Hydrabadi Biriyani

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Original recipe from Chef Mehboob Alam Khan

Chicken biriyani no ghee

Ingredients For Special Hydrabadi Chicken Biriyani (No Ghee) recipe

Rice - Tilda Basmati rice- 2 cups

Saffron in Milk - 1/4 cup

Chicken - 500 g (medium sized pieces)

For Marinade

Fried Onions- 1 cup
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 heaped table spoon (for 500 gm chicken)
Turmeric Powder - 3-4 tsp
Chilly Powder-  2 heaped Tb spoons 
Hydrabadi Biriyani Masala - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Yogurt - 2 tbsp
Green Chilly Paste - 2 tsp
Lemon juice- 2 tsp
Coriander leaves -
Use 1 tbsp oil to fry onions(2 nos) and add fried onion along with the oil to the chicken.

How To cool Hydrabadi Biriyani?

1. Marinate chicken after adding all the ingredients .Keep refrigerated for 1 hour.
2. Add 1 cup water to 2 cups rice .Cook this until water is evaporated. Rice should be raw ,only 30 % cooked.

3. Now heat a heavy bottom vessel (non stick) or big  copper vessel if available.

4.Add 2 tsp oil and layer raw ,marinated chicken .
5. Now add rice (30% cooked ) . Mix well with chicken .Now pour in 1/4 cup of milk and saffron mixture.
6. Cook it on slow fire with a tight lid on for about 45 minutes.

Serve hot with your preferred side dishes.

Healthy Biriyani Hydrabadi

Ramadan Kareem!

India 2014

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INDIA 2014-

(Soliciting genuine views/opinions from creative writers / people who are reading this-) 
We all believe that India has got a reformist with Mr.Narendra Modi (NaMo) who can fulfill India’s yearning for economic and social development for the last 67 years.
Not sure whether it is a sheer coincidence or NaMo has deliberately done all the strategic planning for Governance, based on Mahabharata(the ancient Indian Epic ); (only NaMo can answer this question)but upon deeper contemplation, we can see that what was written about this world, in the Great epic ,is now coming to be true and the creator for all that would be Narendra Modi. 

My indication is towards the fact that many "Prophets" claim: India would be the superpower by the end of Kaliyuga.

Let us compare the current Indian situation under the helm of NaMo and the  Mahabharata, below:

According To Mahabharata—Duties of an ideal king

(Source: Mahabharata, the Great Indian Epic: Economic and Political Ideas----Ratan Lal Basu, Copyright 2011 Ratan Lal Basu, Smashwords Edition)
  •      Protection of the subjects and ensuring their happiness is the first and foremost duty of the king.·
  •          The happiness of their subjects, observance of truth, and sincerity of behavior are the eternal  duty of kings
  •  Make peace with those foes with whom (according to the ordinance) peace should be made, and wage war with them with whom war should be waged.
  •  He should feed those that have not been fed, and inquire  after those that have been fed.
  •   Taking the wealth of those that are not righteous he should give it unto them that are righteous. ( NaMo’s  investment policy)

So I feel, such a governance depicted by Mahabharata,exactly reflects in the agenda for 100 day action plan by Indian Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi:-

The top 10 priorities for Modi, according to Times Now are
•              Build confidence in bureaucracy
•              Welcome innovative ideas & babus to be given freedom to work
•              Education, Health, Water. Energy & roads will be priority
•              Transparency in the government. E-auction to be promoted
•              System will be placed for inter ministerial issues
•              People oriented system to be in placed in government machinery
•              Addressing concerns relating to economy
•              Infrastructure and investment reforms
•              Implement policy in time bound manner
•              Stability and sustain ability in government policy
There are many more things we can be interpreted from Mahabharata, but we must wait and see the results and consequences of this change in India.
Yes, wait,minimum for a 100 days …let us wait not as mere spectators,but let's also be a part of the Government …….

Deep Krishna

Vegetarian Cacciatore Recipe

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deepsrecipes version of Italian vegetarian cacciatore
Vegetarian Cacciatore
Cacciatore is a classic Italian Sauce..( basic recipe Courtesy : Laura Vitale.)


Bell pepper : (Yellow) -1 no
Onion -1 big cut into cubes
Egg Plant- Cubes 1 cup
Garlic- 4 cloves
Red Wine/veg.stock - 2 tbsp
Italian Tomato pureed- 1 cup (I used  Sacla Italia )
If it is not available,just puree 2 big red tomatoes.
Fresh Basil-
Salt & Pepper-
Olive Oil

How To prepare this tangy nutritious sauce?

Heat a sauce pan and add 2 tbsp Olive oil and lightly fry eggplant pieces and onion slices. You can add some salt and basil at this stage.
Once it is half cooked add garlic and bell pepper cubes.
Once everything is browned add red wine,if you are using.Or else you can add the tomato puree.
Mix well and allow to cook with out lid.Add salt and pepper as required.When the sauce is thickened ,it is ready.GArnish with chopped basil.

Boil water with salt and cook your favorite pasta/spaghetti.
Serve veg Cacciatore with spaghetti.

Buon Appetito!

Movie Review Eat Pray Love (2010)

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Movie Review

Eat Pray Love (2010)

deepsrecipes movie review Eat Pray Love
(Soliciting genuine views/opinions from creative writers &  people who are reading this-)
 I always felt out of place with the world around me. I seek something always. I am restless, because I feel I cannot waste my time. I am here to do something, and that “something” needs preparation; even though I have no idea what that “something” is! Thus I started learning new things, each day. Started writing down my thoughts. It was difficult for me in the beginning, as I started this exercise lately in my life. I started enjoying solitude, that I always did though,but now  more effectively. At the end of the day, I ask myself, what new knowledge I've earned today. I became a more positive person .I deliberately overlooked the negativity around me; those eyes of jealousy and contempt. Yes, arrogance from people was always a part of life, that I have learned to overlook beautifully.
Only these changes started by 2011,my early Thirties.Before that, as any girl "of our generation",I too was frivolous. But I always had many scattered thoughts and imaginations.I didn't simply realize that I needed to organize my thoughts.
But now ,difference is that, my mind has opened;towards, my soul and eternity, may be?
So,as someone rightly said, I too hope in this..
"awareness of the need to change is the beginning of change" .

This apparently is the situation of the center character Liz Gilbert starring Julia Roberts in the movie “Eat Pray Love”;Story by Elizabeth Gilbert.

 She and her family are typical New Yorkers. One night, as she feels empty inside,she decides to pray to GOD,for the first time in her entire life.She feels like,her life lacks something.At that phase of her life,she  decides to quit her somewhat perfect life; wishes to get separated from her husband, even without any attempt to mend their relation. Personally speaking ,this is something that I cannot agree with .If you cannot deal with another person, that means it is time to look into yourself and correct yourself first and then try to give other person a chance to contemplate with the problem.

Anyways, bored of her stagnant married life, she even tries extra marital affair. But failed miserably since she was not very good at it and identifies herself that she needed something else. Needed to recharge and rejuvenate. She realizes that when our mind is discharged, we are unable to lead a happy life with almost any one. My take on this is; you cannot search and run for love; it just happens. She deliberately trying for it is devastating for her as a woman.

After divorce,she goes to Italy, where she finds food as an addictive .Good food and learning Italian language become her routine there. But it is from Italy, that, for the first time, she learns to enjoy her solitude, doing nothing or not worrying about anything. Many of us forget this simple thing. When we get a Pizza, we will not enjoy it, affected by guilt of gaining weight.
This is the first lesson I found interesting in the movie, to start with. Once you master this art of finding pleasure in every minute thing, only then you can control your thoughts and feelings.

So this movie is all about Liz Gilbert’s travel and life to find her inner self. Looking into the story, in a more spiritual way, I feel that even her boy friend had a vital role in solving her life’s quest, as he was the one who introduced her with his Guru, an Indian Yogini,the reason she later travels to India.
But after her experience with meditation and Ashram life in India she understands
"GOD DWELLS WITHIN YOU AS YOU". So she decides to go back to her routine life,content this time.
So the interesting part of the movie, for me is that,we get to see many  Alchemists helping to find her way through her search to find herself - this is our own experience in real life:once you set off searching yourself .

from India,finally ,she heads off to Bali,Indonesia,where she finds her love and the movie ends on a happy note. 

So, overall, this movie,being a Memoir of Elizebeth Gilberts  travel around the world, is a lesson to girls of all ages. I believe that female mind at any age has certain basic tendencies; Our thought process change at different ages as we grow up; women are powerful, but that power needs to be triggered from childhood into right direction. She needs guidance to look with in her; to find her true purpose of life by herself,instead of  following someone else's life.More than anything else,girls must be taught to lead a balanced life .

Okay…these were my thoughts and soliloquy …so,now the interesting part…Whats that? Yeah,obviously,one recipe..

A simple starter item.

Italian Cracker with Topping

Easy Starter recipe;Italian Cracker with Topping

  Ingredients To Prepare Cracker topping

Any Italian Cracker-
Cream cheese spread
Mixed vegetables- cut into small chunks (I used cucumber and Bell peppers)
Strawberry /raspberry
Sugar- 1 tsp
Salt- a pinch

How To Prepare this easy starter ?  

 Whisk cream cheese with 1 tsp sugar and a pinch of salt.Mix in veggies and keep refrigerated.
Only at the time of serving, spread it on Crackers and arrange one piece of Strawberry /Raspberry on top.
I use Italian crackers as they are really thin and crisp .

Buon Appetito !

Chicken in butter and cream with Mushroom

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Chicken in butter and cream with Mushroom

 deepsrecipes tries julia child cooking

bonjour !

Inspired by chef Julia Child’s cooking that had well celebrated in the movie “Julie & Julia” ,I decided to plan a French combo meal. (Being my favorite cuisine, I  have plans to buy Julia Child’s cook book “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”) You know,how good movies affect us positively. :-)

So, as a result, here I am ,to share with you all, this recipe of ‘Chicken in butter and cream.

I have followed the traditional recipe (courtesy: videojug) in all the ways, except for the measurements of ingredients.This recipe,I found is divine,with rich, creamy sauce with tender juicy boneless chicken. 

Recipe demands a lot of butter and cream, so if you are trying this, you have to forget your diet rules for one day.
Mushroom is really nutritious though some people are allergic to this fungus.

 I recommend a special method of cleaning for Mushrooms.

  • Wash mushrooms under running water, carefully, not allowing them to disintegrate.
  • Now coat mushrooms with salt, turmeric and all purpose flour. Keep aside for 5 minutes. Wash them with fresh water and Voilà, there you are! Mushrooms are ready to go into any gravy.

Ingredients for Chicken in butter and cream with Mushroom

  • Chicken Breast – 200 g
  • Mushrooms- 100g
  • Fresh cooking cream- 5 tbsp
  • Butter- 2 tbsp
  • Thyme- 1 tsp
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Shallots- 4 no’s
  • Garlic- 2 cloves chopped
  • Parsley- To garnish
  • Mustard paste- 1 tsp
  • Sherry wine- 2-3 drops 

How to prepare Chicken in butter and cream with mushroom sauce?

In a sauce pan,add butter .Add  chicken breast in to this ,sprinkle salt and pepper .After 2 minutes flip the chicken pieces and sprinkle  salt and pepper on the other side too.
After 3-4 minutes,remove chicken into another tray.Yes,I know, chicken is not done yet. We will cook it in the sauce later.
Now to the same pan, add mushrooms sliced and cook for 2 minutes. Add thyme, Shallots and garlic.
Now stir in cream and let it boil for a minute. Add mustard paste and mix well. Add Sherry then add lightly browned chicken breast pieces into this gravy and simmer and allow to cook until chicken is fork tender.
Garnish with Parsley and serve with French Spaghetti and Crostini.

 Chicken in butter and cream with mushroom sauce

bon appétit !

Chocolate coated Strawberries

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Wish You All A Very Happy Easter...
The spirit of Easter is all about Hope,Love and compassion.

deepsrecipes Easter chocolate strawberries

Today's recipe is a very simple but so very a delicious dessert.
Chocolate and Strawberries..!!! This combination itself is so divine .

How To Prepare Chocolate Coated Strawberries??

Good quality baking Chocolate-
Butter-1 tsp
Liquid Glucose-1 tsp

1.Wash strawberries under  running  water.Pat dry.
2. In a double boiler,melt  chocolate and butter and add in 1 tsp liquid glucose to this.
3.Dip strawberries in melted chocolate.Dip only 1/3rd of the strawberries.
If you don't get strawberries with the stem,you can use toothpicks for holding  them.
4.Freeze for 30 minutes.

That's it...Enjoy the rich,chocolaty  heart shaped Strawberry is the best dessert on your special day.Roll them in crushed nuts for a different variety.Also you can use white chocolate as an option.

If you want another Easter recipes  you can check out Appam recipe and Mutton Masala recipe.For delicious Mutton Cutlet recipe also check this blog.

Palappam and chicken
Palappam and Mutton Masala

Hope you all will try these recipes .


November winds...

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(Soliciting genuine views/opinions from creative writers &  people who are reading this-)
November was windy.. people hated the season due to strong winds in the place, but she found nature at its best during this season…pleasant,clear skies and strong wind that takes almost everything with it.…She floated across her backyard plantation.Wind elated her spirits.

She had her own secret place..cross the backyard plantation,before the pond .......somewhat an eerie place near the few pineapple bushes ..Level of land was very low there and disconnected from the rest of trees.
One big tree stood there and some bamboo trees …no one used to go there as the place had dark, sticky mud.. But the place used to get dried in the arid climate of was her secret place to be in solitude and dream … She always felt, someone invisible was there with her…So, she was never lonely..She was told that it’s the place where snakes dwell, near pineapple bushes..she conversed to the Snake Gods too..

deepsrecipes short story

Bamboo trees and the chirping of birds, she found those moments enticing.
That time, she didn't realize the competitions of the world..The realities that was waiting for her…

(to be continued...)


എല്ലാ മലയാളികൾക്കും വിഷു ആശംസകൾ !!!

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deepsrecipes wishes Happy Vishu

Happy Vishu To All Kerala friends...

Dear Lamented Past....

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Dear Lamented Past....

She lived carefree, basking in all emotions that spur up in her...enjoyed each weed, plant or flower on the sides of the muddy pavement as she walked to school...talked to trees and they swayed back to her. Smell of mud during rain made her ecstatic as she sat in the Veranda cherishing the dark sky...
As the change of Seasons, the color of her cheeks too changed..
She knew no flaws and was with a golden heart..She had teachers unfashionable but honest and pure..She read about the Great Philosophers in awe as her teachers pointed out their virtues.................(to be continued..)


Mustard Fish Curry

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deepsrecipes cooking bengali fish curry

Mustard Fish curry is a popular Bengali dish.(West Bengal is a state in Eastern India.)You get this recipe online ,so what is new in this? Let's check.

Bengali cuisine uses the strong flavor of mustard oil in most of their recipes.I know,many of us may not like the flavor.So here,we are not using mustard oil,instead,adding yellow mustard paste to vegetable oil.Also we are adding a paste of mustard seeds with coconut,same as Bengali fish curry recipe.

Fish - any fish-250 g
Yellow mustard paste- 1 tsp
Onion- 1 big (chopped into small pieces)
Ginger- chopped-1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder-
Red chilly powder-
Whole spice powder or Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Green chilly- slit-4 nos
Grated Coconut- 1/2 cup
Vinegar- 1 tsp
Hot water- 1cup

For Tampering
Shallots- 2 nos chopped
Dry red chilly- 2 nos
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
How To Prepare this Mustard Fish Curry
1.Clean fish with salt and vinegar.
2. Marinate fish with  turmeric powder,some whole spice powder,salt and chilly powder .Keep aside for 15 minutes.
3.In a heavy bottom skillet,add some vegetable oil.Add 1 tsp of yellow mustard paste and some turmeric powder.This is to flavor the oil,in which we are preparing the fish.
4.Add chopped onion,green chillies,ginger chopped and salt to this oil.Saute well.
5.Add marinated fish to the same  oil and allow it to get fried lightly.
6.Now add some chilly powder,a bit more salt and hot water to this and cook the fish well.Add in a tsp of vinegar for tartness.
7. Blend grated coconut with 1 tsp mustard seeds and turmeric powder.
8. Add in the coconut paste to the gravy and mix well.Allow it to start boil .
9.Tamper the curry with mustard seeds,dry red chilly and curry leaves.
10.Serve hot with rice or Chapati.

Mustard Fish

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tasty fish fry deepsrecipes homemade

Mustard fish fry is just another recipe which came out well when tried unintentionally.That is when I felt to share this recipe with you all.Simple ,yet it has got an appealing taste different from usual fried fish varieties.
Ingredients Needed

Yellow Mustard paste-1 tsp
Fish -Of your choice.
Onion- 1 small
Turmeric powder- a  pinch
Green Chilly paste-
Oil- 1 -2 tsp (for shallow frying)
How to prepare Mustard Fish Fry?

Easy mustard fried fish recipe

Make a paste with onion,salt,turmeric,green chilly and yellow mustard .
Marinate the fish and keep aside for 15 minutes.Shallow fry in vegetable oil.
Healthy fry

This easy mustard fried fish recipe is very healthy as we are using very little oil.

Gujiya Recipe

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Wishing all Indians a very Happy Holi...

I really like Indian sweet Gujiya.This sweet is a must delicacy on Holi day.So why not we try this gujiya today?

deepsrecipes Gujiya and Happy holi

As always,this is an easy version of the traditional recipe.One thing that is guaranteed is the taste.We are using coconut ,Kalonji and dry fruits as the filling.


For the filling 
Cashew nuts
Dry Apricots
Kalonji/Black seeds(Nigella sativa)
Coconut dry/fresh -grated finely
Cardamom Powder- /2 tsp
Powdered sugar- 4 tbsp
Mix all ingredients as shown in the picture below.
Filling itself is so tasty and so try not to devour it off before we actually proceed with Gujiya recipe.!!

For the outer layer
All purpose flour- 1/4 cup
Wheat flour- 1/4 cup
Ghee- 1tsp
Salt- a pinch
Yogurt- 2 tbsp
Mix all ingredients and make a dough as we make for Chapati/Poori.

How to prepare Gujiya??

First make a small poori and spoon some filling to the center ,As in the figure below.
Now fold this carefully as into semi circle.Pleat the edges and seal it.You can use a fork to give the exact design.
Heat oil and (medium high heat)deep fry Gujiyas.


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