Sunday, May 15, 2016

Egg Roast

Egg Roast is a dish Native to Kerala. There, they call it Nadan Mutta Roast. Keralite loves to consume this mainly with appam but this recipe goes well with steamed rice as well. I love to make egg roast as a side dish, when I'm short of good options. In the authentic recipe, eggs are hard boiled and roasted in masala gravy. However in my version of egg roast, I love to pan roast the hard boiled eggs before adding into the masala gravy. And honestly, this twist made my dish more tasty and appetizing. So, if you want some authentic taste, with little twist, then try this aromatic dish with "Flavors of Sneha's Kitchen".

Egg Roast


5 Hard boiled egg (Cut in half and sprinkle little bit of turmeric, coriander & red chilli powder)
2 medium size onions thinly sliced
1 big tomato sliced
10-12 curry leaves
2 green chillies chopped
1 tbsp of ginger-garlic paste
1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
1 tsp of coriander powder
1 tsp of red chilli powder
1/2 tsp of garam masala powder
3 tbsp of oil
Salt to taste


In a flat pan heat 1 tbsp of oil and slightly roast both sides of the eggs and keep it aside.

In another pan heat rest of the oil and add the sliced onions. Saute until it gets light golden color.

Now add the ginger-garlic paste and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the raw flavor of garlic is gone.

Now add the curry leaves and green chilli. Mix well and saute for another 1 minute.

Now add salt. turmeric, coriander and red chilli powder. Mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Once the dry powder are slightly roasted, add tomato. Mix well and cook until tomatoes are soft.

Now add the garam masala powder and saute for 1 more minute.

Now add just half cup of water. Mix well and let it come to a boil.

At last, add the roasted eggs and mix gently. Cover and let it simmer for 5 minutes.

Serve with appam or your choice of accompaniments.

Note: If you want, you can skip roasting the eggs. Just make some vertical slits on hard boiled eggs and throw in the roasted gravy masala.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer is a perfect combination of paneer, bell peppers, onion, tomato and traditional Indian spices. This recipe is packed with flavor and has the wonderful fresh ground spice aroma and flavor that compares to nothing else. Its spicy, delicious and a main course curry, generally served with Indian breads like roti, parantha or naan. A kadai is a thick, circular, cooking pot used in Indian cuisine. Not to worry, if you don't have one in hand, this paneer dish can be cooked in any type of pot. So let's get started, to make this sumptuous dish with "Flavors of Sneha's Kitchen".


250 gms of paneer/cottage cheese
1 big onion sliced
1 small onion cubed
1 big tomato cubed
Half green bell pepper cubed
Half red bell pepper cubed
2 green chillies slit
3-4 cloves
2-3 cardamom
3-4 peppercorns
1 bay leave
1 tbsp of coriander seeds
1 tbsp of cumin seeds
1 tsp of fennel seeds/saunf
1 tsp of red chilli powder
1 tbsp of ginger-garlic paste
2 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp of oil
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves to garnish


Dry roast the spices (coriander, cumin, cloves, peppercorn, fennel, cardamom) in a pan for a minute or until the aroma starts coming out. Don't roast it to too long, otherwise it may become bitter in taste.

Keep it aside and let it cool down. Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan and add sliced onion. Cook until onion gets dark golden color.

Now add  tomato and sprinkle some salt. Cook until tomatoes gets soft. Adding salt at this point of time will help tomatoes to cook faster.

Now let this mixture cool down. First, ground the dry roast spices until coarsed. Make sure to remove the skin of cardamom before grinding. Now, in the same jar blend the cooked onion and tomatoes until you get a smooth paste.

In a pan, heat butter. Throw in the bay leaves and ginger-garlic paste. Saute until the raw flavor of garlic is gone.

Now add the red chilli powder and slit green chilli. Mix well and saute for a minute.

Now add the cubed bell peppers and onions. Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes or until pepper and onion get soft.

Add the ground paste and mix well. Saute for 2-3 minutes.

Now add little water and mix well. Adjust salt to taste and let it come to boil.

Now add in the paneer cubes and mix well. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.

At the end, add chopped cilantro leaves. Mix well and serve.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Chicken Pulao

Chicken Pulao is a delicious and easy to make recipe. Yogurt marinated chicken is cooked with spices, blended well with rice and simmered to perfection. The end result is sumptuous Chicken Pulao. After all the try outs, I finally came with the right fusion of this recipe. In my version of Chicken Pulao, I made this as simple as possible but there is no compromise in taste. When you are tempting for Chicken Biryani and don't have time and all the fancy ingredients to make, try this instead. And you will be surprised with the amazing flavor, which does not taste less than a chicken Biryani, So enough talking and let's start cooking with "Flavors of Sneha's Kitchen".

Chciken Pulao


500 gms chicken pieces (Washed and pat dried)
1 1/2 cup of basmati rice (Soaked in water for 30 mnts and then strained)
1/2 cup of yogurt
2 onions thinly sliced
1 1/2 tbsp of ginger-garlic paste
3-4 green chilli
2 tsp of coriander powder
1 tsp of garam masala
1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
1 tsp of red chilli powder
1 tsp of cumin seeds
1" of cinnamon stick
3-4 cardamom
3-4 peppercorns
3-4 cloves
1 bay leave
7-8 mint leaves
1 tbsp of coriander leaves
1 tbsp of clarified butter/desi ghee
2 tbsp of vegetable oil
Salt to taste
3 cups of water


Marinate chicken in yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and garam masala powder. Mix well, cover and keep it in refrigerator for 30 mnts.

Heat oil in a pan. Add in the cumin seeds, bay leaves, whole spices and let it crackle.

Add the sliced onion and salt. Saute until onion get golden brown color.

Now add the marinated chicken and broken green chilli. Mix well and cook. Since the chicken has been marinated in yogurt, it will loose out some water. Keep it in high flame and let the water gets evaporated. Keep stirring in between to avoid sticking this into the pan.

Once all the excess water gets evaporated, add the coriander powder. Mix well and cook.

Saute the chicken on medium flame until all the spices and chicken are cooked perfectly.

In another pan, heat the clarified butter. Add soaked rice and saute on medium flame for 1-2 minutes.

Now add the cooked chicken and combine well with rice.

Now add water and mix well. Throw in the mint leaves and coriander leaves. Adjust the amount of salt and mix well.

Once water comes to a boil, cover and cook it on low flame until rice is done. This process should take approx 15-18 mnts. Turn off heat and do not remove the lid for 10 mnts. Make sure rice does not get burn at the bottom.

And Voila! your sumptuous Chicken Pulao is all ready. Serve with sliced onion and raita or your choice of curry.
Chicken Pulao ready to be served

Tips: To get a perfect texture, make sure you add just the double amount of water than rice. Soaking the rice before cooking is also very important. To make your chicken pulao more aromatic, you may also use some saffron. Just mix the saffron strands in 1 tsp of cold milk and mix this in pulao while cooking. You may also sprinkle some deep fried onions at the end. Choice is all yours :)

Recipe Courtesy: My super awesome Bhabhs "Anusha Jaiswal"