Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Tuna Pasta Bake

This recipe has valuable inputs from my husband, Douglas - Thanks honey... It wouldn't be as tasty without you.

Ingredients: (For 4) 

Penne Pasta - 500 gms 
Butter - 50 gms
Cheddar - 250 gms, grated
Tuna in spring water - 2 large cans, drained
Onions - 2 small, chopped
Capsicum - Red, chopped
Garlic Pods - 5, finely chopped
Fresh Vine Tomatoes - 7 to 8, sliced into 2
Tomato Passata - 6 to 8 tbsp
Fresh Green Chillies - 3 to 4 sliced into half & deseeded (Optional, if you want a bit of heat)
Fresh Lemon Juice - 1 tsbp
Bread crumbs - Half a slice
Fresh Coriander - 2 tbsp, finely chopped



1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees C.

2. Boil the pasta for 2 minutes less time than the cooking time stated on the pack.

3. To make the sauce, heat some oil / butter in a large non - stick pan. Put the onions in them & brown them.

4. Add the capsicum and cook it for 2 - 3 minutes.

5. Add the chopped garlic and cook it again for 2 minutes.

6. Add the sliced chillies and cook for about a minute.

7. Add the fresh tomatoes and cook them for 3 minutes and then add the tomato passata, along with the fresh lemon juice, and cook again for about 5 minutes.

8. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in all but a handful of cheese and the fresh coriander.

9. Drain the pasta, mix with the sauce and tuna.

10. Transfer to a baking dish and top with the rest of the grated cheese and the breadcrumbs.

11. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until the cheese on the top is golden and starting to brown.

12. Serve hot with some more sprinkled cheese on top.

Oven Baked Chicken Thighs


Chicken Thighs - 4
Brown Dried Onions - 3 tbsp
Garlic & Ginger Paste - 2 tbsp
Chilli Paste - 1/2 tbsp
Sunflower Oil - As Required
Yogurt - 3 tbsp
Red Bell Pepper - 1, diced into very small pieces
Red Chilli Powder - 1 to 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander + Cumin Powder - 1 tbsp
Paprika - 2 tsp
Ground Cinnamon - 1 tsp
Coriander Leaves - Fresh, Chopped
Salt & Pepper - To Taste
Olive Oil


1. Wash and clean the chicken thighs. 

2. Mix the salt, pepper, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander & cumin powder along with the yogurt. Add the chilli paste and garlic & ginger paste. Marinate the chicken thighs for at least 2 to 3 hours.

3. Preheat the oven to 180 degree C.

4. Line the shallow baking pan with a silver foil and then brush some oil onto it. 

5. Stir in the dried onions and the red pepper pieces.

6. Arrange the thighs on the pan, leaving an inch or more between pieces, to ensure that they cook well. Sprinkle the remaining marinate mix to the thighs and this reduces to a nice gravy.

7. Bake the chicken thighs for about 15 minutes, and then turn them and bake for another 15 minutes 

8. The perfectly cooked chicken thighs should be well browned and crispy on the outside, and the juices should run clear. 

9. Serve hot with salad or rice or roasted vegetables.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Palak Aloo Jhingha Sabzi (Spinach Potato Prawn Vegetable)


Spinach leaves - 250 grams, chopped
Sunflower Oil - 2 to 3 tbsp
Onion - 1, medium size, finely chopped
Garlic - 4 cloves, very thinly sliced
Ginger - 2 tbsp, very finely chopped
Potatoes - 3 to 4, chopped
Red Chilli - 2, deseeded & finely chopped
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Tomato - 1 large, finely chopped
Prawns - 300 gms (OPTIONAL)
Salt - As required


1. Heat the oil in a large pan.

2. Add the onion, garlic and ginger, and fry for about 3 mins and the onions turn brown. 

3. Add in the tomato and let it cook for about 2 - 3 minutes.

4. Add the potatoes, chilli, all the spices and half a tsp salt and continue cooking and stirring for 5 mins more. 

4. Add a splash of water, cover, and cook for 8-10 mins

5. Once the potatoes are ready, add the spinach and the prawns. Cover it with a lid.

6. Let the spinach leaves wilt into the pan for about 5 minutes

7. Take the lid off, add some water if required and let it cook for 5 minutes more.

8. Check that the leaves are cooked, and take it off the heat and serve with rotis / rice.