Menu Plan Monday!!!

Monday:

Breakfast:

Dosa

Lunch:

Chapathis with carrot and beans curry

Dinner:

Chapathis with carrot and beans curry

Tuesday:
Breakfast:

Egg Pizza

Lunch:

Rajma with chapathi

Dinner:

Rajma with chapathi

Wednesday:

Breakfast:

Ponganalu with chutney

Lunch:

Tomato Rice

Dinner:

Leftovers

Thursday:

Breakfast:

Cereal with milk

Lunch:

Khicidi

Dinner:

Leftovers

Friday:

Breakfast:

Oranges

Lunch:

Pulihora

Dinner:

Mutton curry with Moong Dal vada and pulihora

Saturday:

Breakfast:

Bagels

Lunch:

Out at The restaurant

Dinner:

Leftovers

Sunday:

No Breakfast on Sunday

Lunch and Dinner:

spinach pappu

What are you cooking this week???

Chicken Tikka Masala!!!!

chicken Tikka masala

 

I got this wonderful and yummy recipe from Mullai’s Blog.  This  turned out really yummy. My Family loved it. Only alteration I did it is I didn’t broil it as I was not sure if my family will like it. I am writing the recipe here, but if you want to go to the source you are more than welcome too. I also didn’t add onions and capsicum to my curry.

Ingredients-1
6 nos Chicken tenders
½ cup Yogurt (plain)
¼ tsp Ginger garlic paste
1 pinch Orange red food colour
1 tsp Lemon juice
¼ tsp Turmeric powder (for marinating)
¼ tsp Kashmiri red chili powder (for marinating)
1 tsp Coriander /dhania powder (for marinating)
¼ tsp Salt

 

Ingredients-2
1 no Onion (big size, roughly chopped)
3 nos Tomato (ripe and juicy)
1 inch Ginger (crushed)
3 clove Garlic (crushed)
1 no Green chili (small)
½ tsp Kasoori methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
1 tsp Corainder seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds
10 nos Black peppercorns (crushed)
6 nos Whole cashews
2 tsp Oil (for sauteing)

 

Ingredients-3
2 tsp Melted butter (for gravy)
1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder (for gravy)
½ tsp Garam masala powder (for gravy)
¼ tsp Turmeric powder (for gravy)
½ tsp Salt (or to taste)
3 stks Corainder leaves (chopped for garnishing)
1 tsp Cream (optional)
1 pinch Orange red food colour (for gravy)
2 tsp Honey

 

Ingredients-4
6 nos Bamboo skewers
1 no Baking dish (which can withstand broiler heat)
1 no Baking tray
2 tsp Melted butter (for brushing)

Method:

For Marinade : Wash the chicken tender and cut into big chuunks. In a bowl combine all ingredients from table-1 chicken pieces, yougurt, ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, kashmiri red chili powder, corainder powder, lemon juice, food colour and salt. Mix well and let the marinade sit for atleast 1 hour.

Grilling : Grilled veggies are not a part of traditional tikka masala but adds great colour and helps for yielding a considerable quantity if feeding a large crowd. Cut the veggies (I didn’t use any veggies, but you can use onions and capsicum if you wish) mix with salt and oil.  Soak the bamboo skewers in water for 1/2 hour so that it may not break easily while broiling. Place the oven grill under the broiler, probably the second rack from top. Turn the setting to broil so that the upper coil lights up. Thread the marinated chicken and veggies as shown onto the bamboo skewers and place them in baking tray and broil for 10 to 12 minutes, turning twice or thrice to cook evenly, brush with little melted butter and cook until small dark black spots appear on th veggies and chicken. When done remove and set aside. Caution: If broiling pls make sure you check it every few minutes to avoid burning, because this could happen soon depending on your baking sheet.

Alternatively you can also grill over regular electric grill or bake on the lower rack for 40 minutes. If you don’t have an oven, use a griddle to cook them but will miss the smoky flavour. I used my grill to cook the chicken.

For Sauce : Using the ingredients from table-2, heat up oil, add the corainder seeds, cumin seeds, black peppercorns and toast for few seconds. Add the chopped onions, ginger, garlic, green chili and kasoori methi and fry for 3 minutes over medium flame. When they turn slighly brown, add the chopped toamtoes and cook until tender and soft. When done remove from stove and let cool completely. Grind this mixture along with cashews  to make a thick sauce.

For gravy: Using ingredients from table-3, heat butter in a pan, add the onion tomato sauce, turmeric powder, kashmiri red chili powder, garam masala powder, leftover chicken marinade(if any) or 1/4 cup water, food colour, honey and salt. Bring it one boil, add the skewered chicken and simmer for few minutes(5 minutes low flame). Garnish with skewered veggies and corainder. It is edible at this stage but to make it more flavourful, I usually broil the whole gravy for few minutes and then serve.

Broil ing the gravy : Turn the oven to broil setting, tranfer the gravy to a baking tray or dish which is capable of withstanding the broiler heat. Place the dish under broiler for 5 minutes or less. We need nice dark red colour on top with dark spots and upper layer getting thick with butter separating. This step is optional but gives that restaurant look and quality which you are looking for.

I hope you with try it and see if you like it.

Inspirational Quotes!!!

Always smile!! Your problems will seem less smaller by smiling.

Menu Plan Monday!!!

Monday:

Breakfast:

Upma

Lunch and Dinner:

Butter chicken with chapathi

Tuesday:

Breakfast:

Aloo Paratha

Lunch and Dinner:

Chole with chapathi

Wednesday:

Breakfast:

Bread and omlette

Lunch and Dinner:

Dondakaya Fry with chapathi

Thursday:

Breakfast:

Cereal

Lunch:

Khichidi

Dinner:

Chicken Fajitas

Friday:

Breakfast:

Banana

Lunch:

Pappu and Rasam

Dinner:

Egg curry with rice

Saturday:

Breakfast:

Vada with Chutney

Lunch and Dinner:

Leftovers

Sunday:

No Breakfast on Sunday

Lunch and Dinner:

Chicken curry with rice

What are you cooking this week?

Monday Inspiration!!!

Live as if you got a new chance… Happy Moonday Guys!!!

Potato Smileys!!!!

Potato Smiley

Who doesn’t love fun snacks like this??? My kids helped me make these smileys and they ate it too. They liked it. I used straws for eyes and butter knife for smile. I hope you try them and enjoy it like we did. I kind of merged two recipes I found on blogs and made these…

Source:

1. From Siri’s Blog

2. From Aarthi’s Blog

Thank you guys for this wonderful recipe. I am sharing the recipe here, but if you want to go to the source you are more than welcome too..

Ingredients:
3 large potatoes
Cheese 3 tbsp grated
1/4 cup coriander leaves (or use any other finely chopped herbs/greens)
4 tbsp cornflour (or use all purpose flour)
1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp (or more) red chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
salt – to taste
oil, for frying
Method:
1. Wash potatoes, cube them with skin and boil for 2 whistles in pressure cooker (or) boil in water until fork tender. Once cool, peel.2. Mash potatoes in a bowl and add coriander leaves, cornflour, ginger garlic paste, turmeric, chilli powder, garam masala, salt and lemon juice. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour. Refrigerate the dough for atleast 30 mins.

3. Make small lemon sized balls, flatten and shape into a circle. Using the straw, make two eyes and a smile with a blunt knife. Continue to do the same with rest of the dough.

4. Make sure you serve them hot. They are very crispy when they are hot. Once they cool down completely they become very soft. They spoil also very fast. Make sure you make them in limited quantities.

Sorry For The Long Break!!!

Kids Summer holidays started. I am enjoying every minute being with them. I look forward to this time of the year from the time school starts. I like that they are also as excited as me to stay home with me. I like seeing them play and be the brother and sister I dreamed they would be. I work on weekends when hubby is there to take care of them. Any free time that is left I spend with them. As I am staying home, I am using this time to prepare myself to get a better job. I spend all my time from Monday to Thursday on kids and studies. Saturday and Sunday goes in work. Friday is only day I am free. I took so many pics of dishes I made. I must upload them to the website. So I decided to spend time on the website too. Expect to see lot of posts  from me. Thanks so much  for visiting my blog…

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