Snacks

Corn and Chicken popcorn

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IMG_8065These golden, crunchy, sized niblets made of my corn and chicken makes a great appetizer for a party menu.

My kids loved this snacks and they enjoy these mixed niblets bites of corn and chicken together. This recipe was inspired from Khana khazana show and I tried it at home and its was worth the efforts as not only my kids but my hubby too enjoyed it like anything.

Try this yummy light and crispy corn and chicken popcorn at home and do leave me your feedback.

Prep Time : 15-20 minutes

Cook time : 20 minutes

Serve : 4

Chicken and Corn popcorn Recipe

To marinade chicken

3/4 cup finely chopped boneless chicken
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp pepper powder
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp soya sauce
1 egg
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp all purpose flour (maida )
1 tbsp cornstarch
salt to taste

To marinade corn

1/2 cup corn kernels boiled
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp pepper powder
1 tsp soya sauce
1 tsp chaat masala powder
2 tbsp all purpose flour (maida )
1 tbsp cornstarch
salt to taste

For garnishing

1 cup spring onions finely chopped.
4 soup spoons
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp chaat masala powder.

Directions || How to prepare Chicken and Corn Popcorns

In a bowl combine chicken , red chilli powder , ginger garlic paste , pepper powder ,soya sauce and salt as per taste and combine the ingredients well.

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Break an egg to the chicken mixture and mix.

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Now add 1 tbsp cornstarch, 2 tbsps maida and 1 tsp of lemon juice in the chicken mixture bowl and mix. Add 1-2 tbsps water and mix well.

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Allow it to marinade for some time (30 mins – 1 hour)

In a another bowl similarly combine corn , red chilli powder , pepper powder,chaat masala powder ,soya sauce ,1 tbsp cornstarch, 2 tbsps maida
and salt as per taste and combine the ingredients well.

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Allow it to marinade for some time (30 mins – 1 hour)

Deep-fry marinated corn kernels in hot oil till golden. Drain on absorbent paper.

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IMG_8062Next deep-fry chicken pieces in same hot oil till golden. Drain on absorbent paper.

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In the meantime set your serving platter by placing 4 soup spoon on it and garnish the platter with spring onions,

Mix the corn and chicken popcorns together and double fry fried chicken pieces and fried corn kernels together in the same hot oil till crisp.
Drain on absorbent paper.

Transfer them into a bowl and put some chaat masala, chilli powder and remaining chopped spring onion greens and mix well.

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Put some fried chicken pieces and fried corn kernels mixture in each lined spoon and serve hot !!!!

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

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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..

Monaco Biscuits Canapes

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Monaco Biscuits CanapesCanapes are also known as finger food. Its a small, prepared and usually decorative food, held in the fingers and often eaten in one bite. I chose kids snack time recipes and here is my first day kids friendly canapes.Monaco biscuits are little salty to add its good taste to the recipe.Canapes also looks very appealing , are extremely light to eat thus, make on to the list of a perfect snack for our kids.Enjoy this delicious and quick to make canapes with biscuits.
Prep Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : Nil
Serves : 4

Ingredients:

10 Monaco Biscuits/ Any Salt Biscuit
1 banana
1/4 cup of Honey
1/4 cup of Jam

Direction || How to prepare Monaco Biscuits Canapes

Sliced the banana into pieces evenly.

Arrange the Monaco or salt biscuit on the plate

Place one slick of banana piece over each biscuits and top it little honey.

Garnish them with a drop of jam and Enjoy.

Turai(Ridge Gourd fritters) Pakoda

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Turai_PakodaA ridge gourd , also commonly known as Turai or Turiya or Dodka (in Marathi) is a well beloved in India.
Its hard skin is peeled off and chopped and cooked as desired.But do you know you can also have this veggie as snacks.
Check out this soft yet crunchy Turai ke pakore(fritters) recipe.

Preparation Time : 20 minutes
Cooking time : 10 minutes
Servings : 4

Main Ingredients

4 medium size (turai)ridge gourd
2 cups besan/gram flour
½ tsp red chili powder
¼ tsp garam masala powder
a pinch of asafoetida powder
a pinch of turmeric powder or haldi
a pinch of baking soda or baking powder (optional)
water – add as required to make a thick flowing batter
oil for deep frying or shallow frying the pakoras

1 tsp chaat masala to sprinkle from above

Directions || How to make Turai ke Pakoda

Peel and cut ridge gourd lengthwise on all four sides, cutting around the stem, seeds, and ribs. With a sharp knife,
remove any remaining rib. Slice it as desired.

Mix turai, gram flour, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, turmeric powder,soda, salt and hing.

Add sufficient water to make thick batter.

Heat oil in a kadai. Drop pieces of turai one by one in oil and deep fry the pieces till all pieces turn crisp and cooked.

Drain on an absorbent paper. Serve hot with tomato ketchup or mint chutney.