Sunday, 26 February 2017

Chocolate Pancake with Coffee Cream





Are you thinking of treating your dear ones a mouthful. Try this old classic with a clever twist. These soft and delicious pancakes make a 'special weekend breakfast' or a great 'after dinner dessert'. Hosting a dinner party? surprise your guests with this elegant yet  so 'easy to make' dessert !
 
To make 6  large chocolate pancakes you will need :

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Pie Tonight - "Chicken Korma"


Since the holiday season is just around the corner thought of sharing something quick easy yet a bit different. This indian style chicken korma wrapped around crispy puff pastry shells

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

CHICKEN MUGHLAI



The festive season is just around the corner. This silky smooth and elegant white gravy chicken is a must try. It is mild in taste , low on spices and big on flavors. 



The ingredients and methods for Chicken Mughlai are as follows:
Ingredients :



Whole Chicken 700-800 grams

(cut into medium chunks)- you may also use boneless chicken thighs
1 Large onion finely chopped
(I have used a combination of white and Red 1:1)
1 tbsp Ginger paste 
1/2 tbsp garlic paste
Whole spices (crushed):
Green Cardamom 2-3, 
Cloves : 1-2
Cinnamon stick: 1 medium
Bay Leaf:  1 
Natural Yogurt 1/2 cup
3-4 blanched almonds to make  a paste (read step 1)
1/2 cup cream
1-2 green chilies finely chopped/dried red chilies
Powdered spices:
1/2 tsp Cumin powder 
1+1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
1/2 tsp Red Chili powder optional
1/2 tsp of white pepper powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
White oil for cooking 
1/2 cup hot water
For garnishing:
1 tbsp ghee
handful of golden sultanas.
handful flaked almonds (i used slivered almonds)



METHOD:

Step 1: In a blender tip the blanched almonds and half the yogurt, ginger, garlic paste to make a smooth paste. Now add rest of the yogurt, powdered spices, chilies and marinate the chicken. Set aside for 2-3 hours.


Step 2 : Heat a pan and the whole spices in the hot oil. Once they start to splutter add and fry the chopped onions until golden brown.




Step 3: once the onions are nicely browned add the marinated chicken, and cook until it changes color and the oil separates.








Step 3 : Now add 1/2 cup of water and cover till the chicken is cooked and gravy comes to  a boil. Add Cream, stir, cover and cook for another 10-15 minutes on low flame until you see oil floating on top.


Remove and transfer into  a serving bowl.

Step 4: Now in a separate skillet/frying pan add 1 tbsp of ghee and once the ghee is hot carefully add the sultanas and almonds flakes . Once they change color slightly pour it on top of the chicken and gravy /sauce in the serving bowl.


Your chicken mughlai is ready to be devoured with some Indian breads such as Naan, tandoori roti or a simple Pilaf. Enjoy this beautiful dish with your friends and family this festive season.



Enjoy !!

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Monday, 15 August 2016

Sweet Corn and Ricotta Fritters


Did some one say breakfast ? These beautiful golden Sweet Corn and Ricotta Fritters are just waiting to be enjoyed. Any takers? :)  They are awesome for kids lunch boxes, after school snack or breakfast for the whole family.
 

To make these Sweet Corn and Ricotta Fritters you will need :
 
1-1/2 cups of plain flour OR
 
Self raising or cake flour.
 
1 egg
 
1/4 cup tasty cheddar cheese
 
3/4 cup crumbled ricotta cheese
 
3/4 cup of sweet corn kernels ( I used the frozen variety)
 
1 red onion finely chopped
 
OR 3-4 spring onion greens finely chopped
 
Coriander leaves finely chopped, or any herbs you like.
 
salt and pepper to season
 
Olive Oil to fry or any white oil
 
If you like you may add
 
Red or green capsicum, grated carrots or zucchini



METHOD:

Mix all above ingredients in a bowl to make a semi smooth batter.  Some crumbles of the cheese is okay.

Heat a small non stick skillet or a frying pan  and add some olive oil or any other oil using. Add little oil at a time as you will not need too much oil to fry these fritters. Spoon batter into hot skillet and fry both sides until golden. Remove on a paper towel.


 
 





Serve with choice of sauce and salad on the sides. Health and happiness!!


If packing in kid's lunch boxes wrap warm fritters in foil for them to stay nice and soft.

ENJOY !!

Monday, 23 May 2016

Hyderabadi Dum Ka Murgh / Slow Cooked Chicken - Hyderabadi Style



"Dum Pukt" is  a very popular technique of cooking meat on a slow fire in a completely sealed container. Adequate care needs to be taken that the container in which you are cooking the meat is properly sealed  and no steam is able to escape. This is  exactly the way

Monday, 2 May 2016

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