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Butter Chicken

Butter chicken, another North Indian delicacy, very famous and almost available in every Indian restaurant and take away but all of them does not taste good or authentic. With this recipe you can get the most authentic and great flavour of butter chicken because it has been mastered after 4 trials.

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR CHICKEN

  • 4 chicken thigh fillets (cut into big chunks/ 3 pcs. Per thigh fillet)
  • 1 tspn roasted gram flour (besan)
  • Salt to taste
  • A generous pinch of chicken salt
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn cumin powder
  • 1 tspn special masala (a pinch of nigella seeds, a pinch of garam masala, a pinch of kasuri methi, a small pinch of ajwain, a pinch of black pepper corns and a pinch of cloves grind into a powder)
  • 1 tbspn yogurt
  • 1 tspn mustard oil
  • 1 tson ginger garlic and green chilli paste
  • A pinch of meat tenderizer

FOR CURRY

  • 3 tbspns oil
  • 2 generous knobs of butter
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 big cardamom
  • 3 small cardamoms
  • A stick of cinnamon
  • ½ tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tbspn kasuri methi
  • 3 tbspns cooking cream
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 large tomatoes (cut into chunks)
  • 1 tbspn tomato paste
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • A small piece of ginger
  • 3 tbspns cashew nuts
  • 2 small green chillies
  • Some cream and chopped coriander for garnish

Method:

FOR CHICKEN

  1. Wash, pat dry and cut chicken into chunks.
  2. Apply all the dry spices and ginger garlic paste mixed with mustard oil and keep aside for 20 minutes.
  3. Now add gram flour and yogurt and mix well. Keep aside for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat the grill plan to high and grill the chicken chunks to 3 mins per side. (Do not flip over and over, just 2 flips are fine)
  5. Keep aside until needed.

FOR CURRY

  1. Heat oil and sweat the onions. Add ginger garlic paste, green chillies and all the whole spices along with cashews. Saute for around 2 minutes and add tomatoes and tomato paste. Cook on medium heat with the lid on until the tomatoes are mushy.  Add water if needed.
  2. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool for a bit. Take out the bay leaf and cinnamon. Now add 1 cup warm water and blend it to puree.
  3. Pass it through the sieve to get the silky smooth curry and discard the residue.
  4. Heat the same pan and melt 2 knobs of butter. When the butter is melted and hot add the curry. Let it simmer for 2 minutes, then add fenugreek leaves by crushing between your palms to get the extra flavour and fragrance and add cream. Stir and add the grilled chicken and let it cook in the curry for 1 minute.
  5. Take it out in the serving bowl, let it cool for 2 minutes and then garnish with cream and coriander.
  6. Serve with boiled rice/ naan/ garlic naan.

 

Malai Kofta

Malai kofta/ kofta makhni is an Indian Punjabi vegetarian dish. Soft paneer and potato balls, lightly spiced and fried, simmered in a silky smooth mild curry, served with hot garlic roti, naan or rice is a delicacy from North India which is served in almost every Indian restaurant around the world. My personal favorite is from “Aangan” restaurant on Derrimut road in Melbourne, Australia. I loved it so much that I have to figure out the recipe after 20 different recipes trial.

So this recipe is my configured recipe after trying 20 different recipes from known youtube chefs….. ❤

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR KOFTAS

  • 1 cup boiled, peeled and grated potatoes
  • 2 cups grated paneer/ cottage cheese/ ricotta cheese
  • 4 tbspns broken cashews
  • 4 tbspns finely chopped green chillies (I use Bengali/ Thai green chilli because it is rich in flavour and heat, you can use any of your choice and adjust it according to your heat tolerance level)
  • 2 tbspns finely chopped green coriander
  • 1 tspn roasted crushed cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn crushed coriander seeds
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tbspn corn flour
  • 1 cup flour (to coat the koftas before frying)
  • Oil for deep frying

FOR CURRY

  • 2 generously big knobs of butter
  • 3 tbspns cooking oil
  • 1 large onion or 2 small onions (chopped)
  • 2 large tomatoes (cut into chunks)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder (preferably Kashmiri red chilli because it is rich in bright red color)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 green cardamom
  • A piece of cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 tbspn ginger and garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 tbspns raw cashews
  • 1 tspn cumin powder
  • 2 tbspns cooking cream
  • 1 tspn kasuri methi

Method:

  1. For koftas, combine everything (except oil for frying and flour for coating) in a mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt and mix until it combines into a tough dough. We add corn flour in these koftas because it absorbs all the extra moisture and this helps in frying the koftas without breaking. It will be difficult to shape out koftas from this tough dough but it is doable.
  2. Roll the koftas in plain flour and shake off the excess flour. Refrigerate for 15 mins.
  3. Meanwhile, lets prepare our curry.
  4. For curry, heat oil in a pan and add bay leaf, cardamoms, cinnamon, green chillies and onions. Saute until the onions are translucent BUT NOT BROWN. Add ginger garlic paste and cashews and saute for further 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are mushy. Add 2 cups warm water and let it simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on.
  5. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a deep pan, take out the koftas from the fridge and deep fry until golden brown.
  6. Take the curry pot off the flame and let it cool. Take out the bay leaf and cinnamon stick. Pour the mixture in the blender and blend it into a fine puree. Pass it through a sieve to collect the silky, smooth curry. Discard the residue.
  7. In the same pot, melt some butter and pour the silky curry in it. Simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add cream and crush the fenugreek leaves/ kasuri methi with your palms and add to the curry. Mix gently.

Now you have 2 options:
1. Either put koftas in the curry now and simmer for 1 minute and turn off the flame and serve with a garnish of cream and coriander.

2. Or plate the koftas in the serving dish and pour over the curry and serve with a garnish of cream and coriander.

 

 

Makki ki Roti & Sarson da Saag

Makki ki roti and Sasron ka saag is one of the famous dishes of Punjab and it depicts the agricultural culture of this Province, famous both in Pakistan and India. The best thing about this dish is that it is not confined or related to only one time meal, you can serve it in breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks or anytime 🙂 I didnt know how to make it first and I used to think it as a very difficult but love (for food) made it easy for me, so here is the recipe for you ….

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 bunch of choy sum (Available in supermarkets or fruit and veg market easily, Australia wide) or saag (available at wyndham village fruit market in Melbourne)
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1 bunch fenugreek (available at fruit market)
  • 5- 10 small green chillies
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chilli powder to taste
  • 1 tbspn ginger and garlic paste
  • Some green chillies to garnish
  • 2 scoops Ghee
  • 1 scoop white butter (homemade, unsalted) to serve
  • 1 medium sized onion chopped
  • Water for boiling

Method:

  • Wash and clean and cut all the greens. Wash them in open and wide container under cold water to get rid of all the sand and soil and put in a colander to drain.
  • Boil 2 litres of water in a deep pot and add the greens, garlic cloves, salt and green chillies.
  • Cook covered for 20 minutes and drain the access water. Keep the boiled greens in the colander for 15 minutes to remove all the excess water and cool down.
  • Grind it in a food processor to coarse.
  • Now if you want to use it later, you can make 2 packets and freeze for up to 60 days.
  • Or if you want to cook it straight away, melt ghee is a cooking pot and fry chopped onion until its translucent. Add ginger and garlic paste and fry until it is golden brown. Add saag puree and cook until the water evaporates and ghee starts to separate.
  • Add chopped green chillies and take it out in a dish.

Ayesha’s Kitchen

FOR MAKKI ROTI

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups makki aata (I use Grewal brand which is easily available in Melbourne)
  • Some warm water to knead the dough
  • Ghee as per use

Method:

  • Take 3 cups of makki aata in a deep bowl and gradually knead it by adding little warm water at a time.
  • The texture will look like wet or kinetic sand, not like normal flour dough.
  • Knead it for 5 minutes and keep aside for 20 – 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • The best thing about this dough is it will not stick to your hands but still grease your hands a bit just to give it an even shape. Make 3 – 4 round balls of this dough.
  • Spread some aluminum foil on your kitchen bench top (flat surface) and make round roti or chapatti on it by using your palm and fingers.
  • The roti will not be even or flat as normal roti and it will break if you make it on hand, that’s why we are using aluminum foil.
  • Heat tawa or flat pan or griddle and very carefully put the roti along with the foil on the tawa with roti facing the tawa. Gently peel off the foil. Drizzle some ghee or oil on the sides of the roti so it does not stick to the pan. After 1 minute, very carefully turn the roti with flipping spoon and apply ghee on the other side.
  • When the roti is brown and cooked, serve hot with saag and white homemade butter.

 

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.

Shaljam Bhujya

Shaljam Bhujya is one of the not so favorite 😀 not so famous Pakistani dish in home cooking. Kids hate it but oldies love it. My recipe is very simple, handy and easy. It is actually my grandma’s recipe. I have learnt cooking vegetables from her, she makes it mild but my recipe is hot and spicy. Give it a try!

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 4 large turnips (peeled and cut into cubes)
  • 2 medium sized onion
  • 3 medium sized tomatoes
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1 tbspn ginger and garlic (crushed)
  • 4 tbspns olive oil
  • 1 tbspn ghee
  • 1 cup coriander (fresh, chopped)

SPICES

  • 1 chicken stock cube (Optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn red chilli p[owder
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn turmeric
  • 1 tbspn crushed dried coriander (not powder)
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn cuin powder
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tbspn methi leaves

Method:

  • Heat oil and fry onions until they are golden and crispy. Add everything else except methi leaves, coriander, 2 green chillies and methi leaves.
  • Pressure cook on low heat for 30 minutes or until two whistles.
  • Carefully take off the lid and cook on medium heat until the moisture evaporates. Now add rest of the stuff and cook on high heat until the oil comes on the sides of the pan.
  • Serve hot with chapatti.

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.