Thursday, April 10, 2014

My Recipe Index

How I began my culinary journey?

Breakfast Recipes
How to Make the Perfect Dosa? (from batter to the dosa recipe)
Spanish Omelette
French Toast
Idli Recipe
Methi Rava Dosa
Instant Rava Idli
Instant Rava Idli 2
Pesarattu (a high protein based variant of the dosa from the state of Andhra Pradesh)
Sponge Dosa
Aval Nanachethu
Idiappam with potato stew

Baking Recipes
Vanilla Cake
Eggless Chocloate Microwave cake in 7 minutes
Marble Cake 
Baking Event Roundup
Lemon Cake
Eggless Chocolate Banana Cake 
Ladi Pav
Carrot Cake
Baking Event II Roundup
Microwave Chocolate Cake in 1 Minute
Fruit Buns
Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Chinese Recipes
Hakka Noodles
Chicken Manchurian
Chicken Fried Rice
Chilli chicken 
Quick Chilli Chicken (no fry)

Chicken Recipes
My daughter's favourite chicken lollipop
Tandoori chicken
Chicken Cutlets
Chicken Manchurian
Crumb Fried Chicken 
Chicken Even Roundup
Chicken Sandwich
Soya chicken
Chicken Biriyani
Kerala Chicken Stew
Coconut based chicken curry
Quick Chicken Stir Fry
Pepper Chicken
Nadan Kozhi Curry (Kerala style chicken curry)
Chicken Fried Rice
Chicken Puffs
Chilli chicken 
Orange Chicken Wings
Low or Zero oil Chicken Recipe (Chicken Breasts with Soya Sauce)
Chicken Lettuce Salad
Chicken Sandwich 
Grilled Chicken 
Quick Chilli Chicken (no fry)

Curries (Vegetables with Gravies)
Paneer Makhani
Dahiwale Aloo
Beetroot Pachadi
Kerala peas curry
Kadala Varutharacha Curry

Date and Banana Shake
Sambharam or Flavoured Buttermilk

Dal Palak

Dry Vegetable Recipes
Cabbage Thoran

Egg Recipes
Spanish Omelette
Egg Masala

Fish/Seafood Recipes
Mom's Yummy Brown Prawn Curry Recipe
Mom's Kerala Style Fish Curry
Garlic Butter Prawns
Fried fish with mayonnaise dip
Kerala prawn fry

How to? 
How to Fillet Fish?
How to make puri for pani puri?

Kerala Recipes
Semiya Payasam
Cabbage Thoran
Mom's Kerala Style Fish Curry
Mom's Yummy Brown Prawn Curry Recipe
Kerala Chicken Stew
Beetroot Pachadi
Kerala prawn fry
Kerala peas curry
Nadan Kozhi Curry
Payar Mezhukupuratti
Kadala Varutharacha Curry

Kids Lunchbox Recipes
Chicken Sandwich
Bread Pizza
Lunchbox Event Roundup
Pizza (with store bought base)
Sweet corn on hot dog buns
Chicken Sandwich

Paneer Recipes
Paneer Makhani
Paneer Event Round up

Pasta Recipes
Pasta with Spinach and Sausages
Mushroom and Chicken Pasta

Rice Dishes
Lime Rice
Jeera Rice
Tomato Rice
Chicken Biriyani
Thayir Sadam (Curd Rice)
Vegetable Pulao
Chicken Fried Rice
Capsicum (Bell Pepper) Rice
Prawns Biriyani

Rotis/Naans /Parathas/Breads
Butter Naan
Ladi Pav
How to make puri for pani puri?
Cabbage Paratha
Luchi (Puri made with maida - a Bengali Recipe)
Fruit Buns

Raitas and Chutneys
Simple raita
Tomato chutney
Coconut Onion Chutney

Salad Recipes
Potato Salad
Tuna Salad
Chicken Lettuce Salad

Sandwiches / Burgers/ Wraps & Rolls
Sandwiches & Burgers Event roundup
Chicken Sandwich
Chicken Sandwich ( a variation)

Soup Recipes
Clear Chicken Soup 

Snacks/Starters/Appetizers Recipes
Bread cutlet and gobi manchurian
Crumb Fried Chicken 
Potato Pakodas
Cheese Chilli Toast
Spring Roll (from scratch)
Medu vada
Hash Browns
Chicken Puffs
Chilli Garlic Potato
Onion Pakoda
Kala Chana Chaat
Roasted Chickpeas
Nimki (a version of the namak para)

Sweet/Dessert Recipes
Puran Poli Recipe
Caramel Custard
Easy chocolate dessert

Food Product Reviews
Double Horse Palappam Mix

Food Book Reviews
Serving Crazy with Curry by Amulya Malladi

Restaurant Reviews
A visit to Cafe Coffee Day (CCD)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Quick Chilli Chicken Recipe

Chilli Chicken is the hot new favourite of my daughter and so with the exams fast approaching thought of making her favourite. This is the Chilli Chicken Recipe that I generally make when I cook this Indo-Chinese favourite at home. This time however, there was a demand for a little extra spicy version and also dark coloured. So decided to have it to her taste and made a few changes to my basic recipe, skipping a few things that make it slightly sweet (according to her) and adding in a few more chillies.

This is a no fry version of the chilli chicken and so you can do away with all those extra calories and also have juicy chunks of chicken coated in a nice spicy sauce. I have made the dry version which is a good choice for your party snacks menu. For the gravy version you can add a cup of water or chicken stock. So here is the chilli chicken recipe that got a thumbsup from my little foodie.

Chilli Chicken Recipe
Ingredients for Chilli Chicken 
Serves - 3
Difficulty Level - Quick and Easy(a recipe recommended for beginners)

Boneless Chicken - 500 gms
Dark Soya Sauce - 4 tbsp
Vinegar - 2 tbsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Garlic minced or finely chopped - 1 tbsp (use fresh garlic and not the store bought paste . You may also add grated or finely chopped ginger if you like)
Onion - 1 (cubed)
Capsicum - 1 (cubed)
Green chillies - 4 (Cut into two. If you wish to have it spicier you can add more chillies and also chop it fine instead of just cutting into two)
Celery - 1 tbsp (finely chopped) - optional
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp
Cornflour - 1 tbsp (mixed in water)

Method on how to make chilli chicken 
1- Take a wok and add in 1 tbsp of cooking oil. Now add the minced garlic, green chillies (ginger too if you wish to add it) and saute. When the raw smell of garlic has disappeared, add in the cubed onions, capsicum and saute. Add in half a tsp of salt at this stage and saute for a minute or two (adding salt while cooking onions and tomatoes helps speed up the cooking process and also prevents it from getting burnt).

2- Add in the soya sauce and vinegar and mix. Now add in the boneless pieces of chicken and mix well. Add the chopped celery, 1 tsp of sugar and mix. Cover and let the chicken cook in its own juices for 8-10 minutes(do not add water if you are making the dry version of the chilli chicken. If you wish to make it with gravy, at this stage add a cup of water and let it cook).

3- Open and mix well. For dry chilli chicken, let the moisture completely dry out. Now add the cornflour mixed in water. Now the gravy will thicken. Let boil for 10-15 seconds and switch of the gas.

4- Take out and serve with your favourite hakka noodles or vegetable or chicken fried rice.

Verdict: Juicy chunks of chicken with perfectly flavoured sauce coating each piece of chicken. A big hit!! The next day the leftover chicken went into grilled sandwiches too. :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Chocolate Brownie Recipe has been on the to-do list for a while and finally got baking the other day. Had my fingers crossed for this was my first time baking brownies. A lot of research and reading in on baking brownies has been happening as brownies are a favourite with my daughter and regularly gets her share from the local bakeries and yes, gets me to taste them all with the hope that one day Amma would bake me a brownie at home:) . So tried my combination of ingredients and was all excited to wrap it up before she gets back from school and to have a surprise waiting for her.

Back from school and the first thing she would do is check out what's interesting in the lunch menu. Got mixing with the ingredients and got the brownie mix into the oven and a few minutes into baking there were a few boys who dropped by trying to create awareness regarding a social cause. Leaving one of them enquired if there was a cake being baked:), felt a little embarrased as couldn't offer then as these dark delights were still baking away in the oven and needed more time to be perfectly done, but felt good that yes, there is a pleasant inviting aroma making its way across the home. Baking is such a satisfying activity especially when it is moving from the half-baked to the completion stage when you see the dish taking shape the way you had planned and also the house filling up with the aroma.

Here is my Chocolate Brownie Recipe. I did add in a lot of walnuts as hubby dear likes it all nutty but my daughter would definitely like it plain but then the chocolate lover she is added in some dark chocolate and managed to please both palettes:)

Ingredients for the Chocolate Brownie Recipe
Makes - 8 to 10 Squares
Difficulty Level : Easy/Medium

1 cup maida(all-purpose flour)
½ tsp baking powder
60 gms butter (at room temperature)
¾ cup sugar (you may reduce it to half cup if you like it less sweet)
1 tsp of coffee powder (I used Nescafe Instant Coffee Powder) diluted in a few drops of water
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ cup drinking chocolate/cocoa  
2 tbsp chopped walnuts(finely chopped)
2 tbsp grated dark chocolate (I used Morde)
1 tbsp orange zest 

Method for Chocolate Brownies Recipe

1- Mix together the all purpose flour and baking powder in a bowl. 
2- In another bowl add in the sugar and butter and mix till the sugar completely dissolves. Add the diluted coffee powder, cocoa powder and vanilla essence. Now slowly add in the all purpose flour and baking powder mixture. Mix well to avoid any lumps. 
3- Pour into a pre-greased baking tin and sprinkle with the chopped walnuts, grated dark chocolate and orange zest. 
4- Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 deg C for 25-30 minutes or till done. 
5- Cool and cut into squares. Serve warm with a blob of chilled vanilla ice cream and top with some chocolate sauce. 

I didn't have any left to serve as dessert as it was over long before it was dinner time. 

Verdict: They turned out with a nice crust and moist on the inside, just perfect. The orange zest added an amazing taste and flavour with every bite. The grated dark chocolate that melted with the baking lend its own rich taste. A thumbsup and can make again certificate from my two foodies. :) This is what passes the food test at home. 

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