Non Vegetarian

Grilled Chicken Salad


Cold grilled meats are the basis for this salad, be it tandoori chicken, Kastoori kabab, chicken tikka, etc.  The salad is so delicious, I could eat it everyday!  Stuff it into pita bread or chapati or roti, for a tasty and sumptuous sandwich.  Leftover grilled chicken works well for this salad.  I simply love this salad and so will you!! Oh so colorful too……

Ingredients

  • 500 gms. approx. Grilled chicken
  • 1 Large tomato
  • 1 Large onion
  • 2 green chillies
  • ¼ cup coriander leaves

Dressing

  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. chaat masala
  • ¼ tsp. green cardamom powder
  • 6 tbsp. olive oil or any preferred oil
  • Salt if required

Garnish

  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 tbsp. ginger
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice

Cool the roasted chicken or use leftover chicken.  Debone (if on the bone) and cut into ¾” chunks.  Refrigerate.  Peel and cut onions in larges dices.  Wash and cut tomatoes into quarters, deseed and cut into ½ “ pieces. Clean and wash chillies and coriander and chop finely.

To make the dressing:  In a bowl, mix lemon juice, chaat masala, cardamom powder and oil and adjust seasoning.

Garnish: Slice or cut lemon into wedges, tomatoes into slices or quarters.  Scrape and cut ginger into juliennes and soak  in the lemon juice.

To serve the salad – Mix the onion and tomatoes in the chicekn, add the chopped coriander leaves and chillies, pour over the dressing and toss well. Garnish with lemon, tomatoes and ginger juliennes and serve chilled.

Raan (Lamb Leg) in peppery gravy


Recipe : Ahd-E-Changezi from ‘Prashad’

Ingredients

  • 1 Leg of Spring Lamb (approx. 1 Kg.)
  • 3 Spring Onions

Marination

  • 3 tbsp. Ginger paste
  • 3 tbsp. Garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. red chillie powder
  • Salt
  • ½ cup vinegar

Gravy

  • 100 ml Tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp. black peppercorns
  • A pinch nutmeg powder
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • 4 tbsp. Cream
  • 3 tbsp. Rum (certainly, if available otherwise optional)
  1. Clean Leg of Lamb and prick with a fork.
  2. Mix red chili powder and salt with the ginger garlic paste and rub this mixture evenly on the raan, arrange in a baking tray and douse with vinegar.
  3. Keep aside for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Broil the peppercorns on a tawa and pound with a pestle.
  5. Clean wash and cut the spring onions into thin roundels. Finely chop the greens.
  6. Preheat the oven to 300 deg F.  Add enough water to immerse three-fourths of the lamb leg, cover the baking tray with silver foil and put the raan on dum in the pre-heated oven for an hour and 15 minutes. (Check at regular intervals to ensure the meat is not over-cooked.  The right time to remove is when the meat leaves the bone at both ends).
  7. Tear off the foil, cool, remove raan, strain and reserve the jus.
  8. To make the gravy, transfer the jus to a  vessel, bring to a boil, reduce to low heat, add tomato puree and reduce the gravy to a sauce consistency.
  9. Add pepper, nutmeg and salt, simmer for 2 minutes, add butter and stir constantly until the butter is incorporated.
  10. Remove, add cream and 2 tbsp. of rum, stir. Adjust seasoning.
  11. Make deep incision on the raan right down to the bone and carefully remove (if desired) the bone.  If removing the bone, make ¼ inch thick slices, arrange in a shallow casserole, sprinkle the remaining rum and return the raan to the pre-heated oven for 3-4 minutes.
  12. To serve, remove the casserole from the oven, pour on the gravy, sprinkle a little pepper, garnish with sping onions and serve with Naan.

Egg Frittata with potatoes and sausages


Egg Frittata with potato and sausages

A spin-off on the famous Parsi “Papeta par Eedu”, with the additon of sausages, this is a really simple and quick breakfast bake, albeit in a frying pan! For more Egg-based options check out ‘Eggciting breakfasts’!

Ingredients

5 eggs

2 medium onions, chopped

1 Potato, thinly sliced

1 Tomato, chopped

2 green chillies, chopped

¼ tsp turmeric powder (optional)

4 Beef or Chicken Sausages (Frankfurters), thinly sliced

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped

1 tbs. ghee

Slice the sausages thinly and fry 2 minutes till the edges turn crisp.

Fry the chopped onions & green chilli adding 1/2 tsp. salt. Add the tomatoes and fry for a minute and top with the sliced potatoes. Sprinkle over with salt and pepper. Cover and cook ten minutes.

Spread the fried sausages over the potatoes and break the eggs one by one over the sausages. Cover and cook till done. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

On a frying pan or skillet, heat ghee and fry the sliced sausages for two minutes or till crisp at the edges. Remove and set aside. 

To the same pan add chopped onion and green chillie and saute till onion is light brown, add a spoon of ghee if required. Add turmeric and mix.

Add tomatoes and sauté for a minute, add ½ tsp salt and mix. 

Spread the potato slices evenly over the onion tomato mixture.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover the pan and let cook 10 minutes on low flame, till potatoes are almost cooked.

Spread the sausage slices over the potatoes and then break the eggs one at a time over the sausages.  Cover and cook ten minutes or until the top is opaque and the eggs are cooked.  

If you like the eggs runny, remove as soon as the whites are set. Sprinkle with coriander leaves and serve immediately.

Cheese Stuffed Buns


Cheese stuffed buns

Crispy crunchy buns on the outside with delicious soft luscious cheese and egg on the inside!

Ingredients

  • 3 buns, medium sized
  • 100 gms cheese (1.5 cups grated)
  • 2 tbsp. butter or as required to brush the buns
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 medium onion
  • ¼ cup coriander eaves
  • 1 green chilli
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Grate the cheese and season with salt and pepper.  Add finely chopped onion, green chilli and coriander leaves and mix.  Cut the top of the buns in small circular shape, about 1” dia, and scoop out the soft dough from the centre of the buns.  Melt the butter and brush the inside of the buns including the top.  Divide the cheese mixture between the buns and break one egg on top of each one without breaking the egg yolk.  Replace the lids over the buns and bake in a moderately hot oven about 190 deg C or gas mark 4 for 20 to 30 minutes to set the eggs,  Serve hot.  If desired, serve with grated cheese and carrots.

P.S.: Use the leftover soft centre of the buns to make bread pudding or save in the freezer for breadcrumbs when required.

Mutton Roce Curry (with coconut mik)


Mutton Roce Curry

My Mother’s recipe from her book Mais Recipes – contains 175 more recipes.

Delicious curry will tempt you to drink the curry and lick your fingers.  Traditionally served with Appams, sannas, panpole, etc.  so you can mop the lip smacking curry and enjoy. Same recipe is used to make Chicken Roce Curry.  Please strictly follow the recipe for perfect results.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg. mutton
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk (or 1 can 400ml ready coconut milk)
  • 2 medium potatoes (cubed)
  • 1 onion (sliced), 1 tbsp. oil
  • Salt to taste

Roast (each separately) & grind to a paste with a little tamarind

  • 1.5 tbsp. coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. poppy seeds (optional)
  • 1” pc. cinnamon,
  • 4 cloves
  • 10 kashmiri chillies,
  • 8 pepper corns
  • 6 flakes garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 tbsp. coconut powder

Method

  1. Clean, remove and cut mutton into medium pieces.  Wash and set aside to drain.
  2. Heat oil and fry the sliced onion till light brown.  Add the mutton pieces and fry till it changes color and the water dries up
  3. Add the light coconut milk (optional) or water & bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer until the mutton is tender.
  5. Add the ground masala paste, water for curry as required and when it starts boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or till fat surfaces.
  6. Then add the potatoes and cook 10 minutes.
  7. When the potatoes are cooked, add the thick coconut milk, stir well and simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. For extra flavour, garnish the mutton curry with one sliced onion fried to a golden brown in 2 tbsp. oil.


Shepherds Pie


Shepherd’s pie, or hachis Parmentier, is a ground meat pie made with lamb, hence the namesake, with a crust or topping of mashed potato; it is most likely of English origin.[ Cottage pie is the same as shepherd’s pie with the exception that it is made with beef or red meat.  I prefer using minced beef when available and still call it Shepherd’s pie😉

The dish has many variants, but the defining ingredients are ground meat cooked in a gravy or sauce with onions, and a topping of mashed potato. Sometimes other vegetables are added to the filling, such as peassweetcorncelery or carrots. It is sometimes also gratinated with grated cheese. – adapted from Wikipedia

It is a favorite dish with my children who can really feast on it.  I have made this many many times and always turns out perfect and have never had to look for a better way to prepare it.  The ready potato flakes are a good substitute for making mashed potatoes from scratch, so feel free to use this option which is definitely quicker and less labor intensive. Follow the package directions on the box as per the quantity you may require, for creamy and fluffy mashed potatoes!  This video I have used the traditional method of boiling and mashing fresh potatoes.

Shepherds Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 kg. minced beef or lamb
  • 1 kg. potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 medum onion,chopped
  • 100 gms. mushrooms (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. plain flour
  • 300 ml beef stock  (Heat the water and add 2 soup cubes and stir till dissolved)
  • 1 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg beaten
  1. Heat the oil and saute the onions until soft and golden. If using mushrooms, slice and saute alongwith the onions.
  2. Add the meat and continue cooking for  5 to 10 minutes till it changes color, while stirring well..  Gradually add the stock.
  3. Sprinkle in the flour and cook for a minute. Gradually add the stock.  Continue stirring over a low heat for 5 minutes. Season with worcestshire sauce.
  4. Place the mince in a oven proof dish.
  5. Add half the egg to the potatoes and mix well.
  6. Place on the meat, mark in lines with a fork and brush with remaining egg.
  7. Bake in a preheated moderately hot oven (200 deg C/400 deg F) for 40 minutes.

The Original Club Sandwich


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The Original Club sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 3 slices bread
  • 3 slices smoked turkey
  • 3 slices, bacon fried crisp
  • 1 egg, fried
  • 2 to 3 slices tomato
  • Cheese (optional)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Garnish : Cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, lettuce, olives.

Please watch video on You Tube for assembling the sandwich.

Check our my video six breakfast sandwiches to kick-start your day!

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.

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.

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.

Beef Roulade


Beef Roulade

Goan Beef Roulade

Beef steak stuffed rolls – I am calling this Goan Beef Roulade because this is the spicy version of Beef Olives with typical Goan flavors as it includes Chorizo (Goan sausages) in the stuffing. The Beef Olives I have made earlier are a milder version leaning more towards continental cuisine. Try them, both are delicious in their own right!!

Ingredients

  • 1 kg. Beef steaks, beaten
  • 2 medium chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 to 4 tbsp. oil or ghee
  • Stuffing : Potato, Carrots, Choris (Goan sausages), Bacon, as required

Grind to a smooth paste

  • 10 red chillies
  • 1 ½ “ pc. Ginger
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 10 cloves
  • 1” cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp. peppercorns
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • 4 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt

Method:

P.S.: Ask the butcher to beat and flatten the steaks well. If not you will need to use a mallet or heavy pestle to beat the steaks to thin them so forming the rolls is easier. 

  1. Wash, drain and marinate the steaks in the ground masala paste for one hour.
  2. Prepare the stuffing. 
  3. Peel, wash and cut one potato in 2” sticks. 
  4. Wash carrot, peel and cut into 2” sticks. 
  5. Remove the Goan sausages from the casings. 
  6. Cut the bacon into 2” strips.  As bacon is not available here I have skipped it.  
  7. Spread the steaks on a board and trim off any excess meat and you need a rectangle piece. 
  8. Reserve the extra meat trimmings 
  9. Place the potato, carrot and sausages on one end of the steak and roll into a compact roll. 
  10. Secure with string or toothpicks. Thus make all the rolls.
  1. Heat a wide pan, add the oil/ghee and fry the chopped onions, w
  2. When they soften and are translucent, add the tomato paste and saute 2 to 3 minutes. 
  3. Place the rolls in a single layer (reserve the excess marinade) and fry 3 to 4 minutes on high till light brown. 
  4. Turn over and cook 20 minutes till the gravy almost dries up. 
  5. Stir well scraping the bottom of the pan to avoid burning the onions. 
  6. Add the excess marinade and some water to rinse the bowl and add to the roulade gravy. 
  7. Also add the leftover potatoes and carrots, if any, chopped finely.
  8. Check and adjust seasoning. 
  9. Cook till meat is tender and gravy is thick and oil surfaces. 
  10. Any rolls that are large in size can be cut into pieces before serving. 
  11. Remove the string before serving. 
  12. Toothpicks may be left as it is as they can be easily removed.  Serve hot.

Shahi Biryani Kacchi Biryani


Shahi Biryani (Lamb)

The mother of all biryanis! How to make 5-Star quality Biryani!!  You don’t need to go to a five star hotel/restaurant, you can enjoy it at home!  The recipe may seem daunting but the result is a foolproof excellent biryani sure to please.

Source : Wikipedia

  • In a kacchi biryani, layers of raw marinated meat are alternated with layers with wet, pre-soaked, raw rice (which may be treated with different spices as above), and cooked together by baking or medium-to-low direct heat (typically, for at least an hour). Cooking occurs by a process of steaming from the ingredients’ own moisture: the cooking vessel’s lid is sealed (traditionally, with a strip of wheat dough) so that steam cannot escape.
  • A yoghurt-based marinade at the bottom of the cooking pot provides additional flavor and moisture. Potatoes often comprise the bottom-most layer (a technique also used in Iranian cuisine), because, with their natural moisture content, they brown well with less risk of getting burned accidentally. The lid is not opened until the dish is ready to serve.
  • Kacchi biryani is technically much more demanding and time-consuming than pakki biryani, for the following reasons:
  • The different ingredients—meat, rice, potatoes—have different cooking times: tender cuts of meat/chicken can be fully cooked well before the rice is done. To prevent this, many kacchi recipes use parboiled (semi-cooked) rice rather than raw rice.
  • If direct heat is used, there is a risk that the food layer in contact with the vessel bottom may get burned while the interior’s contents are still raw. This risk is minimized by sustained baking with moderate heat, or very slow cooking on low direct heat. This approach, however, increases cooking time considerably.
  • One method is cooking the dish “blind”, with the cooking vessel sealed, so one cannot monitor cooking progress—it takes experience to cook a kacchi biryani just right.

Watch the video for tips and information on making the perfect Kacchi Biryani!

Shahi Biryani / Kacchi Biryani

I Meat

  • 1 Kg. leg and shoulder of mutton
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. yellow color
  • 3” pc. Ginger
  • 15 flakes garlic
  • 5 green chillies, or to taste
  • 1 large bunch coriander leaves
  • 1 ½” x 1 ½” pc. Peeled raw papaya (I sometimes omit this if not available)
  • 2 tsp. white cumin seeds (regular cumin seeds)
  • 8 cloves
  • 6 cardamoms
  • 1” pc. Cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp. black cumin
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg powder
  • 2 blades mace
  • 2 cups beaten curd
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt or to taste
  • 2 tsp. chilli powder or to taste
  1. Clean and cut mutton into large pieces, wash and drain. 
  2. Rub in the salt and keep aside for 15 minutes. 
  3. Drain out the water completely and apply yellow color. 
  4. Powder all the ingredients from cloves to mace.
  5. Mix the masala powder into the mutton and set aside. 
  6. Grind all the ingredients from ginger to white cumin seeds to smooth paste. 
  7. Marinate the mutton for minimum 30 mns. to 1 hour with the ground paste, curd, chilli powder and salt if required.
  8. At this stage the mutton can be pre-prepared and refrigerated overnight.

II Browing Onions and Potatoes

  • 2 cups ghee
  • 6 to 10 large onions  (I have used 10 as I like to use more onion as it does enhance the taste)
  • 6 large potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp. salt or to taste
  • ½ tsp. yellow color
  • 10 boiled eggs (optional)

N.B. Don’t be alarmed by the proportion of ghee, its just for frying the onions just about 1/2 cup will be used for the Biryani.

  1. Slice onions.
  2. Heat ghee and fry till rich brown and crisp.  This process will take about an hour. 
  3. Initially keep the heat high and as it begins browning, lower the heat otherwise the onions could get burnt and impart a bitter taste.
  4. So it is a good idea to start with browning the onions first and as they are frying you can go about preparing the meat, etc. 
  5. Drain the onions and keep aside.
  6. Peel and cut potatoes horizontally into half, wash and drain.
  7. Prick lightly with fork and apply yellow color and pinch of salt.
  8. Fry the potatoes in the same ghee as the onions to light brown. Drain and keep aside. 
  9. Add about ½ cup of the remaining ghee to the marinating mutton, mix.
  10. Boiled eggs are optional.  But as we love the addition of eggs, I have added 10 eggs. 
  11. Boil for 3 minutes, switch off and leave in the water for 10 to 15 minutes minutes. 
  12. Drain the water and shell under running water so it is easy to peel.
  13. Make a slit on one side of the egg and keep aside.

III Rice

  • ½ to 1 kg. Basmati (good quality) Rice (I used 1 kg. rice as we prefer the biryani to have more rice)
  • Sufficient water to cook the rice
  • 6 cloves
  • 4 black cardamoms (use 6 green if you don’t have black on hand)
  • 1/2 “ pc. Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. salt or to taste
  • ½ tsp. black cumin
  • ¼ cup rose water
  • 1 tsp. saffron
  • ½ cup warm milk
  • ¼ tsp. yellow color
  1. Wash and drain the rice. 
  2. Soak for atleast 30 minutes. 
  3. Bring water to a boil and add the cloves, cardamoms, cinnamon, cumin and salt. 
  4. Add rice, cook 5 minutes only, till half done and then drain, but keep aside 1 cup of the drained water. 
  5. Heat, crush and soak saffron in the warm milk. 
  6. Mix the yellow color in the saffron milk. 

IV Assembling the Biryani –

  1. Take a deep thick bottomed vessel wide enough to hold the mutton in a single layer without space in between the mutton pieces. 
  2. Spread the mutton with the marinade at the bottom of the pan. 
  3. Dot with a little of the remaining ghee and arrange the potatoes and boiled eggs alternating with each other over the mutton. 
  4. Sprinkle half the rose water, some of the saffron milk and generously with the fried onions, crushed (save some for garnish). 
  5. Over this place the parboiled rice and press slightly. 
  6. Sprinkle the rice water all over, then the remaining rose water and dot with the saffron milk and pour the remaining milk in the centre. 
  7. Drizzle some of the remaining ghee, if desired. 
  8. Cover and seal the vessel.  Either use dough made of wheat flour and water to seal the edge of the vessel or use silver foil to seal and cover tightly. 
  9. Place the sealed vessel on a high flame for 15 minutes. 
  10. Then transfer to a very hot (450 deg F) oven and cook for 1 hour. 
  11. Alternately, cook on the stove top on very low flame (after the 15 minutes on high) for 1 hour. 
  12. Serve hot with boondi or tomato onion raita.

Shish Taouk


Shish Taouk Sheesh Tawook Lebanese Style Chicken Kababs

Delicious Middle Eastern Kabobs – Lebanese style. Superb as appetiser, starter or make a meal of it. And what to say of sandwiches, which are at the heart of middle eastern food and lifestyle. Just slather the pita bread with Toum and pile on the shish taouk kabobs and salads and pickles for a satisfying and delicious snack or meal!

Ingedients

  • 1 Kg. Boneless chicken breasts
  • 6 tbsp. yogurt
  • 1 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 small slice of lemon with the peel
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar, if available.  If not use regular vinegar
  • 6 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. garlic paste
  • 2 tsp. white pepper or black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • ½ tsp. oregano, crushed
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder or paprika
  • 2 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 1 tsp. tomato paste

Method

  1. Cut the chicken into 1” cubes.
  2. Mix all the ingredients from yogurt to tomato paste and mix well into the chicken cubes. 
  3. Marinate for 4 to 6 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. 
  4. Heat the grill. 
  5. Skewer the chicken and grill till light brown. 
  6. Turn over and brown the other side. 
  7. Serve with grilled tomatoes, onion, olives, cucumber, olives, etc.
  8. Serve as a appetizer or accompaniment to any main meal.
  9. Have with pita bread, spread with Toum (Garlic Sauce) and green salads.
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