Weird things happen to me. For instance I was born blue. No really, I was (*reasserts emphatically* )born blue colored. Why? There could be many reasons for that. One,mother is an alien who my dad had bought back from his trip to Mars. Two, I was born to Red Indians who painted me blue as soon as I was born. Three, I’m made of water. Four, None of the above. I would prefer it very much if the first option was true. However it is not. And to my great disappointment( and broken fantasies), neither are second and third. There was a medical reason for it. A nurse in the hospital turned off my mom’s oxygen supply(accidentally, i s’pose), and by the time someone came in, she was blue. And so was the baby, which was me. It was no surprise that I too came out blue. I guess I should just be glad that I came out alive. A few minutes more without oxygen would’ve been my ticket to heaven. Obviously my father bought the hospital down, calling the staff ‘careless’ and err….quite a few other colorful words. However mom’s major worry was that I was a girl(I still am), and I’d probably not like growing up blue while the rest of the world was white,pale or brown.(Ahh..this beauty conscious world). My cousin was born two days after me. And he was………yes,perfectly white with pink cheeks….cherubic, gurgling, …..perfect kind of baby that you see in nappy ads. So obviously he was getting more hugs and kisses than me(which is quite unfair…people are so racist….just because I belonged to the blue race didn’t mean that I should be neglected). However, to mom’s great relief, I returned to normal ‘baby color’ just in a week(Actually not very miraculous, since my oxygen deficit was being made up for). “I mean, you’re a girl. It would’ve been a tough life, being blue”, mom says, whenever I ask her to talk about my ‘blue birth’. I don’t know what made me write this stuff today, but of late I’ve been doing weird things. Was just wondering if that very initial oxygen deprivation addled my brain? just a little bit…..not too much,of course.
1 kg chicken
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp ground black pepper
salt to taste
1 tsp crushed cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
8-10 green chilies cut in halves
2 tsp ground red pepper
1 tsp paprika powder
5-6 tomatoes diced
4 tbsp butter
5 tbsp oil
1/3 cup chopped fresh coriander
1/4 cup water
3 tbsp of ginger finely sliced(for garnishing)
How To Go About It
In a wok add butter and oil with diced tomatoes. Add the salt, black pepper,red pepper,turmeric,paprika and the ginger-garlic paste. Also add the chicken and water. Cover with a lid and let it simmer on low heat. Cook for about 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. Use a spoon to crush the tender tomatoes.
Add the green chilies. and chopped coriander leaves. and crushed cardamom.
Boil Pasta as per the instructions on the package.
In 4 tablespoon oil, add sliced tomatoes. Stir with a spoon to let them cook in their juices. Then add the sliced chicken. Add 1/4 cup water. Add all the dry spices and salt and stir with a spoon. Cover this with a lid. And let it simmer for 15 min.
After 15 min, add another 4 tbsp oil,add green chili, bell pepper, carrot, spring onions.
Add soy sauce, chili sauce and vinegar. Stir with a spoon.
Add the chicken chili mixture into boiled penne pasta. And Mix with a spoon.
I vividly remember that my childhood was full of KFC. I loved my kids meal.Actually at that age I wasn’t interested in food of any kind,the main attraction was the toy that came with kids meal. For a long long time we went no where else but KFC to eat out,because I refused to go anywhere else. Being the only child for a large period of time,my parents indulged me until I was spoiled rotten. This led to me having huge expectations. I expected cell phones to spring out of my KFC goody bag. And since the cell phones never sprung out,my spirits were dampened and I acted grumpy until my parents left the place. According to my mother,I was a difficult child to live with. That is until my next hellion( demon) of a sister was born. I love her,but seriously…..Sometimes I want to dump her in a trash can and cover the lid( Harsh Ayesha….harsh). Then the third hellion came, and I was no longer spoiled. I became, well…….”me”. Anyway, I forgot to mention that I almost always had a Zinger burger in my kids meal. We don’t really go to KFC any more. It’s Nandos or Arizona Grill now. However we still have our occasional KFC Zinger,one made at home!!
How to Go About it
1/2 kg boneless chicken cut for zingers
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
*****Marinate Chicken in above spices and leave for 1 hour*****
Coating One (Whisk the following in a bowl)
1/2 cup milk
1 egg beaten
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tbsp cornflour
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
Coating Two (Mix the following in a bowl)
1/2 cup cornflour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Coating and Frying Instructions(After Chicken has been Marinated)
Roll each of the chicken cuts in Coating one,then in coating two and lastly in cornflakes.
Deep fry in a wok/pan/deep fryer.Cover with a lid and deep fry for 15-20 min. KFC uses pressure cookers.But using pressure cookers inside the house is not recommended.
If I was a cartoon character, I’d be Jerry. Yes Jerry from the good ole Tom and Jerry. Not because I’m too clever by half (that too) but because I adore cheese. I’ll even fight menacing cats and huge dogs to get to a nicely treated chunk of Swiss cheese. Or any kind of cheese for that matter. Cheddar cheese for example is another Swiss cheese for me. Forgive me cheese connoisseurs for saying that. I really am basic when it comes to explaining my choices. While preparing a pizza, lasagna,mac n cheese etcetera etcetera I do pop a huge chunk of cheese in my mouth. I roll it around till the tang settles deeply into my taste buds. Then I chew it bit by bit. My canines, molars and premolars gnawing cheerfully. I savor my cheese to the last particle. Then, I lick my lips in a classic 80’s villain faced-with-pitiful-victim style . A suitable end to a lovely odyssey.
Mac N’ Cheese Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup boiled and shredded chicken
2 cups cheddar
1/4 packet macaroni boiled
1/2 onion chopped
1/2 tsp oregano
salt to taste
1 tsp black pepper powdered
1 cup milk
1 garlic clove minced
2 tbsp all purpose flour
3 tbsp + 1 tbsp butter
Mac N’ Cheese How to:
In a pan melt butter on low heat
Add onion and garlic clove and stir.
Add milk and whisk.
Season with black pepper, salt and oregano.
Let the milk thicken.
Fold in the shredded chicken,boiled macaroni and cheese.
This was my first time making these rolls. These are a medley of spices I love. Cheesy,chicken-ey deliciousness packed in little envelopes. These guys were so utterly lovely and amazing that I had to share them with you! Lastly I’ll just thankGod that they turned out so well, and take a huge chunky bite dipped in ketchup to tantalize my taste buds!…I’m lovin’ it ❤
What you Need(For Dough)
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp yeast
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp Yogurt
Dissolve sugar and yeast in 4 tbsp warm water
Mix rest of the ingredients
Knead to make a soft dough(With warm water)
Cover it with cloth. And leave it to rise for 1 hour.
After an hour. Roll out the dough into an 1/8 inch thick circle with a rolling pin.
Divide this into eight triangles.
What you need(for Filling)
1 small onion diced
3/4 cup shredded chicken
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 cup milk
salt to taste
1 tsp black pepper powder
1 tsp oregano powder
1 capsicum diced
1 carrot diced
2 spring onions chopped
4 green chilies sliced
1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
1 egg beaten
Melt butter, add onions,cook till transparent.Add capsicum,salt,black pepper and origano.
Add flour. Stir and cook for a minute
Add milk and cook till it thickens.
Add green chili,spring onion,carrot and shredded chicken.
Leave this filling to cool.
Putting it all together
Put little amount of filling on the broader side of each triangle. Stretch each triangle a little.
Sprinkle generous quantities of cheddar on each.
fold and brush with egg.Folding these is somewhat like folding croissants.
Set them to bake on a lightly greased baking tray.
There’s always one Saturday night when I’m up late and the rest of the house is asleep. Inevitably I get hungry, and I want something instantly. No, I won’t order something from Pizza Hut or Nandos. Because when I do that, I fall asleep after placing the order. I am terrible at waiting 😛 Someone else has to get up from their dear sleep, and get the food in. I’d rather go to the kitchen and make my supper spicy spaghetti. I can’t say enough about them. I love them and will have them any time.Especially with a side dish of mash potatoes! Sharing my recipe here!
What you need for it
Half a packet spaghetti- Boiled
1 capsicum finely chopped
1 carrot finely chopped
1/2 red onion chopped
1/2 cabbage finely chopped
A few spring onions chopped
1 cup boiled shredded chicken
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 can pureed tomatoes
2 tsp red chili powder
1 tbsp black pepper ground
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp white vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup chili sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp cornflour
vegetable oil to fry
How to go about it
Take a large pan and heat oil in it
On a low heat add the spring onions,capsicum,carrot,onion,and cabbage. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes
Add the shredded chicken to the pan and stir.
Add pureed tomatoes to the pan. stir. Add all the spices,sauces and vinegar and stir them into the material in the pan.
Put cornflour in cooled chicken stock and mix with a spoon. (Warning: putting it in hot stock will curdle cornflour)
Add the cornflour/stock mixture to the pan and stir.
Lastly add boiled spaghetti to the pan and mix them into all the fried material. Fry every thing for 5-7 minutes
Your super spicy spaghetti is ready. The more you make them, the less time it will take. I take maximum half an hour to put the deal together. I love the hot and sour-ness of these!