snacks, Starters

Egg Puff – tasty bakery style

Puff is a hot favourite for many for its delicious crispy outer and an amazing filling of either chicken masala, vegetables or egg. This video will show you how to make Egg Puff in a typical bakery style taste.

A great evening snack for kids and adults. Having it along with some chai is just the perfect combo.

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Ingredients ( Serves 4 puffs)

1. Egg -2

2. Puff pastry sheet- 1-2

3. Oil- 2-3 tbsps

4. Onion- 1 big

5. Curry leaves-few

6. Kashmiri chilli powder- 1 tbsp

7. Coriander powder- 1 tsp

8. Cumin powder- 1/4 tsp

9. Garam Masala powder- 1/4 tsp

10. Salt to taste

11. Egg white- 1 egg

12. Turmeric powder- a pinch

Please watch video for recipe!

Desserts, snacks

Moist Chocolate Muffin

I always get stuck on ideas for an after school snack. It’s hard to make kids like the snacks which we are used to. As much as I love to cook Indian snacks, baked goods are always preferred when it comes to snacking. And I have got a winner recipe which both my kids love and it’s very easy to make too.

Inspired from the genius kitchen, made small tweak. And these muffins are moist and soft that it will all be gone before you know. With all the ingredients handy you could make them in less than 30 minutes including preparation. Hope you enjoy the recipe and also try it out!

Ingredients:

1. Plain Flour- 1and 3/4th cup

2. Sugar- 1 cup

3. Cocoa powder- 1/2 cup

4. Baking soda- 1/4 tsp

5. Baking powder – 2 tsp

6. Eggs- 2

7. Milk – 1 cup

8. Oil- 1/2 cup

9. Chocolate chips- 1/2 cup

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snacks, Starters

Chilli Chicken Wings

Chilli chicken wings is one of the easiest recipe to make. It is also one of the most mouthwatering and delicious wings which you can ever have with just 3 simple ingredients. This will definitely be a show stealer, a great starter or snack. And it is hot! You are warned 😀.

Enjoy the recipe!

Ingredients ( Serves ~ 4)

1. Chicken nibbles/wings – 12 pieces

2. Red Chilli powder- 1 tbsp ( reduce for less heat)

3. Sambal extra hot chilli sauce

(can use chilli sauce of your preference) – ~ 4 tbsps

4. Cooking oil: 2 tbsps

5. Coriander leaves (optional) – to garnish

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Mains, Side dish

Indian style Spinach Red Kidney beans (Rajma) stir fry 

Legumes and greens are very popular in the Indian cuisine. We make sundals, add to dals, have it dry or in a gravy. This recipe shows a great combination of Spinach and red kidney beans along with some Indian seasonings. Very simple and nutritious dish packed with the protein of red kidney beans and the much needed vitamins from Spinach. Enjoy this dish on its own as a starter or along with some rice, roti.
Ingredients: serves 3-4

1. Spinach – 400 gms (used 1 bunch)

2. Red kidney beans- use canned or if raw soak it for few hours and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles)- 500 gms

3. Onion- 1 

4. Dry red chilli – 2-3

5. Mustard seeds- 1 tsp

6. Urid dal- 1/2 tsp

7. Oil – 2 tsps

8. Grated coconut- optional to garnish

9. Salt as required
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Mains, Starters

Tandoori Chicken- Restaurant style 

Tandoori Chicken is a very delicious Roasted Chicken marinated in yogurt and spices. It gets its name as it is traditionally cooked in a tandoor oven. But this recipe just has the best tip to get the similar tandoor effect and taste in the chicken. A very easy recipe to cook and enjoy at home.Try it as an appetiser or as a mains. It will be just great either way.
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Ingredients: serves 2-3
1. Chicken pieces- 4 big pieces

2. Onion- 1/2

3. Ginger garlic paste- 2 tsp

4. Curd/ Plain yogurt- 2-3 tbsp

5. Lemon juice- 1 tsp

6. Kashmiri chilli powder- 2 tbsp

7. Salt to taste

8. Oil- little 

9. Butter- 2 tsp

10. Small piece of coconut shell/ charcoal

Please watch video for the method.

Mains

Sura Puttu- Shark fish scrambled with spices

SuraPuttu is a very popular South Indian delicacy especially in the state of Tamil Nadu. This dish is made with steamed shark fish and cooked along with onions, garlic, coconut and green chillies. The taste of this dish will surely find a special place in your heart.This is also a highly recommended dish for lactating mothers as it aids in breastmilk production.
Whatever the reason, this is such a delicious dish that must not be missed.
INGREDIENTS (serves ~4)
1. Shark ( Sura fish) – 500gms

2. Onions- 3-4 medium 

3. Garlic- 8 cloves 

4. Turmeric and salt- little while fish is boiled 

5. Coconut- 1/3 cup

6. Green chilli- 5

7. Coriander powder- 1 tsp

8. Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp

9. Chilli powder- 1/4 tsp

10. Mustard seeds- 1 tsp

11. Ginger garlic paste- 2 tsp

12. Curry leaves- 1 spring

12. Coriander leaves- little to garnish 

13. Oil- 4 tbsp
Please watch video for recipe.

Mains

Sepankizhangu ( Taro) Poriyal

Sepankizhanku (in Tamil) or Taro is known by different names in different places. It is rich in carbohydrates and dietary fibre including high levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E and folate, as well as zinc, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, magnesium and iron.This recipe shows how to make dry roast of this root vegetable which goes amazingly well with rice and curry. Simple and easy. 
INGREDIENTS (serves ~3)

1. Taro root/ Seppankizhanghu/ Colacasia/ Arvi/Arbi- 500 gms

2. Chilli powder- 1 tsp

3. Turmeric powder- 1 tsp

4. Coriander powder- 2 tsp

5. Asafoetida- a pinch

6. Salt to taste

7. Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

8. Oil – 5 tsp( marinade) + 1 tbsp for tempering 

9. Urid dal- 2-3 tsp

10. Cumin powder- 1 tsp

Please watch video for the method:

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:

Desserts

Rasamalai- sweet milk dumplings Indian dessert 

Rasamalai is one of my most favourite Indian milk sweet. It is a very popular Bengali sweet and I have always bought it from the Indian sweet shop and not tried it at home at all.

And then I landed on this simple to make at home recipe and trust me it will beat the store bought taste and texture. This sweet is made using milk powder instead of the paneer and it saves so much time in the entire preparation. This will be so easy and will surprise on how perfectly it will turn out even if it’s your first time.

Hope you enjoy the recipe too.


Ingredients (makes ~11 rasamalais)

1. Milk- 1 litre

2. Milk powder- 1 cup

3. Sugar- 3/4 cup

4. Baking powder- 1 tsp

5. Plain flour- 1/2 tsp

6. Egg- 1

7. Cardamom pods- 4

8. Saffron threads ( optional)- few 

9. Ghee melted – 1.5 tbsp

10. Pistachios or Almonds- few to garnish  

Method:

1. Boil the milk with cardamom, saffron threads and sugar by stirring well. Simmer for 10 mins.

2. To make the dumplings: Start by taking the milk powder, baking powder and plain flour and sift together. 

3. Add ghee and rub into the milk powder mixture.

4. Add a beaten egg into the above mixture. Combine all and knead it into a dough. Initially it will be sticky but once you keep kneading for around 5- 10 mins , the ghee will ooze out a little and the dough will be perfect to make small balls.

5. Once kneaded, make small balls using your hands and flatten it a bit in your palm. It will double in size once you drop it and cook in the boiling milk.

6. Once all the balls are rolled, bring the milk mixture to a boil and drop all the balls together in one shot.

7. Cook on high for 5 mins and then simmer and cook for a further 15 mins covered.

8. You will notice the dumplings would have puffed up nicely. The milk would have condensed to a thick consistency as well.

9. Switch off and transfer contents to a bowl slowly. Garnish with chopped almonds or pistachios.

10. Bring to room temperature and refrigerate to chill.

11. Yummy rasamalai is to be served chilled. Enjoy the melting in the mouth tasty sweet which will be hard to stop with just one.

Tips:

Prick the dumplings a little before dropping into the milk.

Drop all the balls at the same time for even cooking.
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snacks

Oats Anzac biscuits- a great after school or tea-time snack

Anzac biscuits are very popular in Australia and New Zealand. It is known to have originated during world war I when the wives and the women of the soldiers pack and send to them as it stays fresh for a long time.

The ingredients used are also quite healthy like rolled oats and desiccated coconut. I drew inspiration from Donna Hays recipe. The traditional recipe uses golden syrup but I substituted it with maple syrup. It has a gorgeous crispy texture and ready in just 15 mins.

Ingredients ( makes 14 biscuits):

1. Rolled oats – 1 cup

2. Desiccated coconut-1/3 cup

3. Plain flour- 1/2 cup

4. Bicarbonate soda- 1/2 tsp

5. Maple syrup or Golden syrup- 1/3 cup

6. Sugar- a little less than 1/3 cup

7. Butter- 65 gms

8. Hot water- 1 tbsp.

Method:

1.  Preheat oven to 160C.

2. In a bowl, add rolled oats, plain flour. 

3. Melt the butter and mix with sugar.

4. Mix bicarbonate soda with 1 tbsp hot water and add to butter mixture.

5. Combine oats and butter mixture together.

6. Take small balls of mixture and flatten to round biscuit shape on a baking tray lined with baking sheet. It may not stick together well, but don’t worry after baking it will be fine.

7. Bake for 10 mins and allow to cool for another 5 mins. It will take 2 batches to finish the mixture to make ~14 biscuits.

Enjoy yummy tasting Anzac biscuits.