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Crispy Crumb Baked Chicken

Crispy Crumb Baked Chicken

Do you guys like KFC? I only like the spicy chicken strips.Everything else is too oily or too bland or too battery(too much batter?:D) I do have a beautiful childhood memory of KFC though.I was probably 8 or 9 years old and my dad took us to this new burger place in town and I remember having the best burger on the planet!I still remember that orange color sauce in the burger which definitely beat the shit out of any Nirulas Burger.I am talking about the vegetarian burger guys..so I still don’t understand the hankering for a whole bucket of that oily chicken. I especially don’t understand it when you can have a spicy crumb baked juicy chicken instead.I originally …

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Trail Mix Stuffed Chicken Breast with Sauteed Asparagus

Stuffed chicken with Crispy Skin

I have recently become addicted to nuts(dry fruits dude!).Before I used to snack on bread or desserts(Yeah I know!) But nowadays I make trail mixes at home which contain all kinds of nuts and seeds. My husband once was so hungry in his office that he ate his own bag!Ok he ate chocolate,but it might as well have been a bag cause in his mouth, chocolate tastes like cardboard.It’s good for me cause I don’t have to share..:D..Anyhow, to stop such future atrocities from happening,I pack him a jar of trail mix every week. My trail mix is usually a mix of almonds,cashews,walnuts,pumpkin and sunflower seeds and raisins or dried cranberries.It’s simple and it utilises all the dry fruits you get during diwali.Keep this …

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Bunny Chow-South African Curry

Bunny Chow

Even if this dish was not tasty, I would have still tried it out because of its boss of a name!!!While doing my research on Bunny Chow,I saw a lot of folks given declarations before Starting to talk about the dish and I think its only clear from the name that it could roll the stomach of some folks so let’s address the elephant in the room first This recipe has nothing to do with any kind of hoppers (ahem no bunnies were used to make this duh!) Its not a type of chowmein Its not a south east asian recipe but a fusion indian south african recipe Most simply put this dish is a curry served inside a hollowed out bread. …

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Cauliflower Base Pizza with Cashew Cheese and Veggies

Cauliflower Base mushroom and brocolli Pizza

So I am faced with a big challenge.I know my husband for over 15 years now and I have never seen him take lunch to school or college or to his office.Now suddenly he has very casually requested that I pack him something handy which he can eat at his desk cause he is too busy to move his bum and go eat at the foodcourt.I am in mild shock but have to underplay it cause he might just reject his own suggestion.So I am faced with a big challenge of making kids approved lunch, for a grown man which doesn’t look like traditional lunch so that my husband thinks its an exotic snack and eats it! Today’s lunch was a …

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Vegan Chickpeas and Barley Salad

Healthy Vegan Chickpeas and Barley Salad topped with an avocado rose

It’s sheer serendipity that I came across this beautifully written article by Shonali Muthalaly on the GOODFOOD supplement of The Hindu(sidebar-I wish I could write even a sentence like her!). She talks about how she went on a search of black sticky rice and found a version grown right here in Karnataka!She has shared a slew of amazing resources from where you can order locally grown food stuff online.That was when I decided to do a recipe which showcases these homegrown superfoods.What better to create a recipe with chickpeas or as we call it locally “chole”. Superfood like millets,Ragi,Chia seeds and Chickpeas are staples in certain pockets of india. I am sure there are a lot of other superfoods hidden …

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Mango and Jalapeno Crab

Mango and Jalapeno Crab

  Instead of our yearly jaunt to Goa we decided to go to Varkala and Alleppey this time.Both the places were a food extravaganza! We devoured buckets of butter fish and prawns , literally fished out the minute before from the sea. We even experienced a very local way of fishing where the fisherman lay a long net in the sea and tether it to the beach overnight.In the morning like magic you pull the net out and voila!the sea has blessed you with tonnes of its treasure. It was all most like the game we used to play as kids at birthday parties called “tug of war” but with 20 burly man pulling with all their might on one side and the sea …

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Fish in Orange Sauce

Fish in Orange Sauce

Two years back on our trip across europe ,travelling with my crazy, quirky set of friends we chanced upon a small seaside restaurant while searching for a club in Naples.We started out from Pompei to experience the “Night Life” of Naples and travelled 20 kms away from the city in search of the phantom all night open club.What we found instead was a lazy seaside restaurant where the only sound you could hear was of the waves crashing wildly against the rocks. We also heard later that we were better off at the restaurant than the actual “Nightlife” of Naples. Rumours say the nightlife of Naples is the not so discreet Mafia activities at the harbour!Our host at the airbnb spent …

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Butternut Pumpkin Soup with Pork Sausage Croutons

There are three worst things you can do to while making soup.Add cornstarch to thicken it,add cream to make it smooth and the third and the worst , is to strain it through a sieve. Its like killing anything good in the ingredients by ambushing it from all sides and  firing bullets into it  and then repeatedly stabbing it and then putting it through..ok I am getting gory! But you get my point! Worst part is that it fools your brain into thinking that you have eaten something healthy but really you have just dumped a bowl full of carb heavy,nutrient deficient , fibre less liquid in your body! If you are trying to eat something healthy then stick to the …

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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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Butternut Pumpkin Chicken Roulade

As a child I ate the indian version of pumpkin curry with pooris all the time but I never imagined I could make a pie or a cookie with it back then.I remember eating a pumpkin chocolate kisses which was very weird! My recent tryst with pumpkin was a massive disaster.I made sautéed mushroom stuffed pumpkin and every single element of the dish was a big disappointment. Either the pumpkin was not ripe enough or I didn’t cook it for long enough.Even the mushroom filling was over salted and how can you go wrong with mushrooms! Overall it was a pretty bleh dish and I wasn’t very keen on trying anything pumpkin again. But amazing looking produce has irresistibly strong gravitational force which …

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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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Day 9 with Cashew Lemon Chicken and a bonus Chicken Masala Recipe

  Day 9 was much better than the weekend…i hardly felt I was on some sort of diet…I think it’s the weekends when I have to be extra strong!!! But yesterday was better because of another event!!! I know my friend who introduced me to this is kicking ass in whole30 because he is in US where you have so many readymade substitutes!!   We used to cook together when he was in India in fact we have a post together on foodcow- Chicken Biryani with Balaji Ravishanker.He knows how difficult it is to do this in India and so he wrote a mail to whole30 to tell them about my Indian journey and they want to put one of my posts …

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