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This is Cecilia Pinto, currently based in Kuwait. Started this blog to share my cooking experiences with the world.

Pasta Salad


Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

  • Elbow macroni, 2to 3 cups, cooked
  • cherry tomatoes
  • cucumber
  • mint leaves
  • basil leaves
  • lettuce
  • green olives
  • black olives
  • Feta cheese (optional)
  • Salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice
  • Ingredients and quantities vary according to availability and taste

Mix everything together and and chill 30 mns. before serving to allow the flavors to meld. Keeps for 3 to 5 days well refrigerated. Raw onion may be added just before serving.

Methi Paez


Methi Paez

(Given 8 days after delivery)

Methi Paez – serve a bowl full to the lactating mother for atleast one month, every alternate day, post lunch, starting eight days after delivery!

Cures backache, promotes lactating i.e. increases breast milk, strengthens and helps in bringing back the uterus to its contracted state, relieves flatulence.

Methi paez or fenugreek gruel has several medicinal properties as fenugreek has many nutritional benefits containing fibre, minerals. iron and magnesium, so is beneficial to everyone, not only for lactating mothers

Ingredients

  • 1 cup boiled rice
  • ½ cup methi seeds
  • 1 cup coconut juice
  • Pinch of salt (optional)
  • ¾ cup jaggery

Method

  1. Wash and soak the methi for 4 to 6 hours.
  2. You can soak the boiled rice too, if you wish, separately.
  3. Drain the rice and methi seeds and transfer to utensil.
  4. Add 4 cups water and bring to a boil.
  5. Remove scum from the surface.
  6. Reduce heat and cook till rice and methi are soft, stirring occasionally.
  7. If the water dries out, add a cup or two of water, as per desired consistency.
  8. If you prefer the methi paez thick, avoid using additional water.
  9. Add the jaggery and stir till the jaggery has dissolved.
  10. Then add the coconut milk and simmer for 5 minutes.

Chicken Satay


Chicken Satay

A versatile dish that can be served on the wooden skewers as a main entree or remove the chicken pieces to a plate and serve as a snack or appetizer.  Plate it, put tooth-picks on the meat and serve with cocktails. Don’t forget the dipping sauce!

Use only chicken thighs.  Any other meat like boneless chicken breast (though easier to prepare) would not achieve the same results.

 Ingredients

  • 8 Chicken thighs
  • 1 package wooden skewers

Satay Marinade

  • ¼ cup minced lemongrass, fresh or frozen
  • 2 shallots or ¼ onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 fresh red chillies, sliced or ½ to 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 thumb size pc. Galangal or ginger, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp. ground coriander
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 3 tbsp. dark soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 6 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil

Peanut dipping sauce to serve

Method

  1. Place all marinade ingredients in food processor and grind to a smooth paste.
  2. Taste-test the marinade – you should taste sweet, spicy, and salty.  The strongest taste should be SWEET and SALTY in order for the satay to taste its best.  Add more sugar or more fish sauce (in place of salt) to adjust the taste.  Add more chilli if you want it spicier.
  3. Remove skin and debone the thighs (or use boneless thighs if available) and cut meat into small pieces or strips – thinner is better. 
  4. Place in a bowl and pour marinade over. 
  5. Stir well to combine. 
  6. Allow at least 2 hours for marinating, or longer (upto 24 hours refrigerated). 
  7. Simultaneously, place the wooden skewers in water and leave to soak until required.
  8. When ready to cook, thread meat onto the skewers.  Fill upto 3/4  of the skewer.
  9. Grill the satay, turn over and grill over all sides of the skewer till well roasted and brown, about 15 to 30 minutes.
  10. Serve with satay sauce for dipping.

Satay Sauce (Thai Peanut sauce)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup dry roasted peanuts, unsalted
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp. dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp. tbsp. fish sauce (substitute with soy sauce)
  • ½ tsp. tamarind paste or 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. thai chilli sauce or cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ to ½ cup water (as required)

Method

  1. Process all the ingredients in a food processor until sauce is smooth.
  2. Adjust, salty, sour, sweet and spicy taste by adding fish sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar and cayenne pepper, respectively as required.
  3. If you require more salty add fish sauce, if more sweet, add sugar.
  4. Serve warm or at room temperature as dipping sauce for veggies, spring rolls, chicken satay, etc. 
  5. Keeps well in the refrigerator for two weeks.

Momos Dumplings


Momos – Dumplings

Momo is a type of steamed dumpling with some form of filling. Traditionally, momo is prepared with ground/minced meat filling, but in the modern era, this has changed and the fillings have become more elaborate. These days, momo is prepared with virtually any combination of ground meat, vegetables, tofu, paneer cheese, and vegetable and meat combinations. Momo are traditionally steamed but can also be deep fried or pan fried. Momo is usually served with chili garlic sauce and pickled daikon ((i.e. pickled raddish) in Tibet whereas in Nepal popular dipping sauces include tomato based chutneys or sesame based sauces – source – wikipedia

A simple white-flour-and-water dough is generally preferred to make the outer momo covering. I have used store bought pastry wrappers. You get packs of 24 wrappers.  This recipe makes 35 momos.

Chicken Momos
Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Chicken mince, drained well
  • 1 Carrot, chopped fine (or celery)
  • 2 spring onions with greens, chopped fine (shallots or normal onions can be subs)
  • 1” pc. Ginger, chopped fine or 1 tsp. ginger paste
  • ½ bunch fresh coriander leaves, chopped fine
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt or to taste
  • ½ tsp. cumin powder
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. olive oil

Method

  1. Mix all the above ingredients and add a little water if you feel the mixture is too dry. 
  2. Take a pastry sheet and moisten the edges.
  3. Place a tsp. of chicken mixture and crimp the edges of the pasty to form a crescent shape or a round shape. 
  4. Set aside
  5. Can be frozen at this stage

To cook:

  1. Steaming:

Grease a steamer plate or container (or use bamboo baskets) and steam the momos for 15 to 18 minutes.

I thought the below method are quicker and easier, so used these two methods.

  • Frying+ Steaming:

Place a batch of momos on a frying pan with a little oil.  When all sides are brown, add some water to the pan and cover with a lid and let seam cook till the water dries up.

  • Boiling :

Place a vessel, quarter filled with water.  When it starts boiling, put the momos and bring to a boil.  Then add cold water (room temp) and let it boil.  Once again add cold water and let it boil.  Repeat this 3 times.  Then remove with a slotted spoon.

Serve hot with dipping sauce or chutney.

To make dipping sauce:

Add ¼ cup soya sauce to a bowl and add ½ the quantity of lemon or chilli sauce in vinegar.  Mix and use to dip the momos or drizzle over the momos in individual bowls and serve.

Beef Croquettes


Beef CROQUETTES

Ingredients

  • 1 Kg. Boneless Beef or Beef mince (substitute with lamb/chicken)
  • 4 medium onions, chopped
  • 12 cloves garlic
  • 2” fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 tsp. garam masala powder, or to taste
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • 2 bread slices without edges
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • ½ cup freshly chopped coriander leaves
  • 6 to 8 green chillies
  • Salt to taste
  • Rawa/semolina for rolling
  • Oil for frying

Method

  1. Combine ingredients upto turmeric powder, add salt, ½ cup water and cook till almost dry.
  2. Set aside to cool down a bit.
  3. Break the bread into pieces and add to the cooked mince with the garam masala, lemon juice and coriander.
  4. Mix well and grind to a fine paste. 
  5. Add egg and mix well. 
  6. Chill the mixture for half an hour to make it easier to handle.
  7. Shape the mince paste into small cylindrical rolls and roll in rawa to coat. 
  8. Chill another 15 minutes. 
  9. Remove and shallow fry in a pan on medium flame till lightly brown and crisp.
  10. Keep turning the croquettes so that they are evenly browned on all sides. 
  11. Drain on absorbent paper and serve hot.

Sprouted Moong Spicy Pulao


Check this link to learn how to sprout Moong

Sprouts are a powerhouse of nutrition that contain essential vitamins and minerals and at the same time are easy to digest and excellent sources of protein. Although sprouts give the maximum benefit when eaten raw, cooking them makes them more palatable and easier on the digestive process. This is an excellent one pot meal using sprouts. Just accompany the pulao with raita, yogurt, pickle, etc. for a complete meal.

For a non veg version substitute the sprouts with shredded chicken or shrimp. Super delicious!

Sprouted Moong Spicy Pulao

Ingredients

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 cups sprouted moong
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 2 soup cubes
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. ghee or oil
  • Salt, if required

Grind to a paste

  • 1 Onion
  • 6 green chillies
  • 1 bunch coriander leaves
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • 1” pc. Ginger
  • 5 flakes garlic
  • ½ tsp. mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp. cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp. pepper corns
  • 3 cloves
  • 1” pc. Cinnamon

Method

  1. Wash rice and soak for atleast 15 minutes. 
  2. Wash the sprouts and set aside. 
  3. Heat ghee in a pan, add the chopped onion and fry till translucent and soft. 
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and fry till soft. 
  5. Add the soup cubes and let them soften and dissolve. 
  6. Add the ground masala paste and the masala water and saute 2 minutes. 
  7. Add the sprouts and stir and cover and cook 5 minutes. 
  8. Add the soaked rice and toss lightly so each grain is coated with the masala. 
  9. Add the hot water, stir to mix, check salt and add if required. 
  10. Cover and bring to a boil. 
  11. Reduce heat to low, stir well  to mix lightly. 
  12. Cover and cook till all the moisture is absorbed. 
  13. Switch off flame and leave to rest. 
  14. Serve hot as a one pot meal with raita, yogurt, pickle, etc.

Butter Chicken – Makhani Chooze


Indian cooking is synonymous with Butter Chicken & Tandoori chicken.  This recipe gives you both. I use full chicken or chicken whole legs when making only tandoori chicken but I prefer to use boneless chicken breasts for butter chicken.  Don’t be alarmed by the amount of butter used in the recipe…you are not going to eat the whole pot, are you? If you are then I’d be alarmed!  Anyway, for the health conscious, you may adjust the butter and cream as per your requirements.  Actually I don’t use butter for tandoori chicken on most occasions, if I do may be just a tablespoon if the chicken turns out too dry. But I do use butter for butter chicken…..for what is butter chicken without butter?!

Makhani Chooze - Butter Chicken

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: worth the effort
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Ingredients

  • 2 medium tandoori chickens (Murgh Tandoori)  or 2 lbs. boneless tandoori chicken breasts

The Gravy

  • 250g butter , or as required
  • 3 tbsp. ginger paste
  • 3 tbsp. garlic paste
  • 4 cups tomatoes, chopped or 3 cups passata
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp ginger chopped
  • 8 green chillies chopped
  • 5 tsp. cashewnut paste
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika or chillie powder
  • 150 ml or 2/3 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves chopped

The Tandoori Chicken – 1st marinade

  • 2 medium chickens or 2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts (for butter chicken)
  • Salt
  • 2 tsp red chillie powder or to taste
  • 4 tbs. lemon juice
  • Butter for basting (optional)

2nd Marinade

  • 100g/6 tbsp. yoghurt
  • 100g/7 tbsp. cream
  • 2 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp. saffrom
  • 1 drop orange color
  1. Marinate the chicken with salt, chillie powder and lemon juice. Keep aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Whisk yoghurt in a large bowl, add the remaining ingredients and mix well.  Rub the chicken with this mixture.  Keep aside for four hours or overnight if desired.
  3. Preheat oven to 350deg F. Skewer the chicken from tail to head, leaving a gap of at least 2 inches between the birds. Keep a tray underneath to collect the drippings. Roast in a hot tandoor or pre-heated oven till the moisture evaporates and it starts leaving oil. Baste with butter, if required.
  4. Your tandoori chicken is now ready!
  5. Cut the tandoori chicken into desired sized pieces or the breasts into strips.
  6. Melt half the butter in a pot, add the ginger and garlic pastes and stir over medium heat until the liquid evaporates. (To save the effort of sieving the tomato gravy, use tomato Passata (readymade tomato puree) instead. Please don’t make the puree with tomato paste, does not give the same results. I have used passata in this recipe.
  7. Melt the remaining butter in a vessel, add chopped ginger and green chillies, saute over medium heat for a minute.
  8. Add cashewnut paste and saute until light brown, add paprika or chillie powder and stir.
  9. Than add the tomato gravy, bring to a boil, add the tandoori chicken and simmer for 10 minutes or till fat surfaces.  Stir-in cream and adjust seasoning.
  10. Remove to a bowl, garnish with coriander leaves and serve with naan or any bread of your choice.

Dahi Batata Puri Chaat


Dahi Batata Puri

Chatpata chaats are popular on the streets of India, and famous on almost every street in Mumbai.  Frequented by those wanting a quick snack or as a substitute for lunch or dinner these lip-smacking street foods are adored by young and old. Dahi batata puri also called dahi aloo puri or dahi puri are crispy puris stuffed with potato and covered with yogurt chutney and coriander leaves.  Pomegranate seeds not only enhances the presentation but adds a delicious juicy crunch to each morsel. Those who wish to avoid potato can substitute it with sprouted moong or soaked boondi.  The aloo puris are a burst of flavours with the various chutneys, yogurt, coriander, sev etc.  I personally do not like combining yogurt and raw onion and so have skipped raw onion in this Chaat, do feel free to use onion if you prefer.

Dahi Batata Puri Chaat

  • 12 Pani puris
  • 1 boiled potato/boiled sprouted moong/soaked boondi
  • 1 tsp. chaat masala powder
  • 1 small chopped onion (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. sweet chutney (saunth)
  • 1 tbsp. garlic (red) chutney
  • 1 tbsp. coriander mint (green) chutney
  • Salt as required
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • ½ tsp. chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp. malai (barikh) sev
  • ½ tsp. roasted cumin powder
  • Pomegranate and coriander leaves for garnish

Method

  1. Chop boiled potato. 
  2. Mix with onion (optional, I usually don’t prefer yogurt and fresh onion combination), sprouts, salt and mix. 
  3. Mix yogurt with chilli powder, cumin powder and chaat masala and salt if required.
  4. Arrange puris on a plate and make a hole on the top of the puri. 
  5. Fill the puris with boiled potato mixture or only sprouts or only boondi. 
  6. Top with the yogurt mixture and then drizzle the garlic chutney, green chutney and sweet chutney, sprinkle the sev and garnish with pomegrantate seeds and coriander leaves. 
  7. Add more chutney over the sev if desired. 
  8. Serve immediately. 
  9. Adjust the sweet and teekha chutneys to your taste.

Video for Garlic chutney in this video (Punjabi Samosa Chaat) : https://youtu.be/EgRtjOXeDuU

Coriander & Mint chutney recipe in this video (Besan and Jowar flour chilas with Hari chutney) https://youtu.be/_xUjz8HvwdA

Punjabi Samosa and Chaat


Punjabi Samosa with Garlic, Green & Sweet Chutneys

Delicious and scrumptious “street food”. Make and enjoy in the comfort of your home at your convenience using pure and fresh ingredients.

Punjabi Samosa and Chaat

Makes 12 large or 24 small samosas

Ingredients

For the samosa dough

  • 2 cups flour (maida, All purpose flour)
  • 1 tsp. ajwain (optional)
  • 6 tbs. melted ghee
  • 1 tsp. Salt or to taste
  • Water to knead

Filling

  • 2 large potatoes
  • ½ cup green peas (optional)
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1” pc. ginger
  • 1 tsp. amchur powder
  • ½ to 1 tsp. chilli powder (as per taste)
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 2 tbsp. coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp. ghee
  • Oil for frying

Method

  1. Mix the flour with the ajwain, salt and ghee and mix well. 
  2. Add small quantities of water and make a hard dough. 
  3. Knead for 3 minutes, cover with a damp cloth and keep aside for 15 minutes.
  4. Peel the potatoes, wash and chop into small cubes. 
  5. Heat ghee in a pan, add the cumin . 
  6. When it crackles add the chopped green chillies and the potatoes. 
  7. Saute for 2 minutes. 
  8. Add the salt, chilli powder, amchur and garam masala powder and toss for a minute. 
  9. Add water little at a time until peas and potatoes are cooked.  (If using fresh peas, parboil them before adding to the potatoes). 
  10. Add coriander leaves and mix well. Take off the heat.
  11. Divide the dough into 12 balls to get 24 samosas, (I have rolled into 6 to make 12 bigger size samosas) and roll out each as thin as possible into a somewhat elongated shape. 
  12. Using a knife cut into two in the centre. 
  13. Wet the cut edge and form into a cone shape with your hands. 
  14. Fill the cone with a heaped tbsp. of the filling and bring the edges to cover the filling and press together to secure. 
  15. Heat oil to smoking, reduce heat to low and fry the samosas few at a time till golden brown on all sides. 
  16. Serve hot with sweet chutney (saunth), garlic chutney & green chutney.

To make Samosa Chaat:

Samosa Chaat with Ragda

Ragda

  • 1 cup white peas, boiled till soft
  • 1 tsp. Ginger paste
  • 1 tsp. garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped (or 1 tsp. green chillie paste)
  • ½ tsp. cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp. asafoetida
  • 1 tsp. coriander seeds powder
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. ghee
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • ½ tsp. Garam masala powder
  • 2 tbsp. coriander leaves

Method

  1. Heat ghee, add cumin seeds, when they sizzle add asafoetida, ginger, garlic paste and chillies. 
  2. Saute for a minute.
  3. Add coriander and chillie powder, turmeric powder and mix well. 
  4. Add some water to prevent the masala burning. 
  5. Add the cooked peas and stir to mix. 
  6. Add salt 1 cup water and cook till fat surfaces. 
  7. Add garam masala and fresh coriander and cook 3 to 4 mintues.

To assemble:

  • Break samosa into large pieces and cover with the  2 to 3 ladles of ragda. 
  • Top with green chutney, sweet chutney (saunth) and garlic chutney and some chopped onion. 
  • Sprinkle some chaat masala. 
  • Add some sev all over and garnish with coriander leaves. 
  • Add additional chutneys if desired
  • Serve immediately.

To make Dahi Samosa Chaat:

Dahi Samosa Chaat
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • ½ tsp. chaat masala
  • Few pomegranate seeds
  • Green chutney
  • Garlic chutney
  • Coriander leaves
  • Sweet chutney
  • Sev

To assemble:

  1. Place 2 samosas in a bowl. 
  2. Top with ½ to 1 cup beaten yogurt. 
  3. Drizzle garlic chutney, green chutney, sweet chutney, garnish with pomegranate seeds, coriander leaves, sev.
  4. And sprinkle some chaat masala
  5. Serve immediately.

To make green chutney:

Grind to a paste:

  • 1” pc ginger
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 flakes garlic
  • 1 to 2 cups fresh coriander leaves
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp.  lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • Grind all together to a paste without adding water as far as possible. 

To make garlic chutney:

Grind to a paste:

  • 1 cup garlic
  • 3 red chillies
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Grind together to a smooth paste adding water as required. 
  • To serve take as much chutney as required and dilute with water and serve.

To make Sweet Chutney (Saunth)

Made from Mango powder and usually served with snacks

  • 5 tsp mango powder (Amchur)
  • 3/4 cups sugar or jaggery (I used jaggery)
  • 2 ½ tsp. cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp. Black salt
  • 1 tsp. black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. black cardamom seeds (use white if not available)
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 drop red food color
  • 1 small raw mango

Method

  1. Roast the cumin on a pan, cool. 
  2. Pound black salt with a pestle if it is in chunks.
  3. Powder the cumin, black salt, peppercorns, cardamom seeds to a fine powder.
  4. Transfer to a dry bowl and add the red chill powder and salt and mix well. 
  5. Sieve the mango powder to break up the lumps. 
  6. Peel, and cut the mango into small pieces. 
  7. To make a larger quantity, double the ingredients.
  8. Put 1 cup water in a saucepan, add mango powder and whisk to prevent lumps. 
  9. Cook on medium heat, stirring continuously until it thickens and becomes glossy.
  10. Add the remaining ingredients (except mango pieces) and stir till jaggery dissolves. 
  11. Simmer 5 minutes. 
  12. Remove and sieve through a soup strainer and cool. 
  13. Add the mango pieces and refrigerate.

Kashmiri Dal


Ingredients

  • ½ cup Chana dal (split gram (chickpeas) dal)
  • ½ cup Moong dal (split green gram)
  • 3.5 cups water
  • 1 tsp. Salt or to taste
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. oil or ghee
  • Coriander leaves and lemon for garnish
  • For tempering:
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tsp. ginger paste
  • 2 Red chillies
  • 1 or 2 Bay leaves
  • ½ tsp. fennel seeds
  • ¼ tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1” stick cinnamon
  • 4 cardamoms
  • 3 to 4 cloves
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice

Method

  1. Wash and soak dal for 1 hour. 
  2. Then boil in 3.5 cups of water and cook for 20 to 30 minutes till soft. 
  3. Add salt and simmer. 
  4. Transfer to another container and set aside.
  5. Powder the dry ingredients from red chillies to black pepper. 
  6. Add the lemon juice and ginger paste, some water if necessary to make a paste.  
  7. Set aside. 
  8. Heat a pan, add 1 tsp. oil or ghee and fry the chopped onion and cook till soft and translucent. 
  9. Add the spice paste and cook 2 to 3 minutes stirring till the water evaporates. 
  10. Add the dal and mix. 
  11. Adjust seasoning and cook 5 minutes. 
  12. Fry the sliced garlic in 1 tsp. oil or ghee till light brown and add to the cooked dal.
  13. Take off heat. 
  14. Garnish with chopped coriander and lemon wedges. 
  15. Serve hot with Kashmiri Rotis, Kashmiri Pulao or Amritsari Kulchas, etc.

Amritsari Kulcha


Amritsari Kulcha

Ingredients

Dough – Makes 12 Kulchas

  • 4 cups Maida (All Purpose flour) Wheat flour may be used
  • 2 tbsp. Oil
  • 2 tsp. yeast
  • 2 tbsp.2 cups warm milk
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste

Stuffing

  1. 3 to 4 Large potatoes, boiled and mashed
  2. ¼ cup coriander leaves
  3. 1 tsp. chaat masala
  4. 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  5. ½ tsp. pomegranate seed powder or amchur or lemon juice
  6. 3 green chillies, finely chopped
  7. 1 tsp. salt or to taste

Garnish

  • Butter or ghee, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander leavmes

Method

  1. In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour and salt and mix. 
  2. Make a well in the centre and pour 1/4 cup warm milk. 
  3. Stir in the dry yeast, sugar and oil and let sit 10 minutes till it foams. 
  4. Knead the dough with the yeast mix by adding the remaining milk and knead for 5 to 10 minutes. 
  5. Keep in a lightly greased bowl covered and leave to rise till double.

Meanwhile prepare the stuffing:

  1. Mix the boiled and grates potatoes and all the remaining ingredients and divide into 12 equal portions. Check seasoning.
  2. To cook in the oven, place a pizza stone or baking sheet on the lower rack of oven and preheat the oven @ 250 deg C for ½ hour to 45 minutes. 
  3. Punch the risen dough and knead. 
  4. Grease work surface with oil and knead 2 minutes. 
  5. Divide into 12 equal portions. 
  6. Roll one portion and stuff with one portion of the stuffing and close to make a ball. 
  7. Place the ball in a plate or tray. 
  8. Repeat with the remaining dough/stuffing and let the balls rise again for 10 minutes. 
  9. Then roll to desired thickness. 
  10. Sprinkle over with a pinch of chilli and cumin powder, copped coriander leaves and press or roll lightly so the leaves adhere to the kulcha. 
  11. Transfer the kulcha to the baking sheet (I have used a ceramic tile) and bake 10 to 12 minutes till bottom turns crisp and golden brown. 
  12. Remove and apply butter or ghee. 
  13. To fry on pan on stove top, place the rolled kulcha on a regular pan or tawa. 
  14. When brown flip over and apply some butter or ghee. 
  15. Turn again and apply butter/ghee to the other side. 
  16. Remove when both sides are brown. 
  17. It is quicker to make on tawa. 
  18. If you can bake multiple kulchas at a time in the oven, will be better and quicker. 
  19. Enjoy the hot kulchas with Kashmiri dal, Chhole, etc.

Rava Adai


Rava Adai

Ingredients

  • 250 gms. Rava
  • 50 gms. Rice flour
  • 1 tbsp. grated coconut
  • 2 bay leaves, broken into pieces
  • Salt and chilli powder to taste
  • Sour butter milk (or yogurt mixed with water)
  • Ghee as required
  1. Mix rava with all the above ingredients upto chilli powder.
  2. Add enough buttermilk to form a thick batter.
  3. Heat a flat griddle and grease it will ghee
  4. Pour one to two tbsp. of batter and spread it into a thick round.
  5. When the underside turns golden, pour a little ghee around the edges.
  6. When both the sides turn golden and crisp remove from fire and serve immediately.

Delicious with hot cup of coffee or tea at breakfast or tea-time!

Ragi Banana Pancakes


Ragi Banana Pancakes

Quick easy healthy Pancakes with just 3 main ingredients – No eggs, no leavening agents, no sugar. To make it dairy free, use water instead of milk. Makes 6 pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Ragi powder
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Butter for greasing the pan
  • Walnuts and maple syrup or honey for garnish

Method

  1. Peel and mash the bananas. 
  2. Add the ragi powder, salt, milk and mix to a smooth thick batter of pouring consistency.
  3. Set aside 10 minutes. 
  4. Heat a griddle, grease lightly and pour ½ cup of batter. 
  5. Cover and cook on medium flame till top turns opaque about 2 to 3 minutes. 
  6. Flip and cook further 2 minutes.
  7. Remove. 
  8. Stack all the pancakes and drizzle maple syrup or honey and top with walnuts. 
  9. Enjoy healthy delicious and easy to make pancakes!

Goan Pulao Aroz


Goan Pulao – Aroz

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 soup cubes
  • 2” stick cinnamon
  • 6 to 8 cloves
  • 5 cardamoms
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. ghee
  • 4 Cups hot water

Method

  1. Wash rice and soak for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Slice the onions,
  3. chop tomatoes.
  4. Heat a wide thick bottom pan and add the ghee.
  5. When hot add the whole spices and the sliced onions.
  6. Saute till the onions are light brown.
  7. Add the tomatoes and fry till soft.
  8. Add turmeric, soup cubes and salt and fry for a minute till the cubes soften.
  9. Add 4 cups hot water and stir to ensure the soup cubes are completely dissolved.
  10. Then add the rice and stir to mix.
  11. Cover and bring to a boil.
  12. Reduce heat to low and cook till water is completely absorbed.
  13. Stir the rice in between gently, to combine the flavours.
  14. Serve hot.

Goan Roast Beef


Goan Roast Beef

A delicious roast, can be cooked with steak slices or a chunk of beef roasted and then sliced before serving. Serve as a starter or with a main meal. Leftover roast can be made into tasty sandwiches. Yummy…..

Use boneless Lamb instead of beef!

Goan Roast Beef

Ingredients

  • 1 Kg. Beef
  • 3 medium onions, chopped into large pieces.
  • 15 to 18 cloves garlic
  • 1.5”pc. ginger
  • 15 cloves
  • 4 piece cinnamon (1” pc. Each)
  • ¼ tsp. pepper corns
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 4 red chillies
  • 2 tsp. sugar (optional)
  • ¼ cup vinegar, or to taste
  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste

Method

  1. Grind the spices from garlic to turmeric powder with the vinegar. 
  2. You can add some water to get the spices to move while grinding. 
  3. Transfer the masala to a wide bowl, add salt, mix
  4. Marinate the beef with the ground masala for one hour.
  5. To cook, heat ghee and add the red chillies and onion. 
  6. Saute till the onions are translucent. 
  7. Then add the meat with the masala water and cook till meat is tender and gravy is almost dry. 
  8. Serve hot. 
  9. Leftover beef can be used for sandwiches.
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