Delicious, Crunchy and so easy to make. Husband loved it, fussy toddler also had about 5-6 of the dippers himself! now i take this as a sure sign that the dish is good! add a tangy sweet chilli dipping sauce and some salad and you have a really tasty lunch for yourself.


Give this a try today. A soft chicken centre, a crunchy outer coating of breadcrumbs and parmesan, dipped in a tangy sauce! A great treat for your tastebuds!



1 chicken breast fillet – approx 300 gms

Plain flour – 1/3 cup, 50 gms

Egg, beaten – 1

Breadcrumbs – 1 cup

Parmesan, grated – 1 tbsp

Olive oil – 2 tbsp

Mayonnaise – 1/3 cup

Sweet chilli sauce – 2 tsp

Lemon juice – ½ lemon



1. Cut chicken into 1cm strips. Lightly dust in flour. Dip in egg. Combine breadcrumbs and parmesan and season well. Coat chicken liberally in breadcrumb mixture.

2. Heat oil over medium heat in a large frypan. Cook crumbed chicken strips for 4-5 minutes or until cooked, turning often so they brown on all sides. Remove to a plate lined with absorbent paper.

3. Combine mayonnaise, sweet chilli sauce and a squeeze of lemon. Serve chicken with dipping sauce on the side.



Wraps or Frankie are very popular these days. Easy and quick to make, you can also make the filling overnight and refrigerate. I have used cottage cheese but you can also use chicken instead.


Serves 4


Cottage cheese – 500 gms

Onion, sliced –  50 gms

Avocado – 50 gms

Tomato – 50 gms

Capsicum green – 50 gms

Mint chutney – 100 gms

Yoghurt – 100 gms

Indian chapatti or Tortillas – 10 pcs


1. Marinate cottage cheese (paneer), onion and capsicum in tandoori masala for 1 hour and cook on grill or frying pan with little oil till done.

2. Make julienne of tomato and avocado and place on chapatti or tortilla sheet.

3. Add a little yoghurt and mint chutney to the cottage cheese (paneer). place it evenly on the cut vegetables.

4. Roll and wrap the filling tightly inside the chapatti or tortilla. Cut into half and serve with chutney.

I think this is one of the best chicken dishes I have cooked. Its just delicious!



Chicken bone-in/drumsticks – 1kg

Onion, chopped – 450 gm

Ginger – 40 gm

Garlic – 40gm

Tomatoes puree – 200 gm

Beaten curd – 50 gm

Oil – 150 ml

Salt – to taste

Red chilli powder – 10 gm

Coriander powder – 20 gm

Turmeric – 4 gm

Garam masala powder – 4 gm


Black pepper – ¼tsp

Cardamom (green) – ¼ tsp

Big cardamom – 2

Bay leaf – 1

Whole red chilli – 3



1. Was chicken pieces in cold running water and pat dry; keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a pan and add whole spices to it; allow them to crackle.

3. Add chopped onions and cook till they become golden in colour.

4. Then add garlic and ginger paste, chilli powder, turmeric, coriander powder and salt. Cook for 5 minutes on slow fire.

5. Add fresh tomato puree to the mix and cook till masala is done.

6. Heat some more oil separately in a kadhai and saute chicken with salt, turmeric and red chilli powder. Cook chicken for few minutes. Add masala gravy and beaten curd then cook the chicken on slow fire for 15 minutes or till it is done. Add garam masala powder in the end and mix.

7. Serve hot with roti or naan.



No matter how many times you visit Coromandel, you just don’t get tired of this place! the beaches, look-out points are just breathtaking.

So the other weekend we headed off to Coromandel and the neighbouring places.

Cathedral Cove – although (to put it simply) its just another beach, it is arguably one of the most picturesque spots and ‘must visit’ top attractions on The Coromandel. it is accessible only by foot, boat or kayak. Include this in your next holiday!


Hot Water Beach – just 10 mins drive from the Cathedral Cove is the famous Hot Water Beach. within two hours either side of low tide you find hot water bubbling through the golden sand. All you have to do is dig your own spa pool in the sand and relax in the natural springs. often rated as one of the world’s most renowned beaches – this is one experience that should be on your bucket list. A truly unique Kiwi experience that is not to be missed!


Mt Maunganui – second day morning we headed to Mt Maunganui. its a coastal resort town, known for its surf and safe swimming beaches. you can also climb to the top of the Mt Maunganui summit for some breathtaking views. and don’t forget to have a burger from Pronto. Their gourmet burgers are the best and so are their generous servings. And guess who we spotted there?? one of the Block NZ couples, Jo and Damo!


Kaiate Falls – ranked No. 4 on TripAdvisor among 52 other attractions in Tauranga, this is a complex of 2 waterfalls, the highlight of a forest reserve in Tauranga. the walking track is quite narrow and also a bit overgrown. there a quite a few steps leading to the base of the waterfall. make sure to go there in daylight and on a dry day. its definitely worth it. really beautiful and quiet.


Papamoa Beach – our last stop for the day. it is a huge stretch of beach parallel to the road. there are loads of small walks leading to the beach along this road. we unfortunately kept driving straight on the road assuming there is a proper road leading to the beach (which there is non). so just park your car on the road, walk through the sand and bushes and enjoy this beach, which is famous for fishing and surfing.