Elaichi (Cardomom) Tea


I love tea and although I’ve been drinking a lot of green tea recently, I don’t think anything beats home made ‘elaichi chai’. Elaichi (cardomom) is a herb which takes the form of a seedpod. You can find them at all Indian grocery stores. It adds a distinct, somewhat sweet, pleasant flavor to tea.
Ch ch ch check it out:

Serves 2

What we need:
2 Cup of water
1 Tea bag of your choice (It’s all about Tetleys for me)
Pinch of cardomom powder (If you only have pods, pop em open and grind)
Sugar to taste
Milk to taste

How we do:

  • Place the tea bag in the kettle and add the water.
  • Crush the cardomom pods with pestle and mortar unti forms coarse powder. Add to the kettle.
  • Bring to boil on medium heat.
  • Once it has boiled, our the tea into two cups.
  • Add sugar and milk according to taste.

Cho Cho Rice


I don’t know if my Mum came up for the name for this recipe but I have always referred to it as cho cho! I have 4 classes back to back twice a week so I make this and take it with me sometimes because it’s easy and quick to make in the morning before I go to school. Sooo good.

Serves 2-4:

What we need:

1 cup of rice
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp butter
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 onion, diced
2 grated garlic cloves
1 tbsp grated ginger
1/2 can diced tomatoes
1-2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp turmeric (haldi)
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp paprika
handful of fresh chopped coriander

How we do:

For the Rice:

  • In a wide pan, boil 2 cups of water.
  • When water comes to boil, add the rice, pinch of salt and tsp of olive oil.
  • Add the rice. Once the water reboils, simmer on low heat and cover for 10-12 minutes.

For the Masala:

  • In a separate pan, heat up remaining oil and butter on medium heat. Add the cumin seeds.
  • When the seeds begin to sizzle, add the onions.
  • When the onions become slightly golden, add the garlic and ginger.
  • Then add the tomatoes and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the salt, turmeric powder, garam masala and paprika.
  • Mix well and cook for 5 minutes.

When the rice and masala are both done, mix them together.
BALLE BALLE, you’re done!

Baked Chicken Kiev

Serves 2

What we need:

2 boneless skinned chicken breasts
1/2 cup softened butter
3 grated fresh garlic cloves
1 tsp parsley
1tsp salt
1tsp pepper
2 cups plain flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups of bread crumbs (I just put 4 pieces of bread in the food processor)

How we do:

  • Preheat oven to 400*f (200*c)
  • Slice each chicken breast horizontally forming a pocket.
  • Mix together the butter, parsley, salt and pepper.
  • Spoon the butter mixture into pocket of each chicken breast.
  • Dust with the seasoned flour, then place in the egg and finally cover with bread crumbs.
  • Place a baking sheet on a baking tray.
  • Place both chicken breasts on the baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and the chicken is cooked all the way through.
  • BALLE BALLE!! Delicious Chicken Kievs are ready!