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Monday, November 28, 2011

Julienne Chicken Quickie!

I always wondered how do they get the chicken shredded so well while I gobbled chicken salads or sandwiches. Now, I know. :)

Easy Wheezy Recipe for a sumptuous Sandwich filled with creamy shredded chicken stuffing.

Chicken breasts - 2
Mayonnaise - Any flavor of your choice
Pepper, Salt
Olives - I prefer the black sliced ones in brine
Jalapenos - If you like these
Carrot & Cucumber - Shredded into thin strings

Pardon me for the borrowed photos from the net this time. I couldn't stop myself from gobbling down before clicking!

Easy Wheezy Method of preparation:

1. Boil about 4 cups of water. Clean the chicken breasts, slice into quarter of each breast and place them in the boiling water pan.
2. Let the chicken cook thoroughly for about 15 minutes. The way to check is ensuring that there is no pink all the way inside of the chicken pieces. Also, don't over cook to avoid getting a rubbery texture.
3. Once done, discard the water and place the chicken on a clean plate. Let it cool down.
4. Place a fork on the chicken piece and slowly start scraping that piece with another fork. This will give you beautiful shredded textures. Tada! Julienne.

Allow it to be chilled preferably especially for cold sandwiches or salads.
5. Now, you're open to creativity of what all you want to stuff in your sandwich. This is what I did.
6. Mix this shredded chicken with Mayonnaise, pepper, salt into a thick paste.
7. Add this on top of a toasted bread slice.
8. Spread torn lettuce, olives, Jalapenos, shredded carrots & cucumber on top of this.
9. Place another toast on top of this. Ready to gobble!

If you have some chicken left over, make sure you put it in air tight container in the refrigerator. This chicken can also be used in pastas, salads or grills. Just that if you intend to cook it again for say baked or grilled dishes, do not boil it all the way. Or else, you will end up overcooking the final dish.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Creamy Cottage Cheese Sunrise

So this one's a delicacy according to me, for my veg friends. :)
Creamy Cottage Cheese Sunrise.

Why did I name it that.. you'll know soon!

Onion, Tomatoes, Garlic Pods, Ginger
Cottage Cheese  ( Paneer)
Corn kernels & Green Peas ( Frozen ones available in market)
Milk / Fresh Cream
Corn Flour; Mix about two table spoons of cornflour in few spoons of water.
Salt, pepper, chilli to taste
Pasta Seasoning / Oregano
Oil / Butter for seasoning
Cheese for Garnish.


1. Grind ginger-garlic in fine paste. Chop onions and tomatoes in fine cubes.
2. Saute the garlic, ginger and onion in some oil / butter.

3. After the onion turn golden brown, add tomatoes.

Cover this and cook until the tomatoes are cooked completely. You might want to mash this mixture into a fine paste or use a hand blender.

4. Add Salt, Chilli & Pepper to this. Add the corn and peas to this mixture.

5. Add milk on top. Pour the cornflour mix in this, stir and cover the lid and cook well till the peas and corn are soft. In few minutes this sauce will have a smooth thick texture and a beautiful creamy orange 'sunrise' shade. Hence, the name. :)

6. Saute paneer ( Cottage cheese) in some butter. Add salt, pepper and oregano seasoning to this. Remove as soon as the paneer is soft.

7. Spread the paneer on a flat dish. Pour the red sauce that you've prepared on top of this.

8. Garnish with Cheese. Go on, be a little generous ;)

9. Place this dish into a preheated oven for about 10 mins at 180 degrees.

Tada! Tell me if this doesn't get people kissing your hands in sheer joy!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Me back with some yummilicious recipes :)

I know I have been away on a long hiatus from blogging.
I had too many thoughts and things to share when I sat down. Which eventually ended up in not writing anything after all!

I have been cooking so much more (not because Prasad has been making me do that (;) but ) because, I just always loved doing this so much.

I was gifted a lovely OTG Oven by Prasad as a ( belated )birthday gift. This opened the doors to my world of baking which I always wanted to explore. Although, today I shall share one of the Mangalorean dishes I have learnt to make. Its called Mooga-gashi or Masala Rande or Masol . Which basically means Moong in the Masala.

It has an authentic flavor which your palette will never forget. Trust me.

Moong (I sprouted these for better nutrition)
Fresh coconut
Red dry chillies ( Select the ones that are crinkled and more spicier version)
Dhanya seeds ( Whole Coriander seeds )
Tamarind or Amchoor, i.e. Dry mango powder ( Optional , this is my addition )
Mustard seeds and curry leaves for seasoning
Coconut oil or any other oil you use
Salt to taste

1. Steam cook the sprouts so that they are ready to eat.
2. Season the coriander seeds and red chillies in some oil.
3. Grind coriander seeds, chillies and coconut in the grinder into a very fine paste. The finer the better. You'll see that the roasted red chillies have created a mesmerizing orange color that will get your taste buds dancing.
4. Splutter the mustard seeds and curry leaves in some oil. Add the coconut paste to this.
5. Add some water to make the gravy. Add salt and the moong dal.
6. Cover and bring to boil.
7. Since I love the curries to become tangy, I added a little amchoor powder to this in the end. This also kills the bitterness of sprouts. However, this is completely optional.