Mains, Side dish

Spicy Chilli chicken- Indo Chinese style

Chilli Chicken is a very popular dish in all the Chinese restaurants in India. It’s one of the best accompaniment to fried rice or noodles. It is a hot favourite at our home. Enjoy this tasty and mouth watering recipe that can be easily cooked in restaurant style!

Ingredients (serves ~2)

1. Chicken cut (boneless preferred)- 250 gms
For marinade:
a. Chilli powder- 1 tsp
b. Kashmiri chilli powder- 1 tsp
c. Coriander powder- 1 tbsp
d. Corn flour- 1 tbsp
e. Ginger garlic paste- 1 tbsp
f. Egg- 1/2

For gravy base:

a. Onion – 1
b. Green chilli- 3
c. Soy sauce-2 tbsp
d. Chilli sauce- 1 tbsp
e. Ginger- 1 tbsp
f. Corn flour- 1 tbsp
g. Kashmiri chilli powder- 1-2 tsp
h. Spring onions- to garnish
i. Capsicum- 1/4
j. Oil as required for frying and gravy

Method:

  1. Cut the chicken into small pieces.
  2. Add all the ingredients for the marinade to the chicken.
  3. Marinate for minimum 30 mins.
  4. Deep fry the chicken and set it aside.
  5. For the base gravy, first take some oil in pan.
  6. Add the onions,green chilli, ginger and stir well.
  7. Also add the soy sauce, chilli sauce, corn flour mixed in little water.
  8. Combine well. Add little Kashmiri chilli powder to enhance colour and 1/2 glass of water. Check for salt and add if required. Bring it to a thick gravy consistency.
  9. Add the fried chicken, green capsicum and spring onions.
  10. Stir well and yummy Chilli Chicken is ready.
  11. Enjoy with fried rice or noodles.

Video recipe can be found in the link below:

Mains

Easy Homemade Granola

A great tasting and healthy breakfast idea. The best part of making homemade granola is that you can control and choose what needs to be added in the granola. And it is also so simple and easy to put together when you have the ingredients. The measure of the dried fruits and seeds need not be accurate and is only an approximation.

The cooled granola can also be stored in an airtight container for 2 weeks.
Hope you enjoy the recipe!
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Ingredients (Serves 3-4)

1. Rolled Oats( not instant) – 2 cups
2. Mixed dry fruits like dates, apricots ~1/4 cup
3. Mixed seeds of choice- sunflower seeds etc – 1/4 cup
4. Mixed nuts of choice- almonds, walnuts etc – 1/4 cup
5. Honey( used manuka)- 1 tbsp
6. Vanilla extract- 1/2 tsp
7. Salt- a pinch
8. Coconut oil( used organic virgin coconut oil) – 2 tbsp

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 150° C.
  2. Mix all the ingredients listed in a bowl.
  3. Spread the mixture on to a baking tray lined with baking sheet.
  4. Place in the oven for 10 mins.
  5. Remove and allow to cool.
  6. Tasty and delicious granola is ready.
  7. Serve it with yogurt and fruits of your choice.

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Please find below the video recipe:

Mains

Vendakkai Sambar- lentils curry with ladies finger (okra)

Vendakkai (Okra) Sambar- Sambar is a household name and a very popular dish of South India. It is a lentil based curry and goes well with steamed rice, dosa, idli etc. It is super healthy and can be varied by adding different vegetables to bring different taste each time. In this recipe, Okra is the vegetable added, Vendakkai in Tamil. Enjoy the recipe!
Ingredients (Serves 4-5)
1. Okra(vendakkai) – 500 GMs

2. Toor dal – 1/2 cup

3. Fenugreek seeds- 1/2 tsp

4. Turmeric powder while cooking dal( 1/2 tsp), for sambar – 1 tsp

5. Onion 1/2 or shallots- 7 nos 

6. Tomato- 1 medium 

7. Red chilli- 1

8. Garlic- 6 

9. Curry leaves- few

10. Tamarind- small lemon size( soak in 1 cup warm water for 10 mins)

11. Chilli powder- 1 tsp

12. Coriander powder- 1 tbsp 

13. Sambar powder- 1 tbsp, Asafoetida- 1/2 tsp 

14. Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

15. Oil and salt as required 

16. Coriander leaves- to garnish 

Please watch video for method 

Mains, Side dish

Chicken Kurma- tasty restaurant style

Chicken kurma is a very flavourful chicken curry which has a base made out of onions, tomato and fresh coconut. The freshly ground spices along with the coconut gives it a deep and rich flavour. This curry goes well with rice, naan, roti, chapati, dosa, idli etc.

Ingredients (Serves 3-4)

1. Chicken cut ~750 gms
2. Onions- 2 medium
3. Tomato- 1 medium
4. To grind to paste : Ginger – small piece, Garlic- 5 pods , Green chilli- 1or 2
5. Cinnamon stick – 1
6. Cloves- 2
7. Cardamom pods- 2
8. Curry leaves – few
9. To grind to paste: 1/2 cup coconut, 1 tsp fennel seeds,
1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp peppercorns
10. Spice powders: Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp, Coriander powder- 1.5 tbsp,
Chilli powder- 1 tsp
11. Coriander leaves- little
12. Sunflower oil- 3 tbsp

Please watch video for the method.
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Mains, Starters

Meen Pollichathu- fish baked in a banana leaf

Meen Pollichathu is a traditional Kerala dish which is packed with flavours and a very heart warming dish. The uniqueness of this dish is that the fish is cooked with lots of spices wrapped in a banana leaf. The banana leaf renders an additional taste which elevates the overall taste of the dish to the next level. It is guaranteed to transport you to God’s own country in every bite.

Meen Pollichathu is very popular around restaurants in Kerala. I first had it when I visited Munnar (Kerala) for my honeymoon. I immediately fell in love with the gorgeous melting in the mouth texture of the fish. As soon as I got my hand on some fresh banana leaves here, I just had to make this favourite of mine.

Hope you enjoy making this at your home as well.

Meen Pollichathu

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients

  1. Fish (of your choice, used Barramundi here)- 250 gms
  2. For marinade:
    1. 1/2 tsp Chilli powder,
    2. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, salt
  3. For masala: Onion- 2 medium Tomato- 1 Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp Oil- 2 tsp Curry leaves- few Ginger garlic paste – 1 – 2 tbsp Chilli powder- 1 tsp Coriander powder – 1 tbsp Turmeric powder- 1 tsp Desiccated coconut- 2 tbsp
  4. Big banana leaf- 1 half

Directions

1. Preparing the masala: In a pressure cooker or pan , add little oil.

2. Splutter mustard seeds, add onions , tomato, ginger garlic paste and all the spices for the masala in point 3 of Ingredients.

3. If using pressure cooker add 1 tsp water, cover and keep it on high for 1-2 whistles and remove. Release the pressure and mix the masala into a paste using the ladle.

4. If using pan, cook it all into a thick masala consistency.

5. Separately marinate the fish with little chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt for around 15 mins.

6. Pan fry with 1 tsp oil for around 2 mins on each side of the fish. Set aside.

7. Clean and wipe the banana leaf. Show the leaf over open low flame for few seconds. This will ensure that the leaf does not break or rip while folding.

8. Spread the banana leaf. Take some prepared masala paste and spread it. Place the fish on top of the masala. Again put the remaining masala paste over the top of the fish and spread it.

9. Fold in the leaf over the coated fish on all four sides.

10. Take a pan and place this wrapped banana leaf on to it. Cover with a lid and cook for 10 mins on each side.

11. The fish will get cooked well with the masala.

12. Remove the banana leaf from the pan and slowly open it.

13. Yummy and delicious Meen Pollichathu is ready to be served. Enjoy!

Also please watch the video recipe below :

Mains

Special Mutton Biryani

Biryani is a dish which is always in my weekend menu. Mutton biryani is something even more special as the frequency I make it is less compared to the usual chicken biryani. But every time I do make this mutton biryani, it turns out perfect and hence my foolproof recipe.

In the mutton biryani, we know exactly how much water needs to be added as the meat is first cooked in a pressure cooker with its marinade and little water. After that the rice is cooked along with the meat and we can be sure that the meat will not ooze out any more water and a perfect well grained biryani is ready.

I always prefer to cook mutton first unlike chicken which needs only less cooking time. And once we cook the rice with the cooked meat, we also will get a falling off the bone meat in the biryani which will be absolutely delicious. Hope you like my recipe below. Enjoy!

Special Mutton Biryani

  • Servings: 5-7
  • Time: 50 mins + marination time: min 30 mins
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients

  1. Mutton (Goat meat)- 1.5 kgs
  2. Basmati rice- 2 cups
  3. Onions- 3-4 big ones
  4. Tomato- 1
  5. Oil( used sunflower oil)- 1/2 cup
  6. Mint leaves- 1 bunch
  7. Coriander leaves – 1/4 cup
  8. Cinnamon stick-1
  9. Anise seed- 1
  10. Bay leaf-1
  11. Optional: A pinch of saffron soaked in little milk/ orange food colour.
  12. Ingredients for marinade
    1. Chilli powder- 1-2 tsp
    2. Coriander powder- 2 tbsp
    3. Cumin powder- 1 tbsp
    4. Turmeric powder- 1 tbsp
    5. Biryani powder- 1-2 tbsp
    6. Plain yogurt- 3 tbsp
    7. Green chilli- 2
    8. Cardamom pods-4
    9. Clove- 2-3
    10. Ginger garlic paste- 3 tbsp
    11. Salt as required

Directions

  1. Soak the basmati rice in water for minimum 30 mins.
  2. Marinate the mutton meat: Mix all the ingredients of the marinade to the mutton and set aside for 30 mins – a couple of hours. The longer the better.
  3. Cook the marinated mutton in a pressure cooker by adding 1 cup of water. Let it whistle on high for 5-6 whistles and then simmer for around 10 mins.
  4. Lets get ready to put together the rice and meat. In a deep bottomed pan, take some oil.
  5. Fry the cut onions in it, till it turns translucent. Add a little salt while cooking the onions.
  6. Add the cinnamon stick, anise seed, bay leaf and ginger garlic paste.
  7. After a couple of minutes, add the chopped mint and coriander leaves.
  8. Also add the cooked meat.
  9. Bring it all to a boil.
  10. Then add the soaked rice into the meat. Check if the rice is completely covered with the water a little above the rice level. Add 1/2 cup of extra water to achieve it if required.
  11. Optionally add the saffron soaked milk or any orange food colouring.
  12. Cover with an aluminium foil and a tight lid so that the steam does not escape.
  13. Cook on low heat for 30 mins.
  14. After 30 minutes open the lid and check if the rice is cooked through properly. Usually it does, else you can extend the time a little further. Also all the water should have been absorbed or evaporated by then.
  15. Carefully spoon out the biryani.
  16. Delicious and tasty mutton biryani is ready. Enjoy with raita or any side of your choice.


Please also watch the video recipe I made for the Mutton Biryani below:

Mains, Side dish

Spicy Soya Stir Fry

Soya stir fry is a delicious and tasty mock meat recipe. A protein rich addition to your daily nutrition is a must and this is an amazing recipe to achieve that. I must also add that this recipe will definitely come close to the meat taste due to the size in which the soya is cut and the variety of spices added. A must try to all the vegetarians and vegans. Enjoy!
Ingredients 

1. Soya Chunks- 1 cup

2. Onions- 2 small sliced

3. tomato- 1 medium 

4. Curry leaves- few

5. Green chilli- 2

6. Coriander leaves to garnish 

7. Oil: (preferred coconut oil) 2 tbsp

8. Ginger garlic paste: 2 tbsp 

9. Cumin and fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp each 

10. Desiccated coconut (Optional) – 2 tbsp
Spices for Soya:

1. Chilli powder- 1/2 tsp

2. Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp

3. Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp

Spices for Masala:

1. Kashmiri chilli powder- 1-2 tsp 

2. Coriander powder- 1 tsp

3. Garam masala powder- 1 tsp

Directions:

1. Soak soya chunks in hot water for 20 mins

2. Squeeze the excess water out of the soya using your hands.

3. Slice each soya into smaller strips of desired thickness.

4. Coat the soya strips with chilli powder, coriander powder , turmeric powder and little salt.

5. Pressure cook this mixture for 1-2whistles adding 1/4 cup water. Set it aside.
Cooking the base masala:

1. In a pan, take coconut oil or desired oil. Add the sliced onions.

2. Add ginger garlic paste, green chilli and curry leaves.

3. Stir with little salt.

4. Add the cumin and fennel seeds.

5.Once onions turn translucent add the tomato.

6. Cover and cook for 5 mins for the tomato to cook through.

7.Open and stir it to a thick masala.

8. Add the cooked soya into the masala and mix it well.

9. Cover further for 5 mins and the masala will get nicely absorbed by the soya.

10. Open the lid, stir fry it to a dry consistency.

11. Optionally add desiccated coconut, few more curry leaves.

12. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Yummy and delicious,spicy soya stir fry is ready. In Kerala this style of cooking is called Ularthiyathu and usually beef is cooked in this tasty way. This mock meat version of soya will come close to the beef stir fry. Enjoy this healthier and protien rich dish at your home today.

Please find the video recipe below: