Roast Chicken Salad with Mango

Roast Chicken Salad with Mango

Roast Chicken Salad with Mango

Winner winner, chicken dinner. And this one has mango and cherry tomatoes too. Before the favourite fruit of the country goes into hibernation, I thought I’d get my lazy backside off the couch and make this salad. Basic stuff. Give a chicken breast a good sexy massage with a special spice mix. Play some Al Green for inspiration. Gently roast it on a pan till you see a nice dark colour on one side. Then pop it into a preheated oven (or simply lower the heat and cook it on the pan itself). Then slice it up and serve with mango cubes and cherry tomatoes that you must throw in the oven with the chicken. Don’t forget the pretty tomatoes!

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Ragi and Whole Wheat Waffles

Ragi and Whole Wheat Waffles

Ragi and Whole Wheat Waffles

Every once in a while, I whip up some waffles on a Sunday. And every once in a while, I almost run out of flour. That’s how this ragi and whole wheat waffles came out being. Not because I was on a healthy food trip (it’s about time I’m on one, actually). From my older breakfast recipes like oatmeal waffles and oatmeal pancakes, I was pleasantly surprised that not everything needed plain white flour to taste good. But ragi, I was never quite sure of. That’s why I used a 1/4 cup of each – ragi, plain flour, whole wheat flour and oat flour (grind instant oats to a powder).

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Khao Suey with Dried Prawns and Chilli Oil

khao suey with prawns

Khao Suey with Dried Prawns Recipe

I have a Khao Suey recipe already on the blog but I had to do another one. And this Khao Suey with dried prawns turned out absolutely delicious! Usually you’d see a khao suey with a ton of toppings like fried onions, fried garlic, coriander, spring onions, peanuts and what not. But I had a revelation. Since there was the dried prawns and fried garlic, I kept the onions raw. It added a much needed fresh crunch to the bowl of hot coconut broth and noodles. I now prefer my khao suey without the fried onions.

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Cowpea Beans Stir-fry with Coconut / Alasande Palya

Cowpea Beans Stir-fry

Cowpea Beans Stir-fry with Coconut / Alasande Palya

Cowpea beans have been a regular fixture at home. French beans were slightly more expensive compared to cowpea ones. That’s why they made the cut. They’re simply stir fried with a tadka of mustard seeds, urad and channa dal, curry leaves and dried chillies. The dals give it a nutty flavour and add a crunch to the dish. There’s no masala or too much salt to kill these beans. Adding freshly grated coconut in the end gives the dish some added texture and freshness.

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Spaghetti with Ricotta, Garlic and Olive Oil

spaghetti with ricotta

Spaghetti with Ricotta, Garlic and Olive Oil

I recently did a post on homemade ricotta and things you could do with it. One dish I wanted to make a separate post on was this spaghetti with ricotta, garlic and olive oil. It’s really simple, most of the ingredients are listed in the title itself, and is super delicious. Not to forget, it cooks in a few minutes. The flavours you’d be hit with are predominantly garlic and olive oil. The ricotta adds a nice creaminess in bursts. Lots of freshly cracked pepper for some heat and some parsley for, well, colour. I don’t see what else it could do.

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Pineapple and Cucumber Salad

pineapple cucumber salad

Pineapple and Cucumber Salad Recipe

Not being a salad person is no reason not to eat a perfectly delicious salad. I’m not one for too many leaves though. I feel like a cow. No, I’m not talking about my figure. I’m talking about chewing those leaves. I prefer salads with chunks of veggies in them and just a few sprinklings of leaves. Like the wind happened to accidentally blow them my direction. Whenever I have people over for a meal, I try and squeeze in a decent salad in there. More often than not, I serve hearty curry based spicy meals and a salad sometimes saves the tummy from burning down. This salad has all the basics and some more. Pineapple and cucumber salad had to be my main heroes and the orange miso dressing, the bombshell heroine. It’s sweet, salty, sour, and delish!

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Homemade Ricotta And What You Can Do With It

homemade ricotta

Homemade Ricotta

Homemade ricotta cheese recipe is already on the blog. In this post I want to show you two delicious toasts you can make with it. And more. There’s no cooking but only assembling in these recipes. Ricotta to me is best defined as ‘loose paneer’ to the Indian palate. The making of it requires full fat milk, lemon juice, salt and 15 minutes. Many restaurants and cafes include ricotta in many of their dishes like pancakes and cheesecakes. I like the idea of ricotta on toast with something sweet or savoury to go with it. Like, this ricotta and mushroom toast.

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Roast Chicken in Mushroom and Wine Sauce

Roast chicken in mushroom and wine sauce

Roast Chicken in Mushroom and Wine Sauce

Roast chicken isn’t the hero here. The hero is the mushroom and wine sauce. Although, I’d like to have cooked down the wine a few minutes longer. But it was still delicious. For the sauce, I blitzed the mushrooms with a little onion and lots of garlic. That’s pretty much what you will taste – mushrooms and garlic. Adding the white wine gave it some acidity. A little trick that always works for sauces for me is to add a small stock cube in the sauce while it simmers. Extra punch of flavour that only mushrooms wouldn’t give.

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Fig and Bacon Salad with Feta with Balsamic Dressing

Fig and Bacon Salad

Fig and Bacon Salad with Feta

Fig and bacon salad. I should have called it my fig and pig salad (I make myself laugh). My friend got me some juicy and delicious figs from Bangalore recently and I’m glad I put them to good use. I used the more firm ones for the salad and saved the mushy ones for another delicious adventure. But that’s for later. For now, stick a fork into this sweet, plump, salty, sour and fresh salad. It’s got all that and more. I made a very simple dressing of balsamic, honey and EVOO (extra virgin olive oil).

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Curry Noodle Bowl with Dried Prawns

Curry Noodle Bowl

Recipe for curry noodle bowl with dried prawns

I’ve been off my blog for many months now. I don’t have excuses but I have a few reasons. Mainly because I was out of a job and was on a job hunt for the most part. I’m still only doing work on freelance/consultant basis. It takes its toll on the mind. Without dedication and focus (and money), it’s hard to keep a blog up and running. But I’ve been feeling bad about letting this baby of mine take the back seat (more like take the trunk) entirely. Going forward, I’ll try and update a few recipes as and when I feel like it, which essentially means, whenever I am in a better mindset. Till then, follow me on Instagram where I put up pictures.

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