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Egg Masala


Egg Masala / Anda Masala

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 3 medium onions
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste or 3 medium tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. each ginger garlic paste
  • ½ tsp. chilli powder
  • ½ tsp. garam masala powder
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp. ghee or oil

Method

  1. Cover eggs with water and boil for 10 minutes. 
  2. Drain, shell and keep aside. 
  3. Slice thickly the onions, chop green chillies, chop coriander leaves. 
  4. Put a cut on the eggs half way through the egg. 
  5. Heat ghee in a vessel and fry the eggs till light brown.  Remove. 
  6. Add the onions to the ghee and saute till translucent. 
  7. Add the tomato paste (or sliced tomatoes and fry till tomatoes turn soft ) and saute for a minute
  8. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute. 
  9. Add the chilli powder, garam masala and turmeric powder and salt and saute for a minute. 
  10. Add the chopped coriander leaves (Reserve some for garnish) and half cup water and cook till fat separates. 
  11. Add the eggs to the gravy, cut side down and simmer  2 minutes. 
  12. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.

Tendli Miryapito


Tendli Miryapito

A traditional mangalorean style of cooking tendlis. Makes a nice addition to a festive or celebratory meal!

Tendli Miryapito – Tendli Jeere Meerem (Ivy Gourd/Tindoras)

Ingredients

  • ¼ Kg. Tendlis
  • 2 onions
  • 4 flakes garlic
  • 1/2 “ ginger (optional)
  • ½ cup cashewnuts (Moi) (soaked in water)
  • 1 tsp. Jeere Meerem powder
  • OR (jnstead of jeere Meerem powder)
  • ½ tsp. cumin powder
  • ½ tsp. pepper powder
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. coconut or olive oil
  • ½ tsp. vinegar (optional)
  • ¼ tsp. sugar (optional)

Method

  1. Soak the tendlis in water and wash well. 
  2. Cut off the head and tail and smash the tendlis with a pestle with a light hand lest they get completely smashed. 
  3. Add the salt, masala powders, oil and mix well. 
  4. At this stage you can pre-prepare and keep aside till ready to cook or even keep in the refrigerator overnight. 
  5. Then add the chopped garlic, ginger (if using), sliced onion, add ½ cup water and cook till tender. 
  6. When cooked half way, add the cashewnuts and  mix. 
  7. Before taking off the fire add the vinegar and sugar and cook 5 minutes till water is almost absorbed. 
  8. If water dries up too quickly, add some more hot water and continue cooking. 
  9. Serve hot.

Bhing Amotik Curry


Bhing Amotik Curry meal

Bhing Amotik Curry

Ingredients

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

Grind to a Paste

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

Method

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

Beef Olives


Beef Olives

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

Beef Olives / Beef Roulade / Beef Rolls

Ingredients

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

For gravy:

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

To assemble the Beef Olives:

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

To make the Gravy:

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

Vegetable Korma


Vegetable Korma

Vegetable Korma turns out delicious and even if you are not a great fan of veggies, you will enjoy this korma. Although these are the basic vegetables for this dish, you may skip one or the other if not available. So don’t limit yourselves and feel free to cook this amazing vegetable korma with any vegetable you may have on hand and enjoy with some warm Indian bread of your choice!!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 cup green peas
  • ½ of medium cauliflower
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp. ghee
  • Grind to a paste
  • 1” pc ginger
  • 4 flakes garlic
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp. poppy seeds (substitute with sesame seeds or cashewnuts)

Method

  1. Clean wash and chop the carrots and potatoes into small cubes. 
  2. Cut the cauliflower into small florets and soak in warm salted water for 10 minutes.
  3. Shell the peas if using fresh
  4. Grind the ginger, garlic, with the chilli powder, turmeric and poppy seeds to a paste with ¼ to ½ cup water.  I have used sesame seeds as poppy seeds are not available here.  Can be substituted with cashewnuts. 
  5. Chop the onion fine. 
  6. Wash and chop coriander leaves. 
  7. Heat the ghee in a vessel or cooker. 
  8. Fry the chopped onion till light brown. 
  9. Add the masala and salt and saute for a minute. 
  10. Add the masala water and cook till most of the water evaporates, stirring occasionally. 
  11. Add the vegetables and fry 2 to 3 minutes. 
  12. Add 2 cups water, mix well, cover and cook 10 minutes.  In cooker for 3 minutes.
  13. Open the lid, stir and add half the coriander leaves and cook for 2 minutes. 
  14. Check seasoning and if potatoes are cooked. 
  15. Remove to a dish, garnish with coriander leaves and serve with phulkas, rotis, parathas, pooris or any bread of your choice.

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.

Lemon Masoor Dal


Lemon Masoor Dal

This light satisfying meal will certainly be relished after the festive season after spending days feasting on sorpatel, vindaloo, roasts and heavy festive food. Dal rice is invariably our go to meal when we just need to slow down on our cooking to give our digestive system a bit of rest. Having said that, dal rice is one meal that is welcome anytime.

This Lemon Masoor Dal is cooked without tomatoes and includes lemon to add a bit of tang. Make it thick to eat with rotis or pooris or a bit runny to pour over your rice and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups masoor dal
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1” pc. Ginger shredded
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 2” pc cinnamon
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup coriander leaves, chopped
  • Tempering
  • 2 tbsp. oil or ghee
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 to 3 bay leaves
  1. Clean and rinse the dal, add 4 cups water, alongwith the onion, ginger, cinnamon sticks and bring to a boil. 
  2. Reduce flame and cook 10 minutes.  Add the red chilli powder, juice of the lemon (discard the seeds) and add the peels to the dal. 
  3. Bring to a boil and cook 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally till soft. 
  4. Heat oil in a pan, add the chopped onion, garlic, green chilli and bay leaves and fry till onions are brown. 
  5. Add to the dal. 
  6. Remove the bay leaves and the lemon skins and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. 
  7. Serve hot.

Mixed Vegetable Pulao


Mixed Vegetable Pulao

Using frozen mixed vegetables

Ingredients

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 stock cubes (chicken or vegetable)
  • 2to 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 5 cardamoms
  • 8 cloves
  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • 4 cups hot water
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. salt or to taste

Method

  1. Wash rice and soak in water for atleast 15 mns. 
  2. Heat a pot, add ghee and fry the onion, on medium flame. 
  3. Add the whole cinnamom, cardamom & cloves and saute till onion turns light brown. 
  4. Add the stock cubes and stir until it dissolves, add the frozen vegetable and saute for 2 minutes. 
  5. Add the drained rice and gently mix till the rice grains are coated with ghee and fluff up a bit. 
  6. Add the hot water, turmeric powder, optional if you want to leave the pulao white.
  7. Add salt to taste, it will already have some salt due to the stock cubes. Stir, bring to a boil. 
  8. Cover and reduce flame and cook. 
  9. Stir once in between to mix.
  10. Cook till water is completely absorbed. 
  11. Serve hot with raita, yogurt, pickle, dahi curry or at any festive meal.

Daoud Basha


Daoud Basha

Daoud Bash – Lebanese Meatballs in Tomato Pomegranate Molasses Sauce

Ingredients

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

Method

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

Arabian Lamb Stew


Arabian Lamb Stew Recipe

Ingredients

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

Method

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

Mooli Rotis


Mooli Ki roti

These are not the usual Mooli Parathas but more like theplas, usually served at mealtimes but can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a teatime snack with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups grated raddish
  • 4 cups wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. ajwain
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • Ghee for smearing the rotis

Method

  1. Peel, clean and wash the mooli (raddish).
  2. Mix all the above and and knead to a soft dough. 
  3. Divide into equal portions (about 15 to 18) and roll into a circle as thin as possible dusting some flour to prevent it sticking.
  4. Cook the roti to a golden brown on a hot griddle (tava) on both sides applying some ghee on both sides. 
  5. Serve hot with lunch or dinner or for breakfast with yogurt, pickle.

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

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.

Panchmel Dal


Panchrattan Pakwan

Punj Rattani Dal –

Dal made with a combination of five lentils and tempering with combination of five spices and condiments. Also referred to as “Panch Rattan Pakwan”.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. Moong (whole)
  • 2 tbsp. Masoor (Whole)
  • 2 tbsp. Urad dal (preferably whole)
  • 2 tbsp. Chana dal
  • 2 tbsp. Tur dal
  • 2” sticks cinnamon
  • 1 tbs. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • ½ tsp. chilli powder
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp. cream (optional)

Tempering #1

  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1″ pc ginger, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. yogurt
  • ½ tsp garam masala

Tempering #2

  • 1 tsp oil or ghee
  • 1/2 tsp. each black cumin, kalonji (onion seeds), methi (fenugreek), saunf (fennel), mustard seeds
  • 2 red chillies

Method

  1. Wash lentils and soak in water for one hour. 
  2. Chop onions, tomatoes and coriander leaves.
  3. Cook the lentils with 8 cups water & 2 sticks cinnamon.   
  4. Bring to a boil, remove scum if any, reduce flame. 
  5. Add coriander, cumin, red chilli and turmeric powders and salt. 
  6. Cover and simmer till cooked and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  7. Mash the dals lightly again the sides of the vessel with a wooden spoon. 
  8. Tempering  #1 : Heat a pan and add butter, onions, ginger, tomatoes, yogurt and garam masala, stir over medium heat till fat leaves the mixture.  Pour over the dal and mix well. Cook 5 mns.
  9. Tempering #2 : Heat ghee, add all the five seeds, break the red chillies and saute till they crackle and add to the dal.
  10. Stir in malai. 
  11. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves with rotis, phulkas or steamed rice.
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