Hello friends
Welcome to ''my cuisine''. According to me cuisine or the culinary art is just that an art. The art of creating delicious foods with a conscience to health has various dimensions with which we can experiment and I have just started to experiment in my kitchen. There is nothing more heartwarming than a hot aroma filled food on a cold rainy day to cheer us up or nothing more satisfactory than satisfying the taste buds of our loved and dear ones.This was the reason i found my new love for cooking. Hope you would enjoy my various recipes......

7 Oct 2010

Ritzy Chicken Nuggets

One of  Nigella lawson's recipe from Nigella Feasts. I have always been a great fan of her even before I started to cook in full swing. She always makes the food feel heavenly and so gorgeously mouthwatering. This is a very simple recipe and perfect for babies and kids as a finger food. 

  • Chicken breast - 2
  • Buttermilk - 1 1/2 cup
  • Ritz crackers - 150 gm or any other cracker your kids eat
  •  Place a chicken breast in freezer bag and with the help of a rolling pin bash it until its thin. Take it out and snip it into strips with scissors. Do the same to the other chicken breast.
  • Put the chicken strips and buttermilk in the freezer bag together, mix well and leave to marinate overnight.
  • When ready to cook crumb the crackers well with the rolling pin. 
  • Dip the chicken nuggets in the crumbs shaking of the excess buttermilk and fry them in a little oil in a frying pan for two minutes or so. It would be done. Alternatively bake them at 200 deg cel for 20 minutes turninng them half way. Delicious chicken nuggets are ready to dig in.
I both fried and baked the chicken nuggets and they both were absolutely delicious. my daughter just loved it. It was easy for her to chew as it was really soft and almost melting in the mouth. You can serve witha dip of your choice or just a simple ketchup..... :))

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5 Oct 2010

Pizza fingers

This is a very healthy kind of pizza especially for the kids. Really simple, delicious and absolutely easy to prepare. It can be be done in minutes hence would be very useful for working moms either as a breakfast or as snacks. my Lil one loves this for breakfast and would always eat this on her own with no fuzz at all. Here is the recipe.

  • Bread slices - 2 
  • Red pepper - 1/2 (chopped finely)
  • Carrot - 1 small (chopped finely)
  • Onion - 1/2 (chopped finely)
  • Oregano - 1/2 tsp
  • Thyme - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Cheese - cheddar or mozerralla (grated)
  • In a pan add the tomato puree, oregano, thyme, garlic paste, salt and mix well over high heat until the sauce thickens. This would be your pizza sauce. It would thicken really quick so keep sauteing. 
  • Reduce the heat and add the chopped vegetables to the sauce. Cook for about two minutes and set aside.
  • Spread the sauce mixture over the bread slices well and sprinkle with grated cheese. 
  • In a tawa or a frying pan add a little butter and toast they bread slices over moderate heat until it turns golden brown and the cheese melts. Alternatively grill the bread slices until the cheese melts.
  • Cut the bread into slices and serve to your kids. They would relish it.

You can prepare the pizza sauce and freeze it in ice cube trays or small containers if you want. This pizza sauce is absolutely delicious even for us adults pizza. Yummy...... :))

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    2 Oct 2010

    Chicken Chettinad

    The brown fiery curry from South India. I used to make these often simply because its a fabulous dish, what with all the peppercorns and chillies and curry leaves this Chettinad dish is simply wonderful on a cold night with white rice.

    • Chicken - 500 gms (cut into small pieces)
    • Onions - 2 (chopped finely)
    • Curry leaves - 1/4 cup
    • Milk -  1/2 cup
           for paste 
    • Tomatoes- 2
    • Ginger - 1 inch piece
    • Garlic - 5 flakes
    • Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
    • Corrainder seeds - 1 tsp
    • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
    • Peppercorns - 1 tbsp
    • Dry red chillies - 4
    • Green cardamons - 1
    • Cloves - 2 
    • Salt - 1tsp
    • Turmeric powder - 1tsp
    • In a kadhai take 3 tbsps of oil and saute the onions and the curry leaves over a medium heat with a bit of salt to soften the onions quickly.
    • Meanwhile grind the ingredients given under the paste to form a smooth paste adding quarter cup of water if required. 
    • Add the chicken pieces to the onions and saute well until the chicken starts to change colour. 
    • Pour the paste to the onion and chicken and cook covered for about fifteen minutes.
    • Add 1 cup of water to the gravy and cook keeping the lid closed until the chicken pieces are done. 
    • Add the milk at the last stage and take off from heat after checking for salt.
    • Serve hot garnished with freshly crushed peppercorns.
    Hot and spicey chicken chettinad is ready. The adding of milk is optional if you want u can just leave it. Believe me it still tastes good. You can also eat it with naan or as we had it yesterday with tortilla wraps...... It had been a long time since I made this curry and thought of making it yesterday as a simple celebration of my little girls first ever trip to cinema (Enthiran).