Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cabbage rice

I was going to make Chicken Tikka and I was looking to serve it with some vegetables and rice. But then I found the rice recipe which has lots of cabbage in it and thats what is our dinner today.

Cabbage rice with Chicken Tikka (Spicy marinated roasted chicken...aka red chicken)
and Raita (Yogurt side with onions)

Chicken Tikka
Cabbage Rice
 Cabbage Rice

  1. 2 cups cabbage sliced thin
  2. 1 cup rice cooked as per directions
  3. 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin, urad dal, mustard seeds, salt, finely chopped garlic
  4. few curry leaves
  5. 2 dried red chillies
  6. 1/2 cup sliced thin red or white onions
  7. 2 tablespoons sambar powder or less to taste
  8. 1 tablespoon each of  oil and fresh squeezed lemon juice, roasted desiccated coconut
  9. 1/2 cup fresh green peas
In a pan eat the oil and fry the cumin, urad dal, mustard seeds, curry leaves and dried red chillies for a minute. Add the onions and fry for a few minutes. Add the cabbage abd fry for 7-10 minutes along with the salt. Add garlic and peas and stir well. Add flushed up rice and the sambar powder and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and  add the lemon juice and cover and let cook for 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve with dry  chicken tikka or chicken tikka masala and raita

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Spinach Rice

Sometime I want to eat rice but I do not want to eat the plain white rice. So I made different recipes with rice like

Fried rice
Beet root rice
Sorrell leaf rice
Cilantro rice
Avocado rice
Cabbage rice
The recipe I made today is with Spinach and it is great to get some good spinach into the kids stomachs. And its pretty delicious and quite easy to make

Spinach Rice (Rice cooked with spinach)


  1. 2 cups rice
  2. 1 cup spinach from a can drained
  3. 1 tomato chopped fine
  4. 1 tablespoon oil
  5. 1 medium small onion sliced thin
  6. Few curry leaves
  7. 2 green chillies slit
  8. 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin and salt (or to taste)
In a pan heat the oil and fry the cumin and curry leave for a minute. Add the onions and fry till they start turning brown. Add the tomatoes and slit chillies and cook for 5 minutes. Add the ground spinach and stir well. Add 3 cups water and bring to a boil. Add washed rice and lower heat to simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes until the rice is cooked through. Enjoy

Cheese cake

Cheese cake is something I had no idea about when I first came to the US. The first time I had it, I hated it. I was expecting the texture to be more like the pastry cake we used to find back in India, but it is sooooooooo different. But by and by I got used to the taste and now its one of my favorite deserts.

Please thing it is so difficult to make it and they just go buy it. I think its much healthier (if I may say so...wink wink ) to make it at home. And it is pretty easy also. So here is an easy recipe for Cheese cake

Cheese Cake 
Cheese cake

Ingredients for crust:

  1. 11/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 8 crackers or 4 full length crackers from the pack)
  2. 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  3. 3 tablespoons melted butter
  4. 1 pinch salt

Ingredients for cheese cake:

  1. 16 oz plain cheese cake or 2 packs of 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  2. 2 large eggs
  3. 1 cup confectioners sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the ingredients of the crust and prepare a 9 inch round pan. Add the crust mix and press it onto the bottom and by the sides

For the filling, beat the cream cheese with the sugar well. Add the eggs and vanilla to the mix and mix again until everything is incorporated. Add the filling to the pie pan and bake for 20 minutes.

Cover the pan and bake for 20 more minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean. 

Let it cool and serve as is or with some fruit topping

Another Crispy Fried Fish

I have tried a few recipes for Fried Fish  or Crispy fried fish but the one I tried this time was great. So I have to blog it ofcourse and served with with rice and Raw Mango gravy

Crispy fried fish (Shallow fried marinated salmon fish)
Crispy fried Salmon


  1. 3 thick salmon fillets cut into 1 to 11/2 inch wide pieces
  2. Oil for shallow frying
Ingredients for marinade:
  1. 1 heaped teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  2. 1 tablespoon each of lemon juice, plain yogurt, 
  3. 1 tablespoons corn starch
  4. 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder
Mix all the ingredients of the marinade and apply on both sides to each and every piece. Set aside atleast 30 minutes. The longer the fish is marinated, the better it is

Heat oil in a pan for shallow frying. Fry 5-6 minutes on each side on medium heat. Drain and enjoy with rice and dal or Aam ka khatta or as a snack and enjoy

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Baba Ganoush

  1. Give me Pita bread with Baba Ganoush and/or Hummus and I am all set for dinner. I do not need anything else. These are the two most amazing dips middle east has ever given us. These are also so simple to make. So here is my recipe for Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush (Roasted Eggplant Dip)
Baba Ganoush

  1. 1 medium sized American eggplant
  2. 1/4 cup tahini or roasted sesame seeds
  3. 3 large garlic clove
  4. 1/4 cup kalamata olives
  5. Few pickled jalapenos
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  8. 1 tablespoon olive oil
Cut the eggplant lengthwise and poke some holes in it and roast on flame on the stove turning occasionally for 5-7 minutes. Cut it into large pieces and roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees. Roast garlic for 10 minutes on the same pan

Let it cool a bit and scrape the flesh out of the eggplant and grind it to a paste with all the ingredients. Enjoy with warm pita bread

Here are some recipes for Hummus. Enjoy!!!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Goan Stir fried beef and dal

The way we have been eating is been changing lately. We are trying to eat less carbs and when you eat less carbs you would have to eat something else which would make you full and keep you satisfied for a long time...TADAHHHH enter meat...

So during this week's grocery run, instead of getting ground meat I got sliced meat and I made this beef stir fry from the North West state of Goa and it was great. I served it with rice and Goan dal for the kids and for people who do not want to eat rice, I served it with Barley

Goan Stir Fry 

Goan style beef stir fry


  1. 1 lb stir fry meat
  2. 1 medium small onion sliced into half circles
  3. 1 large tomato chopped
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  5. 1 serrano chillie chopped fine
  6. 1 tablespoon oil
  7. 1 heaped teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  8. 2 big pods of garlic chopped fine
  9. 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  10. 1 tablespoon white vinegar
Marinate the meat with salt and pepper and vinegar and ginger garlic paste  for atleast 1 hr.
Heat a pan and fry the meat on low flame for 20-30 minutes.
In a different pan heat the oil and fry the onions till they start turning brown. Add the garlic and the chopped chillies and fry for a minute. Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Add the meat into this pan and stir to combine. Simmer for 10 minute, give a taste test and garnish with cilantro and serve

Goan Masoor Dal (Lentils with Tomato)
Goan Masoor Dal
  1. 1/2 cup masoor dal
  2. 2 tomatoes chopped fine
  3. 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin and mustard seeds
  4. few dried red chillies
  5. few curry leaves
  6. 1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
  7. 1/2 tablespoon oil
  8. 1/2 teaspoon each of turmeric, salt, hing
  9. 1/4 cup sliced onions
Cook the masoor dal along with tomatoes with turmeric with 2 cups water for 30 minutes. In a pan heat the oil and fry the cumin and mustard seeds and the dried red chillies and curry leaves. Add the hing and fry for 20-30 seconds. Add the onions and fry till they start becoming dark. Add this to the dal and bring to a boil. Add salt and lemon juice if using and boil for 7-10 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve

Monday, July 10, 2017

Chicken Taquitos

Taquitos are my kids favorite Mexican items to eat

Chicken Taquitos
Chicken Taquito Dinner
Chicken filling for Taquitos

  1. 3 cups cooked chicken either cubed or shredded (I got rotisserie  chicken from Kroger)
  2. ½ cup each of plain cream cheese, shredded Mexican three cheese blend, ½ up red or green enchilada sauce (store bought)
  3. 2 tablespoons taco seasoning

Tortillas for taquitos (I used 4 medium sized flour tortillas and 10 street size corn tortillas*)

Mix all the ingredients (except tortillas) together till well incorporated and set it in the fridge until ready to use.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees (Mine was dark baking sheet, so I preheated to 400 degrees)
Lay foil on a baking sheet and spray with non stick cooking spray. Add 1-2 tablespoon of chicken filling to each tortilla and roll into less than 1 inch roll and put it seem side down on the baking sheet. Spray with some more cooking spray on top of the taquitos and bake for 10 minutes. Roll them to a different side and bake for 10 more minutes. Serve with beans, rice and salsa or enjoy as a snack

*Cover the tortillas in a paper towel and add some water on top and bottom of it and heat for 15-20 seconds. This will help in the tortillas not getting torn while rolling