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Chicken and Chorizo Paella

December 11, 2018

Chicken and Chorizo Paella

  • 4 to 5 chicken thighs, with bone, skinless
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

Sprinkle the salt and smoked paprika all over the chicken thighs and let sit for 2 to 3 hours.

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup dried chorizo, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 medium red pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon Spanish saffron
  • ½ cup tomato puree
  • 2 cups short grain rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • Salt
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, chopped

Heat the olive oil in a paella pan. Brown the chicken thighs on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes each. Take out and add the chorizo. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the onion, pepper and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minute. Add the bay, saffron and tomato puree. Saute for a minute. Add the chicken thighs and cover with lid and cook for 15 minutes or till the chicken is cooked through. Take out and let cool. Add the rice and mix well. Add the chicken broth and check seasonings. Add salt. Bring to a boil and in the meantime, take the chicken meat off the bones and shred. Add the shredded chicken to the pan and mix well. Cook the rice on a simmer for 5 minutes, lower the heat and cover till rice is almost cooked through, about 15 minutes. Add the peas and tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes till the peas are warm. Stir in cilantro and parsley and serve warm.

Paella with Chorizo and Chicken

March 14, 2017

This was a great hit at a get together I had recently at our home. I love making paellas, especially because they fit the ‘one pot meal’ category really well. This particular one is very flavorful with lots of chorizo and smoked paprika. The great thing is I was able to make it in advance and it actually tastes better as it sits.

  • 4 to 5 chicken thighs, with bone, skinless
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

Sprinkle the salt and smoked paprika all over the chicken thighs and let sit for 2 to 3 hours.

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup dried chorizo, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 medium red pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon Spanish saffron
  • ½ cup tomato puree
  • 2 cups short grain rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • Salt
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, chopped

Heat the olive oil in a paella pan. Brown the chicken thighs on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes each. Take out and add the chorizo. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the onion, pepper and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minute. Add the bay, saffron and tomato puree. Saute for a minute. Add the chicken thighs and cover with lid and cook for 15 minutes or till the chicken is cooked through. Take out and let cool. Add the rice and mix well. Add the chicken broth and check seasonings. Add salt. Bring to a boil and in the meantime, take the chicken meat off the bones and shred. Add the shredded chicken to the pan and mix well. Cook the rice on a simmer for 5 minutes, lower the heat and cover till rice is almost cooked through, about 15 minutes. Add the peas and tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes till the peas are warm. Stir in cilantro and parsley and serve warm.

North Indian Fish Curry

January 11, 2016

Fish Curry

  • 1 large white onion, rough chopped
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 3 inch piece of ginger
  • 1/3 cup extra light olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ajwain
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 3 cups fish or chicken stock
  • Salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

Process the onion, garlic and ginger till smooth. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the ajwain seeds. Saute for 30 seconds or till the seeds begin to sizzle. Add the processed onion mixture and sauté on a medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes making sure the mixture does not stick to the pan and burn. Add the tomato puree and sauté for another 10 to 15 minutes on medium heat. Add the fish or chicken stock, mix well, and bring to a boil. Simmer the sauce on medium heat for 15 minutes. Add the cayenne pepper and salt. Keep aside.
Fish Curry Masala

  • 2 pounds tilapia, cut into 3 to 4 inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Juice of one lemon

Add the tilapia pieces in a mixing bowl and add the salt, garlic powder and lemon juice. Mix well and keep aside for 30 minutes.

  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dry fenugreek (kasuri methi) for garnish

In a large non-stick frying pan, heat the olive oil and brown the fish pieces in small batches. About 30 seconds on each side or till golden brown. Add the browned fish pieces into the simmering sauce. Cook for about 5 minutes and adjust seasoning. Garnish with dry fenugreek. Serve with rice.
Fish Curry Saute

Quinoa with Cauliflower

December 2, 2014

Going vegetarian for the day is not a bad idea after a few days of overeating…

  • 1 cauliflower head, cut into small florets
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the florets onto a lined cookie sheet. Drizzle the olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper. Roast for about 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown. Take out and let cool.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Heat a saucepan with the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the pumpkin and tomato puree. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the quinoa, broth and salt. Add the cauliflower florets. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer with lid on for about 20 minutes or till cooked. Check for seasonings and serve.

Hyderabadi Style Chicken

September 30, 2013

We are all guilty of being stuck in a rut- especially when it comes to cooking. I realized, I had not cooked Indian food in a while- not sure what my rut was but it certainly wasn’t Indian food. I decided to change that and come up with a delicious chicken curry!

  • 2 pounds chicken thighs, bone-in or out, without skin
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped fine
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Mix the yogurt, garlic, ginger, cilantro, lemon juice and salt. Transfer to a medium bowl with the chicken. Marinate over night or at least 2 to 3 hours.

Spice Mix

  • ½ cup grated coconut (I use frozen)
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 dried red chilies
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • ½ inch cinnamon stick
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds

Process all the ingredients in a spice grinder (coffee grinder) and keep aside.

  • 3 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • ½ cup water
  • Salt

Heat a heavy saucepan with the oil. Add the onion and sauté on medium high heat, stirring constantly for 5 minutes. Add the spice mix and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the tomato puree and sauté for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add the chicken and water. Bring to a boil and simmer with lid for 35 to 40 minutes or till the chicken is cooked through. Take lid off and cook on high heat to cook off the excess liquid. Add salt if necessary. Serve warm with rice or quinoa.

 

 

Fried Potatoes with Spicy Tomato Aioli

November 26, 2012

Fried Potatoes with Spicy Tomato Aioli

This recipe is adapted from Saveur magazine. I love eating these potatoes at Spanish restaurants. Actually I haven’t met a potato I didn’t like. I love fries but don’t usually fry my potatoes at home- I bake them. I decided to go all the way and fry them. They were delicious- especially with the delicious, spicy aioli!

  • 4 to 5 yellow skinned potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch squares

Add the potatoes to a medium pan. Fill with water and bring to a boil. Drain and dry.

  • 2 cups extra light oil
  • Salt

Heat the oil to 220 degrees F. Cook the potatoes in the oil in a few batches till golden brown and cooked through. Take out and drain on some paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and serve with aioli.

  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup tomato puree

Add the garlic into a small bowl. Mix in the yolk and begin whisking in the oil gradually until emulsified. Add the lemon juice, salt, smoked paprika and tomato puree. Mix well and check for seasonings and serve with potatoes.

Spinach and Roasted Corn

January 11, 2011

Spinach and Roasted Corn This is one my favorite vegetarian, Indian dishes to make. Usually spinach is paired with paneer or some kind of meat in Indian cuisine. Years ago, we had corn and spinach at a restaurant and I thought it was delicious. The spinach is cooked the same way as in the other dishes but somehow corn gives it a wonderful, unique flavor.

I changed it up a bit- of course. I used the roasted corn I buy from Trader Joes. It has a delicious smoky flavor. I also cooked the spinach with dried fenugreek- which brings a unique earthy flavor. It also mimics the smoky flavor of the roast corn really well.

I made it when a friend came over. Everyone loved it including the kids. Make this dish next time you are looking to make something different…

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2-inch ginger, peeled

Process the onion, garlic and ginger in a food processor. Keep aside.

  • 1 16 oz pack frozen chopped spinach, thawed

Blend the thawed spinach until smooth. Keep aside.

  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 pack fire roasted frozen corn from Trader Joes (or 3 cups regular corn)
  • ¼ cup dried fenugreek leaves (methi)
  • ¼ cup half and half

Heat a heavy saucepan with the extra light olive oil. Add the cumin seeds and sauté for 20 seconds on medium heat. Add the onion mixture and sauté for 10 minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly. Add the tomato puree and sauté for another 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the blended spinach, salt, turmeric, cayenne pepper and coriander powder. Mix well. Add the corn and fenugreek leaves. Mix well and cook on a medium low heat, covered for 15 minutes. Take the lid off and turn the heat up to high. Add the half and half and stir constantly while cooking for another 5 minutes. Taste for seasonings.