Monday, April 17, 2017

Sriracha lime chickpeas

Recently I have been craving chick peas and gobbling the Wasabi chickpeas. I can't make the wasabi chickpeas at home because I do not have the wasabi but I just got a new bottle of Sriracha sauce and so I made the Sriracha Lime Chickpeas. The main reason here is I can control the heat. The chickpeas I get from the super markets are not spicy enough for me

Sriracha Lime Chickpeas (Chickpeas smothered in Sriracha and baked crisp)
Crispy spicy Sriracha lime chickpeas

Ingredients:
  1. 1  can of chickpeas, rinsed well and drained
  2. 1 tablespoon sriracha
  3. 1 tsp each of olive oil, garlic powder (optional), corn startch
  4. 2 tablespoons lime juice
  5. 1/2 tsp sea salt
Rinse the chickpeas and dry them and try to remove the skin by lightly rubbing them between your fingers or between paper towels .
Pre heat oven to 450 degrees

Mix all the ingredients together and add the chickpeas and mix well. On a baking sheet spray some cooking oil and layer the chick peas into one layer and bake for 20-25 minute. Let cool to room temperature and enjoy with friends

Banana Pancakes

These days looks like I am making pancakes and waffles from scratch with all kinds of fruits and roots. These Banana pancakes are another of the very delicious pancake recipes

Banana Pancakes


Banana Pancakes
Banana and strawberry cane
  1. 2 cups all purpose flour
  2. 2 eggs beaten
  3. 11/2 cup milk
  4. 2 ripe bananas mashed
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 tablespoon sugar
  7. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  8. 2 tablespoons oil
  9. Extra bananas for serving
Mash the babanas and beat the eggs with salt. Add the rest of the ingredients and and mix with a light hand until bater is smooth. Heat a griddle and drop some butter and add a ladle of batter to the griddle. Cook for 5 minutes or until bubbles form. Carefully flip and add some more butter at the edges and cook for 3-4 minutes. Serve with syrup and more banana

Sweet Potato Waffles

Sweet potatoes are one of my favs. I can eat them in any kind. And the sweet potato waffles i made are sooo super delicious and good for you.

You can either steam you own sweet potatoes or use the unsweetened canned sweet potatoes

Sweet Potato Waffles 
Ingredients:

  1. 11/2 cup mashed steamed sweet potato (or canned)
  2. 2 cups all purpose flour
  3. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 egg beaten
  6. 1 cup milk
  7. 2 tablespoons butter
Mix all the ingredients together until you get a little bit thicker batter than a pancake batter.
Spray a waffle iron with cooking spray, let it heat and add a ladle of batter to it and cook until golden brown.

Serve with your favorite syrup

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Okra scrambled egg

Recently I have been trying to incorporate more vegetables in our meals. And I have been searching for recipes which will have protein and vegetables mixed ...so the meatasaurus in my family would eat it without fussing. And this is one of the best recipes to incorporate some vegetables along with egg.

Okra Scrambled egg

Ingredients:

  1. 8 oz okra trimmed off the edges and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  2. 4 eggs beaten
  3. 2 tablespoons oil
  4. 1/2 cup chopped onions
  5. 1 teaspoon each of ginger-garlic paste, coriander powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, turmeric powder, cumin powder, chilli powder
  7. 1 large tomato chopped
  8. Coriander for garnishing
In a pan heat the oil and fry the onions till they start becoming brown. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute. Add tomatoes and okra and on medium heat cook for 15-20 minutes. But 10 minute mark add all the spices and stir well. Add the beaten eggs and stir well. Cook for 5 more minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice and dal or roti

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Ditalini soup

Some time ago I got tri colored orzo pasta, I am pretty sure from Trader Joes. But now however or wherever I search for it I can't find it. So I got the other smallest pasta I could find...Ditalini Pasta.

And I wanted to make the soup vegetarian only but instead I added ground beef to it and my fam gobbled it. It was super delicious.

Ditalini Soup with Ground Beef
Mixed Veggies
Ditalini Veggie Beef Soup

Ingredients:

  1. 1 lb ground meat (chicken/ beef/ lamb)
  2. 1 can crushed tomatoes
  3. 1/2 cup each of peas, green beans, cabbage
  4. 2 celery stalks chopped small
  5. 1 medium small potato cubed small
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 4 low sodium chicken broth else reduce the salt
  8. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  9. 1 teaspoon each of Italian seasoning, finely chopped garlic
  10. 3/4 cup ditalini pasta
Heat a pan and fry the beef if it is any more fat than 10 % (else if using chicken/lamb add 1 tablespoon oil). Fry till the meat gets cooked without any pick color any more (5-7 minutes). Add garlic and fry for a minute.

Add crushed tomatoes, lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. If it gets too dry add 1/2 of the chicken broth. Add all the vegetables and the rest of the chicken broth and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the ditalini pasta and cook 10 minutes or according to the package directions (My ditalini package said 10 minutes). Enjoy hot hot on a cold cold evening

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Chicken Kubera

The name itself is intriguing. "Kuberah" means the king of wealth...in essence a very wealthy king. So this dish loosely translates to "king of Chicken dishes " LOL

Whatever it may be called...its super delicious and mighty spicy...but you can reduce the heat level to your liking

Chicken Kubera (Dry spicy sour-sweet chicken dish)
Chicken Kuberah

Ingredients to Marinate:

  1. 1 lb chicken breast cut into small pieces (I bet it will be doubly Delicious with whole chicken cut into 12 pieces)
  2. 1 teaspoon each of  salt, chilli powder, ginger garlic paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, sugar, fennel seeds (lightly pounded), turmeric
  3. 1 tablespoon kasuri methi
  4. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  5. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  6. 1/2 cup plain yogurt
Ingredients for curry:
  1. 2 tablespoons oil
  2. 1 medium onion chopped fine
  3. 2 garlic pods sliced
  4. 1 inch ginger cut into thin strips
  5. 1 teaspoon each of soya sauce, garlic chilli paste, sugar
  6. 1/2 cup thick juice from a small lime sized tamarind
  7. 1 heaped teaspoon corn starch
  8. 1 tablespoon each of tomato ketchup, cashew pieces
Marinate the chicken with salt and chilli powder and turmeric for 20 minutes. Mix all the other ingredients to the chicken and set aside for atleast 30 minutes.

Heat the oil in a pan and on medium high heat fry the chicken for about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside. In the same pan add some more oil if needed and fry the onions till they start getting dark brown. Add sliced garlic and ginger and cashew and fry for a couple of minutes.

Mean while in the tamarind juice mix the soya sauce, corn starch, tomato ketchup and sugar. Add this to chicken and lower the heat to minimum. Cover ad cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.  Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice or roti

Chana dal gosht

When I was growing up in India, whenever we had a big gathering at my house, this dish would be one of the main dishes served, along with Pulao and mix vegetable khatta. So, whenever I make this dish, I always become nostalgic...especially about my Daadi Ammi. I miss all those people and those carefree days.

Chana Dal Gosht (Lamb cooked with Split Bengal gram)
Chana dal Gosht
Ingredients:

  1. 1 lb lamb cut into bite size pieces (lamb eg with bone will be ideal)
  2. 1/2 cup chana dal soaked in water for 30 minutes.
  3. 1 medium onion sliced
  4. 1 tomato chopped
  5. 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt, chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeri, garam masala
  7. 2 tablespoon oil
In a pressure cooker heat the oil and fry the onions till they start becoming dark brown. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute. Add all the spices and mix well. Ad tomatoes and stir to combine. Add the lamb and 1/4 cup water and close the cooker and cook for 3 whistles. After the steam escapes, open the cooker and add the soaked dal and 1/4 cup more water and cook for 3 more whistles. After the steam escapes, pen the cooker and simmer the curry till it reaches the consistency of your preference. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy with roti or rice or Pulao