chicken appetizers

Shami Kebabs(Minced chicken Kebabs)

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Shami kebabs or Shaami Kebabs are a popular Afghan and Indian variety of kebab, also famous kebabs found in Pakistani cuisine. Shami Kebab recipe is great snack made with mutton and chana dal. The basic ingredient for kebabs is usually mutton but it can very well be substituted by chicken or fish or even veggie.Kebabs are cooked well with spices and then grounded to a smooth mixture.Whole spices as they do not grind well in the grinder, people tend to buy shami kebab masala from market , but i normally like preparing masala at home.
For best results, keep the ground dough in the refrigerator or 1 hour for better binding of the shami kebabs. It gets easy to make the discs when you refrigerate the dough.I am sure once you make them, you will be compelled to try them out again and again.

Let’s get started with our shami kebab recipe.

Preparation time : 1.5 hours

Cooking time : 10 mins

Serves : 5-6

 

Ingredients

500 gm chicken/mutton mince
2 cups water
1 cup bengal gram / chana dal
4 green cardamom
1 inch cinnamon stick
8-10 black pepper balls
3 red chillies
2 bay leaves
1 tsp dhaniya(coriander seeds)
1 tsp jeera(cumin seeds)
1 chopped onions
4-5 garlic cloves
1 inch ginger chopped
Salt to taste

For binding Shami kebabs

1 egg
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 green chilly finely chopped
1 medium size finely chopped onions
handful of coriander leaves / cilantro
oil for frying

 

Directions || How to make Shami kebabs

For shami kebab masala

Grind cardamoms, cinnamon, black pepper balls ,red chillies ,cumin seeds, coriander seeds and bay leaves to a fine powder.

For shami kebab patties

In a cooking pot,add the meat mince, water, chana dal, chopped onions,shami kebab masala ,ginger chopped,garlic cloves and salt.
Add 2 cups of water and Bring the mixture to a boil and then lower the heat.(You can even pressure cook it to 7-8 whistle)
Cook everything till all the water has evaporated from it and the meat is tender.
If the water is present in the mixture, the binding of the kabab will be difficult and they will just fall apart.
Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool.
Grind the meat in a food processor to form a smooth mixture.
In a mixing bowl , add cooked minced meat/chicken ,onions ,garam masala powder, salt and coriander.
Mix them all together.
Divide the mixture equally into small lemon sized portions and shape each of them into a circle.
Heat the oil in a pan and fry the shamis until they golden brown in color
Remove and drain the excess oil on kitchen towels. Serve hot with mint chutney.
You can even store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

 

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Chicken Bruschetta

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chicken_BrushettaBruschetta (Italian pronunciation: [bruˈsketta]) is a starter dish from Italy consisting of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt.
I decided to use it on chicken instead of on toasted bread and give it a little Indian touch. This has become one of my family’s favorite iftari this Ramadan.
It is spicy ,tangy and salty all at once. Try this recipe as a starter when the guest arrives and i am sure they will love it.

Prep time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 15 mins
Serves : 4

Ingredients

To Marinade

4 large chicken breasts
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tbsp oregano
1 tsp black pepper powder
1 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
Olive oil for frying
salt as per taste

BRUSCHETTA TOPPING

2 medium size tomatoes
1 medium size onion
1 finely chopped green chilly
1 tsp oregano
1 cup shredded cheese
salt as per taste

Directions || How to prepare Chicken Bruschetta

Trim the excess fat from the chicken breasts and cut each piece into four small piece.

Combine chicken with all the ingredients in a bowl and add salt and pepper.

Mix everything around to make sure the chicken is coated in the marinade. Refrigerate until ready to cook.

Prepare the bruschetta topping.

Finely dice the onion and tomatoes and mix all the ingredients (chillies ,oregano and salt )together in a bowl

Heat a oil separately in a frying pan. Fry the marinated chicken well on both the sides. After frying, remove from heat
and place chicken pieces on absorbent paper or paper towel to drain out excess oil.

Top each piece of chicken with about ¼ cup of the tomato bruschetta topping and about ¼ cup of shredded cheese.

It’s okay if some falls off, you can scoop it onto your plate along with the chicken.

Serve hot and enjoy these yummy bruschetta’s!

Avocado Pinwheel Sandwich

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Easy-to-make pinwheels also called as roll ups is a very healthy and quick appetizer for get togethers or parties.
They are great alternative to the sandwich and kids seem to love them due to their cute shape and size.
Threading them on skewers or toothpicks to help them hold their shapes, makes a fun presentation for school-aged kids.You can even pack these pinwheels for lunch for kids, so no more lunch box boredom!
Pinwheels be prepared using meat and veggies with some spreads or even the plain vegetarian roll ups are very tasty.
Today I am going to share you healthy Avocado pinwheel sandwich.I used bread to prepare these pinwheels with avocado and cheese.You can even use any tortilla or whole wheat roti instead of breads.
So let’s start with it.

Preparation time : 10 mins
Cook time : None
Serves : 1 or 2
Ingredients

1 avocado
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp salt
4 slices bread
1 slice of cheese
1 or 2 bamboo skewers

Directions || How to make Avocado Cheese Pinwheels

In a small bowl, mash avocado with lime juice and season with salt.
First cut the edges of all the breads

Flatten the breads with the roller.

Apply mash avocado to the first slice of the bread.

Place one cheese slice on the second slice of the bread.

Flatten and apply ketchup on the third slice.

Finally apply mash avocado to the last slice of the bread.

Place all the slices one above the other and roll them
together

Now cut the roll into ½ inch wide pinwheels gently.

Thread the pieces horizontally onto bamboo skewers(snip off the pointy tips for safety)..
Serve your kids with this real quick ,simple and yummy dish.

Notes
One large bread will make about 4 pinwheels.

Chicken Wontons

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Chicken_Wontons

 

A wonton is a type of dumpling commonly found in a number of Chinese cuisines.
Wontons are commonly boiled and served in soup or sometimes deep-fried.
You can try your hand at making various unique fillings, and also steam or deep-fry the wontons as per your taste.

 

Prep Time : 21-25 minutes
Cooking time : 26-30 minutes
Servings : 4

Ingredients

10 Wonton wrappers
1 cup boiled and shredded chicken
1 medium Spring onions thinly sliced
2 Carrots cut into thin strips
2 medium Green capsicum cut into thin strips
1 medium Cabbage finely shredded
Salt to taste
1 tsp Red chilli powder
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1/4 teaspoon Soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon Vineger
1 tablespoon Cornflour/ corn starch
2 tbsps oil

Oil for cooking

For Serving
schezuan sauce

Direction || How to prepare Chicken Wontons

To make the stuffing, heat 2 tbsps oil in a non stick pan.

Add carrots, capsicum, cabbage and salt and toss.
Add ginger garlic paste,red chilli powder ,vineger and soy sauce and mix.

Add spring onion greens and mix. Cook till the vegetables soften.

Take the pan off the heat and set aside to cool.

Heat sufficient oil in a wok. Make a paste of cornflour with 2 tbsps water.

Place a wrapper in your hand, place a teaspoon or tablespoon of filling and fold it to make a rectangle.

Dab water on the left corner,push the middle inside and bring the right corner to the left corner,seel it tightly.

Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 9 more wontons.

Heat the oil in a wok / kadhai and deep-fry in batches till they turn light brown in colour.

Serve hot with schezuan sauce.

Seekh kabeb

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Sheekh KebabSeekh Kebabs is a recipe inspired from middle eastern tradition and terrific appetizers made from chicken or goat meat,they can also be served as side dish with the main meal.
Since most of us don’t have ovens, most of us don’t try this easy recipe to make them at home , but you can prepare this dish by frying too. I tried out both the method
grilled it in oven and by frying and trust me both came out with good taste.
please read the complete recipe for the directions.

Prep time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 25 mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients

500 Grams of chicken/goat meat mince
2 Large Cardamom (Black, ground large)
1-2 Cardamoms (small, green, ground)
2-3 Springs of Fresh coriander
½ tsp of Garam masala powder
½ tsp of Chilli powder
½ tsp of Cumin seeds (whole)
1 tsp of Dry coriander
2 Large Onions
5 Garlic cloves(large)
1.5 Ginger stick
½ Beaten egg
1 Cup Bread crumps (optional)
salt to taste

Method

Directions | How to make Seekh Kebab

1.Chop onions,garlic,garlic and coriander.

2.Put all the mince chicken in a large bowl and add chopped onions, garlic, ginger, coriander.

3. Add large cardamons,green cardamons,garam ,chilli powder,dry coriander and chilli powder to the prepared mixure
and grind it together,add beaten eggs and bread crumps to it and mix thoroughly with either your hand or a wooden spoon.

4. Take a large hand-full of mixture and flatten it on the barbeque skewer,if skewer is not available then wooden spoon can be used instead.

5. Preheat the oven at about 420 degree farenhiet.Once the oven is preheated,put foil on to your grill and put your kebabs over the hot grill.

6. Set the kebab’s in the oven and let it cook for 20-25 minutes or until coooked.Cook until all sides are bown

Alternative cooking if you don’t have oven at home.

5. Follow all the steps till 4

6. Cook the kebab’s directly over flame for a minute.

7. Heat a little oil seperately in a frying pan.
As soon as the kabab gets roasted remove it from the skewer and put into frying pan.
Fry well on all sides by rolling with wooden spoon. After frying, remove from heat and place kababs on absorbent paper or paper towel to drain out excess oil.

Serve on a bed of lettuce. garnish with tomatoes, onion rings or spicy green chutney.

Tips

Brush the foil papaer with oil before setting the kebab’s over it to avoid sticky of kebab’s.
While cooking the kebabs on the grill , turn the sides at 10 minutes interval so the kebab’s gets grilled evenly.

Ramadan Iftar recipes

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Ramadan

The ninth month of the Islamic calender is known as Ramadan also written as ramazan, ramzan or Ramadhan.

Iftar is a meal that is served after the Magrib(evening prayer) azan to break the fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

There is intense spiritual meaning to Ramadan for those who fast. During this festival people practice generosity by being charitable,family-bonding by gathering around the iftar table, spirituality by praying, and self-control by practicing good manners.
All these habits build a feeling of peace, tranquility and self-satisfaction.

According to tradition, Prophet Muhammad broke fast with three dates , and hence muslims break their fast with dates and or water.
Many people enjoy the pleasure of hosting iftar parties at home where they get to greet their beloved friends,families and share the food together with the community.
A variety of foods are prepared for the iftar meal which includes fresh fruit ,juices , haleem , grilled kebabs , samosa , cutlets ,shahi tukda and many many more such interesting appetizers.

Ramadan is a very special month for me and hence I put in an effort to make this post wherein you can find such interesting Ramadan iftar recipes.

On this page, you can find healthy veg/non-veg appetizers and deserts.

Please put in your any suggestions or feedback’s or any kind of requests. Hope you all enjoy these recipes.

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Shami Kebabs(Minced chicken kebabs)

Shami kababs are a popular Afghan and Indian variety of kabab, also famous kebabs found in Pakistani cuisine.Shami Kabab recipe is great snack made with mutton and chana dal.The basic ingredient for kebabs is usually mutton but it can very well be substituted by chicken or fish or even veggie.Kebabs are cooked well with spices and then grounded to a smooth mixture.Whole spices as they do not grind well in the grinder, people tend to buy shami kebab masala from market , but i normally like preparing masala at home..I am sure once you make them, you will be compelled to try them out again and again.click here for recipe..


Ragada Patties(Mumbai Chat)

 

Ragda Patties or Mumbaiya Ragada Pattice is a favorite chaat all over the globe , be it India or USA or canada or any corner of the world ,mumbai chat is famous worldwide.This mumbai street food is prepared with potato patties topped with white peas gravy(ragda) and two chutneys (green corinder and tamarind date chutney),onions and sev. It has combination of sweet ,spicy and tangy flavors.Click here for recipe..


Mix dal Pakora/Bhajji

 

Pakora (Fritter)or Bhajji’s is a famous recipe for Iftar and Ramadan. Pakoras are made in 90% homes at the time of iftar.Pakoray is a very tasty, light weight, and light saltish snack which taste good with tomato ketchup, raita or chutney.

I try to make different pakoras every time , sometimes aloo (potato)pakora, sometimes pyaz(onions) pakora and sometimes palak pakora.This is the first time, i tried this mix dal pakoras. I’m sharing with all this delicious and yummy mix dal pakora.

This is one of the most favorite pakora or you can say bhajji and there are so many sweet childhood memories attached to it. My mom use to prepare these Bhajji’s every tuesday to break her fast 🙂 and I used to wait for tuesday desperatley :)Mix dal pakora can also be served at tea time and snacks or even as starters.Click here for recipe


 


Minced Chicken-Spring onions samosa

Homemade chicken samosa – Ramadan special samosa is one of the favorite dish made in Muslim homes for Iftar.This crisy and cruncy samosa’s can be prepared even with any veggie stuffing like potatoes ,carrots and peas.Since its a month of ramadan , I prefer using minced chicken(you can even use minced meat instead).It also makes
the best party dishes as its universally loved by everyone 🙂 The un-fried prepared samosas can be refrigerated for a couple of days, this makes it quite easier during Ramadan. An hour before breaking the fast it can be deep fried and can be served warm.And remember one thing at start your samosa might get distorted , but “Practice makes perfect samosa” so never give up 🙂  am sharing the recipe for making chicken samosas with you all, a perfect treat for everyone during Ramadan and on any day.Read more..


Chicken Noodle kebabs

IMG_8136These chicken  kebabs made with noodles, chicken and potato go as an excellent dish for Iftari party or a starters. I am sure your guest will be quite impressed by this dish. Especially our junior guest kids love to eat such different and wonderful tasted food. This recipe was first introduce to me after my marriage by my in laws during Ramadan month and I was quite amazed as it tasted yummm !!!
Try this for sure , as its very simple easy and quick recipe as well as it tastes delicious !!!..Read more…


 Chicken lollipop

IMG_4783Chicken Lollypop is a very good luscious appetizer and its one of the kids favorites, and it tastes spicy & delicious with a combo of any sauce or dips.

 

Coated with a luscious batter with garlic and ginger paste, and bread crumbs, makes it a perfect juicy luscious appetizer.Read more..

 


Malai Chicken Tikka

Malai_chicken_tikkaMalai kebab or Malai Tikka gets its name as malai/fresh cream which is one of the key ingredient of this dish.I wanted to try this juicy, melt-in-mouth succulent tikka from a long time ,finally I succeeded !!!

Sharing with you this recipe of delicious and aromatic spicy creamy base chicken malai tikka.Read more..


Chicken Bruschetta

Bruschetta (Italian pronunciation: [bruˈsketta]) is a starter dish from Italy consisting of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt.
I decided to use it on chicken instead of on toasted bread and give it a little Indian touch.

This has become one of my family’s favorite iftari this Ramadan.
It is spicy ,tangy and salty all at once. Try this recipe as a starter when the guest arrives and i am sure they will love it.Read more..


Chicken Wontons

Chicken Wontons
Chicken Wontons

A wonton is a type of dumpling commonly found in a number of Chinese cuisines.

Wontons are commonly boiled and served in soup or sometimes deep-fried.

 

You can try your hand at making various unique fillings, and also steam or deep-fry the wontons as per your taste. Read more..


Chinese Spring roll

Spring_rollsSpring rolls, a classic chinese dish that is enjoyed by everyone, children in particular.
I have kept the filling for the spring rolls really simple and quick, you can experiment with bean sprouts, noodles and other vegetables.
The crunchy and delicious taste of these rolls makes it perfect to serve for Ramadan Iftar or parties.It tastes great served with schezuan sauce.Read more..

 


Kool fruit Chat

Kool_Fruit_chat

The bright, colorful, and refreshing fruit chaat is a perfect starter to a Ramadan Iftar meal.

A combination of fruits and chat served with sev and tamarind chutney makes it delicious and energetic food. A must make item in Iftar.
Chill before serving for more nice taste. Read more..


Seekh Kebab

Seekh Kebabs
Seekh Kebabs

Seekh Kebabs is a recipe inspired from middle eastern tradition and terrific appetizers made from chicken or goat meat,they can also be served as side dish with the main meal.Since most of us don’t have ovens, most of us don’t try this easy recipe to make them at home , but you can prepare this dish by frying too.

I tried out both the methodgrilled it in oven and by frying and trust me both came out with good taste.
please read the complete recipe for the directions.Read more..


Chicken Momos

Chicken Momos
Chicken Momos

Momos are the famous fast food Himalayan origins. It’s a traditional delicacy in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and Northeast India.
Momo(dumpling) are made with a simple flour-and-water dough—white flour is generally preferred ,it can be either steamed or fry.

You can do Chicken/Meat or Vegetable stuffing in it. I tried chicken as my husband is fond of chicken and i gave little desi tadka to it hence fried it.Read more..

 


Rava Cheese Balls

DSC_6386Looking out for a simple quick and easy starters/snacks here you go Suji/Rava Cheese balls makes a great starter recipe and will be loved by all age groups.

 

As its a Ramadan month many of you must be looking out for a new appetizers as well as planning for any iftaari party , you can surely try this out at home.Read more…

 


Prawns Popcorn

Prawns Popcorn
Prawns Popcorn

 

Prawns popcorn,this crispy golden fried popcorn makes as an easy appetizer and your guest will love it ,

 

It can be served with fries,creamy coleslaw or a simple tomato ketchup dip.Read more..


Chicken curries

Green chicken/Hariyali Murgh

DSC_6387Green chicken/Hariyali Murgh is a nice change from usual red chicken curries which we usually made at home.Its a delicious mild spicy and full thick gravy cooked in coriander ground paste which adds a great aroma to this dish.

What is special about this recipe,the curry is very simple to prepare yet it looks and taste like restaurant dish.Read more ..


Chicken Rezala

Chicken_RezalaChicken rezala ,also know as white chicken is another royal famous Bengali dish with delicious aroma.This dish is a perfect combination of cream and cashews in chicken and other spices which add tons of flavour to the dish.
Just a magical dish with its aroma, texture and taste and serves as a perfect food for the whole family.Do watch the video to learn how to prepare chicken rezala with very easy steps.Read more..


Palak (Spinach) chicken

 

Spinach (PalaPalak Chickenk) along with other green leafy vegetables is rich in iron.Lets try out this iron rich recipe with chicken.Read more..

 

 


Chicken Korma

chicken Korma

Chicken curry with poppy seeds, cashew nuts and spice is a very popular chicken recipe .It is a rich and aromatic curry that makes a wonderful meal for the family.

 

It can be served with plain steamed rice or with chapatis.Read more..

 


Prawns Curry Goan style

Prawns curryPrawns(Jheenga called in Mumbai) is an Indian curry recipe originated in Goa and i got inspired from my mom’s kitchen.
This Goan recipe is prepared from it’s typical Goan ingredients like coconut and spicy red chillies.Hot and sour is the best way to describe this dish.Read more..


Desserts

Roohafza Mango Custard

 

Cold Custard is a favorite in everyone’s house during ramadan , this is a must go dessert during this month.There is a little twist in this recipe as it’s a combination of custard and roohafza which gives a nice texture and taste and addition of mango cubes adds a delightful taste to it.I love to prepare this in Ramadan,It is so quick and easy to prepare yet tastes so good and different, especially after iftari prayer when you want something sweet.The best part about this dessert is that you can use any fruit, and as much fruit as you may prefer.You can also prepare this dessert during parties or get together s to impress your guests with this flavorful and colorful custard.click here for recipe


Healthy dates(Khajur) nut balls rolled in Pistachio

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Khajur (Date) is the main food consumed in the month of Ramadan. It has many health benefits like dates are easy to digest so they don’t exhaust the fasting person stomach.Dates decrease the great hunger feeling of the fasting person and it also prepares the stomach to receive the food after being inactive through out the day with activating the release of digestive secretions and juices.

 

Dates protect the fasting person from having constipation as a result of changing meals times or as a result of having low fiber amounts in meals.Read more..


Kiwi -Banana Milkshake

DSC_6378Having Kiwi fruit has many health benefits in the month of Ramadan since fasting can also lead to increased acidity levels, which might lead to indigestion.The actinidin contained in kiwi fruits can also help aid in the digestion of foods that are of dairy, meat and legume source hence I prefer to have this fruit but normally they are little sour in taste , so I don’t enjoy them much. Yesterday I found the Kiwi’s at home were little ripe.I just didn’t wanted to discard them off , I thought of preparing its milkshake but with Banana and to my surprise I discovered Kiwi and bananas go together very well.Read more..

Malai Chicken Tikka

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Malai kebab or Malai Tikka gets its name as malai/fresh cream which is one of the key ingredient of this dish.
I wanted to try this juicy, melt-in-mouth succulent tikka from a long time ,finally I succeeded !!!
Sharing with you this recipe of delicious and aromatic spicy creamy base chicken malai tikka.

Ingredients

500gms Boneless chicken, cut into 1½ pieces
2 cubes of cheese grated
¼ cup Fresh cream
¼ corn starch powder
1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
½ tsp black pepper powder
1 tsp nutmeg powder
1 tsp lemon juice’
1 tsp sugar powder
Butter for cooking
1½ tsp Salt

Directions || To prepare Malai tikka Kebab

For the first marination

Clean, cut and dry your chicken cubes using kitchen towels.

The marinade works best if the chicken is dried thoroughly from any moisture.

Add ginger/garlic pastes, nutmeg powder, pepper powder and lemon juice and half of the salt.

Mix well and refrigerate for an hour.

For the second marination

Take the grated cheese and mash the cheese to form a smooth paste

Add the cheese to the chicken and corn starch mix it well.

Next add fresh cream to the chicken and mix it gently, combine well and refrigerate again for 4 hours or preferably overnight.

How to cook the tikka’s

Thread the chicken pieces on skewers (if you’re using wooden skewers, remember to soak them for 30 minutes before using to prevent them from burning).

Turn on your oven’s grill/broiler to 200 C and grill for about 10-12 minutes per side.

Turn the skewers over once they begin to color; keep an eye that the chicken doesn’t burn.

You can brush them with some melted butter midway through grilling. You can even grill these on a proper charcoal grill.

Alternatively, you can shallow fry the skewered chicken on a pan on both sides until cooked through.

I have used a grill stand and placed it on the gas stove and barbeque it slowly on the medium flame.

Serve hot with accompaniments of your choice or garnish it with carrots, onion rings or lettuce leaves.

Enjoy!!

Tips

Marinate the chicken and cheese at room temperature else both will leave water.