Spicy Beef Mince Beer Chilli#SundayFunday

A fantastic beef mince beer chilli that pairs beautifully with a salad or baked jacket potato or potato wedges. It's packed with beans, spices, beer and beef mince. Simply the best comfort food.

Ingredients 
250 Grams Beef Mince
½ Teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1 Teaspoon Cumin powder
1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika 
½ Teaspoon Herbs de Provence 
½ Cup Beer
1 Medium Onion - finely chopped
2 Cloves Garlic - minced
1 Green Chilly - finely chopped
3 Tablespoons Tomato puree
100 Grams Cooked Red Kidney Beans - drained, rinsed 
350 Ml Can Beer
¼ Cup Finely Chopped Coriander leaves
1 Tablespoon Sour cream
Method
Heat oil in a frying pan. Fry the onion, stirring, until softened. Add garlic and green chilly, keep stirring, for a minute. Add mince. Cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned. Add the tomato puree, cayenne pepper, cumin and paprika powders. Cook until all until fragrant . Add in the beer. Reduce flame to low. Simmer for 15 minutes.
Add beans. Cook, stirring occasionally, for a further 15 minutes or until mixture has thickened. Season with salt and pepper and add in half of the chopped coriander leaves give it a good mix. Let is cook for a minute or two. 
Serve hot with a dollop with sour cream, sprinkle with remaining chopped coriander leaves. Serve with potato wedges.  
Labels: Beer, Beef, Mince, Spicy, Side Dish, International Cuisine, Pinto Beans, Rajma, Sunday Funday

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April Fools' Day Chicken Nuggets & French Fries#SundayFunday

When I made these nuggets and gave them to my hubby to enjoy he wouldn't touch them thinking that am really giving him chicken to eat. Then I told him this a April Fools Food Prank he looked at me quite believable wondering whether I am speaking the truth.
After eating one he looked at me stunned, since they looked exactly like Mac chicken nuggets. Do try this prank on your kid's or friends and see their reaction.

Ingredients 
For The Nuggets 

Vanilla Pound Cake - cut into squares 
8 - 10 Biscuits - coarsely powdered 
½ Cup Vanilla Icing - I used ½ Cup Icing Sugar + 1 -2 Teaspoons Milk 
For The French Fries  
Pound Cake Slices  
Crinkle Cutter

Method
Place the biscuits in a zip lock bag and crush them with a meat mallet to get coarse crumbs. Transfer crumbs to a bowl. Keep aside.
Get a store-bought vanilla pound cake or make your own ( I made eggless vanilla pound cake ) and ¼" thick squares or nugget shapes. Reserve some slices for fries later.
Make the icing adding a teaspoon of milk at a time to make a coating consistency icing. Dip the nuggets into vanilla icing evenly until all the cakes slices / nuggets are evenly covered. Place them on a wire rack to remove the excess icing. 
Carefully pick up one nuggets at a time and dredge in the crushed biscuit powder. Return to the wire cooling rack to harden. Serve with jam of your choice. Cut reserved slices with a crinkle cutter to make fries.
April Fool's Day Chicken Nuggets are ready!
Labels: April Fool's Day, Chicken, Nuggets, French Fries, Pound Cake, Icing Sugar, Sunday Funday

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Gavar Sabji#Alphabet Challenge

The Gavar or cluster beans (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba) is an annual legume and the source of guar gum. It is also known as Gavar, Guwar or Guvar bean or in English Cluster Beans. Its kernel consists of a protein-rich germ and a relatively large endosperm, containing big amounts of the galactomannan.

Ingredients
250 Grams Gavar/Cluster Beans
1 Onion - chopped finely
1 Tomato - chopped finely
1/2 Teaspoon Cumin seeds
1/2 Teaspoon Mustard seeds
A pinch of Asafoetida
A pinch of turmeric powder
1 Teaspoon Chilly powder
1/2 Teaspoon Magic masala
1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
2 Tablespoons Oil

1 Tablespoon Coconut - grated
Salt to taste

Method
Wash and chop the vegetable in small pieces.  

In a pan heat oil, add the mustard and cumin seeds, when they crackle, add the asafoetida, onions, tomatoes and turmeric powder, saute this till the tomato is soft and forms a paste. Add the Gavar and saute for 2 -3 minutes, then add the chilly powder, magic masala and sugar, saute for few minutes. Add salt to taste, cover and cook till done. If necessary then add water. I cooked this sabji on steam. When done, garnish with grated coconut and serve hot with rotis, phukla or rice.  
Lables: Gavar, Main course, Vegetarian, Healthy, Vegan, Gluten free, Cluster Beans
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Black Eyed Peas Curry /Safed Lobia ka Salan#SundayFunday

This is a delicious, vegan and gluten free curry, a main course dish , which can be enjoyed with steamed rice or rotis.

Ingredients
1½ Cups Black Eyed Beans /Safed Lobia
½ Cup Oil
1 Medium Onion - sliced
¾ Teaspoon Cumin seeds
2 Bay leaves
2 Teaspoons Ginger Garlic paste
2 Medium Tomatoes - chopped
1+ 2 Green chilies - chopped
Salt to taste
1 Teaspoon Red chili powder or to your spice level
½ Teaspoon Turmeric powder 
2 Teaspoons Coriander powder 
To Be Added Last
1 Vegetable cube
½ Teaspoon Garam masala 
½ Teaspoon Coriander powder 
¼ Teaspoon Cumin powder 
For Garnishing
Fresh Coriander leaves - chopped

Method
Wash and soak the black eyed peas in water for at least 4 hours.
In a pressure cooker, heat oil and sliced onions, cumin seeds, bay leaves. Sauté until the onions start to turn light golden. Then add ginger and garlic paste and sauté until the raw smell vanishes. Add chopped tomatoes and one chopped green chilly cook until the tomatoes are soft & mushy and the oil separates from the gravy. 
Now add salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder, sauté for two minutes. Now wash the black eyed peas once again with fresh water and add to the gravy. Add 3 - 4 cups of water and pressure cook on high flame for one whistle then for 7 to 10 minutes on low flame. After that switch off the flame, let the pressure release and the cooker cool completely.
Open, remove the lid and cook for 5-8 minutes stirring occasionally until completely done and you have the gravy consistency you require. Now add vegetable cube, garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder and remaining two chopped green chilies. Mix and let is simmer for just two minutes, then turn off the flame. Garnish with fresh chopped coriander leaves.
Serve hot with rice. Enjoy!!
Labels: Black Eyed Peas, Curry, Main course, Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten free, Sunday Funday, Lentils, Pressure Cooker, One Pot Meal 

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Asparagus Pesto#SundayFunday

Green, hearty, healthy, Asparagus Pesto, this recipe is a winner. Spread it on pizzas or sandwiches, use it in pastas or salads. It’s amazing and delicious in every way.

Ingredients
200 Grams Asparagus -  cut into 1″ pieces
1 Bunch Fresh Basil Leaves
2 Tablespoons Pinenuts
1 Jalapeno Pepper
4 Cloves Garlic
½ Cup Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon Parmesan Cheese

Method 
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it. Add the asparagus and cook until fully tender but not mushy, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain well, reserving couple spoons of the cooking liquid, and let the asparagus cool slightly.
Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz together till it’s nearly smooth.
You can refrigerate it or freeze it for future use. 
Labels: Asparagus, Pesto Sauce, International Cuisine, Healthy, Sunday Funday, Keto
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