Chicken Gyro – From Scratch

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Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!

How are you all doing? So remember how I had a post for my Tzatziki Sauce, well the primary reason to make that dip was this! These rolls are to die for and I am not saying that just cause I want you to try it. These rolls are the right combination of veggies, meat and sauce. Unlike many other wraps that are filled with oil clad fries, loads of cheese and deep fried meat, this wrap can actually be considered as a healthy option. At our place, we love having rolls and most of the time I end up making everything a wrap. Simple everyday dishes can be rolled up into a chapati or any other flat bread and make a delicious and quick snack or meal. I like making my own bread. In this case I made the pita bread and the sauce too. If you are going to make it, then I suggest you do the same.

  • Now one thing that you should always have in mind while making a wrap is that, you really want everything to be fresh. All your vegetables should be fresh and try to cut them up just before you make the wrap.
  • If you are using leafy vegetables like lettuce, spinach etc, after you wash them, make sure to dry them out completely. Use a large sieve or colander and let them dry completely before you use them in a wrap. Or else your wrap will be soggy and limp. No one likes a soggy wrap/ roll.
  • The meat should be cooked and ready to be plated. The reason I say this is that you do not want to add the vegetables on the bread and then begin to cook the meat, then you will just end up with a soggy roll.
  • In this recipe, its best to marinate the chicken overnight or for 3 hours. Cause apart from the Tzatziki thats the only thing that going to add flavour to the roll

Ingredients for the Chicken :-

  1. Chicken breast – 500 gms
  2. Oregano – 2 tsp
  3. Garlic – 2 tbsp (chopped)
  4. Yogurt – 1/4th cup
  5. Chilli Flakes – 2 tsp
  6. Apple Cider Vinegar – 4 tbsp
  7. Olive Oil – 4 tbsp
  8. Pepper – 1 tsp
  9. Salt – 2 tsp

Instructions for the Chicken :-

  1. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients except the chicken
  2. It might look like theres a lot of marinade but do not worry. Now add the chicken breast to the marinade and coat well
  3. Cover and set aside in the fridge over night / 3 hours
  4. When you are ready to fry the chicken, heat a pan with olive oil
  5. Cook each chicken breast separately one at a time, do not over crowd the pan or else these will be release of the water from the pan and the chicken will not have that golden caramelisation
  6. After all the pieces have been fried, cut the pieces into small bite size chunks (as shown in the photos)

Assembling the Gyro

Ingredients :-

  1. English Cucumber – 4 ( chopped to bite size pieces)
  2. Tomatoes – 4 (chopped to the same size)
  3. Onions – 3 ( chopped fine)
  4. Lettuce – 7 – 10
  5. Fresh Dill – 4 tbsp
  6. Chicken – as made above
  7. Pita bread
  8. Tzatziki Sauce

Instructions :-

  1. Place one pita bread in a plate
  2. Layer with lettuce leaves
  3. Then add tomatoes, cucumber, onions and chicken
  4. Sprinkle some fresh dill leaves and slowly pour some Tzatziki sauce over the chicken
  5. Roll from one end inwards and cover tightly with foil
  6. Serve right away

Street Style Boiled Peanuts – (Bangalore food)

 

 

 

 

 

This post is not much of a recipe post but I did want to include it cause it brings back wonderful memories of cold rainy days after college and this old selling steaming hot boiled peanuts, right outside the gates. Even today when its raining and cloudy, I can smell that salty peanuty air. I would get a handful for 10 Rps but it was so good! I could hear my moms voice asking me to think twice before popping one into my mouth. But I would quickly dismiss the thought as I would convince myself that the water was boiling and therefore did not really matter. But soon I realised that you could make the same thing at home. So this is my version of the boiled peanut 🙂

Ingredients :-

  1. Peanuts – 1/2 kg ( in the shell)
  2. Water – 2 cups
  3. Salt – 1 tbsp

Instructions :-

  1. In a cooker add water and salt. Mix well.
  2. Then add the peanuts
  3. Turn on the flame and let the whistle blow 3 – 4 times
  4. Then turn off the flame and let the cooker let out all the steam on its own
  5. Finally open the cooker and serve right away!!

*Variations – You could add a little chilli powder or lime juice

Menasinakai Bajji / Green Chilli Fritters

 

 

 

 

 

Hello my wonderful readers! How have you all been? I have ben down with a horrible fever and cold again! and this time it resulted in a horrible syncs attack too! argue. As I type out this post I have a big box of tissues near me and a hot mug of rassam. Now that is why I haven’t ben able to cook or post anything this week.

Tomorrow is Onam! My little baby is going to celebrate his first Onam and I am so excited! I can’t wait to go to my moms place for all the good food. I will try to take a few photos of the spread.

Till then I would like to share the recipe for this hot hot green chili fritter.

Ingredients :-

  1. Banana green Chilli – 10 – 15( slit vertically)
  2. Gram Flour – 2 cups
  3. Water – 1 cup
  4. Chilly Powder – 1 tsp ( or according to taste)
  5. Cooking Soda – just a pinch
  6. Ginger Garlic Paste – 1/2tbsp
  7. Salt – according to taste
  8. Oil – for frying

Instructions:-

  1. Mix gram flour , chilly powder, soda, ginger – garlic paste together in a bowl
  2. Then add water little at a time. Make a nice thick paste. Just enough to coat the chilli when dipped into it ( it shouldn’t be runny)
  3. Then add salt and taste the batter to make sure you have enough there
  4. Now heat oil in a khadai or a heavy bottom wok
  5. Now dip the chillies individually into the flour batter and fry till nice and golden brown
  6. Let them sit on a kitchen towel or tissue paper to drain out the excess oil
  7. Serve hot with chilly chutney or tomato sauce
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