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Chicken in Hot and Sour Vegetable Sauce

Chicken in Hot and Sour Vegetable Sauce

This chicken dish is the right combination for chinese fried rice, nans,rotis or chapatis(Indian Flat Bread).This is not too spicy but moderate….If you like it more spicy can alter the chilli powder quantity.This is served more often at my table!!! and loved by all…..

Ingredients

For chicken marinade

Chicken boneless – 250 gms pat dry and cut into 2” stripes

Salt – as per taste

Pepper powder -1/4 tsp

Egg -1 whole

Plain flour/maida -1/2 cup

Corn flour -2 tbsps

Step 1.Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl,cover and keep for 10 mins  in refrigerator.

For Hot and Sour Vegetable Sauce

Ginger and Garlic – 1 tbsp minced

Onion – 1 med finely sliced

Spring onions – sliced 1/2 cup

Carrot – 1 peeled,washed and cut into  juliennes

Capsicum  – 1 small remove stem and deseed wash and cut into juliennes

Cabbage – 1/2 cup juliennes

Oil – 2 tbsp of olive oil

Green chilli sauce – 1 tbsp

Tomato ketchup – 3-4 tbsps

Vinegar – 1/2 tsp

Dark soy sauce – 1 tsp

Green chilli – 1 deseed and mince

Red chilli powder – 1/4 tsp

Black pepper powder – a pinch

Salt – as per taste

Corn flour – 1 tbsp mixed in 1/2 cup of water. This mixture is called the corn starch.

Oil  – for deep frying chicken

Method

Step 2.Heat oil for deep frying ,now take the marinated chicken and drop into hot oil and fry till golden brown,remove and drain .

Step 3.In another pan or wok take 2 tsps of the remaining oil from deep fry and add the minced ginger and garlic fry 1 min and add the minced green chilli and onion stir fry on high heat for a couple of mins.

Step 4.Drop in the prepared carrot,cabbage,capsicum and 1/2 of the spring onion and saute well add the salt and chilli powder and a pinch of black pepper powder.

Step 5.Now add 2 cups of water and cook covered for 2 mins,then add the chilli sauce,tomato ketchup ,soy sauce and vinegar.Let simmer another 2 mins.

Step 6.Add the fried chicken into the hot and sour vegetable sauce and keep stirring  on low heat for 3mins adjust sauce content and consistency by adding more water and prepared corn starch,cook another 2 mins and turn off heat.

Serve in a bowl topped with remaining spring onion.

Goes well with chinese fried rice or fried rice and Parathas.

Chicken in Hot and sour sauce

Chicken in Hot and sour sauce

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Chicken Satay

Chicken Satay

Ingredients:

Boneless Chicken / Breast – 250 gms  Cut into 2″  strips

For the Marinade :

Soy sauce – 1tbsp

Ginger garlic paste – 1/4 tsp

Salt – as per taste

Pepper powder – as per taste

Lemon juice – 1 tsp

Oil – 3 tbsp for shallow fry

Things you need

Bamboo Skewers ( Soak in cool water for half an hour)

Method

Wash and pat dry the chicken breast pieces and cut into strips.

Mix the ingredients for marinade well and drop the chicken pieces in and mix well.

Cover and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.

When everything is ready remove chicken and skewer them onto the soaked bamboo skewers and place them on hot pan with oil for shallow fry or pan grill.

Turn them to brown on all sides,takes 10 to 15 mins altogether to fry.

Remove and serve with your fav dip as a starter or can be served as a side dish.

Easy to prepare and can enjoy when on picnics

Serving Ideas

Remove meat from the skewers and wrap into tortillas or chappatis along with mayonaise and salad to have a healthy snack or kids lunch or for dinner.

The skewers can be grilled if you wish to have BBQ flavour.

 

Curried Mince Burger

Curried Mince Burger

 This mince burger is also prepared with the same Mutton Mince Curry .

But to get them into patties  I used just corn flour for dusting and few tsps of oil to shallow fry.

Curried mince patties

 Take a small ball size of minced curry and place on a flour dusted board and slightly press with the knife or spatula and dust some flour over also .Prepare as per the requirement and keep.

Heat a shallow pan and spread little veg oil or cooking spray and gently lift patty with the knife and place on the pan fry both sides till slightly brown and remove.

To prepare pan grilled onions,just heat a griddle or tawa ,when well heated place the thinly sliced or roundels of onions and grill two sides and remove as they turn dark on the edges.

Prepare buns by cutting in the middle and toasting with butter on the cutside and spread tomato ketchup on the bottom and place the patty and few pan grilled onion slices and top with mayonise and finish with the top half of the bun.

The Patties can be prepared in another way too…by taking the washed and drained mince into a mixing bowl,add finely chopped onion,fresh herbs like mint and cilantro(Coriander),Egg whole,Salt and Pepper and mix well make patties and shallow fry till golden brown with oil. These patties are also easy to prepare and tastes good.

Patty burgers

Sloppy Mutton Mince Burger

Sloppy Mutton Mince Burger

 This is a sloppy burger,as you can see I used the Mutton Mince Curry and not a Patty so .. a Sloppy Burger,Great for Packing Kids Lunch or as a Snack or even breakfast if you keep this curry ready in the refrigerator(Keeps good for 1-2 Days).I’ve used small Buns to make it easy for my kids to enjoy and looks Great.

To Prepare this all you need is 

Pre Prepared Mutton Mince Curry – 1 cup ( See Recipe in Mutton-Lamb Category for the mutton Mince Curry)

Caramelized onion – 1 cup

Mayonise – few tbsps

Tomato Ketchup – 1/2 cup

Sliced Tomato

Sliced Cucumber

Burger Buns small – 6-7

Butter – 1 stick

To assemble

First to caramelise the onion,Slice the onions finely and place a pan on heat and add little butter and drop the onions stir on high for 2 mins and reduce to med heat and keep till they get well browned and soft ,stir in between and remove

Cut the buns in to half and toast with little butter  with cut side down and keep.

Small Burger Buns

Now spread 1/2 tsp of ketchup on the bottom side of the bun and place 1 tbsp of mince curry and then the caramelised onion a tsp,a slice of each tomato and cucumber, and a dollop of mayonise and lastly the top of the toasted bun and secure with the picks.

We can add few lettuce,raw onion or Cheddar Cheese slices to make a variation according to our choice and availability and Kids options….These are Tasty,Healthy and Homemade Version of Sloppy Burgers..

Homemade Sloppy Burgers/Kids Meal

 Can be served for Kids Birthday Parties as comfort food.

Pancakes

My home Pancakes

 
This is my basic recipe of Pancakes which I prepare at home and serve with Golden syrup and Butter.The Pancakes were so fluffy and super soft.I used whole wheat flour and all purpose flour together and cardamom powder for flavour.These pancakes can be made in many different varieties with different toppings and fillings and  served with fruits and syrups.
 
These are small fluffy cakes prepared on a hot griddle cooking on both sides by flipping and stacking one over the other and  served with syrup and butter or fruits.Even whip cream..
 
Ingredients
 
Whole wheat flour – 1 and a 1/2 cup
Plain flour/All purpose flour – 1/2 cup
Cardamom – 2 peel and powder the seeds
Baking soda – a pinch
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Egg – 1 whole
Milk – 1 and 1/2 cups
Salt – a pinch
Butter – for frying
 
Method
 
Take a mixing bowl and and add all the dry ingredients except sugar and keep,in another bowl crack an egg and add sugar and milk beat well and add the dry ingredients and mix well with the whisk and keep.
 

Mixing the Ingredients for Pancakes

 
 
 

Pancake Batter

 Preparation

Heat a pan or griddle and spread butter  and pour a ladleful in three places  and let cook , when this becomes bubbly and fluffy flip and cook the other side and remove .Do not cook more than once on each side,as this may make them stiff..

Stack one over the other and pour Maple syrup or golden syrup and butter and serve warm.

Fluffy Pancakes

Pan Roasted Chicken with Veggies

Pan Roasted Chicken with Veggies

 Ingredients

Chicken breast -4 pieces

Onion – 1 med roughly chopped

Garlic – 3 cloves

Fresh coriander – a handful chopped

Green chilli – 2

Cloves – 4

Cinnamon – 1” pc

Black Pepper corns – 1/2 tsp

Lemon – 1/2

Oil for shallow fry

Method  

Wash and pat dry the chicken breast pieces with paper towels and set aside.

Grind all the ingredients except lemon and prepare masala  paste.

Ingredients

 Rub the masala paste to chicken pieces and drizzle salt and lemon juice and coat well and  refrigerate for an hour to marinate.

Then heat a shallow and wide pan and add oil as it gets heated place the chicken pieces and fry till brown on both sides.

Remove and keep in a platter.

To prepare pan gravy

Tomatoes – 2 pureed

Salt – a pinch

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Water or chicken stock – 1 cup

After removing the chicken pieces add the above ingredients to the pan and cook on high for 2 mins and simmer till thick gravy consistency is achieved.Turn of heat.

This adding of liquid to a  pan in which something is roasted or fried is called Deglazing..

Pour this Reduction over the chicken pieces while serving.

Preparing the Veggies

French Beans – a small bunch

Carrots – 2

Beetroot – 1

Garlic  – 1 clove finely grated

Salt and Pepper  for seasoning

Olive oil – 1 tsp

Method

Trim the edges of  beans and wash,peel carrot and remove edges and wash,then cut into thin long strips.

Place a sauce pan with enough water on heat and bring to a boil,add beans and carrots and boil 5 mins and immediately drop in to ice cold water to retain the crunch,this is called shocking the veggies.

Strain into a colander and keep.

In the same sauce pan boil the beetroot seperately for 10 mins and then cool and peel,cut into desired shapes.

I used a zig zag slicer. 

 

Sliced beets

 Now heat a pan and add olive oil and drop in the beans and carrot slices and toss well ,add garlic,salt and pepper and toss few mins and remove into a platter.

Just toss in the beets and toss again  and remove.

Prepared beans and carrots

 

For serving I placed a cookie cutter and placed the beans and then carrots in layers and gently pressed down and removed the cutter,and placed beets over them to get a nice and colourful veggie tower.

Place the chicken piece and pour the pan gravy over it.

Garnished with fresh mint and lemon slices.

Pan Roasted Chicken with Colourful Veggie Tower

 

Serve as a main course along with plain rice or just like that with a salad.This is my way of serving this simple dish.

Butterfly Prawns in Garlicky Butter

Butterfly Prawns in Garlicky Butter

This is a tasty and easy to prepare seafood recipe,only effort is to prepare prawns into the desired shape.This can be served as a starter or in maincourse with any fried rice  with saucy curry or raitha and salad.using butter enhances the taste of this dish.
 
Ingredients
 
Jumbo Prawns – 10-12
Butter – 1 stick
Garlic cloves – 2 big grated
Fresh red chilli – 1 chopped
Salt and Pepper – for seasoning
 

Grated garlic and Chopped fresh red chilli

 
Preparation
Clean the prawns,by removing shell and keep the tail intact,devein on both sides bottom and on top,the top one is the digestive system which is to be completely removed,wash well and then slightly slit in the centre  to widen the prawn and make a small incision  in the middle and bring out the tail portion up as shown.
Sprinkle salt and pepper powder and keep.
 

Prepared Prawns

 Method

Heat up a pan and add butter as it starts to melt,add the grared garlic and chopped red chilli and saute 2 mins and place the tail side down of the prawns on the pan fry for 4-5 mins on each side and they are done.that’s it…

Remove the prawns on to a platter,deglaze the pan by just a sprinkle of a tsp of water and pour it over the prawns,by deglazing you get all the goodness of the fried garlicky butter on to your Butterfly Prawns.

Serve with Garlic pilaf .

Butterfly Prawns with Garlic Pilaf

 

 Garlic Pilaf is easy to prepare Rice dish,Just cool the cooked white rice and keep.

Then heat a wok and add oil,add  finely minced garlic cloves and finely chopped onion and saute till slightly transluscent and add finely chopped chives or spring onion,sprinkle salt and pepper and turn off heat.add the cooked and cooled rice and combine well.garlic pilaf is ready to go.

Garlic Pilaf

 

If you wish to serve with any other rice recipe…See RICE SPECIALS Category for idea.

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