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. 


Saturday, 5 August 2017

How to Make Shami Kebeb at Home.

It's a snack time. I haven't shared any good recipe since a quiet long time. As a matter of fact I'm not much into cooking but I do cook sometimes and it's good. I promise you that.
The recipe I'm sharing with you today is Shami Kebabs. It's a must have delicacy in Indo-Pak cuisine and for all the meat lovers around the world. 
It's suits well for both, who likes spicy and who prefer little less spices.



You will need.


  • Minced Mutton- 250 grams
  • Channa dal- 1 table spoon
  • Cooking Oil/ Ghee
  • Caraway seeds(jeera)- half tea spoon.
  • Deep fried onions- 3 table spoons
  • Garlic Chopped 2 cloves
  • Coriander leaves- Half cup.
  • Egg- 1
  • Salt to taste.
  • Ginger Chopped- 1 teaspoon.
  • Red Chillies.

Method.


  • Prepare the Channa Dal (split in half) by soaking it in water for about 2 hours.
  • Mince the meat in a mixer/grinder. 
  • Heat 2 tablespoons on cooking oil/ Ghee in a non-stick pan. Add Caraway seeds, Ginger, Garlic, Chillies, Minced Meat and drained Channa Dal. Mix well and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add salt. Mix well and cook till all the moisture is dried up.
  • Add coriander leaves and Fried onions. Put the mixture in the mixer grinder once again and make a fine paste. 

  • Take out the mixture and make flat kebabs. 

  • Break the egg in the bowl and whisk it well.
  • Dip each kebab in the egg and shallow fry , turning the sides once.


  • Serve hot with green chutney.




Sunday, 30 July 2017

Different Ways of Making a Tassel.

You may get hundreds of videos and tutorials on making the tassel thing and here is mine. I mostly use tassels made of silk thread and tassels made of faux leather to use in my craft projects. In this post I will show you both with the projects I used them into.

The First one is the easier one: the faux leather tassel.



  • Take a rectangular piece of leather material you want to turn into the tassel. The height of which will determine the height of the tassel and width will determine the thickness.

  • Mark a line some 2 cm's away from one of the sides of the rectangle. Take a pair of scissor and start cutting out thin stripes till the marked line. Do this for the entire width of the fabric. 


  • Try to cut stripes of same width or otherwise your tassel will look ill made.

  • Cut out a thin stripe of the same material to use as a loop. Fold it into half and fix it to the one end of the fabric as in picture.


  • Start rolling the fabric tightly gluing at intervals and fixing tightly at the end. 



  • Here is your tassel made. 

I used one such tassel to accessorize my handmade bag and it looks damn hot. Isn't it?


Now over to the second one: It is a Silk thread tassel.




You can use any kind of thread to make this one, even yarn.


  • Wrap the thread over some solid piece of plastic, cardboard or wood. the width of which will determine the size of the tassel. I used an old phone that I don't use now.


  • Wrap the thread many times to the thickness you are satisfied with. I wrapped it some 80 times.

  • Tie the one end of the wrapped thread by inserting a piece of thread in the end or by putting a piece of thread in place before you start wrapping the thread.

  • Pull the wrapped thread from the phone and fasten at one end as in picture.

  • I secured the end with the hot glue.

  • Trim the other end with a sharp ended scissor.


  • That's your cute tassel made.
I used such tassels in my Jewelry project.

My very own tassel earrings.



I hope you enjoyed reading my blogpost. Keep sharing. 


Saturday, 22 July 2017

How To Make a Palazzo from an old Duppatta/Saree

Anyone can do this. This is no rocket science. So, have you paid the boutiques and tailors to make you a palazzo and waited many days before you could have them? Have you bought a fancy palazzo from the market or online only to find that it is way too big for you? Worry no more! Today i'm going to tell you a recipe to make a palazzo all by yourself and that too in 30 minutes only.  You don't need to be a tailor master for this. Anyone who knows how to use a scissor and a sewing machine can do this. Yes.

Note: Even if you don't have a sewing machine or don't know how to use it. You can use tapestry needle and a thread to sew by hand. It will take a little longer to finish though. :)

Materials:


Old dupatta or saree.
Scissor.
Sewing Machine/ Tapestry needle and thread.
A palazzo for measurement.

Steps.




1. Fold the dupatta into half. Fold it again so that you will have 4 layers of fabric. One end will have two open edges of dupatta and one folded end. The other end will have one single folded end only.

Place the measurement on the dupatta. Put the back of palazzo from the open sides of the dupatta. Mark and use scissor to cut as shown in the picture.



I have cut it close to the line because i want my palazzo to be a bit tighter than the measurement. If you want to make it of the same width cut 1 inch from the marked line.

If you are using a saree, cut out 2 meters or 200 centimeters from it before making a palazzo.








2. Now open the cut out fabric and stitch the ends as marked in picture below.

Sew along the dotted lines.













3. Bring the stitches in the center. Can you see the shape of palazzo coming? We will now stitch the legs thus formed. Refer to picture.

I have marked the picture to guide you to sew the legs.

4. I'm not hemming it from the bottom as the dupatta had the lacy border already made and I preferred to keep that but I still had to do the belt of the palazzo.










In this picture you can see that i have already stitched the palazzo and its almost made.
















5. To make a belt fold the top of the palazzo to about 1 cm and sew all along.






Now fold it again to almost 1.5 to 2 inches and sew at the edge leaving a small gap of 2-3 inches for the elastic to go through.







6. Measure the elastic around your waist and pull through the belt of your palazzo. Join. Sew the gap in the belt you kept for the elastic to go through.
















Sew the left out gap after inserting and joining the elastic.















7. Iron the creases of your palazzo.

And you are done.









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I have made three of these and you can see how perfect they look. I have styled them differently and wore them on different occasions. Do tell me what you think about this tutorial. It's a very handy and easy to follow. If you have some spare fabric or duppatta or an old saree lying around go and turn it into a flirty palazzo. Just 30 minutes of your time. Nothing else.