Cannelloni Tubes filled with meat – Creamy and meaty pasta tubes

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Cannelloni means “large tubes” in Italian and is actually the familiar pasta made to look like tubes, which is more or less similar to lasagna in the preparation process.  Yet, the appearance of this dish and the  digging into the juicy meaty filling which is oozing out of the tubes is a memorable delight.

You can fill these tubes in with any of your favourite vegetarian or non-veg stuffing and bake with lots of cheese tossed on the top.  In this recipe, I stuffed the tubes with a mixture of  lean ground beef and a large assortment of vegetables to make it more healthier.

Make this absolutely mouthwatering dish to make your gloomy winter months much cosier and a bit warmer.

What you need:

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Ground lean beef 500g
Napolina Cannelloni tubes 1 & 1/2 pkt
Dolmino lasagna white sauce

or 3 tbsp of mayo and 1/4 of milk in place of this

 1/2 bottle
Ketchup 4 tbsp or more
 Soy sauce (dark)  1 tbsp
Carrots 4 large sliced thinly
Spinach 4 handfuls
Bell peppers (large) – yellow, red, green 1 each or more
Salt and pepper to taste
Garlic (chopped)  2 cloves
Onion 2 large chopped
Cheddar cheese and Mozzarella cheese ( grated)  1/2 cup full

Let’s make it:

Boill it

  • Boil the cannelloni tubes according to the instructions of the pack.  Drain the water and separate the tubes carefully and set aside.

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Cut it

  • Cut the veggies and place around a plate.

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Saute it

  • In a large wok heat up 2 tbsp of olive oil and sweat the chopped onions.  Add chopped garlic
  • Add the carrots circles, stir fry.  Close the lid for a while so the carrots will be sofften fast
  • Add the bell peppers
  • Saute the all veggies
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper

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Fry it

  • Dry fry the beef, breaking up the lumps with a wooden spoon until browned.  This process will take about 10 mins.  Sprinkle some olive oil if the beef is too dry

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Mix it

  • Bring beef and veggies together .
  • Fry for 2 mins

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Sauce it

  • Add Loyd Grossman tomato and chili sauce and give a thorough stir
  • Add Dolmio white sauce, soy sauce and ketchup
  • Fry for 5 mins

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  • Toss spinach on top and let them wilt. Do not cover the pot after adding spinach
  • Assemble all together and adjust the taste

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Cheese it

  • Toss a hand full of  grated Cheddar cheese
  • Let the pot bubble for a few mins and turn off the flame.

Fill it

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 C.
  • Opt for a wide Pyrex dish or a baking dish and pour a little milk onto the bottom.
  • Hold the cannelloni tubes gently in one hand and fill the beef mixture and arrange on the baking dish side by side.
  • Once the dish is full, top it with lots of grated Cheddar and Mozzarella cheese.

Bake it 

  • Cover the dish with a  foil and leave one edge slightly open for steam to escape.
  • Bake for 30 – 40 mins in the middle of the oven (lift the foil and check after 30 mins)
  • Take out from the oven and let the dish rest for 5 mins.
  • Bon appetit !!

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Tips :

  • You can add any lasagna white sauce brand or replace it with milk and mayo mixed together
  • Always use a wide  Pyrex or a ceramic baking dish, not a baking tray used for cakes as the bottom of the tubes can burn
  • Be liberal on spinach and vegetables to make it more healthier
  • A few drops of oil and salt while boiling the cannelloni tubes can prevent them from sticking.  And do not crowd the pan too much with tubes as they could stick to each other and tear off easily.
  • If the the mixture is too runny, add more spinach and carrots 
  • Do not cover the pan after adding spinach

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lamb stew curry

Lamb Curry – Juicy, Succulent Spring Lamb

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Nothing couldn’t be easier to make something so pleasing to your family or guests than this dish, as it has everything they always are fond of –  the delicious taste, mouthwatering aroma and the juicy appearance .

Kids love the silky and succulent lamb pieces that melt into their mouths and the gravy, which is not so spicy, but full of flavours.  The secret of bursting flavours in this dish is that it is boiled with all the spices first and then added to the fry-up with pieces and juices altogether.

 What you need to make this delicious dish:

Spring lamb in medium size pieces 300 g
Onion 1 large or 2 medium
Coriander powder 2 tsp
Cumin powder 2 tsp
Salt to taste 1 tsp
Turmeric 2 tsp
Tomato 1 large
Green chilies 2
Chili powder 2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste  2 tbsp
Olive oil or any kind of oil 2 tbsp
Garam masala for sprinkling on top  1 tsp

Let’s get started:

Pressure cook it

  • Add half of all above listed ingredients to the pressure cooker with meat and pressure cook until meat gets tender.  4 – 6 whistles depending on your pressure cooker
  • Keep the pressure cooked  lamb aside which will look like this,

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Fry it

  • Now, in a wide wok, add 2 tbsp of oil.
  • Drop a clove, a stick of cinnamon, 2 cardamoms and a few curry leaves and fry.
  •  Now add the remaining half of the chopped onion.  Saute until golden.
  • Add a slit green chili.
  • Add ginger garlic paste. (you can add freshly grated ginger and garlic for more aroma and taste)
  • Add all the spices, chili powder, turmeric, pepper powder and salt.  Fry.
  • Add the chopped tomato.

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  • Fry until all comes together and oil separates.

Add lamb pieces first then gravy

  • Drain the gravy and add only the pressure cooked lamb pieces into the wok and fry a little while
  • Now pour the gravy into the wok.  If the gravy is not enough add a little hot water
  • Mix thoroughly, cover and simmer under  low flame
  • After 5 mins, open the lid, give a good stir and raise the flame high for 2 mins to thicken the gravy and oil to float up.
  • Sprinkle garam masala on top
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Cover and let the stew to rest.  This allows the meats to absorb all the aromatic flavours of spices
  • Time to serve for all hungry mouths!!!
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creamy chicken

Creamy Chicken – A creamy, silky chicken for a special occassion

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This is a recipe of creamy chicken with a silky texture to give a glorious touch to any occasion – especially to make your guests feel extra special!

This is an Indian-style dish, which is mild in spices but topped with flavours and aroma.  To make this, the cooking technique matters more than anything else and if you get it right, then you are in for a real treat.

It goes with rice, any form of bread or noodles; kids will love the silkiness of this dish that will linger in their palates for hours – with an insatiable urge to ask for more.

Get the ingredients ready :

Chicken cut into medium size pieces 300 g
Onions 1
Ginger and garlic freshly grated 1 tbsp
Tomatoes – ripped and juicy 1
Chili powder, Coriander powder, Cumin powder, Garam masala 1 tsp each
Salt 1/4 tsp or to taste
Turmeric and Orange biryani colour(powder) 2 pinches each
Green chili – Slit 2
Single cream 1/2 cup
Whole spices: Black cardamom, cloves, Cinnamon, Pepper corns, Star anise 3 each
Kasthuri Methi (dry) – available in Indian grocessary shops 1 tbsp

Let’s make it:

  • Heat up 2tbsp of olive oil in a wide pan/wok.
  • Add all whole spices; black cardamom, cloves cinnamon, pepper corns, star anise.  Fry.
  • Add chopped onions and nicely brown them.
  • Add grated ginger and garlic and  green chili . Fry.
  • Add Chili powder, Coriander powder, Cumin powder,  turmeric and salt.  Fry.
  • Add the chicken pieces and give a good stir under high flame bringing all together.
  • Close the lid. Cook for 5 mins.
  • Open the lid and add chopped tomatoes.  Stir fry for 2 mins.
  • Pour a glass of warm water.
  • Cover and cook until the chicken is fully cooked for 5-8 mins.
  • Mix single cream with the Orange Biriyani colour and pour over the chicken.
  • Rub Kasthuri Methi in your palms and drop on to the pot

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  • Cook under slow flame until bubbles start bobbing up on the cream.
  • Give a stir, close the flame immediately and sprinkle garam masala on top and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Your gorgeous, silky chicken is ready to serve!!!

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hard chicken

Hard Chicken Curry – Unforgetably delicious chicken curry ever (Fowl/Free range chicken/Curry chicken/Gam Kukulu mas/Desi chicken)

Hard chicken is actually fowl or free range old chicken, available only at ethnic butches.  It is more chewy and hard as the bird lives longer  than its’ peers’, after they stop laying eggs.  So, the meat has hardly any fat in it, making it a healthier version of chicken for those who tend to avoid poultry for the same matter.

You need to cook it low and slow to get the right texture, which only comes from following the techniques as well as the ingredients that go into it.  For instance, vinegar and potatoes help in a great deal in softening the meat.  I must insist that cooking in the pressure cooker will soften the chicken rapidely but destroy its natural flavours.

As the bird doesn’t have much fat,  you need to add an extra table spoon of olive oil or any other cooking oil in the pot.  Once cooked, adding just a tbsp of coconut milk will give it a surprising levels of flavours.

If you taste it once, you will always remember its extraordinary delicious taste.  Try this dish with hot rice, rotis, noodles, pasta or bread or with boiled casava mixed with fresh coconut flakes which will complement the dish in a great deal.

What you need to make this dish:

  • Full hard chicken from the butchers  – Skin out and cut into small pieces to make it easier for cooking.
Onion 1 big
Ginger  garlic paste or freshly grated both 2 tbsp
Whole spices 3 cloves, a cinnamon stick, 3 cardamoms
Maggi coconut milk powder or fresh coconut milk 2 tbsp
Vinegar 1 tbsp
Small new potatoes 5 peeled and cut into chunks
Roasted curry powder 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Green chili 2 slit
Salt  1 & 1/2 tsp
Chili powder 2 tsp or more if you desire a spicier taste

Let’s make it:

Marinate the chicken pieces

  • Marinate the chicken pieces with vinegar, salt,  turmeric, chili powder, roasted curry powder, ginger and garlic paste and crushed curry leaves.
  • Cover and keep aside for at least 1 hr. (preferably overnight in the fridge for the chicken pieces to absorb the essense of spices and soften with vinegar)

Roast the chicken in the pan

  • Heat up 2 tbsp of any oil in a wide pan
  • Add the whole spices; cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and a few curry leaves crusched
  • Add the sliced onion and let it brown
  • Add some freshly grated or crushed garlic and ginger
  • Now drop the marinated chicken
  • Stir fry the chicken for nearly 10-15 mins in medium flame allowing the excess water to evaporate
  • Close the lid and lower the flame to the minimum.  Splash a little water if the pan is too dry. Let it sit like this for 5 mins. This will let all the juices to ooze out
  • Open the lid again stir fry for a 5 more mins gathering juices with chicken pieces until they are well coated
  • Pour water a well above chicken pieces as it has to cook for about 45 mins

  • Close and cook for 45 mins while topping hot water if the water level goes down but the chicken pieces are still hard.  Cook until chicken pieces are tender enough to bite

Add potatoes

  • Open, give a good stir, check salt and drop the potatoes and slit green chili. If the water level has gone too low, add a little more hot water to bring it just above chicken

  • Close and cook for another 1/2 hr under medium flame
  • Finally, add 2 tbsps of fresh or maggi instant coconut milk, a handful of curry leaves and cook for another 10 mins under very low flame.  This final therapy will give the curry it’s tempting colour and make it more flavourful
  • Let it rest for 20 mins (cook this curry night before and it will taste heavenly on the next day)
  • Ready to serve with hot rice, rotis, noodles or with boiled casava(maniyok) mixed with fresh coconut
  • Delicious in every bite!

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Mutton curry

Mutton curry – Juicy, spicy and aromatic

 

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Good quality mutton, bought from a reliable butcher,  has its own juicy flavour stored in it; we do not have to make a big effort to make it delicious.

The only secret that makes all the juices run – and stimulate your tasted buds, of course – is the use of good quality spices. In my case, as shown on my website under tips, I always use my homemade curry powder, a sure taste enhancer.

(Link to how to make roasted curry powder at home)

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/roasted-curry-powder/

Remember to  buy the shoulder joints, from your butcher which has less fat content and a few bones, as some bones should be there to enhance the flavour.  The meat should stand at least 2 hrs or preferably over night in the marinade before cooking.

And, remember that this curry tastes even better, the next day with all the juices and flavours blended to a glorious gravy and the pieces of mutton absorbed the essense of spices.

What you need to make it:

 Good quality mutton from shoulder -medium size 300 g
Onion and green chili – slit in the middle 1 each
Ginger and garlic – freshly grated 2 tbsp
Roasted curry powder 2 tbsp
Chili powder 1 tbsp
Vinegar 2 tbsp
Salt 1 tsp or more to taste
Pepper powder 1 tsp
Maggi coconut milk powder or thick fresh coconut milk 1 tbsp
 Whole spices- a Cinnamon quill , a few cardamoms, 3 cloves

Let’s make it:

Marinate it

  • Marinade the mutton pieces with :   Roasted curry powder, chili powder, grated ginger and garlic, vinegar, salt and pepper powder
  • Cover and keep aside for at least 2hrs or preferably over night

Fry it

  • Fry the onion until golden and add some freshly grated ginger and garlic. Brown them.
  • Toss some crushed curry leaves, a few cloves, a cinnamon stick, 3,4 cardamoms and fry.
  • Add the green chili.
  • Now add the marinated mutton pieces and stir fry them for 5 – 10 mins under medium heat until all the pieces turn light brown and the pan gets a bit dry.

Simmer it

  • Immediately cover, lower the flame to the minimum and leave for 10-15 mins.  This will allow all the natural juices of mutton pieces to ooze out.  Open after 10 mins and see if the process has been done. If not, cover for another 5 mins.  Scrape the juices and mix thoroughly until all come together.  Check the taste.  Add more salt or pepper if needed.

Cook it

  • Now pour warm water a little above the mutton pieces
  • Cover and cook under  low flame, about 1/2 hr while string from time to time
  • Cook until the mutton pieces are tender
  • Add 1 tbsp of Maggi coconut milk which will enhance the flavours in a great deal
  • Toss some fresh curry leaves on top, switch the flame off , cover and let the pan rest for at least 1/2 hr
  • Serve with a dome of hot rice, bread or rotis
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creamy coconut chicken curry

Creamy Coconut Chicken curry

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 Whole chicken/thighs/ drumsticks 300 g
Roasted curry powder 2 tbsp
Ginger and garlic grated 2 tbsp
Chili powder 2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Vinegar 2 tsp
Maggi coconut milk powder/fresh coconut milk 2 tbsp
Cinnamon stick 2/3 cardamoms, 2 cloves
Salt and pepper to taste
 Onion  1 large

Let’s make it:

  • If you are using a whole chicken or thighs, cut them into medium-sized pieces.
  • Massage the chicken pieces with grated ginger, grated garlic, chili powder, roasted curry powder, vinegar, salt, pepper powder and turmeric powder.  Drop the cinnamon stick , curry leaves, cardamoms and cloves and mix all together.  Leave at least 1/2 hr,  allowing the chicken pieces to soak up the flavours of spices.  For a more juicier version, keep overnight in the fridge.
  • Heat up oil in a pan.
  • Drop chopped onion and saute.  Add ginger and garlic grated along with whole spices and curry leaves.  Saute until they become slightly brown.
  • Now add marinated chicken.
  • Fry on medium flame about 5 – 7 mins or until the chicken pieces become soft and lightly cooked.
  • Now close the lid,  lower the flame to minimum and keep for about 5 mins.  This will allow all the juices to run out.
  • Open the lid , scrape all the juices and mix everything thoroughly.
  • Pour enough warm water just above the level of chicken.
  • Cover and cook under low flame for 10 mins or until the chicken pieces are cooked properly.
  • Drop coconut milk powder to the side of the pan and mix with little gravy.  Then, gently shake the pan for  coconut milk and gravy to come together.
  • Cover and cook under low flame for another  2-3 mins.
  • Drop an extra few curry leaves, broken into small pieces and let the curry rest for 10 mins.
  • Enjoy your silky, creamy coconut flavoured chicken curry with rice, bread or noodles.
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Chinese Dumplings – Flavourful dumplings better than what you get from restaurents

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Our numerous visits  to various Chinese restaurants in the China Town, in central London, just to taste their authentic dumplings, have always been tantamount to a massive disappointment. They  never lived up to our expectations, especially, when it came to flavours. I found the outermost layer,  very soft and moist but the inner filling was almost flavourless.  So, I started experimenting with dumpling-making for a while in order to produce the best  and, much to my delight,  came out with exciting results.

Surely, it became an instant hit with my family members and then with my friends.  I even went as far as making sea-weed, the most favoured Chinese side dish.  In fact, in place of real sea-weed, which is hard to find,  I used Savoury cabbage (Curly cabbage).   Aha !!! Now that’s interesting isn’t it?  Well, the taste is same and I even happened to wonder whether in Chinatown, they too serve us cabbage !!

How to make my sea-weed, in actual sense, cabbage, is given below.

First, make the dough with the following ingredients : Enough for 30 – 35 dumplings.

  • Place 300g of plain flour in a bowl and make a well in the middle.  Now, pour 1/2 cup of boiling water into the well, cover the bowl and let it rest for 5 min.

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  • Open the lid and run through a wooden spoon.   Again cover and leave for 10 mins.
  • Now pour 1/2 cup of warm water gradually while kneading the flour with your hand .  Add more warm water if needed and knead until the dough becomes soft to touch and not sticking onto your fingers.  Cover and let it rest for 30 mins.  In the mean time, make the filling.

What you need for the filling;

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 Pork mince or Chicken mince 300 g
Spring Onion – Class A  – 120 g 1 bunch
Soy sauce (dark) 4 tbsp or more
Blended sesame oil 4 tbsp
Brown Sugar 3 pinches
Ginger – shreded 1 inch root
Salt 3 pinches
Corn flour 4 tbsp
Rice vinegar 1 tbsp
Cabbage – shredded 1 cup (optional)
    • Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and keep aside for 10 mins for the flavours to bind before making.
  •  Pork mince is a better choice for this recipe as it gives a very flavourful results.
  •  A cup full of shredded Chinese cabbage could be added to increase the quantity of the filling in case you are making them for a larger family or a gathering.

Let’s make:

  • Divide the dough into equal size balls as the size of a red cherry and arrange on a side of the kitchen work- top.
  • Lightly flour the surface of the kitchen work- top or a wide chopping board.  Place a ball of dough and roll it to a flat round shape with a rolling pin.
  • Place a table spoon of minced meat mixture onto the middle of the round shape.

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  • Bring both sides together and pinch on the pleat making them tightly clasped.

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  • Make enough for one round of steaming.  While one batch is in the steamer, you can go ahead making the next batch to avoid any extra uncooked dumplings to get damaged by sticking onto the surface.
  • The final step is to steam the  dumplings. Brush oil on the bottom of the steamer and arrange   dumplings without sticking to each other.  Now, steam on high flame for about 5 mins.  You will see the colour of outer cover  changes and start glistering when cooked enough.

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  • Switch off the flame and take out dumplings one by one, very gently, with the help of a soft edged tongs and  place on a plate .

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Let’s make the dipping sauce

  • 2 tbsp  – Dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp  – warm water
  • chopped coriander leaves
  • a few pieces of chopped red chili for a fiery blend. (avoid chili when serving kids)

chil Whisk all together and serve in a separate bowl next to dumplings with chopsticks, a fork or a spoon. In place of this sauce dipper, you can opt for Chinese chili oil or chili paste which are ideal dippers for these dumplings.

 

Sea-weed 

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  • You simply have to shred the curly cabbage as thinly as possible.
  • Then deep-fry in hot oil.  Just a min or two is enough for them to get crispy. Do not over frying will lose it’s lovely green colour.
  • Now add sugar and salt as per your taste.
  • Yummy sea-weed is ready to devour with delight !!
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Chicken Biryani

Mum’s Special Chicken Biryani – Easy Biryani Recipe By Mum

This is my mum’s signature dish in which she poured a generous amount of love while it was being made.  Naturally, our mouths would start watering at the thought of this exotic dish and wished that mum would make it everyday!  Yet, we were privileged to devour it only on special occasions or on Sundays as a special treat for the family or friends who stopped by.

Unlike the usual biryani dishes, this is very light on the tummy due to the minimum oil amount  used.  Also, the cooking process is very simple and easy; any novice could come out with the mounthwatering results in his/her first attempt.

Mint chutney and  chicken gravy are the best accompaniments for this dish and mint, being a medicinal food digester can  work wonders. Recipe of these are given below;

So let’s make this is real winner of hearts for today’s lunch!

Ingredients required for 4 very hungry people :

Chicken Whole small chicken or 350 g of chicken legs cut into medium size pieces
Basmati Rice 2 & 1/2 cups
Plain Yoghurt 1/2 cup
Knor or Maggi Chicken soup cubes 1 and 1/2
Roasted curry powder or garam masala 2 tbsp
Onion 2 large
Ginger and garlic 2 tbsp grated
Cloves, peppercorns and cardamoms, cinnamon 5 each crushed
Turmeric powder and pepper powder 1 tsp each
 Green chili  3 slit

How to make:

Marinate

  • Massage  the chicken pieces thoroughly with yogurt,  roasted curry powder , turmeric,  grated ginger and  garlic,  salt, turmeric powder, pepper powder, slit green chili and the crushed soup cube.
  • Cover with cling film and  refrigerate for at least 2 hrs.

Prepare the rice

  • Wash the rice until water runs clear, drain, then keep aside for 20 mins. This will allow the rice to stretch during cooking.

Fry

  • Heat up 2 tbsp of olive oil in a wide brim pan.  Add the whole spices; cloves, peppercorns, cardamoms, cinnamons and let them crackle
  • Add grated ginger and garlic or  the paste of it
  • Add the onion slices and slightly brown them.  Drop a handful of curry leaves

Add rice

  • Now add the rice and quickly stir through , not letting it to stick to the bottom of the pan.  Fry the rice for about 2 mins or until well coated.

Add chicken

  • Now add the chicken with all it’s marinade
  • Mix rice and chicken thoroughly while turning them constantly for 2 – 3 mins.

Add warm water

  • Add warm water, just above the level of rice.
  • Give a good stir
  • Adjust the taste at this point

  • Cover the pan with a tea towl and then tightly close the lid

  • Cook under very low fire
  • Open after 10 mins and bring the bottom layer to the top and mix gently
  • Cook until the meat is tender and rice is cooked properly
  • Switch the flame off and let the pot rest for 15 mins for flavours to adjust
  • Serve with mint chutney and chicken gravy

Mint chutney

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How to make:

  • Take a handful of mint leaves and drop them into the jar of the hand blender
  • Chop a few shallots and drop into the jar
  • Thinly chop one or two small green chilies and add into the jar
  • Thinly cut a root of a ginger piece and add with a few pinches of salt
  • Now, crush everything into a pulp using the hand blender
  • Squeeze half a lemon into the pulp and mix it with the fingers until everything comes togethe
  • Taste and add more salt or lemon, if needed.
  • Done !

Chicken gravy

  • Marinate the chicken pieces with ginger and garlic paste, chili powder, pepper powder, slit green chili, salt, turmeric, roasted curry powder and 2 tbsp of plain yoghurt
  • Heat oil in a wide pan
  • Add a few crushed garlic cloves, curry leaves and chopped onions and fry
  • Drop 1/2 tsp of red chili powder and a few drops of turmeric into the oil and fry
  • Now drop all the chicken and fry a few minutes until well coated
  • Cover, lower the flame and let the chicken cook for 5 mins
  • Add warm water and inch above the chicken, cover and cook
  • Add 1tbsp of coconut milk powder or thick coconut milk for flavour
  • Done!
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beef burger

Best Burger Bun – Juicy homemade beef burgers

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This is a very healthy and filling choice of a snack for a bunch of bouncy young kids, coming back home all hungry and tired after playtime!!  They will most certainly ask for more, so, remember to keep some extra burgers ready.

Wrapped nicely in a foil, these could go into anyone’s office or school lunch pack too. This juicy, home-made burger bun, could be tucked in without  a  guilt as they are free from all kinds of preservatives or processed ingredients.  You can  wrapped the extra pattis with a cling film. place them in a plastic box and store them in the freezer, that could come quite handy on a later date.     

So, let’s make them;

Get ready with the following ingredients;

Minced lean beef 300g
Burger buns 8 -10
Large onion 1 very thinly chopped
Tomato Ketchup 3 tbsp
Egg 1
Soy sauce 2 tbsp
Coriandar leaves A handful choppped (Optional)
White bread slice  2  grate into crumbs
 Salt  1/4 tsp adjust according to your taste
Pepper  1/4 tsp

To serve :  Cheese singles, thinly sliced tomatoes, cucumber, lattuce and burger sauce

Let’s make :

Mix it

  • Chop the onion very thinly (any larger bits can cause the burger fall apart while frying)
  • Grate the bread slice into thin crumbs.
  • In a large bowl add all the above ingredients ; mince meat, chopped onion, bread crumbs, chopped coriandar, egg, salt, pepper and both soy and ketchup and mix thoroughly using your hands.

Test the taste

  • Now, take a small potion from the mixture,  make a ball, flatten it and fry both sides on a heated and oiled non-stick pan or a griddle
  • Taste it and check if you need to add anything more.  You can add more soy sauce, ketchup, salt or pepper and adjust the taste at this stage.

Make the burger pattis

  • Now the taste is just right, take equal sized balls from the mixure and flatten them thickly.  Wet your hands to make this process easier
  • Place them on a tray and cover with a cling film
  • Refrigirate for 1 hr

Fry it

  • Next, spray olive oil onto a non-stick frying pan or a griddle and place the pattis around it
  • Fry one side and then slowly turn over to the other side
  • Never press them down with your spatula.  If pressed down, all the juices will run out, making it dry and crumbly.
  • When both sides are properly cooked, place them on a kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil. Proceed with the rest of the pattis.

Fill it

  • Place the bottom sides of the buns on the same frying/griddle pan
  • Quickly place the burger pattis on top of each and top them with  slices of cheese singles/slices and leave for a min for cheese to melt slightly
  • Take out from the pan and squeeze a dollop of burger sauce, ketchup or mayo on top
  • Arrage slices of tomatoes, cucumer and lattiuce
  • Cover with the top part of the bun and press down gently.
  • Wrap in foil paper and stack them on a tray
  • Serve warm

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Chicken Devilled

Devilled Chicken – with bursting fiery flavour

This  dish is very juicy, colourful and delicious with  lots of veggies .  Hence, it’s a perfect healthy combination for a meat and veggie dish, which goes well with savoury rice (see under vegetarian category for the recipe) or noodles. You can warm up some tortilla wraps on a pan and fill them up with it and roll up to fix a perfect picnic , office or school lunch.

What you need:

 Chicken thighs or legs (skinless, bite size pieces) 300 g
Red, Yellow and Green bell pepper 1/2 each
Onion 1
Red cheery tomatoes a handful
Leek 1 stem
Carrot 1 large
Ginger and garlic thinly sliced 1 tbsp
Soy sauce 2 tbsp
Fish sauce (a must to get the authentic Chinese flavours) 2 tbsp
Chili powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder  1 tsp each
Salt, lemon and red powder food colour

Let’s make it:

  • Marinate the chicken with chili powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, red powder food colour, lemon juice and salt.
  • Cover and  keep aside for 20 mins.
  • Heat up oil and shallow fry the chicken until golden on medium heat.  Once cooked, cover and lower the fire to the minimum and keep for 5-10 mins for juices to run out .   Open the lid, scrape the juices off and mix  thoroughly until all the pieces are well coated.   Fry further 2/3 mins.
  • Check salt add more if needed and keep the pan aside.

Cut and place all the veggies separately on a  plate.
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  • Cut bell peppers, onion and carrot into squares.
  • Slice the white part of leeks lengthwise and the green part in rounds.
  • Slice ginger and garlic thinly.

Stir fry

  • In a separate, wide wok add two tbsps of olive oil and heat up.
  • Brown ginger and garlic.
  • Add carrots and stir fry until  soft.
  • Now add leek whites, followed by bell peppers and continue to stir fry.
  • Add onions.
  • Lastly, toss the  green parts of leek.  Mix all together until done.
  • Now push the vegetables to a side of the wok.

Make the sauce : Add salt,  tomato sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar and Chinese chili paste in a small bowl and whisk them together)

  • Pour this sauce to the spared space of the wok,  stir quickly until bubbly.
  • Bring  sauces and vegetables together.
  • Add the chicken pieces with all it’s juices.
  • Stir fry on high flame a min or two.
  • Finally toss  a handful of halved red cherry tomatoes on the top and sprinkle some Chinese chili paste .
  • Serve hot.
  • Yum!!!!

Chicken Devilled

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