Copycat Firecracker chicken of Wagamama

I only heard about this awesome dish from my husband who would just keep praising the Firecracker dish as its the best dish ever that he had tasted when he was in Dubai. But I only got to try it out in a branch of Wagamama in Jeddah. Wagamama is famous for its curry dishes which are fresh ranging from mild to spicier chilli dishes.

The firecracker chicken as its mentioned in the menu is a fiery mix of chicken, mangetout, red and green peppers, onions and hot red chillies which is served with steamed rice, sesame seeds, shichimi and fresh lime.

Sundays are usually a bit busy and boring after the weekend so I was not in the mood of cooking that day and so I wanted to make my cooking something interesting and  took out the boneless chicken and was thinking what can I make with this that is not boring, easy and fun to make and eat as well. (Ting!!!) That’s exactly how my mind got the idea to look for the recipe of firecracker and Bammmm found this awesome recipe on kitchen Things that I didn’t use from the recipe was the mangetout and didn’t use the fish sauce as I didn’t have them instead added a little extra soya sauce but the recipe turned out exactly the same as in the restaurant.

Now I will give you the recipe which is taken from the website of Nicky. Will soon try her other recipes as well.

Firecracker Chicken Wagamama Style
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Copycat version of Wagamama’s Firecracker Chicken
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 318 kcal
Author: Nicky @
Chicken and marinade:
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 red chilli chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp chilli sauce – I used sriracha
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and minced
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • Pinch of white pepper
  • 3 medium sized chicken breasts all visible fat removed, sliced into bite-size chunks
Stir Fry:
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 medium white onion peeled and sliced into wedges
  • 1 red bell pepper seeds removed, chopped into chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper seeds removed, chopped into chunks
  • 85 g of mangetout/snow peas
  • 12 dried arbol chillies
  • 1 Small bunch of spring onions/scallions chopped
  • splash of water optional
To Serve:


  1. Place all of the marinade ingredients into a large bowl and mix together. Add the chicken, then cover with cling film and marinade for at least an hour (or up to overnight).

  2. Cook your rice as per pack instructions.
  3. Whilst the rice is cooking, heat the oil on a high heat in a wok or large frying pan/skillet until hot. Scoop the chicken out of the marinade with a slotted spoon and cook in the wok until slightly browned, and almost cooked right through.
  4. Add in the chopped onion and cook for a further 2 minutes to soften the onion slightly.
  5. Add in the marinade and heat through whilst stirring until bubbling throughout. It’s important to ensure all of the sauce has been completely cooked through, as it’s had the raw chicken in it. Add in the peppers, mangetout/snow peas and dried chillies. Cook for a minute, then stir through the spring onions/scallions. Add a splash of water to the sauce if it needs loosening up.
  6. Check one of the larger pieces of chicken to ensure it’s cooked in the middle. Then turn off the heat.
  7. Take your boiled rice and spoon it into a small bowl. Push it down with the back of a spoon, then place a serving plate on top and turn the whole thing over. Tap the bowl to release the mound of rice. Repeat until you have four plates of rice.
  8. Spoon the firecracker chicken around the rice and then sprinkle the top of the rice with the shichimi powder and the sesame seeds.
  9. Top the rice with a wedge of lime and serve!




Hope you try it it too the ingredients are basic and easily available in home nothing as such you need to hunt the grocery store and I would suggest do marinate the chicken for atleast 3-4 hours.

The original link for the recipe is taken from Kitchen Sanctuary.



Flamingo and Palm Tropicals

Spring is here and so is the decor style. The decor style right now seen mostly are with flamingoes and palms used as a new classic combination. Palms seem to be loved since last year and they are still in for the fact that they create a relaxed holiday mood where you can just soak in the sun and beach sipping a nice cold mint lemonade. Flamingoes added to the palm together is creating a fun preppy style and they both with lush green cactus and leaf motifs are a win-win for a bright botanical look. The two colors pink and green compliment each other very well and can be used in your home in a very simple way.

Below are the pictures I took on Friday in City Max in Jeddah. The home decor section was filled with the sea and beach style and the flamingo tropical style. Must say I was very impressed with the accessories so pretty and trendy that was being sold there in City Max.


designing de desert


designing de desert


designing de desert


Use of the Flamingo and tropical palms are looking the best in baby nursery theme I loved the inspiration board by “the kiwi in the clouds” there are many nursery styles that you can easily achieve by using this combo.


simple everyday mom site


Below is the second inspiration for a baby nursery done by Hoboken.


haboken nursery

I will soon be posting more about the decor stores soon.



Finishing touches for your home

Finishing touches for your home


Finishing touches for your home by designingdedesert

I am starting a package service for interior styling of any space at home that you may need help for giving that one good “Punch”. If you just want to refresh your existing room by keeping the furniture that you already own and just want to style up your room with a professional design help in your given budget. I can help you by sending you tips and online items that you can easily purchase and use it to add that “Finishing touch”. By just adding some beautiful accents and placing them in the right place and  making them  look complete and beautiful.


Now this is what you will just have to follow:

  1. Email me on by telling me which space you would like to get help with, you can send me pictures of your space so that I can have a look and understand your required dilemma. You can also share with me your pinterest board.
  2. I will reply back to your email by sending a questionnaire asking about your budget and style and what you are not happy with in your given space.
  3. I will then make a moldboard for you with all the details and styling tips that you can easily follow.
  4. After you are satisfied with your moldboard I will send you the link for all your online items.
  5. I will be available to you by emails and online video calling as well.


The package cost is for only 180 USD/ 670 SAR.

Remember its all in the Details.


Interior design and its magic

Hi!!! It’s the summers and relaxing holidays still going on. There are no worries of getting up for school (getting some extra morning sleep one of the best part of the break). Since it’s the relaxing time and I am on my vacation in India I am getting some time out to think and wander my thoughts (which is mostly about interiors!!) I was just seeing some before and after videos on youtubes and then some on other design blogs as how creatively they transform a space from boring room to a  beautiful room by doing some space planning, working on a good color pallet  that would work for the function of that particular space and then finally they would style up the space with accessiories and other details and decor. Watching the before and after only makes me so happy and inspired so I can imagine how the people seeing their own spaces transform must be feeling .

Interior design is just not a money spend on luxury or making a room look lavish I think it’s a MAGIC which transform a dull boring space into a positive space and brings back the right energy that we actually need to make ourself happy.

Will be posting more soon. I am trying to fix a routine for my blog and give more time to it and plan to get back to writing more.

Stay blessed


Marble Moroccan home

Marble Moroccan home

Moroccan hanging light
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Moroccan Atlas Small Tajine
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Blue and white ceramic pot
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Canvas home decor
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Marble throw pillow
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Black and white toss pillow
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NEOM Organics candles candleholder
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Moroccan style home decor
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Ambella ivory couch
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Hand carved furniture
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Studio A moroccan style table
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Serena Lily moroccan leather ottoman
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Elegant Marble farmhouse inspired Kitchen

I am getting back to my blog more often even though I need to work on my blog website and make some changes to the layout of the page. I will be soon working on that but before I could work can not stop myself from entering into the world of “Interior Design”. Since we have been seeing a lot of Farm house inspired kitchen which is one of the latest trend that have been going on from a long time and seems to be staying for some time in the future as well, I have made this inspiration board for a contest on Polyvore with theme of Classic Elegance:Marble Home. I found it to be interesting and thought of creating a kitchen inspiration.
What I have used is the color white with gold and marble accents. These three beautiful elements add the elegance to the simple farmhouse style kitchen.
Hope you all like the idea. Please let me know in the comments.
Have good day!!
Elegant Marble farmhouse inspired Kitchen


Corbett Lighting capiz shell lamp
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Wall light
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Threshold white soap dispenser
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Kitchenaid mixer
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Global Views marble tray
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Worlds Away marble tray
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Jayson Home wooden chopping board
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Sur La Table kitchen dining
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West Elm kitchen gadgets tool
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Williams Sonoma wooden salad server
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Antique bread box
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Sur La Table marble pastry board
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Lidded jar
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Storage jar

Wooden home decor
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Allstate Floral flower stem
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Tulip vase
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Williams Sonoma modular furniture
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Ballard Designs Giana Shelf
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Happy small space

Happy small space

Sonneman lighting
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Modern table lamp
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UGG Australia sheep skin rug
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Patchi cake stand
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Bar tool
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Rosanna gold bar cart
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Rosanna white pitcher
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Rosanna serving tray
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Choi Time 12v light
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Framed mirror
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John Richard orchid bouquet
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Modern home decor
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Throw pillow
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Katie Victoria stripe throw pillow
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Antica Farmacista home fragrance
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Improvements patio planter
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Perky colorful throw pillow
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Katie Victoria navy blue throw pillow
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Block yellow home decor
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Ligne Roset white table
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Pottery Barn upholstered bed
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Redford House home storage furniture
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Carl Hansen Sons wishbone chair
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Umbra shelf furniture
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Pastel reading area

Pastel reading area

Threshold gold lamp
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Framed wall art
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Woven storage basket
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Embroidered throw pillow
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Velvet throw pillow
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John Richard winter oil painting
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Green home decor
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Bigso green storage box
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Imm Living inspirational home decor
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Umbra office accessory
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Pastel home decor
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GO Home Ltd iron side table
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Karlsson Book Table Clock PASTEL
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Entryway ‘island getaway’

Entryway 'island getaway'

Arteriors table lamp
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Indoor outdoor rug
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Mark graham
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Black wall mirror
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Succulent terrarium
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Round candle
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Girly glam bedroom

Girly glam bedroom

Hudson Valley Lighting branch chandelier
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Safavieh green lamp shade
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West Elm ivory rug
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Nordstrom beige bedding
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Gold home decor

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Frosted glass bottle
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D L Co orange home decor
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Urban outfitters furniture
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White bedside table
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Brass table
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