Water Melon Coolant

A very Easy Summer Drink that you will love !

You will need :

300 gms water melon, peeled , cut and deseeded.

100 ml of Chilled Water.

Mint leaves (2-3)

1 tbsp sugar  ( Add per your taste )

Blend in everything together in a blender for a minute or two.

Serve chilled.

 

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Chorba Frik ( Algerian Soup ) Good for Ramadan

Chorba Frik  or Firik ( Read as Shorba Freek)   is quite popular soup in Ramadan in Mediterranean  countries like Algeria,Tunisia and Morocco.

It is so easy to cook as well and tastes great along with its satiating fragrance of coriander and mint .

In my recipe I have used meat balls but you can add normal chicken and meat pieces too.
Preparation time : 15 minutes                                            Cooking time : 30 mins

Serves :2 -3

Ingredients

Tomato  4 medium size ,pureed ( 2 cups)

Onion-1  medium size, finely chopped or paste

Garlic -2 big clove finely chopped or paste

1 bunch of coriander leaves chopped

5-6 mint leaves

handful of chickpeas- soaked overnight.

(7-8) small meat balls made  from keema added with some herbs and spices of your choice.

Green chili -1 (medium hot) finely chopped

Salt -2 teaspoon

Pepper-1 teaspoon

Cumin powder-1 teaspoon

chili powder-1 teaspoon

1 bay leaf.

2 tablespoon Olive oil

Freek – 2 tablespoon ( It is blé of Wheat , can be substituted with Indian Dalia ,split wheat )

(You can even add Harisa to it, if you like very spicy,I prefer it medium hot.)

**Harisa is chili paste for my friends who donot know.

 

Directions:

In a wok/pan  heat oil  and  add  bay leaf, chopped onion, garlic, chili and fry them for 3-4 minutes on medium flame.

Add the spices and fry for a minute.

 Add tomato puree  and Sauté for 2 minutes till you see oil separates from gravy.

Add now 5-6 cups of water and bring to a boil.

Now add meat balls, chopped coriander , mint , chickpeas and frik .

Cover the lid  and Cook it on low flame for 20 minutes .

Garnish with some fresh coriander on top and lemon juice before serving.

You can choose to make it thick or watery , as you prefer to have your soup. If you want it more thick add less water .We like it a bit more liquid.

Idli Manchurian

Preparation time: 15 minutes                               Cooking time : 15 minutes

Serves : 2

Ingredients

Left over idlis 7-8 ( cut into small pieces)

One big onion ( big pieces)

one green pepper medium( chopped big pieces)

one green chili (chopped,small pieces, more as per your taste)

5-6 cloves of cloves finely chopped

few shreds of ginger chopped

1 tablespoon of thick Soy sauce

1 tablespoon vinegar.

1 tablespoon of thai sweet chili sauce

1 tsp of thai hot chili sauce ( Preferably sriracha)

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2  teaspoon pepper powder

1 teaspoon salt.

1 tablespoon ketchup.

Corn flour (2 tablespoon)

sesame seeds for garnishing.

Directions :

Add oil to the wok, once heated ,add ginger garlic and chili pieces first.Saute them.

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Once,done add the onion pieces and saute them until they become a bit transparent.

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Add the green pepper at end,since they cook faster and they should not be too soft, a bit crunchy taste better in curry.

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Now,add soy sauce,salt ,pepper,chili powder, thai chili sauce and vinegar.

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Stir the sauce until you see it become thick.

check the salt and spice level. You can add more as per your taste.

Now add a tablespoon of ketchup to give it a bit sweet taste.You can skip it as well if you don’t like sweet taste in your food.

Add the idli pieces to the sauce   toss, cover , put on low flame for 3-4 mins.

For garnishing add sesame seeds on top and eat it like a starter or maincourse.

 

Home Made Bolognese Sauce

This recipe is for Pasta Bolognese lovers,  We tried to make a healthy lean meat bolognese sauce at home and it turned out quite well.

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Presenting you a simple recipe from our kitchen.

Preparation time – 15 minutes                             Cooking time  :25-30 minutes  

Serves-2 Hungry  people

Ingredients needed:

250 g spaghetti or pasta of your choice, or half packet

1/2 medium onion, thinly chopped

1 garlic clove

1/2 small carrot, chopped

1/2 small green pepper (capsicum) chopped

2 medium  tomatoes

1 tablespoon tomato paste concentrate,

200 gm ground lean meat

1 big tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano ,

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley/persil

Salt, pepper as per your taste.

Some chopped mint leaves for dressing.

Method

Boil pasta according to instructions on the packet, strain and keep aside.

In a mixer, grind together chopped carrot, green pepper, onion and garlic . Keep the mixture aside.

Now grind tomatoes to make a smooth paste.

Heat olive oil in pan ,add the minced meat and saute for 3-4 mins on medium flame.

add the paste of garlic , onion, pepper and carrots, sauté until onion is tender, about 5 minutes.

Stir in  tomato sauce paste and concentrate , cook until oil come up ( cook on low flame 5-10 minutes)

Add  salt, pepper , dried parsley, dried oregano and paprika  powder if you like a bit hot , and continue cooking 1 minute.

Pour the sauce over pasta,  add cheese over it if you like , I didnt add , it was yum without cheese as well, few drops  of olive oil for flavour.

Some mint leaves and a cherry tomato for presentation.

Enjoy!!

Pictures for the steps :

Pesto Chicken

Another healthy recipe from our kitchen.  You can eat it as a Salad or a Starter as you prefer. It is a good dinner idea for people like us on diet . It will help you keep full and low on calories.

If you have been following this blog you must have noticed we are quite a fan of pesto sauce, I love the fresh smell of basil which makes anything I put it in so desirable with its fresh aroma and taste.

 

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Preparation time : 15 mins                                                              Cooking time: 10 mins

Serves 2

Ingredients:

200 gm chicken filets.

1 big tomato.

2 tablespoon pesto sauce.

Salt, pepper as per your taste.

20 gm mozzarella  grated cheese

1 bay leaf.

Directions:

Boil the chicken with bay leaf and some salt. You can  use the water from chicken as chicken stock later.

Cut the tomatoes into round thin slices.

Spread some pesto sauce on each boiled chicken piece and put the tomato slice on it.

Sprinkle salt and pepper. Top it with some grated cheese.

Bake in oven for 10 mins till the cheese melts and you see brown cheesy crust on top.

Serve it with salad .

Here the pictures that will help you get better idea how we did it.

 

The inside view 🙂

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Green Beans with Tuna

 

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Preparation time : 10 minutes                               Cooking time : 15-20 mins

Serves :2 

Ingredients

1 small can tuna ( 100 gm)

Onion- half small, finely chopped

Green beans –  200 gm,cut into two piece each

Garlic -2 big cloves finely chopped

Salt -1 teaspoon

Pepper powder-1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder-1/2 teaspoon

chili powder-1/2 teaspoon

Asafoetida powder- to sprinkle

Persil  (for dressing)

1 spoon lemon juice (dressing)

 

Directions:

In a wok/pan  heat oil  and  sprinkle some asafoetida into oil, add chopped onion,garlic and fry them for 2-3 minutes on medium flame.
Add the spices ,salt pepper and now fry for a minute.
 Add the beans ,saute for 3-4 mins.
Cover the wok for 5 mins on low flame till beans become soft.
Now add tuna, mix  and fry them all for a minute on low flame until it all look cooked.
Top it with some persil and lemon juice and enjoy with bread . I added some Pomme Duchesse as starters at my plate ( duchess potatoes).

Baked Vegetables with Chicken

Baking is a great way to cook your food without frying or adding much oil . Today we had our veggies baked with chicken. We  marinated them in spices for an hour before we put them in oven. It does make difference in taste as spices were absorbed by chicken and vegetables and tastes much better.

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Preparation time : 15 minutes excluding marinating time (1 hour min)          Baking time : 20 mins

Calories per serving =278

Serves – 2

Ingredients :

  • Chicken breast , cut into small pieces  200 gm
  • Vegetables – small Potatoes 6-7, brinjal 1/2, Green and yellow Pepper 1/4rth each , Tomato 1, Onion 1/2, Carrot  1 ,Zucchini -1/25, lemon 1, Green Peas – handful
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1  tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt 1 teaspoon
  • Spices for marinade-,Pepper 1/2 teaspoon,Garlic Powder 1/2 teaspoon,Cumin Powder 1/2 teaspoon,Chili Powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Herbs- Herb de Provence, Dry Parsley to sprinkle

Method :

Marinate the chicken and vegetables  with spices,lemon juice,salt, one tablespoon olive oil  and keep aside for minimum an hour ( more you keep, it is better)

Preheat the oven for 15 minutes at 240 C.

Now transfer the marinated vegetables and chicken into baking tray ,some water (50 ml) and  sprinkle some herbs over it, and let it bake for 15-20 minutes.

check if vegetable are cooked .

Serve with bread or rice as you prefer .

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