Showing posts with label Appetizers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Appetizers. Show all posts

Friday, 30 January 2015

Prawn Paste Chicken (Har Cheong Gai) from Singapore

Prawn Paste Chicken (Har Cheong Gai) from Singapore
Har Cheong Gai! Yes it is a crispy fried chicken recipe from Singapore. Simply call it as Prawn paste chicken! To prepare this Singapore local delicacy, you need to marinate chicken wings in a mix prepared with shrimp paste. The shrimp paste plays the major role for this chicken recipe.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Cheesy Crackers Appetizer under 10 Minutes

I am here again with an easy appetizer. December is usually festive. Whole month is filled with different events and celebrations, planning and attending numerous parties and so on. Even at home, we feel like having some special food. So, here is a simple idea from me.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Easy Cheese Sauce with Tortilla Chips

Easy Cheese Sauce with Tortilla Chips
Easy Cheese Sauce with Tortilla Chips

Easy appetizers are my anytime favourites  specially during the holiday season. During the weekend, I prepared some finger foods and wanted to spend less time in the pantry. Chips and dips are always on demand when it comes to finger foods. So, this is about an easy cheese dip with tortilla chips.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Sri Lankan Chinese Rolls

Sri Lankan Chinese Rolls

Sri Lankan food is rich with different type of recipes and influenced by many other Asian foods. Chinese dishes take a great place. This is one of the Sri Lankan recipes influenced by Chinese cuisine. However, now this is purely Sri Lankan although these Chinese rolls have its roots to Spring rolls, which is a popular Chinese food.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Deviled Cauliflower

Deviled Cauliflower

We like Cauliflower in our daily cooking. But, I don’t like to cook Cauliflower as a curry always. I tried it as a spicy appetizer and came out very well. Actually I used Sri Lankan style Chicken devil recipe and substituted cauliflower instead of chicken. Also did some changes to spices. Final outcome was really good.
On the other way, Cauliflower is a vegetable which is good to add into regular diet because of its health benefits. Do you know, it is a very good source of vitamin C? I never thought! But found while reading some articles on Cauliflower healthy benefits and amazed to see it is a rich source for vitamin B & C.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Veggie Cups with Mustard Dip

Veggie Cups with Mustard Dip

I like these Veggie cups, because it is an easy & healthy appetizer. Also it suits as a vegetarian appetizer and good to prepare for a party or a small gathering. I used a mustard dip with colourful veggie cups; anyway the sauce can be changed as per the taste. Usually I prepare this for an evening as a healthy snack. Not only the vegetables mentioned in below recipe, I use some other veggies which can be eaten raw.
If it is a party or a gathering, I use small cups to keep the veggies as an individual serving cup, then it is easy to serve and it looks pretty!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Devilled Sausages in Sri Lankan Style

Devilled Sausages in Sri Lankan Style

Devilled Chicken is a popular dish in Sri Lanka. Mostly it is served with fried rice in Chinese restaurants. (In Sri Lanka). Recently I did this experiment with some chicken sausages and it came out well. I introduced Sausages into chicken devilled recipe instead of chicken. That was a good alternative for chicken devilled. This is a really easy dish to prepare in few minutes, even no much cooking cleaning etc.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Grilled Sausage Skewers with BBQ Sauce

Grilled Sausage Skewers with BBQ Sauce

We always like food on a skewer. It is fun to eat. This week we had a long weekend in Singapore, but didn’t plan to travel anywhere other than nearby places. I prepared this BBQ skewers for an evening and it was a really simple and yummy treat to spend an evening.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Watermelon Cheese Bites with FunBites-Luv it!

Watermelon Cheese Bites-easy healthy party snack

How about having a healthy fruity snack which gives savory and sweet taste? I love the taste of watermelon together with the taste of cheese. And you know, I always like to try easy recipes which take no much effort! This watermelon Cheese bites are a good treat for both kids and adults , even good as a party snack.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Roasted Vegetables with Garlic and Cilantro Yogurt Dip

Vegetables are always a healthy meal option. Here I roasted some vegetables with some herbs/spices. This is good as a healthy appetizer and can be prepared in few minutes. It looks appealing when add different colorful vegetables.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Deep Fried Chicken Drumsticks

Most of non-vegetarians like Deep fried chicken drumsticks.It has been a favourite for generations. This is a Sri Lankan deep fried chicken recipe & hope you would love it. 
Whatever the method choose to fry it, (deep fried, pan fried, or oven baked), the marinade makes it delicious & flavourful.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Sri Lankan Parippu Vade

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This is a famous snack in Sri Lanka. It is easily available to buy. Making Parippu vade for tea time is a perfect treat for family members & also for the guests.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Prawns Wrapped in Ham Slices

Prawns Wrapped in Ham Slices

These Prawns wrapped in ham slices were a great hit and vanished fast. Prawns are one of our favourites and I used to cook different recipes using prawns. When it comes to a gathering, this is an easy dish to prepare as an appetizer.

Here is my recipe of Ham wrapped  prawns.

Ingredients (for 12 nos)

Prawns 12 nos
Ham slices 12 nos
BBQ sauce
Black pepper sauce
Few tooth picks


Pre heat oven to 425F
Clean prawns properly.
I microwaved Ham slices for 1 minute before using.
Then wrap the prawns using ham slices & inserted a toothpick to keep it wrapped.
Then I brushed some Black pepper sauce & BBQ sauce together over them.
Baked in aluminum foil lined baking pan for about 15 minutes.

Serve hot. It was a really tasty finger food.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Bread Baskets

I found this recipe last Saturday from Recipe Lion & wanted to try it for tea time as an evening snack. It was very easy to prepare & a good way to use some bread slices left from morning.Anyway my recipe is adapted from the original recipe & with some changes in ingredients.

Ingredients (for 6 bread Baskets)

6 slices of bread
Few sliced red bell pepper
Few sliced green bell pepper
Few sliced tomato
Shredded Cheese
Salt pepper to taste

First allow to pre heat oven for 400F.
Remove the edges of the bread.
Apply butter on bread.
Arrange the bread slices on cupcake baking pan. Keep the butter applied side as outside of the basket.
Now there is a space in bread basket.
Fill the baskets with mixed red, green bell pepper & tomato slices. Sprinkle some salt & pepper as per choice.

Top with shredded cheese (Treat the bread basket as a pizza base & use a mix of your choice to fill together with cheese)

Bake in 400F for 15-20 minutes.
Now it is ready to serve.

I used some cupcake cups to serve as it gives some finishing appearence. :)


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Monday, 12 December 2011

Vegetable Roti

In Sri Lanka, we have popular appetizers or snacks which commonly call as ‘short eats’. I am not very sure they were prepared at home as it is very easy to buy.

Anyway this vegetable roti is a popular Short eat in Sri Lanka & they were prepared using Godamba roti.(Paratha).
If you are not sure how to cook Godamba roti - Check here on how to make paratha/godamba roti
or check this Roti Canai recipe with step by step pictures which is similar to Godamba roti.

As I have frozen paratha, this is a easy snack at my home most of the time.

Here is the recipe:
Ingredients (For 5 Vegetable roti)

5 uncooked Godamba roti / (paratha)
1 boiled potato-mashed
A handful of sliced spring onion or leeks (I used spring onion)
Sliced mixed vegetables of your choice (Carrot, cabbage etc)
Few curry leaves sliced
Onion sliced
1 tsp Chili powder
Salt & pepper to taste
1-2 tbs oil

To prepare the filling,
Heat oil in a pan, once oil is hot; add mashed potato together with other vegetables. Mix & add chili powder, salt & pepper to taste.
Cook the mix well & switch off from the flame.

Take one paratha, scoop a portion of the mixture on it.(Check here on how to make paratha/godamba roti) 

However I used store bought 'Frozen Paratha',let it thaw before  wrapping, if you use frozen paratha.

Wrap it as shown below into square shape.

 Heat a flat pan & cook wrapped vegetable roti, turning both sides & also sides.

Serve hot. It is tasty alone or with some tomato sauce.

Easy Cucumber Appetizer

I came across this recipe in a website some time ago & tried at my pantry. These pictures were in my computer for some time,& thought of posting it.
This is a very easy recipe & good for anytime as a quick snack or an appetizer.

1 onion
1 capsicum
1 tomato
Few tooth picks
Salt & pepper

Wash cucumber & other ingredients.
I didn’t peel the skin of the cucumber, but if you don’t it the skin, peel the skin & cut into few round shape slices.
Same manner, slice onion into rounds.
Slice tomato & capsicums.
Sprinkle some salt & pepper according to taste & mix all.
Arrange cucumber piece, onion round, tomato piece & a capsicums piece as in photos using a tooth pick.

Serve with tomato ketchup.
You can add any fresh vegetable to these bites according to choice.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Wrapped Sausage Bites (Pigs in a Blanket? )

Ok, first I want to say that I don’t eat pork or many other meats. But this is a recipe I have read some time ago & it was in my mind. After I tried it, I wanted to find a name. What I did is, searched in Google & found this name. Yes, these appetizers look like ‘pigs in a blanket’ & this is something that a hot dog becomes a pig…..:)

Anyway here is the recipe & it was very easier to prepare.
A prepared dough (Any pastry dough goes with this & I have frozen paratha,so I used it)
Few sausages

Pre heat the oven to 400F
Cut a strips from the dough.
Wrap it around the sausage.
Then cut the wrapped sausage into small pieces of about 2 inch.

Bake in 400F for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve with any sauce.

Really simple and easy appetizer & I think this is good to serve in any gathering.
 I found some recipes,that they use cheese inside the dough (blanket).Also I saw some  recipes which they use cabbage as the wrap.Anyway,it depends on the way we prepare & I am sure this would be tasty in anyway...

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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Ash Plantain Fry

In Sri Lanka we have a variety of plantain called ‘Ash Plantain’.We use that one for cooking. Even we use  the skin of it as a stir fry.
Here in Singapore,I cannot find the same variety, but I cook same dishes using another type of raw banana found here.
This Ash Plantain fry is a very simple dish & matching with rice & curry.
Few ash Plantain
Turmeric powder 1 tspn
Oil to fry

Peel the ash plantain & slice it.
Mix with turmeric powder & salt.

Deep fry until golden brown.
Serve & enjoy.

This is a so easy simple recipe & is one of must have dishes in Sri Lankan tasty dish,Lampraise.