Food · Healthy Breakfast · Uncategorized

Chicken Quesadilla with a Health Wrap!

 

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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”, said Virginia Woolf. The saying holds all the more importance when it comes to breakfast, considering it is the first meal of the day. Now, we all know more or less the health benefits of having a proper breakfast. I personally feel, a good and hearty breakfast is such a mood lifter that it ensures our day ahead goes well. So, if you want to kick-start your morning with a full speed, then supply adequate fuel to your engine.

Yup, it is yet another breakfast recipe that I am going to share. If you follow me on Instagram (@feelings_on_platter), you must be knowing that I asked for recipe requests for the blog and many people asked me to post about easy breakfast recipes. So, there you go. The name of the dish is called “Chicken Quesadilla with a Healthy Wrap”.

Chicken Quesadilla is a famous Mexican dish in which veggies and chicken, along with cheddar cheese and spices are filled inside a tortilla wrap and baked/grilled till the cheese melts. Unlike Taco, the tortilla wraps are softer in this Mexican delicacy. A Quesadilla refers to the tortilla wrap that is either made of corn or flour. However, I have given the classic Mexican dish a spin and came up with a healthier version of it.

Read on for the recipe.

CHICKEN QUESADILLA WITH A HEALTHY WRAP

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INGREDIENTS: (2 Servings)

For the Quesadilla or Wrap

  1. Oats – 1 Cup
  2. Semolina  – 1/2 Cup

For Filling

  1. 2 Chicken Sausages
  2. 1 Small onion sliced
  3. 1/2 Carrot sliced
  4. 1/2 Bell pepper sliced
  5. Mayonnaise – 2 Table spoons
  6. Olive Oil – 6-7 Table Spoons
  7. Salt to taste

PROCEDURE:

  • Grind oats and semolina and make a fine batter of medium consistency (Like a Dosa Batter). Add a bit of salt in it and keep the batter aside for 15-20 minutes.

 

  • Heat a pan and add 2 table spoons of olive oil. Add the veggies along chicken sausages (slit the sausage and make it half for a better wrap) and saute for 5 minutes. Keep aside the filling.

 

  • Heat a tawa/ flat pan (preferably non-stick) and put the Oats batter and spread in a circular motion.
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  • After it turns a little crispier, add the filling in between. Add 1 Table spoon of Mayonnaise on top of the filling.

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  • Then slowly fold it and wrap it.

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And once you fold it properly, take out and cut diagonally before plating ( I couldn’t because of my usual hurried affairs in the morning 😦 ) and saviour the healthier version of the Mexicana Delight. 🙂

HEALTHY TWEAKS:

1. Letting go of the quintessential Cheddar Cheese.

2. Used a wrap of Oats and semolina mixture instead of the tortilla wrap which is made of corn or flour.

There are numerous health benefits of Oats. It is filled with nutrients, helps in weight loss, lower cholesterol level, rich in antioxidants to name a few. The more important thing is oats are filling too. Now, isn’t it really healthy? I think the name “Chicken Quesadilla with a Health Wrap” is very much justified and make for a great breakfast option. That’s called Health on your Platter.

With that healthy wrap, it’s a wrap of this post too. Hope you all liked the post and would try this recipe once. Do share your feedback with me in the comment section below.

Till then, Happy Munching & Keep Smiling. 🙂

Love,

Shobhna

 

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Food · Uncategorized

Egg Muffins!

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Breakfast is an important meal of the day and most often eggs are part of it. Eggs are like super food which is loaded with nutrients. They provide us essential vitamins, zinc, iron, minerals etc. Apart from the numerous health benefits eggs have, it is very easy and quickly made. Also, with eggs, variations are many like, from poached eggs to scrambled eggs, boiled eggs to omelettes etc. But like they say, variety is the spice of life, we seek variations in our daily meals as well. It was on one such day when I wanted to try something different with eggs, I made “EGG – MUFFINS”.

Egg Muffins are known to many but it’s the variation one can make with this, is what makes it an interesting and tasty dish. To be honest, I looked up to few recipes online till I came up with my own variation (Probably after reading this, you can come up with your own variations too). So, Let’s get down to the recipe.

EGG MUFFINS:

The great thing about Egg Muffins are that it is very very less time consuming, super easy to make and tastes not just heavenly but is healthy and very filling as well. In other words, you can cal lit your “Power – Packed” breakfast.

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INGREDIENTS: ( 3 Servings)

  1. 2 Eggs ( Preferably big in size)
  2. 2 Chopped Broccoli Florets
  3. 3-4 Chopped Button Mushrooms
  4. 1/4 of Chopped Bell peppers
  5. 1 small onion chopped
  6. 1 Chopped Green Chilli
  7. 1 Small Tomato Chopped
  8.  American Sweet Corn – 2 Table spoons
  9. 1 Baby corn chopped
  10.  2 strips of bacon chopped (Optional, but I have an undying love for it :D)
  11. Red Chilli Flakes – 1 tea spoon
  12. Oregano – 1 tea spoon
  13. Cheese of your choice ( Can be Goat Cheese, Mozzarella, Cheddar or Parmesan but the later two are preferred)
  14. Baking powder – 1/2 tea spoon
  15. Salt to taste

PROCEDURE:

The list of ingredients may appear to be many, but you can add or omit any of these according to your choice of veggies and it will still taste equally great. The process is ridiculously simple.

  1. Crack the eggs, add salt and a  bit of pepper. Add baking powder and beat it nicely.
  2. Put the chopped bacon in a pan, add chopped mushrooms to it and cook till bacon turns brown in colour.
  3. Now add all the chopped veggies into the egg batter. Add cooked bacon and mushroom and give it a nice mix.
  4. Grease the muffin mould either with olive oil or butter.
  5.  Now pour the egg mixture into the muffin mould. Once you pour a little mixture, keep  the cheese slices or small pieces and pour the rest of the mixture on top of it. One needs to keep in mind that since eggs will puff, 3/4 of the mould should be filled.

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6. Place the muffin mould into the pre-heated oven at 180 degrees temperature for around 20 minutes. Keep checking in between.

7. Once done take out, let it cool down a bit and relish.

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As you can see, I had it with stir fried zucchini and ham sandwiches (Super foodie me) but trust me when I say, these Egg Muffins are super filling and one can have two egg muffins with some fruit juice and that’s filling enough.

Considering eggs are filled with super nutrients, it becomes all the more healthier when veggies are added to it. And as far as Egg Muffins are concerned, they are not only healthy and filling but tastes great too. That makes it a very very sought after breakfast option which is easy to cook and quickly done. It so fits-in in our busy morning schedules. It sort of breaks the usual breakfast monotony and literally makes your  breakfast colourful. It also needs no Eggstra Effort! 😀

At our place we LOVED it, so much so that made it once for my in-laws and once when guests arrived. Needless to say, they were in love with this colourful egg delight. Hope you like this post too and make egg muffins for an “Eggilicious” breakfast and share the feedback with me. Or else, you can share your version of it too.

Till the next post, Happy Munching and Keep Smiling. 🙂

Love,

Shobhna

 

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Food · Food Festival · Uncategorized

Renaissance Lucknow’s “Marriott- Around The World” Celebration!

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Fortunate are those who get to travel the world, meet with different kinds of people and get to taste the local delicacies of that place. It broadens one’s horizon and you get to explore a lot that enriches your life. But if you don’t get to travel much, then books and food come to your rescue (Yes, they have a great deal of information). And for me it’s a boon because I like to read and I LOVE to eat. That’s exploration for me. Hence, I was more than happy to be invited for the “Bloggers’ Table” at “Renaissance, Lucknow” which is celebrating “Marriott – Around The World” Food Festival.

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“I am not glutton, I am an explorer of food” said Erma Bombeck but every foodie echoes this sentiment. And when “Global Cuisine” is served on the platter, nothing can beat the ecstacy of a food lover. “Marriott – Around The World” Food Fest (By Renaissance Lucknow Hotel) has Italian, Jamaican, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Pakistani, French and of course Indian cuisines in the offering. The best thing about this food fest is that the buffet spread is equally good and large for non-vegetarians and vegetarians alike.

Now, if I have managed to build the curiosity, let me guide you through the delicacies offered.

SALADS – AROUND THE WORLD:

If you are a salad lover, you would find salads of many veg and non-veg variants (Eggs, chicken, prawns and fish salad) from across the world.

 

 

JAMAICAN JERKS:

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Apparently Jamaican Cuisine has African, French, Spanish, Indian, British and Chinese influences. At Renaissance, Lucknow, you can explore many grilled delicacies with Jamaican Marination. Now, that is something you wouldn’t want to give a miss.

Have a look at many variants of chicken, prawns, fish with marination and take your pick at the live counter. Grilled Glory of your choice shall be served at your table. 🙂

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ITALIAN DILETTO (Delight):

At Renaissance, Lucknow, they have a very vibrant Pasta Counter which serves many variants of freshly made pastas of your choice of ingredients ( A lot about which I mentioned in my Italian Food Fest of Renaissance).

1. PASTAS IN RED AND WHITE SAUCE:

2. VEG LASAGNA:

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I have had Chicken Lasagna before but the vegetarian variant of me titillated my taste buds equally. I almost forgot that I am having a veg dish. Lasagna is made of wide pasta sheets usually baked along with meat, veggies, cheese and Italian herbs. If you happen to attend the food fest, don’t miss this Italian Delight.

3. BRAISED LAMB:

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Braised Lamb is a slow cooked dish which tastes great with “Polenta”. It is cooked with onion, garlic, celery and other Italian herbs amongst which rosemary is prominent. The texture of a braise is like stew. Since the lamb is slow cooked, it becomes really tender and soaks in all the juices which make it quite flavourful.

4. VEGETABLE CAPONATA

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Veg Caponata is made from chopped and fried egg plant and celery, kalamata olives etc with sweet and sour sauces added to it.

JAPANESE YOROKOBI / SUSHI

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Sushi is a very popular Japanese Cuisine all across the world. It basically has vinegar flavoured cold rice rolled  in with raw veggies or fish or any other sea food. If you like that sour-y tinge with the raw sea food taste, you can try “Prawns Nigri” (which I relished) or else the safe bet for a Sushi first timer is “Veg Sushi Rolls or Veg Makimono”.

MEXICAN DELIGHT:

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Mexican Quesadilla

Quesadilla means filling stuffed along with local made (Mexican) cheese inside a soft tortilla wrap. The fillings usually have shrimp, chicken, veggies (onions,tomatoes, bell peppers etc) depending upon one’s vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices. The tortilla wrap is then cooked and cut into bite sized pieces. I personally love Mexican dishes as I find them to be a nice blend of Italian and a bit of Indian cuisines.

SPECIAL MOCK-TAILS IN THE OFFERING:

Apart from the usual mock-tails served, you can find 3 special variants of mocktails which are Pomegranate-lemon mock-tail, Pineapple-basil mock-tail, Apple mock-tail. If you want something refreshing to gulp down along with the food, then try these.

CHINESE CHUNK:

Most of the Indians love Chinese delicacies. So, it is an organic process to include that in any Global Food Fest.

1. STIR FRIED VEGGIES:

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This is the most simple yet refreshing dish to have with or without anything. Perfectly stir fried veggies taste delicious.

2. DICED CHICKEN WITH HOISIN SAUCE:

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Hoisin Sauce is at times called the “Chinese Barbecue Sauce”, probably because of it’s thick texture and pungent smell. It is usually used in Chinese Cuisine as a glaze for meat. This sauce is less sweet and more spicy. So, if you like spicy food, add it up with noodles and it will just taste YUM.

3. VEG HOT GARLIC NOODLE:

Chinese Food and Noodle go hand in hand and this veg variant of Chinese noodle preparation is simple and non-fussy kind.

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4. DIMSUMS

INDIAN EXTRAVAGANZA: 

“Marriott- Around The World” Food Fest of  Renaissance, Lucknow is incomplete without our very own Indian Cuisine and Awadhi Cuisine.

1. MURG DUM BIRYANI

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Now if  I start writing about “THE BIRYANI” , I shall end up writing a book probably (My undying love for Biryani as you all know by now). This Indian delicacy has many variants but I have always preferred Dum Biryani and needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.

2. AJWAINI FISH

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Ajwain or Bishop’s weed has a very strong flavour which gives this Ajwain Fish it’s pungent taste.

3. MUTTON SEEKH

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Seekh Kebab is a famous Awadhi Cusine as Lucknow is known for it’s Kebabs. So this Mutton Seekh coated with gravy is great to have with plain rice.

4. RARA GOSHT

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Rara Gosht is another famous Indian cuisine which is slow cooked in Indian spices. It is heavily spiced and if you love spicy and hot curry, then this dish for you.

5. LAHSOONI KUMBH MAKAI PALAK

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If the taste of cooked spinach excites you, then this veg delicacy will suit your taste-buds.

6. Dahi Bhalle

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This is one dish, nobody usually shies away from. Dahi Bhalla can be had as a starter, or a full meal along with other assortments. A bite into it and your mouth just explodes with flavours asking for you to just go on and on.

The Indian dishes also include Subz Biryani, Paneer Tikka Masala, Subz Kofta, Veg Seekh Kebabs and Kadhai Paneer.

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Indian Extravaganza truly becomes extravagant, when Indian Street food is added to it and it was a delightful sight to find the “Street Food Counter / Chaat Counter” at the Renaissance, Lucknow Hotel. The food includes, Pani Puri, Bhel, Ragda Patice, Sev Puri, Samosa Chaat, Kachori Chaat etc. It’s so drool worthy right?

 

PAKISTANI PUNCH:

LAHORI MURGH

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Pakistani Cuisine is very much similar to Indian Cuisine and similar spices are used for their dishes too. Lahori Murgh is one such dish which is loaded with spices and very rich in it’s texture like most of the Pakistani dishes.

FRENCH DELICE:

HERB ROASTED CHICKEN WITH MUSTARD SAUCE

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Like French Kiss, Herb Roasted Chicken with Mustard Sauce is addictive. The name is self explanatory. Chicken is nicely roasted with French herbs and then cooked with dijon mustard sauce which has a mild flavour unlike the regular mustard paste/sauce. Cherry Tomatoes and Broccoli complement it to the T. According to me, this dish stands out on it’s own because of it’s mild and refreshing falvour which lingers in your mouth for long. It tastes different, it tastes GREAT! A must try dish at the Renaissance, Lucknow.

DESSERTS- AROUND THE WORLD

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And there were of course Sweet Delectable Delights from around the world, which includes Tiramisu, Baked Yogurt, Fruit Custard, Chocolate Truffle Pastry, Mahalabia Fresh Fruit and many more. You can satiate your sweet tooth by savouring these sweet delights.

But, the real surprise was ” Live Kulfi”!!!

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This is a new addition to the hotel and it’s definitely going to remind you of your childhood Kulfiwala.

The warmth, hospitality and ambience of the Renaissance, Lucknow make everything special. And when global cuisine is served on your platter, it’s a grab. So, book your tables and grab your seats as the “Marriott – Around the World” festival is on till 17th of September.

Below are the details of the Food Festival.

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REVIEW IN A NUTSHELL

AMBIENCE: 10/10

HOSPITALITY: 9/10

FOOD/TASTE – 9.5/10

If you have made it to the end of a long post, you are a certified foodie like me. 😀

Hope you liked my review and it was insightful for you all. If you have ANY QUERIES, SUGGESTIONS, FEEDBACK, then do mention it in the comment section.

 

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Food · Food Truck

New Food Truck In Town – “Taste Of India” (Lucknow)

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Food Truck phenomenon has a long history. It dates back to the year 1866 when the Cattleman named “Charles Goodnight” invented the “Chuck Wagon” and in later years that became the base of the “Mobile Food Culture” (BTW I happen to share my birthday with Charlie Goodnight , i,e 5th March :)). Soon, Food Trucks across the world made their mark on the culinary world.

The mobile food industry boomed in Lucknow, India a couple of years back but mushrooming of food trucks was seen in the last year. Most of the food trucks serve fast food (Chinese food) or street food but I recently paid a visit to a newly opened food truck named “Taste of India” (Mahanagar, in front of Gold Gym, Lucknow) where they serve Indian (Vegetarian) food. The names of the dishes got me all excited and I tried some of their famous dishes.

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BAMBOO VEG BIRYANI

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Bamboo Veg Biryani
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Bamboo Veg Biryani
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Bamboo Veg Biryani

While many non-vegetarian food lovers like me jump in joy seeing the smoked bamboo, thinking it to be the famous “Bamboo Mutton”,  the spin however is, at the “Taste of India” they serve “Bamboo Veg Biryani” which has paneer and mushroom in it.  Now this is one dish you wouldn’t want to miss here.

CHUR CHUR NAAN

To be honest, I loved the name “Chur chur Naan” and thought it to be something like lachha paratha kinds for some reason. But it is like stuffed naan with different types of fillings. Basically they serve four variants, i,e Masala Chur Chur Naan, Paneer Chur Chur Naan, Aloo Chur Chur Naan and Onion Chur Chur Naan. 

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Aloo Chur Chur Naan
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Onion Chur Chur Naan

We ordered for Aloo and Onion Chur Chur Naan Thali. Yup, they serve and pack thali for you. Now isn’t that great if you get it at a food truck? By the way I loved and preferred the onion variant than the aloo (potato) one.

I know you all must be wondering about the “Thali” assortments. There you go.

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That’s how the the thali looks like and they pack it in a very hygienic way. The thali includes 2 Naans, Paneer Butter Masala, Dal Makhni, Raita and Onions.

PANEER BUTTER MASALA

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I liked the taste of “Paner Butter Masala” but I always prefer it a little spicy. However, if you like your gravies a little sweet, this would suit your taste buds as it has a sweet tinge to it.

DAL MAKHNI

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“Dal Makhni” was simply OUTSTANDING! It was very tasty and full of flavours. Chances are high that you would end up having only dal makhni with naan. This was super delicious and tasted like any high end restaurant’s fine preparation (You have got to taste it to believe it). What I mean by that is it tasted like authentic “Dal Makhni”.

SOYA CHAAP

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Soya Chaap
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Soya Chaap Palate

As they say, you save the best for the last. Well yes, I LOVED the “Soya Chaap”. This probably is the single dish that can make you visit “Taste Of India” again and again and again and can single handedly become the crowd puller. If I am to describe the taste, it was like any flavoured chicken sausage. I am sure, you would drool over this too. If you ever visit the place, then don’t miss trying out this utterly delectable dish of “Taste of India”.

The Good part is you would get a little information at their counter about the kind of food they serve through the slide show.

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If you would like to have a look at the menu in detail, then refer to the pic below.

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And if you live near by, you can get your food home delivered too. 🙂

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You would find the food truck of “Taste Of India” located at Gole Market, Mahanagar, Opposite Gold Gym, Lucknow. Timing- 5.30 P.M to 11 P.M

Hope you find this post useful and if you belong to Lucknow, do visit this place. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

For any queries or feedback, do give a comment in the section below.

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Food · Uncategorized

Review of “Be The Beer”, Lucknow

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Anything “New” always makes us anxious, excited, apprehensive, hopeful and the list can simply go on. It is only when we actually see or face that “New”, we get know what it is or how it is. As a food blogger, I am always on the look out for new food joints, restaurants, cafes, etc in the city that can be a part of my culinary expedition and enrich my food experience. This time the “NEW” pit-stop in my culinary journey was “Be The Beer”, a newly opened restaurant in Lucknow.

The ambience of  “Be The Beer” is very warm and welcoming. The small but cozy place immediately gives you  loungy vibes that helps in unwinding.  The restaurant offers a host of Mexican, Italian, Chinese and Indian dishes and interesting non-alcoholic beverages ( Thinking about the BEER options available? Keep reading folks).

First things first…FOOD and I shall start with the favourite dish of mine amongst the host of other delicacies I had.

 CHICKEN ROULADE

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CHICKEN ROULADE

In every food outing of mine, there’s always this one favourite dish which I call a star dish. At “Be The Beer”, Chicken Roulade was the star dish for me. The dish was full of flavours and simply lip-smacking to say the least.  “Roulade” originated from the French word “Rouler” which means “To Roll”. There are sweet roulades available with fillings too.  The “Chicken Roulade” I relished had Chicken Rolled in with cheese and spinach filling with perfect assortments of noodles which was mildly flavoured and boiled veggies which complemented the dish (I am drooling already). It truly was a Mexican Delight for me. So, if you visit, “Be the Beer”, keep this in your “Must Have” dishes. I am sure, you would enjoy it  as much as I did.

 

PANEER BURRITO 

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PANEER BURRITO

 Burrito is a Mexican dish in which a tortilla is usually rolled or folded around a savioury filling. And “Paneer Burrito” obviously had cheese and paneer filling and they serve it with fried potato wedges. I loved the Indian fusion they created with paneer filling which blends in perfectly with the Mexican dish.

FISH & CHIPS

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Fish and Chips

Fish & Chips is the “HOT” favourite of English people. They simply love having this fried battered fish with hot potato chips or french fries. It is usually served with tarter dip. Well, all I can say is, not only people of England but people from all over the world like it. So yes, I did too.

FAJITA CHICKEN QUESADILLA

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Fajita Chicken Quesadilla
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Fajita Chicken Quesadilla

This is another Mexican delight which I simply lip-smacking! I loved the chicken filling so much that it once in hand, it was un-put-down-able! Mexican Quesadilla is basically tortilla wrapped with meat, veggies and cheese filling which is baked and are usually cut into half. Again, this is a “Must Have” dish when you are at “Be The Beer”.

CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS

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The flavour of Chicken Drumsticks were bang on but it is a complete misfit if you order it with any Mexican or Italian dishes.

PINK PASTA

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Pink Pasta

The name itself is intriguing enough for someone to order “Pink Pasta”. While many people are used to having pasta in red sauce and white sauce, Pink Pasta comes as bit of a surprise. But it’s a pleasant surprise any day. Pink Pasta is basically is a subtle mixture of white sauce and red sauce, which gives the pasta its pink hue. Hence, you wouldn’t find the taste to be drastically different from the usual ones.

BEVERAGES 

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Yes, I did tell you that I shall reveal the “Beer” mystery.  This may come as a big disappointment for many, but “Be The Beer” serves alcoholic beverages on weekends. This quite contradicts the name of the restaurant itself but they sort of compensate it with the fascinating names of the non-alcoholic beverages they offer. Bloody Beer, Orange Beer, Pineapple Beer (Refer to pics above) to name a few. Out of all, Orange Beer satisfied my taste buds. So, I would recommend that to you all.

Like I said earlier, I loved the ambience of the “Be The Beer”.  It’s not very big a place but the way they managed their interiors is commendable and make it a cozy place.

(Check out the slide show below)

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If you want to spend a cozy evening with Mexican Food and Fruit Beer, then do give “Be The Beer” a try!

Review in a nutshell:

TASTE: 8.5/10

AMBIENCE: 9/10

SERVICE: 7/10

I hope the feedback and the review helps you selecting dishes and make the most of this place. In case of any queries, feedback, questions or simply anything, write in the comment section below .

Till then, Happy Munching & Keep Smiling! 🙂

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Shobhna

 

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Food · Uncategorized

Baked Chicken Breast Stuffed with Fajita Filling

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When you are just lazying around watching TV on a rainy evening, thinking about what to ask the cooks to prepare for dinner… they call you to say they cannot make it. Bam, you get a jolt and quickly start thinking about the dinner options. Well, that’s what happened to me a couple of days back, when our cooks decided to ditch us that day. Since it was raining that evening, we (Me & My husband) wanted to have something really nice for dinner. And that my friends, led me to think of making “Baked Chicken breast stuffed with fajita filling”, that is not only tasty but is very less time consuming as well (arrangement & preparation both). So, the whole episode of the cooks ditching us turned out to be a blessing in disguise. 

I have prepared baked chicken breast dishes many a times with assortments but it’s been a while I am contemplating about making baked chicken breast with stuffing. I am glad that I finally did try and the outcome was delicious. 😀

Now I cant wait any further to share this super easy, super delectable recipe with you all that is super quick to make.

BAKED CHICKEN BREAST STUFFED WITH FAJITA FILLING

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INGREDIENTS: (For 2 Servings)

  • 2 Chicken Breasts 
  • 2 Chopped Baby Corns
  • 1 thick Strip of chopped bacon
  • 1 pork /Chicken Sausage chopped (You can use any sausages as per your choice)
  • 1/4 of a chopped Bell Pepper 
  • 4 chopped Button Mushrooms 
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • olive oil – 2 Table spoons
  • 1 cheese slice (You can use grated mozzarella / cheddar cheese too for a better result) 
  • Roasted Garlic – 1/2 Tea Spoon
  • Red chilli flakes – 1 Tea Spoon
  • Black Pepper powder – 1 Table Spoon
  • Salt to taste

PROCEDURE:

FAJITA FILLING FOR STUFFING

  1. Heat the pan and once hot, put 1 table spoon of olive oil in it, add chopped onions. After it becomes a little translucent, add chopped bacon and sir fry it a bit. 
  2. Once the oil comes out of bacon, add all the other chopped veggies and sausage, mix well and stir fry it for 5 minutes.
  3. Add black pepper powder and salt to taste. Mix well and put off the gas. Now the Fajita Filling is ready to be stuffed in the chicken breast. 

 

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The chopped veggies and meat

After the stir fry, the fajita filling would look something like this.

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Fajita Filling

FAJITA basically is a Mexican Dish, having strips of meat with other stir fried veggies and cheese filling which is wrapped in a soft tortilla or served as a taco filling.

But we will use this filling inside chicken breasts. Food is all about experimenting after all. You can’t innovate anything without experimentation.  But this dish was a safe bet anyway. So, it was a win-win situation. 🙂

4.  Wash the chicken breasts properly and pat dry.

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5. Carefully slit them in a diagonal manner. Make  deeper cuts so that it becomes easier for stuffing.

6. Add salt, pepper and a bit of olive oil on the chicken breasts and give them a nice massage.

7. Now stuff the fajita filling inside the chicken. You have to be very careful while doing it to avoid breaking of the chicken strips. 

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8. Break the cheese slice and add on top of it. As I mentioned earlier, you can top it with grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese for a better result (I made do with the cheese slice since I ran out of my cheese stock). 

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9. Sprinkle some roasted garlic and red chilli flakes on top of the stuffed chicken breasts.

 

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10. And that is it (Yup, its that EASY)!  Now, put the container inside the preheated oven and let it cook for around 20 minutes at 175-80 degrees temperature. The key point here is to cook the chicken breast in a relatively lower temperature to retain it’s juiciness. 

 Take it out once the chicken is cooked, cheese melts and an irresistible aroma fills the room.And voila, the “Baked Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Fajita Filling” is ready to be devoured.

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The reason I love chicken is, it doesn’t take much time to cook. So when in a hurry or dilemma, it comes to my rescue. And as far as this dish is concerned, it is not only super tasty but super easy to make, super healthy to eat, takes less effort and saves up your valuable time. 

I had my “Chicken Breast Stuffed with Fajita Filling” with boiled veggies (Beans, Carrots, American corns) stir fried in butter, salt and pepper and a tangy salad of tomato, cucumber,onion and lemon. What you can add to it is a mayo dip.  

We relished our dinner that day with this dish silently thanking God for the cooks not turning up that day (we were annoyed initially though).

I seriously hope this dish becomes a part of your dinner story too. 🙂

Do let me know if you try this dish at home and give your feedback on the same. I would be more than happy to hear from you all.

 

Till then, Happy Munching & Keep Smiling! 🙂

Love,

Shobhna 

 

 

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Food · Food Festival

Rajasthani Food Festival @ Fairfield by Marriott, Lucknow

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Rajasthani heritage is very ancient and its culture, very rich.  You know you are in Rajasthan when you are amidst people who are vibrant, clourful ( Be it accessories or clothing, etc.) and  which has many colourful architectural designs. No doubt then this resplendency and richness reflect in their food palate as well. That’s why it’s called “Rangeelo Rajasthan” (Colourful Rajasthan). 🙂

Rajasthani Cuisine is famous in India and abroad alike. Every year tourists flock across the globe to Rajasthan … not only to enjoy the architectural grandeur of the place but they also relish the famous Rajasthani Thaali.  A typical Rajasthani thaali has few of their famous, local and signature dishes that attract many. I was one such person who was excited to savour those signature dishes and try the others when I was invited to be a part of the ongoing “Rajasthan Food Festival”  at the Fairfield by Marriott, Lucknow.

The richness and colour of  food has the capability to allure and the phenomenon of “We eat through our eyes first” takes place. Rajasthani Cuisine does that to you. I loved most of the dishes I tasted at the Rajasthani food festival and let me share the featured dishes with all of you so that you can make the most of it when you visit the food fiesta at the Fairfield by Marriott, Lucknow.

DAL BAATI CHURMA

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CHURMA

Dal Baati Churma is an quintessential part of a Rajasthani Thaali which is a combination of 3 assortments (3 in 1 treat anyone). Dal is the normal lentil soup we Indians have, Baati is basically roasted balls made up of wheat flour or maize flour and Churma is sweet / semi sweet crumbly granules. Churma and Baati are usually had with Dal and  dollops of Ghee poured on top of it. Ah! What bliss.

The good news is that at the on going “Rajasthani Food Fest” @ Marriott, Lucknow, you would get to have “Masala Baati” which has potatoes and green peas filling along with the regular ones. Also, you would find the maize flour variant of the Churma besides the wheat flour variant.

Fiery Chutneys are there to be accompanied by the trio.

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CHILLI GARLIC CHUTNEY & MIRCH KE TAPORE

RAAB SOUP

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Now you can call this soup totally Indian with refreshing Indian spices put into it. It has a mild, refreshing flavour which is quite similar to the Kadhi we have. But unlike “Kadhi”, flour millet is( Bajre ka atta) used for making this “Raab”soup. It has become one of my favourite soups. So, yeah it gets a thumbs up!

PAPAD MANGODI KI SUBZI

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Hold your breath! This dish is made of Papad (Poppadom) and Moong Dal ke vadi (Vadis made out of green gram). Although I have had many dishes and curries which has “Vadis” in it, never did I have a Papad – Vadi combo curry. The flavour of both add a nice taste and texture to this unique curry made with spices.

LAAL MAAS

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“Laal Maas”  is the Star Dish the Rajasthani Cuisine and needs no introduction. This is THE most famous dish of Rajasthan and every non-veg lover craves for it.  Laal Maas is basically mutton cooked in rich Indian spices and dry red chilli  paste which gives the fiery dish the red colour and makes it super hot.

MANGOURI MURGH / ALOO PYAAZ KI SUBZI

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Mangouri Murgh is basically chicken cooked with kasoori methi while Aloo Pyaaz ki Subzi is cooked with small whole potatoes and onions. Both the dishes tastes ok but beware of the small onions which are soaked in vinegar which made it super tangy.

GATTE KI SUBZI

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Gatte ki Subzi is another drool worthy authentic dish of Rajasthani Cuisine which is widely popular.  The star ingredient of the dish is gram flour. “Gatte” means cooked gram flour dumplings and it’s curry is made of curd mixed with other spices which makes it an irresistible dish. One can enjoy it with rice and roti/ kulcha/naan both. Oh by the way did I tell you, I LOVE Gatte ki Subzi! 😀

JAISANA PULAO

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JAISANA PULAO

Jaisana Pulao is long grained rice cooked with saffron, anise and it has roasted pea-nuts in it. The flavour of saffron makes this pulao very biryani like (minus the meat that is) and I did not think I would LOVE it so much (My fondness for biryani you see).

                          KER SANGRI

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Ker Sangri is an unique and traditional dish of Rajasthan.  Although it is not as famous as Laal maas or Daal baati churma, the uniqueness of the dish made it popular.  This is cooked with small berries and a kind of beans (which are found in Rajasthan) in spicy curry. The special ingredient in the subzi is “Ambula” or “Dried Mango strips” which gives the dish it’s unique flavour.

DESSERTS

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Rajasthani Cuisine is all about ghee, spices and hot chilies but they relish their traditional sweets too (Which is very sweet). You can savour the sweet delight called “Malai Ghevar” which is made of milk, flour and malai/clotted cream. Although I don’t have a sweet tooth, I quite liked the dish.  There was “Phirni” too for sweet lovers.

Now after drooling over the food pics and the sumptious meal that I relished, you can savour these traditional Rajasthani dishes too at the “Rajasthani Food Festival” @ Fairfield by Marriott, Lucknow till the 27th Aug. 

Just in case you’re wondering, the man responsible for these wonderful Rajasthani dishes is Chef Jitendra Singh who flew down from Jaisalmer, Marriott to cook these Rajasthani delight.

Review in a Nutshell:

TASTE: 8.5/10

AMBIENCE: 8/10

SERVICE: 7/10

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The Rajasthani Food Fest is on till 27th Aug @Fairfield by Marriott, Lucknow.

Enjoy the Dinner Buffet from 7.30 p.m. – 11.30 p.m

INR – 700+ Taxes

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Till then, Happy Munching & Keep Smiling! 🙂