Chicken Tikka Bites

1 pounds chicken thighs or breast, boneless and skinless, cut into bite size cubes
1/2 cup greek yogurt
3-4 cloves garlic minced
2 teaspoons minced ginger minced
1/4 cup cilantro chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoons turmeric
1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika for color and a slightly smoky taste
1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 tablespoon ghee for cooking the chicken
Juice of 1 lemon for sprinkling before serving

Mix together all ingredients except the ghee and lemon juice and let the chicken marinate for an hour or up to 24 hours. If you’re using chicken breast, give it at least an hour for the yogurt to marinate the chicken

When you’re ready to cook this, heat up a skillet, and when it’s hot, add two tablespoons of ghee. You want a skillet that’s large enough to let your chicken rest in a single layer across the pan, or be ready to cook it in batches. You want to quick cook this at high heat, frying in the ghee, not braise this.

Carefully place the chicken in the skillet, and after 3-4 minutes, using tongs, turn the pieces to sear the other side. Once both sides are seared, you can reduce the heat a little to finish cooking the pieces, but all in all, you’re looking at about 10 mins at most in the skillet, especially if you cut into bite-sized pieces as instructed

Spritz the lemon juice across all the chicken right before serving.

If you’re trying to avoid fat, you can cook this in an air-fryer at 400F for 12 minutes, turning half way through. They’re a little dryer than the skillet method but the meat is still tender due to the yogurt marinade.

Spritz the lemon juice across all the chicken right before serving.

Pressure Cooker Dal Makhani

Boil Together
1/2 cup whole black urad dal (see picture)
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon garlic
2 teaspoons minced ginger minced
1.5 cups water

Mix Together
1/4 cup Greek yogurt (or drained soy yogurt)
1/2 cup half and half, cream, or alternative milk of your choice, or cashew paste
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon Punjabi garam masala (see recipe below) or ordinary garam masala

For Finishing
2 teaspoon ghee
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon tomato paste

Wash the dal well, add ginger, garlic, bay leaves and water, and cook in a Instant Pot for 30 minutes on high pressure using natural release.

Meanwhile, mix together the yogurt, milk/cream of choice, and the listed spices and blend these well together.

When the dal is ready, open up the Instant Pot and using the back of a spoon, gently mash in some of the dal to make a thicker dal, leaving most of the dal intact.

Turn your Instant Pot onto its Keep Warm Setting, adding a little water if needed.

Heat a small saucepan or kadhai, add ghee when hot, and add in the cumin seeds which will start to sputter.

Put in the tomato paste and cook it for a while, until it absorbs all of the ghee.

Pour this paste into the dal and mix well.

Pour in your yogurt mixture and mix well, garnish with chopped cilantro if desired, and serve with naan, chappatis, or rice, or eat plain by the spoonful.

Kakadi Chi Koshimbar (Indian Cucumber Peanut Salad)

2 cucumbers peeled
1/4 cup cilantro chopped
2 tablespoons spanish roasted peanuts chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar Optional
1 tablespoon oil
1/4 teaspoon black mustard seeds or sub cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 lemon juiced

Chop up the cucumbers, cilantro, and peanuts into a very fine dice.

Place into a bowl and season with salt and sugar.

In the smallest little heat proof bowl you have, heat the oil until it is hot and shimmering.

Place the mustard and/or cumin seeds and allow them to sputter like popcorn about 30 seconds.

Add in the turmeric and stir quickly.

Pour this hot, flavored oil over the cucumbers and mix well.
Squeeze lemon juice and mix once again and serve.

Baked Gobi Manchurian

4 cups chopped cauliflower
1 cup chopped onions
1 large bell pepper chopped or eight small little ones
2 tablespoons oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon turmeric

For the sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon Sriracha or other hot sauce

Line a sheet pan with foil and turn on your broiler.

Sprinkle the veggies with oil, salt, and turmeric.

Mix well and place veggies on foil-lined sheet.

Broil for 30 minutes or so until the veggies are cooked.

Meanwhile, in a microwave safe bowl, mix together all the sauce ingredients and microwave for 30 seconds. Let this sit while the veggies cook.

When the veggies are done, remove from the oven and pour sauce on them, mixing as you go.

Indian Cabbage and Peanut Slaw

4 cups chopped cabbage or use ready slaw mix
1 tomato diced
1/4 cup cilantro chopped
2 tablespoons Spanish roasted peanuts chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar (Optional)
1 tablespoon oil
1/4 teaspoon black mustard seeds or cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 lemon juiced

Rough chop the cabbage and carrots slaw mix into bite size pieces.

Chop up the tomato, cilantro, and peanuts into a fine dice.

Place all the vegetables into a bowl and season with salt and sugar.

In the smallest little heat proof bowl you have, heat the oil until it is hot and shimmering.

Place the mustard and/or cumin seeds and allow them to sputter like popcorn about 30 seconds.

Add in the turmeric and stir quickly.

Pour this hot, flavored oil over the cabbage mixture and mix well.
Squeeze lemon juice and mix once again and serve.

Skillet Jerk Chicken

2 tablespoons jerk sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon orange juice
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken cut into cubes
1 tablespoon vegetable oil or ghee for cooking

Place the chicken in a quart-size Ziploc bag. Pour marinade ingredients onto the chicken and let it rest overnight or up to 24 hours.

When ready to cook, heat a nonstick pan and add the tablespoon of vegetable oil or ghee.

Add chicken pieces into a single layer and cook until done, and the insides are no longer pink, and serve sizzling hot.

Pressure Cooker Moong Dal

For Dal
1 cup whole moong dal (the green kind)
4 cups water
1 onion diced
1 tomato diced
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon garlic
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2-1 teaspoon cayenne pepper adjust to taste
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

For Finishing
1 teaspoon Tamarind Concentrate OR 2 lemons juiced
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup cilantro or parsley

Place all dal ingredients in your pressure cooker.

Cook for 20 minutes at high pressure, and allow it to release pressure naturally for 10 minutes. Release all remaining pressure.

Mix in the Tamarind concentrate or lemon juice, and sugar and stir well.

Garnish with cilantro or parsely and serve with either rice or Naans

This recipe can easily be doubled -This recipe freezes very well and is therefore great for meal prep and freezer meals.

Basic Sous Vide Steaks

2 (1 1/2- to 2-inch thick) ribeye, strip, porterhouse or t-bone (about 1 pound each), or 4 tenderloin steaks (6 to 8 ounces each)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 sprigs thyme or rosemary (optional)
2 garlic cloves (optional)
2 shallots, thinly sliced (optional)
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons butter

Preheat a sous-vide cooker to desired final temperature according to charts above. Season steaks generously with salt and pepper. Place in sous-vide bags along with herbs, garlic, and shallots (if using) and distribute evenly. Seal bags and place in water bath for time according to charts below.

For Strip, Ribeye, Porterhouse/T-Bone, and Butcher’s Cuts:

–Very Rare to Rare, use 120°F (49°C) to 128°F (53°C) for 1 to 2 1/2 hours
–Medium-rare, use 129°F (54°C) to 134°F (57°C) for 1 to 4 hours (2 1/2 hours max if under 130°F/54°C)
–Medium, use 135°F (57°C) to 144°F (62°C) for 1 to 4 hours
–Medium-well, use 145°F (63°C) to 155°F (68°C) for 1 to 3 1/2 hours
–Well done, use 156°F (69°C) and up for 1 to 3 hours

To finish in a pan: Turn on your vents and open your windows. Remove steak from water bath and bag and carefully pat dry with paper towels. Place a heavy cast iron or stainless steel skillet with vegetable, canola, or rice bran oil over the hottest burner you have and preheat the skillet until it starts to smoke. Gently lay the steak in the skillet using your fingers or a set of tongs. If desired, add a tablespoon of butter. For a cleaner-tasting sear, omit the butter at this stage. After 15 to 30 seconds, flip the steak so that the second side comes into contact with the pan. Repeat, flipping the steak every 15 to 30 seconds until it has developed a nice brown sear, about a minute and a half total. If you did not add butter earlier, add butter to the skillet about 30 seconds before the steak is done for added richness. Serve steak immediately.

To finish on the grill: Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on one side of the charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Alternatively, set half the burners on a gas grill to the highest heat setting, cover, and preheat for 10 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Remove steak from water bath and bag and carefully pat dry with paper towels. Place steak directly over the hot side of the grill and cook, turning every 15 to 30 seconds, until a deep, rich crust has formed, about 1 1/2 minutes total. If the fire threatens to flare up as the steak drips fat into it, suffocate the fire by closing the grill lid until the flames die out. Alternatively, transfer the steak to the cooler side of the grill using a set of long tongs until the flames subside. Do not allow the steak to get engulfed in flames. Transfer the cooked steak to a cutting board or serving platter and serve immediately.

Basic Sous Vide Chicken Breasts

2 bone-in, skin-on chicken breast halves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 sprigs thyme or rosemary (optional)

Preheat a water bath to desired final temperature using a sous-vide cooker, according to the chart above. Season chicken generously with salt and pepper. Place chicken in zipper-lock bags or vacuum bags and add thyme or rosemary sprigs, if using.

If Using Zipper-Lock Bags: Remove air from zipper-lock bags by closing the bags, leaving the last inch of the top unsealed. Slowly lower into the preheated water bath, sealing the bag completely just before it fully submerges. If Using Vacuum Bags: Seal according to manufacturer’s instructions. Add bagged chicken to preheated water bath and cook according to the chart below:

–Tender and juicy for cold chicken salad, use 150°F (66°C) for 1 to 4 hours
–Very soft and juicy, served hot, use 140°F (60°C) for 1 1/2 to 4 hours
–Juicy, tender, and slightly stringy, served hot use 150°F (66°C) for 1 to 4 hours
Traditional, juicy, firm, and slightly stringy, served hot, use
160°F (71°C) for 1 to 4 hours

To Finish in a Pan: Turn on your vents and open your windows. Remove chicken from water bath and bag. Discard herbs, if using. Carefully pat chicken dry with paper towels. Heat the oil in a heavy cast iron or stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Gently lay the chicken in the skillet, skin side down, using your fingers or a set of tongs. Hold the chicken down flat in the pan with a flexible metal spatula or your fingers (be careful of splattering oil). Cook until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes. Remove from pan and let rest until cool enough to handle, about 2 minutes. Remove bones with your fingertips. Slice chicken and serve.

To Finish on the Grill: Light one half chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on one side of the charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill, and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Alternatively, set half the burners on a gas grill to medium-high heat setting, cover, and preheat for 10 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Remove chicken from water bath and bag. Discard herbs, if using. Carefully pat chicken dry with paper towels. Gently lay the chicken on the hot side of the grill, skin side down. Cook until nicely marked, about 2 minutes. Rotate 90 degrees and cook until chicken is marked again and skin is crisp, about 1 1/2 minutes longer. Remove from grill and let rest until cool enough to handle, about 2 minutes. Remove bones with your fingertips. Slice chicken and serve.