Non Vegetarian

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.

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.

Chicken Khudi


Chicken Khudi

This is an East Indian speciality made using the famous East Indian ‘Bottle Masala’.  This dish can be prepared with Chicken, Mutton or Beef. 

The Mangalorean community have their own very famous ‘Bafat Masala’ powder.  Try this recipe with bafat masala powder in lieu of bottle masala!!

Chicken Khudi

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 Kg. Chicken (mutton or beef)
  • 4 large onions, sliced
  • 4 green chillies
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. dessicated or fresh coconut
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 2” pc ginger
  • 1 tbsp. bottle masala
  • 1 tbsp. thick tamarind paste  (2 to 3 tbsp. if it is watery) or juice of one lemon
  • ½ tsp. garam masala powder (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 2 medium potatoes (optional)

Method

  1. Clean, remove skin and cut chicken into medium sized pieces.  Wash well and set aside.
  2. Roast the onions, chillies, garlic and coconut and grind to a paste alongwith the ginger and bottle masala.
  3. Wash, peel and cut potatoes into cubes.
  4. Heat ghee in a vessel, add the ground masala paste and saute few minutes.
  5. Add the chicken and mix well with the masala and cook till the chicken changes color. 
  6. Add salt, rinse the masala jar and add the water to the chicken. 
  7. Bring to a boil, reduce flame and cook the chicken for 30 minutes. 
  8. Stir the chicken at 10 to 15 minute intervals. 
  9. If additional water is required, add hot water. 
  10. Add the potato cubes and cook 10 minutes. 
  11. Test if potatoes are cooked and check seasonings. 
  12. Add garam masala powder, mix, cook for a minute and take off flame.
  13. Serve with steamed rice, pulao or any bread, dosas, sannas, etc. of your choice.

Chicken Khudi

Deep Fried Shrimp Balls


Deep Fried Shrimp Balls (in sweet & sour sauce)
Deep Fried shrimp balls (as an appetiser)

These delicious, super crispy and crunchy shrimp balls make a great appetiser to complement any chinese or other meal. Serve with ketchup, or any other chinese dipping sauce.

Serve it also as a main chinese accompaniment with noodles or rice, with a sweet and sour sauce.

Deep Fried Shrimp Balls

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 Cups chopped shrimp, large or small pieces as desired
  • 2 strips bacon
  • 1 medium onion chopped or 3 to 5 water chestnuts chopped
  • ½ tsp. pepper powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. corn flour
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 6 slices bread, chopped into fine cubes (Use more bread if required)
  • Oil for frying

Sweet and sour sauce

  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar (or regular vinegar)
  • 2 tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • 2 tbsp. light soya sauce
  • 5 tsp. brown sugar
  • 2 cups water

Method

  1. Clean, devein and chop shrimp. 
  2. Chop the bacon strips.  ( have used beef bacon).
  3. Mix the shrimp, bacon and chopped onion (or chestnuts) with the beaten egg, pepper powder, salt and corn flour. 
  4. If you wish you may grind this mixture so it is easy to handle when forming the shrimp balls or cut the shrimps very fine.
  5. Cut out the sides of the bread slices and discard.
  6. Chop the bread.
  7. Add a handful to the prawn mixture. 
  8. Keep the rest for coating the shrimp balls. 
  9. Heat oil in a wok. 
  10. Meanwhile form the shrimp balls
  11. When the oil is heated, reduce the flame and fry the shrimp balls in batches.
  12. Remove and keep aside.
  13. Serve as an appetiser with any sauce or dip.
  14. Alternatively serve in sweet and sour sauce as a side dish with Steamed rice, fried rice or noodles.

To Make Sweet & Sour Sauce

Mix the tomato paste, vinegar, orange juice, soya sauce, brown sugar, corn flour and water.  Heat a vessel with a tbsp. of oil, add the sauce ingredients and keep stirring on low heat till the sauce thickens and becomes translucent. Taste and add salt if required.

Reduce the amount of water if you want the sauce to just coat the shrimp balls. Add the deep fried shrimp balls to the sauce just before serving. Serve with steamed rice, fried rice or Chow mein.

Deep Fried Shrimp Balls in Sweet and Sour Sauce

Methi Murgh Fenugreek Chicken


Methi Murgh Fenugreek Chicken

Methi Murgh

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 Kg. Chicken
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsp.ghee/oil
  • Whole garam masala
  • 5 Green cardamoms
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 5 cloves
  • 1″ cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • A pinch mace (optional)
  • 2 large onions
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2″ ginger
  • 1/2″ ginger juliennes
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1 cup tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. fenugreek (kasoori methi)
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves

Method

  1. Clean, remove the skin and cut chicken into medium pieces or 8 large pieces if you wish.
  2. Whisk yogurt in a large bowl, add salt and leave the chicken in this marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Peel, wash and chop onions.
  4. Peel and chop garlic and ginger.
  5. Remove stems and chop green chillies.
  6. Wash and chop tomatoes.
  7. Clean, wash and chop coriander.
  8. Heat ghee in a pan, add whole garam masala and saute over medium heat until it begins to crackle.
  9. Add onions and saute until golden brown.
  10. Then add chopped ginger, garlic and green chilles, stir for 2 minutes
  11. Dissolve turmeric, coriander powder and red chillies in 1/4 cup water and add.  Stir for 30 seconds.
  12. Now add tomatoes and fry until fat leaves the masala
  13. Add the marinated chicken alongwith the marinade and 3/4 cup water
  14. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until chicken is almost cooked and fat leaves the masala once again.
  15. Adjust the seasoning.
  16. Sprinkle fenugreek, ginger juliennes and coriander.  Cover with a lid.
  17. Seal the pan if desired and keep on low heat for 15 mintues.
  18. Serve with an Indian bread of your choice.

P.S.: Kasoori methi may be replaced with fresh fenugreek.  If using fresh, clean, wash and immerse in salted water for 10 minutes to remove the bitterness.  Drain and add to the marinade.

Mince Jeere Meerem


Mince Jeere Meerem

Mince Jeere Meerem

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 Kg mince (Beef or Lamb)
  • 3 to 4 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 green chillies, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 3 tbsp. Jeere Meerem masala powder
  • 1 cup green peas (or Potatoes, cubed)
  • 1 small cup coriander leaves
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • 1½ tsp. Salt or to taste

Method

  1. Heat oil/ghee in a vessel
  2. Fry the chopped onions and green chillies till onions turn slightly brown. 
  3. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for few minutes.
  4. Drain the mince completely and add to the pan with a tsp of salt.
  5. Saute till the mince turns brown and the water completely dries up.  Continue to brown the mince till fat begins to separate.  Do not hasten this step.  The browning of the mince brings out the flavor in the meat.  Should take 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Once nicely browned, add the jeere merem powder, mix, add two cups of hot water and bring to a boil.
  7. Lower flame and cook on medium for 30 minutes.
  8. Open after 10 to 15 minutes and give it a good stir. 
  9. If water dries up, add some more hot water as per the consistency you desire. 
  10. Add the peas and cook further 10 minutes. 
  11. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  12. Serve with Pao or Parathas or Pooris or steamed rice or pulao.

A Typical Konkan Coastal Fish Curry Rice Meal for Four persons cooked in less than 30 minutes


A Typical Konkan Coastal Fish Curry Rice Meal for Four persons cooked in less than 30 minutes (excluding preparation)

To keep it real have used my daily regular utensils 😉 😉

A meal for four persons

  1. Raouns (Rawas, Indian Salmon) Fish Curry
  2. Cabbage Vegetable
  3. Lepo (Sole Tounge Fish) fry
  4. Steamed rice
  5. Mango pickle (homemade)
  1. Rawas/Raouns (Indian Salmon) Fish curry

Ingredients

  • 8 pieces Raouns fish
  • ½ medium onion
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1” pc ginger
  • 1 raw mango
  • 1 tsp. Salt or to taste

To grind to a paste

  • 4 Kashmiri chillies
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp. coriander seeds
  • 6 peppercorns
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 tbsp. coconut powder
  • 2 flakes garlic
  • ½ medium onion

Method

  1. Clean and wash & cut fish.  Apply a little salt and set aside. 
  2. Grind the masala to a smooth paste. 
  3. Slice the onion, green chillies and ginger. 
  4. Wash and peel the raw mango and cut into wedges.
  5. Heat 1 to 2 tbsp. coconut oil and add the sliced onion, green chillies and ginger.  Saute till lightly brown. 
  6. Keep the flame low so the flavors of the onion, chillies and ginger release and give off a nice aroma. 
  7. Add the masala paste, the masala water, raw mango pieces and salt. 
  8. Stir and increase the flame and bring to a boil, simmer till oil appears on the edges. 
  9. Add the fish, stir and bring to a boil.  Reduce flame to medium low and cook for ten minutes. 
  10. When curry is done it will leave fat and appear glossy.
  11. Remove from flame.

P.S.: Same recipe may be used for Pomfret, Gole fish (Hammour), Mandeli (Golden Anchovies), Surmai (Kind Fish).  This curry is called sweet fish curry where chillies are less and coriander seeds are more. Other curries are the amotik (Spicy hot) usually made with Tarle (Sardines), Bangde (Mackerels), Bhing (Herring) Tato (Shark) etc., Green curry with fresh green masala for Pomfret, Fresh Bombay duck, etc. and the Kane  (Lady Fish) where curry to similar to above but Ajwain is added to the masala and onion and garlic are increased. 

2. Cabbage vegetable

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 small tomato (Optional)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 4 flaked garlic
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. fresh grated coconut
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste

Method

  1. Shred the cabbage and soak in salted water for few minutes. 
  2. Slice the onion and green chillies, chop the tomato.
  3. Crush the garlic cloves and wash the curry leaves.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and allow to splutter. 
  5. Add the garlic and curry leaves, followed by the chillies and onion and saute for a minute. 
  6. Add the cabbage and salt, mix.
  7. Cover and cook for 5 to 10 minutes till done.  Do not add any water.
  8. Garnish with fresh coconut.

3. Lepo fry (Sole Tongue fish fry)

Ingredients

  • 8 to 10 Lepo
  • 3 tsp. red chilli powder (or to taste)
  • ½ to 1 tsp. salt (to taste)
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • Rice flour or Rava to coat the fish

Method

  1. To clean the fish, cut the head and pull out the skin from both sides and the intestines.  Wash and leave aside to drain.
  2. Mix the red chilli powder, salt and vinegar to a paste and apply to the fish and marinate for half hour.
  3. Heat some oil to shallow fry the fish. 
  4. Take some rice flour or rava in a plate. 
  5. Roll the fish to coat evenly and fry on medium flame for 5 minutes on each side till crisp.

4. Steamed Rice

  • 1.5 cups basmati rice or boiled rice if you wish
  • 1 tsp. salt
  1. Wash the rice and soak in water for atleast 15 minutes.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a vessel. 
  3. Add the pre-soaked rice, salt and bring to a boil. 
  4. Reduce flame and simmer till rice is tender.  Strain the water. 

Tip: Cook the rice on low flame so the grains remain whole and separate and do not break.

Chicken Cafreal


Chicken Cafreal

Inspired by Late Wendell Rodricks

Chicken Cafreal

  • Servings: 8 to 10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg. Chicken
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. black peppercorns
  • ½ tsp. Turmeric powder
  • 1 bunch coriander leaves (about 100 gms)
  • 12 to 15 flakes garlic
  • 2” piece ginger
  • 6 green chillies (or to taste)
  • 10 cashewnuts
  • 2 Onions
  • 4 Tomatoes (deseeded)
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. ghee or as required

Method

  1. Clean and cut the chicken into large pieces. Wash and set aside to drain.
  2. Grind to a paste ingredients from garam masala to lemon juice. 
  3. Marinate the chicken with this masala, add salt and mix well.  Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Heat 2 tbsp ghee and fry the chicken, reserving the marinade, in batches to light brown to seal the juices.  Set the chicken aside.
  5. Heat a vessel and add the coconut oil to the ghee left over from frying the chicken.  If not add a tbsp of ghee. and fry the masala paste for 5 minutes till the raw smell disappears and fat leaves the masala. 
  6. Add the chicken, salt if required, 1 cup hot water and cook till chicken is tender and gravy is thick about 15 minutes.  Simmer till fat separates.
  7. Serve hot garnished with onion rings and lemon wedges.
  8. Repeatedly reheating this dish just makes it better, by improving the texture and taste of the gravy and gives it a deeper color.

Chicken Cafreal

Chicken Cafreal


Chicken Cafreal

Inspired by Late Wendell Rodricks

Chicken Cafreal

  • Servings: 8 to 10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg. Chicken
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. black peppercorns
  • ½ tsp. Turmeric powder
  • 1 bunch coriander leaves (about 100 gms)
  • 12 to 15 flakes garlic
  • 2” piece ginger
  • 6 green chillies (or to taste)
  • 10 cashewnuts
  • 2 Onions
  • 4 Tomatoes (deseeded)
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. ghee or as required

Method

  1. Clean and cut the chicken into large pieces. Wash and set aside to drain.
  2. Grind to a paste ingredients from garam masala to lemon juice. 
  3. Marinate the chicken with this masala, add salt and mix well.  Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Heat 2 tbsp ghee and fry the chicken, reserving the marinade, in batches to light brown to seal the juices.  Set the chicken aside.
  5. Heat a vessel and add the coconut oil to the ghee left over from frying the chicken.  If not add a tbsp of ghee. and fry the masala paste for 5 minutes till the raw smell disappears and fat leaves the masala. 
  6. Add the chicken, salt if required, 1 cup hot water and cook till chicken is tender and gravy is thick about 15 minutes.  Simmer till fat separates.
  7. Serve hot garnished with onion rings and lemon wedges.
  8. Repeatedly reheating this dish just makes it better, by improving the texture and taste of the gravy and gives it a deeper color.

Chicken Cafreal

Cooking with Spinach


Leafy green vegetables are high in nutrients, low in calories, important for skin, hair, bone and overall health, while providing the necessary protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.  It is advisable to incorporate a leafy vegetable daily into our diets for optimum health.  It is also affordable and easy to prepare.

Here are a few easy recipes using spinach:-

  1. Mutton Palak – A delicious non-vegetarian dish using spinach with the least amount of spice, yet full of flavour.
Mutton Palak

2. Hara Bara Kabab – Spinach, Green Peas and Potatoes combined to make the famous Tikkis. Serve as a starter, appetizer or a healthy snack!

Hara Bara Kabab

3. Kashmiri Saag – Spinach cooked with a exorbitant amount of garlic and red chillies, but does not overwhelm the dish, just makes it superbly but mildly spiced with the flavors of garlic.

Kashmiri Saag

4. Dahi Palak – A dish you can throw together in minutes yet turns out delicious. Serve with steamed rice, Khichidi, Pulao or with rotis or any Indian bread.

Dahi Palak

5. Tuna & Braised Onion Salad – A salad which doubles up also as a main course! Just enjoy it with some crusty bread or Pita bread or any Indian bread and your meal is done for the day!!

Tuna & Braised Onion Salad

More ways to cook with leafy vegetables –

Spinach and leafy vegetables can also be cooked using the simple mangalorean ‘Thel Piao” method using green chillies, onion, garlic, a little oil and water and cooking till done and then garnishing with fresh coconut.

Curries like spinach or Valchi Bhaji with prawns, or black-eyed beans are some of popular recipes using leafy vegetables. My recipe for Alun stem with Alasande can be used for these dishes.

The book “Mais Recipes” has the recipes for these dishes.

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Mutton Palak


Mutton Palak

Mutton Palak

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 kg. Mutton
  • 3 bunches fresh spinach or ½ kg. frozen (whole leaf) spinach
  • 1” pc. Ginger
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • Small bunch coriander leaves
  • 4 to 6 green chillies
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp. fenugreek seeds
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt or to taste
  • 1 tbsp. ghee
  • 2 medium sliced onions
  • 1 medium tomato chopped

Method

  1. Clean and wash mutton, cut into 2” cubes. 
  2. Wash spinach and soak in salted water for 10 minutes, rinse and chop finely.
  3. If using frozen spinach, step 2 is not required. I have used frozen spinach. 
  4. Grind all the ingredients from ginger to salt to a fine paste. 
  5. Heat ghee, fry onions for a couple of minutes till soft. 
  6. Add the paste and fry well for further 2 inutes. 
  7. Add the mutton and saute till it changes color and ghee begins to separate. 
  8. Add sufficient water to cook the mutton till almost done. 
  9. Add the tomato and spinach and continue cooking on low flame till mutton is tender.

P.S.: Same recipe may be made using Chicken.

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