Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Meal of Italian bread with mediterranean curry ,chinese chicken and fresh mixed fruit salad

Not always we feel like preparing a spread for dinner ,now with hubby gone and with just me and my sister around i have to think twice before preparing such spread for dinner,when hubby was around had prepared Piadine ,cashew noodles and olive chicken for dinner  pallavi had preapred mixed fruit salad in grated coconut powder and orange rind dressing .
Yesterday for dinner had mango shake and fried fara and breakfast was thandai with cottage cheese sandwhich,temperature is also rising day by day in Delhi ,yesterday it was 41.5 degree C,so that is another reason for not eating full fledged meal.
This spread was prepared about two weeks back but since i was really busy packing and arranging for MUNDAN ceremony i didnt had time to publish this post,...
here goes the recipe of Piadine which is soft unleavened Italian Bread,cooked directly on a griddle.
recipe source my bread book
ingredient needed
all purpose flour one and a half cup
salt one tsp
olive oil one tbsp
water seven tbsp
italian herb one tsp
sift the flour and salt in a bowl,make a well in the center
add the olive oil and water to the center of the flour
followed by addition of one tsp of italian herb
and gradually mix to form a dough
Knead on a lightly floured surface for 4 to 5 minutes until smooth and elastic
place in a lightly oiled bowl,cover with oiled plastc wrap and let it rest for 20 minutes.
heat a griddle over medium heat
divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and roll each into 7 inch round
lightly oil the hot griddle
add one or two piadine and cook for about two minutes
or until they start to turn brown
Serve warm .
Served Piadine with Olive Chicken
recipe source Mediterranean Cook Book
ingredient needed
Olive oil 2 tbsp
Chicken 1.5kg
onion sliced one
grated ginger one tbsp
garlic cloves crushed three
paprika one tsp
chicken stock one cup(for chicken stock i used maggi chicken cubes)
saffron starnds 2 soaked in 1tbsp water
spring onions 4 chopped
15-20 pitted black and green olives
juice of half lemon
salt and ground black pepper
step one
heat oin in non stick wok
and fry the chicken on all sides till golden
step two
add onion ,ginger ,garlic paprika and seasoning and continue frying
over moderate heat ,coating the chicken with the mixture
step three
add the chicken stock and saffron and bring to boil
cover and simmer for 45 minutes till the chicken is done
step four
add the spring onions and cook further for 15 minutes
till the chicken is well cooked and the surrounding sauce is reduced to half
step five
add the olives
stir in the lemon juice
cook over medium heat for further five minutes .
Serve hot with rice or flat bread.
For Chinese Chicken with Cashew nuts
ingredient needed
skinless chicken breast fillet 175gm each
garlic clove crushed three
soya sauce 4 tbsp
cornflour 2tbsp
egg noodles 225gm
oil 3 tbsp
roasted cashew nut one cup
onion one cut lengthwise
step one
slice the chicken into strips ,place in a bowl and stir in
garlic,soya sauce and cornflour.
cover with clear flim and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
step two
boil egg noodles,drain and keep aside
step three
heat oil in non stick wok
add chilled chicken and stir fry
over high heat for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown
step four
add the cashew nuts and spring onion to the pan
and stir fry for further 2 to 3 minutes
step five
add the drained noodles and stir fry for 2 minutes more
toss the noodles well and serve imediately.
For Mixed Fruit Salad  in coconut and lemon juice dressing
mix together the chooped fruits such as orange,grapes,musk melon and and cranberries
add coconut powder followed by grated rind of orange and lemon juice
toss well
serve chilled.
Chinese Chicken with Cashewnuts goes to Poornimas space where she is on with Lets go nuts Cashewnuts ,event started by Aquadaze.
Chicken with Olive and Piadine goes to Priyas space where she is on with AFAM olives event started by Maheswari.
Mixed fruit salad goes to Easy crafts space for WYF sidedish event.

Thats all frens,...enjoy the platter will catch up with u all soon,..