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Chili Chicken Soft Buns

4 Sep

Since my school times, I often visit a small confectionery shop called the ‘Maxims’.   Its got the most fresh breads, pizzas, rolls, buns, pastries, muffins, cakes etc..  If I happen to stop by, I always buy more than what I can eat.  I know since childhood the taste of any of its fresh bakes hasn’t changed till date.  This shop hasn’t even opened more outlets but happens to be very popular.  My most favourite are the fresh chicken rolls or buns which they make.  I always wanted to learn how to make them.  When I actually tried it, trust me, the homemade ones were as good as what I eat there.

Often I am asked “why Exquisite Niche?”  It’s because I want everything in my house and life to be just exquisite (like all the women in this world!)  But I truly believe homemade goods create some sort of warmth in the house which brings your loved ones together.  When I cook and bake, I not only get appreciation, but I enjoy when my husband, JS, comes over and helps me out and is my official tester.  This brings us to spend more quality time together, enjoying our most favourite activity EATING!! 😉

“Moments like these not only make my food exquisite, but the ambience and the energy in the house, too.”

My fling in the kitchen making these soft buns has been the most fun-filled experience.  I hope you enjoy it too!!:)

 

Bread dough:

1 cup warm water

1 tbsp fresh yeast

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

500 gms all-purpose flour

1 egg

4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Stuffing:

250 gm boneless chicken cut into very small pieces

1 small capsicum, cut into 1/2″ pieces

1 onion, cut into 1/2″ pieces

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp finely chopped garlic

1 tsp chili paste

1 tsp soya sauce

2 tsp cornflour

3 tbsp tomato ketchup

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

Garnish:

Some black caraway seeds

Preparation:

Put the salt, sugar and yeast in the warm water.  Keep aside for 5 minutes.

Mix the flour and the egg. Pour in the yeast mixture.  Knead the dough well.  The dough would be soft and very sticky.  Knead for about 10 minutes.

Add oil gradually.  Knead well with the knuckles until the dough is soft and can be rolled into a ball in the hands.  Knead a little more.

Dust a bowl with flour and place the dough in it.  Cover and keep aside till the dough is doubled in volume.

While the dough is kept aside, prepare the stuffing.  Heat oil in a pan.  Add the chicken pieces and saute till they are cooked.  Keep aside.

In the same pan, heat some more oil.  Add garlic, chilli paste and onions.  Add capsicum and saute for 2 minutes.  Add soya sauce, cornflour, ketchup, salt and pepper.  Add cooked chicken; mix well and keep aside.

Bring the bread dough back.  Punch it down.  Divide the dough into small balls.

Take one ball and roll it flat into a circle.  Put 1 tsp stuffing in it.  Bring the edges together and make a ball using your hands.  Place on a greased baking tray with the joint side down.  Cover and let it rise to double.  Sprinkle with black caraway seeds and bake at 180 degree celsius for 30 minutes until golden.

Serve and eat HOT!!!

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Note: I am re-posting this recipe for the breakfast week. This recipe has been done earlier for the guest post.

Chinese Idli

2 Sep

Cooking is just about creativity, how you can transform a simple dish into something exotic. This recipe is from my old books. It is noted as my mum used to make for me as a kid. We usually eat idli with sambar, this is a little twist to the south Indian meal with some Chinese tadka. Amalgamation of the two flavours gives a wonderful taste.

So I started by taking a skillet and adding oil and rye seeds to it. Let it sputter.idli

 

Now some onions..IMG_3418

 

Add some garlic…

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Carrots..

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Some Yellow Bell Peppers..

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Some Red Bell Pepper..

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Some Green Bell Peppers..

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Mix Mix…

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Place the idlies and Mix Carefully…

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Yummilicious Idlies…

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Ingredients
12 idli (1 packet of idli mix)
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp rye (tiny mustard seeds)
1 tsp minced garlic
1 sliced onion
½ cup sliced carrot
½ cup julienne green bell peppers
½ cup julienne yellow bell peppers
½ cup julienne red bell peppers
1 ½ tsp soya sauce
1 tsp vinegar
2 tbsp ketchup
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp salt

Method:
• Make idlis according to the packet and keep aside.
• Take oil in a skillet. Put the mustard seeds and let it sputter.
• Add the garlic. Sauté for a minute.
• Add the onions. Let them cook till translucent.
• Gradually add the carrot, and the bell peppers. Sauté for about 2-3 minutes.
• Mix soya sauce, vinegar, ketchup, salt and pepper in a bowl and add it to the pan. Stir well.
• Place the idlies and mix carefully with the vegetables.
• Serve hot.

 

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Vegetable Upma

25 Aug

I totally understand your haste the morning as there are alot of chores such as preparing tiffins, leaving for work, taking care of your babies/children etc etc. This is one of the favourite routine breakfast. Quick and yet Simple! Atleast for me, if I make a healthy breakfast in the morning which is quick yet delicious, my day is much happier and sorted. It is the most important thing to eat right in the mornings and the rest of the day shall follow.

An Upma is a South Indian or a Sri Lankan dish. One of the pros of Upma is you can add any vegetable to this to make it healthy and delicious. This dish goes well with coconut or mint chutney.

So here is what I followed:

Before everything I boiled 3 cups of water and kept aside. Then I took a skillet, heated some oil, and put some mustard seeds and let it sputter.

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Then I added a sprig of curry leaves and split chana dal.

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Some green beans…

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Some Carrots..

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Some blanched broccoli…

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Threw batches of some semolina and seasoned it with salt, and black pepper.

and roasted it for about 3-4 minutes.

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Poured some hot water..

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Stirred till it came together. Then I put it in a bowl and tilted it upside down on the plate for a presentable look.

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Hope you enjoy too!!

Ingredient:

1 cup semolina
1 tsp split chana dal
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig of curry leaves
3 cups water
1/2 cup chopped beans
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped broccoli (blanched)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

Method:
· In a skillet, heat oil and put some mustard seeds. Let it sputter. Add the curry leaves and chana dal. Along with this (on the side) boil 3 cups water.
· Now add some beans. Saute for a minute.
· Now add carrots and broccoli. Saute again for one minute.
· Add the semolina. Saute it for 3-4 minutes.
· Add the boiled water to the mixture and keep stirring.
· Serve it in a bowl or plate along some chutney

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Apple & Carrot Sandwich

30 Jul

This is a little twist from the regular sandwiches that we have. Though the name of the sandwich sounds sweet but its not soo sweet. When you combine the cream cheese with apple it somehow subdues the sweetness of the apples. The combination of apple and carrot is nice and refreshing. It is one of the light sandwiches which you would like to have with some light flavors.

Somehow one of the mundane sandwiches that I sometimes land up having is cucumber and tomatoes. But this is a good replacement to it.

One of the must haves for a breakfast is Cream Cheese. Nowadays it is readily available in departmental stores. You can used cream cheese in any sandwich you prepare. It is lighter than cheese and yet gives really nice cheesy taste.

So here is what you would need:

Makes 6 finger sandwiches

Ingredients
½ cup apple
½ cup carrots
4 tbsp cream cheese
4 slices of bread
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper

Method:
Mix apple, salt, pepper and 2 tbsp cream cheese in one bowl.
Take another bowl and mix carrots, cream cheese (2tbsp), salt and black pepper.
Cut the edges of the bread. Spread the apple mixture on one slice. Cover it with another slice.
Now put the carrot mixture and spread it. Top it with another slice.
Cut into three narrow finger sandwiches.

Verdict:
Its said what comes out first from your mouth is often a true opinion. So when Js tasted he said ‘its nice’.
To be honest I wasn’t sure how this would turn out but it was worth a try and definitely a repetitive sandwich. This is an adaptation from snack book.

Easy Everyday Sandwich

28 Jul

Atleast for me, the most difficult task is to think what to make for breakfast. I think of options that are healthy and quick in the morning. Often a sandwich is a easier option to make. The one I got for you today is simple and quick. Also, you can add or subract ingredients and make your own too! Cooking is an art, how you simply create a dilicious meal with different ingredients.

This sandwich I made with Salami, can have many alterations to it. Instead of Salami you can add boiled egg, roasted potatoes, or cottage cheese. The one with the boiled egg version is my favourite.

So here is what I followed…

Take a toasted bread.

Spread some cream cheese. You can choose plain or herb ones!

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When I buy the lettuce, I usually soak it in chilled water. This takes out the dirt from the leaves. While using it I dab it in a plain cloth.
Add lettuce!!

 

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Pour some veggies….& season it!!

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Add the salami/egg!!

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Mix the sauces and spread on the toasted bread…

 

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Spread the sauce!!

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Prepare your sandwich!!!….

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Makes 2

Ingredients

4 toasted bread
1/2 chopped carrot
1/4 chopped red bell pepper
1/4 chopped yellow bell pepper
2 lettuce leaves
4 slices salami/ ham/egg/cottage cheese/roasted potatoes
1 tsp cream cheese
1 tsp ketchup
1 tsp mayonnaise
1/2 tasp mustard sauce
pinch salt
pinch black pepper

Method:
· Spread the cream cheese on the toasted bread.
· Put the lettuce leaf. Add the chopped vegetables, carrot and bell peppers. Season with salt and black pepper.
· Put the salami (if you want to put boiled egg thats a great option too!) .
· Mix the mustard sauce, mayonnaise and ketchup and spread on the other slice.
· Your sandwich is ready.

Verdict: Js likes to have this quite often. It suits me too, since its quick and simple. You just need to have the ingredients at home, rest is easy. Its like our daily breakfast. Maybe you can try too, some times its just different and nice from a normal buttered toast.

Chicken Salami Toasties with Jia & Bani

24 Jun

Well, Summer is the time when all the children come over to my place and we have all sort of fun. We enjoy from going shopping, jokes, playing, cooking and eating (hogging..our favourite!). So this time I decided to introduce my best pals in kitchen while I was preparing breakfast this morning. They are Bani and Jia. They are the sweetest and the most adorable kids. They too have a passion of cooking, so I decided to give them a bit of a push to follow their passion. We decided to make something that is children friendly and which they can cook for their parents and grandparents at home.

 

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                                                           My Pals in my Kitchen!!

 

These girls are fun loving and always ready for mischief and ready to learn. It has been fun having them around and training them to make yummy food. As my son quotes “Mom, its yummy in the tummy”. The flavors of the sauce with salami and veggies were very palatable. Our breakfast this morning was wholesome and healthy.

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Makes 10 slices

Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

250 gm Chicken Salami

1 loaf garlic bread/ multi-grain bread

1/2 green capsicum chopped

1/2 onion chopped

1/2 tomato chopped

2 tsp mayonnaise

2 tsp tomato ketchup

2 tsp mustard sauce

2 cubes grated cheese

 

Method:

  1. Mix tomato ketchup, mustard sauce, and mayonnaise.
  2. Spread the sauce on the bread, place the salami, add the veggies and finally the cheese.
  3. Toast the bread at 220 degree Celsius for 15 minutes.
  4. Serve Hot.

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 Toasties!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthier Breakfast – Chicken and Mushroom Toast

17 May

Sometimes it is very confusing what to have for breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day. So I usually try to make it healthy and nutritious. Different ideas as always welcomed. I liked about this toast was firstly it was quick, also tasteful and secondly, I could make another dish out of it (mushroom croquettes).

It is always easier to make your breakfast healthy. There are a few easy tips:

  1. If you eating fruits, avoid peeling them. They add to your roughage.
  2. Instead of having plain milk, add breakfast cereals to it or just make a fruit smoothie.
  3. Add an egg to your diet.
  4. Eat almonds in the morning. They give energy and good source to improve memory.
  5. Substitute white bread with a multigrain bread or a wholewheat bread
  6. Add salad leaves to your sandwich.

 

 

Mushroom Chicken Toast

 

 

Ingredients:

2-3 piece of boneless chicken (cut into small pieces)

100 g mushrooms (finely chopped)

1 onion (finely chopped)

1 tbsp butter

3/4 cup milk

2 tbsp cornflour

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp oregano

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Method:

  1. Add butter to the pan. Cook the chicken.
  2. Add onions. When transparent add the mushrooms. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Take half the milk add cornflour. Mix well. Add to the pan.Keep stirring. Put the rest of the milk.
  4. Season the mixture with salt, oregano and black pepper.
  5. Spread the mixture on a toasted bread. Grill for 2 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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