I am sure there are quite a few who love to go to KFC and bite into those cripy pieces of juicy chicken..We sure do love that. Popcorn chicken is one of the must-haves in D’s order. A few days back, I had tried making Crispy Chicken and it came out well. So, naturally next on the list was Popcorn Chicken. It’s made in my own way and it’s different from what you get in KFC. I wouldn’t claim that the ones I make, tastes exactly like those you get in KFC. (more…)
Archive for November, 2011
For those who don’t have a clue as to what this is, let me shed some light. Tiramisu, literally meaning “pick me up”, is an Italian layered dessert, consisting of alternating layers of coffee-soaked Savoiardi biscuits and sweet mixture of mascarpone cheese, eggs and sugar. Though I was familiar with the name, the first time I had it was during a trip to Philadelphia. Heavenly… that’s how I can explain the experience. I enjoyed every bit of it. (more…)
When it comes to cooking, I sometimes wish we were abroad. All I had to do was to decide the recipe for the day/week and run to the nearby grocer and pick up the ingredients. Sadly, That’s not the situation in India. Sometimes it’s so difficult to get certain ingredients. Especially for nomads like us, it becomes all the more difficult.. By the time you figure out a place where you get all the stuff, it’s time for your move.. (more…)
The first time I liked Palak Paneer was when we tried it in a restaurant named Riviera in Secunderabad. The gravy was creamy and rich and I just loved it. I had tasted Palak Paneer on several occasions but none pleased me. My aim was to get that rich and creamy taste. Fortunately, there are very less chances for an explosion while you are experimenting in the kitchen, unlike Chemistry labs. (more…)
Every time the word “Pasta or Pizza” is mentioned, J has this look on his face, as if someone just slapped him. Somehow he is not fond of them, but gives in to D’s demand. Few months back, we had gone to our club during some festival. As usual J and D went to buy the snacks and returned with a plateful of pasta. What surprised me the most was that J took a bite and then continued digging in saying this was good (more…)
The other day, I was watching TV and saw an ad on Yummies Corn and Cheese nuggets. That set my brain into work. This is something I should give a shot at. As luck would have it, I chanced upon this snack at a party. Now that I know what it should taste like, I thought of trying it. My only concern was whether it would hold shape, as cheese melts when heated. That’s a chance I had to take. What is the worst that could happen? (more…)
As I have mentioned earlier, I love to try out new cuisines. The first time I tasted Thai food was during our Thailand trip a few years back. Their food preparations are very similar to the Kerala style of cooking, using coconut milk, chillies, shallots etc. The difference is that they use Kaffir limes, galangal (of the ginger family), lemon grass, fish sauce and shrimp paste.
I am sure you must have figured out what today’s theme is..Yes it is Thai cuisine today. The recipe I am going to share with you is Panang curry, a coconut milk based curry (more…)
Looking at the piled up fruit basket, I realised that I need to use it up fast before it rots. As it is, something had to be made for D as his evening snack. Now the challenge was to find a recipe that calls for apples as well as bananas. With our dearest Google search, it won’t be that challenging, would it?
Bingo!! Got what I wanted.. So it’s gonna be (more…)
Way back in my school days, we boarders, used to get tomato curry along with rice for lunch. I used to despise it and that aversion carried on for years. I am not sure how the curry we got at school was prepared. All I remember is a yellow curry with some ground coconut and tomatoes in it. Luckily we had an option of having buttermilk and so I would have my rice mixed with it instead of the curry. The seniors used to be very strict about wastage, in tune with school policies. The challenge was to (more…)
Every other lady whom I have met, generally happens to have one constant worry..”What to make for the next meal?” It was one of those days for me where I was sitting in front of the TV and wondering what I should make for my Sonny boy as an evening snack. As I was surfing the channels, I chanced upon a program presented by the famous Mrs Tarla Dalal. I don’t recollect the name of the programme though. Hoping to get some idea, I stayed glued to it. One item for the day was stuffed potatoes, which seemed pretty easy to make. Phew!! (more…)
The first time I tried Chicken-65 was when we were newly married. I was quite intrigued by the name. The plate of Chicken-65 was a treat to my eyes. The batter-coated moist fried chicken garnished with green chillies, curry leaves, finely chopped garlic…yum… This was definitely a recipe I wanted to own. My search for the same led me to a lot of recipes but none could remind me of my first experience. However, one thing that struck me the most was that, each place had its own version. The ones I tasted in Secunderabad (more…)
Khaman Dhokla is one of the most famous Gujarati snack. Traditonally, Dhokla is made by soaking rice and lentils and grinding into a batter which is then fermented overnight and steamed. As per my knowledge, there are two variations to it (please correct me if I am wrong). The Khaman Dhokla and the Khatta Dhokla. The Khaman dhokla is made using Bengal gram (Chana dal) whereas the Khatta Dhokla is made using Black gram (Urad dal).
There was a time when I used to cringe at the mention of Dhokla..No, its not because I disliked it but because I had a pretty embarrassing (more…)
Secunderabad..The name brings in so many fond memories of my life..Its where we started our home as a newly married couple, celebrated Daryl’s first birthday, became the proud owners of our first car, picked up my first job…the list is endless…Secunderabad is a place we consider our second home as that is the place where we have spent the maximum years off-and-on till now…Whenever we heard that we were getting posted to Secunderabad, (more…)
I just can’t explain the roller coaster of emotions going on inside me right now. Confusion, excitement…the list goes on..Confusion as to which recipe to choose from the variety of our family favourites..Yeah..have a big list of them..So there I was racking my brains on the recipe when it dawned on me that I have to cook lunch as well. Had a peep into the refrigerator and settled down on Chicken Biryani with Mirch ka Salan to go along with it..So that’s it..let that be my first recipe.
In my earlier years, somehow I was (more…)