Non Vegetarian

Bhing Amotik Curry


Bhing Amotik Curry meal

Bhing Amotik Curry

Ingredients

  • 1 Bhing (Herring, Hilsa, Pala)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1” pc. Ginger
  • 2 green chillies

Grind to a Paste

  • 8 to 10 Kashmiri Chillies
  • 3-4 tbsp. coconut powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp. cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp. peppercorns
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 small onion
  • 5 flakes garlic
  • A lemon sized ball tamarind

Method

  1. Descale the fish, slit from head to tail from the side to open in two horizontal  halves. 
  2. Cut each half in the center vertically into two and slice each strip diagnonally into wedges. 
  3. As this a thorny fish, cutting in this manner keeps the bones long enough to remove easily when eating. 
  4. Wash the fish well, apply a little salt and set aside.
  5. Grind the masala to a smooth paste. 
  6. Shred the ginger, slice the onion and slit the green chillies. 
  7. Take a vessel and add the ginger, onion and green chillies
  8. Add a tsp. of salt and squeeze together to extract the flavours. 
  9. No oil is required for this curry. 
  10. Add the masala with the masala water and adjust consistency of the curry (we like it thin).
  11. Place on heat and bring to a boil. 
  12. Reduce flame and simmer 10 minutes. 
  13. Add the fish and shake the vessel so the fish pieces settle and do not overlap each other. 
  14. Increase flame, bring to a boil, reduce flame and simmer 10 minutes till oil appears on the surface and the curry appears glossy.
  15. Switch off and serve hot with steamed rice.

Potato Chops


Potato Chops

I remember years ago my East Indian friend & colleague telling me that in an East Indian household a Sunday lunch is incomplete without Potato Chops. While growing up we enjoyed Potato Chops often as my mother made them frequently. Can’t say it is a mangalorean dish but certainly due to the East Indian influence of neighbours and friends, perks of being raised and growing up in a cosmopolitan city like Bombay (now Mumbai).

Potato chops is something me and my family relishes anytime! The mince filling can be made with Beef, Chicken or Lamb mince. A finely chopped carrot may also be added to the mince. It is quite versatile and can be served as a starter, snack, appetizer or with any main meal or in a sandwich! Make a large batch and freeze some so you can just fry and serve quickly in case of unexpected guests. If freezing make sure to line them up on a tray and transfer to boxes or ziploc bags once frozen.

Potato Chops

Ingredients

For potato coating:

  • ½ Kg. Potatoes
  • 1 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 1 tsp. sugar (optional)
  • 1 tsp. butter (optional)

For meat filling:

  • ½ Kg. Beef, Lamb or Chicken Mince
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 large tomato
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1” pc. Ginger
  • 3 flakes garlic
  • ¼ cup coriander leaves
  • ¼ cup mint leaves
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. garam masala powder
  • ½ tsp. black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp. Salt or to taste
  • 1 tbsp. ghee
  • Egg & bread crumbs for coating the chops
  • Oil for shallow frying

Method

  1. Wash mince & drain.
  2. Boil potatoes for ½ hour till tender, peel and mash well adding salt, sugar and butter. 
  3. Chop finely, onions, tomato, ginger, garlic, green chillies, mint & coriander leaves.
  4. Heat 1 tsp. ghee in a pan
  5. Add the chopped onions, saute for a minute
  6. Then add the ginger, garlic, green chillies an fry till onions are light brown. 
  7. Add the tomato and saute till tomatoes turn soft. 
  8. Add the mince, salt and saute the mince till it changes color and liquid evaporates. 
  9. Add the turmeric, pepper and garam masala powders and mix well. 
  10. Add ¼ cup hot water, stir, bring to a boil, cover and cook 30 minutes on medium flame till mince is tender, stirring in between. 
  11. Add the mint and coriander leaves and cook till mince is dry and water has evaporated completely. 
  12. Take off flame and leave to cool.

To make the potato chops:

  1. Take a large lemon sized ball of potato mixture, flatten on the palm of your hand
  2. Put a tbsp. of mince mixture and bring the potato edges over the mince to cover and form a round shape, then flatten a little. 
  3. Coat with beaten egg
  4. Roll in bread crumbs. Thus make all the potato chops.

To fry the chops:

  1. Heat a pan, add 2 tbsp. oil, just a little more than you would need to coat the pan. 
  2. When heated, place the chops on the pan without crowding and fry on medium low till brown on both sides. 
  3. Make sure you don’t add too much oil or keep the heat high as the chops are likely to break when frying.

Pancakes


What is Pancake Tuesday?

From Wikipedia

Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday or Pancake Day is the day in February or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. In others, especially those where it is called Mardi Gras or some translation thereof, this is a carnival day, and also the last day of “fat eating” or “gorging” before the fasting period of Lent.

This moveable feast is determined by Easter. The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word shrive, meaning “absolve.[1] Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians, including AnglicansLutheransMethodistsand Roman Catholics,[2] who “make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God’s help in dealing with.”[3]

As this is the last day of the liturgical season historically known as Shrovetide, before the penitential season of Lent, related popular practices, such as indulging in food that one gives up for the upcoming forty days, are associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations. The term Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

PANCAKES    (Mais Recipes)          

Ingredients

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • ½ cup boiled rice (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups fresh coconut, grated
  • 1 cup jaggery, grated (or as per taste)
  • 6 cardamoms, powdered
  • Or 1 tsp. vanilla essence

Method

  1. Wash and soak rice for 4 to 6 hours. 
  2. Grind to a fine paste. 
  3. Add salt and reserve. 
  4. Mix the coconut and jaggery and cook till blended. 
  5. Add cardamom or vanilla essence and let it cool. 
  6. Heat a griddle and smear with oil. 
  7. Spread two ladles of batter and rotate the griddle to spread the batter evenly and cover. 
  8. When the pancake is cooked, turn the pan on a flat plate. 
  9. Place a tablespoon of the coconut/jaggery mixture at one end of the pancake, fold in the sides and roll.

To prepare instant pancakes with all purpose flour

  • 1 cup flour (maida)
  • 1 egg, Salt to taste
  • Sieve the maida.
  • Make a well in the centre and add the egg, salt and enough water to form a thin batter.
  • Beat till smooth and no lumps remain.
  • Set aside for ½ an hour.
  • Heat a frying pan, brush with oil and spread 1/3 cup batter to coat the pan evenly.
  • Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • When the pancake is cooked, turn the pan onto a flat plate.
  • Repeat as above with the coconut/Jaggery filling

Beef Olives


Beef Olives

Beef Olives or Beef Rouladen (Roulade singular) is typically bacon, onion, etc. wrapped in thinly sliced beef, pan seared and then cooked in a tomato & wine based gravy till tender. Mildly spiced (only pepper has been used), yet delicious and flavourful due to the use of fresh ingredients.

Beef Olives / Beef Roulade / Beef Rolls

Ingredients

  • ½ Kg. Beef Steaks, cut into thin slices
  • 1 pkt. Bacon (250 gms) (Pork or Beef Bacon)
  • 1 large Onion cut into thin slices
  • 1 large Potato (optional) cut into thin slices
  • 1 large tomato (optional) cut into thin slices
  • 4 to 5 garlic cloves sliced fine
  • Fresh mint or thyme leave, as required about 2 tbsp.
  • Corainder leaves, as required about 2 tbsp.
  • 1 tbsp. pepper powder

For gravy:

  • 2 medium chopped onions
  • 5 to 6 small whole onions
  • 2 carrots cubed
  • 1 Potato cubed (optional)
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 cup Tomato pasata or fresh tomato puree (I have used tomato paste)
  • 1 cup red wine (or 1 cup grape or cherry juice)

To assemble the Beef Olives:

  1. Cut the steak slices into strips of 3” x 6” or 3” x 8” depending on your requirements. The butcher would cut and flatten the steaks if requested. If not flatten and beat at home with a steak hammer or a pestle
  2. Wash and drain well squeezing out all water.
  3. Take a strip of beef and sprinkle some pepper powder, then place a bacon slice followed by onion slice and potato and tomato slice if using. Sprinkle some garlic, mint/thyme and coriander leaves.
  4. Roll the beef strip tightly and secure with string or toothpick.
  5. Fry the rolls in a tbsp. of oil on high heat till they change colour. 
  6. Reduce heat, turn and brown on all sides.
  7. Remove and set aside.

To make the Gravy:

  1. Take deep pan and add 2 tbsp. oil and fry the chopped onion. 
  2. If any bacon or onion and pepper powder remains from the olives, add to the pan and sauté till onions are light brown.
  3. Add the pasata, stock and wine, adjust seasoning.
  4. When it begins boiling, add the browned olives, and the whole onions, carrot and potatoes.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce flame and cook covered for 30 minutes.
  6. Open the pan and stir and continue cooking for another 15 minutes or till meat is done and the sauce thickens.
  7. Transfer the rolls to a serving dish, remove string or toothpicks, and pour the vegetable and sauce over the meat. 
  8. Enjoy with warm buttered bread or rolls, crusty bread or even with steamed rice.

Fried Fish Curry


I always loved this curry when my mother made it. Searing the fish or lightly frying it with just a little salt and turmeric powder and then including it in a curry that is not too spicy, just made the fish and the curry absolutely delicious. The same curry can be made with Rawas (Indian Salmon) or Surmai (King Fish) and is sometimes made into a Roce curry with coconut milk added to the curry at the end of cooking and then garnished with some golden fried onions. Absolutely lip smacking!

Fried Fish Curry

Ingredients

  • 2 medium pomfrets (750 gms. Total approx.)
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric

For tempering

  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1” pc. Ginger
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil

Masala to grind to a paste

  • 4 Kashmiri chillies
  • 4 heaped tbsp. coconut powder
  • ½ tbsp. coriander seeds
  • ¼ tsp. cumin seeds
  • 6 to 8 peppercorns
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 flakes garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • Small marble sized ball tamarind
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste

Method

  1. Clean the fish and cut into desired pieces. 
  2. Wash well and drain.  
  3. Apply salt & turmeric powder and toss the fish lightly.  Set aside for 10 to 15 minutes.  Meanwhile prepare the spices for the masala and grind to a smooth paste adding a cup or two of water.
  4. Heat a frying pan and add 2 tbsp. of oil to the pan and fry the fish pieces lightly on both sides.  Remove and set aside.
  5. For tempering, slice the onion, shred the ginger and slit the green chillies. 
  6. Heat the oil in a pan and add the chillies, ginger and onion and fry till light brown. 
  7. Add the masala paste with the masala water, 1 tsp. salt, bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes. 
  8. Add the fried fish, bring to a boil and cook 10 minutes till oil surfaces.
  9. Serve hot with boiled rice, vegetable and some pickle for a light but delicious meal.

Mutton Green Curry with Turnips & Veggies


This is my mother-in-laws signature mutton curry which she served with much love Sunday after Sunday. Sadly she passed away too early for me to enjoy her delicious cooking. Apart from our holiday trips, after marriage, I was fortunate to stay three months with her before joining my husband in Kuwait.

My husband has just not had enough of this mutton curry and the turnips that go with it! He relishes the curry especially the turnips. Whenever turnips are in season, he invariably picks them up and when they enter our home they must end up in this curry. No, they absolutely cannot be cooked in any other way! But the truth of the matter is that they are amazingly delicious in this mutton curry. For those who are not very fond of turnips, potatoes are included and make sure to cut them in a shape different from the turnips, either in wedges or halves if the turnips are in cubes, because once cooked it is difficult to differentiate between the potatoes and the turnips in the curry. My children rarely eat turnips so the usual question when serving will be “Mama are the long pieces potatoes”?

So do cook and enjoy this tasty lip smacking curry, the only dish I learnt from my mother-in-law!!

Ingredients

To cook meat

  • 1 Kg.  Mutton/Lamb
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2” pcs. Cinnamon
  • 4 to 5 cloves
  • 3 to 4 cardamoms
  • ¼ tsp. peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste

Vegetables

  • 1 or 2 turnips
  • 1 or 2 potatoes
  • 1 to 2 cups French beans
  • 1 cup green peas

Grind to a paste

  • One bunch coriander leaves
  • 6 green chillies
  • 1.5”pc. ginger
  • 6 flakes garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tbsp. coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp. mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp. pepper corns
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1” pc cinnamon
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 cardamoms
  • 4 to 5 flakes tamarind
  • 4 tbsp. heaped coconut powder
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. coconut oil or ghee

Method

  1. Clean, cut and wash mutton.  Drain and set aside. 
  2. Chop the onions and tomatoes. 
  3. Heat oil in a wide vessel. 
  4. Add the onion and saute.
  5. Add the whole spices. 
  6. When onions are light brown, add the tomatoes and fry till soft.
  7. Add the meat and saute, cook till meat changes color.
  8. Then add sufficient hot water to cook the meat and bring to a boil. 
  9. Lower heat and cook for one hour, stirring once or twice in between. 
  10. After one hour add 1 tsp. salt, and check if meat is cooked. 
  11. If still to cook, add hot water if required and cook further 15 to 20 minutes till tender.
  12. As the meat is cooking, clean and prepare the vegetables. 
  13. Cube the turnip into 8 pieces each, the potato into four wedges each, the French beans break into 2 to 3 pieces.  Shell the green peas clean if using fresh. Set the vegetables aside.
  14. Meanwhile grind the masala to a paste. 
  15. When the meat is tender add to the meat with the masala water and check required consistency. 
  16. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes.
  17. Add the  turnips and French beans and cook 10 minutes. 
  18. When turnips and French beans are almost done, add the potatoes and green peas and cook further 10 minutes till potatoes are cooked. 
  19. Check seasoning and take off heat when oil surfaces. 
  20. Serve with steamed rice, pulao, sannas, panpole, appam, bread, etc.

Yakhni Pulao


Yakhni Pulao

A one pot meal certainly satisfying and comforting!

Any party at Farah Khan’s home is incomplete without this dish.

Ingredients
1/2 kg mutton
1/2 kg Basmati rice
3 onions sliced
3 large potates cut into large cubes
250 gms yoghurt whipped
3 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
5-6 whole Kashmiri red chillies
4-5 cardamoms
2 inch cinnamon sticks
6-7 cloves
6-7 black pepper
1 teaspoon chilli powder
Oil or ghee for frying
Salt to taste


 Method
Marinate the meat in yoghurt and keep aside. Then fry the onions till golden brown in a cooker or thick bottom pan. Add ginger-garlic paste, whole spices. Fry for a few minutes and then add the potato pieces. Add the marinated meat and let it cook till five whistles in a cooker or 1 hr in a vessel. Let it cool till the cooler lid can be opened. Add the rice and cook for another three whistles. In normal vessel, check meat after one hour, if yet to cook, add some water if required and cook furthre 20 to 30 mintes. Then add rice, and 3 cups hot water, check seasoning and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce flame and cook till rice is cooked and water is absorbed. Serve with raita.

You may wish to also check out the Traditional Yakhni Pulao here

Daoud Basha


Daoud Basha

Daoud Bash – Lebanese Meatballs in Tomato Pomegranate Molasses Sauce

Ingredients

  • For Meatballs:
  • 1 Kg. minced meat (Beef or Lamb)
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 green chillies, chopped
  • ½ cup parsley (or coriander) leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. all spice powder) or 1 tbsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon powder) instead of all spice and cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil to sear the meatballs
  • Potato Chunks:
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into chunks
  • For the gravy sauce:
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. all spice powder) or 1 tbsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon powder) instead of all spice and cinnamon
  • ¼ cup tomato paste (or 2 large tomatoes, chopped & pureed and 1 ½ tbsp. tomato paste or increase the tomatoes to substitute the paste)
  • 1 tbsp. pomegranate molasses (substitute with vinegar or lemon juice)
  • Fried potato chunks
  • ½ capsicum each (any colours), cubed
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Parsley or coriander leaves to garnish

Method

  1. Mix all the meatball ingredients and make lemon sized balls. 
  2. Heat olive oil in a pan and brown the meatballs turning carefully. Remove and keep aside. 
  3. Add the potatoes to the same oil and brown. Remove and keep aside.
  4. Take a wide dish, heat it and add 1 tbsp. olive oil. 
  5. Fry the chopped onion and garlic for a 2 minutes, add the spice powders and salt and saute. 
  6. Stir in the tomato puree or paste and cook till moisture evaporates. 
  7. Add the pomegranate molasses and mix well. 
  8. Place the meatballs in a single layer. 
  9. Pour enough hot water to cover the meatballs.
  10. Bring to a boil, lower flame and cook for 30 minutes, till meat is cooked and sauce thickens.  Stir occasionally. 
  11. Add the potatoes and capsicums and adjust seasoning. 
  12. Cover and cook further 10 minutes. 
  13. Garnish with parsley and serve hot with rice, bread or pasta.

Arabian Lamb Stew


Arabian Lamb Stew Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Kg. Lamb/Mutton
  • 1 Large onion, chopped
  • 4 Garlic cloves, chopped
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 large potato, cubed
  • 2 Zucchinis, sliced into thick slices
  • 2 Carrots, sliced into thick slices
  • Salt to taste
  • 5 whole cardamoms
  • 5 whole cloves
  • ½ tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp. Lebanese 7 spice mix (or garam masala)
  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil

Method

  1. Clean, cut and wash lamb. Drain and set aside. 
  2. Heat a pan and add the chopped onion, fry till light brown. 
  3. Add the lamb and cook on high till the water almost dries up and lamb changes color. 
  4. Add the whole spices and garlic and stir. 
  5. Add the tomato paste and water and let it boil, lower heat and cook for one hour. 
  6. Then add the potatoes, zucchini & carrots, and salt and cook further 15 to 20 minutes. 
  7. Add some hot to thin the gravy if required. 
  8. When meat and vegetables are tender, turn off heat. 
  9. Serve hot with rice or bread.

Rissois de Camarao


Rissois de Camarao

Portuguese Shrimp Turnovers

Rissois is one snack we must have when we go to Goa. It is served at every occasion and is a mandatory snack at almost all parties and functions. Crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside, it is an instant favorite. The traditional filling is shrimp but feel free to make with chicken, minced beef, fish or a vegetarian filling using the filling recipe as a base.

Ingredients

  • Filling:
  • ½ cup cooked shrimps, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 2 green chillies (deseeded), chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves, chopped (Optional)
  • ½ tsp. white pepper powder (if not use regular)
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 level tbs. cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 tbsp. grated cheese (optional)

Method

  1. Clean, devein and cook shrimps in boiling water for 3 minutes.  D
  2. Drain, cool and chop into pieces. 
  3. Heat the butter in a saucepan, add onion and fry till translucent, add green chillies and saute for a minute, add the milk, pepper, nutmeg and salt and heat through. 
  4. Prepare a slurry with the water and cornstarch and as the milk begins to boil, add the slurry all at once and mix thoroughly. 
  5. Cook on low flame till thick and glossy. 
  6. Add the cooked shrimp & heat through for a minute. 
  7. Switch off the flame. 
  8. Add the grated cheese and mix well.
  9. Leave aside to cool.

Pastry dough:

  • 1 cup water or milk
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. salt

Method

  1. Take water in a pan, add the butter and heat till the butter melts and almost begins boiling. 
  2. Add the  flour, stirring to mix well till combined and begins to leave the sides of the pan. 
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Grease a work surface and tip the dough and cool slightly while kneading to smooth and pliable. 
  5. Divide into portions and roll as thin as possible. 
  6. Using a cutter (or any cup or cover), cut rounds
  7. Place a tsp of filling in the centre, moisten the edges and fold into crescent shape pressing the edges firmly. 
  8. Dip in beaten egg, roll in bread crumbs
  9. And deep fry to golden brown and crisp. 
  10. Remove to absorbent paper and serve hot.

P.S.: This quantity makes around 35 Rissois.  You may freeze the extra Rissois, for future use.

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.

Chilli Chicken from leftover Grilled Chicken


Chilli Chicken

Any leftover grilled or roasted chicken can be put to good use. Shred the chicken meat, chop some lettuce, mix with mayonnaise and make some sandwiches or chicken mayo rolls the next day. Another excellent way to use up the chicken is to make chilli chicken (not the chinese chilli chicken) like chillie fry. Besides, you don’t need only leftover chicken for this recipe. Boil some boneless breasts or if you prefer with bone, boil a whole chicken and proceed to make this delicious dish!

Chilli Chicken (from leftover Grilled Chicken)

  • Left over grilled chicken, with or without bones
  • 2 large onions cut into thick slices
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 large tomatoes cut into thick slices
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. chilli powder, or to taste
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ cup coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. oil

Method

  1. Shred the grilled chicken and discard the bones. Or cut the grilled chicken into small pieces with the bone. 
  2. Heat a vessel with a tbsp. of oil, add the sliced onion and chillies and fry till light brown. 
  3. Add the turmeric, chilli powder, salt and mix, add the chicken and toss. 
  4. Add a ¼ cup of water so the mixture does not burn. 
  5. Heat through and let cook on low 5 minutes. 
  6. Add the sliced tomatoes and cook for two minutes, you don’t want the tomatoes to dissolve completely. 
  7. Add the coriander leaves, lemon juice and garam masala powder and mix well. 
  8. Switch off after a minute.

Prawn & Kuwalo Curry


Prawn & Kuwalo Curry

A delicious Prawn curry made by adding Ash Pumpkin. Same can be made with Lady Fingers, Spinach, White Pumpkin (Doodhi), Potatoes, etc. Or simply with prawns and raw mango. If mango is used in any preparation, tamarind is omitted, as the raw mango adds the required tartness. Serve this delicious lip-smacking curry with steamed rice, chapattis, or kadak pav (hard bread) that Mumbai is famous for, to mop up the gravy…. Leaving the shells on the prawns adds another dimension to the preparation, it renders the prawns juicy and succulent. Suck the juicy curry trapped in the shell of the prawns before removing the peel and devouring them!!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Large or medium prawns
  • ½ kg. Kuwalo (Ash Gourd)
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • Grind to a paste
  • 2 to 3 red chillies
  • 1 tbsp. coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. peppercorns
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. coconut
  • 1 raw mango
  • 2 flakes garlic
  • 1 small onion

Method

  1. Keeping the shell intact, remove the head, tail and legs of prawns and carefully pull out the vein. 
  2. Wash, apply little salt and set aside. 
  3. Cut the kuwalo into wedges, deseed and peel. Check out my ‘Mutton Polov’ recipe – to prepare the Kuwalo
  4. Cut into 1” cubes and rinse in water, drain.
  5. Heat oil in a vessel, add 1 sliced onion and fry till light brown. 
  6. Add the kuwalo cubes, 1 tsp. salt and cook till half done.
  7. Add the ground masala paste, masala water, adjust the curry.
  8. Bring to a boil, reduce flame and simmer till oil appears around the edges. 
  9. Add the prawns and cook 10 minutes or till oil surfaces.
  10. Check salt and add if necessary.  Serve with steamed rice.
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