Friday, July 29, 2016

Shawarma Burger

We live in modern times but the people among us are moving backwards to the stone age.

From, gossip, hate speech, rape, killing in the name of sect/religion/honor to FUCKING DRIVING A CAR ON HIGH BEAMS the society consists of all sorts of evil.

BUT who gives a shit? Roads se le ker insaani jaan aur sab kuch sab ke baap ka hai yaha toh insaan aur uske haqooq aur farz bhe phir uske baap ke hee hain.

WHAT DO I DO IN THESE STRESSFUL TIMES?

The only thing which I do good i.e going in the kitchen and making myself or my brother something to eat.

Much needed therapy.

Some days ago I saw this recipe of a beef burger and I went to BYOB after that. Ate a burger and the buns just fell apart. PLEASE FIX YOUR DAMN BUNS BYOB.

So I realized how much I miss beef burgers and I decided to try that recipe out.


It is called Shawarma Burger. People who love mild food will enjoy it but other's should definitely try this juicy Arabic spiced beef patty with the amazing curried yogurt sauce.


INGREDIENTS FOR BURGER PATTY:

900 grams low fat lean beef minced (you can find it from meat one or any good meat shop)


salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 teaspoon paprika

2 teaspoon curry powder

1 teaspoon cumin powder

2 garlic cloves minced

4 tablespoons finely chopped coriander

INGREDIENTS FOR YOGURT SAUCE:

1 cup yogurt

2 teaspoon cumin

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 teaspoon curry powder

juice of 1 lemon

1 garlic clove minced

salt to taste

INGREDIENTS FOR SALAD:

Thin sliced onion


Thin sliced tomato

Handful of coriander leaves

Juice of one lemon

1 tablespoon of live oil



First of we start with making the beef patty for the burger.

Add salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, curry powder, cumin, cardamom powder and coriander in the mince.

Mix it with hands and then forms 4-6 equal size patties.

Let them rest for a while in the fridge.




Meanwhile we prepare the sauce.

On low flame put 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pan and fry cumin and curry powder in it for 2 minutes.

Add the cumin and curry powder mixture in the yogurt.

Add garlic and juice of one lemon.

Mix it well and the sauce is ready.





Now we preheat a non stick pan on medium low heat and start cooking our burger patties for 5-7 minutes on each side.

NOTE - when you put the patty for cooking press the middle with 2 fingers or a thumb so it doesn't puff out.



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Let the patties cook and make the salad with me.

Thinly slice tomatoes, onions and put a handful of coriander leaves on them.

Add lemon juice and olive oil.

Mix it and the salad is ready.




Time to flip the burger patties. COOK THEM ON THE OTHER SIDE!!!

Cover the pan for about 3 minutes and your patties are all juiced up/cooked up to go for burger assembly.



Let's assemble the burger now.

Toast your buns.

Apply the sauce of both sides.

Place the burger patty.

Top it generously with the salad and cover it with the top bun.

THERE YOU GO.



Dip the burger in the leftover sauce and take a huge bite and let the flavors dance inside your mouth. Shawarma Burger ladies and gentlemen.


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Friday, July 22, 2016

Cacio e Pepe

The hardest thing for me to come up with is a recipe for vegetarians and vegans specially when I am suffering from chef's block.

These people are so hard to please and are the choosiest of the foodies on this planet.

Vegetarians are though more tolerable because they are okay with cheese. So, it is easy to please them.

Today I am going to make (which I have already made but I would still make it sound like I am doing this right now) Cacio e Pepe which was really hard to pronounce but I saw a video on youtube and I was good to go after listening to it 3 or 4 times.


Cacio e Pepe is the Italian mac and cheese. It is very different from the American one and has literally 5 ingredients.


Taste wise it is a bit plan so you might have to add a teaspoon of salt to bring out more flavor. We Pakistani people are very salty so let's begin with this.

INGREDIENTS:

half packet bucatini or spaghetti

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

¼ cup grated Adam's chilli pepper cheese

1 cup boiled pasta water


First we will cook the bucatini for 2 minutes less time than mentioned on the packet.

Reserve one cup of boiled pasta water.


Now we melt the butter in pan and add black pepper and salt to it.


Add the pasta water, pepper cheese and Parmesan.Turn the heat to low and mix it well until the sauce is a bit thick.



Now add the bucatini and stir it. Add more black pepper if you feel like but not too much.

Mix it well and it is ready to be eaten.



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If you are not a vegetarian please have a piece of meat with it because this recipe is strictly for the vegetarians or the people who enjoy pasta/spaghetti.

The very cheesy and peppery Cacio e Pepe.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tandoori Spiced Chicken

HEALTHY CHICKEN RECIPE - EPISODE FIVE

TANDOORI SPICED CHICKEN

How to lose weight?

This question can only be answered if you can get up and exercise. Trust me with this one. If you eat a little right and be consistent on your routine you can end up looking like the hottest person alive while burning all you haters.

All you need is get up and go. To all the people who don't have time to do that I understand because I have been in that position where I could not even take an hour out but HEY! eat healthy. Skip heavier stuff like soft drinks, fried food and even if you eat those don't binge or eat late night.

You're good to go.

WOW this is the nicest I have ever been in a long time but just to balance this I will say this "ALL YOU LAZY ASS TURTLES WHO HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD AND STILL DON'T WORKOUT ARE LOSERS!"

Now that's settled let's move towards a healthy chicken recipe which pays tribute to a Desi style of cooking and that style is called Tandoori. Today I'll tell you a grilled chicken recipe with tandoori spices. Hence, the name is Tandoori Spiced Chicken


REALLY REALLY SIMPLE TO MAKE

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups plain yogurt

2 tablespoons grated onion

1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

3 garlic cloves, minced

4 200 grams skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

1/2 teaspoon salt

Oil to brush on the grill pan



First of all we need to flatten this chicken breast fillet by using the flat surface of the meat hammer.


Then we need to prick the chicken breasts with a fork so the meat consumes maximum marination flavor.


Now we combine, yogurt, grated onion, grated ginger, minced garlic, red pepper, turmeric, cumin powder, oil and salt in a container.



Marinade is ready and now we will dip the chicken in it and coat the meat properly.

Cover the container, keep it in the fridge and let it marinade for 2 hours.


In the meantime you can prepare salad of your choice and boil some bran rice if you want.

I just sliced some carrots, cucumber and onions.


2 HOURS HAVE PASSED. At least you should believe that for the sake of the recipe.

Brush some oil on the grill pan and preheat it on low heat for 10 minutes.


Take out the chicken and sprinkle some more salt on both sides.

Put it on the grill pan and cook it for 7 minutes each side.

Your tandoori spiced chicken is done.



Serve it over a bed of bran rice with salad on the side.

A bit mild for Tandoori Chicken but yes light for the stomach and a nice protein punch in your daily diet. Tandoori Spiced Chicken to the health.


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