Whats up people!!!! Its been long since my last post. Small hiatus but more on that later. Its Springtime!! Wanna try a new evening snack rather than the usual ones? Time to get my hands on some Chicken dumplings – expensive restaurant dish, eh? Make these famous Tibetan street-food snack at home. I am completely reminded of my Bangalore days, every nook and corner of the city had a “Momo stall”. These dumplings can also be deep fried or steamed and then fried.
Soft outer covering with moist and juicy filling make these irresistible. Try these super easy to make chicken dumplings.
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Steamed Chicken Dumplings
- Boneless Chicken breast or thigh- 250 gm
- Finely chopped medium sized onion- 1 cup
- Chopped spring onion- ¼ cup
- Finely chopped Coriander leaves- 2 Tbsp
- Ginger garlic paste- 1 Tbsp
- Crushed black pepper- ½ Tsp
- Oil- 1 Tsp
- Maida/ plain flour- 3 cups
- Water- as required
- Salt to taste
To make the dough for the outer covering, combine flour, salt and water in a bowl. Knead until smooth and soft, then cover with a damp cotton towel and allow to rest while the filling is being prepared.
Take the boneless chicken pieces and grind them to get a minced chicken. Once that is done, take a bowl, add the minced chicken, onion, coriander leaves, ginger-garlic paste, and oil. Season with pepper and salt. Mix it well to make a well combined mixture.
Place a large steamer on to boil and line the steamer tray with a disc of lightly greased baking paper.
Take the dough and roll it into a log on your work surface, then cut it into 16 even pieces. While working with one piece of dough at a time, keep the rest covered with the damp towel to prevent drying out. Shape the small dough pieces into a ball, then roll out on a lightly floured surface into small, very thin circular disks. Repeat the same for all 16 circular disks.
Tip: Light flour the disks to avoid sticking to each other.
Place a generous teaspoon of the filling in the center and enclose the filling. Take the circular disk in one hand and use the thumb and forefinger to enclose the filling by gathering the edges of the dough and pleating to stick them together. Make sure the filling stays in the middle, away from the edges.
Tip: Leave a small opening in the center to allow the steam to enter and cook the chicken.
Place directly into the well greased steamer tray, seam-side up. Repeat with the remaining disks and filling. Once they are all done, place the dumplings in the steamer, cover and steam for 15-20 minutes or until the dough is no longer sticky.
Serve with Chings Schezwan Sauce.
“Frittatas” are usually an oven-baked dish, but I discovered that there is an easy way to make Frittatas without having to use my oven. Simply cook it on a pan on medium-low heat with a lid on. This got me excited about making Frittatas, a heavy breakfast dish; and you can easily skip your lunch..!
Easy Pan-Frittata with Cheddar and Veggies
- Egg- 6
- Milk- ½ cup
- Finely chopped capsicum- ½ cup
- Sweet Corn kernels – ½ cup
- Finely chopped green chilli- 1 tbsp
- Finely chopped spring onion- ½ cup
- Grated Cheddar Cheese- ½ cup
- Parmesan- ¼ cup
- Ground meat- 1 cup
- Chilli flakes- 1 tbsp
- Salt- as per taste
- Pepper- as per taste
Cook the ground meat in a skillet over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until it is brown. Season with salt and pepper. When the meat is cooked, remove it from the pan, drain on paper towels to remove excess fat. Set aside the mixture to cool.
Simultaneously, in a separate vessel, cook the sweet corn kernels for 15 mins and keep aside.
In a glass or ceramic mixing bowl, thoroughly beat the eggs. Add the milk and stir until combined well. Now, season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add the cooked meat, chopped capsicum, green chilli, spring onion, sweet corn kernels and chilli flakes into the mixing bowl. Add cheddar and Parmesan cheese and stir the entire mixture well.
Pour the entire mixture into a non-stick pan, cover and cook over medium-low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes. The final product would look and feel like a
Slice and Serve. Enjoy a sumptuous and nutritious breakfast.
Tip: 1. Use a fork to check if the egg mixture has cooked.
2. Getting the Frittata out of the pan without breaking it would be a challenge as the weight of the whole dish is considerable. Take a spatula and slowly run it across the edges / circumference of the pan. Use caution and dexterity to slowly slide it into a plate.
Are you craving some baked and bubbly cheese and meat? Here is a quick recipe for some simple Italian food with a spicy twist, using ingredients that are easily available in your kitchen. This low-carb recipe makes for about 10 to 12 Rollatini, happily serving your family a meal or an entrée for a party. This is a dish that has made quite a few guests go “Wow!”
- 1 Egg plant- Thinly sliced, lengthwise
- Extra virgin Olive oil- 1 or 2 tbsp
- Minced meat (or Italian sausage)- 2 cups
- Pickled Jalapeno slices- ½ cup
- 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup cream cheese
- Parsley- for garnish
- Spicy Marinara sauce
- Freshly ground black pepper
Slice the eggplant lengthwise (quarter inch thickness), to about 10 to 12 slices. Lightly salt the slices and leave it aside for about 10 mins. Remove the excess moisture released from the slices with a tissue paper. Once the eggplant slices are pat dried, brush or spray some olive oil on both sides, season with salt and grill both sides for about 10 mins. Remove the grilled slices and keep it aside to cool.
Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
In a medium skillet, heat some olive oil to brown the minced meat, for about 5 minutes on medium heat or until it is cooked. In case of using a sausage, use a wooden spoon to break it up as it cooks. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the meat into a bowl. Once it cools, mix in the cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and some chopped jalapeno.
Take a baking dish and create a base using the spicy marinara sauce. Roll up a grilled eggplant slice by placing a heaping tablespoon of the meat and jalapeno filling in the center; repeat the process to form 10 to 12 rolls. Place the rolls in rows, seam-side down into a baking dish. Put a teaspoon of marinara sauce on each roll. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese on the rolls. Place a slice of jalapeno on each roll. Bake for around 20 minutes; until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.
Garnish with some parsley and serve.
Please Note: The Rollatini is a dish that is slightly on the heavier side. If you are planning this as a part of the menu, then make sure that the other dishes are chosen accordingly.
Preparing this dish can get slightly messy as the egg-plant and cheese need to hold up together.
Egg-plant can be replaced by Zucchini for those of you who are looking for other options.
Make sure that the dish is served and consumed while it is hot. On cooling, the cheese may harden and reduce the “burst-of-flavour” impact that it usually has.
August 3- My husband’s birthday.
It was the first time we were together in one place for his birthday, and so, I decided to surprise him with a small family get-together. Amidst all the tension of a successful surprise, happy guests, smiling faces, balloons and a wonderful evening, I managed to COOK. Sure to be a family favorite, I decided to serve Chilli Fish as one of the items on his special day.
Gather round the dining table and feed your family with this fresh, home-cooked dish that serves around four or more. Here is an easy version of this recipe.
- Fish Cubes – 500 gms
- Maida (plain flour) – 4 tbsp
- Cornflour – 4 tbsp
- Green chilli – 3 or 4
- Soya sauce – 2tsp
- Ketchup- 2 tsp
- Spring onion – 3 tsp
- Capsicum – 1 small
- Ginger garlic paste – 3 tsp
- Red Chilli Powder – 2 tbsp
- Pepper powder – ½ teaspoon
- Egg – 1
- Salt – to taste
- Marinate the fish cubes with maida, cornflour, ginger garlic paste, pepper powder, chilli powder, salt & egg.
- Keep the marinated mixture for 20-30 mins and thereafter, deep-fry the fish pieces.
- In a separate pan, heat some oil.
- Add garlic- ginger paste, green chilli, capsicum.
- After that add the fish pieces.
- Add soya sauce, tomato ketchup & stir. Add some water, if required.
- Garnish with spring onions.
Summer has kicked in.. What better to have than a refreshing Caesar’s salad. This is again Mr. A’s favorite salad. Since I had no mayonnaise in my kitchen, I managed to find my own variation of the recipe, with Cream Cheese. I was skeptical about this variation but the end result was perfect..!
Chicken Ceasar's Salad
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 1 medium romaine lettuce
- 2 garlic cloves
- Parmesan (to sprinkle)
- 5 tbsp cream cheese
- Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Drizzle some olive oil. Place pan over a medium heat for a couple of minutes. Lay the chicken on the pan and cook for 4 mins on either sides.
- In a separate bowl, mix cream cheese, minced garlic, olive oil. Add one or two tbsp water, if the mix is too thick.
- Cut lettuce into medium pieces and put in a large bowl. Once the chicken cools, cut it into thin, long slices.
- Add most of the dressing and toss the salad. Scatter the croutons, then drizzle with the remaining dressing. Sprinkle the Parmesan on top and serve immediately.