PITTA FAJITA PIZZA

PPMANThese mini , quick pizzas are easy to made in few minutes.Like Bread pizzas and Bun pizzas these small sized Pitta pizzas are time saver and flavorsome.I have used Fajita topping but you can use any topping of your choice.

INGREDIENTS FOR CHICKEN:

Chicken bone less cubes2 breast pieces
Red chilli flakes1 tbsp
Lemon juice1 tsp
Orange juice3 tbsp
Pineapple juice3 tbsp
Saltto taste or 1 tsp
Oregano1 tsp
Oil1 tbsp

METHOD:

  • Marinate chicken for 1-2 hours and then fry in 1 tbsp oil.
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INGREDIENTS FOR SAUCE:

Tomatoes2 medium, remove seeds and chop.
Tomato paste4 tbsp
Onion2 tbsp, chopped
Garlic paste1 tsp
Chilli flakes1 tsp
Saltto taste
Oregano 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds1/2 tsp, roasted and crushed
Green chillies4 ,chopped

METHOD:

  • Heat oil and saute onion, add garlic stir and add tomatoes. Cook for 5 minutes then add all other spices and tomato paste.
  • Add 2 tbsp water and  cover with lid , let it cook till tomatoes well tender and mashy.
  • Chop chillies and add in sauce.Stir and remove from stove.
  • You can adjust spices according to your taste , i normally use less spices because of my kids.
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ASSEMBLING:

  • Spread sauce or ketchup ( bc i have used in my pizza) on Pitta breads.
  • Spread chicken on pitta.
  • Sprinkle cheese and all vegetables (Onion, tomatoes, capsicum in julienne cut) and bake them at 180c for 20 minutes.
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banana muffins mainBanana muffins are irresistibly delicious.Light and fluffy muffins can be your first choice in cake craving. Homemade caramel sauce will enhance the taste of soft muffins.

INGREDIENTS FOR MUFFINS:

Bananas2 large
Butter1/2 cup
Flour2 cups
Egg1
Brown Sugar1 cup
Baking powder1 tsp
Baking soda1/2 tsp
Salt1/4 tsp
Vanilla essence1 tsp
Milk1/2 cup

METHOD:

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  • Peel bananas and cut in slices, mash them with fork. Now put them in microwave safe bowl and add butter also. (you can do this process on stove also but do not cook just melt and mix bananas and butter)
  • Microwave for 10 seconds and mix butter and mashed bananas with fork or masher. Make a smooth mixture.
  • Add eggs in banana mixture and beat ,now add sugar  and beat . do not over beat.
  • Now add vanilla essence, salt ,flour , baking powder, soda and milk. Mix and pour in muffin cups .
  • Bake them at 180c for 25 minutes.
  • Let them cool completely and then pour caramel OR  try ” DOLCE DE LECHE”
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INGREDIENTS FOR CARAMEL SAUCE:

Brown Sugar1/2 cup
Butter1/4 cup
Cream2 tsp
Powdered sugar1 cup

METHOD:

  • In a pan mix butter and brown sugar , cook till melt.Remove from stove.
  • Mix icing sugar and cream with whisk .
  • Pour on your muffins .
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FILLED CRESCENTS

IMG_5547A long ago Cooking expert  Rahat taught this recipe , I am making this easy and tasty pastry for my family and they always like these small crescents.Hope you will try these and tell me about your experience.

INGREDIENTS:

Flour2 cups
Baking powder1 tsp
Egg1
Butter/ ghee2 tbsp
Milkas needed for kneading
Chicken boiled and shredded1 cup
Onion chopped1
Butter2 tbsp
Flour1 tbsp
Saltas needed
Black pepper1 tsp
Milk2 tbsp

METHOD:

  • Mix flour, butter/ ghee, salt, egg, baking powder and knead with milk.
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  • Make a soft dough and st aside for 1/2 hour.
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  • In a pan add oil and onion saute for 5 minutes.
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  • Add chicken , salt and black pepper , mix well .
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  • Add 2 tbsp milk in it stir constantly to avoid lumps.
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  • Let it cool completely.
  • Roll the dough very thin and cut circles. Place chicken mixture on one circle and brush water on corners of circle.
  • Place other circle on it and press with fork to seal all sides completely.
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  • Fry these in oil till nice brown color appear.
  • Serve hot with ketchup or any sauce…:)
  • And yes you can bake these also, just place on greased tray and brush egg on each crescent and bake at 180c till well brown and crisp.
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GUEST POST- GRANDMA LASAGNA

LASANA MANItalian cuisine is one of the most favorite and widely adopted cuisine in the world.How can we forget Italian Pizzas, pasta, lasagna and much more which are part of our Pakistani cuisine.I am quoting Marcella Hazan’s words here about Italian cuisine.

“I think the success of Italian food is that it’s the food that is easiest to live with. Also, in a restaurant, nothing is cooked until you order it. If you eat Italian food in the American way it is fattening. Italians don’t serve butter on the table with the bread. Also they don’t serve olive oil on the table. Now in America it is fashionable, instead of having the dish with butter they have a little dish full of olive oil so that people dip their bread in it. Because butter got a bad name, olive oil got a good name, and all the Italian restaurants in America do this, but it’s not Italian at all.

You don’t have the big portions, you usually don’t have cake or dessert but fruit or something made with fruit. And we don’t snack. At home supper is usually very light, pastina in brodo, a formaggino, maybe a vegetable, but very light. That is also healthy because eating a big dinner means you go to sleep and burn less calories. Also I wish that in the United States they would learn how to eat long pasta without a spoon. That is the fault of the restaurant, because they put a spoon there. People don’t know how to eat pasta with just a fork.”

Why i am mentioning about Italian cuisine today, because we have a guest today with us. She is an Italian and an excellent cook. I liked her tempting and healthy recipes. I am grateful to her for stopping by and shared such a famous recipe with us. This is equally famous in Pakistan as in Italy.
Now over to Daniela for her awesome recipe:
Dear readers of Ainy Cooks,

My name is Daniela and I live in Milan, Italy. I love anything related to food and cooking (well, I’m Italian) and I always search the internet looking for new recipes from all over the world.

In fact, I personally run my own blog of recipes, which you can find on http://extravirginshop.com
I like trying and creating recipes related to the Mediterranean culture, where pasta, tomatoes and olive oil are the the stars of the kitchen!

The other day I ran across Ainy’s blog and I immediately fell in love with it.
It’s colourful and warm, and you can just feel Ainy’s love for good food..
Being born and raised in Italy I’ve been taught, expecially from my Grand Mother, to cook with simple and quality ingredients. With the right ingredients, even if they’re just a few, you can create the most amazing recipes..Here’s one, very Italian.. Hope you like it!

 

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Grandma’s Lasagne

INGREDIENTS

For the ragout:

 

  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 small white onion
  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 500 g of minced beef meat
  • 100 ml of beef stock
  • 1 lit of tomato sauce
  • salt
  • black pepper

 

For the Lasagne:

 

  • 350 g of Mozzarella
  • 500 g of dried egg pasta or lasagna noodles
  • 100 g of grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil
  • Olive Oil for the pan

 

METHOD

Prepare the ragout by placing in a pot the chopped celery, carrot and onion with 4 tablespoons of extravirgin olive oil. Fry over a low heat for about ten minutes, stirring occasionally.

When the vegetables have browned add the meat and turn up the heat.
Add the stock and when it’s completely evaporated, add the tomato sauce, a generous pinch of salt and some freshly ground pepper.
Let the ragout cook for at least 3 hours, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.

Once the ragout is ready boil the lasagna noodles in salted water for about 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Grease the baking tray, spread the bottom with a layer of ragout sauce and begin to layer the pot with lasagna noodles, mozzarella, ragout, basil leaves and a handful of Parmesan cheese.
Continue to fill the lasagna until you have 5 layers, ending with Parmesan cheese.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 200° C (375F) for 35-40 minutes.
Remove the foil and continue baking for another 5 minutes, turning on the grill function.

Buon Appetito!

CHICKEN IN PITA BREAD

PITA CKN MAINIncredibly easy and delicious recipe for all age groups. A wonderful and healthy snack to fill you up. Can be a lunch box item.
I am sure you will like it.

INGREDIENTS:

Chicken boneless in small cubes1 cup
Pita bread2
Capsicum1
Onion1
Oil2 tbsp
Crushed red chillies1/2 tsp
Lemon juice1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Cumin seeds1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves and mint leaves few chopped.

METHOD:

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  • In a pan heat oil and saute onion.
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  • Now add chicken and saute till color change.
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  • Add capsicum, lemon juice, coriander leaves, mint leaves, salt , cumin seeds and crushed red chillies.
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  • Cook till well mixed.
  • On a flat pan toast pita and cut in 4 pieces.
  • Fill in chicken mixture and serve with garlic sauce.
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Children normally like shapes and color in their food…as a mother I prefer to give my son a wide variety of colors, he also takes interest in eating and planning his lunch.
In this lunch box i wrapped apple with cling sheet n tie it with ribbon , instead of giving ready made items you should give your kids healthy home made things.

INGREDIENTS:

Bread slices 4
Hard boiled eggs2
Mayonnaise2 tbsp
Black pepper1/2 tsp
Saltto taste
Ketchup as needed
Coriander leavesfew

METHOD:

  • With star shape cutter, cut two stars on the bread slice.
  • In a bowl mix mashed boiled eggs and all ingredients except coriander and ketchup.
  • On bread slice spread a thin layer of ketchup and on bread with star shape spread mayo filling.
  • Place bread on the other bread slice and arrange coriander leaves like i have done.
  • Wrap in cling sheet.

CHICKEN NUGGETS

nuggrtTry these copycat Mc Donald’s Nuggets recipe at home, recipe tastes just like the real.Give my recipe a try..:)

INGREDIENTS FOR BREADING:

Chicken fillets1/2 kg
Flour1 cup
Cornflour2 tbsp
Saltto taste
Black pepper1/4 tsp
White pepper1/4 tsp
Mustard powder1/8 tsp
Ginger powder1/2 tsp
Paprika powder1/8 tsp
Red chilli powder1/8 tsp
Dry milk powder1 1/2 tbsp
Garlic powder1/8 tsp
Turmeric powder1/8 tsp
All spice powder (optional)1/8 tsp

INGREDIENTS FOR BATTER:

Flour2 tbsp
Eggs2 beaten
Cold water1/2 cup
Saltto taste
Soya sauce1/4 tsp
Sesame oil1/4 tsp
Cornstarch2 tbsp
Sugar1/4 tsp
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METHOD:

  • Cut breast pieces into thin slices and pound them with mallet, now cut in desired shape or size.
  • Place all pieces in saltish water ( 4 cup water + 2 tsp salt) for 3-4 hours. Blot dry all pieces.
  • Mix all batter ingredients in a bowl till smooth.
  • Mix breading ingredients in another bowl.
  • Place both batter and breading ingredients on a working place.
  • Dip each piece in batter then coat it with breading ingredients.Repeat the step one more time.
  • Place on a rack or plate, freeze it till hard and then deep fry.
  • You can freeze for future in a zip lock bag.
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PIZZA TARTS

IMG_6450mainA versatile recipe for me in a sense that you can make these tarts from both pizza dough or puff pastry even make it from a pie dough.Filling i have used of chicken but you can use mince filling too.

INGREDIENTS:

Flour5 cups
Butter chilled ,cut in small cubes10 oz
Salt1 tsp
Vinegar 2 tsp
Water chilled for kneading2/3 cup
Mince2 cup
Mixed herbs1 tbsp
Saltto taste
Black pepper1 tbsp
Oil2 tbsp
Pizza sauceas needed
Mozzarella cheeseas needed
Capsicum, onion mushroom as needed

METHOD:

 

DOUGH FOR TARTS

  • You can use pizza dough, for recipe click this: PIZZA DOUGH.
  • If you want to make dough from pie crust method then follow me ..:)
  • In a large bowl add flour , salt and chilled butter , mix with hands. Crumbs will form.
  • Mix vinegar in water and knead dough with this water.
  • Roll it and make 2-3 big flat circles and wrap plastic. Keep in refrigerator for 3-4 hours.
  • Now cut squares or circles according to the size of pan.
  • Place each cut out in greased pan and spread pizza sauce over it.
  • Fill in filling and sprinkle cheese.
  • Bake till nice golden.
  • Same process you will follow with pizza dough or puff pastry.
  • Result of both doughs are awesome..:)

METHOD OF FILLING

  • If you are using chicken then in a pan pour oil and saute 1 small chopped onion , add chicken 1 cup , red chilli flakes 1/2 tsp, salt, black pepper 1/2 tbsp. Mix well and cover with the lid till well cooked.In the end add chopped veggies ,if you want to add and mix well.
  • If you want to use beef/chicken  mince then in oil add mince and fry till color change.Now add salt , mixed herbs and black pepper .
  • Cook till water dries and oil separates.
  • Filling is ready.
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JELLY MELLY DRINK

IMG_1648Jelly is a most favorite dessert of kids and combination of jelly and milk is sinfully delicious.Try this simple drink for kids today..:)

INGREDIENTS:

Milk1 glass or as needed
Condensed milk2 tbsp or to taste
Jelly of different flavors2-3
Essence of pineapple / mango1/4 tsp
Almond / pistachioas needed

METHOD:

  • Mix condensed milk , milk and essence in a jug.
  • Crush all flavors of prepared jellies.
  • Add in milk and stir well.
  • You can add Almonds and pistachio flakes also.
  • Serve chill.
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CHEESY POTATO BITES

IMG_3073mainThese bite size appetizers you can make quickly for any kids party or lunch box. You can add boiled chicken or beef mince to increase nutritional value for kids.

INGREDIENTS:

Potato boiled2 large
Cheddar cheese shredded1/2 cup
Chicken / beef mince boiled (optional)1/2 cup
Saltto tatse
Black pepper1/2 tsp
Soya sauce1 tbsp
Flour1 tbsp
Egg1
Bread crumbsfor coating ,as needed

METHOD:

  • Mash potatoes, add all ingredients and mix well.
  • Make shapes of your choice and coat egg and then breadcrumbs.
  • Fry in shallow oil.Serve with ketchup or dip.
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SPICY CHICKEN BROAST

IMG_1486This broast recipe is one of my favorite and popular recipe. I am sure you will like  different taste of this fried chicken.Serve wit fries or mash potatoes.

INGREDIENTS:

Chicken pieces2
Worcestershire sauce2 tbsp
Ginger paste1 tbsp
Black pepper1/2 tsp
Saltto taste
Chinese salt (optional) 2 tsp
Vinegar1 tbsp
Red chili powder1 tsp
Egg1
Cornflour1 tbsp
Flourfor coating
Mustard powder1/4 tsp

METHOD:

  • Grind ginger in a chopper very fine.
  • Mix worcester sauce to make a paste. In this paste mix black pepper, mustard powder, vinegar, Chinese salt, red chili powder, salt, egg, corn flour.
  • Mix well and apply on chicken pieces. Prick pieces with knife.
  • Leave this for 4-5 hours.
  • Coat each piece with flour properly and deep fry them.
  • Cove the lid for few minutes (10-15 mins) then remove the lid and fry till crispy and brown.
  • Serve with dip and fries.
  • For DUCKY MAS POTATOES click here…..Mash Potatoes.
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DUCKY MASH POTATOES

IMG_3444Quack Quack….kids here comes cute ducky mash potatoes for you.You can help your mommy in making these ducks and enjoy eating in your lunch OR dinner….:)

INGREDIENTS:

Boiled potatoesas needed/3 large
Saltto taste
Black pepperto taste
Butter1 tbsp

METHOD:

  • Mash potatoes with masher and then in hot mash potatoes mix butter ,salt and black pepper.
  • Make two balls one is for head and other is for body. Make beak from beet root and eyes from black pepper.
  • keep them in fridge and then serve.

MINCE STUFFED PEARS

IMG_9978mainHERE is a simple and easy party recipe.stuffed breads of different types are all time and age favorite. My today’s recipe is specially for kids.They will definitely attract toward this pear shape snack.

INGREDIENTS:

Chicken / beef mince1/2 kg or less
Bread slices5-6
Ginger garlic paste1 tsp
Onion chopped1 small
Green chilli chopped1 large
Salt
Red chilli powder 1 tsp or to taste
Turmeric powder1/4 tsp
Coriander powder1/4 tsp
All spice powder1/4 tsp
Cumin powder1/4 tsp
Egg beaten1
Bread crumbsas needed

METHOD:

  • In a pan add oil and onion, saute it then add ginger garlic paste and fry for few seconds, add all spices and mix well.
  • Cover with lid and cook till oil separates.
  • You can add all spice powder 1/4 tsp ,if you think your kids will like it …:) let it cool down first then start the second step.
  • In a food processor add bread slices, salt 1/4 tsp, soya sauce 1 tbsp and black pepper 1/2 tsp. Make a dough , if required add few spoons of water.
  • Place bread crumbs and egg on work place.
  • Make a thin patti and place mince on it now give it a shape of pear.
  • Dip in egg then roll in crumbs, press with hands to coat completely.
  • Fry in oil.
  • Insert clove on top with a mint leave, just to give a proper pear look.
  • Serve with sauce.
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14523088093_b885a45480_oI am honored and privileged to write a guest post on one of my favorite blog, especially in this special month of Ramazan….:) I always admired her for her innovative recipes, interesting anecdotes, and beautiful photographs.
Her blog “YUMMY FOOD” is a treasure trove of simple, healthy recipes and beautifully captured and styled photographs that will leave you in awe…
When this tremendous lady asked me to share my any special Ramadan recipe with her readers, i at once decided to share my very interesting and healthy recipe of :

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CHICKEN CHEESE PIE

You can make these pies and freeze them , fry or bake just before Iftar and serve with any sauce.
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For recipe please open the link below and leave your comments. I will wait for your response.

http://www.kitchenflavours.net/2014/07/ramadan-special-guest-post-chicken_1.html

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JELLY POPSICLE

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I saw a Google picture of Gummy bear Popsicle few days ago.I loved this idea for kids.Keeping the concept in my mind i tried my own version. Instead of adding bears you can add any kids jelly available in market.

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INGREDIENTS:

Jelly bears or any other jelly.as needed
Soft drinkas needed
Popsicle tray
Mango juice / pureeas needed

METHOD:

  • Fill jelly bears in Popsicle tray and pour over sprite/ dew/pepsi/ marinda.
  • Insert sticks in it and freeze it overnight.
  • Take them out and enjoy with your kids…:)
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MANGO POPSICLE:

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  • Make mango puree by blending pulp and a little amount of sugar in blender.
  • Fill in Popsicle tray and enjoy.
  • You can make with mango juice also.
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PIZZA WONTON CUPS.

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Pizza and wonton what a combination…lolz. But these cute Appetizers are not only easy to make but also delicious in taste.
Just make a filling of your choice and bake in Wonton Wraps.I have used CHICKEN TIKKA filling and named it as “CHICKEN TIKKA PIZZA WONTON CUPS”.

INGREDIENTS:

Chicken tikka fillingas needed
Wonton/ samosa/ roll Wrapsas needed
Tomatoes, capsicum, onionas needed
Cheeseas needed
Oil for greasing tray.

METHOD:

  • Marinate chicken(cut in very small cubes) with chicken tikka spices.For recipe click here…. CHICKEN TIKKA FILLING.
  • In a pan saute chicken in 1 tbsp oil. Cook till well cooked.
  • In a greased cupcakes tray place wonton wraps and place a spoon full of filling then you can add capsicum ,mushrooms,tomatoes or onions chopped.
  • Sprinkle cheese and bake for 15 mins.
  • Serve with any dip or sauce.
  • I am sure you and your family will love these crispy mini wonton pizzas.
  • Last year i have introduced (click for the recipe here) POTATO PIZZETTE BITES ,they were also liked by you and hopefully you will love these too.
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