Friday, 26 April 2013

Pesto Fish

"This recipe is part of a collection for my father, who is a heart patient and loves interesting food. So,not only is it really healthy, but as its marinated and grilled with pesto sauce, its a treat which ticks all the right boxes..."


  • 6 white fish fillets (around 300 grams)
  • 3 tbsp pesto 
  • 6 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • 3 tbsp olives (sliced)
  • 1 tbsp chilly flakes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 - 2 tbsp brine from the olives
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Mix all the ingredients excepting the fish and the brine
  2. Add as much brine as is required to make a sticky coating
  3. Coat the fish on all sides with pesto mixture, cover the fish with cling film and leave it in the fridge for between 1 - 3 hours.
  4. Pre-heat the oven at 180 degrees C
  5.  Lightly oil a baking tray and layer the fish
  6. Bake the fish for 10 - 12 minutes till they are brown and crispy ( in the middle shelf)
  7. Eat hot sprinkled with some lime juice


  • Do leave the fish with the pesto coating for at least 1 hour, as then it absorbs all the flavours.
  • I use whole wheat bread crumbs, fresh or dried, either will work well.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Chicken coq au vin

" This favorite, french classic, pronounced as 'chicken cok-a-vaen' , is often asked for, by my family and friends, over the last 20 years. My  spikier version, is an ideal party dish, as it's made 3-4 hours before and the flavours mature and mingle and form the most velvety , bacon-chicken-wine combination ever..."


  •  1 chicken cut into 16 pieces
  • 100 grams bacon chunks
  • 2 tbsp ( 30 grams) flour
  • 2 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 250 grams small onions
  • 200 grams mushrooms
  • 11/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup cognac (optional, else use wine only)
  • 6 cloves garlic ( crushed)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 stick cardamom (2 inch)
  • 6-8 peppercorns
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 tsp dried thyme ( or 1 tbsp fresh thyme)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tbsp oil ( olive or vegetable)
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Wash, dry and season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, keep on the side. 
  2. In a thick wide bottomed pan or flat wok, stir fry the mushroom in 1/2 tbsp butter. Take out, when all liquid has evaporated,  in a big side dish
  3. In the same pan, add 1/2 tbsp oil, add the onions and stir fry on high till lightly brown. Again take out in the side dish (same as the mushrooms)
  4. In the same pan, add the bacon bits and cook till brown and crispy and has left all its fat.Again take out in the side dish( pile on top of the mushrooms & onions)
  5. If the bacon fat is enough, brown the chicken pieces till golden on both sides, in a single layer, in the same fat (if not add 1 tbsp oil). 
  6. Add the cognac, let it cook through. Then take out and pile the chicken in the side dish, on all the other ingredients ( scrape out as much from the pan as possible of the bottom bits and keep with the chicken) 
  7. In the same pan, add 1 tbsp oil,  and the spices ( bay leaf, cardamom, cloves & peppercorns) and stir fry for 2-3 min, till brown and fragrant.
  8. Add the garlic cloves and stir fry till transparent and the raw smell has disappeared.
  9. Mix the 2 tbsp flour and 2 tbsp butter
  10. Now add the flour and butter mixture to the hot pan and cook till brown, till raw smell has disappeared
  11. Blend 1/2 cup of water (little at a time),mixing all the time, till a thick paste is formed ( the roux).
  12. Add the wine, thyme and season to taste, bringing the mixture to a boil.
  13. Add all the ingredients from the side dish ( mushroom, onion, chicken & bacon), making sure all the juices are added back.
  14. Cook through either on stove top for 30 minutes or in a pre-heated oven (150 degrees C) for 30 minutes, till yummy and done.


  • To get the perfect roux ( flour and butter and water paste), mix equal quantities of butter and four. Cook it, till raw smell is removed and mixture is lightly toasted. Add in cool water, little by little, mixing it in at each stage for the perfect paste. In case the roux, is lumpy, just beat with a whisk till smooth or strain it, if beating also does not work.
  • The gravy should be smooth and thick enough to coat back of spoon, if not add some cornflour and water to thicken the dish.
  • Do cook it 3-4 hrs before serving, to really get the best flavours.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Triple chocolate cookies

" Choco-chip cookies are a favorite in our household, and I guess it's the same in any household with kids. These ones are so simple and so yum, dense and chocolaty and not overwhelmingly sweet, that its difficulty to keep ones hands off them ..."

Makes 24 small cookies or 12 large cookies


  • 9 tbsp butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup castor sugar ( or 75 grams)
  • 2/3 cup firm-packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 2/3 cups flour ( take half regular flour and half whole wheat flour) 
  • 2 1/2 tbsp unsweetened coco
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder 
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch  of salt 
  • 2/3 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 - 3 nonstick baking sheets


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C ( 350 deg F) 
  2. Mix in bowl butter and both the sugars with a wooden spoon or beater until the mixture looks soft and fluffy ( about 10 minutes). 
  3. Add the eggs to the mixing bowl and beat the mixture well
  4. Shift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the bowl. Mix on low speed
  5. Then add all the chocolate chips to the bowl and mix in with a wooden spoon until everything is thoroughly combined
  6. Divide the mixture into 4 quarters, and then each quarter into 3 parts.
  7. Dip your hand in cold water, take one part mixture and roll into ball, similarly roll all the others.
  8. Put the balls on the baking sheet, making sure there is enough distance between each ( 1 1/2 inches approx) 
  9. Bake in the middle shelf for 12-15 minutes, keep an eye and remove once the bottom seems just done, else you will overcook. ( the top will be soft and will harden once cool) 
  10. Cool for 5 min, remove from baking sheet and eat hot for the best hot chocolaty cookies ever

Note :

  • If you want to make individual cookies, then make 18 or 24.