Showing posts with label World Cuisine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label World Cuisine. Show all posts

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Scotch Eggs

Scotch Eggs Recipe or How to make Scotch Eggs

Breakfast on weekends is something everyone always looks forward too. Though we are so much used to Paranthas or Omlettes, I love to expreriment and bring the oh-so-good chicken in my breakfast. That is why I tried these Scotch Eggs.

I have done experiments earlier as well like I did this Shakshuka which is an amazing Moroccon breakfast.

But these Scotch Eggs are as English as they can get.

Scotch Eggs
Scotch Eggs
A very typical English dish, Scotch Eggs are known to be invented in london in 1738 but then it is also very similar to Mughal dish Nargisi Koftas. In UK, packaged Scotch Eggs are easily available at departmental stores. In Netherland, they are also called "little bird's nest".

Lets get to the recipe straightaway.

Recipe

Ingredients:
  1. Chicken Mince or Keema.
  2. Eggs.
  3. Dried Mixed Herbs
  4. Oregano
  5. Piri Piri Spice Mix
  6. Salt to taste.
  7. Oil for deep frying.
  8. Bread Crumbs

Friday, 17 April 2015

Grilled Chicken Breast

Grilled Chicken Breast Recipe

With the way I have done so many dishes with Chicken Breast and I actually love doing it, I feel I should have been born in Europe or say, England where I could have it day in day out. I mean, this cut of Chicken is so awesome that you can use it in millions of way. Few you can find on my blog like 5 ways to cook Chicken Breast, I mean just have a look at this and you will see the versions are limitless.

So, I decided to do one more thing with something very different. Apart from the regular Salt and pepper, I have tried some mild Indian spices to make this simple Pan Grilled Chicken breast.

Grilled Chicken Breast
Grilled Chicken Breast

Grilled Chicken Breast
Grilled Chicken Breast

This dish can be eaten with any sides like mashed potatoes (check recipe here), crispy veggies or may be Buttered Rice. Makes for a really delicious meal if you have it with chilled beer or may be a glass of your favorite wine. Now that does sound very European, isn't it?

Well, lets get to the recipe.

Recipe

Ingredients:
  1. Whole Chicken Breast
  2. 2-3 Garlic Cloves
  3. 3-4 Green Cardamoms.
  4. 4 table spoons Olive Oil
  5. Half tea spoon of nutmeg powder
  6. 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice and zest.
  7. Coriander powder
  8. Chopped Coriander.
  9. Salt to Taste.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Chicken Chargha

How to cook Chargha

Hi People,

How are you? 

Well, Navratri is over and I celebrated it with inviting my sisters and their kids over and made one of my favorite chicken recipes. Kids prefer something snacky or gravy-less because somehow it appeals more to them and well to me as well. So, I decided to make Chicken Chargha, a typical Pakistani dish which is so wonderful that I have cooked it so many times at home.

Chargha is a deep fried chicken dish from Lahore, Pakistan. The authentic Chargha is little different from what I have done and used pot steam process from my Chicken Roast Recipe (click for recipe) dish as a variation. Best part is that it is cooked as whole chicken and I loooooooooooooooooooveeeeeeeeeeee cooking whole chicken. I don't know but there is so much fun in it!!! :P

Chicken Chargha
Chicken Chargha

Chicken Chargha
Chicken Chargha
Apart from the process, I have also done some variation in spices that I have used but I have kept very similar in taste which is mild and not too spicy. But, having said that, you can make it spicy if you wish to. But what really excites in this dish is the juicy and succulent meat inside and crispy outer layer. It is just too good. Also, it involves deep frying, so I really won't say that it is healthy!!

Anyway, lets get to the recipe:

Recipe

Ingredients:
  1. Whole Chicken about 1 KG.
  2. Salt as per taste.
  3. 1 table spoons Degi or Kashmiri Red chilli powder.
  4. 1 table spoon Garam Masala
  5. 1 table spoon coriander powder.
  6. 1 tea spoon Cardamom powder
  7. 1 tea spoon cinnamon powder.
  8. Oil for deep frying the chicken

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

5 Wonderful Ways to cook Chicken Breast

Chicken Recipes using Chicken Breast.

I have always found Chicken breast to be one of the easiest cuts to work with. It is so dynamic and versatile in nature that you can do wonders. All you need is your imagination and you can win hearts with the results using your improvisation and innovation. It cooks fast, easy to manage while eating, it's everyone's favorite.

My wife actually loves continental and I love non-veg. So, whenever I want to cook for my wife, first thing comes to my mind is how can I do something new with chicken breast.

But today, I will make it easier for you by sharing my best 5 recipes which I have done using chicken breast. You will see how different they are but basics are almost same. Some are stuffed, some are pan fried, some are baked in oven.

Check more Non-veg recipes here.

Lets start with the Fab Five.

1. Piri Piri Chicken

Piri Piri Chicken
Piri Piri Chicken

 Piri Piri chicken is a portugese dish which is cooked using Piri Piri spice mix. Yes, it is same as Nando's Piri Piri Chicken and after reading this recipe you will know how easy it for you to have Nando's in your own home. Spicy and colorful, it will knock your socks off. Get the recipe here.

2. Double Bed Chicken


Double Bed Chicken
Double Bed Chicken

I created this recipe on the go that means I did not have any recipe in my mind when I started cooking this amazingly sinful dish. It also involves a bit of technique like 'Butterfyling the chicken' and is a Must Do for me after every few days. Get the recipe here.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Chicken With Mushroom Sauce

Chicken with Mushroom Sauce Recipe

Chicken breast is a really versatile cut of chicken. Not only it cooks fast, you can do so much with it that the options are unlimited. All you need is something with it to elevate it. Chicken is anyway rich in protein and also less in fat since it is white meat.

I had picked up 3 chicken breasts to make Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast. But i could use only two and had one extra. Also, my wife said she wanted to eat something continental and my mind worked up quickly to fulfill her command. So, I came up with succulent Chicken Breast with white creamy and delicious mushroom sauce which is the actual hero. You can try this another Creamy Sauce as well which is another similar sauce but with more ingredients.

Chicken with Mushroom Sauce
Chicken with Mushroom Sauce
I love this kind of food because it is not so complex and does not take much time to cook. You will also see how easy it is.

Recipe
Ingredients:
  1. Chicken Breast whole.
  2. Salt and Pepper.
  3. Cream 100 gms.
  4. Half cup milk which is about 50 ml.
  5. White wine 25 ml.
  6. Mushroom. I used 2 medium sized buttons and chopped them fine but not too fine.
  7. Dried Mixed herbs.


Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast Recipe


I have experimented a lot with chicken breast with all different variations of stuffings like Peanut Crusted Chicken SteakCheese Chicken Cordon BleuKeema Stuffed Chicken Breast, Chicken Stuffed with Spinach. I have been thinking to actually wrap it up in something like bacon. Where I live, bacon is not available in normal meat shops. But I was in this new hi-fi meat shop and they had english bacon which I picked up.
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast

When I got home, I also thought of stuffing the chicken breast with something to make it even more flavorful. And, when I looked into the fridge, I had this delicious Chicken Rahra from previous day. Chicken Rahra has thick keema gravy which I thought of using. Now, I will tell you how you can use normal keema stuffing for this. You can actually use stuffing of your choice. You can even add pistachio or cashew nuts or even raisins. Let your imagination fly.

I had this with a wonderful Mushroom Sauce, recipe of which you can find here.

This actually came out really wonderful as chicken was juicy and moist and bacon was crisp. Also, the stuffing inside was adding that zing and mushroom sauce added that creamy flavour and texture.

Recipe
Ingredients:
  1. Two medium size chicken breasts.
  2. Chicken keema or mince
  3. 6-7 bacon strips.
  4. Salt and Pepper.
  5. 2-3 table spoons Oil.
  6. Chopped green chillies as per taste.
  7. Dried Mixed herbs
  8. Dried thyme

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Healthy Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs or Deviled Eggs Recipe

It is every morning fare at our place, especially in winters. Me and my twin sons eat boiled eggs sans the yolk. They way they don't like the yolk reminds me of my childhood and how even I used to hate the yolk in boiled eggs. Well, it is a good thing as by not eating yolk we are avoiding FAT. But then all white becomes bland.

Deviled Eggs is something that came to my mind and I have seen to so many variations of Deviled Eggs. I actually did not want to create the same thing but wanted to see if I can do something new and make it healthy as well.

So here it is, Deviled Eggs with Hummus 3 Ways. I had made Hummus a day prior and had some leftover. So, That is how I got the idea of this. See, how leftovers can be easily used in a fantastic way.

You may also want to try Egg In A Hole.


Deviled Eggs
Deviled Eggs with Hummus
Deviled Eggs can be traced back to ancient Rome. Traditionally, they are served cold. Hard boiled eggs are cut into half lengthwise. Yolk is removed and then crumbled and mixed with mayonnaise and mustard or other ingredients and then stuffed back.

But as the name I gave, my Deviled Eggs are healthy and a fusion of European and Lebanese fare. I stuffed them with Hummus in 3 different variations. Not only it makes the the eggs to colorful but also variety of flavor adds the interest and it is super healthy.

Deviled Eggs
Deviled Eggs with Hummus


Lets see how the recipe goes.

Recipe
Ingredients:

  1. 4 hard boiled eggs.
  2. Hummus. Find the recipe here.
  3. Red Bell Pepper.
  4. Spinach

Now we are using Hummus which already has a lot of flavor so we will not be adding additional salt or any other spice. If you feel the Hummus that you have made has less salt, just sprinkle some salt on top or add more salt in Hummus as with the boiled eggs it might taste bland. Make it as per your taste.