Prawns and Onion Sauce Recipe

prawns and onion sauce

Prawns and Onion Sauce Recipe

I almost called this a faux XO sauce. It’s a good thing I didn’t. This prawns and onion condiment is so delicious I almost at it all by itself. Its sticky, funky, saltiness flavours makes it hard not to add to everything. Like in XO sauce, I too used dried prawns here along with onions that are caramelized till they’ve mutated into the most delicious dark sticky sweet mass. I’m not aroused, I promise. A little bit of this and a little bit of that, a little cooking here a little mixing there – and then you have this jar of deep dark delicious goodness. I’m over selling. I’ll stop now. Last thing. You can use this as a condiment with any Asian dishes (or boring takeout dinners), even add it to stir fries for extra flavour and of course, eggs.

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Chilli Pork with a Sticky, Spicy, and Salty Sauce

Chilli pork

Chilli Pork with a Sticky, Spicy, and Salty Sauce

There’s something devilishly good about licking the remains of a heavenly chilli pork off your fingers. I had made some a few months ago when I discovered my second love – the pork vendor at INA. There used to be one online vendor who sold pork meat in Gurgaon and that wasn’t even good meat. But the INA market in Delhi is where all the action is. I was kicking myself for not having been there in my almost 4 year stay in Gurgaon. Better late than never, I guess. This was my second visit and I went to the same vendor I did the last time. His was the only shop that was always crowded. He didn’t have time to swat the flies of the meat, unlike the neighbour vendors who looked at his customers longingly.

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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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Turmeric Chicken Noodle Bowl

Turmeric Chicken Noodle Bowl

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.

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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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Shiitake and Tofu Stir Fry

Shiitake and Tofu Stir Fry

Shiitake and Tofu Stir Fry

Yes, the looks like one sad pile of brown things that didn’t belong together. However, they tasted pretty good. And that’s because shiitake is so flavourful, it could lift any boring dish. This was my first time cooking shiitake and I wanted to pair it with something that wouldn’t take away from it. Enter, tofu. Tofu essentially soaks up anything that’s around it. Simply put these two together with some soy, chilli, ginger and garlic. Easy and quick dinner in under 20 mins.

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Chicken in Black Bean Sauce Recipe

chicken in black bean sauce

This chicken in black bean sauce was so easy to make and was a great way to use leftover marinated chicken. I had leftover uncooked meat from the caramel chicken I’d made. I quickly cooked the chicken in a pan with a sauce I made with black bean paste, soy, fish sauce and chilli paste. I also made a quick fried rice with cabbage and eggs to go with it. Perfect Saturday night dinner it was.

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Chilli Caramel Chicken with Udon Noodles

 

Chilli caramel chicken

A few days ago I ordered a pack of udon noodles from Amazon on a whim. I love trying different kinds of noodles as long as they’re not a pain to cook. I’d seen several udon noodle recipes but almost all of them were made with fresh udon noodles. Fresh ones are much plumper, thicker and whiter than their dried counterparts. They looked like they could soak up any sauce in seconds. The dried ones though didn’t disappoint. I absolutely loved them. They’re thicker, flatter and chewier than regular noodles. And tasted fantastic with the chicken I made.

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Chilli Basil Chicken Stir-fry

Chilli Basil Chicken

Sometimes you don’t want to spend even 20 minutes in the kitchen. But all you’re thinking is about a bowl of food that’s comforting and delicious. Something to pick your mood up, something to put a smile on your face and something to help you through the rest of the evening. This chilli basil chicken stir-fry is definitely that something. With a light chilli kick and freshness of basil, it sure will perk you up in no time. You know what the best part is, though? It can be done is less than 15 mins with 2-3 mins of prepping.

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Honey Soy Chicken with Carrots and Broccoli

One of my favourite quick meals is to just toss chicken in the pan with some veggies and be done with it in 10-15 minutes. No need to slave over the stove on a weeknight. But I do plan ahead. The night before I marinate the chicken and the next night I just need to get it on the pan. If you can’t or couldn’t marinate the chicken overnight, just let it marinate till the time you prep the veggies. This one’s one of those meals. It’s got some honey soy, pepper and basil for flavour. And dinner is served. You can save more time by put the chicken and the veggies on a tray and into an oven for 20 mins. But I like the charred bits I get when I grill it on the pan with a dash of sesame or regular oil.

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Ingredients:

Boneless chicken breast – 1, cut into strips

Honey soy – 1 tbsp OR 1 tbsp soy + 1 tsp honey

Ginger paste – 1 tbsp

Paprika – 1 tsp

(Marinate chicken in above ingredients overnight)

Carrot and broccoli – 1 cup, cut into bite size pieces

Basil – 4-5 leaves chopped (you could use coriander instead)

Honey soy – 1 tbsp OR 1 tbsp soy + 1 tsp honey

Pepper – 1 tsp (go higher or lower according to your love for it)

Sesame or regular oil – 2 tbsp

Fish sauce – 1 tbsp (optional)

Method:

Heat oil and toss the marinated chicken strips. Don’t move it for a minute so it browns well.

Flip them around so the other side browns as well.

Toss in the basil, pepper and veggies. Add the honey soy and basil.

Mix well. Add a splash (roughly 2-3 tbsp) of water and cover the pan. Let it cook for around 5 minutes.

Taste and add salt (or fish sauce), pepper or even the honey soy to adjust the balance. When it tastes right, take it off the pan.

Note: Ideally, a gravy version of this would go great with plain rice. You could add more water mixed with a tsp of cornflour, pour it over and let it come to a bubble before turning the heat off. I’m not a fan of cornflour though. I believe it masks the flavour of the whole dish. I’d rather add more oyster sauce to thicken the gravy. Do whatever fits your taste.

 

 

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