Shrimp/Prawn Tikka


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Are you planning a barbecue party? Try this succulent, spicy, and delicious shrimp/prawn tikkas 🙂
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 🙂
  • 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.

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, jalapeño, guacamole, cilantro, olives and list goes on.

My son loves topping his tacos with salsa 🙂

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.

 

Mutton Kheema Puffs


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Ramadan, the holy month is here — A month of blessings and forgiveness.

Here’s Mutton Kheema Puffs recipe to make your Iftar super special and a real treat 🙂 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.

Sooji Murgh Shorba or Semolina Chicken Soup


Sharing with you a simple, easy and quick recipe of chicken soup which you can relish this winter. This warm, delicious bowl of chicken soup is perfect for your Sunday evening.

Slurp…Slurp!

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Ingredients:

  • Chicken – 9-10 bone pieces
  • Roasted Coarse Sooji/ Semolina – 1/3 Cup
  • Ginger-Garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Thinly sliced Onion – ¼  Cup
  • Thinly sliced Tomato – ¼ Cup
  • Slit Green chilies – 2
  • Coriander leaves/ Cilantro  – ½ Cup
  • Cloves – 2-3
  • Cinnamon – 1 small stick cut into 2-3 pieces
  • Bay Leaf – 1
  • Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin Powder – ½  tsp
  • Black Pepper Powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Water – 4 glasses
  • Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Salt as required

Method:

  • Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a pressure cooker and add cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf.
  • Add onions and saute till translucent.
  • Wash the chicken pieces thoroughly and add them to the onions. Fry for about 2 minutes.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and fry well until the raw smell goes.
  • Add tomatoes and cook until they are soft.
  • Now add the roasted sooji/ semolina and fry for about a minute.
  • Add in all the powders, slit green chilies and salt and fry for another minute.
  • Add water and bring to a boil.
  • Finely chop some coriander leaves and add them.
  • Close the cooker and cook for about 5-6 whistles.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • Slowly remove the chicken pieces into a bowl and shred them.
  • Add the shredded chicken back to the soup. Heat again before you serve it.
  • Sprinkle some coriander and mint leaves and serve hot.

 

Chicken tikka recipe


Indulge in some heavenly chicken tikka this Eid
As Ramadan comes to an end, we wish you and your family Eid Mubarak!
Have an awesome Eid with your family. Hope this Eid brings you immense joy, happiness and blessings.
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Ingredients:
  • Boneless chicken cut into cubes – 500 gms
  • Bell pepper (green, red) – 1 each small size
  • Onions – 1 small
  • Skewers – 5
  • Oil
First Marinade
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chili powder – 1 1/2tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Lemon juice – 2-3 tbsp
  • Salt – as required
Second Marinade
  • Hung curd – 3 heap tbsp
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Kashmiri red chili powder – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil –  6 tsp
Method:
  •  First prepare the hung curd which is used in the second marinade. By using curd as it is,  water tends to ooze out while grilling. For hung curd, pour the curd into a muslin cloth and tie it around the tap for the water to drip. Since it is only 2 heaps tbsp, it would take less than half an hour for the process.
  • Wash the chicken thoroughly and cut into cubes, medium size. You can use bell peppers and onions as well that is cut into cubes. This is totally your choice.
  • Marinate the chicken  with the first marinade by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  •  Mix all the ingredients of the second marinade in a bowl and transfer the chicken, bell peppers and onions  into this smooth mixture. Refrigerate for at least  2 hours. Best to refrigerate overnight.
  • Put the chicken  on a skewer along with bell peppers and onions. Arrange them the way you like. Remember to soak the bamboo skewers in water for 20 minutes to prevent the skewer from getting burnt.
  •  Brush oil on the chicken  and also to the grate or grilling plate, whatever you are using for grilling to prevent the chicken from sticking.
  •  Preheat the oven at 400 F and grill the chicken tikka for 30 minutes; 15 minutes on each side.
Serve hot with Mint chutney, raw onions and some salad. Don’t forget to squeeze some lemon on the Tikka.

Kheema Seviyaan


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Ingredients:

  • Seviyan/ vermicelli (thin) – 600 gms
  • Kheema (Lamb) – 500 gms
  • Finely chopped onions – 2 medium
  • Finely chopped tomatoes – 2 medium
  • Ginger garlic paste – 2 tsp
  • Slit green chilies – 4-5
  • Coriander leaves – handful
  • Oil – 3/4 cup
  • Cloves – 5
  • Cinnamon – 3 small pieces
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Bay leaf – 2
  • Star Anise – 1
  • Red chili powder – 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – 3 1/2 glasses
  • Salt – as required

Method:

  • Dry roast the seviyaan, keep aside. Make sure not to burn them.
  • Heat oil in a big vessel. Add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf and star anise.
  • Add onions and fry till slightly brown. Now add ginger garlic paste and fry till raw smell goes.
  • Now add tomatoes and cook till it melts. 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 the kheema. Fry well  till all the water dries up.
  • Add salt as required and cook till the kheema is done.
  • Add water and bring it to boil. Now add 1/4 cup of peas.
  • Once the water comes to boil add the seviyan little by little mixing gently.
  • 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

You can also add some beans carrot and potatoes. Make it for Iftar and even on Eid for breakfast.

 

Mutton curry with Potatoes, Fenugreek leaves and Lilva beans in coconut gravy


Here’s mum’s mutton curry that she would cook every Friday 🙂

It’s absolutely delicious and goes with rice, roti, bread or event ragi balls! Do try it out 🙂

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Ingredients

  • Mutton – 500 gms
  • Thinly sliced onion – 2 medium
  • Tomatoes – 2 medium
  • Potatoes – 2 medium
  • Fenugreek /Methi leaves – 1 small bunch
  • Lilva beans – 1/2 cup
  • Slit green chilies – 3-4
  • Coriander leaves finely chopped – 2 tbsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Grated Coconut – 4 tbsp
  • Yogurt – 2 tbsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 1/2tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Cloves – 2
  • Cinnamon – 1 small stick
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Oil – 6tbsp
  • Salt – as required

Method:

  • Wash the mutton thoroughly. Marinate with yogurt, 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste, green chili, about 2 tbsp each of thinly sliced onion and tomatoes, 1/2 tsp red chili powder, 1/2 tsp of coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and salt.
  • Heat oil in the cooker. Add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaf. Now add the thinly sliced onions and cook until they are golden brown. Meanwhile, grind tomatoes and grated coconut together. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes. Now add the ground tomatoes and coconut and fry well till the masala forms a lump and oil separates.
  • Add the marinated mutton pieces and fry well till the water is dried up and all the raw smell goes.
  • Now add the remaining red chili powder and coriander powder . Finely chop the methi leaves and add. Fry Add some water and close the cooker. Cook for about 15 minutes on low flame after 3 whistles depending on how tender the mutton is. Switch off stove.
  • Peel and cut the potatoes into big pieces. Open the cooker, add the potatoes and lilva beans. Mix well . Now add in coriander leaves. Adjust salt if required. Close the cooker and cook for 2 whistles.
  • Serve hot with plain rice, ghee rice or roti.
  • If you want to cook in an open vessel, add the potatoes and lilva beans once the mutton is cooked about 60 – 70%.

Dilbar Kebab


Ramadan Mubarak to everyone 🙂 Here’s a simple recipe for Iftar.

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Ingredients

  • Kheema/ minced lamb meat – 1/2 kg
  • Finely chopped onion – 4 tbsp
  • Finely chopped garlic – 4 cloves
  • Green chilies – 5-6
  • Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup
  • Besan/ gram flour- 4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds -1 tsp
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Egg – 1 (optional)
  • Oil – 2tbsp + for shallow dry
  • Salt – as required

For stuffing

  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Finely choppedGreen chilies – 3-4
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves – 1/4 cup
  • Finely chopped ginger – 2 inch piece

Method

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add bay leaf, then add onion and garlic, fry lightly, add cumin seeds and green chilies
  • Now add kheema and fry well. Add the besan, mix well and allow to cook
  • While the kheema is getting cooked, prepare the stuffing. Mix all the ingredients for the stuffing in a bowl and refrigerate it for half an hour
  • When the kheema is cooked and completely dry, add the coriander leaves and mix well, remove from fire and allow to cool
  • Once cool, remove the bay leaf and grind to a smooth paste along with an egg if you wish to
  • Divide the mixture into equal portions, make balls, stuff and flatten a little in any shape and shallow fry on a nonstick tawa on low heat
  • Serve hot

Murgh Do Pyaaza


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Ingredients

  • Chicken – 500 gms
  • Onion thinly sliced – 1 large
  • Tomato – 1 large
  • Ginger garlic paste – 11/2 tsp
  • Yogurt – 1/4 cup
  • Turmeric powder  – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chili powder  – 1 tsp
  • Kashmiri red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder  – 1tsp
  • Cumin powder – 3/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder  -1/4 tsp
  • Coriander leaves (finely chopped)  – 2 tbsp
  • Cream – 2 tbsp
  • Shallots – 15
  • Mint leaves – 15-20
  • Green chilies slit  – 3
  • Kasoori methi – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil  – 3tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Salt as required

Method:

  • Wash the chicken thoroughly and marinate with 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste, salt and 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • Heat oil in a pan. Fry onions till golden brown. Meanwhile, dice the tomato
  • Blend the fried onions (oil drained from the onions and cooled), tomato, 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • Fry this paste well until the raw smell goes and oil separate
  • Add the marinated chicken and fry well
  • After sometime add  remaining red chili powder , Kashmiri red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder ,garam masala powder and salt. Mix well until all the masalas are well incorporated
  • Whisk the yogurt and add it to the chicken and mix immediately
  • Once the chicken is cooked, add the coriander leaves and cream and cook for about 2 minutes

For seasoning

Peel the shallots and separate each layer. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a small pan. Fry the shallots, mint leaves, green chilies and kasoori methi for less than a minute.

Pour it over the chicken and serve immediately with Tandoori naan, Kulcha or Roti