Wednesday, December 28, 2011

DRUMS OF HEAVEN (chicken Lollipops)


This is a very popular Indo-Chinese starter made with chicken drumettes. You can serve them just fried with a dipping sauce or sauteed in some spicy sauce after frying.

Ingredients:
Chicken wings ....... 1/2 Kg
Ginger-garlic paste... 1tbsp
Ajinomoto ............. a pinch
Vinegar ................. 1tbsp.
Soya sauce ........... 1tbsp.
Red chilli powder...1/2 tsp
Brandy ................... 1tbsp
Salt to taste


Marinate the chicken wings in this mixture for few hours.



For the batter:
White flour ............ 3-4 tbsps.
Cornflour .............. 2 tbsps.
Eggs ....................... 2
Red chilli powder ....1/4 tsp.
Red colour .............. a pinch
Ajinomoto ............... a pinch
Salt to taste

Mix the above ingredients adding a little water.

Dip the wings in this batter and deep fry.
Fry on medium flame to allow the chicken wings to be cooked.
Wrap a piece of foil paper on the bone and serve with chilli sauce.

Monday, December 26, 2011

STUFFED CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS


This is a very light and mild snack. I have stuffed the chicken drumsticks with crumbled paneer and mint leaves with just a basic tempering and grilled them.

Ingredients:
Chicken drumsticks ......... 5-6
Paneer (cottage cheese).....1/2 cup
Mint leaves ......................... 1/4 cup
Coriander leaves ............... 1/2 cup
Green chillies .................... 2-3
Lime ................................. 1
Coconut milk powder ..... 2 tbsps.
Garlic paste....................... 2 tbsps.
Salt .................................. to taste

Method:
1. Wash the chicken and pat it dry. With a sharp knife make a slit in the middle.

2. Marinate it with salt, and lime juice (use half a lime)

3. Crush the paneer. Grind the green chillies, mint and coriander leaves coarsely preferably in a mortar and pestle.

4. Add the crushed paneer and a little salt to it and mix well.

5. Stuff this mixture into the chicken legs on either side of the bone and secure the edges with tooth picks.

6. Dilute the coconut milk powder with quarter cup waterto make a thick cream, add a little lime juice, garlic paste and salt.( You may also use fresh cream instead )

7. Pour this over the chicken legs and leave it in the refrigerator for at least 4-5 hrs.

8. Preheat the oven and grill the chicken for 35-40 minutes.
9. To give a brownish roasted colour, brush the chicken with a little oil and saute on a non stick griddle.
10. Remove the toothpicks, wrap a piece of foil paper on the bones and serve hot.

QUAIL EGG FRITTERS / PAKORAS


Quail eggs are abundantly and easily available in Brazil. We always relish the boiled ones that they serve at the salad counters in the restaurants here. I thought making pakoras with them will really be a nice idea to serve as a party snack. It was a real hit. They tasted delicious and looked cute too.

Ingredients:
Quail eggs ... 12
Gram flour ..... 5-6 tbsps.
Salt .......... to taste
Baking soda ... a pinch
Ajwain/carom seeds ... 1/8 tsp. ( optional)

To marinate:
Garlic paste ... 1 tsp.
Lime juice or vinegar ... 1 tbsp.
Salt ..... to taste
Red chilli powder ... 1/4 tsp.( or less)
Garam masala ........ 1/2 tsp.
Turmeric powder ... 1/8 tsp.
Oil .... to fry

Method:


1. Boil the quail eggs and peel them.

2. Mix the ingredients for the marination and marinate the eggs. Set them aside for at least 1 hour.

3. Saute them in a shallow pan with a little oil.
4. Mix the gram flour with baking soda, salt, ajwain. Make a thick batter adding water.

5. Heat oil in a pan and dip the prepared eggs in the batter and deep fry them to a crispy golden brown colour.
6. Serve hot with any sauce of your choice.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

CORN PALAK



 Spinach which is loaded with nutrition makes a beautiful and colourful combination with anything and everything. I simply love this combo of  sweet corn with desi ghee ka tadka. If you are making it for a party you can stir in some cream to make it rich. 

Ingredients:
Palak ............. 1 bunch (or) 1 pkt.frozen
Corn ............... 1 cup boiled (or) 1 small tin
Green chillies ... 3-4 chopped
Ginger garlic paste....1 tbsp.
Onion ........................ 1 chopped very finely
Corn flour ................. 1 tbsp. (or) White flour
Ghee .........................2 tbsp.
Coriander powder.... 1 tsp.
Cumin powder.......... 1 tsp.
Garam masala.........1 tsp.
Turmeric powder......1/2 tsp.
Salt to taste

Method:
1. Boil palak adding salt and greeen chillies. Grind it coarsely.
2. Mix the boiled corn, turmeric powder,cumin and coriander powders and simmer it for 3-4 mins.
3. In a pan heat ghee and fry the onion, and ginger garlic paste till light brown and add the garam masala. Now mix this in corn palak.
4. Again heat a little ghee and fry the cornflour on low flame taking care not to make it brown. Stir it into the prepared vegetable and simmer for 1-2 minutes.

Monday, October 17, 2011

KARELA FRY



I simply love this vegetable and keep trying out in many different variations changing the spice mix each time. It goes so well with rotis and bhakris.


Ingredients:
Karelas (bitter gourds) .... 4
Onions .............................. 3-4 small
Tomato ............................. 1
Green chillies .................... 2
Garlic paste ..................... 1 tsp.
Curd .................................. 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder ........... 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder .......... 1 tsp.
Cumin powder ................ 1 tsp.
Sambar powder .............. 1 tbsp.
Peanut powder .............. 1tbsp. (dry roast and grind coarsely)
Amchoor powder ............. 1 tsp. (or 1 tbsp. tamarind juice)
Jaggery ............................ 1 tsp.
Mustard seeds ................ 1 tsp.
Curry leaves .................. 1 sprig.
Salt ................................. to taste
Red chilli powder .......... 1 tsp.
Asafoetida ....................... a pinch.
Coriander leaves ......... for garnishing
Oil.
Method:
1. Peel and slice the karelas. Marinate them with quarter cup curd and salt for few hours.(preferably overnight)
2. In a pan heat 2 tbsps. oil. Add a pinch of asafoetida and mustard seeds. Then add the garlic paste and the curry leaves. Saute and add the sliced onion, green chillies and fry for a few minutes.
3. Now add the tomato and the karela slices. Simmer for 5 minutes and add all the dry masalas and simmer it stirring from time to time till the colour is brown.
4. When almost done add the remaining 1/4 cup curd and cook for few more minutes on low fire.
5. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rotis or as a side dish with plain boiled rice and sambar.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

CHICKEN & APPLE CURRY



You will never find this curry on the menu anywhere in India. This is Indo-Continental version. Curries are made using curry powder to give an Indian touch in the western countries. I was reluctant to taste it thinking it will have a sweetish taste because of the apples added to it. But believe me, it was really tasty. Here is the recipe. This curry is mild with no chillies. I have given the original version. You may add chillies and make some variations if you wish to..

Ingredients:
Chicken ..... 250 gms. ( boneless - cut into cubes )
Apples ............. 2 ( peeled, cored & diced)
Onions .... 1 cup ( chopped)
Garlic ...... 3 -4 cloves (minced)
Ginger .... 1 tsp. ( grated )
Coriander powder .... 1 tsp.
Cumin powder ... ..... 1 tsp.
Curry powder .......... 1 tbsp.
Tomatoes .......... 1 cup (diced)
Chicken stock /broth ... 1/2 cup ( if you don't have you can use water instead)
Yogurt or sour cream ... 3 tbsp.
Oil .............. 2 tbsp.
Salt ............. to taste.

Method:
1. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a pan. Stir fry the chicken until half done. Remove and set it aside.

2. Add the remaining oil and saute the onions until golden.

3. Add the ginger, garlic and the spice powders. Stir fry for a minute.

4. Now add the tomatoes and apples. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

5. Add the chicken and the stock ( or water). Taste for salt. Simmer and cook until done.

6. Stir in the yogurt or sour cream.
Recipe Courtesy - Holli Keshwani

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

HARE BHARE BAIGAN / BRINJAL CURRY IN GREEN MASALA



Here is a brinjal recipe made with aromatic green masala. You can make it dry or with gravy as you prefer and serve it with rotis , rice or pulao.




Ingredients:
Brinjals .. 8-10 ( small variety)
Coriander powder .... 1 tsp.
Turmeric powder ..... 1/4 tsp.
Salt ......... to taste
Oil

For Green Masala


Coriander Leaves.....1 cup
Mint leaves ........... 1/2 cup
Green Chillies........2-3
Onions................1 chopped
Tomatoes...........1 chopped
Garlic.................7 to 8 cloves
Ginger ...............1 inch piece
(Grind the above ingredients to make the green masala.)



Method:

1. Wash and slit the brinjals leaving the stem intact. Soak them in salt water.

2. In a pan add a little oil and shallow fry the brinjals on medium flame and simmer until half done. Remove and set aside.

3. In the same pan heat a little oil and add the green masala paste. Add the salt, turmeric powder and coriander powder.

4. Put the fried brinjals. Add half cup water and simmer to cook. If you need more gravy to serve with rice, add 1 cup water.




Monday, September 19, 2011

GWAR JI BHAJI (Cluster Beans Sabzi - Sindhi Style)


Cluster beans is known as gwaar in Sindhi. This is a very simple and traditional Sindhi preparation made with the basic spice powders, crushed anardana (pomegranate seeds) and lot of freshly crushed garlic. It is usually served with phulkas /  jowar or bajre ki roti. 

Ingredients:
Gawar(cluster beans) ..... 1/4 kg
Anardana ..................... 1 tbsp (crushed)
Coriander powder ......... 1 tsp
Cumin powder .............. 1 tsp
Red chilli powder ......... 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder ........ 1/4 tsp
Garlic ....................... 6-7 cloves
Green chillies ........... 1-2
Salt .......................... to tasteOil ............. 2 tbsps.

Method:

1. Cut the gawar into small pieces. Boil it adding salt and a pinch of baking powder to retain the green colour. Drain the water and set aside.

2. In a pan heat the oil and add the crushed garlic and green chillies. Stir fry and add the dry spice powder and crushed anardana.

3. Stir in the boiled gawar and mix well.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

BOK CHOY ( Chinese Cabbage ) WITH MUSHROOMS


Stir fried bok choy / Chinese cabbage with mushrooms and a dash of soy sauce and garlic is a very easy and healthy recipe. It tastes good without any spices added to it. If you wish you may add  crushed or finely chopped chillies to add a little zing.

Ingredients:
Chinese cabbage .... 1 bunch
Mushrooms ........... 8-10
Garlic paste ........... 1 tbsp.
Soy sauce .............. 1 tbsp.
Green chilli paste .... 1 tsp.
Ajinomoto ................. a pinch
Salt ................ to taste
Corn flour ..... 1 tsp.
Oil

Method:
1. Cut the chinese cabbage into big pieces and the mushrooms into halves.
2. In a wok heat a little oil and saute the garlic paste.
3. Stir in the vegetables and saute for a while stirring continuously.
4. Add the soy sauce, chilli paste, salt and ajinomoto.
5. Mix the corn flour in quarter cup of water and add to the vegetables.
Stir it for 2-3 minutes.
Serve with plain rice, fried rice or noodles.

Monday, August 29, 2011

WATERMELON BASKET (Carving)



Things Required:
Watermelon
Assorted fruits
Cherries
Toothpicks
Method:
1. Take a medium sized watermelon and mark the shape of the handle and the rim.
2. Carefully cut out the pieces between the handle and the rim on both sides.
3. Carve the zig-zag shape on the rim.
4. Scoop out the melon.
5. Fill the basket with fruit salad.
6. Decorate the handle with banana slices and cherries using toothpicks.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

BROWN ONION GRAVY PASTE / DAAG



This is the basic gravy for all most of the veg or non veg curries. Preparing this ahead saves us the time and effort of chopping and frying specially when we are busy or having some guests. You can freeze it in small plastic containers or zip lock bags.

Ingredients: Onions ........... 6-8 (sliced)
Tomatoes ...... 2 (chopped)
Green chillies ... 4-5 (chopped)
Ginger paste .... 1 tbsp
Garlic paste ...... 2 tbsp
Oil ...................... 6 -7 tbsp

Method:
1. Heat oil in a pan and pour oil. Add the sliced onions and saute them until brown.

2. Add the chopped tomatoes, chillies, ginger and garlic pastes.

3. Pour 1 cup water and simmer it till the onion is cooked.

4. Let it cool and grind it with a hand grinder or in a mixer.

5. This is a basic gravy used for most of the curries and non-vegetarian dishes.

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