Showing posts with label Starters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Starters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Starters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Starters. Show all posts

Kalmi Chicken - Kebab / Starters

The recipe is very easy and simple without too many spices. The most important step here is marinating the chicken, then cooking it and then the final frying.
 This keeps the chicken juicy, soft and moist . 

1 Kg Chicken Drumsticks
1 Tablespoon Heaped Ginger Garlic paste
1 to 1 ½ Teaspoon Salt or to taste
1 Cup Yogurt - beaten
1 Teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
½ Teaspoon Heaped Black pepper powder
1 Tablespoon Lemon juice
¼ Cup Oil
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
Oil for deep frying as required
Onion rings mint leaves and lemon wedges to serve

Wash and clean the chicken drumsticks and pat them dry.

Marinate chicken with salt ginger garlic, salt, black pepper,garam masala powder, lemon juice and yogurt. Rub it well into the drumsticks and keep it overnight covered in the refrigerator.
Heat a pan with ¼ cup oil and add the chicken drumsticks in a single layer along with the marinade and keep covered and cook for 15 mins until chicken tender and cooked only 3/4 done. The chicken should be dry no moisture should be present. Cool it completely.

Heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or deep frying pan.
When cooled coat each piece of chicken in flour and deep fry in hot oil in a single layer in hot oil, when one side is done then turn and fry the other side till chicken slightly brown. 
Garnish with onion rings, lemon wedges and mint leaves.
 Enjoy these kababs which most succulent, juicy and tender.
Labels :  Chicken, Starters, Kebabs, Deep Fried, Party pleasers, Mughlai Cuisine, Chicken Drumsticks, Appetizer

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Puneri Batata Vada

Puneri Batata Vada is different from what you get in Mumbai.  When I, first ate them, was, surprised to to have a entirely different version of vadas. These are not spicy and no tempering is given to the potato filling and they are like patties. Check the  Vada Pav (Mumbai Style)  recipe.
4 Medium Potatoes- boiled and mashed
2 Green chilies - minced
1/2 Inch Piece Ginger - minced
3 Cloves Garlic - minced
1 Small Onion - minced
1 Tablespoon Coriander Leaves - finely chopped
1 Tablespoon Mint Leaves - finely chopped
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
1 Teaspoon Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt or to taste
For the Batter
1 Cup Besan / Chickpea flour
A pinch of Chilly Powder
A Pinch of Turmeric Powder
For Serving
Fried Green Chillies / Mirchis - as required
Dry Lasun Chutney 
Mint  Chutney

Batter for the coating
In a bowl add besan, salt to taste ,turmeric and red chilly powder and water. Mix well. Make sure there are no lumps. If required you may add more water very little at a time and keep mixing. The batter should not be very thick and not watery. The consistency should be such that it forms a thick coating on the potato vada.

To make the Vada 

In another bowl / plate take the mashed potatoes. Add the green chilies, garlic, ginger, coriander, mint, onions, salt to taste and lime juice, mix well. Divide them into equal portions. Oil your hands lightly and make patties. Keep aside
In the meantime heat oil in a deep frying pan / kadai. The heat should be on a medium low.

To fry the batata vada

Once the oil is hot enough to fry the vadas, dip the flattened patties with the batter. Leave them very gently and carefully in the oil one by one.

Fry the vadas turning the sides only after one side is cooked and golden. Repeat the process for the rest of the vadas.

Transfer them to a paper towel to remove excess oil.
Now that  frying the vadas,  is done, in the same oil deep fry some green chilies.  Sprinkle some salt on them. Green Chillies / Mirchis will be ready to eat with the vada.

Serve hot ... 

These vadas are fried to perfection, crisp and served on its own or with Dry Lasun Chutney , or Mint  Chutney or Kethcup and fried green chilies. They taste awesome. 

Labels :  Starters,  Street food, Savory Snacks, Pune, Kids delight, Snacks, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten free

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Heart Salmon Cakes For A Romantic Meal#FishFriday

Salmon is rich in protein, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids making it a very nutritious choice of protein.  One should include Salmon fish in their diet at least once a fortnight. 
These Heat Salmon Cakes is a simple and delicious way to prepare fresh salmon using staple pantry ingredients. These cakes can be made for a light and delicious lunch or supper.  I have  used of fresh salmon  and  it gives a richness of  flavor to the cakes.
This goes to our event for Fish Friday Foodies our Host is  Camilla our wherein she asked us to make Seafood Dishes for a Romantic Evening.
Makes 6 - 8 depending on the size
400 Grams Cleaned Fresh Boneless & Skinless Salmon
3 Tablespoons Heaped Mayonnaise
A Juice of half a Lemon
2 Big Bread slices - choppered
2 Tablespoon Chopped Flat Parsley
1 Teaspoon English Mustard
2 Scallions / Spring Onion - Only Whites - finely chopped
½ Teaspoon Black Pepper powder
¼ Teaspoon Paprika powder
½ Teaspoon Chopped Chives
3 Cloves Garlic - finely chopped
½ Teaspoon Sea Salt or to taste
For the coating 

Panko Breadcrumbs as required
1 Egg - lightly beaten
Oil as required for shallow frying


Cut the salmon into small cubes and pat them dry with a kitchen towel.
In a chopper add the onions, chives, parsley, salt, paprika and pepper powder and pulse it two or three times. Now add the mayonnaise and choppered bread and pulse it till mixed once or twice. Add the salmon cubes and pulse it again for two or three times ( do not pulse it for more time or else it will form a paste ) the salmon should be in tiny cubes. 
Take this out into a bowl and add the lemon juice, mix well and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours for the flavors to develop and also at this stage it is difficult to handle. The mix will firm up in the refrigerator.
Remove from refrigerator, divide the mixture into equal balls and  shaped them into heart cakes. As you can see made some small hearts and two big ones. Roll these in bread crumbs and keep this in the freezer for 15 minutes only.

In the meantime let's get prepare for the shallow frying. Heat a non-stick pan/skillet with oil.  Beat an egg lightly add a pinch of salt.  In a plate spread the panko bread crumbs. Keep aside .

Now that we are prepared for frying. Take the cakes out from the freezer.

Dip each cake in egg. Roll it in bread crumbs and immediately place it in the frying pan. Fry on medium high heat till golden on both sides. 
Serve them topped with Creamy Italian Dressing With Mayo & Red Wine Vinegar (recipe will be posted on 14th February ) and on a bed of Tabbouleh Salad With Glass of Pink Lemonade Vodka Cocktail. 
This was a real Romantic Meal / Valentine's Day celebrated in advance. If you have such a beautiful prepared meal with candels lit up who wants to wait for 14th Feb.
 Ahh! Yes if you have not had a Romantic meal like this, then do it !! Worth the effort!!
Labels :  Seafood/Fish, Kebabs, Cutlets, Starters, Salmon, Romantic Meal, Fish Friday 
See other recipes that our Foodie Friends have prepared.
Braised Cod Peperonata for Two by Karen at Karen's Kitchen Stories
Curried Coconut Citrus Cod by Stacy at Food Lust People Love
Gambas al Ajillo (Spanish Garlic Shrimp) by Caroline at Caroline's Cooking
Heart Salmon Cakes For A Romantic Meal by Sneha at Sneha's Recipe
Lobster Thermidor by Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm
Mediterranean Shrimp with Olives, Tomatoes and Feta by Sue at Palatable Pastime
Miyagi Oysters with Pomegranate Mignonette by Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla

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Potato Hearts#Foodieextravaganza

Today is  event day for Foodie Extravaganza  our  Host is Anne Lawton. Since February 8th is National Potato lovers day  she asked us to share our favorite  recipe. Thank you Anne for hosting this month's event.

These potato hearts are pan fried. Made these as starter for girls who came home to practice for the Mehendi dance. 

6 Large Potatoes
1/4 Cup Olive oil
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 Teaspoon Mixed Herbs
½ Teaspoon Paprika powder
Juice of Half a Lemon


Fill a pot with about 2 liters of water, add a tablespoon salt, bring to boil, then reduce heat to gentle simmer.
In the meantime peel potatoes, slice them, into 1/4 inch thick slices, then take a small metal cookie cutter and cut into hearts,  and keep aside. 
Cut out as many hearts as you can. 
Cook potatoes in simmering water for just 2 minutes, drain potatoes and let them cool slightly  and  coat them in oil.
Combine all the ingredients for the marinade, coat the potatoes, let it sit for 10 minutes.

Then heat a non stick pan  and pan fry them till golden on both sides. 
Serve hot.  These are really yum and  do not require any dipping sauce.  Potato Hearts will vanish as they are being served, be sure of that.
Labels: Foodie Extravaganza Party, Potato, Potato Hearts,  Starters, Side Dish, Pan Fried,  Vegan, Gluten free

Foodie Extravaganza is a monthly food fest, where a group of bloggers all create and share a recipe around one of the monthly food 'holidays' as detailed in The Nibble. Posting day is always the first Wednesday of each month. If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook pageFoodie Extravaganza. We would love to have you! If you're a spectator looking for delicious tid-bits check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board! Looking for our previous parties? Check them out HERE.
See all the other recipes for today's Foodie Extravaganza
Air Fried Potato Chips by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Baked Rosti with Spiralized Potatoes by Karen's Kitchen Stories
Colcannon Potatoes by Simply Inspired Meals
Creamy Cheeseburger & Veggie Hot Dish by Faith, Hope Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Healthy Twice Baked Potatoes by Simple and Savory
Jansson's Frestelse - Creamy Anchovy Potato Bake by Food Lust People Love
Krumplileves (Hungarian Potato Soup) by Tara's Multicultural Table
Potato Hearts by Sneha's Recipe
Sausage Stuffed Red Potatoes by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Schwabischer Kartoffelsalat (German Potato Salad) by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Scottish Macaroon Bars by Pandemonium Noshery
Wet Breakfast Burrito by Palatable Pastime
Waffled Hash Browns by Reviews, Chews & How-Tos

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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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Kacche Kele Ke Kebab / Raw Banana Cutlets#FantasticalFoodFight

Vrat means "fast" and these kebabs are designed specifically for those who are fasting. Though these kebabs are specially meant for vrat, you can enjoy them any time you wish. These are No Onion & Garlic kebabs , have them yogurt or Mint & Coriander Chutney. These are very delicious and easy to make.
When Sarah our host gave us Banana as a theme for this month, I,  was very happy, since this is right time to prepare these kebabs.  

In India we celebrate the  Shravan, which is fasting month for Hindus. All types of fasting food is enjoyed during this month and these kebabs are apt for fasting.

2 Rawa Bananas- Boiled and grated
¾ Cup Boiled Green Peas - mashed
2 Tablespoons Heaped Coriander leaves- finely chopped
½ Teaspoon Salt or to taste
1 Tablespoon Heaped Roasted Gram powder
1/3 Cup Dehyrated Spinach Leaves - see recipe below
¼ Teaspoon Garam masala
1 Teaspoon Amchor /Mango powder
1 Teaspoon Minced Ginger
2 Green Chillies - minced
Oil  as required for frying


Boil the raw bananas with the peel.  Place the bananas in a container and steam it in a pressure cooker on high flame after the first whistles , reduce the flame to medium low and keep it  for 10 minutes .  Then cool the pressure pan.  Remove the bananas and cool them completely,  then peel them and grate them.
Mash the peas in a small chopper or small mixer jar.
Mix all the ingredients well to make a nice dough. 
Then pinch equal size balls and shape into small flat kebabs. 
Heat a tablespoon or two of oil in a broad frying pan and fry them till golden brown on medium high flame.
Serve hot with ketchup, chutney and salad.

How to make Airfryer Dehyrated Spinach/Palak Leaves at home.
Wash and dry the leaves and keep spread them on a tea towel to dry.  When dry.  Place them in a airfryer not on the basket but below the basket or else they will fly while the airfyer is running.
Dehyrated them at 80 degrees C for 45 minutes after every 20 minutes just toss them.  Then crush them with your hands they are done. Store  it in a zip lock bag in the refrigerator.  Use whenever required.

Lables : Kebabs, Starters, Vegetarian, Raw Banana ,Indian , Healthy, Fantastical Food Fight, Vrat, No Onion & Garlic, Vegan, Gluten Free, Air Fryer,  Dehyrated,  Spinach/Palak Leaves, Homemade, Farali

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Corn Cutlets

Healthy, crunchy and crisp melt in the mouth cutlets made with corn and mashed potatoes. Corn patties is also famous monsoon snack since they are freshly available at that time. These corn cutlets are really mouthwatering ,yummy instant snack, no onion or garlic, they can be served in kitty parties, birthdays, kids tiffin, high tea parties or as vrat food.  
Have already posted Sweet Corn Cheese Ballstoday its time for Corn Cutlets. 

1.1/2 Cup Packed Grated Boiled Potato
1 Cup Crushed Boiled Corn 
1 Cup Boiled Corn kernels
2 Green Chilies -  crushed
1/2 Teaspoon Ginger paste
2 Bread slices powdered
1/4 Teaspoon Roasted Cumin powder
1/2 Teaspoon Amchur powder
1/2 Teaspoon Chat masala
1/2 Teaspoon Sendhav Salt or to taste
2 Tablespoons Corn flour
2 Tablespoons Coriander leaves - chopped

Cook corn either in microwave or cooker. In microwave for 8 to 10 mins or in the pressure cooker for 1 whistle. When cooker steam cools off, then remove corn kernels using a knife.

Reserve one cup corn kernels and the rest crush in a mixer slightly by pulsing it. No need to make a smooth paste we want a coarse paste.

Transfer to a mixing bowl . Add boiled & mashed potatoes , corns and rest of the ingredients. Mix everything well, taste for salt and spice and add if anything required. 
Divide the dough to small / medium equal size balls . Shape them into cutlets depending on your choice . You can do round flat disc /oval / heart shape / use any cookie cutter to give special shape . I have used an oval cookie cutter to them shape.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in pan and shallow fry them till golden on both sides . 
Serve Corn Cutlets hot with ketchup / green chutney.

Labels : Corn Cutlets, Kebabs, Starters, Tiffin, Kids delight, Party pleasers, Savory Snacks, Snacks, Corn, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetarian, No Onion No Garlic, Vrat

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