Sanoli's Kitchen: April 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014


So many favourite ingredients and flavours - chicken, cream cheese, garlic and parshley; all things are easy to make a fingerlicking good chicken dish. I explore it in my kitchen, a real delicious and quick recipe, your family will absolutely love it.


1 kg Chicken, Cut into medium sized pieces
1 Whole Lemon (juice)
2 tbsp Garlic Paste
3 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp + 1 tbsp Butter
1 tbsp (hipped) Minced Garlic
3 Medium Onion (chopped)
1 Cup Chopped Tomato
2 tsp Crushed Black Pepper
1 Cup Cream Cheese (I used Mascarpone Cream Cheese)
2 tbsp Dried Parshley
1 tsp Sugar
2-3 tbsp Finely Chopped Cilantro / Coriander Leaves
1 tbsp Chilli Flakes
Salt to taste


Clean and wash chicken pieces. Drain water completely.
Marinate Chicken with garlic paste, lemon juice and salt. Keep it in refrigerator for atleast 1 hour.
Heat 3tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp butter in a pan / wok. When butter melts completely, add minced garlic and chopped onions in it, fry lightly for 2 minutes.

Add marinated chicken pieces in it and fry well for 12-15 minutes.
Mix tomato and black pepper. Saute chicken and mix everything lightly for 3-4 minutes on medium heat.
Add cream cheese and fold well. Mix parshley, salt and sugar with it. (While adding salt, just keep it in mind that cream cheese also contains salt. Stir lightly.
Sprinkle remaining 1 tbsp butter and cilantro on the top and switch off the heat now.

A real toothsome, fingerlicking good cheesy chicken is ready to serve now. Serve warm with toasted bread, or as a side with pasta, rice or any Indian flat is always yummilicious!!!

Friday, April 18, 2014


Coming to the Shhhhh... Cooking Secretly Challenge which started by Priya Suresh akka from Priya's versatile recipes. The mission of this event is to know the fellow bloggers more mutually and share the cooking ingredients and cooking experience with her. As this the first challenge of this event and my co-blogger partner is noone rather than Nirmala Gurunathan, a wonderful co-blogger friend and a foodie writer of Nirmala's Kitchen. My secret ingredients were condensed milk and flour, I used both of the ingredients here to make this mouthwatering cake. It was really very dense. It had a good flavour, but you really do need to serve with whipped cream and fruit or simply sprinkle icing sugar on the top. 


14 oz / 400 gm Condensed Milk
1 Cup Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
15 gm or 1/4 Cup Melted Butter
4 Eggs
1 tbsp Orange zest
1 Orange, cut into round slices and de-seeded
2 tbsp Roughly Chopped Walnuts
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
1 tbsp Sugar


1 tbsp Icing Sugar
Few Walnuts
Few Fresh Cherries


Grease and floured a 9" cake pan.
Preheat oven to 180 C / 350 F. In a large bowl, well combine condensed milk, flour, baking powder, melted butter, eggs, 1/2 tsp vanilla essence and orange zest. Add walnuts in it, fold again.
Pour the batter on the cake pan.

In the mean time, heat a non stick pan. Arrange round slices of orange on it. Sprinkle sugar and remaining vanilla essence on it. Heat both sides of the orange pieces, so that orange glazes well.
Place the glazed orange pieces on the top of the cake batter now.

Put the cake pan on the oven and bake for exactly 40 minutes (time may little varry from oven to oven). Let it cool down on wire rack. 

Sprinkle icing sugar on the top, garnish with with walnuts and cherries. Serve and enjoy this toothsome delicacy!!!


Easter is the time for holidays, festivals and a time for giving chocolates Easter eggs. But Easter means much more..........Easter is the oldest and the most traditional Christian Festival, the celebration of the death and coming to life again of Jesus Christ. For Christians, the dawn of Easter Sunday with its message of new life. ITC Sonar celebrating Easter in traditional and gorgeous way. A great going event from 16th to 20th April, the Gourmet shop at ITC Sonar is going to have Easter Special starters, main course, desserts and breads, and on the 20th April Sunday, there will be a Grand Brunch. 
ITC Sonar’s elegant 24-hour fine dining restaurant is Eden Pavillion, that offers a delectable spread of Indian and inventive international cuisine. The Eden Pavilion is the ideal place for round-the-clock dining inKolkata.

Easter Goodies: Arround INR 500
Pocket Pinch for Brunch:  INR 2250 plus taxes per person
For reservations and further information please call -033-23454545

Name of the festival: Easter Celebrations at Gourmet Shop, ITC Sonar
Dates of the festival: 16-20th April
Timings of the festival: 11 am- 9 pm
Name of the restaurant where the Easter offer is being held: Gourmet Shop

Chef Harpawar Singh Kapoor (Executive Sous Chef & Pastry Chef) and Chef Gaurav Lavania (Sr. Sous Chef) were reponsible for creating the traditional delicacies, breads, sweets and cakes at the Gourmet Shop and Eden Pavillion. Chef Harpawar stated that the recipe of each and every delicacy is strickly followed by the old one, no twist or mix & match in the dishes and they served in a very traditional way too. Peanut & Chocolate Eggs, Lemon & Poppy seed cake with Berry toping, sour cherry turnover, coconut & lemon tart, walnut & honey torte and carrot cake to name a few.

This Easter you can look forward to a grand Sunday Brunch that will lay out Easter goodies like Easter Roasts, Anglo Indian food, Egg & Prawn cocktail, asparagus & balsamic trio, Egg Benedictine, Herb Roasted Turkey with berry glazed jus , Pork Saltimbocca with rosemary jus , Four cheese scalloped potatoes. As per me, asparagus were less seasoned, rather than that all of the dishes are very traditional and really very delicious and super tasty sides. For Easter, exotic eggs items are on main course menu. All though, all the items are basically European and choosen for this special festive event.
(Top Left: Asparagus & Balsamic trio, Top Right: Egg & Prawn Cocktail, Bottom Left: Herb Roasted Turkey with Berry glazed jus, Bottom Right: Pork Saltimbocca with rosemary jus)
(Egg Benedictine)
We were greeted with a huge trolley with full of incredible goodies, hot cross buns, braided bread not yeasted, topped with eggs, fudges, tarts, cakes etc. 
(Top row from left to right: Carrot Cake, Sour Cherry Turnover, Lemon & Poppy Seeds Cake with Berry Topping. Middle row left to right: Coconut & Lemon Tart, Peanut and chocolate eggs, walnut & honey torte. Bottom row: Hot Cross buns, Braided Bread with eggs topping, Nougatine)

Other than that Yummilicious fudges are there dark chocolate almond fudge and Milk Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Fudge. As per me, both fudges are super tempting!
Don't miss to celebrate the festival of life and living with ITC Sonar where they promise to offer you a heavenly experience. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


The Bengali New Year celebration is popularly known as 'Poila Baisakh' (the first day of Bengali calender), which was on 15th April this year. Bengalis usually celebrate this auspecious occassion with new clothes, lots of  sweets, prayers for the well-being and properity of the families and 'haal khata' (an auspicious day to open the ledger for Bengali traders, Ganesh & Lakhsmi puja occurs in every business oriented house hold). The New Year cuisine for lunch, of course, contains various preparations of fish, meat, traditional vegetarian dishes, rice and specially with mistanna or traditional sweets such as Rasogolla, sandesh, kalakand, payesh and ras malai. Those who prefer to go out to eateries get to have some pure pleasantries for the palate, and other mouthwatering culinary dalliances.

The Astor Hotel has organised a fabulous lunch buffet at Kabab-e-que with mouthwatering Bengali traditional dishes and the great going event named, "Suru hok Bangaliyana" (Bengali New Year Food Festival) from 15th April to 19th April, 2014. I was the part of this auspicious celebration with gorgeous and glorious Ms. Supreeta Singh (Marketing & Communication Manager of The Astor Hotel) and the team of a very renowned & popular Food Magazine 'Hangla Henshel'.
The starters with welcoming drink are Aam Panna, Cold Soup, Mochar Chop, Chingrir Bora, Red Cabbage and Apple Salad, Pasta Chicken / Green Salad / Boondi Raita / Dahi. 

Main Coarse serves with yummilicious traditional and very popular Bengali veg and non-veg dishes, e.g. Basanti Pulao. Macher Matha diye Moong dal. Sukto. Dhokar Dalna. Mocha Chingri. Narkeli cholar dal/ Kadai sutir kachuri. Sorse Macche. Murghi Posto. Mutton Kasha. Aamsatto khejurer Chutney. 

Usually Bengalis are very much fond of sweets, so desserts are choosen on this idea only...such as Kamala Bhog. Aamsatto Sandesh. Cheese sandesh duet cake. Vanilla Ice cream. Chocolate ice cream. Complimentary drinks. Return gifts.

Chef Sanjay elaborately discussed, why they choosen the popular traditional Bengali dishes in their menus to give more importance to this celebration mood of common people and which really touch every heart very easilly. Don't miss to tweak of this luscious taditional Bengali dishes with Bengali values. This event will be great going till 19th April, 2014. 


Lunch Buffet: INR 599 + Tax
Dinner Buffet: INR 699 + Tax

The Astor Hotel
15, Shakespeare Sarani (Theater Road)

Call: 9830230033.

Disclaimer: This was an invited review and no monetary transaction was involved.

Monday, April 14, 2014


It is a dry curry of green beans or french beans. Actually green beans are rich in protein as well as fiber and abundantly available in Asian market. So that it is widely using by Asians. Here, green beans are cooked with gram flour and few spices which give a rich taste. Tryout, it is really easy to make and great going with warm phulkas. 


250 gm French Beans
2-3 tbsp Gram Flour
1&1/2 tsp White Sesame Seeds (safed til)
1 tsp Carom Seeds (ajwain)
1 tsp Cumin Seeds (jeera)
2-3 Dried Red Chillies (according to taste)
1/2 tsp Dried Mango Powder (amchur)
1 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli powder
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp Asafoetida (hing)
1/2 tsp Sugar (optional)
2-3 tbsp Mustard Oil
Salt to taste


Wash and cut french beans into 1&1/2" long pieces. Sprinkle gram flour in it and toss nicely. Set it aside.
Dry roast sesame seeds till those change colour little bit. Turn off the heat and keep aside.
In a small bowl, combine kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder, dried mango powder and salt. Mix nicely and set it aside.
Heat mustard oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, carom seeds, dried red chillies and asafoetida in it. Saute for a minute or two.
Add gram flour coated french beans in it. Fry and toss green beans for 4 minutes on medium heat. As gram flour fries, it will give a nice crispy coating on french beans.
Sprinkle spice mixture little by little on it. Sprinkle little water on it. Lightly toss beans, so that spices can coat beans very well. If it gets more dry, sprinkle more water on it. Add sugar, like the same way, fry beans for another 5 minutes on low heat.

Remove it on a serving plate. Sprinkle with roasted sesame seeds and serve warm with puffed phulkas.

Friday, April 11, 2014


This ginger based lemonade, a great twist on a regular lemonade is my favourite one which is very simple drink to beat the heat on these hot Summer days. You may infuse it with any liquer specially with vodkas, tastes great always. But here I made it as a non-alcoholic drink. Mint added definitely some extra flavour and aroma in it. This distinctive drink is a wonderful change of refreshment from regular tea or coffee.


1/2" Ginger (peeled and sliced)
1 Lemon (cut into 4 pieces)
7-8 Mint Leaves (dried)
1/4 tsp Black Salt
1/2 tsp Jaljeera Powder
600 ml Soda (chilled)
Few Ice Cubes Crushed
2 tbsp Sugar Syrup


Cut ginger into thin slices.
Take ginger, lemon and mint leaves in pestal and mortar. Add 2 tbsp water in it. Grind coarsely, a nice aroma comes out from lemon, mint and ginger. 
Stain the juice and set aside.
Take two equal sized glasses. Divide stained juice, black salt, jaljeera powder, sugar syrup, crushed ice cubes and soda in each equally.
Stir both glasses nice. and serve chill.

Serves: 2

Thursday, April 10, 2014


'Shahi', the name suggests of this popular paneer recipe is a royal dish, a perfect for dinner party and would leave your guests craving for more. Cream and saffron increased its taste and flavour. This is a very rich with the cashew nuts plus yogurt in it; the result is an aromatic, creamy and semi sweet gravy with soft spongy paneer cubes. Had seen this recipe in 'Party Cooking' by Sanjeev Kapoor, made little changes according to my tastebuds. Trust me, this dish tastes divine!!!


400 gm Paneer (cottage cheese)
2 Large onion (quatered)
5-6 Black Peppercorns (kali mirche
2" Long Cinnamon
3 Cloves
1 Bay Leaf
2 Green Chillies, Slit
1 tsp Garlic Paste
1 tsp Ginger Paste
1/2 Cup Yogurt (thick dahi)
1/2 Cup Fresh Cream
1/4 Cup Cashew nut (Kaju) Paste
1/8 tsp Saffron (kesar)
1/4 tsp Cardamom powder (choti elaichi powder)
1/2 tsp Garam Masala Powder
1 tbsp Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves
3 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste


Cut paneer in 1" cubes.
Boil the onions in 1&1/2 cups water for 4-5 minutes. Drain water completely and allow to cool the onions. Grind and make a smooth paste of these onions.
Heat oil in a pan or kadai, add paneer pieces, fry lightly. Drain paneer from the oil and set aside.

On the same oil, add bay leaf, cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon. Saute till fragrant.
Add boiled onion paste and green chillies and saute for 4 minutes on low heat, colour of the onion should not change at this time. Add ginger and garlic paste and continue to saute for a minute.
Now add cashew nut paste and saute for about 3 minutes on medium heat. Mix yogurt in it and saute till water evaporates from it. Pour cream, garam masala, saffron and salt in it. Fold well, so that everything incorporated very well.
Add paneer pieces at this time and mix gently. Stir for 2 minutes on low heat. Switch off the heat now.

Sprinkle cardamom powder and coriander leaves on the top and serve hot.

Monday, April 7, 2014


I believe in "food is the real spice of life". My brother in law asked me few weeks back for a chaat recipe which must be healthy and made with some vegetables only. So, today I come here with a very nutritious, low cholesterol chatpatta Veggie chaat that relies on low fat paneer / tofu to stay with low calorie and 'heart friendly' diet.


1 Cup Cooked Sweet Corn Kernels
1/3 Cup Chopped Green Bell Pepper (Capsicum)
1/3 Cup Chopped Tomatoes
100 gm Low Fat Paneer (Cottage Cheese) / Tofu (Soya Paneer), cut into small cubes
1/2 Cup Chopped Onions
1 tsp Chopped Green Chillies (or as per taste)
1/2 tsp Grated Ginger
1/2 tsp Black Salt
1/2 tsp Chaat Masala
1/4 tsp Freshly Ground Pepper
2 tbsp Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves
2 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder


Heat oil in a non-stick pan or griddle, add the onions and fry for a while.
Add green chillies, ginger and capsicum. Fry again.
Add all other remaining ingredients, mix well and saute for 4-5 minutes on medium heat. Add Kashmiri red chili powder, fold well and turn off the heat now.

Serve hot garnished with finely chopped coriander leaves. Enjoy this yummy snack.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Here is a Bangladeshi dish, where chicken cooked in thick Chittagong style gravy. This flavourful chicken curry which is not only appealing to the eyes, but also a toothsome dish. Spicy, rich chicken gravy can be paired with vegetable fried rice, rotis, naan, dosa or appam. But I love to pair it with steamed rice me, its yummilicious.


500 gm Chicken with bones (cut into medium sized pieces)
2 Medium Onions (finely sliced)
1 Onion (paste)
6 Cashewnuts (soaked in 2 tbsps warm water and made a paste)
1/2 tsp Whole Coriander Seeds
1/3 Cup Mustard Oil
300 ml warm water
Salt to taste


2 tsp Coriander Seeds
3-4 Dried Whole Red Chillies


2 tsp Garlic Paste
5 Medium Pods of Garlic
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Mustard Oil
Kadai Masala



Dry roast red chillies and coriander seeds. Stir it from time to time until smell fragrant. Then let it semi cool and grind it to a coarse powder.


Clean and wash the chicken. Marinate chicken with all the spices mentioned on the above marination list. Cover and keep it in refrigerator for atleast 1 or 2 hours.

Heat oil in a kadai, add sliced onion and fry till it turns into golden brown. Add onion paste and fry for 8-10 minutes on low to medium heat.

Now add marinated chicken and fry on medium heat for 15-20 minutes or tilloil comes out from the sides. Add salt and keep stirring for 2 minutes.
Add warm water, stir well and cook it covered on low heat for 30-40 minutes or the gravy thicken and chicken is tender. Open the lid now, add cashew paste and coriander seeds. Fold well. Cook for another 2 minutes.

Serve hot with steamed rice.