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Announcement - November Month World Food Guide Challenge !

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After Burmese cuisine, lets move to our next Alphabet C - Cuban recipes. Cuban cuisine is a fusion of Native American Taina food, Spanish, African and Caribbean cuisines. Some Cuban recipes share spices and techniques from Spanish and African cooking, with some Caribbean influence in spice and flavor. Rice and beans are their primary element and typical food of Cubans, which is either cooked together or separate. When it is cooked together, it is called Moros y Cristianos and when cooked separate, it is called Arroz con/y Frijoles (Rice / Beans ). Cuban cuisine uses citrus, tomato, vinegar, onion, garlic,peppers, white wine or beer, raisins,olives and capers to flavor savory dishes. Cuban desserts are famous for its sweetness and the ingredients used for desserts are cirtus peel, cinnamon or anise seed to add distinct flavor.
Some of listed cuban dishes are..
Arroz con leche
Frita
Empanada
Sandwich cubano
Tortilla de patatas
Yuca frita

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Kothu Parotta using leftover grilled chicken curry

Here comes my final post of leftover recipes using grilled chicken...

Check out previous posts...

Potato stuffed grilled chicken
Grilled chicken and apple sandwich
Grilled chicken curry

and my today's post is KOTHU PAROTTA using leftover grilled chicken curry....

Kothu parotta, one of the famous and flavorful street food in Tamil Nadu which is prepared using parotta and salna. Both veg and non veg can be prepared and also lots of variations can also be made according to our creativity and taste bud. The sound of mincing parotta in local shops, itself a rhythm for all food lovers.. am I right ? Very easy to prepare and very delicious to taste.. Generally, salna is used for this parotta but sometimes, I use my chicken gravy or non veg kurma too to prepare kothu parotta. It gives a different taste and flavor. Onion raita is an excellent combination for this kothu parotta though some prefers to have it as such...

Here is the recipe of my style kothu parotta.....


Ingredients :

4 Parottas
2 …

Grilled Chicken Curry / Leftover recipes

After posting my creamy sandwich "Grilled chicken & Apple Sandwich" using leftover grilled chicken, this is my second recipe using the same potato stuffed grilled chicken. This is a delicious one pot gravy prepared using pressure cooker and also an excellent side dish for Dosa, Idly and Roti. Personally, I served it with dosa n hot rice and it tasted heavenly. As I have used the leftover dish for this curry, I have included the grilled potatoes too but it can also be omitted or added into the curry using fresh cubed potatoes. Poached eggs makes the dish more exotic while serving and also enhances the flavor and taste.

Do you have leftover chicken at home... then, here is the recipe of simple and tasty one pot curry....

Ingredients :

1 Cup Chopped Grilled chicken ( I have used Potato stuffed grilled chicken leftover )
1 1/2 Tbsp Oil 
1 Tsp Saunf / Perunjeeragam 
2 Large Onions, Finely chopped
2 Tomatoes, Finely chopped
2 Green chillies, slitted
1 Bell pepper / Capsicum, Cut into…

Grilled Chicken & Apple Sandwich

As I had mentioned in my previous Potato stuffed grilled chicken recipe, posting one of the dish using leftover grilled chicken. Apple and chicken makes a delicious combo and this is one of our favorite sandwich which we often make with our leftover chicken dish. I have used honey mustard in this recipe but if it is not available, just mix mayo and mustard sauce to get this creamy texture. Very simple and no - cooking easy breakfast or lunchbox snack menu. This sandwich can also be served warm or cold and both tastes delicious. 


Ingredients :

1 Cup Chopped Grilled chicken ( Click HERE for grilled chicken recipe )
1/4 Cup Honey Mustard ( Increase the quantity, if you want juicy sandwich )
1 Big Apple, Finely chopped 
8 Sandwich slices ( I have used Oregano flavored bread for this sandwich )

Method :

Take chopped grilled chicken in a bowl and add finely chopped apple and honey mustard.

Mix well and keep aside.

Take 2 slices of bread and toast it on a grill pan on both the sides for a minute…

Potato Stuffed Grilled Chicken

If you are looking for some interesting whole chicken recipes for parties or get together, then try this easy and delicious grilled chicken stuffed with potatoes and roasted along with cherry tomatoes and sliced onion. I have placed bacon on top of the chicken so that the fat from bacon melts and roast the chicken beautifully and the additional butter is to enhance the taste and crispiness of the chicken. The juice from the stuffed lemon also gives a lovely flavor and it is optional. This can be served with any flavored dip or mint curd chutney.


Ingredients:

1 Whole chicken
1 Tsp Red chilli powder
1 Tsp Cheddar cheese powder ( Optional )
1 Tbsp Crushed Black pepper
1 Tbsp Mixed herbs ( Oregano, Thyme Rosemary, basil and Dill )
2 Tbsp Coarse salt
3 Tbsp Butter
1 Tbsp Olive oil
2 Potatoes, cubed
1 Lemon
Handful of Mint leaves
1 Onion, sliced ( I have used white onions in this recipe )
6 Cherry Tomatoes
3 Bacon strips
1 Tsp Butter, for final brushing

Method :

Boil 2 Cups water in a pan and add the cubed…

Spicy Tomato Soup

When it comes to soup, my family members never says NO and always, its a big YES from them. It is one of the healthiest, easy and of-course tummy filling breakfast, when it is served with a toasted bread. This soup is a little spicy soup than the regular tomato soup, as it contains ginger and chilli powder. In this recipe, I have not strained the soup but it can also be strained using strainer after blending it.


Here is the recipe for this flavorful and delicious soup...

Ingredients :

6 Tomatoes, Finely chopped
5 Garlic pods, peeled and chopped finely
1/2 Inch Ginger, Finely chopped
6 Basil leaves ( If not available, use coriander leaves or stalk )
2 Tbsp Masoor Dal
Salt to taste
1/2 Tsp Chilli powder 
1/4 Tsp Jeera powder / Cumin powder
2 1/2 Cups Water  
1 Tbsp Pepper powder, crushed
2 Tbsp Olive oil 
Curd, for garnishing
Basil leaves, for garnishing

Method :

Heat olive oil in a deep pan and add chopped garlic followed by chopped ginger.

Saute and add the finely chopped tomatoes and basil leave…

Banana - Peanut Butter Smoothie

My today's post is a yummy drink prepared using banana and peanut butter which also acts as a great substitute for breakfast. A big glass of this delicious smoothie, not only fills the tummy, it is very healthy and nutritious. This creamy and tasty drink is my favorite one and personally, love to have it any time of a day. Banana and Peanut butter compliments each other and well known universal combo. Very easy to prepare, yet flavorful with a pinch of cinnamon touch.


Serves - 2

Ingredients :

5 Long Ripe Bananas, chopped
2 Tbsp Peanut Butter 
A pinch of Cinnamon powder 
1 1/2 Cups Chilled Milk

Method :

Mash the chopped bananas and put into the blender.

Add peanut milk followed by cinnamon powder and milk to the blender.

Blend well till it turns smooth.

Serve chill in a tall chilled glass.


Note :

I have not added honey or sugar in this smoothie. If you have sweet tooth, either one of it can be included.


Fruit Bansi Rava Kesari

Belated Dussehra wishes to all my friends :) Hope you all had a fantastic dussehra with loads of yummy sweets and meals. I prepared this delicious healthy sweet yesterday for pooja using Bansi rava, fruits and Demarara sugar with less ghee. Bansi Rava is a healthy rava which is also an excellent option for weight loss and diabetes. I have used Demerara sugar in this recipe to make my sweet very healthy but it can also be substituted with a regular ones. Demerara sugar is a unrefined sugar which is large, irregular grains, dark brown in color and crunchy in texture. As it is considered to be a healthy sugar, this can also be used in regular coffee and tea. I have included only 3 varieties of fruits in this recipe due to availability but other fruits like pineapple, strawberry can also be included.


Ingredients :

1 Cup Bansi Rava
3/4 Cup Demerara sugar 
1 1/2 Tsp Ghee
1 Banana, finely chopped
1 Apple, finely chopped
2 Tbsp Pomegranate 
A pinch of Saffron
10 Cashews, broken
10 Raisins 
2 1/2 Cups …

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus makes a delicious appetizer with a minimal number of ingredients. The fat from salty bacon gets melted and beautifully roasts the bacon and asparagus to get the crunchy texture. Very simple and exotic starter to serve with any flavored dip.


Ingredients :

10 Medium sized Asparagus
7 - 8 Bacons
8 Bok Choy
1 Tbsp Pepper, crushed
4 - 5 Cherry Tomatoes ( I have used for garnishing but can also be used while baking )
15 Spring Onion leaves

Method :

Take a baking pan and arrange Bok choy leaves on it. Keep aside.


Take 2 Asparagus stalk and wrap it with a Bacon.

Tie both the ends using Spring onion leaves.

Repeat the process for the remaining asparagus.

Now arrange the bacon wrapped asparagus on the bok choy bed.


Sprinkle crushed pepper on top of it and bake it in a pre-heated oven for 15 - 20 mins at 180 degree C or till the bacon turns crunchy.


Remove and garnish with cherry tomatoes while serving.

Instead, arrange the sliced cherry tomatoes along with the wrapped asparag…

Dates & Muesli Ladoo / 3 Ingredients recipe / Microwave Recipe

Are you looking for some healthy sweet for this upcoming diwali festival... ? Then, try this nutritious ladoo and enjoy the festival...

Only 3 ingredients does a wonder to get a tasty and healthy sweet. This recipe is very easy to prepare and as I have mentioned below, prepare it using microwave or it can also be prepared using non stick pan in a low flame. This can be served as breakfast with a glass of milk for busy bees or a evening healthy snack for kids. As muesli contains loads of nuts and varieties of seeds like melon, pumpkin, flax etc, it is a power packed snack. Here is the recipe for easy, healthy and tasty sweet...


Ingredients :

20 Dates
1 Cup Nuts and seeds Muesli
1 Tsp Ghee 
1 Tsp for Greasing 

Method :

Remove the seeds from dates and make a paste without adding water.

Add ghee and dates paste in a microwave bowl.

Microwave it for 1 minute and mix well.

Now add the museli and mix well.

Microwave it for again 2 minutes with an one minute interval to stir.

Remove and cool it f…

Tomato Curry / Pressure cooker method

Tangy and flavorful curry which goes yummy with Chapathi, phulka, Idly or Dosa. Very easy to prepare and less time consuming because of pressure cooker method. The same recipe can be prepared using regular pan or kadai but it takes extra time to get the gravy consistency. This is an excellent method to follow during busy mornings.

Ingredients :

2 Tbsp Oil
1 Tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds
5-6 garlic pods, crushed
A pinch of Hing / Perungayam powder
1 Onion, finely chopped
5 Tomatoes, chopped
2 Green chillies, sliced
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
3/4 Tsp Chilli powder
1/2 Tsp Jeera powder
1 Tsp Coriander powder
Salt to taste
1 1/2 Cups Water  
Curry leaves / Coriander leaves / Mint leaves - garnishing

Method :

Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add Jeera / cumin seeds followed by crushed garlic pods and hing.

Add the finely chopped onion and saute till the color changes to light brown.

Add green chillies and chopped tomatoes.

Simmer the flame and saute till the tomatoes turns soft.

Add turmeric powder followed by…

Bottle Gourd Dal Rice / Lauki Dal Rice / Surakai Parupu Satham

Bottle gourd Dal Rice is a simple, tasty and healthy one pot meal dish. Generally, Bottle gourd which is called Surakai in Tamil is used to prepare Kootu, poriyal and kuzhambu. Being my family's favorite veggie, I love to include this veggie in a different varieties of menu. The water content is high in bottle gourd which helps in weight loss and apart from this, lots of medicinal values are hidden in this healthy veggie.This rice is also an excellent option for kids lunch box menu as it contains protein (dal ) and veggie. I have added equal amount of ghee and oil in this recipe which can be substituted with only ghee or oil. But, adding ghee brings out the flavorful and gives a delicious taste. As this is kids friendly recipe, I have given the measurement of green chillies and red chilli powder according to their taste bud. If you want to make it spicy, just increase the quantity of either green chillies or red chilli powder. This can be served with potato fry, pickle or any spi…

Big Basket - Online Grocery Store Guest post and Review !

It is evident that the recent biggest change in environment is, the rise on online shopping which saves our precious time. Personally I believe, it is a tension free shopping and importantly, it saves money. You must be wondering, how money gets saved on online shopping ?? Yes, the urge of buying whatever we see in shops gets controlled and we to tend to buy only the actual requirement. So, the money gets saved right?

There are lots of online shopping website but we have to identify the genuine ones and start purchasing. And my today's post is all about an online shopping grocery store - BIG BASKET. Recently, I was contacted by them to publish their guest on my space. And, I take it as my privilege to share it to my readers along with my personal feedback, as I am a regular customer of Big basket for the past one year.

Big basket is an Indian online grocery store which has a wide range of products including all home needs. I still remember my first purchase on exotic veggies and …