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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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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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Chicken and Beans in Green Olive Tapenade

Chicken and Beans in Green Olive Tapenade

You know how everybody keeps preaching that you should eat beans but don’t really tell you how to really cook them..Well I am here to fill that lacuna. This recipe has chicken but you can easily replace it with paneer or Soy.On a sidenote-the soy in the market is amazing now.Not like the hard pieces of cardboards that were sold around 10-15 years back but actually soft silky soy so definitely give it a try! Coming back to this dish..Its a milieu of too many thoughts…I wanted to eat something healthy yet filling..hence the protein-Chicken.I wanted to use up the beans in my fridge and I wanted to make a tapenade. Tapenade is usually made with olives and capers but …

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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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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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