Monthly Archives: December 2014

Grilled Salmon with Pickles & Salad

Surprise your loved one this NYE! ….Going to city with friends and watching fireworks, drinking all night and doing stupid activities cannot match an outdoor dinner with your loved one, candles, flowers, chocolates, chilled champagne or wine and a lovely home made dinner followed by a sexy, indulging dessert while watching the stars, kissing each other at midnight and making a promise to be together next year and rest of the life…..

Its just amazing….. I am giving you the dinner idea, for rest use your own creativity…….. 🙂 but do make them feel special, you dont know what next year brings……

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon cutlets (lrg size)
  • Some salt and cracked pepper
  • 1 tbspn lemon juice
  • ½ tspn mustard
  • 1 clove garlic (chopped fine)
  • 1 tspn chopped dill
  • 1 tbspn olive oil
  • A splash of olive oil (for cooking)

FOR PICKLES

  • Any garden salad
  • Lemon wedges (very important)
  • Gerkins
  • Olives
  • Pickled chillies
  • Pickled turnips

Procedure:

-Pat the fillets dry with the paper towel.

-In a bowl, mix lemon juice, salt, pepper, oil, garlic, dill and mustard, apply on the fillets and keep aside for 30 mins.

-Meanwhile you can arrange some pickles and greens onto the serving dish.

-Now heat the grill pan, drizzle some oil and place the fillets on it. After 1 minute reduce the heat to medium. Cook 5 – 7 minutes per side depending on the thickness of the fillet. Flip the side only once.

-Now as the fish is cooked, it will be flaky as well so lift it out of the pan very carefully and put it on the plate you just decorated with greens and pickles.

-Serve immediately.

Greek Inspired Side Garden Salad

Its a normal garden side salad but I have added some feta cheese (because I love it), some olives (because they are nutritious) and a drizzle of lemon juice (for taste) and olive oil (for flavor)….. The extras make it Greek inspired. Go perfectly with Pan seared or grilled salmon, Roast chicken and any rice dish…..

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 Red onion cut into thick rings
  • 1 Tomato (deseeded) cut into cubes
  • Some fancy lettuce mix
  • Some green mix
  • Some rocket leaves
  • 1 200 gms Danish feta slab (cut into cubes)
  • ½ continental cucumber cut into thin slices
  • Some olive oil
  • Some lemon juice

Procedure:

-Take your salad bowl or dish and fill it half with greens. Now add some tomatoes and cucumbers and then place some red onion rings on top.

-Chuck in some Danish feta and toss to mix everything.

-Drizzle some olive oil and lemon juice on top and serve.

Pan Seared Snapper Cutlets

Pan Seared Snapper Cutlets is my very own recipe for my lazy days, when I want to eat something healthy but I am too tired to make something fancy. Its quick, its healthy, its delishhhhhh…..

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole red snapper (cut into cutlets)
  • Some salt
  • Some lemon juice
  • Some red chillies crushed
  • ½ tspn finely chopped garlic
  • Some coarsely ground dry coriander

Procedure:

-Mix everything in a bowl and spoon over the fish cutlets.

-Flip the sides of the fish and make sure it’s well coated. Keep aside for 10 minutes.

-Heat a frying pan, drizzle some olive oil and cook the fish 5 minutes on each side.

-Take it onto the serving dish very carefully as it has tendency to break after cooking.

-Serve.

Gaajar Ki Kheer (Carrot & Rice Pudding)

Another winter sweet dish from Pakistan. We get really good, juicy, red carrots there in winter season and they are used in various sweet dishes, pickles and Murabbas (sweet pickle) and here I am gonna tell you a beautiful recipe with is made of carrots, ground rice and milk scented with cardamom and kewra. This dish is also very popular in Pakistan, specialy when it comes to home cooking. People make it as sweet dish after dinner. It is very nutritious but a bit fattening but anything taken in moderation is not bad for you….. Lets get started!

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 litres of full cream milk
  • 4 carrots (peeled and grated)
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup Khoya
  • 4 – 5 cardamom pods (crushed in mortar and pestle)
  • 4 tbspns kewra water
  • Some sliced almonds and pistachios

FOR KHOYA

  • 250 gms full cream milk powder
  • 150 ml full cream

Procedure:

-For khoya combine the two ingredients and microwave for 2 minutes without mixing.

-Take the bowl out stir and make a paste. Microwave the paste for 2.5 minutes. Take it out and allow to cool.

-Khoya is ready

-Take ¼ of khoya and put it in fridge for garnishing the final product.

-In a thick bottomed deep pan, pour some milk and let it half boil on medium heat. Stir occasionally; we don’t want milk to stick to the bottom.

-Meanwhile take 1.5 cups of water and 1 cup of basmati rice and microwave for 4 minutes. This will speed up the process of soaking the rice in water for 30 minutes or 1 hr. Take out the rice and crush them in mortal and pestle or in a blender with some cold milk.

-When the milk is about to boil add carrots, sugar, cardamom and ground rice. Stir.

-Let everything cook on low – medium heat with occasional stirring.

-When it gets thick and rice is fully cooked add khoya and mix. Cook for 10 more minutes and remove from heat.

-Spoon the mixture in a deep serving bowl and let it cool down a bit on your kitchen counter. Then refrigerate for 6 hours.

-When it is time to serve garnish with some almonds, pistachios and reserved khoya and there you go! You are ready to delight your guests.

Khoya is a traditional ingredient of South Asia which is widely used in South Asian sweets (gulaab jaman, barfi, Peda, etc.) and sweet dishes (gajar ka halwa, kheer, rabbri Milk, Zarda, etc.). It is basically milk solids which is mainly obtained by boiling and cooking milk to an extent when all the water is evaporated and only dough like thick milk solids are left. This method is mostly used by Halwaii (the person who make sweets for shops). As this method is very time consuming so just to cut down some time I have this easy and less time consuming method for you (which i mentioned above). The taste and quality is almost the same. Hope you guys like it 🙂

Grilled Spicy Chicken Wings

Very easy finger food…. Ideal for any kinda party or game night….. If you can handle the heat you will love it or go with some mild dip and it will taste fantastic. Try and fall in Love 🙂

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 kilo chicken wingettes
  • Some salt
  • Some chicken salt
  • 4 tbspns soy sauce
  • 2 tbspns hot sauce
  • ½ tspn crushed red chillies
  • A pinch of cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbspn lemon juice

Procedure:

-Mix everything in a bowl except chicken wings. Stir until the salt is dissolved.

-Wash and dry the chicken wings and place them in a deep mixing bowl.

-Pour over the marinade and mix until each wing is covered. Now cover the bowl with cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

-Heat the BBQ grill and place the wings on the hot plate or naked flame grill. Each side about 6 – 7 minutes on medium flame.

-Take them out on your serving plate and serve with ranch sauce/ aioli dip or just with grilled veggies.

-Enjoy.

Cool Watermelon Drink

Only three ingredients….. no added ice……. super flavorful & super easy….. Cool down the heat with water melon drink, ideal for weekend BBQ parties and summer afternoons….. Enoy!

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • ¼ water melon (red and sweet) (in season)
  • Few fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Method:

-Take off the thick skin of watermelon and cut the fruit into medium sized pieces.

-Put them in a blender with some mint leaves and process it to fine.

-Put a mesh sieve over a jug and pour this mixture. Stir it constantly with a spoon over the sieve, this will help you in getting the fine juice in the jug and pulp and residue on the sieve.

-Discard the residue. Fill two glasses half with ice and pour the drink in them. Garnish with some mint leaves and serve chilled.