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Pasta in Butter Garlic Sauce- Quick Recipe

Pasta in Butter Garlic Sauce- Quick Recipe

There are days when quick and easy is not quick enough.You know when you can’t or don’t want to order from outside but need something awesome urgently!That’s when I fish out my Pasta in Butter Garlic Sauce recipe- its quick, its easy and it needs only bare minimum ingredients. I have been making this pasta since I saw an episode of Masterchef where the contestant made a giant egg ravioli coated with burnt butter garlic sauce.It looked so so perfect.That was about 5 years ago and I have been smitten which this way of eating pasta ever since. If you are a moody person like I am and have too many of those days when indulgence is the only answer,  then …

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Authentic Goan Chicken Vindaloo

Authentic Goan Chicken Vindaloo

I don’t want to blow my own trumpet but I fear that’s exactly how I am going to come across here though that’s only cause this Goan Chicken Vindaloo recipe is that good. The issue I have with most recipes online is that they are not real.Some are just fancied versions of a normal chicken curry and if I am putting in so much effort to create something different I want an authentic recipe and this is exactly that.This is The Goan Chicken Vindaloo recipe you were searching for! To start with let me first answer the question on what is Vindaloo and how is it different from other Indian Curries.   What is Vindaloo There are lots of fables surrounding Goan …

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Authentic Mangalorean Prawn Curry-Yeti Gassi

Mangalorean Prawn Curry

This Mangalorean Prawn Curry is the crown jewel of the Western Indian Coastal cuisine from Mangalore,Karnatake. Before moving to the southern region of India, I really had no idea about the very distinct cuisines of the southern states. Actually,scratch that..not separate southern “states” but “regions”..There are so many cuisines , that I am suddenly grappling with too much information and ideas..For instance-there is the famous Chettinad cuisine, then there is the Tamil Brahmin way of cooking,Malabar Cuisine,Mangalorean Cuisine and I am sure I am missing out on a dozen more here. For me,Mangalorean Prawn Curry was a case of pure sheer infatuation which started when I tasted Fish Gassi at Jai hind lunch house in Mumbai for the first time.To say that we …

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Mom’s Quick Paneer Capsicum

Super Simple,Quick,Vegetarian Paneer Capsicum Family Recipe.

I met a friend today and we were swapping childhood stories about how her mom cooked some super exotic dishes at home and how my mother was the most “Jugadu” cook ever.All most all our birthday parties had channa masala noodles which by the way we all loved!,bread rolls,fryams and a giant giant vat of Rasna but the “fine cutlery” along with my mothers 10 minute Paneer Capsicum recipe was taken out at the more grown up parties. I am not lying here but it’s really her goto recipe-it’s served every time important guests come home,it was served when my inlaws came home for the first time, it was served when my brother’s inlaws came home the first time, it …

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Italian Chicken Cacciatore

Italian Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore translates to “Hunter Style Chicken” in Italian. It’s a rustic, earthy braise of chicken with vegetables and tomatoes.The chicken is first browned and then slowly braised in a chunky sauce made with tomatoes and vegetables. There are a lot of fables around the stew.It’s believed “Hunter style Chicken” is made right after hunting that bird or rabbit, in the middle of a jungle, with vegetables plucked off the foliage but we don’t live in a jungle and neither do we hunt our own food so this is a compromise at best! Another story is that when the men returned empty handed after a hunt their women folk made chicken cacciatore like we Indians probably make khichadi at home. …

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Easy Creamy Chicken Curry

Easy Indian Chicken Curry

I have been going around meeting people on random pretexts and eliciting their family heirloom chicken recipes..Really I kid you not!This Easy Indian Chicken Curry recipe is from my dear dear friend who live in USA and has put together this recipe so that she doesn’t have to do any chopping, grinding or actually any additional work.I write this not to say she is lazy which she may or may not be but to tell you that it’s a easy recipe which needs less than 10 ingredients and you come away with a fantastic absolutely amazing crowd pleaser. The first time I came across this Creamy ,super ,Easy Indian Chicken Curry recipe, I was slightly bemused which I am sure you are …

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Mangalorean Chicken Ghee Roast

Authentic Mangalorean Chicken Ghee Roast made with whole spices,tamrind and jaggery.

The first time I had Chicken Ghee Roast was in 2011,when I was visiting Bangalore to meet my then boyfriend, now husband.We went to this iconic but now slightly shady pub with our friends  and at the end of the night ,in search of some sustenance, ordered Chicken Ghee Roast with Aapams. Since then,I have grown weary of places with dance floors but I still brave this place , just to have the chicken ghee roast. The Chicken Ghee Roast is a Mangalorean speciality, also known as Kundapur Chicken.For those who have never tasted this , let me try and put it in words ,though I am sure I won’t be able to do justice.This is a spicy, slightly tangy,rich chicken …

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Indian Minced Chicken Recipe

How to make Minced Chicken Curry

Writing about Indian Food is difficult for me because more often than not I am just throwing stuff in my pot, adjusting as I go..I do start out with a rough idea in my mind..decide on the big things first..like will I be using vegetables or meat or chicken but from then on it’s more of an auto pilot. In my opinion, curries and stews are made more as per taste and preference rather than a set in stone recipe.It’s easier to do this while baking which is a precise chemical reaction ,when done right, it will give you precise results.I add, adjust and measure things by hand or by the eye and rarely do I fish out my measuring cups …

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Mexican Tortilla Soup

Mexican Tortilla Soup with easily available Indian ingredients

I feel great exhilaration in naturalizing recipes from different countries.It invigorates me, especially when I use what’s locally available here in India.This tortilla soup is one such recipe that I have adapted to make it easy to cook in an Indian kitchen. Indian food resembles the Mexican cuisine pretty closely in its use of tomatoes,cilantro,onions,cumin,cilantro.The base onion tomato sauces from these cuisines have a lot of overlapping ingredients and resemble each other in both appearance and taste. In fact Indian flat breads are made with Wheat and a very similar flatbread is made with cornmeal in Mexico and very famously called the Tortillas.Both the cuisines are very bold on flavours and heat. Definitely not a food for the faint hearted. …

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Thai Green Curry

Absolutely smashing Green Thai CurryAbsolutely smashing Green Thai Curry

There are so many places to see,so many things to learn, so many cuisines to try.So many new dishes to make. Everyday there is something new to do.Everyday I have a ginormous list of things I want to try and I love it.Thai food and cuisine has been on top of that list for like forever, then one of my friends introduced me to a beautiful cookbook-Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen.This book has made Thai food easy and doable in a normal Indian kitchen for me. This absolutely smashing green curry is adapted from her book.Its a Childs play to put together once you have made the green curry paste. I would describe this curry …

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Italian Puttanesca Sauce

Spicy Italian Puttanesca Sauce with tomato,olives and Capers

I am all over this spicy italian pasta sauce. Just can’t get enough of it. My Indian soul just warms up with every forkful of the spaghetti in this Spicy Deep Red sauce with flecks of capers and olives which give it a unique sourness, the chilli flakes which tickle the pallete  and the fresh herbs which give it a hearty character. But First,Let’s talk about the dragon in the recipe,thorn on your potential side, the one ingredient which might make you pass the recipe.The Anchovies.Yes its a fish.Yes it stinks.Yes its unsightly but this in small quantity gives this sauce a depth it would otherwise lack. If you are vegetarian or Vegan then by all means skip this fish.But if you …

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Spaghetti in Spinach Béchamel Sauce

Spaghetti in Spinach Béchamel Sauce

Spinach is good for you..my mom says it..my father says it!(reluctantly)..Popoye says it..so it must be true! But eating boiled spinach is just yuck! No amount of sophistication can make boiled spinach tasty.That’s the fact of life…All nutritious food tastes bleh and all empty calories which give you love handles taste amazing!(Chocolate cake come to Mamma!!!) I refuse to eat steamed or boiled spinach but I do have some recipes up my sleeve to make spinach palatable actually enjoyable.The first being a Quiche.Second being Palak Paneer and this recipe stands at the third place-Pasta in Spinach Sauce. The sauce is simple enough..no baking..no roasting…It’s actually a spin on béchamel sauce with added spinach puree which gives it a lovely light …

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Traditional Pizza Dough

Traditional Sicilian Olives and Onion Pizza

This love affair has been going on for a long long time! Even Before I started cooking seriously!! I have said this before and I am saying it again.I can have any pizza you put in front of me! Whether its from a small little bakery in a tucked away in an unknown corner of india or Naples! I plan my trips around this Pizza! So it’s a given that you will see more than one recipe of this particular food. I am not ashamed to say that when we were kids we used to make pizza out of cheese spread and tomato ketchup. In fact I love a nice pizza made out of our regular roti dough. But enough …

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Basil Tomato Tart

Basil Tomato Savoury Tart

A basic short crust pastry recipe will be your very best friend once you understand its shortfalls.If you can do this then let me tell you there is no end to the number of pies you can make. This is a healthier version of the traditional recipe.I have swapped half the all purpose flour with multigrain flour(aata).A short crust pastry does not depend on gluten for its texture and so it makes sense to reduce the amount of refined flour in the recipe. The logic behind using the cold butter and minimum handling and kneading of the pastry is that the butter shouldn’t melt before the actual baking.You want the cold butter to melt inside the oven and crisp up …

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Caprese Chicken

Caprese Chicken

We have started growing our own herbs in the balcony recently and I am so very proud to report that so far we have Basil,Sage,Celery and Thyme! I love having fresh herbs at hand especially basil but I hate throwing it away when it wilts.It barely lasts for 2-3 days.So growing them in my balcony is all the more exciting! Here are some shots of the herbs from our balcony.Look at how the basil is encroaching on the other herbs pots! The seeds have been sourced from amazon and planted on our own in pots. Now for the actual topic of the post.This is actually a salad but I have used the same ingredients along with chicken and cooked it …

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Herby Lemon Chicken

Herby Lemon Chicken

Have been having a rough day today. The house has recorded an all time high frustration levels with the baby crying for something I can’t seem to comprehend, my lingering migraine and me unable to do any work cause he is clung to me like I am the mother kangaroo to him the baby kangaroo.Just want to add-I am extremely thankful for people who have devoted their lives in making mother’s lives and back a little load free.Kolkol people you have my eternal thanks! Ok now that I have finished berating let me come to the actual point of this blog post. The amazingly scrumptious herbalicious butter garlic Chicken. This was my evening snack yesterday, also dinner last night and …

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Whole Grain Thin Crust Pizza

Homemade whole wheat pizza

This has been in the “draft” stage since I stumbled upon the novice housewife blog.I have made a pizza with this recipe about 5 times now and  it’s been a winner every single time.I love the fact that it’s a whole wheat recipe so I use the regular roti aata or flour.I had aashirwaad multigrain aata at home and that’s what I used in this recipe.You could use all purpose flour or maida or the refined flour. The pizza sauce is my now goto  and ever easy to make-roasted tomato sauce on this pizza.If you think making homemade sauce is a hassle give this recipe a try.It’s super duper easy and you can make a large batch and freeze.I have also used wingreen’s pesto …

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Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan

I have managed to surprise a few folks with this dish. Eggplant Parmesan or Eggplant Parmigiana as known in italy is the answer to vegetarian woes in Italian cuisine. Its our good old baingan made with an italian twist.The very same one used to make the humble everyday baingan bharta. It’s the cinderella story repeated but for the eggplant in this case..:D..Dressed up in homemade roasted tomato sauce and parmesan it’s become a vegetarian bestseller dish in my family. The tomato sauce used for this recipe is from this post. This sauce can be used for pizza,pastas and any bakes. I usually bake a big batch and store it in airtight jars in my fridge for quick yummy meals.I made a very …

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