Chicken Manchurian


Are you craving Chinese food? Here’s our Chicken Manchurian recipe 😊

Drizzled with some amazing sauces to elevate the flavor and tossed with fresh spring onions and green chilies, Chicken Manchurian is sure a guilty pleasure. Team it up with fried rice or delicious noodles or have them as an appetizer.

Ingredients

  • Bone chicken cut into cubes – 500gms
  • Bell Peppers cut into cubes – 1 cup
  • Finely chopped onions – 2 tbsp
  • Finely chopped garlic – 2 cloves
  • Finely chopped spring onions – 2 tbsp
  • Finely chopped green chilies – 3-4
  • Soya sauce – 1 tbsp + 1 tsp
  • White vinegar – 1 tbsp
  • Red chili sauce – 2 tbsp
  • Green chilies sauce – 2 tbsp
  • Black pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Spring onions greens – 3 tbsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • All-purpose flour – 1/2 cup
  • Corn flour – 1/4 cup + 1 1/2tbsp
  • Oil for deep fry
  • Salt to taste

Method

  • Wash the chicken thoroughly and cut into cubes. Take a bowl, add the chicken pieces, ginger garlic paste and salt and keep it aside.
  • Take another bowl, add all-purpose flour, corn flour, 1 tsp of soya sauce and salt.Β  Add water little by little and mix gently with a whisk to remove lumps.
  • Heat oil in a wok and once the oil is hot, dip the chicken pieces in this mixture and deep fry until golden brown. To have a complete crispy manchurian double fry them.
  • In another wok, add 2 tbsp of oil.
  • Add garlic and fry for a few seconds. Make sure you are on high flame.
  • Add onions, spring onions and green chilies and fry again quickly.
  • Add bell peppers. You can use all mixed colored bell peppers, if you desire.
  • Cook the peppers until crisp.
  • Now add soya sauce, vinegar, red chili sauce and green chili sauce, black pepper powder and salt as required. Go easy on the salt as all of the above sauces already have some salt in them.
  • Mix 1 1/2 tbsp of corn flour into about 1/2 a cup water and pour it into the wok. Mix well and this helps in making the sauce thicker.
  • Now add the chicken and mix well. Garnish with finely chopped spring onion greens and serve immediately.
  • You can serve them with Fried rice or noodles or have them as an appetizer.

Braided Chicken Puffs


Weekends are perfect for baking! Why not try our ‘Braided Chicken Puffs’ recipe?

A β€˜twist’ on the classic puffs, Braided Chicken Puffs is great to go with your evening snacks.  We dare you to eat just one!

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Kheema / ground chicken – 1 cup
  • Pastry sheets – 1 packet
  • Finely chopped onion – 1 medium-sized
  • Finely chopped tomato – 1 small
  • Finely chopped green chilies – 2
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves / cilantro – 2tbsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – as required
  • Melted butter for brushing – 3-4 tbsp

Method:

  • Remove the pastry sheets from the freezer and allow to thaw as per the instructions on the packet.
  • Heat a little oil in a Kadai/ wok. Add the finely chopped onions and fry till golden brown.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until soft.
  • Add the green chilies and all the powders, including salt.
  • Add the kheema and fry for some time.
  • Cook on medium flame, stirring occasionally until the kheema is done.
  • Add the finely chopped coriander leaves and fry for a few seconds.
  • Remove from fire and keep it aside.
  • Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Unfold the pastry sheet and lay it flat on a baking tray with parchment paper.  Pastry sheet has 3 folds. Fill with the Kheema mixture in the middle. Leave an inch gap at the top and bottom. Cut the sides of the pastry sheet 1 inch shorter on both sides.
  • Now cut 1 inch sections from the center out. To start braiding, Criss-cross the cuts from the sides over the filling.
  • Apply butter or you can even do an egg wash.
  • Add some sesame seeds on top.
  • Allow it to bake for half an hour. Half way through cooking, brush some more butter on top.
  • Remove from oven and leave aside for 5 mins.
  • Cut them and enjoy these crispy, spicy and braided chicken puffs when it’s hot.

Aloo Bonda Recipe


Ingredients

For potato mixture:

  • Boiled potatoes – 4 large
  • Finely chopped onions – 1 small
  • Green chilies – 2-3
  • Finely chopped Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp
  • Finely chopped curry leaves – 5
  • Finely chopped ginger – 1/2 inch
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
  • Oil 2tbsp

For the batter:

  • Besan/ chickpea flour –1 1/2 cup
  • Rice flour – 3 tbsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 11/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Soda – a pinch
  • Salt as required
  • Oil for deep fry

Method:

  • Mash the boiled potatoes
  • Heat oil in a wok
  • Add mustard seeds. Once they crackle add curry leaves and ginger. Fry for a few seconds.
  • Add onions and fry till translucent
  • Add green chilies, turmeric powder, salt and fry
  • Now add the mashed potatoes and mix well
  • Add coriander leaves. Remove from fire and keep aside
  • For the batter, take a bowl, mix all ingredients from besan to salt
  • Add water little by little to make a batter of medium consistency (not too thin or thick)
  • Make small lemon sized balls of the potato mixture
  • Heat oil in a wok and once the oil is hot, dip each potato balls into the batter and deep fry until slightly golden brown
  • Serve hot and enjoy with spicy green chutney

Egg Seviyan or Egg Vermicelli


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Ingredients:

  • Seviyan vermicelli (thin) – 300 gms
  • Eggs – 2
  • Roughly chopped onions – 1 medium
  • Roughly chopped Tomatoes – 1 medium
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Slit green chilies – 4-5
  • coriander leaves – handful
  • Oil – 1/3 cup
  • Cloves – 3
  • Cinnamon – 2 small pieces
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Bay leaf – 2
  • Star Anise – 1
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – 1/2 to 2 glasses
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • Dry roast the Seviyan, keep aside. Make sure not to burn them.
  • Grind onions and tomatoes into a paste.
  • Heat oil in a big vessel. Add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf and star anise.
  • Add onions and tomatoes paste and fry till slightly brown. Now add ginger-garlic paste and fry till raw smell goes.
  • Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and Garam Masala powder along with green chilies and mix well.
  • Once the masala is done and forms a lump, add 1/2 glass of water. Break open the eggs into a bowl and add them into the water. DO NOT mix.
  • Bring water to boil and let the eggs cook.
  • Once the water comes to boil add the egg is cooked, gently break the cooked eggs.
  • Now add Seviyan  little by little, mixing gently. Check if you need to add some more water. If yes, add and mix.
  • Finely chop coriander leaves and add to the Seviyan and keep it for dum on low flame for about 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot and enjoy with boiled eggs if desired.

Chocolate Chip Muffins


Summer vacation is here, and my kids want to bake more. I remember we three sisters helping mom bake. Baking and cooking together is fun and a great way to bond. Just feel like I’m living those memories all over again. Try baking this simple recipe and make memories with your kids πŸ™‚

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Ingredients

  • All-purpose Flour/ Maida – 2 1/2 cups
  • Granulated sugar – 1 cup
  • Unsalted butter – 1/2 cup
  • Eggs – 2
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Baking Soda – 1 tsp
  • Baking powder – 1 tsp
  • Whole milk – 1 cup
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
  • Mini unsweetened chocolate chips – 1 cup

Method

  • Keep all ingredients ready with the above-mentioned measurements before you start baking.
  • Sieve flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt thrice so that all are very well combined. Add chocolate chips, mix into the flour mixture and keep aside.
  • Eggs should be at room temperature. If refrigerated, keep them out for about an hour before baking.
  • Line the muffin tray with paper cake cups. If you don’t have them, grease the tray with butter and dust with maida so that the muffins come off easily once baked.
  • Melt butter and allow to cool.
  • Preheat oven at 375-degree Fahrenheit or 190 degrees Celsius.
  • Add cooled butter into a bowl, to that add in sugar, eggs, and vanilla essence
  • Mix it slowly with a whisk.
  • Now add 1/3rd flour and fold with a spatula. Then add 1/3 milk and fold in again.
  • Follow the same step until all the flour and milk are used up.
  • Pour this mixture into the paper cake cups and bake at 375 F or 190 C for about 20 -25 minutes. Time may vary for each oven.
  • Check if the muffin is baked with a toothpick. The muffin is done if it comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and place it on a wire rack and allow to cool.
  • Serve muffins for breakfast or have them as an evening snack.
  • This recipe makes 12 muffins.

Masala Fish


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Dead simple with loads of protein and flavor, here’s fish masala recipe that you can cook for your family on weekends. Do try it out πŸ™‚

Ingredients:

  • Fish of your choice – 4 pieces
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder -1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Thyme dried – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Vinegar – enough to mix all the spices
  • Oil to shallow fry

Method:

  • You can use any fish of your choice – haddock, cod, tilapia or king fish.
  • Wash the fish thoroughly.
  • Mix all the powders and salt with enough vinegar to make a paste.
  • Do not add water.
  • Apply the paste to the fish and allow to marinate for about 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a tava and shallow fry the fish on both sides until cooked.
  • Flip the fish carefully. Add some thyme on top and fry. This is optional but adds a wonderful flavor to the fish.
  • Fish takes lesser time to cook, about 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot with potato rice and some grilled vegetables or anything of your choice.

Strawberry Shake


It’s summertime in the US. Shakes are a perfect way to beat the heat! And what better than a chilled strawberry shake 😊, which my kids simply love. With fresh strawberries, scoops of strawberry ice cream, and a whole lot of love, it’s easy peasy and a classic treat!

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Ingredients

  • Strawberry ice cream – 4 scoops
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Fresh strawberries – 2 cups
  • Sugar – 2 tbsp (optional)

Method

  • Blend the fresh strawberries and strawberry ice cream along with milk in a blender. You can add sugar if desired according to your taste. Make sure you use half the ingredients first. Blend it to make a smooth shake. Then use the other half of the ingredients and do the same.
  • Pour into glasses.
  • Serve immediately with ice cubes if desired.

Butter Chicken


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When you think about Indian food, Butter Chicken comes to mind! With dollops of butter, tenderly cooked chicken, topped with cream, it sure is a guilty pleasure of many.😊

Here’s our version of Butter Chicken recipe. Get cooking!

Ingredients

For the chicken

  • Boneless chicken cut into cubes – 500 gms
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Kashmiri red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Butter – 2 tbsp
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Salt – as required

For the gravy

  • Finely chopped onions – 1 small
  • Diced tomatoes – 6 medium sized
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Finely chopped ginger – 1/2 inch
  • Slit green chilies – 2
  • Kashmiri red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Kasoori methi – 1/2 tsp
  • Fresh cream – 2 tbsp
  • Butter – 2 tbsp
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • In the first margination, add 1/2 tsp of ginger-garlic paste, 1 tsp of lemon juice and a little salt to the chicken and keep aside for 15 minutes.
  • For the second margination, make a paste with 1/2 tsp of ginger garlic paste, Kashmiri red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, 1 tsp of lemon juice, hung curd, oil and salt as required. Apply this to the chicken and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or marinate over night.
  • Cook the chicken in pan. Grease the pan with some butter. Place the chicken cubes, cook for 10 minutes on one side, flip them and cook for another 10 mins or the till the chicken is done.
  • For the gravy, add 1 tbsp of butter and a little oil in the same pan.
  • Fry onions until translucent.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and fry until raw smell goes.
  • Now add the diced tomatoes and cook till soft.
  • Cool this mixture and transfer it into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Now sieve this into a bowl to give you a smooth velvety gravy.
  • Add another dollop of butter into the same pan.
  • Add ginger and green chilies and fry for few seconds.
  • Add the gravy and chicken. To this, add Kashmiri red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and cook for 2 mins.
  • Crush the kasoori methi before adding. The add fresh cream and mix. Cook for another 2 mins.
  • You can add some sugar or honey in case you feel the gravy is a little tangy.
  • Garnish with some more cream and a little kasoori methi
  • Serve with naan or any Indian bread and rice.

Shrimp/Prawn Tikka


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Are you planning a barbecue party? Try this succulent, spicy, and delicious shrimp/prawn tikkas πŸ™‚
Impossible to resist and super indulgent, they will melt in your mouth.

Ingredients:

  • Shrimp/ prawns – 35-40 pieces
  • Bell pepper (green red yellow) – 1 each small size
  • Onions – 1 small
  • Skewers – 7-8
  • Oil

Marinade:

  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Red Chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Lemon juice – 2-3 tbsp
  • Hung curd – 2 tbsp
  • Kashmiri red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 2 tbsp

Method:

  • Wash the shrimp thoroughly with water. Transfer it to a colander to drain all the water out.
  • You can use bell peppers and onions and cut into cubes. This is totally your choice. I haven’t used any today πŸ™‚
  • Mix all the ingredients of the marinade in a bowl and make a smooth paste.
  • Apply the marinade on the shrimp and (veggies if any)
  • Arrange the shrimp on a skewer (along with bell peppers and onions). Remember to soak the bamboo skewers in water for 20 minutes to prevent the skewer from getting Burnt.
  • Preheat the grill at 450-degree Fahrenheit.
  • Brush oil on the shrimp and on the grilling plate to prevent the shrimp from sticking to it. You can also use a pan instead of a grill.
  • Grill the shrimp for 5 minutes on each side. Make sure the grill is really hot. This also prevents the shrimp from sticking to the grill.
  • Serve hot with mint chutney. Serve it as a starter at lunch or dinner or make shrimp/prawn tikka at a barbecue party.

Rice puri with mutton curry


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Rice puri/poori with mutton curry β€” Always, brings back a pleasant memory 😊
A favorite for us sisters and everyone at home, rice puri, and mutton curry combo is complete bliss! A recipe that’s handed down for generations, it’s a perfect meal with tons of flavor.

Thank you, Ammi, Mummy, Mami, and our Maasi for spoiling us with these delicious rice puris.

Ingredients:

  • Raw Rice – 1 cup
  • Par boiled Rice – 1 cup
  • Coconut grated – 6 tbsp
  • Cumins seeds – 1tsp
  • Onion – a small piece just for flavor
  • Oil for deep fry
  • Salt as required

Method:

  • Wash and soak the rice for 4-5 hours
  • Drain all the water from the rice
  • Slightly coarse grind without water. In the end, add grated coconut, cumin seeds and just a small piece of onion for flavor
  • Knead to make a soft dough
  • Make small equal sized balls
  • Take a clean white cloth (about the size of a handkerchief) and wet it
  • Place it on a flat circular rolling board or chakla
  • Now, place a small ball of dough on the cloth, press it with the top of your fingers to make a round-shaped puri. Don’t make it too thick or thin
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a kadai
  • Remove the puri slowly from the cloth and drop into the boiling oil carefully
  • Let the puri cook for a minute and puff up with the help of a slotted spoon, turn carefully and cook for another minute
  • Remove from fire and serve hot with mutton curry