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.

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.

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.

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

Whole Wheat Chicken Kheema Samosa


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Mummy would make samosas from scratch with some mouth-watering fillings. Chicken kheema is one of them. (Also, check Mutton kheema recipe).
Happiness is samosa 😊 Everyone’s favorite indulgence; samosas are a great snack that can instantly chase away the blues. Here’s the recipe. Do try it out!

Ingredients:

Chicken Kheema Stuffing:

  • Chicken Kheema / Ground chicken – 250 gms
  • Finely chopped onion – 1 medium sized
  • Finely chopped tomato – 1 small
  • Finely chopped green chillies – 2
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves – 2tbsp
  • Finely chopped dill leaves – 1 cup
  • Thinly sliced onion – 2 tbsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander seeds crushed – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds crushed -1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – as required

Dough:

  • Maida / All-purpose flour – 2cups
  • Salt and water as required

Method:

Chicken Kheema Stuffing:

  • Heat a little oil in a Kadai. Add finely chopped onions and fry till golden brown
  • Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes
  • Add tomatoes and cook until soft
  • Add green chillies, all the powders, crushed coriander and cumin seeds and salt
  • Add the dill leaves and fry for 2 mins. Adding dill leaves gives a unique taste to your samosas
  • Now add the kheema and fry for some time
  • Cook on medium flame, stirring occasionally until the kheema is done
  • Add coriander leaves and fry for a few seconds
  • Remove from fire and keep it aside
  • You can add potatoes, peas or fenugreek leaves to the kheema as well if you like

Dough:

  • Add the flour and salt in a bowl
  • Mix water needed to make a stiff dough
  • Grease your hands with a little oil and knead the dough
  • Keep covered aside for 15 mins.

How to make the samosas:

  • Make small even sized balls from the dough
  • Roll it with a rolling pin into a thin circle
  • Cut the circle into 2 halves
  • Make a paste with 1 tbsp flour and 2 tbsp water. Apply it on all the sides
  • Bring both the ends of the semi-circle to form a cone
  • Hold the cone upside down and fill it. Then seal it completely
  • Continue the same with the remaining dough
  • Refrigerate for half an hour. This makes the samosas crispy
  • Heat oil in a Kadai for deep fry. Once the oil is hot, deep fry the samosas until they turn slightly golden brown on medium heat
  • Serve the hot crispy samosas with pudina chutney

Lamb Tacos


Cinco De Mayo Or the 5th of May is a holiday to celebrate the victory of the Mexican’s Army over with the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Mexicans celebrate this day with their traditional and authentic recipes.

I love Mexican food and trying new recipes just like mom. Here’s a recipe of my version of Lamb Tacos.

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Ingredients

  • Hard Taco Shells – 8
  • Minced Lamb / Kheema – 500 gms
  • Finely chopped onion – 1 medium sized
  • Finely chopped tomato – 1 large
  • Ginger-Garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Taco seasoning – 3 -4 tbsp
  • Taco Sauce – 1 cup
  • Lettuce chopped – 2 cups
  • Cherry tomatoes – 12 -15
  • Grated cheddar /mozzarella cheese – 1 cup
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt as required

Method

  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a kadai / wok
  • Add finely chopped onions and fry till slightly brown
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and fry until golden brown
  • Now, add the finely chopped tomatoes and cook till soft
  • Add the kheema and fry well for 2 minutes
  • Add the taco seasoning about 3-4 tbsp and salt as required
  • Cook on medium flame until kheema is done
  • Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven at 350 degree Fahrenheit. Place the tacos on a baking tray and bake for about 5 minutes. This is done just to heat the tacos.

To assemble

  • Add some kheema/ minced lamb mixture to the taco
  • Add some taco sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and gated cheese. I also like to add some Mayo.
  • You can also add an array of toppings like avocado, sour cream, mustard sauce, jalapeΓ±o, guacamole, cilantro, olives and list goes on.

My son loves topping his tacos with salsa πŸ™‚

Do try it out!

Chicken Pakora Recipe


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Iftar calls for some crispy, crunchy, delicious fried snacks. And what better than chicken pakora! Here’s how you can make these yummy chicken pakoras.

Ingredients:

  • Boneless chicken – 350 gms
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 3/4 tsp
  • Besan/Gram flour – 1 cup
  • Rice flour – 2 tbsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Black Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Salt – as required

Method:

  • Wash the chicken thoroughly and cut into long thin strips.
  • Marinate with ginger-garlic paste and some salt. Refrigerate for half an hour.
  • Take 1 cup besan and sift over a bowl to remove any lumps.
  • Add rice flour, all the powders, and salt (remember not to add too much salt, as you have already added some in the chicken) into the same bowl and mix.
  • Now add water little by little using a whisk to make a smooth batter. Make sure the batter is of medium consistency, not too thick or thin.
  • Heat oil in a kadai / wok.
  • Once the oil is hot, dip in the chicken strips into the batter and deep fry until golden brown on medium heat.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  • Serve hot with spicy green chutney, or children will just love these with ketchup.

 

Ramdan Special | Kheema Recipes for Iftar


Ramadan, the holy month is here β€” A month of blessings and forgiveness. Ramadan is that time of the year when family togetherness, fasting, patience, and duas make it beautiful.

It takes me back to childhood when Ramadan was made all the more special by Mummy. Mum would make the most delicious sweet treats, exquisitely and carefully prepared dishes. Thanks to Didi for remaking some of Mum’s recipes and bringing back those fond memories πŸ™‚

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Here are a few Kheema recipes that you can prepare for your family.

Kheema Seviyaan

Mutton Kheema Samosa

Spicy Kheema Pav

Mutton Kheema Puffs

 

Mutton Kheema Puffs


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Ramadan, the holy month is here β€” A month of blessings and forgiveness.

Here’s Mutton Kheema Puffs recipe to make your Iftar super special and a real treat πŸ™‚ Stay blessed!

Ingredients:

  • Mutton Kheema / minced meat – 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
  • Flour – 3 tbsp
  • Water – 2-3 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 on 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Take 3 tbsp of flour, add a little water, and make a smooth paste.
  • Cut the pastry sheets into squares. (First cut the sheet into strips and then into squares)
  • Apply this paste on all the sides of the squares. Fill in the squares with kheema. Now fold it into half and seal it. The paste applied on all sides will help in sealing.
  • Take a baking tray and apply some melted butter. Place all the puffs on the tray and brush some melted butter on the top.
  • Allow it to bake for half an hour. After 15 minutes, brush some more butter on top.
  • Serve these hot golden-brown puffs with some pudina chutney or tomato ketchup.