Monday, August 13, 2012

Chicken Vindaloo ....and a break !

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Usually I am not a last minute person when it comes to packing and shopping especially if it is for a vacation,but this time I was shopping even today and still a few more last minute shopping to do,Suitcases are still empty and I have a pile of clothes to iron, and finally cleaning the house before I leave ! phew its a long list,You might be wondering am I crazy to sit and blog when I have so much things to do ? But this time its going to be long break thats another reason for me to update the blog at this last moment. I will be back only on sep 11 th and after coming back I have my lil boys birthday party to organise.So far I have only booked a hall and an entertainer ,so its going to be hectic when I come back.So hopefully after all that I might be able to get back to blogging. So my friends enjoy the rest of the summer and Eid mubaraak to all in advance !

Todays recipe is adapted from Anjum Anand's Pork vindallo recipe from I love curry , I just replaced pork with chicken and I warn you all,its really spicy ,reduce the chillies according to your spice levels.I felt it was spicy the first day but got a little milder and tasted much better the next day !

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Ingredients
Chicken - 500 gms
Onion - 3

for grinding
cumin seeds - 1tsp
Coriander seeds- 1 tsp
Kashmiri redchillies (seeds shaken )- 5-10
Peppercorns - 6
Green cardamom pods - 3
Cloves -4
Cinnamon - 1 stick

Ginger -garlic paste - 1 tbs
Salt

Method
1.Grind all the whole spices and chillies to a fine powder.
2.Marinate the chicken with the spice powders ,ginger garlic paste , salt and keep aside for few hours or overnight.
3.In a saucepan add oil and saute the chopped onions till brown.
4.Add the marinated chicken and fry till brown on a medium flame for about 3-4 minutes.
5.Reduce the heat and cook it covered it until cooked.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Rice Krispy treats and a small carving attempt !

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This is one of the easiest treat that you can fix for ur lil ones in a jiffy..My boy used to get this from nursery sometimes on some special days when they cook in the nursery and he brings his share home and after that always used to ask for more,so I have been thinking to try this at home for sometime now and today finally I got some time and made this.Lil A loved it and as the quantity I made was quite a lot for him , I thought to be creative with the rest ! And this is what I came up with,his favoutite Mc Queen Car from Disney cars movie :) I carved the rice krispy treats with a sharp knife and then coated it with a little buttercream icing and covered it with fondant.Its nothing great but it bought a big smile on his face !

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Ingredients

Rice krispies - 1 1/2 cup
Mini marshmallows - 1 cup
Butter - 1 1/2 tbs

Method

1. Melt butter in a pan and add marshmallows.
2.Stir until marshmallows are completely melted.Switch off the flame.
3.Add rice Krispies and mix until well coated.
4.Transfer this into a greased dish and press it .
5.Allow it to set and cut them to desired shapes.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Beetroot Thoran/ Beetroot stir fry

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Eventhough I love betroot I hate the mess it makes to my kitchen tiles and my fingers after I grate it.This time when I got betroot I forgot to put them in the fridge and left it among my onions and potatoes outside.So after 2-3 days when I saw it lying outside ,the skin was really soft and it was impossible to grate it . Eventhough chopped betroots taste much better than grated one I always preferd later as it is easier ,but this time since I didnt have a choice I had to chop and I found that its much easier to chop soft betroots and the mess is also less(didnt make my tiles red) ! Normally I wouldnt post this here,but since chopped version is a special one for a lazy person like me I thought I should post it here !

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Ingredients
Betroot - 4 medium ones
Onion - 1
Grated coconut /Dessicated coconut - 2 tbs
Curry leaves - few
Redchilly powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Oil
Method
1. In a saucepan add little oil and sputter mustard seeds.
2.Add chopped onions and saute till soft.
3.Add chopped betroot ,chilly powder,turmeric and salt and cook it covered.
4.When it is almost done add grated coconut ,curry leaves and cook for 1 minute .

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Moist Chocolate cupcakes with Vanilla butter cream frosting

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Till the Olympics started in London a week before, me and S were not really into sports that much,so we didnt even bother to bid for tickets in the beginning but the whole atmosphere in London has changed our attitude towards sports,we are now hooked onto T.V watching all sorts of events and has been trying for tickets continously ever since Olypmics started.Eventhough they were releasing last minute tickets online , we were unlucky with those ticketed events,but we still we didnt give up and decided to make the most of free events like cycling ,marathon,race walk etc.We went for two events in the last few days and the Mens 20 km race walk was the most exciting one as 3 Indian were among the group,we cheered them with all our voice and we were glad that Irfan from kerala,finished 10 th and made all of us proud !Still one more week of Olympics and we are planning to go for Mens marathon race next week and then we are off to India for a month.

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Coming to todays recipe its a moist chocolate cupcake which I made to take to a friends place,You can see from the pics that my frosting didnt cover the cupcakes well as I ran out of the frosting .I didnt want to make it all over again so I kind of decorated it with what I had :)

Ingredients
Flour - 1 1/4 cup
Cocoa Powder - 1/4 cup
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Sugar - 1 cup
Oil - 3/4 cup
Egg -2
Milk - 1/4 cup
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp

Method
1. Sift flour,baking powder,soda,salt and keep it aside.
2.In a mixing bowl beat eggs and sugar well.
3.Add oil,vanilla extract and whisk.
4.Add 1/4 th of sifted dry ingredients and fold in followed by little milk.
5.Continue adding flour and milk until all used up.
6.Line a muffin tin and pour the batter until 3/4 th full.
6.Bake in preheated oven at 175 degree centigrade for 20 - 25 mins or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean.

You can find the recipe for frosting here
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