Archive for September, 2009

An assortment of dips made with mint/ spinach/ hummus/red-peppers with sun-dried tomatoes to go with chips, crackers or finger salads.   PrepTime 2mins – CookTime 5mins – Serves 6   Individual Recipes: A) Spinach/ Mint dip for crackers & chips: For 12 crackers: Ingredients : A handful of mint/spinach leaves 2 tbsp cream-cheese 1/4 cup yoghurt/curd 1/4tsp cumin pwd a pinch of pepper 1 garlic clove Method: Grind the leaves & garlic. Then fold it into all the other ingredients. [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 18 - 2009 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Paneer/ cottage cheese stir-fry rolled in a roti/ burrito bread & served with sauces/ chutneys of ur choice.       PrepTime 10mins – CookTime 10mins – Serves 3       Ingredients: 6 rotis/ burrito breads 1/2 kg paneer/ cottage cheese 1-2 green & red bell peppers – finely sliced 1 medium onion – finely chopped 1 green chili salt & pepper to taste finely chopped 1/2 ” ginger 1/4 tsp red chili pwd 1/4 tsp jeera/cumin pwd sauces/ [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 17 - 2009 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Deep fried golden rolls of bread wrapped around a sausage draped in cheese & sauce.       PrepTime 15mins – CookTime 10mins – Serves 4     Ingredients: 8 large square thick bread slices 6 1/2″ thick 2-3″ long sausages 1/2 cup ketchup/ any spicy sauce of choice 8 cheese single slices herbs/ seasoning powders of your choice 1 egg – beaten 2 cups breadcrumbs oil to deep-fry Cooking Instructions: 1. Cut off edges from bread slices. Work with [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 17 - 2009 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Braised Salmon – : Not Fried, not steamed, but ‘braised’ .. ARTY!!! Healthy tender salmon in a medium-spicy tangy light sauce.       PrepTime 20mins – CookTimes 10mins – Serves 3       Ingredients: 1 lb skinless Atlantic pink salmon fillets cut into 3″X5″ pieces. salt & lime juice to marinate fish for 20mins (upto 30mins) 1 large finely chopped onion 2-3 big ripe tomatoes – finely chopped/ pureed 1 green chili/ 1/2 tsp red chili pwd 1/2 [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 17 - 2009 Add Comments READ FULL POST

A delectable mix of rice & meatballs, tossed together with a spicy tomato-onion based gravy, that proves that meatballs don’t belong only in spaghetti!       PrepTime 15mins – CookTime 30mins – Serves 3   Ingredients: 1. 1/2kg or 1lb minced meat 2. 1 tsp garlic-ginger paste 3. salt & pepper to taste 4. 1/2 tsp each of haldi/turmeric pwd, garam masala (all spice) pwd n coriander pwd 5. 1 finely chopped green chili or 1/2 tsp red chili [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 10 - 2009 Add Comments READ FULL POST

A snack for my veggie friends – A quick, easy, filling & super-nutritious b’fast or evening snack of semolina with a tangy tomato flavor to tease your taste-buds.         PrepTime 5mins – CookTime 12mins – Serves 2     Ingredients: 1 cup of suji/ semolina/ rawa/ farina 3-4 tbsp ghee/oil 1/2 tsp mustard seeds urad daal &/or moong daal (1-2 tbsp each) 1/4 tsp jeera/cumin pwd 1/4 tsp chilli pwd or 1 chopped green chilli a lil‘ [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 10 - 2009 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Had alot of mint growing in my backyard, decided to use it, not lose it.. made a paste of it, threw in some spices and went on to replicate something I was offered at Eid in Dubai by my fav salon stylists.. This ones for you, ladies!!!     PrepTime 30mins – CookTime 30mins – Serves 4     Ingredients: 1. 1 kg. chicken/mutton pieces 2. 1tbsp garlic-ginger paste 3. 4 tbsp lime juice 4. 1tbsp salt 5. 1/2 bunch [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 10 - 2009 Add Comments READ FULL POST

A quick-n-easy baked dish of mashed potatoes over minced meat.         PrepTime 10mins – CookTime 25mins – Serves 4   Ingredients: 2 large potatoes a cup of Parmesan cheese or 5 tbsp cheesespread 3tbsp butter 1 egg yolk 1-2 cups milk salt to taste 1 lb. minced meat 1 medium chopped onions 1-2 green chillies 1/2 tsp garlic-ginger paste 1/4 tsp cumin pwd 1/4 tsp pepper pwd (thyme, oregano n rosemary optional but great) a cube of [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 10 - 2009 Add Comments READ FULL POST

A unique & interesting way to consume healthy and nutritious Oats which help lower cholesterol & being rich in fiber, even help regulate digestion.       Ingredients:       3tbsp Oats 1cup/bowl of water 2tbsp plain or garlic &/or onion flavored tomato paste (NOT ketchup) 1/4 tsp each of salt, turmeric pwd, pepper pwd & dried parsley sugar & paprika/ red-chilly pwd to taste fresh chopped coriander &/or parsley leaves to garnish with.         Cooking [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 10 - 2009 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Hey people, Wow, FINALLY, my own blog to share the oh-so-famous ‘lil‘ chef recipes of mine.. (no more emails, just to my personal friends & contacts!). I’m truly excited!!!Thanks to my family & friends, my dream has transcended into reality and now I can share my fav recipes & kitchen tips, not only with them but with the whole world! A bit about Lil’ Chef (that’s me!), I began experimenting in my mom’s kitchen when I was very little (lil‘) [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 10 - 2009 Add Comments READ FULL POST

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