Hot N’ Spicy Chicken Karahi

       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.

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Ingredients:

  • 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
  • 3 cardamom-crushed
  • 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.
  • Let it simmer for 5-7 minutes then turn off heat.
  • Garnish with sliced ginger.
  • Serve with tortillas/peta bread/ paratha/naan.

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Spicy Chickpea and Potato Salad

Salad Sunday #2

 

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photo0495What You Need

  • 1 cup dried black chickpeas 
  • 1 onion, finely chopped 
  • 1 potato in cubes( boiled)
  • 1 large Tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 or 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp Chaat masala 
  • 1 tsp black cumin powder
  • 1/2 cup Tamarind paste
  • 2 or 3 tsp Lemon juice 
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste

How To Go About It

  •  Soak the dry chickpeas overnight or for 8-9 hours. 
  •  Once they are soaked, drain the water. 
  •  In a pressure cooker add the soaked chickpeas with enough water. 
  •  Pressure cook for 6-7 minutes or until the chickpeas are tender. 
  •  Once the pressure cooker cools down, drain the cooked chickpeas 
  •  In a large bowl, add all the ingredients including the chickpeas. 
  •  Mix well. 
  •  Taste and if required add more of the spices or salt. 

 

Before serving just garnish with some coriander leaves and lemon wedges. 

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Chicken Chili Penne Pasta

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What You need(3 Medium serves)

1 1/4 cup sliced chicken in chunks

1 baby carrot chopped

1 bell pepper chopped

4 green chili chopped

2 spring onions chopped

1 large tomato thinly sliced

1 tsp red chili powder

1 tsp oregano powder

1 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp ground cumin seeds

1/4 cup chili sauce

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tbsp white vinegar

Salt to taste

1 small package uncooked penne pasta 

Oil to saute

How to go about it

  • 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.

 

Enjoy This…….Love,xxx

Skewered Mutton Boti Tikka!

       I’ve been quite busy these days with winter holidays(It sounds a bit ironic actually). We are enjoying these days so much at my house. Everyday is a festive day with chatter,chai, sweet treats and savory as well. My mother has been cooking a lot too. And I’ve been meaning to share some of her recipes as well but always get short on time. Time is somewhat magical. I mean only yesterday I was eight(Not really), and just wanted a doll in pram( once I got it I moved on to something else), and was happy to lie for hours on a carpet with my head in mom’s lap( until the head grew big and she told me that it tires out her legs), listening to fairy tales……Oh God. Look what I’m writing now,and what I was supposed to write about.New year resolution: Ayesha Stop bantering.Focus,focus.(Will try,honestly!) Anyway, presenting mom’s mutton boti tikka recipe now. Which I helped her out with since it’s not a one person thing. It was gorgeous and delicious. Wish I had saved some botis for today as well.

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Basic Ingredient

  • 1 1/2 kilo mutton/beef cut in  1.5 inch cubes

To Marinate(Mix following in a large bowl)

  • 2 tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste
  • Juice from 4 lemons
  • 3 tsp red chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 12 tsp Raw Papaya( green papaya) paste
  • 1 tsp oregano powder(optional)
  • 5 tsp chat masala
  • 1 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 cu vegetable oil

*****Marinate the meat for approx 8 hours.It will absorb flavors and grow tender****

Finally set up your grill with hot coals.

Pierce the  skewers  through the botis/meat cubes 

Keep turning the skewers until the meat is perfectly browned.

Serve with puris/parathas/naans/tortillas,& Sliced onions and lemons.

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A MILLION SPLENDID HUGS &LOVE TO Y’ALL…….Hope people are done with their new year resolutions. I’m still working on mine 😛 Keep rocking like you always do. Best Wishes. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Chicken Jalfrezi With Fried Rice!

This post will have to be without an intro, I’ve decided. Can I explain this food? No I can’t. You have to eat it to know it. Hot. Spicy.Delicious. 
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Ingredients For Jalfrezi

  • 1/2 kg chicken in cubes
  • 2 medium onions cut in cubes
  • 2 medium size capsicum cut in cubes
  • 3 medium tomatoes cut in cubes
  • 3-4 green chilies slit into halves
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper ground
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp cornflour

Method

  • Cook Half the tomatoes in oil. Stir with spoon till mashed
  • Then add chicken in cubes and all the spices on high flame
  • Add yogurt also. Stir constantly.
  • When the chicken changes color,add 3 tbsp water and cover the lid. Let it cook till tender.
  • Now add capsicum, onion, tomatoes(rest of the half) and green chilies.
  • Mix well.Give 5 min cooking time to veggies. Don’t overcook veggies.
  • Dish out the material and serve with fried rice.

Ingredients For Fried Rice

  • 3 cups rice-boiled
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup cabbage
  • 1 carrot  diced into bits
  • 1 onion chopped into cubes
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp chili sauce
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 spring onions chopped

Method

  • Whisk and fry the eggs. Scramble to little pieces.set aside.
  • Saute vegetables. set aside.
  • Add boiled rice,sauteed vegetables and rice in a pan.
  • Stir fry everything for a few minutes.
  • Add fried egg on the top at the last minute.Mix it in.
  • Serve with Jalfrezi.

Enjoy and Share With Friends And Family.

Lots of love and Hugs.

Ayesha

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Delectable Low Calorie Pizza!

    I was a little low today. Maybe because of a dream-cum-movie( It was hours long!) I watched while asleep. I wouldn’t call it a nightmare. It was, for the want of a better word,’zany’. The kind of bizarre film that leave you feeling lethargic. Anyway I should be happy that it wasn’t Paranormal Activity 5. It could have been, given that I read a lot of true horror stories yesterday. An American haunting(truth behind it) and The exorcism of Emily Rose(truth behind it) being just two of them. Pictures never lie, words may or may not. These stories are accompanied with pictures of the horrifying details.I cried and even prayed for the alleged victims. Do we ever wonder how blessed we are,like ever?  If we look at those who actually suffer, we might stop whining about our so-called miserable lives and start being thankful for once. A lot of us don’t even know the S of suffering, and God forbid that we ever do. Its about time we began looking at the fuller part of the glass, rather than moan about the empty space. Anyway, I had to do something to get rid of yesterdays lethargic sadness. For that I made a feel good pizza today. It was the most absolutely delicious one ever. And there was no guilt, since it was low-fat. Not overloaded with cheese like pizzas usually are. To accompany the pizza I also read a lovely novel ” I’ve got your number” by the absolutely marvelous, my all-time favorite author Sophie Kinsella. For those of you who don’t know Kinsella, I pity you. She writes such light, witty ,amazing novels and has such a perfect comic timing. I was left absolutely refreshed and revitalized after the pizza and the novel! 

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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

Method(Dough)

  • 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 one hour roll out the dough. Personally I prefer a thin crust over a thick one.But roll out as you wish.

What you need(for Topping)

  • 1 small onion diced
  • 3/4 cup boiled and 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 egg beaten

Method( Topping)

  • Melt butter, add onions,cook till transparent.Add capsicum,salt,black pepper and oregano.
  • 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.

For Garnishing(Sprinkle over Topping before and NOT after baking )

  • 5 tbsp Cheddar cheese. Yes that’s all the cheese in our pizza. Just slice it all over the pizza randomly.
  • One small tomato sliced. Place slices randomly over the pizza.

Tip

* I bake the rolled out dough for 10 minutes BEFORE applying topping on it. The crust is firmer and tastier. The rest of baking will take place after applying the topping( that is 10-15 minutes more). Overall 20-25 minutes.

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Spicy Ladyfinger with Sauteed Potatoes & Tomatoes :Delicious Vegetarian Eating

    There’s a haunted looking tree in our backyard. Huge,with strange fruit growing all over it. It looks like an elongated version of a ladyfinger. Yet it looks dry….and creepy. Our Punjabi housekeeping lady told us that it was a vegetable called ‘hewra’, ‘chewra’ or something of the sort. She even took it to her home to cook it for her kids. I have been suspicious of this strange thing for a very long time. And sadly, I still am. Anyway, I’m trying to Google it these days. One day I will  come across its name and origin. Cooking  ladyfingers today reminded me of this strangely familiar specimen. I wonder if it’s from the ladyfinger family. Anyway, I’m still sniffing around for bits  of information. What is it? where does it come from? Does anyone eat it? Is it poisonous? Phew! Loads of questions and no answers. 

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I’ve been doing some real thinking today about eating healthy. And I’ve decided that from now on greens will be an essential part of my diet. To make the eating a healthy one. Obviously there will be comfort foods( no one touches my comfort food!) but there will be veggies too. I’m a normal weight (quite well under my BMI)  thanks to my metabolism but I’ve decided that this will not mean that I will eat unhealthy stuff. I will alternate and do a little bit of detoxification now and then. This is my new year resolution(One I shall stick to InshaAllah!). Therefore today  I cooked some delicious ladyfingers in steamed potatoes, tomatoes and onions. Who’d have thought this would be so utterly lovely tasting? Washed it down with my favorite red grape juice.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 kg Ladyfingers chopped into round rings
  • 3 potatoes chopped into small even pieces
  • 2 tomatoes chopped into small bits
  • 1 onion finely sliced
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 pieces garam masala ( Or oregano powder 1 tsp)
  • 3 Green Chilies
  • 2 tsp Ground red chili 
  • 2 tsp black cumin seeds
  • 1/4 cup fresh yogurt
  • vegetable oil to saute

Instructions:

  • Add 1/4  tbsp vegetable oil into a pan. Turn on low heat. Add Onions to it. Add potatoes to it. Cover the pan and let these grow a bit tender for 10 minutes . Then add the tomatoes. 

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  • Cover the pan with a lid and let the potatoes, onions and tomatoes simmer for another 5 -7 minutes. Then open the lid and crush only the tomatoes with a spoon. The tomatoes will release juices which will then simmer. Cover the lid and leave it for 10 minutes to simmer on low heat.

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  • Before the next step check if your potatoes are nearly tender. Do this by taste testing one piece. Add spices and mix. Then add the chopped ladyfingers.

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  • Cover the lid and let it cook for 10 minutes. Then add 1/4 cup fresh yogurt. Stir the yogurt into it. Let it cook for 5 minutes.  Garnish with green chilies. Serve with tortillas or in burritos.

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Does Red Grape juice count as a Green?   -__-

Hot N’ Sour Soup

What do I want? I want a real winter. A real winter with real snow. A lot of you guys might be questioning yourself, “Is she mad?”. Don’t judge me, hear me out. Unlike most of you, I live in a place which has summer for ten WHOLE months. The last two months are fake winters,that is winters without snow. I think wintery-winters are lovely. And its not just the snow. Its the warm blankets, hot food,coffee,chocolate,nuts,soup,gossip and laziness that attracts me. I’m attracted to cold mist and cold hands. Glad to have a break from the moisture and sweat that marks the other months. Maybe I should consider myself lucky that we often end up with the best of both seasons. Even the summer heat is never smoldering, its just there too much of the time. Does that mean we don’t have spring and autumn? Probably,since I never spotted the difference. Either it’s cold or it’s warm. It was  cold yesterday, I could feel the winter on my nose. The best way to feel winter on your nose it to touch it. The feeling is like porcelain left in the fridge for a while. I wonder if it can crack as well if I pinch it. My sister told me to try it out! Obviously I did not 😛 Anyway. I made hot n’ sour soup for the two of us yesterday. We love this soup. Its the “sssss soup”. All you can do after eating it is stutter and gasp, from the hot and spicy-ness of it! And its super easy, super delicious,super everything good!

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Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 8-10 green chili(finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cabbage(finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp red chili sauce
  • 1/3 cup tomato ketchup
  • 2-3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp white (or black) pepper
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 6 cup chicken stock
  • 1/6 of spaghetti packet boiled (we just need a few noodles based on how much you want in your soup)
  •  2 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 egg whisked
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded chicken

How to go about it

  • In a pan stir fry shredded chicken in 2 tbsp oil. Just fry for a minute or two. Take out and set aside.
  • In a pan  add finely chopped green chili and cabbage. Saute for a while in some vegetable oil.
  •  Add chili sauce, soy sauce,salt,pepper,red chili powder,brown sugar,chicken stock,ketchup.
  • Add boiled noodles and stir.
  • Let the soup simmer.
  • Add fried chicken to the pan.
  • Dissolve cornflour in 2 tbsp water and pour into the soup. This is to thicken it slightly.
  • Pour egg over soup in THREADS and not lumps. You can use a piping bag/Plastic bag with tiny hole/spoon for this.Be careful.
  • Let the soup simmer for a while before serving.

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Beef Skewered Kebabs : Its Barbecue Time!

Family get togethers are perhaps the best time to get elaborate with food. Enhancing the “redness” quotient by grilling kebabs, and a lot of spices with it makes simplest of gatherings moments to be remembered. I am someone who loves the idea of  barbecuing with family. Loads of pointless and not-so-pointless chatter reminds me of how much I love my family and how happy we are whenever we are together. This is also a time when i email a big thank you note to God from the computer of my heart, thanking Him for his numerous blessings 🙂 Here, before I totally get off the topic. I shall go ahead and share the recipe for making amazing Shish/Seekh/Grilled Kebabs.

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On my plate :)
On my plate 🙂

Spicy Mint-coriander chutney                                                                 Spicy Mint-coriander chutney

Ingredients (Serves 2):

  • 500 gms beef/mutton mince
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped coriander
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder(see how to make it)
  • 2-3 green chilies very finely chopped 
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetable oil ( To apply on shish kebabs before grilling)

How to go about it:

Put on your rubber gloves (Or take a wooden paddle) and mix all the ingredients very well with mince meat. Let the mince cool in the fridge for about an hour. Take the skewers and apply meat over them with hands. Apply a little oil on the meat. Set it to grill. Keep turning over the skewers so that the meat is well cooked. This is not something you can leave to cook on its own, while you tidy up your kitchen 😛 

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Serve with:

Grind mint and coriander leaves with  some water salt, lemon juice, red chili powder and green chilies. This makes really spicy mint- coriander chutney. Kebabs to be served with this chutney. Slice thin onion rings and cucumber rings to serve with kebabs. Have a delicious meal 😀

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Super Spicy Haleem !!

Haleem is a traditional hyderabadi food which we all love. Its super spicy, meaty and ofcoarse lip-smackin’ yummy. When it comes to eating haleem sprinkled with green chilli,ginger shavings and lime, there is no stopping us. Too much becomes too little 😛 Now a days we have packed masalas for everything and similarly for haleem we get the ever so popular shan haleem mix. But in my dictionary there can be NOTHING that can compete with home-cooked, traditionally-traditional haleem. EVER. 🙂 So here’s the recipe which makes this mouth-watering haleem.

Garnished Super Spicy Haleem :)
Garnished Super Spicy Haleem 🙂
Ingredients

1 kg boneless meat- mutton or lamb
3 cups cracked wheat
4 tsp ginger-garlic paste
3 green chilies
5 teaspoons fresh grated coconut
1 cup each urad, tur and chana daal
1 cup long grain basmati rice
1 tsp red chilli powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp black pepper corns
1 teaspoon zafran
1 teaspoon black cumin seeds
1 cinnamon stick,
2-3 cardamom cloves
1/2 cup oil(or ghee)
1 cup fresh coriander leaves,
¼ cup fresh mint and
5-6 green chillies
Salt to taste
Oil and ghee as required

For garnishing:

Green chillies
1 cup crispy golden fried onions
chopped corriander leaves
5 teaspoons of onion flavored oil
Sliced lemon

Method
– First wash and soak the cracked wheat for at least half an hour. Then wash and clean the mutton thoroughly. Do trim away excess fat.

– Mix the mutton with ginger-garlic paste, ½ tsp salt, red chilli powder and turmeric powder.

– Cook the mutton on high flame for 8-10 minutes in a pressure cooker and then let it simmer simmer for another 15-20 minutes. After it cools down, shred and keep aside.

– Boil the cracked wheat along with rice, urad, tur and chana dal. Add ginger-garlic paste, pinch of turmeric powder, 2-3 green chillies, ½ tsp black pepper corns in 8-10 cups of water until it’s cooked completely and the water is almost absorbed by the wheat.

– Put this wheat in a blender and puree it in batches. Remove and keep aside.

– Heat the oil in another container adding all the whole spices and shredded meat, ½ cup fresh coriander and saute for a 2-3 min.

– Add 3 cups of water and bring it to a boil. Add the cooked wheat and mix well. Keep adding a little bit of ghee from time to time so that the mixture doesn’t stick to the pan. Add zafraan. Do check the salt and add if needed.

– Let it simmer for half an hour. Ideally, it should simmer for 9-10 hours. Keep stirring in between. Serve hot with garnishing of fried onions, sliced green chillies, lemon juice  and freshly chopped coriander.

Have a Spicy Cooking Day 🙂 🙂 xoxo

Cooking in an extra large steel pan for the family :P
Cooking in an extra large steel pan for the family 😛

Have a seat please :)

Have a seat please 🙂