Deviled Eggs

Guests means having to prepare food but of course we want to make anything and everything that is easy to make. Bringing you this simple recipe today which tastes really good and won’t take hours to prepare.

Could be used as an appetizer and can be served as a side with your entrée.
Let’s begin.

You will need:

Eggs 6 (you can take more depending on the number of people but let’s stick to 6 for now)
Iced water
Celery stalk
Onion
Mayonnaise
Hot sauce
Paprika
Parsley

Method:
First place eggs in a pan of water and bring it to boil and immediately remove the pan from the flame and leave it aside as it is for about 12 minutes.

Drain the eggs and cool them completely by placing them in iced water. While the eggs are cooling finely chop half a celery stalk and quarter of an onion.

Once the eggs are cool, peel them. Cut each in half. Remove the yolks and place them in a medium bowl and mash them. Add the chopped onion, celery and quarter cup of mayonnaise. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and add a few drops of hot sauce. Mix it all together and put it all in a small plastic bag nicely. Cut off a small corner and pipe the filling into the egg whites. Sprinkle the eggs with paprika for garnish. Cover them with plastic wrap and place them in the refrigerator till you are ready to serve them.

Once your guests have arrived, garnish with a bit of parsley and you are good to go.

Remember you can be as creative as you want.  Add a bit of salami on top or even shredded chicken would be great. Add shredded beef, sausages, cheese, or anything that is available. These taste good!

Bon Appetite!

Food Talk- Chicken Cheese Balls

Chicken cheese balls are always a sure winner at high teas and iftar tables. Now that we have reached the last week of Ramadan, it’s time for you to invite people that you haven’t yet given a taste of your delectable homechef skills. One of those scrumptious food items should be the chicken cheese balls. Trust me you can never go wrong with these. They will be a sure hit with kids and elders alike. And the best part is that they are super duper easy to make. So get hold of your notepads and jot down the ingredients

Here is what you’ll need:

Chicken mince 1/2 kg
Dried parsley 1tsp
Garlic powder 1tsp
Onion powder 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Black pepper powder 1/4 tsp
Ginger garlic paste 2 tsp
Butter 3 tbsp
Egg 1

Mix all of the above and set aside.

Now let’s take a look at what goes inside, this is what you’ll need for the filling
Mozzarella cheese – grated or cut into cubes
Pinch of black pepper powder

Outer coating:
All purpose flour 1 cup
Egg white 3
Bread crumbs 1 cup

Now that your chicken mince is ready and your cheese is grated (or cut into cubes) its time to make your chicken cheese balls. Take a small amount of chicken mince in your hands, flatten it and put a little amount of mozzarella cheese in the center, now roll it over the cheese and make small balls. Now one by one start dipping the balls into flour, egg, then flour, egg again and finally give it a good coating with crumbs.
Once you are done with this process you either fry them immediately or keep them in the freezer for a bit before frying (recommended). That way chicken balls won’t break while frying.
Of course these have to be deep fried till golden brown and served hot.
Serve them with ketchup or any other dip of choice.

You can make these balls and freeze them for later use. Just take a few out, deep fry till golden brown and you are good to go. These yummy things taste heavenly and are a treat for your tase buds. Remember me when you make these 🙂

Vegetarians can replace chicken with potatoes and make potato cheese balls which are as delicious as this. My kids love potatoes so its a win win for me 🙂

Signing off
Sonya Ali

Ramadan Iftar Recipe – Chilli Bites

It’s that time of the year when our tables are filled with the yummiest of food that is obviously very hard to resist because we don’t eat a thing all day and then dive right in and pounce upon whatever food item we can get our hands on, not to mention the amount of water, rooh afza, lemonade etc we consume. Also did I mention the never ending rants of over-eating and promising ourselves that no matter what I will not touch any food tomorrow (fried food specifically) and then that tomorrow never comes *winks* Yes!

Anyway we all have been there and we still want different things on our iftar tables everyday. Speaking of which i’m going to be sharing a few simple recipes with you all this month. I love food! I’m a big foodie and not just food, I love GOOD food and so does my hubby wubby! So since good food is a thing in my household, feel free to share recipes with me too.

Here we go!

I call them Chilli bites 😉 You can call them anything you like.

Here is what you’ll need:

Green Chillies (of course) big ones – not small
Gram flour
Chicken (boiled/fried and shredded or cut into small cubes)
Cheddar and mozzarella cheese
Water
Oil for deep frying

Method:
Grate mozzarella and cheddar cheese together (you can also pick only one if you want). Set aside. Prepare chicken and set aside. By preparing I mean that you can either boil the chicken or you can fry it using a bit of garlic paste as it would enhance the flavour. The other option is that you raid your fridge and look for some left over chicken, shred it and use it.
Slit open Green chillies and remove the seeds. Fill em up with chicken and loads of cheese.  Take gram flour (also known as besan), mix it with water, now make sure that it’s not dripping, since the green chillies have to  be coated well with this batter, so the consistency should be according to that, on the thicker side that is.

Place the wok on medium flame and once the oil is hot, you can start deep frying the well coated green chillies. I have made these many times and I absolutely love them. Try this when you make your regular pakoras, once a week is certainly a treat at iftar time.

Bon Appetite! 🙂