Mutton Karahi

If you have the time to cook but not the time to actually cook this is the dish for it.

  • Boneless Mutton : 500 grams.
  • 5-6 Whole Large Tomatoes.
  • 2 Tablespoons of Ghee.
  • Some Peppercorns.
  • 5-6 Green chillies.
  • Turmeric powder.
  • Salt.
  • Coriander.

Only remove the stem part of the tomatoes, do not cut or chop them up.

In a heavy pan, combine all the ingredients except the coriander. and then switch on the heat. When the pan heats up, lower the heat, cover it up and leave it for about 30 minutes.

Open the pan. Add coriander. Stir it up and let it continue cooking on low heat with the lid on. Check after 15 minutes to see if the meat has become tender. By now the tomatoes would have fully broken down. Smash them up. Get to full heat. Dry it up.

Enjoy.

Apple Cinnamon Slab Pie

If you have apples and some puff pastry sheets, try this out. Its super easy to make, looks lovely and family will absolutely enjoy it.

  • Apples, sliced.
  • Butter.
  • Sugar.
  • Cinnamon Powder.
  • Puff Pastry Sheet.

In a heavy skillet, add the butter and apples. Cook on low heat till the apples get soft. Add sugar and cinnamon powder as per your taste. Let it cool down.

Pack the cooked apples inside the puff pastry sheet. Use your imagination. The only problem is that the smell of the apples and cinnamon will be overpowering. Kids will start with the “Is it Ready?” game. So you will not be able to concentrate very well. So just do what you are able to do.

Into a pre heated oven for about 30 mins at 175C.

Enjoy.

Bajra (Pearl Millet) Dosa

Its very difficult to actually call this as a recipe. Its more a combination of ingredients in a ratio that sort of makes it a cohesive dish.

Main Ingredients:

  • Bajra Flour : 3 Parts.
  • Besan Or Chick Pea flour : 1 part.
  • Rice Flour: 1 part.

Seasoning: All of these as per taste.

  • Salt
  • Chilly Powder.
  • Turmeric Powder.
  • Cumin Seeds.
  • Ajwain Seeds.
  • Anything else you like.

Binder:

  • A teaspoon of cooking soda.
  • Curd about half a cup.
  • Water to get everything into a batter consistency.

Combine all ingredients and then let them sit for a couple of minutes. This helps them get together. Get a well seasoned tawa to a good heat. Pour and spread like a dosa. Drizzle a little oil. Flip once or twice.

Enjoy.

A Simple Prawn Masala

A break down of this simple recipe to make it uncomplicated.

  • 15 Prawns, shelled and de-veined.
  • Curry leaves.
  • Mustard Seeds.
  • Cumin Seeds.
  • Fennel Seeds.
  • One onion, chopped fine.
  • Capsicum, chopped.
  • Garlic chopped.
  • Chilly powder.
  • Coriander powder.
  • Turmeric powder.
  • Salt.
  • Oil.
  • Fresh Coriander.

Heat oil. Add in curry leaves, cumin, fennel and mustard seeds. A minute later add in the chopped onion, capsicum and garlic. Fry till the onions starts caramelizing.

Add the prawns, chilly powder, coriander powder and turmeric. Season with salt. When the prawns color starts changing add chopped coriander.

Sprinkle a little water. Cover and cook for 5-8 minutes.

Enjoy.

The Lazy Dad..

Sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking but also want kids to have a fun dinner.

Roll out the flat bread dough into a square. A slice of cheese in the middle. A sprinkling of seasoning. Fold two opposite sides and then the other opposite sides to make a smaller square. Roll it thin.

Toast the “Cheese Roti” with a lil oil on a skillet.

Kids are happy with the cheese and you got away with no accompaniments and a smile.

Enjoy.

Buns, No Measures

My humble attempts to make baking more popular at homes. So another recipe that needs no measurements as such.

The base ingredients are:

  • All Purpose Flour.
  • Milk.
  • Butter.
  • Salt.
  • Sugar.
  • Yeast.

Use a muffin tray. The amount of flour you need is the number of rolls you want divided by two. So fill up the muffin tray and you have how much flour you need. Add in sugar, salt and yeast. If you have ever made roti’s you know how much would be adequate. Yeast use about a teaspoon.

Add in milk and start kneading. When the dough starts taking a cohesive shape add butter. Knead it into a soft and supple ball. Test for the windowpane test.

Let it rest. When its doubled, roll it out. If you want sprinkle anything you want. Cut into strips and roll it like a ribbon. Let it rest for half and hour. A milk wash and then bake at 180C for 25 minutes or so.

Enjoy.

Poached Chicken Breast

The healthiest way to increase your protein intake.

  • Chicken Breasts.
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Pepper Corns
  • Salt
  • Water

Fill a pan with water. It should be a little more than half full. Dissolve salt in water and adjust it. It should be palatable with just a hint of excess. Drop in a whole chicken breast, quartered onion, smashed garlic and pepper corns.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. cook uncovered like this for exactly 10 mins. Switch off the stove, cover the pan and leave it for atleast 10 minutes. You can remove and slice it anytime after that.

Drain away the water. Cut the chicken into small pieces. serve along with onion, garlic and pepper. Season with any thing else you want.

This is also a great filler for sandwiches.

Enjoy.

Whole Wheat Bread, No Measurements!

A simple way to bake a loaf of Whole Wheat Bread without using any measures or scales.

  • Whole Wheat Flour.
  • Yeast.
  • Salt.
  • Honey.
  • Milk Powder.
  • Vital Gluten.
  • Oil.
  • Water.

No measurements as such.

But you will need a Bread Tin. Fill a third of it with flour. This is the amount of flour needed for a loaf of bread in that tin. Rest of the ingredients are all based on your preferences as I explain in the video.

Enjoy.

Badami Chicken

Chicken that looks beautiful, smells awesome and super easy to make.

  • Chicken.
  • Green Chilies : 2 or 3 per piece.
  • Lemon : 1 for 2 pieces of chicken.
  • Ghee.
  • Salt.

Get a nice and heavy pan to high heat. Place the chicken pieces without stacking them on top of each other. This is very important. Sprinkle salt on the chicken. Cook on medium heat till the chicken gets nice color. Brush ghee on the chicken and then flip them over. Brush ghee on this side as well and then sprinkle salt.

Add in half the green chilies and let them roast in the pan along with the chicken. Brush ghee on the chicken pieces if they appear to be drying up.

Cover and cook till chicken is cooked. Drizzle lemon juice and reduce it. Sprinkle some freshly ground pepper.

Enjoy.