Rose milk soda

Namak shamak namak shamak daal deta hai …

Who sings this song, no one else but the one and only fantastic Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi. The star of the Food Food show Turban Tadka he sings his way around, charming all of us. He is considered as Energy Chef Of India.

I am a huge fan of Food Food and Chef Sokhi is a particular favourite. I have tried many of his recipes with great success, this rose milk soda is no different.

The interesting thing here is that I detest milk, but it convinced even me to give it a shot. So if I tried it so should you.

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Ingredients

Cold Milk –  2 cups

Rose Syrup – 2 tblsp (use more or less depending on your taste)

Honey – 1 tblsp (to taste)

Cold Club Soda – 1 can

To Garnish

Cherry

Pistachio & Almonds – coarsley crushed

Method

In a blender blend together the cold milk, rose syrup and honey.

Take a serving glass and pour half full. Slowly top with club soda.

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Garnish with crushed nuts and cherry.

Enjoy.

 

Oats Payasam

Wishing all of you a very happy Onam.

This is the season of celebration.

Of Nostalgia, of food eaten, of cousins getting together, of payasam had by the vatfuls.

Today is a busy day so I will not linger for long. Here is a healthy payasam to celebrate the joy of Onam.

Ingredients

Oats Payasam

Oats Payasam

Jaggery – 200 grams

Water – 1/3 cup

Oats – 1 cup

Thick Coconut Milk – 1 cup

Thin Coconut Milk – 2 cups

Cardamom – 1/2 tsp

Ghee- 1 tsp

broken Cashew nut – 2 tblsp

Raisins – 1 tsp

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Method

Melt Jaggery in water. Cool the jaggery syrup and strain it.

Add oats to the jaggery syrup and cook till it becomes all dried up. Add thin coconut milk and bring it to a boil.

Add crushed cardamom.

Stir well.

Add thick coconut milk give it a good stir and take it off the heat.

Heat the ghee fry the broken cashew and raisins.

Add it to the payasam and serve hot.

P.S. Make sure the payasam is loose as it gets thick the more it sits.

Happy Onam too all of you.

Mutton Biryani – Chennai style

Here is a recipe from my friend Roja Meeran’s blog. She is an astounding lady, a poet, a great cook and an amateur dietician. What I love about this wonderful lady is she is so willing to help anybody. Always looking out for others, this is one special lady. Hats off to you Roja for being an amazing person. I truly consider it my good fortune that I have a friend such as you.

Here is the recipe for a delightful Chennai style biryani, complete with tomatoes and coconut milk. Tomatoes and coconut milk you ask me, indeed my friends. Try it out for it works.

30. Toss coriander leaves. Mix well and serve hot.

Recipe Modified from here.

Marinate mutton in Ginger garlic paste, Salt, Chilly powder, Mutton masala.

1. Marinate mutton in Ginger garlic paste, Salt, Chilly powder, Mutton masala.

Soak Jeeraga samba rice in water for about 1/2 hour.

2. Soak Jeeraga samba rice in water for about 1/2 hour.

3. Keep together your whole spices. I used bay leaf, cinnamon, green cardamom, brown cardamom, mace, cloves, star anise, and dried chillies.

3. Keep together your whole spices. I used bay leaf, cinnamon, green cardamom, brown cardamom, mace, cloves, star anise, and dried chillies.

4. Keep all the dried powders together, here is chilly powder, biryani masala, and coriander powder.

4. Keep all the dried powders together, here is chilly powder, biryani masala, and coriander powder.

5. Grind coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chilly, shallots, ginger, fennel seeds and garlic.

5. Grind coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chilly, shallots, ginger, fennel seeds and garlic.

5. Finely ground with a bit of water.

5. Finely ground with a bit of water.

Pressure cook  the mutton with a cup of water. Strain the mutton and keep it aside.

6.Pressure cook the mutton with a cup of water. Strain the mutton and keep it aside.

7. Keep the stock aside.

7. Keep the stock aside.

6. Heat oil and ghee.

8. Heat oil and ghee.

7. Add the whole masalas.

9. Add the whole masalas.

8. Add all the powders.

10. Add all the powders.

Slice 2 onions.

11. Slice 2 onions.

10. Toss sliced onions into the biryani pot.

12. Toss sliced onions into the biryani pot.

11. Sauté onions till brown. Add the  ground masala.

13. Sauté onions till brown. Add the ground masala.

12. Slice 2 tomatoes.

14. Slice 2 tomatoes.

13. Add tomatoes to the pot.

15. Add tomatoes to the pot.

Sauté till tomatoes are well mashed.

17. Add curd to the mix and mix well.

17. Add curd to the mix and mix well.

Add the mutton to the mixture and mix well.

18. Add the mutton to the mixture and mix well.

19. Add the stock, coconut milk, and water.

19. Add the stock, coconut milk, and water. Just remember including the curd the total level of water should be double the quantity of rice.

20. Add salt, a squeeze of lemon. I also added 5 green chillies as I didnt think the broth had any spice.

20. Add salt, a squeeze of lemon. I also added 5 green chillies as I didnt think the broth had any spice.

21. Five minute wait till the broth boils.

21. Five minute wait till the broth boils.

22. When the broth boils add the drained rice.

22. When the broth boils add the drained rice.

24. Cover and cook on low flame.

23. Cover and cook on low flame.

24. Cook for ten minutes.

24. Cook for ten minutes.

25. When the food is almost cooked transfer pan to oven (or out it on dum)

25. When the food is almost cooked transfer pan to oven (or out it on dum)

26. Cook for 30 minutes.

26. Cook for 30 minutes.

27. Bake @ 175 C

27. Bake @ 175 C

28. Let it cook.

28. Let it cook.

29. Thirty minutes later.

29. Thirty minutes later.

30. Toss coriander leaves. Mix well and serve hot.

30. Toss coriander leaves. Mix well and serve hot.

P.S I found it a little non spicy for me. So  just crank up the spice.

Pepper Chicken

This is one of my top chicken recipes. I have been making this for years and it has never yet let me down. It is pretty simple and fuss free but tastes great. So give this a shot and I am sure you will keep making this delicious pepper chicken.

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Ingredients

Chicken – 1 (cut into small pieces)

For the paste

Onion – 1

Ginger – 2″

Garlic – 6 – 10 (small ones)

Chilly powder – 2 tsp

Coriander powder- 2 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1 tsp

Salt – to taste

Pepper powder – 1 tblsp

Rest of the ingredients

Butter – 2 tblsp

Pepper powder – 1/2 tblsp

Cinnamon – 1 piece

Cloves – 2 – 3

Tomato – 2 (pureed)

Coriander leaves – to garnish

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Method

Clean the chicken and marinate with paste for an hour or two. Cook chicken in an extremely low flame for half an hour sprinkling water if necessary.

Take a frying pan add two tblsp butter. When it is hot add pepper, cinnamon, and cloves. When heated add tomato paste and sauté until water dries. Add the chicken and mix well and simmer for 5 – 10 mins. Sprinkle coriander leaves and serve hot.

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Enjoy.