Juicy lamb ribs..!

Simple Lamb ribs in BBQ sauce

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  1. Lamb ribs- 6-8 pieces
  2. BBQ Sauce- 1 cup
  3. Salt- as per taste
  4. Pepper- as per taste
  5. Mashed Potatoes

Directions

Step One

Clean the lamb ribs well and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Season the lamb ribs with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a grilling pan over medium-high heat. Place the ribs carefully in the pan. Sear until the ribs are deep brown on all sides.

Step Two

Now drizzle the bbq sauce over the ribs and glaze for 5 minutes on medium low heat. Continuously baste the ribs with the bbq sauce and remaining juices.

Step Three

Serve with mashed potatoes and greens of your choice.

Enjoy a relaxed weekend dinner.

 

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Eggs, Cheese and Veggies!

“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

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  1. Egg- 6
  2. Milk- ½ cup
  3. Finely chopped capsicum- ½ cup
  4. Sweet Corn kernels – ½ cup
  5. Finely chopped green chilli- 1 tbsp
  6. Finely chopped spring onion- ½ cup
  7. Grated Cheddar Cheese- ½ cup
  8. Parmesan- ¼ cup
  9. Ground meat- 1 cup
  10. Chilli flakes- 1 tbsp
  11. Salt- as per taste
  12. Pepper- as per taste

Directions

Step One

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.

Step Two

Simultaneously, in a separate vessel, cook the sweet corn kernels for 15 mins and keep aside.

Step Three

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.

Step Four

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.

Step Five

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.

 

Vegetarian Mexican delight..!

Guacamole

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Very Easy
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If there is one thing that Mr. A loves and can dish out personally, then it has to be that One-mean-Guacamole..!! He makes it sound like rocket science but going through our recipe here, you would realize that it is child’s play. Excellent as an evening dish. Completely vegetarian and easy to prepare. Traditionally used as a dip (along-with Nachos), you may just go ahead and eat it all out if you don’t have chips.

Ingredients

  1. Avocados – 2
  2. Green Chillies – 1
  3. Chopped Onion- 1 medium sized – required half
  4. Tomato – 1 medium size – required 3/4ths
  5. Coriander (Cilantro) – One fistful
  6. Lemon – Half
  7. Salt

Directions

Step One

Wash the avocados and scoop out the fruit into a steel or glass bowl. Discard the seed. Steel or glass bowl – because we need to mash the fruit with a masher or spoon and you don’t want to spoil or leave scratches on your non-stick or ceramic vessels.

Tip:

(a) Picking out Avocados can be tricky. In order to prepare a Guacamole, we need the fruit to be slightly ripe. Extra-ripe means the fruit has already darkened and softened beyond our taste and Under-ripe means that the fruit is very hard inside and we wouldn’t be able to scoop it out  completely. It wouldn’t even mash well. Picking the right fruit comes with experience of picking it several times. So don’t fret if you get it wrong the first time. The Avocado needs to press slightly when you buy it from the market.

(b) After scooping out the fruit do not leave it open for too long as Avocados have a tendency to darken when kept in the open just like Apples. The oxidation turns it brown. Hence we need to be quick here.

(c) Choice of Avocados is really important. I have personally experienced that Mexican or American Avocados taste better than the Kenyan or Ugandan ones. However, the former are thrice as expensive than the latter. 

Step Two

Mash the Avocados until they are slightly chunky. Do not over-mash them into a smooth pulp.

Step Three

(a) Take the Onion – half as suggested in the ingredient list and chop it finely. Do not leave big chunks.

(b) Similarly Chop 3/4th of  a Tomato into a similar size. Make sure of discarding/ draining the liquid and the seedy part of the tomato away.

(c) Take a fistful of Coriander and chop them into tiny pieces as well.

(d) Cut the single green chilli into tiny pieces.

Step Four

Empty the chopped Ingredients into the bowl where we have kept the Mashed avocados ready. Mix well to ensure consistency of the chopped ingredients spread all over the mashed avocados.

Step Five

Squeeze the juice out of half of the lemon into the mixture. This splash of acidity balances the richness of the Avocado.

Step Six

This is important. Avocados are bland. It doesn’t have a heavy flavor unlike all other fruits and in addition it is pretty heavy/rich. Hence, we need to supplement it with a good dose of salt. This could be more than what we use for preparing other foodstuffs and at the same time different people would have different tastes.

My suggestion would be to sprinkle a full tea-spoon of salt > Mix the mixture well > Taste it > Add more salt if you cannot taste the salt yet > Stop when you are satisfied.

Step Seven

Serve with some Nacho chips. If not, take that spoon and dig in..!

Tip:

(a) The most important aspect in preparing a Guacamole is “Ratio”. If any of the ingredients increases then it may result in a lop-sided flavor. So make sure that you don’t add extra tomatoes/onions/lemon juice or chillies. It HAS TO be just right. 

(b) One Avocado serves one person.

A south Indian shrimp recipe..!

Mangalorean Prawns Gassi

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Medium
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The south of India is well-known for its natural beauty and for the abundant availability of coconut plantations, especially having long coastlines. Needless to say coconut in its various forms like oil, milk, fresh and dried form is put to excellent use in its cuisine. The Manglorean Prawns Gassi is a recipe from the south of India which encompasses two important aspects of the region – Coconut and Sea-food! Since the months of August and September are the ones when the best shrimps are found here in the Middle East, I decided to make this curry with the best quality Raw materials available for the season.

Ingredients

  1. Prawns (de-veined and shelled)- 500 gms
  2. Cubed Potato- 1 cup
  3. Chopped Onion- 1 medium sized
  4. Coconut milk- ½ cup [1 tbsp of maggi coconut milk powder dissolved in water]
  5. Mustard Seeds- 1 tsp
  6. Oil- 1 tbsp
  7. Water
  8. Salt

For the masala paste:

  1. Coconut- 1 cup
  2. Ginger-garlic paste- 2 tbsp
  3. Onion- ½ cup
  4. Green chilli- 2
  5. Tamarind- small sized ball
  6. Red Chilli powder- 1tsp
  7. Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  8. Turmeric powder- ½ tsp

Directions

Step One

The first step would be to clean the prawns; remove the shell and de-vein them. Wash well for about 7 to 8 times.

Tip: Squeeze some lemon juice on the prawns and keep it aside to reduce the smell. Cleaning prawns calls for caution. For those who are doing this for the first time need to know that de-veining the prawns, removing the shells releases a smell that lingers in your kitchen and hands which you want to avoid. So make sure that you clean well and dispose the waste as soon as possible. 

Step Two

Grind the masala paste using coconut, onion, ginger-garlic paste, green chillies, tamarind, red chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder, with a little water to form a smooth paste. Keep aside.

Step Three

In a medium sized non-stick pot, take a spoon of oil. Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds and allow it to splutter on medium heat. Then add the chopped onions and season with salt. Once the onion is golden brown, add the cubed potatoes and saute till it changes color. Add in the ground masala paste and allow it to cook. Simmer till the gravy starts to bubble and thicken.

Step Four

Add the clean prawns and some salt, as per taste. Add ½ cup of water and allow the prawns to cook for about 15 to 20 mins.

Step Five

Reduce the flame and now add ½ cup of coconut milk.

Tip: Coconut milk is likely to curdle/ split on high heat, so keep the flame low.

Step Six

Serve with some Jeera rice or plain rice or appams.

Keep Calm and Eat Meatballs..!!

Chilli Lime Meatballs

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients

  1. Minced chicken- 500 gms
  2. Spring onion- finely chopped- 1 cup
  3. Green Capsicum- finely chopped- 1 cup
  4. Cilantro- finely chopped-1 cup
  5. Green Chilli- finely chopped- 3 tsp
  6. Garlic powder- ½ tsp
  7. Lemon juice- 3 tsp
  8. Cheddar cheese- 3 tbsp
  9. Salt- as per taste
  10. Extra virgin Olive oil- 1 tbsp

For the Simple Guacamole/ Avocado base:

  1. Avocado- 1
  2. Lemon juice- 2 tsp
  3. Pepper
  4. Salt

Directions

Step One

Finely chop the capsicum, spring onion, cilantro and green chillies. In a mixing bowl, mix minced chicken, spring onion, capsicum, cilantro, garlic powder, cheddar cheese and green chillies. Add the lemon juice and salt, and mix it well

Step Two

Roll small sized balls of the chicken mix and keep it aside. Freeze it for about 15 mins so that the balls are well set.

Step Three

In a medium skillet, heat a tablespoon of olive oil. Once the oil is hot, place the balls carefully into the pan, cover the lid and cook for 15 mins on each side. Keep aside, once the meatballs are cooked.

Step Four

Wash and peel an avocado. Mash it into a pulp. Squeeze 2 tsp of lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. The Avocado preparation can be used as an accompaniment. See Tip below.

Tips:

  1. Avocados are generally very bland and need external flavoring like salt. In fact, it needs a generous amount of salt. Add salt to the Avocados after measuring the amount of salt that you have already used in the meatballs and as per taste. This is so that you don’t over or under-utilize salt. 
  2. This is a simple Guacamole, more like mashed avocados. The usual and main ingredients of a Guac are missing in action here as we don’t want to take the attention away from the meatballs and maintain the balance of flavors here. We’ll do a separate post on how to make an Guacamole soon!  🙂

Step Five

Serve it as a starter or convert it into a low carb meal.

Vapiano – Bahrain

Last weekend, we decided to go shoe shopping for Mr. A at the City Center Mall (Bahrain). To our huge disappointment, we failed to find a pair for him that he would absolutely love. Nevertheless, that didn’t curb our hunger from taking us to Vapiano. Keep Reading..!

An Indo-Chinese Veg Rice preparation!

Hungry? Care to have 5,000 of something ? Try this Fried Rice recipe with all your favourite veggies..!!

Vegetable Fried Rice

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients

  1. Rice- 1½ cup
  2. Ginger-garlic paste- 1 tsp
  3. Finely chopped Onion- 2 medium sized
  4. Finely chopped Capsicum- ½ cup
  5. Finely chopped carrots- ½ cup
  6. Finely chopped beans- ½ cup
  7. Finely sliced Baby Corn- ½ cup
  8. Sweet Corn kernels- 1 cup
  9. Green Peas- ½ cup
  10. Oil- 1 tsp
  11. Vegetable Stock cube (Maggi)- 1 cube
  12. Soya sauce- 1 tbsp
  13. Pepper- 1 tbsp
  14. Salt

Directions

Step One

Cook the rice in about 3 to 4 cups of water for 15 to 20 mins. Add quarter tsp of salt. Once the rice is cooked, set it aside to cool.

Step Two

In a non-stick pot, heat 1 tsp of oil. Once the oil is hot, add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté for 10 seconds on high heat till the raw smell disappears. Add the finely sliced baby corn; allow it to cook for about 10 mins.

Step Three

Simulataeneously, in a separate vessel, boil both green peas and sweet corn kernels with a pinch of salt. Once it is cooked, drain the green peas and sweet corn and set it aside.

Step Four

Once the baby corn is partly cooked, add the finely chopped beans and carrots. Saute for about 2 mins. Add in the cooked green peas and sweet corn. Then, add the finely chopped capsicum and onions. Add in the vegetable stock cube and season with pepper. Add a tablespoon of soya sauce.

Step Five

Add the cooked rice and mix well. Garnish with finely chopped spring onion (optional) and serve along with some Cauliflower or mushroom manchurian.

Tip: Fried rice must always be cooked on high flame to help retain the crunchiness of the vegetables. Squeeze ½ lemon or add salt to avoid the rice from getting mushy. A wok is the most appropriate vessel to make fried rice; alternatively use a pot. Couple the vegetable fried rice with some cauliflower (gobi) or mushroon Manchurian.

Passion Restaurant & Lounge, Bahrain

Mr. A and I took our dear friend who is relocating to the US, to Passion Restaurant & Lounge (“Passion”), Block 338 in Bahrain. Initially, Mr. A wasn’t excited about trying Passion. He just thought that it will be one of those fancy restaurants with small sized portions. Men! But A forgot that, on this beautiful island, portion sizes are usually good. Continue reading “Passion Restaurant & Lounge, Bahrain”

Shrimps and Rice!

I got back from work wondering what to do with the left over rice in my refrigerator. It was one of those days where I didn’t feel like some simple rice and cooked lentil gravy, but was rather enthusiastic about trying something new. As a lawyer, I spend most of my day reading huge bundles of papers, and day/night doesn’t matter- clients want everything YESTERDAY. All I want is to end my day in a completely different world. After glancing across the kitchen, I could see that I have the left-over rice, some vegetables, soya sauce and marinated shrimps. How about a fusion of Indian and Chinese ingredients to make some shrimp fried rice, especially to suit the taste of Mr. A who loves spices? I quickly chopped some onions and vegetables, made some ginger-garlic paste; tossed it all in the pan, seasoned it with pepper, salt and soya sauce. Mixed it together with shrimp and rice for a small Indo-Chinese treat. In this simple recipe, I have used ingredients that are easily available in most kitchens, in case one suddenly decides to cook Fried Rice!

Shrimp Friend Rice

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients

  1. Shrimp- 1 cup
  2. Rice- 500gms
  3. Chopped Beans- 1/2 cup
  4. Chopped Carrots- 1/2 cup
  5. Chopped Capsicum- 1/2 cup
  6. Chopped onions- 2 or 3 tablespoons
  7. Spring onion- 1/2 cup
  8. Ginger garlic paste- 2 tablespoons
  9. Pepper- 2 teaspoons
  10. Soya Sauce- 2 tablespoons
  11. Vinegar- 1 tablespoon
  12. Salt

For Shrimp Marination

  1. Chilli Powder- 2 tablespoons
  2. Turmeric Powder- a pinch
  3. Lemon juice- 2 tablespoons
  4. Salt

Directions

  1. Fry rice grains. Boil water and put the rice along with some salt. Keep aside.
  2. Marinate shrimp in Chilli powder, turmeric powder, lemon juice and salt for around 1 hour and cook in medium flame. Once cooked, fry the shrimp for about 2-3 mins.
  3. In a pan, add oil and saute onions and ginger garlic paste. Once the onions turn light brown, add the vegetables and season with pepper powder and salt. In about 10 mins, add soya sauce and vinegar.
  4. Mix this mixture thoroughly with the rice and shrimp, so that the flavors blend in well.
  5. Shrimp Fried rice is ready to be served.