8-10 leaves of iceberg lettuce
200g chicken breast, boneless, chopped fine
1 green chilli, chopped fine
1 medium green or red pepper, sliced
1/2 cup peanuts, unsalted, roasted
1 tbs chicken masala (dry)
3-4 tbs coriander leaves, fresh, chopped
Wash thoroughly and cut lettuce leaves into a round shape. Soak in ice water.
Sauté chopped garlic and green chilli in olive oil. Add the chicken and cook till crisp. Add green peppers, peanuts (keep some for garnish), chicken masala, lemon juice, coriander and salt. Sauté till peppers are cooked, but crunchy.
Place a heaped spoon on each leaf, garnish with crushed peanuts and coriander leaves and serve hot or cold.
4 tbs grated paneer (Indian cottage cheese)
2 tbs green pepper, finely chopped
2-3 tbs coriander, fresh, chopped
1 tbs black olives, sliced
Salt and white pepper to taste
Pre-heat oven at 120 degrees Celsius.
In a bowl, mix labneh, carrot, green pepper, coriander leaves, paneer, salt and white pepper.
Spread a teaspoon of the mixture on top of a cracker.
Place slice of black olives and sprinkle a little mozzarella cheese.
Bake in the oven until cheese melts.
2-inch piece of ginger, grated
2-3 green chilli, finely chopped
1 tbs fresh coconut, grated
Mix all ingredients, except fruit salt, in a bowl. Mix fruit salt with half cup water and immediately pour into the mixture.
In a large saucepan, bring to boil 1 litre of water.
In a greased shallow tin, put the mixture and steam over medium flame for 15 minutes and on slow flame for another 5-7 minutes. The dhokla should be spongy when done.
Heat olive oil small pan. Splutter mustard seeds, green chilli and curry leaves and pour over the dhokla. Garnish with grated coconut. Serve with coriander-mint chutney.
Blend all ingredients to a smooth paste. Serve with dhokla.
This is a Mughlai dish, traditionally made with clarified butter, cream and almond paste to give it texture. We restrict it to just the use of almond paste and still get the same texture.
100g fresh coriander leaves
1g saffron, dissolved in water
10 almonds, soaked in warm water
Clean chicken and marinate it with salt and yoghurt for 30 minutes. Grill in the oven at 150 degrees for 20-25 minutes or shallow fry it.
Grind onion, coriander and mint leaves, ginger, garlic and dry spices with a little bit of water.
Heat olive oil in a pan and fry the ground masala until oil separates.
Make a paste with soaked almonds (keep some for garnish). Add to the masala and cook for 5 minutes. Add saffron water, salt and curry powder. Add the grilled chicken. Add water and cook on low flame 5-7 minutes.
Garnish with mint and coriander leaves, and almonds.
Satrangi Sabzi is a Sindhi dish usually made with deep-fried vegetables. We cut down on the fat, cooking with just two tablespoons of olive oil
1 tbs ginger and green chilli
Sauté the potato, carrot, beans, mushrooms, babycorn, snow peas in one tablespoon of oil and keep aside. Add the rest of the oil and sauté onion and ginger-chilli paste until lightly brown. Add tomato puree, chopped spinach and cook till oil separates. Add turmeric, coriander powder, garam masala and salt. Mix in the vegetables. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Garnish with sesame seeds.
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 green chilli, finely chopped
Chop, wash and blanch spinach, cool and puree.
Mix all ingredients, except olive oil and paneer, and knead into a dough. Keep aside for 30 minutes.
Roll into 2” diameter discs. Stuff with a little paneer, and roll into 6”diameter disc. Use dry flour if sticky.
On a hot griddle, cook until crisp on both sides, coating with a little olive oil.
CARROT AND CUCUMBER RAITA
1 green chilli, finely chopped
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
Salt and black pepper to taste
Fresh coriander for garnish
Whisk the yoghurt, salt, sugar, chilli powder and cumin powder.
Add carrot, cucumber and green chilli. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve chilled.
— Recipes by Gahana Khatwani. Khatwani is in the process of setting up professional classes. For more information log on to Cookingclassesdubai.blogspot.com or write to firstname.lastname@example.org