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Chicken Tikka

This was our first Christmas together. So I decided to throw a small party for few close friends.Tanmaya loves grilled food and tandoori, so I decided to try grilled Chicken Tikka.
It is traditionally baked skewers with small pieces of chicken, usually boneless, in a clay based oven called tandoor, after marinating in spices and yogurt. But of course here we don't have the option of tandoor so we would cook it in convectional oven.
Ingredients: Chicken thigh meat (boneless ) : 4 lbs Red Chili Powder : 2 tbspCoriander Powder : 2 tbspCumin Powder : 2 tbspKasturi Methi : 2 tbspGinger Garlic Paste : 2 tbspCooking Oil : 2 tbspGaram Masals Powder : 1 tbspSalt : to tasteCurd : 3/4 curdFood colorOnion : 2 largeGreen Bell Pepper : 3 (one can always use red and yellow pepper to add more color)Process:
Clean the chicken and cut it in to small cubes. Mix all the spices along with lemon juice and oil. Cut the onions and pepper into medium sized cubes. Add chicken cubes, and vegetables to the mixt…

Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer is a fresh cheese common in South Asia Cuisine. Itsof Indian origin. It is an un-aged, acid set, non melting cheese made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice or any other food acid.
Unlike most cheeses in the world, the making of paneer does not involve rennet as the coagulation agent, thus making it completely lacto-vegetarian and providing a source of protein for vegetarians.

Panner Tikka is a very famous appetizer, where paneer along with veggies is placed on the skewer and roasted. Paneer tikka masal is a variation where we can convert this awesome appetizer to a main course.
Ingredients: Paneer : 1lbscapsicum : 3 ( Can use 1 of all the 3 colors :))Onion : 2All Purpose Flour : 1 tbspCoriander Leaves : 1 IbspCoriander POwder : 1 tbspFresh Cream : As requiredCumin POwder : 1 tbspCumin Seeds : 1/2 tbspThick Curd : 1 cupGaram Masala : 1 pinchGinger Garlic PAste : 1 tbspKastoori Methi : 1 tbspLime Juice : of 1/2 a lemonOil : 2 TbspOnion Chopped : 1 cupRed Chilli Powder : As per Ta…

Stuffed Dum Allo!!

Potato is a very common vegetable and is used in almost in every cuisine. Potatoes yield abundantly with little effort, and adapt readily to diverse climates as long as the climate is cool and moist enough for the plants to gather sufficient water from the soil to form the starchy tubers.

Some say you should not eat potatoes they are unhealthy, I say eat everything you love with moderation. I know diet conscious and people who love those six pack make sure they include potatoes in their diet plan.There are hundreds of ways these can be cooked. Lets talk about the most common dish of Potatoes that is cooked all over India but every body has a their own twist to it, "Dum aloo" :)
What we need you ask? Potatoes : 4Cashew Nuts : 30gmChat Masala: 1 pinchChilli Pdr: As per tasteGreen Chilli Chopped: 2Coriander Pdr: 1 tbpsCumin Pdr : 1 tbpsGaram Masala: 1/2 tbspGinger Garlic Paste: 1 tbpsKastoori Methi pdr: 1 tbpsOil: To fryOnion: 2Tomatoes : 3Turmeric: I pinchSalt: to tasteNow how …

Road Trip to Yosemite National Park!

Mostly on Thanks Giving people stay at home cook the big dinner with Turkey and Pies but for us it was different. My husband had the whole week off instead of the regular 4 days, so we decided to get on a bus and take a guided tour to Yosemite. We had been these guided tours earlier and generally the guides are quite easy to understand but unfortunately this time we had time understanding the guide because of his heavy Chinese accent (no offense) but the beauty of nature so breathe taking that it was really not necessary to listen to any body.
Yosemite's natural beauty can be found in things big and small, from towering granite cliffs and giant sequoias to diminutive wildflowers. It was snowing so it was really not possible to visit all the beautiful sites. But we did had a lot of fun in snow.
Even though it was freezing cold, there were few creatures whom you could just not keep indoors. Like the beautiful pair of deers, and nature crazy photographers :) I understand those deers ha…

Gajar Ka Halwa

Well its really difficult on part of my husband to give a surprise. To my real surprise my hubby dear wished me woman's day in Michales the arts shop and wanted to pick up anything I want to :)

So I though I should treat him with his fav sweet dish, and prepared gajar ka halwa.Its a famous north indian sweet dish made of carrot, milk ans Ghee.

Carrot is a root vegetable, usually orange in color, though purple, red, white and yellow varieties do exist. It has a crisp texture when fresh.

Ok so on to make gajar ka halwa we need :

1 KG Carrots
1 lt Milk
4 tablespoon Ghee
2 tablespoon raisins
2 tablespoon almonds
2 tablespoon pistachios
450 gm Sugar

Now different people make it different ways and it comes out different every time one cooks it.
* Wash and grate the carrots.
* Fry the dry fruits in ghee.
* Add rest of the ghee in a pan when its hot, add 1 tablespoon sugar, once the sugar is brown, add the carrots.
* Fry the carrots till is almost dry add all the milk. Keep St…

Something About me!!

Hi all, howdy???
Thanks for reading my blog. Before starting my blog I would like to talk a little about myself. Being a leo I love to do that ;)

Ahh there is nothing much to talk about. I am just a small town gal, one dad's princess, who grew up with all the love in the world.
I love reading blogs they are so informative. I had always wanted to start one of my own, but studies and job had always kept me busy. Now that after marraige I have quit my job and moved to US where getting a work permit is so difficult now, I have all the time in the world to start my own blog.
Now to start a blog one needs to have a topic, that's a tuff thing to decide. I realized what can be better than talking about what is cooking in life, all the new places I visit, all the feelings and ofcourse all the wonderful recipes in the world. All the yummy food that my mom has been serving me all these days and all the experiments I have been doing on my sweetheart :)
So here I am with my first blog where I …