Food & Recipes

Shrimp Masala

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Seafood is one of my favourites food, I often include a different version of fish and prawns/shrimps. I try my best to include seafood, once a weekly menu. Shrimps are little tricky to make so it won’t get rubbery or not soft. I am sharing simple Shrimp Masala that’s so easy and doesn’t take much time, I include this recipe as a side dish in a desi dawat. Let’s start!!

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Ingredients:

Shrimp:1/2 kg

Onion:1 slice

Tomatoes:2-3 chopped

Red Chilli powder: To taste

Coriander Powder: 1 Tsp

Turmeric Powder: 1/2 tsp

Chilli flakes: 1 Tsp

Salt: to taste

Curry Leaves:5-6

Kasuri Methi:1-2 tsp

Coriander and Green Chilies: For Garnish

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Method:

In a cooking pot, heat oil and fry curry leaves, add onion fry till light golden brown.

Add tomatoes and other masalas to make a paste.

Now add cleaned shrimps and cook on high flame, until shrimp cook and extra water dries up.

when oil separates masala, put on low flame. Sprinkle methi leaves.

Garnish with Hara Dhania and Green Chillies.

Serve hot with Chapati, Roti or rice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food & Recipes

Riwayati Biryani

Pulao and Biryani are my alternate choice for the weekend but I love to make another version of something in between and named “Riwayati Biryani” which is my mom special pilaf recipe(an authentic recipe) and our family favourite.This recipe doesn’t require any extra pot and preparation. The most simple and yummiest rice recipe you can try without any fear….I Promised!!

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INGREDIENTS:

Meat/chicken : 1/2 kg

Rice: 1/2 kg (soaked for 1/2 an hour)

Whole Spice (Sabut Garam Masala):3-4 each

Red Chilli Pepper: According to taste(1/2 Tsp).

Onion: 1 sliced

Tomato: 1 small (chopped)

Ginger/Garlic paste:1 Tsp

Yogurt:1/2 cup

Salt: According to taste

Yogurt Masala:

Green Cardamom (Sabz Ilaichi): 1 Tsp

Cumin (Zeera): 1 Tbs

Nutmeg (Jaifal) & Mace (Javitri):1/2 tsp

whole spice ( Sabut Garam Masala)= 1/2 tsp each

Grind the above ingredients in a coffee grinder, mix it with 1 cup yogurt, set aside.

METHOD:

In a pot heat oil, saute onion till light golden brown.

Add Whole (Sabut )garam masala, and meat and ginger and garlic paste, fry it until meat changes the colour.

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Add chopped tomatoes, salt and red chilli powder.

Add required water and cook on the medium-low flame until meat tender.

Add yogurt masala and mixed it well, you can add green chillies and mint leaves(if you like).20181026_183852 Carefully add soaked rice and mixed with meat & masala. Now add required water(1 inch above the rice). Check salt, it should be little salt-ish side when you taste the water. Cook on high flame until water absorbed.

20181026_184848Now turn the flame to very low flame for 15 minutes and sprinkle yellow food colour (zarda rung).

Mixed and serve hot with Salad, Raita and Chatni.It is similar to the Yakhni Pulao  I posted a few months ago, but a little bit easier and quicker to make.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food & Recipes

Hara Masala Chicken

Green/ Hara Masala chicken is one of the famous Pakistani dishes. It’s very easy and delicious recipe that doesn’t take much time.

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Ingredients:

Chicken:1/2 kg

Yogurt:1/2 cup

Onion:1 sliced

Whole Peppercorn:4-5

Red chilli powder: (acc to taste..I have Extra Hot) 1/4 Tsp

Turmeric powder:1/2 tsp

Coriander powder:1 Tsp

Paprika powder:1 Tsp

Salt: To Taste

Oil:1/4 cup

For Green Masala:

Cilantro/Green Coriander: 1/2 Bunch.

Green Chillies: 5-6

Tomatoes: 2 chopped

Ginger:1/2 inch piece

Garlic:3-4 Cloves

RECIPE:

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  • Coarsely grind/blend all green masala ingredients, set aside.
  • Heat oil, fry onion till light golden brown, add whole black pepper.
  • Fry chicken, until it changes colour.
  • Add all dry masala, and saute it for 5 minutes.
  • Now add the Green Masala paste and saute chicken for 10 minutes.
  • Add yogurt and let the chicken cook till it tender, Add required water to make desired gravy.
  • Cover the pan for 10 minutes on low flame until oil separates.
  • Garnish with green chillies and cilantro

Serve hot with chapati, roti or rice. Enjoy!!

 

 

 

Food & Recipes

Paneer Karhai

I am back on blog after a break and sharing a simple paneer karhai that actually my elder sister’s recipe and it is so easy to make and can be served as a side dish if you have dawat.Less spices and less effort but so YUMMY!!

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Ingredients:

Paneer: 1 packet (I used Nanak Paneer).

Onion:sliced 1-2 medium

Tomatoes:2-3 chopped

Red Chilli Flakes:1-2 tsp

Salt:To taste

Turmeric Powder:1/2 tsp

Kasuri Methi:1 tsp

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Method:

Cut Paneer into 1/2 inch cubes,fry them all sides to light golden , keep aside.

Heat oil and saute onion to light golden brown,add tomatoes and cook until it become smooth paste.Add chilli flakes ,turmeric powder and salt.Cook till it separates the oil.

Mix fried paneer pieces with masala and add little water and cook for few minutes.

Sprinkle Kasuri methi(dried Fenugreek leaves) and leave it for 15 minutes on low heat.

Serve hot with Naan or chapati.Enjoy!!

 

 

 

Food & Recipes

Italian Garden Salad

Salads are the mandatory in any cuisine or Dawat ,I love-making salad and often try with different homemade dressings.Garden Salad is one of the easy and healthy recipe especially when we do our BBQ and picnics during summer.20180721_130426

Today,Let’s make a healthy garden salad with homemade Italian dressing. All you need to do is,chop all vegetables and before serving, just toss everything with dressing. Truly, this is the best and easy chopped  Italian salad recipe I have ever made, with fresh and green vegetables in the homemade vinaigrette.

Ingredients:

Ice Burg Lattice/Cabbage: 1 Bunch

Broccoli:1 Bunch

Cucumber:1 Large

Green/Red /Yellow Pepper:1 each

Carrots:1-2 Julienne cut

Red kidney bean(boiled):1 can

Cherry Tomatoes:10-12 cut in halves

Olives:sliced

Red Onion:1/2 chopped

Corn:1/2 cup

Baby Turnips:7-8

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Dressing:

Olive oil:3 Tbs

Lemon juice:1 Tbs

White Vinegar:1/4 cup

Salt and Pepper: To Taste.

Mustard Paste:1/2 Tsp

Dried Herbs: Oregano & Basil: 1 Pinch each

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Mix all ingredients in a glass bottle shake and toss your salad and serve.You can add vegetables of your choice and of course availability.Check out Cold Pasta Salad and enjoy your summer.

 

Food & Recipes

Baklava

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Baklava is very rich and sweet pastry layered with chopped nuts. It is one of the most famous desserts of Geek/Turkish cuisine that looks a bit difficult but actually, it’s not. I made first time on this Eid and shared on my Insta stories and many of you asked me for the recipe and I had no clue at that time how it will turn out but trust me it is one of the most simple desserts I have ever tried.

Let’s make it!!

Ingredients:

Puff  / Fillo Pastry.

Assorted chopped nuts: I used Almond, Walnuts and Pistachios.

Butter:1/2 cup(melted)

Sugar:2 tsp

Egg: 1 for brushing

For Sugar Syrup:

Sugar 2.5 cups

Water:2 cups

Lemon Juice:1/2 Tsp

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Combine sugar, lemon juice and water in a saucepan. Allow it to boil and keep stirring until sugar dissolves completely. Reduce heat.

Mixed nuts with butter in a bowl and add 2 tsp sugar. Mix everything well.

Pre-heat oven to 300.

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In a baking tray, grease the bottom with butter. Place the first sheet and layer it with nut mixture, place another pastry sheet, brush with butter and repeat. Brush the top with beaten egg and sprinkle leftover nuts.

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Cut into 3 * 3-inch squares and Bake at 300 for 45 mins or until it is golden brown. Remove from oven, pour prepared warm syrup and allow to saturate it well.

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Food & Recipes

Mango and Chikoo Shake

Mangoes are everyone’s first love, I do like it but not go crazy. It’s so true we hardly get them here at expensive rates and it gives a tiny heart attack if they are not up to the expectations.

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During Ramadan, a chilled glass of Roh-Afza is a must but I always make some shakes and lassi to have some of our calories back. Mango shake is family favourite drink but also try different fruits with it.

It’s so much fun to try different smoothies and shakes. I change ingredients every other day. Yesterday, I tried them with Chikoo fruit or Mud-Apples and it turned out great.

It’s very yummy and healthy let ‘s make it!!

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Chikoo Fruit: 3-4 ripped (peeled/de-seeded)

Sugar:4 Tbs (according to your taste)

Milk :3 cups

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Put everything in a blender and blend it for about 2-3 minutes.

Served chilled and enjoy!