Showing posts with label Italian. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Italian. Show all posts

Monday, 12 October 2015

Slow Braised Lamb with Baked Potatoes

Slow Braised Lamb with Baked Potatoes

It has been such a long time that I got to cook something new. I have been very busy lately. travelling to Bangalore for work, then two consecutive weekends were busy in doing road trip to Dehradun and Lansdowne for some unwinding. The last dish I did was Fish in Lemon Butter Sauce. But now I am back! And with something amazingly continental or say perfectly simple, easy and yet delicious! 

I had been itching to try this for a long long time but wasn't getting time. And since it is not an Indian dish, It as hard to cook with my mom at home, so cooked it when it was only me, wife and kids at home. Off course, we had the chilled beer and white wine. Perfect Sunday afternoon lunch with family!

Here it is, Slow Braised Lamb with baked potatoes. I actually used mutton because it is very hard to find Lamb. It is the magic of slowly cooking the lamb which makes it all so amazing. The meat gets so tender, the herbs and spices, all the ingredients combine to end up with a mouthful of magic. Add that with the aromatic baked potatoes and you have a perfect lazy lunch.

Slow Braised Lamb with Baked Potatoes
Slow Braised Lamb with Baked Potatoes

Friday, 14 August 2015

Chicken In Pesto sauce

Chicken In Pesto Sauce Recipe Or How to make Chicken in Pesto Sauce

Hey Friends,

Day before yesterday I has posted about Toum Chicken which is sort of fusion of stir frying and Lebanese cuisine. It sure was yummy, do check it out by clicking on the link. It was full of garlic flavor and it being one of my favorite ingredients, I tried something else too, Chicken in Petso Sauce.  This was another attempt to make something for my kiddos and my niece who were asking for chicken!!

Many of you might know how to make Pesto Sauce, but still I would share it again how to make it for those who don't know. I used a very similar method to the Toum Chicken, but the flavor was totally different even though it was filled with Garlic along with Mint and Basil.


Chicken in Pesto Sauce
Chicken in Pesto Sauce

Chicken in Pesto Sauce
Chicken in Pesto Sauce

This is another super 'quicky' dish which you love to have once in a while!! Am I right? Quick and pleasurable!! Ok, I know what you are thinking but now get your track to the kitchen!!

The wonderful strong flavor of Garlic and Mint will just amaze you. Obviously the hero is the sauce but you have ensure chicken is cooked perfectly too.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  1. 1 Chicken breast cut into medium size pieces.
  2. Basil leaves.
  3. Mint Leaves
  4. 4-5 Garlic cloves
  5. Walnuts. You may use Cashew nut as well if you don't have walnut.
  6. Olive oil.
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Crushed Black Pepper.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta or Panna Cotta Recipe

I could not have imagined myself getting into making desserts but finally, Panna Cotta is here!

Panna Cotta
Panna Cotta

It seems like even though I started this blog primarily as repository of non-vegetarian recipes, I am getting hooked onto other things as well as I am trying new things. I seriously do not have a sweet tooth and I would just taste any dessert and that's it, even if I like it very much.

But Panna Cotta seems like my kind of sweet. It is white (primarily but you can have a lot of variations), not too sweet much like Sandes (the bengali sweet) and Rasmalai. I like all of these.

Panna Cotta is an Italian dessert which includes use of Cream, egg whites and honey but outside Italy is little different and that is what I have done here. It is Eggless Panna Cotta. There could be so many variations of Panna Cotta but what I did was a very basic one.

Panna Cotta
Panna Cotta

It is basically cooked cream which is called Panna Cotta but let me take you through the complete recipe now.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup full cream milk.
  2. 200 ml cream. I used Amul Cream.
  3. 1 tablespoon Gelatin.
  4. Sugar would be as per taste. I did not want it too sweet so I added less.
  5. Cardamom Powder.
  6. Vanilla Essence. This is optional as I did not use it.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Valentine Italian Gnocchi

So, It was time for Valentines Day and I though of making something for my beloved wife, something that she would like to eat and also showcase my love for her.

Well, then I decided to go Italian as Italian symbolizes love and finesse. I made Italian Gnocchi in heart shapes.

Gnocchi
Valentine Italian Gnocchi


Now, I made this heart shaped and added that dash of Red as my own twist but you could make it any shape and leave out the carrots because original recipe does not have carrots.

Ingredients:
  1. Boiled or Baked Patatoes. Both work well, just grate them nicely so that they stay fluffy and light.
  2. Processed cheese.
  3. Parmesan Cheese
  4. 1 cup Refined Flour (Maida)
  5. Green Peas - Boiled.
  6. Carrots - Grated.
  7. 1 beaten egg. If you are vegetarian, leave out the eggs.
  8. Salt and Pepper for seasoning.
  9. 4 table spoons butter.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Fish with Pesto Sauce

Fish with Pesto Sauce recipe


Hi,

My wife is Odiya and she loves her fish. She makes that wonderful fish in mustard seeds gravy though I am not a big fan of fish with gravy. I like my fish to be pan friend or simply fried. Just few days back I shared the classic Fish & Chips Recipe.


Fish with Pesto Sauce
Pan Fried Fish with Pesto Sauce


I have had some inclination to make continental and European food and made this wonderful Pan Fried Fish with Pesto Sauce. Thought of sharing it with you folks here on my blog, after all, love is when you share.

The star of the dish was the Pesto Sauce which made my hardcore Punjabi food loving mom say WOW! So, you can imagine how good it was! This sauce is full of strong flavor of different herbs and nuts, truly amazing and it is sharp. 


Pan Fried Fish with Pesto Sauce
Pan Fried Fish with Pesto Sauce

Here it is, Pan Fried fish with Pesto Sauce recipe:


Pan Fried Fish with Pesto Sauce



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Pan Fried Fish with Pesto Sauce recipe. Amazingly easy and even more amazingly delicious

Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Yield: Serves 2

Ingredients:
Fish Fillets. Well, you can use any fish that you want which can be filleted and doesn't have those tiny bones. I used Singhara (Cat Fish).
Mixed Dried herbs.
Salt and Pepper.
2-3 tablespoons oil to pan fry the fillets.
Basil leaves.
Mint Leaves
4-5 Garlic cloves
Walnuts. You may use Cashew nut as well if you don't have walnut.
Olive oil.

Method:
  1. First, we will make the Pesto sauce and It is very simple.
  2. Mix Basil, Mint leaves, Garlic cloves, 1 table spoon of olive oil, Walnuts, little salt and pepper in a grinder.
  3. Grind it well but not to a fine paste. You should grind it only to the level where you can feel the grains of walnut. It should have a nutty bite.
  4. Your Pesto Sauce is ready. Keep it aside.
  5. Now, season the fillets with Salt, Pepper and Mixed herbs.
  6. Heat oil in the pan. Though make sure oil is not too hot. We will cook it on medium heat else on high heat fish will burn from outside and won't cook from inside.
  7. Sear the fillets and cook for 5 -7 minutes from both sides. Do check how well your fish is done. It should be white and fibery from inside once cooked. If it's pale or off white, its not cooked.
  8. Once done, using a spoon, smear the pesto Sauce on one side while the fish is in the pan. Let it cook for another 2 minutes for the fish to absorb some flavors of the sauce.
  9. Serve it hot.

Now, once you take a bite, I assure you, you will have a totally different warm taste of pesto. The garlic flavor really comes out along with aroma of basil. Serve it to your guests at home and they will go bonkers.

I hope you liked the recipe. If you wish to continue getting more recipes, do subscribe to my blog and also leave your comments below.

Love,
Raj