During my time with I Heart Cooking Clubs I've cooked the recipes of Nigella Lawson, Mark Bittman, Giada De Laurentiis, Jamie Oliver, Tessa Kiros, Rick Bayless, and Madhur Jaffrey. One recipe every week for six months straight. After cooking a particular person's recipes for that length of time you really get a feel for their cooking style. You also usually have a few recipe failures. I've had my fair share of failures with all the above mentioned chefs, except Madhur Jaffrey. I can honestly say that all of Jaffrey's recipes were a home run. It's kinda ironic, isn't it?
I was so skeptical about cooking her recipes. I worried I wouldn't like them at all. I figured my family would fight me with each new dish. Then we fell in love with her recipes and ended up adding many new favorites into our dinner rotation. Just goes to show that a little push in the right direction really pays off.
Every Madhur Jaffrey recipe I tried was delicious, but these were our top five favorites. The first three recipes listed below are really tied for first place. There is really no way I could put them in order. I think it really depends on personal taste and maybe what you're in the mood for that day. Either way, these top three recipes are very quick and really easy to cook on weeknights. I've made the Delicious Chicken Bits and served them over rice at least 8 times since October. I have the Most Delicious Meat Cubes on the menu for next week. All three of these dishes are absolute flavor explosions and would be great for serving to company. You really can't go wrong!
The Most Delicious Meat Cubes. Crispy on the edges and tender in the inside, these little nuggets of pork shoulder are screaming with flavor. Forget doubling the recipe....just go ahead and triple it (just don't crowd the pan or you won't get those crispy edges). I kid you not. One of the best meat dishes I've ever made.
Delicious Chicken Bits. My eleven year old daughter can be quite picky and she usually does not like eating chicken. Unless it's this dish. When she smells it cooking she comes running. I always laugh because the dish seems too spicy for her, but she pretty much inhales it like the rest of us. Love this one because it's flavorful, great for weeknights, and pretty healthy.
Another top favorite was this Chicken with Garlic and Black Pepper. If I had to pick my own personal top favorite then it would probably be this recipe. This recipe is a lot like the Delicious Chicken Bits, but I'm a little biased when it comes to garlic so I think that's why I prefer this dish over the Delicious Chicken Bits. It's all about personal preference, right?
Onion Fritters with Fresh Green Chutney have been on my mind ever since they day I first made them. Golden little crunchy fritters with chunks of onion dunked in a tangy zippy sauce...total indulgence. I wish I could indulge in some right now!
Chicken Patties with Korean Dipping Sauce are really out of this world delicious. I could never decide whether I liked the patties more than the sauce or the sauce more than the patties. Either way, they're incredibly addictive. My husband and I dunked and dunked till they were all gone. These would make a perfect party appetizer.