Ragda Pattice are a typical Mumbai street food snack. Potato patties are topped with a white pea also known as ‘Vatana’ curry, garnished with date and Tamarind chutney, ‘sev’ or dried lentil vermicelli and chopped Coriander. This recipe however brings back very sad memories, we recorded and documented enough footage for three videos but because of a miscommunication, my son reformatted the card and erased everything. I tried everything to recover the footage, but all we were able to save are some of these pictures.
This recipe made up of three components the potato patty, the white pea curry and the tamarind and date chutney. The sev can be bought in most Indian stores.
Potato Patty (recipe in card below)
White Pea(Vatana) Curry (Sorry I wasn’t able to recover this picture)
I don’t know why but lately I’ve been thinking about my college days a lot and one of those memories was definitely hanging out with friends and enjoying all of the culinary delights Bombay has to offer. Of course one of them is the delectable Bombay Chicken. Bombay was officially changed to Mumbai in 1995 by the ruling political party, but the name of this snack never really changed. Similar to Chicken 65, this recipe is prepared dry and spicy a perfect accompaniment to a cold beverage. Like many others, there are many different variations to the the ingredients used in this recipe. I base this recipe sorely from my memory of how it should taste and the end result is pretty damn good!
This recipe is super easy to prepare. We first create the spice base and caramelize the chicken in it and serve it garnished with coriander and shallots. Boneless chicken is your best option as this is basically a bar snack. I prefer and urge you to use Chicken thigh instead as dark meat is more succulent, it’s also better as the masala takes time to thicken and the chicken cooks slowly at the same pace.
This Asian Beef Noodle Salad is perfect hot or cold, great served fresh or a tasty leftover lunch. I love to make big elaborate meals on the weekends but during the week, after a long day at work, I have very limited time to whip something out that’s fast and tasty. To help me prepare this dish at super speed without me having to worry, I’m going to use the new T-fal Optigrill to my advantage to cook my meat while I prepare my ingredients. At work, if I’ve forgotten to pack my lunch, I scoot over to my local Loblaws for their tasty Asian salad. While it’s delicious, I can only get a small container for close to 7 dollars. For about 10 dollars, I can prepare this colourful and tasty salad that will feed 4 as a side or 2 as a main.
This concoction of Asian ingredients is what most people stock in their pantries so making the dressing ahead is very easy. It packs some crazy flavours and is used as a dressing as well as a marinade. My salad is always topped with a protein, it’s how I lured my boys into eating salads 🙂 The nice people at Tfal sent me their Optigrill to test out and boy do I love it … or should I say my husband loves it. I now don’t have to send him out in the rain and snow to grill a piece of meat for our salads, the OptiGrill sits on my countertop looking pretty and does all the work for me!
Indian sweets mark a celebration or festive occasion and I’m going to show you how easy it is to make one of the most popular sweets – Kesar Peda. Like any recipe there are many different ways to making this and the end result is a fresh tasting fudge that you simply cannot resist. In this recipe, I’m going to be making my peda with fresh paneer, milk powder and saffron strands for colour and aroma.
This recipe was inspired by Manjula ji whose videos I have been watching for a while. I really admire the fact that we have wonderful people like her who can pass down these wonderful recipes so they are not lost with the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Jhinga Makhani is a very popular Indian curry where Jhinga or Shrimp is cooked in a well balanced buttery gravy. I learned how to make this gravy from the very talented Sanjay Thumma of vahrehvah.com. This base gravy is so delicious that you can use this to also make fish, crab or even chicken.
What I love about this recipe is that you can make your base gravy ahead and cook your seafood right before you serve it so it’s not overcooked. You can also make it and freeze it ahead and add seafood and finish off with cream when you’re ready. It’s great sopped up with some crusty bread or also served with long grained Basmati rice.
If you don’t have a pressure cooker, don’t worry you can make the same recipe on your stove top, it will just take a lot longer and require you to keep stirring so it doesn’t burn.
To say I love Halloween is an understatement. Every year I think of something interesting to wear and serve! Even if I’m not throwing a crazy Halloween party like I did last year, there’s always a potluck or event to show off your creations. This year I settled on the idea of making some creepy yet delicious mice. They are covered in white chocolate and have a gummy center for a maximum gross factor.
It’s getting cooler in Canada and we’re ‘ KRAVING” comfort foods again and with our kids back to school it’s nice to have leftovers for a hearty lunch. This recipe makes a hearty Mushroom Meatloaf, packed with flavour and protein and finished off with a tasty mushroom sauce. Mushrooms not only pack crazy flavour, they also are great to extend the budget for your meals. Use the blend and extend technique by blending in mushrooms with your meat to take your meals that much further.
What I love about this recipe is that everything is prepared in my food processor and all I have to do is stick that in the oven for 45 mins to an hour while I go about my other chores. The addition of eggs in my meatloaf ensure that my kids are getting a protein enriched meal.
My friend just delivered a box of gorgeous Lobsters fresh of the boat and into a packed box all the way from beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia right into the Kravings Kitchen. What I didn’t realize was that these gorgeous creatures are live and that I would have to kill or ‘dispatch’ them, before I respectfully slather them in a chilli garlic compound butter and cook it on my grill. This recipe is credited to Gordon Ramsay and I’ve taken it and given it my Kravings twist!
These lobsters are the star of the show but I’m going to pair it with a fabulous Bloody Mary Linguine.
There’s a couple of ways to prepare lobsters – cook it in a pot of boiling water, steam it or grill. To maximize the flavour There are a couple of ways to kill or dispatch these lobsters in a humane way – one is to stick them in your freezer for 15 minutes so they freeze instantly and the other way is to insert your knife quickly just below and between their eyes. I have to admit, I’ve never killed a live Lobster and I was quite frankly terrified to have to do it – you can just boil these for 10 mins and then grill them, but I wanted to grill them raw to maximize flavor.
If you want to watch how to dispatch a Lobster, click here. I want to caution you that the footage is pretty graphic – it was as painful to me as it was to the poor Lobster.
Using a sharp knife, insert your sharp knife at the center and cut straight through outwards and repeat the same process towards the end of the tail. Smother it in some Chilli and garlic butter. You may notice that it’s a bit tricky to add butter because the flesh of the lobster is very moist. When grilling, don’t add your losters to the grill if it’s on a very high setting, the butter will drip quickly and deposit a lot of soot on your Lobster meat, instead, heat your grill and then turn the flame down and slowly cook the lobster for about – 10- 15 mins.
Inspired by a Gordon Ramsay recipe, I’m going to prepare a delicious Bloody Mary Linguine. Linguine is tossed with a delicious tomato based sauce flavoured with Celery salt, Worstersire woosterchire sauce and Tabasco. It’s finished off with tomatoes and Olives and garnished with fresh Parsley.
I’m making a Lobster and Mushroom Risotto and I’m bringing a little Italy into the Kravings kitchen.
A risotto is made with Arborio rice, this is a short grained rice that is packed with starch and when cooked it slowly releases it giving the Risotto is famous creamy texture.
This recipe is very decadent – Cremini Mushrooms, homemade Lobster stock, Lobster meat and a touch of red Caviar are the stars of the show.
Recently I had the opportunity to cook some stunning Lobsters. After I grilled the Lobsters, I saved all the shells and made a batch of the most delicious Lobster stock. This isn’t always easy to find in grocery stores, so you can substitute regular vegetable or even chicken stock. If you want the recipe for my Chilli Garlic Grilled Lobster please click here –
Arborio rice does not need to be soaked unlike other types of rice and try to use the widest sauté pan as possible so your risotto cooks evenly and the stock evaporates evenly as well.