Traditional recipes

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.

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

Kesari Baath


Kesari Baath

It has taken me a lot of courage to make Kesari Baath due to the amount of ghee and sugar used (equal to quantity of rava), but trust me it was truly satisfying and didn’t feel weighed down after consuming this delicious dish!  It is a must try!!

My other rava or sooji halwa recipes have half the quantity of ghee/sugar, but this recipe turns out truly melt in your mouth.  This is usually served as prasad at temples and at pooja ceremonies.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Rava (Sooji, Semolina, Farina)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup ghee
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 2 tbsp. cashewnuts, broken
  • 2 tbsp. raisins
  • ½ tsp. Saffron (Kesar)
  • ½ tsp. cardamom powder (optional)

Method

  1. Heat 2 tbsp. ghee (from the one cup) in a kadai, fry the cashewnuts and raisins to golden brown. 
  2. Remove and set aside. 
  3. In the same ghee, roast the rava on low heat till aromatic, 10 to 15 minutes on low flame.  Remove. 
  4. Add three cups water to the kadai, 1 tbsp. oil and half the remaining ghee, and the sugar and bring to a boil. 
  5. Add the kesar and cook till sugar dissolves. 
  6. Reduce flame to low and add rava and stir making sure no lumps are formed. 
  7. Stir cook for 2 minutes. 
  8. Cover and cook till all the water is absorbed, mix well till rava is well cooked. 
  9. Add the remaining ghee and stir cooking till the ghee is incorporated and the rava begins leaving the sides of the kadai and ghee begins to separate.
  10. Add the cardamon powder and mix well.
  11. Add the nuts and mix.  
  12. Serve hot.

Baatk Cake


Baatk Cake Baath Baatica with lattice pattern

2 cups Fresh coconut

½ cup water

1 cup rava (semolina)

1 cup icing or castor sugar

3 tbsp. flour (maida)

1 tbs. corn flour

2 eggs

2 tsp. baking powder

3 tbs. ghee

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. nutmeg powder or cardmom powder or 1 tsp. vanilla essence

Grind the coconut with water to a paste.  Beat the eggs and add to the coconut paste, mix.  Add the maida, rava, corn flour, baking powder, salt and mix well.  Cream the ghee with the sugar and add to the coconut rava mixture. Blend well and cover and set aside for 6 to 7 hours or overnight. When ready to bake add the flavoring/essence and mix. 

To prepare the pastry for lattice pattern

2 cups flour (maida)

150 gms. Butter

¼ tsp. salt

¼ cup icing sugar (optional)

2 eggs

Mix the flour , salt and icing sugar and butter and rub well with fingers to resemble bread crumbs.  Mix in the egg and knead the dough to bring together, not necessary to knead smooth.  Keep in refrigerator for half hour.  Remove and divide into two.  Roll one ball into a round disc to fit the baking tin.  Grease the tin and dust with flour.  Place the pastry carefully into the tin and press down and smooth any holes, etc. Pour the cake batter into the tin and smooth over. 

Now take the other dough ball and dust with flour and roll into a disc.  Using a serrated cutter or a pizza cutter or a knife, cut the disc into strips and place in a plate dusted with flour.  Refrigrate if necessary. When ready to bake the cake, make the lattice pattern on the top of the baatk.  Place the strips vertically across leaving a gap in between.  The fold over alternate strips and place one horizontal strip.  Fold over the other alternate strips and place the second horizonal strip, thus covering the cake.  Trim the edges and press lightly.  Bake in a preheated over at 160 deg C for about one hour, or till the top turns light brown.  To test, pierce a skewer and it should be clean.

Christmas Doughnuts


Christmas doughnuts

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Doughnuts – Makes 30 t0 35 (depending on the thickness)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour (maida)
  • ¼ tsp. soda bicarb
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. cream of tartar
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg powder
  • ¼ tsp, cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ to ½ cup curds (as required for kneading)
  • Ghee or Oil for frying
  • Method

Method

  1. Take a large plate and add the flour and all the dry ingredients and mix well. 
  2. Rub the butter well into the flour. 
  3. Then add the beaten egg and yogurt little at a time as much as required for kneading to a soft dough. 
  4. The dough should be soft but not wet. 
  5. Divide the dough into 4 to 5 portions.  Dust each with flour and roll out on a board. 
  6. Cut with a doughnut cutter and fry in hot oil for about five minutes till golden brown. 
  7. Remove and drain on kitchen paper. 
  8. If you wish you may dust with powdered sugar whilst slightly warm, or glaze with white or milk chocolate frosting.

Cooking with drumstick leaves


Enjoy healthy and nutritious drumstick leaves, popularly known as ‘Moringa leaves’ which are a powerhouse of nutrition. There are several ways to cook drumstick leaves some of which are herebelow. We used to have plenty of the drumstick trees around our houses and don’t think our mothers ever had to purchase drumsticks or the leaves for cooking.

As they are currently available in the market decided to make a few dishes and post recipes.

  1. Drumstick Leaves Adai
Drumstick Leaves Adai

2. Drumstick Leaves & Potato Bhaji

Drumstick Leaves & Potato Bhaji

3. Drumstick Leaves Tel Piyav

Drumstick Leaves Tel Piyav

Ponsa Muddo


These cakes are usually steamed in teak leaves, which impart a unique fragrance and reddish color to the cake. In the absence of teak leaves here, I have used banana leaves but would surely use teak leaves whenever I can get some and re-post the pictures. Canned jackfruit has been used in this recipe.

Ponsache Patoleo – Jackfruit cakes steamed in banana leaves (Pelakai da ghatti in Tulu)

Ponsa Muddo

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Average
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  • 2 cups Jackfruit, chopped
  • 2 cups  white rice (or rice rava)
  • ¼ cup coconut
  • Jaggery 1/4 cup, or as required (may be omitted if jackfruit is extra sweet)
  • Salt to taste.
  • 8 Teak leaves (or 5 to 6 banana leaves cut into  medium sized pieces)
  1. Wash and soak rice for 4 to 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Grind along with jackfruit, coconut and jaggery to a very thick paste using very little water. Add salt.
  3. If using rice rava, soak for 15 minutes. Grind the jackfruit, coconut, jaggery to a paste and mix  with the rava.
  4. Place 2 ladles (or more depending on the size of the leaf) and fold into  a packet and place in steamer, seam side down and steam for 30 minutes.  Cooking time would vary according to size and thickness of the jackfruit cake.
  5. Remove and cut into pieces, if cakes are large.
  6. Serve for breakfast or as tea-time snack.  Also goes well with curries on festival menus.

Mhullabiya


Mhallabiyyeh – Creamy Rice Pudding

Mhallabiya is a famous and very common dessert in Middle Eastern Cooking. It is very simple and easy to make and result is almost like the Indian ‘Phirni’. Several ways to make it, and is usually made with rice flour, rice paste, corn flour which makes the pudding smooth and thick. I have used rice rava for the grainy texture.

An Arabian dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 litre milk
  • 125 gms. sugar
  • 10 gm. Rice flour (or paste)
  • 1 tbs. orange blossom water or rose water
  • Nuts or fruit to serve

Method

  1. Take a pan and add the milk along with the sugar and rice and dilute it well. 
  2. Place on fire and cook till thick and creamy and the mixture coats the spoon. 
  3. Will thicken further upon cooling. 
  4. Add the orange blossom water and stir. 
  5. Transfer immediately to individual or a large serving bowl. 
  6. Garnish with nuts and cherries or top with fruit cocktail.

Sheera


Sheera – Sooji Halwa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Rawa
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Ghee
  • 4 cups hot water
  • Few drops yellow color
  • 1/4 cup Almonds and pistas (for garnish)
  • 2 tbsp. cashewnuts
  • 2 tbsp. Raisins
  • 1/4 tsp.Cardamom powder (optional)
  1. Slice the almonds and pistas. Clean the raisins, removing stems if any.
  2. Heat ghee in a kadai and fry the raisins till they swell.  Remove and set aside. Fry the cashewnuts lightly and remove.
  3. Add the rawa to the kadai and fry on medium low flame till it turns light brown and you get a nice aroma. Takes about 15 to 20 minutes. You can fry it longer if you prefer it nice and brown. Do not fry on high flame or the rawa will get burnt ruining the sheera.
  4. Add the hot water and stir quickly to avoid lumps being formed.
  5. Add the saffron and stir and mix well. When the rawa thickens add the sugar and mix till dissolved.
  6. Then add the nuts and raisins. Keep stirring till it begins to leave the sides of the kadai and forms a ball.
  7. Put into bowls and press lightly and turn out onto a serving plate. Garnish with nuts and serve hot.
  8. Avoided saffron (kesar), but intend to make kesari baath soon, going all out with the ghee and sugar in equal quantities to the rava!!

And the Kesari Baath is now published do check it out!

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.

Baingan Bhartha


Baingan Bhartha

This Aubergine delicacy is a famous punjabi recipe. Brinjals are available throughout the year and a very common vegetable. A simple vegetable turns into a delectable dish. Even though brinjals are considered as a night shade it is widely consumed. Enjoy this delicious bhartha sa a meal by itself with rotis or phulkas and serve as an accompaniment.

Ingredients

  • 500 gms. Brinjals (Aubergine, Eggplant)
  • ¼ cup ghee
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ginger. chopped
  • 1 tsp. paprika (or Kashmiri chilli powder) or to taste
  • Salt
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 cup coriander leaves, chopped

Method

  1. Wash brinjals and wipe dry.
  2. Apply a little oil to the brinjals and roast on direct flame till charred and skin starts peeling off.  This can be done in a charcoal grill to get the charcoal flavor or oven. 
  3. Remove and immerse in water to cool.  Remove he skin and stem and chop.
  4. Heat ghee, add cumin and when it crackles, add onions and cook till translucent, add ginger and saute few seconds. 
  5. Add the chilli powder, salt, mix, add tomatoes and saute till fat appears at the sides. 
  6. Add the chopped brinjals and saute for 5 minutes, add green chillies and mix.  Check seasoning. 
  7. Remove and garnish with coriander leaves. 
  8. Serve with rotis or phulkas.

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.

Radish Vegetable


Raddish Vegetable

Radish is in season in winters and an excellent way to add fibre and nutrients to your diet. Radish also helps in fighting cough and cold. Have your tried eating fresh radish marinated in vinegar? If you have a blocked nose, it provides instant relief. East Indians make a lamb curry with radish called Lonvas using east indian bottle masala. Turns out delicious. Mooli parathas a North Indian speciality are famous all over. So enjoy the goodness of radish this winter.

Radish Vegetable (Moolo Bhaji)

Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch radishes with leaves
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 red chillies
  • 4 flakes garlic
  • ¼ cup fresh coconut
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. salt

Method

  1. Clean the radish by discarding the yellow and stained leaves and reserve the tender and unblemished leaves.
  2. Peel the radish
  3. Place everything in salted water for 10 minutes. 
  4. Drain an rinse well. 
  5. Chop the leaves and slice the radish into thin slices.
  6. Heat the oil in a pan, add the crushed garlic, and red chillies broken into half. Saute a few seconds. 
  7. Add the sliced onion and toss, then add the vegetable, salt, cover and cook 5 to 7 minutes. 
  8. Not necessary to add water as the vegetable releases water. 
  9. However, half way through cooking if the water has dried up, add a quarter cup of water, cover and cook till the radish is tender. 
  10. Add the coconut, mix and cook further 2 minutes. 
  11. Remove and serve hot as accompaniment with Rice curry or serve with rotis. 
  12. Makes a light and healthy dinner with just chapatis (rotis) and moolo bhaji.

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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