Chicken is definitely a winter or monsoon time delicacy. But believe me, there is actually no season for hardcore chicken lovers (like me). The rising temperature during summer season doesn’t actually leave with an appetite to enjoy spicy food. During the summer season, it is actually suggested to consume less spicy food because light food is easy to digest and helps in staying fit. So, to give the chicken a summer special touch, here is my special lemon pepper chicken. Lemon makes the chicken tender and adds a nice smell. Pepper is any day a better option than red chili powder. It provides a healthy heart, promotes a good digestive tract, and mitigates migraine.
Believe me, chicken also loves these two items and you will know that when you will have a piece of this chicken in your mouth.
What All You Need?
Chicken: 500 gms
Garlic (peeled and finely chopped): 25-30 cloves
Onion Paste: 5 tsp
Lemon Juice: 6-7 tsp
Cumin Seeds: 2 tsp
Salt: As per taste. But during marinade use 2 tsp
Black Pepper (Crushed): 7 tsp (you may reduce it in case you need it less spicy)
Coriander Leaves (finely chopped): 2 tsp
Butter: 4 tsp
Youghurt: ½ cup
Milk: ½ cup
Hot water: As required.
How To Marinade?
To marinade firstly, clean the chicken pieces well and pat them dry.
Make some cuts on the chicken so that the pieces soak spices during marination.
Now in a large mixing bowl mix 2 tsp of butter, 4 tsp of black pepper powder, 2 tsp of salt, 5 tsp of onion paste, 6 tsp of lemon juice, and half the peeled and chopped garlic. Make sure each and every ingredient should mix very well.
Now put the chicken pieces in this aromatic mix and coat the chicken nicely.
Keep this large bowl covered inside your refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour and a maximum of 4 hours.
Tip: The more your marinade this chicken recipe, the softer, juicier, and tastier your chicken would be.
How To Cook Lemon Pepper Chicken?
First of all, take out the chicken from the refrigerator and keep it in room temperature for a while.
Now, take a clean wok and put the remaining 2 tsp of butter in it.
Put 2 tsp of cumin seeds and let it crackle.
Now put the rest half of the peeled and chopped garlic and stir well.
Whisk the yoghurt and milk well in the meantime.
Once the garlic turns golden brown, put the pieces of chicken. Take care of the excess juices (they should not drop in your wok)
Stir the chicken for 5 minutes. Put the lid on and let it cook itself for another 5 minutes.
Now take the yoghurt and milk mix and pour it.
Meanwhile, keep the hot water ready too.
Let the yoghurt and milk mix in the chicken very well. Put the lip on and let it boil for 5 minutes.
Remove the lid and pour the remaining 3 tsp of black pepper powder and coriander leaves.
Give a nice mix and pour some hot water as per your requirement.
Check the salt and cover with the lid and let the whole chicken mix for another 10 minutes.
Open the lid, taste it once.
You may now garnish with a dash of cream and another spoon or two of lemon juice.
Serve with cumin rice or roti or paratha and don’t forget to let me know if you liked this recipe or not!
Planning to host a party for your friends over the weekend? Long conversations, drinks, and good food can easily turn an ordinary evening into a memorable one. But there is one more thing that you can add to your party celebration to feed and please the crowd. Yes, we are talking about sweet and delicious desserts!
Now you must be thinking desserts mean long sessions of baking and you are not up for it. So, we are going to share some easy homemade dessert recipes here that taste amazing and make your party super fun.
Mississippi Mud Pie: It is a chocolate based dessert pie, which is the perfect summer dessert and quite easy to make.
½ cup melted butter
1 packet of Oreo
1 container of warm fudge ice cream topping
4 ltr vanilla ice cream
2 cups of chopped nuts
Crush Oreos in a blender and mix with melted butter.
Press cookie crust in a cake pan.
Keep ice-cream in room temperature for about 30-25 minutes. Once it softens, then spread ice-cream on the Oreo crust and freeze for 2 hours.
Then pour warm fudge topping over ice-cream and freeze for about 6-8 hours until well chilled.
Now cut it into serving-size pieces with a knife. Top every serving with whipped topping, drizzled hot fudge, nuts, and crushes Oreos and your Mississippi mud pie is ready to serve.
Strawberry & Snickers Sticks: Easy to make dessert by stringing cut-up candies and sliced strawberries on bamboo skewers.
8 large strawberries cut into half
6 Snickers bars cut into half
Coarse sea salt
4 bamboo skewers
Place parchment paper on a baking sheet.
Thread the strawberries and Snickers pieces alternately on bamboo skewers.
Now transfer them to the baking sheet and freeze for at least 4 hours.
When ready to serve, transfer the frozen fruit and chocolate sticks to a serving plate, drizzle with the caramel sauce, and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
No Bake Mascarpone Cheese Fruit Tarts: A homemade graham cracker crust layered with cheese and fresh berries.
For the crust-
1 ½ cups of crushed graham crackers
6 tsp unsalted melted butter
1 tsp sugar
For the filling-
1 cup mascarpone cheese
3 ½ cups of chilled heavy cream
3 tsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Add graham cracker, butter, and sugar in a mixing bowl and mix it well. The texture should be similar to wet sand.
Divide the crust between 4 tarts, press it down firmly, and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. You can also bake the crust by placing in a 375-degree oven for 5-6 minutes or until it turns golden brown.
To prepare the filling, add heavy cream into a stand mixer fitted with a whisk arrangement and whip until the cream turns soft. Now, take it out of the bowl and keep aside.
In the same bowl, add mascarpone cheese, vanilla extract, and sugar to the stand mixer fitted with a whisk arrangement. Whisk until it turns smooth.
Place the whipped cream into the mascarpone cheese mixture. Now put it back on the stand mixer and whisk until well combined.
Put filling into the tarts and place them in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. Before serving, top them with fresh berries.
Watermelon-Lime Slushie: Perfect slushie for a summer party treat that will make your guests feel refreshing.
5 to 3 kgs watermelon
Simple light syrup
½ cup of lime juice
Zest of 2 limes
¼ cup of water
¼ tablespoon salt
Remove the skin and seeds of the watermelon and cut it into 2-inch pieces.
Make the simple syrup by combining 2 tsp sugar, ¼ cup water, and ¼ teaspoon salt in a saucepan and put it on a stove. Bring it to boil and then reduce the heat until the sugar dissolves completely.
Now remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the zest of lime and lemon juice and stir it well. Let it cool completely and then strain it into a bowl.
Now blend half of the simple syrup mixture and half of the melon in a blender until it turns smooth.
Strain it into a square pan and repeat the process with the remaining syrup and watermelon. Then transfer it to the same square pan. Cove it and freeze for about 8 hours.
Take it out of the fridge. Transfer to glasses, add a splash of soda water and serve with fruits.
Cottage Cheese Fluff: A delightful dessert prepared by mixing low-fat cottage cheese and flavored gelatin of your choice.
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
A cup of drained mandarin oranges
1 package flavored gelatin (as per your choice)
One cup drained unsweetened crushed pineapple
1 carton of frozen whipped topping
Combine cottage cheese and gelatin powder in a large bowl.
Stir in the oranges and pineapple and mix well.
Before serving, place whipped topping over the mixture.
It’s summers! This tangy and lip-smacking alcoholic beverage is perfect for your parties or get together(s)! Learn how to make a piquant sangria for all your friends when they come over next time. This easy-peasy-lemon (citric fruits)-squeezy (literally) recipe would help you make the tastiest sangria!
For the first step,
What is Sangria?
Sangria is an alcoholic beverage made with red wine, traditionally. It has hints of fruit juices and brandy. The drink originally from Spain is now worldwide known and loved. The modern versions of this drink are also made is with White wine, obviously, however, people prefer.
Now let’s get making!
Prep time-5 Mins
Apples- 2 (Diced)
Lemon Juice- 2 Tbsps.
Spanish Red Wine- 750ml standard bottle
Brandy- 1/4 cup
Orange Juice- 1/2 cup
How to make-
In a pitcher or a big glass jug, fill it with all the fruits.
Pour the Red Wine (Quantity as preferred) in that pitcher and stir it well.
Your Sangria’s ready! (That Easy!) Refrigerate before serving for about 3-4 hours. Overnight preferably.
Stir it well again before pouring into the glasses.
You can also add sparkling water to give some bubbles!
This drink can be stored in the fridge for 2 days.
It was this easy and quick to have this zesty drink! Get partying with your friends or treat ‘yo self!
Chocolates are love. And even tastier when it’s paired with a soft crunch of cookies. Chocolate cookies are ultimate snacks for evening tea, morning coffee, or after your mid-day meal. Basically, you can have chocolate cookies anytime because they’re so delicious. Every good thing has to come to an end. Cookies don’t have to. For that let’s learn how to make this scrumptious crunchy chocolate cookies.
Ingredients (What you’ll need to make them)-
Butter – 1 Full Cup
White Sugar- 1 & ½ Cups
Vanilla Extract- 2 Teaspoons
All Purpose Flour- 2 Cups
Salt- ¼ Teaspoon
Cocoa Powder- 2/3 Cup
Baking Soda- ¾ Teaspoon
Chocolate Chips- 2 Cups
Keeping it super simple and easy to understand to make these. Follow these steps-
Before you start the baking, preheat the oven to have the required temperature for the dough to be baked. Preheat at 175-200 degrees C
Once you’ve set the oven to preheat. On the other side, take a large bowl for the batter. For that add the butter (make sure it’s softened), white sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and mix it well till it’s blended and fluffy in texture.
Take another bowl and add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix it well too.
Now that you have two different bowls of one batter and other powdered mixture. Combine both well by pouring the batter into the bowl with flour and all. Mix it well until blended. Make sure there are no lumps.
Next, you take an oven tray and spread a greased cookie sheet. Drop the mixture with the help of teaspoon size spoons.
Once you’re done with the dropping process. Leave spaces between as when they bake, obviously they increase in their size.
Put the oven tray inside the pre-heated oven and bake this for 8-10 minutes.
Take them out and carefully put them on the wire racks to cool all of them down.
After it’s done, enjoy these scrumptious-crunchy-chocolaty cookies with your favorite beverage. Store them in an air-tight container to enjoy it for a few more days.
Food is the source of energy which keeps us healthy and alive. It doesn’t take time to eat as long as it takes to cook. Cooking again is a long process. Firstly, you have to decide what you want to eat, what is good and healthy to eat, what food items to avoid, etc. Then you have to walk or drive up to the market or place an order online. Finally, when the raw vegetables, fruits, and spices arrive, you have to clean them before cooking or eating them. In our modern day living, where most people prefer to stay away from family, nuclear family, in the hostel, etc. knowing the art of cooking is necessary. And more than that, knowing the easy to cook recipes or 5-minute food recipes are essential. Many a times it happens that after returning from office, you still sit back late to work on your laptop and then either you order food from outside or simply have nothing to sustain you.
This 5-minute food recipe would surely help you to stay fit, healthy, and satisfied. Now 5 minutes doesn’t literally mean that these recipes are prepared within the exact 5 minutes. These recipes are hassle-free and thus you don’t have to stand for long hours in the kitchen. Just count two whistles, give a churn in your mixer, or wait for the microwave to turn off – your dish is ready to give you energy!
Another important tip lies for those staying alone: Make a habit of bringing your weekly vegetable and fruits stock and keep them safe in your refrigerator. During the weekend evening, chop your vegetables like carrots, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, etc. and keep them in airtight bags that retains freshness. That way, your 5 minutes recipes would become faster!
Oats & Veggie Khichdi
Khichdi is a famous Indian dish made with rice, lentils, and veggies. Veggie stuffed oats khichdi can be eaten during breakfast, lunch, or dinner and it is one of the healthiest food recipes.
1 cup Instant Oats, 1/2 cup Moong Dal or Split Yellow Lentils, 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil, 2-3 Cloves, 2 inch Cinnamon, 1 tsp Cumin Seeds, 1/4 tsp Hing or asafetida, 1/2 cup Onion Chopped, 1 tsp grated Ginger, 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder, 1/4 cup Carrot Cut into small pieces, 1/4 cup Beans Cut into small pieces, 2 tsp Peas, 2 tbsp Corn, salt and pepper to taste.
Firstly, heat the vegetable oil in a pressure cooker and one by one drop cumin seeds, cloves, and let the lovely aroma fill in your heart.
Now add asafetida or hing and let it splutter for a few seconds.
No add the grated ginger and onion fry until onion turns luminous or golden brown.
Now add oats and the lentils followed by 4 cups of water, all the chopped veggies, salt, pepper, and turmeric powder.
Pressure cook the Oats and Veggie Khichdi and wait for 1 whistle in high heat followed by 2 whistles in low heat.
Serve this tasty and healthy dish with a drop of butter or ghee.
Jumbo Veggie Omelet
Eggs are amazing! In boiled form or poached, or fried, or baked – nothing can come near to the soft and smooth taste of eggs really. So, if you are also an egg fan, then sometimes you can prepare a jumbo veggie omelet to sustain you all through the day! The egg white contains Vitamin B2 and lower amounts of fat than the yolk. Eggs are also rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron, and copper.
All you need is 2-3 eggs and all your favorite veggies. 1 and a half spoon of all veggies like carrots, cabbage, broccoli, tomato, onion, tomatoes, coriander, and mushrooms/paneer, 2-3 garlic cloves, some salt and pepper, and oil for frying.
Take 1 and a half spoon of all veggies like carrots, cabbage, broccoli, tomato, onion, tomatoes, coriander, and mushrooms/paneer.
Also, take 2-3 cloves of garlic.
Now give a nice mix of salt and pepper. Put some oil on the frying pan and let these veggies lose their raw smell.
In case you like your veggies crunchier then don’t fry them much.
Whisk 2-3 eggs very well in a bowl.
Keep the veggies aside and pour half a spoon of oil or butter and pour half of the egg on the pan.
Let the bubbles disappear and then spread your favorite veggies into it.
Finally, cover the veggies with the remaining eggs.
Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Then flip and cook for another 2 minutes.
Enjoy your amazing omelet with your favorite beaten coffee, orange juice, or ginger tea.
Cake In A Mug
Sometimes all you need is a nice chocolate cake! But as you stay alone, preparing a whole half kilo cake would be a waste of your time and energy both until and unless you have called guests or friends at your place. And the craving for a chocolate cake is something that can arise at 3 A.M, at night. So, this is the recipe to help yourself.
All you need for this cake in a mug recipe are – 3 tsp of all-purpose flour, choco chips, milk, vegetable oil, 2 tsp of cocoa powder, 1/4th tsp of baking powder, and 1 and a half tsp of sugar. Vanilla extract is optional for you which you must use in case of inclusion of egg in the recipe.
Take a 12-ounce microwave-safe ceramic mug put the dry ingredients first which are flour, sugar, baking powder, and cocoa powder.
Then pour the liquid ingredients like milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla (optional).
Now stir in the choco chips.
Put the mug in a microwave on high for 90 seconds.
Remember not to overcook the cake and let the cake cool before jumping into it.
Lentils & Veggie Soup
Lentils should not be missed from your regular diet chart because they are not only tasty but have all the required proteins that can keep you safe and sound. Be it brown, green, yellow, red, or black — any type of lentil is low in calories & rich in iron and folate. They also have health-promoting polyphenols and may reduce several heart disease risk factors. A bowl of lentils and veggie soup would be a perfect dinner for you.
½ cup lentils (masoor dal), 1 cup of carrots sliced in ½ inch pieces, ½ cup of green beans, 1 cup of celery, 3 medium-size tomatoes cut into pieces, half inch ginger in thin slices, ½ tsp turmeric and pepper, 1 and a half tsp of salt. (1/2 cup masoor daal can sustain 4 people) For seasoning: 2 tsp clarified butter (ghee) or 2 tablespoons oil, ½ tsp cumin seed, ½ tsp garam masala.
Firstly, wash the masoor daal and soak it in 2 cups of water for at least 1 hour. Because by soaking the lentils increase in volume.
Now heat 4 cups of water in a pressure cooker on medium high heat and pour the lentils followed by salt, turmeric, black pepper, ginger, carrots, green beans, celery, and tomatoes.
Now close the pressure cooker and as the pressure cooker starts steaming turn the heat down to medium and cook for about 6 minutes.
Mix daal or lentil well and in case the lentil is thick, add some warm water and check the salt content too.
Now for the seasoning, heat oil, ghee, or butter and add cumin seeds and garam masala in it.
Once it splutters, remove from heat and pour it over the lentils.
Greek Yoghurt With Berries & Nuts
Greek Yoghurt is yummy and also has many health benefits. This recipe can be taken in the morning or night as per your choice. All you have to do is mix your favorite berries and nuts in Greek yogurt. This is a nutritious food recipe that has all the essential amino acids that help in building muscles and fiber to prevent blood sugar. Don’t forget a handful of walnuts in this recipe for that omega-3 fatty acids.
All you need for this recipe is a packet of Greek Yoghurt, berries of your choice, nuts that you like, and some honey.
Take 1 cup of plain Greek Yoghurt and prepare 1 cup of mixed berries and 1/4th cup of nuts and mix them well. In case you feel to have it sweeter, add a dash of honey.
Try these quick and easy recipes and in case you have your recipes, then feel free to share with us.