One Miraculous Bindi And 5 Iron-Rich Food For Every Women

One Miraculous Bindi And 5 Iron-Rich Food For Every Women

How many times have we heard our mothers lecturing us on eating right, on not eating too much junk food? Countless, really. It’s actually told to boys and girls alike, but just a tad more important for girls. Why? Well, maybe it’s something to do with the periodical, red-eyed monster that comes a-visiting every month. Sucks but doesn’t stop it from being true. The fact is women have a higher requirement of iron in their body, quite more so than men and that requirement increases during pregnancy.

Rather than having your mother, mother-in-law or the collective sabha of random relatives forcing some experimental concoction down your throat, we thought we’d give you some natural alternatives. Alternatives that you can eat as you, please.

Spinach

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Pop-Eye had one thing right – spinach makes you strong! Not enough to give you instant muscles, but it does contain a great dosage of iron in itself. You could either eat it raw or cooked, but cooking it does help your body to absorb its nutrients better. Sautee it in olive oil with some salt, pepper and other veggies or go full on palak paneer. You’re free to chug it straight out of the can a la Pop-Eye, but, umm, might not be as fun.

Chickpeas

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Here you have a ready-made and legitimate excuse to gorge on chhole-kulche to your heart’s content. Apart from loading you with iron, chickpeas are a great source of proteins too. Eating them is as easy as grabbing some chana (yes it’s the same thing) wrapped in newspaper from a road-side vendor. If you want to make a non-Indian dish, incorporate boiled chickpeas in salads and pasta for a fresh and healthy meal. Also, hummus! A yummy chickpea paste – eat it with olive oil and pita bread.

Pumpkin Seeds

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Pumpkin seeds are a great source of iron and magnesium. These tiny seeds are great for keeping in a little pouch or box in your bag, so snack on the go with a handful of various nuts thrown in. If you don’t feel like eating them as is, why not sprinkle a spoonful in your cake batter or cold salads. For those who like a little zing to their food, grocery stores these days also keep roasted, salted and spiced ones. Keep in mind, however, to not have too much quantity in one day. While high in the good stuff, pumpkin seeds, like nuts, are also high in cholesterol.

Soya Beans

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Soya beans are the ultimate all-rounders. Along with iron, they are a font of various nutrients like copper, proteins, manganese, amino acids as well as fiber. As a way of including it in your every meal, add some soya beans to every daal and sabzi you make. If you prefer getting your chapati flour ground on your own rather than buying the pre-packed version, put soya beans and chana (the snacky ones) into the mix before grinding. Not only do your chapatis become healthier, they also become much softer.

Jeevan Bindi

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Rather than a food related one, this is more of a beautifying solution for iron deficiencies amongst women. The ‘Life Saving Dot’ or Jeevan Bindi is a wearable tech idea brought to the country by a Singapore-based initiative called Grey Group and Neelvasant Medical Foundation and Research Center. It was created mainly for women in rural areas who don’t have easy access to supplements or lack iron-rich food. The simple idea was derived from the fact that Indian women wear a bindi on a daily basis, so why not make it a dual purpose item of health-filled beauty. The bindi is embedded with the daily, required dosage of iodine which is absorbed by the wearer’s skin. It’s a plain matter of stick it, and go!

12 tips to make this Karva Chauth memorable and stress-free!

12 tips to make this Karva Chauth memorable and stress-free!

Ladies, are you eagerly awaiting the day of Karva Chauth? Surely, the butterflies have begun to flutter in your tummy as the D-day aka Dress up day, draws in closer. A very important day for all married women, we all pray that this day passes smoothly, with everything falling in its right place.

This blog is, therefore, dedicated to all you amazing women and don’t forget to put your feet up, and relax!

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To ensure it is a hiccup-free day, just follow these simple and easy-to-implement list and you will sail smoothly:

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1.  Be proactive – prepare beforehand: The best way to avoid last-minute glitches, is to prepare beforehand. So think through and keep your outfit for the D-day ready, at least a week in advance, if not less. Plan the fitting sessions judiciously so as to avoid last minute measurement issues. Don’t forget the accessories, shoes and beautiful clutches that you plan to team along with your amazing outfits.

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2. Book the mehendi appointment: Applying mehendi is an integral part of the Karva Chauth tradition, so book your appointment early to avoid waiting in a long queue. Needless to say, select and be ready with the most awesome design, one that looks the prettiest on your lovely hands.

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3. Plan the Karva Chauth menu: As per the tradition, women are supposed to eat delicious food items at dawn i.e. before sunrise, when the stars are still there in the sky (taaron ki chaaon mein). Items like parathas, phenia, milk and a mouth-watering sweets are generally eaten. So plan the menu in advance so that you can go shopping to fetch all the ingredients well ahead of the main day.

4. Prepare items in advance: Once you have decided on the menu and done a bit of shopping, prepare and ready some items which have a longer shelf life. For example, grind the chutney, keep the mathris ready a day or two in advance (many ladies prefer to have the traditional mathris as their first morsel when they break their fast).

5. Increase fluid intake: Grandmas and old aunts always mentioned to increase the intake of water and liquids the night before and during the early morning eating session so that you can manage the whole day without water. So keep tea, water or any juices handy so that you are comfortable the whole next day.

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6. Call your best friends over: Be mentally prepared; the hunger pangs are going to trouble you on the main day. To keep your mind occupied and boredom at bay, call your besties. Plan some fun group games so that you all can have a fun time together.

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7. Thali Decoration Competition: A decorative thali is an extremely important element of this festival. This puja thali called ‘Baya’ and contains key elements like earthen clay pots, sweets, vermilion, sacred water. So while you catch up with your gang, why not plan a ‘Thali Decoration competition.’ Give your imagination a creative flight and let’s all come up with the most awesomely striking and pretty thali. Keep some goodies and gifts handy to award the winner of the best-looking thali.

8.  One on one with Mom and Mom-in-law: Remember to discuss the traditional nuances and minute details with the bosses of the Family – Mom and Mom-in-law. This will ensure that you are on the right track and match up to their high expectations. Don’t miss out on discussing the lovely goodies that Mom-in-law has decided to include as a part of your ‘Sargi.’

9. Remind your dearest husband to be home early on that day. It’s a weekday this year, so remind him to be there on time. As you already have to wait for the moon to make an appearance, the last thing you want is to wait for him too!

10.  Throw subtle hints: Dying to make that beautiful necklace or lavish sari your own? Karva Chauth is the best time to ask for it. Throw subtle hints at your husband indicating your liking for them. If he is smart enough, he will read through them and that most desired gift will be yours on this special day. Alternatively, you may also buy him a special present, one that speaks volumes of your love for him.

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11. Reserve the evening for that special candle-light dinner date: If you decide not to spend the evening in the kitchen rather make reservations for that special dinner date with your soul mate. Spend some quality time together and make it an evening to remember.

12. Keep the camera up and running: Remind your husband to keep the camera ready so that you guys can capture some of the beautiful moments of your togetherness. These priceless moments will act like cherished memories in the years to come.

We are sure, you will feel much at ease after reading through this list. Tick off the items that are completed and work on completing the pending ones. Wish you all a very Happy Karva Chauth! May all your dreams and aspirations come true!

 

 

Breakfast Menu for the Week: Non-veg

Breakfast Menu for the Week: Non-veg

Roll your eyes if you like, but having a hearty breakfast is the most important thing that you do in the day. What’s there to worry when you are a non-vegetarian, and have dozens of options to choose from to start your day. Make sure you eat eggs in some form. And, go through the other recipes to fix your weekly menu of good taste and ensure a healthy breakfast!

Eggs

Eggs are incredibly nutritious. It is a powerhouse of nutrients packed with protein, a range of 18 minerals and vitamins. Incorporate it in your diet in form of omelettes, french toast, egg benedict, half fry or even boiled. You can even stick to just egg whites as its healthier. Try egg parantha for variety too if you are bored of pairing eggs with just bread.

Eggs for a healthy start

Ham Sanwich

Spread mayonnaise on a thick slice of crusty white or brown bread. Top with lettuce, sliced tomato, ham, and some cheddar cheese. You can even spread mustard sauce on another slice of bread, then close the sandwich.

Ham Sandwich for breakfast

Whole Wheat Crepes

Mix eggs, milk, whole wheat flour, honey, butter, vanilla and salt together in a blender. Pour into heated non-stick and swirl around. Cook on each side until golden brown. Fill it with yogurt, fruit or chicken and veggies.

Yummy Chicken Crepes

Salami, Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

A quick and tasty traditional Italian snack can be eaten for breakfast. Brush each side of bread with olive oil and rub with crushed garlic. Toast it on both sides, and spread crushed tomatoes, salami slices and olives. Put in the grill for five minutes and serve it topped with basil leaves.

Salami Bruschetta

Chicken Burger

America’s staple, a burger, can be your breakfast too. Kick-start your day with a yummy burger filled with a homemade chicken filling or a ready-to-eat chicekn patty. Both ways, you won’t be hungry before lunch!

Chicken Burger

Pancakes

Tall, fluffy pancakes make the best breakfast, especially when there’s plenty of butter and maple syrup. Make it extra special with berries and whipped cream! It is a definite hit for kids and teens.

Yummy Pancakes for breakfast

Exotic Garden Salad

Consume the richness of lettuce, tomato, avocado along with roasted chicken or tuna and eggs. Mix it will mayonnaise, celery, onion, pepper, pickles and a variety of mustards. Add croutons if you like. A cool salad like this will keep you energetic through the day!

Grilled Chicken Salad

Vegetarian Breakfast Menu for the Week

Vegetarian Breakfast Menu for the Week

‘Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a Prince and dinner like a Pauper’. Haven’t you heard this a million times, and yet do not follow it. Trust us when we say without breakfast, you are running on an empty stomach which is akin to trying to start the car with no petrol. Breakfast provides the body and brain with its fuel after an overnight fast- and that’s precisely why how it gets the name, breaking the fast! This meal provides your body with the energy to start the day. If you miss this meal because you don’t know what to eat, we bring to you some interesting vegetarian options so you never have to skip this meal another day!

Delicious Quinoa 

Quinoa is a superfood, packed with protein, fiber and other vitamins, making it the ultimate breakfast ingredient. Pair it with nuts, fruits or anything else and you won’t be disappointed!

Easy Quinoa for breakfast

Oats Idli

Try the feather-light oat idlis to brighten dull mornings. It is low on carbs, damn healthy and takes just about 20 minutes to be prepared.

Instant Oats Semolina Vegetables Idli

Poha

While it is a popular mid-day snack, there is no reason to not start your day with it. An easy to make dish that is heaped with great flavours when mixed with vegetables and seasonings.

Easy and light Poha for breakfast

Uttapam

Whisk together a batter of rice, urad daal and spices and top it with onions, tomatoes and curry leaves to make a flavourful uttapam. Toss it on the pan for five minutes and it is ready to eat. You can make it even healthier by adding the goodness of oatmeal, whole wheat flour and soya milk.

Healthy Uttapam for the day

Classic Sandwich

For the days you want to eat something quick and basic, make a brown bread sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber along with a little butter/cheese.

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Oatmeal 

Oats are also rich in omega-3-fatty-acids, folate and potassium. They can be made in less than fifteen minutes and are packed with fibres. Just avoid the sweetened ones, rather opt for honey and milk or fruits to top your bowl of oats.

Oatmeal

Muesli

Muesli typically has less sugar and calories than most breakfast cereals on supermarket shelves. It is high in fibre, known to regulate digestive system and help in weight control. It is also packed with anti-oxidants.

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Hope you like our recommendations for a healthy breakfast. Watch the space for an exciting non-vegetarian menu too!

Valentine Recipes to Impress your Man

Valentine Recipes to Impress your Man

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They say “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!!”  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we are sure a dinner or lunch date with the love of your life is on the cards. If you have already started looking out for places to eat out, STOP!! We highly recommend that you kill the cliché this year by putting on the chef’s hat and cook up some love in the kitchen instead, with special Valentine Recipes. We bet it’s going to be the best date ever!!!

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“But what do I cook??” Is the next question that’s popping up your head…Yes yes…We are almost there. We know you do not want to keep hanging around the kitchen for a lot of time either. So, here are a few Valentine Recipes to impress your man, that are easy, don’t take a lot of preparation time or can be prepared in advanced as well. The theme we have picked is the ultimate symbol of love – “Heart shape”.

Appetizer

Well begun is half done! So start off on a promising and healthy note with this perfect salad. O Give the beet and Goat cheese salad a Valentines twist with this pretty, pretty dish – Heart Beet Salad.

Heart beet salad

 

Ingredients

  • 2 large beets
  • 150 gm fresh goat cheese
  • 1 orange, segmented
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 head butter lettuce, cleaned and torn bite size
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup roasted almonds, roughly chopped

Method

  • Pre-heat oven to 200 C/400 F. Rinse the beets and trim off the green. Wrap in foil and roast until tender, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven, unwrap from foil, and let cool. When the beets are cool enough to handle, peel the skin off.
  • Slice the Beetroot into 1/4-inch slices with at least 4 slices of beets per person. Cut out a heart shape from the beet slices using the heart shaped cookie cutter. Pat the slices dry. Make stacks by layering the beet heart slices and goat cheese until you have two beautiful stacks. Try to spread the goat cheese evenly. (Do not assemble this too far ahead of time because if your beets are juicy, they will color the goat cheese pink as they sit.)
  • Segment the oranges. After segments are cut, squeeze the juice out of the leftover pulp. Reserve for dressing.
  • Make dressing by whisking together orange juice, vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Dress the lettuce and orange segments. Arrange around the beet heart stacks. Scatter roasted almonds around and serve.

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Entrée / Main course

Go cheesy with this Heart shaped Pizza. Pretty much serves up as an entire meal itself. I am sure no restaurant pizza comes close to this one as far as expressing your love goes.

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Ingredients

  • Pizza dough (See recipe here)
  • 50 gm cut Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 green bell pepper (cut into discs)
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 10 gm basil leaves for taste and garnishing
  • 10 gm black olives
  • Oregano seasoning to taste
  • Italian pizza sauce as per your taste
  • 100 gm pepperoni. Skip this in case of Vegetarian pizza.
  • A large paper heart shape (12 inch diameter)

 

Method

  • Prepare the pizza dough as per the recipe (This can be done a day before too)
  • Pinch and shape the pizza dough into round balls and then spread them into thin flat sheets.Place the paper heart on the dough sheets and cut it out in shape so that you get a proper hear-shaped pizza. Place into a lightly floured dough box and proof at room temperature for around 6 hours.
  • Spread the Italian Pizza sauce (Or regular Tomato sauce) on the Pizza base. Sprinkle shredded Mozzarella cheese evenly over this.
  • Add all other toppings namely, tomatoes, olives, bell pepper, basil leaves and pepperoni. (You can also add other toppings of your choice like onion, corn,  jalapeño and so on)
  • Sprinkle Oregano seasoning on top as per taste.
  • Preheat the oven to at least 260° C. Let the oven heat for at least half an hour before cooking the pizza.
  • Cook the pizza for around 3 to 5 minutes in the oven. Grate some cheese on top of the hot pizza so that it melts. Serve hot!!

P.S: Alternatively, you can get a ready made pizza base and cut it into heart shape along the heart shape paper.

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Dessert

Last but definitely not the least and also probably the favourite part of the meal is the Desserts because we all want moments to end on a “sweet” note.  Make your valentines extra delicious by making these Red velvet cup cakes. Love is not only in the air, it’s on your plate as well.

Red velvet Cupcake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon Red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  •  1/3 cup cocoa powder
  •  1 teaspoon salt

 

Method

  • Preheat oven to 175 C/ 350 F. Grease two 12 cup muffin pans or baking cups.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, buttermilk, red food coloring and vanilla extract. Stir in the baking soda and vinegar.
  • Combine the flour, cocoa powder and salt; stir into the above batter just until blended. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, dividing evenly.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter and frost with cream cheese frosting or white frosting. Decorate with a chocolate Heart-shaped accent. Gorge on this while exchanging your sweet-nothings!!

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Now that we have given you some ideas for Valentine Recipes, its time for your to go on and show off your culinary skills with this yummy Valentine platter!!

5 Traditional Christmas Desserts to serve at your Party

5 Traditional Christmas Desserts to serve at your Party

Christmas is filled with presents, decorations, family time and well, food! Get ready for the holiday season with these delectable easy to make traditional Christmas desserts.

 1. EGGNOGG

No Christmas party can be complete without serving the traditional Eggnog. This drink is consumed throughout Canada & United States around Christmas & Thanksgiving. To make this, all you have to do is combine a few simple ingredients and you’ll have the perfect traditional Christmas dessert to serve at your Christmas Party.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • ½ cup castor sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ cup rum

 

Method:

  • Create a milk mixture:

In a large saucepan combine milk, nutmeg, cinnamon & vanilla. Cook on medium low heat until the mixture comes to a low boil. Stir it occasionally

  • Create an egg mixture:

In a separate bowl, combine egg yolks & sugar & whisk until fluffy

  • Add the milk mixture to the egg mixture and whisk until all ingredients incorporated. Pour the combined mixture back into the saucepan and cook it over medium heat until it turns thick, usually for 3-5 minutes. DO NOT let the mixture boil.
  • Remove the mixture from heat and let it cool for 2 hours
  • Add cream and rum to the cooled mixture and refrigerate it for 4 hours or overnight (ideal)
  • Serve the eggnog with a dash of nutmeg & a cinnamon stick garnish.
  1. PEANUT BUTTER BALLS

 Everybody loves chocolate and everybody loves peanut butter. So expect this traditional dessert to be a very popular choice at your party. Known as ‘Buckeyes’, these bad boys are a must. Here’s what you need to make these yummy treats

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 Ingredients:

  • 2 cup crisped rice cereal
  • 2 cups smooth peanut butter
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 560 gms of chocolate chips for dipping

Method:

  • Mix the peanut butter and softened butter
  • Add powdered sugar along with rice crispies
  • Keep the mixture in the refrigerator for 45 minutes until firm
  • Take out the chilled mixture and scoop a full tablespoon. Make balls out of it. Put them back into the refrigerator to avoid misshaped balls.
  • Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave for a minute.
  • Dip the balls in melted chocolate and transfer to lined baking sheet. Sprinkle red/green sprinkles on it immediately
  • Place them in the fridge to firm up. Store in an air tight container in the fridge.

 

  1. NO BAKE CHRISTMAS COOKIES

 Yes, you read that right! Convenient to make and happy to crumble. A cookie is a must have dessert every Christmas. Not only does it make a good party treat, it also makes a great goodie for your Christmas gift basket. Here’s what it takes for these edible party delights!

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 Ingredients:

  • 2 cups castor sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 3 cups Quaker Oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup peanut butter

Method:

  • Combine the above ingredients in a saucepan and cook them on medium heat. Bring     it to a boil
  • Remove from heat. Stir in oats, peanut butter & vanilla extract
  • Drop the cookies on wax paper and allow it cool
  • Serve them in a cookie jar or add it in your Christmas gift basket
  1. CHRISTMAS GLOGG

 Glogg is a traditional Christmas drink in Sweden. Unlike other drinks, it’s served warm , which is what makes it a delicacy during winters. Since we are talking about traditional Christmas desserts, it doesn’t get more traditional than a Glogg.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water or orange juice
  • 3 inch orange rind
  • 1 inch (1 piece) fresh ginger , peeled & sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle red wine
  • ½ cup sugar

Method:

  • Combine all ingredients (except sugar) in a saucepan over medium heat
  • Bring it to a simmer, DO NOT let it boil
  • Reduce heat to low, cover & simmer for 15 minutes
  • Remove from heat and stir in sugar, until it dissolves
  • Strain mixture & serve immediately or reheat before serving
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick or almonds

     For a non alcoholic version use water or orange juice and substitute wine with 3 cups of grape juice.

 

  1. STRAWBERRIES WITH YOGURT & PISTACHIOS

 So, you have a surprise guest at your house this Christmas and you’re out of treats. Don’t worry; we have a 5 min solution to that.

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 Ingredients:

  • 1 packet plain yogurt
  • 450 gms fresh strawberries
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup shelled unsalted pistachios , chopped

Method:

  • Pour in some yogurt in a bowl, drizzle with honey
  • Layer it with some pistachios
  • Top it up with some strawberries

That’s how simple it is! Remember to stock up strawberries and pistachios this Christmas!

Happy Holidays!

Christmas Recipe: Chili Bean Chicken

Christmas Recipe: Chili Bean Chicken

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Come Christmas and I’m sure we’re all looking for that perfect recipe which beats the chill outside, warms us from within and is super easy to make. It may sound like a distant dream but trust me this Christmas Recipe: Chili Bean Chicken is a one pot wonder which takes care of the festive season and requires hardly any effort to make! Full of Protein this yummy recipe is a favorite with all the family members. Read on to know how its made

You Will Need

Kidney Beans (2-3 small cups)

Chicken (500gms)

Tomatoes (4-5 large chopped)

Onions (3)

Ginger Garlic chopped finely

Herbs and Seasoning of your choice (I used half tsp of Thyme, Rosemary, Paprika, Salt and Pepper)

Corn flour for coating the chicken

Ketchup

Vegetable Oil for deep-frying

Season the chicken with pepper, salt, paprika and garlic powder and marinade it for at least two to three hours. Once you’re ready to cook take each piece of chicken and rub it on some corn flour. Make sure every part is coated evenly on all sides. Shake off the excess corn flour and deep fry the chicken pieces till they are golden brown in color and thoroughly cooked. Set aside on paper napkins to drain excess oil.

Meanwhile boil and drain kidney beans and set aside. In a large pot add about 2 tbsp of vegetable oil and fry the chopped garlic, ginger, onions and tomatoes till they soften a bit. Once it’s done add the beans and let it simmer. Stir in a good quantity of regular ketchup. Add salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary and cook for a couple of minutes. Now tumble in the fried chicken right into the pan where you cooked the kidney beans and mix it all together.

Bake this in the oven for 10 minutes before serving it to your guests. This Christmas is going to be a tasty one!

Christmas Recipe: Chicken Roast on Mashed Veggies

Christmas Recipe: Chicken Roast on Mashed Veggies

It’s that time of the year again when the air outside is crisp and chilly, when lush oranges and bright-coloured vegetables flood the market and every conversation you seem to have is delightfully punctuated with “Would you like another cup of tea?” Christmas is finally round the corner folks! As the temperature dips outside all I want to do is get back home from work as soon as possible, snuggle up cosily in my woollens and enjoy a hearty meal with my family. Now I don’t know if it’s true or not but I have been assured by a friend that it’s OK to skip calorie counting during Winters because our bodies use up the excess calorie to keep us warm! It’s almost like an internal workout without having to do anything! I would love to believe it’s true though I really cannot vouch for its veracity. I have however found a midway where I can indulge myself in all those delicious things people crave during Christmas without having to worry too much about the calories (smart eh?)

here is one such Christmas recipe for you’ll called Chicken Roast on Boiled Veggies

Chicken Roast on mashed veggies

Ingredients:

Chicken Thighs: 5 pieces with the skin on

Ginger Garlic Paste: 1 tbsp

Sunflower Oil

For the Rub

Worcestershire sauce: 1 tsp

American Barbecue Sauce: 2 tbsp

Mustard Powder: 1/2 tsp

Red Chili Powder: a pinch

For the Glaze

Coarsely Ground pepper: 1/4 tsp

Honey: a nice dollop

Thyme: 1/2 tsp

Mashed Veggies

Boil beat root and sweet potatoes and bring it together with hung curd, mustard sauce, salt and pepper.

Keep the chicken thighs marinated at least for 2 hours in the ginger garlic paste. Make a sauce for the rub with all the Rub ingredients (Worcestershire Sauce, American Barbecue Sauce, Mustard Powder and Red Chili Powder). Add salt to taste and 2 tsp sunflower oil. Add this to the marinated chicken.

Heat the girdle pan. Add 2 tsp of sunflower oil to each piece of chicken (to avoid sticking) before placing them on the pan. Grill till they get cooked and start getting those nice grill marks. They should roughly take 5 minutes on each side on a medium to high flame.

In a separate bowl mix honey, Pepper and Thyme and add 2 tsp oil. This is the glaze that has to be smeared over the already grilled chicken but only on one side.

Grill the chicken pieces in a micro oven with the glaze side on top till the honey dries and creates a nice shiny caramelized coat!

 

Enjoy this Christmas recipe and let us know how you like it 🙂

 

 

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