Sunday, 28 June 2015

Chicken Puff

Though I am into more fresh foods, but during Ramadan  frozen food can come as handy. Time management is  most important during this period as most of the time is spent on ibadat.
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A week before Ramadan, I start stocking up the frozen items like shami kebabs, seek kebab, shashlik, spring rolls, chilly kebabs, puffs and so on. Just defrost it for 10 minutes & you are ready to go.

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Lesser the time in kitchen the more time for praying. Well isn't it all this month is about. Giving more emphasis on deen rather than daily routine and worldly affairs, praying for forgiveness , taking his blessing to improve our life &  follow the life our prophet (PHUH).

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Makes around 15 to 20 (Depends on how much you fill the pastry)

 Ingredients
I
500 gm Chicken Breast
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
1/tsp salt
1/4 tsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 cup water

II
Mix of all the below
5 tbsp garlic mayonnaise (if using plain mayo then add few pods of grated garlic)
1 & 1/2 tbsp mustard paste
3 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp crushed red chilly.

III
15 to 20 Puff pastry sheets

Method:
  1. Pressure cook all the ingredients no I for  two to three whistles. When cool remove the chicken and shred it.
  2. Mix all the ingredient II
  3. Mix the shredded chicken with the above prepared paste. Adjust the salt levels accordingly.
  4. Take a pastry and fill it with the prepared chicken filling. Fold and twist with fingers to form a pattern or use the fork to seal it ( Press the fork to the edges of folded pastry to seal)
  5. Bake at 180 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes till light brown in color and puffed up.
Note:
# Freeze it separately on a tray. Store in a zip lock when frozen
# Defrost on counter for 5 minutes and bake till done.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Rose Flavored Sevaiya / Vermicelli pudding

A pan of milk with a handful of vermicelli & sugar, stirred with loads of love. It was treat for a summery afternoon after returning from college.A simple recipe but when motherly love is added  it becomes special.

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Reminiscing the golden memories of college days, when hunger striked, ammi used start weaving her magic with these three ingredients. What made it more special was the love poured in the each stir.

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Completed with the fresh rose water and loads of nuts. It was yum.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Khichda

My heart bleeds with agony as each day passes and I turn towards allah for giving me one more day with what I have . As if he is telling me life is a full circle. You have to go through this pain to become more stronger. This eve of Ramadan brought back the memories of how a little truth can change your complete life and you feel we are his creations and have to bend down to his decision. He has all the power to change your moment of happiness to sorrow. Reminding you how you lost your precious time in dwelling with little petty  issues rather than giving it to your loved ones. The unspoken words asking you to come home, visit them. But never being said to  disrupt your life. Your silence and smiles telling them what you are going through but the hidden words of encouragement telling you this is life. 
Returning home, finding an empty chair. though words were not his friend but his eyes observed all.  No hugs and smiles to greet you  but the sudden realization of what you have lost forever. His eyes searching his better half if she was not seen for few moment. His mind on alert whenever she left for her treatment. Eyes waiting anxiously for her return. His relief when she return back. 
Only the feeling of emptiness and memories of what you have lost forever! An adjoining thread broken never to be repaired. An acceptance of his not  being there but still the lingering pain in your heart reminding you of the time lost.....

Khichda ( Serves 4 to 5 Person)

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Ingredients

I
1 Glass Broken Wheat
1/3 cup Chana Dal
1/3 cup Whole Masoor Dal
1 tsp Salt
2 glasses of water

Extra 2 glasses of water for grinding

500 gm mutton or Chicken pcs
1 onion small sliced
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
1/2 glass of water

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