Special Holiday season: Indian Inspired Roasted Chicken (No oven)

Holidays season are here and what’s next? Some good food, music, clothing and family gatherings. I know roasted chicken is always the holiday season’s signed dish 😀 I have not used a whole chicken for this dish because I was not expecting much guests. 

Here it is the perfect Indian roasted Chicken for your holiday table! The mainstream always go for a western roasted chicken which is equally good but if you are seeking to make a different and more spicy chicken, then this is a dish for you to add on your menu lists. 

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Servings: 5-6
Ingredients:

  • 10 pieces of either chicken breasts or legs 
  • 3 tbsp of Ginger and Garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp of Garam masala
  • 1 tbsp of Cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp of Cloves powder
  • 1 tbsp of Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tbsp of Cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp of Honey
  • 1 tbsp of Tandoori powder (optional)
  • 2 tbsp of red chilli powder (preferably Kashmiri red)
  • 1 tbsp of Paprika powder
  • 1 tbsp of soften butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup of Coriander, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup of Tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp of Lemon juice
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Preparations:

1. In a large tray, mix all the spices together. Add the chicken pieces and blend together, make sure that the spices enter the crevices. Set aside and allow to rest for 30 minutes or 1 hour.

2. Preheat some vegetable oil in a pressure cooker. Pour the tomato puree and season with salt and pepper. Allow the tomato sauce to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes on medium heat.

3. Add the chicken pieces and some more additional roughly chopped coriander. Cook until 4 to 5 whistles on medium heat. 

4. Once the chicken pieces are cooked, place them on a non-stick grill pan for less than 1 minute on each side.

5. Set the chicken pieces in a platter and garnish with lemon wedges and onions. Serve with rice or baguettes.

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Special Holiday season: Baked Prawns and Cheesy Pasta

Pasta pasta… who does not love pasta… we all do if we know how to cook different dishes with Pasta. Not many ingredients are required but if you cook pasta, you can’t just eat it without cheese. Pasta and cheese they are the ideal couple 🙂 haha….. I love baked pasta filled with a seafood blend, creamy sauce, cheese and the smell of freshly sprinkled herbs. A COMPLETE MEAL!!!!! 

I serve mine with some homemade green chillies & garlic and lemon paste. Give yours a try, it is such an easy recipe. After the Noodles, I call the Pasta a second reason to eat with a fork at home because in our little island Mauritius most of the people eat with a spoon. Hahahahahaha 

NOTE: I have not added salt in this recipe because the cheese already contains much of it and while you boil or cook your prawns and mushrooms just add your desired amount of salt. 

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Servings: 4-5 
Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of Pasta, boiled and cooked
  • 500g of Prawns, without shells and cooked
  • Mushrooms, finely chopped and cooked
  • Beans, cooked
  • 1/2 cup of Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup of Mozarella cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup of Parmeasan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup of fresh cooking cream (I use Elle & Vire brand)
  • 2 tbsp of Tomato puree
  • 1 tsp of  Garlic paste
  • 1 tsp of Paprika powder
  • Coriander and Parsley leaves, finely chopped

Preparations:

1. In a baking tray, mix the tomato puree together with the cooked pasta, prawns, mushrooms and beans. Set aside. Meanwhile preheat your oven to 180 C. 

2. In a pan, pour the fresh cooking cream , together with the papripa powder and garlic paste and simmer for 5minutes on low heat. Stove off and add the parmeasan. Mix well so that the cheese incorporates with the sauce. Cover the lid so that the cheese melts. 

3. Pour the creamy sauce onto the pasta and combine together. Sprinkle on top with cheddar and mozarella cheese and pepper. Bake for 5-8 minutes.

4. Garnish with finely chopped coriander and parsley leaves. 

Mauritius Fish Vindaye 

A classic dish in Mauritius island, often served into baguettes for beach outings with family. THE EASIEST AND TASTIEST RECIPE TO HAVE FOR YOUR BEACH TRIP!  Ofcourse you can also cook this dish anytime your heart desire for a quick easy lunch or dinner at home as well.

You can ofcourse use any fish you prefer, needless to add that in Mauritius this recipe is done with Tuna or Mahi-Mahi (Dorado) fish. I always use Mahi-Mahi (Dorado) fish because the flesh is soft and more delicious, however Tuna fish goes perfectly as well. 

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Servings: 5-6
Ingredients to marinade the fish:

  • 600g of Tuna or Mahi-Mahi (Dorado) fish, cut into really small chunks
  • 2 tbsp Garlic and Ginger paste
  • Salt and Pepper

Ingredients for the Vindaye curry:

  • 1/2 tbsp Mustard seeds, crushed into paste
  • 3 tbsp of Vindaye Spices (I have used Steward Lazzat brand)
  • 2 tbsp  Turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp of Garlic paste
  • 2 to 3 green Chillies, cut into half, seeded and soaked into 1/4 cup of vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp of chilli flakes
  • 3 to 4 medium Onions, cut into huge half-moon chunks
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • Vegetable oil

Preparations:

1. Marinade the fish with the ingredients to marinade the fish. Allow to rest for a few minutes. Deep fry the fish chunks into vegetable oil until golden brown and fully cooked onto medium heat.  

2. In a bowl, mix mustard seeds paste, vindaye spices, turmeric powder, garlic paste, chilli flakes, 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of water. Mix together. 

3.  In a large pan, heat vegetable oil. Pour the paste and cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add the cooked fish chunks, cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. The onions and green chillies go in for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, lid covered on. The onions should not be fully cooked, you should still feel its crunchiness while eating. 

4.  Stove off and serve with rice or baguettes. 

Virgin Pina Colada

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Hello beach and summer:)  With one sip of this drink, you will already feel the warmth of the sun under the shade of some palm trees and the softness of the sand under your feet. Summer is not really summer if coconuts do not invite themselves 😀 I love coconut water, I never go to the beach without having drank an entire coconut full of water. Virgin Pina Colada makes you feel relaxed and happy. In little tropical island Mauritius, you can spot coconut trees almost anywhere. So convenient and refreshing. 

I am the pina to my colada 😀  Pineapple and Coconut are amazing together! 

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Servings: 3-4

Ingredients to mix into the blender:

  • 1/2 cup of frozen unsweetened Pineapple chunks
  • 1 1/2 mug of unsweetened Coconut Milk or Coconut Cream
  • 1/2 mug  of Coconut Water (optional)
  • 1/2 mug of sweetened Pineapple juice
  • 1 mug of Ice cubes

Garnish on top with additional Pineapple chunks and ice cubes.

Vanilla Milkshake

My favorite refreshing drink since my childhood….  It is so easy to make. Just blend, dip your straw, grab your favorite magazine, your sunglasses, sit infront of the beach and enjoy your drink. Is Vanilla your favorite essence? I am not a Vanilla person but for my Milkshake I prefer Vanilla.  

You can also substitute Vanilla with Almond, Chocolate or Strawberry for this recipe. 

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Servings: 2

Ingredients to mix into the blender:

  • 1/2 cup of Vanilla Ice cream (optional either with sugar or sugar-free)
  • 15 cl of low-fat Milk
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla extract
  • 4 large Ice cubes

Top on with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and rose syrup. Enjoy!

Blueberry Frappe

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Summer is already here, all we are seeking is an amazing cold drink. It can always be a fruit refreshing drink or just some fruits mixed with carbs 😀 I was never fond of Blueberry Frappe or any Frappe because I could never find the perfect sweet and creamy frappe when I went to a few restaurants and bistrots. Plus its so expensive. 

I am finally in love with my Blueberry Frappe because I had controlled over the consistency and ingredients. You will be proud after you have made your own glass topped on with amazing relishes, just perfect for a photo also…..

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Servings: 2

Ingredients to mix in blender:

  • 1 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 15 cl of non-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup of Vanilla Ice cream (optional either with sugar or sugar-free)
  • 8 Ice cubes

Blend all the ingredients according to your desired consistency.

Ingredients for toppings:

  • Whipped cream
  • Pieces of blueberries or strawberries (optional)

Mauritius Gato Oignons “Fried Onions Cakes”

“Mauritius Gato Oignons” is an inspired fritter dish from the Indian culture, best coined in India as “Onion bhajis”. In Mauritius, this recipe is a great introduction towards Indian food but the recipe has been slightly altered here. In India, chickpeas are introduced into the batter but in Mauritius it’s not the case.

I have decided to share the Mauritius and especially me and my mother’s version of making this delicious pungent onion fritters. Best to be accompanied with a good chai “tea” and Mauritius Tomato and Chilli Chutney.

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Servings: 15

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of self-rising flour
  • 2 large onions, cut into round slices
  • 1 egg (Optional)
  • 2 tsp of yellow food coloring powder
  • a pinchful of thyme leaves
  • coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 Spring onions, finely chopped
  • 15 cl of water
  • 3 tsps of salt and pepper (Quantity depends based as per your preferences)
  • Vegetable oil

Preparations:

1. In a large bowl, add the flour, egg and water. Mix well together with the help of a spatula.

2. Add yellow food coloring powder, thyme leaves, coriander, spring onions and salt. Combine everything together. Meanwhile preheat a deep bottomed pan with vegetable oil.

3. Dip each onion slice into the batter and add gently in hot oil. Continue doing this for 6-7 slices while frying for each batches. Fry till golden and crisp on medium heat for 4 minutes.

Bouillon Chinoise Meefoon and Teokon/Tofu (Chinese Soup with rice vermicelli & Teokon/Tofu)

Cooler days call for warming soup and with this winter, we need a soup packed with great ingredients and flavors.  In Mauritius, Chinese soups are often accompanied with plenty of ingredients, now I know there are various types of chinese soups.

This recipe is simply my version of cooking a fabulous bowl of Mauritius Chinese Soup with rice vermicelli (Meefoon). I know chinese soups often involve Chicken carcass but I have chosen to skip that part, but you can choose to use chicken stock as well.  When I head into any Chinese restaurants, the soup is a must as a starter, filled in a small bowl. At home, this recipe has a great accompaniment and in many other Mauritius cuisines and that amazing accompaniment is Mauritius Tomato and Chilli Chutney “Chatini Pomme d’amour“. Pour 2 to 3 spoons of that chutney into the Chinese Soup and the taste goes beyond heaven 🙂

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Servings: 10

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of Meefoon (Rice Vermicelli), soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 2 large steamed Teokon/Tofu, cut into pieces of cubes.
  • 15-20 pieces of Fish balls, soaked in water 30 minutes prior to cooking preparations
  • 2 bunch of bredes Tompouce (Pak-Choy leaves and stem), washed and soaked into water
  • 2 small can of Corn (425 grams), cut into your desired shapes
  • 10 pieces of whole chinese black Mushrooms Shiitake, soaked in water overnight and cut into slices
  • 15 pieces of black cloud ear Mushrooms (optional), soaked in water overnight or 4 hours prior to cooking preparations
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tbsp of oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 1  tsp of mushrooms flavoured soy sauce
  • 1 tsp of soy sauce
  • 2 Maggi cubes
  • 3 litres of water (Optional – you can also use Chicken Stock instead of water)
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil (Quantity based as per your preferences)
  • Salt and pepper

Preparations:

1. In a small bowl, mix all the sauces with 5cl of water and 1 tsp of grated garlic. Allow to rest.

2. Preheat a bottomed pot with vegetable oil and add 1 tsp of grated garlic on medium heat. Once the garlic starts sizzling, add the black mushrooms siitake and mix well for 2 minutes simply to add flavor to the mushrooms.

3. After 2 minutes, remove the mushrooms and add the remaining grated garlic, 3 litres of water or (chicken stock if you are not using water) alongside the soaked meefoon (rice vermicelli) and black cloud ear mushrooms. Pour the mixed sauces and cook for 5 minutes, lid half covered.

4. Add the fish balls and corns. Cook for another 3 minutes.

5. The bredes tompouce (pak-choy leaves and stem) and steamed Teokon/Tofu pieces go into the pot 2 minutes before the soup is fully cooked. Season with salt and pepper (quantity based as per your preferences). Stove off and crack-open each eggs one by one into the hot water soup then cover the lid.

Chocolate Cake

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I am loving this Chocolate Cake, always been my favorite cake ever! I have been searching and exploring the web for the best chocolate cake and I never found. This recipe has been inspired from my best friend and it’s the best I have baked so far. If you try baking a cake and end up with disappointments, still DON’T GIVE UP! Baking is not on my favorite lists as well but with much efforts and emotions you can bake a wonder. This recipe is really simple, I have not used milk nor baking powder and yet the cake is still so moist and decadent. Since I had strawberries, I have used them on the ganache as toppings. You choose how you want to decorate your toppings.

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Ingredients:

For the Cake:

  • 250g self-rising flour
  • 250g butter
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 200g sugar
  • 4 eggs

For the Ganache:

  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened chocolate chips

Preparations:

For the Cake:

  1. Combine butter and granulated sugar together until creamy consistent is obtained.
  2. Add eggs one by one and blend together into the butter and sugar.
  3. The flour and cocoa powder go in, mix well together until smooth.
  4. Grease your baking mould with butter and pour the batter.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 180 C for 30 minutes.

For the ganache:

  1. Once the cake has cooled down, melt chocolate chips into a pan for 30 seconds until creamy and softened.
  2. Spread the ganache on the cake and garnish on top with strawberries or anything else you prefer.

 

 

Mauritius Bouillon Poisson (Fish Stew) with bredes mouroum (moringa leaves)

Mauritius Bouillon Poisson (Fish Stew), the preferred traditional seafood dish in our little tropical island. Always accompanied with rice and chatini coco (coconut chutney). Cooked in so many kitchens in Mauritius 🙂 The nostalgic moment of fishing fresh fishes from the beach with the family returns back when the smell of that delicious bouillon (stew) is spread in the kitchen.

The best medicine in a bowl. Bredes Mouroum (Moringa leaves) have many health benefits, they can cure and prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart diseases, anemia, digestive disorders, skin, respiratory and many more diseases.

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Servings: 7

Ingredients:

  • 6-7 small whole parrot fishes
  • Bunch of bredes mouroum (Moringa leaves)
  • 1.5 Litre – 2 Litre of water
  • Parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp of vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp of lime juice
  • 1 cup flour

Spices:

  • 6-8 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 large onions, cut into chunks
  • 4 tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 4 large tbsp can tomato puree
  • 1 branch curry leaves (15 curry leaves)
  • 1 small bunch coriander leaves

 

Preparations:

For the fishes:

  1. Mix into a bowl the vinegar, lime juice and cinnamon powder, add the fishes into the mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In another bowl, coat into flour the fishes. Shake off any excess.
  3. Meanwhile in a frying pan, add vegetable oil and fry the fishes for around 8-10 minutes until golden brown in color.

For the spices:

  1. Blend all the ingredients into the list of spices.
  2. In a large bottomed pot, preheat 1 tbsp of vegetable oil and pour the blended spices into the pot. Let it cook on medium heat for 7 -8 minutes, lid covered on.
  3. Pour the water into the pot, combine well with the spices. Allow them to simmer for another 5 minutes, lid covered on.
  4. Add the cooked fishes into the pot and cover the lid for 5 minutes.
  5. The bredes mouroum or moringa leaves go in for 1 -2 minutes. Stove off.
  6. Garnish on top with parsley leaves. You can serve with rice and Mauritius Chatini coco (Coconut Chutney).