Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Chicken-Soya Burger

Parenting.. is it that difficult? As according to a recent survey, parenting is seen as more difficult today than in the past. Have you ever thought, why is it so that parenting has turned to be so hard today when the basic needs of feeding,clothing and educating are much more easier now.

Parents are seen attending more workshops, reading books, browsing net etc. for parenting tips , taking down notes, going home with some determination or decision and then again, when they hear of some other workshops, they run behind that and the same thing repeats. Do their problems get solved through just attending these workshops, reading books, sites etc. or they actually adapt these things in their lives to change them or more precisely, transform them to what they truly want to be.

Yesterday , in a workshop, a man from among us audience asked our trainer ' I am very active in my community, do lots of social work, active member in a political group, a good speaker etc. But my son told me that his idol is his grandpa. Why can't it be me?' Well, that was a very prominent one of all the doubts asked yesterday, i felt. Is that a failure on our role as parents?

We have heard many a times that social work starts at home. Most of the time it happens that when we rush to help the people and thus promise to change the society, we forget about our homes. Society for us has always been a group of people other than us, or other than those inside our house. We all want to change others, help others, advice or correct others ; but none of us find time to think of our own selves- to change ourselves; to transform us to be better parents, thus transforming the next generation to be better selves. If every one of us try to be better humans, then the society would automatically change to be a better one. If every one of us try to be better parents, then each one of us can make the next generation a better one. Don't you think this is a better deal?

I have never so liked a workshop other than Adv.Mueenuddin sir's which I had attended last night. I had been a part of many of his classes and read almost all of his books ;some of them being read more than once. He doesn't usually point down 10 different ways to make your child happy or 5 shortcuts to be a better parent etc. but at the end of the time you know where you stand and you know where to move. We both( me and hubby) have grown to be better parents than we were in the past three years(still more to improve), since we had read his books. Kids are seen more happier ,more relaxed and more contended since then. God bless the man in all his endeavours.

'Be concious about yourself BEFORE complaining about your child' is what he says in his book . Children are blessings of God. There is no doubt in that. But what if we don't know the art of raising them properly or we get to know after 10 or 15 years that we have chosen the not-so-right path in growing them. I have seen this feeling in every single face attended yesterday's workshop. None of us are perfect; nor did we learn parenting from school or college. But it's better to learn now than never. Swimming can't be learned theoretically. We have to get down to the pool to learn it practically. Instead of saying that you will reach the other side of the pool if u swim, these books take us to the pool and train us practically and that too with the help of simple words. Simple words penetrate our hearts easily. Wishing you all a joyful ride to 'peaceful parenting.'







Heyy... knock knock ! It's a food blog ! ;)
I know... lol ! 

So coming to the burgers, there's nothing more delicious than homemade juicy burgers. Forget your jaws and fill as much as you can ... full open your mouth and stuff it with the burgers.. yummm ! I can't resist that. 

These are juicy , melt in mouth, easy to follow, simple to make and delicious little patties ; shallow fried in oil or grilled and then sandwiched between buns and salads of your choice. The recipe is a revised version of that adapted from Vah re Vah . I had mixed soya with chicken for healthy reasons and a little variation in the spices. Noo likes chicken and Raz likes vegetable burgers. So I say Noo that these are chicken burgers and to Raz I say Soya burgers.. Both are happy and I don't have to lie.. taada !







INGREDIENTS

2 cups/450g Chicken mince *

160g/1 cup Soya
4 tbsp cream
1 tsp Pepper powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp Lemon juice 
3 tbsp Chopped coriander
1 tbsp Red chilli, crushed
2 Onions, finely chopped
1 tsp Garam masala
Salt
1/2 cup Bread crumbs
Extra Bread crumbs to coat




 METHOD:

 1. Soak soya nuggets in warm milk for atleast an hour. Drain them nicely, press till all moisture dries up and then  process in a food processor. 

2. Add chicken mince to it and blend again.

3. Place chicken and soya mixture in a bowl. Add all other ingredients except bread crumbs to coat . Mix well using a wooden spatula. 

4. The mixture will be very wet and sticky(that's the secret behind juicy burgers). Place some bread crumbs on a plate. Shape the chicken soya dough into patties and coat them with bread crumbs. You can either fry them then and there or freeze them for later purpose. Click here for freezing tips. 

5. Fry them till it turns golden color and get cooked through. About 3-4 minutes on each side on medium-high flame.

6. For assembling:- I used mayonnaise, lettuce,onions, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, pickled jalapeno peppers, cheese and saute mushrooms.

* If you are using chicken breasts, cut them into chunks, clean and dry them nicely, process them in food processor.











Sunday, 18 October 2015

Stuffed Shami Kebab










Ingredients:
Boneless meat or mince 500g
Chana Dal 1/2 cup
Ginger, chopped 1 tbsp
Garlic,chopped 1 tbsp
Potato boiled 1 medium
Whole red chillies 3-4
Whole pepper corns 2 tsp
Lemon juice 1 tbsp
Egg 1
Garam Masala 1 tsp

Stuffing:
Egg, boiled and chopped 3 tbsp
Onion, finely chopped 3 tbsp
Coriander leaves, finely chopped 1 tbsp
Green chillies 3no.s







Method:
1. Pressure cook boneless meat, chana dal,whole red chillies and chopped ginger & garlic  until meat is done. If you are using chicken, soak dal for atleast half an hour before cooking.

2. When meat is done, add garam masala to the cookeer and dry up all the liquid in high flame. Let it cool.

3. Grind meat alongwith the cooked ingredients in a blender or food processor to make a paste. Add boiled potato  and lemon juice to it and blend again. Break one egg into this mixture. Mix well.

4. Mix the ingredients listed under the heading 'Stuffing' together and keep aside.

5. Now, take a portion of kebab dough, flatten to a circle, keep a tsp of stuffing mixture on it and cover the dough . Gently shape it like cutlets/patties. 

6. You can either freeze your patties* or fry it as and then. Shallow fry these patties until it turns brown on both the sides. Serve hot with mint chutney or ketchup.


Notes:

You can follow the same tips to freeze mentioned here.
Some dips these kebabs in eggwhites before frying. Choice is yours.
Any meat can be used- Chicken, beef or mutton.





Monday, 12 October 2015

Chicken Curry


Chicken is considered to be the most versatile meat available. It's not a strong flavoured meat; got a bland taste and so it goes well with any gravies. It can be baked, grilled, sautéed, fried ,broiled etc. ,which makes it more versatile.

This recipe is a basic curry recipe which involves no much of hard work . Every household has their own chicken curry recipe, which provides a slight variation here and there; but the basic recipe is all the same. No readymade masalas/spices used here. Malabar chicken curry and pathiri is quite famous combination back home. This curry pairs well with rice, rotis, pathiris, porotta, ghee rice etc


Ingredients


1kg Chicken
100 ml Oil
2 no.s Cardamom
2 no.s Cloves
1"Cinnamon
2 cups Onion
1 cup Tomatoes
3 cloves Garlic
1 tbsp Ginger
2 Green Chillies
1 tbsp Red Chilli powder
2 tbsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 cup Boiling water


Method:
1. Wash and clean chicken pieces and drain excess water from it.

2. Heat oil in a deep pan and pop in whole masalas and saute for a few seconds until its aroma comes out. Don't burn it ; otherwise the whole gravy would turn bitter.

3. Throw in onions and saute till it turns translucent and wilted so nicely. (important step). Saute ginger-garlic pastes and green chillies for a minute. Add tomatoes and cook till the oil leaves the sides of the pan. 

4. Add masalas/spice powders to it. Saute till the raw smell disappears- for a few seconds.

5. Turn the flame to high and mix in the chicken pieces so that the masalas get coated well. Pour hot boiling water to it and cook till chicken is done. Adjust the consistency of the gravy.

6. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or rotis.






Monday, 13 July 2015

SNICKERS PUDDING

As tasty as they are beautiful, with rich and decadent layers- from peanuts to cream, crunchy biscuits to luscious chocolate- for the most memorable and delicious dessert.



INGREDIENTS

Ingredient List
50g thick cream
1 & Half cups/20 no.s biscuits
220g Semi-sweet Chocolate
2 tbsp Sugar
1 cup Whipped cream
4 tbsp Butter, melted
1 tbsp Butter
110 g Cream Cheese
½ cup Peanuts, salted
½ cup Peanut Butter

½ cup Powdered Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla essence

200g Thick cream

1 ½ tbsp. Butter

220g Chewy Caramel



METHOD

Line a rectangular baking /Pyrex tray of about 11x7.5 inch with melted butter.
Crush biscuits in a food processor along with sugar until it is finely crushed. Then pop in butter and process again for a few seconds.
Transfer mixture to the tray and pat into an even layer using the bottom of a measuring cup or palm. Freeze this for about 15 minutes.
Bake this pan until the crust is firm to touch or for 8-10 minutes at 160C/320F.
Let it cool at room temperature and then refrigerate for about 15 minutes.
For peanut & cheese layer:- Take cheese in another bowl.
Mix in peanut butter , sugar and vanilla in a  blender or with hand.
Fold in 200 g of thick cream into it.
Pour this mixture on top of the biscuit layer. Refrigerate until it sets; for about a minimum of 20 minutes.
For caramel layer:- Microwave or double boil caramels, butter and cream (50g) until it melts and turn into a smooth cream. Keep on stirring while melting.
Pour this on top of the peanut cream.
Spread chopped peanuts on top of this layer.
Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes or until it sets.
For ganache layer:- Take chocolate chips/chunks in a bowl.
Heat cream until you see bubbles on the sides of the pan. Take it out and pour over the chocolates. Mix nicely until you get smooth ganache. Pop in a tbsp. of butter and mix well. Let it cool .
Layer this ganache on top of the caramel layer.
Garnish with peanuts, snickers or peanut/chocolate chips.
chewy caramels that I used

TIPS/VARIATION
For biscuits, you can use Oreo, Marie, Digestive, Graham crackers etc.
This dessert is deliciously sweet. You can cut down a little bit sweetness by substituting unsweetened whipped cream instead of ganache.  In that case , garnish with chocolate syrup and chocolate flakes. You can otherwise cut down the sugar added in peanut & cheese cream layer.
When microwaving caramels, stir between every 30 seconds.
I used ‘tiffany cream fudge’ for caramel layer.


Monday, 6 July 2015

Guest Post for YUMMY FOOD: Lime Juice & Chilli marinated Chicken Fajitas


Today's is a guest post for a blogger friend Lubna Karim, who blogs at Yummy Food. Like every year, she is here with her wonderful Ramadan event 'Joy from Fasting to Feasting' . Through this event, she tries to collect and publish recipes from around the world . This time also there are so many wonderful recipes until now and hope to see more varieties coming ahead. Best wishes for the event Lubna.

Wraps are better and healthier option than traditional snacks since they are not deep-fried. Chicken fajita rolls give you the tanginess and spiciness you need  with your cup of tea. It could be served as a wholesome meal too. Make sure to use fresh and crispy salads in your wraps. The mayonnaise dip, spiced with paprika and cumin, is perfect for wraps,fries or as a spread for sandwiches. 

Let's head on to Lubna's page for the recipe



Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Chicken-Soya Burger

Parenting.. is it that difficult? As according to a recent survey, parenting is seen as more difficult today than in the past. Have you ever thought, why is it so that parenting has turned to be so hard today when the basic needs of feeding,clothing and educating are much more easier now.

Parents are seen attending more workshops, reading books, browsing net etc. for parenting tips , taking down notes, going home with some determination or decision and then again, when they hear of some other workshops, they run behind that and the same thing repeats. Do their problems get solved through just attending these workshops, reading books, sites etc. or they actually adapt these things in their lives to change them or more precisely, transform them to what they truly want to be.

Yesterday , in a workshop, a man from among us audience asked our trainer ' I am very active in my community, do lots of social work, active member in a political group, a good speaker etc. But my son told me that his idol is his grandpa. Why can't it be me?' Well, that was a very prominent one of all the doubts asked yesterday, i felt. Is that a failure on our role as parents?

We have heard many a times that social work starts at home. Most of the time it happens that when we rush to help the people and thus promise to change the society, we forget about our homes. Society for us has always been a group of people other than us, or other than those inside our house. We all want to change others, help others, advice or correct others ; but none of us find time to think of our own selves- to change ourselves; to transform us to be better parents, thus transforming the next generation to be better selves. If every one of us try to be better humans, then the society would automatically change to be a better one. If every one of us try to be better parents, then each one of us can make the next generation a better one. Don't you think this is a better deal?

I have never so liked a workshop other than Adv.Mueenuddin sir's which I had attended last night. I had been a part of many of his classes and read almost all of his books ;some of them being read more than once. He doesn't usually point down 10 different ways to make your child happy or 5 shortcuts to be a better parent etc. but at the end of the time you know where you stand and you know where to move. We both( me and hubby) have grown to be better parents than we were in the past three years(still more to improve), since we had read his books. Kids are seen more happier ,more relaxed and more contended since then. God bless the man in all his endeavours.

'Be concious about yourself BEFORE complaining about your child' is what he says in his book . Children are blessings of God. There is no doubt in that. But what if we don't know the art of raising them properly or we get to know after 10 or 15 years that we have chosen the not-so-right path in growing them. I have seen this feeling in every single face attended yesterday's workshop. None of us are perfect; nor did we learn parenting from school or college. But it's better to learn now than never. Swimming can't be learned theoretically. We have to get down to the pool to learn it practically. Instead of saying that you will reach the other side of the pool if u swim, these books take us to the pool and train us practically and that too with the help of simple words. Simple words penetrate our hearts easily. Wishing you all a joyful ride to 'peaceful parenting.'







Heyy... knock knock ! It's a food blog ! ;)
I know... lol ! 

So coming to the burgers, there's nothing more delicious than homemade juicy burgers. Forget your jaws and fill as much as you can ... full open your mouth and stuff it with the burgers.. yummm ! I can't resist that. 

These are juicy , melt in mouth, easy to follow, simple to make and delicious little patties ; shallow fried in oil or grilled and then sandwiched between buns and salads of your choice. The recipe is a revised version of that adapted from Vah re Vah . I had mixed soya with chicken for healthy reasons and a little variation in the spices. Noo likes chicken and Raz likes vegetable burgers. So I say Noo that these are chicken burgers and to Raz I say Soya burgers.. Both are happy and I don't have to lie.. taada !







INGREDIENTS

2 cups/450g Chicken mince *

160g/1 cup Soya
4 tbsp cream
1 tsp Pepper powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp Lemon juice 
3 tbsp Chopped coriander
1 tbsp Red chilli, crushed
2 Onions, finely chopped
1 tsp Garam masala
Salt
1/2 cup Bread crumbs
Extra Bread crumbs to coat




 METHOD:

 1. Soak soya nuggets in warm milk for atleast an hour. Drain them nicely, press till all moisture dries up and then  process in a food processor. 

2. Add chicken mince to it and blend again.

3. Place chicken and soya mixture in a bowl. Add all other ingredients except bread crumbs to coat . Mix well using a wooden spatula. 

4. The mixture will be very wet and sticky(that's the secret behind juicy burgers). Place some bread crumbs on a plate. Shape the chicken soya dough into patties and coat them with bread crumbs. You can either fry them then and there or freeze them for later purpose. Click here for freezing tips. 

5. Fry them till it turns golden color and get cooked through. About 3-4 minutes on each side on medium-high flame.

6. For assembling:- I used mayonnaise, lettuce,onions, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, pickled jalapeno peppers, cheese and saute mushrooms.

* If you are using chicken breasts, cut them into chunks, clean and dry them nicely, process them in food processor.











Sunday, 18 October 2015

Stuffed Shami Kebab










Ingredients:
Boneless meat or mince 500g
Chana Dal 1/2 cup
Ginger, chopped 1 tbsp
Garlic,chopped 1 tbsp
Potato boiled 1 medium
Whole red chillies 3-4
Whole pepper corns 2 tsp
Lemon juice 1 tbsp
Egg 1
Garam Masala 1 tsp

Stuffing:
Egg, boiled and chopped 3 tbsp
Onion, finely chopped 3 tbsp
Coriander leaves, finely chopped 1 tbsp
Green chillies 3no.s







Method:
1. Pressure cook boneless meat, chana dal,whole red chillies and chopped ginger & garlic  until meat is done. If you are using chicken, soak dal for atleast half an hour before cooking.

2. When meat is done, add garam masala to the cookeer and dry up all the liquid in high flame. Let it cool.

3. Grind meat alongwith the cooked ingredients in a blender or food processor to make a paste. Add boiled potato  and lemon juice to it and blend again. Break one egg into this mixture. Mix well.

4. Mix the ingredients listed under the heading 'Stuffing' together and keep aside.

5. Now, take a portion of kebab dough, flatten to a circle, keep a tsp of stuffing mixture on it and cover the dough . Gently shape it like cutlets/patties. 

6. You can either freeze your patties* or fry it as and then. Shallow fry these patties until it turns brown on both the sides. Serve hot with mint chutney or ketchup.


Notes:

You can follow the same tips to freeze mentioned here.
Some dips these kebabs in eggwhites before frying. Choice is yours.
Any meat can be used- Chicken, beef or mutton.





Monday, 12 October 2015

Chicken Curry


Chicken is considered to be the most versatile meat available. It's not a strong flavoured meat; got a bland taste and so it goes well with any gravies. It can be baked, grilled, sautéed, fried ,broiled etc. ,which makes it more versatile.

This recipe is a basic curry recipe which involves no much of hard work . Every household has their own chicken curry recipe, which provides a slight variation here and there; but the basic recipe is all the same. No readymade masalas/spices used here. Malabar chicken curry and pathiri is quite famous combination back home. This curry pairs well with rice, rotis, pathiris, porotta, ghee rice etc


Ingredients


1kg Chicken
100 ml Oil
2 no.s Cardamom
2 no.s Cloves
1"Cinnamon
2 cups Onion
1 cup Tomatoes
3 cloves Garlic
1 tbsp Ginger
2 Green Chillies
1 tbsp Red Chilli powder
2 tbsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 cup Boiling water


Method:
1. Wash and clean chicken pieces and drain excess water from it.

2. Heat oil in a deep pan and pop in whole masalas and saute for a few seconds until its aroma comes out. Don't burn it ; otherwise the whole gravy would turn bitter.

3. Throw in onions and saute till it turns translucent and wilted so nicely. (important step). Saute ginger-garlic pastes and green chillies for a minute. Add tomatoes and cook till the oil leaves the sides of the pan. 

4. Add masalas/spice powders to it. Saute till the raw smell disappears- for a few seconds.

5. Turn the flame to high and mix in the chicken pieces so that the masalas get coated well. Pour hot boiling water to it and cook till chicken is done. Adjust the consistency of the gravy.

6. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or rotis.






Monday, 13 July 2015

SNICKERS PUDDING

As tasty as they are beautiful, with rich and decadent layers- from peanuts to cream, crunchy biscuits to luscious chocolate- for the most memorable and delicious dessert.



INGREDIENTS

Ingredient List
50g thick cream
1 & Half cups/20 no.s biscuits
220g Semi-sweet Chocolate
2 tbsp Sugar
1 cup Whipped cream
4 tbsp Butter, melted
1 tbsp Butter
110 g Cream Cheese
½ cup Peanuts, salted
½ cup Peanut Butter

½ cup Powdered Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla essence

200g Thick cream

1 ½ tbsp. Butter

220g Chewy Caramel



METHOD

Line a rectangular baking /Pyrex tray of about 11x7.5 inch with melted butter.
Crush biscuits in a food processor along with sugar until it is finely crushed. Then pop in butter and process again for a few seconds.
Transfer mixture to the tray and pat into an even layer using the bottom of a measuring cup or palm. Freeze this for about 15 minutes.
Bake this pan until the crust is firm to touch or for 8-10 minutes at 160C/320F.
Let it cool at room temperature and then refrigerate for about 15 minutes.
For peanut & cheese layer:- Take cheese in another bowl.
Mix in peanut butter , sugar and vanilla in a  blender or with hand.
Fold in 200 g of thick cream into it.
Pour this mixture on top of the biscuit layer. Refrigerate until it sets; for about a minimum of 20 minutes.
For caramel layer:- Microwave or double boil caramels, butter and cream (50g) until it melts and turn into a smooth cream. Keep on stirring while melting.
Pour this on top of the peanut cream.
Spread chopped peanuts on top of this layer.
Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes or until it sets.
For ganache layer:- Take chocolate chips/chunks in a bowl.
Heat cream until you see bubbles on the sides of the pan. Take it out and pour over the chocolates. Mix nicely until you get smooth ganache. Pop in a tbsp. of butter and mix well. Let it cool .
Layer this ganache on top of the caramel layer.
Garnish with peanuts, snickers or peanut/chocolate chips.
chewy caramels that I used

TIPS/VARIATION
For biscuits, you can use Oreo, Marie, Digestive, Graham crackers etc.
This dessert is deliciously sweet. You can cut down a little bit sweetness by substituting unsweetened whipped cream instead of ganache.  In that case , garnish with chocolate syrup and chocolate flakes. You can otherwise cut down the sugar added in peanut & cheese cream layer.
When microwaving caramels, stir between every 30 seconds.
I used ‘tiffany cream fudge’ for caramel layer.


Monday, 6 July 2015

Guest Post for YUMMY FOOD: Lime Juice & Chilli marinated Chicken Fajitas


Today's is a guest post for a blogger friend Lubna Karim, who blogs at Yummy Food. Like every year, she is here with her wonderful Ramadan event 'Joy from Fasting to Feasting' . Through this event, she tries to collect and publish recipes from around the world . This time also there are so many wonderful recipes until now and hope to see more varieties coming ahead. Best wishes for the event Lubna.

Wraps are better and healthier option than traditional snacks since they are not deep-fried. Chicken fajita rolls give you the tanginess and spiciness you need  with your cup of tea. It could be served as a wholesome meal too. Make sure to use fresh and crispy salads in your wraps. The mayonnaise dip, spiced with paprika and cumin, is perfect for wraps,fries or as a spread for sandwiches. 

Let's head on to Lubna's page for the recipe