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Western foundation meal

 Chicken soup


Whole Chicken -1 (cut into 8 pieces)
Garlic-4 cloves
Ginger-1 inch
Grated Cheese-50 grams
Milk-1/2 cup
Corn Flour-2 tablespoon full
Salt and Pepper to taste
Sugar-1/2 teaspoon
Water-4 cups
Utensil-pressure cooker and a vessel


In a pressure cooker, put the chicken along with chopped onion, garlic, and ginger, water and some salt. Close the lid and put it on the heat source. When the cooker comes to full pressure (i.e. when the weight lifts and there is a whistling sound), reduce the heat to minimum and cook for 5 minutes and switch off the heat. Let the cooker cool and open the lid. Remove the chicken pieces and keep it in a plate. Shred the flesh from the neck and the wings and keep it aside. Strain the liquid through a sieve into a vessel. Press well so that most of the onion and garlic is added to the liquid. Discard the rest. In this liquid, add the cheese and the sugar. Bring this mixture to a boil. Meanwhile, dissolve the corn flour in the milk and (this is done separately) add to this mixture to give it a nice creamy taste. Boil for 2 more minutes and add the shredded chicken. A trick is to taste the soup to see whether the salt is alright or whether you need to add a little more. Your chicken soup is ready. You may freeze the extra soup to consume at a later date.

Breaded baked chicken


Boiled chicken from the above recipe
Slices of bread toasted and crushed-4 slices
Wheat Flour-2 tablespoon
Salt-Just a sprinkle
Utensils-Baking tray, oven and a bowl


Mix the egg and wheat flour together and add a little salt. In another plate, keep the crushed bread. Take the chicken piece one by one and coat them first in the egg and wheat flour mixture and then coat with the bread crumbs. Put it on a baking tray and bake in a pre-heated oven at 150 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes. Your chicken is ready.

Garlic Bread


Bread-4 slices preferably cut thick (you can use any bread/bun of your choice)
Garlic-9 cloves crushed
Salted Butter-20 grams
Any fresh green herb of choice


In a pan, warm up the butter and add the crushed garlic. Let it cook for a minute and then switch off. Meanwhile, toast the bread lightly. Spread the garlic mixture on the toast, and then brown it in a small oven for 5 minutes. You can sprinkle any fresh herbs on this toast. Your delicious garlic bread is ready.

Sauté Vegetables

Note: This can be made with any seasonal European vegetable and, therefore, this list is only indicative.


Cauliflower-100 grams
Broccoli-100 grams
Carrot-100 grams
French beans-100 grams
Peas shelled or snow peas-100 grams
Butter-1 tablespoon
Salt and Pepper to taste


Wash the vegetables thoroughly. Steam the vegetables together in a microwave steamer for 5 minutes. In a wok, heat up the butter and add all the vegetables. Add the salt and pepper. Stir well and turn off the heat. Your sauté vegetables are ready.


Sequencing & Parallel processing

1. First of all, get all your ingredients and vessels together.
2. Then begin with the soup.
3. While the soup is cooking, steam the vegetables in the microwave and toast the bread for the breaded baked chicken.
4. Once this is done, toast the bread lightly for the garlic toast.
5. While the chicken soup is cooling down, sauté the vegetables and put it in a casserole.
6. Make the soup and again put it in a casserole if you want the soup to remain piping hot.
7. Make the breaded chicken and put it in the oven.
8. Make the butter + garlic spread. Put the spread on the toast for the garlic toast.
9. Take out the chicken from the oven.
10. Put in the toast to brown for the garlic bread.
11. Your dinner is ready in a jiffy-less than 30 minutes.
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  1. Naomi L. says:

    It is so nice to provide the “Sequencing and Parallel Processing” tips!! It is a very useful tips for the reader to follow!! Keep up the good work and I look forward to learn more from your website!! Thank you very much!! 🙂

    • prasenjeet says:

      Thank you so much, Naomi. Do Keep coming. Really appreciate your comments and I’m glad you found sequencing bit useful.

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