Monday, August 24, 2009

Hara Chicken

Exquisite Hara Chicken : Inspired by Anjum's Recipe.

Hello All, Today I have a very tasty chicken for you all. Its mostly the recipe from Anjum's blog. Its perfect as it is but I have made some minute modifications to suit my taste. Believe me! It tastes like the chicken we serve in hyderabadi weddings. Hats off to her for this delicious recipe.

Ingredients :

Chicken - 1 cut into small pieces
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbl spoon
Turmeric(haldi) - 1/4 tsp
Oil 7-8 tbl sp
Salt - 1-1/2 tsp
Vinegar - 2 tsp
Green chilli sauce - 2 tsp
curd - 2 cups
Lemon juice - 1/2 lemon

Garam masala :

Cloves(loung) 4-5
Peppercorns(kalimirchi) - 12
Cardamoms(elaichi) - 8
Cumin Powder(zeera) - 1/2tsp
Coriander Powder - 2 tsp

Hara Masala:
Green chilles 8 big ones
Coriander 1 bunch
Mint Leaves 10 leaves
Fried onions - 21/2 tbl spoons
Cashews - 1/2 cup


Make a fine paste of the garam masala ingredients listed above. Also make a seperate paste of the hara masala ingredients listed above. Mix haramasala paste with gingergarlic paste and curd and chicken pieces. Marinate for 30 mints.

Heat oil in a pan. Add this chicken mixture,turmeric and salt and cook till curd starts thickening and you see oil oozing out.

Add 1 cup of water,vinegar and cook till chicken becomes tender, Finally add the Garam masala powder, lemon juice & Green chilli sauce .Cook on low flame for some time and garnish with coriander leaves. Delightful!!!!

Family rating : 8.5 /10

Friday, August 21, 2009

Ramadan is here!!!

Ramadan Mubarak to all!!

May Allah bless you and give you all the happiness you desire. (Aameen)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Chole Bhature

Mouthwatering Chole (chick peas)

Hello all, Presenting to you ....Chole ....:)

Chole (often eaten with bhatura or puris) is another quick recipe. The traditional way is to soak kabuli chana (chick peas) for a few hours but
for me the canned chick peas are good enough. No soaking no boiling.
I am sending this entry for three contests...

1. Mona from zaiqa
2. susan from The well seasoned cook
3. EC from simple indian food


oil : 3 tblspoons
onion : 1 diced
Corriander powder ( dhania powder ) - 1 tsp
Chole masala (Everest recomended) - 2 tsp (optional...but gives a yumm taste)

Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder - 3/4 tsp
Salt - 1-1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Green chillies - 1 or 2
Tomatoes - 2 cut into cubes
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Canned Chick peas - 1big can.

Garnish :
Coriander leaves
Red onion
Lemon wedges


Heat oil in a pan. Add onions and green chillies. When onions are golden brown , reduce the heat and add ginger garlic paste , Chole masala , Coriander powder , Red chili powder, salt , turmeric powder.
saute for 10 seconds. Now add tomatoes and 1/4 cup water. cover and cook for 5 mints on medium flame.
The tomatoes will be nice and soft now. Add the canned chole and half a cup of water.
cover again and cook till water evaporates. Now add garam masala powder. Garnish with Corriander leaves, Red onion and lemon wedges.
This can be eaten with puris. Awesome!


Make dough for chapati/roti. Take small balls and roll them out into circles. Now deep fry one at a time.

Family Rating : 8

Sunday, August 9, 2009

More Awards (Yahooo!!)

I am elated to receive these awards from Shaista from
Thank you dear.

The rules are:
Respond and rework – answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, and add one more question of your own. Then tag eight or ten other people.

Lets Respond...
1.what is your current obsession?
I would have to say makeup. I am so obsessed with learning how to apply it and different techniques involved and I am loving the colors.

2. What are you wearing today?
I am wearing Shalwar Kameez.

3. What’s for dinner?
Vegetable biryani and raita.

4. What’s the last thing you bought?
Aluminum foil. I was so missing it lol.

5. What are you listening to right now?
Indian movie music.

6. What do you think about the person who tagged you?
She is lovely and so sweet with her comments. She also an awesome blog. I am surprise how similar my answers are to hers. We definitely have the same taste. :)

7. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
Ocean side.

8.What are your must-have pieces for summer?
Sunscreen, shades.

9. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?

10. Which language do you want to learn?

11. Who do you want to meet right now?
My family in India

12. What is your favorite colour?

13. What is your favourite piece of clothing in your own closet?

14. What is your dream job?

15. If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?
Splurge on Makeup..I told you I am obsessed with makeup :)

16. What do you consider a fashion faux pas?
Unruly hair and peeking under garments.

17. Who are your style icons?
Aishwarya rai, Megan fox

18. Describe your personal style?
Stylish but sober

19. What are your favorite movies?
DDLJ, kuch kuch hota hai, Lord of the rings, Any Si-Fi movie

20. Give us three styling tips that always work for you?
* If its a casual party wear one statement piece , either earrings or a nice Chunky necklace
* Emphasize either your eyeshadow or your lipstick
* Smile

21. Coffee or tea?
None...If had to choose one then Mocha coffee from starbucks.

22. What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed?
Cry :)

23. What is the meaning of your name?
Fortunate, One with blushing cheeks.

24. Which other blogs you love visiting?
All blogs listed in my blogs I visit column lol

25. Favorite Dessert/Sweet?

26. Favorite Season?

27.Which is your dream destination?

28. Who inspired you to start a blog?
My Dearest husband

29. Which is your favorite international cuisine ?

30.What kitchen gadget do you want to purchase?
Onion cutter...I know ! but I cannot find one that is easy to use.

31.When and what did you eat in a restaurant last time?

I love all questions...
Here is the one I want to add

32.What do you cook when you don't feel like cooking?
Top Ramen Noodles. Haha.

Finally comes the Tagging part:

I am tagging and passing these awards few of my blogger friends, Please accept it:

anjum from
mona from
sayeeda from
yasmeen from
Manju from
Shaista from

Friday, August 7, 2009

Mutton Khorma ( Mutton cooked in curd and spices)

Hyderabadi Mutton Khorma ( Super Yummy!!)

Everyday ,after school, when we used to return home we would start asking mommy "whats for dinner mommy?".
The day I hear mutton khorma I would jump with joy. This is still one of my favorites. Today I am bringing it to you.
My family loves it and hope you do too. I prepared this with naans (Indian flat bread). Its a heavenly combination.


Mutton/Lamb - 1 pound medium size pieces
Onion - 1/2 big sliced
Ginger and Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Salt - 2 tsp
Red Chili Powdder - 1-1/2 tsp
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Lemon - 1
curd - 1/2 kg
Sour cream - 3 tsp
Dhania powder - 1 tsp
Zeera powder - 1/4 tsp
Peanuts - 1 tsp
Almonds - 15 number
dry coconut - 2-1/2 tsp powdered
Khus Khus - 3 tsp
oil - 8 tbl spoons
Potatoes - 4 number , cut into medium size cubes

Green chillies - 3 nos
Coriander leaves - handful
Mint leaves - 4-5 leaves


Slightly roast Dry coconut, khus khus,Peanuts and almonds and powder them.
Deepfry potatoes till golden brown and keep aside
Heat oil in a Non stick Deep pan or cooker. add onions.After they are slightly brown add Ginger garlic paste,turmeric and red chilli powder. Put lamb and 1 tsp salt. cook for 5-10 mins. Now add water and cook until meat is soft (I used pressure cooker). let all water evaporate. Add coconut-khuskhus-almond powder that we made earlier. Also add dhania powder and zeera powder. Stir well for 5 mins.Add curd,sour cream,potatoes and garam masala powder and cook until oil oozes out. Add water now for desired consistancy. Now add green chillies, mint leaves , coriander leaves , lemon juice and 1 tsp salt .yummmm

Accompanied by : Bagara khana or Naan or Chapati(roties)

Family rating : 9/10

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Pav Bhaji (Divine!!)

Pav Bhaji

When we were in college , we made frequent visits to chaat places. This dish would always make it to the first round of orders (I know! we always have 3-4 rounds of orders) . It was every ones favorite.
This is another entry to Mona from for her Ramzan collection. Usually in ramzan we grab pav (Indian bread) from Indian stores and make Bhaji (The gravy which goes with it) at home.
Its not difficult to make Pav if you have time at hand. Its quite a filling dish and not for the health conscious at all :). Enjoy.

For Bhaji:

Tomatoes - 3
Potatoes (boiled,peeled,minced) - 2 big ones
Onion - 1
Green chillies - 2
Mixed vegetables - 1 cup
Red Chili powder - 1-1/2 tsp
Haldi (turmeric powder) - 1/4 tsp
salt - 1 to 1-1/2 tsp (depending on your taste)
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Butter - 100 gms
cumin seeds - 1tsp
Everest chaat or chole or pav bhaji masala - 1tsp (completely optional)
Garam masala powder - 1tsp

Kothmir (corriander leaves) - 1/2 bunch
Lemon - 2

Mince together onion,mixed vegetables,green chillies and tomatoes. Keep it coarse (donot make a fine paste).
Heat half of the butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds and saute.Now add ginger and garlic paste and saute till a little brown.Add the chole masala if you like. Now add onion and veg paste to it. Also add the minced potatoes.Stirr well. Add 1tsp salt and turmeric. let this mixture cook for 10 mins. Cook till very soft, constantly stirring, and adding water and mashing from time to time. When almost cooked and well mashed, add some more butter, Red chilli powder, garam masala, Juice of one lemon and more salt if you like. You can add some red colour if you want to bring some color to the dish. Garnish with kothmir and lemon wedges

For Pav:
Ingredients:(Makes around 18-20 small size pavs)

maida(allpurpose flour) - 7 cups
Salt - 1tsp
sugar - 1tsp
warm water - 3-1/2 cups
yeast( Dry , Quick rise) - 7gms

Egg - 1 beaten(optional)


mix together salt,sugar,warm water and yeast. let it sit for 5 mins. Now add this mixture to maida and knead like you are going to make rotis. cover and keep this mixture aside for 45 minutes. This will rise to double its size. Now prepare a baking tray. Apply some butter and sprinkle some maida so that the pav does not stick. Now make good size balls and place them slightly touching each other. you can coat the top of each ball using the egg mixture. This gives a good color to the pavs.Bake at 400F for 20-25 mins. Remove and apply butter on top. You can also apply butter inside the pav by cutting it into half. Enjoy this freshly made pav. Divine!!

Family rating - 8.5