Monday, February 5, 2018

Tandoori Chicken Biryani - Dum Style

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One of my boys' favourite dishes is biryani.  I find the traditional Hyderabadi Biryani to be the simplest and easiest to make.  I found a recipe for Chicken Biryani, Dum Style in the cookbook Mangoes and Curry Leaves.  It was basically the recipe for Hyderabadi Biryani.  What make this type of biryani so easy, is that the meat is marinated overnight.  When it's time to cook, you put the raw meat at the bottom of the pot, top with parboiled rice and bake!  This recipe layers the raw meat in the rice and it all comes out perfectly.  I changed things up and made a Tikka/Tandoori version and everyone fell in love.  In fact, the last time I made it was for my eldest's birthday!  We love to have it with plain yogurt.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Books Read in 2017

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This past year has been a slow year when it came to blogging.  One of the reasons was I spent a lot more time reading.  So this year, instead of sharing the top recipes of 2017, I'll be sharing what I read in 2017.  If you are interested in the top recipes of 2017, let me know in the comments!

I have always loved reading but after having kids, it was hard to find the time.  The kids are a little older now, so I've been trying to squeeze time in whenever I can to read which basically means that if I am waiting for something...doctor appointments, after school activities..I've got a book with me.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Hyderabadi Beef Koftay

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I don't cook a lot of Hyderabadi dishes but when I do the aroma takes me back to my childhood.  These koftay were one of my favourite dishes growing up.  The way my mother makes it takes some time.  In her method, she strains the coconut milk and ground nuts which yields a smooth sauce.  I highly recommend doing this if you have the time.  A lot of times, I skip the step of straining the coconut milk and nuts to save time.  In the picture above, I have skipped this step and you can see it gives a more grainy texture but the taste is still wonderful!  I love to have these koftay with homemade roti!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Slow Cooker Indian Spiced Beef Stew

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Slow Cooker Indian Spiced Beef Stew

I've had my slow cooker for a little under two years.  I mainly use it for Haleem and Nihari but I know there is so much more I can do.  Recently I tried a Beef Stew recipe from Damn Delicious.  It turned out great but I thought this method would work really well for a stew spiced with our traditional Indian spices.  So I went to work on making an Indian version.  A big reason why I have avoided making Indian dishes in the slow cooker, is I found that they came out watery.  In this recipe, this is solved by mixing in a slurry of flour and water at the end.  The end result was really good!  We enjoyed this stew with a simple Mattar Pulao (Peas and Rice) and yogurt.  I used 1 tsp of Shan Masala in the recipe.  If you don't have it, you can leave it out but you may need to adjust some of the other spices to your taste.  I love the hands off cooking with a slow cooker and hope to apply this method to some more of our Indian dishes!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Crispy Sweet Potato Roast

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Crispy Sweet Potato Roast

We love potatoes and I've been trying to switch things up and have more sweet potatoes.  They are much more nutritious than the regular Yukon Gold potatoes we usually have.  The recipe I'm sharing today has very simple ingredients.  I love how the tops gets crispy.  I use the food processor to get thin evenly sliced potato slices.  You can also sprinkle some additional spices on top like cayenne pepper or chilli powder.

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