Pan Roasted Chicken

The story behind this dish: I was locked out of my own home and my flatmate was going to take over 2 hours to get home. I had all the ingredients for a chicken curry. OK, not all but I had the chicken and random vegetables. Like a true damsel in distress I sat on the stairs waiting for someone to rescue me. Just then I see my friend and thankfully, neighbour walking her dog. I popped over to her place (yes, I turn British every now and then) and we decided to have an impromptu get together of friends over some food and beer. I worked with whatever I could find in her pantry.

Ingredients:
Chicken breast – 1
Mixed seasoning (paprika, dried herbs, salt) – 2 tsp
Lemon juice – 2 tsp
Garlic paste – 1 tsp
Vegetables like beans and carrots – 1 cup cut up

Method:
1. Rub the seasoning, garlic paste, lemon juice and salt to taste thoroughly on the chicken breast and leave it to marinate for an hour.
2. Get some beer or juice for yourself and have a good time with your friends.
3. Heat a pan with olive oil.
4. Place the chicken breast and let it roast for 5 mins.
5. Turn it around and let it cook for another 3-4 mins.
6. Take it off the pan and keep aside.
7. In the same pan tip the cut vegetables in and saute for 5 mins and take it off.

Serve the chicken with the vegetables. If you have garlic bread, then nothing like it.

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Hot and Sweet Stir Fry

Chicken and Mushroom

Stir frys are the best. By best I mean easiest to cook. Here’s one of my good ones. And by good one I mean, better tasting and better looking.

Ingredients:
Boneless chicken – 500 gms
Button mushrooms – 1 packet
Capsicum – 1
Onion – 1 large sliced
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
Spring onion – Chopped handful
Sesame oil – 2 tbsp
Fish sauce – 2 tbsp
Soy sauce – 1 tbsp
Green chilli sauce – 2 tbsp
Honey – 2 tbsp

Method:
1. Heat oil.
2. Add onions along with the ginger garlic paste and green chilli sauce.
3. Saute till onions are translucent.
4. Tip the chicken in and add the soy sauce.
5. Let it cook for 5 mins on medium heat.
6. Add the sliced mushrooms.
7. Let it cook further for another 5 mins.
8. Add the diced capsicum, fish sauce and let it all simmer for 2-3 mins.
9. Tip in the honey, mix well and garnish with chopped spring onions.

Serve with steamed rice.

You could play around with the dish by adding all kinds of vegetables – baby corn, broccoli, and the likes.

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Thai Red Curry

It’s taken 3 years to resurrect our blog. We have been busy helping food lovers across the world to get closer to their favourite restaurant.

In a nutshell, we moved base to Gurgaon from Bangalore. We are with Zomato. We are still cooking – in different kitchens.

Thai Red Curry.

No readymade pastes from the supermarket anymore. What I did though, was take a look at the ingredients at the back of the readymade curry paste packet. I tried my best to come close to what the paste should be like. As it turns out, I did. One whiff of it and your lungs will be filled will the aroma of lemongrass and galangal. Although, the heat from the chillies will make you curse me to an early death. I’ll live with that.

Ingredients for paste:
Long red dried chillies – 12
Coriander seeds – 1 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Garlic – 4 cloves
Galangal (grated) or ginger – 1 inch
Lemon/lime leaves – 6-7
Lemongrass – 1 chopped

Other ingredients:
Chicken – 500 gms boneless
Sesame oil – 2 tbsp
Fish sauce – 5 tbsp
Basil leaves – 5-6
Coconut milk – 400 ml (2 packets)

Method:
1. Saute the dried chillies in 1 tbsp sesame oil for a minute or till the chillies swell a little.
2. Now grind all the ingredients mentioned for paste along with the chillies and half a cup of water.
3. Heat rest of the sesame oil and cook the paste in it till the paste darkens in colour.
4. Add chicken, basil leaves and a tsp of salt.
5. Let the chicken cook in the paste – 10 mins approximately.
6. Add the coconut milk and let it come to a boil.
7. Add fish sauce and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Serve with steamed/jasmine rice.

PS: This is my version of the curry. It’s easy. But make sure there’s enough ventilation in the kitchen because, red chilli paste cooking in oil. Get it? Okay.

– Pallavi

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Basil Chicken


Well, there were left over Basil leaves from the margherita pizza so decided come up with something quick and different. As for me, coming up with new dishes is more like a challenge we put on ourselves 🙂 and my inspiration is to cook such stuff would be to be able to put something on the table with the least bit of ingredients involving the least cooking time! So here it is :
Ingredients:
250 gms of Boneless chicken
4 tbl spoons of olive oil
2 tbl spoons of regular italian seasonings
One Basil leaf for each piece of chicken
4 tbl spoons of honey
Process:
Marinate the meat with the Itaian Seasonings and 2 tbl spoons of oilive oil with a pinch of salt. Keep aside for 20 mins.
Now to a hot pan add 2 tbl spoons of olive oil and grill the chicken on the pan till they turn into that golden brown that we love. Now stick a basil leaf on every chicken piece and delicately glaze it with honey with the help of a cooking brush. Let it cook for 1-2 mins. Season with salt and pepper….and…well enjoy them with some mustard sauce.

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Tandoori chicken

For once we thought we’d go the Indian way with the classic Tandoori chicken. But I wasn’t sure about how close we could get to the real deal. Obvious reason being we’d use the OTG and not the ‘tandoor’. Anyhow, the results were fantastic. Juicy, succulent and tender chicken grilled in the oven to sheer perfection. Minimum use of oil (like ½ tsp per piece) and no food coloring at all, this was a guilt-free pleasure.
Ingredients:
½ kg chicken
½ cup curd
2 tsp coriander powder
2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp garam masala powder
2 tsp red chilli powder (alter to achieve desired ‘hotness’)
2 tsp cumin powder
1 large lemon
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
Oil – ½ – 1 tsp per piece
Method:
The trick to get all the spices into the chicken and to make it as tender as possible is to marinate the chicken in the above mentioned ingredients for 6 hours or more. We were supposed to serve the chicken for lunch, therefore drenched it the marinade for like an hour or so and went shopping (for groceries). We did get a little carried away and lost track of time. That’s how the chicken sat in the fridge marinating for another 7-8 hours. It was meant to be!
So after the poor bird has had its share of spices forced into it, pre-heat the oven to 200C and let the chicken sit out at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes. Using the grill accessory of the oven, place the chicken pieces of equal sizes gently on the greased grill and pop it into the oven and bake for 30 minutes on each side at 180C, greasing it with 1/2 – 1 tsp oil. After which turn up the heat a notch (225C) and place the grill on the top most level of the oven for about 7-8 minutes. This is just to get a nice char grilled color (if that’s a thing) on the chicken. Take it off and serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side. Tip: Place a tray below the grill in the oven when the chicken is in there, to collect the juices dripping. Else you’d be scrubbing your oven forever!

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Roast Chicken

We had this picture in our minds, one large roast chicken, well stuffed, a bottle of wine…basically we were in a mood for something fancy yet not much investment of stress. Even while preparing, there wasn’t much thought put into it…lot of learning from accidents this time. So when we were getting our pedicures done, we put down a small list of basic stuff (since our hands were free) of the roast chicken and headed off to the supermarket.
Ingredients:
1 whole chicken (skin on and cleaned)
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
3 teaspoons of dried mixed herbs (oregano, parsley, rosemary and the likes)
2 large onions
1 large pod of garlic
10 cooked baby potatoes
2 tbsp soya sauce
2 tbsp of tomato ketchup
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp butter
approx 1 handful of cashew nuts and raisins each
salt to taste
Method:
Marinate the whole bird with balsamic vinegar, mixed herbs and half the pod of garlic chopped. Leave it covered for about 30 minutes.
In the mean time, get on with the stuffing. Sauté the finely chopped onions in hot olive oil till it turns golden brown. Now add the garlic, cashew nuts, raisin, tomato ketchup and soya sauce and let it cook for about 5 minutes. Keep aside.
Now, stuff the chicken with this mix and seal the opening with toothpicks or use a sterilized needle and thread to stitch it up.
Heat butter in a heavy bottom saucepan, preferably non-stick…now place the chicken breast down and cover it for about 10 minutes or till you fork it and realized that it’s done, pour any remaining marinade on the bird. Post 10 minutes, turn over the chicken and let it cook till the skin turns golden brown.
Serving Suggestions:
Cream of mushroom soup with garlic bread sticks goes perfectly well with this deadly dish. Also, good old mashed potatoes on the side of the chicken and steamed / grilled veggies (carrot, peas, baby potatoes). So what we did was, we enjoyed the steamed veggies with caramelized onions with red wine. We poured ourselves a nice glass of Jacob’s Creek Vintage Merlot.
This was just how we wanted a tiresome day to end, and it was healthy! 🙂
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