Monday, August 26, 2013

Nizami Chicken Kebab

This is my comeback recipe hopefully. Now a days with a newborn at home and  a hyper three year old I am always looking for recipes that are quick and easy. This kebab is the simplest and the quickest kebabs you can make. They taste delicious and look delectable.
The chicken slices are marinated in a flavorful marinade and shallow fried. Serve with roomali roti and chutney for a heavenly combination. Enjoy you guys.

Ingredients :

Chicken Breast : 1 and 1/2 cut into think slices (around 10 slices)
Salt : 1 and 1/2 tsp
Black pepper powder or crushed : 1/2 tsp
Ginger  garlic paste : 1 tsp
Lemon juice : 2 tsp
Coriander : small 1/2 bunch
Green chilies : 3-4
Peeled Garlic : 3 pieces


Season the chicken with salt , black pepper and Ginger garlic paste. Make a paste of coriander, green chilies and garlic and add to the chicken. Also add 2 tblspn oil and let it marinate for 2 hours.

Right before serving time shallow fry the chicken pieces until nice and golden brown. sprinkle a little more lemon juice and serve hot.
Hope you enjoy!

Introducing my little princess....

Introducing my little princess....She has kept me away from posting recipies lol...

Monday, November 26, 2012

Gajar ka halwa (Carrot yumminess)

My father in law loves this dessert so I told my husband to bring carrots from the supermarket. I have never tried making this before so really wanted to try it out. I looked up online and in my recipe books and saw many recipes but most of them used khoya (khowa) which I dint have on hand. well I was still determined so as soon as my hubby came home i asked him for carrots. He handed over a bags of baby carrots to me...I was like carrots ...really...I thought carrot halwa is made from nice big red carrots. well I still wanted to try it out...if it turns out bad i can blame the carrots lol. This dessert turned out amaaazzzingg. Unbelievably tasty and really easy to make. My husband loved it the most and he ate it in his unique style with puck cream (available in Arabic grocery stores). Do try this out , I highly recommend it.

Carrots -     1-1/2 bags of baby carrots or you can use the big red ones. Finely grate/shred them. I
                     used a food processor for this purpose.

Oil mix - 2 tbl spn oil + 5 tbl spn butter

Milk - 4 cups

sugar - 1-1/2 cups

water - 1 cup

cardamon powder 1/2 tsp

color - deep orange color

Procedure :

In a NON STICK pot add the oil mix. Add grated carrots and stir well on high flame. Now add milk and water and let boil till carrots soften. At this time you will see some oil oozing out Add sugar , cardamon powder and color and stir well for about 15 minutes. Serve warm.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Besan Murukul (Gram flour treats)

I made this for Iftar recently. These simple , crisp and yummy murukuls  made me miss my mom who lives in India so much more. These were her specialty and she would make them in large batches and store them in air tight containers for us to eat whenever we desire. This year when i visited India i picked up the gadget which makes these fab murukuls. My FIL best describes them as irresistible. Try them to believe.


Besan (gram flour)  : 1 cup
Rice flour : 2 cups
Salt : 1 tsp to 1-1/2 tsp as per taste
Red chili powder  : 2 tsp
Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp

Sesame seeds : 1/2 tsp
Butter 2 tbl spn
Oil to deep fry

Method :

In a clean plastic bowl mix  all the ingredients together.
Add water to make a thick consistency . This should almost be as thick as cookie dough.
Now fill the murukul gadget with this dough. I used the plate with medium sized holes. Heat oil in pan and deep fry the noodle like dough (from the gadget) until golden brown. You can make these in all different shapes and sizes. Remove and place on paper to absorb excess oil. Enjoy !!

Rating :4.5 / 5 big hit with my 2 yr old

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Yummy pot roast in slow cooker

Hi All, It was a really busy day, had to run a lot of errands ,and this is what came to my rescue for dinner. A one pot meal , fantabulously delicious and hearty...POT ROAST.

It needs a good 8-10 hours to cook so start in the morning and use a slow cooker and
forget about it till dinner for a yummy feast.

Ingredients :

Meat chunk - Boneless 2-3 pound chunk of meat (lamb or beef) . ( I did not have a piece that big so I used three small stakes of lamb)
onion - chopped 1/2 cup
garlic powder
dried thyme leaves - 1 and 1/2 tsp
veg stock or beef broth
red pepper flakes 1/2 tsp
1 bay leaf
4 cloves of garlic
1 can of diced tomatoes.
bite sized veggies - carrots, celery , potatoes , onions

Procedure :

Wash and pat dry the meat chunk. season well with salt and black pepper on both sides (approx 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper powder). Heat 4 tblspn of oil in a nonstick pan.
now brown this meat chunk on all sides. Sprinkle some garlic powder on them and add these to the slow cooker bowl.

Now add chopped onions to the same oil and fry until translucent. add garlic and thyme leaves and saute for 30 sec. Add this to the slow cooker bowl.
Now add the can of tomatoes,all the bite sized veggies , red pepper flakes , bay leaf into the slow cooker bowl and add veg/beef stock until the stake is fully immersed in it. Add some black pepper and cook on high for 8-10 hours straight. You will see that the veggies are perfectly cooked and the meat just melts in your mouth by the end of the cooking.

If you need the sauce to be thicker just remove the veggies and meat on the serving place and in a separate pan add the liquid and boil with 1 tsp corn flour until thick and add on top of the meat.Enjoy with garlic bread.
Bon appetit!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Creamy Pasta with Parmesan crusted chicken breast

Hi ! today I have for you my take on alfredo pasta and heavenly parmesan crusted chicken. Its italian, its creamy, its flavorful, its filling and its all here from scratch. lets get right into it.


pasta 1 packet (I used shells but it does not matter)
salt 1 tsp

For sauce

Evaporated Milk - 1 small can.
butter stick - 1
garlic - 4 cloves
Red pepper flakes - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Ground Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
oregano 1/4 tsp


For Pasta :-

Boil a pot full of water. Add salt and cook pasta according to instructions.

On another stove heat a pan and add a butter stick.
To this add finely minced garlic and red pepper flakes. Now add a can of evaporated milk on low heat. stir well.To this add half a packet (1 cup ) of cheese (I used five cheese Italian),
salt ,ground black pepper,oregano and fresh cilantro or parsley.

Drain the cooked pasta and add to this mixture. Check for salt.

You could also add finely chopped and caramelized red onions , capsicum and tomatoes for added taste.

Parmesan crusted Chicken Breast:-

1 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup All purpose flour
1 egg
chicken breast cut into fine slices 6 (fine slices)
Parmesan cheese - 1/2 packet
olive oil -2 tbl spoons
salt and pepper

Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper and olive oil.
In one bowl add breadcrumbs,all purpose flour and parmesan cheese.
In another bowl add a beaten egg.Now dip chicken breast in dry mixture then in egg and then again in dry mixture.

In a pan heat 4 tbl spoons olive oil and add breasts.cook them to nice golden brown.

Heat oven 350F in a greased pan add the browned chicken breast.add Parmesan cheese
on top and let bake for 5 minutes. check if chicken is done.

assemble and serve

Note: This is not my own recipe. It has been adapted from various sources on the Internet. This listed recipe is how I choose to make it with little modifications and really liked how it turned out

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Khalakand (An Indian dessert/sweet)

My Family visits India once every year. Usually my husband accompanies me and flies back in a few days and I stay and enjoy for a few more days(months..). When I come back the only
request I get is "Can you bring khalakand?". So Khalakand is hands down his favorite sweet... well that made it inevitable for me to try my hand at this lovely dessert. Its so simple yet so delicious and needless to say my husband finished it all. It was a hit! Now we can enjoy khalakand all months round yuhooo!!...Enjoy this everyone, its lovely.

Khoya (khowa), crumbled - 2 cups
Whole Milk - 1 and 1/2 cup
Paneer ( I used store bought) - 1/4 cup
Powdered Sugar - 5 tbsp
Granulated Sugar - 1/4 cup
cardamom Powder - 1/4 tsp
Water 1/2 cup
Pinch of Nutmeg
few Chopped almonds


Bring the water to a boil in a non stick pan. Add milk and let it boil once. Turn the heat down. Add powdered sugar and stir continuously.Now add nutmeg, cardamon powder and granulated sugar.
stir for 10 minutes. Now add crumbled Khoya and paneer.Add the chopped almonds. keep stirring until the mixture thickens and starts leaving the pan.

Grease a pan with a little butter. Pour the above mixture and let cool completely. Refrigerate it for an hour. cut into square pieces and serve.

Note: This is not my own recipe. It has been adapted from recipes from various blogs.

Sending this recipe to Lets cook with cheese event