Chicken Bartha Recipe- a must-try recipe for the weekend!

Chicken Bartha, hailing from the flavourful land of Kolkata, is originally known as ‘Chicken Bortha’. The recipe has also scattered its variants throughout many places in North India. The word ‘Bharta’ or ‘Bortha’ literally means mashed.

 

 

chicken bartha
chicken bartha

 

 

Ingredients required for Chicken Bartha-

 

  • Chicken boiled and shredded                            
  • Pureed onion                                        
  • Pureed Tomatoes
  • Paste ginger garlic and green chilly
  • Cashew nut paste (with dahi/fresh cream if fewer cashews)

 

Directions to prepare Chicken Bartha-

 

  • Heat oil in a pan and saute the onion puree until the raw flavour diminishes.
  • Add the ginger-garlic paste & the green chilli paste once the onion puree is done. 
  • Pour the tomato puree into the pan and cook for a few minutes in high flame.
  • Add the required masalas like Garam Masala, Turmeric Powder, Red Chilly Powder and lastly kasoori methi.
  • Add cashew paste and the required amount of salt.
  • Add the leftover chicken stock to have a richer gravy.
  • Add butter and shredded chicken and let it cook.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and a half-cut boiled egg. 

 

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Homemade Nutella for all your cravings- Simple homemade recipe!

Who doesn’t get excited after sighting a bottle of Nutella in your refrigerator? Although Nutella is widely craved for by kids and adults alike, it may always be advisable to make your own jar of Homemade Nutella as a healthier option. If you think it’s a hassle, you’re wrong!

homemade nutella
homemade Nutella

Here is a quick and healthy recipe for you to try on ‘World Nutella Day’-

 

Ingredients to make Homemade Nutella-

Hazelnuts (1 cup), Milk Chocolate chunks (12 ounces), canola oil(1 tablespoon), powdered sugar (2 tablespoons), unsweetened cocoa powder (1 Tablespoon), vanilla extract (½ teaspoon)

 

Directions to make Homemade Nutella-

 

  1. Toast hazelnuts until the skin begins loosening up; wrap them in a clean kitchen towel and rub vigorously to remove the skin as much as possible.
  2. Blend hazelnuts in a food processor until a smooth paste and further add oil, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Also, add in the chocolate (pre-melted in an oven).
  3. Strain the paste for leftover hazelnut chunks, and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

 

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Recipe Thursdays: Thai Mango Salad with Peanut Dressing

With summer almost in full swing, mangoes are taking over the stands in fruit shops, grocery stores and supermarkets. Delicious when eaten just by itself, mangoes also make for a very versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of savoury dishes, from fish curry to salads. Salads are a great way to keep the body cool during the sweltering summer. Here’s a simple, mango salad in a delicious Thai peanut dressing that you can experiment with this mango season makes a great appetizer and even better main.

Thai Mango Salad

Ingredients For the Mango Salad:

1 small-sized head of lettuce. You can replace the lettuce with any leafy greens of your choice.

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced into long strips.

3 ripe mangoes (you can use any kind), diced into small cubes

½ cup sliced onions

¼ cup cilantro

1/3 cup roasted peanuts

Pickled jalapenos as per your spice tolerance

For the peanut dressing

¼ peanut butter, the creamy kind

¼ lime juice or juice from 2-3 medium-sized lemons

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon sesame oil

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 pinch of red chilly flakes (if you like your food spicy)

Peanut dressing

Instructions

Combine all the ingredients for the mango salad in a large salad bowl and mix thoroughly.

Mix the ingredients for the dressing in a mixing bowl and whisk until its mixed thoroughly.

Drizzle a generous amount of the peanut dressing over the mixed the salad and toss it gently to mix. Voila, delicious Thai mango-peanut salad is ready for consumption!

You can add some grilled prawns or fish to give this salad your own twist. Happy cooking!