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Meatball Pasta

An Italian delicacy, my favorite ………..

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Ingredients:

FOR MEATBALLS

  • 500gms beef mince
  • 2 tbspns breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 brown onion

FOR SAUCE

  • 1 kilo blanched diced tomatoes
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • Your favourite seasonings
  • Some oregano
  • ½ tspn rosemary
  • 1 onion
  • 1 capsicum chopped
  • 300 gms sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic

FOR PASTA

  • Boiling water
  • 200 gms no. 5 spaghetti

FOR GARNISHING

  • Some grated parmesan cheese
  • Some fresh basil leaves

Procedure:

-In a chopper, put everything given for meatballs and process. Make small balls out of this mixture.

-Heat oil and fry meatballs.

-Boil and strain pasta according to the instructions given on the backside of the packet.

-Heat oil and fry garlic and onion until it is translucent.

-Add tomatoes and cook it covered on low heat until the tomatoes are loose.

-Add herbs spices capsicum and your favourite seasonings and mix. (I added salt, red chilli flakes, black pepper, white pepper and lemon) Add fried meatballs and cook covered for another 2 minutes.

-Now with a slotted spoon take out the meatballs in a separate bowl. Mix boiled pasta with marinara sauce.

-Divide the pasta into 4 – 6 portions. Place each portion in a bowl or shallow plate. Put some meatballs on top and garnish with some grated Parmesan cheese and basil leaves.

-Serve hot.

Chocolate Fudge Brownies

This recipe for Chocolate fudge brownies is very easy to make and by very little effort you can amaze your guests or that special someone. Give it a try and let me know what you think about it ……

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 200 gms bittersweet/ semi sweet or dark choc
  • 180 gms unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tspn vanilla essence
  • ¾ cup plain flour (NOT self-rising)

Procedure:

-Prepare the pan: Grease a 20cm square pan and line its bottom with the piece of parchment paper.

-In a microwave proof deep mixing bowl, combine chocolate, sugar and butter and melt for 2 minutes in the microwave.

-Mix well until it is smooth and shiny and keep aside for 5 minutes.

-In a separate mixing bowl, beat 3 eggs with vanilla sugar. Use wire whisk to beat, NO ELECTRIC MIXER NEEDED.

-Now gradually add chocolate fudge mixture to the egg mixture with constant stirring. Mix well until well combined.

-Sift in 1 cup of flour and mix with a light hand.

-Bake in a preheated oven (180 degrees Celsius) for 30 minutes.

-Take it out and allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

-Flip over, peel off the parchment paper, cut the brownies and serve hot with chocolate ganache or with ice cream scoop.

Chicken Parathas

My favourite paratha ……..

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredient:

FOR PARATHAS

  • Some oil to glaze fry
  • Some lose flour

FOR DOUGH

  • 6 cups whole wheat aata
  • 2 cups flour (meda)
  • Some water to knead the dough
  • 1 tspn butter (optional)

FOR CHICKEN FILLING

  • 2 chicken breasts (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 tomato
  • 4 tbspns olive oil
  • Some cumin seeds
  • Some salt
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • ½ tspn turmeric powder
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ tspn garam masala
  • ½ tspn chaat masala
  • 2 green chillies
  • Some coriander (green)

Procedure:

-Heat oil and fry garlic and tomato until tomato tend to lose its stiffness. Add spices and salt. Mix.

-Add chicken pieces and cook covered until the moisture evaporates.

-Take off the lid, add green chillies and coriander and stir fry on high speed.

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-Take it out in a plate and after cooling for 20 minutes, start mashing it.

-Knead the paratha dough and keep aside for 10 minutes. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

-Make 2 small balls of paratha dough. Roll them in lose flour and make small flat breads with a rolling pin.

-Now on one flat bread put a full tablespoon full of mashed chicken mixture. (put the filling in the middle of the flat bread). Put the other small flat bread on the top of the filling and seal the edges by pressing them with your fingers. Press the paratha with your hand. Dust with some lose flour and roll it into a big chapatti.

-Heat the flat pan and place the chapatti with filling on it.

-When it starts to change its colour, flip the side.

-Apply some oil on the cooked side and flip the side.

-Apply some oil on the other side too and fry until golden brown.

-Take it out on a plate and serve hot with tamarind chutney or mint sauce.

-Do the same with rest of the filling. With this quantity of filling you can make 8 parathas.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen