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Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken  edited

 

Lately, I have been quite busy with my baking and cake decorating, that I could not post in something here, though I really wanted to. I am glad that many of my followers did even inquire, as to what happened to the silence and it was really great to know and see that , there are so many great people out there who really looks forward to my posts!!!

These days 24 hours are not sufficient for me….lol….With baking, decorating, photographing, editing and finally posting along with the day to day household chores…phew !!! so many tasks to handle. But I am just loving it as it keeps me busy and thinking all the time.

Christmas being just hardly a month away, I decided that I would put in something that would definitely link with the wonderful festival and what better way to enjoy a feast with a Roasted Chicken !!!  Right from marination till the chicken get on the table, my kids were always around me and finally when served along with salads, dips and sauce, my daughter looks at me says” I would like to have this everyday !!!! ” lol……they just loved it and we had a great weekend lunch. It was just great to see the happy and content faces of my kids and my hubby, who also has been asking me to do this for a long time…..

chicken roasted

This is indeed a simple recipe and yes I have to admit, I took the short cut..;)….but was really very very yummy.

Serves – 4-5

Ingredients

For marination

2 kg full chicken

2 tbsp lemon juice + 1 tsp salt

6 tbsp thick curd

4 tbsp Tandoori Masala powder

2 tsp ginger-garlic paste

1/2 tsp Salt

Method

.  Clean the cavity of the chicken and remove the skin.

.  Wash and dry the chicken with a clean kitchen towel.

.  Keep the chicken in a large basin that holds the chicken and then make incisions on the thighs and breast.

. Marinate the chicken with lemon juice and salt and keep it for about 15 minutes.

. Then marinate the chicken in side out, specially the cavity too, with all the other ingredients and keep it overnight or for at least 12 hours.

.  Then tie the legs with a twine and cover the foot of the chicken with aluminium foil, so that the bones do not get burnt.

.  With the Rotisserie equipment’s of your oven ( mine was a long rod with two sharp forks with screws for holding the chicken in place, place your chicken for the roll.

. Then set the oven to rotisserie mode and place the chicken in a pre- heated oven and then let it roast for about 1 to 1.5 hours or till the chicken is crisp on the skin and tender in.

. Apply oil or butter occasionally, if required to maintain the moisture of the chicken.

.  Serve the chicken hot along with pita bread, nan , Rumali roti or Chapatti ( flat Indian bread)  and a wonderful bowl of salads.

.  It was such a pleasure to see my family enjoy the whole meal.

Tips

. Marinating the chicken for longer duration enhances the taste,

. Do tie the chicken of the leg without fail, or else you may end up having a chicken that looks something odd.

. I used toothpicks to hold the wings, neck and legs in place ( tight and intact), so that you get a good looking chicken.

. The chicken can also be roasted with stuffing inside of your choice, to make it more fuller.

 

 

 

Easy Coconut Pudding

coconut dessert 1

 

Diwali is here and how could one spent Diwali without sweets….:) Coconut being our favorite, there was no doubt on what should be prepared this time for Diwali.  This is a very simple and quick recipe and from the time the pudding was almost off the fire, my lil one was wandering all around the kitchen to get a lick.  Though I warned her, it is too hot, she just wanted some , as she could not resist the aroma !!!

Diwali is the festival of lights and I remember, right from my childhood, we kids in our locality would light lamps and burst crackers in the evening and have loads of fun. Exchanging  sweets among us were there from then and I guess that is what makes me make follow this process even today.  Now when I light the ‘Diya’ during the evenings for Diwali, my kids love and I guess, they too might take it forward to their times too. It is so much fun and a beauty too. 

coconut dessert

Sweets are a must during this festival and this year I decided on something simple and easy. Love this dessert for its simplicity and yumminess……

The other desserts that could be tried from my space  would include the Coconut Burfi/ Ladoo, Carrot Halwa , and for a change the Vanilla Panna Cotta

Servers – 2

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups Coconut Milk

2/3 cups Milk

1/4 cups grated Coconut

2/3 cups Sugar

a pinch of cardamom powder ( Optional)

Almonds, Pistachios or Cashews for garnishing.

Method

. Heat a deep bottom pan on moderate flame and in it and mix the milk and coconut milk and bring it to a boil.

. To this add the grated coconut, sugar and cardamom powder and keep stirring till it gets thickened.

. Pour it into serving bowls and let it cool.

. Garnish with finely chopped almonds, or pistachios or cashews.

. Serve either hot or cold.

 

Best Homemade Hummus

 

homemade hummus

Being bought up in the middle east, hummus was one thing that we most commonly had and it was so much loved that every other day or two, we used to have it home. But then,it was mostly bought from the stores or food vendors and making at home was less. Then gradually my mom, started observing on the taste and after several trials and error, she found the recipe to nail it. Since then, we used to have hummus made at home.

Hummus, is basically a dip made from chickpeas and is such an easy and simple dish to make, which is also nutritious. A very common and famous Middle eastern cuisine it has become. Hummus has many added benefits. It could help in weight management, helps in reducing cholesterol, helps to prevent cancer, a great and easy spread for any time of the day and so on….( Source from here).

hummus

Last day I had soaked some chickpeas for making my chickpea curry for breakfast and after I took what was required in the morning, there was this excess cooked chickpeas. I was thinking on what I should be doing with this and then suddenly it struck me, Why not make some hummus? Though I have never made it before, I thought I would give it a try.

Checked with my mom, got the recipe from her and then gave a proceed. Trust me, the most simplest recipe and the best in taste. I have never loved hummus so much and it was really very yummy. My kids just loved it and was in need for their next day sandwiches for school snacks.  Guess, I will be making more hereafter, as I just got addicted to it…lol…:)

Serves – 4

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas

4-5 cloves of garlic

1 1/4 tbsp Lemon juice

3 tbsp tahini paste

a pinch of cumin

1 tsp salt

around 2/3 cups water or the liquid obtained from cooking chickpeas ( this adds more flavor than water)

Olive oil for serving

Seasoning as per your choice.

For Tahini Sauce

2 tbsp white sesame seeds

1 tbsp or more extra virgin olive oil

Method

For Tahini Sauce – Roast the sesame seeds till light brown. Be careful not to burn them. 

. Grind the sesame seeds and olive oil in a blender or food processor to make a thick paste.

Your tahini Sauce is ready.

For the Hummus - 

Put in all the ingredients into a grinder or food processor and make it into a fine paste.

. Add olive oil generously over the top at the time of serving.

. Season with chilly flakes or anything else that you would prefer.

. Enjoy the aroma and flavor of freshly made hummus within no time.

Easy, healthy Mini Pizza

 

mini pizzas

Who does not love pizza ? Always the first pick especially for my son when we plan an eat out. I have been promising him that I would make one for him for some time and now I thought I would finally keep up my word….lol

pizzas

Being abroad when we were kids, these Mini Pizzas were our favorites. For any great achievement we get in school , when my dad asks what we want, without any hesitation it would be these lovely and yummy pizzas that would be our choice.  Later on, my mom started making them at home and it was truly an ecstasy to have them homemade and mom used to make them often for us.

However, I did not use the all purpose flour for mine, instead I opted using wheat flour. This makes it more healthier and fuller.  It was such a joy to see my kids enjoy their mini pizzas and they were so happy to see small ones as it was easy for them too.  

pizza dough

A perfect evening snack for my kids, when they were back home from school…..:)

Mini Pizza

Servings – 12 nos

Ingredients

For the Dough

3 cups Wheat flour

1 egg

1 cup warm milk

1 1/2 tsp instant yeast

2 tbsp Sugar

2 tbsp butter 

Salt

Water as per requirement

Toppings

2-3 tbsp Chilly Sauce

3-4 tbsp mozzarella cheese

Any toppings of your choice ( I used finely chopped sausages)

Method

. In a deep bowl, add in all the ingredients for the dough, except water and make it into a dough, adding the required water.

.Knead well for about 5 mins.The dough should be soft and elastic.

. Cover with a wet cloth and leave it a warm place for about 1-2 hours or till it rises.

. Punch and knead the dough again, once the dough has risen.

.  Roll out orange size balls from the dough. 

. Roll them round and place them on a baking tray greased with some butter.

. Brush some melted butter or oil over the ball of dough.

.  Apply about 2 tsp sauce, then some cheese and finally the sausage or your choice of topping.

. Bake for about 15-17 mins or till done.

. Serve hot and enjoy your mini pizzas.

Irish Coffee Muffins

 

Irish Coffee MuffinsLast month has been a pretty busy a month. with a few Cake works for friends and family and the last that came were these muffins. 

Muffins

More than 100 of them went out from my kitchen for a family get-together and it was such a pleasure to receive great feed backs on it. Icing was not recommended and hence kept it off. Even without the icing it tasted really good and all coffee lovers would definitely love these simple, moist muffins.

coffee muffin

Well, though making cakes means sleepless nights, nothing of them actually bothers me, but when you have two busy and naughty kids in the house, who wanders around these boxes of muffins, you really need to be on alert and have to give  a count every now and then !!! That was the toughest task. You never know when one goes missing….lol…..

Very simple, yet very moist and yum muffins that anybody would just love it!..;)

Coffee Muffins

Servings – 15 nos

Ingredients

2 cups All purpose flour

1/4 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Baking powder

100 gms butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup freshly brewed coffee

1/4 cup milk

Method

. Pre-heat the oven at 180 C.

. Whisk the dry ingredients together and keep aside.

. Brew the coffee and keep it aside to cool.

. Beat the butter and sugars till light and fluffy.

. Add in the eggs one at a time and beat till combined.

. Add in the milk to the coffee and mix.

. Mix the dry ingredients along with the coffee, alternating between the two.

. Pour into muffins cups and bake for about 20-22 minutes or till done.

Enjoy with a cup of hot coffee for breakfast or for tea-time snack or anytime of the day.