Thursday, April 28, 2016

IDLY KURKURE RECIPE


I was in a mood to experiment on a new recipe the other day and happen to find these leftover Idly's in my fridge and finally ended up creating a dish called Idly kurkure. I was thrilled with my teatime snack dish turned out perfect we thoroughly enjoyed this dish.

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Ingredients:
6 to 8 Idlis
1/4 Tsp Pepper Corns
1/4 Tsp Cumin Seeds
5 Pods Garlic
4 to 5 Dried Red Chilies
Fist Full Curry Leaves + 2 Sprigs Curry Leaves
1/4 Tsp Asafoetida
Salt as per taste
Oil for frying and tempering


Method: Chop the idly into bite size cubes. Preferably use leftover day old idly for this recipe they will not absorb extra oil while frying. 

Heat oil for frying in a wok on medium flame fry the idly cubes till it turns light golden in color. Drain the excess oil and place the fried cubes on a kitchen towel allow the excess oil to drain.

Heat a pan on medium flame add a tbsp oil temper the oil with asafoetida and 2 sprigs curry leaves allow the curry leaves and asafoetida to splutter a bit. Add the masala powder and salt as per taste toss the fried Idly garnish with lime juice and coriander...serve hot...Enjoy...:)


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Review-MAD OVER DONUTS


Mad Over Donuts, gives dessert lovers more reasons to rejoice! They are introducing new Signature Range of donuts in four gourmet international flavours that are sure to leave you spoilt for choice! Tiramisu, Salted Caramel,The Mocha Truffle and Vanilla Cheesecake donut.


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When ever MOD has new offerings they always make sure to ask me if I would like to taste some and without fail send me their seasonal gourmet donuts. I truly appreciate the dedication and love this team has they offer one of a kind donuts to consumers. 

They use a special variety flour mix for donuts its all sourced from Singapore apart from the flour these donuts do not have any eggs I always look for egg free snacks at home few of us are allergic to eggs and we keep purchasing their donuts as a tea time snack. 

Each and every donut is unique they are all dipped and decorated by hand none of these donuts are machine made. The batch of donuts are  not frozen none of these donuts are preserved over night its all freshly made.


To serve a super soft donut micro wave for 8 seconds they are the fluffiest bite of goodness you'll ever taste. I got to taste The mocha  truffle, Vanilla Cheese Cake, and Salted Caramel Donuts.

Over all I liked the creation and construction of all the 4 donuts my pick from the four offerings are the mocha truffle donut this donut had the perfect amount of sweet the bun was fluffy the truffle bits on top were gooey totally satisfied my craving. 

 Salted Caramel

 The Mocha Truffle

 Vanilla CheeseCake Donut


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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Steam Cooked Bao Buns Chinese Recipe


BAO BUNS are slowly becoming a fast food trend across Bangalore and India. Since these buns are steam cooked and served with a spicy meat filling everyone seem to enjoy the soft buns and spicy filling combination. 

How and where did these BAO BUNS originate? According to legend, BAO or BAOZI were invented by a Chinese scholar and a military strategist Zhuge Liang during Three Kingdoms period in 3rd century AD initially these buns were served with a piping hot soup to the sergeant.


These buns can be served with any filling even a sweet filling like fruit and icecream its yum. My choice of filling would be mutton ghee roast and prawn chettinad. To create super soft and fluffy bao try to use a bakery grade flour for this recipe you can find bakery grade flour at bakery supply stores.

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INGREDIENTS For BAO BUNS :
3 Cups Sifted All Purpose Flour (Maida)
1 Tbsp Yeast
1 Tbsp White Vinegar
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 Cup Luke Warm Water 
2 Tbsp Oil

Method: Activate the yeast first. In a bowl add sugar and luke warm water add the yeast and mix well once the yeast doubles start kneading the dough. Combine milk powder, vinegar and all purpose flour add the activated yeast to the flour and start kneading to form a soft dough add water if needed to create a soft dough. 

Add oil to the dough and knead for 15 minutes or until the dough is soft. Cover the dough with a plate or a towel allow to proof and ferment on the kitchen counter.

Once the dough has doubled in volume knead one last time start forming lime size dough balls dust with flour and roll out to 1/8th inch thickness apply oil and fold. Place the bao on a plantain leaf.

Add water to a wok place steam cooker or we can also use idli container and cooker to steam cook these bao. Once the steam builds place the bao and steam cook for 10 minutes or until done.


INGREDIENTS to CREATE CHICKEN IN BLACK BEAN SAUCE:
250 Grams Chicken Tenders (Breast meat)
1 Tsp Butter + 1 Tbsp Oil
Finely Chopped 1/2 Onion, 10 Pods Garlic, 1 Inch Ginger and 3 Chilies
1 Tsp Pepper Powder
1 Tsp Soya Sauce
1 Tsp Black Bean Sauce
Salt as per taste...

Method: Start with chopping the chicken into bite size cubes wash drain the excess water in a colander and reserve...

Heat a wok on medium to low flame add butter and oil once the oil heats up add the chopped onions, ginger, garlic and chilies fry till the raw flavor has gone and the onion should turn transparent.

Add the chicken to the onion masala fry a bit add  a pinch of salt and keep frying for 2 minutes once the meat turns pale in color add pepper powder, soya sauce and black bean sauce toss the meat in the sauce check for seasoning and add if needed. Check if the meat is cooked once the meat has cooked reserve.

Chicken tenders cook fast it hardly takes around 5 minutes to create this dish. This chicken in black bean sauce can be served as side with garlic noodles or fried rice. This recipe is excellent filling for Bao...We can also use chicken sausages cut into bite size pieces instead of chicken tenders...


Once the Boa bus are steam cooked we can start serving them filled with meats, mushrooms or veggies of our choice. To construct a bao...fill the bao with meat top with julienne carrots and onions and serve hot...Enjoy...:) Prepare Bao ahead of time and freeze them to create quick bao meal when ever your in a rush.

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Some of my favorite Bao fillings are listed down click on the links for detail recipe.




Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mushroom Crostini Recipe


Crostini meaning an Italian appetizer along with bruschetta, crostini are thought to originate in medieval times when it was typical for Italian peasants to eat their meals on slices of bread instead of using ceramics.  Mushroom Crostini is a filling snack for summer. These crostinis can be served with or without cheese either ways they are yum.


The type of mushrooms used in this recipe are button mushrooms. Button Mushrooms are popular in India and are easily available at any gourmet store's vegetable aisle. Listed below are the benefits of mushrooms that we never knew.

Mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins which also play an important role in the nervous system.
Mushrooms are also a source of important minerals. Potassium is an important mineral found in mushrooms. It aids in the maintenance of normal fluid and mineral balance, which helps control blood pressure.

They help to strengthen the immune system as well. Mushrooms provide ergothioneine (which is a naturally occurring amino acid) a naturally occurring antioxidant that may help protect the body's cells.

Mushrooms are the only source of vitamin D in the produce aisle and one of the few non-fortified food sources often grouped with vegetables, mushrooms provide many of the nutritional attributes of produce, as well as attributes more commonly found in meat, beans or grains.

Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium, yet they provide several nutrients that are typically found in animal foods or grains.

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Ingredients:
1 French Baguette or We can also use Indian Bakery Rusk for this recipe.
1 Large Onion Finely Chopped
3 to 4 Pieces Sun Dried Tomatoes Chopped
3 Green Chilies Chopped
1 Tsp Thyme
1 Tsp Pepper Powder
5 Pods Garlic Chopped
2 Tbsp Olive Oil or Butter
Salt as per taste
Cheese Spreed 

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Method: Wash and pat dry mushrooms. Cut the mushrooms into quarters and reserve. Place a wok on medium flame add butter once the butter foams a bit add garlic and fry a bit add chopped onions, chilies and sun-dried tomatoes fry till the onion turns pink in color.

 Add the mushrooms and fry on low flame until the mushroom reduces a bit. Once the mushroom has reduce and cooked all the way add salt, pepper and thyme toss and fry for a minute. 

Slice and apply butter to the baguette  heat a pan and toast the slices. Arrange the toasted slices on a serving plate and apply cheese spreed top with mushroom and garnish with coriander and mint serve hot...Enjoy...:)

The mushroom masala is also excellent to prepare cheese toast and also quesadillas. The French Baguette are very tough to slice get them pre cut from the bakery...I purchased Baguette from #Moremegastore

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Five Stars for Hot Dogs @Five Star Chicken

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Five Star Chicken offers yummy Mexican and Italian flavor hot dogs for its demanding Indian Customers. Not many QSR serve hot dogs across Bengaluru...even if they do its always with loads of toppings I'm not familiar with not to forget its really pricey. 


Five star chicken Italian and Mexican hot dogs are prepared with freshest of ingredients from chicken to herbs. These sausages are bursting with amazing flavors grilled sausages are served on hot fluffy buns topped with tangy tandoori sauce these hot dogs are a winner. 
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Mexican and Italian Hot dogs

Mexican Hotdog:  Spicy Mexican Sausage is made out of fresh  juicy chicken meat with Mexican flavor grilled and place on fresh hot bus topped with jalapenos and served with tandoori sauce will make your taste buds ask for more and more.


Italian Hotdog: Italian Sausage is made of fine herbs and filled with cheese to mesmerize one into the flavors of Italy served with hot & Smokey tandoori sauce served on hot and spongy bun topped with onions is yum.


Fried Chicken: Crunchy Masala, Thai Crispy, Hot and Smokey

Fried chicken is always my favorite five star chicken prepares one of the best fried chicken on a budget its one of those snacks that can never go wrong my favorite and must try are thai crispy and crunchy masala.

Burgers: Hungry Bird burger and Yummy Veg Burger

This was my first time tasting veg burger from five star chicken I loved the burger, crispy potato patty was perfect enjoyed every bite.

Masala French Fries

Overall The hot dogs were juicy and filling I liked the fact that five star chicken is offering best hot dogs one can get in town at an affordable price point. 

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

BurgerKing Inspired #Chickenfries Recipe


I got to taste these chickenfries at Burger king and felt it can be recreated at home so I did get large batch of chicken and tried it ultimately. Everyone at home liked the fries its economical and hygienic to prepare such snacks at home the entire family gets to enjoy such snacks. 

If I have to change anything in this recipe I would suggest adding basil and thyme instead of garam masala and will season the bread crumbs with garlic powder. 

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Original #Chickenfries Pic from Burgerking

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Ingredients:
250 Grams Chicken Tenders
1 Egg (Beaten)
1/2 Lime 
1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1 Tbsp Garam Masala
1 + 1/2 Tbsp Chilly Powder
1 Tbsp Ginger and Garlic Paste
1/2 Tsp Pepper Powder
2 Cup Bread Crumbs = 1 Cup Panko and 1 Cup Regular Bread Crumbs
Salt as per taste
Oil for frying


Method: Start cutting the chicken breast into finger length strips. Once the chicken is cut wash thoroughly allow the excess moisture to drain using a colander and reserve in a mixing bowl. Start marinating the chicken add lime juice, garam masala, chilly powder, pepper powder and salt massage the chicken in this masala cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.


Spread the breadcrumbs to a plate add 1/2 tbsp chilly powder and salt mix well and reserve. Add the beaten egg to the marinated chicken and mix well taste test the marination if salt is needed add salt mix once more and start crumb coating the chicken add one strip of chicken at a time on the bread crumbs and roll the strips till all sides are coated with crumbs shake off excess crumbs and reserve on a plate (we can also crumb the chicken and store it in a airtight container refrigerated until use). 

Heat oil in a wok on medium flame gently drop the chicken strips one at a time and start frying until golden brown in colore the chicken will cook under 5 minutes once the coating turn light brown in color the fries are done gently shake out the excess oil and reserve the chicken on chicken towel serve hot with a mayo dip or ranch...Enjoy...:)



Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lemon Grass Ice Tea Recipe


Lemongrass is a natural wonder drug during summer. This lemongrass tea helps relieve severe heart burns, indigestion and headaches during summer. Lemongrass is available at all super markets now a days its also available in dried format which is easy to store. My parents found instant relief from heart burns and breathlessness.  


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Ingredients:
50 Grams or 3 Stocks  Lemongrass 
1/2 Cup Sugar
2 Fresh  Limes or 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
2 Tea Bags we can also use green tea
6 Cups Water

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Method: Chop the lemongrass into 3 inch pieces wash thoroughly and reserve.  Bring 6 cup water to a boil on medium flame add the lemongrass and sugar allow the lemongrass to infuse in the water for 10 minutes. 

Add tea bags to the lemongrass infused water and steep the tea in 5 minutes the tea would've reduced remove from flame cover and allow to cool in room temperature. 

Once the tea has cooled strain and add the lime juice stir chill the tea before serving add some ice cubes and serve chilled...Enjoy...:)


Tips: People who do not prefer adding refined white sugar to the tea they may substitute with palm sugar or honey. We can also add ginger to while steeping the tea ginger helps build appetite.