Spinach & Cilantro Grilled Chicken

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I’ve made several different green marinades on my channel, from Spinach to Coriander or Cilantro, by itself, mixed with Yogurt or Coconut it is a delicious and healthy way to flavour your protein. A little over a year ago, I decided to lose weight and eat healthy and while I cheat ever so often(life is too short), I like to eat clean during the week with a good side of protein and a tasty salad.

 

Every week I try to come up with new marinades so I’m not eating the same ol thing week after week! This week I had a ton of Spinach left over from another recipe, so I decided to pair it with Cilantro and other aromatics like Chilli, Ginger and Garlic to infuse some serious flavour into the Chicken. I’ve recommended a minimum of 30 minutes to marinate the Chicken but the longer you marinate it, the more stellar the flavour will be.

Every week I meal prep about 2 – 3 pounds and stick any extras in the freezer. This also comes in handy when I send food to my older son who is in University. Just bag in in a freezer safe bag and mark it and you will have something exciting to look forward to when you don’t have the time to cook.

Spinach & Cilantro Grilled Chicken

Ingredients

  • Marinade
  • Juice of a lime
  • 1 tsp Peppercorns
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 10 cloves of Garlic
  • 2 inch piece of Ginger
  • 5 green chillies
  • 2 cups Spinach
  • 2 cups Cilantro
  • 2 tsps Salt
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 2 pounds boneless Chicken
  • 1 tsp Salt

Instructions

  1. Prepare the marinade by processing all the ingredients together
  2. Add Salt to the Chicken and pour the marinade over
  3. Mix the marinade in and allow this to marinate for 30 mins to overnight
  4. Heat up a grill pan or BBQ and cook flipping over for 20 – 30 mins till cooked all the way through
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Meatball Curry

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This is my Mom’s Meatball Curry recipe from one of her many many recipe books. Spiced meatballs are simmered in a special blend of ground spices like red Kashmiri Chillies, Cumin, Coriander, Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, with Ginger, Garlic & Vinegar and finished off with some creamy Coconut milk. Whenever I miss my Mom, which is pretty much always, I find comfort in being surrounded by her things. She penned many many recipe books and I love pouring through them to find a new recipe to try.

This recipe is very special, the balance of spices are amazing and I love that it yields a lot gravy that can be poured over rice.

Like I do with any recipe, this is Kravings tested. This means I’ve made sure the recipe can be replicated in the most efficient way by streamlining the process and removing redundancies – the results are delicious, I’m sure my Mommy in heaven would agree!

Meatball Curry

Ingredients

  • 1 lb, 500 gms ground Beef, Mutton or Lamb
  • 2 tbsps Gram or Chana Dhal
  • 10 red Kashmiri Chillies
  • 2 tbps of Coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Peppercorns
  • 8 Cardamoms
  • ½ tsp Cloves
  • 1 inch stick Cinnamon
  • 8 cloves Garlic
  • 1 inch stick Ginger
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • 1 cup + extra Water
  • 1 cup finely diced Onions
  • 1 cup finely sliced Onions
  • 2 tsps diced green Chillies
  • 400 ml Coconut Milk
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Roast the gram dhal, cool and process OR substitute gram flour
  2. In a food processor grind the dry spices first followed by the ginger and garlic and the vinegar and enough water to make a smooth paste
  3. Add salt to the ground meat and half the spice blend together with the diced onions, chillies and the ground gram and mix well
  4. Test a small piece to make sure the spices and salt are in balance
  5. Make into meatballs
  6. In a saute pan melt the ghee and add the other half of the spice paste
  7. Add the water to the food processor and add that water to the saute pan and bring to the boil
  8. Add the coconut milk and salt to taste
  9. Immerse the meatballs in batches and cook and remove
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Chicken Souvlaki Sandwich

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Opaaaaa … Today I’ve decided to make my big fat Greek Chicken Souvlaki sandwich. These flavorful Chicken skewers will be wrapped this in some Greek pita bread with Tomatoes, Onion and Tatziki. It poured when I made this post but even the rain wasn’t going to stop me from tasting this Greek summer sandwich!

Chicken Souvlaki Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 5 tbsps Olive Oil
  • 30 - 40 Lemon juice (1Lemon)
  • 2 tsps Salt
  • 1.5 Pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced Garlic
  • 2-3 tbsps fresh Oregano
  • 2 lbs cubed boneless Chicken
  • 1 tbsp Sour Cream
  • 1 small Onion cut in quarters
  • Tomato, Oregano, Arugula & Tatziki to garnish
  • Pita bread

Instructions

  1. Mix the Olive Oil, Lemon juice, Garlic, Salt, Pepper & Oregano together
  2. Add the Chicken and marinate for 10 mins
  3. Add the Sour cream, mix again and leave for 30 mins to overnight
  4. Soak skewers if using bamboo skewers
  5. Measure the pita with the skewer so you know how much Chicken to load up
  6. Skewer the Chicken and add some Onion in between
  7. Cook on a hot BBQ for 6 - 8 mins per side or till cooked
  8. Brush the Chicken with Olive oil mixed with Salt & Pepper
  9. Heat the Pita on the grill as well
  10. Add the Chicken to the Pita, add some Tomato slices, Oregano, Arugula and top with Tatziki
  11. Serve with a simple Greek salad & enjoy!
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Curried Chicken Salad

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In this Easy Weeknight Meal series I’m going to make a quick and satisfying Curried Chicken Salad. If you’ve seen some of my other recipes, you will know that I am the mistress of spicesJ I never usually store a generic curry powder that I call out in this recipe, but I did just blend equal amounts of Chilli powder, Cumin & Turmeric to make a curry powder. The use of green apple in this recipe just makes the spices pop and provided a refreshing contrast.

 

You can serve this salad anyway you like but in a hollowed out bun makes it really fun!

Curried Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 lb approx. 500 gms Chicken Breast, butterflied and pounded
  • 1.5 tsps Curry powder
  • 2 tbsps Oil
  • ¼ cup mined Onion
  • 2 tsps minced Garlic
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Green Apple
  • 2 tsps chopped Coriander
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Buns

Instructions

  1. Marinate the Chicken with the Curry powder and oil
  2. Saute the onion and add the Chicken together with the garlic
  3. Flip the Chicken over and remove the Onion & Garlic if it start’s to burn
  4. Allow the Chicken to cool and cut into small cubes
  5. Mix the Chicken together with the Onions & Garlic, Mayo, Apple & Coriander and add Salt & Pepper to taste
  6. Serve on it’s own or in a hollowed bun
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Chicken 65

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For everyone that begged for this recipe … here it is! This dish has a strange name and an even stranger story. Back in the days when typesetting was done with little metal alphabets and numbers, a little canteen in south India had a chicken dish that was item no 65. At the typesetting house, some of the pieces got displaced and when it printed, it got printed as Chicken 65 and the name stuck ever since. This is really popular in South and Central India and is commonly ordered as a snack.

I was inspired to make this video a few years ago after watching Wilbur Sargunaraj’s funny rendition of this iconic dish. This has always been one of the most popular recipes on my channel. I contacted Wilbur, met the simple superstar in person and got permission to use his track in my video – check it out!

 

Chicken 65

Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • 2 pounds boneless chicken thigh meat cut in cubes
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsps corn flour
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 tbsps ginger/garlic paste
  • 4 Green chillies chopped
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 2 tsps chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup curry leaves chopped
  • 2 tbsps chilli paste
  • 2 tbsps ginger/garlic paste
  • 1 tsp jeera powder
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Red food colour
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Mix the chicken with one egg with corn flour, salt and pepper. Fry in oil till slightly crispy. Keep aside.
  2. In a saute pan fry the chopped onion, garlic, green chillies and curry leaves. Add the ginger/garlic paste and chilly paste. Add the cumin and chilli powder. Add the red food coloring with a tiny bit of water. Add the chicken and coat well.
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Chicken KHORMA – BANGALORE style Curry

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The cuisine of Bangalore, India is famous for both its vegetarian and non vegetarian recipes. Today I’m going to share a typical home-style Chicken Khorma This is a mild to moderate spiced curry made Chicken cooked with whole spices in an Onion and Tomato gravy and finished off with fresh yogurt and Coconut cream. For those of you who have no idea what Bangalore is, it is the capital city of the state Karnataka in India. Because of it’s mild climate and lush greenery it is also known as the Garden City. The local language is Kannada. My husband is a born and bred Bangaloori so we have visited many many times.

 

Let me tell you a very interesting story about how I developed this recipe. We invited family and friends from Bangalore for dinner one day. I wanted to serve a simple but traditional dinner. My hubby who is from Bangalore insisted that I make Kurma, a gravy dish he remembers growing up with. Now if you think it’s intimidating to try a new recipe for the first time, imagine when you have to make it taste exactly like the memory your husband has of it without ever having tasted it before. To begin with I thought a Korma and a Kurma is the same thing, it’s not. A Korma is a rich and light gravy made with cream and cashew nut paste.

This recipe was a Muglai favourite that made it’s way to the south, but was greatly altered using local ingredients. Different parts of South India have different versions of this recipe. With no structured recipe, I had to figure out how to make it by calling and texting my sister in law in Bangalore. I had no way of knowing if I was on the right track, but somehow the results were amazing and my husband gave me two thumbs up! While I’m sure my method is completely different to how they prepare this back home in Bangalore, I’m sure my process will be easy for you to follow. This is one of those recipes that can be prepared in part or full ahead and can be batched up for a large crowd easily.

 

We need a LOT of Onions in this recipe. The success of the Kurma should be measured by the lingering smell of Onions in the air. This recipe also uses a LOT of tomatoes. This together with the spices gives this it’s authentic taste. It’s also finished off with Yogurt and Coconut milk or cream. Delish!

I’m using a large full Chicken that has been cut into a few pieces, this recipe does yield a lot of gravy so feel free to add more Chicken if you wish.

This Bangalore Chicken Kurma can also be prepared with Mutton, it’s an easy recipe with simple ingredients, each to prep ahead and batch up and above all, is delicious! Thanks to my sister in law Ayesha Dastagir for patiently walking me through this recipe through text and phone. If you can’t go to Bangalore, you can bring Bangalore to you in flavour!

Chicken KHORMA – BANGALORE style Curry

Ingredients

  • 1 full Chicken (2.2 lbs)
  • 7 cups diced Onions
  • 3-4 sliced chillies
  • 3 tbsps each Ginger & Garlic paste
  • 2 tbsps each Chilli powder, Garam Masala & Coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp Turmeric powder
  • 8 - 9 cups diced Tomatoes
  • Whole spices - Cinnamon, Cardamom, Cloves
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Water
  • 1 cup beaten Yogurt
  • 2-3 tbsps Coconut milk or cream

Instructions

  1. Heat oil and saute the Onions
  2. Add the green chillies and the ginger and garlic paste
  3. Add all of the powdered spices
  4. Add the tomatoes and cook till they are mushy
  5. Remove from the heat, cool and puree
  6. Heat some more oil and add the whole spices
  7. Add the chicken and brown on both sides
  8. Add the ground masala and some water
  9. Cover and cook for 30 - 45 minutes
  10. Add salt to taste
  11. Add the yogurt and coconut milk or cream
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Chicken Fried Rice

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Ready in minutes, anytime is a great time for friend rice, one of China’s and other parts of Asia’s most popular rice preparation. This is highly customizable and can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. I love my Fried rice with a healthy serving of veggies and protein unlike some of the restaurant take out versions that pack more starch than anything else. Like any other Chinese recipe, it’s really important to get all your mise en place ready which is just a fancy word for getting all your ingredients and condiments ready before you begin cooking.

I’m using day old cooked Jasmine rice for this recipe as cooked rice is the best thing to use. If you eat Indo Chinese in India, the restaurants almost always use Basmati rice as the Indian palate loves it. Jasmine rice is really the best option – it has the perfect grain that won’t break under the pressures of being stirred in a wok, the long grain rice could break, and the short grain rice releases way too much starch. In other words short grain is too starchy, Basmati grains are too long and break while stirfrying but the Jasmine rice is just right! My dad is visiting me from India at the moment and he’s really sad that I’m not using Basmati rice.

I’m using Chicken as my protein in this recipe, but feel free to Shrimp, Pork and Beef. You can also customize your veggies, I’ve used green Beans, Broccoli, Carrots and green peppers. Follow the recipe below and sway out the protein and vegetables as you see fit and don’t forget to watch the video to see the process clearly.

Chicken Fried Rice

Ingredients

  • 3 cloves crushed Garlic
  • 4 Spring Onion bulbs and leaves sliced separately
  • 4 – 6 oz Chicken cut in cubes marinated in some soy sauce
  • 1 cups each mixed Vegetables – sliced Green Beans, Broccoli in small florets, diced Carrots and Green Pepper
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 3 cups pre-cooked, day old Jasmine rice
  • 2 tbsps light Soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark Soya sauce
  • 1 tsp Chilli paste

Instructions

  1. Heat some Chilli oil and add 3-4 cloves of crushed garlic
  2. Add 4-5 sliced Spring Onion bulbs
  3. Add the chicken and a 1Ž2 tsp of Soya sauce for color and cook it well, if using cooked Chicken, add it later just before adding the rice
  4. Add the veggies starting with the 1 cup of Green beans first as they take the longest to cook, followed by Broccoli florets, Carrots & green Pepper and stir fry till cooked
  5. Slide the veggies to one side, beat 2 eggs and add them into the wok and cook it
  6. Cover with 2 cups of cooked Jasmine rice
  7. Add the dark and light Soya and Chilli paste and story fry till there is no rice uncoated
  8. Garnish with the remaining Spring Onion leaves
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Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs

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ThaiRedCurryMeatballs_H6I love love love a good Thai Red Curry. If you’re going to a Thai restaurant, the chances are pretty high that you’re going to order a Red Curry of some sort. I’m always thinking of ways to transform the flavors of popular dishes and turn them into appetizer possibilities. These Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs are the perfect appetizer to serve your guests, they scream Red Curry but in a portable form that your guests can just pick up, pop into their mouths and transport themselves to Thailand!

We need to inject  some serious flavor into the meatballs. I’ve got 1 lb of ground chicken and to this I’m going to add 1/2 cup of fresh breadcrumbs. Fresh breadcrumbs are simply day old bread that’s been crumbled by hand or thrown into the food processor. I’m using ground chicken that has been made from Chicken thigh so there’s a lot of fat mixed in that makes it juicy but also difficult to form in meatballs. The breadcrumbs makes it nice and sturdy. I’m going to add 2 tsps of finely diced Coriander stems, and 3 tbsps of finely diced Shallots. Coriander stems are often thrown away. The stems have a great flavor and also a great texture. I never throw these away. Chopped up fine, they are great in anything. If you’re grinding Coriander to make a paste, the stems are great there too!

Red Curry paste is packed with exotic ingredients like Lemon grass, Galangal, red chillies, white pepper, Kaffir Lime peel & leaves. A typical Thai paste will also contain fish sauce and a shrimp or seafood paste. If you have a seafood allergy, you need to look for a Vegetarian Red Curry paste. You can use store bought Red Curry paste or make your own that’s way more flavorful. I will throw the link to a red curry paste you can make by yourself at the end of this video and in the description. Fold everything in and let it sit together for at least 1/2 an hour.

Using a ice cream scoop drop morsels onto a plate lined with all purpose flour. The flour helps to roll the meatballs. Drop these into hot oil and cook them for about 5-7 mins. If you prefer, these can be baked for about 12 minutes. Once cooked, remove from the heat and leave to drain on some kitchen towel. These meatballs are delicious just the way they are but a dipping sauce would make them spectacular! Now I know someone is going to ask this question, yes you can bake these in a 350 degree oven for about 12 mins, don’t forget to turn them over, I also like to lightly spray them with cooking oil so they get nice and brown all over.

In a sauté pan heat about 1 tbsp of coconut oil and add 1 tbsp of finely diced shallots. Add 1Ž2 cup of Coconut milk and just let that cook down. Add 2 tsps of  Red Curry paste, and 1-2 tsps of Fish sauce and mix everything together well. Toss in some chiffonade of Thai Basil and serve it with your meatballs to dunk in. A chiffonade is simply leaves that have been stacked, rolled together and sliced. Taste for salt, you can just add more fish sauce or even regular salt if needed. Although this is a great app, it’s also a great main just increase the dipping sauce quantities and simmer the meatballs in it before serving. These meatballs also freeze really well, infact this batch is going straight into the freezer for my son to enjoy later at University.

 

Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • Flour
  • 3 tbsps Red Curry paste
  • 2 tbsps Coriander stems
  • 3 tbsps finely diced Shallots
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp finely chopped shallots
  • 2 tbsps red curry paste
  • 3 tbsps Coconut milk
  • Thai Basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Add the ground Chicken to a bowl and add the fresh breadcrumbs, Coriander stems, Shallots and 3 tbsps Red Curry paste with some salt to taste
  2. Mix well and drop into all purpose flour, using this to help form these into meatball shapes
  3. Either drop in hot oil(5-7 mins) or bake(12 mins)
  4. Make the dipping sauce by heating the Coconut oil and sautéing 1 tsp of finely diced Shallots and adding the Coconut milk
  5. Allow the milk to thicken before adding 2 tbsps of Red Curry paste
  6. Add fish sauce and some chiffonade of Basil leaves
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Thai Basil Chicken

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Thai food is one of my FAVORITE things to make. Earlier this year I started making a red curry and my obsession with Thai food was well on it’s way.

There’s something intriguing about chicken mixed with chilli and garlic and delicately flavored with the liquorice flavor of Thai basil.

This recipe is super super easy to make, grab your ingredients and let’s get started!

Thai Basil Chicken

Ingredients

  • 7-8 small red fresh Thai red chillies
  • 7-8 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 3 sliced shallots
  • 1 lb boneless chicken thigh meat cut in small pieces
  • 3 tbsps hoisin sauce
  • 3 tbsps light soya sauce
  • 3 tbsps dark soya sauce
  • 1 cup Thai basil or Holy basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Coarsely slice the garlic and chillies and pound together in a mortar and pestle
  2. Heat some oil in a wok and sauté the chilli garlic mixture
  3. Add the shallots and sauté
  4. Add the chicken and cook till done
  5. Add the sauces and stir well
  6. Finally add the basil and serve
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Pahadi kebab

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PahadiKebabs_HNTI am so excited to bring you this recipe today. Pahadi kebabs are delicious nuggets of chicken marinated in mint, coriander, garlic and ginger and tenderized with hung yogurt.

This is skewered and barbecued to delicious perfection. I first tried this in India when my dad ordered some Indian takeout from a local kebab place and I was hooked. As soon as I got back I had to try to recreate it and I’m happy to report that I got it all figured out. Although this kebab looks very similar to a hare kebab or a hariyali kebab, it does have a distinct taste that sets it apart.

I’m using hung yogurt in this recipe, this just means that I’m going to remove all the water from the yogurt by placing a 1/4 cup in some cheese cloth and squeezing it.

I’m also using fresh mint which at this time of the year my garden is just bursting with the delicious herb. Let’s look at the ingredients

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Pahadi kebab

Ingredients

  • 2 oz each fresh Mint and Coriander
  • 1/2 cup yogurt, hung in a cheesecloth
  • 6 cloves Garlic
  • 3 tbsps chopped Ginger
  • 3 fresh green chillies
  • Juice of one Lime
  • 2 lbs boneless Chicken cubes
  • Oil

Instructions

  1. Set the yogurt in some cheesecloth and squeeze all the water out of it
  2. Grind together the Lime juice, Ginger, Garlic and Chillies, Salt & Pepper
  3. Add the green paste to the washed and cleaned Chicken
  4. Add the yogurt, mix and leave to marinate overnight
  5. Before skewering and cooking on the grill add some oil and more salt to taste
  6. After the Pahadi kebabs are cooked, sprinkle with some Garam Masala and serve
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