Butter Chicken

When I moved to the City Of Joy 12 yrs ago ( unbeliveable) the one thing I craved the most was a plate of decent Butter Chicken – quite a staple after having spent almost 7 yrs in saadi dilli! Unfortunately, Kolkata, back then did not have too many , rather hardly had any place that made proper butter chicken ( the one that gives you the feel kinds!). Hence started my quest to try various versions of the Buttter Chicken recipes at home. Over the years many trials happened in my kitchen but none could make the cut honestly. Lot of trials and errors later, I am somewhat satisfied with this precious recipe that I am going to share with you today. My 9 yr old has also turned into a BC (Butter Chicken) fan so this is one dish I make often. It is also my party staple simply coz its too easy to make with ingredients just thrown in. A few of my readers have also requested me for my version of the dish, so here goes.

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Butter Chicken
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
 
Silky smooth decadent chicken dish in a tomato based gravy
Ingredients
  • For the chicken :
  • Chicken Boneless or on the bone ( as preffered) - 500 gms
  • Chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard oil - 1 tbsp
  • For the gravy:
  • Tomatoes - 4 large - roughly chopped
  • Onion - 1 large - roughly chopped
  • Ginger - garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Tomato puree - 2 tbsp
  • Cashews - a handful
  • Kashmiri chili powder - 1 tbsp
  • Kasoori methi - a littel - soaked in warm water
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Butter - 1tbsp
  • Fresh cream - 1 tsp - optional
Instructions
  1. Marinate the chicken pieces with chili powder, ginger garlic paste, salt and mustard oil. Keep aside for an hour.
  2. Line a baking tray, grill/bake the chicken pieces at 250 deg C in the oven for 15 to 20 mins till slightly charred.
  3. Keep aside.
  4. Making the gravy:
  5. In a pan, heat some butter. Add the chopped onions along with the ginger garlic paste.
  6. Saute till fragrant. Tip in the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, cashews, chili powder, salt and sugar.
  7. Cook till the tomatoes are soft and mushy.
  8. At this point, add half a cup of warm water if reqd to loosen the gravy.
  9. Add the garam masala powder. Cover the pan and cook for 10 mins.
  10. Let the mixture cool and then grind it into a smooth paste.
  11. Return the gravy to the pan, add the cooked chicken pieces.
  12. Cover and let it simmer for 5 to 7 mins.
  13. Add the cream and kasoori methi. Give it a stir, remove from heat.
  14. Garnish with some more cream and kasoori methi.Serve hot.
 

Noodle Bowl with Chicken Broth

This Noodle bowl with Chicken Broth is just perfect for a quick meal. The heat is already killing us , so we all need easy recipes that can be tossed with very little preps. Once in a while when we need a break from our usual dishes, this is good to go.Noodle bowl 1I used whatever veggies along with chicken were available at home but you could add anything that you wish to. The vegetarians can replace chicken with tofu, turns out extremely well. The noodles i used is the thick – egg noodle variety that I picked from my last trip to new market. Maybe i should write a post on my absolute love for New Market. Have been going there ever since I was a kid and still find is as charming! Unfortunately its the other end of town for me, but then thats no detterent.

Noodle Bowl with Chicken Broth
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Chinese - Asian
 
Easy one pot meals
Ingredients
  • Egg noodles - 1 pack - boiled and drained
  • Chicken - 200 gms - boneless, cut into small chunks - i used boneless leg piece
  • Carrot - 1 cup - diced or sliced
  • Red bell pepper - ½ cup - diced
  • Cauliflower - ½ cup - cut into florets
  • Onion - 1 medium - diced
  • Ginger - garlic - 1 tsp each- finely chopped
  • Light soy sauce - 1 tsp
  • Vinegar - 1 tsp
  • Veg/chicken stock - 2 cups
  • Refined oil - 1 tbsp
  • Cornflour - 1 tsp - mixed with a little water
  • Salt - to taste
  • Pepper - to taste
Instructions
  1. Boil the noodles as per instruction on the pack. Drain and keep aside.
  2. Blanch the diced carrots and cauliflower in hot water. Drain and keep aside.
  3. In a pan, heat oil.
  4. Saute the onion along with the ginger garlic.
  5. Add the chicken pieces. Fry till browned.
  6. Add the carrots and cauliflower.
  7. Next tip in the diced bell pepper.
  8. Add light soy sauce,vinegar, salt and pepper.
  9. Add the chicken /veg stock.
  10. Cover and let simmer for 5 mins.
  11. Make a cornflour slurry and add it to the pan.
  12. Once the gravy thickens. Remove from heat.
  13. Garnish with chopped green chilies, fresh coriander and spring onions.
 

Tomato Mint Pulao

Summer calls for easy clean meals that can be prepared without slogging it out in the kitchen. This Tomato Mint Pulao is a one pot meal to be rustled up in a jiffy, served with a side of raita and salad is perfect for a weekday meal.Easy clean flavours is sure to please your tastebuds!tomato mint pulaoI like making pulaos in handis or a pan as i am more confident that way but you could easily use a pressure cooker or even a rice cooker. Just the amount of water need to adjusted accordingly. Also i have used chopped tomatoes for texture but even puree would work well. Feel free to use your own discretions as that what makes it even better!

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Tomato Mint Pulao
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Recipe type: Rice Dish
Cuisine: Indian
 
One pot veg rice dish
Ingredients
  • Basmati rice - 1 cup - washed and soaked in water for half an hour
  • Chopped tomatoes - 2 medium
  • Ginger - 1 tbsp- grated
  • Green chillies - 1 nos - finely chopped
  • Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
  • Whole garam masala - a mix of cardamom, cinnamon and cloves - 1 tbsp
  • Bay leaf - 2 nos
  • Whole cumin - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Sugar - a pinch
  • Fresh mint leaves - a handful - finely chopped
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Warm water - 2 cups
Instructions
  1. In a pan/handi heat the ghee.
  2. Splutter the whole garam masala, bay leaf and whole cumin.
  3. Once fragrant, add the chopped tomatoes and grated ginger.
  4. Fry for 2 mins. Add the handful of chopped mint leaves and chopped green chilies.
  5. Next add the basmati rice and turmeric powder.
  6. Saute well for 5-7 mins till the rice changes colour.
  7. Add the warm water, salt and sugar.
  8. Cover and cook till the water is absorbed. Fulff up the rice with a fork and serve hot.
 

Methi Thepla

This time of the year is perfect to savour the varied winter greens available in the market. My absolutely favourite being fresh Methi saag( fenugreek leaves) and Sarson Saag ( mustard greens). I dont leave an opportunity to use fresh methi leaves as often as I can. While i would always make Aloo methi or simple methi parathas , Theplas , essentially a Gujrati flatbread is something I made for the first time. Perfect as a breakfast dish, I absolutely loved eating them.

methi theplaThe addition of a variety of spices and some gram flour to the dough gives the parathas if we may call them, even thogh they are to be rolled thinner than a paratha, a lovely soft texture. My boys are not much into parathas and would stick to their usual English breakfast, I love my desi breakfast and more so on weekends. Served with some homemade green chili pickle and yogurt, it made for a delicious treat.

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Methi Thepla
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Recipe type: Breads
Cuisine: Gujrati - Indian
 
A soft spiced flatbread that is perfect as a breakfast dish served with pickle and yogurt.
Ingredients
  • Whole wheat flour? Aata - 1½ cups
  • Gram flour / Besan- ½ cup
  • Chopped onion - 1 tbsp
  • Chopped green chili - 1 tsp
  • Chopped fresh fenugreek leaves/methi leaves - 1 cup
  • Caraway/Ajwain seeds - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds/jeera seeds - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Chopped coriander leaves - 1 tbsp
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1tsp
  • Ghee - 1 tsp + spme more to cook the theplas
  • Warm water - a cup approx to knead the dough
Instructions
  1. In a bowl mix all the ingredients listed aboved and knead into a soft using some warm water.
  2. Let the dough rest for 15 mins.
  3. Make small balls, dust in some flour and roll out very thin into round discs.
  4. They should be rolled thinner than a paratha.
  5. On a flat gridle, cook the theplas by applying ghee on both sides.
  6. Serve warm with pickle and fresh yogurt.
 

Diwali Cheers with some Moong Dal Halwa

Diwali is here with  so much light and sparkle all around as. I had a super busy week cleaning and prepping my home for the festival. My single point focus becomes putting up lights all over my house, changing up the décor and prettying up every nook and corner. So much so that I completely ignored the food front. Now whats Diwali without some homemade sweets and finally got the time to whip up some sweet deliciousness in my kitchen. Moong Dal Halwa is something I totally love and the nip in the air calls for a bowl of hot hot halwa.

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The best part about hoeme made sweets is that you can control the sweetness and know what exactly has gone into it so that your little ones can enjoy it without any fear. I used condensed milk instead of sugar syrup and that kind of makes it so very easy to make this dish. So don’t wait just head into the kitchen!

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I also take this opportunity to wish each one of you a Diwali filled with love and light. Spread joy all around you, dress up and indulge in the festivities with your friends and family coz that exactly I love to do.

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Diwali Cheers with some Moong Dal Halwa
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
 
A sweet dish made with pulses that is so festive !
Ingredients
  • Moong Dal - 1 cup - washed and soaked in water for 2 hrs.
  • Ghee - 100 gms
  • Condensed milk - 1 cup
  • Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
  • Almonds - a handful - chopped finely
  • Raisins - a handful - optional
Instructions
  1. Drain the moong dal and grind into a fine paste using the mixer grinder. Make sure to use very little water while grinding.
  2. In a non stick pan, heat the ghee.
  3. Add the moong dal paste and start stirring it into the ghee.
  4. Continue to stir the mixture on low heat for atleast 15 mins till the mixture smells fragrant and the raw taste of the dal is cooked through.
  5. Keep the flame low at all times. Keep stirring once a while.
  6. The mixture with turn a nice golden colour .
  7. Add the chopped almond, raisins(if using) and cardamom powder.
  8. Now add a cup of condensed milk and stir in well.
  9. Conitnue to stir for another 5to 7 mins, till you reach the desired consistency.
  10. Don't overcook or else the halwa will go dry.
  11. Remove from heat and serve hot in little bowls.
  12. Can be reheated in the micro as and when served.
 

Dimer Korma

A conversation with a dear friend made me realise that this blog is something that means a lot, a lot of hard work and sweat and passion has gone into making it, so no matter how many “sabbaticals” I take, I have to get back to it. So on that very positive note, I present a new recipe to you all! I made Dimer Korma few days ago after I saw a video on FB by Banglar Rannaghar, a very popular website of great recipes. I made some minor changes and the result was a great dish.

dimer kormaEggs are a constant favourite in my household and is well accepted by both my boys, whichever way it is served. This Korma went particularly well with tawa rotis and made for a lovely treat. It is a great party dish and requires very little ingredients.

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Dimer Korma
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Recipe type: Main course
Cuisine: Bengali - Bangladeshi
 
Eggs in a rich yogurt based gravy
Ingredients
  • Boiled eggs - 4 nos
  • Cardamon - 3-4
  • Cinnamon - 1 small stick
  • Cloves - 3-4
  • Yogurt - 1 cup
  • Brown Onion paste - 2 tbsp
  • Ginger - garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Sugar - a pinch
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp. + 1 tbsp.
  • Green chilies - 3-4 - slit
  • Brown onion for garnish
Instructions
  1. Shell the boiled eggs, make slits , marinate with some salt and keep aside.
  2. In a pan , heat 1 tbsp. ghee. Fry the eggs lightly and keep aside.
  3. In the same pan, add 1 tbsp. ghee.
  4. Splutter the whole garam masala - cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.
  5. Next add the brown onion paste and ginger garlic paste.
  6. Fry for 2 mins and then add the yogurt.
  7. Mix well and keep the flame low.
  8. Add the salt and sugar.
  9. Add half a cup of warm water.
  10. Add the fried eggs and let the gravy simmer for 5 mins.
  11. Garnish with some fried onions and green chiilies.
  12. Serve with rotis.
 

Mozarella Stuffed Mini Buns

So the much elusive monsoon finally arrived in the city. Not sure this respite is for how long but atleast the temperatures have dipped a little and that makes us all feel better. With my little boy back in school, I am left with a lot of time to myself. My 8 yr old soccer fan has opted to join his school soccer club which means he gets back home only early evening. So the mother doesn’t know what to do with so much time! Ironical I would say, there was a time I would itch to get my time off from the toddler but now I miss him all the while he’s in school. Anyways, so the next best that I do is try out new things in my kitchen and I intend to dedicate a lot of my time to blogging.

These Mozarella Stuffed Mini Buns are a perfect accompaniment to your evening tea or even as a snack in your kids lunchbox. It stays well for a couple of days and you can serve them warm.

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I don’t need to tell you again that baking is therapeutic but I do need to let you know that I find these adult colouring books extremely soothing too! They calm me down and helps me focus , which is a good thing considering how impatient I can get at times. So there, that’s is how I am trying to constructively put my time to good use.

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Mozarella Stuffed Mini Buns
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Recipe type: Bread
 
Bite size cheese stuffed buns
Ingredients
  • Plain flour - 2 cups + little for dusting
  • Dry yeast or Fast action yeast - 2 tsp
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Dried herbs - 1 tbsp. - a mix of thyme, rosemary and dill
  • Milk - 1 cup at room temperature
  • Olive oil - 2 tbsp.
  • Mozarella cheese - cut into small cubes
  • Olives / Cherry tomatoes - for garnish
  • Egg - 1 - lightly beaten - for glaze
Instructions
  1. Making the dough:
  2. In a bowl add the flour, yeast, sugar, salt and the dried herbs. Make a little well and gradually add the milk and roll into a dough. Add the oil.
  3. Rest the dough for 10 mins.
  4. Take the dough on a dusted surface and knead into a small ball. This will take rouhly 8 to10 mins.
  5. Put in an oiled bowl, cover with a cling wrap and let it rise in a warm place. I usually rest it inside the oven or microwave.
  6. After an hour approx. , the dough would have risen in size.
  7. Take it out on a dusted surface again and knock the air out gently.
  8. Roll into a long log and divide into 10- 12 equal portions.
  9. Make each portion a little flat on your palm, stuff with a small piece of mozzarella and roll into a small round bun.
  10. Lay the little roundels on a lined and greased baking tray.
  11. Top with some olives and rest it again for 10- 15 mins.
  12. Brush with some beaten egg and bake the buns in a preheated oven at 200 deg C for 15 mins.
  13. Serve fresh and warm.
 

Kerala Style Chicken Curry

Once in a while when you want to do something different to your regular Chicken curry, this recipe of Kerala Style Chicken curry could come very handy. While I wouldn’t claim that this is the most authentic version and more inspired by the robust flavours of kerala cuisine, it tastes very good nonetheless.

Kerala style chicken curry

Most of the ingredients used are a part of our everyday cooking, apart from curry leaves maybe but that too is easily available now. I use curry leaves in a lot of things like poha , kadhi and even in my simple aloo sabzi that goes so well with luchis! 7 years back when I moved into my house, I was most kicked about having this little garden to myself where I would grow my organic veggies. Curry leaf plant was one of the firsts I had bought and today its turned into a beautiful little tree. Well, more on my vegetable garden later, you go note the recipe!

Kerala Style Chicken Curry
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Recipe type: Main course
Cuisine: Kerala
 
Flavourful chicken curry that pairs very well with rice.
Ingredients
  • Chicken - 500 gms - cut into medium sized pieces
  • Onion - 1 medium - finely sliced
  • Tomato - 1 medium - finely sliced
  • Ginger - 1 tbsp. -grated
  • Garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Green/ red chillies - 2-3 - finely sliced - as per taste
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tsp+1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp+1 tsp
  • Coconut milk - 1 cup
  • Salt - to taste
  • Refined oil - 1 tbsp
  • For tempering:
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp.
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - a few
  • Dry red chili - 2-3
  • Black pepper corns - 1 tsp
Instructions
  1. In a bowl take the chicken pieces, marinate with 1 tsp turmeric powder and 1 tsp red chilli powder and some salt.
  2. Keep aside for 10 mins.
  3. In a pan , heat 1 tbsp. oil and shallow fry the chicken pieces till golden brown in colour.
  4. Drain and keep aside.
  5. In the same pan, add 1 tbsp. ghee.
  6. Add the mustard seeds, black peppercorns, dry chili and the curry leaves.
  7. Let the spices splutter and release its aromas.
  8. Now add the finely sliced onions , grated ginger and the garlic paste.
  9. Cook till transluscent.
  10. Now add the chicken pieces.
  11. Add another tsp of turmeric and chili pwder each and some salt to taste.
  12. Mix everything well, add half a cup of warm water and let it simmer.
  13. Once the water dries up and the chicen is almost cooked, add the coconut milk and the green chilies.
  14. Let the curry simmer for 2-3 mins.
  15. Remove from heat and garnish with some more grated ginger and chopped chilies.
  16. Serve hot with rice.