Spinach Chicken Curry

Spicy and fragrant – A dish that is bursting with flavor, just the right amount of heat, and so darn good you’ll just have to have seconds. Today, I bring you a delicious chicken recipe from my mom’s kitchen. Without further a-do, here’s another Chicken Curry recipe. Yummylicious!!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Lbs Chicken, Goat or Lamb meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 Bundle Spinach
  • 1 Large Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 Green Cardamon
  • 4 Tbs Oil
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Cilantro, for garnishing

Spice Paste:

  • 4 Tbs Dried Shredded Coconut
  • 2 Tbs Coriander Seeds
  • 1 Medium size Onion
  • 1 Tbsp Chilli Powder
  • 1-2 Tbs Ginger-Garlic Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Black Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp Nutmeg Powder
  • 6-8 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 2-3 Green Cardamon
  • Salt, to taste

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METHOD

STEP 1: Take the bunch of Spinach leaves and boil it in water for 2 minutes. Drain the leave and puree it.

STEP 2: Coarsely grind all the spices along with some water used for spinach boiling and make its paste.

STEP 3: Heat oil in large cooking pot. Add chopped onions and fry it till they turn brown.

STEP 4: Add chopped tomato and fry along with onion. Allow it to cook until oil separates out. Mash 2 green cardamons and add it to the pan. Mix well and let it cook.

STEP 5: Now, add chicken or your choice of meat pieces to the pot and fry it for 2-3 minutes (or until it changes color).

STEP 6: Add the spice paste and spinach puree to the pan. Mix it well with the chicken or meat, so that everything is well mixed and coated in spices. Cover and let it cook for about 4-5 minutes.

STEP 7: Pour in about 1 cup of hot water (The meat and spinach will make good thick gravy. So, do not add too much water). Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the meat is soft, tender and fully cooked.

STEP 8: Garnish with chopped coriander. Serve it with rice or bread. Delicious!!

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Keeping It Green!!

We are now entering the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action. And so it begins. Today. Right here and right now. Earth Day is more than just a single day — April 22, 2016. It’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand. Millions have found ways to express their environ- mental commitments through Earth Day. What can you do for Earth Day? The answer is: anything that is meaningful to you and for the environment!

We thought you should have a few fresh ideas on ways to upcycle stuff you probably already have lying around the house. Here are the best of the best reuse ideas, from toilet paper rolls to bubblewrap. Let’s start now. And let’s not stop.

  • Use toilet paper rolls to keep those messy TV and cable cords in line.

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  • Transform an old picture frame into a serving tray by inserting a piece of cute wallpaper behind the glass.
  • Upcycle your old ketchup bottles into squirt bottles for making pancakes.
  • String shower-liner hooks along the bar in your shower and hang your handbags and scarves there.

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  • Make your old mason jars into individual salad holders, each filled with colorful layers of healthy produce.

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  • Makeover empty fruit or veggie cans and use them to stow serving spoons and spatulas (or do the same with old flower pots).

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  • Mount vegetable or fruit crates on the wall in the bathroom and neatly stack fresh towels or sheets there for guests.
  • Attach plastic bread tags to unmarked keys to keep them straight.

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  • Use metal shelf fixtures to hang old hardback books on the wall horizontally, and stack them with decorative flourishes.

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  • Make your old winter gloves (especially the ones that no longer have a companion) into stuffed animals or puppets.

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  • Fill old bottle caps with hot wax and a wick, then use them as tea lights.

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  • Use old seedling trays to keep your smaller ornaments and holiday decorations from getting tangled up throughout the year. Or just organize your desk.

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  • Enlist your old cutlery caddy to organize your pens and pencils in your desk.…Or to organize your remote controls and coasters in the living room.

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  • …Or even to hang your jewelry (just add some temporary wallpaper to the inside of the tray first).
  • Dispense dish soap, oil, and vinegar from recycled glass soda bottles by washing them thoroughly, then topping each with a cheap plastic pouring spout.

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  • Instead of chucking old tumblers or liquor glasses, fill them with soil and succulents or tea lights to create a pretty focal point in your home.

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  • Repurpose your old shower curtains as window curtains for a larger set in the living room, given that they’re still looking good enough to be on display.

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  • If you have a wooden or bamboo bath mat that you’d like to replace, use it to dry boots in the entryway instead.
  • Instead of throwing those old paper bags, just decorate them with some fabric or old magazine cutouts and use as gift bags or storage basket.

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If you use your creativity, you can make all kinds of fun crafts on Earth Day with items you likely already have around the house. Let your inspiration run wild!

p.s.: If you have some ideas to share, please comment. I would really like to know 🙂

 

Spice It Up!

In Spring, the Golden State turns green. Well, the weather is as changeable as the seas, literally! Just yesterday we were rejoicing in warm sun and today it’s rainy. Even in spring, we want to feel cosy on a rainy, somewhat chilly day. And what better than turning to fresh, spicy recipes to warm up your day and appetite. Nothing quite compares to the comforting abilities of piping hot dinner. And yes – you can still enjoy it with a glass of rosé. It’s spring, after all.

Subtle and succulent chunks of chicken simmering leisurely in a fiesty gravy which sends off an inviting aroma that cannout be ignored by any. The spark of Indian spices, deep flavors and perfumed aromatics – there’s a lot to look forward to. A chicken curry dinner is a ultimate crowd pleaser. So, lets get started –

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 Large Onions, finely chopped
  • 1 Large Tomato, finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp Spice Blend (Use store bought Chicken Curry spice or recipe below)
  • 3-4 Tbsp Oil, for cooking
  • 1-2 cups Water
  • Cilantro, for garnishing

SPICE MIX INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 6-8 Cloves
  • 1-2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste
  • 1 Tsp Poppy Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Sesame Seeds
  • Salt, to taste

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INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: Coarsely grind all spice mix ingredients togther to make a thick paste. (You can store this spice blend in refirgerator to use again)

STEP 2: Heat oil in a large cooking pot over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and saute for few minutes until it’s fragnant and softened. Cook, stirring occassionally, until they turn golden-brown, approximately 10-15 minutes.

STEP 3: Add chopped tomato to the pan and stir. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes till oil separates out.

STEP 4: Lower the heat to low-medium. Add the spice mix to the pan. Mix it well with the onion-tomato mixture. Let it cook for couple of minutes, till it’s aromatic and flavor intensifies. Ensure to keep stirring occassionally. (HINT: you know it’s ready when the oil starts to separate out)

STEP 5: Add chicken pieces to the pan and mix it well with the curry mixture. Saute for 2-3 minutes or until chicken turns pale. Cover and let it cook on low heat for 5-6 minutes for chicken to let out moisture. While it’s cooking, microwave 1 cup of water for 1 minute.

STEP 6: Pour water to the pan and mix well (Make sure you have just enough water to partially cover the chicken) Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the meat is soft and tender.

STEP 7: Sprinkle coriander and serve with rice.


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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup Rice, washed and soaked
  • 1 stick Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Oil
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 Tbsp Onion, finely chopped (optional)
  • Salt, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add cinnamon stick and cumin seeds. Saute till the seeds splutter. Add chopped onions and cook until fragnant and brown.

STEP 2: Add salt and water to pan, and bring it to boil. To the boiling water, add rice and mix cautiously (We don’t want to break the rice)

STEP 3: When it starts boiling, lower the heat and cover the pot. Let it simmer for about 5-7 minutes or until rice is completely cooked (as per instructions on type of rice).

NOTE: You can make variations to rice by adding peas, finely chopped dill or mint/coriander leaves. It’s your take!

Enjoy it with your warm Chicken Curry! Seriously –  so good!

 

 

Game On!

Do like enjoying beer while talking about football? Or do you love hosting parties? If so, Sunday February 7, 2016 brings your biggest challenge. All America will pause for a single game.

Guests will start gathering at Super Bowl Party or wishing your appearance at theirs. In a 6 minute game (which takes 3 hours to play), there are actually only 7 minutes of “action”. The rest of the time is “making plans”, unpiling, removing wonded, etc. And, if you are anything like me someone who only cares about food, drink and half-time entertainment, fear not — we’re here to help. Whether you’re cheering for your favorite team or singing to Coldplay and Beyonce during the halftime show, these simple and satisfying appetizers and snacks are sure to be a touchdown at your party. It will even make you the Super Bowl-iest super bro at your Super Bowl party.

Blue Cheese Dip

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Ingredients:

Serves: 1
  • 1 (6-oz) container plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Crudités and/or whole-grain crackers, for dipping
Directions:
 
  • Open the Greek yogurt, then add the lemon juice, blue cheese, and a generous pinch each salt and pepper right to the container; stir until combined.
  • Serve the dip with cut vegetables and/or whole-grain crackers.

The Best Guacamole Ever

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 2. 3 ripe Hass avocados, halved and pitted
  • 1 serrano chile pepper, halved and very finely chopped (remove seeds for less heat)
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 

Directions:

  • Soak the minced red onion in a bowl of cold water for 10 minutes; drain and pat dry. 
  • Make slices in the avocado halves in a crosshatch pattern. Scoop out the pieces into a large bowl using a spoon. 
  • Add the red onion, serrano chile, tomato, lime juice, and salt, and fold together, crushing the avocado slightly, until combined. Serve immediately. 

Hot Tips:
Soaking the red onion in water softens its sharp flavor. 
Squeeze avocados to see if they’re ripe — they should give a bit under gentle pressure. Remove the small brown stem at the top: If the flesh underneath is brown, the avocado is probably bruised/old. 
Juicy tomato seeds can water down guacamole and make it slimy. Cut the tomato into quarters, then slide your knife underneath the seeds to remove before chopping.

 

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup prepared breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
Directions:
  • Place the flour in a resealable plastic bag and season with the garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place the chicken pieces in the bag with the flour and toss to coat (work in batches). Transfer the breadcrumbs to a rimmed plate, season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Whisk the egg and 1 tablespoon water in a medium bowl. Remove a piece of chicken from the flour, dip in the egg mixture, then the breadcrumbs, gently pressing the crumbs into the chicken, and set on a clean plate. Repeat with the remaining pieces of chicken.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken pieces to the pan (work in batches if needed) and brown on each side, about 8 minutes total. Use a spatula to transfer the chicken nuggets to a paper-towel-lined plate. Salt while hot and serve.

Whole Wheat Pita Bread Pizza

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Ingredients:
For the pizza:
  • 4 whole-wheat pita breads (about 7 1/2 inches)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeds removed and julienned
  • 3 ounces fresh mozzarella, grated
    fresh basil, sliced
For the sauce:
  • 1/4 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 of a 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    To make the tomato sauce, heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic until fragrant and slightly browned (about 4 minutes) then add the rest of your ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low, allowing tomato sauce to simmer for about 35 minutes. Sauce should become thick.
  • On two baking sheets, assemble pita bread and spread about 1/3 cup of sauce on each. Add bell pepper slices and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Transfer to the oven and bake for roughly 20 minutes, until cheese has melted and crust is slightly browned. Remove from oven an sprinkle with fresh basil. Cut into slices and enjoy!

Vegetarian Black Bean Chilli

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Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 2/3 cups coarsely chopped red bell peppers (about 2 medium)
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 15- to 16-ounce cans black beans, drained, 1/2 cup liquid reserved
  • 1 16-ounce can tomato sauce
  • Sour Cream
  • Grated MontereyJack Cheese
  • Chopped Green onions
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
Directions:
  • Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, bell peppers, and garlic; sauté until onions soften, about 10 minutes. Mix in chili powder, oregano, cumin, and cayenne; stir 2 minutes.
  • Mix in beans, 1/2 cup reserved bean liquid, and tomato sauce. Bring chili to boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until flavors blend and chili thickens, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Ladle chili into bowls. Pass chopped cilantro, sour cream, grated cheese, and green onions separately.

Chicken Burgers, Thai Style

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2/3 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 shallots, very finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon very finely minced red chili
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil

Directions:

  • Thoroughly mix the chicken with the garlic, cilantro, shallots, red chili, fish sauce, salt, and pepper. Form the mixture into 4 burgers, each about 3/4 inch thick.
  • Heat a grill or grill pan over medium heat. Rub each burger on both sides with a bit of the safflower oil and grill for about 8 minutes on the first side and another 5 minutes on the second, or until nicely marked and firm to the touch
  • Transfer burgers to buns and/or serve with greens.

Gin Rickey

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Ingredients:

  • 1.25 oz Tanqueray London Dry gin
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 5 parts soda water

Directions:

Build in a highball glass, stir, top with soda water. Drag to mix and garnish with a lime wedge.

Ultimate Sangria

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Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced
  • 2 tbsps fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsps fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur (like Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
  • 1 bottle hearty red wine
  • 1 750-ml bottle sparkling water
Directions:
  • Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher, excluding the sparkling water. Stir until sugar dissolved completely.
  • For the wine, don’t get fancy. A high-end wine is unnecessary and will lose it’s complexity when combined with all these ingredients. Try a Rioja, Cabernet, Chianti, Sangiovese, or Merlot for around $10. 
  • Ideally, let the sangria chill in the fridge for an hour or so, then top with sparkling water and serve!
 

 

Love Alert

Valentine’s Day falls on Sunday this year, and that’s something of a game changer. The expectations will be high, and there is no excuse not to go all out. No pressure or anything. Just because you’ve locked down a beau, doesn’t mean your life is all red roses and lingerie – there are still serious challenges: First, picking a gift that best reflect how long you have been together. Translation: where are you on the relationship scale from socks to whiskey rocks to hoverboard!?? Second, remember that the thought counts more than the money spent. So, if he has a super sweet tooth, the retro V-Day candies could be the best gift out there! Third, remember any clothing you buy him is free reign for you to borrow (hello, cashmere sweatshirt!).

There are so many ways to express feelings of love: some are sweet and sentimental, others are bold and celebratory. Going out on Valentine’s Day can be the worst. Most fancy-shmancy restaurants offer prix-fixe menus and expensive champagne that can leave you wondering if you got enough bang for your buck. And that’s if you even managed to get a decent reservation at an over-booked favorite place. An evening at home is much more low-key and fiscally responsible, but can the atmosphere be as romantic? Heres how to make V-Day 2016 live up to—dare I say exceed?—the hype.Let the stress of DTR-ing commence!

1. Make your home into a spa. If you’re on a fixed income or just trying to save money, get some sushi at the grocery store, draw a bubble bath, and give each other massages. Keep it simple and romantic.tumblr_l9oy42uCXc1qdj9rao1_500

2. Cover your significant other’s mirror with Post-it notes listing all the things you love about him/her. Make a heart shape with the notes or spell out something fun and cute.

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3. Build a cozy blanket fort for an all-day movie marathon. If you haven’t built a blanket fort in a while, you’ve probably forgotten how fun they are to make and hang out in. Set yours up in front of the TV, make some popcorn, and cuddle up to watch movies for as long as you want.

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4. Cover the room with love-note filled balloons for your significant other to pop. Cut little slivers of paper and write down all the things you love about the other person or about you as a couple. Fill empty balloons with as many rolled-up notes as you want, and then blow up the balloons and spread them all over the room. At first glance, the balloons will just look like V-Day decorations, but once the balloons get popped, your little love-note surprises will be there waiting.

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5. Make a “Valen-timeline” of your relationship that highlights all your favorite past moments spent together. Print out photos you love from moments you’ve shared and write down details of that event on the back. Try to remember as much as you can from each event so you can both look back on all the good times and compare memories. Hang them in order on a piece of ribbon (like a timeline) for him/her to find.

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6. Take your significant other on a scavenger hunt to all your favorite places and spend the day visiting each one. You can’t celebrate V-Day without some kind of cheesy poem, so turn your clues into little love poems and then hide them at each spot for your loved one to find.

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7. Give the gift of handmade love coupons. Come up with a list of inexpensive things your guy/girl would love (a massage, a movie night where he/she gets to pick the movie, etc.) and make little coupons they can redeem whenever they want.

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8. Sneak little love notes all around your significant other’s home, car, coat pockets, etc. for him/her to find throughout the day. You know how good it feels to find a dollar in your pocket, so imagine how sweet it would be to find little random love-note surprises everywhere.

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Well, what are you waiting for? Show your guy/girl/someone that your love don’t cost a thing.