Monthly Archives: August 2013

Achari Keema

Good one 😉

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg beef mince
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 onion sliced
  • Some salt
  • Some red chilli flakes
  • ½ tspn turmeric powder
  • 1 tbspn crushed anar dana
  • 1 tbspns methi leaves
  • 1 tbspn fennel seeds
  • 1 tspn aamchoor
  • 1 tspn nigella seeds
  • 4 – 5 curry leaves
  • 2 dried round chillies
  • 1 tbspn crushed ginger

Procedure:

-Heat oil and fry ginger and curry leaves until golden brown. Add onion and fry until golden brown. Add mincemeat. Cook and break it into small pieces.

-Add all the spices and mix.

-Cook on medium heat until the water evaporates.

-Now add yogurt and cook on low heat.

-When the oil comes up to the surface garnish with some coriander and chillies and serve hot.

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Banana Walnut Muffins with Maple Butter Glaze

Banana Walnut Muffins …….. a warm delight in winters and spring season. Whenever it comes to banana bread or banana muffin, I like it with Cappuccino or mocha. Try this easy recipe and enjoy….

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • pinch salt
  • 115g butter
  • 115g dark brown soft sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 500g (3 – 4 large bananas) mashed overripe bananas
  • 200 gms chopped walnuts

FOR MAPLE BUTTER

  • 100 gms Melted butter
  • 100 gms maple syrup

Procedure:

-Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease and line 24 cup muffin tray.

-In a large bowl, combine flour, bicarb soda and salt.

-In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas and chopped walnuts until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour mixture into prepared loaf tin.

-Bake in preheated oven for 15 – 25 minutes, until a knife inserted into the muffins comes out clean. Leave to cool in tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire cooling rack.

-For butter mix in all the ingredients given for maple butter and glaze the hot muffins with it.

Beef Lasagna with Ricotta Filling

Ahhhhhh…….. Out of this world!

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 375g instant lasagne sheets
  • 1 kg beef mince
  • 1 litre marinara sauce/ Bolognese sauce (1 kg chopped tomatoes & 2 cans Italian tomatoes with some oregano, thyme and rosemary……. Simmered on low heat for 30 minutes…….. season with salt and pepper)
  • 300 gms chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup béchamel sauce
  • 2 tbspns oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • Some mozzarella for topping

FOR RICOTTA FILLING

  • 300 gms fresh ricotta
  • 200 gms steamed chopped spinach
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 4 tbspns parsley
  • A handful of fresh crumbled mozzarella
  • A handful of fresh tasty cheddar
  • 2 eggs

Procedure:

-Heat oil and sauté minced garlic. After a minute add beef mince and break it into small pieces while cooking through. When it starts changing its colour, add marinara sauce. Cook for 10 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes.

-Now in a separate mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients given for ricotta filling and mix well.

-Now grease a pyrex rectangular lasagne baking dish, and lay a layer of lasagne sheets. Then some meat sauce, then lasagne sheets, then ricotta filling, then another layer of lasagne sheets, then some béchamel sauce, then again some ricotta filling, another layer of lasagne sheets and then the last layer of marinara sauce. Top it with some mozzarella cheese and cover it with aluminium foil. Bake in a preheated oven (180 degrees Celsius) for 30 minutes. Then take off the aluminium foil and broil for 10 minutes at 200 degree Celsius.

-Take out, let it cool for 10 minutes, slice and serve.

Red Kidney Bean Salad/ Lobia Salad/ Lobya Salad

This is the recipe for the same Lobya salad which is served on weddings in Pakistan ….

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1 green chilli chopped
  • Some green coriander chopped
  • 1 tomato deseeded and chopped
  • 4 tbspns lemon juice
  • Some chaat masala
  • Some black pepper
  • 1 cucumber chopped

Procedure:

-Strain the beans and wash them with cold water until the sticky preservative material is washed properly. Keep aside for 5 mins to drain the access water.

-Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and season with masalas and lemon juice.

-Mix and serve.

Steam Chicken with Pilav Rice

One of my favorite dinner recipes….

#easy #lite #mild #quick

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken skinless, cut into 4 pieces (2 legs and thigh pieces and 2 breast and wings pieces)
  • 4 tbspns vinegar
  • Some salt
  • 1 tbspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn turmeric
  • 1 tbspn ginger paste
  • 1 tspn chicken salt
  • 1 tbspn garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies crushed
  • ½ tspn coriander powder
  • ½ tspn carom seeds (ajwain)
  • ½ tspn cumin powder
  • 1 tspn chaat masala
  • 2 tbspns lemon juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tbspns oil

Procedure:

-In a bowl, combine all the spices with vinegar and make a thick paste. Add ginger, garlic and crushed green chillies.

-Make cuts on the chicken pieces and apply this mixture on the pieces. Keep aside for 30 – 45 minute.

-Now heat oil in a pan and stir fry these pieces for about 10 minutes. Add ½ cup of water and cook covered on low heat for about 40 minutes without any disturbance.

-Meanwhile you can make mattar pulao or channa pulao to serve with chicken.

-When the chicken is tender, cooked and ready take it out, sprinkle some lemon juice and serve hot with mattar pulao.

Banana Bread (LEGENDARY)

Banana bread…….. What comes in your mind when you hear “Banana Bread”?

Monkies, Bananas, Sweet, Cinnamon, Walnuts, Warmth, mmmmmmmm yummy….. that’s everything coming in my mind rite now…..

My home is filled with banana and cinnamon fragrance and my banana bread is just out of the oven resting on the bench top waiting for me to slice it and enjoy it with a cup of steaming hot cappuccino.

I don’t like keeping things waiting, meanwhile I enjoy my treat, here is what you have to do next to get the feeling I am getting rite now….

take care 😉

bubbye!

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup raw Sugar
  • 1 Stick of Unsalted Butter at room temperature
  • 4 Ripe Bananas, lightly mashed
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tbsp Whole Milk
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • A handful of chopped walnuts

Method:

-Preheat your oven to 176 degrees Celsius.

-Grease a 9’ by 5’ loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

-In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and whisk to combine. Add the mashed bananas and vanilla and mix to combine.

-Add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, walnuts and salt and mix together until just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX!! Add milk wile mixing in the dry ingredients.

-Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 hour. At the 50 minute mark test it by inserting a toothpick in the center and if it comes out really wet than let it go until 1 hour and 10 minutes, if it comes out with a little wet batter than cook it for only 1 hour.

-When ready, let it cool for about 20 minutes.

-Slice and smear with butter so you can feel like you are in heaven!

TO STORE

To store, simply wrap tightly in aluminum foil and pop it in the fridge, whenever in the mood for a piece just slice away and stick in the microwave for 20 seconds. Smear with the maple butter and you will think that it just came out of the oven. It’s a yummy thing to have on hand for last minute breakfast, or after school snack or just simply reward yourself whenever in the mood!