Thursday, July 24, 2014

Yellow Squash Curry

This is easy and delicious--a great vegetarian option or side dish with chicken sukka.
Serves 4 

3 medium Yellow Squash, chopped
1 red Onion,  chopped
1/2 - 1 Fresh serrano or jalapeƱo, minced
1 Tomato, chopped
1 tsp Ginger garlic paste (1 fat clove of garlic and an equal knob of fresh ginger)
1/2-1 tsp cayenne powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Coriander powder
1/4 tsp Garam Masala 
1/2 cup Coconut milk (I use light.)
Salt - to taste
1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
5 Curry leaves (I omitted this)
Cilantro - for garnish
2 tbl Oil

1. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves, cover and cook until the mustard seeds quit sputtering.
2. Add chopped onion and serrano and saute, add ginger garlic paste and saute.
3. Add chopped tomatoes and saute till everything forms a gravy. 
4. Now add the yellow squash and fry along with turmeric powder,cayenne, coriander powder, garam masala and salt. Cover and cook till the squash is cooked adding a little water as needed. 
5. Uncover, add coconut milk and let the gravy simmer and reduce for few minutes. 
6. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sriracha Honey Lime Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Green Onion Dip


This is a great recipe for chicken thighs cooked on the grill.  Takes 30-40 minutes total time to prep and cook.  You can also use a wing sauce and dip but I prefer the thighs.
While making the sauces, pre- heat grill to med-high tempature

Cilantro Green Onion Dip (courtesy of Williams Sonoma)
1 cup Greek yogurt
2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
2 green onions, white and light green, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

In a small glass  bowl, mix together all ingredients and put in refrigerator to let flavors blend.

Sriracha Honey Lime Sauce

In another glass bowl (lime juices and metal bowls are not a great combination)
Mix together
4Tbs melted, unsalted butter
1/4 cup of honey
1/4 +cup of Sriracha Sauce
1 Tbs. soy sauce
2 tsp. fresh lime juice ( I also added a little fresh lime zest)

Crispy Chicken Thighs
Rinse and dry chicken thighs (about 2-3lbs)
Toss thighs with a little olive oil (a Tbs or two for the whole batch)
Salt & Pepper
Have grill heated to med high temperature
Put thighs on grill skin side down for about 10 min, turn and cook for another 10 minutes
Remove thighs from grill and toss in or brush on the Sriracha sauce (If you don't like the skin, you can remove before you toss the thighs in the Sriracha sauce)
Put thighs back on grill for another minute or two on each side.

Serve hot off the grill with the Cilantro Green Onion Dip.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Coconut Cream cheese sheet cake

Cook time: 40 Min  Prep time: 15 Min  Serves: 24 squaresIngredients
1 c butter, softened (2 sticks)
6 oz cream cheese, softened
6 eggs
2 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract ( i used 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp coconut extract
2 1/4 c cake flour
1/4 c coconut milk or cream of coconut ( optional )
FROSTING - I DOUBLE THIS
1/4 c butter,softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla or coconut extract is good as well
1 1/2 c confectioners' sugar
1/2 c coconut- for toasting and sprinkling on top of the frosting
Note: can add a few tablespoons milk, cream or coconut milk ( i don't , as i like a thick frosting on the cake )
THIS CAKE IS DENSE & IS NOT MISSING BAKING POWDER OR SODA...THE EGGS ARE THE LEAVENING AGENT
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Prepare a 9 x 13 pan with non stick cooking spray.
2. Cream together butter, cream cheese and sugar.
3. Beat in eggs one at a time, vanilla and then mix in flour.
4. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick comes out clean. As this cake cools, it will fall...that's normal...so don't be alarmed...it should be the thickness of a sheet cake...it will not be thick like a regular cake...:) Cool on cooling rack
5. Frosting: Beat together butter, cheese, vanilla and add sugar. Mix until well blended.
6. You can now toast coconut. I toast mine in a lighty sprayed skillet and keep tossing until golden. You can also place coconut on a baking sheet and toast in oven, turning frequently so not to burn.
7. I then gently remove the cake from the pan; and cut the cooled cake into 24 squares, and top with frosting and coconut. You can leave cake in pan and frost. I did it my way for presentation... Enjoy!