Chicken Burritos

I have been craving Mexican food off late, especially burritos. So on an idyllic Sunday afternoon, I did just that, make a whole bunch of burritos for the family. :D However, I did not want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen and I used some store brought ingredients to help speed up the process. So, I brought the burritos, brought a Taco mix sauce for the filling and picked up a Taco spice mix. I tried this company called Salsalito, and they are really good – big and bold on the flavors.

Chicken Burrito Recipe

Chicken Burrito Recipe

For the filling:

  • 1 jar Salsalito taco mix
  • 1 packet Salsalito taco flavor mix
  • 2 large red onions – chopped
  • 3 tomatoes – chopped
  • 1 capsicum – chopped
  • 1 cup rice – soaked for 30 minutes
  • 150 grams paneer – diced
  • 1 cup kidney beans – soaked overnight
  • 400 grams chicken sausages – chopped
  • 2 tbsp groundnut oil
  • salt and pepper – to taste

For the salsa:

  • 1 large tomato – finely chopped
  • 1 large onion – finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper – to taste
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil – optional

For assembling:

  • 1 packet of Salsalito burritos
  • 100 grams mixed Mexican cheese
  • 1 bunch of coriander leaves to garnish
  • 4-5 lemon wedges to garnish

Now, to make magic happen. :)

  • In a heavy bottom pan, put the oil and mix the tomatoes, onions, capsicums, chicken and the kidney beans
  • Once the vegetables, beans and the meat start getting tender, add the paneer and empty the jar of Salsalito taco mix and the packet of Salsalito taco flavor mix
  • Give it all a good tumble, and season with salt and pepper (the cheese will be salty, especially if the mix has Cheddar and Jack, so keep that in mind)
  • For the salsa, mix all the ingredients in a bowl (as simple as that no! :D )
  • In the meantime, the mix would have dried out and you need to get it off the stove
  • You can lightly toast the burrito wraps on a low heat, I prefer it, some people don’t

And that is all the cooking that there is!

Now, to assemble:

Take one burrito wrap, add in a lot of the filling, top it up with the salsa and add some of the cheese on top , and top it off with the coriander leaves to make one really messy and super delicious burrito. Serve with some lemon wedges and a lot of love<3

Chicken Burrito

Chicken Burrito Recipe

Now, when do you make this:

  • Feeling Mexic–ooo?
  • Craving burritos?
  • Easy way to impress your date
  • Cooking for your mommy (my parents loved the burritos btw! :D)
  • And happy, comfort food ofcourse

Chef’s Tip:

  • Be careful with the salt and taste before you garnish
  • It can get messy to eat this, so some standby tissues work wonders
  • This is heavy, recommended more for lunch followed by a big walk than dinner
  • If you want to make this a vegetarian friendly dish, skip the chicken, and add in some more paneer or even tofu :D

And that is about it! Let me know how this goes!

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Mother’s Day Recipes

It is that time of the year again, when we go all out and buy our moms cards, flowers and gifts and take them out for swanky lunches and spa treats. Each of it is as thoughtful as the next, no doubt. However, the best gift to give to your mom, is take over her responsibilities in the kitchen for a while. (and by a while, we don’t mean one day!) Make simple and easy dishes and your mom will remember this special Mother’s Day treat for the longest time! (Which basically means forever!)

At the Part Time Cook, we have compiled some simple and easy to make recipes (along with some cheats) to make this coming Mother’s Day grand!

Veggie Omelette

Moms love being served breakfast in bed. Do you know why? Because no one makes the effort to wake up early and make mom her favorite breakfast. (Also, the fact that moms have keen ears and the moment you start tinkering in the kitchen, the non stop clanking of utensils immediately alerts her that you are up to something! :D ) This easy to make veggie omelette recipe, served with some toast on the side is a nice way to wish her good morning.

Veg Omelette

Veg Omelette

Recipe: Here

Masala Chai

Do you know how much your mom loves her tea? It gives her the energy to wake up and make food for all the fussy and picky eaters in the house. And you know that is saying something! =D

Treat her to this aromatic cup of tea, yes, you must!

Masala Chai

Masala Chai

Recipe: Here

Idlis with Chutney

All women fuss about eating healthy. And moms are no exception to this! Treat her to some piping hot idlis, served with some coconut chutney on the side. *winning*

Idli and Chutney

Idli and Chutney

Recipe: Here

Cheat code: Go buy the batter from a local store. Each market has one. And you can smell the place from half a kilometre away, owing to their wafting smells of filter coffee! And you MUST have a cup of the filter coffee while they freshly prepare your batter.

Salad

Mom likes her salad? Try this simple chicken salad, and add a couple of slices of toasted bread on the side. A sure happy moment.

 

Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad

Recipe: Here

Egg Curry

Eggs are super easy to prepare, and preparing them in a curry form is one of our house favorites. Delicious egg curry served with some rice or roti on the side is a happy lunch memory.

Egg Curry

Egg Curry

 

Recipe: Here

Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer tikka masala is an easy dish to prepare. And is not very easy to mess up! :D (We know you are reading this and smiling!)

 

Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer Tikka Masala

Recipe: Here

Cheat code: Afraid of experimenting too much? Well, you can buy the gravy in a super market. Most chains carry pre prepared packets of gravy, to which you just need to add paneer. However, please don’t do that unless you are a 110% convinced that you will burn the kitchen down. Freshly made food ALWAYS tastes better!

Prawn in butter garlic sauce

Easily, the easiest recipe of make. Go make heap loads for your mom already. Serve with a glass of wine!

Prawns in Butter Garlic Sauce

Prawns in Butter Garlic Sauce

Recipe: Here

Chicken curry

Make some home style chicken curry for you ma! Serve this with lots of love, and rice on the side.

Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry

Recipe: Here

Dessert

We would have given you recipes for a millions desserts, but let’s just use the easy way out and get a big tub of ice cream. Two spoons. And love.

 

Pina Colada Ice Cream

Pina Colada Ice Cream

Here is our recipe for pina colada ice cream.

Go make some amazing food already you guys! Wishing you all a very happy Mother’s Day! :)

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Food Cravings – Part 2

So, me being me and summer being summer, I fell prey to the summer viral. Yet again. Summer and I have our endless love hate relationship going on. And each time that I fall sick, I keep craving food. Okay, fine. I crave food all the time. :D However, go through this list and tell me how you can’t be craving all of these? :)

1. Hot Chocolate

The blocked nose, the tearing eyes and the occasional sneeze. Add all of that to a bad throat. It was the perfect reason to go indulge in a cup of hot chocolate. Ofcourse, me being me, I also added a shot of Bailey’s to it. Do you know what that is? Love. :D

 

Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

2. Pizza

Thin crusted, sweet and smoky barbecue chicken pizza. Need I say more?

 

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

3. Chicken Tikka Masala

Juicy, succulent, melt-in-the-mouth meat. Period. I WANT.

 

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

4. Gulab Jamuns

For all those people who didn’t know, this is my favorite Indian dessert. A bowl of piping hot gulab jamuns served with rabdi. Delish! Unless ofcourse, mom is making Rasmalai. Then clearly there is a stalemate!

Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun

Now, is anyone contesting anything I said, or do we all vote to meeting up, eating good food, with some great conversations and having fun? :)

Oh, and speaking of, I hope you guys voted. We sure did! =)

Stay tuned. we have more coming up soon! :D

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One Year On at the Part Time Cook

So, happy birthday to the Part Time Cook ( I know the post is a bit overdue, but better late than never as the adage goes!) The past one year, looking back, has been fabulous in terms of my culinary journey, especially with the food journey explored in different cities. And that is something I absolutely plan to continue this year as well. :)  It has been a bit difficult writing on as frequent a basis as I would like, but I am getting there and the posts will be more frequent, that is a promise!

Also, this year I plan to improve on my baking skills. Baking and me always have our differences especially because I don’t follow recipes down to the dot and Baking can be an extremely demanding girl at times! ;) In addition to baking, another thing I plan to do more of is to try more Indian favorites, let’s say Butter Chicken, Neer Dosa, Prawn Malai Curry, Paneer Tikka Masala, Chole Bhature and so on.

Got you salivating? Great!

Food is my Best Friend

Food is my Best Friend

To sign off on this post, thank you for sticking by me and making this journey amazing. Here is hoping to have some more amazing years, and having more delicious posts up for all your guys! :) Thanks for all the love! :*

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Methi Matar Malai Recipe

So, there are these random days when I crave vegetarian food. Like intensely crave veg food. It gets on my mind and I  can’t think of anything else, until I have eaten. Now, those days are really rare. Like once in a year kind of rare! :D However, when that does happen, you get me spending some time in the kitchen, cooking vegetarian food, and taking a lot of pictures until I have the right shot! So, this past week, a lot of methi matar malai happened. My first attempt at cooking this! :)

Methi Matar Malai

Methi Matar Malai

Drooling? Well, that’s good. Read on.

So, now for ingredients. It is a simple recipe with easy to find ingredients in the desi store cupboard. Not convinced? Well, read on. And trust me. :)

Serves: 4

  • 2 cups of chopped Methi Leaves (Fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 cup peeled and boiled peas (matar)
  • 1 cup fresh cream (I used Amul)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt (To taste)
  • Sugar (optional)

And to make the base we need the following:

  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 1-2 green chillies
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 tbsp jeera (cumin seeds)
Methi Malai Matar Paste

Methi Malai Matar Paste

 

And that’s about it. Told you, it is mega easy to source the ingredients. :)

Now for the whole abracadabra process! :D

  • Put all the ingredients for the paste in a mixer and grind until it forms a nice even paste. Add a little water, if needed
  • In a pan, heat the oil and add the paste and stir for 8-9 minutes, until it gives off a nice happy fragrance (your mouth will start watering, and that is the easiest sign! :D ) Keep stirring continuously, else it will burn. Also, if needed you can add a little water to the mix
  • Once, the paste is done, mix the methi leaves and add the water to the paste and stir well. The paste will coat the leaves and cook through for the next 10-12 minutes. If it gets too dry, add a little more water to the mix and simmer
  • Add the peas and the cream and simmer for 5-6 minutes on a low flame (Makes sure the flame is low, else the cream will split)
  • Add the sugar and the salt and mix well.

Tadaaaaaaa! Done!

Methi Malai Matar

Methi Malai Matar

Serve with steamed rice, or hot parathas. I love the name – Methi malai matar. It is kind of a tongue twister if you actually think about it! :D

Cooking Level: Not afraid of fire. And a little hard work. And washing some dishes. =D

Now, when do you make this:

  • When you are obviously craving veg food (Like, duh!!)
  • When you want to put some effort and make a slightly fancy, but vegetarian dish :)
  • When you want to pamper your mom and dad
  • When you want to eat the whole damned thing on a Saturday (Or a Tuesday or Thursday or whichever day is a veg day)
  • When you want some happy, comfort food :)

Chef’s Tip:

  • Make sure you give the methi sufficient time to cook, else it leave a bitter aftertaste in your mouth, even with all the cream!
  • Also, if you don’t have or like or are allergic to cashew nuts, you can chuck them out. Just that, then you need to add some sugar to balance the dish.
  • You can also chuck the cashew nuts if you are on a diet, though all the cream just kind of takes the healthiness out of it! Instead, eat this guilt free on your cheat day! :D

Well, it is almost a year that the blog has been up! And we have something special coming your way. And we just wanted to say a big thank you for all the love and support that you guys have thrown our way. It is humbling and it keeps us going. :)

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New Year and New Beginnings

Hey you lovely people! Wish you a very happy new year from all of us at the Part Time Cook!

We have been away for a while, but we have been experimenting with food none-the-less and this year has seen a whole lot of food already! Last Sunday was a total feast day. Want to know what all I made? Well, here you go. On the menu were:

  • Bhindi Masala
  • Fried Bhangda
  • Steamed and fried Cauliflower
  • Tangy Chicken Afgani
  • Spicy Mutton Curry
  • Jeera Rice
  • Gajar ka Halwa

Phew! Nothing spelled gluttony in a long time, as this one afternoon fiesta did! And it was amazing alright! We just couldn’t stop eating. Haha! :D

Pros:

  • That was a lot of cooking which was done in under 4 hours. :)
  • Waaay too much food (Burp!)
  • My first attempt at mutton. And it was lip smackingly delicious! (Certified by all the licking of fingers and second helpings :D )
  • I realised I am good at multi-tasking ;)

Cons:

I didn’t take photos. (Too much hungr happened! :( )

However, the first Sunday of the year was brilliant in terms of cooking food. :) Trying to cook at least once a week this year. It allows me to make up some really interesting recipes! I made a very very yummy Spanish omelette for breakfast today. Well, here is a sneak peek! :D

Spanish Omelette

Spanish Omelette

Are you sold? Do you want the recipe already?! Well, be a good person and wait for the next post, which will be up soon! The post will have the recipe! :D

Also, have you liked us on Facebook?! HAW! IF you haven’t, please like us! We have been good for an entire year! Almost! =D

Link: https://www.facebook.com/PartTimeCook

We are soon going to be starting with our Seven Sins series. Keep an eye out for that! :)

Cya soon! And have a great Monday. Cheers!

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Roasted Chicken and Vegetables with Rice

Well, December is already here! The year passed by a lot faster than I anticipated. I however, did get some things right, including starting this food blog and returning to blogging again! :)

I tried this roasted chicken recipe recently when I was too bored to cook, but wanted something that was elaborate to look at (making it look like a lot of effort went into the kitchen, when it didn’t!) Yes, I’m always doing such thing, being an Engineer by profession and a lazyass by heart! :D :P

Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

So, well here goes. This recipe makes enough for 4 people. Or two mega hungry ones! :)

Vegetables -

Potatoes – 2 Medium sized ones, cut into 8 pieces

Baby Corn – 10 Whole ones slit lengthwise

Mushroom – 8 Medium ones, quartered

Onions – 1 large, sliced

Chicken Pieces cut small to medium – 650 grams

For the Marinade

Oregano – 1 Teaspoon

Basil – 1/2 Teaspoon

Lemon Juice – 1 Teaspoon

Garlic Paste – One Tablespoon

Chilly Flakes – One Teaspoon (Reduce if you want less heat)

Salt – To taste

Pepper – To taste

Now, how to go about making this:

Take the chicken and all the ingredients of the marinade and mix well. Once the spices and the chicken are mixed, transfer everything into a fridge friendly bowl and wrap with clingfilm and let it chill overnight. If you cannot wait that long, (something totally understandable! :D) chill the chicken for atleast 4 hours, but the longer you can, the better!

Once the chicken has done it’s due in the fridge, line an aluminium pan with potatoes, onions, mushrooms and baby corn, sprinkle some salt and pepper over your veggies and then line the chicken on the top of the veggies. Why? Because, the chicken juices will add another entire dimension of flavor to your vegetables. Total win-win, ain’t it? :)

Pre-heat your oven to 175 degrees. Once you have lined your tray, cover it with aluminium foil and let it roast in the oven for 35-40 minutes, until the chicken is tender and the vegetables are cooked through.

Roasted Chicken with Vegetables and Steamed Rice

Roasted Chicken with Vegetables and Steamed Rice

Serve this up with steamed rice and salad! A simple, tasty and oil free meal. Tadaa!

Now, when do you want to make this?

  • When you are craving chicken and rice
  • When you want to have a balanced meal
  • When you want to have a superbly flavored meal, without the mega hassles going behind it
  • When you want to cook a simple dish for your whole family (or just 1 hungry friend! :D )
  • For a lazy lunch brunch
  • To impress your better half

Chef’s tip: Add in more vegetables – Broccoli and Carrots work well with this recipe. :)

So, go ahead and make this. And let me know how it goes. In the meanwhile, stay tuned for some sweet bits coming your way. :)

Have a good week ahead everyone!

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Chicken Soup for the Soul

I know how much I love my chicken soup. I can literally live off it forever. Well, atleast for 3 days without grumbling! :D

I have been stuck with this bad cold for the last 4 days, and I have literally been living off soup to help me deal with the sneezing, the stuffy nosie and now, the permanently leaking nose. Ugh! Anyhoo, enough of my ranting. Back to important things. Chicken soup. Super quick to make. No oil needed. No skills needed. Can be made in under 15 minutes. Convinced? Well, I will add some more reasons later. Now for the all so important recipe! =D

Ingredients: Makes Enough for 1 (Trust me, you don’t want to share! :P )

Chicken (Boned preferably, it adds more flavor) – 4 medium thigh pieces

Peppercorns – 20 (Lightly ground using a mortar and pestle)

Carrot – 1 Diced

Beans – A handful, diced ( I used about 10 odd)

Onion – 1 medium sized, diced

(I did not have these veggies at home, but you can also add cauliflower florets, peas, broccoli)

Water – 300 ml

Salt – To taste

Cooking: My easiest recipe ever! EVER!

Put everything in a pressure cooker and let it cook for 2 whistles. That’s it. (You guys love me, don’t you?)

Quick and Healthy Chicken Soup

Quick and Healthy Chicken Soup

Serve in a pretty bowl. Add buttered toast to make a meal out of this. I just had it straight up, no carbs.

Convinced? Well, go ahead and make it already! :)

When do you make this:

  • When you have the damned cold and cough or the flu
  • When you want to make a no hassle soup
  • When you don’t have time to make an elaborate meal (Elaborate means more than 15 minutes! :D )
  • When you want to pamper your mom with a quick soup
  • When you want to diet, but want tasty, yummy and healthy food
  • When you want chicken soup, to heal your soul :)
  • All of the above, plus you don’t really want to admit to being lazy about cooking ;)

Chef’s Tip:

Replace the water with chicken stock for more flavour in your soup.

Don’t add oil. The chicken has it’s own juices, which add a depth of flavor without the additional fat and calories.

Make this, and read Tuesdays with Morrie! :)

Psst: Diwali was really fun this year. New office, new friends, old friends, crackers, sweets, nostalgia, dressing up, lanterns, fairy lights, diyas, rangolis and all that jazz! :D

Will be putting up more posts soon. Have a fun weekend guys. :) And please leave your thoughts in the comments section! Feedback helps create new recipes!

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Who wants beer?

When the day is as hot and stuffy and as muggy as today is, all I want is beer.

So here are some of our favorite pictures, doing the talking! :)

Budweiser Beer

Budweiser Beer

Carlsberg

Carlsberg

 

Ultra

Ultra

Which one is your favorite after a long day at work?

Let us know! :D

We are rooting for this today though!

 

Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden

Cheers!

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Lemonade – Beat the October Heat

October is back with a vengeance and the heat gets to me each and every day. The worse part is that no matter how much water I drink, I still feel sapped and somehow my thirst is never quenched. I realized after some experimenting, that  lemonade is the best way to go to beat the heat, lose the weight and get in your intake of 2 litres of water daily! (So many good points :) )

So let’s quickly run you guys through some versions of lemonade that I have tried and are all easy and fun to make on a hot and sultry day!

Normal lemonade (Nimboo Paani):

Use the juice of one lemon, 200 ml soda, 5-6 mint leaves, 300 ml water and 2 tbsp sugar.

Crush the mint leaves, and mix the water, sugar and lemon juice and mix and stir. Top with soda. Tadaa! Half a litre of lemonade, all ready! (Add more or less sugar depending on how sweet your like your drink!)

 

Lemonade with Mint

Lemonade with Mint

Whether you are making this at home, or having it at the local stall on the road for 5 bucks, this is the most easy way to beat the crazy heat!

However, it is easy to get bored of too much lemon juice. In this case, I have two yummy alternatives which taste just as good!

Apple lemonade:

Use the juice of half a lemon, 300 ml soda, 5-6 mint leaves, 200 ml apple juice and sugar if needed (The apple juice already has sugar!)

Use the same preparation as above. And tadaa. Something different. And yumm!

Apple Lemonade with Soda

Apple Lemonade with Soda

Litchi lemonade:

There are times when I love the sweetness that the litchi juice has, along with the sharp contrast against the tang of the lemon. So, here goes nothing! ;)

Use the juice of half a lemon, 300 ml water , 5-6 mint leaves, 200 ml litchi juice and sugar if needed (The juice already has a lot of sugar!)

Repeat the above instructions to make this. And bam! You are done! :)

Litchi Lemonade

Litchi Lemonade

When to make this:

  • To beat the October heat, ofcourse
  • To make a big lot of coolers for a party (Very very very easy to make!)
  • A drink for a night when you are off alcohol ;)
  • Picnic drinks
  • Drink for a night when you are driving
  • Diet Drinking! \m/ Simply make the first regular lemonade, replace the sugar with honey and viola! Instant low calorie drink!

Well, we have some more beat the heat recipes coming up. Stay tuned and watch this space for more.

Okay, okay, done with all the advertising! Have a good Monday and a crazy fun week ahead! ;)

Oh, and I almost forgot. If virgin lemonades are not your calling, you might considering adding some white rum, or even better – tequila! ;) There I just made your day, didn’t I?! :D

 

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