Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sesame Chicken with chillies & honey

My collegues cum friends were invited yesterday evening at my place for an evening of chilling. After a hectic day at office, combating with deadly deadlines, this was a welcome relief to unwind with all of them , there were three of us !!!

While beer never gave us a moment to get bored, and contributed towards free flow of words, i guess food that i prepared made an impact as well. One of the dishes which i particularly loved was this chicken dish. It was easy and the ingrediants easily available as well.

I marinated the chicken cubes (aproxx 250 gm ) with 1egg, 1tsp of white pepper powder, 1tbsp of cornflour, salt, 1tsp of ginger juice & keep aside half in hour.
Heat oil in a an and fry them till light brown in colour. Place them on a tissue paper to drain excess oil.
Time to make the sauce now.
Toast some seasame  seeds and keep aside.
Heat oil ( Vegetable oil about 1tbsp) & add 3 chopped dry red chillies to it & 1/2 tsp of finely chopped ginger and saute well. Add about 45ml of honey to your pan and about 3 tbsp of chicken of vegetable stock (please use boiling hot stock) & mix.
In goes all the fried chicken pieces & coat it well with the honey mixture. Add to the pan along with 1tsp of dark soy, 1&1/2 tsp of white pepper powder, and 1 tsp of white vinegar. Stir well.
Add the seasame seeds to it & serve hot.

A quick dish, super easy to make and easy to diggest as well. Beer paired extremely well with it.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tea Kiss Cookies

How do you people begin your day?
Certainly with a cup of steaming hot green tea or black tea or  cardamon scented milk tea. The early morning companion of this desired liquid arrives on a saucer in different shapes, sizes and flavours. You guessed it right i am indeed talking about cookies.

It's interesting to note that I had started my delightful cooking journey with baking initilally and in the last few months, I have had brushed aside the love for it. I have not had a chance to play while dusting flour or creaming the butter and sugar. and like bollywood movies after every sad & brushed side incident, comes the new season with new memories. so I re-discovered my passion for baking.

This batch of tea leaf cookies are for my sister, who is currently away from home for pursuing her masters.
Trust me it's easy enough to be made right after office as well. even i made it that way!!!

INGREDIANTS:


  • 115 gm butter (unsalted/ salted), at room temp
  • 115 gm brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp tea leaves (i had used Darjeeling tea leaves)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 300 gms flour + extra for dusting
  • Caster sugar for sprinkling


METHOD:


  • Heat oven at 190 degree C.
  • Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until light & creamy.
  • Once done stir in the tea leaves. Mix well and pour n the beaten egg and give it a good mix.
  • Sieve your flower and keep aside.
  • Then fold in the flour in the wet mixture.
  • Once done, dust a surface with flour & roll out the dough. 
  • Cut it in desired shapes with a cookie cutter.
  • Grease your baking pan with butter and dust it with some flour as well. place the cookies in a row & sprinkle some sugar. Bake for 15 mins.


Well, while making this I had used caster sugar, since I didn't have a stock of brow sugar, but I feel using brown sugar will give it a better colour. Also my sincere appologies that i haven't been able to click pics of every stage like all other posts of mine.
Do bake them.
And enjoy the lingering taste of tea in your mouth after your first bite of the cookie. It can be a great gift for anyone.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

THE BLUE DOOR

Well, time spent with friends always feels great. and i am truely no excepion to that.
A few back, while chatting with my friend & business partner at their newly opened fashion & lifestyle store we were hit by hunger pangs. And boy, we were really "hungry". Not sure about the cuisine to hogg ( though my mind kept saying Italian, italian & italian) i gave that a miss. unsure about the destination we stopped mid way and then suddenly the name of this door came to my mind. The door is Blue in colour, or The Blue Door.

Tucked away in a bylane of Southern Avenue, bang opposite to Tyagraj Hall, we reached our destination. What struck you in the first sight is the big Blue door sign. When asked how he justifies the nomenclature of the resturant, he pointed towards the oval blue glass which had the name etched on them with white.We were greeted by the owner. the resturant was devoid of any hungry soul which made it quieter, housed in an old building the eatery cant really boast of a good interior. Only a few knick-knacks here & there.

We started by ordering the starters: Bacon wrapped chicken & Cajun spicy prawns.
Cajun spiced prawns

Bacon wrapped chicken

The mixed breed sauce


The bacon wrapped was a tad bit salty to everyone's palate & a n overdose of pepper didn't mark a good start. The Prawns were a disappointment once again. The spiced coating half-burnt, no kick of the Cajun spices didn't make us happy. another reason of disappointment was the white sauce ( a cross between tartare & mayo with bits of super fine chopped bellpeppers) served with both the dishes. I would have loved a honey mustard mayo to go with the bacon wrapped chicken.

We moved on to the Mains: The beef steak, Classic fish & chips & Ayam Bai with Nasi Goreng Rice.
Classic fish & chips

Nasi goreng & the chicken

the beef steak

Those 3 slices of fish were crispy and light coated fish ( i felt it was coated with a mix of poha & some rava)  had under-seasoned melt in mouth Basa fillets underneath. The potato chips failed to impress.
While The beef steak ( it was an off the menu option suggested by the owner) that we ordered had a succulent piece of beef covered in a brown sauce. The sauce wasn't much yumm, but i loved the mashed potatoes. I always dread the unseasoned, bland boiled vegetables served as accompaniments, but this time the veggies were seasoned well.
The chicken was served with a side of rice garnished with strips of Omlette. The rice tasted of the northeast & we loved it. The chicken was however nothing to praise, heavy with the coconut milk and some other ingrediant which brought in a not so pleasing smell ( i couldn't identify the ingrediant) was quite heavy for the pallet. The sauce served was afore-mentioned mixed breed white sauce. My friends had also ordered for two fresh lime sweet, while i refrained.
Also we were full to the brink. So we gave the desserts a miss.
Turtle baby

Let me introduce you to the turtle sitting quietly in the front desk. She is friendly in a quiet way unlike the staffs. You will find the printed menus left in disarray. Those are for keeps!!
While the quantity was a true value for money, i can't say the same about the quality though. While it can be a perfect place to treat the crowd, but sacrifising about the taste. I might drop in again to taste the other dishes in the menu.
Drop in a message here, if you find yourself there!!
Will be happy to be proved wrong!!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spiced Egg & Toast


That breakfast ritual happens only on Sundays, when maa cooks luchi and chole or anda curry with the syrupy jalebis.



But this Sunday, I did the same ritual my way. Having the kitchen all to myself since folks were out on an invitation I decided to gorge on food that's yumm and doesn't need much effort. And armed with that thought and a bit o research I landed on this recipe.
Eggs are a perennial favourite of not only mine but I am sure of many. And for them & my spice loving friends this i promise is nothing less than a treat.
The ingrediants I promise are all found in our everyday kitchen.

Beat 3 medium or large size eggs and season them ( I didn't use free range by the way) and keep aside.
Slice I onion roughly (you can also choose spring onions, I had a normal white onion in my kitchen).
Finely chop 1 fat clove of garlic.
Chop 2 medium tomatoes or 6-7 cherry tomatoes, I used normal.
Chop a handful of coriander leaves with their stalks.
Heat butter and oil in a pan. ( I used herb garlic butter &olive oil)- 1tsp of each

Once it heats up add 2 chopped dry red chilles and fry along with the onion and garlic.

Once the room  fills up with the aroma of this trinity, pour in the chopped tomatoes and 1/2 tsp of garam masala powder. Fry til it blends. You might have to add a few spoonfull of water to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Cook all of it for a minute and scoop out and keep aside.

Next heat 1 tsp of olive oil in the same pan and scramble the eggs.


Once done add in the tomato mixture and the chopped coriander. Toss well and its ready to serve.
before entering the oven
once they crisped up


I used wholewheat bread foe the toast, you can pick any bread of your choice- 3pc
Cut them in triangles (just looks good on Instagram) or retain its normal shape.
Preheat the oven at 150 degree centigrade for 5 mins.
Next butter your breads. I used herb garlic butter on 3 and pesto on the remaining 3.
Place them on the bowl and scatter with sesame seeds. Bake them for 10-12 mins for that super crispy toast.
What else??!!!! Eat now before it turns cold.