Sunday, September 19, 2010

Tandoori Chicken


Ingredients:

  • 1.5 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. crushed garlic
  • 2 tbsp. chopped up garlic
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. cumin 
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. fenugreek leaves

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Rub chicken with salt, chili,  and lime. Allow to sit for 15 minutes.
  • Mix the remaining ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Rub mixture on chicken. 
  • Place remaining mixture and chicken in pan and bake for 20-35 minutes.

It tastes best with fresh onions and naan (a special type of flat bread).

Whole Grain Banana-Cashew Muffins

Recipe adapted from Our Best Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup mashed banana
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cashews chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together (flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon) in bowl and set aside. 
  3. Mix sugar, honey, and vegetable oil together in large bowl. 
  4. Add one egg in at time. Make sure to mix well.
  5. Add in mashed banana. 
  6. Add in yogurt and vanilla.
  7. Slowly add in dry ingredients.
  8. Add the batter to the muffin cups such that they are 2/3 full.
  9. In small bowl mix brown sugar and cashews and sprinkle some on each cup.
  10. Bake for 23-28 minutes.

You can use various types of nuts! The original recipe called for pecans.

I usually don't like to eat muffins, but these were really good! :-)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Lime-Chili Lamb Chops

This recipe was originally for steak. I also cut down on the spiciness. 



Ingredients:
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp.  cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1 1/2 tsps. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Mix ingredients. 
  3. Rub mixture on meat. Allow to marinate for 15 minutes.
  4. Bake for 90 minutes.

So it was a bit spicy, but with a side salad with a lemon based dressing it is pretty good.

White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake

This is a recipe for the white chocolate raspberry truffle cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory that several people have posted online.




Ingredients:

  • Crust
    • 1 1/2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs*
    • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • Filling
    • 1/2 cup preserves
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 32 oz. cream cheese
    • 1 1/4 cups sugar
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 2 tsps. vanilla extract
    • 5 eggs
    • 4 ounces white chocolate, chopped into chunks
  • Optional garnish
    • Shaved white chocolate
    • Whipped cream

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Place a large pan filled with about 1/2 inch of water into the oven. This will serve as your water bath.
  2. Combine the raspberry preserves with the water.  Heat on high in microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir until it becomes smooth. Strain to remove seeds.  Allow mixture to cool.
  3. Mix cookie crumbs and butter.  Press the mixture into a springform pan (any pan would do). A 9-inch or a 10-inch pan would do. You can use a drinking glass to press the mixture flat into the bottom of the pan. Put the crust in the freezer in the meantime. 
  4. Combine the cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, and vanilla using an electric mixer until smooth. 
  5. Whisk the eggs in a separate bowel, then add to the cream cheese mixture.
  6. Sprinkle the white chocolate chunks onto the bottom of the crust.
  7. Pour half of the cream cheese filling into the crust. Drizzle the raspberry preserves over the surface of the filling. Swirl the raspberry into the cream cheese.  Do not swirl it too much.
  8. Pour the other half of the filling into the crust.
  9. Place the cheesecake into the water bath.
  10. Bake for 12 minutes at 475 degrees.  Then turn the oven down to 350 degrees and bake for 50-60 minutes or until the top of the cheesecake turns a light brown.
  11. Remove the cheesecake and allow to cool.
  12. Once it has cooled refrigerate for at least four hours.
  13. Sprinkle the cheesecake with the shaved white chocolate or whatever you would like!



 *I used chocolate Teddy grahams.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Chicken Curry

I kind of made up this recipe on my own. It is not really spicy, but if you don't do spicy food it is. If you do spicy food add more curry. :-)


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. ginger
  • 3/4 tbsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable curry powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. paprika 
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Vegetable oil
Directions 
  1. Heat oil in pot. Saute onion until lightly browned.
  2. Add tomato, ginger, and spices.
  3. Stir for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add chicken.
  5. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Add lemon juice.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Chole (Chickpeas)

I got this recipe from a friend's mom. It is a really nice vegetarian dish. 


Ingredients:
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  •  29 oz can of chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • Crushed red peppers (as much as you want depending on how spicy you want it)
  • Water
  • Oil

Directions:
  1. Heat oil in pan.
  2. Cook onions until brown.
  3. Add garlic, tomato, and spices.
  4. Allow mixture to simmer until it becomes a brown color.
  5. Add water if mixture becomes dry.
  6. Add chickpeas.
  7. Allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes, adding water as needed.
  8. The dish is finished once the chickpeas become soft.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Butter Chicken



Ingredients

  • 6 chicken breasts, cubed
  • Vegetable oil for cooking
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 tsp. garlic, crushed
  • 4 tsp. powdered ginger (3 tsp. fresh)
  • 1.5 tsp. tumeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 6 tbsp. crushed almonds
  • 3 cups tomatoes peeled
  • 3 tbsp.  tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp. yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. fresh coriander
  • salt
  • pepper
Prep Work
  1. Wash chicken, remove excess fat.
  2. Cube chicken. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. In order to be able to peel tomatoes place in water and boil.  Once the tomato begins to crack remove from heat.  Wait until the tomatoes cool, then chop them.
Directions
  1. Heat vegetable oil.  Add chicken. Cook until golden-brown. Remove chicken and place in bowl.
  2. Using the same pan add vegetable oil and heat.
  3. Add onions and cinnamon.
  4. In separate bowl mix garlic, ginger, turmeric powder, red pepper flakes, crushed almonds, tomatoes, tomato paste, yogurt.
  5. Add the above mix to the pan with the onions and cinnamon. Mix well.
  6. Bring ingredients to a boil. Allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes.
  7. Blend mixture in blender.  Add milk if too solid.
  8. Place mixture in pot and add chicken.
  9. Allow to simmer for 5-7 minutes. Add coriander to mixture.
I got the recipe from here, but changed a couple of things.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients
  • 2 ripe, medium bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsps. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Puree bananas in blender. (should come out to be one cup)
  3. Beat bananas, eggs, sugar, margarine, and vanilla in bowl.
  4. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in large bowl. 
  5. Stir chocolate chips and nuts.
  6. Stir in banana mixture.
  7. Spoon into well greased muffin pan cups.
  8. Bake 25-30 minutes.

I got the recipe from Bake Sale.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

I added some vanilla and took out the walnuts.

Ingredients
  • 9-inch frozen pie shell
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. vanilla 
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F
  2. Beat eggs until foamy.
  3. Beat in flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar.
  4. Beat in butter.
  5. Add vanilla and chocolate chips.
  6. Pour into pie crust.
  7. Bake for 55-60 minutes.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Stuffed Chicken

Something I came up with..
















Ingredients:
  • 1/2 pound chicken
  • 3/4 cup peas
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • Spices
  • Flour
  • Egg white
  • Seasoned bread crumbs

Directions:

So I did not actually measure how much I used. You just have to guess while making it. You will know its right by just looking at it.
  1. Cook peas according to directions on bag
  2. Mix peas and ricotta cheese such that there is an even distribution of peas and cheese. Add spices to flavor the mix (ginger, garlic powder, etc.)
  3. Clean chicken. At the part where its thickest start making a cut. You will now have a little pocket.
  4. Stuff mix in the pocket.
  5. Heat some oil on the stove.
  6. Flour the chicken. Then smear egg white on both sides.
  7. You can either dip the chicken in season bread crumbs or you can mix the seasoned bread crumbs with more spices! I recommend the latter.
  8. Cook chicken on stove. I needed around 6 minutes on both sides on medium heat.



Tips:
  • You can also use mashed potatoes.
  • If you used mashed potatoes add some shredded Parmesan cheese.




Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Teriyaki Chicken

Ingredients:
  • 2 pounds chicken
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. ginger powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. vinegar



Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix ingredients: white sugar, brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and vinegar.
  • Place in deep pan with


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Ideas!?!

So I have been busy with school, but I will make something soon!
Please post an recipe ideas you have and I will see what I can make.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Blueberry Crumble Pie




I made this pie to go along with the turkey.

Ingredients:
  • 1 6-oz (9 inch) Graham Cracker pie filling
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 21 oz blueberry pie filling
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup quick cooking oats
  • 3 tbsp. melted butter

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Spread egg yolk on Graham cracker pie filling.
  3. Bake for 5 minutes.
  4. Pour filling into pie crust.
  5. Mix oats, flour, sugar, and butter.
  6. Spoon mixture over pie filling.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown.

You can probably make this with other pie fillings such as cherry.
Enjoy!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Turkey

















This is my first try at turkey! I looked up a bunch of different recipes and combined the stuff I liked.


Ingredients:
- 1 cinnamon stick
-1 cup olive oil
-2 tsp. thyme
-1 tsp. rosemarry
-2 tsp. salt
-2 tsp. pepper
-2 tsp. basil
-2 tsp. sage
-2 tsp. ginger
-3 cloves garlic




Directions:

Cleaning:
  1. Clean out cavity.
  2. Rinse turkey with cold water and salt until water is clear.

Cooking:
  1. Preheat oven 375F.
  2. Mix thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper, basil, sage, ginger, garlic, and olive oil in bowl.
  3. Apply mixture to turkey. Try to get some of it under the skin.
  4. Place cinnamon in cavity.
  5. Place turkey in roast pot breast side down.
  6. Add 2 cups water.
  7. Cook for 2 hours covered.
  8. Cook for an additional 2 hours uncovered.
    Allrecipes.com says cook: until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh measures 180 degrees F (82 degrees C).
Let stand for around 30 minutes.

Then carve and eat!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cheesecake

The picture I have is not that great, so when I make more I will post.

Ingredients:
15 oz. Ricotta Cheese
1 1/2 c.sugar
2 T. flour
2 T. lemon juice
1 stick of butter (½ cup)
graham crackers (or two of those pans that already lined with graham crackers)
1-16 oz. Pkgs of cream cheese
4 eggs
2 T. cornstarch
2 T. vanilla
16 oz. Sour cream

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Break up graham crackers and strain to flour consistency. Butter 9 ¾" push up pan and coat with graham crackers. Do the same for the second pan. Don’t worry about this step if you are using the pre-made pans.
3. Melt butter and cool.
4. Separate egg yolks and whites. This is kind of tricky to do, so you can just call your mom to help like I do J
5. For the next few steps it might be easier if you had a cake mixer or your arms are going to get tired. Make sure you blend each item as you go along or you are going to have a mess at the end.
6. Blend cream cheese, and ¼ c. sugar.
7. Add ricotta cheese, and ¼ c. sugar.
8. Add egg yolks, one at a time, and ¼ c. sugar.
9. Add flour, lemon juice, vanilla, cornstarch, and ¼ c. sugar.
10. Add the rest of the butter, and ¼ c. sugar.
11. Add sour cream, and ¼ c. sugar.
12. Beat egg whites till foamy and fold in.
13. Pour batter into pans. Make sure to leave at least 1 cm between the batter and the top of the pan.
14. Bake for one hour.
15. Leave in the oven for two hours longer. This step helps avoid any cracks in the cheese cake so it will look pretty! J
16. Cool and refrigerate. Cheesecake tastes ten times better when cold.
17. Eat and ENJOY!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake

Again, I got this from the book "Bake Sale." Thanks Manaar for giving it to me!



Ingredients:
-1 egg
-1/2 cup + 3 tbsp. sugar (divided)
-1/2 cup milk
-1 tbsp. vegetable oil
-1 tbsp. orange juice
-1 tsp. grated orange peel
-1.5 cups flour
-2 tsp. baking powder
-1/2 tsp. salt
-2 cups (8 oz) fresh cranberries
-2 tbsp. butter


Directions:



German Chocolate Cake

Hello!

I got this recipe from "Bake Sale."

Ingredients:
-1 package chocolate cake mix (18.25oz)
-1 cup water
-3 eggs
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
-3 tbsp. butter
-1 egg yolk
-1/3 cup chopped pecans
-1/3 cup flaked coconut
-1 tsp. vanilla extract




Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Grease baking pan.
  • In large bowl: mix cake mix, water, 3 eggs, oil, and 1/3 cup condensed milk.
  • Pour into pan.
  • Bake 40 to 45 minutes.
  • In small saucepan over medium heat, combine remaining condensed milk, butter, and egg yolk.
  • Cook and stir until thickened. (6 minutes)
  • Add pecans, coconut, and vanilla.
  • Spread over warm cake.

Sorry for the picture. It was taken on my cellphone.


Enjoy!

PS. If you have any suggestions please post them!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Banana Nut Bread

This is what happens when you are snowed in for a week. Well this is what happens when I am snowed in for a week.
I got the recipe from a friend.


Ingredients:
-1/2 cup butter
-1 cup sugar
-3 eggs
-3 bananas
-2 cups flower
-1 tsp. vanilla
-1/2 tsp. salt
-1 tsp. baking soda
-1 tsp. cinnamon
-1/2 cup raisins
-1/2 cup walnuts






Directions
  • Preheat oven 350F.
  • Grease the loaf pan.
  • Mash the bananas.
  • Mix all ingredients.
  • Place in loaf pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Konafa

This is one of my favorite desserts! You can't find it a lot here and when you do it is mad expensive.



Ingredients:
-½ cup butter
-1lb konafa
-½ cup milk
-1 lb ricotta cheese
-½ cup veg oil









Directions:
  • Defrost dough
  • Preheat oven to 450F
  • In large bowl mix dough, butter, and vegetable oil. Shred the dough as you mix.
  • Split the dough in half.
  • Place the first half in the pan you want to cook in it. Be sure to press it down and that you can't see the pan through the dough.
  • Mix the cheese and the milk.
  • Using your hands spread the cheese/milk mixture over the dough.
  • Place the remaining dough on top of the mixture.
  • Cook for 25 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle syrup over the entire konafa.
Syrup

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups sugars
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. rose water
Directions:
  • Place sugar and water in saucepan on medium high.
  • Continue to stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves.
  • When the mixture boils add lemon juice.
  • Lower the heat to medium low and leave for ten minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and add the rose water.
Enjoy!

Kofta

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp peper
  • 1 tsp spice
  • 3 tbsp bread crumps
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp. ginger powder
  • 1 tsp. basil leaves

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Mix ingredients. 
  • Cook for 20 minutes covered.
  • Broil for 10-15 minutes.

Chocolate Frosted Peanut Butter Cake!

I got this recipe from the book "Bake Sale" that a good friend got for me.
I actually dont like eating cakes, but I really liked this one.
Ingredients:
-1/3 cup peanut butter (chunky or creamy)
-1/3 cup vegetable oil or butter
-1/2 cup sugar
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-2eggs
-1 tsp. vanilla
-1.75 cups flour
-1.5 tsps. baking powder
-1/4 tsp. salt
-1.25 cups milk
-peanut butter chocolate frosting
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Mix peanut butter and oil until smooth.
  • Mix in both sugars until well mixed
  • Mix in eggs and vanilla
  • In a separate bowl mix: flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add flour mixture to peanut butter, alternating with the milk. End with the flour mixture.
  • Pour batter into greased pan.
  • Baked 23-25 minutes.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Frosting:

Ingredients:
-2 cups powdered sugar
-1/6 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
-3 tbsp. milk
-2 tbsp. creamy peanut butter

Directions:
  • Combine all ingredients in bowl
  • Mix until smooth
  • Add milk to until you get the desired consistency
Note: if you dont have powdered sugar, you can use a coffee grinder. It is still does not come out as smooth, but still tastes good.


Bil hana!

White sauce chicken lasagna

I got this recipe from allrecipes.com. I changed some things here and there.
















Ingredients:
  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups cubed, cooked chicken meat
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese for topping
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  • Cook lasagna noodles in pot for about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove noodles and rinse with cold water. It helps to have a large pan set up to put the cooked lasagna noodles on because you can only cook a couple at a time.
  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion and garlic in the butter until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in the flour and salt, and simmer until bubbly. Mix in the broth and milk, and boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Season with the basil, oregano, and ground black pepper. Remove from heat, and set aside.
  • Spread 1/3 of the sauce mixture in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer with 1/3 of the noodles, the ricotta, and the chicken. Arrange 1/3 of the noodles over the chicken, and layer with 1/3 of the sauce mixture, spinach, and the remaining 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Arrange remaining noodles over cheese, and spread remaining sauce evenly over noodles. Sprinkle with parsley and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • bake 35-40 minutes

If you have frozen garlic bread you can just make that.
If you don't you can make some at home.
All you need is:
  • White toast
  • Dried parsley
  • Powdered garlic
  • Salt
  • Butter
Spread some butter on the toast. Then sprinkle the dried parsley, powdered garlic, and salt on it. Cook in oven for about 5-10 minutes.

And as usual enjoy your meal!

Baked "fried" chicken

This recipe is for baked chicken that has the crispiness of fried chicken but is healthy!














Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. Chicken breast (you can also use other parts, but this works best with chicken breast)
  • 2 cups Sour cream
  • 2 cups crushed Corn flakes
  • powdered garlic
  • powdered ginger
  • basil
  • fajita seasoning
  • Any type of seasoning you would like

Directions:
  • Mix the sour cream 1 tsp. powdered ginger, 1 tsp. powdered ginger, 1 tsp. fajita seasoning
  • After cleaning the chicken, coat both sides with the sour cream mix.
  • Place in the oven for about 20 minutes. This helps minimize the mess when you add the cornflake mixture.
  • Crush the cornflakes until they are almost like a powder
  • Mix the cornflakes with any type of seasoning you would like. I added salt, powdered garlic, powdered ginger, basil, fajita seasoning, and some chili powder.
  • Take the chicken out of the fridge and coat with the cornflake mix.
  • Place chicken in a 375F preheated oven.
  • Bake for about an hour.

Eat, and enjoy!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Hello!

Hello!
Salam Alaikum!

So this blog is for me to share the random things I bake/cook.
I will also post things I have cooked in the past.

If you have any suggestions please post them in the comments!
Also, share this with anyone who might enjoy it :-)