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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Methi dal with Chilli Chicken

Dinner usual I was searching for something different to make for dinner. I have made chilli chicken before but it was the wet variety. Today I made it dry and I made methi dal...and it was sooo delicious. My kids ate it without complaining. but I took crappy pictures (one of them, you can see here) so I am not posting it today

Methi Dal (Split peas with Fenugreek leaves)

  1. 1 cup yellow or green split peas/pigeon peas
  2. 2 cups fresh fenugreek leaves stripped from the stems
  3. 1 big or 2 small cloves of garlic
  4. 1/2 tablespoon oil
  5. 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin, mustard seeds, asafoetida, salt, chilli powder and turmeric
  6. 1 small lemon sized tamarind (optional)
  7. few dried red chillies
  8. few curry leaves
In a pressure cooker, cook the split peas and methi leaves for 4-5 whistles with 2 cups of water and turmeric. Let the steam escape. Soak the tamarind in 3 cups of water and add that water to the dal. If not using tamarind, just add water, salt, chilli powder and boil for 10 minutes. In a pan heat the oil and add the cumin, mustard seeds, red chillies and curry leaves till they splutter. Add asafoetida and stir and add the tempering to the dal and boil for couple of more minutes. garnish with chopped cilantro if desired and serve with white rice.
Note: If serving with roti , just add 1 cup instead of 3 cups of water after the dal is cooked

Chilli chicken (Indo chinese spicy sour chicken)

Chilli Chicken
  1. 2 chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes
  2. Oil for shallow frying
  3. 1 medium onion cubed
  4. 1 bell pepper (any color you like) cubed
  5. 1 tablespoon oil
  6. 1/2 tablespoon each of soy sauce, white vinegar, sambal chilli paste
  7. 2 garlic pods chopped
  8. 4-6 green chillies sliced

For marinate:
  1. 3/4 teaspoon salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, ginger garlic paste, onion powder, garlic powder
  2. 1 egg beaten
  3. 1 heaped teaspoon corn starch, all purpose flour
marinate the chicken with ingredients in "1" for 2-4 hours. Add corn starch and all purpose and mix well. Add egg and mix well and set aside for 30 more minutes.

Heat oil in a pan for shallow frying (or if you like...deep frying) and fry the chicken till they turn golden brown. Drain and set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan and fry the onions for 3-4 minutes. Add slit chillies, bell pepper and garlic and fry for 2 minutes. Add chicken stir well. Reduce the heat add soy sauce, vinegar and chilli paste and mix well. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. garnish with cilantro and green onions and serve

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Beignet with peach sauce

Its the weekend and time to make some yummy breakfast. From the past couple of weeks I have been feeling pretty bored with "the usual" breakfasts I make. So yesterday I was searching for something yummy and YAHOO gave me the best idea ever...beignets . It is a French pastry and yahoo had a link to where you can use store bought frozen biscuits and make it into beignets...and yum yum yum my family just gobbled them up. And I made peach sauce to serve them with.

So here is it...Louisiana Beignets with Carolina Peach Sauce 
Beignets with Peach sauce (Fried pastry with Sauce made with peach jam)

  1. 1 box frozen biscuits left in the fridge overnight for thawing
  2. Oil for deep frying
For Peach sauce:
  1. 1 tablespoon your favorite nuts chopped (I used almonds) (You can use walnuts or pecans)
  2. 1 teaspoon butter
  3. 2-3 tablespoons heaped peach jam (I got locally made peach jam...after all I live in the Peach country)
  4. 1/8 cup water
In a sauce pan heat the butter and fry the nuts for 3-5 minutes or until they are crunchy. Add the jam and water and stir and bring to a boil . Your sauce is ready.
Separate the biscuits into individual biscuits and cut it into quarters. Heat the oil to 350 degrees or until a tiny piece of dough added to oil floats to the top. Add 4-6 pieces of biscuit at a time and fry till golden brown, about 2 minutes. Drain and serve with peach sauce

Monday, March 16, 2015

Kheema Paratha

So, after I made the kheema fry and made it into samosas, I has some left-over kheema fry. So I decided to make Kheema parathas, which I have been thinking of making fr a long time.
             Some time ago there used to be an Arabic teacher in our local mosque used to live all by himself. He once gave me about 2 lbs of ground chicken and asked me to make a whole batch of these stuffed paraths for him. So that he can heat and eat later. took me 4 hrs and I did make so many for him and in the process. had no time to make dinner for my own family. We ate out.
                Anyway, long story short I have been thinking of making these parathas since then and now came the chance. And YES, they were super delicious. Me and my kids just gobbled them up.

Kheema Paratha (Meat stuffed Indian bread)
Kheema Paratha


  1. 1 cup Kheema fry
  2. 1/2 cup boiled, peeled and mashed potato
  3. 1 teaspoon salt divided
  4. Oil for frying parathas+1 teaspoons 
  5. 11/2 cup wheat flour
  6. water for making dough
Mix the ground meat fry, with 1/2 teaspoon salt and mashed potato and may be some finely chopped cilantro and 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped ginger if desired. And set aside.

Mix the wheat flour with salt and enough water to make into dough. Rub a little oil in your palm and roll the ball of dough so that oil is applied all over it. Set aside for 20 minutes. 

Divide the dough into 6 parts and the filling into 6 parts. Roll each part into 4 inch disk, add filling and make it into a ball again. set aside until you finish the rest.

Heat a griddle and roll one of the stuffed balls into 6 inch disks. Fry on each side until it turns golden brown with dark spots here and there. Enjoy as is or with ginger pickle 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lamb Samosa

In India, samosa and pakoda are the go to snacks for college students and employees. They are affordable, yummy and available whenever and wherever you feel hungry. But after coming to the US there was not one good place to get samosas. And then one of the sweet stores' had a change of management and a change in their samosa recipe. So we became a regular of that store. But...then came the move.
                         I have tried my hand at making so many things but samosas eluded me for soooooo long. But finally today I found a recipe and boy oh boy the samosas came out perfectly golden brown and super delicious. Especially the crust, which turned out to be such a disaster for me always. I did not change anything from the recipe of the crust of that website. But the filling is my own. It is a ground meat /lamb filling.So here is the samosa recipe

Lamb Samosa (Indian empanada's stuffed with ground lamb)
Lamb/meat Samosa

For Crust:
  • 2 cups maida or all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp ghee or oil (The original recipe calls for 4 tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup or more of water (add 1 tablespoon at a time)
  • 1 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
  • salt as required ( i added ¾ tsp salt)
  • oil for deep frying

For Lamb/meat filling:
11/2 cup Kheema Fry
1 medium large potato boiled, peeled and mashed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 green chilly chopped fine (optional)

The samosa crust
Take the flour, carom seeds, salt in a bowl. mix well and add ghee or oil.
Mix the flour with your hands, the whole mixture should clump-up when joined.
Add 1 tablespoon of water at a time and begin to knead adding water as required.
knead to a firm dough. cover the dough with a moistened napkin and keep aside for 30-40 mins.

Mix all the ingredients of the filling together and set aside.
Divide the dough into 5 parts and make it into 6-7 inch circles , on a clean countertop with a rolling pin. Cut it into two half circles. Add a heaped tablespoon of the filling . Apply water to all the edges of the samosa crust with a wet finger and fold one half to make a triangle. Fold the other half over it and pinch the edges together.

Heat the oil in a pan to medium high heat and fry the samosas for 5-7 minutes a piece or until golden brown, turning every minute. Serve with masala chai and ketchup

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Personal potato salad

I was craving something creamy and tangy and I was boiling eggs for . And I was boiling potatoes for potato fry. Since u had the basic ingredients ready I was ready to make potato salad. So here goes

Tangy potato egg salad

1. 1 medium small potato boiled till fork tender
2. 1 medium egg hard boiled, peeled and chopped
3. 1 teaspoon chopped tarragon 
4. 2 teaspoon heaped plain yogurt 
5. 1 teaspoon heaped mayo
6.1 tablespoon vinegar
7. 1 teaspoon boar's head delicatessen style mustard with white wine
8. Salt and pepper to taste
9. 1 tablespoon each of finely chopped red onions and red or orange or yellow bell pepper and celery

Mix together vinegar salt and pepper and mustard. Mayo and yogurt and onions and bell pepper and celery. Add chopped potatoes and egg and mix well chill for an hour before serving. Yum yum creamy creamyenjoy

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New England clam chowder

This used to be one of my favorite soups...mmm so creamy and filling and of course loaded with calories. And for the longest time I didn't make it.
But yesterday when I went shopping u made sure to get two Caaba of minced clam and yum yum yum I made a yummy clam chowder when fewer calories than the restaurant ones

New England clam chowder
Clam Chowder

  1. 1 tablespoon each of olive oil, butter
  2. 3/4 cup diced white onion
  3. 1 large clove of garlic minced
  4. 3 medium russet potatoes boiled, and cubed  1 cm
  5. 3 cups 2 % mlk
  6. 1 tablespoon flour
  7. 1 cup water
  8. 2 cans of 10 zoz minced clams
  9. 1/2 cup sweet white corn (optional)
  10. 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper or to taste
In a pan heat the oil and butter and add the onions and fry till they become translucent. Add garlic and fry for 30 seconds. Add potatoes and add 1 cup water and cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients. Mix the flour in 1/4 cup milk and add it also to the pot. bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes and serve hot

Also try Corn Chowder

Sunday, February 22, 2015

fried rice and shrimp baby corn

Feb 22nd Mockington Post: There is something about the greasiness of the items from Panda express that half of the people find disgusting and the other half irresistible. In my household I am the only one from the first half of the people.

But none-the-less for the sake of the people from the other group I tried mocking...sorry making a mock version of the Panda express's egg fried rice and yes, to be mocking it, I liked it...probably because it was not so very greasy. But the taste came out pretty close.

Mock Panda Express Fried rice
Panda express Egg Fried rice


  1. 2 cups cooked rice, cooled
  2. 2 eggs beaten
  3. 1 large or 2 small carrots cubed small
  4. 1 cup cabbage sliced
  5. 1/4 cup white onions diced
  6. 2 tablespoons oil divided
  7. 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, white pepper
  8. 1 tablespoon each of low sodium soy sauce, sesame oil
  9. 1 large or 2 small garlic grated
  10. 1/2 cup green peas
In a pan heat 1 tablespoon oil and scramble the eggs. Drain and set aside. Heat the rest of the oil and add the vegetables and garlic and fry for 5 minutes covered. Add rice and eggs and all other ingredients and stir to combine. Cover and simmer for 5-7 minutes stirring occasionally. Garnish with green onions and cilantro and serve hot 

Sesame glazed Shrimp with baby Corn

Sesame glazed shrimp with baby corn
  1. 12 oz medium shrimp tails off, and deviened
  2. 2 tablespoons oil
  3. 1 can baby corn drained, halved length wise
  4. 2 teaspoons each of hoisin suace, soy sauce, corn starch
  5. 1 teaspoon each of corn starch, white vinegar, grated ginger, grated garlic, toasted sesame
  6. 1/2 cup sliced scallions
  7. 1 small-medium red or yellow bell pepper
  8. salt and pepper to taste
Mix the baby corn with 1 teaspoon corn starch. Heat 1 tablespoon oil and fry the corn for 5 minutes or until they become crispy. Drain and set aside. Mix all the sauce ingredients and corn starch with 1/2 cup water and said aside.
Heat the remaining oil and fry the shrimp till they become pink. Drain and set aside. Add some more oil and add scallions and bell pepper and ginger and garlic and fry for 5 minutes. Add shrimp and baby corn back and salt and pepper and the sauce and stir well. Simmer for 5-7 minutes. add sesame seeds and cilantro and serve hot with steamed rice or fried rice