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Easy Creamy Chicken Curry

Easy Creamy Chicken with less than 10 ingredients

I have been going around meeting people on random pretexts and eliciting their family heirloom chicken recipes..Really I kid you not!This 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 work.I write this not to say she is lazy which she may or may not be but to tell you that its 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 recipe I was slightly bemused which I am sure you are too, given that it doesn’t contain a lot of …

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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 this particular dish 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. This chicken curry 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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Tamil Nadu Style Pepper Chicken Curry

Tamil Nadu Style Pepper Chicken Curry

Even though I cook a lot of Indian food I don’t post as many recipes on the blog.It’s probably because most times ,I cook by taste.Add spices,some yogurt, some lentils,some onion..taste here..taste there..adjust..change..it’s mostly recipe less. That’s why it’s always difficult to write about indian cuisine but recently I have come across some amazing bloggers and food writers who have inspired me to embrace my everyday Indian cooking and share it with my readers here.I have also started reading a lot more about Indian cooking and truth be told it’s daunting because of its sheer vastness.There are more cuisines in India than languages which makes it impossible to record everything. Though I have shared some Indian recipes before I am …

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Healthy Cheese Muffins

Savoury Cheese Muffins

I haven’t made a whole lot of savoury muffins till now but I understand the allure they hold.Healthier twin to the sweeter muffin, made with cheese, high on protien,easy to just grab and go! Before I started making this I used to laboriously make  Quiches instead but this muffin is right up my alley.Its a one bowl bake fool proof recipe!It’s a great base savoury muffin recipe that can be tweaked to no end! These Eggless Cheese Muffins are a great make ahead snack and breakfast option.I also love carrying these while travelling cause I don’t need to wreck my brains over the nutrient content of store bought stuff.I could totally see these in cute little tiffin boxes when my …

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Coconut Cake with Banana Curd

Coconut Jaggery Cake with Banana Curd

I have been getting a lot of pats on my back along with some oh my god she is so jobless to and astonished and awestruck comments from people on the monthly cakes I have been making for baby Vansh’s milestones. A fair disclaimer here-These cakes are more for me than him cause he can’t really eat them.(Hence the extra 10 pounds that I have gained over and above my pregnancy weight! )He is more of a smoke screen here..giving me a reason to bake so many cakes cause otherwise it’s just me and my husband and our birthdays come only once a year.:D So coming to what I made this month for Vansh’s 7 month milestone.Firstly,I can’t believe he …

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Chicken Kheema with Grilled Aubergine

Chicken Kheema with Grilled Aubergine

There is nothing more nostalgic than the smell of parathas for me.I don’t need anything fancy but just my mothers plain parathas with some potato capsicum curry.This is my most favorite combination in the world.Am slightly embarrassed to say that my brother and I have had many a fight culminating with hair pulling for the last paratha. When on the Whole 30 program I don’t miss bread or rice as much as I miss the parathas.I tried making them with grated cauliflower and egg.It turned out to be pretty awful and eggy.Grilled eggplants come as close to paleo parathas for me till date. Here in india you get all shapes and sizes of eggplant.We call them baigan in hindi.Some of …

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Cherry & Blueberry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis

Clafoutis was never the one indulgence I thought would end up eating before starting my second journey of whole 30.In hidsight, the choice was taken out of my hands the instant I saw these succulent looking cherries in Namdhari & the cherry on top(huh?) were the fresh blueberries I ended up paying double the amount for(hmmpp).. Clafoutis is a french dessert served warm with a dust of powdered sugar.Apparently if you use anything other than Cherries it’s called a Flaugnarde instead.So semantically I have made two desserts but by adding one ingredient! I went with the ever right Julia Child’s Recipe and kicked the ass of Clafotie!Her recipe is the simplest available online.No heavy cream or butter in it.You have to give some and take …

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Egg Avocado Breakfast Tower

Egg Avocado Tower

You are consciously not aware of it but your mind has associated smells with certain events and locations.Its deeply entrenched in your memories.Today morning when I was making my coffee(thankyou Arvind Shanker!) I was almost instantly transported back to this small library in R A Puram,Chennai which used to be my frequent haunt in 10 th std. I used to borrow and eat 5 books a week and that’s when my school was crazy strict and gave not buckets but tub full of homework! There was a coffee beans grinding shop right next to it and even before I really started appreciating coffee this smell was a part of my history with Chennai. Old romance novels and coffee smell is …

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Frozen Grapes

Black Seedless grapes cleaned and frozen

I have been a total nuisance lately.I have tried(somewhat successfully) to introduce as many people to this phenomena called FROZEN GRAPES.I have bugged all my whatsapp groups,called my mom and rambled non stop about the goodness of frozen grapes and I also exaggerated a little about it being better than chocolate. The last attempt got me a virtual kick all the way from Canada where my friend categorically told me I had lost my mind and was clearly hallucinating if I can even think of comparing them to chocolate. The first time I froze them I couldn’t even photograph them because an army of friends descended home after my 30th birthday celebrations.I have served them as beer snacks and used …

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Spicy Indian Roast Chicken

Spicy Whole Chicken Roast

I have wanted to roast a whole chicken since starting the whole30 journey.I have made it a few times in the past with a melange of random sauces,spices and filling but never an Indian chicken roast .My first try at roasting a chicken was 2 years ago which turned out to be extremely comical cause the poor bird was lacking a few limbs.I had asked my husband to get me a whole chicken and what I got was a skin less and leg less chicken. It also took us a while to figure out was how to carve the bird and the extra extra large long knife which my well meaning doctor friend bought to help us carve didn’t really help as …

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Tomato Basil Soup

This is the most nifty magic trick up my sleeve. It’s an all purpose soup cum sauce.I always have some of this frozen in my fridge for an instant sauce. This simple soup has a million uses.You can make it into a Shorba- an indian soup by adding the quintessential tadka of cumin and chillies or make it italian by adding a dollop of pesto or cook your chicken breast in it. You can reduce it on the stove and with a splash of milk or cream and some herbs you can turn it into a pasta sauce!Most indian curries are tomato based so you can make a neat chicken curry or a Shahi Paneer with little milk. You can throw in …

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Kerala Prawn Curry

Easy to make Kerala Prawn curry with Coconut Milk and Kokum.

My friends in college were the ones who literally threw me blind into the world of non vegetarian food! Every time we ate out, they would order these yummy looking exotic dishes and I had to eat my cauliflower in silence!!! Back then I never envisioned myself eating prawn ,leave alone cook it.   But I love prawns now and I want to thank these 6 girls for it. I still remember the first time I ate tiger prawns back in 2003, it’s etched in my brain. We were sitting on our hostel room floor surrounded by 3 ugly metal bunk beds ,with barely enough space to accommodate 6 butts, gorging on amazing Bengali treats straight from my friends mom’s kitchen in …

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5 minute Pan Fried Pomfret

I might have looked a little deranged eating this fish with my hands , sitting on the balcony floor at 3 pm on a Tuesday but there is only so much control a girl can exercise.The fish that took 5 minutes to prepare , took me approximately 38 seconds to devour front and back! I could compete with my dog Milo in who “finishes dinner faster”! The inspiration of this dish was from the Pomfret fry I ate at Mahesh Lunch Home on Sunday.While travelling back from the airport on Sunday we decided to stop for lunch.It’s a seafood speciality restaurant ,which if you are a seafood lover will blow your socks,caps and macaroons off(oh I mean mittens)! You wont be …

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Day 6,7,8 -Eggs Baked in Tomato Sauce, Mutton Keema with Cauliflower Pulav

I just want one day off this diet…just have something normal with carbs…some rice with the chicken curry maybe..or some roti or little bit of the bread or even dal..That’s all… Day 6, 7 and 8 have been very difficult…started with my cook making rotis when I was awake for a change and that just pushed me almost over the edge..It’s sort of what happens to my dog Milo…He stays with my parents back home…He is almost my soul brother..But a dog…when my mom is making rotis in the house he goes mental…which is about twice a day…you can’t not give him the roti…Once he smells the fresh rotis being made…he can’t control himself..He goes from salivating to light cooing …

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Day 4 and 5-Ginger Coriander Basa with Spicy Baby Potatoes

Day 4 was not as smashing a success as the other days. I conquered the cravings but botched up the cooking. The chicken was over cooked and the flavor from balsamic vinegar was too strong. Only saving grace were the carrots which were cooked to perfection…Sweet and salty charred orange perfection! I did make a good egg dish. It was like a quiche but without the pastry or cream and milk. I used the left over mushrooms from the lunch in this dish. Pretty bite sized pieces of eggy delight. They work well as a post workout snack…But unlike the, not so tasty chicken and mushrooms these didn’t photograph as well… :(..I want to work more on these recipes before …

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