Friday, 26 June 2015

Weekend Brunch Recipe:Shakshouka(baked eggs on a bed of tomato sauce) !!

Weekend meals are always special at my home..both hubby and me like to experiment different cuisines other than Indian either at home or at a restaurant..we don’t want to eat the usual daal roti on a weekend...and me being such a foodie I start planning well in advance stocking up the pantry with the essentials I will be needing for my experiments in kitchen ..!
I have been thinking of trying this recipe for long having read a lot in a number of blogs.....and lately I had it at a restaurant in Hampi for the first time.
For all those who have not heard of Shakshouka before it is a middle eastern dish –basically eggs baked on  a bed of tomato sauce.I have given my own  twist in this recipe by adding a layer of potato and paneer mash. This is a perfect brunch dish with a pack of nutrients and flavour as well.
You can serve it with toasts,pita,flatbreads or even rice..I would definitely recommend it to be a  part of any middle eastern theme party menu.


3 eggs
3 tomatoes chopped finely
1 small onion chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic
¼ cup spinach (wilted)
1 boiled potato
¼ cup mashed paneer
½ tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp of tomato ketchup
Salt and ppper to taste
Chilli flakes –as much you like it
Grated cheese 1 tbsp


For the tomato sauce take about a spoonful of oil in a pan and add garlic when the oil turns hot.When garlic turns to light brown add the chopped onion and cook till the onions are brown.Thereafter add tomatoes,salt and a half cup of water and cook covered for about 10 minutes until it is all mushy.Add a tsp of tomato ketchup,black pepper and Italian seasoning.
Tomato sauce is ready now for the mash.In a bowl mix mashed paneer and boiled potatoes salt and pepper.
Now take a baking tin and layer a bed of mashed aloo paneer mixture.On top of that place the tomato sauce.Now take wilted spinach and make three circles on the tomato bead for the egg yoks.
Break one egg each in all the circles and sprinkle salt,pepper and grated cheese.Bake it in a preheated oven for 10-15 minutes at 180 degrees.
Serve hot with toast and enjoy your weekend !!!

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Back to blogging with Thai Red Chicken Curry !!

Its been more than an year since my Last Blog post!! ..There have been so many changes  in life all this while ...from shifting to India.. to joining work ...raising a toddler...setting up our new home.
But this blog of mine was always there at the back of my mind ..and finally I  am here reviving my blog...reliving my passion for food and cooking.

I am so proud to recreate dishes which I had first tasted in London ...thanks to the ingredients we get in India Pesto is a staple in my fridge..Hummus and Pita is what I love eating in this summery weather.
Recently I found lemongrass at a supermarket and couldn't stop myself from trying this amazing Thai curry.The best thing is that you can make the Thai curry paste and keep it in fridge for all those weekends when you just feel lazy and still want a hearty homemade lunch.Its ready in a jiffy !!
I have never bought a ready made Thai curry paste and would not recommend as well..coz the freshness and simplicity which homemade paste brings.Hubby just loved it and its our weekend favourite thesedays.You can throw in some chicken pieces or tofu/paneer for a veggie version.

Here's how you can make this delicious and exotic Thai curry:


For the paste:

7-8 Whole red chillies
1 small Onion
2 stalks of chopped lemongrass
2 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp grated ginger
2 tsp chopped garlic
1 tbsp coriander stalks
1 tsp lemon rind
Salt to taste

For the curry :

300 gm Boneless chicken pieces
1 carrot
200 ml Coconut milk


Soak the red chillies in warm water for fifteen minutes,Take all the ingredients in the paste category and grind them adding little water.Now take about 1 tbsp oil in a wok and fry this paste  till the oil separates.Your Thai curry paste is ready to use or store.
To make a Thai chicken curry take the paste in a wok and add the coconut milk along with 1 cup of water.Cover and cook for five minutes.Now add the chicken and carrot pieces and cook till the chicken is cooked well.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice.

Have a great weekend !!


  • You can use carrot,tofu/paneer ,broad beans and brocolli for a veggie version
  • This paste can be stored in refrigerator for 10-15 days in a airtight container.
  • You can increase the amount of chillies depending upon how hot you like.
  • Original Thai curry calls for Galangal but I have used ginger which tastes similar and is easily available in India.