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Shrimp Cake Sandwich with Chili Lime Sauce

August 29, 2017

So good and so perfect for this warm weather… enjoy a cold glass of wine or beer with this delicious meal!!

  • 12 medium shrimp, deveined and cleaned with tails off
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • ½ yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chives, chopped
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1½ cups panko breadcrumbs
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Transfer the shrimp to a food processor and process for 10 seconds. Add the green onions, pepper, chives, lime juice, egg and 2 teaspoons salt. Process till smooth for about 45 seconds. Add ½ cup panko and process for another 15 seconds. Take out and form into 4 patties and roll into the remaining 1 cup panko. Place the patties on a parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Heat a non-stick with the olive oil and butter on medium heat. Cook the shrimp patties for 4 minutes on each side or till cooked through.

Chili Lime Sauce

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of one lime

Mix all ingredients well in a small bowl. Serve the shrimp cakes in ciabatta rolls with the lime sauce.

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Phirni- Indian Rice Pudding

August 13, 2017

Phirni is a rice pudding like dessert common in the Middle East. It is also popular in Kashmir and other parts of North India. I have known about it since I was tiny. My Mom would make it for us in individual bowls, especially when we had people over for dinner. It is a creamy concoction of milk and sugar. The milk is thickened with rice and flavored with crushed cardamom seeds. It can be topped with chopped almonds and pistachios.

  • ½ cup rice
  • ½ cup water

Soak rice in water for 2-3 hours. Blend the mixture in a blender by first adding the wet rice and ¼ cup water. Gradually add the rest of the water and blend till smooth. Keep aside.

  • 4 cups milk (whole milk or low fat)
  • ¾ cup sugar (adjust according to taste)
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • 4-5 cardamom pods, ground

Garnish

  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • 3 cardamom pods, ground
  • ¼ cup pistachios, ground

In a medium saucepan, heat the milk and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down and simmer the milk. Add the sugar, almonds and cardamom. Gradually add the rice mixture while stirring constantly. Keep stirring till the mixture thickens up like a custard. Cook for another 3-4 minutes on low heat, stirring constantly.
Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with almonds, ground cardamom and pistachios.

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Pancetta and Green Onion Fried Rice

August 8, 2017

This rice recipe complements the chicken adobo from yesterday really well…

  • 2 cups jasmine rice, cooked al dente, cooled and kept aside
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • ½ cup pancetta, chopped
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves, grated
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • Salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat a wok like pan with the oil. Add the pancetta and sauté on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and green onions. Saute on medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the cooked rice and sauté on medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Add salt and cilantro. Check for seasonings and serve with the adobo chicken.

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Chicken Adobo

August 7, 2017

I love trying different cuisines- this is my first time trying this Filipino classic.. of course, I put my own spin on it. It’s yummy!

  • 4 to 5 chicken thighs with skin and bone in
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 to 4 scallions, chopped

Place the soy sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, peppercorns and orange juice in a large sauté pan. Place the chicken thighs, skin side down. Bring the liquid to a boil over high heat and then cover and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes. Turn the chicken over and cover and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Uncover the pan and increase the heat to high and return the sauce to boil while turning the chicken occasionally and basting at the same time. Take the chicken out after about 3 to 4 minutes and add the cornstarch. Bring to a boil and let the sauce thicken. Check for seasonings and turn the heat off.

Let the chicken pieces cool, take the skin off and take all the meat off the bone with a fork. Return the shredded chicken to the sauce, check for seasonings and garnish with cilantro and scallions.

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Green Curry with Tofu

August 6, 2017

This is the first time I have attempted green curry at home. We always order it in Thai restaurants and really enjoy the flavor. My problem with attempting Thai recipes at home was the numerous ingredients. I finally went to an Asian grocery store and stocked up on galangal which comes frozen and can be stored in your freezer for a long time. It is nice to have fresh kaffir lime leaves and lemon grass but they are not always available. So, I bought frozen lemon grass and stored the fresh lime leaves in the freezer as well. They may not be as aromatic as the fresh ones but it is better than not having them at all. This was a good first try- will keep improving….

  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 medium shallots, chopped
  • 1 inch galangal or ginger
  • 2 tablespoons lemongrass or zest of 2 limes
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Transfer all the ingredients to a food processor and process till a paste is achieved. You may need to add some water to process. Keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 cups cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 to 4 heads small bok choy, whites and greens separated and chopped
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • Salt
  • 3 or 4 kaffir lime leaves, sliced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat a wok like saucepan with the coconut oil. Add the green curry paste and sauté on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté for another 4 to 5 minutes. Add the bok choy whites and sauté for 2 more mintues. Add the coconut milk and bring to a boil. Add salt and water if needed. Cook on a simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. Check for seasonings and garnish with kaffir lime leaves and cilantro. Serve with soba noodles.

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Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Tomato Salad

August 1, 2017

I am in a summer roll- this is an amazingly easy yet delicious, light recipe to make any evening or for company. I used one of my favorite ingredients- balsamic glaze. If you don’t have it in your pantry- it is a must. It is great for marinades, salad dressing, etc…. It has an amazing sweet and tart flavor…

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic glaze
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 to 3 cups mixed greens

Transfer the tomatoes, garlic, balsamic glaze, olive oil, salt and pepper to a salad bowl. Mix well and let sit in room temperature for an hour. Right before serving, add the greens and toss well.

  • 4 to 5 pieces chicken cutlets (chicken breasts pounded thin)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic glaze
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Mix the balsamic glaze, garlic, olive oil and salt in a small bowl. Transfer the chicken and the marinade to a zip lock bag and marinate for 2 hours in the refrigerator. Take out half an hour before grilling. Grill till done, careful not to over cook. Take off grill. Serve with tomato salad on top.

 

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Grilled Chicken with Chipotle Sauce

July 31, 2017

Perfect recipe for a barbecue.. I made this last summer and it was a big hit!

Dry Rub

  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 smashed garlic cloves

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and keep aside.

  • 8 to 10 chicken drumsticks, skin removed

Score the drumsticks a couple of times and marinate them in the chipotle mixture in a zip lock bag over night or for at least 2 hours.

Chipotle Sauce

  • 1 cup tomato sauce, preferably fresh
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo (added a pepper in there as well)
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Bring all the ingredients to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Taste for seasonings and set aside.

Grill the chicken till done and baste with half of the chipotle sauce. Use the rest of serving on the side. Serve the chicken with a salad.

 

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