Egg Bhurji

Egg bhurji is inspired by South Asian cuisine. They add spices in everything man! I never tried this just because my mind was not accepting the idea of having too much spices in the egg for breakfast but then I tried a cheese omelette at one of my best friend’s home where she put cumin and coriander in it and OMG Yessss! it was great. So from there I got inspired to try this at home and it came out so perfect. Here is the recipe for you, if you are traumatised by the idea of having all the spices in egg, believe me its not bad at all, go with my believe and try this ❤ I am sure you will love it!

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tbspns milk
  • Salt to taste
  • A little pic of red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn coriander seeds (coarsely ground)
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds (coarsely ground)
  • A generous pinch of turmeric
  • 1 red onion (medium sized, chopped)
  • 6 green chillies (small size, chopped)
  • ½ cup chpopped coriander
  • 2 leaves of mint (chopped fine)
  • 1 tomato (chopped fine)
  • 3 tbspns oil or a knob of butter

Method:

  • Wash and chop all the veggies.
  • Crack 6 eggs in a bowl, add salt, spices, milk, mint and coriander leaves and whisk.
  • Melt some butter in a pan or heat some oil. Add onion and cook until its translucent. Add tomato and cook until tomato loses the stiffness and then add green chillies and mix. Add egg mixture and let it sit for 1 minute in the pan to let it cook from the bottom until we scramble it.
  • Add some cheese at this stage if you want to otherwise mix and scramble the egg. DO NOT OVERCOOK. Keep it moist and take it out in a plate. Serve with light rye toasts and enjoy.
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Paalak Chicken

Chicken Paalak….. one of the famous dishes in Pakistani home cooking but not everyone knows how to make the best one. Everyone knows how to make it but some people know how to make the best one. This is my recipe and it is the best one 😀 I don’t like the spinach smelling too much like spinach so I add fenugreek to it, they go hand in hand, perfect match made in desi food heaven and a key to make everyone like spinach and ghee…. desi ghee, clarified butter. It gives a desi flavor boost to Paalak (spinach) and a very rice and tempting look as well.

If you make Paalak Chicken following this recipe, it will be a delight to see, smell and eat. So here we go ❤

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR CHICKEN

  • 1 chicken, 1.5 kilos, cut into 16 pcs.
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 tbspn miced garlic
  • 1 tspn ginger paste
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped fine
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 tbspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn turmeric powder
  • 1 tbspn coriander seeds, coarsely ground
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 small cinnamon sticks
  • 1 big cardamom
  • 1 tbspn ghee

FOR SPINACH

  • 2 bunches of Spinach (cleaned, washed and boiled)
  • 5 small green chillies
  • 1 bunch coriander
  • 5 tbspns kasuri fenugreek leaves/ 2 cups fresh fenugreek leaves

Method:

  • Heat oil in a pan and add cardamom, cinnamon and cumin. When they begin to crackle add onion and fry until they get brown. Add ginger and garlic, fry for a minute and add chicken. Fry until the chicken gets a golden color and add tomatoes and all the spices. Cook on high flame until the tomatoes are loose.
  • Reduce the heat and cook covered until the chicken is 90% cooked.
  • Meanwhile get everything given for Spinach in the food processor and grind it into a paste (medium coarse to fine).
  • Add it in the chicken curry when chicken is ready and mix. Let it cook until the oil starts separating. Add 1 dollop of ghee for flavor and some green chillies and serve hot with rotis.

 

 

Shrimp Fried Rice (Thai Style)

If you have got everything prepared, this recipe takes less than 7 minutes to cook perfect Shrimp Fried Rice, of course Thai style. What makes Thai fried rice different from other Asian fried rice is the onions we put in the beginning, Thai sweet chilli sauce to give it a bit of sweetness and the chilli paste which is made in a special way. In Bangkok, I like Shrimp fried rice from 2 places,

1. Mango Tree Restaurant at Suvarnabhumi International Airport and
2. Took Lae Dee food KIOSK at food town near Sukhmvit Road. Now the best things about this KIOSK are it is 24/7, always full, cheap, have all day breakfast and they cook live in front of you using quality fresh ingredients. So the cooking and cutting station is in the middle and it is surrounded by an oval shaped common table with hi chairs for customers. everything is cooked live and served directly from the wok. So I saw the lady making my order and from there I got this recipe which I am sharing with you.

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Boiled thai jasmine rice (refrigerated for 1 hr atleast)
  • 1 carrot cut into mini dices
  • 3 spring onions (green part, chopped)
  • ½ onion (sliced)
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • ¾ cup boiled peas
  • 200 gms raw, peeled shrimps
  • 1 tbspn vinegar
  • 3 tbspns soy sauce
  • Chilli paste (1tbspn red chilli flakes, 1 tbspn oil, 1 tbspn vinegar – mixed together for 1 hr)
  • 1 tbspn thai sweet chilli sauce
  • 4 tbspns cooking oil, 1 tbspn sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper to season

Method:

  • Heat oil in a wok and add prawns and onion, cook until they are translucent and add whisked eggs and cook until they are scrambled and 80% cooked.
  • Now add all the veggies (except spring onion) and stir fry. Add rice, salt, pepper and all the sauces and stir fry on high flame until the rice gets caramelized. Throw in some spring onion and serve.

Train Chicken (Rabiyah’s Special)

Train chicken is my friend Rabiyah’s special recipe which is my top favourite. I have tried many chicken curries and chicken masala but this one is one of my favourites. She make it for me whenever I go to her place or whenever we do one dish parties. The name Train Chicken is associated with her childhood memory because she used to live in Lahore and her cousins and Aunt & Uncle were used to live in Quetta. They used to visit each other by train in summer vacations and their mothers used to cook this chicken to eat during the journey in train. So this simple and easy chicken recipe is called Train Chicken.

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken, skinless, cut into curry, 16 pcs.
  • 2 small onions, 1 large onion, cut into slices
  • 1 tbspn ginger and garlic (crushed)
  • 6 – 8 green chillies
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tbspn cumin (pan roasted & coarsely ground)
  • 1 tbspn coriander (coarsely ground)
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 chicken stock cube (I add it for extra chicken flavor)
  • Fresh green coriander (chopped)
  • Fresh green chillies (sliced)

Method:

  • Wash the chicken and put It in a colander to remove excess water.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add chicken. When it starts changing color, add ginger, garlic and chicken stock cube. Fry until its golden. Take it out in a plate and leave on the benchtop until needed.
  • In the same oil, fry onions till they are golden, add green chillies and tomatoes. Cook until tomatoes leave the stiffness. Add all the spices, except garam masala and simmer the curry. Add a splash of warm water and cook on medium heat. Do this 3 – 5 times until the oil starts separating from the masala.
  • Add chicken, garam masala and ½ the amount of coriander. Mix and cook on low heat with lid on for 15 minutes or until the chicken is fully tender.
  • Transfer the chicken in your serving dish, garnish with some coriander and chillies and serve hot with rotis.

Chicken Steak with Creamy Mushroom Sauce & Steamed Veggies

Cooking with friends is always fun…… I cooked this at my friends’ house and they loved it. This is my very own recipe of chicken steak with mushroom sauce, I make mushroom sauce differently, people make it with chicken stock and cream, I make it richer in flavor by using Parmesan cheese and cream, more like Alfredo mushroom sauce. The best thing about this plate (in the picture) is it is full of flavors, nothing on this plate is bland, everything is seasoned well to perfection and has its own unique flavour. Give it a try and I am sure you will fall in love with this rich, flavoursome delicacy!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts (skinless, cut into 2 thin layers each)
  • Salt
  • Coarsely ground black pepper
  • 3 tbspns soy sauce
  • Some butter and olive oil

FOR STEAMED VEGGIES (as desired)

  • French beans (cut)
  • Broccoli head
  • Cauliflower heads
  • Baby carrots/ carrots
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Some dried Italian herbs
  • A knob of butter
  • Salt

FOR MUSHROOM SAUCE

  • 2 tbspns butter
  • 250 gms sliced button mushrooms
  • 1 tspn chives
  • 1 generous pinch of garlic powder
  • 300 ml cooking cream
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper (use coarsely ground black pepper)

Method:

  • First thing first, turn on the steamer. Meanwhile its heating, combine the vegetables you want to steam in a bowl, season with some Italian herbs, salt and pepper and add softened butter, toss well and coat each veggie in this buttery herb mixture. Put it in the steamer and get started on sauce.
  • For sauce, melt some butter in a sauce pan, add mushrooms, salt, pepper and garlic powder and stir fry until mushrooms start changing the color. Add cream and bring it to a boil. Add parmesan cheese and mix well. Add chives and let it cook on low heat while we do the steaks.
  • We have two chicken breasts cut in two thin layers each. So we have 4 in total. Put them in a large zip lock bag and pound with meat hammer to flat and thin. Season with some salt and pepper. Splash some soy sauce and rub it on.
  • Keep aside for 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the veggies in the steamer. If they are done, put the steamer on heat mode to keep the veggies warm until needed for serving.
  • Heat the grill pan. Smear some butter on it and drizzle some olive oil. When it is super-hot, place the chicken on it, cook in batched depending on the size of your grill pan. Cook 5 minutes per side. Add some more butter to the pan when flipping the side.
  • Take them out on a plate first to rest for 5 minutes before transferring on to the serving platter.
  • Transfer the steaks (2 per person) on a plate, putting the veggies on the side and hot mushroom sauce all over the chicken and plate.
  • Serve hot.

Dynamite Shrimps

Trademark of P.F. Chang, famous worldwide, copied by me *evil laugh*

First tasted these babies in Dubai, and now one of my favourite appetisers and snacks. I haven’t looked up for the recipe anywhere, just went with my taste buds and when I made it, it actually tasted like the ones we get at P.F. Chang’s restaurants. Try them at home and fall in love 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 500 gms uncooked shrimps
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 2 tbspns sriracha
  • 1 generous pinch of black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbspns soy sauce
  • 1 tbspn rice flour
  • 2 tbspns self-rising flour
  • 1 tbspn corn flour
  • Oil for deep frying

DYNAMITE SAUCE

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbspn American mustard sauce
  • 2 tbspns sriracha

SERVING

  • 1 spring onion (green part, chopped)
  • Few cabbage leaves

Method:

  • Wash the prawns and put them in a colander. Snip off the tails and pat dry the prawns.
  • Transfer them in a mixing bowl and add salt, pepper, soy sauce and sriracha. Mix well and add all the flours and egg. Mix well and keep aside for 10 mins.
  • Heat oil to 200 degrees Celsius and fry the prawns.
  • While the prawns are frying, make the sauce.
  • Combine everything given for the sauce in a bowl and whisk. When the prawns are golden and crispy, take them out and after draining the excess oil, toss them in the sauce. Don’t leave them in the sauce for too long or they will go soggy.
  • Toss and serve straight away on to the serving platter with some cabbage leaves and a sprinkle of green onions.

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