopped cilantro - 1/2 cup
Lemon juice- optional
Butter - 1 tablespoon

  • Use a heated pan add some butter add the pulled chicken cook for few mins as this is already cooked does not take long just get the juices going. Add the chicken tikka masala I used Rajah tikka masala very authentic taste and flavor , cook for few mins more then put the heat off . 
  • Take  a flat pan and heat it up , rub some butter and  put the quesadilla on the pan rub butter on the same too. Make sure there is butter on both sides, keep the flame low-med don't want to burn the quesadilla.
  • Add the sour cream spread it on the quesadilla this works well to hold all the veggies and chicken together
  • Add the pulled tikka masala chicken , then the cheese pile little of the onions , tomatoes, cilantro ,some more sour cream YUM ! 
  • then few drops of the spicy salsa sauce and pack this one up .
  • Just like in the picture all piled up goodness before getting rolled up 
  • Bite into this & NJoy!

    Saturday, May 14, 2016

    Papaya moru curry

    What u need :

     Shallot - 1 chopped
    Red Chillies - 5 - 6
    Curry leaves- 1 spring
    Garlic  - 1-2 chopped
    Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
    Meethi (Uluva) Powder - 1/2 tsp
    Yogurt (Curd) - 2 cups lightly beaten
    Raw Papaya - 1 cup chopped cub sized
    Salt - as needed 
    Olive  oil - 1 tbsp
    Mustard seeds - 1 tsp

    • Add the chopped papaya in a cup pf water , add salt, turmeric powder, green chillies optional  and boil till the papaya is well cooked.
    • Heat oil in a deep set pan add mustard seeds , red chillies, garlic curry leaves and chopped shallots.
    • Stir for a while and then add the turmeric powder, meethi powder, cumin powder and salt.
    • Now add some water. Cover it and cook for some time.When cooked well, switch off the stove, and after a while add the whipped yogurt to it, stir well.
    • Add the whipped yogurt gently in to the pan with stirring it .
    • Add salt in the end with constant stirring . 
    • Add the cooked papaya to the curd and mix well, serve with rice and Njoy!

    Monday, April 11, 2016

    Spicy thai basil fried rice

    One of our favorite go to cuisine is for sure is Thai cuisine great food , great flavors sometimes when we just pick up we usually have to have a fried rice order so today decided to recreate the same at home , it is simple and delicious  . One of the crucial ingredients is the Jasmine thai rice I have tried this regular basmati rice but taste does not turn out the same so try to stick to the Thai rice :). Also make sure the basil is thai basil which can be easily found  in asian markets.  I used few online recipes and tweaked it to make it my own .

    What U need :

  •  2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar Optional 
  •  Olive oil for frying (my preference)
  • 4 cups cooked jasmine rice, chilled
  • 6 large cloves garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 green chillies 
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into thin strips
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups sweet Thai basil
  • 1 cucumber, sliced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro springs 
  • 1/2 lemon cut quarter size
  • Prepare the ingredients by finely chopping the garlic and green chili. Slice the chicken into thin,  pieces. Slice the red bell pepper, and onion into thin strips. 
  • Heat a wok until very hot and then add 1-2 Tablespoons of oil . Add the finely chopped garlic and chilis and stir fry until the garlic is golden brown. 
  • Add the chicken pieces and stir fry until it is cooked through. This should take 3-5 minutes, depending on how thick your chicken pieces are. 
  • Then add the red bell peppers, quickly followed by all of the sauces. Once the peppers are close to done, add the onion slices and stir fry for 30 seconds to a minute until they are translucent, but still slightly firm. 
  • Finally, add the rice and mix together with all of the other ingredients. Once the sauces have been mixed thoroughly with the rice, add the Thai basil and turn off the heat. 
  • Add the lemon on the side serve eat yourself and Njoy!

  • Sunday, March 27, 2016

    Chicken Stew

    Few years back while I was visiting my cousin and her new baby also got to meet her mother -in-law who had come over to help her out . That morning for breakfast they served homemade appams and chicken stew .
    I have had a lot of chicken curries for breakfast , but this one was different it did not have a lot of spices very simple and delectable with chicken stewed in coconut  milk with the whole spices aroma along with potatoes and carrots garnished with toasted cashews and raisins .
    The new baby was for sure the star , but chicken stew came very close :) her mom-in-law made it so well that I had to take down the recipe and recreate it at home. And so I did like many times  this recipe is one of my family's favorite breakfast dish goes really well with appams , pathiri and idiiappams .

    What U need :

    Organic Chicken -  2 whole chicken cut up in medium size pieces I used Cornish hen
    Red Onion  – 1 large sliced 
    Green chillies – 2 sliced optional
    Curry leaves – 8 - 10
    Carrot  – 1 medium
    Potato – 1 medium (russet )
    Garam Masala – 1 ½  tsp
    Oil - 1 tablespoon 
    Black peppercorns - 1 teaspoon powdered and whole
    Ghee – 1 Tbsp for garnish 
    Cinnamon – 1 inch stick
    Green Cardamom – 3 or 4
    Cloves – 3 or 4
    Star Anise – 1
    Bay leaves – 2
    Garam masala - 1 teaspoon (dry mix of cinnamon, cardamon, cloves , star anise)
    Coconut milk - 1 cup
    Cashews - 5-8 roasted in ghee preferably 
    Raisins - 1 teaspoon 
    Salt as needed

    • Marinate  the chicken with ground pepper ,leave this for at least an hour.
    • In a large cooking pan, heat some oil or ghee is optional at this step add the whole spices and saute till the spices are heated up and exude the delicious aroma.
    • Add in the sliced onion, green chillies and curry leaves and cook until the onion is brown .
    • Then add the cube sized potato, carrots, and Chicken pieces along with enough salt and cover and let it cook on medium-low heat until chicken as well as the potatoes are almost cooked. 
    • Add the garam masala to the stew cover and cook until the chicken is fully cooked and is usually 30 minutes totally so the chicken is fully cooked inside out.
    • Then add  the coconut milk you can always add the thin milk first and towards the end add the thicker milk with cream, give it a stir  make sure this is on  a low  flame cook for few minutes more.
    • Finally this step is the most crucial step this adds the authentic taste heat a separate pan , melt the ghee then add some thinly sliced onions fry  this till brown and crispy , add the cashews and raisins to this and fry for  a few seconds more add some garam masala , then pour this over the stew and turn off the heat. You don't need to stir as this point the ghee and cashews on the top of the stew give this dish a very authentic look.

    Garnish with onions , curry leaves, cashews & raisins

    Fried in ghee to top off the stew .

    Serve with soft appams , dip into the yummy gravy and Njoy ! 

    "Wish you all a very Happy easter !"