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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Rajma Pulao | Red Kidney Beans Pulao

Rajma pulao, Red kidney beans pulao

Today I am here with Rajma Pulao recipe. This flavorful one pot meal is vegan and gluten free. From start to finish, it took less than 30 minutes to prepare this pulao except for the soaking time for dried red kidney beans which requires minimum 4 - 6 hours. If you are using canned ones, you don't have to worry about that too. I cooked this for a weekend lunch and my family loved it so much. I served it with fryums (the one in the picture), yes it is 'not so healthy' of an option for a side dish but still our family loves it, so once in a while it is ok, I guess. I have prepared this pulao using bay leaves from Schwartz They have wide range of spices, herbs, seasonings and recipe mixes. I happened to pick this one from our local Sainsbury store and loved it. Yet to try the other products though, which I will do it soon.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Strawberry Milkshake

Strawberry Milkshake

Today I am here with an easy recipe for Strawberry Milkshake. Usually milkshakes are made by adding ice cream and I didn't want to add ice cream but still wanted to make a creamy milkshake. The secret ingredient I chose is heavy cream. Milkshake came out so creamy and delicious and my kids loved it so much.  

Monday, February 22, 2016

Indian Non Vegetarian Lunch Menu # 4 - Chicken Special

Lunch Menu with Chicken Recipes, Sunday Lunch
Lunch Menu with Chicken dishes
Today I am sharing here with the lunch I cooked this weekend. The menu consists of all Chicken dishes and I have posted the recipes in the blog and here I am sharing the links to the recipes and few other tips in case if you plan to replicate the menu at home. It took almost 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes for me to cook and serve this lunch.  I did not prepare any special dessert, but we had store bought ice cream.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Chettinad Chicken Rasam | Chettinad Kozhi Rasam

chettinad chicken rasam, chicken rasam, chicken soup

Today I am here with Chettinad Chicken Rasam Recipe. This spicy rasam is made with freshly ground spices and can be had as a remedy for cold. I made this for this Sunday lunch and my family loved it. With the weather still on the colder side, this is what we needed. This rasam can be served as a soup too. Usually chicken with bones are preferred to make this rasam, then the chicken pieces can be strained and then they can be fried and served as chicken fry too. But I used boneless chicken pieces and cut them into bite sized pieces and then cooked the rasam and didn't strain it as my kids like those chicken pieces from rasam. Serving it with rice or having it as a soup, is your choice. Either way it is going to taste delicious!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Paneer Pakora Recipe

Paneer Pakora, Paneer bajji

Today I am here with Paneer Pakora. It is a easy snack made using paneer. Paneer slices are dipped in spicy batter and are deep fried and served as snack / appetizer. My family loves paneer and I prepare paneer dishes often at home. It will mostly be paneer butter masala or paneer pulav or sometimes paneer bhurji. I wanted to try a snack with paneer for a really long time and finally got time only today. I made this Paneer Pakora and my family loved this. Crispy on the outside and soft paneer on the inside, who wouldn't love it? According to me it tastes best when served immediately after deep frying it. When it gets cold, the paneer in the inside makes the pakora slightly softer. You can serve this with ketchup or chutney of your choice.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Broccoli Biryani Recipe (using Pressure Cooker)

Broccoli Biryani, Indian Broccoli Recipes , Easy Biryani recipes

Today I am here with Broccoli Biryani. It is a flavorful one pot meal made using Pressure Cooker. It is quick and easy to prepare and is delicious too. If you do not want to spend much time cooking in the kitchen, but want to eat a delicious meal, then this biryani is for you. My family loves Broccoli and I always look for different recipes to try it. This weekend I was too lazy to cook anything elaborate, then I made this Broccoli Biryani and served with Raitha and boiled egg. My family loved it. Though Biryani is Vegan, raitha and egg are not vegan. So If you are looking for vegan option choose your side dish accordingly. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Methi Chicken | Methi Murgh

methi chicken, methi murgh

Today I am here with Methi Chicken Recipe. This Chicken Curry is made with fresh fenugreek leaves. I love Methi so much that we get fresh methi from the nearby Indian store often. I regularly make methi thepla, aloo methi, methi sambar or a simple stir fry with it. When there is leftover, I would use them to make methi chicken too. As I usually make them around the weekend I do not get time to click or post it. Except for the methi thepla and aloo methi I posted couple of years ago. So this time when I made Methi Chicken, I didn't want to miss the chance. So I made sure I clicked enough pictures before serving it to the family for lunch. They really had to patiently wait for it to be served which was really hard for them because of the tempting aroma from the curry. The fresh fenugreek leaves and the spices in the curry makes it flavorful and appetising. It is easy to make too and can be served with rice, pulao, roti / naan or any flat bread.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Vathal Kuzhambu Recipe

Vatha kuzhambu, vatral kuzhambu, Vathal Kuzhambu

Today I am here with Vathal Kuzhambu Recipe. This is a traditional South Indian, tamarind based gravy made with sun dried vegetables. Typically any sun dried vegetables can be used, but the popular ones used are Sundakkai (Turkey berry) Vathal & Manathakkali (garden night shade berry) Vathal. I have used Manathakkal Vathal here for this gravy. Today the recipe I am going to share a simple recipe for making vatha kuzhambu using Sambar powder and it is made without onion and garlic. This gravy is served with rice and side dish of your choice. But the best side dish is Sutta Appalam (roasted papadum). 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Bread Bajji recipe | How to make Bajji with Bread?

bread bajji recipe, bread pakora

Today I am here with easy to make bajji using bread- Bread Bajji. The bread slices are dipped in batter and are deep fried and served warm. Usually Bajji is made with vegetables like onion, potato, brinjal or plantains. But it can also be made with bread. This can be a great evening snack with tea. You can serve it with coconut chutney or tomato ketchup like I did.
This is a easy recipe the key for perfect bajji lies on the consistency of the batter and the temperature of the oil. The batter should neither be too thick nor too thin. While dipping in the batter, make sure it is covered evenly on all the sides and also the coating should not be thick, if there are excess batter shake them off. Then while frying maintain the oil in medium heat to ensure even cooking. Just with these things in mind, you can get perfect bread bhajji every time.