What has been happening here at my space these days? What am hooked to? actually a lot of things have me busy, from cooking, books to sewing; there are a lot of interests that have me busy. Ups and downs are part of life, but the important part is to stay focused and keep moving. If you have interests and hobbies, there is surely not a dull moment in life, in fact, you are always trying to find time to squeeze in a little more. Now what have I been doing these days?
Google+ for beginners could mean a really silent room where nothing ever happens. This is especially true if you have come exploring here from a busy happening forever shouting and screaming FB. But believe me, Google+ is a great place to be and a great way to connect whether you are a blogger or have any other interests. There are huge number of talented people out here who love what they are doing. The works, the writings, the pictures all go to show that it is pure passion all the way. Have been reaching out to fellow bloggers and enjoying all the delicious mouthwatering dishes and writings on food that sometimes loose track of the passing time. Try it, you will love Google+ if you too share a passion.
2-Knot n Stitch
If you are wondering what this is, then let me take you on a tour of the new venture that I with two other talented women have got started on. We have been planning this venture for some time now and are really glad that we have been able to give it the desired shape. A venture in the soft furnishing home decor niche, knot n stitch aims at providing quality designer soft furnishing products for your home. Dressing beautiful homes, is our aim. As housewives we love our homes and know just how much you are in love with your home. Here is a peek into our collection of designer cushion covers. New additions to the product range is happening regularly so please stay tuned for more designs and products. We also have a FB page which is regularly updated with the latest products and news at knotnstitch.
Cooking of course, is definitely keeping me hooked.Coming soon, quick, easy and delicious Pav Bhaji.
Although I must admit it is more of watching videos and the lovely recipes on G+ and the blogs, have so so many recipes bookmarked that if I actually got down to trying all these recipes, I would be spending months together in the kitchen and still would not run out of ideas. I am loving watching the Food Food Channel, Zee Khana Khazana and must make a special mention of a new cooking discovery. Love the program the twist of taste on Fox Traveller by Chef Vineet Bhatia.
Amazing the way he adds a twist to regular everyday dishes and look easy to try with a limitedset of ingredients. He also takes you on a tour to the different states and cities of India, so for those who love their food, it is travel food and a lot to enjoy and learn.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Biryani is my favourite, an any time comfort food. It is chicken biryani that I make often and prawns biryani comes a real close. With a packet of frozen prawns in the freezer, I decided to make the prawns biryani, it is one good addition to my repertoire of prawn recipes. Aquick one pot meal that inspite of the seemingly long list of ingredients is one of the easy to make prawn recipes.Prawn recipes are one my daughter loves and she loved having this prawn biryani for dinner too..on demand, so it was a very satisfying experience for both me the mama and cook:)
Ingredients and how to make prawn biryani:
For the rice:
Rice – 1 cup basmati rice (approx 200 gms)
Whole garam masala/spices(2 to 3 cloves, 1 black elaichi, 2 green cardamoms, 1” piece cinnamon, 1 bay leaf, 1 star anise)
Water – ½ cup
Butter – 1 tbsp
Method for making rice for prawns biriyani:
Take 1 tsp of butter in a pressure cooker. Heat and add the whole spices and sauté for half a minute. Add the raw rice and fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1.5 cups of water and cook in the pressure cooker(with weight) for 10minutes. Switch off gas and open after 15 minutes. Fluff up the rice with a fork and keep aside.
For the prawns:
250 gms prawns
Oil- 2 tbsp
Onion- 2 (chopped fine)
Tomato – 2 small (chopped fine)
¼ tsp turmeric powder
¼ tsp whole jeera
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
Chopped coriander - 2 tbsp
1 green chilli slit into 2
Chilli powder ½ tsp
½ tsp pepper powder
2 tsp chicken masala powder eastern
½ tsp garam masala powder
Method for making the prawn masala for the prawns biriyani:
Take a pan and add 2 tbsp of oil. Add the whole jeera, let it splutter. Now add the ginger and garlic paste(use freshly made paste) and sauté. Add the chopped onion and sauté till the onions are soft and change colour to golden brown. Now add in the tomato, green chilli,turmeric powder and sauté till the tomatoes are soft and slowly start disintegrating. Add in the red chilli powder(you can reduce the quantity if you do not wish to have it too spicy as the chicken masala too has chilli powder in it), pepper powder and the Eastern Chicken masala powder and sauté till it is well blended and the oil starts oozing out from the sides of the masala mixture. Cover and cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Open and mix in the garam masala powder and the chopped coriander leaves.
Take a deep borosil/pyrex dish(oven-proof dish), now add the remaining butter(you may add an extra tsp of butter as it really adds to the taste, however, if you want to cut the calories cut the butter and simply grease the dish with ½ a tsp of oil). Add a layer of rice and then a layer of the prawn/shrimp masala. Repeat with rice and prawn layer. Top with some more chopped coriander leaves. Cover with an aluminium foil and bake for 7 to 10 minutes at 180 deg C in a preheated oven. Take out. Let stand for 10 minutes. Open and serve hot with a raita of your choice. This raita goes well with the prawn biriyani.
Other Prawn Recipes you may like:
1- Mom's yummy brown Kerala style prawn curry
2- Garlic Butter Prawns
3- Kerala style prawn fry
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Now for the chicken recipe:
Chicken - 200 gms( if using with bones it will take slightly longer to cook)
Salt - to taste
Pepper- 1 tsp
Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Italian seasoning - 1/2 tsp
Lime Juice - 2 tbsp Olive oil - 1 tbsp(you may use any cooking oil instead)
Method for the grilled chicken recipe:
1- Mix together salt, pepper, garlic paste, Italian seasoning(if there is a specific herb that you prefer you can decide to add only that)and olive oil in a bowl.Add in the chicken pieces. Marinate for 4 to 6 hours. Keep the chicken in the refrigerator(not freezer) during the time. You may decide to marinate it overnight too.
2- Take the high rack of the oven and cover with aluminium foil(this makes for very clean cooking and the juices instead of dripping off will stay on the aluminium foil itself making the chicken more succulent and tasty)
3- Place the marinated chicken pieces on the aluminium foil covered rack. Grill in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Make sure you turn the pieces over after 15 minutes of cooking.
4-Your grilled chicken is now ready to serve. You may serve the grilled chicken with pasta, garlic bread and a salad of your choice.
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