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Chipotle is Ajoy's favorite joint and he does keep insisting on going to it once in a while. We like the chicken burrito bowl there. So after seeing them prepare the bowl for few times, I decided to try this out at home. Since I had prawns at home and didn't have boneless chicken, I made it with prawns. Turns out it was quite nice.

Prawns Burrito Bowl
400g Cleaned Prawns
1.5 Cup Rice
5 Tomatoes
1 Lemon
3 Cup Sweetcorn
3 Spoon Curd
3 Spoon Red Chilli Powder
1/2 Spoon Oregano
1/2 Spoon Pepper Powder
1/4 Spoon Corriander Powder
1/4 Spoon Garam Masala
1/2 Cup Grated Cheese
1/4 Cup Ranch Dressing
1/2 Cup Corriander Leaves
4 Spoon Butter
Salt to taste
Olive Oil

  • Mix in curd, 1 spoon of red chilli powder, corriander powder, garam masala and salt.
  • Add in prawns and mix well. Keep aside.
  • In a pressure cooker cook the rice with 2.5 cups of water and keep aside.
  • Heat 1/4 spoon of oil and add the corriander leaves to lightly cook them.
  • Add the oil-corriander leaves mixture, lemon juice and salt to the rice and mix well. Keep aside
  • In a pan, add a spoon of oil and heat it.
  • Add in 3 mashed tomato, remaining 2 spoons of red chilli powder, pepper powder, oregano and salt. Mix well.
  • Cook till mixture thickens. Keep aside to cool down
  • In another pan heat butter and fry in the marinated prawns till they are done and dark brown in color.
  • Now in three big bowls make the burritos by adding a layer of rice dividing equally in them.
  • Add prawns, finely chopped remaining 2 tomatoes, grated cheese.
  • Microwave sweet corn for 3 minutes and add it to the burrito bowl.
  • Add the tomato-chilli sauce, ranch dressing and lettuce. Serve it immediately.

I microwaved the corn for quick cooking. You can alternately boil them in water and drain out the excess water.
The tomato-chilli sauce would turn quite spicy. I had used another spoon and it was little extra spicy hence while writing this recipe I have suggested 1 spoon less compared to what I used.
Used ranch dressing because I didn't want to buy or make sour cream just for this.
Since I had jumbo prawns I cut it into 2-3 pieces after frying them in butter.

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Ajoy loves cauliflower so we end up eating it every week at least once. So I keep trying variety of preparations instead of sticking to the usual one. So today I decided to make a gingery flower. To reduce the spiciness and pungent taste of the ginger I decided to use sweet corn. The recipe came out pretty well and here it is.

Ginger Corn Flower
1 Cauliflower
2 Cup Corn
1 Spoon Grated Ginger
2 Tomatoes
1 Onion
3/4 Spoon Red Chili Powder
1/4 Spoon Turmeric Powder
1/4 Spoon Coriander Powder

  • Heat oil to high and fry the medium sized flower florets in it till light brown. Keep aside
  • In a pan heat spoon full of oil and add onion. Fry till translucent.
  • Add grated ginger and fry for another minute
  • Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and fry for a minute or two.
  • Add mashed tomato in it. Cook for couple of minutes.
  • Add sweet corn, salt to taste and cook for 5-6 minutes till mixture dries up a little.
  • Add fried flower florets and mix up gently so that masala coats the flower
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes and serve.

Dont wait for the florets to be dark in color, after taking out from the oil they darken up a little.

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When we were in Bangalore, KFC was our favorite joint. We also have couple of stories that took place in the KFC :) So quite a lot of memories. But since we came here, we haven't been to KFC once, though MacD is regular joint instead. But the fried chicken is something that went missing from our meal since then. So today I knew what I wanted to cook. I was earlier thinking of frying boiled chicken but then decided against it after a second thought. Bing just confirmed my thoughts :)

Fried Chicken
5 Chicken Leg Pieces
1 Egg
3/4 Cup Maida
5 Spoon Bread Crumbs
1 Spoon Red Chili Powder
1/4 Spoon Oregano
1/4 Spoon Pepper Powder
1/4 Spoon Corriander Powder
1/4 Spoon Garlic Paste
Salt to taste

  • With a sharp knife, give slits to the chicken pieces
  • In a warm bowl of water, add 1/2 spoon red chili powder, oregano and pepper powder with salt.
  • Add the chicken pieces and soak them in it for an hour.
  • In a bowl, beat egg with garlic paste, remaining half spoon red chili powder, coriander powder and salt.
  • In another plate mix maida with bread crumbs and salt.
  • Take out the chicken pieces out of water and drain the water.
  • Dip each leg piece in egg mixture to coat it completely and then in maida mixture to cover it with maida coating.
  • Heat oil to medium high.
  • Add each leg piece and fry till golden brown in color.

Soaking the chicken in water, tenderizes it a bit adding to the taste. I used mild spices to soak them in instead of dipping it in plain water.
I fried chicken on medium high heat instead of very high or very low. That helped me get the chicken that wasn't too dark in color and yet it was completely cooked.
I made extra bread crumbs while making Paneerbhara Kabab and stored them in air tight container. You can refer to it for how to make bread crumbs.

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We had got lot of plums from Costco but they weren't ripe ones. So I had been thinking of making a cake using them for quite a few days. Finally today I got some time to experiment with it thought the plums were ripe now. I made it in heart shape in honor of today's Valentines day.

Plums Cake
1 Cup Butter
1.5 Cup Sugar
3/4 Cup Maida
1 Cup Hazelnuts
1 Cup Walnuts
1 Cup Groundnuts
3 Eggs
1/2 Spoon Baking Powder
6 Plums
2 Spoon Lemon Juice
4 Spoon Powdered Sugar
2 Spoon Almonds

  • Grind hazelnuts to powder
  • In a bowl, beat in sugar and butter till light and fluffy.
  • Add a egg to the butter and beat well
  • Then add in 1/3rd of hazelnut powder and beat well.
  • Continue adding remaining eggs one at a time alternating with hazelnut powder and beat well
  • Add in walnuts and peanuts and mix well.
  • Sieve maida and baking powder together and add in to the above mixture. Mix well.
  • Grease a pan and add in the batter
  • Preheat oven to 350F/180C
  • Bake the cake at 350F/180C for 45 minutes
  • Take out the cake out of oven and arrange in halved plums(without seeds) over the top
  • Bake again at 350F/180C for 10 minutes. Take out and let it cool down
  • In a small pan mix lemon juice with powdered sugar and let it simmer till thickened
  • Pour it over the cake, garnish with finely chopped almonds.

Alternately you can use marmalade jam if you have. I wanted to use that for the glazing but since I didn't have it I made lemon, sugar mixture.

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Ajoy just loves lauki kofta so much so that he asks ma to make it every time we go to pune. Till last year, that did work out especially since we visited pune atleast each month. But after coming to Redmond, one thing I am sure Ajoy and me too missed was Ma's special Kofta. So this time when we were in india we did ask her to make it quite frequently but the recipe is so good that eating it once in a year doesn't satisfy the taste buds. So after I got the recipe from her, today I made it on valentine's day. Guess my gift to Ajoy :)

Lauki Kofta
3 Cup Bottle Gourd
1 Cup Carrot
1.5 Cup Besan
3 Spoon Corn Flour
2 Onion
2 Tomato
2 Cup Curd
4 Spoon Sugar
1/2 Spoon Chaat Masala
1/2 Spoon Jeera
1.5 Spoon Red Chilli Powder
1/2 Spoon Turmeric Powder
1 Spoon Corriander Powder
1 Spoon Jeera Powder
1 Green Chilli
1/4 Cup Cashews
1/4 Cup Raisins
Salt to taste

  • Grate bottle gourd and carrot and mix well
  • Heat oil and add in jeera. Let it sputter
  • Add in grated bottle gourd and carrot and mix well.
  • Cook well stirring occasionally till the mixture dries up completely. Keep aside to cool down.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add chopped onion. Fry till translucent and keep aside.
  • In a mixie add tomatoes, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, jeera powder, corriander powder and salt. Grind well.
  • Add in cooked onion and grind to smooth paste. Keep aside
  • In the bottle gourd and carrot mixture, add besan, corn flour make soft dough
  • Prepare small balls with cashews, raisins and green chilli pieces in the center of them.
  • Fry the koftas in oil to brown color and keep aside.
  • In a pan add the grinded paste, 3 cups of water and let it simmer for 5-6 minutes till gravy attains consistency.
  • Add in koftas and simmer for another few minutes. Take of the heat
  • In a bowl, mix in curd, sugar and chaat masala.
  • While serving koftas, add in the kofta with the gravy, add curd and then garnish with grated carrot and some cashew pieces and raisins

Instead of carrot you can use raw banana as well.

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Today when I opened fridge, found that I have around 2 liters of milk and it is getting expired tomorrow. Gave a lot of thought on what I should be using it before I loose it. Last few times I had been making sweets but this time I wanted to make something spicy and that is when I came up this.

Paneerbhara Kabab
2 Liter Milk
5 Spoon Vinegar
1 Cup Corriander Leaves
2 Spoon Pudina Leaves
5-6 Green Chillies
2 Bread Slices
1/2 Spoon Chaat Masala

  • Boil Milk in a thick pan
  • Mix a cup of water with vinegar and add it to the milk to separate whey from it.
  • Strain it and wash it with cold water.
  • Hang it in a dry cloth for around half an hour to remove as much as water as possible
  • Preheat oven to 350F/180C
  • Bake bread slices for 5 minutes at 350F/180C, Flip the sides and bake for another 5 minutes
  • In a mixie, grind the bread to breadcrums. Save aside
  • Grind corriander leaves, pudina leaves and green chillies to fine paste without using water.
  • In a plate mix the paneer that was hanging, the above green paste and salt
  • Make small lemon sized balls and roll them in bread crums
  • Heat oil and fry the balls in it over medium-high heat.
  • Sprinkle chaat masala and serve with ketchup

If you want you can make it with grated paneer instead, but it tasted awesome with this fresh made paneer and the softness inside the crispy covering was delicious.
For the corriander-pudina-green chillies paste I didnt use any water. The water that was on leaves after washing them was good enough.

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I had been having lots of vegetables in the freeze for quite some time. So today when we planned for quick lunch before heading out to cycling, how to quick something nice and yet something quick. Indo-chinese being my favorite cuisine I came up with this.

Vegetables Stir Fry
Handful of Ladies Fingers
Handful of Eggplant pieces
Handful of Cabbage
1 Cup Beans
1 Onion
1 Pepper
2 Spring-onions
6 Garlic Cloves
1 Spoon Garlic Paste
1/4 Spoon Ginger Paste
1/2 Lemon
5 Spoon Soya Sauce
1 Spoon Ketchup
2 Spoon Corn Flour

  • Fry Ladies fingers in the oil and keep aside
  • In a pan heat oil and add onions. Fry them till translucent
  • Add in garlic cloves, chopped to fine pieces, eggplant pieces, beans, Pepper chopped, cabbage and cook them with constant stirring till the vegetables are cooked well.
  • Add in fried ladies fingers, garlic and ginger paste and Lemon juice and stir again
  • Add ketchup and soya sauce and stir for couple of minutes
  • Mix corn flour with 6 cup of water and add in the vegetables. Cook till gravy thickens
  • Add in salt and spring onions and stir for a minute. Serve with rice or noodles

To give it a little tangy taste, I used lemon but if you are not big on tangerines then you can just skip it. You cna also substitute lemon by a spoonful of Vinegar if you don't have lemon in stock.
I also wished I had some baby-corns and brocollies to add the taste, but never mind, there is always next time :)

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I got 'gulkand' from pune this time, thinking that it might help me cool down a bit when needed. Today wasnt that high temperature day, yet seeing the ice-cream box in the freezer and the gulkand sitting on the shelf, I decided to make this one. What a wonderful friday evening sipping in rose milkshake.

Dry Fruits And Rose Milk Shake
6 Cup Milk
2 Cup Vanilla Ice-cream
1/3 Cup Cashews
1/3 Cup Almonds
1/3 Cup Pistachios
1/2 Cup Sugar
2 Spoon Gulkand
A Pinch of Red Color

  • Add Cashews, Almonds, pistachios in the mixer and grind to rough powder
  • Add in gulkand, ice-cream and grind again.
  • Add milk, sugar and red color and mix till smooth consistency

I kept few dry fruits half ground into pieces so that we could get them in mouth while having the milkshake. I think that gave the milkshake amazing taste and feel.
For more decoration, I mixed a pinch of red color with couple of drops of water and dipping the back of spoon in it decorated the top of the milkshake with some simple designs, current ones based on valentine theme :)

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After a long time, I thought of trying out something from my so called 'bible' - a cookery book gifted to me during wedding :) This recipe though not exactly similar but is inspired from there. It is easy to digest yet spicy enough to enjoy, making it a good breakfast.

Mung Daal Wada
1 Cup Mung Daal
2 Spoon Besan
6 Garlic Cloves
1 Inch Ginger
2 Green Chillies
1 Spoon Jeera
1/2 Spoon Red Chilli Powder
1/4 Spoon Turmeric Powder
A Pinch of Eating Soda

  • Soak Mung Daal in water for 5-6 hours
  • After the mung daal is soaked, add garlic cloves, ginger, green chilies and jeera to the mixer with couple spoon of water and grind to rough paste
  • Add mung daal without water in it and grind the paste
  • To this paste add in besan, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and eating soda and mix well
  • Heat oil in pan and fry small quantites of the paste we preapred earlier to get crispy wadas

Recipe had some more items like coconut, onions, curry leaves etc to be added but I think I liked this way better. It went really well with the coconut chutney

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