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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. Ingredients 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 t

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. Ingredients Eggs-4 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 o

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 coo

Beef Fry/ Kerala Pepper Beef Fry

Kerala Beef Fry Beef Fry (Kerala Style) is very popular especially in Tattukadas or fast food outlets. It can also be made at home. If you are not familiar with tattukadas they are makeshift eateries flocked by local people throughout the day and serve local delicacies. Beef curry or beef varattiyathu is also served in thattukadas and restaurants in Kerala. Beef fry and Kerala layered parotta is a popular combo. It’s a great side dish for a crowd, so next time you have a party, you should give this a try. It is an easy recipe and tastes super delicious. Now when I say beef fry it might get a bit of a bad rap in the ‘wellness world’. Let me assure you this beef fry is finger-licking delicious with bold flavors. Even though it is called beef fry it is not deep-fried. The beef is first cooked with aromatic spices and then further pan-fried or roasted till the meat gets coated with masala's and crispy on the outside. The beef is succulent with the right amount of heat and flavo

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 sep

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 Ingredients 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 Egg-2 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 inch

Kuttanadan Duck Curry/ Kerala Duck Curry with Coconut Milk

Kuttanadan Duck Curry Today's recipe is a Kerala delicacy made on festive occasions like Christmas. This duck curry is inspired by Kuttanadu style curry, and is made with aromatic spices, black pepper, and coconut milk. Coconut milk enhances the taste of the gravy, adding flavor, creaminess, and a touch of sweetness that goes well with the flavor of the duck. Have you ever tried duck curry with coconut?  Duck has a more intense flavor profile than chicken, and warm spices, black pepper, and coconut go well with its flavor. Kuttanadu is beautiful, a famous tourist destination with houseboats, paddy fields, backwaters, and rivers. Fish and waterfowls like duck and geese are part of the region's diet and they make one of the best duck curries you have ever tasted. The beauty of this recipe is its simplicity. It is a delicious accompaniment with appam, or Kerala style laced pancake, bread, idiyappam, or steamed rice. Duck meat in Kuttanadu duck curry is cooked with skin-

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. Ingredients 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 c