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Mustard Seed Indian Dosas with Braised Beef

December 9, 2016

Ingredients Needed

For the Braised Beef

  • 2 Tbsp of Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Lbs of Clod Beef cut ( Into 1 Inch Cubes)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp of Chief Brand Salt
  • 2 Tbsp of Chief Brand Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp of Chief Brand Paprika
  • ½ Tsp Chief Brand Geera Powder ( Cumin )
  • ½ Tsp Chief Brand Cinnamon Powder
  • 1 Tbsp of Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Medium Carrot ( Small Diced )
  • ¼ Cup of Chopped Celery
  • ½ Cup of Chopped Onions
  • 4 Tbsp of Tomato Paste
  • 1 Small Tomato ( Small Diced )
  • 1 Cups of Red Wine
  • ¾ Cup of Tomato Sauce
  • 2 Cups of Veg Stock

Methods

For the Beef

Preheat Oven to 250 Degrees Fahrenheit. Place a medium Iron Sauce Pan on high heat. Meanwhile in a shallow mixing bowl, add the beef and season with salt, black pepper, cinnamon, paprika, geera and thyme leaves. Mix.  In the hot sauce pan add your oil and place the cubes of seasoned meat in. sear on all side until a brown color appears then add the carrots, onions, celery, fresh tomato and tomato paste. Stir and cook until mixture appears to be sticking to the bottom of the pan. Then add the red wine, tomato sauce and stock. Stir while scraping the bottom of the pan to remove any caramelized bits. Cover and bring to a boil, then place entire pot into the oven to cook for two hrs or until meat is tender and can be pulled apart. Strain the Liquid off after cooking and use to forks and pull apart the beef into shreds.

For the Dosas

  • 1 Cup of Chief Brand Gram Flour ( Chick Pea )
  • 1 Cup of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp of Baking Soda
  • ¾ Tsp of Chief Brand Salt
  • ½ tsp of Chief Brand Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp of Grounded Chief Brand Mustard Seeds
  • ½ Tsp of Chief Brand Ground Cumin
  • ½ Tsp of Chief Brand Turmeric
  • Water

Place, all the ingredients into a mixing bowl with the exception of the water. Whisk to mix all the spices with flour. Slowly add water to the mixture until you achieve a consistency a little looser to pancake batter.

Let batter sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place a small non stick sauté pan over medium heat. Place 1 tsp of vegetable oil to coat bottom of pan. Carefully ladle in 2 oz of dosa batter into the pan and carefully rotate pan to allow batter to spread evenly to the sides to form a thin circular shape. Cook for 45 seconds on each side and then remove and set aside. Continue until all batter is done.

Place dosa on plate and spoon a little of the braised beef onto it, fold over and enjoy as a snack or even as a light meal.

 

 

Seafood Yum

Shrimp and Spinach Saffron Curry

November 18, 2016

Ingredients Needed

  • 12 Each Shrimp, deveined & pre seasoned.
  • 2 Tbsp of Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Tsp of Minced Garlic
  • 2 Each Carapoulay Leaves ( Curry Leaves )
  • ½ Tsp of Orange Zest
  • ¾ Cup of Baby Spinach Leaves
  • ¾ Heavy Cream
  • ¾ Tsp Chief Brand Turmeric
  • ½ Tsp Chief Brand Paprika
  • ½ Tsp Chief Brand Cayenne Powder
  • ½ Tsp Chief Brand Geera ( Cumin )
  • ½ Cup of water
  • 2 Oz of Chief Brand Coconut Powder
  • Juice of Half an Orange
  • 1 Tbsp of Butter
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Method

Place a medium sauté pan over high heat. Add the oil followed by the garlic and carapoluay leaves. Sauté for 30 seconds, then add the orange zest, baby spinach and cream. Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute. Add the Heavy cream, and all the other spices. Mix and add the water, coconut powder, and orange juice. Stir and bring to a simmer. When bubbles break the surface of the liquid, add the shrimp in and poach for 3 to minutes or until shrimp is cooked through. Whisk in the butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with, freshly made bread, roti or even basmati rice.

Blogs

Know your Self-Worth

November 15, 2016

We live in an ever changing society. People are expected to be a certain way in order to “fit in”.

I have seen too many people question themselves for the wrong reason and this is why I would like to share 5 tips to knowing your self-worth and sticking to it:

  1. If you are satisfied with the person that you are and you can go to bed knowing that you are a good person, then any outside chatter or gossip about you should slide of like water. There will always be people judging us or even giving us their insight on how we should be. Nothing is wrong considering what they have to say about you, but deep down know who you are and don’t allow another person’s criticism to negatively affect your thinking.
  1. Comparing ourselves; it can become challenging especially with a massive amount of social media at our finger tips. When you see all of the postings done on a daily basis, some can be very glamorous and extravagant and we may sometimes long for a life like similar to a certain celebrity or a mutual friend. Nothing is wrong with wanting to be better or moving up in life, but when you start comparing and becoming bitter then that is the incorrect path. Instead learn to love who you are and work on being better at your own pace and allow your life to unfold as it was meant to be. Remember be happy for others I am sure you would want the same.
  1. If someone walks up to you and say you are a bad person, are you the type to run in the bathroom and cry or are you strong enough to stand there look at that person and know who you are ? No matter how hard they try to put you down, don’t allow it to get the better of you. Now considering if everyone around you is saying that you need to be a better person, then there might be something to look into. Other than that, believe in yourself.
  1. Failure is bound to happen; some take failure much stronger than others. When we set out on a venture, our goal is to conquer them. However, when it doesn’t turn out the way we wanted it to, it’s ok to sulk and let out any emotions that come with failing. But like anything else don’t sulk for too long because precious time will be going while you can gear your energy to another project that you can excel in.
  2. Don’t be pompous. Being confidant is GREAT, being cocky and rude isn’t. Saying what is on your mind is good, but when you say it rudely without caring about the other person’s feelings it lacks compassion. It’s not what you say it’s how you say it.
Chicken Yum

Whole Roasted Tandoori Chicken

November 11, 2016

Ingredients Needed

  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • 1 ½ Tbsp of Chef Brand Black Pepper
  • 1 ½  Tbsp of Chief Brand Salt
  • 1 Tbsp of Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp of Minced Ginger
  • 3 ¼ Tbsp of Chief Brand Tandoori Massala Spice Mix
  • ¼ Cup Natural Yogurt

Method

Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit

Place chicken on a cutting board and pat dry. Season liberally with the salt and black pepper especially inside the crevices and cavity of the chicken. Mix the minced garlic and ginger together and run under the skin of the breast meat and on the insides of the bird. Sprinkle on the tandoori spice mix  onto the chicken and rub it properly in and out of the bird ensuring to coat it evenly, then rub the yogurt also massaging it all over the chicken and in the cavity. Tie the legs together with string and secure. Place onto a foiled Pyrex dish and bake in the oven without covering  for 45 minutes and then turn up the oven to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Chicken with assume a bit of dark char due to the yogurt turning dark, but this is ok. Remove from oven once cooked or once internal temperature registers to 165 Degrees Fahrenheit by probing with thermometer into the thigh of the bird. Let rest for 15 minutes and then slice and enjoy with biryani rice or even a fresh salad.

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Chief Brand Biryani Rice ( Home Version )

November 4, 2016

Ingredients Needed

3 Cups of Basmati Rice, boiled with 1 Tsp of Chief Brand Turmeric

4 Tbsp of Vegetable Oil

2 Tbsp of Minced Garlic

4 Tbsp of Minced Onions

2 Tbsp of Minced Pimentoes

1 Tsp of Minced Ginger

¼ Cup of Minced Celery

¼ Chopped Chives

2 Tbsp of Chief Brand Biryani Spice Mix

¾ Cup of Fine Diced Coloured Bell Peppers

¾ Cup of Frozen Peas, Thawed

Chief Brand Salt and Black Pepper to Taste

Method

Place large Iron pot over high heat on stove. Add the Vegetable Oil. Sauté the garlic, onions, pimentos, ginger, celery and chives for about 3 Minutes until fragrant. Add the biryani mix and stir to cook for 1 minute. Place the rice and bell peppers in. Stir well, ensuring to turn the rice from the bottom atop. Cook for about three minutes then add peas and cashew nuts. Season with salt and pepper to taste and then remove from heat. Serve with Curry chicken, shrimp or even with Fish.

 

Gallery Personal

Atif Aslam Concert

October 24, 2016

Last evening I attended Atif Aslam’s concert at Colden Center.

Atif sung a string of hits including one of my faves Tu Jaane Na. I must say that hearing him live is just as good as his recordings.

Chicken Yum

Chief Brand Butter Chicken

October 14, 2016

Ingredients Needed

  • 10 Cloves of Garlic, peeled
  • 6 Pimento Peppers, chopped
  • 3 Inches Peeled Ginger, chopped
  • 2 Medium Onions, Peeled and chopped
  • Chicken Marinade
  • 12 Chicken Thighs, deboned, 2 inch pieces
  • 2 Tsp Chief Brand Salt
  • 1 ½ Tsp Chief Brand Black Pepper
  • 2 Tsp of Chief Brand Garam Massala
  • ½ Tsp Chief Brand Cinnamon Powder
  • 1Tsp Chief Brand Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp Chief Brand Turmeric, Saffron
  • ½ Tsp Chief Brand Paprika
  • 6 Tbsp of Natural Plain Yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp of Chief Brand Chick Pea Flour
  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • ¼ Tsp Chief Brand Fennel Seeds
  • ¼ Tsp of Chief Brand Maithe Seeds
  • 2 Whole Sticks of Chief Brand Cinnamon
  • ¼ Tsp Chief Brand Whole Geera Seeds, Cumin
  • 4 Whole Chief Brand Cardamom Pods
  • 2 Tsps of Chief Brand Coriander Powder
  • 2 Tbsp of Tomato Puree
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 4 Tbsp of Minced Chadon Beni

Method

In a food processor, add the garlic, ginger, onions and pimento peppers and process into a paste. Add a Table spoon of water if needed. Divide seasoning paste into two portions and set aside.

Season chicken pieces with salt and black pepper and the rest spice ingredients for the marinade.

In a small bowl, add the yogurt and chick pea mixture and stir to combine. Add half of the garlic ginger seasoning paste to it, stir and then add this yogurt mixture to the seasoned chicken. With your hands, mix well ensuring yogurt mixture in integrated.

Let sit for 2 Hrs or up to overnight to marinate.

Place a Medium Iron pot on medium heat. Add the butter, followed by the, Fennel, maithe, cinnamon, geera and cardamom pods. Stir and cook for 20 seconds then add the coriander powder and tomato puree. Cook for 2 minutes on high heat. Add your chicken pieces and turn about in the pot to evenly coat. Cover and let cook for 6 minutes.  Add the heavy cream, stir occasionally and cook on medium heat covered for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add the Chadon beni. Serve with Basmati Rice, Fried Potatoes or even Rotis.

Enjoy