Friday, November 26, 2010

Chicken 65 and Baked Fish

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
-Thanking my family and god for all support and blessing this year
This day most people in America cook turkey but I made a special feast with chicken and Fish

Chicken 65 Dry
  1. Boneless chicken: 2 lbs
  2. Coriander leaves chopped:1/4 cup
  3. corn flour: 2 tsp
  4. Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
  5. Pepper powder: 1tsp
  6. Red chilli powder: 1 tsp
  7. Salt: ½ tsp
  8. Curry leaves: 5-6 number
  9. Egg: 1
  10. Ginger and garlic chopped: I tsp each
  11. Ginger-Garlic paste: ½ tsp
  12. Green chilli: 4-5
  13. Chilli Garlic Paste: 1 TBS( Optional) [ Store brought]
  14. Oil: to fry
  15. Red color : 3 drops

Add salt, ginger/garlic paste, pepper powder, cornflour and add egg and mix in completely.
Heat oil in a Pan and add chicken pieces few at a time and fry until lightly golden brown. Take them in separate bowl
To make the sauce:-Heat 2-3 tsp oil in a pan-Add cumin, add the chopped ginger and garlic and suate until fragrant-Add chopped chillies, curry leaves,1 tsp ginger/garlic paste, chilli powder, salt,Chilli Garlic paste, red color and mix-Cook for a few minutes and add a little water and then add chicken to this paste and toss lightly-Stir in the coriander leaves and serve

Baked Fish
Used Tilapia Fillets
In a bowl add salt, Red Chilli powder [ both according to taste], 1 TBS Lemon juice, ½ tsp coriander powder and mix well
Add some colander leaves too. Coat the fillets with above mixture and place them in the baking tray
[ Use aluminum foil coated with Oil in the tray to avoid fish from over cooking because of direct heat]
Preheat the over to 350 F and place the baking tray and cook the fish for 15-20 min.
[Flip the fillets after 10 min to other side]
Place the fillets on the serving plate and serve hot
Simple to cook and very healthy 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Socialism for the Rich and Capitalism for the Poor

Morning news “Kiran Kumar Reddy to be sworn in as the next Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister”….

Politics this always bothers me, especially when it’s all about India. From my childhood I always hated politics. People are people; they speak a lot and do nothing for the country.

How many of us are really casting vote based on the power of the leader and not favoritism? How many of you believe that country requires educated leader???

We were taught by our parents, and we are teaching the kids the importance of education for living in the society and then why are we are not able to teach the leaders.
When we get into school/college for the admission: clearing entrance exam is must, the pre-requirement of the school...
When we go for the first interview to s/w Company: they see the grades as the minimum requirement
When we go for interview to any other firm(singing, dance, and acting): they see the ability before they actually hire them.
When every move in life has been defined with pre requirements then why not define some requirements to the political system in the country.

Not all people can become manager/ director /producer of a company/movie or any firm. We see many company’s loosing projects, many flop movies. All has one reason improper management, improper leader.
Same is the situation with our country. Leaders get lots of money to spend during the campaigns but when it comes to serve the country, we are out of money. There are villages who are seeking their help but no one is bothered about. There are people who are raising voices but see no progress. What were the recent developments made which had really a good impact on people??? I didn’t hear much of them.

Earlier corruption/ bribe were happening behind curtains but now?? When I lost my mobile, I wanted a FIR to be submitted to the network providers to get the list of dialed numbers. I went to the nearest police station and told the situation. The police responded if you give Rs 200 I will give u the FIR immediately. I could do nothing except paying him off. For a moment felt so much guilt for me. If our leader was good would this situation ever happen? Would a Police demand that money?  This would have happened with many of you people just that one might feel guilt to speak about it.

The government’s bestowal of money grants, tax breaks, or other special favorable treatment on corporations and the poor, the tax payer to pay the debt that is created from that. Huh ‘the rich get richer and the poor becomes poorer’. So at end we the PEOPLE are becoming poor. But Politics is all about US, OUR LIFE… let’s fight for it.

“Be angry about what’s wrong, a life which is not angry about wrong is not worthy life” – Quote by a leader. So true only if you are angry you speak the truth and you act properly.
Not all cancers have same treatment same as not all divisions in political system would have same solution. But if the leader is noble enough and thinks for the people we should be seeing a New Country.

I love my country so as you people too. Let’s bring a change, let’s have a better living.
“We are the YOUTH of the Nation, We are the new generation… we can change the system “

 Ciao till next Time !!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Beautiful KISS from heaven

Its white everywhere!!! I'm super excited ye it’s snowing. I have been waiting for this since sometime and finally I'm blessed.
I went to bed in one kind of world where I saw only rain, but woke up in quite different world, world of snow. It’s a beautiful cold weather. There is no season that can bring this delight as winter n snow.
I couldn't stop myself from a walk in this weather, when the snowflakes touched me, the beautiful kiss from the heaven!!!. . I was just walking on air and thrilled to bits. The best morning I ever had. 
To my surprise my husband is working from home. The snow fall has totally made my day. Wish every day was filled with pleasant surprises.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Chicken Liver Masala

I still remember my childhood days, when my dad used to thread the chicken liver onto skewers and directly cook on slow flame, and serve us hot with salt and Red chilli powder sprinkled on it. Sounds funny … Me ,my brother and dad used to fight for the liver pieces.
This dish is in those memories, cooked specially for my husband.

1.Chicken Liver:1 lb
2. Onion: 1 big thinly sliced lengthwise
3. Green Chilli: 5 (Optional)
Lemon Juice:4 tsps
Red Chilli Powder:4 tsps
Turmeric Powder :2 tsps
Salt:to taste
Coriander Powder:2 tsps
Garam Masala:2 tsps
Cinnamom:1 Medium stick / ½ tsp powder
Cloves: 2
Bay Leaf :1
Green Cardamom:4
Ginger-Garlic Paste:1tbsp
15. Oil: ½ cup oil

Tip: Always cook liver on slow flame to retain its tenderness and taste
  1. Add ginger-garlic paste,salt,turmeric powder,red chilli powder,2 tsp oil,lemon juice to the liver pieces . Mix well and refrigerate the marination for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat ¼ cup oil in a pan , add marinated liver pieces to it. Sauté well for 5 minutes and then place a lid , cook till the liver is tender.
  3. Once the liver is cooked and the color changes turn off the flame and take aside in a bowl.
  4. Heat rest of oil in the same pan and add cloves,cinnamon,green cardamoms,bay leaf. Now add sliced onions and give a good stir.
  5. Once onions are transparent add turmeric powder,red chilli powder,coriander powder,garam masala and give a stir. Add little water and let the masala cook well. Cover the lid so that the masala cooks well. If the masala sticks to pan add some water and cook it in the slow flame.
  6. Once onion masala is well cooked drop in sautéed liver and mix well. Place the lid and cook for 5 minutes on low flame. After 5 minutes squeeze lemon juice and sprinkle coriander leaves and give a good mix.

    Liver Masala is ready to serve.

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Passion for baking

Every person has a creative side and  I’m not an exception...
When it comes to cakes, one cannot resist from eating. When I came to U.S a year back I had no other job except for eating which mainly included cakes and so decided to experiment on Baking which would keep me occupied.
The very first experiment towards baking was Pineapple upside down cake, which tasted more like a pie than a cake.I challenged myself and this time tried a fruit cake for my brother’s birthday and yes I did it. This cake tasted same like the one which my mom made it when I was a kid. I did not even dream of baking a cake but seeing my first successful cake boosted up my energy towards baking and from then journey towards baking begins. .. 


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Festival of Lights - 2010

A rainy day and all excited, yes it was Diwali. The day started with Lakshimi pooja at home followed by lots of cooking at friends place for the evening party. Together we had so much fun cooking and chatting.
In the evening house was lit up with diyas and colorful flower Rangoli to welcome the goddess of wealth and prosperity.
We started the party with Diwali sparkles. Oh God!!! miss the evening sky of Diwali at India, a colorful sight to watch. Something was very tempting at the party; it’s the yum food calling us for Dinner. It’s the food which makes Diwali so special….
Its party party party and we danced all night “ naach naach all nite, get it right”

Had so much fun but somewhere deep inside was missing someone badly, my parents....
Diwali ended up with a big bang. yo ho had so much fun.
Thanks to all my friends to make this happen.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fish Fingers- Appetizer

Fish fingers with the crispy crust and tender,flaky fish inside..
I'm not a fish eater but this Appetizer made me fond of Fish..

  1. Fish Fillets 10- 15 pieces cut finger size( I used Tilapia Fillets)
  2. Gram flour 1Cup
  3. Redchilli powder 1 teaspoon
  4. Turmeric Powder pinch
  5. Garam Masala 1 teaspoon
  6. Coriander Powder 1 teaspoon
  7. Cumin powder 1teaspoon
  8. Ginger-Garlic paste ½ teaspoon
  9. Curry leave 3 freshly chopped
  10. Salt to taste
  11. Bread crumbs 1 cup
  12. Lemon Juice 3 teaspoon
  13. Oil for frying
    Take fish fillets in a bowl, add lemon juice ,salt, turmeric, chili powder, garam masala ,coriander powder, cumin powder, curry leaves,ginger-garlic paste and mix all these ingredients together.
    Now that the fish is mixed well and marinated...Take the gram flour and to it add the bread crumbs and mix well. Now dip the marinated fish piece by piece in the gram flour mixture and coat the fish. After coating all fish sticks just toss them once just to prevent oil from getting dirty.
    Heat the oil in pan and fry your fish fingers, fish cooks very fast, less than 2 minutes fish will ready...Fry till they are lightly golden brown...
    Garnish and serve hot with mustard sauce.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Every person has their own prospective of thinking towards life. Few are happy, few are sad....

There lived a girl in her own wonderland. The wonderland includes pampering parents, loving brother, caring friends and LUCK. How fortunate she is!!!  In this journey of life she came across a boy and both fell in Love. They saw nothing but Love all round the wonderland.  After few years of this love age, they entered a next age called Marriage, a life full of compromising, understanding and many more. Girl took up the challenge and made her family life more colorful with new family’s and responsibilities
But, one day boy had to move to another place and thus, girl was forced to come out of her so called wonderland. Leaving everything behind with a heavy heart girl joined him and started a new life not a dreamland \wonderland this time, because she had the fear of losing it again. Life was smooth with lots of adventures, travel, and fun
As days passed on girl seemed to be unhappy. Something was bothering the girl and she started running away from life.  Nothing interested her; she used to spend days in dark and sleep. Noticed this, the boy was worried and started spending more time with her and understand her worry and in no time he found Confidence  is what she lacks. The boy worked hard and hard encouraging her in all the daily activities boosted her up. Girl is now trying to get connected to the world but is feared again. The boy never gave up; he tried and tried and finally succeeded
Girl is back to her world and she started to rebuild her wonderland, now girl has lots of confidence, no matter what ever situations she comes across she would be facing them and never regret with life.
How fortunate the girl is to have true love (boy) in her life, cared for her so much.
Yes, this is my story and yes I’m really fortunate enough to have him in my life. 
Every life has ups and downs and so as my life too. Confidence and A little faith is all that you need to face the world and you will see just happiness all round
                                                             And a Journey begins….

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Kadai Chicken

Its been a long tiring day today with all Diwali cleaning @ home, but still was in a good mood to cook and started up with my first Recipe on the blog dedicated to my friend
Kadai Chicken
(Spicy chicken with rich Aroma of Ginger, Garlic and Tomatoes)
Time: 40 mins
Servings: 3-4
Spice: Medium
  1. Chicken 1 Kg 10 -12 pieces
  2. Coriander Powder 2 tablespoons
  3. Cumin Powder 2 tablespoons
  4. Black Pepper 2 tablespoons
  5. Whole dry Red Chilli's 6 ( I'm a spice eater, so I used 11)
  6. Ginger 2 Inch piece
  7. Garlic 15 cloves
  8. Onion 1 Large chopped
  9. Tomatoes 3 Large finely chopped ( U can use tomato paste too, I used ¼ cup tomato paste)
  10. Green chili 5(Optional, I love green chili in my cooking )
  11. Salt to taste
  12. Water: 1.5 cups
  13. Butter and Oil 2 tablespoons each
Mix Coriander powder, cumin powder and black pepper in a small bowl and keep aside (This is dry masala) .Grind Red Chilli's with garlic and ginger to a fine paste. Heat Butter and Oil in a Kadai, add onion,green chili and sauté till light brown. Add half of the dry masala and the chills-ginger-garlic paste and sauté for 3-4 mins. Add tomatoes and salt and continue to saute till tomatoes become soft. In case the mixture is getting burnt reduce the flame and add half cup of water and let it cook. Add chicken at this point, and rest of the Dry masala powder. Add cup of water. Cover and let it cook on medium heat till chicken is done. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve Hot