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Recipe: How to cook a five-course meal

By Reshma Aslam
Last updated on: March 08, 2016 17:45 IST
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Chicken JalfreziRediff reader Reshma Aslam shows us how to indulge in homemade delicacies.

Ladies, why eat out when you can enjoy a five-course meal at home.

Here are the recipes:

Russian Salad

Photograph: Miansari66/Creative Commons

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sized potatoes (boiled)
  • 1 cup peas (boiled)
  • 6 to 7 slices of pineapple (boiled with 2 to 3 tbsp sugar for 10 minutes)
  • 2 apples (peeled)
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels, boiled (optional)
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh cream
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Salt to taste

Method

  • Cut the boiled potatoes and apple into small cubes.
  • Cut the pineapple slices into small chunks.
  • Take a large bowl and put the boiled potatoes and apples cut in small cubes, boiled peas and pineapple chunks.
  • If you are adding corn, add it to the above mixture. Mix all the contents well.
  • Add salt and pepper. Add mayonnaise and fresh cream and mix well.
  • Add sugar if required.
  • Keep the bowl in the fridge. Chill and serve.

Broast Chicken

Photograph: Venturiantale/Wikimedia Commons

Ingredients

  • 1 kg chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt to taste

For broast masala

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp rice flour
  • 1/2 cup corn flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp white pepper powder
  • Salt to taste

For egg wash

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Pinch of salt

Method

For broast masala

  • Mix all ingredients of the broast masala and keep it in an airtight container. This mixture always comes handy whenever you want to make broast chicken.

For egg wash

  • Whisk the eggs in a bowl
  • Add milk and salt. Keep it aside

For broast chicken

  • Cut and wash the drumsticks thoroughly
  • In a mixing bowl, place the pieces. Add salt, red chilli powder and vinegar. Mix well.
  • Refrigerate the above mixture for 5 to 6 hours.
  • Once the marination is complete, coat the drumsticks in broast masala.
  • Dip it in egg wash and coat it with broast masala again.
  • Heat oil in the frying pan and fry the chicken drumstick pieces till they turn golden brown.
  • Serve hot.

Chicken Jalfrezi

Chicken Jalfrezi

Photograph: Jonathan/Creative Commons

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kg chicken pieces
  • 2 tbsp fresh cream
  • 2 tbsp garlic (chopped)
  • 1/2 tbsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • Pinch of saffron dissolved in milk
  • 5 to 6 green chillies (finely chopped)
  • 3 big onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 big tomatoes (grounded into paste)
  • 3 1/2 tbsp ghee or oil (as per your choice)
  • 1 inch dry coconut
  • 1 tbsp cashewnuts
  • 1/2 tbsp shahjeera
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Salt to taste

Method

  • Take oil or ghee in a pan. Add chopped onions and fry well.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, green chillies and ground tomato and fry.
  • Add garam masala, salt, red chilli powder and turmeric.
  • In a separate pan, roast the coconut piece, cashewnuts and shahjeera. Grind this mixture well in a mixer.
  • Add the grinded mixture in the other pan. Fry the entire contents well.
  • Add chicken pieces and water. Let it simmer on low flame for about 20 minutes
  • Put cream and saffron slowly. Whisk the eggs and add it to the pan. Mix well till it turns into a dry gravy.
  • Serve hot with roti, naan or parathas of your choice.

Vegetable Fried Rice

Veg fried rice

Photograph: Brian Yap/Creative Commons

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cup boiled rice
  • 1/2 cup finely cut cabbage
  • 1/2 cup finely cut carrot
  • 1/2 cup finely cut spring onion green
  • 1/2 cup finely cut capsicum
  • 1/2 cup French beans
  • 5 to 6 green chillies (chopped fine)
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp ajinomoto
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Salt as per taste

Method

  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add green chillies slowly and add all the veggies except for spring onions.
  • Let it boil on a high flame for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add salt, black pepper and ajinomoto.
  • Add rice and stir well. Add soya sauce and toss it well.
  • Add finely chopped spring onions.
  • Serve hot.

Shahi Kheer

Photograph: Syedandy/Creative Commons

Ingredients

  • 200 ml condensed milk
  • 1 cup rice (soaked in water for 3 to 4 hours)
  • 2 tbsp vanilla custard
  • Few almonds (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup khoya
  • Few pistachios (chopped)
  • 1 litre milk
  • 3 tbsp cold milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Method

  • Drain the rice and blend it in a mixer till it turns into a fine paste.
  • Boil the milk in a bowl.
  • When it starts to boil, add rice paste.
  • Keep stirring continuously or else the rice will settle at the bottom.
  • Add condensed milk and khoya. Cook it on a low flame. Keep stirring.
  • In a small glass add cold milk and dissolve the custard powder.
  • Add the above mixture in the milk and keep stirring until it gets thick. Switch off the flame.
  • Garnish with almonds and pistachios and serve.

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