cooking

Vegetable Tempura Recipe

Tempura is the very popular Japanese dish used with sea food or vegetables.  It is the lighter version of Pakora. The key for perfect tempura is batter and the temperature of oil.

The temperature has to be between 320-356°F (160°C – 180°C) depending on how long it takes to cook through the ingredients.  To check your oil if its perfect for frying just put a pinch of your batter into the oil and after few seconds it has to fry and float on the surface, if its settles down at the bottom then your oil is not ready for frying. Cold batter is absolutely necessary for the unique fluffy and crisp tempura. To keep it cold I put it over the bowl filled with ice cubes.

Tempura Batter

Tempura Batter

Ingredients:

1 carrot
1 capsicum
1  potato
1/2 eggplant
Oil for deep frying

For tempura batter:

1 cup plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 cup  ice  water

Vegetable Tempura Recipe

Vegetable Tempura

Method:

  • Heat the oil in a deep skillet until smoking.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add enough water to make a thin batter.
  • Cook the vegetables in batches by coating in batter then deep frying in the oil until crisp.
  • Drain on kitchen paper and serve immediately.

Egg in a Hole Recipe

Yesterday I made this super easy Egg in a Hole. If you are in a hurry for your office then this is the perfect recipe for you.

Ingredients:

1 Brown Bread Slice

1 tablespoon butter

1 egg

Salt and Pepper freshly grounded

egg toast

Method:

Cut a round hole in the center of a slice of bread with a biscuit or cookie cutter. You can also use the rim of a small glass.

Heat the butter in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add the bread and cook until it’s toasted. Flip, adding more butter to the pan.

Crack an egg on a flat surface (for a cleaner break). Drop the egg gently in the hole. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until set but still soft. Serve warm.

Roasted Tomato Salsa Recipe

Usually on weekends I picked  one recipe from the internet and made it with little twist. So, last Sunday I searched the recipe of Salsa and made it with some extra added ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 5 tomatoes
  • 1 onion (roughly chopped)
  • 1 capsicum (seeded and roughly chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (peeled and crushed)
  • 1 jalapeño  (seeded and roughly chopped)
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro (green coriander)
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder*
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes*
  • 1 teaspoon  coriander powder*
  • salt to taste

*I added those extra ingredients to give it a little twist

roasted tomatoes

roasted tomatoes

Method:

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until tomatoes begin to blister. Remove from heat.
  2. Place the roasted tomatoes into a blender or food processor with the rest of the ingredients and pulse until combined and just slightly chunky, yet fairly smooth.
  3. Serve with chips, tortillas, tacos or burritos.

roasted tomato salsa

I made Sindhi Biryani!

Hello Everyone  & Eid  Mubarak. I was waiting for  Eid-ul-Azha just to try some recipes with mutton as I didn’t like beef cos  it took  more time to cook.  It’s been  almost 2 years since  I had  good  Sindhi Biryani. So  I search the recipe on the internet and give it a try.

Let’s start with the ingredients, shall we….

  • 1.5kg mutton
  • 0.5kg potatoes
  • 1.5 cups Oil
  • 3 medium onions (sliced)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
  • 0.5kg chopped tomatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • 250gm yogurt
  • 4 teaspoons  red chili powder
  • 8 cloves
  • 6 green cardamoms
  • 2  cinnamon sticks
  • 10 pieces black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 4 black cardamom pods
  • 6 green chilies
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves
  • 2 pinches orange food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon mint leaf (chopped)

For Rice:

  • 5 cups rice (soaked in water for atleast 1/2 an hour)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 black cardamom pods

Sindhi Biryani

This is how it should look like…but how ? Here is the method.

  1. Slice the onion and fry it in oil until it is light brown. Take out 1/4 of it and keep aside.
  2. Add ginger garlic paste, tomatoes,  salt, red chili powder, cloves, cardamoms, black Pepper, cumin seeds, cinnamon, black cardamom pods and bay leaves to the remaining fried onions.
  3. Fry this until the tomatoes are tender and the water is dry.
  4. Then add meat, yogurt and water (if desired) and cook on medium heat until the meat is tender and the water has evaporated.
  5. On other side boil the potatoes until they’re half cooked.
  6. Add green chilies, mint, coriander leaves, and the half boiled potatoes to the meat. Simmer for 3 minutes. Your meat korma is done.
  7. Boil the rice with salt, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and black cardamom and drain the water off when the rice is half done.
  8. Layer the curry with the rice in a pot in one on one layers. Sprinkle the food color, fried onions, and chopped mint leaves on top of the last layer.
  9. Close the lid tightly making sure no steam passes out of the pot and cook on low heat until the rice is done.
  10. Gently mix it before serving.

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Malai Boti Recipe

I occasionally surf internet for quick and easy recipes and as I love BBQ, I recently found out the recipe of Chicken Malai Boti. It was very tender, tangy and juicy.

Ingredients

  • Chicken boneless ½ kg (2 inch cubes)
  • Green chilies 1 tbsp (grinned)
  • Ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp
  • White cumin 1 tsp (roasted and crushed)
  • All spice ½ tsp
  • Coriander 1 tsp heaped (roasted and crushed)
  • White pepper ½ tsp
  • Red pepper 1 tsp (crushed)
  • Cream 4 tbsp
  • Yogurt 2 tbsp
  • Lemon juice 2 tbsp
  • Salt 1 tsp heaped
  • Almonds 2 tbsp (blanched and grinded)
  • Clarified butter or oil for brushing
Malai Boti recipe

Malai Boti in the making from Snapchat: farman22

Method:

  • In a bowl marinate chicken cubes with green chilies, ginger garlic paste, white cumin, all spice, coriander, white pepper, red pepper, cream, yogurt, lemon juice, salt and almonds for 2 hours.
  • Put on skewers, BBQ until nearly done.
  • Brush with remaining marinade and BBQ for another 5 minutes.
  • Brushing with clarified butter or oil until done.

 

Sambusa Recipe

This Ramadan I am trying lots of different recipes. Yesterday I made Sambusa/Sambusak which is a special food served all over the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and East/North Africa. They go by different names and have different ingredients and this is just one way you can prepare them. Here I am following a Saudi Arabian Recipe which is quite similar to qeema samosa recipe.

 

Ingredients

2 dozen samosa wrappers

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 kg ground beef

1 green onion, chopped

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons ground cardamom

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

500ml oil for frying

To stick samosa wrappers

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon water, or as needed

 

Sambusa Recipe

Sambusa

Method:

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, leek and garlic, and cook, stirring until the onions are transparent. Add ground beef, and cook until about halfway done. Season with cumin, cardamom, salt and pepper. Mix well, and continue cooking until beef has browned.

In a small dish or cup, mix together the flour and water to make a thin paste. Using one wrapper at a time, fold into the shape of a cone. Fill the cone with the meat mixture, close the top, and seal with the paste. Repeat until wraps or filling are used up.

Heat the oil in a deep-fryer or deep heavy pot. There should be enough oil to submerge the wraps. Fry the Sambusa a few at a time until golden brown. Remove carefully to drain on paper towels. Best served when hot with green chutney or ketchup.

 

Achar Gosht with Naan for Sehri

Sehri can be very boring. Lots of people ate sehri half asleep. To make it interesting I made Achar Gosht with Naan using NationalFoods MadeEasy recipe. National Foods made it quite easy for a people like me who cooked occasionally. I shared the whole story on my snapchat. Here are some the highlights.

Achar gosht

Achar gosht

naan

 

And that was the final look . . .

achar gosht

Achar Gosht Recipe can found here.

Naan Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (plain flour, Maida)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup yogurt at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons oil
  • About 1/4 cup look warm water
  • Also need 1/4 cup all-purpose for rolling
  • Some black cumin and sesame seeds for topping

Method

  1. Mix the dry ingredients together, add 1 tablespoon of oil and yogurt mix it well. Then add the water gradually to make very soft dough but not sticky. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough well. Apply light oil to the dough and cover. Let the dough sit for about 3 hours in warm place.
  2. Dough should be about 1-1/2 time, knead the dough again on floured surface. Divide the dough in four parts, lightly roll into the flour, cover the balls and let it sit for about five minutes before rolling.
  3. Roll the naan one at a time on a lightly floured surface little less than 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle some black cumin or sesame seeds on the top of the naan.
  4. Heat the tawa on medium heat, to check if tawa is ready sprinkle the few drops of water on tawa, water should sizzle.
  5. Put water side naan over tawa, once the naan start bubbling and dough start drying, turn the tawa over flames keeping about 2 inch away from the flames to cook the naan from top. Note: yes naan will stick to tawa and will not fall of, this the reason you cannot use the nonstick skillet.
  6. Once naan browned to your satisfaction, remove, and spread the butter mix over. Place in a on a plate and cover with a cloth to keep warm until serving. Naan is ready!