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Tandoori Chicken


Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori chicken is synonymous with Indian cooking, a universally loved and enjoyed roasted chicken! Tandoori chicken also forms the basis of many Indian gravy dishes like, Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka masala, Chicken boti kababs. Try this 5 star quality tandoori recipe, which may seem overwhelming but is really quite simple. Roast in an oven or charcoal grill or BBQ on an electric grill. You may also roast on a pan on the stove top, but with this method the chicken tends to leave water while roasting, resulting in loosing some of the flavors of the marinade. But still possible to make tandoori chicken without an oven! Substitute the saffron with turmeric if not available and avoid the orange color if you must! I have not used butter to baste the chicken but does add more flavor and taste.

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium chicken

First Marinade

  • Salt
  • 1 tsp red chillie powder or to taste
  • 2 tbs. lemon juice
  • Butter for basting

Second Marinade

  • 3 tsp. yogurt
  • 3 1/2 tsp. cream
  • 3 tsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp. saffron
  • 2-3 drops orange color
  1. Remove skin, clean and wash chicken.  Make two to three deep incsions each on the breasts, legs and thighs and marinate with salt, chilli 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 and keep a tray underneath to collect the drippings or roast in a hot tandoor or pre-heated oven till the moisture evaporates and it starts leaving oil. Baste with butter, if required.
  4. .Cut the tandoori chicken into desired sized pieces and serve with sliced onion, lemon, green salad and naan or any bread of your choice.

Prawn Biryani


Prawn Biryani

Prawn Biryani

Ingredients

  • 500 gms. Prawns
  • 500 gms. Basmati Rice
  • 3 large onions, sliced
  • 6 green chillies
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 3 tsp. chilli powder (Kashmiri) or to taste
  • Salt
  • 1 ½ tbsp. garam masala
  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • 1 tsp. saffron
  • ½ cup milk
  • Few drops yellow color
  1. Clean, devien and wash prawns and drain well. Put prawns in a bowl and add the salt, ginger garlic paste, chilli powder, turmeric powder and 1 tbsp. garam masala powder, juice of lemon (reserve the squeezed lemon) and mix well.  Leave aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Then add the yogurt and mix well.  Leave to marinate for 15 to 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes.
  4. Take ghee in a deep vessel and fry 1/4 of the mint leaves for five minutes.  Drain and set aside.
  5. Fry the sliced onions till golden brown, remove and set aside.
  6. Soak the saffron in half cup warm milk, add few drops of yellow color.
  7. Bring water to a boil in a separate vessel, add the reserved lemon, salt and the ½ tbsp. of the garam masala powder, 1/4 of the mint leaves to the water.
  8. Then add rice and cook, 3 minutes (after it comes to a boil).
  9. Drain and reserve ½ cup of the rice water. Discard the lemon.
  10. In the same vessel used to fry onions, place the prawns with the marinade, spread the fried onions (reserve 2 tbsp. for garnish), chopped coriander leaves and remaining half of the mint leaves, chopped. Dot with some of the saffron milk.
  11. Then add the rice and press lightly. Sprinkle the reserved rice water. Put the remaining onions, fried mint leaves and the saffron milk over the rice.
  12. Cover tightly with foil, put on the lid and cook on high flame for 5 minutes.
  13. Reduce flame and continue cooking for a further 10 minutes.
  14. Switch off the flame and leave to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
  15. Serve hot with tomato onion raita.https://cooklikececilia.com/onion-tomato-raita/
Prawn Biryani

Mutton Korma Gosht Korma


Mutton Korma Gosht Korma

Gosht Korma is a great lamb curry which does not make use of turmeric.  The consistency of the curry can be made to your choice of taste, thin gravy or thick to almost dry and all are delicious.  Adjust the amount of water accordingly. The thin gravy can be served as a main course with steamed rice. The thick/dry version with any Indian bread.

Ingredients

  • 1 Kg. Lamb, assorted cuts if desired
  • ½ cup ghee
  • 10 green cardamoms
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 sticks cinnamon (1”)
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 cup  chopped onions
  • 4 to 6 tbsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • ½ tsp. black pepper powder
  • 2 drops vetivier (optional)
  • ½ tsp. saffron
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • Chandi-ka-Varq (optional)
  • 20 Roasted Almonds (optional)
  1. Clean and cut lamb into 1” chunks, clean chops.
  2. Whisk yogurt in a bowl
  3. Dissolve saffron in warm milk
  4. Pound Almonds lightly with a pestle
  5. Heat ghee in a vessel, add cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves, sauté over medium heat until they begin to crackle.
  6. Add onions, sauté until light brown, add the ginger and garlic pastes and sauté until the moisture has evaporated.
  7. Then add the coriander powder, red chillies and salt and stir.
  8. Add lamb, fry for 5 minutes, add yogurt, bring to a boil, add approx. 3 to 4 cups water, cover and simmer stirring occasionally until lamb is almost cooked.
  9. Now add garam masala, and pepper and mix well.
  10. Add vetivier, stir and cover.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Adjust seasoning.
  11. Add saffron and stir.
  12. Remove to a bowl, garnish with varq and roasted almonds.
  13. Serve with any Indian bread or pulao.

Mutton Polov


Mutton Polov

This is a traditional Mangalorean dish typically served at Roce ceremonies.  The Lunch or dinner at Roce ceremonies is either fish curry or mutton polov alongwith the other main items of the menu like chone tendli sukhe, sannas, vorn etc.

In Mangalore in old times, “Korpo” was used for this preparation i.e. fresh coconut and sliced onion would be put out to dry in the sun and used with the spices for the masala paste.  I am sure this is still being done when cooking is done on a large scale for weddings, etc. For home cooking, we would go with the quicker method of roasting the coconut and onion on a pan!

Mutton Polov

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 kg. mutton
  • ½ kg. Ash Gourd (Kuwalo) (Winter Melon)
  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. coconut

Roast and grind to a paste

  • 1 cup heaped fresh coconut
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 6 red Kashmiri chillies
  • 1 tbs. coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp.cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. raw rice
  • 1” cinnamon
  • 4 cloves
  • 3 cardamoms

Method

  1. Clean and cut mutton into cubes, wash and drain well. 
  2. Clean the ash gourd, cut into wedges, remove the seeds, peel and cut into ½” cubes.  Wash and drain.
  3. Slice one onion and fry in a little oil to light brown
  4. Add the mutton pieces and cook till they change color and most of the water that is released evaporates. 
  5. Add sufficient hot water to the mutton, bring to a boil and cook for about 60 minutes.  If using a cooker, it will be quicker.
  6. Stir in between and add salt half way through cooking. 
  7. When the mutton is tender remove to another dish and set aside. 
  8. In the same vessel add a cup of water, the ash pumpkin cubes, 3 bay leaves, 1 tsp. salt (or to taste) and cook the vegetable adding a cup of thin coconut milk. 
  9. When half done, add the cooked mutton alongwith the stock. 
  10. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes. 
  11. Then add the ground masala paste, adjust the curry by adding the masala water. 
  12. Cook on medium till oil surfaces. 
  13. Test seasoning and add salt if required. 
  14. Meanwhile, take a frying pan add a tbsp. of coconut oil and fry the sliced onion till golden brown. 
  15. Garnish the curry and serve hot with rice or sannas, etc.

Easter Menu


Menu planning is essential for celebratory meal preparation.  Any recipe that requires some form of marination can be made a day ahead.  Spring Rolls and Potato chops can be made ahead except for the final frying. For spring rolls, make sure you place butter paper/baking parchment in between the layers to prevent them sticking to each other. Desserts too can be made ahead.

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  • Mainly North Indian fare
  • Serve with any Indian bread
  • Starters: Spring Rolls
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  • Serve with Sannas
  • Starters: Potato chops
  • Dessert: Bread Pudding
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