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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Glazed carrot and wax beans

This is one of my favorite sides for baked salmon. The other best side dishes for baked salmon are glazed fire roasted corn, roasted sweet potato with or without carrots, steamed broccoli 

Glazed carrots and wax beans

1. 2 large carrots cut into 1 inch long pieces and quartered( to make them equal in thickness to green beans)
3. 1/2 lb green or waxed beans or a can drained. Cut the fresh beans into 1 inch pieces
4. 1/2 cup chicken broth
5. 1 teaspoon sugar
6. 1 tablespoon butter

Boil water in a pan with 1/2 teaspoon salt and add the carrots to it. Let boil for 2 minutes. If using fresh beans add them to the boiling water and let boil for 3 minutes. Drain and set aside

In a wide pan bring the chicken broth, salt and butter to a boil. Add carrots and beans and let boil till there is about 2 tablespoons liquid. Serve as an yummy side

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sem Phalli Baingan Jhinge

Semphalli or Sem ki phalli or Indian broad beans or Chikkudu kaaya in Telugu is one of my favourites and when it has plump seeds in it they are much better. But anyway here in the US of A whatever you find you would have to use.

So, I made this curry with the broad beans and eggplant and shrimp. For a vegetarian version you can just skip the shrimp. Here is the original Sem Phalli and Baingan recipe

Sem Phalli Baingan aur Jhinge (Indian broad beans with eggplant and Shrimp)
Shrimp with Indian broad beans


  1. 1/2-1 lb shrimp peeled and de-veined
  2. 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  3. The ingredients for the original recipe
Cook the shrimp as it says in Original recipe. Heat the shrimp with the shrimp until they all turn pink. Add the curry to the shrimp and stir to combine. Simmer for 5 minutes and garnish with cilantro and server

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Baked salmon dinner

Today was the fish day. I made baked salmon and a whole lot of different sides. It was delicious. Everyone loved it

Baked salmon

1. 6 6-9 inch salmon filets
2. 1 teaspoon each of grated garlic, salt, dried basil, parsley
3. 1/2 teaspoon each of fresh ground black pepper, coriander (optional)
4. 2 tablespoons each of fresh lemon juice and olive oil

Marinade the fish for about 1 hr. Preheat oven to 375 degrees . Put the fish in a glass baking dish along with the marinade and bake for 30-40 minutes. Cover with a foil to keep warm until ready to serve . For the sides I made glaced carrots, buttered fire roasted corn, pickled beet root, black and brown rice, roasted sweet potato and carrots

Friday, January 9, 2015

Tzatziki sauce

There are a few things I like about going to a middle Eastern restaurant. Mostly the meats and then the sauce...the Tzatziki sauce. It is soooo simple to make and sooo delicious to eat

Tzatziki sauce (Yogurt sauce with cucumber)

  1. 1/2 medium cucumber peeled
  2. 1 garlic clove
  3. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill 
  4. 1 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
  5. 1  tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  6. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  7. ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  8. Fresh ground blak pepper

Grate the cucumber using a box grater, then place the shreds in a fine mesh strainer and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Sprinkle with kosher salt, then let stand for at least 10 minutes to drain any remaining water. Squeeze once more to drain.
Mince 1 clove garlic and chop 1 tablespoon fresh dill.
Mix cucumber, garlic, dill,  yogurt, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt,  fresh ground black pepper. Refrigerate for at least 1 to 2 hours so the flavors can marry. Serve with pita, crackers, or vegetables or with kofta kababs

Chinese okra soup

Call it the resolution fever or just going with the flow with so many people getting into the diet mode at the beginning of the year, I am deciding to eat/drink more soup . So this is my first soup of the year.

U heard about this soup a long long time ago when I was shopping for Chinese Okra or as it is called in India Ridge gourd. In India most of the recipes with ridge gourd call for cooking it till most/all of the water is evaporated. It is super delicious because of the concentrated flavor, but if you ask me , a bad way to cook a vegetable which has high water content. 

Anyway I made this brothy soup and yum yum even my kids loves it

Ridge gourd soup
Chinese Okra Soup

  1. 1 okra peeled and washed. Cut into 1/8 inch thick semi circles
  2. 1/2 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  3. 1 big or 2 small garlic cloves grated
  4. 2 tablespoons finely sliced onion
  5. 2 cups chicken broth or water
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. Cilantro for garnishing
In a pan heat the oil or butter and fry the onions till translucent. Add garlic and fry for a minute. Add ridge gourd or chinese okra and fry for about 10 minutes until they lose their raw color. Add the broth/ water salt and pepper and simmer for 15 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy hot

NOTE: If you want enhanced flavor add a tablespoon of cooked chicken or lamb or shrimp finely chopped

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hasselback potato chips

See, the jewelry at the top of the page, I made those but the app was supposed to be 2x2 inches box. And it is occupying a whole lot of page and spoiling the whole purpose of this blog. Google needs to fix it and I am so sorry because those jewelry pieces are soooo in your face :(

Anyway, this hassel back potatoes are so nice to look it but it is quite a bit of work and you have to serve it as immediately as possible after you bake it. Otherwise they become hard

The photo does not do any justice

Hasselback potato chips

Hassel back Potato Chips

  1. 3 or 4 russet potatoes scrubbed well
  2. Handful of garlic peeled and sliced length wise into thin slices
  3. 1 teaspoon of salt
  4. Oil as needed
  5. Pepper or any other seasoning you like
Slice the potatoes into 1/8 inch thick slices being careful to leave the bottom intact. Insert a slice of garlic between two slices of the potato. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Drizzle oil and sprinkle with salt pepper and any other spices you like. Bake for 50-70 minutes. Serve immediately with Ketchup or anyother dipping sauce like tzatziki

New year eve appetizers

Such an eventful year and it is at an end. I rise the bubbly to an year where many many things which took years in the making finally happened. Today is a day to celebrate and say good bye to a happy year and pray and hope the coming year would be equally, if not more successful. Happy new year to you

Egg stuffed chicken kabobs

1. 2 lbs ground chicken ( if you can use lamb, it is the best)
2. 8 eggs hard boiled, peeled and cut into quarters length wise
3.  1 teaspoon salt
4. 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin powder, coriander powder, chili flakes 
5. 1 teaspoon grated garlic
6. 1/4 cup very finely chopped onions
7. Oil for shallow frying

Mix all the ingredients and set aside until ready to use

Apply oil to both your palms. Heat about 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan. Take a small egg sized meat mixture and flatten it. Put an egg quarter on it and roll the meat so that you cannot see any egg. Fry on medium low heat for about 10 minutes. Turn the kabobs every 4-5 minutes until you do not see any raw meat. Serve with tatziki or ketchup