Sunday, November 29, 2015

Achari Chicken Tikka Recipe

Achari meaning pickle. The combination of spices in this kabab/tikka is truly one of a kind. What I love about this kabab is its flavors and tangy taste its excellent when served with southindian lemon rice.
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500 Grams Boneless Chicken 
1/2 Cup Yogurt
1 Tbsp Chilly Powder
1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1 Tbsp Garam Masala
10 Pods Garlic
1 Inch Ginger
Achari Masala: 1 Tbsp Mustard seeds, 1/2 Tsp Fennel, 1/2 Tsp Cumin, 1/4 Tsp Carom, 1/4 Fenugreek, 1 tsp Nigella seeds
Juice of 1 Lime or 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
Salt as per taste
Sunflower oil 2 +1 Tbsp
Mustard Oil 1 Tbsp

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Method: Cut the chicken into bite size pieces wash thoroughly allow the excess water to drain and reserve in a mixing bowl.
Add Lime juice, yogurt, chilly powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and salt to the chicken mix well cover allow to marinate for 1 hour. Place in the refrigerator.
Heat a wok/fry pan on medium flame add 1 tbsp oil add the spices mustard, fenugreek, carom, cumin, fennel and nigella fry till the spices splutter.
Once the spices splutter add the ginger and garlic fry for a minute. Transfer the spices to a mixer jar add a splash of water and grind to a smooth paste.
Add the ground masala to the chicken mix well cover allow to marinate over night for best results or can prepare the tikkas in 2 hours time this masala has to penetrate well inside the chicken.
Heat a pan on medium flame add mustard oil and sunflower oil allow the oil to reach at smoking point. Add the chicken to the oil fry for 2 minutes on each side the chicken should absorb the oil and the masala will coat the chicken thoroughly.  
Transfer the chicken to a baking sheet place it in a preheated oven at 200 degrees for 10 minutes. we can flip the chicken  at 5 minute mark and bake till well done.
Serve hot with lime and onion...Enjoy...:)

We can also grill this chicken tikka on tawa/skillet if you do not have oven. If  you plan to grill on coals keep basting with oil and grill until well done.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Mixed Vegetable Bread Canapes

We can fill these canapes with any stuffing like mutton, chicken or fish... I chose mixed vegetables. Prepared this third time since diwali my friends and guests during diwali  totally appreciated this starter recipe and now its a family favorite snack during tea time.

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1 Loaf Bread any kind
2 Tbsp Butter
2 + 2 Tbsp Oil 
1 1/2 Tbsp Ginger and Garlic Paste
Finely Chopped Mixed Vegetables 2 Cups (carrots, capsicum, cabbage)
1/4 Cup Sweet Corn
1 Large Onion Finely Chopped
3 Chilies Finely Chopped
Grated Cheese Mozzarella or Cheddar
1/4 Tbsp Curry powder or Garam masala
Salt as per taste

Method: Heat a wok on medium flame with 2 tbsp oil.
once the oil is hot add ginger and garlic paste fry until the raw flavor has gone.
Add finely chopped onion and chilies fry until the onions turn light pink in color.
Add the carrots and capsicum fry until the carrots soften a bit.
Add the cabbage fry a bit do not add water since the veggies already contain enough moisture the veggies will cook under 2 minutes.
Once the cabbage has reduced a bit add corn and salt as per taste if needed add pepper powder stir and fry the veggies on low flame until cooked.
Add curry powder and fry a bit remove from flame and allow the veggies to cool.
Take 2 bread slices using a cookie cutter or a lid cut into equal disc take one disc using a smaller cookie cutter cut the cavity.
Apply butter to the base add cheese and place the second slice with cavity. fill the cavity with veggie filling and top with bit more cheese.
Brush little oil to the sides and bake at 200 degree mark for 10 minutes or until the bread is toasted well.
Serve hot as a snack during tea or as a starter enjoy...:)

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review - MAJLIS Restaurant @Kammanahalli Bengaluru

Majlis is a Indo-Arabic restaurant located at Kammanahalli CMR Road, HRBR Layout, Bangalore. The menu looks interesting consisting a mixture of Lebanese and Indian dishes curated by Celebrity Chef Ashfaque Quereshi and Chef Irfan Quereshi. I must consider myself the most luckiest person who actually chatted very causally with the chefs they are here to launch Majlis with co-owner Harish Lakhiani. Harish Lakhiani also owns two other restaurants Mango tree and Mezze located at indiranagar Bengaluru, The causal dine/pocket friendly restaurant is surely going to be the talk of  the town.

Chef Ashfaque Quereshi, Harish Lakhiani, and Chef Irfan Quereshi.

We Started our tasting with Mezze Platter which consisted of Turkish Salad, Hummus, Babaganoush, Tabbouleh and Pita bread.

After a wondeful mezze platter we tasted few starters..Dahi Ki Kabab, Rajma Ki Galouti Kabab, Malai Murgh Kabab, Cheese Sambousak.

For mains we tasted Murgh Bemisal (Butter Chicken), Mutton Rogam Josh, Goan Fish Curry, Dal Tadka, Butter Naan, Zar-e-Bariyan Biryani.

For Dessert we had Umm Ali (Phirni).

Overall I liked the food specially the starters it was authentic prepared to perfection. Packed with flavors the quality of food  and service was excellent. I'm planning to visit again and taste more dishes here.

Sweet Lime Soda

Mezze Platter

Turkish Salad

Dahi Ki Kabab

Rajma Ki Galouti Kabab

Malai Murgh Kabab

Cheese Sambousak

Murgh Bemisal (Butter Chicken)

Mutton Rogam Josh

Goan Fish Curry

Dal Tadka

Butter Naan

Zar-e-Bariyan Biryani

Umm Ali

Majlis Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Chef Sanjeev Kapoors - The Yellow Chilli and Hongkong @Church street Bengaluru

Celebrity Chef Sanjeev Kapoor along side franchise owners S.M Sonnad and (Son) Sidaarth Sonnad finally launched their restaurants, The Yellow Chilly and Hongkong in namma Bengaluru. The Yellow Chilly with 74 cover will serve traditional Mugalai cuisine and Specific regions of Punjab. The dishes include, both vegetarian and non vegetarian signature dishes, like Hare Masaley ka Bhuna paneer, Shabnam Ki Moti, Shaam Savera, Lalla Mussa Dal, Tanfoori Basil Prawns, Lawrence road Tandoori Murgh, Chandi Kaliyan, Puran Singh da Tariwala murgh, Raan and desserts Like Gulab-e-Gulkand.

The Menu at Hongkong bears Sanjeev Kapoor's signature dishes like Broccoli with tofu and dimsum, Har Gua Dim Sum, Hongkong Style Grills Gai Yang, Crunchy Nuts on Crackling spinach, Crispy Lambm M'opu tofu, and many more..

The Yellow Chilli and Hongkong are located 2nd Floor, Building 3, MSR Westpark, Off Brigade Road, Church Street, Bangalore-560001.

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I must thank the PR company who invited me finally got to meet Chef Sanjeev and interact with him.

 Chilly Guava Juice 

 Litchi Mint juice 

HongKong Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Yellow Chilli Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Seafood Festival @Nook- Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park

Aloft  Hosted me for their ongoing seafood festival. Chef Sandeep Kumar has curated a wonderful menu specially for seafood lovers. The festival will end on the 27th November 2015. What ever I tasted was prepared to perfection the quality and service is always consistent. Aloft is Located at Cessna Business Park, Sarjapur-Marathahalli Outer Ring Road, Kadubeesanahalli, Bellandur Post, Bangalore.  For Reservations Contact: +91 8045101010

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We started with few appetizers/starters...crispy masala sardine fry, herb butter grilled sole fish, and fish salad. Herb butter grill and deep fried sardines were bit bland we loved the crunch and it was perfect for the weather to enjoy this kinda food.

From the salad counter we selected the fish and created our own salad...the sauce served for fish salad was really good the selection included mustard sauce, mint and creamy tomato base sauce all we had to do was create our salad and add the sauce as per our preference. 

After a wonderful salad I chose a noodle and seafood soup this was a clear soup the broth was so soothing and tasty it had tiny pieces of prawns and other butter toasted fish in it the serving size was huge it was a meal on its own. 

For mains we choose butter grilled fish with mash and veggies, fish biryani, fried rice, chilly fish gravy, andhra prawn curry, goan fish curry and rice. I truly enjoyed the goan fish curry with rice and fish biryani it was so tasty I just could not stop with one helping. Fried rice and fish chilly gravy was again a best combo.

Finally we tasted some yummy desserts....a traditional besan ka halwa and icecream...overall worth every penny we thoroughly enjoyed.

Minty Cooler

Herb Butter Grilled Fish

Butter Mash, Veggies and Grilled Fish

Salad and Live Counter

Seafood Salad

Crispy Sardines

Seafood Noodle Soup

Chilly Fish Gravy

Andhra Prawn Curry

Goan Fish Curry

Fish Biryani

Fried Rice

Besan Ka Halwa

Chef Sandeep Kumar

Nook - Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 
Aloft Business Park, Sarjapur-Marathahalli Outer Ring Road, Kadubeesanahalli, Bellandur Post, Bangalore.  For Reservations Contact: +91 8045101010