Onion, Chicken and Cheese Pizza

No special story for this one…just thought I’d try making Pizza at home…from scratch…as in preparing the dough and all. Frankly, it wasn’t that tough…pretty straight forward. The best pizza place in town is Pizza Express. Luckily for us, it’s just 5 min walk from home 😀 We absolutely love going there after a movie, after a walk or just like that…for no reason at all 😀

So here goes the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Quantity Basic Pizza Dough*
  • Plain Flour for dusting
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, for oiling

Topping:

  • Olive Oil – 2 Tbsp
  • Onions (sliced into rings) – 250 gm
  • Garlic Cloves (crushed) – 2
  • Red Pepper (deseeded and diced) – 1
  • Chicken – 100 gm
  • Mozzarella Cheese (sliced) – 100 gm
  • Tomato Puree – 1/2 a tin or can be made at home by using 2 medium-sized tomatoes
  • Jalapeno Peppers – 2 Tbsp
  • Rosemary springs for garnishing

*To Make Pizza Dough:

(makes 1×25-cm/10-inch pizza)

Ingredients:

  • Plain Flour, plus extra for dusting
  • salt – 1 tsp
  • easy-blend dried yeast – 1 tsp
  • warm water – 6 tbsp
  • olive oil – 1 tbsp

Method:

  • Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and add the yeast. Pour in the water and mix the dough. Finish off with olive oil. Knead for about 5 minutes, then leave in the bowl until double in size. Covering the bowl loosely with cling film helps.
  • Knock out the air from the dough after then knead lightly.
  • Roll out on a floured work surface, ready to use

Toppings for Pizza:

  • Using a rolling-pin, roll out the dough to form a square shape, then place it on an oiled baking tray, pushing out to the edges until even. The dough should be no more than 1/4 inch thick because it will rise during baking
  • To make the topping, heat the olive oil in a heavy-based pan over a low heat. Add garlic, red pepper and chicken pieces and fry for a couple of minutes (chicken does not have be completely cooked as it will baked later)
  • Spread the tomato purĂ©e over the pizza dough, then spread the chicken and pepper topping evenly over the pizza base. Finish off with onions, mozzarella and rosemary.
  • Bake in a preheated oven, 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6, for 20-25 minutes. Serve the pizza hot!

Njoy!!

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Recipe: Nasi Goreng

I get bored preparing the same old Indian recipes at home…so S and I have been experimenting with some other cuisines. I made Nasi Goreng, an Indonesian Rice dish couple of weeks ago. Absolutely loved it. I love anything with rice in it…except probably octopus and other similar creatures 😀

I moulded the recipe according to our taste…but not much…just a bit of chillies and bit of salt..

Here goes the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Rice – 250 (g) {I used Sona Masoori but Basmati is fine}
  • Boiling water – 1 (lt)
  • Turmeric Powder – 1 (tsp)
  • Vegetable Oil – 3 (Tbsp)
  • Spring Onions – 1 Bunch
  • Fresh Root Ginger – 2 1/2 (cm) finely chopped
  • Green/Red Chillies – 2/3
  • Chicken Brest Fillet – 500 gm/thinly slice
  • Garlic Cloves – 2/crushed
  • Soy sauce – 4 Tbsps
  • Prawns – 200 (g)/cooked, peeled, defrosted if frozen {If you want to get rid of the sea smell, cook prawns in some ginger+garlic paste, turmeric powder and salt}
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Coriander for garnish

Method:

  • Cook the rice in boiling salter water, with turmeric added
  • Leave it to dry completely (to avoid rice becoming mushy (mixing with a fork occasionally helps quicken the process)
  • Heat 2 tbsps of oil in a wok or any heave based pan
  • Add half the spring onions, ginger and chillies and stir fry over low heat for 2-3 mins until softened.
  • Add remaining oil and increase the heat to high
  • Add chicken and garlic and stir fry for 5-7 mins
  • Now add rice in 3 batches, stirring after each addition to mix well with other ingredients
  • Add soy sauce and prawns and stir fry for 2-3 mins until hot
  • Transfer to a bowl and mix in lemon juice
  • Sprinkle with remaining spring onions and garnish with coriander

Suggestions:

You can add green peas to and vegetables like boiled carrots and beans  to make it more nutritious.

Enjoy!!

How to Make Strawberry & Raspberry Jam

My very dear friend R made some Blackcurrant jam a while ago. We recently ran out so I decided to make some of my own. It is very easy and everyone can make some. I decided to make some Strawberry & Raspberry Jam. Strawberries were bought from a local super market and I had some frozen Raspberries.

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries (coarsely chopped) – 1 Mug (A Coffee Mug)
  • Raspberries (coarsely chopped) – 3/4 Mug
  • Sugar – 1 Mug (add more if necessary)
  • Lemon Juice – 2 Tbsps

Method:

  • Add the finely chopped Strawberries and Raspberries to a non-stick pan and mix for few minutes.
  • Now add the lemon juice and sugar and mix well.
  • Keep mixing on medium flame until the berries become soft and bubbles start appearing.
  • Now reduce the flame and keep mixing, making sure the mixture hasn’t hardened.
  • Once the mixture reaches the consistency of Jam, turn off the flame and let it cool for a bit. Do not over cook the mixture. Try to keep it mildly liquidy as it will solidify when left out to cool.
  • Transfer it to a clean air-tight bottle.

Tips:

  • Do not let the berries boil until the mixture becomes hard. It has to be loose and you should be able to easily transfer it to a bottle. If it does turn out hard, just heat the jam a little bit before using.

(OK..before you think I took a picture of some ready-made jam…let me tell you that I did not have any fancy jam bottles so had to re-use with an old one 😩

Food Processor for Indian (Asian) Cooking

If you’ve read my ‘About‘ page, you must know that I am a lazy person by nature. I absolutely hate chopping veggies…esp onions and I think most of us do…and I also don’t like cooking for hours and hours together. Some people have all the patience in the world but I don’t 😀 I like it quick. So, I recently bought a Kenwood FP730 Food Processor.

My friend bought one (Kenwood FP530) some time ago and she strongly recommended that I get one too. I was doing some research on the internet to choose the best one but also one which was economical. I read a lot of reviews but not one on how food processors could help with desi cooking so I decided to write one! 🙂

I will write this in an orderly manner…starting with the attachment I use the most and so on.

  • The most important attachment of all is the knife blade (5). I use this attachment for chopping onions, tomatoes, herbs and other vegetables. It is most useful when making Non-Vegetarian dishes which need large quantities of finely chopped onions. I also use this attachment for chopping cabbage, potatoes  and variety of other vegetables for a nice veggie dish. You can also use this attachment to finely mince boneless meat for burgers etc.  There’s also a smaller jar (1) with a knife blade (6) attachment for chopping smaller quantities of onions, tomatoes, herbs and veggies.
  • The next attachment I use quite often is the dough tool (7) for chapathis. It takes only a few minutes for the processor to knead the dough and you can re-knead it in a bowl. Try adding as little water as possible.  Here is a very helpful video.

You can also use the dough tool for mixing ingredients for baking.

  • When making Pilaus, Biriyanis, and any vegetable curries, I prefer long, thin slices of onions. For this, I use the slicing side of discs 3 (you can use disc 2 to get very fine slices). Just chop the onions into a size that fits through the opening. You can also use this if you want long thin slices of carrots, cucumbers for salads. Also use this attachment to chop Beans, Tindora (Dondakaya/Ivy Gourd), Carrots…literally any veggie you prefer in a thin, round shape (I haven’t tried Ladies Fingers yet…will let you know how it goes when I do try them). Make sure that you push in the vegetables holding them vertically with the help of the pushers for a nice round shape.
  • There are some attachments which I don’t use that often but are equally useful…like the julienne style chipper (4), the whiskers, juicers and the shredding sides of discs 2 and 3 for shredding cheese and veggies.

What used to take me at least half hour now takes me just a couple of minutes. It saves time and energy. The hubby made Mutton Pulao today in literally under an hour when it used to take atleast 2 hrs.  All the chopping, the tears are gone!

The FP730 has a 1000 watts motor which is quite powerful and takes only a couple of minutes to chop. It is very quick and efficient piece of machinery. I will suggest everyone to buy one 🙂