Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Bhendi fry

Bhendi fry
I cook it often for lunch to go with rice and dal. For dinner I add Potatoes cut into small cubes with it and it goes well with Roti.
This easy and appetizing side dish becomes very handy at times when I am in no mood for Cooking.

Bhendi or Ladies finger : Cut in small pieces
Onion: Cut in small pieces (optional)
Salt & Sugar to taste
Turmeric powder
White Oil to sauté

Sprinkle little Turmeric powder on Bhendi pieces and mix well. Heat oil in a Kadai.
If using onion, then fry the onions slightly. Then add Bhendi in it and pan fry. Else start with Bhendi pieces.
When they start to turn brown add Salt & Sugar to taste. The Sugar will add a lovely caramelized brown tint.
When all the pieces are evenly fried cover the Kadai for 2-3 minutes. So the vapour will soften the fried Bhendi pieces.

List of Variations:
1.With or without Onion
2.whole  cumin seeds
3.finely chopped tomato / chillies
4.Potatoes cut into small cubes

Ganapati Bappa Moriya

After a long time my Sis got little time & temper to seat with her Quilling. Result is this adorable idol of Ganesh. Happy Ganesh Puja J

Monday, 4 August 2014

My Quick Chicken recipe: Necessity is the mother of invention

I looked at the few chicken pieces in front of me and was unable to locate one decent piece in them. Situation was really frustrating. All the more so because it was late evening and I must cook dinner quickly.  At that moment this idea struck my mind.
From then onwards this dish become just a one of our regular menu list.
This dish is very useful to me in many ways:  
  • No. 1 it helps me to handle the challenge of cooking a good dinner with any scrap chicken pieces
  • No. 2 it is very quick yet delicious
  • No. 3 the chicken stock can be stored & used for other purpose

Quick Chicken recipe
Ingredients :
5 to 6 medium sized chicken pieces.
2 to 3 Onions : Cut in thin slices
1 Capsicum (optional) : : Cut in thin slices
1 Tomato  Onions : Cut in thin slices
1 Garlic (chopped)
1 table spoon Ginger paste
2 Green chillies (chopped)
2 table spoon Tomato sauce
Salt & Sugar to taste  

1 tea spoon Red chilli powder
1 table spoon Kasuri methi
1 tea spoon Turmeric powder (optional)
1 tea spoon cumin powder (optional)
1 tea spoon Garam masala powder (optional)

Boil the chicken pieces in water with slight salt. You can store & use the chicken stock for other purpose. Separate the bones and shred the boiled chicken pieces.
Now heat white oil in a Tawa and fry the chopped Onions, Capsicum (optional), Green Chillies, Garlic and Tomatoes. When vegetables become tender and brown in colour, add the shreded Chickens. Next add Ginger paste, tomato sauce and all the spices. Fry for 5 minutes. Check & add sugar/salt according to your taste. Then cover the Tawa and simmer for few minutes. Serve hot with Roti or toasted bread.