Oven Baked Chicken Tikka

The best way to make your guests wonder how much effort you put in but honestly, its just marination and baking and the result is perfect. This dish goes best with Mattar Pulao or Channa Pulao and everyone on the table will love it. It is oil free and fat free. #healthy ❤

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 8 chicken marylands (joint piece of leg and thigh) (skinless)
  • 2 tbspns ginger and garlic paste
  • 1 tbspn crushed green chillies
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 2 – 3 tspns salt
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn carom seeds
  • 1 tspn black pepper (cracked)
  • 1 tbspn coriander powder
  • 1 tspn ground garam masala
  • 1 tbspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn cumin powder
  • 1 tbspn chaat masala
  • Few drops of yellow color
  • 1 tspn dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 cup yogurt

Method

  • Wash and dry marylands. Make deep cuts into leg and thigh pieces. Massage with some lemon juice, salt, ginger garlic and green chillies for 5 minutes in the cuts and on the meat.
  • Mix all the spices together and add it to the chicken. Massage again and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  • Now add yogurt and mix the marination well and leave it overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Place the chicken pieces on to the wire rack in a roasting dish and bake on one side for 1 hour. Take out, change the side and bake for 30 more minutes.
  • Take out and serve hot with mint sauce and tamarind chutney.

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.

Chicken Waldorf Salad

I am not a big fan of mayonnaise based salad but this one is my favorite, I add a little amount of mayo and more sour cream which makes it lite and delicious. I made it today and everyone on the table loved it. The best thing about this salad is it can be used as salad or as a filling to your baguette or bagel or any bread. So try this salad and let me know how you go with it 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, diced
  • ¼ cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup diced crimson grapes
  • 1 cup pan roasted chopped walnuts/ pecans
  • 1 chicken breast, boiled and diced
  • 2 tspns mayo
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

  • Wash and cut all the fruits as instructed. Boil the chicken and dice it after cooling it.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine may and sour cream and season with some salt and pepper.
  • Add chicken and all the fruits and nuts and mix well.
  • Serve on your favorite salad platter or use it as a filling for your sandwich.

Chicken Guacamole Sandwiches

Are you on diet? Looking for a substitute for Mayo? Craving for some snack? Wanna plan a tea party? Want some easy idea for Birthday party? A side for BBQ party?

Yes, This is the recipe you are looking for. Healthy and natural, without any heavy sauces or butter.

Most people dont like avocados because of its bland taste, but hey! its not a fruit. It is good for your health and rich in healthy fats and omega 3 and a perfect substitute for Mayo and butter, so why not switch to it?

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken breast (boiled/ roasted/ grilled) (shredded)
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 4 tbspns chopped red bell pepper
  • 4 tbspns chopped tomato (without seeds)
  • 4 tbspns chopped red onion
  • 2 tbspns chopped jalapenos
  • 1 tbspn chopped coriander
  • A splash of lemon juice
  • 1 tbspn sour cream
  • Some salt and cracked black pepper
  • 6 multigrain/ light rye or white sandwich bread slices
  • Procedure:
  • Mash avocado in a mixing bowl and add all the ingredients in it to make spread.
  • Lightly toast the bread pieces and spread 3 tbspns of chicken mixture in one sandwich. Be generous with your filling.
  • Cut the sandwich neatly with a sharp sandwich knife and serve.

Italian Meatloaf

My TOP favorite dinner…. it is so moist and juicy and the glaze is just awesome! ❤

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 kilos of ground beef
  • 1 tbspn of Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, finely choppes
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 2 bread slices
  • ¼ cup of Milk
  • ¼ cup of Chopped Parsley
  • 1 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Dash of Worcesteshire Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

FOR GLAZE

  • ¾ cup of Ketchup
  • 2 tbspns of Tomato Paste
  • ¼ cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp of Dried Mustard
  • 1 tsp of Paprika
  • 1 tsp of Granulated Garlic
  • 1 tsp of Granulated Onion

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  • In a sauté pan over medium heat, cook the onion and garlic in the olive oil for about 6 to 8 minutes or until soft and translucent, allow to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, put the slices of bread and pour the milk over them, let them sit for a few minutes or until the bread soaks up all the milk.
  • In a large bowl, combine the beef, the milk soaked bread, cooked onion and garlic, parsley, parmiggiano, worchesteshire sauce, eggs, salt and pepper. Mix until everything is well combined but don’t over mix and compact the mixture too much otherwise your meatloaf will be tough.
  • Place a cooling rack over a baking sheet (or use a broiler pan) and place the meat mixture onto it and form it into a loaf, set aside.

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  • In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the glaze. Smear half of it evenly over the top and reserve the rest.
  • Bake the meatloaf for 50 minutes, then smear the rest of the sauce on top and put it back in the oven to bake for another 15 minutes.

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.

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