Asian Black Pepper Beef with Curry Leaves
This Asian Black Pepper Beef with Curry leaves has a lovely aromatic sauce that can be poured over rice or noodles. The combination of butter, curry leaves, onion and bell peppers flavors the tender beef in such subtle but effective tones. At our place we love this over rice or crispy noodles with a fried and oozy egg on top!
Vanpayar Ularthiyathu | Brown Bean and Shallots Mash
Vanpayar Ularthiyathu is the classic Kerala comfort food. The ‘brown beans’ (red cow peas / red gram / ‘red chawli’) are a brownish version of the ‘green bean’ or whole ‘mung dal’. It also looks similar in shape to the ‘black eyed bean’, except it’s smaller.
In Kerala, this dish is very often served with rice porridge, where the Kerala ‘Rose Rice’ is used: an indigenous variety of rice grown in Palakkad District of Kerala. It’s a chubbier grain and is found throughout Kerala and parts of Sri Lanka.
The beans are cooked prior to stir frying with a delicious blend of shallots, garlic, pepper and dried red chilli and then mashed lightly to add a very-yummy-creamy quality.
This vegetarian item may be served with rice or even chapatis, but the classic combo will forever be Kanji and Payar ( Porridge and Beans). Poppadum’s , pickle and shallot chutney are also often served on the side. ‘Kanji and Payar’ is also often served when you are under the weather or suffering from an upset stomach.Read More
Chicken Chops Baked Rice with Cheese | Hong Kong Style
This Chicken Chops Baked Rice with Cheese is extremely easy to make. Kids love it because of the delicious melted cheese on top, and adults have a hard time resisting it as well. This is my take on the popular Hong Kong Dish which is basically Chicken Chops served over fried rice and baked with marinara sauce and cheese scattered over the top. I prefer a simple and fragrant rice as the base, fried rice seems a bit too heavy with the marinara sauce and cheese. Must be served immediately from the oven, while the cheese is still melted and oozy. Enjoy!
Clove Tea | Soothing Tea
Clove Tea is perfect for calming the senses. Cloves are extremely rich in antioxidants. This makes for an ideal change to your usual herbal Tea. Clove tea has been known to reduce irritability, help with insomnia and even cure a tooth ache! This is our favorite ‘unwinding’ Tea. My husband requests it often. I sometimes add a little freshly squeezed lemon and replace the sugar with agave nectar or honey.
Chicken Tikka Sandwich Baguette
This is my version of an easy Chicken Tikka Sandwich Baguette. Who can resist delicious Chicken Tikka? Well this is a simplified but delicious version made into a hearty sandwich. Crusty Italian Bread or Baguettes will be the preferred bread for this Sandwich. You need that hard crusty exterior to compliment the meaty textured filling. Soft breads will not do justice.
And do try my version of Smooth Coriander Chutney Dressing. Give it a go. Pretty straightforward, this one! My kids like to have the extra tikkas with the chutney.
Kadai Chana Masala
This version of Kadai Chana Masala is variation on the tradional recipe. Very tasty and very simple to make. It has a rustic flavor that is so popular in the Indian fixed menu items. It may be served as an appetizer with Aloo Tikki or Samosas. It can also be served along with Puri.
Haleem is very popular in the Middle East, Central and Southern Asia. This delicious Haleem recipe, is a comforting dish of meat cooked with wheat and a variety of dals. This is how I make Mutton Haleem. Beef Haleem can be made in the same way.
Absolutely delicious, served with Hot Naans, this dish is quite simple although you need to plan to soak the wheat and barley… and the time to cook the meat till absolutely tender. Tender enough to mash to shreds
Tasty Vegetable Samosa – Potato and Peas Filling
This is a very simple but tasty Vegetable Samosa Recipe. The ‘no nonsense’ potato and green peas filling is lightly flavored with curry spices. So yummy, hot and crispy and just lightly spiced. Even chicken and meat lovers, will help themselves again to these vegetable samosas happily. They are made using readymader samosa wrappers that can be found in the freezer section of your supermarket. If you can not find samosa wrappers, buy the smaller sized spring roll wrappers. I will add a post on home made samosa pastry some time too.
These samosas are very popular in Singapore and Malaysia during Ramadan as well.The key to a good samosa, using these thin wrappers / shells is not to overstuff them, while making sure they are evenly filled.
Arabian Biryani – Pressure Cooker Chicken Biryani
Ramadan 2015 is around the corner. I thought it’s time to post a quick Iftar dish that can be prepared easily. The first few days, can prove challenging, deciding what to make for Iftar. This Arabian Biryani is a Delicious ‘Quickie’ Chicken Biryani that is made in the Pressure Cooker. The rice is moist and flavorful! One-pot rice dishes are always a great way to go, when you want a nice meal and less cleanup!
The recipe combines the flavors of Arabian Kabsah and Indian Biryani to create a delicious mild toned biryani, that is so simple to make. Won’t you try it?
Green Peppercorn in Brine Recipe
There are different varieties of pepper corns (Piper Nigrum). The spice that originated in India and has been used since prehistoric times. It’s hard to believe that this staple in just about every kitchen is something over which Wars have been fought!
The green pepper corns are actually unripe black pepper corns. They are fresher in taste and possess the same peppery kick and aroma. If you get them fresh, use them quickly as they don’t last very long. Commonly found in Thai and Vietnamese cuisines. Usually green pepper corns are put in brine or vinegar to pickle them.
White pepper corns are black pepper corns that have had their black skin removed. They are less pungent and more earthy in flavor. Due to their white color, they are used more in white sauces or rices.
To date, the black pepper corn in the most widely traded spice, world wide.
Coming back to Green pepper corns and their fresh aroma. These pretty pepper corns are not available everywhere and they are seasonal, so if you get some, you can make some special dishes quickly. When I get fresh green pepper corns I use some and I pickle the rest. Later, they can be used, crushed up to flavor sauces and in marinades. A great thing to have in any pantry!
So here’s my Green Pepper Corns in Brine Recipe.