Showing posts with label Main course. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Main course. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Main course. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Main course. Show all posts

Tabbouleh Salad

Tabbouleh is made using Bulgar. Bulgar is broken wheat that has been partially cooked. It’s an ingredient  used in many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes. Tabbouleh is a very versatile salad. This simple and takes very little time to make.
This is  great potluck and summer picnic side-dish. 
I have paired this Tabbouleh Salad with Heart Salmon Cakes. This also makes a perfect combo with Seafood, Grilled Meat/ Chicken or Seekh Kebabs, wraps, or grilled veggies and almost any thing you wish.
For the Bulgur
½ Cup Bulgur
1 Cup Water
1 Teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Black Pepper to taste
Other Ingredients

½ Cup Parsley - finely chopped
2 Tablespoons Mint Leaves - torn
2 Cucumbers - chopped
10 - 12 Cherry Tomatoes - chopped
1 Medium Red onion - finely chopped
1 Cup Pomegranate seeds
A few Romaine Lettuce - chopped
A Few Basil Leaves - torn
For the Dressing

A Juice of one big  Lemon
3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Salt or  to taste
1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper


For the Bulgur
In a sauce pan add the water and Bulgar, season the water with salt, pepper and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Bring it to a boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or till Bulgar is cooked through. When cooked take it off flame and fluff it with a fork. Leave at room temperature or in the refrigerator for two to three hours, so that the Bulgar can continue to absorb any extra liquid and swell.

For the Dressing

In a small glass jar or a bowl, combine lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Shake well to combine all the ingredients.
To Assemble

 In a large mixing bowl, add Bulgar ,onions, tomatoes, cucumber, half of the herbs and pomegranate seeds. 

Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well. Keep this in the refrigerator to chill.  
Spoon the  salad on to a serving bowl garnish with  remaining herbs, pomegranate seeds and  chopped cherry tomatoes. Serve and enjoy.

My Notes

You can keep tabbouleh refrigerated in a tight-lid container for 2 days or so. It’s important to try and drain some of the juice out before refrigerating leftover.

Labels : Main Course, Salads, Side Dish,  Mediterranean, Vegan

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Gluten Free Chicken & Rice Soup#Soupswappers

This is a delicious soup for a cold winter night or a snowy day.  Have this hot and makes a full meal. It has all the nutrients necessary for a healthy and complete meal.

Today is  our posting for Soup Swappers and our Host is Sue Lau and the theme is Snow Day Soups
Serves 3

4 Cup Chicken stock
200 Grams Chicken boneless - cut into tiny cubes
1 Stalks Celery - chopped
1 Medium Onion - chopped -
1 Carrot - chopped 

Salt To Taste
1 Teaspoon Lemon Pepper
2 Big Cloves Garlic - minced
1/2 Teaspoon Chilly Flakes
1/2 teaspoon Cumin powder
1/2 Cup Rice
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Heat a pan with oil saute the onion and garlic till transparent. Add chicken and saute till it changes color . Add the carrot and rice, stock , bring it to a rolling boil. Cover and cook on very low flame till rice is done, stirring after every 15 minutes. Now add the and all the seasonings. Taste for salt add if necessary. 
Enjoy this soup hot on a cold winter night or a snowy day.
 Labels :  Soup, Chicken, Soup Swappers, Rice, Healthy, Main course, Appetizers

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Sheet Pan Prawns Stuffed Bellpeppers#FishFriday

These are fantastic Shrimp Stuffed Bellpeppers that are best for potlucks, family dinner's and parties. These can be served as appetizers too.

Sending this to our event for Fish Friday Foodies, Hosted by Caroline Williams . Theme is 
Fish and Seafood dishes cooked in the oven eg baked, sheet pan.
Servings 4

2 Small Bellpeppers (I used 1 Green and 1 Red)
For Prawn Marination
10 Large Prawns / Shrimp -cleaned & chopped
1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt or as per taste
1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Red Chili Powder
A Juice of half a lemon
For  the stuffing

2 Tablespoons Oil
1 Large Onion - finely Chopped
1 Medium Tomato - scoop out he seeds and chopped
A Pinch of Sugar
2 Tablespoons Heaped Cooking Cream
1 Tablespoon Chopped Coriander leaves
Other Ingredients

Grated Cheeza Cheese  as required


Wash the peppers, pat dry them.  Cut each pepper,from top to bottom,remove seeds and white membranes. Apply a pinch Salt,for each half of bellpepper

Wash the cleaned and de veined prawns. Cut each shrimp into small pieces.
Marinate the shrimp pieces with ingredients mentioned under marination.

In a pan,add oil and when its hot,add the onion and tomato followed by all ingredients except cream and cook on low flame till soft.
Add shrimp to this and cook further,finally add the cream,mix and cook further till no moisture left. Add the coriander leaves and keep aside to cool.

Line a sheet pan with foil and oil it well. Arrange the bellpeppers.
Add this stuffing generously to each pepper cavity 
Likewise fill the others too.
Top with grated cheese.
Bake in a preheat the oven at 180 C and bake for 10 minutes or till the cheese is melted.
Served immediately.
Labels : Baked, Fish Friday, Prawns, Seafood/Fish, Sheet Pan, Shrimps, Stuffed Peppers, Appetizers, Main course

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Baked Mexican Chicken Spaghetti#BakingBloggers

Whenever  we are invited for a party , I always ask my host what can I bring.   Took this  Baked Mexican Chicken Spaghetti for the dinner party.

This was  a delicious and makes a fantastic festive dinner that your friends and  family will enjoy. It's topped with cheese, Mexican seasoning, baked until it becomes oey, gooey and the cheese is melty, to perfection. 

Servings 7 -8

1 Kg Boneless Chicken - chopped into tiny cubes
2 Large Onions - finely chopped
1 Tablespoon Each Ginger Garlic - minced
1 Green bell pepper - finely chopped
200 Grams Tomato Puree
2 Jalapenos - finely chopped
2 Tablespoons Finely chopped Parsley
6 Medium Ripe Tomatoes
1 Packet Mexican Noodle Taste Maker
1 Teaspoon Cayenne pepper
Salt to taste
1 Teaspoon Mexican Seasoning
3 Tablespoons Oil
500 Grams Spaghetti pasta

For the Toppings  

Few Fresh Basil Leaves
Mixed Herbs
Mexican Seasoning
Chopped Parsley
Diced Coloured Bell Peppers

Chopped Spring Onion Greens
Grated Cheese as required - see notes

First cook the spaghetti as per package instructions. Drain it and keep aside.
Blanche the tomatoes, remove the skin and chopperize them. Keep this aside.
Heat oil a large skillet, add the onions , ginger and garlic, saute till the onions are translucent, add the chicken and saute till it turn pink to white, now add the, tomato puree and chopperized tomatoes, Mexican taste maker , jalapenos and stir fry till nicely mixed. Reduce the flame to medium low and let it cook till dry but still moist. Now add the chopped capsicum and Mexican seasoning, cayenne pepper and taste for salt and add accordingly. See that this mixture is not dry but saucy. 

Grease a big casserole dish lavishly with oil or butter , I used a non stick baking dish to make this.
Transfer the chicken mixture to the baking dish 

Place the coloured bell peppers, sprinkle chopped parsley. 
Sprinkle little cheese on top 
Spread  the spaghetti and place the coloured bell peppers, sprinkle chopped parsley and spring onion greens again cheese as much as you would like, I used a total of 1.1/2 cups of grated cheese.
A sprinkle of Mexican seasonings and mixed herbs on  top 
Dot it with tiny cubes of butter and and few basil leaves  bake  at 180 until cheese is melted or for about 20 to 25 minutes. 
Remove from oven, and let sit 5 minutes or so. Serve and enjoy!  Isn't this  Mexican Chicken Spaghetti, so creamy, dreamy and delicious! 

My Notes
I used a mix of Sheep cheese and cheeza cheese.

Labels : Baked, Pasta & Noodles, Chicken, Mexican, Baking Bloggers, Spaghetti, Cheese, Mexican Seasoning, Main course 
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Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's Pie is traditionally made with lamb, beef, I,  have used chicken mince since my friends eat only chicken. This is real comfort food.  Try and you will love it.Took this Chicken Shepherd’s Pie  and for dessert  a Magic Crust Custard Pie  for a potluck at my friend's place.  When her son tasted this he said that this was exactly like what he had in Singapore and was delighted. He loved it and made my day! 😄😄 This was a hit dish.

This was served as a starter, you can serve this as a main course too.
Serves 6 to 8

500 Grams Chicken mince
3 Tablespoons Oil
4 Big Cloves Garlic - finely chopped
1 Large Onion - finely chopped
3 Green chilies - finely chopped
¼ Teaspoon Turmeric powder
1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt or to taste
2 Teaspoon Red chili powder
2 Medium Tomatoes - chopperized
2 Tablespoons Coriander leaves - chopped
1 Teaspoon Level Garam masala powder
2 Tablespoons Melted Butter
2 Tablespoons Cream
3 Medium Potatoes, boiled and mashed

For the Chicken base

Heat oil in a pan, add garlic, chopped onion and sauté for a minute. Add chopped green chilies, chicken mince and sauté.
Then add turmeric powder, salt, red chili powder and mix it well, now add  tomatoes, garam masala powder and mix and let is cook.  When cooked, add chopped coriander leaves,mix well . When it chicken mixture is dry. Pour this into a Pyrex dish and even it out.

For the Potato topping
Add salt, butter, cream to mashed potatoes and mix well. Place  spoon full the mixture on the top of the chicken mixture  and then  with a fork spread it as evenly as possible.  Sprinkle a little grated cheddar cheese and bake  till the potatoes and cheese turns a golden.  
See the golden layers.. feeling hungry na..
When slightly cooled, cut slices and serve. 
Keep checking for this  easy and delicious dessert Magic Crust Custard Pie recipe which will be posted soon.
Labels :  Shepherd's Pie, Baked, United Kingdom, Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Starters, Main course, Tart/Pie/Quiche

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Palappam - With Idly Rice - Vegan & Gluten Free

This Palappam / Lacey Appams -  Kerala style, is made with idly rice . I have already posted a recipe of Instant Appam .  
My friend a Keralite makes awesome food of her country, which, she often sends for me. I,  love her Kerala style of cooking and tasted many dishes from her kitchen. One of them are these soft and spongy appams really good and yum, which she makes with raw rice (will the share her the recipe soon). She serve this is Egg Stew, which is really yum. 
Since I, made this for my guest who were vegan's and vegetarians, served this with Vegetable Stew which was also a perfect combo. These palappam though made with idly rice which one would think will turn hard, but, that's myth, there is method that makes these really soft and delicious. 
Actually as I, was making, the first four my hubby and me enjoyed them just plain without any chutney, gravy or sauce, they were super soft and divine. You will love them do give this a try. Read my notes before trying this recipe.

Makes around 32 to 34 

3 Cups Idly Rice
2 Cups Packed Freshly Grated Coconut grated
4 to 6 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Teaspoon Level Salt
¼ Teaspoon Level Instant Yeast
Water- as needed


Wash rice thoroughly 3 to 4 times. Soak rice for minimum 3 to 4 hours .
After 4 hours, drain the rice and grind a cup at a time in small mixer jar with 2 tablespoons of grated coconut in 3 to 4 batches . Grind to a fine paste / smooth batter . Do not wash the mixer jar after you finish grinding. Keep it aside. 
This is the most important tip to make these appams soft.
Take one cup of batter in a sauce pan, add 1 ½ cup of water and mix well till well blended. Then on very low flame place the pan  and use a whisk to stir it. 

Let it cook until it thickens,by stirring continuously in low flame. After this thickness it will becomes shiny see pic.  Let this cool for 2 to 3 minutes then add a cup of batter and whisk it till it forms a smooth batter and it is just warm. Take half of this batter, in the same mixer jar along with half of the sugar quantity and instant yeast,  grind till well blended or forms a smooth paste. Add this to the ground batter. Again blend the remaining batter with the sugar till smooth.
Mix all this batter well with a whisk,  place this container in a bigger one that can hold it (so that if it spills, it does not dirty your counter and use the spilled batter- no wastage) cover with a lid,   keep it overnight or for  5 -6 hours or more depending on temperature of the room or the country you stay. 
I, finished grinding and completed the full process at 1 am / early hours - beginning of a new day. Still the batter nearly spilled out of the big pot by 6am. 
When the batter is fermented , now,  add the salt and mix really well. The consistency of the batter should be thinner than that of a dosa batter. So add water accordingly. Keep it a side for at least 15 minutes before beginning to make the appams.
Now heat a non stick appam chatty specially made for making appam . Drizzle some water in the appam pan and when u see the water is disappearing as soon as the water is dropped ,that is the right time to pour appam batter . Oil it and wipe it with kitchen towel ( do this for the first one only, do  not oil after this to make the remaining appams).
Take 1/3 cup ( for measurement - since this quantity is perfect for the pan) pour the batter in the middle of the pan and rotate the by holding both side handles.
 Place the pan on medium low flame and close it with the lid,  cook for 2 minutes, you'll notice that the center of apaam is cooked and edges start leaving the sides of pan ( these should be lacey , that is transparent on the sides ). At  this stage you can decide whether you want it crisp and brown on the sides (so if u want crispy appam cook bit more ,but don't burn them). I, removed them just when they started to leave the sides of the pan. Mine were white at the sides and the bottom golden. 
Taste the first one, adjust sugar and salt in the batter consistency if needed and then make the remaining appam's. The batter for me was perfect so I did not add any additional salt or sugar.
Serve appam with your favorite curry and enjoy, these soft , delicious and divine appams.  

We had these with  Mixed Vegetable Stew - Vegan & Gluten Free - Kerala Style

My Notes
Use only idly rice and not idly rawa, or else the result will not be the same.

Soak the rice for 4 hours only not more, this time is sufficient or else the rice will start to ferment and the taste will change.

Drain all the water in which the rice was soaking. Use fresh water a tablespoon at a time to grind. Preferably try and use a small blender its grinds faster and grinds to a fine paste with less usage of water. Do not add more water to the batter to make it thin at this stage, because after fermenting will is become a little more watery. So add water if necessary after the fermentation process.

I have used 6 tablespoons of sugar, you can  use more or less. According to me this quantity was just perfect.
Use only the quantity of yeast mentioned or else it will have a yeasty flavor and smell.

Add salt only after the batter is fermented.

If you feel the batter is fermented much earlier than you will like to use it. Then place the container / pot in the refrigerator, that's what I did.  

If you do have freshly grated coconut then use one can of coconut milk  for this quantity.

Labels : Appam, South Indian, Kerala, Vegan, Gluten free, Coconut, Coconut Milk, Flat Breads, Healthy, Main course, Breakfast

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