Monday, January 26, 2015

Chicken Chapli kabobs

These are really good. You will need:

Ground chicken leg and thigh one pound
Corn meal two tablespoons
one tomatoe seeds removed, and chopped
coriander seeds one and half tablespoon
coriander powder half tsp
one green chili chopped finely
half medium onion chopped finely
pomegranate seed powder one tsp
salt to taste
three to four garlic cloves chopped finely
one egg
red chili flakes four tablespoons
cilantro chopped finely 1/4 cup

Mix everything together and form into patties. Fry in oil.  

Aloo Bhaigan (eggplant potatoe)

This is great for vegetarians.


Two small eggplants diced into cubes
One medium potatoe diced into cubes
Half medium onion chopped finely
7 to 8 curry leaves
Half tsp mustard seeds
One tomatoe chopped
Ginger and garlic paste one tablespoon
Three tablespoons oil
One tsp red chili powder
One tsp tumeric
One tsp cumin
salt to taste

In a wok add oil and mustard seeds. After they crackle, add curry leaves. Add onion and sauté until golden brown. Then add ginger and garlic paste. Add spices. Add tomatoe, cook five minutes until tomatoe becomes mushy. Then add eggplant and potatoe. Pour one glass of water and let it cook until eggplant and potatoe are soft. Add salt. Garnish with cilantro.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ginger chicken

This is a mildly sweet and spicy chicken dish.

You will need:

  1. Half pound chicken cut up
  2. Half medium onion diced finely
  3. half cup tomatoe puree
  4. One tablespoon ginger paste
  5. One tsp red chili powder
  6. One tsp tumeric
  7. One tsp cumin powder
  8. One tsp coriander powder
  9. One tablespoon butter
  10. Salt to taste
  11. ginger cut into small strips
  12. cilantro for garnish

In a heavy bottom suacepan add two tablespoon oil. Add onion. Wait until they turn golden brown. Then add ginger paste. Add tumeric, chili powder, cumin, coriander. Add chicken and fry for five minutes. Add tomatoe puree. Turn heat to medium heat and let chicken cookabout 15 minutes. Add butter at the end. Also add salt. Garnish with ginger and cilantro.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Moong Dal

This is a a simple and delicious way to prepare moong dal.

  1. One tomatoe chopped
  2. half cup moong dal washed
  3. half medium onion chopped
  4. half tablespoon ginger and garlic paste
  5. one tsp chili powder
  6. one tsp tumeric powder
  7. three dried red chilis
  8. 7 to 8 curry leaves
  9. half tsp mustard seeds

In a pressure cooker add dal, chopped tomatoe, onion, ginger and garlic paste, chili powder and tumeric. Add enough water just until dal is covered and pressure cook for only 3 or 4 whistles. Dal should be whole still but soft. Open pressure cooked and mash tomatoes with spoon. Add salt. In a separate pan add one tablespoon oil, and to this add mustard seeds. After mustard seeds crackle, add curry leaves, and red chilis. Add to the dal. Dal is ready to eat.

Cabbage and carrot with chicken samosas

These are great to accompany a chinese dish. Makes eighteen samosas. Alternatively you can make them into a roll shape.


  1. Two cups napa cabbage
  2. One and half tablespoon fresh ginger and garlic paste
  3. One tsp chili powder
  4. one tsp tumeric
  5. salt to taste
  6. half tsp black pepper powder
  7. half pound ground chicken 

Heat one tablespoon of oil in a saucepan. Add ginger and garlic paste. Add spices. Cook for two or three minutes. Then add cabbage and chicken. Fry for a little while then add two glasses of water. Let cabbage cook. Should take about 15 minutes. Let water dry up.  Then add black pepper powder. Add salt to taste. Let it cool and fill into springroll wrappers.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Macaroni Casserole

I learnt this recipe from my mother in law. It is really good.


  1. 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (small size) - if using regular size then one and half cup
  2. half pound ground beef
  3. one tin of processed cheese - about 8 oz of processed cheese
  4. one tomatoe chopped
  5. half tablespoon garlic
  6. salt to taste
  7. one medium onion chopped
  8. one cup sharp cheddar cheese
  9. one fourth cup cheddar cheese for sprinkling on top
  10. one egg

Cook macaroni until tender.Meanwhile in a separate container mix cheddar cheese, processed cheese, and egg. In a separate pan heat one tablespoon of oil and add onion. Wait until onion turns golden brown then add garlic paste. Add ground beef, and chopped tomatoe. Add salt to taste.
In a 13 xs 9 pan layer macaroni, then beef, then cheese mixture. Repeat until you have two layers. Sprinkle one fourth cup cheddar cheese on top. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Black pepper chicken

This is a good twist to chicken.

  1. One and half tsp freshly ground black pepper
  2. ginger and garlic paste one tablespoon
  3. One tsp coriander powder
  4. One tsp cumin powder
  5. Two tsps chili powder
  6. One tsp tumeric
  7. Whole garam masala
  8. Two cloves
  9. Two cardamoms
  10. Three small one inch cinnamon sticks
  11. Half pound chicken
  12. One medium onion chopped
  13. Three Roma tomatoes
  14. cilantro chopped for garnish


In a medium saucepan add three tablespoons of oil. Add whole garam masala and chopped onion. Saute onion until they become golden brown. Add ginger and garlic paste. Add tumeric and red chili powder. Add cumin and coriander. Add tomatoes. Cook tomatoes until they are mushy. Add chicken and fry for five minutes. Lower heat to medium and add a glass of water. Cook until chicken is tender. Add black pepper. Mix and garnish with cilantro.