Monday, February 27, 2017

Jamaican Jerk Chicken



Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Jerk chicken can be grilled or baked and is a no fuss chicken recipe. Jerk refers to the wet marinade that makes this chicken so flavorful and yummy. You can find pre made jerk dry rub mix in the store but this time I decided to try making my own home made marinade. Scotch bonnet or the habanero chilly , all spice berries, scallions, herbs and pineapple makes this marinade spicy hot with a hint of sweetness. I adapted this recipe form the cook book Chicken :60 Simple Recipes for Great Home Cooking. Try this you will surely love it.

Ingredients
Chicken joints- 4
Shallots- 3
Scallions- 2 chopped
Habanero-4-5
(this is less spicy than scotch bonnet
adjust according to taste)
Thyme- 1/2 tsp

Ginger and garlic paste- 1 tsp
All spice berries- 1 tbs
Black pepper- 1/3 tsp
Cinnamon- 1/3 tsp
Nutmeg- a pinch
Pineapple chopped-3 tbs
Dark brown sugar- 1 tbs
Rum - 1 tb(optional)
Salt to taste
Oil- 2 tbs



Clean and pat dry chicken and set aside.
Put the rest of the ingredients into a food processor and blend into a smooth thick paste. Adjust according to taste or the spice level. You can double the recipe and store in refrigerator for one week.
Make deep slashes on the chicken and marinate the chicken with this paste. Refrigerate it over night or for at least three hours.
Place the marinated chicken into a roasting pan and roast in pre heated oven at 400 degree f for 30- 40 minutes.
Serve with rice. I served with Brown rice with coconut and green peas.


Try this,
Hope you will all enjoy!

Crab Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms




Crab Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

If you like mushrooms this is a perfect party appetizer recipe that you should try. You can use large portobello  or medium sized white button mushroom caps to stuff the filling.This is a versatile recipe and you can use vegetarian or non vegetarian filling of your choice. The filling here is a creamy crab meat filling.

Ingredients
Portobello mushroom caps- 4
Crab meat- 1 cup
Cream cheese- 3 tbs
Salt and pepper to taste
Garlic powder- 1/4 tsp
Onion powder- 1/4 tsp
Chopped spring onion- 1 tbs
Chopped parsley- 1 tbs
Chopped mint- 1/2 tsp
Parmesan cheese-3 tbs
Panko bread crumbs- 1/3 cup
Olive oil- 2 tsp


Pre heat oven to 345 degree f. 
Remove the stem and clean the mushroom cap.
In a bowl add crab meat, cream cheese, chopped parsley and mint and the rest of the seasoning and mix well. Spoon the filling into the mushroom cap and spread evenly. Finally sprinkle the bread crumbs on top and drizzle with olive oil.
Place mushrooms on baking tray and bake for twenty minutes or till the mushroom is tender and the filling is golden brown.Serve warm

Try this,
Hope you will all enjoy!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Karah Prasad/ Wheat Flour Halwa



Karah Prasad/ Wheat Flour Halwa

Karah Prasad is served in Gurudwara as prasad for devotees. It is made with whole wheat flour/atta, ghee and sugar. It has a sweet smell and is so yummy. Try this rich and tasty halwa, you will surely love it.

Ingredients
Whole wheat flour/atta- 3/4 cup
Sugar- 1 cup
Ghee- 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder- 1/2 tsp
Water- 2 1/2 cup
Any toasted nuts of your choice


 In a sauce pan bring water and sugar to a boil. Reduce the flame and allow it to simmer.
Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan and add the wheat flour. Keep stirring and make sure there is no lumps. Cook in low flame for 3-4 minutes or till the raw flavor disappears and flour changes color to light brown. Carefully add the dissolved sugar and water as it has a tendency to splutter. Mix continuously to avoid lumps. Add cardamom powder and toasted nuts.It will thicken quickly and leave the edges of the pan. Stir till ghee separates and it turns glossy.Switch off the flame and allow to cool before serving.

Try this,
Hope you will all enjoy!
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