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Sunday, 14 August 2016

CHICKEN TIKKA QUESADILLAS


You might be wondering why i was slow in posting a new recipe compared to last few weeks. Since last few weeks i was enjoying vacation, I was having break from work. And this week I had a cake order which meant the flow of blogging was broken. So i couldn't cook anything new and experiment. Now in two weeks I will be back to work, I am already dreading going back, so I will not be able to post as frequently. Weekends are equally busy for me, having to manage 3 kids and arranging things for one week and outing with family etc. etc,

Cake i did last week  as ordered 
After i complete a cake order, I almost collapse on the bed. The cake looks quite simple and effortless. But more than effort spent on cake its the cleaning of mess that requires more effort and energy. And sometimes the effort is not equally paid, making me wonder why I do cake orders. But this passion has turned out to be more of a craze in me. It has stole my sleep in many ways. Here is my page. Please hop over to my page and give thumbs up.

Moving over today's post it is a Chicken Tikka Quesadilla. Sounds good?


This recipe was inspired from one of the videos that filmed how to make Chicken Tikka Sandwiches. I was drooling over it again and again, when my hubby asked,"Why don't you make them yourself and eat?". We all like to be pampered and fed by some one else right? I always love to eat food cooked by some one else more than that cooked by myself. And the best of food I love to eat is my Umma's (I know I am telling this for zillionth time).


I love food, Indian or continental. But the best thing I love about any food is how simple it is to make. Like for this Quesadillas, if you have store bought tortillas, all u need to do is prepare a filling and sandwich filling in between tortillas. It's as simple as that.

 The best part of Indian food is that no matter how complex it is to make, it is loaded with flavors and spices for your taste buds to have a roller coaster ride. Yes, especially for something like Chicken Tikka Masala, it is worth dying for kind of food.



So this is combining of simple Quessadillas with complex but delicious Indian Chicken Tikka gravy. And no doubt, how crazy delicious it is!!!



I used store bought tortilla which is why this recipe was simple and easy for me to make. You can make with home made ones, I have a recipe on my blog for that too. Recipe here .


Recipe adapted from here
Over to the recipe,
Ingredients: 
For marination:
  • Chicken breast - chopped to small peices, 500 gms
  • Ginger-garlic paste- 1 tsp
  • Kashmir chilli powder - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Lime juice - of 1/2
  • Curd- 2 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste


Other ingredients:
  • Butter - 2 tbsp
  • Tomato puree- Puree of  1
  • Tortilla Large (store bought) - 3-4
  • Mozzarella Cheese - to sprinkle, about 1 cup


Method:
  • Marinate chicken pieces with given ingredients. 
  • Heat butter in a pan and add marinated chicken, Saute.
  • Now add the tomato puree, Mix well. Close the lid and cook.
  • Once the chicken is cooked keep the lid open and let the water evaporate completely from pan. Keep mixing with wooden spoon at regular intervals so the gravy do not burn.
  • Once done of the flame.
  • Now heat a grill pan, Slightly grease with butter.
  • Place a half tortilla (cut tortilla into two to get a semi circle) onto the pan.
  • Place 1/4 th to 1/3 rd of prepared filling onto the tortilla. Spread the filling onto tortilla.
  • Now sprinkle a generous amount of cheese, Place another semi circle of tortilla on top. And grill for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now carefully flip Quesadilla and grill the other side.
  • Repeat with remaining filling and tortilla. 
  • Place Quesadilla into a plate and serve in triangular slices.
  • Serve hot.


Sunday, 7 August 2016

STRAWBERRY ICECREAM


With a big bag of strawberries sleeping in my freezer, I had to make maximum use of it. It's been many strawberry recipes back to back on my blog.Anyways hopefully this would be last or at least  second last strawberry recipe.


  This strawberry recipe is easy one to make and is so strawberry- ey. It uses only 3 ingredients and it is ready to go. This one does not use Ice- cream maker and can be whippped up in no time. However you need to have patience for it to freeze completely before you actually start eating.


The result is creamy strawberry ice cream.



Over to the recipe,
Ingredients:

  • Strawberry  1 cup, frozen or fresh, pureed
  • Whipping cream- 1 1/2  cups
  • Sweetened Condensed milk- 1/2 cup
  • Pink food color- 1 drop, optional

Method:




  • Place the cream in a large steel bowl, along with whisk attachment that will be used to whip cream. Place the cream, bowl and whisk together in the fridge to chill for at least half an hour.
  • Now take out the bowl, whisk and cream.
  • Whip Cream on high speed till soft peaks.
  • Add remaining ingredients, reserving about 1/4 cup of strawberry puree and whip further.
  • Now take a container, transfer the whipped ice cream to it.
  • Add the reserved strawberry puree on the top in the middle in a line.
  • Using a fork make a swirl, to create a rippled effect of strawberry puree.
  • Now cover the container, I used cling film.
  • And freeze for at least 6 hours.
  • Before serving, keep ice cream out for a while to make it soft. 
  • Serve cold and enjoy!!!


Thursday, 4 August 2016

Mango Mojito



Mango, king of fruits, is one of my favorite fruits. These days I always have it in stock. The best way i like to consume mangoes is in liquid form while my hubby loves to eat it as it is.

 I am a huge addict of Pinterest and I always hop over it to find food ideas. One such recipe that caught my attention was Mango Mojito. When I looked for the recipe, it sounded simple and I had to try it straight away.
You can look for my Blueberry Mojito recipe here.


The recipe requires pre-made Mango nectar which I made myself. Well, nothing is more satisfying than home- made right? The quantity I prepared can serve about more than 5-6 people. Also, it stays for about a week in fridge. I haven't refrigerated it for any long, so I cannot assure you if it can stay any longer.






Over to the recipe,
Ingredients:
For Mango nectar:

  • Mango, ripe- 1
  • Sugar- 1 cup
  • Water- 1/2 cup
  • Lime- 1, juice of

For Mojito:

  • Mango nectar- to fill 1/3 of glass
  • lime- 1 slice
  • Mint leaves- few
  • Club soda

Method:

  • In a blender, blend all the ingredients for Mango nectar.
  • Keep it refrigerated in an airtight jar till ready to serve. 
  • In a serving glass, pour 1/3 glass full of nectar and top with few ice cubes, mint and lime slice.
  • Now pour soda over and give a slight mix using a spoon and enjoy!

Strawberry Cream Puffs




Strawberry cream puffs, when you are looking for some easy snacking recipe, that you can prepare on the go and have as fast as you can. Well you need some patience and wait till you thaw your puff pastry.While the puff pastry thaws at room temperature, you can prepare the cream filling. The cream filling needs to cool for a while to become thick. But you can transfer into a flat plate and keep in fridge to cool fast if you are in a hurry.


 I wanted something easy and sweet and something tart. So I added Strawberries. Adding strawberries is totally up to you. You may add strawberry jam too. For me, one bite gave me an explosion in my mouth. Flaky puffs, sweet cream filling with tart strawberry, served hot was perfectly satisfying for my sweet tooth. Hubby as usual had only limited portion while my kids and I loved it totally.
I have added a collage on how to design your puff pastry. You can bake it completely sealed with no opening unlike me.


Over to the recipe,
Ingredients:

  • Puff pastry sheets- 200 gm
  • Milk- 2 cups
  • Corn flour- 4 tbsp
  • Sugar- 4 tbsp
  • Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
  • Strawberry- frozen or fresh, sliced
  • Egg- 1 beaten with a tablespoon of water.
  • Icing sugar- for dusting



Method:

  • Thaw the puff pastry. Roll over a flour dusted surface to 1/4 th of an ich, Cut into 4 equal squares or more depending how small or big you want the squares to be.
  • Add a tablespoon of filling onto one half and spread over the same half leaving a small room at the edges for sealing the puff pastry sheet. 
  • Place few slices of strawberry over the cream filling.
  • Now fold over the remaining half of the pastry sheet thus enclosing the cream and strawberry filling. Gently press the edges with your finger to seal it. 
  • Now using a fork press the edges to create a design.
  • After the edges are sealed, take a knife and sear diagonal lines to slightly show up the filling.
  • Now brush the top of pastry with egg beaten with water. Bake for 15-20 minutes or till the top browns at 180 C.
  • Once baked, dust the top with Icing sugar.
  • Serve hot and enjoy.

Monday, 1 August 2016

STRAWBERRY LEMONADE



What is more refreshing than a lemonade, And if it is made of your favorite fruit, there is no stopping by. Today's post is a Strawberry Lemonade. It is absolutely easy to make and a must have to get refreshed after returning back tired from outside scorching heat. Such is the summer here in U.A.E, its simply getting impossible each day. Alhamdulillah its vacation for me, otherwise it would have been dreading.
Have a look at some of my other refreshing drinks: Lime Soda and Watermelon Aguafresca


This lemonade is simply easy to make, All you need to add is pureed strawberry to lemonade. I used frozen strawberry here, You can use fresh ones.
Over to the recipe:
Ingredients-

  • Lime 1
  • Strawberry, frozen or fresh- 4-5
  • Sugar- 2 tablespoons
  • Water-1 cup
  • Ice cubes
  • Mint leaves- a few
  • Slices of lime- 2 or 3
Method:


  • Squeeze out the juice out of lime into an electric blender, Blend rest of the ingredients till there are no chunks of strawberry.
  • Strain juice through a strainer. 
  • In a glass, add in slices of lime and mint leaves.
  • Pour juice into the glass.
  • Serve cold with Ice cubes.