Saturday, September 8, 2018

Grilled Chicken ~ Mediterranean Style

We did grill more frequently this year than the past years. But, somehow I kept pushing away or postponing the publishing of posts. But finally, as the boys are catching up on a movie, here I go drafting this post, to let go. 











If you are looking for easy grilling recipe, both in marination as well as cooking, then this is one keeper. Very basic ingredients are needed for its marination. Plus, its healthy too. Include these grilled chicken in your wraps or as sides - they are superb either way. 





Ingredients

  1. 1 chicken breast, weighing about 1 pound
  2. 1 1/2 tsp of lemon juice
  3. 2 tbsp of olive oil
  4. 1 1/2 tbsp of chopped parsley leaves
  5. 1/2 tsp of oregano
  6. 1 tsp of paprika powder
  7. 1/2 tsp of pepper powder
  8. 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed and finely chopped 
  9. Salt to taste

Method

  • Slit the chicken breast into half horizontally into two sheets of chicken breast. Poke it with a fork all over, for the marination to get through.
  • In a bowl, take the ingredients 2-9. Mix it all well. Spread the marinate all over the chicken breast. Keep the marinated chicken breast in the fridge for about an hour or overnight.
  • Heat up the grill and grill it for 5-6 minutes on each side or untill they are cooked through. 
  • Remove it from the grill, and let it stand for couple of minutes. Then slice them down into pieces and serve.

Tips
  1. If you do not have a grill, you can alternatively do it in the oven too. Preheat the oven to 400F. Bake it for about 30 minutes and 10 minutes after flipping. Broiling it for the last 5 minute would help bring about the charred effect.

 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Pita Bread

My first attempt at Mediterranean food was in the initial days of pregnancy which were really hard. I ordered fancy things but I ended up eating only pita bread dipped in hummus. And then somehow I never returned to the place all throughout my pregnancy and even post that, the new mother gets so busy that somehow trying mediterranean food never crossed my mind. But in the past 2 years, we have been indulging a lot in it. Its one among our favorite cuisines to try and have whenever we think of dining out or even trying something different at home other than the daily Indian food. All of us love it.





We used to buy the pita bread from grocery stores to make our wraps. One day we thought of trying it ourselves. I had least expectation of it getting all puffed up. But surprisingly, all of them puffed up with the same perfection that I quickly made a note of the recipe. Well why not, right? Such recipes are keepers that you may always want to document it. And this recipe has never disappointed me even once. So here is it. You should think twice or may be thrice before you get pita breads from outside, when you have such easy recipes at hand :).

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Cherry Icecream

The weather seems to be getting colder day by day. We didn't have unbearable summer this year. Not at all complaining about it. But the thought that winter seems to be so close, is not at all encouraging to me. Plus, some of our favorite fruits and berries are also vanishing from the market. So to bid goodbye to our family favorite cherry for this year, I thought I should post this cherry icecream that we enjoyed multiple times this summer. 









We love eating cherries as is. But for a change give it other forms like galette, jams or even this icecream. You cannot have enough of those juicy and sweet cherries. They definitely are addictive. This recipe is not even a bit difficult, but I must suggest you to make it in large quantities for your crowd is definitely going to go for multiple servings.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Ethakka Tholi Thoran / Raw Banana Peel Stir Fry With Coconut

One of the most utilized plant is banana. If you have a banana tree at home, you would know how each part of it is never neglected or disgarded. Banana leaf is used to serve, banana flower can be used in making cutlets or stir fry, stem gets edible in the form of another yummy stir fry, banana itself can be either eaten raw or cooked...the most favorite being banana chips and even the banana peel can turn into a very delicious stir fry to be paired with rice. One banana tree and its multiple uses. Isn't it amazing?







Remember, couple of weeks ago I had posted the recipe for banana chips. And how I had asked to save the banana peel to make a stir fry. A bit delayed though, but still I made it a point to share the recipe for it here before Onam. If you happen to make the banana chips for onam sadya, then do not throw away the banana peel, they indeed make a very delicious thoran, that can be served for your sadya too. So here you go, the recipe for it is here.

Sambar

Sambar is one unavoidable item on the sadya menu. With onam fast approaching, I thought sharing a sambar recipe would be apt. Whenever I complain that Jacob should get more involved in the kitchen and should take up interest in cooking, he always picks on me saying "who taught you to make sambar ?". Well those initial days of marriages while I was learning to cook to feed our stomach, the sambar preparations were done by Jacob. He is such a sambar lover. I would always prefer moru kachiyathu over sambar for rice. But I guess, as year pass by living with a sambar lover, I too have started to like sambar.



Well this recipe is not the traditional method of sambar preparation. Usually, the sambar powder is fried in the oil along with tempering and added to the sambar . I avoid doing it, to cut down the consumption of oil. Also I find it as an easier way to prepare, without the fear of burning the sambar powder, especially when you have too many things on the menu for sadya and hurrying, things go wrong sometimes. So try my version of sambar if you would like to, for this onam and let me know if you liked it.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Baingan Bhaja/ Begun Bhaja/ Pan Fried Aubergine

We all love to have food from restaurants. Well who will not, right? You get to taste something apart from everyday food....somebody else made it so you have not slogged or shed a sweat in making it...plus you don't have to do the dishes :). But we love the restaurant food for may be a couple of times in a row. If you happen to travel for couple of days and end up eating from outside every single meal, everyday, then you might picture even the simplest of homely foods as heaven. 












This Baigan Bhaja is so simple to make that it can get ready in just minutes. Like I said, when you are tired, post travel or even at the end of a hectic day at work, this simple dish can just cheer you up and make your meal so delicious and finger licking without putting in too much effort. Steaming rice, some tadka daal and this Baigan Bhaja... isn't that a picture of a homely meal that could satisfy the soul, craving for some comfort food. Here is how I make it. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Kerala Banana Chips / Ettakka Upperi

Onam is fast approaching. To prepare Onam Sadya is definitely some work, but is totally possible with some planning and prep work. This chips is something that you could make early and store, to be served for Sadya. It definitely is worth making it at home because it is easy, cheaper than store bought ones, fresh and homemade with love :). For me Sadya is not about how many dishes you made to feed your crowd, but how much love did you add in it to make it special.





These chips can never be forgotten in a Sadya. Salt and chips usually get served initially and while we wait for the rice and other 'n' number of curries to be served, these chips all vanish, which makes us take another serving of it and enjoy. Ahh, there is still time to enjoy an Onam Sadya but I think all this talking made me crave for one..he he... Cannot wait for it to be Onam. Who else is with me? Anyways, grab this recipe and make some chips before Onam to serve for your Onam Sadya.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Lady's Finger Stir fry/ Vendakka Mezhukupuratti / Okra Stir Fry (Indian style)

I have seen many people hating Lady's finger for their mushy or gooey texture. Frankly, I too hate it for the same. But if cooked in a way that they stay separate and not clinging onto each other with those gooey texture, I love them. It would be one veggie that I would so love to have and so does my family. 








Now, how to get that perfectly done lady's finger is not rocket science. You could refer to tips section to know how. BTW, have you noticed, that the way you cut your lady's finger, decides its taste. I usually go by cutting them vertical, thin and long. I find it more tastier than the horizontal, disc shaped ones. Am I sounding weird or have you too noticed it? Before, I confuse you or make myself sound like one idiotic person to you, let me put a full stop to this conversation and move on to the recipe for the day.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Ragi Idli

Ragi Idli could have never made it to our menu for breakfast, couple of years back. Only after my lil guy was born, we started feeding him Ragi and I started to try understand how wholesome and healthy it is. Hence I started trying different things out of it. The usual idli, puttu, dosa etc. started getting healthier by adding ragi in it. And its good to bring in some variety to the monotonous menu too. No doubt our family has loved it. Because every time I have served it, the plates have been left wiped clean :).











They were so pillowy soft. And that grainy feeling of ragi and its taste was mellowed down by a portion of rice that, it was loved by us, who otherwise would put on a sad face with the mere mention of the word ragi. If you are looking for including ragi in your diet, this ragi idli could be one yummiest ways to do it. So here is the recipe to it.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Curd Rice

The most comforting food is what I would want to describe, curd rice as. I just love having it and my lil monkey has also taken over that love for curd rice from me. So we make it often. With the rise in temperature, this is one perfect lunch option. That random bite on juicy pomegranate seeds is one big thing to like about it. But unfortunately, now pomegranate is not in season. But that doesn't stop us in enjoying this delicious crud rice with some pickle and papad. Perfect ! 








Enjoy this curd rice this summer. They are perfect to cool down when it is super hot and boiling outside. Here is the recipe to it.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Chocolate Cake ~ with minimal butter

Chocolate cakes, leave me tempting every single time I see them. I had tried different versions of it in the past. But the amount of butter or oil and sugar, that goes into it, held me back from making it often. My kido loves chocolate cake, so to make it for him would mean, we would end up eating it too. Who can resist the temptation of having a slice from such a delicious and chocolatey cake, right?








When I came across this recipe, it was hard to believe how little butter could yield such a delicious and soft cake. I was not so thrilled to try it first, thinking, it wouldn't turn up as I expected. But I must tell you, there was no delay in trying it the second time and then the third time and then multiple times that we have made this cake. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Nadan Beef Curry ~ Kerala Beef Curry

Jacob is not very picky about food. So it gets so easy to plan a meal. But if its Kappa, he just can't think of any other side but Beef curry. So if we have Kappa vevichathu at home, then its for sure we have Beef curry also. I am slowly starting to like that combo too; but my first preference would be Kappa and Meen curry. We are yet to find out, which combo is going to be Jordan's pick. For now, he will dig into both.





Cooking the beef in a pan rather than in the pressure cooker enhances its taste, as the beef pieces tend to get soaked up in the gravy as it cooks. However, pressure cooker is easy way to cook up the beef, but only when the curry sits for a while will the beef pieces soak up the gravy and enhance its taste. I usually go by the pressure cooker way to cook it up, because that's easy. The recipe remains the same whether you cook it in the pressure cooker or a pan. So, would you like to have some beef curry to go with your Kappa /Rice/ Chapathi/ Appam etc. then here is the recipe to the Nadan Beef curry.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Homemade Granola

Remember the homemade Yogurt that I had posted a week back. Well we use the same yogurt to top it on this homemade granola to make it our breakfast or tea time snack. They are super delicious and addictive. And what is wrong in getting addicted to such a super delicious, healthy and easy to make granola.









Dropping all the ingredients in a bowl and tossing it is all it takes from our end. Rest the oven takes care off, i.e. to make it crunchy. 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Cherry Galette

With summer comes cherries, one of our favorites to munch on. Not just raw, but it tastes great in the cooked form too. This cherry galette remains as just a fade memory, because it hardly survived 2 hours after it came out of the oven. As if it was a competition, each one of us just didn't stop untill the last crumb was wiped off. Ufff, they were delicious. 











If you happen to be in a region where you can get hold of fresh cherries, it is a must try. A warm piece of galette is just perfect for tea time snack. The crisp edges and the melt in the mouth cherries are a joy to have. You should try it to know what you are missing out on. It is just heaven !

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Kadai Bhindi Jalfrezi

Capsicum and okra are our favorite veggies. And when they come together in a single dish it sure gets a thumbs up. 








This kadahi bindi is one big hit at our place. It goes equally well with both rice and roti. Though my favorite combo is this stir fry paired with some tadka dal, roti and mango pickle. It is just yumm.

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