Old Monk Sticky Chilli Chicken Recipe

Old Monk Sticky Chilli Chicken

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.

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Chilli Garlic Noodles with Vegetables

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.

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Creamy Cashew Chicken Curry

Creamy Cashew Chicken Curry

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.

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Spicy Peanut Chicken/Chicken in peanut sauce

Spicy peanut chicken recipe

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.

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Green Chutney – Green chilli and coriander based

ragi dosa with green chutney - finger millet crepe

Green Chutney – Green chilly and coriander based

The green chutney is a staple at home to go with any kind of idli or dosa. The colour comes from green chilli and coriander leaves. That’s why it also tastes very fresh. You can alter the amount of either of the ingredients to suit your taste. But by keeping the chillies on the low means you get to taste all other ingredients. Otherwise, it’s just a spicy chutney.

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Spaghetti in Marinara and Fresh Basil

 Spaghetti in Marinara and Fresh BasilSpaghetti in Marinara and Fresh Basil

Sure, you wouldn’t need a recipe for a basic marinara sauce for your bowl of spaghetti. But I wanted to share this anyway because it tasted great. Lots of garlic and good tomatoes make for a simple yet delicious sauce. Fresh basil gives the dish freshness. I added some dried thyme and paprika as well. Tossing the cooked spaghetti in this sauce and topping it with fresh basil and grated cheese turned a dull midweek day lunch into a delicious meal. Bowl-lickable is what I’d call it.

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Pork Masala – Hot and sour pork curry

pork masala

Pork Masala – Hot and sour pork curry

I don’t know what to call this – pork masala or hot and sour pork curry. Either way, it turned out pretty good. It was surprising to see boneless pork on Bigbasket the other day and I ordered some. Sunday lunch was this pork masala and it was finger-licking good. As always, I rely on freshly ground spice mixtures and I made one for this curry too. I’ve made pork bafat or Mangalorean style pork before with freshly ground bafat powder. This one though is very different. I wanted something sour and spicy.

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Mutton Curry with Potatoes

mutton curry with potatoes

Mutton Curry with Potatoes

Most Bengali and Mangalorean households swear by potatoes in their mutton curries. I don’t know the origin of how it came to be, and I won’t get into it right now. Well, when something tastes good, you’ve got to let it be. There are many mutton curries out there and I have made several ones myself. The best part about mutton is that it gives such great flavour to the gravy so it tastes great the next day even. I made this one with a robust spice mix that has all things good from my spice cabinet. I added coconut and some khus khus to thicken the curry.

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Chicken in Lemon Garlic Sauce

Chicken in Lemon Garlic Sauce

Chicken in Lemon Garlic Sauce Recipe

First off, I was plain lazy to cook something elaborate on a Saturday. To top that, the humidity in Gurgaon right now makes me want to crawl into my air conditioner. You can imagine the kitchen. That’s why something quick was the need of the afternoon. All I had was chicken, garlic, one too many lemons and coconut milk. You see how red it is? I simply added a couple of teaspoons of tomato puree. You could add any kind of tomato-based sauce or paste, it would work.

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