Chicken Masala

I made this Chicken Masala dish for my hubby’s dinner last night . This is a thick onion gravy with chunks of chicken. Its a spicy masala and is ideally to be had with roti or naan but hubby prefers it with rice.

Chicken masala with rice

Chicken masala with rice

I used Chicken Masala from Shan range of ready-to-cook masalas. (for more info and pictures on the Shan masala I used, see following post). I must say – I am extremely happy with Shan products as they turn out perfect every time.

Wraps and Rolls

Finally, I made them – WRAPS!

Ever since I made the Peppered Paneer, I’ve been wanting to put it in a wrap. (On the Mumbai roads, they are called ROLLS)

So,

last night’s dinner was :

1. Paneer n Aloo (potato) wrap

2. Grilled chicken and Aloo wrap

3. Egg n chicken wrap

The results were amazing. They tasted quite like the ones on the streets. Yipeeee…………

Check out the pictures.

Paneer n Aloo filling

Paneer n Aloo filling

Paneer n Aloo wrap

Paneer n Aloo wrap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grilled chicken filling

Grilled chicken filling

 

grilled chicken

grilled chicken

Grilled chicken wrap

Grilled chicken wrap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Egg n chicken filling

Egg n chicken filling

 

 

 

egg n chicken wrap

egg n chicken wrap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner enjoyed. Happy. And another day goes by – well spent.

 

Cheval Bar & Restaurant

Last night Cheval was hosting an event wherein as a homage to MJ, they mainly played his songs. MJ – Michael Jackson – the ultimate entertainer – was still getting many a people swaying on their feet.

Picture this – A large bar-room, dimly lit, playing MJ and the 1980’s – 1990’s music. The Manager who knows his drinks, waiters who are extremely attentive, exceptional cocktails, sumptuous food and conversation in high decibels with a friend. It was an absolute heady mix.

Enjoying the night

Enjoying the night

I ordered an Expresso Martini – its vodka with coffee liqueur, spiked with an expresso shot.  Coffee lovers rejoice. Hail to the Expresso Martini. Its an utter fusion of coffee and alcohol at its best. Take a sip – the vodka hits you and nano seconds after, you have the coffee flavour lingering in your mouth. Rs. 546

Expresso Martini

Expresso Martini

The Long Island Ice Tea, easily the best I’ve ever tasted. Rs. 437

M with his Long Island Ice Tea

M with his Long Island Ice Tea

A good Mojito.

A with Mojito

A with Mojito

Ordered Skewered Chicken as our first starter. Very good. Served with a mayonnaise dip.  Portion size average. Rs. 325

Skewered Chicken

Skewered Chicken

The bread basket was totally divine. The bread, crusty on top and absolutely soft on the inside. Served with paprika-butter. The BUTTER – divine! I went to heaven !

Bread basket

Bread basket

Finally ordered their Gruyere Souffle – Its a cheese souffle served with a cheesy dip and herb-ed salad. Excellent. Rs. 375

Gruyere Souffle

Gruyere Souffle

The bill / cheque arrived. I was really happy to see that Cheval, apart from the mandated Service Tax, levied no Service Charge.

When I visit a restaurant, I would like to leave a tip proportional to the experience I had. In Mumbai, almost all restaurants now add a service charge of 10% irrespective of the food and service provided. We tipped well and left the bar with a happy feeling.

Tumbled into bed, completely gratified.

On the whole experience, I’ve given Cheval a 5 on 5.

Recipe – Chicken Stewed Rice

Chicken stewed rice

Chicken stewed rice

Ingredients

2 cups Chicken stock

2-3 tbsps. Cornflour mixed in little water – to get a dripping consistency.

1 spring onion – diced into big pieces

some finely chopped spring onion greens

1/2 green capsicum – diced into big pieces

2 finely chopped green chilies

salt as per taste

1 tsp soy sauce

1 garlic pod chopped finely

1/4 tsp garlic paste

1-2 tbsps oil

8-10 pieces boiled chicken – boneless

1 tsp finely chopped coriander leaves

1/2 cup boiled rice

 

Method:

1. Warm oil in a vessel.

2. Add chopped garlic. Add garlic paste. Fry on a slow flame for a few seconds.

3. Add diced onions and capsicum. Cook on a medium to slow flame for a couple of minutes or till onions are slightly translucent.

4. Add green chilies.

5. Add boiled chicken and cook on slow flame for a couple of minutes again, till all the flavours are infused.

6. Pour in the soy sauce. Mix.

7. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add salt as required.

8. Add in the coriander leaves. Cook for 3 minutes on a medium to high flame.

9. Add in the cornflour batter gradually, stirring continuously till gravy starts to thicken. On a medium flame cook gravy till required consistency is obtained.

10. Garnish with onion greens.

This gravy is then mixed with boiled rice and served immediately.

 

My notes:

For chicken stock – take boneless chicken, water, celery stalks and salt. Cook till chicken softens. Discard celery. Use stock as well as chicken for above recipe. Even plain water can be used as stock. just increase the time to cook in step 5 and 7 by a minute or two each. There will be a small difference in taste only.

Chicken Stewed Rice

Chicken stewed rice

Chicken stewed rice

Made this last night for hubby’s dinner.  I made some extra stew so that it could be had again. But, no such luck – but I’m happy. Basically chicken stewed rice is rice dunked in chicken stew. Its one of the easier Chinese dishes to make. Below is just the photograph of the chicken stew.

Chicken stew

Chicken stew

 

Prego Restaurant

logoI really, really like this restaurant. Been here twice in two months.

I love the presentation of the foods and the quantities are very decent. Every course, is sufficient for  one. Yesterday, for lunch we ordered Bell pepper tomato soup, Creamy chicken soup, Margherita pizza, a Beef steak slider and a Herbed focacia sandwich. Last month had ordered Creamy chicken soup with Grilled chicken breast with pepper sauce and Vegetable lasagna. Prices are exclusive of taxes and they charge a 10% service fee.

Creamy chicken soup

Creamy chicken soup

Hubby loves the Creamy chicken soup. Ordered it both times we visited this restaurant.

Rs. 225

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bell pepper tomato soup

Bell pepper tomato soup

This Bell pepper tomato soup has a spicy flavour. I found it to be a well made soup as can be expected from any respectable restaurant, but my companion liked it very much.

Rs. 195

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margherita pizza

Margherita pizza

Margherita pizza with pesto

Margherita pizza with pesto

All pizza are 12″. Very nice. The dashes of pesto on the Margherita  pizza add an extra layer of flavouring to the taste.

Rs. 325

Herbed focacia sandwich

Herbed focacia sandwich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Herbed focacia sandwich needs a big mouth. Served with potato wedges and salad, it a wholesome meal. Take a bite of the sandwich and you will feel freshness burst into your mouth. No other way to describe the feeling.

Rs. 295

 

 

 

Beef steak slider

Beef steak slider

 

The Beef slider is a set of 2 beef burgers with potato wedges and salad. Very scrumptious at Rs. 350

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last month’s meal of Grilled chicken and Veg lasagna – the grilled chicken was good but the Vegetable lasagna was the star. Perfect. See the pictures below.

Grill chicken breast with pepper sauce

Grill chicken breast with pepper sauce

Vegetable lasagna

Vegetable lasagna

Merwans

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This place is so talked about. Its at Andheri, on the main road – S V Road, right outside Andheri (W) railway station. I have only been there once earlier, years ago. I don’t remember being much impressed by the place. However, I had a meeting near Andheri and hence planned to really try out Merwans, this time in all earnest.

Every few months, call it as a home dinner experience or just to break the routine, I do a wine / alcohol dinner with lots of finger food. So, this time I decided food from MERWANS. Crossed my fingers and selected an array of foods to have with the Sula wine at home. Fingers crossed, as, if it did not turn out to be good food, I had no fall back option at home but to do an order-in.

As expected, there was a crowd inside the shop. However, it was really nice to see all – the customers as well as the staff were well behaved. There was no jostling, pushing and screaming. Surprisingly, I got to the savories counter in 2 mins. Parceled Veg Pizza, veg Manchurian Pattice, Chicken and Garlic Pattice, Chicken roll (I got the last one. whew!), Dessert included Exotic Blueberry, White Forest and Butterscotch pastries and a Chocolate Roll.

Dinner time – poured the Sula into wine glasses, served with Haldiram’s Salted Peanuts and Diamond Potato Wafers. (details in following posts)

Out came the pattice, pizza and roll – all microwaved for 30 seconds.

Veg manchurian pattice

Veg manchurian pattice

 

 

 

This is about 3.5″ long. Looks extremely tempting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veg manchurian pattice - filling

Veg manchurian pattice – filling

 

 

I’m not much of a Chinese cuisine enthusiast, but this did taste good, though the filling was a tad less. But for Rs. 10 it was worth it.

I give it a 3 on 5

 

 

 

 

 

Chiken n garlic pattice

Chicken n garlic pattice

 

This to was about 3.5″ long. Again this too looked enticing and bought 2 pieces, an extra one for my neighbour.

 

 

 

 

 

chicken n garlic pattice - filling

chicken n garlic pattice – filling

 

Decent tasting. Average rating. The chicken filling a bit less. And again – just Rs. 10

Rating 2 on 5

 

 

 

 

 

Veg pizza

Veg pizza

 

This seems to be a hit at the shop. Many, many people were ordering it. Must say for a 5″ pizza, at Rs. 15 each, it was full of flavour. It was a typical local grocery/bakery made pizza flavour. Having no expectations, I enjoyed it.

I rate it a 4 on 5. I’m always partial to pizzas         : )

 

 

 

 

Chicken roll

Chicken roll

 

Chicken roll was at RS 15. Ok in taste

Rating a 2.5 on 5

 

 

 

 

 

Exotic blueberry pastry

Exotic blueberry pastry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doesn’t this look absolutely inviting? I took a big scoop. Just melted in my mouth. They have got the flavour bang on! However, it has less cake and more of the cream. Kudos on getting the flavour just right.

Rs. 45

For this I give it a 3 on 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

White forest

White forest

 

 

It’s a cream-based cake with an orange flavour. As with all there pastries, it seems, they have less cake and more cream. Strictly an average pastry.

Rs. 45

Rating is 2 on 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butterscotch

Butterscotch

 

This is a good one. Don’t is look it?

Rs. 45

Rating 3 on 5

 

 

 

Lastly,

Chocolate roll

Chocolate roll

 

 

Looks very appealing but taste-wise it is ordinary.

At Rs. 20 I give it a 2.5 on 5

Topped this with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and a ladle-full of hot chocolate sauce, it transforms to a 4 on 5

 

 

 

 

This ended our dinner, satiated and ready to sleep.