Yogurt Chicken

Yogurt chicken. A lipsmackingly delicious spicy Flavorful dry chicken curry without much spices. A spicy kick from green chilli and black pepper and flavoured with roasted cumin powder. That’s it. You don’t need onion garlic or any other spices and oil to make this tangy spicy chicken. Interesting isn’t it?

Serve this dry chicken as a starter or a side dish with pulao, fried rice, biryani or any bread. If you are on a restricted diet or don’t like to use much spices then its perfect for you.

Got this recipe recently from my loving sister Anju Arora. Anju makes this mouthwatering chicken curry frequently. And now it’s my favourite recipe to make in a jiffy. Thanks a lot Anju for this wonderful recipe.

I have used homemade thick curd or yogurt to make this curry. Don’t use watery curd or yogurt. If you don’t have thick curd then strain the curd with a strainer to get thick curd. Watery yogurt will curdle after adding in the chicken. You can use green chilli and black pepper powder according to your spice tolerance. I like my curry chatpata or spicy. Best part is you need only 1 teaspoon butter to make half kg chicken. You can use olive oil instead of butter if you want. I have used leg pieces but you can also use curry cut chicken.

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Recipe

Chicken – 1/2 kg

Butter – 1 teaspoon

Yogurt or curd – 1 cup

Green chilli – 2-3 or to taste

Roasted cumin or bhuna jeera – 2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Method

1. Wash the chicken well, drain the water and keep aside. I have used 5 leg pieces but you can also use curry cut chicken.

2. Heat butter in a pan or wok. I used Amul salted butter. Add chicken pieces and salt. Fry on high heat for 5 minutes. Stir in between.

2. After 5 minutes reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes. Chicken will release water so you don’t need to add water.

3. Blend thick curd with green chilli and 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder. Use your mixer grinder to blend the curd or yogurt. Remember don’t use watery curd. If you don’t have thick curd then strain the curd with a strainer to get thick yogurt or curd.

4. After 10 minutes remove the cover and add the blended curd and green chilli. If you want your chicken more spicy or hot use slit green chilli. Mix well. Adding whole green chilli with curd is optional, you can skip this step if you don’t like your chicken hot.

5. Increase the flame and cook on high heat for 5 minutes. Curd will curdle if unattended so don’t forget to keep stirring.

6. Again reduce the flame and cover. Cook on simmer for 10-15 minutes or till chicken becomes tender. Check in-between. Timing depends on the quality of chicken.

7. When chicken becomes tender remove the cover and cook on high heat. Keep stirring. When chicken is about to dried up add black pepper powder and mix well. Taste and adjust salt if required.

8. Cook till chicken completely dried up or you can see the butter leaves the sides. Add 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder, mix and remove from heat. Your yogurt chicken is ready. Serve hot as a side dish with pulao, fried rice, biryani or any bread. Or enjoy it as a starter.

Recipe note –

1. If you want your chicken less tangy use 1/2 to 3/4 cup curd or yogurt. And if you want to make more tangy add a dash of lemon juice before serving.

2. Olive oil can be used instead of butter.

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Veg Galouti Kabab/ Lentil Kabab

Veg galouti Kabab or dal/lentil Kabab. A soft mouth melting Kabab made with all the aromatic spices and nutritious dal or lentils. The word galouti means so soft that melt in mouth. This exotic Kabab is originated from the city of nawab, Lucknow from Awadhi cuisine generally made with minced meat. But here is a veg version of scrumptious mouth melting galouti Kabab.

There is, however, an interesting story behind the conception of this variant of “melt in the mouth meat”. The kebab was specially made for the ageing Nawab of Lucknow, Wajid Ali Shah. The Nawab had lost his set of teeth, but not his appetite for meat! At his behest, the royal kitchens came up with an ingenious way of preparing meat that was easy to go down the foodpipe. The cooks marinated finely ground meat, mixing it with unripe papaya and sprinkling a mix of erotic spices. They then fried the keema in oil/ghee. It is said that the original recipe contained a mix of more than 100 exotic spices!  Source

I am sharing this delicious mouth melting galouti Kabab for my vegetarian readers. You need only two types of dal or lentils and black chickpeas or kala chana with some aromatic spices like bay leaves, clove powder cardamom, cumin and mace or javitri powder. Recipe is very simple and easy. You can prepare and store the Kabab in refrigerator and shallow fry just before serving.

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Recipe

Whole red lentil or sabut masoor dal – 1 cup

Chana dal or bengal gram – 1/3 cup

Black chickpeas or kala chana – 1/4 cup

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup

Bay leaf – 2 Potato – 1, large

Onion – 2 large, sliced

Green chilli – 4 – 5, finely chopped

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Clove powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Javitri or mace powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

1. Rinse the whole red lentil or sabut masoor, chana dal or bengal gram and black chickpeas well and soak in sufficient water overnight.

2. Next day drain the water and pressure cook with 2 bey leaves and 2 & 1/2 cup water for 4 whistle. Let the cooker cool down.

4. When lentils cool down strain the water and discard the beay leaves. Don’t discard the remaining water. Grind the lentils with the help of little remaining water of boiled lentils.

5. Boil, peel and mash the potato.

6. Heat a pan and add oil. You can use 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter if you like. Add sliced onion and finely chopped green chilli.

7. Fry till onion becomes translucent. Add ginger garlic paste. And saute till onion becomes brown and raw smell of garlic goes away.

8. Now add lentil paste, mashed potato, salt and cumin powder. Saute till the mixture dried up and becomes like a dough. Switch off the heat.

9. Add lemon juice, cardamom powder, clove powder and Javitri or mace powder. Mix well and let the mixture cool down. Dry ground cloves and javitri or mace separately to make powder. You can store these powder in refrigerator for later use.

10. Make equal round patties. Press gently with both of your palm.

11. Heat a pan and shallow fry all the patties with little oil. Turn the patties upside down and fry the other side too. Turn the patties carefully because patties are too soft. Turn with two spatula or spoon carefully to avoid breaking.

12. Serve hot with onion rings and any chutney or sauce.

Note

1. You can shallow fry these Kabab in ghee or clarified butter instead of oil to make the Kabab more flavorful.

2. Kabab is too soft so fry very carefully. Use two spatula or spoon while turning upside down.

Linking this recipe to Facebook gourmet group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge. In this monthly group members are paired with different partners every month and two secret ingredients are given to each other. We have to use these ingredients in our recipe.

This month Kabab Time theme is suggested by me. Eagerly waiting for the different Kabab recipes from my blogger friends. And this month my partner is Seema Doraiswamy Sriram who blog at Mildly Indian. Seema has a wonderful blog with numerous mouthwatering recipes. You might like her South Indian thali meal dishes. All the dishes of this thali are absolutely delicious. We had a lovely chat about veg Kabab and other topics. Really enjoyed the discussion. I gave her potato and chaat masala as secret ingredients. Seema shared delicious veg Sheek Kabab with these ingredients. Seema gave me bay leaf and onion and I am sharing this veg galouti Kabab using these two secret ingredients.

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Kaju Curry/No Onion Garlic Curry

Wishing a very happy Janmashtami to you all and your family. May Lord Krishna fill your life with bliss and joy. May God bless you all with good health, happiness and prosperity 🙏

Kaju or cashew nut curry. A no onion garlic rich creamy, mildly spicy and delicious tomato based gravy with fried cashew nuts. A scrumptious side dish to serve with paratha, puri or any bread and rice dishes.

You can also make it with onion garlic. Also sharing the recipe below with onion and garlic. You may like some Janmashtami special recipes on this blog. Click on the link for recipe.

1. Apple coconut fudge or barfi

2. Chhena kheer

3. Malpua

4. Mohanbhog

5. Makhana curry

And many other dessert, sweet and no onion garlic satwik recipes. Or you might like to try Janmashtami prasad thali to celebrate the festival from the blog of Poonam Bachhav.

This Kaju curry is completely Satwik recipe. But you can also make it with onion garlic if you want as I mentioned above. To make with onion garlic fry the roughly chopped onion, garlic cloves, ginger and green chilli. When onion becomes translucent add tomatoes. Saute till tomato becomes mushy. Let the sauteed mixture cool down and grind into a smooth paste. Then follow the steps as given below. Add the ground mixture in oil instead of tomato green chilli and ginger paste.

I served this delicious Kaju curry with paratha. To make paratha in a bowl mix 1 cup maida or refined flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour or atta. You can use only maida or only atta if you want. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoon oil or ghee. Mix well. Now add water gradually to make a smooth dough. Smear the dough with half teaspoon of oil. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes. Make medium sized balls and roll into a thin roti with the help of little flour. Fold the round roti into half then fold again into a triangle. You can spread ghee on both layers. Fry the triangle paratha from both sides on a griddle or tawa.

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Recipe

Kaju or cashew nuts – 3/4 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 teaspoon

For gravy

Tomato – 3 medium

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 2-3 or to taste

Cashew nuts or Kaju – 2 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 2 tablespoon

Melon seeds – 2 tablespoon

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Fresh cream – 2 tablespoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1&1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala – 1/2 teaspoon

Kasuri methi – 1/2 teaspoon

Water 1&1/2 cup + 4 tablespoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped, optional

Method

1. Dry grind cashew nuts, poppy seeds and melon seeds into a fine powder. Add 4 tablespoon water and grind again to make smooth paste.

2. Grind chopped tomatoes, 1-2 green chilli and ginger. Make a smooth paste.

3. Heat one teaspoon ghee or butter in a pan. I used ghee. Add the cashew nuts or Kaju and fry on low medium heat till light golden brown. Take out the cashews and ghee and place on a plate.

4. In the same pan heat 3 tablespoon oil. You can use ghee or butter if you want. Add tomato, chilli and ginger paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, salt and sugar. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

5. Add cashew nuts, melon seeds and poppy seeds paste and fresh cream. Saute again till everything dried up and oil leaves the sides.

6. Add water and let it boil for 4-5 minutes on low heat. Stir in between to avoid sticking to the bottom.

7. Now add the fried cashew nuts, 1-2 slit green chili and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves . Reserve some fried cashew nuts for garnishing. Cook again for 3-4 minutes.

8. Crush the Kasuri methi with your palm and add in the gravy. Mix well.

9. Add garam masala and remove from heat. I have used homemade Bengali garam masala. Get the recipe here.

10. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and fried cashew nuts. You can also use fresh cream to garnish your Kaju curry. Serve with paratha, puri, or any bread and rice dishes.

Notes

1. You can use ghee or butter instead of oil to make the gravy.

2. You can also use 1-2 tablespoon more cream at the end if you want.

3. Dry roasted cashew nuts can be used instead of fried cashew nuts.

4. Use green chilli according to your taste.

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Masoor dal Chochchori Or Chorchori

Masoor dal chochchori or chorchori. A flavorful and delicious thick dal to serve with roti, paratha or steamed rice. Easy to cook but taste is scrumptious. This red lentil or Masoor dal chochchori is an age old recipe from Bengali cuisine.

After bhaja muger dal and narkol die chholar dal this Masoor dal chochchori is my most favourite dal. Serve it as a side dish or enjoy bowlful hot dal on its own. Earlier shared one more masoor dal recipe from Bengali cuisine. To get the recipe click here.

This recipe is my contribution for 306 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is dal or lentil. This time it was my turn to suggest. Let’s see what my fellow bloggers share. Waiting for some wonderful dal or lentil recipes.

This dal recipe is very easy but taste is absolutely mouthwatering. I have used fried garlic cloves to garnish because my daughter loves fried garlic cloves in dal but you can skip this step if you don’t like. Also Kashmiri red chilli powder is not used in authentic recipe but I used to add some colour. You can use mustard oil to make this dal and omit ghee. Or make the dal with any oil and add a teaspoon of ghee before removing from heat. Choice is your.

Recipe

Masoor dal or red lentil – 1 cup

Green cardamom – 2-3

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Bay leaf – 1

Onion – 1, chopped

Garlic – 3-4

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Garlic cloves – 6 to garnish, optional

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon, optional

Water – 3 cup

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2-3 tablespoon, chopped

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Method

1. Wash the dal well and soak in water for 5-10 minutes. Drain the water completely and keep aside.

2. Crush the cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in a mortar pestle.

3. Grind onion, garlic, ginger and one green chilli into a smooth paste.

4. In a small bowl mix turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder and 1 tablespoon water. Mix well. You can use hot variety red chilli powder if you want your dal more spicy.

5. In a pan or wok heat ghee or clarified butter. You can use half ghee half oil if you want. See notes for more options.

6. Fry the garlic cloves till golden brown and take out of the ghee or clarified butter. This step is optional. You can skip if you want.

7. Add crushed cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf. Add onion, garlic, ginger, chilli paste and saute till oil leaves the sides and raw smell of onion garlic goes away.

8. Add water mixed all the spices. Fry again till everything dried up and oil leaves the sides.

9. Now add drained dal or red lentil. Saute for 2 minute. Add water, salt, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, 2-3 green chilli and sugar if using. Mix well.

10. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until dal becomes soft and thick on medium flame. Check in-between and stir. Dal should be thick. Taste and adjust salt if required.

11. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and fried garlic cloves if using. Serve with steamed rice or Indian flatbread or any bread.

Notes

1. Mustard oil can be used instead of ghee or clarified butter.

2. Add green chilli according to your taste. Use more green chilli or red chilli powder if you want your dal spicy.

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Sweet Potato Halwa With Date Palm Jaggery Or Khajur Gur

Sweet potato or shakarkand halwa with date palm jaggery or khajur gur. Try this easy to make dessert and enjoy the delectable taste. Sweet potato and date palm jaggery or khajur gur/Patali gur mixed taste is heavenly.

If you don’t have date palm jaggery then you can use cane jaggery, sugar or brown sugar. But date palm jaggery will taste divine. Earlier shared Sweet potato dumplings or pithe now here is one more sweet potato recipe for you. Sweet potatoes are nutrient-dense root vegetables that come in a variety of colors. They’re high in fiber and antioxidants, which protect your body from free radical damage and promote a healthy gut and brain. They’re also incredibly rich in beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A to support good vision and your immune system. Source

As I mentioned above you can use any sweetener instead of date palm jaggery but flavour and taste may be different. Here are some health benefits of date palm jaggery.

• Benefits of having date palm jaggery in winters.

• Relieves common ailments like cold and cough.

• Rich in nutrients.

• Helps in weight loss.

• Boosts energy.

• Treats menstrual pain.

• Restores healthy digestion.

• Eases joint pain.

To read more about date palm jaggery click here.

Try this delectable halwa and serve warm as a dessert. Normally halwa needs lots of ghee or clarified butter but to make this halwa you need only one teaspoon ghee. So you can call it a healthy treat. Don’t skip the milk to get the exact taste. You can use any dry fruits of your choice.

Recipe

Sweet potato – 2, boiled

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Cashew nuts – 8

Raisins – 1 tablespoon

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur – 3 tablespoon, grated or finely chopped

Milk – 1 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Peel and mash the sweet potatoes and keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the cashew nuts till golden brown. Remove from oil and fry raisins in the same oil. When raisins starts to fluff up immediately remove from oil. You can also use almond or any dry fruits of your choice.

3. Add peeled and mashed sweet potatoes and saute till sweet potatoes leaves the sides. It will take about 2-3 minutes.

4. Add milk and stir continuously. When milk about to dried up add gur or jaggery, fried cashew nuts, raisins and mix well. Cook till moisture evaporate. Stir continuously.

5. Add cardamom powder and 1 teaspoon ghee. Mix well and switch off the heat.

6. Garnish with grated jaggery and fried cashew nuts. Serve warm.

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Masala Paniyaram Or Appe

Masala paniyaram or appe. A delicious and cute looking snack or breakfast dish with only a few drops of oil. Earlier shared some easy and quick instant appe recipe. Now sharing authentic recipe of appe or masala paniyaram. You need only thick grain rice and black lentils or udad dal with some spices to make this delicious appe/kuzhi paniyaram or paddu.

You can also use leftover fermented idli or dosa batter to make appe.

Paddu is an Indian dish made by steaming batter using a mould. It is named variously kuzhi paniyaram, paniyaram, paddu, guliyappa, yeriyappa, gundponglu, gunta ponganalu, or Tulu: appadadde, appe. The batter is made of black lentils and rice and is similar in composition to the batter used to make idli and dosa.  Wikipedia

My Family members and friends love these appe as breakfast or snacks. I got this recipe 7-8 years ago from my friend Keerti Gupta. Now she is just like my younger sister. We met in a food group. That time I was a novice in food photography and writing recipes. I started to share my diabetic friendly innovative recipes whatever I tried for my husband. I love the way Keerti shared her recipes and interact with other group members. She always supports me and gave all the tips and tricks to click and write down the recipes. Now she is not active on social media but we are still connected with each other. I am very happy today to sharing her recipe on my blog. Thanks Keerti for the recipe.

Copy pasting Keerti’s words here. “The authentic recipe looks little cumbersome but trust me this gonna taste heaven.” So friends try and enjoy these delicious cuties as snacks or breakfast.

You may like some instant appe recipes on this blog.

1. Carrot peas instant appe

2. Rice appe with cooked rice

3. Masoor dal or red lentil appe

4. Beetroot appe

5. Semolina and lentil appe

6. Roasted gram or sattu appe

7. Semolina and flatten rice appe

8. Sprouts and oats appe

Monday again and this week’s 305 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Monsoon Snacks suggested by Sasmita Sahoo Samanta who blog at First Timer Cook. You can get numerous delicious recipes on her space like Jamun coconut panna cotta and many more.

My contribution for this theme is this healthy and yummy masala paniyaram. You need thick rice or mota chawal or idli rice to make these appe. But sometimes I also used regular Basmati rice if thick rice or idli rice was not available. But now its always available in local grocery store. You have to soak rice and split black lentils or udad dal overnight and grind in the morning. Let it ferment till evening and make the paniyaram for evening snacks. Or you can soak rice and lentil in the morning and grind in evening. Ferment overnight and your batter will ready for breakfast. You can half the ingredients if you want. Rice:dal ratio should be 1:1/3. You need only a drop of oil for each appe and after flipping no oil required for cooking other side.

Recipe

Thick rice/mota chawal or idli rice – 3 cup

Black lentils or udad dal – 1 cup

Salt to taste

Cilantro or coriander – handful, chopped

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste, finely chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated or paste

Grated Coconut – 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup, optional

Mustard seeds or rai as require

Vegetable oil as require

Curry leaves – 1 tablespoon, finely chopped

Method

1. Wash & soak dal and rice separately for atleast for 5 hours or overnight. I have used split black lentils or udad dal.

2. First grind dal with little water to a smooth paste and in the same jar grind the rice with just enough water.

3. In a large bowl mix ground rice, udad dal or black lentils and salt. Mix well and cover with a lid (not an airtight lid). Leave it overnight to ferment. You can keep it in your switched off microwave oven. Batter will rise after ferment so don’t fill the bowl. Fill half of the bowl only or batter will be spilled out of the bowl after ferment.

4. In the morning the batter should be raised but in case it doesn’t add a teaspoon of Eno fruit salt just before pouring them in Paniyaram Pan. If the batter has raised, dont use eno.

5. Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, green chilli, ginger, chopped curry leaves and coconut if using. Mix well.

6. Heat a appe or paniyaram pan on high flame. Now simmer the flame and pour one drop of oil in each slot.

7. Sprinkle a pinch of rai. When the seeds starts to splutter start pouring Paniyaram batter in every holes. Flame should be sim.

8. After filling all the holes close the pan with a lid & Increase the flame to low medium. Dont ever put it on high.Let it cook for 3-4 minutes, checking occasionally. Remember the slots in middle cook faster than others.

7. When appe becomes nicely browned, flip them with fork or spoon or wooden stick. After flipping dont cover.

8. Cook on low medium heat. This side will take more time than the previous one so please be patient. If u increase the flame they will burn and remain raw from inside.

9. Now your masala paniyaram is ready. Serve with any chutney or sauce of your choice.

Notes

1. If batter doesnt rise overnight add a teaspoon of Eno right before you pour the batter in pan.

2. You can add grated carrot, onion or any vegetable of your choice.

3. You need only a drop of oil. After flipping the appe or paniyaram you don’t need need to add oil again.

4. Patience is the key, dont leave the sight else it will be a mess. Better to cook on low heat for crisp outside paniyaram.

5. Paniyarams taste best when hot.

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Microwave Chicken

Microwave chicken. Again sharing a simple yet absolutely delicious chicken recipe in an easy peasy way. Just mix everything and microwave for 8 to 10 minutes and your chicken curry is ready with only 2 teaspoon oil. Easy isn’t it?

Earlier shared one more no oil microwave chicken or Hariyali chicken on this blog. In this recipe I used only 2 teaspoon oil. If you want more spicy add some more slit or chopped green chilli and red chilli powder. You can serve it with any bread or rice dishes. I served it with steamed rice and Beetroot green stir fry.

This Monday our 304 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Side Ka Kamaal suggested by Priya Vijaykrishnan who blog at Sweet Spicy Tasty. Priya suggested us to share any side dish. My contribution is this easy and healthy chicken curry for this theme. Priya has a wonderful collection of South Indian recipes on her blog. As the name of her blog you can get many other different types of sweet spicy and tasty recipes on her space. I recently bookmarked her Vegan kootu curry to try.

This is a microwave recipe. But you can also make it on stove top in the same way. Use a nonstick pan to fry the onions in less oil. Or you can use barista or fried onions too. Use green chilli according to your taste. To make more spicy add some more chopped or slit green chili and red chilli powder. Or if you are making for kids omit chilli. You don’t need to add water. Chicken will release enough water to cook. You can add a spoonful of ghee or clarified butter at the end if you want.

Recipe

Chicken – 500 gram

Curd or yogurt – 5 tablespoon

Ginger garlic paste – 2 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Onion – 2 large

Mustard oil – 1 teaspoon, optional

Slit green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Vegetable oil – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Method

1. Marinate the chicken pieces with salt, curd, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice and mustard oil if using. Mix everything well. Cover and keep it in refrigerator for one hour.

2. Thinly slice the onions. In a microwavable glass bowl mix sliced onion and 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Microwavable on high power for 2 minutes. Stir and microwavable again for 1-2 minutes or till onion slices becomes brown.

3. After 1 hour take out the marinated chicken from refrigerator. Mix brown onion slices into the chicken. Reserve 2 tablespoon for garnishing. You can grind the brown onion and add brown onion paste into the chicken if you like smooth gravy.

4. Add slit green chilli according to your taste.

5. Mix and microwave on high power for 8-10 minutes. Use a loosely covered microwavable glass bowl. Check after 8 minutes. Stir well and microwave again for 1-2 minutes if require.

6. Garnish with fried sliced onion and cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve with steamed rice, jeera rice, pulao or any bread.

Notes

1. Use chilli according to your taste.

2. Barista or fried onions or paste of fried onions can be used in the chicken.

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Baked Bitter Gourd Or Karela

Baked bitter gourd or karela. Make this nutritious and immunity booster vegetable in an easy way. You don’t need to spend lots of time in kitchen in this scorching hot weather. Just mix everything and bake. Enjoy the crispy bitter gourd as a side dish.

You can peel the bitter gourd if you don’t like the bitterness. And add more onions while baking. You can also add some lemon juice before serving. Crispy delicious baked karela will be a perfect side dish for any meal.

You may like some more bitter gourd recipes on this blog.

1. Bitter gourd with tomato

2. Sukto

3. Gujarati bitter gourd stir fry

4. Bitter gourd dopyaza

5. Crispy bitter gourd and potato

According to Healthline here are some health benefits of bitter gourd.

• Packs Several Important Nutrients. Bitter melon is a great source of several key nutrients.

• Can Help Reduce Blood Sugar.

• May Have Cancer-Fighting Properties.

• Could Decrease Cholesterol Levels.

• May Aid Weight Loss.

• Versatile and Delicious.

Linking this recipe to Facebook gourmet group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge. In this monthly group members are paired with different partners every month and two secret ingredients are given to each other. We have to use these ingredients in our recipe. This month theme is Fear Not Bitter suggested by Seema Doraiswamy Sriram who blog at Mildly Indian. Seema is a very talented blogger. You can get numerous healthy and delicious recipes on her blog. I recently bookmarked her Millet jaggery cake and some more.

This month my partner is Poonam Bachhav. I love her space for her versatile recipes. Specially her authentic thali recipes. You can also get many delicious, healthy treat on her blog. You will definitely love her Mango bundt cake and many more. Poonam gave me cumin and Amchur as secret ingredients and I gave her milk and jaggery. Poonam made Eggless banana chocolate cupcakes with these ingredients.

You can use as much shallot or small onions as you want. Sliced onion and shallot both will reduce the bitterness. I used Kashmiri red chilli powder to add some colour. You can skip it or if you want your karela more spicy then you can add hot variety red chilli powder.

Recipe

Bitter gourd or karela – 2

Shallot/sambhar onion or small onions – 15

Onion – 1 large Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Amchur or dry mango powder – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

Coriander leaves and lemon wedges to garnish

Method

1. Wash the karela or bitter gourd and cut off the both tips. Cut the bitter gourd or karela into thin round slices. You can peel the bitter gourd to reduce the bitterness. I didn’t.

2. Peel the sambhar onion or shallot and keep aside. Slice one large onion. You can use one more onion if you like.

3. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or aluminum foil and brush with little oil. I used parchment paper.

4. In a bowl mix all the dry spices, salt, 1 tablespoon oil and bitter gourd slices. Mix well and keep aside for 10-15 minutes.

5. Arrange the marinated bitter gourd slices on lined baking tray in single layer.

6. In the same bowl mix shallot and onion slices with little salt and one teaspoon oil.

7..Bake the bitter gourd slices at 200 degree temperature for 10 minutes.

8. Take out the baking tray and mix both the onion with bitter gourd slices.

8. Bake for 10 minutes again or until bitter gourd becomes crisp. Keep an eye after 7 minutes. Bitter gourd shouldn’t be burnt.

9. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and lemon wedges. You can add some lemon juice before serving. Serve warm as a side dish.

Note- To reduce the bitterness peel the bitter gourd and use more onion.

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Baked Pasta With Egg And Cheese

Baked pasta with egg and cheese. A cheesy delicious treat for kids and adults both. You don’t have to boil the pasta before making this baked pasta. An easy peasy recipe but taste is absolutely mouthwatering.

You can use any pasta or elbow macaroni to make it. I have only cheese slices so I used it. But you can use mozzarella, cheddar or any cheese. Use whatever you have. Add as much cheese as you like. I made it simple without any vegetable this time. But I like sweet corn in my pasta. So you can use sweet corn, bell peppers or any vegetable of your choice. Even boneless chicken pieces can be added in pasta.

This time theme of our 303 #Foodiemonday bloghop is Pasta Please suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The World Through My Eyes. Her blog is a treasure house of authentic South Indian recipes with different types of continental recipes. Recently she shared a delicious Peanut basil pesto recipe. Visit her space for step by step detailed recipe. If you want something innovative, check out her Zucchini thepla and many more.

Now coming to the recipe. As I mentioned above it’s a very easy recipe. Even you don’t need to boil and strain the pasta before making it. And to make it more cheesy add as much cheese as you like. Kids love cheesy pasta, right? You can use any cheese, use whatever available at your place. I didn’t use red chilli flakes but you can use it in pasta and sprinkle some over the cheese before baking. It will look great. You can also add finely chopped green chilli with onion. Use chilli according to your taste. You can use chicken or mutton stock instead of water.

Recipe

Pasta – 2 cup

Onion – 1 large, finely chopped

Garlic – 3-4 cloves, minced

Tomato – 2 ground or finely chopped

Olive oil – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Cheese as require

Egg – 3-4

Dried Oregano or mixed Italian herbs – 2 teaspoon

Dried Basil – 1 teaspoon

Pasta or pizza sauce – 2 tablespoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Olive pieces to garnish, optional

Salt to taste

Water – 1&1/2 cup

Method

1. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Add minced garlic and finely chopped onion. Fry till onion starts to change it’s colour.

2. Now add tomato paste or finely chopped tomatoes. For tomato paste grind the chopped tomatoes in your mixer grinder.

3. Add oregano, basil and black pepper powder. You can use Italian mixed herbs instead of oregano. Use whatever you have. You can add little red chilli flakes if you want. You can also add sweet corn or any vegetable of your choice. Saute till mixture dried up.

4. Add pasta and salt. Mix well. Add water, mix and cover. See notes for more options.

5. Cook till pasta about to dried up. Pasta shouldn’t be over cooked.

6. Remove the cover and mix well. Add two cheese slices or shredded cheese and mix well. This step is optional. But it will make your pasta more cheesy.

7. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Remove from heat when pasta dried up.

8. In a bowl beat the eggs with little salt and black pepper powder.

9. Preheat the oven at 180°.

10. Grease a baking dish. Transfer the pasta to the baking dish. Spread the pasta evenly into the baking dish.

11. Pour the well beaten eggs all over the pasta. Arrange 4-5 cheese slices over it. Or spread shredded cheese over the pasta. Sprinkle olive pieces over it. If you don’t have olive, skip this step. You can also Sprinkle little red chilli flakes over the cheese.

12. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 20 minutes or until cheese becomes golden brown. Keep an eye after 15 minutes.

13. Cut in square pieces and serve warm.

14. You can store leftover pieces in refrigerator. Heat in microwave just before serving.

Notes

1. You can use more cheese if you want. You can use mozzarella, cheddar or any cheese. Use whatever you have.

2. Sweet corn, bell peppers or any vegetable can be added in the pasta.

3. Add chilli according to your taste. If you are making for kids omit chilli.

4. . Any vegetable oil can be used instead of olive oil.

5. Chicken or mutton stock can used instead of water to make this pasta.

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Gluten Free Bread With Garlic And Mixed Seeds

Gluten free multigrain milk bread with garlic, mixed seeds and Italian herbs. A super healthy breakfast bread with quinoa, bajra or pearl millet, soybean and oats. And you don’t have to compromise on taste for health. This bread is nutritious and delicious. Posting after a long time. A very difficult month. Lost some near and dear ones. Still some are under treatment. May God bless all. Please stay home stay safe and protect others.

I have used mixed garlic and herbs in the dough this time. You can also make this bread by following my Stuffed savoury bread recipe. I sometimes make like it. Make the dough first and pat or roll the dough into flat and rectangular. Spread fried or roasted garlic, Italian herbs or chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and cheese. And fold it to make loaf. After baking and slicing you will get the bread slice like this 👇

Have a look on the ingredients of this gluten free bread.

Bajra or pearl millet flour. Most famous millet and rich in fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and many healthy nutrients.

Quinoa flour. Quinoa is also very high in fiber, protein, iron and unsaturated fat. And it has a Low Glycemic Index, which is good for blood sugar control.

Soybean flour. Protein enriched soybean flour also is rich in vitamins and minerals. Low calorie soybean flour is great for health watchers and diabetic people.

Oats powder or oatmeal. Oatmeal is high in fiber, minerals, antioxidants and various vitamins. It helps to reduce blood sugar levels and reduce risk of heart disease. It also helps to weight loss. Source – Healthline

Xanthan gum. According to King Arthur Baking Xanthan gum helps you get that with gluten-free bread. It locks in moisture to the dough, while also providing structure, so your loaf will hold its shape while baking and slice up perfectly when cooled.

Salt. Salt will enhance the taste of the bread.

Olive oil. Heart healthy olive oil will make your bread soft. You can use any oil or butter instead.

Yeast. It will make your bread soft and airy.

Brown sugar. Sugar helps to activate the yeast. You can also use white sugar or honey. It also enhance the taste.

Milk. You can use water instead of milk but milk will make your bread more soft. And milk is packed with important nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, B vitamins, potassium and vitamin D. Plus, it’s an excellent source of protein. Source

Milk powder. It will enhance the flavour and taste. And milk powder will also help to browning the crust.

Vinegar. Acidic vinegar will help to add flavour to your bread.

Oregano, rosemary and basil. Used dried herbs for taste and flavour. You can use any herbs of your choice.

Garlic. Use lightly fried garlic for flavour. Garlic is well known for it’s numerous health benefits.

Mixed seeds. Nutrients rich mixed seeds will also enhance the taste of your bread. . I have roasted mixed seeds including sunflower, pumpkin, flax, watermelon, chia and gojiberries seeds. You can use any seeds.

Sending this post to #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Lockdown Recipes suggested by Narmadha who blog at Nams Corner. Narmadha has a wonderful blog with different types of veg and none veg healthy recipes. I bookmarked her Healthy granola bar and Masala fish fry recipe to try.

This gluten free bread is not only healthy but its also delicious. If you want you can add one cup of whole wheat flour while making dough to make multigrain bread. If you have dough hook then you can make this dough in less time. Keep the dough soft to make soft bread. And you can add more garlic if you like. You can use any flavour instead of Italian herbs.

Recipe

Bajra or pearl millet flour – 1/2 cup

Quinoa flour – 1/2 cup

Soyabean flour – 1/2 cup

Oats powder – 1/2 cup

Xanthan gum – 2 teaspoon

Salt – 1&1/2 teaspoon

Olive oil – 3 tablespoon + for greasing

Dry yeast – 1&1/2 teaspoon

Brown sugar – 1 tablespoon

Warm milk – 1&1/2 cup

Milk powder – 2 tablespoon

Vinegar – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Oregano – 1 teaspoon

Dried Rosemary – 1 teaspoon

Dried basil – 1/2 teaspoon

Oats and sesame seeds to sprinkle

Garlic – 19-20 cloves or more

Mixed seeds – 4-5 tablespoon

Method

1. In a bowl mix brown sugar, yeast and warm 1/2 cup warm milk. Milk should be warm not hot. Cover and keep aside for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes yeast mixture will be foamy.

2. In a large bowl mix oats powder, sieved bajra or pearl millet flour, quinoa flour and soybean flour, xanthan gum, salt, milk powder vinegar, dried basil, dried rosemary, oregano, mixed seeds and 2 tablespoon olive oil.

3. Make a hole in the middle and pour foamy yeast mixture and 1 cup warm milk. Knead well. Use your food processor or dough hook of your hand mixer to knead the dough for 5 minutes.

4. Dough will be soft and sticky. Smear the dough with oil and also grease the bowl generously. Cover the bowl and keep in a warm place for an hour or till the dough becomes double.

5. In the meantime heat one tablespoon oil in a pan. Fry the garlic cloves lightly. Don’t make too brown. Fry till garlic cloves becomes light brown. You can use more garlic cloves if you like.

6. Let it cool down. Chop the fried garlic cloves roughly. After one hour dust your cleaned kitchen counter with flour. Take out the dough with your oil greased palm. Punch down the dough. Place the dough on your cleaned and flour dusted kitchen counter.

7. Knead the dough again. Now the dough will be less sticky. Add fried and chopped garlic cloves. And mix well. Flatten the dough with your oil greased palm. Press the dough into flat and rectangular. Fold and shape the dough into a loaf.

8. Place the loaf in a oil greased loaf pan. Cover and keep in warm place for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes loaf will becomes double. Brush the top with milk and sprinkle white sesame seeds and oats.

9. Preheat the oven at 190°. Bake for 40- 45 minutes. I have used my Samsung microwave. For microwave set hot blast function at 170° and press start. Your oven will start to preheat. After preheating bake the bread for 25-30 minutes. Or until bread becomes golden brown. Invert the bread on a cooling rack or plate. Let it cool down before slicing.

10. Slice and make crisp toast or sandwich with filling. Enjoy the healthy and delicious bread in breakfast. Or serve warm with soup in dinner. Stay home stay safe and healthy 🙏

Notes

1. You can use any flour instead of these flour.

2. You can use peeled one whole garlic if you like garlicky flavor.

3. Vegan people can use water instead of milk.

4. You can use any flavour of your choice instead of Italian herbs.

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