Sidhuism evicted

Proverbial “ all good things come to an end “ will be more then true this Friday night for Mr Sidhu. The innings of the only sane person in the big boss house will come to an abrupt end . A sage in the volatile household which tests the virtues  of its inmates Sidhu  had conducted himself with utmost  dignity and never for once lost his patience . Who knew every sec of the way that this is just a game. His voice of wisdom will surely be missed.

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Falafel

 

While I was  looking for a place to save myself from a blizzard. I stepped inside a doner kabap. Wondering what would I order except for a salad . I decided to try Falafel in pita bread. Two golden brown falafel were nestled inside a pocket bread along with an array of colourful veggies. My first  taste of falafel  had sent a flush of  warmth as  I was soaked till my bone .Sitting inside a doner  kebab while watching a blizzard  with minus 5 degrees  temperature outside. Falafel tasted like food from manna accompanied by a steaming cup of coffee I knew I was set till the blizzard lasted.

Chickpeas minced- 2 cups

Parsley/Coriander leaves- 4 tbsp

G.chilli– 1 tbsp or to taste

Onion-1 medium sized

Dhania pwd

Jeera pwd

Garlic minced 2 tbsp

Soak chick peas overnight  strain and mince them in a food processor( Make sure there is no water in the peas) . Add the rest of the ingredient’s. Mix them together. Wet your hands a little and make small balls of the mixture. Flatten them a bit and fry them . They are very delicate so don’t touch them immediately after frying. Serve with hummus.

Tip:  If you think that the mixture is a little soft them you can add a bread to it or 2 tbsp gram flour / besan.

You can even put Red chilli to make it spicier.

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French fries

 

My 2 ½ yrs old nephew’s  first  effort  at sentence building was accomplished by saying “ eat  French fries” and so his love for them started. Even when  he is sick and I will ask “ Sasha what do you want to eat ?” In his sweet voice his answer will always be “ Machee  ( Masi ) french fries “ the only thing that he wants to eat is fries. So his visits to my place always start with his favourite fries.  With a disapproving eye from my sister I always give in to his wish. This recipe helped me tone down my sister’s eyebrow arch .Which I always felt one day will vanish is her hairline. With the effort for showing me how much she hates Sasha eating fried food .

 

Large par boiled potatoes -1

Oil 2tsp

Salt  to taste

Cut the par boiled potatoes length wise in  1 or1 ½ cm thickness. Put them into the freezer for 1 hrs. Add 2 tbsp oil in a non-stick pan and fry the fries. Take them out on an absorbent paper & sprinkle some oil. This way the fries are less oily and are  also crispy from the outside. Serve with tomato ketchup.

Tip: You can even bake these fries  after cutting them into lengths. Rub the oil & salt over them .Then put them in the oven at around 180 degrees.Keep checking on them & take them out when it turns golden.

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Spicy chicken nuggets

 

Ok now this one is a new territory for me. I have never eaten chicken in my life so it is a little hard for me to cook something which I have never even tasted. As luck will have it I fell in love with a man who is a hard core non vegetarian. A man who loves to eat anything that can walk on 4 legs ;p ( not quite literally ,but close). It is always a battle for both of us when we go out to eat. If we order 2 starters and I have to finish then I am not left with any appetite for the main course. Now finally I have started to try my hand at cooking chicken. My husband has a habit of never complaining while eating as he doesn’t want to disrespect food.  Thankfully my sister came to visit me so I now know exactly how they tasted. My sister thinks they were so good that she thought that it was from a restaurant. This is a very simple to make recipe and hopefully tastes as good as my sister said (Hopefully sisterly love didn’t blind her judgement)

Chicken breast (boneless) – 10-12 pieces

Tomato ketchup- 2 tbsp

Corn flour –1 ½ tbsp

Garlic -2 cloves

Whole red chilli-3 nos ( According to taste the nos can be changed)

Vinegar -2 tsp

Oil – 3 tsp

Salt to taste

Bread crumbs- 1 cup

Black pepper- 1 tsp

Oil for frying

Marination:

Mix oil & vinegar together and soak the red chilli & garlic for an hr. Blend it into a smooth paste ( it is okay if the mixture is a little coarse . Add the corn flour, tomato ketchup and salt and mix. Put the chicken pieces in the Marination mixing till the chicken is covered in the batter .Refrigerator let it marinate for 3-4 hrs .

Frying:

Mix it together bread crumbs, black pepper& salt on a plate. Take out the chicken pieces from the fridge and roll them one by one on the bed of bread crumbs so that they are completely covered in them. Shallow fry them till golden brown. Serve them with garlic mayo sauce.

Tip: You can coat the nuggets in bread crumbs and refrigerate them before frying.

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Dal makhni

Well this dish is something I always order when I eat Indian cuisine and that dish is Dal makhni .If I go to attend a wedding iam expecting Dal makhni on the menu .Dal makhni a permanent fixture like Bhangra in a north Indian wedding.  Being a vegetarian my options are more or less the same be it at a Restaurant or at any wedding I stick to the same things .Therefore  dal makhni is pretty close to my heart and my taste buds. But I could never repeat the taste that I always tasted in the restaurant’s . Few weeks back at my nephew‘s pre wedding dinner ( Yes I have a nephew on my husband side who is of the same age as I am or if not less) I managed to get hold of the chef who was actually  sweet enough to give away the recipe. But he made sure that I taste the dal before.Which was heavenly and he kept blushing the whole time. So this is a big thank you to Manoj ji for being gracious enough to   give away the recipe.

Black urad  1cup

Rajma (Red kidney beans) ½ cup

Chana dal ( Split yellow gram) 2 tbsp

Onion 1nos

Tomato 2 nos

Ginger ½ inch

Coriander seeds -1 tbsp

Bay leaf-2

Deggi mirch-2 tbsp  / Red chilli pwd as per taste

Dhania pwd – 2 tbsp/ Coriander pwd

Amchoor pwd – 1 ½  tbsp/ Dry mango pwd as per taste

Zeera -1tsp

Milk 1 mug ( coffee mug )

Cream- ½ cup

Butter optional

Soak urad dal & chana dal in hot water. Soak Rajma separately in hot water. Soak them for minimum 2hrs. Pressure cook the Rajma for half an hr., then put the dal in it & pressure cook it again for 1/2 hrs . Drain out the excess water from the dal.

Tadka – In oil put the zeera, Coriander seeds& Bay leaf  , when it splutters  put onion & ginger in the pan. When the onions turn brown in color add tomato. After 3 min add Amchoor ,Dhania ,Deggi mirchi to the tadka. Cook till the fat leaves the sides.

Add the tadka ,milk & half of the cream in the da,if the dal looks a little thick then add water accordingly .Pressure cook it for another 15 min. Before serving add the butter & the cream on top. Then fold it in.

Tip : I only use cream when guest come over . Otherwise milk is sufficient. Specially good if we want taste without the extra calories.

While boiling we can add 2 black cardamom to the dal.

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