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Besani Aloo Katli

Besani aloo katli is my very own created favourite snack and Ramadan product.  Spicy batter dipped potato slices gives the real satisfaction of chat pata snack. Try this chat pati recipe and enjoy!

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 large potatoes (peeled and cut into ½ cm thick slices) (soaked in ice cold water)
  • 2.5 cups besan
  • 1 cup luke warm water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn crushed red chillies
  • 1 tspn Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 2 tbspns roasted crushed cumin seeds
  • 1 tbspn cracked coriander seeds
  • 3 tbspns very finely chopped green coriander
  • 3 tbspns very finely chopped green chillies
  • 3 tbspns very finely chopped fresh spinach
  • A generous pinch of garam masala
  • A generous pinch of kasuri methi
  • 1 tbspn roasted and crushed anar dana
  • 2 tbspns rice flour
  • Oil for deep frying
  • A pinch of chaat masala to sprinkle

Method:

  1. Take out the potato slices from chilled water, pat dry with a paper towel and sprinkle some salt and Kashmiri red chilli powder on it. Keep aside for 5 mins.
  2. Meanwhile prepare the batter and put the oil on low flame so it is preheated when we need to fry.
  3. Add all the spices, herbs and veggies in the potatoes, mix and add rice flour and besan. Mix and add some lukewarm water to make a medium consistency paste. Adjust salt and chilli according to your taste.
  4. Bring oil to medium – high hot and fry each potato slice coated nicely in batter, individually in batches until golden brown.
  5. Take out on a wire rack to keep the batter crisp. Sprinkle some chaat masala and serve with mint sauce or ketchup.

Aloo Bhujya/ Alu Bhujiya

Aloo Bhujya….. a comfort food for a lot of people and an easy and quick meal for many. I make it when I am sick of eating meat plus I am low on time and energy and I prefer it mild. This recipe is mild as well but you can adjust the spices as you like it.

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 4 large or 6 small potatoes (Royale)
  • 1 large and 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 tbspn garlic paste
  • 1 tspn ginger paste
  • 2 large tomatoes blanched, peeled and cut into chunks
  • Salt to taste
  • Some chicken salt (OPTIONAL)
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • 1 tspn roasted crushed cumin
  • 1 tspn freshly crushed dried coriander
  • A pinch of fenugreek leaves/ kasuri methi
  • 1 tbspn nigella seeds (kalwanji)
  • A pinch of garam masala
  • A generous pinch of amchur
  • 1 tspn lemon juice
  • ½ cup oil
  • Coriander and green chillies to add at the end and garnish

Method:

  1. Peel, wash and cut the potatoes in slices or cubes. I prefer slices in everyday routine and cubes when making with pooris. Keep them in cold water until needed. Strain the water before adding the potatoes in the pan.
  2. Heat oil in a thick bottomed, deep pan and sweat the onions. Add ginger paste, garlic paste and saute’ further for a minute. Add potato slices and stir fry on medium heat for 5 minutes. Now add all the spices except fenugreek leaves, amchur powder and garam masala. Mix well.
  3. Add tomatoes, amchur powder, garam masala and fenugreek leaves(do not stir after adding tomatoes) and cover the pot with the lid and cook on low heat for 20 minutes or until potatoes are cooked and tomatoes are mushy.
  4. Remove the lid, add lemon juice, coriander and green chillies and cook on medium heat until the tomatoes dry up.
  5. Take them out in the serving dish and garnish with some green chillies and coriander.
  6. Serve hot with roti/ paratha or pooris.

 

 

Fish Fry

 

This is my 3rd or 4th recipe of fried fish and all of them are different with different flavors. This is a very simple and lite recipe, not too spicy and it is a crowd pleaser! You can make fish bites with this recipe as well and everyone will love it …. ❤

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 fillets/ 1 kilo of blue grenadier (cut into large chunks)
  • 3 tbspns soy sauce
  • 1 tbspn cracked coriander seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbspns vinegar/ lemon juice for more flavour
  • 1 tbspn cracked black pepper
  • 5 tbspns corn flour
  • 1 tspn garlic powder
  • 1 tspn ginger powder
  • 1 egg
  • Oil for frying

Method:

  • Wash and dry the fish fillets and mix in everything except oil, egg and corn flour.
  • Keep marinated for 2 hours.
  • Add corn flour and egg and mix well.
  • Keep aside for another 30 mins.
  • Heat oil to 190 degrees Celsius for deep frying.
  • Fry for 5 minutes or until crisp and brown.
  • Serve hot with tartare sauce.

Chicken Vegetable Gravy

A healthy and nutritious meal for the family, perfect for busy weekdays ❤

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR CHICKEN

  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tspn paprika
  • 2 tbspn hot sauce
  • 2 tbspns lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup corn flour
  • 2 tbspns soy sauce
  • Oil for frying

VEGETABLES

  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1 cup mixed color capsicums, cut into cubes
  • 1 red onion, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 cup French beans, sliced
  • 4 spring onions, cut into 3 – 4 cm length
  • ½ boiled green peas
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • ½ cup cabbage, cut into cubes

FOR GRAVY

  • 4 tbspns olive oil
  • 1 tbspn heapful minced garlic
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 3 tbspns soy sauce
  • 3 tbspns hot sauce
  • ½ tspns cracked black pepper
  • A pinch of white pepper
  • 1 tspn brown sugar
  • Some lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Corn starch slurry (½ cup corn flour + ¼ cup water)

Method

  • Cut chicken into cubes and marinade in all the ingredients given for chicken and keep aside.
  • Meanwhile prepare your veggies and sauce.
  • For sauce, combine water, stock cubes, soy sauce, hot sauce, white pepper and sugar and whisk.
  • Heat oil for shallow frying and fry chicken chunks. This process will seal the juices and flavour of chicken and keep it moist. Fry for 3 mins at 190 degrees Celsius.
  • Now heat 4 tbspns oil in a skillet and fry garlic. After a min of splattering add the veggies (except capsicum and onion) and stir fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add the sauce and bring it to a boil and adjust salt.
  • Add corn flour slurry with constant stirring to avoid lumps and to thicken the sauce.
  • Add capsicum, onion, cracked black pepper and lemon juice and after 5 minutes add fried chicken chunks. Stir and serve hot with rice.

Sooji Halwa (Semolina Sweet) (Soojhi Halwa)

This is my very basic recipe of Suji Halwa. It is quick and easy to make for small gatherings, religious purpose, breakfast and family lunch or dinner…. My mum loves it and when I made it first time for my family, they all appreciated y effort but to be honest it is just technique. There is not much effort involved. lets look at the ingredients and get started ❤

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cup semolina (soojhi)
  • 1 cup desi ghee
  • 4 cardamoms (cracked)
  • 1.5 cup sugar
  • 5 cups water
  • Few raisins (kishmish)
  • Few slivered almonds
  • Sliced coconut (optional)

Procedure:

  • Heat water and add sugar.
  • Melt ghee in wok and stir fry cardamoms for a few seconds. Add semolina and stir fry until its roasted and golden in color. Be very careful, it burns really quickly. Add raisins.
  • Now add sugar water and cook on medium heat. Be careful, do not burn yourself.
  • Cook with constant stirring until the ghee starts to separate from Halwa.
  • When halwa is all gathered in the centre of the pan and ghee is on the sides, take it out in the serving dish and garnish with some almonds. Serve.

Hara Masala Keema/ Tawa Keema

My Top favorite recipe…. Less spice more aroma, less cooking time more enjoying time, one of the easy and light desi dishes. Try and lemme know how you go!

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Ingredients

  • 500 gms beef/ mutton mince (chicken Maryland or thigh mince will work)
  • 1 large tomato (chopped)
  • 1 green chillies (sliced)
  • 5 tbspns oil
  • 50 gms butter

SPICES

  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn cracked black pepper
  • 1 tspn dried fenugreek leaves (crushed)
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tbspn cracked coriander seeds

FOR HARA MASALA

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 inch piece of root ginger
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 cup coriander leaves
  • 1 cup mint leaves

FOR GARNISH

  • Few coriander leaves
  • Green chillies
  • 1 lemon (juice squeezed)

Procedure:

-Heat oil on tawa/ griddle/ flat pan and place the chunk of mincemeat. Break it into small pieces with the spoon while frying and add salt when the color changes.

-Add tomatoes while the mincemeat is still moist. Cook on low heat until the tomato is tender. Now add rest of the spices except coriander seeds and fenugreek.

-Coarsely crush all the herbs and roots in a mortar and pestle for hara masala (green masala).

-Add this crushed mixture in meat and stir. Mix and when the moisture evaporates (not completely), add butter, coriander seeds and fenugreek leaves.

-Garnish with some coriander leaves and green chillies. Drizzle some lemon juice and serve with roti.

Quick Fruit Trifle

This is my dessert to entertain the guests when I am short of time. I get everything ready made from the supermarket and just use my layering skills and taste buds to create this awesome dessert which is highly appreciated in my friend’s circle…..

A perfect dessert hack for busy chefs like myself……

Ayesha's Kicthen

Ayesha’s Kicthen

Ingredients:

  • 2 large size jam rolls, sliced in 1 inch thickness
  • 1.5 litres vanilla custard (I use St. Pauls, you can use any readymade available at our local supermarket)
  • 12 strawberries
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • Some strawberry jello
  • 1 can diced pineapple (drained and pineapple cut into small chunks)
  • ½ strawberry conserve or Jam (microwaved for 20 seconds)
  • ½ cup fresh cream (for drizzling)
  • Some whipped cream for decoration (if desired)
  • Some cut strawberries for decoration
  • Some left over jam roll for decoration

Procedure:

-In a glass or pyrex dish lay a thin layer of readymade vanilla flavoured custard. Then over the custard, lay a layer of jam roll.

-Now drizzle some cream and jam. Place all the fruit chunks on it and then lay a layer of premade jello.

-Pour the left over custard over it and decorate it the way you desire.

-Refrigerate for 3 hours before serving.