Celery, Chicken with Quinoa

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Chop celery, carrot and an onion. Keep aside.

Rub canola oil, lots of coriander powder, red chilly powder and turmeric on small pieces of about half a chicken breast.

Heat a non stick pan. Once its hot add the chicken. Use a silicone spatula as that will help you move around the excess masala without burning it.

Once chicken is almost cooked, add the onion, carrots and celery.
Once they are mixed, add the cooked Quinoa.

To cook Quinoa use the instructions on its pack.

Enjoy a quick and colorful lunch.

Chicken Roast

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My Keto Lunch. Chicken, Fish and Prawns with a salad

Marinate chicken in hung curd, mustard sauce, lemon juice, ginger+garlic paste, apple cider vinegar, chilly powder, turmeric powder, kasuri methi, butter, roasted cumin powder and salt. Do this overnight.

Use a thick kadai for cooking this.

Melt butter in oil. Use a medium flame and try to keep the chicken out of the water that will collect at the base.

Cook till the chicken till is done and then get the heat to high. Once all the water has evaporated your chicken roast is ready.

 

Grilled Beef Cheeks

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A simple and delicious dinner with beef and zucchini strips.

First cut the beef into rings about 1 cm thick. Make a powder with pepper, nutmeg, mace, khus khus and cardamom. A paste with green chilly, garlic and ginger.

Mix this powders and paste with curd, raw papaya paste, chilly powder, salt and melted butter. Use it to marinate the beef for at least 8 hours.

Pound it with a heavy mallet using the flat side. Place a plastic bag on top of the meat to protect yourself and the surroundings from splatter.

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Heat a thick grill pan. Brush with oil, grill at high initially. Then reduce to medium heat.

Make a dressing by blending together fresh fennel leaves with cream cheese and mayo.

Enjoy a low carb dinner with family.

Lamb Kidney Fry

 

Lamb Kidneys are really tasty but overcooked they become like old leather. They also have a strong flavor profile. So anything you add in the dish must be able to complement it. That ingredient for me is Coriander Powder.

Saute a red onion with green chilies. I used a couple of extra chilies because these did not pack a lot of heat.

Once the onions have turned translucent add the kidney pieces. Saute till it turns white on the inside and then add turmeric powder and coriander powder. Mix well and then add a chopped capsicum. This capsicum will protect the kidney from overcooking. Now reduce the heat and cook covered for 8 mins.

Enjoy a colorful keto lunch.

Lamb Leg Roast

Today is Bakrid and of course something really meaty had to make its way into lunch.

Asked the friendly butcher to give me the full leg after cracking the bones. This helps in accessing the marrow once its cooked.

The recipe is fairly simple but takes a lot of time. There is also no time for marination. So we need to be be watchful of getting the meat cooked just right. Overcooking will make it difficult to chew. Under cooking will not be appreciated by anyone eating it.

Mixed together curd, green chilly paste, turmeric powder and salt.

Stabbed the leg multiple times with a sharp knife and inserted as many peppercorns and garlic pods as possible in to it.

Cooked covered on low heat for a total of 2 and half hours. About 10 mins into this place a large piece of butter on top of the meat. Let it slowly melt into the meat as it continues the covered cook.

Every few minutes you need to keep opening and turning the piece. Keep a watch on the liquid level. Add a little water if needed. Once the meat is so tender that it falls of the bones you are almost done.

Transfer to an oven and grill it for 10-12 mins at the highest heat.

Let it cool a little before you start carving it.

Steamed Sea Bass with Cabbage and Basella

Sea bass is a beautiful white fish that cooks really fast. This means it is perfect for steaming. It also has a very mild flavor that works great with very little seasoning.

You need a deep dish with a lid for this recipe.

Heat some flavorful oil like mustard and fry some red chilies, mustard seeds, cumin and caraway seeds. Add basella leaves along with sliced cabbage.

Stir till they start to wilt. Place fish pieces and then bury it inside the leaves. Cover and cook for 10 mins on low heat.

Open and check. The fish would be most probably cooked by now. Move the fish to one side. Be careful because we don’t want to break it. Increase the heat and reduce the sauces collected at the base. The dish is almost ready. If you want it dry remove the fish and then continue cooking. Do not overcook this lovely fish.

 

Basic Potato Fry

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Basic Potato Fry
The easiest way to make my daughter smile and love her lunch is this very basic potato fry.
 
All it needs are a couple of chopped potatoes, Rub some oil, turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder and salt on them.
 
Cook covered on a low flame.
Once you realize its beginning to caramelize, open and stir it up.
Let it cook a little more uncovered but still on low flame.
 
Its ready when you are sure the potatoes are cooked.