Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chocolate Orange Shortbread | Chocolate Shortbread Recipe | Easy Christmas Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Orange Shortbread
Today's recipe is an easy and yummy chocolaty cookies with Orange punch. Orange & Chocolate is one of my favorite combo and love to bake anything in this combo. This Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies is one of my bookmarked recipes for this Christmas Baking. When Poornima of Poornima's Cookbook given me, Citrus Fruit and Chocolate as secret Ingredients for this Month's Shh Secretly Cooking Event by Priya, instantly this recipe came to my mind and tried it. As she gave me any citrus fruit option, I used Orange and cocoa powder for chocolate. The original recipe was Dark Chocolate Orange Shortbread but we don't like bitter or 90% cocoa, so reduced the cocoa powder to half and it was perfectly chocolate cookie.

Shortbread are kind of biscuits with mild sugar and rich buttery cookies. No eggs needed and just 3 basic ingredients is needed for a plain Shortbread cookies. Addition of cocoa and orange juice & Zest took this simple shortbread to an exotic bake and loved the aroma while baking. These Chocolate Orange Shortbread makes a perfect Edible gifts to Share with your friends and families this Christmas. You can cut it to your desired shapes, you can even use cutters/holiday themed cookie cutters.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Quinoa Black Bean Salad Recipe | Quinoa Black Bean Salad With Cilantro Lime Dressing

Quinoa Black bean Salad
I am eagerly waiting for the Kids Winter Break that is starting from this Friday. I have scheduled each day an assignment with my kids along with their reading and kumon work. Wanted to enjoy this winter break usefully and creatively with my kids. Both my boys are also waiting for the school break, they wanna bake and cook with me. Little one has bookmarked few cookies from the Taste of Home cookies book and wanted to bake it for Christmas. Also, I bought some surprise toys (board games) and gifts for them. Hope everything will go as our plan.

Now coming to the recipe, Quinoa Black Bean Salad / Quinoa Salad. This is a salad cum meal recipe. You can have this salad alone for lunch or dinner meal, since it is loaded with beans, carrot, onions, spices, lime dressing and almonds for crunch. What else you need for a healthy, filling and delicious meal more than this. You can also make this Salad as a side along with grilled chicken breast or fish. A wholesome dish to enjoy anytime of the day. If you are a fan for Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice Bowl, then you will love this salad too. Here, I used Quinoa but you can use any millet, Brown Rice, Whole grain Pasta for a carb susbtitute in the salad.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Aloo Bhujia Recipe | Minty Aloo Bhujia Recipe | Easy Potato Sev Snack Recipe

Aloo Bhujia Recipe
Cold and Chill Winter Evening definitely needs some savory snack and hot beverages. At home every one likes savory snack for tea time. That too V likes deep fried snacks like Pakora, Bhaji, Vadai more than other snacks and now the kids also joined him, always wanted me to make some Deep Fried Snacks. Once in a while I do like to have some deep fried snacks but will limit with two or three. Today's recipe is my kids' favorite savory snack, Aloo Bhujia. I made this Aloo Bhujia for Diwali but I missed to post. This Aloo Bhujia is very simple and easy to make snack similar to Sev. It is prepared using Mashed Potato, Mint, green chili, lemon juice and spices. Also aloo bhujia does not take much time to cook and can be made in a jiffy if you have some boiled and mashed potato in hand.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Andhra Chicken Curry | Andhra Style Chicken Curry Recipe | Spicy Chicken Curry Recipe

Andhra Chicken Curry Recipe
Hope You had a fabulous weekend, mine too went well and looking forward to a pleasant and calm week ahead. Today's recipe is a spicy, flavorful and mouth watering Andhra chicken curry/Andhra Style Chicken Curry recipe. Andhra Cuisine is well known for its hot and spicy dishes and this Chicken Curry is one such recipe. This is a rich curry with coconut and poppy seeds and flavored with good amount of spices. I wanted to try Andhra style Non-veg recipes for long time and finally it happened 2 weeks back. On a cold winter evening prepared this Andhra Chicken Curry and served along with rotis for dinner. This chicken curry is sure a treat for spicy food lovers like us.

I made it little more spicy but, have given the recipe-measurement for medium hot chicken curry. Also you can adjust the green chilli and chili powder to your desired spice level. I referred a you tube video for this chicken curry recipe and it turned out awesome, sure a keeper recipe. So, for a change from your regular style of chicken curry try this Andhra style spicy Chicken Curry recipe, definitely you will love it. Don't panic on seeing the big ingredients list, just for easy understanding I divided it to different headings. This is absolutely an easy to make chicken curry. This spicy chicken curry suits well with Rotis/Phulka/Parotta/Dosa and even with rice & Biryani also. Now off to the recipe..

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe | Strawberry Spinach Salad With Poppy seed Vinaigrette

Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe
Thanks to all my blogger friends who stop by my space and leave your valuable comments, your few words are really encouraging and means a lot to me. At the same time I am sorry that I couldn't do a courtesy visit back to your space, hopefully by next week will do it. Thank you for your support. Today's recipe is a simple, colorful and refreshing salad with greens and a fruit combo. This is kinda summer salad with summer special fruit strawberries but here strawberries are available throughout the year so can enjoy this salad anytime.
Only thing the taste of berries may not that sweet now, so I added some brown sugar to the dressing and the best part of this salad is the dressing. Mild tangy, sweet dressing with poppy seeds
was awesome and refreshing with spinach and strawberries. First time i tried dressing with poppy seeds, instead of black one I used white poppy seeds and i loved it. Overall the salad was delicious and filling.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Hotel Style Mushroom Kurma Recipe | Mushroom Vellai Kurma Recipe | Mushroom Kurma Recipe

Mushroom Vellai Kurma
I am slowly recovering from my sickness and now a days lost the blogging enthu due to one or the other things happening around. On seeing my fellow bloggers' updates on facebook sometimes pushes me to be active here. I have handful of recipes in my draft but, I lack the zing to sit and complete a post. Plus the weather is also getting down and keeps me lazy and calm. Ok Now coming to the recipe Mushroom kurma / Hotel Style Vellai Kurma, this is one of my favorite side dish for chapathi and Mom usually makes it with mixed vegetables. This kurma tastes similar to the one which we get in Vegetarian Hotels served as an accompaniment for Chapathi&Parotta.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mughlai Chicken Biryani Recipe | Mughlai Biryani Recipe

Mughlai Chicken Biryani
Biryani itself a treat and if it is Hyderabadi or Mughlai Biryani then it is a double treat with double richness, double flavor and double taste. When it comes to Non-Vegetarian recipes I also wanted to try different recipes and cuisine. For the first time tried Mughlai Cusine and loved this Mughlai Chicken Biryani. The tastes of Mughlai cuisine vary from extremely mild to spicy, and is often associated with a distinctive aroma and the taste of ground and whole spices.

Mughlai Chicken Biryani is an Exotic Biryani with the richness of nuts, butter and unique aroma of freshly ground spices. This is a layered Biryani type that, is chicken gravy and rice is cooked separately and then both combined as layers in a pot and cooked in low heat by Dhum method. I referred an easy recipe from a youtube video and slightly tweaked to my taste. Most of the recipe uses food color to differentiate the layers but, i used saffron milk that, added nice aroma and yellow color to the rice. Do not worry about the color, Biryani tasted awesome. For a change, to impress your family just give it a try and share your feedback. The list and preparation may look bit lengthy and confusing but it is simple and easy to follow with the step wise pictures.