Rajma Salsa Dip with Khakhra

Rajma Salsa Dip with Khakhra

Prep: 9 hours

Cook: 10 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Starter

Type: Fusion

Crisp khakhras topped with tangy kidney bean salsa is irresistible

Ingredients

  • Red kidney beans (rajma), soaked overnight and boiled 1 cup
  • Khakhras as required
  • Olive oil 2 tbsps
  • Garlic, chopped 1 tsp
  • Medium onion, finely chopped 1
  • Medium red capsicum, chopped ½
  • Medium green capsicum, chopped ½
  • Tomatoes, chopped 1 cup
  • Tomato puree ½ cup
  • Green chillies, chopped 2 to 3
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped ½ medium bunch
  • Lemon juice ¼ cup

Methods

  • Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan, add garlic and onion and saute till translucent.
  • Add red and green capsicums, tomatoes, tomato puree, kidney beans and green chillies and mix well. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add salt and mix well. Take the pan off the heat and set aside to cool.
  • Once it cools down to room temperature, add most of the coriander leaves and lemon juice and mix well.
  • Arrange khakhras on a serving platter, spread some kidney beans salsa over each of them, garnish with coriander leaves and serve immediately.
Almond Crusted Chicken

Almond Crusted Chicken

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 15-20 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Starter

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • Chicken

Include this delightful protein filled starter in your dinner menu and win the hearts of your loved ones. The crushed almond coating makes it crispier.

Serving Suggestion : Arrange them on a serving platter and serve them hot with a salad or a sauce of your choice. .

Ingredients

  • Boneless chicken, cut into 1 inch cubes 500 gms
  • Crushed almonds 3 cups
  • Oil to grease
  • Breadcrumbs 1/3 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Crushed black peppercorns 1/2 tsp
  • Egg whites, beaten 2

Methods

  • Preheat oven to 180 ºC/350º F. Grease a baking tray.
  • Put crushed almonds, salt, breadcrumbs and crushed black peppercorns on a plate, mix well and spread.
  • Take the egg whites in a bowl.
  • Dip each chicken cube in egg white and roll them with the almond-breadcrumb mixture ensuring that they are completely coated.
  • Arrange them on the greased baking tray. Keep the tray in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or till the chicken is completely done.
  • Check it when the crust turns a light brown and you get a mild aroma of roasted almonds.
American Apple Pie

American Apple Pie

Prep: 35 minutes

Cook: 40 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Starter

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • Apples

An all-time favourite – apple pie gives a lot of comfort

Serving Suggestion : Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

  • Green apples / cooking apples, peeled, sliced and cored 6
  • Refined flour (maida) 1½ cups + 2-3 tbsps
  • Frozen butter cubes 1 cup
  • Sugar 2 tsps
  • Cinnamon (dalchini) powder 1 tsp
  • Nutmeg (jaiphal) powder ¼ tsp
  • Lemon juice 1 tbsp
  • Soft butter ¼ tsp + as required
  • Salt to taste

Methods

  • To make pastry dough mix 1½ cups refined flour, salt and 1 tsp sugar in a bowl. Add frozen butter cubes and rub it in with your fingertips till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add 5 tbsps water and knead gently to make smooth dough. Wrap in moist muslin cloth and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.
  • Take apples, 2-3 tbsps refined flour, 1 tsp sugar, cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder in another bowl and mix gently so that the apple slices do not break. To prevent apple slices from turning black, pour lemon juice over them and mix gently.
  • Bring out the dough from refrigerator and divide into 2 equal parts. Knead both halves lightly.
  • Spread a plastic sheet on the worktop and place one portion of dough in the centre. Fold the plastic over and roll out the dough into a disc an inch bigger in diameter than the 9 inch pie mould or pie dish. Similarly roll out the second portion of the dough.
  • Preheat oven to 200 ºC.
  • Remove the plastic gently and place 1 disc in the pie dish. Flatten it on the base and along the edges of the mould so that excess dough sticks out. Trim the extra dough and put the pie dish in the refrigerator to set.
  • Once firm, pierce it all over with a fork. Spread 1 tsp butter and then spread apple mixture evenly on the base. Sprinkle 2 tbsps of the sweet apple mixture water on top and dot with some butter.
  • Place the second disc over the filling, covering it completely. Trim edges. Make a few slits in top so that the steam can escape. You may use the leftover dough trimmed from the edges to make a design on the top.
  • Brush the top crust with butter before baking. Place the pie dish in the preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Cut into wedges and serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
American Mixed Fruit Floats

American Mixed Fruit Floats

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 5 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Starter

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • Pineapple
  • Melon
  • Orange

A delightful dessert, it will be enjoyed by both children and adults

Ingredients

  • Coconut, grated 3 tbsps
  • Pineapple (annanas), cut into small cubes 1 cup
  • Melon (kharbooj), cut into small cubes 1 cup
  • Orange, peeled, seeded and cut into small pieces 1
  • Orange juice 1 cup
  • Vanilla ice cream as required

Methods

  • Heat a non-stick pan, add coconut and toast on high heat for 5-6 minutes or till well browned.
  • Set aside a few pieces of pineapple, melon and orange.
  • Put remaining pineapple, melon, orange and orange juice in a mixer and blend.
  • Half fill serving glasses with this mixture. Top with scoops of ice-cream, reserved fruit pieces and roasted coconut and serve immediately.
Tomatokeftedes

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Starter

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • Tomatoes

Tomato fritters with mint make great starters

Serving Suggestion : Serve with cocktails or mocktails.

Ingredients

  • Medium tomato, finely chopped 1
  • Fresh parsley or fresh coriander leaves, chopped ½ cup
  • Fresh mint leaves ½ cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Spring onions (hare pyaz), finely chopped 1 cup
  • Refined flour (maida) 1 cup
  • Baking powder 1 tsp
  • Oil to deep fry

Methods

  • Take tomato, parsley/coriander leaves, mint leaves, salt and spring onions in a bowl and mix well.
  • Take refined flour and baking powder in another bowl and mix well. Add this to the tomato mixture. Add ½ cup water, little at a time, and mix so that the batter is smooth and thick.
  • Heat sufficient oil in a wok. To test if the oil is hot enough, put a small blob of batter in it. If the batter surfaces up as a lump, it means the oil is hot enough for frying.
  • Put spoonsful of batter into the hot oil, in batches, and deep fry for 4-5 minutes, on high heat, till golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper to soak excess oil.
  • Serve hot.
Jacket Potatoes with Cheese

Jacket Potatoes with Cheese

Prep: 25 minutes

Cook: 1 hour 25 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Starter

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • Potatoes
  • Cheese

Treat your guests with these baked potato jackets oozing with cheese at your next party

Ingredients

  • Large potatoes, washed thoroughly but unpeeled 4
  • Oil 6 tsps
  • Medium onion, finely chopped 1
  • Green capsicum (hari shimla mirch), finely chopped ½ cup
  • Red capsicum (lal shimla mirch), finely chopped 1 cup
  • Milk 2 tbsps
  • Sour cream 2 tbsps
  • Processed cheese, grated 1½ cups
  • Butter 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

Methods

  • Preheat oven to 180 ºC.
  • Rub about 1 tsp of oil on each potato and pierce several times with a knife (so that it bakes completely). Sprinkle salt over them and place them in a greased baking dish. Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour.
  • Halve the baked potatoes without removing peel. Scoop out the pulp into a bowl without disturbing skin. Set the skins aside. Mash the potato pulp.
  • To make the stuffing, heat 2 tsps of oil in a non-stick pan, add onion, green capsicum and red capsicum and saute for 2-3 minutes or till soft.
  • Remove the pan from heat and add mashed potatoes, milk, sour cream and 1 cup grated cheese. Add butter and mix everything well.
  • Place the potato skins on a greased baking dish, put some stuffing mixture in each. Sprinkle salt and remaining grated cheese on top of each.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes and serve hot.