More Grilling.....More Fun!

On a hot day like today, cooking in the kitchen is no fun. The house gets warm and actually defeats the purpose of air-conditioning. Cooking on the grill is a lot more convenient and efficient, especially when the food is delicious too!

I love making several items on the same grilling tray, just one pan to clean after dinner. Tonight I am making Sajji Chicken Kebabs and sauteed asparagus with olive oil and ground cumin. 

We love food, let's make it better! 

Chicken Kebabs: 

2 pounds chicken strips
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons White Jasmine Sajji Masala
1 table spoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
6 skewers (steel)

Grilled Asparagus:

1 pound fresh aspargus
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil

Heat the grill. In one bowl add the chicken and all the ingredients for the chicken kebabs. Mix well. Thread the chicken strips on the skewers and place them on the grilling tray. 

In a separate bowl, add asparagus, salt, cumin and olive oil. Mix well and place it on the other side of the grilling tray.

Place the tray on the hot grill. Turn over the skewers and the asparagus every 3-5 minutes until cooked. Serve warm. 

Pesto Shrimp - Simple and Delicious!

What a great day to make some Pesto Shrimp, easy delicious and beautiful! It is wonderful to see fresh basil everywhere from supermarkets to the farmer's markets. Basil is such a fragrant and perhaps one of the ancient herbs used in cooking. Results are always delightful when you add some fresh basil to any dish.

Pesto Shrimp:

1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 cup green onions, chopped
2 tablespoons basil pesto
1 teaspoon White Jasmine Sajji Masala
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pound frozen shrimp, de-veined and de-tailed
1 cup fresh basil

In a saucepan warm up the olive oil on medium heat. Add green onions and saute for a couple of minutes. Add the shrimp, pesto, Sajji Masala and salt. Saute everything for 5-7 minutes. Lower the heat and let the shrimp cook for another 5 minutes or so. Remove from the heat, sprinkle fresh basil and serve warm on pasta or on Basmati rice.

Hope you enjoy the simple recipe, as always there is nothing bland about it!

Simple Tomatoes

This is one of my favorite recipes for a few reason’s, it is delicious, colorful and easy. A perfect White Jasmine recipe! As the wonderful tomato season is approaching I thought this would be the perfect time to introduce this wonderful appetizer/side dish. During the grilling season, this will make an amazing side, served with a juicy hamburger or mouth-watering grilled chicken kebabs. Enjoy the amazing journey of creating something beautiful! 

Simple Tomatoes

2 pounds fresh ripe tomatoes on the vine
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon White Jasmine Sajji Masala
1 cup fresh basil
1 cup grated parmesan

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice tomatoes in quarter inch slices and place them in a baking dish.







Sprinkle salt and Sajji Masala, pour olive oil and place in the oven. Once the tomatoes look cooked and start to leave some liquid on the sides, about 10 minutes or so, take it out of the oven, sprinkle fresh basil and parmesan cheese and place it back in the oven for another 2 minutes, until the cheese melts. Serve warm.


Couscous and Garbanzo Recipe

Couscous is a very healthy grain and can be fairly bland unless bold flavors and fresh vegetables are added to bring out the best in it. As you know I love fresh, bold flavorswhich makes Couscous a very important ingredient in my kitchen to play around with. I think you will enjoy making this recipe because it is simple, delicious, quick and healthy. 

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 2inch Cinnamon Stick
2 Bay Leaves
1 Cup green onions, chopped
1 Jalepeño, chopped
1 Teaspoon White Jasmine Sajji Masala
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup cilantro, chopped
1 Red pepper, chopped
1 8oz can garbanzo beans
2 Cups uncooked Couscous
2 Cups warm water

Heat olive oil in a saucepan, add cinnamon and bay leaves. Add green onions. Add cilantro and jalapeno.  Add garbanzo beans and red pepper. Add couscous, salt and Sajji Masala, stir everything together. Add water. Cover the saucepan and turn off the heat. After about 15 minutes, fluff the couscous with a fork. Serve with an entree.

Cod and Roasted Pepper Recipe

This recipe is great because it combines everything I look for when creating something simple, flavorful and fun.  I like this recipe as a winter warm up, or summer fun with a pineapple salsa! Cod is great because it's easier to cook with and an all around great white fish to play with all these ingredients.  Feeling more adventerous? Try my salmon recipes too!

1 Pound fresh Cod, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 4inch Cinnamon Stick
2 Green Cardamoms
2 Whole Cloves
1 Cup roasted red peppers
1 Red Onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons garlic, chopped
2 Teaspoons White Jasmine Sajji Masala
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Chili Powder

Add olive oil to a pan, add cinnamon stick, cardamoms and cloves, let everything sizzle for a minute or so. Add the red onion and sauté it for a few minutes so it is sautéed well but not crisp. Add roasted red peppers and ground spices, let everything cook for a few minutes. Add the cod pieces. Cover the pan and leave everything to cook for 5-7 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve as an entrée with couscous or basmati rice.

Chiptole Tilapia

Any kind of fish is good for you and when we add fresh spices and garlic it becomes an amazing recipe. This recipe is also along the same lines of our philosophy; easy, healthy and flavorful. It can be ready in just a few minutes, making it a perfect dish for weeknight dinners - just make some rice or couscous on the side and dinner is served!

2 Pounds Tilapia
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 Teaspoon White Jasmine Sajji Masala
2 Teaspoons garlic, chopped
1 Teaspoon ginger, chopped
1/2 Cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Add Tilapia pieces in a baking dish, add olive oil, add the spice blend, garlic, ginger, salt. Spread well and leave it to bake for about 20-25 minutes. Serve with a side salad.

Don't forget to pair this recipe with our basmati rice, spicy potato or couscous recipes!  It's versatile enough where no matter what your mood this can be served with a different side to completely alter the meal.

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