Bhindi Do Pyaaza

It’s been too long since something went up on the blog. Last minute decided to try something with Bhindi and glad I did.

Now a days everyone is fed up of being locked in and it continues to get difficult to tempt the kids taste buds and keep them happy alteast through the stomach route.

Inaya my daughter always use to talk about some geela bhindi her friends would get in tiffin and I could never figure out what it was. Today finally she told me Yes Maa this is the bhindi I am talking about.


Ingredients

500 gms Bhindi cut into medium sized roundels
2 onions cubed
10 garlic chopped
1″ pc ginger grated
2-3 dried Kashmiri chillies
2 black cardamom
2 green cardamom
4-5 black pepper
1″ dalchini
2 Laung
1 tbsp jeera
1/4 tsp jaldi
1 TSP red chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp amchur
Salt
Oil


1. Heat little oil in a pan, add the Bhindi and sautee it on medium heat for 15 minutes. Remove

2. In the same pan, add oil Add the Akka garam masala spices, saute till leaves aroma. U can choose to remove the spices and discard it as the oil is well flavoured.

3. Add jeera and let it sizzle.

4. Break the dried chilli to pieces and add it along with the ginger and garlic. Let it saute till golden brown.

5. Add the cubed onions, little salt and fry till translucent.

6. Add the sauteed Bhindi and all the masalas and little salt. Mix it well.

7. Cook on a slow flame for about 10 minutes or till the Bhindi is cooked.

8. Serve hot with roti.

Recipe adapted from – Cookwithmanali

Chicken Tikka Masala

When the client orders chicken tikka masala and you have never made it though eaten it a lot, what do u say?

Well I said yes!! I have made the tikkas before for New year’s Eve after Ameya shared the recipe in the live on our Facebook group Foodies Central. The bhuna masala gravy I have made before for other dishes so I knew I could marry the two.

Presenting my version of the Chicken Tikka Masala.


CHICKEN TIKKA

8 boneless thigh pieces
Half cup hung curd
1 tbsp mustard oil
3 tsp tandoori masala
1 tbsp lemon juice
2-3 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
Salt
Butter
1 pc coal and 2 tbsp ghee
1/4 cup mixed – onion petals, cubed capsicum and tomato cubes (without seeds)

1. Mix the curd, masalas, lemon juice, mustard oil and salt properly, marinate the chicken overnight in it.

2. Heat butter on a grill pan, cook the chicken till it’s done.

4. Sautee this in the same pan after removing the chicken.

5. Meanwhile heat a coal on a naked flame for 10-15 mins till red hot.

6. Keep the cooked chicken and veggies in a plate, place a steel bowl in the center. Place the red hot coal in the bowl and pour the ghee on it and quickly cover with a done lid to add smoky flavours to the tikka.
Tikka recipe courtesy Ameya Warty

TIKKA MASALA

2-3 tbsp ghee
1 big onion – grated
2 small tomatoes – pureed
1/2 pkt tomato puree
2 tbsp cashew paste (soak 7-8 cashews in warm water and grind to paste)
2 tbsp paste of ginger garlic and green chilli
2 tsp dhania powder
1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
1 tbsp kitchen king masala
1 tbsp crushed kasuri methi
1/2 – 3/4 cup water
Salt
Chopped coriander leaves

1. Head ghee in a pan, add the grated onion and fry till translucent.

3. Leave some of the marinade for the onion, capsicum and tomato. Toss them in it.

2. Add the ginger garlic chilli paste and sautee till the raw smell goes off.

3. Add the fresh and packed tomato puree. Sautee well.

4. Add the cashew paste and the masalas and fry till it leaves oil. Add salt.

5. Add water and let the gravy cook out.

6. Add the kasuri methi and mix well. Adjust seasoning.

7. Now add the chicken and veggies and mix it well till it costs the chicken.

8. Top with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

Kerala Mutton Fry

Mutton my true love and my son’s first love. I had a lot of work today and by the time I set out to cook the mutton it was past 12.30. I needed a quick fix recipe plus I wanted to try something new.


So opened Google and my saved recipes, zeroed in on the Kerala Mutton Fry which I have always drooled over and set about making my version of it.


1kg mutton
1.5 tsp haldi
Salt
7 peppercorns
2 + 3 Kashmiri red chillies
2-3 sliced onions
15 sliced garlic
15 curry leaves.
2-3 slit green chillies
1″ pc grated ginger
2 tbsp coriander powder
1 tbsp red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala
6-7 fried pieces of coconut

1. Put the mutton, salt, haldi and 2 kashmiri chillies in a cooker with enough water. Give 3 whistles and keep onnslow for 15 minutes. Open the lid and check if meat is tender. If not cook uncovered for some more time. The water does not have to be used but u can leave it to use later for rice.

2. In a pan, heat oil add the peppercorns and then add onions to fry.

3. When browned add the garlic, curry pata, chilli and grated ginger. Let it fry well till golden brown.

4. Add the masalas and little salt. Fry well.

5. Add the mutton pieces (no liquid). Mix it well with the masalas.

6. Let the mutton fry for 5-7 minutes on low flame.

7. Add the coconut pieces and mix once again. Serve hot

Sindhi Baingan Fry

The mother of one of my besties is an amazing cook. I know her since over 20 years and I remember when we used to party all night and land up at her place, aunty would feed us some amazing rajma rice. Once we were so drunk that we thought it was mutton.


Aunty is a skillful cook and she can cook any cuisine brilliantly. Our recent Sunday lunch invite at their house featured some wonderful Sindhi dishes. One of them that made me drool big time was the long baingan slices slathered in masala kept to the side. That was the one thing I pounced on when Aunty asked if we wanted to parcel anything home.
I finally decided to make it recently and got the recipe from Aunty. So damn simple and super delicious, all polished off.

4-5 long brinjals
Oil for frying
Salted water
Mix of 1tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp amchur and salt

1. Slit the baingans in half length wise. Discard the stalks.

2. Run a knife though slant // on the fleshy side one way then \\ the other way to get diamond cuts on the flesh.

3. Put them in salted water for half hr.

4. Heat oil, wipe the brinjals down and deep fry them till cooked.

5. Wipe the excess oil and sprinkle the spice mix ensuring it enters the slits.6. Serve hot

South Style Bhindi Fry

I am constantly looking out for variations in our daily meals. I chanced upon a recipe by the Kitchen Foodie and found it was an interesting twist to our humble bhindi fry.

Yes I did make some changes as per my daughters liking for she loves Bhindi. The original recipe has channa dal, methi seeds, urad dal and peanuts which I skipped though u can give it a try. Made this for the second time and was polished off in one go.



Ingredients

500gms Bhindi (slit lengthwise)

1 tbsp jeera

10-12 karipata

2 sliced onions

10-12 chopped garlic

1 tbsp grated ginger

3-4 dried Kashmiri red chilli

1 tbsp sambhar powder

1/2 tsp hing

1/2 tsp turmeric

1.5 tbsp coriander powder

Salt

Oil



1. Shallow fry the Bhindi and keep aside.

2. Heat oil, add jeera, karipata and red chillies. Add hing and mix.

3. When sizzling add the onion, ginger and garlic and saute till golden brown.

4. Now add your masalas and salt and mix it well to make a dry masala mixture.

5. Add the Bhindi and cook through, adjust seasoning
Recipe courtesy – the kitchen foodie (with few changes)

Homestyle Mutton Curry

Today I decided I want to try something different in Mutton, else my son convinces me to always make his favourite Chilli fry.


I kept getting directives from family members, no white gravy, no coconut, no cashews, nothing heavy, keep it simple homestyle..

Searched for a few recipes but nothing tempted me. Then remembered the masala I make for my biryani and decided to try a variation based on that.

The mutton is cooked for a while in rich onion gravy and it’s flavour comes from the lack of too many masalas and additions, just from the onions and meat roasted gently to extract flavour.

INGREDIENTS

Mutton 1KG

7 sliced onions

300 ml curd

2-3 tbsp Kashmiri Red Chilli powder

3- 4 tsp Kitchen King Masala powder

15 roughly chopped Garlic cloves

4-5 slit Green Chilies

Salt

Oil

1. Deep fry the onions till crisp and brown. When cool make a paste and keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a pan, add garlic and slit chilies and stir for a couple of minutes till garlic is golden brown.

3. Add the fried onion paste and stir.

4. Now add red chili powder, kitchen king masala powder and salt and mix well. Add little water so that spices don’t burn and mix well for a couple of minutes.

5. Add the mutton pieces and bhunno on high heat for 7-8 minutes.

6. Add curd and mix well. Add half a cup of water, bring to boil, simmer on low heat, cover and cook for half hr.

7. If the mutton is still underdone then add half cup water and pressure cook – 3 whistles and slow on 5 mins.

8. Adjust the seasoning and serve hot. Garnish as desired.

Recipe adapted from Jaspreet Nirula.

Meat & Mushroom Lasagna

When u want to keep trying something new but due to all the experimenting, many favourite dishes don’t make a comeback for a long time.

I think it could be over 4 years since I made a lasagna. It makes such an impressive meal with a balance of sauces with the pasta sheets not overpowering the meat here. The cheese hitting just the right spot.


This big dish was finished in 15 mins by our family of 4, it was that yum


Ingredients

BOLOGNESE SAUCE

500 gms mutton mince

2 big onions

5 skinless tomatoes puréed or chopped

1/2 pkt tomato purée

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

10 minced garlic

Salt

1 tsp Chilli flakes

1 tbsp maida

Mixed Italian herbs – fresh or dried

1/2 packet of mushrooms – sliced

1/2 cup chopped basil

1. Blanch or roast the tomatoes or remove skin and chop or purée as per preference.2. In a pan, heat olive oil and add the onions and garlic. Sautée to pink3. Add the mince and brown it well4. At intervals add the tomato puree, pkt purée, Worcestershire sauce, chilli flakes and dried herbs . 5. Let this cook out for about an hr adding little water as it becomes dry 6. When the mince is 90% done add the mushrooms and let it cook.7. Add the maida and let it thicken up.8. Add the fresh basil. Adjust seasons and switch off gas



CHEESE SAUCE

2 tbsp butter

4 tbsp all purpose flour

3/4 cup milk

Salt

2 cubes grated processed cheese

Pinch of Nutmeg (optional)

Water as per requirement

1. Heat butter in a pan, add the APF and sautee it.2. Lower flame and add milk, mix well to make a thick roux.3. Add the salt, cheese and nutmeg and mix well4. Add water as per consistency required (like a thick batter)



ASSEMBLY

6-8 pasta sheets (no cook variety) 2 cubes grated processed cheese

100 gms grated mozarella cheese

1. PreHeat oven to 180 degree2. Spread a thin layer of the bolognese sauce.3. Add the pasta sheet to cover the sauce4. Then add a thin layer of the cheese sauce.5. Add the pasta sheet over it. Repeat with red sauce and so on6. On the top layer, end with the cheese sauce and sprinkle the grated processed and mozarella cheese.7. Bake for 20-25 mins or until the top is golden brown and the skewer comes out clean

Chicken & Cheese Tacos

My son recently started loving Tacos and I don’t think I have made them at home for over 4 years. 


The other day I found these boxes of crispy taco shells, so I immediately grabbed them with a plan to surprise him. It took me 3 weeks to finally make it as muhurat hi Nahi Bana.


With my versatile trusted charred Bell pepper sauce in hand I made these super yummy and simple Chicken tacos loaded with cheese. Also made sour cream and salsa from scratch to pair with it. Happy happy.

INGREDIENTS

1 box of readymade crispy taco shells

750 GM’s boneless chicken

1 cup of Charred Bell pepper sauce/Mexican sauce

Lime

Salt

1/2 lime juice

Chopped coriander

Finely sliced cabbage

Grated pizza cheese

Oil

  1. Marinate the chicken in the Mexican sauce. Check seasoning before marinating. Leave overnight or minimum 2 hrs.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add the marinated chicken and cover cook until done.
  3. Mix line juice and coriander and adjust seasoning. Shut gas and let it cool.
  4. Microwave the ready taco shells for 90 seconds following packet instructions
  5. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  6. Place a layer of sliced cabbage then top with chicken and add some of the gravy too.
  7. Top with grated cheese and line the tacos in a tray.
  8. Put it in the oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  9. Served hot with chilled Salsa and Sour cream.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

When the client asks for something you have never made and you say yes presuming it’s easy, you are in for a challenge.


I presumed Satay Chicken would be easy but when I experimented with flavours both of the chicken marinade and the peanut dipping sauce, I struggled till I finally got a version I liked. And when the client liked it too, I thought it deserved a spot on the blog.
Chicken Satay & peanut dipping sauce an easy to serve and eat starter at any party. Recipe to be uploaded soon


INGREDIENTS
500 gm boneless chicken pcs
Turmeric
Salt
MARINADE
100 ml packaged coconut milk
2 big onions
5 cloves garlic
1″ ginger
3 stalks lemon grass
2 tbsp fish sauce/ 2 tsp soya sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp red curry paste
Juice of 1 lime
Salt 

  1. Rub the chicken with salt and haldi and leave for 30 mins
  2. Make a paste of all the ingredients mentione under marinade. 
  3. Marinate the chicken for minimum 2 hrs or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 200 degress C. 
  5. Line a tray with aluminium foil and spread the chicken out. Drizzle oil over them.
  6. Cook for 20-30 mins or until chicken is tender..
  7. Once cool, skewer 3 pcs on to one stick
  8. Heat oil in a pan, and pan fry on high flame to get some colour on the chicken post the oven.
  9. Just drizzle the marinade as u flash fry.

PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE
200 gm chunky peanut butter
2 tbsp red curry paste
50 ml coconut milk
50 ml water appx
2 tsp soya sauce
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
Salt

  1. Place coconut milk, red Thai curry paste and peanut butter in a pan.
  2. Heat and mix it well. Adjust consistency by adding water little by little.
  3. Add the soya sauce, apple cider vinegar, sugar and salt and keep on low flame for 5 mins.
  4. Serve warm with the satay.

Thai Green Curry

I like Thai Curries though am not a great fan so don’t make it often. I usually make the red Thai curry and recently had an order for green. So I took it up and then started hunting for recipes.

I picked a few tips and tricks from few recipes and made it my own. Trust me it’s a damn good curry. So give it a try

Ingredients

PASTE

1 stalk lemongrass (thick stalk)

3-4 green chillies (I used the Thai green ones)

1 onion

8 garlic cloves

1 1/2-inch size piece of galangal (or ginger, thinly sliced)

1/2 cup chopped coriander

3/4 cup chopped fresh basil

1 teaspoon jeera powder

1/2 teaspoon white pepper powder

1 teaspoon coriander powder

1 tbspn soya sauce

2 tablespoon lime juice

1 tbsp brown sugar

3 tablespoon coconut milk (enough to blend ingredients together) OR water

1. Grind all these ingredients to a fine paste.


OTHER INGREDIENTS

1 pkt mushroom cut into 4 pcs each

5 baby corn cut lengthwise into 4 pcs

1 Broccoli head cut into small florets

1 zucchini cut into roundels and further halved

1 bell pepper slit long

300ml coconut milk

1/2 cup water

1 tbsp finely chopped lemongrass stalks

1 tsp soya sauce

1/2 cup chopped basil

2-3 slit red birds eye chilli

6-7 lemon leaves

Salt

1. Heat oil in a kadhai, fry the paste for a couple of minutes.

2. Add half of the water and start cooking the vegetables adding them in intervals based on the cooking time – in order baby corn, mushrooms, zucchini, bell pepper and broccoli.

3. Once 90% cooked add half of the coconut milk and add salt, soya sauce, chopped lemon grass, basil leaves and lime leaves. Mix and adjust flavour.

4. Add the sliced chillies and mix well.

5. Add the rest of the coconut milk and adjust with water as per consistency desired.

6. Give it one boil and shut gas.

7. Serve hot with rice.

Note – if adding chicken. Then add it after step 1. Let it cook till 80% done then start adding the veggies. U can also add a tbsp of fish sauce to it.