Oven Temperatures

I often refer to recipes on the internet, where the oven temperatures are in Fahrenheit. And every time I have to Google it to check the corresponding Celsius for my oven. I am sure most of you must be facing that problem too.. So here is a quick conversion table..

Fahrenheit (degrees F) Celsius (degrees C) Oven Terms
225 degrees F 110 degrees C Very Cool
250 degrees F 130 degrees C Very Slow
275 degrees F 140 degrees C Very Slow
300 degrees F 150 degrees C Slow
325 degrees F 165 degrees C Slow
350 degrees F 177 degrees C Moderate
375 degrees F 190 degrees C Moderate
400 degrees F 200 degrees C Moderately Hot
425 degrees F 220 degrees C Hot
450 degrees F 230 degrees C Hot
475 degrees F 245 degrees C Hot
500 degrees F 260 degrees C Extremely Hot
550 degrees F 290 degrees C Broiling

Happy Baking!

Monacco n Cheese chicken

This is a classic version of chicken with really just 3 basic ingredients. Chicken , cheese and monaco biscuits, or any other non sweet crackers.

Ingredients :

  1. 500 gms boneless chicken breast
  2. 12-13 salted monaco crackers
  3. 1/2 cup Shredded cheese

Garlic paste and lemon for marination and Salt and chilli powder to taste

Cut the chicken into pieces of about 2-3 inches. Marinate it in garlic paste and lemon juice and set it aside for at-least 15 minutes. Mix some salt and chili powder, as per taste. Put very little salt, as the crackers and cheese already contain a lot of salt..

Then, put the monaco biscuits in a mixer and shred it to a coarse powder.

monaco cheese chic

Now simply, roll a piece of chicken in the cracker crumbs and then in cheese and place it on a non stick pan. Add a little butter while cooking.

It will be soft and hydrates in about 5-7 minutes depending on the size of chicken pieces. Serve it with ketchup!

M&C chicken



Burj-al-paneer Sandwiches

Paneer or cottage cheese : I call it favorite substitute for chicken for the vegetarians.

This is essentially paneer bhurji modified as a stuffing for sandwiches.

Ingredients :

Bread loaf


For paneer stuffing –

250 gms soft fresh paneer

4-5 shredded onions  and 1 thinly sliced onion

1 cup green peas

Oil, salt, green chillies

For the red sauce

3 medium size tomatoes

8-10 red chillies kashmiri chillies soaked in water overnight


In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil and half teaspoon of turmeric, cummin seeds and a pinch of asafoetida powder. Add onions and saute till golden brown. Then add the green peas and let it cook for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, divide the paneer in half. Shred one half, while cut the other into small pieces.


Add this paneer with the onions and green peas, some salt and green chilli paste/ small pieces. Mix well and let it cook for another 7-8 minutes till it comes together.

For the sauce, cut the tomatoes and soaked red chillies in big pieces and blend it in a mixer till it forms a smooth paste. Add some salt for taste.

Now the final step : the sandwiches .

Lightly butter the bread slices and spread the red sauce on one slice and place some onion slices in it. On the other bread slice, put the mixture of paneer.


Add a slice of cheese and grill it on the gas stove grill  or toast it in the sandwich maker, till lightly brown.


It tastes great by itself or serve it with ketchup or green chutney !