Friday, February 25, 2011

Almond Peanut Butter Cookies

Chitra Pal Almond and Peanut Butter Cookies


1. ½ cup of granulated sugar

2. ½ cup of brown sugar

3. ½ cup of peanut butter (chunky optional)

4. ¼ cup of shortening

5. ¼ cup butter softened

6. 1 egg

7. 1 ¼ cup of all purpose flour

8. ¾ tsp baking soda

9. ½ tsp baking powder

10. 1 cup of sliced almonds

11. ¼ tsp salt


1. Mix wet ingredients peanut butter, shortening and egg and butter in a bowl.

2. In a bigger bowl add sugar, salt and flour and almonds.

3. Add baking powder and baking soda into the dry ingredients.

4. Now mix all wet ingredients in dry ingredients, add slowly and mix well.

Chitra Pal Peanut Butter cookies mixture

5. Form the dough, cover it and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

6. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

7. Take the dough in 1 tsp of round spoon and keep dropping on ungreased cookie sheet.

Chitra Pal Peanut Butter Cookies

8. After all the balls are made, flatten with fork in crisscross pattern.

9. Bake the cookies for about 9 – 10 minutes or until the sides are golden brown.

10. Cool for 5 minutes and then remove from cookie sheet.

11. Store in air tight containers and serve with milk, tea or coffee

Chitra Pal Cool down Peanut butter Cookies


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Butter Tangri Chicken / Butter Drumsticks

Chitra Pal Butter Tangri Chicken

My husband and my brother love butter chicken, so I had to learn this. I went through all the recipes and combined few and came up with my version. It came out so yummy that even the bowls were licked…hope you will like it too.


For Marinating

1. ½ kg (500 gms) skinless Chicken(you can use boneless if you want, I used the Chicken thigh and drumsticks only)

2. 1 lemon (juice)

3. ½ tsp of red chili powder / cayenne pepper

4. Salt to taste

5. 1 ½ cup of fresh hung curd

6. 2 tbsp of heavy cream

7. 1 tbsp of ginger minced

8. 1tbsp of garlic minced

9. 1 tbsp of kasuri methi/dried fenugreek leaves

10. Pinch of red –orange food color

11. 1 tsp of garam masala

Chitra Pal Tomato puree

For Gravy Paste

1. 4 medium fresh red tomatoes

2. 1 cup tomato ketchup

3. 2 big red onions puree

4. 2 tbsp ginger paste

5. 2 tbsp of garlic paste

6. 3 tbsp white / unsalted butter

7. 1 tbsp fresh cream

8. Salt to taste

9. 1 tsp red chili powder

10. 3 tbsp fresh cashew nut paste

11. ½ tsp turmeric powder

12. 1 tsp dhania / coriander powder

13. 1 tbsp kasuri methi / dried fenugreek leaves

14. 2 tsp garam masala powder

15. 1 bay leaf dry or fresh

16. 2 cloves

17. ½ tsp of sugar

Chitra Pal Butter Chicken curry


1. Wash the chicken pieces well; poke them with fork for marinating well.

2. Take a zip lock bag and add marinating wet and dry items and shake it well.

3. Now add the chicken to it and toss, keep this in fridge aside(minimum 6-8 hrs or overnight)

4. Grill the chicken pieces for 40 minutes, 20 minutes each side by rubbing oil on each side.

5. For gravy paste now take 2 cups of water and boil now add fresh tomatoes (halved).

6. When they turn little soft remove from flame and throw the water in another bowl.

7. Cool the tomatoes and peel them and puree them. Keep it aside.

8. Now dip the cashews in warm water for 15 minutes and then make the paste of it.

9. Puree the blanched onions.

10. In a non stick pan heat the butter on low heat. (Let it melt slowly)

11. Add the bay leaf and cloves.

12. When they change little color add ginger and garlic paste. Let the garlic cook for two minutes.

13. Add Onion paste and sauté till light brown.

14. Now add fresh tomato puree.

15. Stir it well and then add tomato ketchup.

16. Let it cook for 10 minutes so that it reduces down.

17. Add red color and chili powder.

18. Add crushed kasuri methi, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala.

19. Now sugar and add the cashew paste and stir for two minutes.

20. Add salt to taste and a ½ cup of water (which was left for tomatoes to blanch) and let it cook on medium heat till you get the desired curry consistency.

21. Add the chicken pieces and simmer for 10 minutes on low heat with closed lid.

22. Garnish with fresh cream.

23. Serve the Butter Tangri Chicken with Naan (Indian flat bread) or plain steamed rice.

TIP :- To puree the onions for curry, skin the onions and blanch them in hot water for 3 - 4 minutes then puree them to form a paste. It will give good paste rather dry oinions.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Egg Pasta

Chitra Pal Egg Pasta


1. 3 boiled eggs

2. 2 cups of colored pasta al dente

3. Salt and black pepper to taste

4. 1 tsp of chili flakes

5. 2 tbsp of tomato sauce

6. 1 tsp of garlic minced

7. 1 tsp of garlic powder

8. 1 tsp of red chili sauce


1. While pasta and egg get boiled you can make the sauce ready.

2. In a non stick pan add 1 tbsp of olive oil, on low flame adds garlic and chili flakes so that it does burn, just flavors the oil.

3. When garlic turns little pink add tomato sauce, and garlic powder, salt and pepper.

4. Mash one egg in the pan and add the pasta to it.

5. Toss it well add the chili sauce to it.

6. Garnish with thinly cut slices of boiled egg.