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Tomato Garlic Chicken

Tomato Garlic Chicken
Tomato Garlic chicken is a quick semi dry chicken recipe. It is tomato based chicken stir fry along with garlic and spicy chilly.I used Chinese chilly garlic sauce (Lee Kum Kee brand) to give it a bit of heat. If you do not like to add sauce you can make a  home made version equivalent to it y grinding chiles, garlic and vinegar. You can have this as a side dish for rice or fried rice.

Chicken - 1 lb
Tomato-3 medium
( finely minced or make a puree)
Shallots crushed or finely minced- 1/2 cup
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
Chilly garlic sauce- 1 1/2 tsp  (I used Lee Kum Kee brand)
(If you like more spicy use Tuong ot toi Vietnam)
Tomato paste- 1 tsp
Soya sauce- 1 tsp
pepper powder-1/3 tsp
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Ground cinnamon and cloves- 1/3 tsp
Chopped coriander leaves
Chopped spring onions for garnish

Clean and cut chicken into small bite sized pieces. Marinate with a pinch of salt, 1/3 tsp of pepper and a pinch of turmeric powder for about 15 minute…

Spinach Mushroom Frittata

Spinach Mushroom Frittata
 Frittata is a quick and easy breakfast/brunch recipe.You can whip up quickly a light brunch and there are few things more satisfying. It is a cheesy egg based dish,an Italian style omelet.It is a loaded and quite thick when compared to regular omelet. You can use any sort of vegetables or meat to make frittata. Here I have used spinach and mushrooms.

Garlic- 2 cloves
Spinach- 2 handfull
bell pepper- 1/2
(use whole baby spinach or chopped)
Mushrooms- 3/4 cup chopped
Milk- 1/4 cup
Pepper powder- 1/3 tsp
salt to taste
Parmesan cheese- 2 tsp
Mild Cheddar cheese or sharp cheddar grated- 1/3 cup
(or a hand full grated)
Olive oil- 2 tsp

Mince garlic and chop mushrooms into thin slices.Preheat oven to 375 degree F.
On stove top heat a skillet (cast iron or anodized iron pan) and add olive oil. When the oil is hot add mushrooms and chopped  bell pepper and stir fry for about a minute. Add a pinch of salt and pinch of pepper and fry till all the …

French Macarons~ Baking Partners Challenge#7

French Macarons
Today's post is Baking partners challenge#7 and it is one of the finest cookies that you can ever taste- French Macarons. When Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen suggested doing macarons for this months challenge,I could not make up my mind .I would have immediately said yes, if it was coconut macaroon,but Swathi wanted nothing short of the classic French Macaron.

Macarons are beautiful sandwich cookies that you find in a wide range of colors. It can be called a confectionery,cookie or a pastry.The chief ingredients are egg whites and almond flour and the cookie has an unbelievable crispy- chewy texture. The filling can be anything from jam,chocolate ganache,caramel or butter cream. This recipe sounds simple with very few ingredients but sometimes making it may be frustrating experience, especially with an uncooperative meringue which can be due to over mixing or under mixing of the batter. This can leads to cracks on the shell, no feet or flat cookies. Macarons…

Cauliflower Paneer Masala

Cauliflower Paneer Masala

Today's recipe is a creamy rich paneer cauliflower curry which is a good accompaniment with pulao,chapathi or naan.You can vary vegetables depending on availability or add more vegetables of your choice.

Ingredients Paneer- 2 cups (cubed)
Cauliflower- small sized one
Tomatoes- 2 medium
Onions- 1 chopped
Ginger and garlic paste- 11/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder- a pinch
Kasoori methi powder- a pinch
Cream- 1/3 cup
Salt to taste
Chopped coriander leaves for garnish

Make a fine puree of tomatoes and keep aside.
Lightly fry paneer adding one tsp of oil in a pan. Fry till all sides become golden brown (this step is optional)
Finely mince onions using a kitchen chopper.
Heat one tsp of oil and add onion and after sauteing for two minutes add ginger garlic paste. Saute till it changes color and add tomato puree and cook till raw flavor disappears and oil separates.
Add chilly powder,cumin …

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
 Oatmeal cookies are healthy and is a perfect snack for kids.It is crispy and chewy cookies and cranberries makes it more interesting with a sweet tart. For a twist you can add raisins or chocolate chips. This is a perfect holiday cookie.
Recipe adapted from here

Quick or old fashioned oats- 2 cup
All purpose flour- 1 cup
Apple sauce- 1/2 cup
Butter- 1/2 stick
Sugar- 3/4 cup
Baking powder-  1 1/2 tsp
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Ground Cinnamon- 3/4 tsp
Nutmeg- 1/2 tsp
Vanilla extract- 1 tsp
Dried cranberries- 1/2 cup

Heat oven to 350 degree F. Spray cookie sheet and keep ready.
Mix flour,oats,baking soda,salt cinnamon,nutmeg  and set aside.
In a large bowl,beat butter, egg and sugar till it is light and creamy. Add the apple sauce and vanilla extract and combine. Mix in the dry ingredients and cranberries till all come together.
Drop spoon fulls of cookie dough on the sheet or two tables into a small ball. place each ball three inches apart. and bake 14-16 minutes ti…

Kuttanadan Duck Curry

Kuttanadan Duck Curry
This is a Kerala style duck curry. I do not know how many out there like duck recipes. Duck is not so popular in our region so my mother does not make this often. I used to have duck when I visit my aunts house and after wedding my mother- in- law makes duck sometime. My husband loves duck as much as chicken. This curry is spicy with the distinctive aroma of black pepper.Appam and duck curry is a wonderful combo. You can also have it with bread or rice.

Duck- 1 kg
Crushed shallots/pearl onions- 2 cup
Potato- 2 small
Ginger- 2 inch thick 2 piece
Garlic- 10- 12 pods
Green chilly-5-6
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp (optional)
Coriender powder- 2 tbs
Pepper powder- 1 tbs
( add according to your taste)
Garam masala- 1 1/3 tsp
Thin coconut milk- 1 1/2 cup
Thick coconut milk- 1 cup
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves-2 springs

Clean the duck and cut into pieces (you can clean by rubbing the whole duck with rice flour and salt). Kuttanadu du…

Ethapazham Kozhukatta

Ethapazham Kozhukatta
Today's recipe is a tasty and guilt free snack.It is kozhakatta with the different filling. It is caramelized ripe plantain and coconut filling.Usually we use plantain to make ada or puttu for breakfast.But this time I used it as a filling for kozhukatta instead of the usual jaggery coconut filling. It had an inviting flavors of ghee, plantain and cardamon.Serve this with a cup of tea as a snack or as breakfast.

Rice flour- 2 cups
Hot boiling water-1 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Sugar- 1 tsp
Coconut oil- 2 tsp

For the filling
Ripe plantain- 2
Coconut 1/2 cup
Sugar- 3 tbs
(or according to sweetness you like)
Cardamon  powder- 1/2 tsp
Ghee- 2  tsp

To make the filling cut plantains into small pieces. Heat ghee in a pan and add chopped plantain and stir fry for about 2-3 minutes or till it becomes soft. Add sugar and mix and allow the sugar to melt and caramelize. Mix in coconut and cardamon powder. Allow the mixture to cool.

Boil water along with salt and…
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