Potato Salad

This recipe if for yummy, creamy, mustardy and oniony potato salad. The flavours added to this potato salad makes it comfortable with all kind of grilled meat/ BBQ or fried steaks or if you have an open salad bar for your guests, this is a great addition. Very simple and easy to follow recipe is below…..

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 3 large potatoes (cut into big chunks)
  • Salt
  • Water

FOR DRESSING

  • 1 cup full cream sour cream
  • 2 tbspns mayonnaise
  • Some cracked black pepper
  • A pinch of chicken salt
  • A generous pinch of table salt
  • 2 green onions (green part chopped)
  • 1 tspn fresh chives (chopped)
  • A pinch of dill
  • ¼ tspn mustard powder
  • 1 tbspn mustard

Method:

  • Peel and cut potatoes into big chunks and put them in cold water with some salt. Boil until the potato is done but still in shape which is 98% done.
  • Drain the water and put the potatoes in colander to remove all the excess water and cool down.
  • In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients for dressing and whisk.
  • Add potatoes and mix gently.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hours.
  • Serve with grilled meat or schnitzels.
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Aalu Chicken Shorba (Potato & Chicken Stew Style Curry)

A very famous dish in Pakistani home cooking, but there is a technique to make it, there is a timing to put everything in to make it super special and delicious. If you follow all the instructions given below, you will get the most delicious Aalu Chicken shorba ever!!!!! Trust me mate 🙂

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken (1.5 kilo)(skinless, cut into curry pieces, around 12pcs)
  • 1.5 cups oil
  • 3 onions (medium sized, cut into slices)
  • 3 tomatoes (medium sized, cut into slices)
  • 5 – 6 green chillies (2 chopped)
  • 1 cup coriander, chopped
  • 4 – 5 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into big chunks (4 pieces per potato)
  • 1 tbspn crushed ginger
  • 1 tbspn crushed garlic
  • 1 litre hot water

SPICES

  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 chicken stock cube for extra flavour
  • 1 tbspn red chilli powder
  • ½ tspn Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 4 pepper corns
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 tspn turmeric powder
  • 1 tbspn coriander powder
  • 1 tbspn cumin seeds, pan roasted and ground
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tbspn dried fenugreek leaves (ground)
  • 1 green cardamom

Method:

  • Heat oil and fry onion until its golden and crispy. Add chicken, bay leaf, peppercorns, chicken cube, cinnamon, 2 green chillies, cloves, ginger and garlic. Fry until the chicken changes its colour.
  • Add tomatoes and cook on high heat until the tomatoes are loose and cooked.
  • Add all the spices (except fenugreek leaves and garam masala) and mix. Add a splash of hot water and stir fry on high heat. When the water dries, add potatoes and add another splash of hot water, half of the coriander and stir fry on high heat. Do this again for 3 times until potatoes are half cooked.
  • Now add rest of the hot water and reduce the flame to low. Cover the pot and let it cook for 20 mins or until the oil comes up. Add garam masala, coriander and fenugreek leaves and serve hot with phulka.

Bread Pakora

Bread pakora is very famous in Punjab, India. I ate it first time at Keysborough Gurudwara Sahib and the idea seemed fantastic to me. It is actually battered fried potato sandwich and tastes great with mint sauce. Try this and let me know how you go with it 🙂

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR BATTER

  • 2 cups gram flour
  • ½ tspn baking powder
  • Some cold water for medium thick batter
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn crushed red chilli dry
  • ½ tspn turmeric powder
  • 2 tbspns cracked coriander seeds
  • 1 tbspn green chilli paste (fresh)
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tbspn pomegranate seeds (crushed)
  • 3 tbspns chopped fresh coriander

FOR PAKORA

  • 6 white bread slices
  • Oil for deep frying

FOR FILLING

  • 2 boiled potatoes
  • Salt and red chilli powder to taste
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • 1 tbspns crushed green chillies
  • 3 tbpns chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tbspn chopped fresh mint leaves
  • ½ tspn aamchur powder
  • ½ tspn chaat masala
  • ½ tspn garam masala
  • 1 tspn cracked coriander seeds

Method

  • Combine all the ingredients given for batter except water and mix. Now gradually add water, whisking at the same time to get the right consistency of the batter. It should not be too thick or too runny. The consistency of the batter should be good enough to coat the bread sandwich.
  • Keep aside for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for filling and mash.
  • Take one slice of bread and spread 2 tbspns of potato mixture onto it and cover it with the other bread slice. Cut into 8 triangles. Do the same with other bread slices and make 24 mini triangles.
  • Meanwhile heat oil to 190 degrees Celsius or hot enough that you put the batter in and it floats to the surface of the oil, bubbling within 10 seconds.
  • Now dip and coat each triangle into batter and fry until its crisp and brown on the outside. Take them out onto your serving platter and sprinkle some chaat masala (optional).
  • Serve hot with mint chutney or just as it is. They taste great.

Potato Cutlets with Baby Spinach & Mushrooms

Ideal for tea parties, lunch box, snacks or just breakfast…. ❤

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 4 large potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn chicken salt
  • 1 tbspn red chilli flakes
  • ¼ tspn mustard powder
  • 1 tspn cracked black pepper
  • 2 green chillies (chopped)
  • 4 spring onions (chopped) (green part)
  • 200 gms baby spinach (chopped)
  • ½ kg mushrooms (chopped)

FOR COATING

  • 2 eggs + 2 tbspns milk (whisked)
  • 2 cups bread crumbs + chicken salt + italian herbs + 2 tbspns grated parmesan cheese
  • Oil for shallow frying

Procedure:

  • Season potatoes with all the spices and salt and mash. Add everything else except mushrooms.
  • Saute mushrooms in 1 tbspn butter until it looks brown.
  • Add sautéed mushrooms to potato mixture and mix.
  • Make round flat patties and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil.
  • Dip cutlets in egg mixture and then roll in crumbs and fry until the patties are golden brown and crispy. Serve hot with ketchup, pesto or aioli.

Aalu Channa Chaat

There are some things I love about this salad/ chaat:

1. It is a crowd pleaser
2. No special ingredients needed, pretty much everything you usually have at home
3. A good recipe addition to your weight loss diet plan.

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans chickpea (drained)
  • 2 large potatoes (cut into cubes and boiled)
  • 2 red onions, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
  • A bunch of coriander, a bunch of mint and 3 small green chillies, crushed fresh
  • 4 tbspns lemon juice
  • 1 tspn heapful chaat masala (you can add more if you want it hot)
  • 3 tbspns tamarind sauce

Method:

  • Prepare everything according to the instructions; Peel, cut and boil potatoes, chop onions and tomatoes, crush coriander and other stuff, drain and wash chick peas and squeeze lemon.
  • Mix everything together in a mixing bowl. Refrigerate for 1 hr and serve.

Easy as.

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.

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