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Aloo-Salaad Anarkali


A spiced and tart potato salad garnished with fresh pomegranate. Easily doubles-up as a healthy ‘Chaat’ to have with a steaming cup of tea!  Serve as a stater appetizer, accompaniment, salad or as a snack! A versatile dish that can be served in so many ways….

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup boiled potatoes, cut into

1 cup boiled Bengal gram/Chick Peas (if using canned used 400 gm. can, drained).

1/2 cup Pomegranate

1/2 cup mint leaves

1 medium onion

1 medium tomato

Dressing

Lemon juice

1 heaped tsp. Cumin powder

1 heaped tsp.. Chaat masala

3 to 5 tbsp. olive oil

Sal to taste

Pepper  or to taste (optional)

Boil 2 to 3 medium potatoes and cut into cubes. Mix the bengal gram, potatoes, pomegranate, cumin powder, chaat masala, oil and mix well and season with pepper and salt if required. Garnish with mint leaves, onion rings and tomatoes.  Serve as a salad, an accompaniment, a snack, appetiser or a starter.  Very versatile and can be served in so many ways.

GOA – Restaurant and Food review


When in Goa – these restaurants are a must try!!

Goa Restaurant and food review

6th to 12th November, 2021

Eight Restaurants- Awesome food!

Check out the food pictures and brief review.  As we are seafood lovers, most of the food ordered is seafood but also includes, pork, beef, etc.

The following restaurants were visited during our seven day say in Goa:-

  1. Copper Leaf, Porvorim
  2. Andron, Nachinola
  3. Fisherman’s Wharf, Naika Vaddo, Calangute
  4. Kismoor, Sangolda
  5. Souza Lobo, Calangute Beach
  6. Kokum Curry, Candolim
  7. Durrigo’s, Benaulim
  8. Kamalabai, Mapusa

Spicy Mince Cutlets with Potato Cubes


Spicy mince cutlets with potato cubes

This is a Parsi recipe and they usually serve these cutlets (cutless as they call it!) with a tomato gravy. I love the cutlets my mother made, her recipe is on page 100 of the book “Mais Recipes” Minced Beef Cutlets. But my daughter sometimes likes these cutlets as she calls them “Spicy Cutlets”, hence the title….

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. minced beef/lamb or chicken
  • 1 large potato, cut into small cubes
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 green chillies, chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves chopped
  • Half a small bunch coriander leaves, chopped
  • 6 to 8 mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 heaped tsp. garlic paste
  • 1 heaped tsp ginger paste
  • ½ tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander powder
  • ½ tsp. cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp. garam masala powder
  • ½ tsp. raw papaya paste or finely grated (optional) Makes the mince tender
  • 1 tbsp. bread crumbs (optional)
  • ½ tsp. Salt or to taste
  • Oil for frying
  • Egg & bread crumbs for coating

Method

  1. Wash the mince well and drain complete
  2. If its frozen mince, not necessary to wash. 
  3. Squeeze out all the water and place in a bowl, add the onions, green chillies, mint and coriander leaves, potato cubes, garlic, cumin, chilli, coriander & garam masala powder, ginger garlic paste, salt raw papaya, salt, bread crumbs, if using. Mix well and leave to marinate for couple of hours or over night. 
  4. Make into small round patties, dip in beaten egg, roll in bread crumbs and fry on medium flame 10 minutes on each side, till golden brown. 
  5. Drain on absorbent paper and serve hot garnished with lemon and onions as an appetiser, starter, or with a main meal.

Thai Garlic Fried Rice


Thai Garlic Fried Rice

Ingredients

  • 2 to 4 tbsp. Oil
  • 2 green onions with the green stems, chopped (set aside some for garnish)
  • 15 cloves garlic (slice 8 into thin slices and the remaining crush coarsely or pulse in the grinder)
  • 4 to 6 cups cooked (cold) rice
  • 4 eggs, beat with salt and pinch of pepper powder
  • Juice of one lime
  • ¼ tsp. ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. oyster sauce or fish sauce

Method

  1. Heat oil and add the sliced garlic and fry on medium heat till golden. 
  2. Remove and drain on absorbent paper. 
  3. Add the crushed garlic to the oil and saute for a minute. 
  4. Add the onion and fry till translucent.  (I have used regular onion as green onion was not available). 
  5. Add the eggs and stir fry to scramble and cook till just set. 
  6. Add the rice and fry while mixing thoroughly for 1 or 2 minutes. 
  7. Add the fish or oyster sauce, soy sauce and lime juice and mix well. 
  8. Add the green onion kept for garnish and mix. 
  9. Remove from heat and serve topped with the garlic chips (fried garlic) and sprinkled with pepper powder.
  10. Serve hot with Thai Green Curry.

Mujadara


Muajadara

(A Lebanese Rice & lentil dish)

Mujadara is a one pot meal, made with just three ingredients, onions, rice & whole green/brown lentils.  Olive oil, pepper powder and salt are the other necessary ingredients.  Having stayed over 45 years in Kuwait, it is just natural that I have learnt to cook some of their cuisine. 

This dish however is one I tried recently and instantly took a liking to it, not only because it is so simple and easy but turns out delicious, with very little spices and the brown onions taking it to another level!

Serve it with sour cream or yogurt.  If you wish to add the Indian touch, make a dahi curry or raita instead.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups whole Green lentils (full masoor)
  • 1 ¼ cups rice
  • 4 large onions
  • 1 tsp. pepper powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2-3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 ½ cups water

Method

  1. Wash rice and soak for 15 mns. to half hour.
  2. Pick and wash the lentils and cook in 4 1/2 cups water. 
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the sliced onions.
  4. The onions need to be fried golden brown so will take a while. 
  5. When the lentils are cooked, add the salt, mix and add the drained rice, pepper and half the onions (doesn’t matter if they are not browned yet).
  6. Add a cup of hot water (as most of the water would have been absorbed by the lentils), mix, cover and cook on medium low till done.
  7. Continue frying the remaining onions to a golden brown. 
  8. After 10 minutes check the rice & seasoning.  If the water is dried and rice is still uncooked, add a cup of hot water over the rice, cover and leave to cook till done. 
  9. Serve hot, garnished with the remaining fried onions and top with mint or coriander leaves if you wish. 
  10. As an accompaniment, serve sour cream or yogurt

Rotis, Phulkas


Rotis, Phulkas

The most common bread consumed all over India, and a staple in the Northern parts. It is handmade on a special griddle for the purpose called ‘tawa’ and baked fresh on a stove top as and when required. It is made from whole wheat flour by binding the flour into a dough and rolling out into thin discs and roasting/baking on a ‘tawa’. It’s eaten with breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a snack.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Water for kneading
  • Ghee for applying on the parathas
  1. Sieve flour and mix with the oil thoroughly.
  2. Add salt, required water and knead to a soft dough for 10 minutes. Cover and set aside for 15 minutes.
  3. Make 15 round balls of the dough.  Roll out each ball into a circleas thin as possible.
  4. Heat a tava or non-stick pan and place the chapati on it and cook till you see small bubbles, flip and cook the other side on medium flame till small brown spots appear.
  5. Using tongs take the chapati off the tawa and leave to puff over direct flame on both sides.
  6. Remove and apply a little ghee, keep in a casserole, covered so it remains hot and soft.
  7. Repeat for the remaining dough.  Serve hot.

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.

Cauliflower Fry


Cauliflower Fry Gobi Fry

This recipe is similar to the Raw Banana Fry (Cooking with raw Bananas) that I posted, but the method is different.  Here the cauliflower is marinated in the spices and vinegar/lemon solution, then dipped in the batter prepared with the marinade and flours.

Has anyone tried marinating the florets prior to coating with batter and frying? Just takes it to another level as the cauliflower absorbs the subtle spicy, and tart flavors so you taste it right through the vegetable itself and not just the coating.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium Cauliflower
  • 1 tsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp. Vinegar or Lemon juice, or to taste
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder or to taste
  • 1 cup water, approx.
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup rice flour
  • ¼ cup corn flour
  • ¼ tsp. soda bicarb (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ cup curry leaves for garnish
  • Oil for frying

Method

  1. Cut the Cauliflower into large florets and soak in hot boiling water with 2 tsp. salt for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Mix the ginger garlic paste, chilli & turmeric powder, salt with the vinegar/lemon juice and water. 
  3. Add the florets to this marinade and leave for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Can be prepared and left overnight if preparing for an occasion.
  5. Remove the florets and set aside. 
  6. To the marinade, add all purpose flour, rice flour, corn flour, soda bicarb and make a thick paste. 
  7. If you wish to achieve a deeper color, add few drops of red food color to the batter. I have avoided it.
  8. If it’s too watery add some more of the flours (rice & maida).  It must form a coating that adheres to the cauliflower floret when dipped and lifted from the batter.
  9. Test salt and add if necessary.
  10. Heat oil in a kadai.  Do this while making the batter, so it is heated when the batter is done.
  11. Dip the florets in the batter to cover well and deep fry in small batches till crisp and golden on medium flame. 
  12. Drain on kitchen towel.    
  13. After the last batch is fried, fry the curry leaves in the hot oil for a minute and remove.
  14. Garnish the fried cauliflower with the curry leaves and serve as a side with a main meal or with tomato ketchup or chilli sauce as a snack or appetizer.
  15. Serve immediately while still hot and crisp!

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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.

Aloo Chutneywale


Extraordinary dishes prepared with ordinary vegetables!!

Potatoes stuffed with paneer and cooked in a tangy chutney gravy, sure to leave your palates tingling!

Clean the potatoes and trim the sides to make barrel shapes.  Scoop out the centre to form a hollow leaving  ¼ inch around.  Deep fry in oil till light brown.

Grate paneer and mix with the chopped chillies and cashewnut pieces.  Stuff the potatoes with this filling.  Keep aside.

Grind the chutney ingredients to a paste.  Whisk yogurt in a bowl.  Wash and chop tomatoes. Heat ghee in a vessel, add cumin and finely chopped onions or the ½ cup boiled onion paste and sauté for a minute.  Boiled onion paste will give you a smoother gravy.  Add the ginger garlic paste with ¼ cup water and stir till fat leaves the masala.  Add the chutney masala and red chilli powder, sauté for few seconds.  Add yogurt and 1 cup water, mix, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer till fat leaves the masala. 

Add the whole stuffed potatoes and simmer for few minutes until fully cooked.  Add tomatoes and simmer for a minute, add cashewnut paste and stir carefully.  Sprinkle the garam masala and bring to a boil.

Aloo Chutneywale

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Average
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Ingredients

  • 6 medium potatoes
  • Oil for frying

Filling

Chutney

  • 2 cups coriander leaves
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • ¼ cup raw mango or 2 tbsp. lemon juice

Gravy

  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • 2 medium onions, chopped finely or ½ cup boiled onion paste – To make boiled onion paste: Peel, wash and roughly chop onions.  Place in a vessel, add 1 bay leaf, 1 black cardamom and ½ cup water.  Bring to  boil and cook on low till onions are transparent and liquid has evaporated. Grind to a paste.
  • 2 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • ½ cup tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp. cashewnut paste – To make cashewnut paste:  Soak the cashewnuts in water for 30 minutes and grind to a paste.
  • 2 tsp. garam masala
  • Salt

Method

  1. Wash the potatoes and trim the sides to make barrel shapes. 
  2. Scoop out the centre to form a hollow leaving  ¼ inch around. 
  3. Deep fry in oil till light brown.
  4. Mash the paneer and mix with the chopped chillies and cashewnut pieces. 
  5. Stuff the potatoes with this filling.  Keep aside.
  6. Grind the chutney ingredients to a paste. 
  7. Whisk yogurt in a bowl. 
  8. Wash and chop tomatoes.
  9. Heat ghee in a vessel, add cumin and finely chopped onions or the ½ cup boiled onion paste and sauté for a minute.  Boiled onion paste will give you a smoother gravy. 
  10. Add the ginger garlic paste with ¼ cup water and stir till fat begins to separate. 
  11. Add the chutney masala and red chilli powder, sauté for few seconds. 
  12. Add yogurt and 1 cup water, mix, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer till fat leaves the masala. 
  13. Add the whole stuffed potatoes and simmer for few minutes until fully cooked. 
  14. Add tomatoes and simmer for a minute, add cashewnut paste and stir carefully. 
  15. Sprinkle the garam masala powder and bring to a boil.
  16. Adjust seasoning.  Cook in and open vessel, do not cover. 
  17. To serve, cut the potatoes carefully in half to reveal the stuffing.
  18. Serve with any Indian bread of your choice.

Extraordinary dishes prepared with ordinary vegetables. Also check out Musallam Phool Gobi & Imam Bayildi.

Musallam Phool Gobi


Extraordinary dishes prepared with ordinary vegetables!!

This recipe has been in my book since I was in school in the early 70’s, which was shared by Irene Vaz. In those days “Dalda” a brand of hydrogenated vegetable oil, was an household name for an affordable ‘ghee’ substitute, made famous by Lintas the company responsible for their advertising. One of their vigorous campaigns was a recipe contest and the winning recipes were published. A must ingredient in every recipe was Dalda! Have your ever seen a recipe calling for ‘Parachute’ rather than ”Coconut Oil’? But with Dalda it was the brand that was made famous rather than the product (vanaspati). Vanaspati is a thick vegetable oil NOT Ghee, but was commonly used instead of ghee.

Musallam Phool Gobi is from this recipe contest. Although I had it since the 70’s I tried it only in the 90’s when we invited two of our friends and their families over for Lunch as their parents were visiting Kuwait. The parents were strict vegetarians and wanting to impress them I prepared this dish, but they didn’t believe that it was home-cooked and kept insisting that it was certainly ordered from a restuarant. So that’s how delicious it turns out!

To prepare Musallam Phool Gobi, clean cauliflower and remove the leaves.  Wash whole flower well and soak it in warm salted water to 10 to 15 minutes.  Drain and rinse. 

Immerse in salted water

Wash and cut tomatoes into fours.  Slice onions finely.  Grind the ingredients from garlic to salt.  Heat 2 tbsp. ghee in a pan and fry the onions till golden brown, remove and set aside. 

While the onions are frying, take a deep broad vessel and add 2 tbsp. ghee, when hot, add the cardamoms, cinnamon and bay leaves.  Add the ground paste and fry for a few minutes.  Add the tomatoes and cook for five minutes.  Then add the whole cauliflower, stem side up. 

Cook on low heat till half done.  Turn over and cook  till tender and light brown.  Do add any water.  Garnish with the browned onions and serve hot with parathas or chapaties or any Indian bread of your choice.

Musallam Phool Gobi

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Average
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Ingredients

  • 1 medium cauliflower
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 4 large onions
  • 10 flakes garlic
  • 1” pc ginger
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. chilli powder or to taste
  • 1 tbsp. poppy seeds (can be substituted with cashewnuts)
  • 2 tbsp. dry coconut
  • 8 groundnuts
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp. Ghee
  • 8 cardamoms
  • 1” cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves

Method

  1. Clean cauliflower and remove the leaves.  Wash whole flower well and soak it in warm salted water to 10 to 15 minutes.  Drain and rinse. 
  2. Wash and cut tomatoes into fours. 
  3. Slice onions finely. 
  4. Grind the ingredients from garlic to salt. 
  5. Heat 2 tbsp. ghee in a pan and fry the onions till golden brown, remove and set aside. 
  6. While the onions are frying, take another deep broad vessel and add 2 tbsp. ghee. When hot, add the cardamoms, cinnamon and bay leaves.
  7. Add the ground paste and fry for a few minutes. 
  8. Add the tomatoes and cook for five minutes. 
  9. Then add the whole cauliflower, stem side up. 
  10. Cook on low heat till half done. 
  11. Turn over and cook  till tender and light brown.  Do not add any water. 
  12. Garnish with the browned onions.
  13. Serve hot with parathas or chapatis or any Indian bread of your choice.

Extraordinary dishes prepared with ordinary vegetables. Also check out Aloo Chutneywale and Imam Bayildi.

Eggciting Breakfasts


Eggs form an essential part of our diets providing us with quality nutrients like protein, iron, vitamins, minerals and carotenoids and is a powerhouse of disease-fighting nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin.

Eggs should also be cooked in the right manner to benefit from the nutrients. For perfectly boiled eggs check out my post on Think you know how to boil an egg.

For those who love eating eggs, here are several options to enjoy this nutrient dense food for breakfast or even as lunch or dinner.

  1. Egg Frittata with potato and sausages
  2. Egg Omlette with Cherry Tomatoes
  3. Eggs Benedict
  4. Egg Roll
  5. Mughalai Egg Paratha
  6. Omlette Pao
  7. Toad in a Hole
  8. Low Carb Toad in a Hole
  9. English Breakfast
  10. Egg Bhurji
  11. Egg Mayonnaise Sandwich
  12. Bacon & Eggs
  13. Egg Dosa

The Irresistable Mangalorean Ghee Roast


The ultimate mangalorean ghee roast!

Chicken Ghee Roast is a popular Tuluva Mangalorean Chicken recipe whose origins go back to a small town, Kundapur, close to Mangalore. Chicken Ghee Roast is fiery red, tangy and spicy with a flavor of ghee roasted spices. Chicken ghee roast is pan roasted with spices and generous use of ghee. Source : Wikipedia

I am presenting the Chicken, Mutton (Lamb) and Prawn Ghee roast recipes. Although the spices are similar but there is some variation in the ingredients and preparation for each of the recipes. Click on the title for the recipe –

A typical speciality of the Bunt community made popular at Shetty restaurants, the first time I had ‘Ghee Roast’ was in Mangalore on our last visit about two years ago, at Guthu Restaurant.  We had Kori Roti, King Fish fry and Chicken Ghee Roast. The fiery Chicken Ghee Roast which immediately hit our head on the first morsel and had fire coming out of our ears had our eyes, nose watering and our mouth burning. Although it was exciting, we just could not handle the spice level, with the result we could not enjoy the meal.

The advantage of creating traditional dishes at home, is you can adjust the recipe to suit your taste to get maximum satisfaction from the meal. Our spice level is always medium spicy, hence the Prawn, Chicken and Mutton Ghee Roast does not have the usual number of chillies.  Secondly, Baydagi and Kashmiri chillies are both used, but I have used only Kashmiri as I did not have Baydagi chillies. You may increase the chillies according to your taste.

P.S.: Any leftover ghee roast (if at all any remains of these delicious dishes) can be reinvented the next day.  Just add some water when re-heating to make a curry and you have a Kundapur Curry to go with freshly steamed rice!

Click on the link for the recipes:-

Chicken Ghee Roast

Mutton Ghee Roast

Prawn Ghee Roast

5 Desserts to cool and heal in hot summer weather


Consuming foods that are cooling to the body help with heat exhaustion, indigestion, sleeplessness and other ailments associated with hot weather.

Hear are a few desserts made from foods that have a cooling effect on the body, while also providing the essentional nutrients and nourishment.

  1. Pistachio Arrowroot Pudding
Pistachio Arowroot Pudding

Arrowroot powder: Gluten free, has a cooling effect on the body and helps in digestion.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Arrowroot powder
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup coconut milk or regular milk
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¼ cup Pistachios, shelled
  • A pinch cardamom powder
  • 2 to 3 drops green food colour

Put the arrowroot powder in a large bowl and mix it with 2 cups of water and leave it aside for 2 to 3 hours.  The powder will settle to the bottom.  After 2 to 3 hours discard the water carefully without disturbing the arrowroot paste.  Meanwhile, soak the pistachios in water for half an hour.  Peel the skins and slice thinly. Grease a plate with ghee and set aside.

Add the 1 ½ cup water to the arrowroot paste and dilute it. Take a saucepan and add the arrowroot mixture to the saucepan alongwith the sugar and coconut milk, mix and keep on medium low flame and cook till the mixture thickens, about 5 to 8 minutes, stirring continuously. Add the green food coloring and mix well. Once thick and glossy, add the cardamom powder and sliced pistachios.  (I have added vanilla essence instead of cardamom) Cook, stirring till the mixture turns translucent and begins leaving the sides of the pan. Total cooking time should take 10 to 15 minutes.  Overcooking will cause the mixture to thin.

Take off flame and pour into the greased plate and tap the plate so the mixture spreads evenly.  Cool completely and refrigerate for atleast 6 hours.  Cut into cubes or triangles and serve. 

Variations in flavoring: Keep the pudding white and add a i) few saffron strands with chopped cashews or ii) toasted coconut flakes with sliced almonds.

P.S.: Arrowroot powder may be substituted with corn flour.

2. Mango Sago Pudding

Sago Mango Pudding

With mangoes in abundance this season, enjoy the goodness of this nutritious fruit with the cooling effects of sago pearls

Mango: High in Vitamin C, folate & beta-carotene in addition to variety of nutrients.

Sago: Gluten free, cooling and antioxidant, reduces inflammation and improves immunity.

Ingredients

  • 2 Mangoes
  • ½ cup sago
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup crystal sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt optional

Bring 2 cups water to boil in a saucepan, add the sago and cook for ten minutes. Switch off the flame and leave covered for ten mintes.  Drain and add the sago to a bowl of cold water to rinse. Drain. 

Add the sago pearls alongwith the coconut milk, 1 cup water and crystal sugar and salt to a pan and cook on medium flame till sugar dissolves and mixture thickens a little.  Remove from flame and leave to cool.  Chill till ready to serve.

Chop or slice the mangoes and reserve, before serving top with mango slices or pieces.  If you wish, puree some mango pieces and add the puree to the sago pudding and mix, top with chopped or sliced mangoes. Garnish with candied fruit if desired.

3. Moong Kheer (Godshem)

Moong Kheer (Godshen)

I remember my mother making this often as an evening tea-time snack.

Moong bean: Rich source of protein and nutrients, cooling effect on the body

Ingredients

  • ½ cup whole moong beans
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup jaggery or to taste
  • ¼ tsp salt (optional)
  • ¼ cup cashewnuts, broken into bits (optional)
  • Flavoring : Saffron or pandan leaf or a large pinch cardamom powder.

Wash the moong and bring to a boil in 2 cups water alongwith the salt and the saffron or pandan leaf (if using). Reduce flame and cook till the moong is tender and fully cooked.  The water should be almost absorbed. 

Add the coconut milk, 1 cup water, jaggery and cook till the jiggery dissolves and the mixture thickens.  Remove the leaf and discard, add the cashewnuts and simmer for 5 minutes.

Garnish with cardamom powder, if using. Serve warm or cold as a dessert.  Can also be served hot as a tea-time snack.

The following two recipes have been posted earlier and can be accessed by clicking on the recipe title.

4. Kulfi and Rose Falooda

Rose syrup: has a cooling effect and promotes restful sleep as it reduces stress and anxiety and calms the mind, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Sabja (Basil seeds): Also called Tukmaria, they resemble chia seeds. Immunity boosting, rich in anti-oxidants, fibre and omega-3 fatty acids, reduces body heat and relieves constipation.

5. Lychee and coconut custard

Lychees: High in Vitamin C, B-Complex, anti-oxidant, high in fibre

Lychee and Coconut Custard

Greek Chicken Souvlaki


Inspired by Suzy of Themediterraneandish.com

Souvlaki is a popular Greek fast food consisting of small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables grilled on a skewer. It is usually eaten straight off the skewer while still hot. It can be served with pita breadfried potatoeslemon, and sauces, but the souvlaki itself is eaten on its own, with the side dishes eaten subsequently. The meat usually used in Greece and Cyprus is pork, although chickenbeef, and lamb may also be used. Source: Wikipedia

Cut the chicken into cubes, blend the marinade ingredients and pour over the chicken pieces and leave to marinate for 4 hours or overnight.

Meanwhile soak the wooden skewers in water. Use as many as required and the balance can be dried again and stored.

Skewer the chicken, alternating with the onion.

Place on a preheated grill and roast till brown on both sides. Can also be grilled on a pan grill or frying pan. Use smaller sized wooden skewers to fit into the pan and roast on a well greased pan till brown all over.

Greek Souvlaki

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Average
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Ingredients

  • 1 kg. Chicken breasts, boneless
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbs. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 2 tsp. chilli powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper powder
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup whie wine (or 2 tbsp. vinegar)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 medium onions cut into fours and petals separated
  • Wooden or metal skewers

Method

  1. Cut the chicken breasts into 1 .5“ cubes. 
  2. Blend the ingredients for the marinade from garlic to lemon juice. 
  3. Place chicken in a large bowl and add the bay leaves. 
  4. Pour the marinade over the chicken and toss to coat evenly. 
  5. Cover and keep for 4 hours or overnight. 
  6. While the chicken is marinating, soak the wooden skewers (if using wooden) in water.  
  7. When ready to grill, preheat the grill. 
  8. Skewer a piece of onion petal, then a piece of chicken alternating with onion. 
  9. Place on a rack with a tray underneath to catch the drippings. 
  10. Grill till golden, turn and grill other side till done. 
  11. Serve with pita bread, roasted garlic hummus and tzatziki.

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