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!

Cinnamon Ginger Honey Tea

As we are in the midst of the season where everyone seems to be getting a cold or cough, I thought I would share my family recipe for making a soothing, aromatic tea which immensely helps in the recovery process. I swear by it. And if you’re lucky and have not been victim to the weather, try it anyway, tastes so good!

Serves 1

What we need:
1 cup of water
pinch of cinnamon powder

pinch of ginger powder
1 tsp of honey (can change to how sweet you like it)

How we do:

  • Boil the water
  • In a kettle, add the boiled water, cinnamon and ginger. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Strain the mixture through a sieve into a cup. Add the honey.
  • Balle Balle! Enjoy.