Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Grilled Tandoori Chicken

Grilled Tandoori Chicken


Sizzling Tandoori Chicken on the grill
Grilled Tandoori Chicken, ready to eat!
Tandoori Chicken (after grilling )



I cannot believe summer is almost over. This has been the hottest summer so far; I am making the most of it. Tandoori chicken is my favorite Indian recipe to do in every summer. If you are not used to Indian spices, this is very good recipe to get introduced to the common spices used in Indian cooking; cumin, coriander and turmeric. I know there are many versions of recipes out there a; from Authentic North Indian version to modified shorter version.
I have used the Food and Wine tested recipe for my cooking today, This is the most easiest one I have tried so far, and chicken turned out perfectly moist and flavored, better than what you get in an Indian Restaurant.

Ingredients:

1 chicken (3 to 3 1/2 pounds), cut into 8 pieces and skin removed
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
1 1/4 teaspoons ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
3 tablespoons cooking oil

Direction:

1.    Light the grill. Using a sharp knife, cut shallow incisions in the chicken pieces at about 1/2-inch intervals. In a large, glass dish or stainless-steel pan, combine the lemon juice, water, salt, and turmeric. Add the chicken pieces and turn to coat. Let the chicken pieces marinate for 5 minutes.

2.     Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the yogurt, garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin, and cayenne. Add to the chicken and lemon mixture; turn to coat. Let marinate for 10 minutes.

3.     Grill the chicken over moderately high heat, basting with oil, for 10 minutes. Turn and cook, basting with the remaining oil, until just done, about 10 minutes longer for the breasts, 12 for the thighs and drumsticks.

SERVE WITH
Indian flatbread, such as naan, is the traditional accompaniment to tandoori. You can grill store-bought naan or other flatbread, such as pita. In summer, the sweetness of grilled corn on the cob makes a nice balance to the spiciness of the chicken. Another option is eggplant, a favorite vegetable in India, sliced and grilled.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Healthy Snack: Chewy Apricot Granola Bar


Healthy Snack: Chewy Apricot Granola Bar

Healthy Snack: Chewy Apricot Granola Bar

Chewy Apricot Granola Bar (Ingredients)


When it comes to snacks, Granola bars are one of my favorite healthy snack.  There is no artificial ingredient in this recipe, all you need is regular oats , dried fruits and some nuts of your preference.  It’s super easy to make and you can make few batches at one time and have it for the entire summer.These homemade granola comes out soft ,chewy, sweet and nutty.

  I have bought organic oats, organic dried fruits from  wholefoods market last week. The reason I shop for organic dried fruit is that most suppliers add sulfur dioxide to preserve the fruit and prevent discoloration and they also add extra sugar to make it sweeter. I like to avoid any chemical from my food whenever possible and fresh healthy ingredients always brings out the  best in any recipe.

As you may already know Oats contain a specific type of fiber known as beta-glucan. Health Studies have proven the beneficial effects of this special fiber on lowering cholesterol levels. Dried apricots and prunes are excellent source of soluble fiber and high in Potassium that helps maintaining a healthy blood pressure and to keep the blood sugar level stable.  Raisins contain Resveratrol, a polyphenol anti-oxidant, has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, blood cholesterol lowering activities. 

 It’s completely optional to add sugar or honey , dried fruits naturally contain enough sweetness. I have used combination of these nuts, almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds and walnuts in this recipe, you can use any other nuts.  Hope you enjoy this healthy snack and let me know how it turns out.

Ingredients:
          1.5 cups Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
          1/2 cup chopped nuts(walnuts, pecans, almonds)
          1/2 cup dried fruit (apricots,figs,raisins,)
          1/4 cup seeds (pumpkin )
          1 tsp cinnamon
          1 tsp kosher salt
          1.25 cups skim milk
          1 egg
          1 tsp vanilla
          1/2  cup honey or brown sugar (optional)

Directions:
1.     Preheat the oven to 350 F
2.     Mix the dry ingredients.
3.     Mix the wet ingredients.
4.     Pour wet into dry. Stir to combine.
5.     Pour into a 9×9 baking dish either coated in cooking spray or lined with parchment.
6.     Bake for 40 minutes.
7.     Cut into 9 squares.
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