Lemon Rice

Lemon rice

Tired of pulao, khichdi and fried rice which I very often make at home, I was on a quest for new and different rice recipes to try, well definitely new for me atleast!

I decided to give lemon rice a shot. I had eaten it in restaurants outside and simply loved the tangy flavor with the rich yet subtle taste of the curry leaves,the spices marrying with the sweetness of the groundnuts.

This recipe is very easy to put together especially if you prepare the rice in advance.

Recipe source:- Lemon rice

Ingredients:-

3-4 cups cooked rice

juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 kashmiri chilly cut in half

1 tsp channa dal

1/2 tsp urad dal

1/4 tsp hing

8-10 curry leaves

1 tsp freshly grated ginger

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

2 tbsp ghee

2 tablespoons groundnuts roasted

Procedure:-

Roast the goundnuts on a pan till nice and golden brown. Set aside to cool.

Heat 2 tbsp of ghee in a kadai. Add the mustard seeds. When they crackle add the urad dal and channa dal. Then add the red chilies,hing,curry leaves and grated ginger.

Fry for two minutes. Keep the flame low.

Add the turmeric and groundnuts and fry for few seconds. The turmeric should not burn. Then add the rice and the juice of 1 lemon. Around a tbsp of juice.

Stir that gently till the rice is coated with the spices. Your lemon rice is ready to serve!

Lemon rice
Keep all spices ready before cooking

Lemon rice
Roast groundnuts and set aside
Lemon rice
Add the mustard seeds. When they crackle add the urad dal,channa dal and fry for two minutes. then add the red chillies,hing .
Lemon rice
Add the curry leaves and grated ginger. Fry for a couple minutes. Then add the groundnuts and turmeric
Lemon rice
Add in the rice and a tbsp of lime juice
Your delicious lemon rice is ready to serve

Healthy Muffins with Oat Flour & Powdered Almonds

Healthy muffins with almond and oat flour

Recipe Source: https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/healthy-gluten-free-chocolate-chip-muffins/

Ingredients:-

2 eggs

1/4 cup honey

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup milk

Dry Ingredients:-

1 cup oats powdered

100 gms almonds powdered

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

110 gms chocolate bars cut into small chunks

Procedure:-

Preheat oven to 180C. Makes 9 muffins. Prepare muffin tin with 9 liners.

Whisk together the wet ingredients for 5 minutes on medium speed. The eggs,honey,coconut oil,milk,vanilla extract and apple cider vinegar until creamy.

Powder 1 cup of oats in a blender and the 100 gms of almonds. Add the dry ingredients to a separate bowl and stir till well combined.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir it in with a spoon till just combined. Do not overmix.

Fold in the chocolate chunks and reserve a few chunks just to sprinkle on top.

Fill each muffin liner till 3/4 full. I needed roughly 3 tbsp of batter for each muffin. Sprinkle some chocolate chunks on top.

Bake on the middle rack for 20 minutes till done. A toothpick inserted should come out clean.

Healthy muffins with almond and oat flour
Start by taking one cup of oats and 100 gms of almonds and powdering them seperately in a blender
Healthy muffins with almond and oat flour
Powder oats
Healthy muffins with almond and oat flour
Powder almonds
Healthy muffins with almond and oat flour
Add all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and mix well
Healthy muffins with almond and oat flour
Whisk the wet ingredients till creamy
Healthy muffins with almond and oat flour
Stir in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. the batter will be quite runny. Add the chocolate chips reserving some for the top
Healthy muffins with almond and oat flour
Fill each muffin case till 3/4 full
Healthy muffins with almond and oat flour
Bake at 180C for 20 minutes

Goan Beef Stew

This is a famous goan recipe that was originally served at weddings in the olden days.

It is mild but still extremely flavourful.

Ingredients:-

500 gms beef cut into small cubes

1 tbsp ginger garlic paste + 1 tsp for cooking

salt to taste

2 inch piece cinnamon

10 peppercorns

1 bay leaf

3 cloves

2 medium onions

1 tomato

200 gms packet of frozen peas

2 small carrots chopped finely

1 cup macaroni uncooked

50 gms butter

1 chicken maggi cube

Procedure:-

  1. Marinate the beef overnight with salt and 1 tablespoon of ginger garlic paste.
  2. Heat 50 gms of butter in a skillet and add the whole spices like peppercorns,cloves,cinnamon.
  3. Add the medium onions and fry till translucent.
  4. Add the tomato and cook till soft.
  5. Add 1 tsp of ginger garlic paste and the chicken maggi cube and stir till the raw smell disappears.
  6. Add the marinated beef and fry for about ten minutes.
  7. When the beef releases its water, add the chopped carrots and peas and cook for another 20-25 minutes till the beef and vegetables are nice and tender.
Goan beef stew
Marinate beef with ginger garlic paste and salt
Goan Beef Stew
Prep vegetables. Wash peas and chop onions,tomato and carrots
Goan Beef Stew
Keep whole spices aside
Goan Beef Stew
Heat 50gms of butter in a skillet and add the whole spices in. Fry for 30 seconds
Goan Beef Stew
Add the onions and fry till translucent
Goan Beef Stew
Add the tomato and cook till soft. Add a tsp of ginger garlic paste and stir well
Goan Beef Stew
Add the beef and cook for 10-12 minutes. The beef will release water
Goan Beef Stew
Add the vegetables. Cover and cook on a low flame till the beef is cooked through and the vegetables are nice and tender
Goan Beef Stew
Boil macaroni in a utensil as per package instructions. Drain once the macaroni is cooked and reserve 1/2 cup of water.
Goan Beef Stew
Stir in the macaroni into the beef stew once the macaroni is cooked and add the pasta water.
Goan Beef Stew
Add the macaroni and pasta water to the beef and stir well on an open flame for 5 minutes till the macaroni absorbs the flavors

Decadent Chocolate Muffins

Decadent Chocolate Muffins

These muffins are truly rich,chocolatey and decadent. If you want a chocolate overload then this is a winner. There is nothing healthy about them but the flavour makes up for it. The muffins turned out perfectly and had a nice dense bite to them.

Ingredients:-

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

100 gms butter melted and cooled

1 cup buttermilk( I used the Amul tetrapack) 200 ml

1 3/4 cups maida flour/ refined flour

2/3 cup cocoa powder

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar powdered

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

110 gms milk chocolate cut into chunks

Procedure:-

Line a muffin pan with liners and heat oven to 180C. I got a total of 14 muffins.

Melt the butter and let it cool.

Whisk together the eggs,buttermilk and vanilla extract.

In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. The flour,cocoa powder,brown sugar,powdered white sugar,baking soda,baking powder and salt. Stir all the ingredients together till well combined.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and add the melted butter and chocolate chips in. Reserve some chocolate chips for the topping. Mix with a spatula or spoon till just combined. It doesn’t matter if the batter remains lumpy…thats good!

Fill each muffin case till 3/4 full and add a few chocolate chunks to the top. Bake at 180C for 12-15 minutes on the middle rack.

Decadent Chocolate Muffins
Add all dry ingredients to a bowl and mix well
Decadent Chocolate Muffins
Stir together dry ingredients till well combined
Decadent Chocolate Muffins
Chop 110 gms of milk chocolate into chunks
Decadent Chocolate Muffins
Whisk together eggs,butter and vanilla extract

Decadent Chocolate Muffins
Decadent Chocolate Muffins
Stir together the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and the melted butter along with the chocolate chunks. Reserve some of the chocolate chunks for the tops
Decadent Chocolate Muffins
Fill the muffin liners till 3/4 full. Bake at 180C for 12-15 minutes
Decadent Chocolate Muffins

Healthy banana muffins without butter/oil

Healthy Banana Muffins no oil/no butter

I have been on a muffin kick lately and have been searching for healthier muffin recipes to try and I came across a banana muffin recipe and decided to modify it a bit!

I went a little overboard on the mashed bananas and used 4 instead of 2 or 3 and threw in cranberries,walnuts and oats for good measure(health).

It resulted in a perfect tasting banana muffin. The cranberries added a lovely tartness and the muffin was quite moist and not too sweet.

Ingredients:-

4 medium bananas

150gms yogurt/curd (1/2 cup)

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 and 1/2 cups maida/plain flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup oats( Quaker instant oats)

1/2 cup cranberries

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Procedure:-

  1. In a bowl add the flour, baking soda,baking powder and salt and stir till well combined.
  2. Mash the bananas and add the curd to it and mix well.
  3. Mix in the brown sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Then add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix well on medium speed for two minutes.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir till just combined. Do not overmix. The batter will be lumpy and a lumpy batter makes for the best muffins.
  6. Finally stir in the oats,cranberries and walnuts.
  7. I got around 16 muffins that I filled to about 3/4 full each.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 180C or till done.
Healthy Banana Muffins no oil/no butter
Mix the dry ingredients and set aside
Healthy Banana Muffins no oil/no butter
Mash 4 medium bananas
Healthy Banana Muffins no oil/no butter
Mix curd and mashed bananas
Healthy Banana Muffins no oil/no butter
Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon
Healthy Banana Muffins no oil/no butter
Beat in the eggs for 2 minutes,
Healthy Banana Muffins no oil/no butter
Stir in the dry ingredients
Healthy Banana Muffins no oil/no butter
Stir in the dry ingredients till just combined
Healthy Banana Muffins no oil/no butter
Stir in the oats, cranberries and walnuts
Healthy Banana Muffins no oil/no butter
This is what the mixture will look like
Healthy Banana Muffins no oil/no butter
Fill in the muffin cases till 3/4 full
Healthy Banana Muffins no oil/no butter
Bake at 180C for 15 minutes

Goan Prawn Curry Recipe|| Goan Shrimp curry|| Indian masala shrimp curry

Goan Prawn Curry Recipe

Prawn curry is a staple in every goan home. This is a traditional goan recipe that we have been making from time immemorial. It uses coconut which is a staple in coastal cuisine and every family has their own version of curry. Served best with the traditional goan brown rice and not to mention pickle! 

For Grinding to a paste:-

1/2 cup of grated coconut

1 medium onion fried to golden brown

1/2 tsp of turmeric powder

1/2 tsp of cumin seeds

1 small knob of tamarind

1 tsp of coriander seeds

5-6 peppercorns

5 garlic cloves

4 kashmiri chillies( washed and cut in half)

3 tbsp water for grinding

For the Curry:-

20 medium prawns cleaned and deveined to which I have added a half tsp of

salt and 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder

1/2 tsp of mustard seeds

1 medium onion sliced

8-10 curry leaves

ginger julienned(fine strips) around a tbsp

1 whole green chilly

1 cup of water

sugar-1 tsp

salt to taste

Procedure:-

  1. First start off by cleaning and deveining your prawns, adding half a tsp each of salt and turmeric powder and keep it aside.
  2.  Chop up a medium onion and saute it in a tsp of oil till golden brown.
  3. Once it cools , add the onion and the rest of the grinding ingredients to a grinder and grind to a smooth paste with a little water.
  4. In a medium saucepan, heat a tbsp of oil and once it heats up, add the mustard seeds and ginger juliennes and let the mustard seeds crackle.
  5. Then add the onion and curry leaves and fry till the onions turn translucent.
  6. Then add the spice masala paste and fry for 5-7 minutes on a low flame, till the paste changes colour and releases oil.
  7. Then add the prawns and stir well. Fry them in this masala for two minutes.
  8. Add a cup of water and season with a tsp of sugar and salt to taste.
  9. Cover and let it cook on a low flame for 10-12 minutes till the prawns are done.
  10. Add a whole green chilly. This gives the curry good flavor!
  11. At this stage you can adjust the thickness of the curry to your liking by either adding more water or drying it out by leaving the pan uncovered till you reach the consistency that you like.
  12. Always keep tasting and balance out the flavors with salt and sugar.
  13. Serve with steaming hot rice and thats it, lip smacking prawn curry is ready to be served
Goan Prawn Curry Recipe
Take all grinding ingredients in a grinder and blend to a fine paste


Goan Prawn Curry Recipe
Saute one medium onion till golden brown
Goan Prawn Curry Recipe
Blend the onion and the grinding ingredients to a paste with a little water
Goan Prawn Curry Recipe
Chop another onion for the curry
Goan Prawn Curry Recipe
To a tbsp of oil crackle 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds and add ginger juliennes. Then saute the onion till translucent and add the curry leaves.
Goan Prawn Curry Recipe
Add the ground paste and fry on a low flame for 5-7 minutes till oil seperates. The masala will change colour.
Goan Prawn Curry Recipe
Add the prawns and give it a good stir for 2 minutes
Goan Prawn Curry Recipe
Add a cup of water and season with salt and a tsp of sugar. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add a whole green chilly to the curry for flavor
Goan Prawn Curry Recipe
Your delicious prawn curry is ready to be served. Enjoy

Lemon Bundt Cake

Lemon bundt cake

This is one cake that you cant mess up and is perfect if your trying to bake a cake for the first time. This is the one you need to start with! Not only is it simple and easy to make but it is super delicious and looks enticing like you’ve been slaving away for hours to create something looking so pretty.

Recipe source: Lemon Yogurt cake with citrus lemon icing

Ingredients:-

Maida flour/ All purpose flour – 1 1/4 cup

Sugar- 3/4 cup

Eggs-2

baking powder- 1 tsp

baking soda- 1/2 tsp

Yogurt- 3 tbsp

Butter- 100 gms

lemon juice- juice of 1 and 1/2 lime ( 2 tbsp)

lemon zest- zest of 2 limes

1 tsp vanilla extract/essence

1/4 tsp salt

For Citrus Lemon Icing:-

1 cup icing sugar

lemon juice- 1 1/2 tsp

lemon zest-1 tsp

milk- 1 tbsp of adjust it

Procedure:-

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degree C. Butter a bundt pan and dust it with flour.
  2. Take flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder in a sieve and sift it.
  3. Take butter,sugar and vanilla in a bowl and beat it till it becomes light and fluffy. Around 8 minutes.
  4. Add in eggs and beat it well on medium speed for another 5-7 minutes till its pale.
  5. Add in the lime juice, zest and yogurt and beat it for another minute.
  6. And in the flour mixture and fold it in with a spatula or beat on low speed for 30 seconds till just combined.
  7. Pour this into the tin and bake for 40-45 minutes till the cake is done..insert a skewer and check. The cake should leave the side. When it cools invert it into a plate, it should come out easily.
  8. Prepare the icing mixing in the sugar, lime juice and milk a little at a time till you reach the desired consistency. I mixed this in with a spoon. It takes a bit of work to incorporate it in the beginning but then with the addition of a tsp of milk at a time it all comes together.
  9. Once the cake is completely cooled, drizzle the icing on the cake and sprinkle the lemon zest on top
  10. Ta-da, its ready to be devoured!
Lemon bundt cake
Sift flour, baking powder, bakimg soda and salt
Lemon bundt cake
Cream together sugar, butter and vanilla extract
Lemon bundt cake
Add in eggs and beat till light and fluffy
Lemon bundt cake
Add in the yogurt, lime juice and zest
Lemon bundt cake
Beat in the dry ingredients
Lemon bundt cake
This is what the final mixture looks like
Lemon bundt cake
Spoon mixture into prepared cake tin and bake at 180C for 40-45 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean
Lemon bundt cake
When the cake is inverted into a plate and has completely cooled down start preparing the icing. Mix icing sugar with lemon juice and mix. Then add milk a little at a time
Lemon bundt cake
This is what the final icing mixture looks like
Lemon bundt cake
Sprinkle the lemon zest onto the icing. Your cake is ready

MATAR PANEER RECIPE|| INDIAN COTTAGE CHEESE GRAVY

Paneer is a staple dish at home and this is a recipe that is made often because I can amp it up with peas, carrots or mushroom or whatever vegetable I have on hand. Its a mild and tasty gravy. I normally use a paneer masala powder instead of garam masala and that works well too.

Recipe source: Matar Paneer

Ingredients:-

200 gms cottage cheese/paneer cubed

200 gms packet of frozen peas

2 medium carrots chopped into bite sized pieces

1 cup water

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp red chilly powder

1 tsp of garam masala/paneer masala

1/2 tsp sugar

salt to taste

1 tbsp of kasuri methi

Ingredients to be ground into a paste:-

3 medium tomatoes

1 medium onion

1 green chilly

1/2 inch ginger

8-10 cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves

10-12 whole cashews

4-5 peppercorns

2-3 cloves

1/2 inch cinnamon stick

1 tsp coriander seeds

Procedure:

  1. Start by grinding the ingredients to a fine paste. I used very little water.
  2. Lightly fry the paneer till a little golden brown in a tsp of oil.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp of ghee
  4. Add the cumin seeds and fry for 30 seconds till they splutter
  5. Add the ground masala paste and fry on a low/medium flame for 10 minutes or so till the oil separates.
  6. Add all the dry spice powders and stir well for another 2-3 minutes.
  7. Then add the peas and carrots and stir well. Add the cup of water along with salt and sugar to taste.
  8. Cover and cook till the vegetables are done. This should take 15 minutes.
  9. Add the paneer cubes and stir well. Simmer for 5 minutes. Finally, add the dried kasuri methi leaves and stir well.
  10. Serve with rotis or jeera rice
Matar paneer
Grind all ingredients to a fine paste. Use little water
Matar paneer
Lightly fry the paneer in a tsp of oil till it gets nice and golden
Matar paneer
Chop carrots and wash peas. I used frozen peas
Matar paneer
In a tbsp of ghee, crackle half a tsp of cumin seeds
Matar paneer
Add the ground paste and stir for 10 minutes till the oil seperates. Then add the dry spice powders
Matar paneer
Add the cooked vegetables and stir well. Then add a cup of water and cover and cook on a low flame till the veggies are tender
Matar paneer
After adding the water, add a tbsp of kasuri methi as well. This gives the gravy good flavor
Matar paneer
Add the paneer once the veggies are cooked and mix lightly. Cover and cook on a low flame for another 5 minutes
Matar paneer
Your delicious paneer gravy is ready to eat! Best served with chapati or jeera rice

The most simple chicken curry ever!

This is one recipe that was made very often at home when I was a child. It is simple,easy to make but taste absolutely delicious.

It takes hardly 5-6 ingredients

Ingredients

500 gms chicken legs

15-20 cloves of garlic chopped (the more garlic the better)

2 green chillies choppes

1 tsp of cumin seeds

1 tbsp of ginger garlic paste

1 tsp of turmeric powder

salt and pepper to taste.

Procedure

  1. Start off by cleaning the chicken well and then applying salt to taste,ginger garlic paste and turmeric powder. Set aside. You can marinate this or use it straight away.
  2. Chop the green chilies and garlic.
  3. In a pan heat 2 tablespoons of ghee and add the cumin seeds.When they crackle, add the garlic and green chilies and saute for sometime.
  4. Then add the chicken and fry on a low flame turning on both sides for 10-15 minutes. The chicken should sear and fry well. Add some pepper and give it a good stir.
  5. Then add 1 cup of hot water and cover and cook for a further 15-20 minutes until the chicken is done.
  6. Taste best with rice!

Simple chicken curry
Apply turmeric powder,salt and ginger garlic paste

Simple chicken curry
Heat 2 tbsp of ghee and crackle a tsp of cumin seeds. Then add chopped garlic and green chilies. I chopped one green chilly and kept one whole to reduce the spiciness

Simple chicken curry
Add the chicken and fry for 10-15 minutes turning on both sides

Simple chicken curry
Add a cup of hot water and cover and cook for another 15-20 minutes till done

Chicken Skewers

Tried out the urban platter cajun spice seasoning!

While browsing through Amazon,something I do almost everyday, I came across this spice mix by the brand urban platter and after reading almost 5 star reviews on it, I decided that I had to try it.

So what I used in this recipe was 500gms of boneless chicken legs, that I washed ,cleaned and cut into strips, to which I added 4 teaspoons of this spice mix.

You do not need to add anything else besides this,even salt as this seasoning already has salt added to it.

I then put them on bamboo skewers and baked them in the oven for 40 minutes.

The result turned out like restaurant style chicken skewers. This spice mix was something different and unlike any of the run of the mill spice masalas you get in the indian stores.

The only gripe with this was that it was a little on the spicy side and I found it to be a little too hot even for someone like me who loves their spice.

So the next time I try it I would add 3 teaspoons instead of 4.

Urban Platter Cajun Spice Seasoning
Marinated chicken legs(boneless) overnight with cajun seasoning

Urban Platter Cajun Spice Seasoning

Urban Platter Cajun Spice Seasoning
Baked at 180C for 40 minutes. Check after the 30 minute mark if they are done