Lahori/ Delhi Style Chicken Boneless Handi

Ladies & Gentlemen,

Boneless chicken simmered curry, inspired by Lahore (the food giant of Pakistan) and Delhi (the food giant of India), is presented to you!

This is probably the most easy and handy recipe you will find, go for it! and make your weekend desi 🙂

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg boneless chicken cubes (breast and thigh mix)
  • 3 medium onion (sliced)
  • 2 cups cooking oil
  • 1 tbspn minced garlic
  • 1 tbspn crushed ginger
  • 6 – 8 green chillies, few cut into slices
  • 2 tbspns fresh fnugreek leaves (chopped)
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • 2 tbspns yogurt
  • Fresh coriander (1 cup), chopped
  • Ginger julienne (if desired)

SPICES

  • Salt to taste
  • Chicken salt/ chicken cube (for extra flavour) (adjust according to the salt you add)
  • 1 tbspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn turmeric powder
  • ½ tspn cracked black pepper (very coarse)
  • 1 tbspn coarsely ground coriander
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds, pan roasted, coarsely ground
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tbspn desi ghee (if desired)
  • 1 tspn ground pomegranate seeds

Method:

  • Heat oil and fry onions on medium heat with constant rotation, until its crispy golden.
  • Add ginger and garlic and fry for 30 secs. Add chicken and stir fry until the chicken changes the color.
  • Add salt, chicken salt, tomatoes and few green chillies. Cook on medium heat until tomatoes lose the stiffness. Meanwhile mix all the spices (except garam masala and black pepper) in a small bowl and add it to the chicken. Add yogurt as well. Mix.
  • Put the lid on and reduce the flame to low- medium and let it cook for 15 minutes or until the oil starts to separate.
  • Add chopped fenugreek, desi ghee, black pepper and garam masala and give it a final mix.
  • Serve hot with roti, salad and raita.
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Mango Kulfa

Mango Kulfa…. Sub Continental version of no churn Ice Cream. Made of milk, nuts, mango and condensed milk, this dessert is everyone’s favorite. My recipe is very handy and easy, give it a try and fall in love with this delicacy ❤

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 0.5 litre blue top milk/ fresh full cream milk
  • 1 tin sweetened condensed milk
  • 200 gms cream
  • 1 ½ tbspn Rice flour
  • 3 tbspns mango custard powder (easily available at Pakistani grocery stores)(Preferred brand: Rafhan)
  • ½ cup chopped pistachios & almonds
  • 2 sweet mangoes (Pakistani mangoes) (chopped fine)
  • Some rooh afza or jam e Shireen (OPTIONAL)
  • 1 tbspn kewra essence

Method:

  • Take ¼ cup of milk out of 0.5 ltr milk and boil the rest of it.
  • Now add condensed milk and stir well. Add pistachios, almonds and kewra.
  • Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Now in ¼ cup of milk mix rice flour and mango custard powder and add this to the cooking mixture and stir well.
  • Add cream and turn off the flame. Allow it to cool for 1 hour and mix in chopped mango.
  • Pour it in a mold and freeze for 12 to 16 hours.
  • Take it out 15 minutes prior to serving and cut blocks with hot knife.
  • Serve with a drizzle of jam e Shireen or rooh afza if you want otherwise some slivered nuts will do.

 

Mixed Sabzi

When you are sick of eating meat everyday, have a green day…. Its super easy, super fast and high of flavour ❤

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cauliflower (heads)
  • 1 cup peas
  • 2 carrots (peeled, sliced or diced)
  • 2 capsicums (cut into cubes)
  • 3 potatoes (cut into cubes)
  • 1 tbspn heapful of crushed ginger
  • 2 green chillies chopped + 2 green chillies whole
  • ½ cup chopped coriander
  • 2 medium onions (sliced)
  • 3 tomatoes (sliced)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 tbspn ghee or butter
  • 1 tspn kasuri methi/ dried feugreek leaves
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tbspn coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn turmeric
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds

Procedure:

  • Wash, peel and cut all the vegetables according to the instructions given.
  • Put peas in 1 cup of boiling water and keep aside until needed.
  • Mix all the spices except garam masala, black pepper and feugreek leaves in a bowl
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry onion. Add ginger when the onion is translucent. Fry until everything is golden brown. Add tomatoes and cook until tomatoes lose the stiffness. Add a splash of boiling water and stir.
  • Add potatoes and mix. Simmer on medium flame for 5 minutes, adding splash of boiling water whenever needed. Add rest of the water and cover the pot. Cook for 5 minutes on medium low heat.
  • Now add carrots, cauliflower and peas along with the spice mix and stir. Cook for 5 minutes and then cover and cook for 10 minutes on low heat.
  • Add capsicum and let it cook on low heat. Meanwhile melt some butter or ghee in a frying pan and fry fenugreek leaves, garam masala and black pepper for 30 seconds. Add this mixture to the vegetables, add some coriander leaves and green chillies, give it a final stir and take it out in the serving dish.
  • Garnish with the left over coriander and green chillies and serve hot with home made rotis.

Bhuna Gosht (Mutton)

Bhuna Gosht has many variations in Pakistan but this is my very own recipe. I find it more flavorful and desi, the tempering of kashmiri chilli powder and fenugreek leaves make it more special. Try my recipe and let me know how you go with it…. I am sure your family and friends would love it.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 – 1.5 kilo mutton with ones
  • 2 medium sized onions, sliced
  • 4 – 6 green chillies
  • 3 tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 tbspns heap full of fresh ginger and garlic (crushed)
  • 1 cup oil or ghee + 2 tbspns extra
  • Some water

SPICES

  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 tbspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn heap full turmeric
  • 1 tbspn coriander powder
  • 1 tbspn garam masala powder
  • 1 tbspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn whole cloves
  • 1 tspn whole peppercorns
  • 2 cardamoms, slitted
  • 1 tbspn fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)

GARNISH

  • Green chillies
  • Fresh coriander

Method:

  • Heat oil or melt ghee in a cooking pot and fry onion until it is translucent. Add ginger, garlic, cumin, cloves and peppercorns and fry until the onion is golden brown and ginger garlic is cooked.
  • Add mutton pieces and fry until the meat changes its color.
  • Add salt and fry until the water from the meat gets dry. Add 2 cups of water and cook until the meat in tender or add one (1) cup of water and pressure cook for 30 mins after the whistle.
  • When the meat is 85% cooked and the water is dried from the pot, add rest of the spices, tomatoes and green chillies and cook for further 10 – 15 minutes on medium flame. The moisture from the tomatoes will cook the remaining 15% of the meat. Add a splash of water if needed.
  • Meanwhile in a frying pan, melt 2 tbspns of ghee or heat 3 tbspns of oil and fry cardamom, fenugreek leaves and Kashmiri chilli powder for 30 secs and add this to the cooking pot.
  • Give it a final mix and garnish with some green chillies and coriander.
  • Serve hot with roti or naan.

Smokey Chicken Handi

Chicken handi is one of the famous dishes of Pakistani desi restaurants. This is my version of boneless chicken handi and trust me this is the best one. Coal tempered boneless chicken cubes, cooking in light curry with basic and simple spices is a delight and a crowd pleaser on dinner table…. Try this recipe and let me know what you think by commenting below this post…..

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 kg cubed boneless chicken (mix of thigh and breast pieces)
  • 3 medium – large size onions, sliced
  • 3 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 tbspns ginger and garlic, freshly crushed
  • Green chillies (as you like)
  • Fresh coriander, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 tbspn fenugreek leaves, fresh or dried
  • 1 cup oil + few drops for coal tempering

SPICES

  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn carom seeds
  • 1 tbspn coriander powder
  • 1 tspn turmeric
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tspn cracked black pepper
  • 1 piece of cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds

Method:

  • Heat oil in a deep pan and fry onion until they are translucent. Add ginger and garlic and fry until the mixture is golden brown. Add chicken and stir fry until it turns white. Add tomatoes and all the spices except black pepper and fenugreek leaves.
  • Cook on high flame until the tomatoes lose the stiffness. Add whipped yogurt and mix. Cover and cook on medium heat. Meanwhile put a piece of coal on flame so it is ready when needed.
  • After 15 minutes of cooking, check if the chicken is cooked and the oil has started to separate. If no, then cook for further 5 minutes. If yes, then turn off the flame, add cracked black pepper, green chillies, coriander and fenugreek leaves and temper it with coal.
  • Dish out and garnish with green chillies and coriander.