Monday, November 13, 2017

Daal Masoor (Yellow Lentils)

Easiest meal ever. Takes only 30 to 40 mins to complete, tastes great, extremely simply recipe.


Daal                      1 cup
Salt                       ½ tsp
Red Chili Powder    1 tsp
Mustard Powder     ½ tsp
Garlic                   10 - 14 cloves
Cumin Seeds          1 tsp
Oil/ Ghee             As needed


Wash and clean the daal throughly, then leave to soak in hot water for 10-15 mins. In a deep pan, add about 2-3 glasses of water. Add the salt, chili, haldi and about 5-7 cloves of garlic. Cover and wait for the water to boil. Once it starts to bubble, add 1 tbsp ghee, stir once to make sure it dissolves and add daal. Stir daal through the spiced water, lower the flame, cover and set to cook. Stir occasionally, make sure it doesn't stick together or overcook. 

If it's too watery, leave on high flame for a few minutes, it should thicken in a bit. If it's too thick, add a little water or a little milk (more flavor, richer taste). It it burns, add milk and transfer to a new pot. The milk should hide the burnt taste. 

Once your daal has thickened to whichever consistency you prefer, prepare the tarka. Now, I use only garlic and cumin seeds but I've seen people add ginger, tomatoes, green chillies, coriander, etc. Use whatever you like.

In a pan, add some ghee/oil. Chop up the remaining garlic and add to the pan. Once it starts changing color, add the cumin. Make sure both are lightly toasted then pour on the daal (make sure it's still cooking, don't turn off the heat) and cover immediately. Leave to cook for 1-2 mins, stir and serve. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Chinese Lemon Chicken

I already have a Lemon Chicken recipe up here, but that one's healthier and easier which obviously means it sucks.

I didn't have a recipe for this one, tried it by mixing a few different things. You'll probably have to adjust according to your own taste.



1                 Chicken breast (cubed)
¼ tsp          Salt
1 tsp           Black pepper
¼ tsp          Rosemary
3 tbsp         Cornflour
Of 1 lemon Lemon juice
Of 1 lemon Lemon zest

Lemon Chili Sauce:

3 cloves Garlic (minced)
2 tbsp     Soya sauce
4 tbsp     Sriracha
2 tbsp     Chili sauce
Lemon juice (3-4 lemons)
Lemon zest (1-2 lemons)
1½ cup   Chicken stock
½ tsp      Salt
½ tsp      Pepper
1 tbsp     Honey
2-3 tbsp  Brown sugar
½ cup     Cornflour slurry 
2             Onions (cubed)


Mix the marinade and make sure to coat the chicken evenly. Set aside for 15-20 mins. Sauté garlic in some olive oil or butter, whichever. Add the chicken stock, the sauces and seasoning - let it simmer on low heat until it starts reducing.

In a deep pan, add oil to deep fry the chicken. Don't gasp in horror at the unhealthiness, just do it. Once the chicken is golden brown, set aside to drain. 

Add cornflour slurry to the lemon chili sauce - make sure it's boiling - and mix until thick. Add chicken and onions, coat well. Serve with garlic rice, or if you want to go really crazy: lemon rice. Add lemon juice to the rice while boiling, zest while stir frying and voila. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Affogato Tiramisu Cake

I took the recipe from Tastemade's page, here.

The original recipe has a few ingredients I couldn't find over here, so I substituted a few things in my recipe.


Bottom Layer:

10 - 15  Digestive biscuits or ladyfinger cookies
2 tbsp    Instant coffee
½ cup    Boiling water

Middle Layer:

1 pack         Vanilla ice-cream (softened. I used the sugarfree one to cut down on the sweetness)
1 large bar   Dark or milk chocolate (I used Cadbury's Dairy Milk)
2 tbsp          Butter
6 - 8            Digestive biscuits (crushed)
¼ cup          Instant coffee dissolved in water

Top Layer:

1 cup   Cream (used Olpers cream)
1 cup   Cream cheese (used Puck)
½ cup  Caster sugar (I took regular sugar and ground it)
2 tbsp  Espresso powder (easily available at regular grocery stores, but if not, just grind regular coffee)

Coffee Syrup:

½ cup Sugar
½ cup Water
3 tbsp Instant coffee or espresso powder


Going in order of the layers, refer to quantities above: add coffee to water and boil it once, then simmer on low heat until it reduces a bit. Place cookies in a square glass dish - make sure it's deep enough to contain all layers otherwise the top layer will spill over. Once it cools, pour over the cookies in the dish.

Make sure your ice cream is soft enough to be spreadable otherwise it'll just start collecting on side of the dish. Spread evenly over the cookies, don't worry about making the layer too thick. Too thin will be a problem, though. Place your dish in the freezer.

Melt chocolate and add butter to it. Add the dissolved coffee and crushed cookies. Mix well and set aside to cool.

In a deep bowl, mix the cream, cream cheese, caster sugar and coffee. I used a regular beater to mix it all together (and then added some extra coffee because I love love love it). 

In a small pan, add water and sugar. Simmer on medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add the instant coffee and boil once, simmering for the next 5 - 8 mins until it thickens to a syrupy consistency. Set aside to cool.

Remove your dish from the freezer. Add the chocolate coffee cookie mixture and spread evenly. Add the cream cheese mixture and make sure the biscuit layer is covered properly. Top with drizzles of the coffee syrup (use half now, and half while serving). Freeze for at least 4 hours before serving. 

I froze mine for 3 hours and it was a bit too soft so I let it stay in the freezer overnight - don't do that. It crystallized and is now rock hard lol. Take yours out on time and let it sit for a bit before serving so it's soft enough to cut. Pour the remaining espresso syrup on top and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Triple Fried Chicken with Chilli Caramel


1 (cubed) 
2-3 (cubed) 
Spring Onion 
Green stalks for garnish 

For chicken marinade 

2 breast fillets (cubed) 
Soya Sauce 
¼ cup 
¼ cup 
¼ cup 
Garlic Powder 
A pinch 
Chili Flakes 
½ tsp 
Olive Oil 
1 tsp 

For coating 

¼ cup 
Plain flour 
½ cup 
A pinch 
Black Pepper 
½ tsp 
½ tsp 
Garlic Powder 
¼ tsp 

For Soy Chilli Caramel 

2 (minced) 
¼ cup 
Soya Sauce 
¼ cup 
¼ cup 
Garlic Powder 
½ tsp 
To taste 
Red Chillies 
1 tsp 
A pinch 
Chilli Garlic Ketchup 
½ cup 
Brown Sugar 
¼ cup 
Olive Oil 
¼ cup 


Cut the chicken fillets into cubes and marinade (for about 30 mins to an hour) in the ingredients listed above. In a shallow plate, combine plain flour, salt, black pepper, paprika and garlic powder. After the chicken is done marinating, drain the liquid out of it and dredge it in cornflour and add the beaten egg.
Mix well then coat chicken pieces with the seasoned flour mixture. I used the thrice frying method (it's such a hassle, and honestly aisa roza lagta hai ke na pucho. Try at your own risk) but normal frying should work too. Once the chicken is coated evenly, fry for 30 secs, rest for 30 secs - repeat twice. That's the thrice frying method. If you're not up to extra mehnat, just fry the chicken in batches. 

Cut the veggies. In a deep pan, put together all the ingredients for the sauce and simmer until any excess water dries up and it starts to thicken (shouldn't take longer than a couple minutes). Toss chicken in the sauce, add the veggies and you're done. I know, the list of ingredients looks super intimidating but the recipe itself is pretty easy. I usually don't measure anything and season accordingly so I apologize if the measurements are off. You can adjust to your liking, there's no rules here. Unless you're burning or oversalting your food, that's just wrong. 

Okay, I served this with garlic rice but these are great with simple boiled rice also. Up to you, jo marzi bana ke kha lein.