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Chicken Croquettes

This is a very basic recipe of chicken croquettes, Soon I will be uploading the variations as well, stay tuned!

Something for your weekend tea party…..

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Ingredients:

  • 120 gms butter
  • 2 tbspns four
  • 1 cup milk
  • Salt and coarsely ground black pepper to season
  • ¼ tspn white pepper
  • ½ tspn chicken salt
  • ½ tspn onion powder
  • ½ tspn garlic powder
  • ½ tspn mustard powder
  • 1 chicken breast (boiled and shredded)
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 1 green chilli, chopped (optional)
  • Oil for deep frying

FOR BREADING

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg + 4 tbspns milk
  • 1 cup bread crumbs

Method:

  • Chop the shallot and shred the chicken breast. Best is to use hands to shred the chicken as it will give it a strand texture.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan and saute’ chopped shallot for 2 minutes or until it becomes translucent. Add flour and cook for 45 secs. Gradually add milk and use whisk to avoid lumps. Add onion powder, garlic powder and mustard powder and mix well. Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
  • Mix in the shredded chicken and green chillies and put aside to cool for 10 minutes or until it is easy to handle. Please do not refrigerate or cool completely otherwise it won’t be easy to mold it into croquette like shape.
  • Put some oil on your hands and take a small ball of the mixture and shape it into an oval, like an egg. This mixture would make around 12 croquettes.
  • Now get your breading station ready, flour (season with some salt and pepper or some Italian herbs), egg and milk (egg wash) and then bread crumbs. Now take one croquette, roll it into flour, dip it in egg mixture ad bread it with bread crumbs. Do the same with the rest and arrange them on a tray.
  • Now if you are frying, refrigerate them for 15 minutes before deep frying like I did. And then deep fry until golden brown and crispy. Serve hot with ketchup.
  • Or if you are baking, arrange them onto a baking tray linked with baking paper and bake for 25 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius. Serve hot with ketchup.

Paneer Pakora

Paneer Pakora is a famous vegetarian Punjabi street food in India. Cubes of Indian Cheese (Paneer) coated in crispy, spicy gram flour batter makes everyone drooling. Its yum!!!!

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Ingredients:

  • Paneer 1 kilo (cut into cubes)
  • Oil for deep frying

FOR BATTER

  • 2 cups besan/ gram flour
  • 3 tbspns chopped fresh mint
  • 2 large green chillies chopped
  • 3 tbspns green coriander chopped
  • 2 tbspns coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp zeera/ cumin seeds
  • Water to make medium consistency batter
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tbspn anardana/ pomegranate seeds roughly ground

Procedure:

  • In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients for batter and add water to make a medium consistency batter.
  • Add paneer cubes and coat each cube with the batter. Keep aside for 10 minutes. Meanwhile heat the oil in the fryer.
  • Now drop each battered cube separately in hot oil and fry until it is golden brown and crispy.
  • Take our the pakoras and serve hot with mint chutney or tamarind sauce or both.

Loaded Garlic Bread

My version of Garlic bread supreme. Ideal for any party or any snack time. Easy  and fun to make. You can be versatile with your toppings and enjoy a real nice loaded sandwich. 😉

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Ingredients:

  • 2 bread rolls/ Vietnamese rolls/ hot dog rolls/ Rustic rolls

FOR BASTING

  • 100 gms salted butter
  • 1 tspn chopped chives
  • 2 garlic cloves minced

FOR TOPPING

  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (freshly grated)
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar (fresh grated)
  • A handful of baby spinach
  • Cooked chicken or boiled shredded chicken
  • Chopped capsicum
  • Slivered red onion
  • 2 tbspns scallions
  • ¼ cup sliced black olives
  • ½ cup jalapenos
  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms
  • Some mayo or garlic sauce to drizzle
  • Freshly cracked black pepper/ red chilli flakes
  • Herbs of your choice

Procedure:

  • Preheat the oven in broil mode to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Combine all the ingredients for basting in a microwave proof bowl and microwave it for 1 minute. Stir.
  • Cut the rolls of your choice into half lengthways and start applying the basting with a pastry brush on the inside of the bread.
  • Spread both the cheeses evenly on both the rolls and then put your favourite toppings (no sauces, only meat and veggies).
  • Broil for 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the bread is crusty.
  • Take it out of the oven, drizzle with your favourite sauce, pepper and herbs and enjoy.

Aalu Kabab/ Potato Cutlets/ Aloo Tikki

Aalu tikki or aalu kabab one of the famous side dish or tea snack in sub continent cooking. Mashed potatoes seasoned with spices and fried in portions in a delight to have.

You can adjust the spices and chilies according to your taste, my recipe is a bit spicy. Its a tea party crowd pleaser and actually tingles your tongue with aroma and spice. Give it a try and let me know how you go…..

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Ingredients:

  • 6 large potatoes (boiling potatoes) (peeled and boiled to perfection)
  • 3 green chillies (large size, chopped fine)
  • 1 cup fresh coriander leaves (chopped fine)

SPICES

  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn chicken salt (available in Vegetarian option as well)
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbspn chaat masala
  • 2 tbspns cracked dry coriander seeds
  • 1 tspn coarsely ground pan roasted cumin seeds
  • ½ tspn ground fennel seeds
  • 1 tspn dry fenugreek leaves

FOR FRYING

  • 2 eggs (whisked)
  • 2 cups oil for shallow pan frying

Procedure:

-In a large mixing bowl, mash the boiled potatoes until the mixture is lump free. Now add all the spices, green chillies and coriander. Add the fenugreek leaves by crushing between your palms; it will really bring out the flavour and fragrance.

-Mix well until it looks like a dough. Now make a small ball from this dough and flat it with your fingers and give it a round shape. Do the same with the rest of the mixture. It will make 12 tikkis.

-Place the tikkis in a wide plate without over lapping and refrigerate for 1 hour.

-Heat some frying oil on griddle or frying pan.

-Whisk two eggs in a bowl for coating the tikkis. If you are vegetarian, you can skip this step and fry tikkis directly. Or dip each tikki separately in this egg wash and fry until its golden brown and crisp from both the sides. Approximately 1 minute per side in hot oil.

-Serve hot with mint chutney or as a side dish with Pulao or Biryani.

Crispy Chicken Strips

One of my favorites………

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Ingredients:

  • Oil for deep frying

FOR CHICKEN

  • 2 large chicken breasts (cut into strips)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbspns hot sauce (tabasco/ chilli/ frank)
  • 2 tbspns vinegar/ lemon juice
  • 2 tbspns soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A sprinkle of chicken salt
  • ½ tspn white pepper
  • 8 tbspns corn flour
  • 1 tspn garlic paste

FOR COATING

  • A sprinkle of mix Italian herbs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (panko/ fresh/ fine crushed)
  • ½ cup self-rising flour
  • Some red chilli flakes
  • Some salt/ chicken salt

Procedure:

-Take a large mixing bowl and place everything (except coating ingredients) along with chicken in it. Mix and keep aside for 30 mins in the fridge.

-Mix all the ingredients given for coating in a coating plate (shallow plate).

-Now coat each marinated chicken strip in the coating mix place them one layered on a tray lined with butter paper.

-When done with all the strips, refrigerate for 15 minutes. Meanwhile heat your deep fryer to 180 degrees Celsius.

-Fry the coated chicken strips until they are golden brown and crispy.

-Serve hot with fries and ranch sauce.

Chocilla (Chocolate – Vanilla) Marble Cake

Today we are making a cake that is not only popular in Morocco but also in Europe and in the U.S.: Marble Cake! It is a cake with vanilla and chocolate mixed together in a swirl! It’s super easy and super delicious!

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 5 large eggs
  • ½ cup and 2 tablespoons (125 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 113 grams butter
  • 1 cup (128 grams) all-purpose white flour
  • 125 grams dark chocolate
  • 125 grams white chocolate

Procedure:

-The first step is to beat the 5 eggs with the sugar, using an egg beater. You want the eggs to become double in volume, fluffy, and have a withish color. This is an important step to make the cake moist!

-The eggs are ready when they become very thick – you can actually create a ‘ribbon’ with the batter when you pour some of it with a spoon over the rest of the batter!

-Add the vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, and the baking powder to the egg mixture.  Continue mixing for a few seconds until well incorporated.

-Melt the butter (either in the microwave or in a sauce pan).

-Add the melted butter to the egg mixture while continuously stirring.

-Sift the flour over the egg mixture and gently fold all the ingredients together using a spatula, until well incorporated.

-Split the batter, equally, into 2 separate bowls. In one portion we are going to add melted dark chocolate, and the other one melted white chocolate. If you dont like white chocolate you can skip it, or you can replace the dark chocolate with cocoa powder. You can even create your own flavors, for example, strawberry and chocolate, or green tea and white chocolate!

-Melt the dark chocolate and white chocolate separately.

-Preheat your oven to 180 C.

-Add the melted dark chocolate to one portion of the batter. Then add the melted white chocolate to the other portion of the batter. Mix well.

-Butter your cake mold, then place parchment paper in it (I am using an 8″ rectangular cake pan). The reason we need to butter the pan before the parchment paper is to get the paper to stick to the pan, otherwise, the paper will not stick! Cut the border of the parchment paper with scissors to get even borders.

-First pour half of the white chocolate batter in the pan. Then cover it with the entire dark chocolate batter, use a spatula to spread evenly. Finally pour the rest of the white chocolate batter on top of the chocolate batter.

-Insert the knife in the batter and move it around to create swirls

-Bake the cake for around 45 minutes or until it is done. It will become golden brown, and when you press the top of the cake it feels firm.

-Remove the cake from the pan and let it cool down.

-Slice it and serve with tea.