Thursday, 28 November 2013

Deliciously easy dinner for weekend :)

Everyone loves weekends! Nothing can surpass the joy of re tucking in quilt after Fajr! No rushing and screams but bed, blanket and dreams ;p  Though being a Mom you can't indulge into  much of such luxuries still we look forward to them.The most tiring task to me over a weekend is to leave my sofa :P and I have to remind myself over and over again that its been ages I left my bachelor status and my lovely Mom, who used to cook my favourite meals over weekend and now I myself am a MOM and my kids and hubby are eagerly waiting to endeavour something special..phew :/  So I've learnt some super easy and super tasty recipes over the years. Here I'll share three of these no mess,no fuss recipes with you :)

Yogurt Chicken

  • Take the pan in which you will cook your chicken.Pour one and a half cups of yogurt, 1/4th cup of oil, 1 and 1/2 tea spoon of salt, 1/2 tea spoon of black pepper, 1/2 tea spoon of red chili powder ( I'm from Pakistan and red chili is a main part of our cuisine, however you can add paprika instead of it :) ,1/4 tea spoon crushed whole red chillies ( you can omit it or add more of it according to your taste buds :) and 1 table spoon of ginger,garlic paste (optional). Whisk or mix all the ingredients.

  • Add chicken and thoroughly mix in yogurt. 

  • Cover and cook over a medium flame till your chicken is done and oil surfaces(almost half an hour) 
  • Your Chicken is ready! Enjoy :D

  • Here are some variations which will add a twist to this treat.
    • Add 1/4 inches thick potato rounds when your chicken is half done. These tart potatoes enhance the flavour of dish.

    • You can add round slices of capsicum once chicken is done. Cover the lid for five minutes.
    • My favourite twist is to add round cuts one large onion and one lime once chicken is done. Mix gently without covering otherwise it will get soggy. Dish it out and top it with thinly sliced ginger and green chillies. Serve hot with Naan...mmmmMMmmmm ..YuMmmmm! 

    Garlic Rice

    • Heat 1/4 cup of light olive oil (or any vegetable oil of your choice.)
    • Add 2 table spoons of roughly chopped garlic. Saute for one minute over medium flame.
    • Add  3 cups of fresh boiled rice (add salt while boiling) and one cup of chopped spring onion (green part only). Lightly mix, serve and enjoy :)
    My twist is to add one tea spoon of  Chinese salt, two table spoons of soy sauce, quarter tea spoon of chili flakes and few drops of  yellow food colour mixed in milk. Cover it and let it simmer over low flame for five minutes .

    For salad I mixed sweet corn kernels with a bit of black pepper and a table spoon of olive oil.

    Quick Mix Apple Cake
    • Grease an eight inches round pan thoroughly. Sprinkle one heaped table spoon of flour and spread it evenly.

    • Add two eggs, half cup of oil, quarter cup of milk, one cup of all purpose flour, one tea spoon baking powder and half cup of granulated sugar. Mix them with a spoon or wire whisk till ingredients are combined almost one minute.

    • Put two chopped green apples ( there were no green apples so I used the red ones :P ), one table spoon of cinnamon powder, three table spoons of brown sugar and one table spoon of butter or margarine. Microwave for one minute. Mix and gently add to cake batter.

    • Bake in preheated oven at 350 F for 25 to 30 minutes. Insert tooth pick in the centre to check the cake. If its clean your cake is done. Never open your oven door in the first half of baking time.

    Put it in the oven before serving dinner. It will be done when you'll finish your food. Leave it in the pan for seven minutes. Run a butter knife along the sides. Put your platter on top of the pan, tap the bottom and your cake will gently slide on the plate. Serve hot.

    My twist is to add a handful of chopped walnuts to the batter before baking.
    You can replace the apple part with a tea spoon of vanilla and it would be a great recipe for an easy mess free, fuss free vanilla cake :)

    I hope you would enjoy the recipies. If you have any questions then post in the comments and I'll get right back to you inshAllah. Do share your experience and photos here or in our facebook page.

    Have a wonderful and blessed weekend :)

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