Friday, February 17, 2012

Stuffed Chicken Breast with Purée De Tomates

How many of you have experienced this: you thought to cook something and what you cooked at the end was totally different? I guess many of us have done it thousands of time. I do it very frequently :P..... Though I am glad that whatever be the end product, it turns out to be good.....phew....all those hard work in the kitchen do pay off then :)........
The recipe today I am going to share with you is one of those many out of the box recipe.....Stuffed chicken breast with purée de tomates.

Ingredients :


1. Chicken breast- 2
2. Salt to taste
3. Black pepper powder- 1 tsp
4. Olive oil- 1 tsp
5. Rice (cooked)- 3/4 cup
6. Cheese- 1 tbs
7. Sweet corn- 1 tbs
8. Onion (finely chopped)- 1 tbs
9. Vinegar- 1 tsp
10. Red capsicum- 1

Procedure :

Wrap the chicken breasts in cling film separately. Now beat them with the rolling pin for a while. Do not beat too hard or else your chicken breast will be damaged. This is done to flatten the chicken breast to around 1/4" thickness. Now season the breasts with salt and black pepper powder for a while. Keep them aside. Heat 1 tbs oil in a pan and add chopped onion. When they turn translucent , add the sweet corn and fry for 2 minutes. Season with salt , vinegar and pepper. Turn off the heat. Add the shredded cheese and 2 tbs of the cooked rice. Mix well. Now put one tbs of this mixture at one side of the chicken breast and roll it slowly and tightly. Wrap the chicken breast well and place some toothpick to hold the wrapped chicken. Pre heat the oven at 400 degree F. Place the chicken breasts in a baking pan and drizzle some olive oil over them. Bake the chicken for 35 minutes and check whether it is done or not. Take them out and keep aside.

Tomato puree :

1. Green tomato- 3
2. Oregano- 1/2 tsp
3. Red paprika- 1/2 tsp
4. Salt to taste
5. Black pepper powder- 1/4 tsp

Procedure :

In the same baking pan where the chicken breasts were baked, put the tomatoes. In a bowl add the cubed bell pepper with some salt , pepper and olive oil. Mix well and place the bell papaer cubes in the same baking pan. Now bake them at 400 degree F for 15 minutes. Take them out. Keep the bell peppers in a separate bowl. Take the tomatoes out and mash them well. Add the oregano , salt , paprika and pepper and mix well. Your sour green tomato puree is ready!!

Serve the breast piece with some baked red bell pepper and the tomato puree.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Baked Soy Chicken With Peanut Chutney

A simple baked chicken kebab with an extra spicy peanut chutney!! A terrific combination.

Ingredients :

1. Boneless chicken- 250 gm
2. Corn flour- 1 large tbs
3. Soy sauce- 2 tbs
4. Salt to taste
5. Garlic- 3 cloves
6. Ginger (minced)- 1/2 tsp
7. Black pepper powder- 1/2 tsp

Procedure :

Cut the chicken into medium pieces and keep aside. In a mixing bowl add the cornflour , soy , minced garlic and minced ginger , pepper. Mix well. Cornflour tends to stick to one place , so you have to be very quick to mix the ingredients evenly. I have used freshly minced garlic and ginger , it gives a nice aroma as well as a nice taste to the chicken. One can also use ginger-garlic paste. Mix the chicken in this mixture and marinate the chicken overnight. Cover the bowl with a cling film. I did not add the salt while marinating the chicken. 
Take out the chicken at least two hours before baking. Add salt and mix well. Now pre heat the oven to 350 degree F. I brushed a little oil on the chicken pieces. Place the chicken pieces in the skewers and place the skewers in the oven. Cook the chicken for 30 minutes. Turn it in the middle of baking. 

After 30 minutes , check whether chicken is done or not. To do so, prick the chicken with a sharp knife and see if any pink liquid flows out or not. If not , then the chicken is done. Now to get a nice crispiness , I baked the chicken for another 10 minutes at 400 degree F. 

Peanut chutney :

Ingredient :

1. Raw peanut- 100 gm
2. Onion (chopped)- 2 large tbs
3. Red chilly powder- 1/2 tbs
4. Garlic- 1 clove
5. Red paprika- 1/2 tsp
6. Salt to taste
7. Green chilly- 2
8. Chaat masala- 1/2 tsp
9. Water

Procedure :

In a pan roast the raw peanuts properly. Then remove the skin of the peanut. To do so , just rub the little warm peanuts between your palms. Now in a pan heat 1 tbs oil and fry the chopped onion , garlic. Cool down the mixture. Add all the ingredients in a mixing jar and blend together. Add water as required to make a smooth paste.
Serve this spicy peanut chutney with the chicken kebabs.

Sending this to Priya's event Dip in.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Peas Paratha (Matar ke paranthe)

Peas paratha is the most convenient option among all the other stuffed parathas. Minimum effort is required to get the delicious hot parathas. My favorite combination is peas paratha with cold boondi ka raita. A perfect lunch option for the days when I do not want to cook a lot :)

Ingredients :

For the stuffing :

1. Peas- 200 gm (approx)
2. Salt to taste
3. Coriander seed- 1 tsp
4. Chaat masala- 1/2 tsp
5. Coriander powder- 1 tbs
6. Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
7. Red chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
8. Cumin powder- 1/2 tsp
9. Hing- 1/4 tsp
10. Oil

For the dough :

1. Wheat flour- 2 cup
2. Oil- 1 tbs
3. Kalonji- 1/2 tsp
4. Water

Procedure :

Boil the peas in pressure cooker until one whistle. Let it cool down. Then mash the peas with spoon. In a pan dry roast coarsely ground coriander seed. Add 2 large tbs oil to it and all the masala of the stuffing. Let the masala get a little fried and then add the mashed peas. Mix well. Do not add water. Cook the mixture over low flame until the pea mixture starts getting brown and sticks to the base of the pan. Turn off the heat after 4 to 5 minutes and keep the mixture aside to cool down.

Meanwhile add the oil to the wheat flour and mix well. Add the kalonji and little water every time to knead the dough. The dough should not be too soft. When its done, keep the dough covered with a wet cloth. 
Before making the paratha, knead the dough once again. Take medium size ball from the dough and roll it into a small 2.5" round disc. Put one large tbs of the peas mixture at the center of the disc and close the ends in the middle. Now roll the ball again to make the paratha. Do not put much pressure while rolling the paratha or else the mixture will come out slowly. Heat 1 tbs oil in a flat surface frying pan and when the oil is ready, fry the parathas one by one. Keep adding oil when needed. Fry the parathas from both the side until they turn brown.

Serve the hot parathas with boondi raita.
Recipe for boondi raita :
In a bowl add 4 tbs curd , 1/4 cup water , salt to taste , 1 tsp sugar , 1/2 tsp chaat masala and 2 large tbs boondi. Mix well and serve.

I am sending this to the event Anyone can cook series 41.

Sending this to the event Cook with spices: coriander seed, announced by Anu

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