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Masala Shrimp

Posted: April 18, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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Masala shrimp is one of the easiest preparation of this fish I have tried recently. Also, I have never cooked this fish from the scratch, I mean starting from cleaning,  deveining and then preparing this for our dinner…impressive atleast for me. I always get the cleaned shrimp from the store but this time thought of cleaning by myself. And to my surprise it was not that hard of work to do… 🙂

Without further delay here’s goes the recipe for deliciously yummy masala shrimp.

Masala Shrimp

Masala Shrimp

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, cleaned and devined
  • 3 small white onions
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 inch grated ginger
  • 1 green chilli, deveined and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • salt to taste
  • 7-8 curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • cilantro leaves, for garnish

Method:

  • Heat oil in pan over medium high heat, add cumin seeds and mustard seeds and let it get splutter.
  • Add chopped onions followed by garlic and ginger,cook until onions are lightly brown.
  • Add tomatoes, green chillies, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder , curry leaves and salt to taste and cook until oil separates.
  • Now add cleaned shrimp to the masala and cook for  2-3 minutes or until the shrimp turns opaque.
  • Transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle cilantro leaves on top to serve.
Masala Shrimp

Masala Shrimp

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Fried rice is popular dish in Asian cuisine especially in Chinese food. It is made with steamed white rice/brown rice, stir fried in wok with some meats, eggs and veggies of your choice. There are many varieties of fried rice, with its own specific list of ingredients.

Fried rice is also the most common food sold in Chinese takeout. You can make fried rice with left over rice and jazz up a quick, easy and satisfying meal anytime. Couple of days ago, I was thinking to make something with the left over Rotisserie chicken which was sitting in my fridge. And this is the first dish came to my mind. Also I had some veggies to add to the rice…so, this dish perfectly fits in my menu and hence I made this for our dinner that night.

This dish hardly takes up anytime to prepare, if you assemble, chop and cut everything in advance.  I didn’t have any left over cold rice, so I have used freshly cooked rice and the outcome was amazingly delicious. When I was done cooking, hubby came out from study room to enquire what I am cooking which is so fragrant and delicious smelling…and yes, he was on perfect timing for DINNER!

Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice

Ingredients

  • 1  1/4 cup basmati rice
  • 1  cup cooked chicken, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1 medium-sized carrot, peeled and cut in small pieces
  • 1/4 cup cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped
  • 4 green(spring) onions, thinly sliced
  • 6-7 florets of broccoli, cut in small florets
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • pinch of turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 eggs, scrambled
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • salt to taste

For Sauce:

  • 2 teaspoon garlic chili sauce/paste
  • 2  1/2 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon stir fry sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3-4 dashes of hot sauce
Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice

Directions:

  • To cook the rice, add water double the amount of rice, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. Once done, uncovered the rice and let the rice cool down completely and then fluff it with a fork.
  • Mix everything under sauces and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil over high heat in large frying pan or wok and add the white part of green onions, garlic and stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes or until onion has softened. Add carrots, peas, broccoli, salt to taste and stir fry these veggies on high heat. Add very little of salt, just to season the veggies.
  • Add turmeric powder, mixed sauces, roasted cumin powder and stir well with the veggies. Throw in the bell pepper, cabbage and cook for 1 minutes or so.
  • Add the cooked rice, chicken meat. Stir well and cook over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add scrambled eggs, cilantro leaves, chopped green onions and mix well.
  • Remove from heat, garnish with some thinly sliced onions to serve!
Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice

Hakka is word referred to a community in china and the term Hakka literally means the ‘guest among us’. The people in this community are famous for their hard work and simplicity. They often migrate from one place to another through out the world. Despite of their frequent migration they are famous for keeping their traditions alive. This is where the name was inspired for this very popular Indo-Chinesse dish.

I love Indo-chinese food. Now some of you guys out there wondering what is this Indo-chinese food. Its like chinese food are prepared in such way that suits indian palate. When I first moved to US and decided one day to order some chinese food. And to my surprise I did not find any familiar dishes on the menu like the top most ‘Hakka noodles’, Gobi Manchurian, Chilli Chicken and so on.

I was bit disappointed at that time as these use to be my favorite food and now I will not get any of these here. So, in order to fulfill my craving I have decided to try some of the dishes at home.

The key behind making this dish is you have cook on high heat without burning the vegetables and over cooking them. Also, preferably all the veggies need to be cut in slices about the same size.

Hakka Noodles

Hakka Noodles

Ingredients:
  • 1 package Chings Hakka egg noodles or any Egg Noodles
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 inch ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrots, cut in Julienne
  • 1 cup cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 7-8 button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 white pepper powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli sauce
  • 2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
Method:
  • To start with, cook noodles as per package instructions. Once done keep it in cold water till you needed.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet and add ginger, garlic, onions and cook until onions are slightly translucent.
  • Add carrots, cabbage, green bell pepper and mushrooms to the pan and cook the veggies al dente over high heat.
  • Mix dark soy sauce, white pepper powder, red chilli sauce, white vinegar and worcestershire sauce in one bowl. Pour the sauce mixture on the vegetable and stir well so that it coat all the veggies. Add salt if needed.
  • Drain and add boiled noodles to the pan and toss gently.
  • Add sesame oil on top and sprinkle with green onions and serve hot. Enjoy!
Hakka Noodles

Hakka Noodles

Roasted Broccoli

Posted: March 21, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Roasted Veggie
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I started eating broccoli after coming to US. Broccoli is a good source of protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, vitamin K, folic acid and fiber. Because of its nutritional value broccoli is considered to be super veggie. It’s really hard not to like this veggie if you cook properly,overcooking them really spoils the taste.

I often make this by just blanching the veggie for couple of minutes and toss it with some noodles, pasta and serve. But this time I thought of roasting this veggie and toss it with sesame oil, soy sauce , and sesame seeds which i have adapted from here . A bowl of this healthy delicious veggie is a complete meal in itself.

Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Broccoli

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound broccoli, stem removed and crowns cut into same size florets.
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds, toasted

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Place broccoli in a large mixing bowl and toss it with soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil and olive oil.
  • Now layer the broccoli on a large sheet pan and roast 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, stir and continue roasting for another 5 minutes, or until broccoli is crisp-tender and tips of broccoli is slightly browned.
  • Once done, toss it with toasted sesame seeds and Serve hot.
Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Broccoli

I like to make Italian food especially pastas which is easiest and quickest meal to prepare with flavorful ingredients and rich sauce.

Traditionally, this sauce is served with spaghetti, although you can use any pasta you like. The flavors of Kalamata Olives and Capers in this dish compliment each other very well.

Spaghetti Puttanesca

Spaghetti Puttanesca

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounce Spaghetti, cook as per package directions
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 anchovies fillets, drained
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 small white onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon capers, washed and drained
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and cut in halves
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 large fresh tomato, chopped
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • Grated parmesan cheese for garnishing

Method:

  • Heat oil in a skillet on medium high heat, add onions, garlic, anchovies fillets and crushed pepper. Cook until onions are translucent and anchovies completely melted in oil about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add onions, tomatoes, capers to the skillet and cook covered until the sauce is bubbly and thickens a bit.Stir occassionaly about 7-8 minutes.
  • Now add kalamata olives , black pepper to taste and cook until your pasta is ready.
  • Toss sauce with cooked pasta, basil leaves, grated cheese and serve.
Spaghetti Puttanesca

Spaghetti Puttanesca

 

Recipe Adapted from: Food network

Arbi ki sabzi

Posted: March 11, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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 Arbi is also called Eddo, taro and Colocasia. Eddo is a edible starchy tuberous root of taro plants which has giant green leaves. The green leaves are also used in cooking.It looks somewhat similar to potatoes and it has lots of starch in it.

Arbi/Eddo can be used to make curries, stir fry, similar to those of potatoes dishes.For preparing sabzi with this you have to  rub your hands with some oil and then discard the outer skin.  Because after it gets peeled, it releases some juice which might irriate your skin.

This recipe is my mom’s recipe. She usually boil the eddo and then remove the skin and cook in masala.

Eddo/Arbi/Taro roots

Eddo/Arbi/Taro roots

Ingredients:

  • 8 medium sized eddo
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt to taste

Method:

  • Boil Arbi/Eddo in a pressure cooker for about 1 whistle.
  • Take out the arbi, peel and cut them into big round slices.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat, add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and let it get splutter.
  • Add onions and garlic  and cook until onions are translucent..
  • Add crushed tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, red chilli powder and salt to taste. Cook until oil seperates.
  • Add eddo/arbi to the masala and mix well. Cook for 3-4 minutes more.
  • Serve with roti.
Arbi ki sabzi

Arbi ki sabzi

Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks

Posted: February 23, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Chicken Dishes, Indian Food
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Tandoori Chicken is most popular indian dish consisting of roasted chicken, yogurt and  masala. The chicken is marinated in yogurt and tandoori masala. It is traditionally cooked in tandoor but can also be prepared on barbecue grill.  Tandoor is a oven made of clay, heated to a high heat over charcoal or wood, and used in India for baking bread and roasting meat.

Since summer is still couple of months away I thought of making this inside on cast iron griddle. Also, I have used the store brought tandoori masala paste which is very easily available in grocery store in Asian/Indian aisle.You have to plan ahead if you want to make this dish because the marination require some time.

Tandoori chicken drumsticks

Tandoori chicken drumsticks

Ingredients:

  • 5 Chicken drum sticks, skinned on
  • 4 tablespoon tandoori masala paste
  • 4 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

Preparation:

  • Pierce the chicken with fork to make tiny holes which will help marinade to get inside the meat. Season the chicken drumsticks with salt and pepper generously.
  • In a large shallow baking dish, mix tandoori masala/paste with yogurt, turmeric powder and 1/ teaspoon of salt.
  • Add chicken, and marinate for 3-4 hours, or overnight, refrigerated.
  • Heat cast iron griddle, brush the grill with olive oil to prevent the chicken pieces from sticking.
  • Grill chicken on each side for about 6-7 minutes or until is cooked through.
Tandoori chicken drumsticks

Tandoori chicken drumsticks

I hope you enjoy making and eating this! Yummie!