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.
Turmeric Chicken Noodle Bowl
It’s that time of the year again when the city chokes on smog and gives you little hints of winter on the side. Delhi winters are lovely and I can’t wait for the smog to clear up and for the real fog to hinder my visibility. Not to forget the layers and layers of clothes to be buried under. But it’s soup season, so all is well. Let me bring you turmeric chicken noodle bowl. Why turmeric, you wonder? It’s because I had some leftover chicken in its turmeric, chilli powder, ginger-garlic paste, and green chilli marinade.
Southekayi Majjigehuli / Thouthe Pulikajipu
A few months ago a friend got me Mangalore cucumber from Bangalore and I made Thouthe Koddel with it. This time around, my brother-in-law brought me one from Mumbai. And I made thouthe pulikajipu with it. I don’t know where this dish originated but I’ve seen it made across all south Indian states. It is pulikajipu in Tulu, majjigehuli in Kannada, and mor kozhambu in Tamil. All it needs is a vegetable, ground coconut with chilli, ginger and a couple of spices, and sour yoghurt.
Spicy Peanut Chicken Recipe
The best thing about having Asian sauces in your fridge and pantry is that you can whip up a really good meal in just a few minutes. This spicy peanut chicken recipe is the result of a jar with just a spoon of peanut butter, fish sauce, char siu sauce, soy, and chilli paste. It’s one of the quickest meals I’d fixed myself in recent days. And I cannot put into words how much I loved it. You can tweak the sauce too. If you don’t have char siu, use oyster or hoisin. If you don’t have any of those, simply use peanut butter, soy, chilli paste, and honey.