Cooking in America.

For a lot of people I know, cooking can be a chore. However, I cook to remember my culture.

When I first came here, I thought it would be really hard to find all the ingredients I need – I packed my bags with spices and pulses – knowing that I would miss these the most. I should’ve known better – these prized possessions were taken from me at the airport and probably thrown into the trash. Here I was, alone and food-less in America – to add – a little embarrassed and phone-less (no network!).

Little did I know that the apartment I had hunted from 7000 miles away would be an 8 min walk away from a Whole Foods and 15 from a Trader Joes, and that I would have Alltown, a 24-7 convenience store 2 mins away! Everywhere I went, I found chole (Chickpeas), rice, rajma (Red kidney beans) and lentils and spices! Indian food was everywhere and I was happy! 🙂

It has become such a fun activity to feed my American friends Indian food made by me – I take pride in sharing the story behind it – that my mom taught me this recipe, or that I haven’t made it half as nice as my mom did, or that we eat this for so and so festival.

Cooking in America makes me happy and it makes me miss home a little less.

Easy Stir – Fried Chicken

I love this stir-fry sauce! 

Easy Stir – Fried Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Chicken
  • 2 tbsp Stir Fry Sauce
  • 1 cup mixed veg (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • Salt and Paprika

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a pan on high heat
  2. Add the veggies and sear them, tossing them in the pan.
  3. Lower the heat to medium.
  4. Add chicken and sear it, don't cook all the way through.
  5. Add the stir-fry sauce, salt and paprika.
  6. Cover and cook till chicken is cooked.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by Yummly Rich Recipes
http://cookingwithheartandsoul.com/5-ingredient-recipes/easy-stir-fried-chicken/

3 Ingredient Pancakes

bananas-funny-funny-quotes-jokes-favim-com-1515912

I hate food waste, and bananas are crazy. They’re unripe when you want to eat them, then you leave them on the counter for a few days and there’s this short-lived period of having a perfect banana, then BOOM – overripe, soft banana.

Although ripe bananas are healthy, I cannot, for the life of me bring myself to eat them. Hence, I bake them into nice cakes or turn them into these 3 ingredient pancakes where their ripe full flavour is fully appreciated.

What do you do with your old bananas?

3 Ingredient Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Mash the bananas and whisk in the eggs and cinnamon.
  2. You can also blend the mixture for added air.
  3. Make small pancakes on a hot griddle - small because these are soft and take a little time to set!
  4. Serve warm with maple syrup and fruit!
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by Yummly Rich Recipes
http://cookingwithheartandsoul.com/3-ingredient-recipes/3-ingredient-pancakes/

If you’re concerned this doesn’t have sugar, don’t worry – its actually full of it! The ripe bananas have enough of it and the maple syrup adds more.

Quick and Easy Thai Curry – on a budget!

Summer is here. MAYBE.

I love rice, and curries run in my blood. I was craving something simple and spicy that wouldn’t break the bank and I remembered that I knew how to make thai curry!

Just look at this. Doesn’t it feels wholesome and loving?

Here’s the recipe!

Estimated Cost: $12 (Lasted me for 4 meals)

Thai Curry looks great, doesn't it?
Thai Curry looks great, doesn’t it?

Quick and Easy Thai Curry – on a budget!

Ingredients

  • 4 pieces Chicken thighs
  • ½ Cup Jasmine Rice
  • 1 13.5-Ounce Can Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Stalks Lemongrass
  • 1 1-Inch Piece Ginger
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 tsp Paprika (optional)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Scallion/Small Onion
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Curry Paste
  • 2 Teaspoons Coconut Palm Sugar/ Brown Sugar
  • Salt to taste.

Instructions

  1. Set the rice to cook - 1 part rice requires 2 parts water.
  2. Roast the ginger, garlic, scallions and peppers in a bit of oil on medium heat.
  3. Don't let it burn!
  4. Add the curry paste and toast that a little as well.
  5. Add the brown sugar - let it caramelise.
  6. Now add the chicken and turn up the heat for a minute or two.
  7. Add the coconut milk and about half a can of plain water.
  8. Let this simmer and cook the chicken further.
  9. Now add a little bit of paprika if you like the heat.
  10. I add salt by taste, since this recipe has limes.
  11. Cover and cook until the curry thickens a little and the chicken is cooked.
  12. Garnish with a heavy hand of cilantro and serve over a bed of rice!
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by Yummly Rich Recipes
http://cookingwithheartandsoul.com/food/quick-and-easy-thai-curry-on-a-budget/

I got everything from TraderJoe’s for like super cheap! Try it out!

Bon Apetit!