Category Archives: Snacks

Onion Rings !!!!

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Who doesn’t love onion rings !!! At least I can’t resist myself jump at those golden rings of joy , no matter what is the time , whatever is my health condition or where I am !! I just had a gall bladder removal surgery and I’m strictly told not to indulge myself in any junk and fried foods !! These days , I feel bad looking at my kids , they are bored and is missing my handmade foods !! So what would be a great excuse than that !! Decided to make a bowl of happiness – onion rings !! After ten dull days , I think I deserve a little happiness.. :/

Ingredients :

2 Medium sized onion , cut crosswise

For the batter:

3/4 th cup flour
2 tbl spoon cornstarch
1/2 cup- 3/4 th cup chilled water ( you may need a little more to make a thick batter)
1 tea spoon baking powder
1/4 th tea spoon baking soda
1 tea spoon red chili powder
Salt to taste
1 egg white, beaten ( optional, but I would recommend it )

For dredging :

Dry flour mixture :

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup bread crumbs
chili powder

Procedure :

1. Separate the rings from the onion slices .

2. Make a batter with the ingredients mentioned above . Coat the rings carefully with the batter .

3. Now dredge on the dry flour mixture .

4. Fry on medium flame until golden brown .

Enjoy !!!

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Classic Chana bhuna/ chola bhuna /boot bhuna

Classic Chana bhuna/ chola bhuna /boot bhuna

Classic Chana bhuna/ chola bhuna/ boot bhuna

Iftar in Ramadan in Bangladesh is synonymous with Chaana bhuna !!! This is the must item in iftar !!! Here you go with the classic chana bhuna recipe !!!

Ingredients :

2 cups of Kala chana / black chickpea
1/2 cup sliced onion
2 tea spoon ginger paste
1 tea spoon garlic paste
Less than half tea spoon turmeric powder
1/2 tea spoon chili powder
1/2 tea spoon cumin powder ( dry roasted and grinded)
1/2 tea spoon garam masala powder
3/4 th teaspoon chaat masala
1 potato , boiled
2 dried chilies ( optional)
2 split green chilies
1 tea spoon lemon zest
Salt to taste
Oil
2 tbl spoon thin tamarind juice ( optional)

Other ingredients :

Dried chilies , fried ( for garnish)
Julian cut ginger
Chopped mint
Sliced onion

Procedure :

1. Soak the black chick pea for at least 5/6 hours .

2. Boil the chickpeas and potato . Drain out the water . Don’t add any salt . Now wash the chickpeas in freash water . Drain well .

3. Heat oil . Temper with dried chilies . Add the sliced onion . Fry until soft . Add the ginger paste , garlic paste . Add little water , then add turmeric, chili powder , garam masala powder . Fry well . add the boiled potato , cut in cubes . Add the chickpeas . Fry for a while . Add salt and water . Add the tamarind juice and split green chilies . Don’t add too much water . Around Half a cup .

4. When the water dries out stir continuously so than it’s not burnt. Add the cumin powder and chaat masala . Mix with lemon zest .

5. Garnish with julian cut ginger , fried red chilies and sliced onion .

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Garlic-Cheese toast

Garlic-Cheese toast

Garlic-Cheese toast

Ingredients :

6 slices of bread
1/3 rd cup olive oil/ butter / cream cheese ( I used olive oil and cream cheese both )
1 tbl spoon grated garlic
Mozzarella / cheddar cheese ( I took Mexican 4 cheese)
Sliced bell pepper/ capsicum
Any dried herb/ I used Italian seasoning ( optional)

Procedure :

1. Preheat the oven to 400 FH . Cut the breads in halves .

2. Brush olive oil or butter or cream cheese . I brushed the bread with olive oil then spread cream cheese . 🙂

3. Rub some grated garlic over the bread .

4. spread grated cheese over the bread . Arrange sliced bell pepper . Sprinkle some seasoning .

5. Bake until toasted , around 15 minutes . Time may vary depending on the temperature.

 

Notes :

1. You can heat the olive oil for few minutes . Add the chopped garlic then . Use after it cools down . You get youe own garlic olive oil . 🙂

2. If you want to make them ahead of time , you can do it . Just don’t toast them . Cover them with a plastic or cling film and store in the freezer . Take them out and bake in the pre-heated oven , whenever you want . 🙂

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Piyaju / lentil fritters / Muchmuche Piyaju / Crunchy Piyaju

Crunchy Piyaju/ lentil fritters

Crunchy piyaju/ lentil fritters

Ingredients:

1/3rd cup musoor ( red lentil) daal
Little less than 1/4 th cup, Moong ( yellow lentil )
Little less than 1/4th cup, split Bengal gram/ chana daal/ chola daal
2 tbl spoon split green pea ( motor daal ) , optional
2 tea spoon grated ginger
Half of a medium potato, grated
1/2 tea spoon red chili powder
Chopped Mint ( you may use chopped cilantro too or both , but I wanted only mint flavor , so didn’t add any cilantro)
Chopped onion
Chopped green chili
Salt to taste

Procedure:

1. Soak the lentil for at least 2-3 hours.

2. Drain out the water and blend it in a coffee grinder without adding any water . I use my magic bullet , but if you don’t have magic bullet do it in a coffee grinder . Don’t blend it smooth . It should be half blended.

3. Add all other ingredients with it and keep it in the deep fridge while you heat the oil for frying .

4. Heat the oil and make round flat ball with the lentil mixture , put them in the hot oil and deep fry on medium low heat . Don’t try to turn over until they got brown otherwise the piyaju may fall apart!!!!!
Enjoy!!!!!!

Smörgåstårta

Smörgåstårta

Smörgåstårta

Smörgåstårta is a Scandinavian , more specifically Swedish savory sandwich cake . It has several layers , most often , the bread used is light rye bread and layered with seafood , chicken , ham , bakon , egg , frosted with a creamy frosting and decorated with vegetables , seafood , egg or any food of your choice .

Now a days it has several versions . Use your imagination and taste bud to create this edible, beautiful piece of art . 🙂

Ingredients :

8 slices of sandwich bread
Lettuce leaves
Fillings

Filling # 1 :

Avacado and chicken salad :

Cut one avocado and scoop out the flesh . Mash well . Add some shredded chicken and mustard sauce in it . Sprinkle some salt if you wish . Ready .

Filling # 2:

Take half cup of boiled crab meat . In separate bowl , mix 3 tbl spoon of mayonnaise with 1 tea spoon of tomato ketchup and little lime juice . Mix with the crab meat . Ready .

Filling # 3:

Mix Mayonnaise with little black pepper powder , salt and sugar . Add the grated carrot and cheddar cheese with it . Your filling is ready !!!

You may add any filling of your choice , like egg , shrimp , beef . 🙂

For frosting:

1/2 cup heavy cream
3 tbl spoon of mayonnaise
2 tbl spoon of sour cream ( you can substitute sour cream with yogurt , but try to drain the water from the yogurt well )
1 tbl spoon icing sugar

For garnish:

Carrot , cucumber , radish , basil leaves , grape tomatoes , boiled eggs .

Procedure :

1. Cut the brown edges of the breads and these breads will be arranged in a rectangle shape . For that 4 slices in one side and other 4 slices on the other side making a rectangle shape .

2. Now Put 2 slices of bread side by side . Cover with lettuce and spread the first avocado-chicken filling . Now cover them with 2 pieces of breads.

3. Now again cover the bread with lettuce and spread the 2nd filling , the crab filling evenly . Cover with another two pieces of breads .

4. Now again some lettuce over bread and the third carrot-cheddar filling and final cover with the remaining two pieces of breads .

5. Beat the chilled heavy cream until stiff , now add the mayonnaise , sour cream and icing sugar . Beat again . Frost the sandwich cake with the frosting . and garnish with cucumber , carrot , reddish , basil leave, grape tomatoes and eggs . You can use shrimp , orange , pineapple, corn , peas , egg roe anything of your choice to garnish , just apply your imagination.

Notes :

1. You can add cream cheese in the frosting or can make the frosting with only cream cheese and sour cream . For that take 1 cup of cream cheese with half cup of sour cream and 2 tbl spoon of icing sugar together and beat well until creamy . Cream cheese should be of room temperature .

2. For the filling , you canuse tuna , egg or anything of your choice .

Fish loaf

Fish loaf

Fish loaf

I love baking cakes and I love fish too . So how about something like savory cake or like meatloaf!!! I already have Tuna loaf recipe in my blog . You can take a look on that recipe too . Here’s the link of Tuna loaf recipe ,https://khadizaskitchen.com/2013/01/22/tuna-loaf/ . But this fish loaf recipe is completely different from the Tuna loaf recipe . I used Rohu fish , you can use any big fish . 🙂 The whole process has three parts . The first part involves boiling the fish pieces with little spice then debone them . Next step involves baking as a loaf and the third and final part is shallow frying in butter or oil . It tastes awesome . 🙂

Ingredients :

8/9 big pieces of Rohu Fish , boiled with 2 tea spoon of ginger-garlic paste , salt and 1 bayleaf
1 medium potato, boiled and mashed
2 eggs
3 tbl spoon of sour cream
2 tbl spoon of heavy cream
2 tbl spoon of ghee
1 ta spoon of kabab masala
3 tbl spoon of Fried onion or breshta
1/2 cup of chopped spinach
2 tbl spoon of chopped cilantro
1 tea spoon of white pepper powder
1 tbl spoon of chopped green chilies
Salt to taste

Procedure:

1. Debone the boiled fish pieces and take out the flesh . Don’t take the skin . While boiling , don’t put too much water . Water releases from the fish too . so don’t boil with excess water.

2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 FH and grease and line a loaf pan with parchment / wax paper .

3.In a food processor combine all the ingredients and blend until incorporated .

4. Put the fish into the pan , rub some oil over it and bake for 50 minutes . Now broil another 10/ 15 minutes or until you get the golden brown color on the top . Broil at 400 FH .

5. Now let it cool completely . Otherwise you may find difficulty in slicing . Slice and you can preserve it in fridge until you are ready for the final step .

6. Shallow fry in butter or oil just like you fry fishes . One thing to be noted shallow frying here doesn’t mean too little oil . 🙂

Enjoy with Pulao , biriyani or any fried rice or just as it is . 🙂

Garlic Potato

Garlic Potato

Garlic Potato

Ingredients :

4/ 5 potatoes
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
1 tea spoon of garlic
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
Cheddar cheese
Oil for frying
Olive oil for rubbing the potatoes before baking
Italian seasoning (optional)

Procedure:

1. Wash the potatoes very well . Don’t peel . Now make several crosswise cuts into it making sure not to slice the potato completely .

2. Rub some olive oil over the potatoes and bake @ 450 FH for 45 minutes .

3. Deep fry it until crunchy . Let it cool.

4. Make a mixture of mayonnaise and garlic and white pepper . You can add little sugar in it too to sharpen the taste . Now put the mixture into every slits of the potato . Put some cheddar cheese too. Sprinkle some Italian seasoning over the potatoes .Now bake again in a pre-heated oven for 15 minutes at 400 FH .

Enjoy!!!!

Crispy Fried Chicken

Crispy Fried Chicken

Crispy Fried Chicken

I have experimented so many times before developing this recipe and alhamdulillah it turned out to be just perfect .For the restaurant style crispy fried chicken , you have to follow 3 simple steps !!! Often our fried chickens are dried out and becomes tasteless while frying and often the outside is not crispy at all , rather becomes very soggy !!! Here you go with some tricks , that would make the chicken , juicy and tender inside and at the same time the outer crust would be super crispy in Sha Allah!!! 🙂

Step 1:

Brine the chicken : That would make the chicken juicy and tender even after deep frying . It enhances the flavor too .

Ingredients :

6 pieces of chicken drumstick
1/2 a cup milk
1 tbl spoon yogurt
1 tbl spoon of sugar
2 tea spoon of salt

Prick the chicken pieces with a fork and soak them into the mixture of milk , yogurt , sugar and salt for at least 4 hours . The more the better . After 4 hours take the chicken pieces out of the mixture and pat dry with a kitchen towel .

Step 2 :

Marinade the chicken:

Ingredients :

1 egg
1/2 a cup of flour
1/3 rd cup of milk
1 tea spoon White or black pepper powder
1 tea spoon ( heaped) chili powder / paprika
1 tea spoon garlic paste
1 tea spoon ginger paste
Sugar 1 tea spoon
Salt to taste

Marinade the chicken pieces in this batter for another 2 hours at least . If you find the marinade too dry , add little milk too for the right consistency .

Step 3 :

Coating :

Ingredients :

2/3 rd cup of flour
2/3 rd cup of rice flour
1/4 th cup of Cornflour / corn starch
1 tea spoon of garlic powder
1/2 tea spoon of ginger powder
1 tea spoon of Chili powder
1/2 tea spoon of white pepper powder
1/2 tea spoon of baking powder
1 star anise crushed into powder ( optional , though it gives beautiful flavor )
1 tea spoon of chicken stock powder / or one chicken stock cube , powdered
Salt to taste

This coating mixture will be dry . Mix them together .

Other important ingredient:

1 bowl of chilled water

Procedure :

1. Take out the chicken pieces from the marinade and coat in the coating mixture . Now this step is important . soak them all into the chilled water.

2. Now Again roll into the coating mixture . The coating should not be smooth . It should look like this

soaking into the chilled water would make the coating look crumbly . If your coating is crumbly , your chicken will be crispy . Rest the chicken pieces into the fridger for at least half n hour before frying .

3. Heat oil on medium low flame and then place the chicken pieces into the oil . The chicken should be submerged into oil . Don’t try to turn over until one side is golden brown . Fry both side very well . You can fry the chicken with lid on . But many times I forgot to do so . But that doesn’t really make any difference . The temperature of oil is very important to get the crispy crust .

Enjoy with your favorite dip , sauce and French fries !!

Stromboli , Folded Pizza

Stromboli , Folded Pizza

Stromboli , Folded Pizza

Stromboli !! this is kind of folded Pizza , ingredients though Italian, usually salami , pepperoni , provolone cheese , mozarella, it is indeed originated in USA back in 50s and named after the famous Ingrid Bergman starred movie “Stromboli” by the Romanos in Philadelphia .

Ingredients: (Would make 12″ long 2 Strombolis)

2 and 1/4 th cup of All purpose flour
2 tea spoon yeast
2 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tbl spoon of milk powder
1 beaten egg
4 tbl spoon of oil+ 1 tbl spoon of ghee/butter ( ghee is better)
Luke warm liquid milk , enough to make a dough ( it took me almost 1/2 a cup milk)

For Stuffing:

Prepared shredded chicken or beef mince or both ( you can take salami , pepperoni , bologna , I ran out my halal salami so made with the ground meat )
Provolone cheese
Mozzarella, cheddar cheese
Green and yellow bell pepper, Italian pepper
Onion
Pizza sauce or any sauce of your choice
1 tea spoon Finely grated garlic
Italian seasoning

Other ingredients:

1 beaten egg for egg wash
Olive or any vegetable oil for oil brush
Italian seasoning

For prepared beef mince , I boiled the mince with soy sauce , little salt and ginger-garlic paste until dried out. Then , in oil , added the mince , and added little oyster sauce , carrot , onion and chopped capsicum and chilies .

For Shredded chicken , just boil the chicken breast with soy sauce , ginger paste and whole black pepper . Dry out the water and shred the chicken pieces .

Procedure:

1. Combine all the ingredients ( that is flour , yeast , sugar , salt , milk powder , egg, 1 tbl spoon of ghee )except 4 tbl spoon oil . Now make a soft dough . Don’t make a hard , tight dough . The softer is your dough the , softer is the bread . So , you may need a little more milk too . First , the dough may seem very sticky . Now add the oil and knead . Now it will be easier to knead . Knead very well, so that the dough becomes glossy and smooth . The dough will come together and won’t stick any more . Knead for at least 10 minutes . The more you knead , the softer bread you get . If you find little sticky at the end , you may add little oil . Form the dough into a ball and rub some oil over it .

2. Now put the dough in a greased , closed lid box and place it in a warm place .. It may take an hour or more to get the dough double in volume . If it becomes fluffy and double in volume , the dough is ready to make the Stromboli. Sometimes it may get longer time to rise . Sometimes it takes almost 2 and half hour to rise up and to be fluffy . So don’t do anything until it rise up in volume and becomes fluffy .

3. Punch down all the air form the dough . Now roll out the dough into a square . The quantity mentioned in the recipe will make two 12″ long stromboli .Don’t use too much extra flour to roll out . It may make your bread hard . Just roll them on a slightly flour dusted counter top .

4.Spread pizza sauce over most of the dough, leaving a 2 inch border. Now arrange the stuffing demonstrated in the pic .

5. Brush with olive or any other vegetable oil , then brush with beaten egg . Sprinkle with Italian seasoning . Cover with a cling film and let it rise for another half n hour .

6. In the mean time pre-heat the oven at 400 FH or 200 centigrade . Bake the Stromboli for 15-20 minutes . it took me 17 minutes . May vary oven to oven . But don’t over bake , that would dry out the bread . 🙂 After removing from the oven rub some butter over it for soft and glossy look . This would keep your bread soft for a longer time .

Notes:

1. I have many followers living in Bangladesh and ask me to give the ingredients available in Bangladesh . Trust me , you will find every ingredients mentioned above in Bangladesh in big super stores . If you don’t find Provolone cheese , leave it . Mozzarella , cheddar is available .
If you don’t find the Italian seasoning , make your own with these ingredients , they are available in Bangladesh ;

2 Tablespoons basil
2 Tablespoons marjoram
2 Tablespoons oregano
2 Tablespoons rosemary
2 Tablespoons thyme
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined. keep it in the air tight container . 🙂

Fish Finger/ Fish stick

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Fish Finger/ Fish stick

Ingredients:

Fillet of any white fish , cut in 10 strips ( I took Basa fillet)
2 eggs
4 tbl spoon of all purpose flour
Lemon juice
1 and 1/2 tea spoon crushed white or black pepper
salt to taste
1/4 th tea spoon nutmeg powder ( optional)
Panko ( Japanese ) or any other bread crumb
Oil to fry

Procedure:

1. Marinate the fillet strips with lemon juice and crushed black or white pepper . Make a batter with 2 eggs and 4 tbl spoon of all purpose flour . Add salt and little nutmeg powder . Now add the fish strips and allow to rest for at least half n hour to infuse the flavor .

2. Coat with bread crumbs and fry in a frying pan with enough oil . It shoud not be deep fried but must be fried with enough oil ..