Friday, March 25, 2016

Everyday Chicken Curry

I had few chicken pieces and exactly 30 minutes at hand to make a dinner for the family. And I just made the easiest chicken curry possibly that was liked by all. This is great for any weeknight dinner when you do not want anything elaborate and do not have many things at your disposal. 


Chicken - Half kg (1 lb), cut into pieces
Onions - 2 medium, chopped
Potatoes - 2 medium, cut into halves
Yogurt - 2 tablespoon
Cumin powder- 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Cilantro - 1 small bunch
Garam Masala - 1 teaspoon (4 cardamoms, 2 cloves, 4 black peppers, a small piece of cinnamon)
Oil - 2 tablespoon, I used mustard oil
Salt -  To taste

Mix cumin and coriander powder with the yogurt and smear nicely on the chicken.

Heat oil in pan, add a red chili, and garam masala to it. Salute for a minute, and add the chopped onions. Salute till they are light golden in color.

Add the yogurt and spiced mixed chicken pieces, fry in oil along with onions, till the color changes from raw to nice brown.

Add the potatoes and fry a bit. (Yes, I always have potatoes n chicken curry, makes it extra yummy). 

Add salt to taste. Now add water to it, cover the pan and cook till it is almost done. 

Just before turning the heat off, add chopped cilantro, mix well and turn the heat off.

Tastes yummy when served with roti or white rice.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Pasta with Broccoli - Just 10 Minutes!

Back after a long time! But just in time when you need a recipe that takes negligible time to cook so that you can spend time with your lil one and survive this long summer holidays. I know sista. That's how my life is going on too.

Well, technically this recipe calls for more than 10 minutes, but that including the boiling time. This is packed with vegetable and cheese so very balanced and nutritional for your growing kiddo. I am sure you can use any veggies of your choice.


Broccoli - 1 small head, cut into bite size florets (minus stem)
Pasta - 1 cup of your choice, I used elbow in this
Cheese - 4 slices, you can use whatever you have, for shredded use about 1/2 cup
Garlic - 4 cloves
Salt - To taste
Pepper - 1/2 teaspoon

These days lil A (almost 5, not so lil any more) dismisses any kind of veggies being served to her. This makes this ever worried mamma paranoid, but luckily she is still loving broccoli. So I feed her this beauty as much as possible till the stars de-align and she stops loving it .

In a pot take enough water, add salt and bring it to boil. Add the pasta and the broccoli at the same time, and cook till al dente, say for about 6-8 minutes.

Reserve a cup of boiled pasta water, and drain the remaining. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil (you can use the same pot), and add the crushed garlic to it. When the garlic turns brown, add the pasta and broccoli to it. Mix well.

Add the shredded cheese, or tear the cheese slices and spread on it. Mix with a wooden spoon.

Add salt and freshly crushed pepper. Give it a mix.

Add the pasta water, mix it well and let it simmer for 2 minutes.

Cover the pan and turn off the heat.

Your delicious yet simple pasta with broccoli is ready.