Browsing Category

Appetisers, Soups & Salads

Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Breakfast/ Recipes/ Vegetables

Baked Chickpea Cakes

Baked Chickpea Cakes / www.quichentell.com

Baked chickpea cakes for dinner on a weeknight were exactly what I needed –  a healthy, easy-to-put-together, light meal. After the indulgences of the winter, now fading fast, it’s time to shift to menus suited to warmer weather. Chickpeas are wildly popular, present in every store cupboard and are incredibly versatile. These baked chickpea cakes can be anything you want them to be –   appetisers at a party, a…

Continue Reading

Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes/ Seafood

Tandoori Prawns

Tandoori Prawns / www.quichentell.com

Tandoori prawns are a surefire crowd pleaser; whether you’re cooking it for just for your family or for a large party. Seafood is delicate, yet the ground spices in the marinade for these tandoori prawns builds a savoury patina of flavour that complements the intrinsic sweetness of the prawns. Now, tandoori dishes – chicken, lamb and seafood must be grilled in a tandoor as the name suggests, but in the…

Continue Reading

Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes/ Vegetables

Coconut Milk Rasam

Coconut Milk Rasam / www.quichentell.com

I refuse to call coconut milk rasam mulligatawny soup with coconut milk just because the English (read British) decided to call rasam by that ridiculous if not incorrect name. Rasam or milagu (pepper) tanni (water), a  literal translation from Tamil, according to me, is actually anything but that – pepper and water. Rasam or charu (in Telugu) like this coconut milk rasam has a unique aroma and flavour that comes…

Continue Reading

Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Poultry & Meat/ Recipes

Lehsuni Murgh Tikka

Lasooni Tikka / www.quichentell.com

Lasooni tikka or lehsuni tikka is a little less famous than its cousin the murgh or chicken tikka. But in my book, it gets more points for its bold, garlicky, savouriness. This past weekend we ate fresh, homemade whole wheat pitas with meaty mounds of velvety lasooni murgh tikkas and crunchy salad nestled within with a dousing of tangy mint chutney and a creamy cashew nut sauce. What a lunch…

Continue Reading

Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Seafood

Curry Leaf-Scented Crispy Coconut Prawns

Crispy Coconut Prawns / www.quichentell.com

I ate the best crispy coconut prawns at The Green Turtle, a charming little restaurant on a white sand beach in Mozambique. Everything about that experience was magical – the spotless sand beside the turquoise Indian Ocean, the beautiful verandah-style restaurant, the delicious coconut water and rum cocktails and of course, golden, crispy and succulent coconut crusted prawns served in a coconut shell.. Crispy coconut prawns are a popular appetiser…

Continue Reading

Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes

Lamb Rasam

Lamb Rasam / www.quichentell.com

I craved lamb rasam on a cold winter evening. Tangy, meaty and peppery, it was the warm hug I needed to keep me cosy and safe from the December chill outside. Rasam is the Jewish penicillin of South India. Every home has their favourite rasam recipe passed down from great grandmothers and grandmothers, to cure all manner of colds, coughs and sniffles. Rasams are thin, mainly vegetarian soups with either…

Continue Reading

Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes

Chicken Corn And Chilli Soup

Chicken Corn And Chilli Soup / www.quichentell.com

Warm chicken corn soup stills my soul as rain gushes in waterfalls down the woody roots of the banyan tree outside my balcony. Few things offer succour and sustenance like a bowl of homemade chicken soup, during these days of incessant downpours. This bowl, is a  lemon and chilli-infused, Mexican-style chicken soup rather than the ubiquitous Chinese creamed corn version that we see dished out in melamine bowls by street…

Continue Reading

Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes/ Seafood

Shrimp Salad With Tangy Thai Dressing

Shrimp Salad With Tangy Thai Dressing / www.quichentell.com

A shrimp salad came to mind when I spotted a box of glistening green tomatoes at the vegetable store. Don’t know why, but the idea of fat, crispy shrimps nestling in a big bowl loaded with a tumble of fresh, emerald tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers and fragrant herbs set off my imagination. Then I thought, a big bowl of that doused with an Asian-style dressing, all salty and lemony would make…

Continue Reading

Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Dips, Jams, Chutneys, Relishes and Preserves

Garlic And Cheese Hummus, Basil Hummus, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Quick And Easy 5-Ingredient Hummus Recipes / www.quichentell.com

What does a hummus recipe have in common with high school exams? When exam fever hits my 16-year old and he’s buried in his books all day, I need to stock up on healthy snacks that he can attack at any time morning, noon or night when he takes his refuelling breaks. And I’ve found that a couple or more bowls of different hummus in the fridge goes a long…

Continue Reading