Friday, April 3, 2020

Tandoori Soya Chaap Tikka

Spiced Skewered Grilled Starters are loved by everyone. If I want to list them, there are countless recipes can be prepared with non veg ingredients. But when it comes to vegetarian starter option, you will find few of the them with limited item like paneer or any type of veggies. To add in the list of veg starter, soya chaap not only takes the place in vegetarian category also makes the best alternative for non vegetarian lover too.

Soya Chaap is tasteless by itself but makes the great difference in taste when mixed with spicy flavored yogurt, placed on skewers and grilled to its best taste. 

This was the first time I was trying this recipe. Earlier I had tasted it outside when we were in Delhi, but never tried it at home. Recaping  the story, one week back I had told my husband to order the grocery list which was given by me. Without analysing much he placed the order . Blunder was noticed when items was delivered. This did not shocked me as I always wanted to try recipe of soya chaap but never bother to give a try by myself.  The recipe turned out to be super delicious and was appreciated by everyone. Now onwards it will a routine to pick soya chaap tin on every grocery shopping.

This recipe can be made in oven or on regular tava. Both ways taste better. I tried with on tava method, which makes the recipe more easy and convenient. And that extra punch from lemon juice and dash of  chaat masala makes the recipe divine. If you haven't tried, please do it and I promise you will love it.

For Marination
  • Soya Chaap Chunks on stick - 5 pieces.
  • Thick yogurt - 1/2 cup
  • Fresh Cream - 2 tbsp
  • Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Kashmiri red chilly powder - 1 tsp (more for colour, its mild in taste)
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Chaat masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1&1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Roasted gram flour -1&1/2 tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 1tsp
  • Oil - 1 tbsp 
  • Extra oil- as required for frying in pan

For Serving
  • Butter - 2tbsp
  • Sliced onion - 1/4 cup
  • Chopped cilantro- 2 tbsp
  • Chaat masala for extra taste
  • Lemon juice for extra taste

  • Drain any excess water  from soya chaap after taking it out from tin. Boil some water and place them in the hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. 
  • Drain water from chaap and pat them dry. Then cut them into 2 to 3 inch of pieces.
  • Now mix in all the ingredients given in "Marination" column and make a smooth paste.
  • Place all the soya chaap pieces in the marination paste and mix everything together .
  • Arrange the marianted pieces on the skewers and let it rest for atleast 2 hour. You can place it in refrigerator.
  • Heat butter in non stick pan or tawa on medium flame.
  • Place all the arranged skewers in the pan and cook them till light golden in colour from all the sides.
  • After done, for that extra burnt flavour roll on each skewers on burner flame. You can skip this step.But I suggest you not because believe me it actually make your dish tasty. 

To Serve like Street Style Soya Chaap tikka.
  • Heat some butter in the pan and add in grilled soya chaap pieces in it.
  • Toss them nicely till you see glossy shine on each pieces.
  • Then add sliced onion and chopped cilantro. Mix everything well.
  • Turn off the flame, add in chaat masala and lemon juice.
  • Give a last final mix and here we go Street style Tandoori Soya Chaap Tikka is ready to serve.
  • Tastes great when served hot along with green chutney, sliced onion and lemon pieces.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dalgona Coffee - A Trending Coffee of Lockdown Times

Have you ever tasted or heard of Dalgona Coffee anytime?? Its on trending during this lockdown period. I could see everyone posting recipe of Korean style Dalgona coffee on every social media platform and getting millions of views. Basically this Dalgona Coffee should also be named as "Viral Coffee"

Dalgona coffee has a colour similar to Dalgona, a spongy sugary korean toffee. Hence the coffee got its name.

The name of the coffee make us to think that recipe of it might be little tricky, but believe me it is so easy and simple. Just whip the coffee with sugar and water till frothy and mix it with milk just as you do for a regular Indian hot coffee. But only a thing  you need to know is the actual trick of serving this coffee.

If anyone missing their fancy coffee, you can try out this coffee without much hassle..Without much delay lets start with the recipe.

  • Instant Coffee -2 tbsp
  • Hot Water - 2 tbsp
  • Sugar -2 tbsp
  • Chilled Milk - 2 cups

  • Mix in instant coffee, hot water and sugar into the big bowl.  Whisk it together till you get nice soft peaks of coffee.
  • It may take hardly 3 to 4 minutes to make a  foam.
  • This quantity of coffee foam makes a two serving of small glasses of dalgona coffee.
  • To serve the coffee- Fill in 3/4th of a glass with chilled milk and then pour oven a spoonful of prepared coffee foam.
  • Voila! Dalgona Coffee is ready to serve

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Reliving my US experience #DefinitelyPTE

Settling down today at my home in Bangalore, I am trying to recollect how exciting it was when we decided to move to USA. But the learning that came along with meeting new people and exploring places is definitely worth the mention in this blog. Also this blog was started as a venture on 14th Feb 2012 at my Levittown house.

As I settled into our newly married life, the bigger adjustment/challenges came when I decided to join my husband working on USA on a dependent visa (this visa limits the scope of finding work)

Apart from being away from friends and family, I was happy that my financial independence was not hit hard due to my savings and husband made sure I never felt it. But I did not want this temporary unemployment to erase important time of my professional career. In many industries, rejoining after a break is difficult and teaching industry was no exception

Once in USA, it was becoming difficult to get adjusted to just household chores without getting involved in any office work. As we started the process of starting paper work for getting a work permit, based on my friends suggestions I started looking for jobs on online forums like (upwork, freelancer). Having been in teaching job for a long time, I was hoping that this option would have been a cake walk for me.

It took a while to realize that kirana shops and societal life that we take for granted in india, is not available in USA. However the big malls/stores were accessible in a car. Hardly anyone used to walk. Most of the indian couples staying in our community were working. So it looked odd that i was one of the few person staying back to be at home.  I still decided to keep myself motivated 
But most of the hurdles came when everyone started looking for native English speakers or English certified course. I decided to still try and started by blog foodydelight.  Another option I tried is to join a community college so that I can up-skill myself. But they also needed a English test score for entry. They were open both for IELTS and PTE.

I choose PTE #DefinitelyPTE for five simple reasons
-      Readily available PTE Preparation Course.   This preparation material gave me the required confidence needed to clear the test quickly
-      Recommendation from my friends who had already given this exam and they had benefited from it
-      Easy availability of centers
-      Recommendation from the college (La Salle University, Burlington County college and Rutgers) where I had shortlisted couple of courses to pursue
-      My husband had plans to relocate to other international locations. Given the global acceptance of this test, I was hoping that I could quickly join the workforce and this test could act as top-up qualification
During this time i researched a lot. Talked to different people on the forums/blogs, watched youtube vidoes, connected with other housewives from my husband's company who wanted to work and also attended different meetings that used to occur in our resident community for allowing women reconnect to workforce.
Once I was done with PTE exam, it gave me lot of confidence and improved my skills. As I started pursuing my education, my freelancing career also started flourishing. As I updated my profile with this test qualification, some serious corporations started viewing my applications and gave me test jobs. I was lucky to convert them and my own career started flourishing.

The college experience gave me an idea of American culture along with the slang. The most important part was the network that it added to my career. Though I had been bought up in Indian metros, the college experience also gave me an insight into that America is not what Hollywood is. It is similar to what I guess outsiders think of india on seeing our movies.

No doubt #DefinitelyPTE provided me the much needed breakthrough. With this breakthrough I was able to successfully change my field from teaching to IT testing for few months (quit full time job due to other personal phases of life). 
The whole experience thought me many things. But at the same time it made me appreciate the Indian life much more despite all the complains that we have. I think unless we experience both sides of a coin, we can never appreciate it.

Below are some videos which will give you more information why you should definitely choose PTE

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Sole Fish Curry in Karwari Style

Sole fish is the tasty delicate fish  which is mostly enjoyed in coastal region . In konkani language, sole fish is known as Lepaa. There are many dishes prepared with sole fish. But this particular curry is very popular in Karwar and Karwaris enjoy it  mainly  with hot boiled brown rice or white rice.  Do try this curry and  I am very sure you too will enjoy it...

  • Sole fish - 10 medium nos, cleaned and washed.
  • Onion - 1 medium, chopped
  • Green chillies - 2 nos
  • Salt - 1 tsp +1&1/2 tsp
  • Tumeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil- 1 tsp

Ingredients for ground paste
  • Coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Coriander seeds - 1&1/2 tbsp
  • Dry red chilies - 4 to5 nos
  • Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic - 4 pods
  • Turmeric powder -  1/2 tsp
  • Tamarind paste - 1 tbsp

  • Clean and wash the sole fish.
  • Add 1 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of tumeric in the fish. Mix well and marinate for atleast 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Roast mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds and red chillies on medium flame until you get nice aroma . I did not use oil while roasting but if you need you can roast the masala ingredients using 1tsp of oil.
  • Let the roasted ingredients cool down and then add them into the mixer along with remaining ingredients listed in the"grounded paste" column .
  • Blend everything to the smooth paste.
  • Take out the grounded paste into one pot and add about 1/2 cup of water. Check the consistency of the gravy. It should be semi thick gravy.

  • Bring the gravy to boil, then add chopped onion and chopped green chillies. Mix well
  • Now add marinated sole fish. Cover with lid and cook on medium flame till fish is properly cooked.
  • Sole fish curry is ready to serve hot with plain rice along with fish fry and sole kadi.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Dudhi Sago Kheer

Sabudhana or Sago kheer is the traditional and most common Indian sweet prepared during fasting days. It can easily prepared in less than 20 minutes. Sabudhana is best at its own taste but the it further be innovated by combining with bottlegourd or mango. The fusion not only enhances the flavors of kheer but makes it different from regular sabudhana kheer or sweet. Do try this recipe and relish different version of sabudhana kheer. Lets look in the recipe.

  • Dudhi/ Bottlegourd - 1/2 cup , grated
  • Sago/ Sabudhana  - 1/4 cup
  • Coconut milk - 1&1/2cup
  • Sugar or jaggery - 1/4 cup (adjust the sweetness)
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Cashewnut pieces -2 tbsp
  • Pistachios, chopped - 2 tbsp
  • Raisins - 1 tbsp
  • Ghee - 1&1/2 tbsp

  • Peel and grate dudhi/ bottlegourd into cold water to avoid discoloration of shredded dudhi.
  • Heat ghee in a pan and add  dryfruits and shredded dudhi into it.
  • Stir it till the grated dudhi becomes tender and soft.
  • In another pot take 1 cup of water and add sabudana into it. Boil it till sabudana becomes soft not mushy. 

  • Then add cooked sabudana  into the cooked dudhi. Mix well.
  • Add coconut milk and sugar . Mix well and bring the mixture to boil. Cook for another 5 minutes and switch off the gas.
  • Then add cardamom powder and mix well.
  • Dudhi Sago Kheer is ready to serve hot or cold...
  • Enjoy with your family....