Online school is still going strong, and with the numbers of new cases, it seems that we might end up with a full online semester not just a couple of weeks. With two kids at home, attending classes from 8 to 2. I find myself falling back on quick and easy recipes. Ones that I can prepare the night before or ones that I can quickly whip up without creating too much noise during the day. Today’s chicken kofta is one of those recipes.

I will keep this post short and sweet (or actually savory!)

Shawarma has got to be one of the most popular middle eastern sandwiches, right next to falafel and arayes . The combination of the perfectly spiced, juicy and aromatic chicken with the creamy yet tangy tahini sauce paired with some tomatoes, pickles, and (if you feel like it, some)fries..the very definition of the perfect sandwich!

Shawarma,  is actually one of the simplest and easiest Middle Eastern recipes in my book. It requires very little active working time. All you have to do is prepare the marinade (which you probably already have most of the ingredients for in your pantry), toss the chicken in it and leave it in the fridge. and you’re done! All you have to do the next day is cook it.


Simple as it may be, this recipe has 3 secrets that will guarantee that you’ll get an amazing, authentic, and juicy shawarma every time and these three secrets are:

Chicken biryani, indian recipe

This month’s daring cooks challenge was about Biryani. Biryani is a rice-based dish made with spices, rice (usually basmati) and chicken, mutton, fish, eggs, or vegetables.The name is derived from the Persian word beryān which means “fried” or “roasted”.

Grace, one of our talented non-blogging Daring Kitchen members, was our Daring Cooks’ August hostess who shared with us some of her family’s tried and true Bengali Biryani recipes – all of them delicious and all of them prepared fresh from our own kitchens!

Chicken Biryani, easy with step by step instructions

This was my second time making Biryani and my first time making chicken biryani (the first was meat biryani). In my first attempt I used a ready made biryani spice mix that turned out to be too spicy. We couldn’t even finish the meal. This time around I was determined to make a biryani the entire family would enjoy. For guidance I used the challenge recipe, my friend Manu’s Hyderabadi chicken recipe and my friend Suhad’s biryani recipe. The aroma of the herbs and spices made everyone hungry as the biryani was cooking. We all had great expectations for this chicken biryani and it did not disappoint, even my four year old son enjoyed it immensely .