Chicken Hot n Sour Soup

I love soups, specially Asian inspired, not a big fan of vegetable puree soups. Chicken corn soup, Cream of chicken, Cream of Mushrooms, 19B, Thai soup, Wonton Soup, Tom Yum & Hot n Sour are my top favorite and luckily in Melbourne I find all of them and I know how to make them all at home as well which never makes me feel Soup Deprived πŸ˜€ . No matter its hot or cold, I can eat soup in any weather, in any season with same love. My love for soup is endless πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Alrighty, enough of my love for soup. I will tell you about this soup, It is not Chinese authentically, but it is Chinese inspired Pakistani Soup, available at all Chinese food outlets and very famous in Pakistani Home cooking.

It ticks

1. Health
2. Taste
3. Nutrition

Very ideal for weight loss and keeps you full for longer.

so…..People on that side of the world! have a great winter πŸ˜€

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Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 12 cups water
  • 2 carrots (julienne or chopped)
  • 2 cups cabbage finely sliced
  • 10 champignons (tin mushrooms) (optional)
  • Β½ cup spring onion (green part) (chopped)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn Chinese salt (Ajinomoto)
  • 1 tbspn black pepper
  • ΒΌ cup vinegar
  • ΒΌ cup soy sauce
  • Β½ cup corn flour slurry (4 tbspns corn flour in Β½ cup of water)
  • 2 beaten eggs

Method:

  • Boil chicken in 12 cups of water with salt, pepper and Chinese salt. Take out the chicken and keep the stock boiling on low flame.
  • Shred the chicken with your hands when it cools down and add it back to the stock. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add the veggies and boil for 2 minutes and add the sauces.
  • Cook for 5 minutes and add the corn flour slurry with constant stirring to thicken the soup.
  • Now add beaten eggs with constant stirring otherwise it will make one giant egg in the soup.
  • Cook for 5 minutes. Adjust the salt, pepper and sourness of the soup by adding everything to your desire.
  • Serve hot.
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Bong Paaye

Bong Paaye is a famous dish of Pakistan’s Punjab province. It is our Prime Minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif’s favourite breakfast as well and a very rich delicacy of Eid al Adha.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 kg cow hooves/ (burnt and scraped off) (washed)
  • 1 kg beef muscle
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 tbspns of ginger garlic paste
  • 250 gms whipped yogurt
  • 3 green chillies
  • Some chopped fresh coriander

SPICES

  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn Kashmiri red chilli
  • 1 tbspn red chilli powder
  • 2 tbspns coriander seeds
  • 1 tspn carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 1 tspn nigella seeds (kalonji)
  • 1 tbspn cumin
  • 1 tbspn saunth powder (dry ginger powder)
  • 3 green cardamom
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 tspn peppercorns
  • 3 tbspns fried onions

Method:

  • For masala, pan roast cumin, nigella, coriander, peppercorns, cloves and cardamom for 2 minutes. Put all of it in spice grinder and make powder.
  • Take 10 -12 cups of water, add salt, ginger garlic paste, salt and hooves and boil for 4 hours. Add more water if needed. Now add beef pieces and cook covered for 4 more hours or until the beef is tender.
  • Heat oil in a separate pan and add all the spices in it. Add yogurt and mix well. Don’t let the spices burn. Add this mixture to paya and cook on low heat for further 30 minutes or until the oil comes to the surface.
  • Serve hot with Naan.

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 πŸ™‚ 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.

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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!

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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)
  • Β½ 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.

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 πŸ˜€ 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 ❀

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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.

 

 

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 Β½ 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.

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