Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Baked Puff Pastry with Cranberry Sauce

We are into last few days of December and today being Christmas gives me a reason to update the blog.
I have tried some recipes with puff pastry sheets, store bought though in past and they had been a hit with my family. Dear daughter even asks for a repeat of the recipe like this one, every festive season.
These puff pastry with cranberry sauce and topped with cream frosting was again well received at our dinner table. And this version is inspired by Brie and Cranberry puff pastry. I haven’t included brie cheese for this recipe though but still it’s very flavorful.

These looks pretty and with white cream frosting a very delicious combination. Now to the detailed recipe
Baked Puff pastry with Cranberry sauce
Recipe requirements
1 pack puff pastry sheet
½ cup of cranberry sauce
½ tsp of cinnamon powder
Some flour to roll the sheets
Take out the puff pastry sheets and let it thaw for a while.
Then dust off with some flour and roll into a rectangular sheet. Just to even out the surface of the puff pastry sheet.
Cut the sheet into half. Now put cranberry sauce on both the sheets.
Sprinkle cinnamon powder.
Now from one end start rolling towards middle stopping at middle. From the other side start rolling and let it come in touch with the other rolled sides. The puff pastry sheet will look like a log at this stage.
Secure the two sides well with each other. Now cut these rolled puff pastry log sheets into ½ inch thick pieces. From each log at least 5-6 pieces will come out. The shape will be more of a mini palmier.
Now preheat an oven at 160 Deg C. Put them on a floured baking tray for about 15-20 mints or till they come out nice golden in color.
Take out and let it cool off.

Prepare cream frosting
½ cup of double cream
1/4  cup of icing sugar
2 tbs of milk
Mix cream, icing sugar and milk and whip it to make small soft peaks.
Gently put this cream frosting over the cooled puff pastry pieces.
You can refrigerate for 1-2 hrs., before you start consuming them or you can enjoy straight away.
These are delicious as snacks as well.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May the festive spirit linger on and creates cherished memories for you and yours. Enjoy and celebrate.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Chicken Curry

Its December and we are very near to roll up another year. The last leaf bid adieu to gorgeous autumn, bare and naked trees slowly embracing cold winter season. Each cycle of season changes, invokes myriad feelings. 

All shops and market places are decked up and looks absolutely festive and colorful these days. 

We have put up a Christmas tree just like every year. And it has lighted up our home with joy and contentment. Festivals revive our bonding with friends and family also. Live, Laugh and Love 💟😊

So, enjoy festivity and take time offs. We have another week of schooling and then we will be having Christmas holidays. Holidays makes me busy, yes you read it right. We have to plan to fill in our days with some activities or even a movie day out. We are looking forward to Star-Wars movie this December, let’s hope it doesn’t turn out to be a let-down for us.

Zara hat key! This is what my daughter told me when she did her tasting for this chicken curry recipe. Although she can’t pinpoint exact spices that went into making this chicken curry, but she liked the final product. Meanwhile, I was trying to figure out, how should I name this recipe but nothing came to my mind. 

Without adding up any further mysteries, I thought let me just put it as ‘Zara hat key’. We liked this as a leisurely paced Sunday lunch with warm paneer pulao/pilaf as accompaniment. This is from our kitchen to your world, presenting Zara hat key chicken curry.

Chicken Curry- Zara Hat Key
Recipe requirements
  • Chicken – 1kg
  • 4 medium size onions
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 3-4 dry red pepper
  • 1 medium size tomato
  • 2-3 medium size potato cut into half

  • ½ tsp of red pepper powder
  • 1 tsp of Kashmiri red pepper powder
  • 2 tsp of coriander powder
  •  ½ tsp of cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp of carom seeds
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 2-3 green cardamom
  • 1 tsp of whole black pepper
  • 1 tsp of Salt or as per taste
  • 2-3 tsp of ghee
  • ¼ cup of cooking oil

  • Wash and clean chicken pieces thoroughly. I have used chicken drumstick portions for this curry.
  • In a food processor or mixer/grinder, grind onions, garlic, ginger, tomato and dry red pepper in to a smooth paste. It would be better if you soak dry red peppers in warm water for about 1 hr or till they swell and become soft.
  • Now heat up a heavy bottomed fry pan, add cooking oil.
  • Add in the prepared paste, add in salt, turmeric powder, red pepper powder, Kashmiri red pepper powder, cumin powder and coriander powder and keep on stir/fry for 10-15 mints at medium high flame.
  • Meanwhile in a mortar/pestle, dry grind- carom seeds, cloves, cardamom, whole black pepper.
  • Now add in cut potatoes to the above fried masala paste. Add the dry masala powder that you have prepared earlier in mortar and pestle now.
  • Keep on stir/frying for about 8-10 mints more. Add in 2 cups of water. Preferably warm water.
  •  Now cover the pan and let it cook. Lower the flame and let it slowly cook in its own juices and all spices for about 30 -35 mints or till all the chicken pieces turns soft and cooked through well.
  • At the end add in ghee and mix well.

Happy Cooking Friends and Enjoy Festival Season 🙏