Sunday, September 25, 2011

Maggi noodles with Tuna


  • 1 big pack containing 4 Masala Maggi noodles
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup fresh corn
  • 1 can of yellow fin tuna in olive oil
  • 1 can of white tuna in olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

 Cooking the Noodles:
 Boil some water in a pot. Add some olive oil and salt to this. When it starts bubbling, break each block of noodle into half and add it to the water. It hardly takes 2 minutes to cook the noodles. Drain and leave it in cold water.

For the Sauce:
In  a shallow pan heat 2 tsps of oil. Once it has heated, add the chopped onions. Cook until it turns translucent. Now add the tomatoes and stir them for couple of minutes. Add the corn and the taste maker that comes with the Maggi noodles packet. Add half a cup of water, mix it well and cook it for 5 minutes or until the sauce is thickened. Add the chopped coriander leaves and the drained  tuna from the can.

Now drain the noodles from the cold water and add it to the sauce. Slowly mix it. Be careful not to break the tuna chunks. 

Bon Appetit!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Steamed chicken in banana leaf

I was wondering what to do with all the left over banana leaves that we had got for Onam,  and remembered this amazing steamed chicken dish wrapped in banana leaves that my Uncle, who is a fabulous cook had made for me. So here I am, sharing it with all of you.

Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurements.”
- Chef Marcel Boulestin


The recipe calls for 1 full chicken but I used 3 half breasts.

3 half breasts of chicken (cleaned and slit)
1 or 2 banana leaves
2 Onions cut into thin round slices
1 ripe tomato cut into thin round slices
2 green chillies slit lengthwise
4-5 Garlic cloves smashed
2 Potatoes cut into thin round slices
2 Carrots cut into thin round slices
Salt and pepper


Clean the chicken and make some slits. Dry it well using a tissue paper. Apply the salt and pepper to the chicken and keep it aside.

I used an Indian pressure cooker for preparing this dish. I have not tried baking it.

Switch on the stove and  hold the banana leaf  slightly above the flame and  slightly heat all  parts of the leaf. This is to prevent the banana leaf from tearing when it is folded.
Now lay the banana leaf  inside the pressure cooker and let the ends fall out.
Layer the onion, tomato, carrot,  potato slices, and the chicken on the banana leaf. Do not add any water.
Sprinkle some salt and pepper. Now close the banana leaf. I put one more piece of banana leaf on the top of this to close it properly.
 Pressure cook on a low flame for 2-3 whistles. Switch off the stove and let it sit in the cooker for few minutes before serving.

Enjoy this dish with some Lavash bread, Garlic and Ginger vinaigrette, and hot and spicy ketchup.


3-4 Garlic cloves
1/2" piece of ginger
2 Green chillies
1/4 cup of white wine vinegar
1/4 cup of Olive oil
Salt to taste


Using a mortar and pestle, mash the garlic cloves, ginger and green chillies. Transfer this to a bowl and add the white wine vinegar, olive oil, and salt.  Whip this well.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Cauliflower Paneer stir fry (Gobi paneer)


I love Cauliflower and my standard dish with it is the Aloo Gobi (Cauliflower with potatoes). But once in a while I do get quite lazy about cooking and just can't get myself to even peel a potato. Paneer really comes in handy for those lazy days.


1 packet of Paneer diced into 1" long slices
1 Cauliflower cut into small florets
1 tomato cut into cubes
3-4 dried red chillies
Few pinches of asafoetida powder
1/4 -1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1/4 -1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp - coriander powder
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp garam masala powder
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Chopped fresh coriander leaves for garnish
Salt to taste


Heat a shallow pan on a medium fire. Add 3-4 tsp of oil to the pan. When hot, add the cumin seeds, red chillies, and asafoetida powder. Add the Cauliflower florets, tomatoes,  and  few pinches of salt. Close this with a lid and allow it cook  for few minutes. Reduce the heat if necessary. 
Once the cauliflower is half cooked, add the spice powders (cumin, coriander, garam masala, and chilli powder) and the lemon juice. Mix them well and check the salt content. Close the lid and let it cook for a couple of minutes.  Do not add any water. If necessary, add 2 tsps of oil. Stir it slowly and do not break the florets. 
Once the oil separates and the tomatoes are cooked, add the diced paneer. Paneer needs very little time to cook. Give it  a quick stir and let it cook for a minute or so. Take it off from the heat and add the chopped fresh coriander leaves and leave the lid on. Serve this with some bread / Roti's.

Boiled Sweet Potaoes

Back home we have boiled Sweet Potaoes with chutney powder or red crushed pepper mixed with coconut oil for a snack. I got some from the Farmer's market and couldn't wait to come home and have them ASAP.

Clean and wash them well. Put these into a pressure cooker,  add few pinches of salt and water just enough to fill these potatoes and pressure cook them  for 1 whistle ( I use the Indian style pressure cookers). 
Switch off the fire and allow it to sit in the pressure cooker for few minutes. It usually takes one whistle. Poke them with a knife to see if they are fully cooked; if not, cook them again for another whistle. Let it cool and then peel them. Serve these with Chutney powder/ Red crushed pepper mixed with Coconut oil . Chutney powders are available in Indian grocery stores. 

Enjoy these delicious healthy Sweet Potatoes !!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Chicken curry with Coriander leaves (Dhone Patta Chicken)

I was blog hopping and came across this mouth watering Bengali Chicken curry.
It was so tempting, that I ended up making this for dinner. As the name suggests, it is cooked with lots of fresh coriander leaves and therefore the gravy is very light and refreshing . 
I enjoyed having this with some hot rice.

Ingredients to marinate the chicken:

2 chicken breasts with bones
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp  ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1/4 tsp  turmeric
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder

Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and marinate it with the above ingredients. 
Leave it in the fridge for 1-2 hrs.

Ingredients for the coriander paste:

3 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp of chopped ginger                                              
4 green chillies
1/3 cup of chopped coriander leaves
Some water

Blend these ingredients in a blender with very little water and keep aside.

Remaining ingredients: