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. 

Tuna cutlets

If you're on a budget these cutlets will save you money. They are also big time saver.

You will need:

  1. Two cans tuna
  2. Two medium sized potatoes
  3. 1 tsp red chili powder
  4. 3/4 tsp tumeric
  5. Salt 
  6. One egg
  7. Italian bread crumbs
  8. One tsp lemon juice

Microwave potatoes until soft. Mash potatoes with tuna and add spices. Add squeeze of lemon juice
Mixed by hand all ingredients and form into small patties. Coat each patty with egg mixture and then bread crumb mixture. Fry in some oil until patty turns golden brown on all sides. Enjoy.

Tuna cutlets being fried

Monday, January 19, 2015

Simple cheesecake bars with red strawberry sauce

Do you have a few bars of cream cheese lying in the fridge? Some unused graham crackers? If so this recipe so for you. I halved the recipe for classic cheesecake from

For Cheesecake: 

  1. preheat oven to 325 degrees 
  2. Two eight ounce bars of cream cheese 
  3. Two eggs 
  4. Graham cracker crumbs - one and one third cup
  5. half tsp vanilla
  6. half cup sugar
  7. Butter- one third cup
  8. three tablspoons sugar
 Combine graham cracker crumbs with three tablespoons sugar and butter. Press mixture into 13 xs 9 in pan.

Combine cream cheese with sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Pour cream cheese batter over this. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until cheesecake is firm.

Spread strawberry topping over cheesecake. Best served chilled.

Strawberry sauce:

  1. 8 to 10 large strawberries
  2. four tablespoons of sugar
  3. one tsp cornstarch

Chop strawberries into small pieces. In a small pan add strawberries and about 1/2 cup water. Cook strawberries until they soften and add cornstarch and sugar. Mix. Keep cooking until strawberries are mashed. Add more water if too thick. Use this red sauce for spreading over cheesecake. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Mitthi Daal (Sweet Daal)

I learnt this recipe from my mother who is very good at cooking. This daal preparation is very good by itself especially during winter season when it is cold. It can also be eaten with white rice or chapati. Here is what you will need:
1.5 cups moong daal 1/2 tablespoon ginger and garlic paste 5 green chilis 1/4 cup cilantro Half onion sliced thinly Roast the daal on a pan on medium to low heat for about 5 mins. Soak moong daal in sufficient water, add chopped green chilis, cilantro and ginger and garlic paste. Stir all together and let it cook on medium heat until daal is softened. After cooled down grind to a smooth paste. Add water to make a soup like consistency. Add cilantro more for garnish. Shallow fry onion in some oil until golden brown. Add the onion to the dal and stir. Dal is ready.

Zuchinni Mutton

I love zuchinni. Heres my recipe for zuchinni mutton, a healthy and satisfying dish.
Ingredients: two tsps chili powder two tsps tumeric half tablespoon ginger and garlic paste two and half zuchinni mutton one pound onion one medium chopped three medium tomatoes chopped salt to taste Peel and chop zuchinni into small cubes. Similarly finely chop an onion into small peices. Do the same with the tomatoes. Add two tablespoons of oil to a pressure cooker. To this add onion and and fry onion till they are golden brown. Add ginger and garlic paste, tumeric and red chili powder. Add tomatoes and mutton. Fry for five mintues. Close pressure cooker and cook till meat it tender. Add zuchinni to mutton and cook until zuchinni is fork tender. Add salt to taste. Eat with white rice and a papad. Enjoy.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Moist and buttery corn bread

I have never made corn bread in my life, however when I tried it for the first time, this recipe came out pretty good. Here's the ingredients for corn bread:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus butter for baking dish
1 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

You will need to preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13 xs 9 baking dish.

In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, buttermilk, and butter. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the cornmeal mixture and fold together until there are no dry spots (the batter will still be lumpy). Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.

Bake until the top is golden brown and tester inserted into the middle of the corn bread comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the cornbread from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes 

before serving.