Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cream of Broccoli Soup - Add a bowl of health to your meal

Broccoli, the green vegetable from the cabbage family is high on dietary fiber and extremely nutritious with its high Vitamin C content and cancer fighting properties. I add this nutritious vegetable to my dish of sauteed vegetables and as an addition to the pasta. This Broccoli soup is also one dish that my family enjoys.

I remember having the cream of Broccoli at a restaurant while we were in Russia, they served it hot with a crispy naan for accompaniment. I tried creating the same at home, which was well received and it has since been a regular on our dinner menu. I managed to get a quick picture while cooking and after pouring it out into the soup bowl on my mobile camera( as both hubby and daughter were waiting)

Ingredients for the Cream of Broccoli Soup
Broccoli - 1 (chopped into florets) (approx 2 cups)
All purpose flour/Maida - 2 tbsp
Milk - 1 cup
Chicken stock - 2 cups
Salt to taste
Pepper - 1 to 1.5 tsp (you may use white pepper)
Butter - 1 tbsp
Garlic - 1/2 tsp minced

Method for making Cream of Broccoli Soup 
1- Cook the chopped broccoli with half a cup of water in the microwave for 5 minutes and keep aside to cool (you can even steam it in the pressure cooker or steamer).
2- After cooling, blend the cooked broccoli in the blender and keep aside.
3- Take a pan and add the minced garlic. Saute for half a minute till the raw smell of garlic disappears. Add 2 tbsps of maida and roast for 1-2 minutes. Slowly add in the chicken stock, taking care not to form lumps. Let boil. Keep stirring.
4- When it starts boiling, add the broccoli puree. Let boil for 4-5 minutes.
5- Now add the milk. Season with salt and pepper. Boil. You will see that the soup begins to thicken. Switch off gas when the desired consistency is reached. Pour into soup bowls and serve hot.

Accompaniments: Soup sticks, crispy Naan or even a khakhra.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Chicken Chukka Recipe

This Chicken Chukka Recipe is one that I happened to come across blog hopping. Mornings are generally spent blog hopping with all the tasty updates that show up on the Fb page. Following one such tempting link got me to Faseela Noushad's yummy blog. Moviing from one page to the other, this chicken chukka had me hooked and I knew I just had to make it and RIGHT NOW!! A recipe that had a small list of ingredients and all available at home I decided to go on. The only difference being Faseela has used boneless chicken in her recipe and I didn't have boneless chicken in the freezer at the time and so went ahead with the chicken pieces that I had at hand. The recipe and the picture sounded too tempting to wait:)

The chicken tasted great and we had it for lunch with curd rice and vegetables and for dinner it made a tasty combination with chapatis. This is a recipe that I will definitely make again, next time I guess it will be in the form of an appetizer with boneless chicken. The chicken with the dark red coloured marinade(with the Kashmiri chilli powder looked really inviting) was amazing, I fried it a little more than what Faseela did and so the change in colour.

Here is the recipe for Chicken Chukka

Ingredients for Chicken Chukka
Chicken - 500 gms (with bone)
Onion - 3 (cut into thin long slices)
Kashmiri chilli powder - 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Pepper powder - 1 tbsp
Lemon juice - 2 tbsp or the juice of 2 lemons
Oil - 3 to 4 tbsp (I used cooking oil)
Curry leaves - a handful (they really add to the taste and flavour)

Method for making Chicken Chukka
1- Wash and clean the chicken pieces( I wash the chicken pieces like mom does, by keeping it soaked in water with a tbsp of salt and lime juice added to it for 10 minutes. Take out clean thoroughly with fresh water and use).

2- Mix together the chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, pepper powder, salt and lime juice. Marinate the chicken in this mixture. The longer you marinate, the tastier it will be. Make sure to keep it marinated for a minimum of one hour. You may decide to marinate it overnight too.

3- Take oil in a pan and fry the onions till golden brown and keep aside.

4-In a pan, add some oil, add the fried onions , the marinated chicken pieces and curry leaves and cook. Cook on medium heat (like Faseela has mentioned, I cooked the chicken in an open pan). Cook till chicken is nicely fried. Add fresh curry leaves when almost done and you have yummy fried chicken that you would love. All the fresh curry leaves gave it a flavour of fried chicken that we make at home Kerala style:). Yumm!!

Do check out Faseela's blog for her other mouthwatering recipes

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cold Coffee Recipe - a cool tasty way to beat the heat

It is almost the end of June and we are still having a weather that makes us call it summer. It has been pouring in Kerala and a few showers heard of in Delhi, have the rain Gods forgotten us Mumbaiites? :) My daughter has been asking for something cold everyday after she is back from play or school and so thought of cold coffee being a good idea(she loves her Choco Frappe at Cafe Coffee Day(CCD). So here is how to make cold coffee.

Ingredients for Cold Coffee / Iced Coffee Recipe
Instant Coffee Powder - 2 heaped tsp
Sugar - 2 tsp
Chocolate syrup - 2 tbsps (I used the Fun foods chocolate syrup, like it for its dark chocolate taste and flavour)
Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp (optional - I didn't use)
Cold Milk - 2 cups
Ice cubes - 10 to 12

Method for Cold Coffee / Iced Coffee Recipe

Add the cold milk, coffee powder, sugar, chocolate syrup, vanilla essence into the blender and run it for 1-2 minutes. Pour it out into two glasses (you will have little more than 2 big glasses with the above quantity). Pour it from a little height so that you have a nice froth on the top. Add 5-6 ice cubes into each glass and enjoy. It is sheer bliss into sip a big glass of iced coffee on a hot summer day (yes, it is summer still:)

1- If you want it creamier and richer you can add a big scoop of ice cream in the blender or simply top it with your favourite ice cream after pouring the cold coffee into the glass.
2- You may also top it with sweetened cream.
3- Sprinkle a little coffee powder / cocoa powder for added flavour.

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