Jul 14, 2008

Chicken cutlets

I love cutlets.. veg or non veg this is my all time fav snack. My daughter also started liking it now so thats another reason why i should make this often!

As i said in my earlier post the masalas in the recipe are not the exact as my son was sick i couldnt make out how much i added. But in the end it turned out to be yummmy and crispy!

200 grms chicken cooked and shredded
2 large potatoes boiled and mashed.
1 large onion finely chopped
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
2 green chills chopped finely
1 tbsp coriander pwdr
1/2 tbsp garam masala
lots of coriander leaves chopped finely
3 white bread (1 day old) or 1 cup bread crumbs
1 egg beaten
oil for shallow frying

Heat some in a kadai and add the onions. When they are brown add the ginger garlic paste and fry for another few mts. When both are mixed well add the shredded chicken and mashed potatoes to it and mix well. fry again for 2-3 mts and add the coriander pwdr and garam masala to it. Mix well and add the fresh coriander leaves to it. Let the mixture cool.

Cut small pieces of the bread and run through the mixer (the small jar) and it will turn to bread crumbs. You can also use the ready made bread crumbs.

When the mixture is cooled make small tikkis of it. Dip the tikkis in the egg and then dip in the bread crunbs. Make sure that it is well covered with the crunbs. And shallow fry.

Pepper Chicken

Before going for a long vaccation i wanted to make something special for my hubby yesterday i decided to make pepper chicken and chicken cutlets.. all the masalas might no be the exact because i was busy with a sick kid and in the midst of packing for my vaccation! Here goes 2 recipes and a bye for now to all till i come back!

Pepper chicken

1/4 kg chicken
1 large onion
1 large tomato
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
3 green chillies
5 cardamoms
2 1"cinnamon stick
5 cloves
1 Tbsp coriander pdr
2 tbsp crushed pepper corns
1/4 tbsp cumin
1/2 tbsp cumin pwdr
1/2 tbsp red chilli pwdr
1/2 tbsp garam masala
2 springs curry leaves
1 handfulof fresh chopped coriander
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
oil for frying
salt to taste

Heat the oil in a large pan. Add mustard cumin to it. After that add cardamoms, cinnamon sticks and cloves to it. When the aroma comes add the onions, ginger garlic paste. curry leaves, and green chilli and saute for a while. Add tomatoes to it. Then, add the coriander, cumin pdwr, red chilli pwdr, garam masala and salt and mix well. Add the chicken to the frying pan and mix well, and cover and cook the chicken is cooked through. When the chicken is almost done, add the ground pepper into the mixture and mix well. GArnish with corriander leaves!

Jul 11, 2008

Winter Melon Curry

This is another entry for the Curry Mela hosted by Srivalli.. Im wondering what Mela will be next month!

Winter melon curry is my sons fav curry with rice. He likes all yellow curries.. i still wonder why! LOL!! i make this curry once a week for him. And this, as most of my recipes are very easy to make!

2 cups winter melon cut into small cubes
11/2 cups grated coconut
2 springs curry leaves
3 green chills
1/2 tsp turmeric pwdr
1/2 tsp jeera
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
3 tbsp yogurt

In a mud pot or chatti cook the winter melon with curry leaves, green chilis, turmeric and salt till soft.
Grind the coconut with jeera to a fine paste. And bring it to a boil. Turn off the stove and add the yogurt to it and mix well again
In a kadai add oil and splutter the mustard seeds and curry e and add it to the winter melon.
Your curry is done. serve it with rice.

Egg Curry

Im reposting this entry for the Curry Mela hosted by Srivalli.. You rock girl!!!!

I love this one because its very easy to prepare and my kiddos loves it. So when im lost thinking what to cook i just make this because this goes well with all types of rotis! Today i made Neriya Pathiri and to go with it i made this egg curry.

This is how i made it. You'll need

  • 1/2 of a medium sized onion
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 2-3 shallots
  • 2 eggs
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil
  1. Grind the coconut and shallots to a fine paste.
  2. Heat up a Kadai or mud pot (we call a mud pot Chatti in malayalam)!
  3. Add oil and then onions.
  4. when the onions are light brown add the eggs and keep on stirring for 1 minute
  5. Add the grinded coconut mixture and let it boil.
You can also add green chilies to it if you want to make it spicy but i dont do it because my kiddos dont like spicy.

Jul 10, 2008

Mushroom - Mutter!

yumm yumm that's all i have to say about this! i love Mushrooms in salads especially the Pizza Hut ones but now a days we can hardly find them there! LOL!! This is my first attempt to make something out of a canned button mushroom im so glad it came out great!
what i used for this is
1 canned button mushroom cut into long pieces
1/2 cup mutter frozen
1 large tomato
4 tbsp onions
1/2 tsp jeera
3/4 tsp meat masala (home made)
1/4 tsp turmeric pwdr
1/2 tsp jeera pwdr
3 tbsp oil
salt to taste
1/2 cup water

Heat oil in a kadai and add the jeera. Then add the onions. When it is brown add the tomatoes and the masalas. When the tomatoes are soft and mixed well with the onions and masala add the mutter and mushroom and water.Mix well and keep closed for 5-8 mts.
Serve hot with rotis!

Avocado Milk shake!

This is one of my favorite milk shakes.. loves by all in my family!! my kiddos have been eating avocados since both of them were 8 months old and both of them loved it!! Even after coming here i didnt try it for a long time but then one of my American friend gave me the recipe for guacamole and when i tried it it was yummmmyyy!!!! Then i tried the milk shake and i loved it.. herez how i prepare the milk shake.. i just love the nutty taste!

2 cups whole milk
1 avocado deseeded
3 tbsp sugar

Blend everything together in a juice mixer and add ice if u want it cold! yummmmm

This milk shake goes for the AFAM - Avocado hosted by Archanas Kitchen and WYF Fruit Juices and Icecreams Event hosted by Simple Indian Food.

Aloo-Baingan subzi (potato-brijal curry)

1 large potato cut into thin pieces
3 cups baingan cut into small squares
1/2 tsp jeera
1 large tomato cut into small pieces
3/4 tsp ginger/garlic paste
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp red chili pwdr
1 tsp corriander pwdr
1/2 cup water
corriander leaves to garnish
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil

  • In a kadai heat the oil and add the jeera
  • Then add the potato, tomatoes and all the masalas and ginger garlic paste to it.
  • and let it cook till the potatos are almost cooked but not fully cooked.
  • Then add the baingan,water and salt to it.
  • Garnish with corriander leaves and serve with rotis!

Poha - Beaten rice

This is another express breakfast i prepare.. its so easy and very nutritious. Thanks a lot to Kesar for sharing this recipe with me.. My whole family enjoys this!

2 cups poha/beaten rice
3/4 cup frozen mix veggies
1/2 tsp jeera
3 tbsp onions chopped finely
1/4 tsp turmric pwdr
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
3 tbsp peanuts

Soak the poha in water for 2-3 mts and strain it.
In a kadai heat the oil and add the jeera.
Add onions and peanuts to it.
Then add the turmeric pwdr and mix veggies. It should be thawed according to the instructions on the pack.. i just put them in boiling water and let it boil for few mts
Then add the poha and salt and mix well..

Your breakfast is ready!

Semiya - Express breakfast!

My breakfasts all are express and very easy to make be it puttu or upma or semiya or poha all i make with 15-20 mts because mornings are a rush for me!! juggling with 2 kiddos, packing the lunch box for hubby, breakfasts, lunch preparations..... goes on my list of things i do in the mornings... i try to keep breakfast preparation time as short as possible so that i can make other things also..

here is one of my breakfast recipe Semiya with both my kiddos like and is easy to make

3 cups milk
2 cups thin semiya or sevaiya
5 tbps sugar
1 pinch salt
3 cardamon pods/elaichi

  • Boil the milk and add elaichi to it
  • mean which boil the semiya separately
  • when thr semiya is cooked add it to the milk
  • then add the salt and sugar to it.
  • Bring it to boil for few mts and your break fast is ready!

Jul 4, 2008

My very first Award!!!!

woooooooooooohooooooo!!!! im sooo soooo excited about about my very first award!!!! Lakshmi G of Taste Of Mysore has been so kind to pass the Good Chat Award to me!!!! Thanks a lot Lakshmi. It means a lot to me!!!

Easy Baingan (Brinjal) Subzi

This is one of the express subzi i make when im running out of time. It needs very few ingredients that you'll always have at home and very less preparation time and cooking time.

2 cups Brinjal cut into cubes
3 tbsps onions
2 tbsps tomatoes
11/2 tsp red chili pwdr
1/2 tsp turmeric pwdr
coriander leaver for garnish
oil for frying
salt to taste

  • Mix the Brinjal cubes with 1 tsp chili pwdr and 1/4 tsp turmeric pwdr and salt.
  • Fry in oil till its half soft
  • Add the onions and mix till the onions are soft and well mixed with the Brinjal
  • Add tomatoes and the rest of the chilli and turmeric pwdr
  • Mix well till everything is soft. Add salt again to ur taste
  • Garnish with coriander leaves
  • You can add more chili pwdr according to ur taste.
Its done!

Jul 2, 2008

Soy Masala

Soya beans, soy milk, bean curd, soya nuggets etc are one of the most protein rich foods i have came across.. i didnt try any of these things till i reached here. But since then i have been experimenting a lot on these things.. here goes my recipe for the Protein Rich Contest.

1 medium sized onion finely chopped
1 tsp roasted cumin powder
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 medium sized tomato
11/2 tsp coriander pwdr
1 tsp red chili powder
2 cups soya nuggets
salt to taste
oil to fry

  • In a pan fry the onions in a low flame and when it is brown add cumin powder.
  • Fry for 2-3 mts and then add ginger garlic paste and mix well for 2 mts
  • Add tomatoes and the spices to it and mix for another 2-3 mts
  • When the mix is soft add the soya nuggets and salt ans some water and close the lid.
  • let it cook for some time... Garnish with coriander leaves.

Jul 1, 2008


this is a very very easy break fast i make if im late!! i think this takes hardly 15 mts to make! well next time i make this im going to track down my time! LOL!!!

this is how i make it

1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tbsp finely chopped ginger
2 tbsp chopped onions
11/2 cups rava/sooji/semolina
11/2 cups water

Roast the sooji till its light brown. Don't get it overly roasted or else the upma wont taste the same! Keep it aside. In a kadai all the mustard seeds, when it splutters add the ginger, when its brown add the chopped onions. When the onions are transparent add the water. Bring it to a boil then add the sooji little by little and keep on stirring it. Close the lid and let it cook for 3-4 mts.

You breakfast is ready! This is my entry for the Express breakfast hosted by The Singing Chef.

Gobi (Cauliflower) Manchurian

I love Manchurians... especially with fried rice!! Even though there are 2 parts in cooking this dish it is very easy.. you'll need

  1. 2 cups of Maida or All purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup cornflour
  3. 1/4 cup soya sauce
  4. 250 grms of cauliflower
  5. 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger and garlic
  6. 1/2 of a large capsicum
  7. 1 medium spring onion
  8. 4-5 tbsp chili sauce
  9. coriander leaves to garnish

  • First you'll have to mix maida cornflour salt few drops of soya sauce and water to form a thick batter.
  • Dip cauliflower in it and deep fry
  • Heat oil in another pan and add the ginger and garlic,onions,capsicum,spring onions and stir.
  • when its done add soya sauce and chili sauce and stir
  • Add the fried cauliflower to it. Mix without breaking the cauliflower.
  • Add more sauce if needed. Garnish with coriander leaves.