Party Food

Awesome finger food recipes which are just perfect for any kind of party

Thai Sticky Chicken Wings in Three Flavoured Sauce

Thai Three Flavoured Sticky Chicken Wings

The first time I tasted Thai Sticky Chicken Wings in Three Flavoured Sauce was a couple of years ago at a friend’s house.She had made these from the book – Simple Thai Food- by Leela Punyaratabandhu.It was love at first bite.The sauce was just plain simple BRILLIANT and totally AMAZING! Though the recipe is called Thai Sticky Chicken Wings in Three Flavoured Sauce- it’s actually all about the sauce- it’s such a BRILLIANT sauce that the first time I made it ,I didn’t think it was right so I just ignored some of the ingredients and let me tell you it was a big disaster. Follow the recipe exactly to get the most exquisite, sweet and sour spicy sauce. This sauce …

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Malabar Chicken Peralan | Kerala Style Kozhi Peralan Roast

Malabar Chicken Peralan - Kerala Style Chicken Roast

Malabar Chicken Peralan or Kozhi Peralan as is known regionally is a famous dry Chicken Roast from the state of Kerala. It’s very popular in the Malayali Christian Community but like all traditional recipe everyone has their own versions of it.This  recipe is adapted from the famous book Flavours of the Spice Coast by Mrs K. M Mathew.This book was published almost two decades ago and has since been handed to every new bride in the Malabar community. The first time I made it ,both I and Abhishek were pleasantly surprised with how rounded the flavours were- everything is in a fine balance- the heat from the chillies,the warmth from the spices, the sourness from vinegar.Everything has a role to …

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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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Baked Parmesan Hasselback Potatoes

Baked Parmesan Hasselback Potatoes with herbs and garlic

Today I bring to you Baked Parmesan Hasselback Potatoes with herbs and garlic. I am recently very influenced with the Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat.It’s not a recipe book but a cooking book.This book teaches you the tricks of trade which are very rarely found in the modern-day recipe books.This book  teaches you about real cooking, the art and science behind everything it.Reading this book I have realised that I want to help people cook and not just share a recipe and that’s the reason you might find my latest blog posts a tad bit more verbose than the ones before. I want to give as much detail as possible to help …

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Extremely Decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake

Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate Cake

Certain indulges in life come with the sweetest , most satisfying tags- Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate Cake. Infact,There are a few things as attractive as a Chocolate Cake,not necessarily in it’s appearance but anticipation,it’s almost as if the cake has invisible tentacles pulling you towards it, even if you don’t want it. When I first chanced upon this gooey fudgy flourless Chocolate Cake which has no flour to dilute and  distract from the  absolute chocolate bliss, I was sold…Hook line and sinker and fall flat on my face, dreaming about this cake, walking like a zombie into the kitchen and following the instructions till I baked and ate this hell of a chocolate cake kinda infatuation. There are a lot of …

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Indian Chicken Keema Curry

Chicken Keema

Introducing my most versatile Chicken recipe today- Chicken Keema 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 …

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Twice Baked Chettinad Chicken Potatoes

Twice Baked Chettinad Chicken Potatoes with Cheese.

Before I became a mother I was extremely judgemental, forever judging parents of small children for not putting in enough effort to dress up…judging their kids for their runny noses,loud shrieks and haldi stains. But after having a baby my world has truly changed.I have started to understand the back stories now,the poor hassled mothers who have no time to get frivolous things like a haircut or a manicure when she knows that she shan’t dare keep her hair open lest the little ninja will immediately launch an assault.And the countless diaper changes and washing goop off the baby’s face leave only for enough time to brush their teeth and wash hands…Forget manicure..Paucity of time not money drives every decision…every …

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Baked Chicken Wings

Baked Wings three ways- Tandoori , Jalapeno Chipotle and Honey Sriracha

Cooking is a learning curve.I learn new techniques and flavour pairings everyday.I have recently started buying cookbooks(thanks for the initiation Gopika Bashi!) and there is sooo much to try and experience! I bought this amazing cookbook called “The best Recipes in the world” by Mark Bittman.This book is like dipping your little toe in each culinary realm one by one.It’s not an exhaustive book but it does try and introduce you to different cuisines and the ingredients that make those cuisines.It’s so interesting that I have sleepless nights about food now! Inspired from this book,I have tried three different flavour pairings loosely based around Indian,Mexican and Asian flavors. The beauty of this recipe is that you don’t have to be …

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Herb Infused Dipping Oil

Herb Infused Dipping Oil

Have you ever tasted fancy Herb Infused Dipping Oil at the supermarket?The first time I tasted it I fell head over heals in love with it.Then I saw the price and it was so darn overpriced that I just finished the samples and skedaddled as fast as I could. On my morning jaunt to namdhari(our neighbourhood organic store) I found all kinds of fresh herbs and I bought them all on a whim. I got several bunches of fresh basil, thyme, rosemary & oregano ,with no idea of what I was going to do with them. I did make a litre of my versatile Italian roast tomato sauce but I still had a lot of fresh herbs leftover.I was still exuberant …

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Versatile Vanilla Cake Three Ways!

Versatile vanilla cake three ways

If you get your basic vanilla cake recipe right then you can make just about a zillion cakes with it.All you need to master is that one recipe. In this post I want to show you how you can tweak one recipe to create multiple cakes. This is my go to recipe for any celebration cakes now.I made two cakes and sandwiched them with an easy peasy fresh strawberry compote(strawberry+sugar+water-boil=Strawberry compote!!!) and decorated with buttercream frosting and voilà a beautiful delicate celebration cake.The buttercream recipe is here Add a fruit to this recipe and make the best tea time accompaniment.I made blueberry baked donuts and a strawberry upside cake using this same recipe.Both disappeared as soon as they came out of the oven. …

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Classic Vanilla Cake with Buttercream Frosting

Classic Vanilla Cake with Buttercream Frosting

This is the dreamiest cake I have ever made.Classic Vanilla  layered Cake with sea green vanilla buttercream frosting. Definitely not a skinny recipe so skip this post if that’s what you are looking for.I do have some healthy cake/bread recipes on the blog if that’s what you want.But if you want a classic vanilla cake recipe which can be moulded whichever way you want, then read on.It’s the moistest,tastiest vanilla cake I have made or tasted thus far.This recipe is definitely a keeper. This was practise cake for my baby’s upcoming 4 monthly birthday and also my husband’s first birthday as a father.I want to make the cake for both these special days myself.So I decided to go all out with …

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cake

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cake

Introducing our son “Vansh” to all you guys! This burst of cuteness graced us on 12 Feb 2017.I want to say it was the happiest day of my life but that’s not accurate.Everyday my happiness grows with Vansh. As much as my pregnancy was difficult (or annoying) because of my gestational diabetes,with having to take 4 injections everyday and extreme diet control ,his arrival was extremely fuss free .I want to say I actually had fun in the operation theatre but I will sound like a psychopath so instead I will say it was pretty chilled out (pun intended).I am sure it wasn’t me but the muscle relaxants they gave me but it was a wonderful experience! I went to …

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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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Tamarind Chicken Wings

Spicy Tamarind Chicken Wings

My friends are hogs.They might be hoity toity with their clothes,languages and holidays but when it comes to chicken wings they are definitely completely boorish.I am not just hypothesizing here,I have good solid proof.I had 15 guests home for brunch (including me and Abhishek) out of which 2 people didn’t eat chicken so thats just 13 people..who finished 48 wings between themselves in one afternoon..and thats just half of my point…This small mountain range was consumed in conjunction with vietnamese summer rolls,nachos,mutton sliders and chocolate pinwheels. Amm and lunch, which was Mexican rice with tequila chicken and a red sauce pasta and..two kinds of cheese cakes. Believe me when I say ,I had no leftovers! I won’t claim to have come …

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Roasted Chickpeas

Homemade Garlic Roasted crunchy healthy Chickpeas

Warning!!-these are addictive and you can stop with only a bowl These crispy roasted chickpeas deserve a post of their own.Making these was an afterthought to the pumpkin laksa that I have pinned on my pinterest board few days back. As is clear from my multiple warnings on various social media these are addictive and I enjoyed them more than the main dish. For all you NRIs you don’t have to wait for relatives to get indian snacks. For all you dieters,you don’t have to consume weird soy based processed crisps. For all you serial snackers, these will never make you feel guilty! Chuck the ugly tasteless sprouts and eat these! You can decide the flavours based on your palate.Roasting …

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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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