chicken tikka salad The Novice Housewife

The idea of a chicken tikka salad has been playing in my mind for a long time (while writing this post I googled it, and apparently there are other versions as well, so I am not the only one to have thought of it) and finally I got around to making it a few days before.

There are not many salad recipes in Indian cuisine. The only one I can think of is Kachumbar- which is basically a salad made from small tiny pieces of vegetables, mainly cucumber, tomatoes, onions with chillies and cilantro/coriander leaves added to it. Besides that I draw a blank although salads do feature in indian meals- its just plain cucumbers, tomatoes and onions sliced and served on a plate with maybe a lemon, salt and pepper dressing. But other than that I can’t think of any. (If you can, please do leave a comment below)

Unlike other Indian salads, like the ones I mentioned above, which are normally served alongside main course dishes, to provide a slight crunch to the meal, this chicken tikka salad is a meal in itself. But much lighter than a full fledged Indian meal. And great for the times when you want a lighter Indian flavor meal.

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Momofuku Milk Bar's Crack Pie The Novice HousewifeMomofuku Milk Bar's Crack Pie The Novice Housewife

After a long time I am posting something for Daring Bakers’ (I was kind of scared I’ll be kicked out of the group since I missed so many of the previous ones but luckily that did not happen).

And am I glad that I did not miss this one. Because these Momofuku Milk Bar’s Crack pies are freakishly good….and addictive! I had the hardest time restricting myself to one piece. But restrict I did ( yup, sometimes my will power amazes me) and took a few pieces for my friends and packed the rest for one of V’s colleague.

Rachael from pizzarossa was our lovely June 2013 Daring Bakers’ host and she
had us whipping up delicious pies in our kitchens! Cream pies, fruit pies, chocolate pies, even crack
pies! There’s nothing like pie! :)

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Kerala Style Fish Fry by The Novice Housewife Kerala Style Fish Fry by The Novice Housewife

For today’s GMT I am sharing a fairly easy, next to zero pre prep recipe- Kerala style fish fry. A perfect side dish to lentils and rice or a great gluten free starter for a Kerala style meal. Not only does this Kerala style fish fry not require much preparation, it also comes together in a jiffy. And the next to zero effort is so much worth it. Because that means you can make this and sit back and enjoy it with a big, huge glass of chilled wine (yes, wine connoisseurs I like my wine chilled and I like it white!)

Of course I did neither of that. No sitting back and relaxing or drinking wine. Although I have half the mind to pour me a glass of wine and drink it while I write this post. It had been a busy day of cooking, cleaning, quickly photographing for the blog, cooking, cleaning, deep freezing stuff for V and then some baking and cleaning.

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