Butter Chicken Recipe By Nidhi Raghav

Happy weekend to you!!!!

This past week has been filled with lots of food blogger connections & recipe sharing! I am proud to introduce you to a lovely foodie who I came across on twitter.  Nidhi Raghav has a great food blog in which she shares many traditional Indian recipes as well as some great desserts.

Please check Nidhi’s blog at:

 http://transcend85.blogspot.in/

Butter Chicken Recipe  By: Nidhi Raghav

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 ( Amazing melt in your mouth recipe.)

This originated in the kitchen of Daryaganj’s Moti Mahal, Delhi, in the 1950s and has been since then one of the most ruling dishes not just in India but worldwide. If you haven’t tried it yet, its Time!

Ingredients

  • 1 kg boneless chicken skin removed
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp red chili powder (adjust to suit your taste)
  • 6 cloves
  • 8-10 peppercorns
  • ! to 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8-10 almonds
  • Seeds from 3-4 pods of cardamom
  • 1 cup fresh yoghurt (must not be sour)
  • 3 tbsps vegetable/canola/sunflower cooking oil
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 2 tsps garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 tsps coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 500 grams of chopped tomatoes, grounded into a smooth paste in a food processor
  • 1/2 litre chicken stock
  • 2 tbsps kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 3 tbsps unmelted, soft butter
  • 100 gms of fresh cream
  • Coriander leaves to garnish

Preparation

Mix the chicken, lime juice, salt and red chili powder in a large, non-metallic bowl. Cover and allow to marinate for an hour. Heat a flat pan or griddle on medium heat and gently roast (stirring frequently) the cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon, bay leaves and almonds till they darken slightly. Cool and add the cardamom seeds. Now grind into a coarse powder in a clean, dry coffee grinder. Mix the yoghurt in the whole spice powder (from previous step), coriander, cumin and turmeric powders together and add them to the chicken. Allow to marinate for another hour.

Heat the oil in a deep pan on medium heat. When hot, add the onions. Fry till a pale golden brown in color and then add the ginger and garlic pastes. Fry for a minute. Add only the chicken from the chicken-spice mix and fry till sealed (chicken will turn opaque and the flesh will go from pink to whitish in color).

Now add the tomato paste, chicken stock, kasuri methi, and the remaining part of the yogurt-spice mix to the chicken. Cook till the chicken is tender and the gravy is reduced to half its original volume. Now add the fresh cream and cook for another minute. Melt the butter in another small pan and then pour it over the chicken.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with Naan or boiled rice. ENJOY!

http://transcend85.blogspot.in/2014/09/butter-chicken-indias-very-own.html

How great would this recipe be if you had some warm naan bread!!! Yummy, yummy!! :)

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Featured Recipe Thursday: Halloumi & Vegetable Souvlaki Delight By Panayiotis Galanis

Hello my friends! You are in for a great treat today!! On Featured Recipe Thursday we are featuring a great foodie!!

Featured Recipe Thursday: Halloumi & Vegetable Souvlaki Delight By Panayiotis Galanis

Click on the link below to view this wonderful recipe by Panayiotis Galanis. Thank you very much to Panayiotis for joinig us on Kouzounas Kitchen.

http://www.cytasty.com/bbq/halloumi-vegetable-souvlaki-delight/

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***For more great recipes from Panayiotis please click on the link below.

CyTasty By Panayiotis Galanis

Have a wonderful day. Happy Cooking!!

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Winner Is: Maria Tsaketas!!

Thank you to everyone who shared our Facebook & Twitter page. My friend picked the lucky winner today: Maria Tsaketas! She won a three pack of our new spices. Great job Maria, and let us know how you like them!! :)

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The giveaway isn’t over yet!!

Send us your best recipe to be entered into the Featured Recipe Thursday post!!

At the end of this month we will post the recipes who made it into Featured Recipe Thursday, and we will have people vote on the best recipe. If you think you have the best recipe, please send it over to us at kouzounaslive@gmail.com.

This contest is open worldwide!!

***Please note we need a recipe that is of Mediterranean cuisine. (It can be sweet or savory.)

Make sure to include the following info:

1. Send to kouzounaslive@gmail.com

2. Attach 2-3 photos to your recipe.

3. Full name/ Email

4. Recipe Name

5. Favorite Cuisine?

6. Who is your favorite chef?

**Good Luck!  Please make sure to send all recipes in no later than September 24 by 5 PM PST. 

Please don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for a new recipe on Featured Recipe Thursday! Introducing a food connoisseur and food blogger: Panayotis Galanis.

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You Can’t Kid a Kidder: Fruit & Nut Ring Cake

Kouzounas Kitchen:

Check out this great recipe by Custard or Cream!!

Originally posted on Custard or Cream:

Fruit & Nut Ring CakeI first learnt how to make the classical Greek dish “pork a la Greek” many years ago. This pork dish comes from the southern most part of the island and is only eating at festive times.

Ok I lied, there might be a classical pork dish called “pork a la Greek” but the one I was taught was simply roast pork with some Greek herbs and spices rubbed on top of it. If I recall correctly it was mint and marjoram.

Since learning how to make “a la”“or in the style of” I have turned my hand to such classical French dishes from the north of France (any dishes with garlic and onion in them) and classical southern Spanish dishes (any dishes that contain paprika and chorizo)

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Share Our Facebook & Twitter Page!

Hello my dear friends!!  Huge thank you to all of you who have shared our page. We have managed to reach 990 fans as of this evening!!

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If we reach 1,000 fans, I will be giving away a 3 pack of our new spices!!! Mediterranean Seafood Rub, Herbs De Provence, and Organic Greek Seasoning Spice. I hope we can reach this number soon, as I would love to give away a spice pack to 1 lucky winner! (This giveaway is open worldwide.)

Please help share our page by simply using the link below and you can also use the #KouzounasKItchen on Twitter.

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I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to a friend of mine who purchased my 3 pack of spices. I am packing up your order now!! Also thank you to those who purchased spices from us at our booth in Apple Hill as well as at Cork It Again. Feel free to share our Etsy shop and spread the word of our new spices. Go organic, and salt free with Herbs De provence & Greek Seasoning Spice. 

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Bring a little bit of Kouzounas Kitchen into your own home, and check out our spices. Thank you & recipes to come along with these great spices.

**Please tune in especially on Thursday as I am Featuring a great food connoisseur, Panayotis Galanis, on Featured Recipe Thursday!! Trust me you do not want to miss this recipe! Check out his wonderful food blog below.

http://www.cytasty.com

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Kouzounas Kitchen Award: Most Influential Award!

Thank you very much to My Kitchen Moments for nominating us for the Most Influential Award! We have received many awards in the past year, and it is an honor to receive this new award. I would like to thank the following bloggers and friends who have supported Kouzounas Kitchen, and to help us grow.

Athina: http://www.kickingbackthepebbles.com

Ekaterina: http://www.ekaterinabotziou.com

Elaine: http://www.foodbod.wordpress.com

Pamela: http://www.facebook.com/ArtisticallyGeniuss

Sia: http://www.greekweddingtraditions.com

Blessing: http://www.globalfoodbook.com

NoodlesForThoughts:  http://www.noodles4thoughts.wordpress.com

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Most Influential Award

Rules for accepting the Most Influential Blogger Award:
To accept this award, the awardee must do the following:
1. Display the Award on your Blog.
2. Announce your win with a blog post and thank the Blogger who awarded you. Do not lump this award with any other award in a “basket”, “bouquet” or “collection” etc, I would rather you didn’t accept the award.
3. Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award.
4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded with a comment (or a pingback).
5. Include an embedded video of your current favourite song (YouTube has virtually everything, just copy and paste the link into your WordPress editor). If a video is not possible you can embed a Sound Cloud track.

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My Kitchen Moments nominated this award to us. Thank you so very much!!

My nominees for the most influential blogger are:

Noodles 4 Thoughts

Nandini

Butter Basil And Bread Crumbs

Kicking Back The Pebbles

Global Food Book

Greek Wedding Traditions

Perspectives On life, Universe, And Everything

Mohabhoj

My Favourite Pastime 

5 Minutes More Please 

My current favorite song is: Enrique Iglesias: Bailando

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DO8GsIYfhQ

I just want to dance every time I hear this song. :) :) Don’t you want to dance?!!

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Featured Recipe Thursday: Flatbread Wrap By Global Food Book

Happy Featured Recipe Thursday!! I am excited to announce the winner of August Featured Recipe Thursday!

Featured Recipe Thursday August Winner:

Greek Style Orange Marmalade Recipe

http://kouzounaskitchen.com/2014/08/08/featured-recipe-thursday-greek-style-orange-marmalade/ 

Great job to everyone who submitted their yummy recipes!! For the month of September, The Featured Recipe Winner will receive a special spice pack from Kouzounas Kitchen. (Salt free seasoning.)

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**Pictured above: Greek style potatoes with our new Organic Greek Spice Seasoning.

We just announced our spices on Etsy! Please check out our Organic Greek Spice Seasoning at the link below. This blend of Greek spices are wonderful in salads, pasta, chicken, and dressings. We are releasing a few more spices in the next few days so stay tuned.  If you would like to submit your Mediterranean recipe to us, please do so at the email here. (kouzounaslive@gmail.com) The contest is open world wide. Test your luck and see if you will make it into the top Featured recipes!!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/202959210/kouzounas-kitchen-organic-greek-spice?ref=pr_shop

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Featured Recipe Thursday: Flatbread Wrap By: Global Food Book

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Photo By: Global Food Book

**For the recipe click on the link below!!

http://globalfoodbook.com/recipe-items/flatbread-wrap/

***Have a beautiful evening California, and a great morning, afternoon, or evening where ever you are in this world!!

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