Pulao Or Biryani Masala/Microwave Cooking

Pulao Or biryani masala. An aromatic spice blend for biryani or pulao. Not only biryani or pulao but you can also use this fragrant spice powder in Kabab or in curries to give a royal touch and make the dish aromatic. A perfect shahi or royal spice mixture to make any dish special. Sharing both the microwave and stove top recipes.

You may like three more different flavoured homemade spice powder on this blog.

1. Bengali garam masala

2. Panch phoran bhaja or dry roasted Bengali five spice powder

3. Roasted mixed spice powder or bhaja moshla

Ingredients used to make this aromatic spice mixture.

Green cardamom or chhoti ilaichi – Green cardamom used for it’s aroma. Green cardamom often used to make curries, pulao, biryani, khichdi or many sweet dishes to make the dish aromatic.

Black cardamom or badi elaichi – Black cardamom used to make savoury dishes like pulao, biryani, non veg dishes, curries and in garam masala. It will also give a lovely flavour.

Cinnamon or darchini – Cinnamon has numerous health benefits and also a very aromatic spice. Its often used in tea with cardamom, in garam masala and even we use it in cakes and cookies for it’s aroma and health benefits.

Cloves or laung – Nutritious cloves are used for flavour and it also provide many health benefits.

Mace or javitri – Mace is also used for flavour. It has delicate aroma and some medicinal properties with many health benefits.

Kababchini or cubeb – Kababchini looks like tailed pepper. This ancient spice is used not just in Indian cuisine but also in Asian and Spanish dishes. It is mostly used for flavouring curries owing to its fragrance.Kabab chini is popularly known as Allspice in English because it smells like a combination of spices including cloves, black pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg.   Source

Nutmeg or jaiphal – Nutmeg is used for it’s flavour in many sweet, savoury and baked dishes. It has a warm, slightly nutty flavor and is often used in desserts and curries, as well as drinks like mulled wine and chai tea. Although it’s more commonly used for its flavor than its health benefits, nutmeg contains an impressive array of powerful compounds that may help prevent disease and promote your overall health. Source

Star anise or chakr phool – In traditional Chinese and folk medicine practices, star anise is steeped in water to make a tea used to treat respiratory infections, nausea, constipation and other digestive issues. Star anise also makes a great addition to sweet dishes and desserts, such as baked fruit, pies, quick bread and muffins. Its powerful bioactive compounds may help treat several fungal, bacterial and viral infections. Source

Bay leaf or tej patta – Bay leaf is very common herb used in cooking. Usually its used for tempering and also in Herbal tea. Bay leaf is often used in recipes to provide a savory boost of flavor in soups and stews. It has also been used throughout history for its potential health benefits. Source

Caraway seeds or shah/shahi jeera – Caraway is a unique spice long used in cooking and herbal medicine. Its slightly bitter, earthy flavor is reminiscent of licorice, coriander, anise, and fennel. It can be used whole or ground in both sweet and savory dishes, such as breads, pastries, curries, and stews.  Caraway is a multifaceted spice with numerous culinary and medicinal applications. Although widely considered a seed, it comes from the fruit of the caraway plant and boasts several minerals and plant compounds. In fact, it may aid weight loss, relieve inflammation, and promote digestive health. Source

You can make this spice powder and store in airtight container for later use. Keep the container in cool dry space. You have to dry roast the spices. Dry roast till the spices becomes fragrant. Don’t make the spices brown. Dry roasting will make your spices crisp for easy grinding. I have microwave the spices for two minutes. You can also roast the spices on stove top. Roast the spices in a pan on medium heat till spices becomes fragrant. You will get a nice aroma. Transfer the spices immediately on a plate. Let it cool down before grinding.

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Recipe video for this aromatic spice mixture

Recipe

Green cardamom or chhoti ilaichi – 7

Black cardamom or badi elaichi – 2

Cinnamon or darchini – 1 stick

Cloves or laung – 6

Mace or javitri – 1

Kababchini or cubeb – 1/2 teaspoon

Nutmeg or jaiphal – 1 small

Star anise or chakr phool – 1

Bay leaf or tej patta – 2

Caraway seeds or shah jeera – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Place all the spices in a microwavable glass bowl. Break the cinnamon and bay leaves in 2-3 pieces.

2. Microwave on high power for two minutes. After one minute open the microwave door and stir the spices once.

3. Close the door again let it cook for one minute again. After two minutes remove the bowl from microwave and let it cool down. Spices will become fragrant and crisp.

For stove top

4. Heat a pan and add all the whole spices. Dry roast on medium heat. Keep stirring. Dry roast till spices becomes fragrant. You will get a nice aroma. Don’t make the spices brown. We need to make the spices crisp only. Transfer the spices on a plate immediately.

5. Grind the spices into fine powder when cool.

6. Store the ground spices in an airtight container. You can store this spice powder in refrigerator for longer time. Use it in biryani, pulao, curries or other dishes.

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This post is going to be featured on Facebook gourmet group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge. In this group every month one of the members decide the theme. And members paired to give two secret ingredients each other. Best part is we paired every month with different bloggers so that we can interact each other. And after preparing the dish members share a picture of the dish and other members have to guess the ingredients.

This month theme Homemade Spice Mixture is suggested by Jayashree Trao who blog at Evergreendishes. Jayashree recently shared lipsmackingly delicious Aam ki launji. Its mango season so bookmarked the recipe to try.

This month my partner is one of my very good friend Preethi Prasad. We know each other from the initial days of blogging. I have to try her Mix veg crispy party snacks. Preethi gave me star anise and cardamom as secret ingredients and I made this fragrant spice blend with these ingredients. I gave turmeric and fenugreek to Preethi. Preethi made this flavorful spice mixture with these ingredients.

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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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Hariyali Chicken/Dhania Chicken/ No Oil Chicken/Microwave Chicken

Hariyali chicken or dhania/coriander chicken cooked in microwave. Also sharing the method to cook on stove top. A zero oil recipe. You don’t need to add any oil yet taste is absolutely delicious.

You don’t have to saute or fry the spices and chicken. Grind and make a paste of cilantro or coriander, tomato etc, marinate the chicken with ground paste along with salt, lemon juice and some spices and cook. A super easy as well as healthy recipe. No oil or butter required. Absolutely oil free chicken curry. To get some more chicken recipes click on the name below.

1. Sikkimese chicken curry

2. Chicken kosha with whole garlic and potato

3. Zafrani chicken

4. Chicken dak bungalow

5. Chicken clear soup

6. Chicken chaap

Monday again and this week’s 238 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #GoGreen suggested by Aruna SarasChandra who blog at Vasusvegkitchen. Aruna has a wonderful blog with different types of delicious recipes like Paneer pinwheel, Bengal style vegetable chop etc. Do visit her space for many other mouthwatering recipes.

You can cook this chicken in microwave and stove top both. I made it in microwave. You don’t need to fry or saute the spices or chicken at all. Just marinate the chicken and cook. Even no oil or butter required to make it. Easy isn’t it? If you want your chicken spicy add more green chilli or if you are making for kids reduce the amount of green chilli.

Recipe

Chicken – 800 gram

Onion – 1 medium, chopped

Tomato – 1 medium, chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 cup tightly packed, chopped

Ginger – 1 & 1/2 inch piece, chopped

Garlic – 6 – 7 cloves

Green chilli – 4 – 5 or to taste

Cumin powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Lemon juice – 3 tablespoon

Yogurt – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Clean and rinse the chicken pieces well. Mix salt and lemon juice.

2. Grind tomato, onion, green chilli, cilantro or coriander leaves and garlic altogether. Make a smooth paste.

3. Marinate the lemon juice and salt mixed chicken pieces with ground mixture, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and yogurt. Mix well. Cover and keep aside for 15 – 30 minutes. You can keep it overnight in refrigerator.

4. Microwave on high power for 10 minutes. Don’t add water. After 10 minutes stir well and check with a fork. If chicken becomes soft, cover again and serve after 3 – 4 minutes. And if require cook on high power for 4 – 5 minute more. Its depends on chicken. 500 gram chicken takes 10 minutes to cook. It may take 5 to 10 minutes more over 500 gram chicken.

5. For stove top cook marinated chicken on low medium heat in covered pan. Stir in between. Cook till chicken becomes soft. No need to add water.

6. Serve hot with steamed rice, fried rice, pulao, roti, naan, paratha, puri or any bread.

Notes

1. Add green chilli according to your taste.

2. You can use more garlic if you want.

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Baked Vegetables

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Baked vegetables.
Mixed vegetables with wonderful flavour without much calories. Just cook the  vegetables on high flame, then bake with generous amount of bread crumbs, grated cheese and seasoning of your choice. Enjoy the yummy crunchy baked vegetables.

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This post is a part of #Foodiemonday #Bloghop. This week’s theme is any type of microwave cooking. Grilling, baking or cooking.

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I have decided to share a very easy to cook and yummy baked vegetables. Serve it as a side dish or enjoy a bowlful of this healthy and delicious vegetables in  breakfast.

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Recipe

Green peas  – 1 cup

Chopped carrot  – 1 cup

Potato  – 1

Chopped beans – 1 cup

Onions  – 3-4 finely chopped

Tomatoes  – 2 chopped

Capsicum  – 1 large chopped

Garlic  – 3 pods

Green chilli  – 1-2 finely chopped

Ginger  – 1/2 inch piece

Oil or butter – 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder  – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Black pepper powder  – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder  – 1/2 teaspoon

Bread crumbs  – 1 and 1/2 cup

Grated cheese  – 1 cup

Tomato sauce  – 1 teaspoon optional

Method

Peel the potatoes and carrots. Clean, wash and chop all the vegetables in small pieces and keep aside.

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Grind tomatoes garlic and ginger.
Heat oil in a pan. You can use butter or olive oil too. Add chopped onion and green chilli. Saute till the onions becomes translucent.

Add tomato ginger garlic paste. Saute and add all the vegetables, spices and salt. Mix well and cover the pan. Cook until done. Keep stirring.

Add tomato sauce, mix and let the vegetables dried up.
Pour the vegetables in a baking tray. Label with a spoon.

Sprinkle bread crumbs generously all over the vegetables. I have used home made bread crumbs. Toasted brown bread in a toaster. Then ground the toasted bread. You can use white bread too.

Sprinkle grated cheese all over the vegetables. Cover the vegetables completely with bread crumbs then cheese.

Garnish with tomato and onion slices.
Sprinkle one teaspoon oil on them.
I have sprinkled oregano over it. You can sprinkle mix herb or chaat masala  too. Sprinkle any herb or spices of your choice.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180°  for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese turns light brown.

Serve hot with roti/Indian bread, paratha, naan or toasted bread. Or serve bowlful of this healthy and yummy baked vegetables in breakfast. A perfect snack for kiddos.

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Microwave Mushroom

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Microwave mushroom
Very easy to make and in a healthy way. Just marinate and cook.

Mushrooms are full of protein, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antibiotics and antioxidants. Its protects us from diseases and infections.

Its helps in weight loss too. Increases the strength of immune system and lower the body’s cholesterol levels.

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Recipe

Mushroom  – 250 gram

Capsicum  – 1 large cubed

Onions  – 3-4 cubed

Thick or hung curd – 2 tablespoon

Garlic paste  – 1 teaspoon

Ginger paste  – 1 teaspoon

Red chilli powder  – 1 teaspoon or as much your spice tolerance

Black pepper powder  – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder  – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder  – 1/4 teaspoon optional

Turmeric powder  – 1/4 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Mustard oil  – 1 tablespoon

Method

Clean and wash the mushrooms. If you have small mushrooms keep whole but if large make  them half.

Mix ginger garlic paste, salt,  all the spices and oil in the well beaten curd.

Marinate mushrooms, capsicum and onions in this curd mixture for 1/2 to 1 hour in a microwave safe bowl.

Now microwave them for 6-8 minutes on full power. Time depends on oven. Check and cook in microwave for 2 minutes more if require.

Mushrooms release water. So I dried up the mushrooms in a pan on high flame.

When the mushrooms completely done in microwave check it. If you like pour the mushrooms in a pan and dried up on full flame.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve as a side dish with roti/Indiana flat bread, naan, paratha or toasted bread.