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Day 212 – Orotti or Rice Roti and Beef Roast

Day 212 - Orotti or Rice Roti and Beef Roast
Wrapping up Sunday by having Orotti or Rice roti and Beef roast for dinner.

Recipe:

Beef Roast

Ingredients:

For cooking beef:

  • Beef, stew cut-  1/2 pound
  • Ground pepper- 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1/8 tsp
  • Salt- 1/2 tsp
  • Water- 1/4 cup

For making roast:

  • Coconut oil- 2 tbsp
  • Onion, chopped small- 2 medium
  • Ginger, cut thin- 2 inch slice
  • Garlic, cut thin- 4 cloves
  • Green chilly, chopped- 1
  • Red whole dry chilly- 2 no’s
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- 1 handful
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Turmeric powder- 1/8 tsp
  • Chilly powder- 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Ground pepper- 1/4 tsp
  • Tomato,chopped- 1
  • Water from cooked beef- 1/2 cup
  • Coconut milk, thick- 1/2 cup
  • Salt- as needed

Preparation:

  1. Combine beef along with ground pepper, turmeric powder and salt.
  2. Cook the beef  along with water in a pressur cooker till 3-4 whistles or until beef has cooked well.
  3. Drain the cooked beef and reserve the water from the cooked beef.
  4. Place a pan over medium heat, add coconut oil, add onion to it, add salt and saute till translucent.
  5. Now, add ginger, garlic, red dry chilly, cumin seeds, cilantro and curry leaves, saute till everything turns slight golden in color.
  6. Add turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder and ground pepper to it, saute for a minute.
  7. Add tomato and cook till it gets mashed up.
  8. Now, add the cooked beef and water, let it come to a boil.
  9. Add coconut milk and cook till the gravy thickens.
  10. Taste and add salt accordingly.
  11. If you need more spice add ground pepper or chilly powder to it.
  12. Serve hot along with rice roti or rice.

Day 211 – Chicken Nachos and Almond Stuffed Plantain Cutlet

Day 211 - Chicken Nachos and Almond Stuffed Plantain Cutlet

Despite feeling sick, in the evening my hubby and I went biking and roamed around quite a bit. When I came home, I felt much better, it was such an awesome evening we had. In the evening, I made a snack using plantain, it came out so delicious. For dinner, my hubby prepared chicken nachos, it tasted good too.

Recipe:

Almond Stuffed Plantain Cutlet Recipe

Chicken Nachos:

  • Chicken, boneless breasts diced- 3 no’s
  • Green chili paste- 1 cup
  • Ground pepper- 1/2 tsp
  • Tortilla chips- 1/2 packet
  • Salsa- 1/2 jar
  • Cheddar cheese- 1 cup

Preparation:

  1. Marinate the chicken in green chilli paste and ground pepper for an hour or more.
  2. Place the chicken on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  4. Bake the chicken for 40 minutes.
  5. After the chicken has baked well, combine the chicken with tortilla chips and salsa, sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake for another 10 minutes, till cheese has melted.
  7. Serve hot with more salsa on the side.

Day 210 – Grilled Turkey Legs and Mashed Potatoes

Day 210 - Grilled Turkey Legs and Mashed Potatoes

Took the day off, slept the whole day and still feeling not so good. Having a long weekend which is totally screwed :( For dinner, my hubby volunteered to cook. Before starting his cooking adventure, he went for a shopping and came home with some huge turkey legs. I sighed and cuddled under the blanket while he grilled. He also wanted to make mashed potatoes, I had to help him a bit to make it. Turkey legs wasn’t that tasty as chicken legs, it wasn’t that bad either so without much complaints we ate it.

Recipe:

Grilled Turkey Legs:

  • Marinated the legs in store bought Korean Barbecue sauce and grilled till it’s cooked.

Mashed Potato Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Baking potatoes, peeled and sliced- 5
  • Whole milk or skim milk- 1 cup
  • Sharp white or yellow cheddar cheese, shredded – 1 cup
  • Ground pepper- 1/2 tsp
  • Dried Oregano leaves- 2 tsp
  • Salt- to taste
Preparation:
  • Place peeled, diced potatoes in a wide saue pan, cover the potatoes with water and let come to a boil.
  • You could even microwave the potatoes till it gets cooked well.
  • Season the water with salt and lower the heat.
  • Cook the potatoes until a fork goes easily into the potatoes.
  • Drain the water from the cooked potatoes.
  • Mash the potatoes without any lumps using a potato masher or wooden spoon.
  • Add milk and cheddar cheese to the potatoes, cook the potatoes till it gets thickened without much liquid.
  • Season the mashed potatoes with ground pepper, dried oreganos and salt.
  • Serve hot.

Day 209 – Chicken Salad and Rice Mung Bean Soup

Day 209 - Chicken Salad and Rice Mung Bean Soup

I cannot believe I fell sick this evening all of a sudden. I did feel my body temperature rising this noon and by evening it got worse, came home dizzy and exhausted. To Mr Flu: You can cuddle me, hug me and kiss me in the winter I don’t mind, but for God’s sake not in summer when it’s 90 F outside. Getting a summer flu is the most weirdest thing ever, when you have to cuddle under the blanket while everyone is having fun outside. When sick, a plate of biryani or any fine restaurant food wouldn’t comfort me by any means, but a couple of bowls of Rice-Mung bean coconut milk soup along with spicy pickle does all the magic to me. After sipping a bowl of this soup, I have sweated out my fever quite a bit and feeling a little better.

On the other hand, my hubby knew it I would make this soup for dinner, so he made his own baked chicken salad. While I enjoyed my soup, he enjoyed his chicken salad.

Recipe:

Rice Mung bean coconut milk soup

Baked chicken salad:

Marinated the chicken with store bought Spicy Asian Barbecue sauce and baked it covered at 350F for 45 minutes. Served the chicken over greens and tomatoes.


Day 208 – Dinner @ Under the volcano

Day 208 - Dinner @ Under the volcano

Dinner @ Under the Volcano Mexican Restaurant.

We had Flaming shrimp for appetizer, Fajita’s for Main course and Gluten free brownies with ice cream for dessert.


Day 207 – Ground Beef and Veggie Masala

Day 207 - Ground Beef and Veggies

It was a pleasant windy day, went biking in the evening and made ground beef veggie masala for dinner. I wanted to make it vegetarian, but for my hubby I had to add ground beef to this dish, else I have to deal with his sad puppy face :P

Recipe:

Ground beef and Veggie Masala

Ingredients:

  • Ground beef- 1/2 pound
  • Ginger-Garlic paste- 2 tsp
  • Tomato sauce (no salt added)- 1 1/2 cups
  • Kadhai Masala, store bought (Sanjeev Kapoor brand)- 3 tbsp
  • Water- to thin down the gravy
  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Cilantro, chopped-  1 handful

Veggies:

  • Carrot, cut small- 3 no’s
  • Broccoli, cut into florets- 1
  • Celery, cut small- 2 stalks
  • Mushroom, diced- 1/2 packet

Preparation:

  1. Place a pan over medium heat, add oil.
  2. Add ground beef and saute till it turns pale.
  3. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a few minutes.
  4. Now, add the veggies and 1/2 cup water, cook covered till veggies turn tender.
  5. Add kadhai masala and combine well.
  6. Now, add tomato sauce, cook for 3 minutes.
  7. Add some more water to thin down the gravy.
  8. Kadhai masala has salt in it, so you don’t need to add any salt. Taste and if needed addd salt.
  9. Let cook for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle cilantro over it and remove from the heat.
  11. Keep it covered for 5 minutes.
  12. Serve warm with roti, pita bread or rice.

Day 206 – Chicken Shawarma and Baba Ganoush

Day 206 - Chicken Shawarma and Baba Ganoush

Mother nature has showed mercy on us, because of the heavy rain during the weekend the weather has cooled down. It was such a pleasant day. For dinner, made chicken shawarma and baba ganoush.

Recipe:

Chicken Shawarma

Ingredients:

  • Chicken breasts- 3, cut into halves

For marinating:

  • Yogurt- 1/4 cup
  • Rice Vinegar- 3 tbsp
  • Shawarma spice mix, store bought- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Olive oil- 1 tbsp
  • Ground pepper- 1/4 tsp
  • Salt- to taste

Preparation:

  1. Marinate chicken with the above mentioned ingredients for 15 minutes or longer if you have time.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  3. Spread the chicken on the baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and greased with cooking spray.
  4. Cover the chicken with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, uncover the chicken and bake for another 10 minutes till the chicken gets slightly browned.
  6. Remove from the oven and let the chicken cool down
  7. Cut the chicken into long stripes, Keep aside.

Assembling the Shawarma:

Veggies needed:

  • Cucumber, diced- 1
  • Tomatoes, cubed- 2
  • Onion, chopped- 1/2
  • Lettuce, chopped- 4 leaves
  • Olives(optional), chopped- 1/2 cup
Preparation:

  1. Heat pita bread on a skillet.
  2. Top the pita bread with the veggies, chicken and pour Tahini Sauce or Baba Ganoush over it.
  3. Drizzle little lemon juice over it.
  4. Roll it and serve.

Baba Ganoush Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Egg plant, large- 1

For making Tahini Sauce

  • Sesame seeds- 1/2 cup
  • Olive oil- 1/3 cup
  • Garlic, chopped- 3 cloves
  • Lemon juice- 1/4 cup+ 1 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Parsley leaves, chopped- 3 tsp
  • Paprika- 1/2 tsp

Preparation:

  1. In a pan, roast the sesame seeds till it turns light golden in color.
  2. Blend the roasted sesame seeds along with olive oil to a smooth paste.
  3. Add garlic, lemon juice and salt to it and puree every thing.
  4. If the paste is too thick and if you find it hard to puree it, add 1-2 tbsp water to it.
  5. Tahini sauce is ready, keep it aside.
  6. Cut the eggplant into round slices.
  7. Preheat oven to 400F.
  8. Place the sliced eggplants on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and greased with cooking spray.
  9. Bake for 35 minutes till eggplants turn lightly browned.
  10. Remove the eggplant from the oven, let cool down and peel off the skin from the eggplant slices.
  11. Puree the eggplant along with 1/2 cup Tahini sauce to thick paste.
  12. Add 1 tbsp lemon juice to it and combine well.
  13. If you want to thin down the sauce you could add 2 tbsp olive oil to it.
  14. Taste and add salt if needed.
  15. Sprinkle with chopped parsley leaves and paprika.
  16. Serve along with shawarma.

Day 205 – Chicken Dum Biryani, Fried Chicken and Dates Pickle

Day 205 - Chicken Dum Biryani

I wanted to make this day special and so made chicken dum biryani, chicken fry and Dates pickle for lunch. Even for dinner we had the same.

Recipe:

I followed this recipe, this was the first time I made dum biryani. I cooked the rice to half done and then layered it on chicken and cooked on low flame for 30 minutes. Since I used stainless steel pan, the bottom layer got slightly burned. So, make sure to use non-stick cooking pan to avoid sticking to the bottom. The rice was cooked to perfection and loved the texture of it.

Chicken Fry Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Chicken legs or bone-in pieces- 6 no’s
  • Oil- to deep fry

To grind:

  • Garlic, chopped- 2 cloves
  • Ginger, chopped- 1 inch slice
  • Cardamom- 2 no’s
  • Cinnamon- 1 inch slice
  • Cloves- 2 no’s
  • Chilly powder- 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1/8 tsp
  • Fennel powder- 2 tsp
  • Ground pepper- 1/4 tsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- 1 handful
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Lemon juice- juice of half 1/2 lemon
  • Salt- to taste
  • Water- very little to make thick paste

Preparation:

  • Grind all the ingredients and make into a smooth thick paste.
  • Make gashes over the chicken pieces.
  • Spread the ground paste over the chicken and let marinate for few hours or overnight.
  • Fry in oil till golden brown. You could put a few curry leaves in the hot oil for a nice aroma.
Dates Pickle Recipe:
Ingredients:
  • Dates, pitted- 20 no’s
  • Small onions, cut long- 7 no’s large
  • Ginger, chopped- 2 inch slice
  • Green chillies- 4 no’s cut lengthwise
  • Tamarind juice from fresh tamarind- 4-5 tbsp
  • Water- 5 tbsp
  • Salt- little
  • Oil- 1 tbsp
Preparation:
  1. Soak fresh tamarind 2 inch slice or small round in 1/3 cup water.
  2. Heat a saucepan, add oil, when it gets hot add onions and green chillies.
  3. Saute till onions turn tender, add ginger and cook for sometime.
  4. Add dates, cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Add salt to it.
  6. Add tamarind juice and cook till dates get mashed up.
  7. If you are using concentrated tamarind, use less amount according to your needs.
  8. Add water and cook for a few more minutes till the mixture gets thickened.
  9. Have a taste and add more tamarind juice if needed. If you need it spicy you could add ground pepper to it.

Day 204 – Ginger Soy Chicken Stir Fry

Day 204 - Ginger Soy Chicken

Had an uneventful Saturday, however in the evening I went for a mega shopping and bought a lot of kitchen stuffs. Upgraded my kitchen utensils, after arranging all the things in my kitchen I felt content. For dinner, I made ginger soy chicken stir fry. It was very easy to prepare and tasted very delicious.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Oil- 3 tbsp
  • Dry whole red chilly- 3
  • Ginger sliced thin and 2 inch long- 4 inch
  • Chicken breasts or thighs boneless cut into long stripes- 1/2 pound
  • Celery cut into thin long stripes- 2 stalks
  • Green pepper cut into thin long stripes- 1
  • White mushrooms diced thin- 1 packet
  • Green onions- 2 stalks.
  • Soy sauce, low sodium- 3 tbsp
  • Ground pepper- 1/2 tsp
  • Salt- if needed

Preparation:

  1. Heat a wok, add oil, dry whole red chillies.
  2. Add ginger and saute till it starts to turn light golden color,
  3. Add chicken and cook uncovered till chicken has turned tender.
  4. Add celery, green pepper and mushrooms to the chicken along with 1/4 cup water and stir fry till veggies gets slightly cooked but still crispy.
  5. Add soy sauce, ground pepper, stir fry.
  6. Taste and add salt if needed.
  7. Add green onions and stir fry for a minute and remove from the heat.
  8. Serve hot.

Day 203 – Samosa, Chicken Fry, Seasoned Basmati Rice and Salad @ Nemat’s

Day 203 - Samosa, Chicken Fry, Seasoned Basmati Rice and Salad

Yay Friday! It has been a rather good day for me. When I came home I found hot samosa, chicken fry, seasoned basmati rice and salad ready on the dining table. I danced with joy and gobbled up. Well, my hubby didn’t make this, he was so sweet enough to carry out these from a nearby Pakistani restaurant before I even reached home from work. Having a relaxing night without any cooking.


Day 202 – Baked Sweet Potato and Chicken in Asian Sauce

Day 202 - Baked Sweet Potato and Chicken in Asian Sauce

It’s been a while since I had been thinking of making something delicious out of sweet potatoes. For dinner, I baked sweet potatoes rubbed with soy sauce, brown sugar and chili paste; fried chicken marinated in an asian sauce and combined both in a homemade Asian sauce. It turned out really good.

Recipe:

Baked Sweet Potato and Chicken in Asian Sauce Recipe


Day 201 – Goan Fish Curry, Mango Chammanthi, Fish Fry and Red Rice

Day 201 - Goan Fish Curry, Mango Chammanthi, Fish Fry and Red Rice

One of the hottest day so far and tomorrow is gonna be a scorcher. I couldn’t even stand on my backyard it was scorching hot. I had to wait to cool a bit to water my garden. I have not been doing any outdoor activities lately as I get exhausted if I stand outside for a while, so I am trying to hide from the heat. For dinner, I made Goan fish curry served with red rice. Also, I made Mango chammanthi or raw mango combined with grated coconut and fish fry. It was a scrumptious dinner.

Recipes:

Goan Fish Curry Recipe

Mango Chammanthi:

Ingredients:

  • Grated Coconut- 1 cup
  • Raw Mango cut small- 1
  • Green Chillies-2, depending upon how spicy you want
  • Curry leaves- 5 leaves
  • Ginger grated- 1 inch slice
  • Salt- 1/4 tsp

Preparation:

  1. In a blender combine all the ingredients to a coarse paste, add very little water if needed.

Fish Fry:

  • I used the ground coconut mixture ( 1/4 cup) used for making the Goan fish curry to marinate the fish.
  • Let stand for 15 minutes and fry it in oil till golden brown.

Day 200 – Vegetarian Enchiladas

Day 200 - Vegetarian Enchiladas

Wow! this is the 200th post, can’t believe there are only 165 more days to go. I am so glad that till now I have been able to stick to my resolution of posting my every day dinner on this website. Well, I think I am becoming fond of weekdays. As on weekdays after a stressful long day I love to cook at night which helps me to calm down and relax. On the other hand, I feel incredibly lazy to even look at the kitchen on the weekends. Did I just say that I am fond of weekdays??? Oh crap, I take it back :P For tonight’s dinner, I made yet another Mexican speciality: Enchiladas, I made a vegetarian version of it. I prepared everything from scratch: tortillas, the sauce and enchiladas. It was delicious!!!


Day 199 – Chicken and Okra Gumbo

Day 199 - Chicken and Okra Gumbo

We are experiencing sizzling hot summer and the temperature is going to hit 90+ F this week. It’s hard for me to compromise with hot weather, I feel dizzy and exhausted :( For dinner, I made chicken and okra gumbo, one bowl was enough to fill my stomach.

Chicken and Okra Gumbo Recipe


Day 198 – Beef Rogan Josh, Chana Masala and Basmati Rice @ Victoria Park

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We have a favorite Sunday evening hangout place, in front of Victoria park- the happening place in my city located in the heart of downtown. No matter what we make sure to go there every Sunday evening. This evening they had folk festival going on there and there were some food stalls. Among them was the stall by our favorite Indian restaurant in town: “Raja’s”. As we were strolling, we couldn’t resist the aroma that came from the food they had and we briskly walked to the stall, ordered Beef Rogan Josh and Chana Masala with rice. Hands down, the best Indian restaurant I have ever been to, their food is unbelievably delicious.


Day 197 – Baked Pasta with Chicken Mushroom and Sun dried Tomatoes

Day 197 - Baked Pasta with Chicken and Mushroom

Winding up an amazing day with baked pasta with chicken, mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes.

Baked Pasta with chicken and Mushroom Recipe


Day 196 – Grilled Orange Chicken Salad and Corn on the Cob

Day 196 - Grilled Orange Chicken Salad and Corn on the Cob

Yet another crazy day at work, it’s just the instrument I am working on has been acting weird lately. I was very busy repairing and trouble shooting it the whole day, and had no luck on making it work. Since it was Friday, I was ready to handle a lot worse. In the evening we played Basketball and did some biking too. I couldn’t think of anything better than grilling for dinner. Grilled chicken marinated in orange sauce and corn on the cob.


Day 195 – Dinner at the Beach @ Jalapenos

Day 195 - Dinner at the Beach

This evening we made an impromptu trip to the beach. We both had a stressful day and so we wanted to turn our evening into a relaxing one. Motorcycle ride to the beach, gawked at the ocean, enjoyed the sunset, had dinner at the beach. Our body and soul relaxed! We had dinner at a Mexican restaurant, had chipotle chicken burrito, nachos and spanish rice.


Day 194 – Squid Green Curry

Day 194 - Squid Green Curry

I cannot believe it’s Wednesday today, that was fast. I was drowned in work today and so relaxed for some time in the evening. For dinner, I made squid green curry, used green curry paste made by my favorite food brand “Thai Kitchen”. It was delicious!

Recipe: 

Ingredients:

  • Squid, cut into cubes, frozen or fresh- 2 cups or 3 fresh squids
  • Carrot, cut long- 2 no’s
  • Celery, cut long- 1 stalk
  • Onions- 1
  • Thai Kitchen Green Curry Paste- 3 tbsp
  • Coconut Milk- 1/2 cup

Preparation:

  1. Cook the onions, veggies and squid till they are tender.
  2. Add Thai Green curry paste (add more if you need more spice), combine well and cook for a minute.
  3. Add 1/2 cup coconut milk or more if needed and cook for 2 minutes till it thickens.
  4. Serve hot with rice or by itself.

Day 193 – Chicken Empanadas

Day 193 - Chicken Empanadas

Had a crappy day, went through some real frustrating moments at my research work today. In the evening, I just wanted to get over with it and made up my mind to have some fun in my kitchen cooking something different and interesting. I was reminded of Empanadas that I had at the International food festival. Chicken empanadas finally turned my crappy day into amazing. It took me almost 2 hours to prepare it, but it was worth every second as the empanadas came out perfectly delicious.

Chicken Empanada Recipe


Day 192 – Beef Loaf

Day 192 - Beef Loaf

Quite a productive Monday, I am getting busier these days with my research work. Hubby made his favorite beef loaf for dinner.

Beef Loaf Recipe : Follow this recipe to make the beef loaf, you could even add chopped green pepper, carrot etc to the beef.

For making Sauce:

  • Ketchup- 1 cup
  • Brown sugar- 1/2 cup
  • Salt- to taste
Preparation:
  • Combine all these and heat in a saucepan.
  • Bake the beef loaf for 1o minutes, then coat the beef loaf with the sauce and bake till it’s done.
  • You could also top with sauce while serving.

Day 191 – Grilled Cilantro Chicken

Day 191 - Grilled Cilantro Chicken

This weekend, we lazed around quite a bit during day time, but in the evening we went to Sun fest that was going on in downtown. It was so much fun with music, crowd and food. For dinner, we grilled cilantro chicken.

Grilled Cilantro Chicken Recipe


Day 190 – Orange Ginger Chicken Vermicelli

Day 190 - Orange Ginger Chicken Vermicelli

It was a terrible day for me, my brain was foggy and so acted really weird for the entire day. I am so glad that this day came to an end. For dinner, I stir fried chicken and veggies in an orange ginger sauce and combined with vermicelli.

Recipe:

  • I first cooked the chicken and veggies, added store bought Asian Orange Ginger sauce to it.
  • Add cooked vermicelli to the chicken and veggies, combine well and serve.

Day 189 – Dining out @ Bangkok Thai restaurant

Day 189 - Dining out @ Bangkok Thai restaurant

It was a long fun day. In the evening, we went to the music festival in downtown and had dinner at our favorite Bangkok Thai restaurant. We had hot and sour soup, tom yum soup, pad thai, lemon grass sea food and coconut rice mango dessert.

 



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