Saturday, 2 September 2017

My Sanjeev Kapoor inspired Butter Chicken Recipe

Who doesn't want to taste a li'l magic when in south Asia?! It is the most loved delicacy of Indian cuisine. Today, with me, relish your soul with this amazing spicy chicken recipe.

It is called Butter chicken because the gravy is cooked in the butter. You can use cheese instead of chicken to make Butter Paneer. The method to cook the gravy remains same.



Here we go:

Ingredients:


For Gravy:

1. Freshly Picked tomatoes. 1kg.
2. Butter. 2Tbsp
3. Cardamom. 3-4
4. Ginger Garlic Paste. 2Tspn
5. Red chilli. 1Tspn
6. Salt to taste.
7. Fenugreek leaves (methi). 2Tbsp
8. Fresh Cream.
9. Honey. 1Tspn
10. Garam Masala. 1Tspn

For Chicken:

1. Lemon. 1 medium.
2. Red chilli.
3. Salt.
4. Yogurt.
5. Ginger garlic paste. 2 Tbsn
6. Garam masala. 1Tspn
7. Mustard oil. 1-2Tspn
8. Chicken (boneless or with bones). 1kg.

Method.


Preparing the chicken:


1. First marinate.

The first marinate consists of red chillies, salt and lemon juice. Refrigerate for at least half an hour.



2. Second marinate.

Now take the curd in the bowl, add ginger-garlic paste, Garam masala, red chillies, salt. Mix well. Put the chicken in this marinate. Add some mustard oil to it and leave for at least 2 hours.

Cooking the chicken:


1. In a Frying pan.

Just in case you don't have an oven around, take a non stick, heavy bottomed pan/cooker, add some oil and put all the marinated chicken in it. Cover the lid and let it cook on the low flame first and than at high flame. Turning it occasionally. Cook till brown and crisp.



2. In an Oven.

Cook on 350 degrees for about 15-20 mins. Checking it occasionally. Keep it for more time if required.

3. In the gas Tandoor.

Oil the tandoor and put the chicken pieces on it. Let it cook.

The chicken thus prepared should be crisp and moist.


Preparing the Buttery Gravy:


1. Make a tomato puree or peel and chop the tomatoes.
2. In a non stick pan take the butter, add cardamam and ginger garlic paste. cook for 1 minute.



3. Add the tomatoes.
4. Cook for 5 minutes.
5. Add Red chillies and salt.



6. Cook for 10 minutes. Add dried fenugreek leaves(methi).
7. Cook for 5 more minutes.



8. Add fresh cream, honey and some more butter. Cook.
9. Add garam masala powder to it and cook.



When the grave is prepared add the cooked chicken to it and cook for few minutes.

Serve hot.



Sunday, 27 August 2017

How I Converted My Old Abhaya/maxi dress into a Skirt.

Salam my lovelies. Weekend is finally here and I'm all set for a new post despite being busy with sorting out my life. My schedule is so filled that it is close to being exploded. Regardless I was lucky enough to find half an hour or so to turn this old (but in good condition) Abhaya into a gorgeous skirt that I can totally wear to outdoors too.


Reqirements


It is super easy to follow and obvious! No expertise required, just the Abhaya, scissor, elastic, needle and thread and couple of beads maybe.


Steps.


  • Spread out the Abhaya on a flat surface. It should be probably ironed. Make sure there are no bumps and creases here and there.

  • Take your measurements. You can use a measuring tape or some other bottom wear that you deem fit for the measurement.

  • Mark it and cut it using your scissor.

  • To make a belt, fold at least 1 cm from the top side of the skirt. Iron it. Now fold again to about 1 inch and stitch all along, leaving a little space to put in the elastic through it.



  • After putting the elastic through it close that little opening too.

  • Affix beads on the front side of the skirt in a pattern that you love with the help of a fabric glue or needle and thread. 

  • Match it with your favorite top. 


I hope you enjoyed reading this post.
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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Throw Pillow with Ribbon Piping and Tassel Corners.

Here we are back on another weekend with a sweet and simple stitching tutorial.
Our today's craft is a throw pillow. I have too many of them and I always find a place for new ones. No one can say NO to one more cute pillow. can you?



In this tutorial I'm showing you how to attach a ribbon piping on the edges of the pillow and make your own new pillow in under 30 minutes.


Let's begin.


Material:



  • Fabric of you choice.
  • Scissor.
  • Silk thread.
  • Ribbon/lace.
  • Sewing Machine.
  • Tapestry needle and a thread.
  • Poly fill/Cotton stuffing.


Steps:



  • Cut the two pieces fabric of the (same) measurement of your choice. I had the dimensions of 15 X 20 "
  • Put them one over another with wrong sides facing outwards and right sides facing each other.
  • Take a ribbon/lace and fold it in half.


  • Put the lace between the two pieces of fabric and sew along all the edges of the pillow.

  • Alternately you can first sew the ribbon to one of the fabric pieces and than attach another piece over it.


  • Leave a nice gap for the filling to in.

  • Turn the pillow inside out. 

  • When you have stuffed the pillow take a tapestry needle and a thread and sew the gap.


  • Make some pretty little tassels and sew them at each corner. You can further add beads to decorate it further.
To know how to make a tassel click here!
  • How does your pillow look like? Mine looks awesome.