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Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in International, NonVeg | 0 comments

Pollo en Salsa de Almendras(Chicken in Almond sauce)

Pollo en Salsa de Almendras(Chicken in Almond sauce)

Growing up, I remember my dad telling us to eat couple of nuts, mainly almonds, every day, for it is good for you. Though I wasn’t fond of nuts, i did like cashew and almonds. My family is same way. They do not like to munch on nuts.So I am always looking for a way to include nuts in what I cook, without anyone knowing about it.   When I came across the recipe of chicken cooked in almond sauce with Mexican twist, I had to try. Afterall how would you keep the same chicken interesting,day after day ?My husband will tell you, I don’t repeat the dish often. Reason is not that I don’t want to, it is simply because I don’t remember what I added last time precisely. I don’t measure up anything and I play with spices a lot. I try to add the elements of different cuisine, as I am in mood for. So it ends up being different. Sometime it is not a good...

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Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in International, missions, NonVeg | 0 comments

Chicken Moussaka

Chicken Moussaka

Couple of months back,i borrowed a Greek cooking book from a friend of mine.As i was flipping through the book,i came across Moussaka.It has been in my to-make list for very very long time.So i finally decided to give it a try. Moussaka is type of Greek Lasagna,just to give you a visual.Pasta is replaced by thin eggplant slices.I grew up with eggplants,we call it ‘brinjal’ in Indian english.My mom prepared it many ways and i like them all.But here is a challange,i am the only one in a family who likes it.I knew,i was making this meal with complete anticipation of rejection and yes they picked out the eggplants and ate the meat.I served it with pasta. Looking back,there are couple of things,i would change about this dish,when i remake it.(not a matter of ‘if’) If you do not like eggplants at all,don’t make it. If you do dare make it, make sure, you slice the eggplants very very thin.I fall in this category 🙂 Do not be...

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Posted by on May 9, 2013 in NonVeg | 0 comments

Chunky Chicken Stew

Chunky Chicken Stew

How is the weather where you live? We are in South Texas.In this month of May,i can not tell you in what season we are in.I don’t know when can i put my warm winter cloths away.My plants are totally confused.It doesn’t know if it should bloom or wait.I check weather forecast everyday .Habit which i didn’t think was possible until i started living here .There is a saying here in Texas,there are four season and in Texas you can get all four in one day.I agree 🙂 Couple of days back,we had stroke of cold front.Those up north can laugh at me but  we don’t need sleet or snow to tell us it is cold.We are ready to snuggle with coffee and a book when mercury touches 50F and wind is whipping with cloud cover.So one such evening,i made chunky chicken stew which is perfect for the chilly day {even if that chill is sandwiched in between 85F days :-)).Would you agree? Stew  was hit before i tasted it.What...

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Posted by on May 9, 2013 in NonVeg | 0 comments

Skillet Roasted Chicken

Skillet Roasted Chicken

One of my go-to meal to cook when i really don’t want to spend lot of time in a kitchen is roasted chicken.So  was the case yesterday.I decided to do so in cast iron skillet.Why?Simply because i LOVE the  rustic charm of cast iron skillet ,that’s why of course :-). Roasting a whole bird was intimidating to me in the beginning but it was so easy one pot meal that i had to get it right. I tend to buy whole chicken and cut it in smaller pieces to save few bucks .To the very least,i split the chicken open and freeze it like that.I use the giblet to make stock. I almost always brine chicken,if i can, with salt and water to the very least.It not only moistens the chicken,it also adds flavor.If you are  brining the chicken,you do not want to add as much salt to the seasoning, as you would have otherwise.You can always sprinkle more salt once it is cooked. As far as seasoning the chicken,it...

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Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Indian, NonVeg | 2 comments

Murg Shahjahani

Murg Shahjahani

Couple of weeks ago,at the time of Easter I asked each one of my love,”What would they like to have for special Easter dinner?”.Abby immediately said “pasta” and her brother joined in.My hubby said,”The Indian dish that you made couple of days back”,I knew he asked for “Murg Shahjahani”.So i made each one of these dishes over that period of time. Now the name,if i were to translate, it will be “Chicken in rich cashew cream gravy”.Chicken is called Murg/Murga in Hindi-Urdu.So what about “Shahjahani”?Here is a problem.I don’t know why the dish is labeled “Shahjahani”.However,i have a hypothesis.Take it or leave it. Shah Jahan was a famous Mogul Emperor.Most of you know “Taj Mahal”.Well,Shah Jahan built this mausoleum in the memory of his beloved wife,Mumtaz,as a expression of love. Now the dish.Do you know how expensive Cashews are here?I have found them equally expensive in India as well.So making a dish, rich with cream of cashew, is not something  family can afford. Back in the time,these rich array of food were reserved for the “nawabs”{king in Urdu}.I...

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