Hello my Dear Wonderful People!
How are you all doing? Happy Valentines day! A day for love, a day to be loved and a day for love to be loved! Yup.. Its one whole day when we get to show our special people that they matter to us. And unlike many people, I absolutely love the idea of having this day. No it doesn’t not mean that we can’t show love on other days, and if you see it like that then I feel sorry for you. If you giving me another chance to show you how much you mean to me and you make it mandatory on the 14th of every Feb then I am taking it! Cause you know what? no matter how hard I try, some days, I forget to tell you how much you mean to me. Somedays I try but I might not be able to get to you cause you were having a bad day. But today I am going to take that day. Also maybe 20 years from now, this day might not mean as much as it does today but so what? Today is what matters right?
So on this special day, I decided to make my husband his favourite deep fried snack. These cutlets. I do not make them often, infact the last time I made them was close to a year ago. Simply cause they are deep fried and they involve quite a few steps. But once you make them, you could make a large batch and freeze them and use them as and when you want. That is what I did this time 🙂 This recipe is from my grandmother and her cutlets are out of this world. These little bites of heaven are perfect for a evening snack or a great side for dinner time. There are many variations to these cutlets, some people add cashews to the meat and some others fry the meat and add rice flour. My recipe is quite straightforward. Boil / cook each part of the recipe. Combine , dip , coat and fry! FINISH!
- Chicken – 500 gms ( boneless)
- Potatoes – 4 large
- Onions – 3 cups ( chopped fine )
- Green Chillies – 10 ( adjust to taste)
- Ginger – 4 inch knob
- Garlic – 14 cloves
- Turmeric Powder – 2 tsp + 1 tsp
- Coriander Powder – 4 tsp + 1 tsp
- Garam Masala Powder – 3 tsp
- Pepper Powder – 2 tsp
- Fresh Coriander Leaves – 1 cup ( chopped)
- Mint leaves – 1 cup (chopped)
- Salt – 1 tsp + 2 tsp + 1 tsp ( adjust to taste)
- Oil – 2 tbsp + more for deep frying
- Eggs – 2 ( beaten )
- Bread Crumbs – 1 cup ( more according to shape of cutlet)
- Peel potatoes and boil till soft. Set aside
- In a pressure cooker add the chicken pieces. Then add 1 tsp turmeric powder + pepper powder (2 tsp) + Coriander powder 1 tsp + 1 tsp salt. Pressure cook the chicken for 3 whistles. ( If you do not have a cooker, just use a pot and boil the chicken till cooked well.)
- Once the chicken is cooked, open the cooker and look for water. If there is excess water, cook the chicken on high flame till all the water has evaporated. Same for when cooking in a pot. Once all the water has evaporated, set aside to cool down
- Then in a blender, blend the chicken to form a coarse paste. Make sure not to grind it too much. You want some chucks of chicken to remain
- In a large flat bottom pot, add 2 tbsp of oil. Once the oil is hot. add the onions and fry till golden brown. During this time in a mortar and pestle add the ginger + garlic and green chillies. Crush to form a nice coarse paste
- Add the ginger paste to the onions and fry till the garlic looses its raw smell
- Then add the rest of the turmeric powder + coriander powder + garam masala powder. Give it a good mix and fry till the masala has cooked well into the onion mixture
- Set aside to cool. During this time lets get our assembly line ready 🙂
- In one plate add the boiled potatoes + the onions spice mixture. Add the fresh mint and coriander
- Mix with your hand to evenly distribute all the ingredients. Then add the ground chicken
- after you have mixed the chicken with the rest of the spiced potato mixture, make small patties of equal size and set on a large cookie sheet or plate
- Now with one hand dunk the patties into the light beaten egg mixture and then into the bread crumbs to coat evenly
- Set aside in a large plate ready for frying!
- In a large wok or Khadai, heat oil
- Once the oil is hot ( on medium heat) fry the patties till golden brown
- Reserve on kitchen paper to drain excess oil
- Serve right away with ketchup!
Hello my wonderful readers,
How are you all doing today? So today I am here with a simple no fuss snack thats is easy on the waist line and doesn’t feel like a salad at all. So every Friday my husband likes to unwind with a glass of scotch and he insists that I make some thing to go along with the drink. Inevitably I end up making something deep fried. So to change things up and keep it healthy, I decided to make these roasted Brussels sprouts and potatoes and they were a HIT! They take close to no time to prep and once they are in the oven all you have to do is give them a toss in the half way through the baking time just to make sure they crisp up evenly.
The garlic and the rosemary boost the taste and flavour of the veggies.
- Brussel Sprouts – 500 Gms
- Onions – 2 large ( sliced)
- Garlic – 10 cloves
- Rosemary – 4 to 5 sprigs
- Potato – 2 ( cut to wedges ) (cut them thin so they take the same time to cook as the rest of the ingredients )
- Pepper – 1/2 tsp
- Himalayan Pink Salt to taste ( use regular if not available )
- Olive oil for a generous drizzle
- Pre heat your oven to 200C
- Clean and cut the Brussels sprouts. Prep the onions, potatoes and rosemary
- In a large bowl combine all the ingredients listed above
- Arrange the same onto a baking tray
- Drizzle olive oil and pop the tray into the oven. Bake for 40 mins or till the Brussels sprouts are crisp on the outside and the potatoes are cooked well
- Make sure to turn the veggies around, half way through the bake, to ensure that they cook evenly
- Once done, serve right away . We like it a little crisp and brown on the outside.
- You could also grate some cheese on top of the roasted veggies
Hello my dear wonderful readers!
How are you all doing today? I hope your weekend was fun. We had a quiet time this weekend. A little work but mostly lounging around the house and catching up on lost sleep. After my baking marathon in December, I decided to set new goals for myself with regard to my health. So I woke up early for a run and some work on the elliptical (cross) trainer and oh my god! My body hurts so bad!! hahahaha. Infact as soon as I got out of the gym I felt like I was walking on clouds 🙂 So funny. But on the bright side I could feel the blood rush to my face and now there is pinkish tinge that make me look, lets say “livelier” haha.
Anyway so today is Monday and we go meatless and eggless on Mondays. So this seemed to be the right post for today. This meal is so good and so healthy, you wont feel soo full and yet you would have the nutrition of a balanced meal.
The falafel is baked and not deep fried ( cause we did quite a lot of frying last few weeks) and I used a handsome amount of parsley, spinach, corinder and mint in the dish, to give the patty its nice green colour + they just taste really good. Served on a bed of lemony cucumber couscous along with some green salad and pickled beets which makes this dish just the best kind of meal that wont make you feel like you are missing out on anything.
- Boiled Chickpeas – 3 cups
- Spinach – 250 gms ( blanched )
- Flat Leaf Parsley – 1 cup
- Mint – 1/2 cup
- Fresh Coriander – 1 cup
- Garlic – 6 large cloves
- Pepper – 1 tsp
- Coriander Seeds – 1 tbsp
- Onions – 1/4 cup (finely chopped)
- Salt to taste
- Sesame Seeds – 3 tbsp
- Olive Oil – 1 tbsp
- In the bowl of your blender, add all the ingredients
- Now with the speed on medium – blend to form a coarse mixture
- Scoop out a little and see if it holds shape – If not add 1 tsp of water and grind further
- Now pre heat your oven to 180
- Place a baking paper or silpat mat on the baking tray and set aside
- Using a small ice cream scoop or a table soon, slowly scoop out small balls and place on the prepared baking tray
- Using the back of a spoon push gently to flatten the tops
- Drizzle with olive oil just for the perfect crispness
- Bake for 20 – 25 mins or till they turn golden brown
- Once done, take them out of the oven and place to cool completely
- Serve with couscous or pita bread and with a salad of choice
Hello my wonderful readers!!
Its December already!! Can you believe how fast this year has gone by!! I mean the amount of things that have happened and the pace at which things have changed is just incredible! Do not get me wrong. Every moment in it be it sadness or happiness has been an adventure and I do not intend on changing it one bit. But I fear that time moves too quickly when you have a little 2 year and you are hitting 30.
Before getting into the recipe, there was a little thought I wanted to share with you. Last month I turned 30. And oh boy that was a sucky day. I hate birthdays. I do not see the point in celebrating the fact that your skin is getting wrinkled, you hair is losing its lushness, you bones are getting brittle and your patience is running at a low. But that is when my husband sat me down and asked me – what where the highlights of the year and some how I had more reasons to be happy than sad. That is when I realized that your birthday is just a celebration of the number of memories that you have made for so many years and the opportunity to make new ones as time progresses. The number does not really matter for what really matter is how many times you closed your eyes to sleep wearing a smile on your face, or how many times you laughed like no one was watching. How far did you push your self to do the right thing and actually make a difference in someones life. More importantly a birthday is day you treat your self for the champion that you are for all the fears you overcame and all little things you did for your self to make you stronger today. Ok now I am done about that!!!
This recipe is as easy as it gets and oh my god it is so full of flavour. If you are looking for a mild, creamy, aromatic soup then this is it! It reminds you of summer days spent on beaches after a massage at a spa. Soft and delicate, this soup is the perfect winter soup for when the heart yearns for summer time.
- Chicken – 1 kg ( breast pieces cut into bite size chunks)
- Coconut Milk – 2 cans
- Pepper Corns – 1 tbsp
- Lemon Grass – 10 cms stick
- Lime Leaves – 5
- Shallots – 8
- Cherry Tomatoes – 8
- Galangal – 2 tbsp ( chopped fine)
- Fish Sauce – 4 tbsp
- Coconut sugar – 3 tbsp
- Chicken stock – 1 cup
- Button Mushroom – 250 gms
- Lime Juice – juice from 3 limes
- Green Chillies – 5 ( chopped fine)
- Salt to taste
- In a large pot, add the coconut milk, pepper corns, shallots and galangal
- Bruise the lemon grass with the back of a knife and add to the pot and bring to a boil. Then add the chicken stock
- Add the fish sauce, chicken and coconut sugar. Stir occasionally
- Once the chicken has cooked add the mushrooms, green chilies, lime juice and lime leaves
- Add salt to taste
- Bring back to a boil and add the cherry tomatoes. Cook only for another 1 min
- Serve right away with fresh lime leaves
Hello my Dear Wonderfull Readers!!
How are you all doing today? The weather here is slowly changing and the nights are getting colder. The evening’s are breezy and that is the perfect excuse to make hot samosas don’t you think? Traditionally, samosas are make with a potato based stuffing with a wide variety of spices. But today, I bring to you my perfect spicy twist to this much loved snack. Now given that it is only a snack, the idea of spending the least amount of time in the kitchen has to be a part of this recipe right? So I recommend buying samosa patty’s from your super market cause they save so much time!! So all you have to do, is make the filling, make the samosa cone and fry them!! So simple!
So firstly you need to know how to make the Achari Murgh. Now Achari Murgh literally translates to ” Pickled Chicken”. NO I am not going to ask you to pickle a chicken. We are going to cook the chicken in a medley of spices that usually are used while making pickles. The most prominent of these spices is the “KALONJI”. Samosas are the best sort of snack for a cold evening with a hot cup of coffee and this recipe is the right mix of spicy and crispy!
Ingredients for the stuffing :–
- Chicken – 500 gms ( minced)
- Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
- Methi Seeds / Coriander Seeds – 1/2 tsp
- Kalonji – 1/ tsp
- Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
- Dry Red Chillies – 6 -8
- Oil – 2 tbsp
- Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp
- Green Chillies – 2 ( chopped fine)
- Salt – according to taste
- Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
- Lime Juice – 5 tbsp
- In a large pan, add the minced chicken, lemon juice, ginger garlic paste and 1/2 tsp salt. Set aside to rest for 30 mins
- Once you are ready to cook the chicken, heat oil in a large khadai
- Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds, methi seeds, kalonji, mustard seeds and dry red chillies. Fry till the red chillies get roasted and plump
- Then add the green chillies and the marinated chicken
- Add the chilli powder and cook till the chicken is cooked well and all the water has evaporated.
- Set aside to cool down
Ingredients to assemble the samosa :-
- Samosa Patti / pastry – 1 pack ( around 15)
- Boiled Potatoes – 1/2 cup
- Deep fried Onions – 1/2 cup *
- Coriander Leaves – 1/4 cup ( chopped fine)
- Mint Leaves – 1/4 cup ( chopped fine)
- Flour paste – add 2 tbsp of flour to 1 tbsp of water to form a thick paste (set aside)
- Oil – for deep frying
- In a large bowl, combine the cooked chicken, boiled potatoes, mint, coriander leaves and fried onions. add salt to taste
- Using the samosa patti / pastry, fold to form a cone.
- Then stuff the cone with the chicken mixture
- Using the flour paste, seal the corners
- Deep fry the samosas and serve right away with spicy mint chutney
Hello my dear wonderful readers!!
How are you all doing today? I cannot believe its already November and the year is coming to an end. The air is a little chilly and I pulled out my baby’s jackets and I realized I have to buy him new ones 🙂 . How time flies.
Anyways, so this time I am back with a lovely creamy, bold soup. Now traditionally it is made without the pumpkin and usually it goes with chicken. But this time I decided to make the soup creamy and thick and give it a new dimension. Hence the pumpkin.Trust me this soup is a meal in itself. You can make it completely vegan my omitting the pork but I wanted that little extra protein and so the addition of pork.
We absolutely love noodles at home. May it be rice, buckwheat, whole wheat, egg any sort, is always welcome. So the recipe calls of egg noddles but if you cannot get a hold of them then go ahead and use any noodle that you like. Just make sure that you add them just before you serve them in a bowl, or else they tend to absorb all the moisture from the soup and then just turn mushy. No one wants a mushy bowl of noodle soup right? This is not your typical noodle in a broth.
Preparing the Pork :-
- Pork – 400 gms ( lean fillet)
- Oil – 1 tsp
- Garlic – 1 tbsp ( choppped)
- Oyster Sauce – 1 tbsp
- Soya Sauce – 1 tsp
- Brown Sugar / Palm Sugar – 3 tsp
- Salt – to taste ( 1.2 tsp)
- Pepper – 1.2 tsp
- In a non stick pan, add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and cook till soft
- Then add the rest of the ingredients and cook on high for 2 min
- Then cover and cook for 5 min on medium heat
- Finally open the lid and cook till all the moisture is out
- Remove the cooked pork from the pan and toss out any excess fat on the pan
To Prepare the Pumpkin
- Pumpkin – 4 cups (skin peeled, innards removed and chopped)
- Potato – 1 cup ( chopped)
- Ginger – 1 tbsp ( choppped)
- Salt – 1 tsp
- Water – 4 cups
- In a large pot, combine all the ingredients and place on medium heat
- Cook till the pumpkin and potatoes are soft
- Once they are soft, spoon them out, into a blender
- Make a fine paste and set aside
To make the Khao Soi Paste :-
- Dried Red chilies – 25
- Water – 1/2 cup
- Garlic – 20
- Ginger – 2 tbp ( chopped fine)
- Cilantro leaves and steam – 1 cup ( packed)
- Shallots – 13
- Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
- Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
- Garam Masala Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Heat water till boiling point
- Place all the dried chillies into the boiling hot water and let them soak for 30 mins
- Later in the bowl of a blender add all the ingredients along with the soaked red chillies and the water and blend to make a fine thick paste
- Set aside ( you can use as much as you want for this recipe and freeze the rest for later use)
Making and Assembling the soup
Ingredients for the soup :-
- Egg noodles – 250 gms
- Oil – 2 tbsp
- Yellow Bell Pepper – 1/2 cup ( finely sliced)
- Red Bell Pepper – 1/2 cup ( finely sliced)
- Chicken Broth – 2 cups
- Basil Leaves – hand full
- Lime Juice – 3 tbs
- Coconut Milk – 1 can
- Coriander and lime for the final garnish
- In a large pot, heat oil
- Then add Khao Soi Paste and cook till the oil separates from the mixture
- Then add the pumpkin and potato mixture
- Cook and combine for 2 mins .Then Bell Pepper and chicken broth
- As the mixture begin to simmer add the coconut milk. Again mix well
- Mix well and bring to a boil again ( on medium heat)
- Once the mixture boils, add the basil leaves, lime juice and salt according to taste
- Cover and cook for another 5 mins and you are ready!
- While serving, first add the soup into a bowl, then add the noodles, the pork and finally garnish with some fresh corinader , lime and basil leaves! Yummm!!
Hello My Dear Wonderful Readers!
How are you all doing today? So my next recipe for the season is the Rice and Urad Dal Murukku. In case you have never had these before, let me tell you, this is the Indian version of a deep fried snack that comes in a number of variations that is a staple at your 4 o clock tea / coffee. Yes, we love to have a little some thing to “bite into” every evening. But of late these savory snacks have been reserved only to be savored during festivals such as Diwali etc. So I decided why not make a batch of these pinwheels. They are really easy to make but you do need a “Murukku Maker / Press” The theory is the same as a piping bag for cream, just that the mixture is tighter and thicker so you need a little more force when squeezing them.
These murukku makers are available in both brass and stainless steel. I have the brass one and they come with various ends / nozzles just like your piping tips. Best enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee these Murukku’s can last 2 – 3 weeks if kept in an air tight container. Make sure to use a good brand of oil. I used rice bran oil and you are sorted for a long time 🙂
- Rice Flour – 3 cups
- Urad Dal – 6 tbsp
- White Sesame Seeds – 1 tsp
- Black Sesame Seeds – 1 tsp
- Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
- Pepper Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Asafoetida – 1/2 tsp ( more if you like it pungent )
- Salt – to taste
- Oil – 3 tbsp
- Oil to fry
- Water to bind ( depends on the quality of the rice flour)
- Heat a heavy bottom Khadai and fry the urad dal till they start turning golden brown. Make sure to stir continuously or else the dal might burn
- Once they are ready , add into a blender and powder to a fine powder
- In a large plate/ even your kitchen counter, drop the rice flour, urad dal powder, salt, white and black sesame seeds, pepper powder and asafoetida. Give it all a nice mix with the tips of your finger to spread the ingredients evenly
- Then add the 3 tsp of oil and mix into the mixture till they almost resemble bread crumbs
- Finally add water little bit at a time to make a nice tight dough. Remember all you need is the dough to come together
- Take small portion of the mixture and run it through the murukku maker to see if you are able to make nice round circles. If you find that the circle keeps falling or breaking then you need little more water in the dough
- Once you have your dough ready, heat oil in a khadai ( enough to be able to deep fry these wheels)
- Cut a baking paper into equal sqares and at the back draw circles of equal size. you can use these as a stencil to make all your murukkkus
- Now attach the start tip to the murukku maker and fill the barrel with the rice flour dough
- Slowly make round shapes of the murukku on your prepared baking paper
- Start from the inside and go round towards the outside
- Once you reach the outside, pinch the end towards the murukku
- Once you oil is nice and hot ( make sure the oil is always at medium flame not too hot and not too cold)
- Fry these in batches of 2 – 3 depending on the size of your khadai. Wait til they turn golden bown on both sides. Keep turning them when in the oil for even browning
- Lay them on kitchen paper tower to soak up the excess oil
- You Murukku is ready! Store in an air tight container
Hello my Dear Wonderful readers!!
So I am back with my next recipe and that is my easy peasy Milk Powder Peda! These are super easy to make. Traditionally you will note that this sweet is make from Khoya and if that is easily available to you then you could make it that way too. But I am a mommy of a two year old and I run the kitchen and the house along with looking after him without any help. So any quick Indian sweet recipe is always welcome. These sweets are a favorite among people of all ages. My husband absolutely loves these and they are made every year around this time. So I am off to making more Diwali recipes and I leave you with this beauty!
- Milk Powder – 2 cup
- Condensed Milk – 400 gms ( 1 can)
- Cardamom Powder – 1/4 tsp
- Saffron – 15 strands
- Milk – 1 tbsp (warm)
- Ghee – 4 tbsp + to apply on hand while rolling the peda
- In a small glass, combine the warm milk and saffron strands and let it rest while we get on with the rest
- In a heavy bottom non stick pan, add ghee. Once the ghee has melted add the condensed milk
- Now using a spatula, mix the condensed milk and ghee well till you see bubbles begin to form on the side
- Then add in the milk powder and move quickly
- Mix well and continuously stir till there are no lumps left. Using the spatula, press down on all the lumps and give it a good mix
- Next add the saffron soaked in milk and the cardamom powder
- Give it a good mix
- Cook the mixture till you see that it begins to form a single big lump
- Then take it off the heat and set aside to cool
- Meanwhile grease a plate with ghee and apply some on your hands too
- Now slowly make small roundels with equal quantities of the mixture in the palm of your hand
- Set aside on the greased plate. This works well when the mixture is still warm and not too hot to touch
- Once you are done with all the pedas, make small indent with you finger or use a stamp to make an impression on the top of the peda and place pistachio slivers, saffron strands etc
- Your home made milkpowder pedas are ready!
Hello My Dear Wonderful Readers!
How are you all doing? Today, I finally got my Diwali lights out on the balcony and my son was super excited! He ran out onto the balcony saying “Wooow..so pretty! “. He was in his PJs and his little eyes twinkled in the reflection from the fairy lights. Hey do you follow me on Instagram? Cause if you do, then you can see the live photos of what I describe here. Search for A cupcake for love and you will find me. I share most of my day meals or finds on my Instagram handle and I would love to hear from you.
So Diwali is a few days from now and I did make a few sweets but I have been procrastinating and not putting up the recipes on the blog. To make amends I am starting with my ‘easy peasy’ Gulab Jamun. Now as we go move along you will notice that most of my Diwali sweet recipes include Milk Powder. This is the lazy mum’s easy way to make home made sweets, satisfy sweet tooth’s, not spend too much time in the kitchen and also enjoy the holiday. So I am not saying these are authentic in anyway, but you know what, they taste just as good and they guarantee satisfaction 🙂
So here is the recipe for my Milk Powder Gulab Jamun
Ingredients for the sugar syrup –
- Sugar – 1 cup
- Water – 1 + 1/2 cup
- Cardamom Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Saffron – 8 – 10 strands
- In a heavy bottom pan, combine water and sugar
- With the heat on medium, slowly mix the water and sugar till it dissolves
- Then add the cardamom and saffron
- Now bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the flame and let it simmer till the mixture begins to thicken (around 10 mins)
- Continue stirring till the sugar and water mixture thickens ( dip a ladle into the mixture and see it it coats the back in a nice thick layer )
- Set aside
- Milk Powder – 1 cup
- All purpose Flour/ Maida – 2 tbsp
- Baking Soda – 1/4 tsp
- Oil – for frying (depends on the vessel)
- Milk – 1/3 cup
- Butter – 1 tbsp (melted and cooled)
- In a large bowl, combine milk powder, maida, baking soda and mix well
- Then add the melted butter and combine well with the flour
- Finally add little milk at a time and slowly knead the flour to form a nice ball ( may be a little sticky but that’s ok)
- Leave it to rest for 10 mins
- During that time heat a heavy bottom pan with oil on medium ( use enough to deep fry)
- Finally make tiny lemon size balls with the milk powder mixture and set aside
- Slowly fry these balls on medium till golden brown
- After you have fried them, drop it into the prepared sugar syrup ( its best if the sugar syrup is warm)
- Let it soak for an hour and they are ready!