Archive for the ‘Appetizers, Snacks, Soups & Salads’ Category

This is something I just came up with out of the blue – It came out SO fantastic that its quite a common dish at my place now. Basically, I stuffed some fine chicken breast slices with some of my fav condiments, sealed them into pockets (with toothpicks) & baked them!     PrepTime 10mins – Serves 3 – CookTime 25mins       Ingredients: 3 fine slices of chicken breast 3 tbsp of fresh chopped avocado 3 tbsp of [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Jun - 4 - 2012 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Medu wadas are one of my most favorite South-Indian snacks – There savory ‘donuts’, crisp on the outside and spongy inside, are served dunked in sambhar (south Indian daal) or with the sambhar on the the side, along with a white coconut &/or a red spicy-tangy chutney. All these textures & flavors come together to awaken the senses & cheer you up, esply on a rainy day!     PrepTime 10mins – Soaktime 8hrs – Serves 3-4 – CookTime 15mins [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Jun - 4 - 2012 Add Comments READ FULL POST

This is clearly one of India’s most popular dishes, served as tikkas (small bite-size chunks) or in a curry/gravy called ‘chicken tikka masala. You’ve probably had it in an Indian Restaurant or visiting Indian folks for a meal & thought – Gosh, I’d LOVE to make that! Well, now you can! PrepTime 5mins – MarinateTime 2-3hrs – Serves 4 – CookTime 20mins Ingredients: 1 kg chicken (breast or thigh) skinless and cut into 2″ chunks 1 cup fresh yoghurt (should [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Jan - 23 - 2012 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Its funny how I’ve always marveled at this delightful little Roman breakfast dish, but only recently got down to making some myself – And what a treat it was!! This is easily one of the simplest things you can whip up for a quick snack or appetizer, even for a party or a potluck.. and they look adorable too!     PrepTime 10mins – Serves 2 – CookTime 10mins.     Ingredients: 4 eggs 1/2 tsp mustard pwd – yellow [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Oct - 9 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

A veggie kabab made with all GREEN vegs, hence the part, ‘hara’ in the name (hara = Green in Hindi) – different, delicious, delectable!     PrepTime 10mins – Serves 5-6 – CookTime 10mins. Ingredients: 3-4 medium potatoes – boiled, peeled & smashed 1 cup green peas – boiled/cooked/canned/frozen 2 chopped green chilies 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves 1 inch piece ginger – finely minced 1 cup spinach – blanched in boiling water & a tsp of salt, then cooled [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Oct - 2 - 2011 2 Comments READ FULL POST

 An Arabic snack  – deep-fried dumplings of a batter of chickpeas, parsley  & mild seasoning, served with the famous Arabis dip, hummus.     PrepTime 15-40mins – Serves 5-6 = CookTime 15mins.           Ingredients: 1 tin boiled chickpeas (or soak a cup of chickpeas over night & then boil with water & salt) few sprigs of coriander leaves – chopped few sprigs of parsley – chopped a few green stalks of spring onions – chopped 2-3 [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Oct - 2 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

 A unique & interesting soup which can be had cold or hot – a perfect start to any meal – taught to me by Shef-the-Chef of the ‘Tiramisu’ recipe fame!       PrepTime 10mins – Serves 3-4 – CookTime 10mins       Ingredients: 1 cup chopped celery 1/2 bunch coriander 2 cups sour cream 2 tbsp butter salt to taste 1/4 tsp oregano or basil 10 asparagus sticks – tinned or boiled 2-3 crushed garlic pods 1 chopped [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Oct - 2 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

This recipe has been inspired by something I had at Bubba Gump – soft moist mixed-seafood & corn balls, with a Cajun twist, served with tartar sauce.     PrepTime 10mins – Serves 6 – CookTime 15mins       Ingredients: p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: “Times New Roman”,”serif”; }span.bodytext { }.MsoChpDefault { font-size: 10pt; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; }1/2 lb. cleaned & peeled shrimp 1 can crabmeat (drained) 1 can salmon/tuna (drained) 1 [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Oct - 2 - 2011 2 Comments READ FULL POST

A quick-n-easy, super-nutritious tangy b’fast or evening snack made of gramflour, mixed vegs & tomato paste.       PrepTime 5mins – Serves 2-3 – CookTime 12mins   Ingredients: 1 cup tomato paste 1 cup gram flour (besan) 1-2 chopped green chillies 1 small onion – finely minced ½ cup mixed cooked vegs – peas, carrots, capsicum – minced (optional) 1 tbsp chopped coriander 1/2 cup grated cheese 2 tbsp milk 1/4 tsp turmeric powder salt and pepper to taste [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Oct - 2 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

 Just got intro-ed to Jamaican/ Caribbean cuisine last mth & Yo maann, me lov de Jaamekan food, esp spicy veg & non-veg patties with hot-n-sweet scotch sauce!     PrepTime 20mins – Serves 15pcs – CookTime 35mins     Ingredients: 1.5 cup flour 1/2 cup ghee/ clarified butter/ lard 1/2 tsp turmeric pwd (skip for veg-patties) 1/2 tbsp Jamaican curry pwd 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup full-fat milk or an egg for non-veg patties 1/2 cup cold water For the [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Oct - 2 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

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