Green pea soup with fresh basil and cream

Its monsoon time, folks! Monsoon is best experienced by having a hearty meal sitting besides the window enjoying the pitter-patter of the rains.
My green pea and basil soup is my rainy companion… very warm, healthy and super-easy to make. A blitz is all it takes and the soup is ready.

Ingredients: (Serves 2)
3 cups water
2 cups frozen peas
Half a bunch of roughly chopped spring onions
1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves
2 tbps of grated cheese
3 tbps of fresh cream
1 tsp of black pepper powder
Salt to taste

1. Boil water and then add the peas, basil, spring onions and boil again till peas become soft
2. Discard the spring onions and blitz all the remaining along with cheese, cream, and pepper till u get a puree
3. Take out all the mixture in a pan and boil for 3-4 minutes. Add more water if you prefer a thinner consistency
4. Add salt to taste

P.S.: Calorie conscious – you may skip the cream or cheese part

Creamy Chicken in Spring Onions

In my repertoire of being a shortcut cook, this sure is a killer recipe. And it has always got me accolades from whoever has had it. Its finger-licking good and so very easy to cook!!!CreamyChicken

Ingredients: (serves 3)
Chicken breasts (boneless) – half kg
Spring onions – half a bunch, finely chopped
Black pepper – half teaspoon
Dry Oregano – half teaspoon (optional)
Fresh cream 2 cups
Lime juice – 1 tablespoon
Oil for frying
Salt – as per taste

Cut the chicken breast horizontally into flat but big pieces.
Rub the pieces with a pinch of salt, oregano, lime juice and black pepper and leave it for 5 minutes.
Heat oil in a fry pan. Add the finely chopped spring onions and stir for a min.
Add the chicken pieces and cover it with the lid. The spring onions will stick to the chicken.
Flip the chicken after one side is cooked and keep the lid again.
Take out the fried chicken (with the stuck spring onions).

For sauce:
The pan will be left with some oil and some onions. Inside the same pan, pour the fresh cream and simmer for a couple of minutes.
Add salt if necessary.

While plating, serve the chicken first and top it up with the sauce. It tastes best with pasta or a simple serving of mashed potatoes.