Methi Paneer Curry Recipe
When I first moved up north, it was winter. I could barely feel my nose or feet. But food during this time of the year is fantastic. From the gajar ka halwa to saag, there’s such good food. Methi in everything seems to be the right thing to do as well. I’ve had lots of methi based curries and I can’t seem to get over it. One such was methi paneer. They do add a lot of cream to it, which isn’t really my way of doing things. So I added whipped yoghurt. It was creamy without the cream and the bitterness of the methi was just right.
Butterless Fudgy Brownies Recipe
People who know me call me the Brownie Queen. Alright, I call myself that. These butterless fudgy brownies happened because, well, I had no butter. I had to put together an impromptu lunch and how the hell was I to whip up dessert with a couple of hours notice and no butter? Outrageous, I tell you. But since I like my friends I had to do something. I just swapped the butter with coconut oil. Added some milk and a little cocoa. It all worked out fine.
Roasted Beetroot and Cauliflower Soup
Last year around the same time I made this beautiful roasted beetroot and tomato soup. Roasting beets is the best way to cook them, I believe. Simply wrap them in foil, throw them into a preheated oven and let them cook for about an hour, depending on their size. They seem to retain their colour, flavour and form when roasted. But with cauliflower, I just cook it in water till it’s tender. Another simple soup I had made was this cauliflower soup.
Old Monk Sticky Chilli Chicken
A bottle of Old Monk and chilli garlic paste got me going with this Old Monk sticky chilli chicken. To be honest, it was Nigella Lawson’s tequila lime chicken that made me do it. That’s why you should let me watch her all day every day. Anyway, she did some fiery chicken with tequila and lime. I went a similar way but instead of tequila I had a bottle of Old Monk in the house, so I used that. What goes well with rum? Chilli, lemon and honey. I added coriander stems, ginger and lemon zest in the marinade to give it more punch. It was awesome.
Chilli Garlic Noodles with Vegetables
Noodles are versatile and are the best when you want a quick dinner. Simply toss some veggies or meat in with some sauce and your meal is ready. One evening, at the grocery store, I found these vegetable noodles. They looked like the kind you make pad thai with. The flat and slightly thicker ones. I bought a packet for myself to make a quick dinner. It was a chilly evening and I knew I wanted something spicy, chilli garlic like, and easy to put together.
Chicken Poached in Tea and Coconut Broth
This sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? But it isn’t. This chicken poached in tea and coconut broth started off as a disaster but I salvaged it. It was originally supposed to be a tea smoked chicken dish but the smoking bit didn’t go as planned. So I used the tea in the broth that the chicken was poached in. This tea from Ausum is perfect for a broth like this since it is a blend of lemongrass, ginger, spearmint, Darjeeling green tea, and others. It complimented the lemongrass flavoured coconut broth. Ausum sent me some of their blends and as much as I like drinking the tea as it is, particularly in this weather, I figured I’d work some into a recipe like this.
Whole Wheat Coconut Banana Bread Recipe
I’ve always maintained that ‘healthy’ desserts aren’t a thing and it’s actually an oxymoron. When you look at whole wheat banana bread, you might think you could eat two slices without the guilt. I don’t think so. However, if you’re looking for something without butter or refined sugar, this is your best bet. I’ve used coconut oil instead of butter. No, the bread doesn’t taste of it. If you’re still iffy, use olive oil instead. Instead of refined sugar, I used a mix of honey and muscovado sugar. Powdered jaggery should also work. I didn’t go honey all the way because with brown sugar I get some caramel like taste, which I love.
Creamy Cashew Chicken Curry
I forgot that I ran out of red chillies. As I rummaged through my pantry with creaky doors and my fridge, whose freezer door I must get fixed, I didn’t find much that would excite me. But the optimist that I was, I found this half-full packet of cashew nuts. And in a corner of the fridge, there was this small bowl of grated coconut and a couple of spoons of leftover coconut milk in its little carton. About a fourth of a cup. That was enough for me to hustle up a Sunday chicken curry. This time it was going to be a creamy cashew chicken curry.
Tofu and Egg Fried Rice – Makeover for leftovers
Remember that tofu scramble I made the other day? No? Go read that first and then talk to me. Anyway, I had a bunch of leftovers from that so as the leftovers queen that I am, I made fried rice with it. I had just about half a cup of the tofu scramble so I decided to add eggs to the mix to increase the quantity. I had cooked rice from the night before. Looks like I was all set, no? No. I ran out of soy sauce and fish sauce. My two essentials for Indian-Chinese cooking. But I needed a sauce. So I mixed char siu, rice vinegar, and chilli sauce together and stirred it into the fried rice.
Tofu Scramble with Vegetables and Vermicelli
This recipe, like most recipes, doesn’t come with a backstory like how I saw the tofu and lightning struck along with the idea of scrambling it with vegetables. No. It was simply out of sheer laziness and stomach rumbling hunger that made me cook at lightning speed. And once I cooked the tofu scramble and veggies together in some randomly mixed sauce, I realized I needed to eat it with something or else I’d get hungry soon after I’d wash my plate. What cooks faster than regular noodles? Vermicelli. 5 mins. Done.