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Tawa Keema/ Tawa Qeema

This recipe is my very own version of tawa keema. It is a very chat pata, masaledaar dish which can be made in minutes and loved by all. A very easy and rich recipe for you one dish girls party or just a casual dinner when you dont feel like cooking a time consuming dish.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 tbspns oil
  • 500 gms chicken/ lamb/ beef keema
  • A generous pinch of meat tenderizer (only if using beef or mutton)
  • 2 tbspns fried onions (crushed)
  • 1 tbspn ginger and garlic paste (fresh)
  • 2 tomatoes blanched, peeled and chopped fine
  • 3 tbspns green chillies (chopped fine)
  • Salt to taste
  • A generous pinch of chicken salt
  • 1 tspn Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • 1 tspn cracked coriander seeds
  • 1 tspn crushed roasted cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn pan roasted anardana (crushed)
  • A pinch of cracked black pepper
  • A generous knob of butter
  • A pinch of methi leaves
  • 2 tbspns lemon juice

Method:

  1. Add a generous pinch of meat tenderizer to the mincemeat and mix. Keep aside for 30 minutes. If you are using chicken mince, eliminate this step.
  2. Heat oil on a tawa and fry ginger garlic paste and green chillies. Add the mince and stir fry. Break it into pieces while stir frying on medium heat. Add tomatoes and all the ingredients accept lemon juice, methi leaves, black pepper and butter and cook until the tomatoes are mushy.
  3. Add butter and stir fry until the food looks cooked and the oil starts separating. Add rest of the ingredients and give a quick last stir.
  4. Serve hot with roti.

Besani Aloo Katli

Besani aloo katli is my very own created favourite snack and Ramadan product.  Spicy batter dipped potato slices gives the real satisfaction of chat pata snack. Try this chat pati recipe and enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 large potatoes (peeled and cut into ½ cm thick slices) (soaked in ice cold water)
  • 2.5 cups besan
  • 1 cup luke warm water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn crushed red chillies
  • 1 tspn Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 2 tbspns roasted crushed cumin seeds
  • 1 tbspn cracked coriander seeds
  • 3 tbspns very finely chopped green coriander
  • 3 tbspns very finely chopped green chillies
  • 3 tbspns very finely chopped fresh spinach
  • A generous pinch of garam masala
  • A generous pinch of kasuri methi
  • 1 tbspn roasted and crushed anar dana
  • 2 tbspns rice flour
  • Oil for deep frying
  • A pinch of chaat masala to sprinkle

Method:

  1. Take out the potato slices from chilled water, pat dry with a paper towel and sprinkle some salt and Kashmiri red chilli powder on it. Keep aside for 5 mins.
  2. Meanwhile prepare the batter and put the oil on low flame so it is preheated when we need to fry.
  3. Add all the spices, herbs and veggies in the potatoes, mix and add rice flour and besan. Mix and add some lukewarm water to make a medium consistency paste. Adjust salt and chilli according to your taste.
  4. Bring oil to medium – high hot and fry each potato slice coated nicely in batter, individually in batches until golden brown.
  5. Take out on a wire rack to keep the batter crisp. Sprinkle some chaat masala and serve with mint sauce or ketchup.

Aloo Bhujya/ Alu Bhujiya

Aloo Bhujya….. a comfort food for a lot of people and an easy and quick meal for many. I make it when I am sick of eating meat plus I am low on time and energy and I prefer it mild. This recipe is mild as well but you can adjust the spices as you like it.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 large or 6 small potatoes (Royale)
  • 1 large and 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 tbspn garlic paste
  • 1 tspn ginger paste
  • 2 large tomatoes blanched, peeled and cut into chunks
  • Salt to taste
  • Some chicken salt (OPTIONAL)
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • 1 tspn roasted crushed cumin
  • 1 tspn freshly crushed dried coriander
  • A pinch of fenugreek leaves/ kasuri methi
  • 1 tbspn nigella seeds (kalwanji)
  • A pinch of garam masala
  • A generous pinch of amchur
  • 1 tspn lemon juice
  • ½ cup oil
  • Coriander and green chillies to add at the end and garnish

Method:

  1. Peel, wash and cut the potatoes in slices or cubes. I prefer slices in everyday routine and cubes when making with pooris. Keep them in cold water until needed. Strain the water before adding the potatoes in the pan.
  2. Heat oil in a thick bottomed, deep pan and sweat the onions. Add ginger paste, garlic paste and saute’ further for a minute. Add potato slices and stir fry on medium heat for 5 minutes. Now add all the spices except fenugreek leaves, amchur powder and garam masala. Mix well.
  3. Add tomatoes, amchur powder, garam masala and fenugreek leaves(do not stir after adding tomatoes) and cover the pot with the lid and cook on low heat for 20 minutes or until potatoes are cooked and tomatoes are mushy.
  4. Remove the lid, add lemon juice, coriander and green chillies and cook on medium heat until the tomatoes dry up.
  5. Take them out in the serving dish and garnish with some green chillies and coriander.
  6. Serve hot with roti/ paratha or pooris.

 

 

Salad Grande

Salad Grande is my very own salad which was a big hit on one of my dinner parties. It goes great as side salad with grilled meat and meatloaf and people go crazy over this. It is like spring in a bowl ❤

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups 4 leaf lettuce mix (coral, cos, endives, baby spinach)
  • ½ cherry tomato halves
  • 1 medium red onions (sliced into rings)
  • ½ cup pitted and halved Kalamata olives
  • 1 continental cucumber sliced into semi circles
  • 1 avocado (diced)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbspn pine nuts (fresh)
  • 2 tbspns freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 spring onion (only green part, sliced diagonally)

FOR DRESSING

  • 4 tbspns lemon juice
  • Some freshly cracked black pepper
  • Some sea salt
  • 1 thai red chilli (finely chopped)
  • 1 big clove of garlic (minced)
  • A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tspn apple cider vinegar (Optional)

Method:

  1. Wash, pat dry and cut all the vegetables as per instructions and place them in a mixing salad bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl mix all the ingredients for dressing and whisk. Drizzle this dressing over the salad. Mix and toss.
  3. Take out the salad onto the serving dish and garnish with some walnuts, pine nuts and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  4. Serve.

 

Butter Chicken

Butter chicken, another North Indian delicacy, very famous and almost available in every Indian restaurant and take away but all of them does not taste good or authentic. With this recipe you can get the most authentic and great flavour of butter chicken because it has been mastered after 4 trials.

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Ingredients:

FOR CHICKEN

  • 4 chicken thigh fillets (cut into big chunks/ 3 pcs. Per thigh fillet)
  • 1 tspn roasted gram flour (besan)
  • Salt to taste
  • A generous pinch of chicken salt
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn cumin powder
  • 1 tspn special masala (a pinch of nigella seeds, a pinch of garam masala, a pinch of kasuri methi, a small pinch of ajwain, a pinch of black pepper corns and a pinch of cloves grind into a powder)
  • 1 tbspn yogurt
  • 1 tspn mustard oil
  • 1 tson ginger garlic and green chilli paste
  • A pinch of meat tenderizer

FOR CURRY

  • 3 tbspns oil
  • 2 generous knobs of butter
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 big cardamom
  • 3 small cardamoms
  • A stick of cinnamon
  • ½ tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tbspn kasuri methi
  • 3 tbspns cooking cream
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 large tomatoes (cut into chunks)
  • 1 tbspn tomato paste
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • A small piece of ginger
  • 3 tbspns cashew nuts
  • 2 small green chillies
  • Some cream and chopped coriander for garnish

Method:

FOR CHICKEN

  1. Wash, pat dry and cut chicken into chunks.
  2. Apply all the dry spices and ginger garlic paste mixed with mustard oil and keep aside for 20 minutes.
  3. Now add gram flour and yogurt and mix well. Keep aside for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat the grill plan to high and grill the chicken chunks to 3 mins per side. (Do not flip over and over, just 2 flips are fine)
  5. Keep aside until needed.

FOR CURRY

  1. Heat oil and sweat the onions. Add ginger garlic paste, green chillies and all the whole spices along with cashews. Saute for around 2 minutes and add tomatoes and tomato paste. Cook on medium heat with the lid on until the tomatoes are mushy.  Add water if needed.
  2. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool for a bit. Take out the bay leaf and cinnamon. Now add 1 cup warm water and blend it to puree.
  3. Pass it through the sieve to get the silky smooth curry and discard the residue.
  4. Heat the same pan and melt 2 knobs of butter. When the butter is melted and hot add the curry. Let it simmer for 2 minutes, then add fenugreek leaves by crushing between your palms to get the extra flavour and fragrance and add cream. Stir and add the grilled chicken and let it cook in the curry for 1 minute.
  5. Take it out in the serving bowl, let it cool for 2 minutes and then garnish with cream and coriander.
  6. Serve with boiled rice/ naan/ garlic naan.

 

Malai Kofta

Malai kofta/ kofta makhni is an Indian Punjabi vegetarian dish. Soft paneer and potato balls, lightly spiced and fried, simmered in a silky smooth mild curry, served with hot garlic roti, naan or rice is a delicacy from North India which is served in almost every Indian restaurant around the world. My personal favorite is from “Aangan” restaurant on Derrimut road in Melbourne, Australia. I loved it so much that I have to figure out the recipe after 20 different recipes trial.

So this recipe is my configured recipe after trying 20 different recipes from known youtube chefs….. ❤

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Ingredients:

FOR KOFTAS

  • 1 cup boiled, peeled and grated potatoes
  • 2 cups grated paneer/ cottage cheese/ ricotta cheese
  • 4 tbspns broken cashews
  • 4 tbspns finely chopped green chillies (I use Bengali/ Thai green chilli because it is rich in flavour and heat, you can use any of your choice and adjust it according to your heat tolerance level)
  • 2 tbspns finely chopped green coriander
  • 1 tspn roasted crushed cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn crushed coriander seeds
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tbspn corn flour
  • 1 cup flour (to coat the koftas before frying)
  • Oil for deep frying

FOR CURRY

  • 2 generously big knobs of butter
  • 3 tbspns cooking oil
  • 1 large onion or 2 small onions (chopped)
  • 2 large tomatoes (cut into chunks)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder (preferably Kashmiri red chilli because it is rich in bright red color)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 green cardamom
  • A piece of cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 tbspn ginger and garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 tbspns raw cashews
  • 1 tspn cumin powder
  • 2 tbspns cooking cream
  • 1 tspn kasuri methi

Method:

  1. For koftas, combine everything (except oil for frying and flour for coating) in a mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt and mix until it combines into a tough dough. We add corn flour in these koftas because it absorbs all the extra moisture and this helps in frying the koftas without breaking. It will be difficult to shape out koftas from this tough dough but it is doable.
  2. Roll the koftas in plain flour and shake off the excess flour. Refrigerate for 15 mins.
  3. Meanwhile, lets prepare our curry.
  4. For curry, heat oil in a pan and add bay leaf, cardamoms, cinnamon, green chillies and onions. Saute until the onions are translucent BUT NOT BROWN. Add ginger garlic paste and cashews and saute for further 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are mushy. Add 2 cups warm water and let it simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on.
  5. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a deep pan, take out the koftas from the fridge and deep fry until golden brown.
  6. Take the curry pot off the flame and let it cool. Take out the bay leaf and cinnamon stick. Pour the mixture in the blender and blend it into a fine puree. Pass it through a sieve to collect the silky, smooth curry. Discard the residue.
  7. In the same pot, melt some butter and pour the silky curry in it. Simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add cream and crush the fenugreek leaves/ kasuri methi with your palms and add to the curry. Mix gently.

Now you have 2 options:
1. Either put koftas in the curry now and simmer for 1 minute and turn off the flame and serve with a garnish of cream and coriander.

2. Or plate the koftas in the serving dish and pour over the curry and serve with a garnish of cream and coriander.

 

 

Fish Pakora (Recipe 2)

Another mouthwatering recipe of fish pakora…. ❤

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Ingredients:

  • 800gms – 1 kilo finger fish (flake, blue grenadier or basa), cut into chunks
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn garlic paste
  • 2 tbspns green chilli paste
  • 4 tbspns lemon
  • A good pinch of carom seeds
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn cracked coriander seeds
  • 1 tspn coarsely ground roasted cumin
  • 1 tspn dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 ½ cup besan
  • 2 tbspns rice flour
  • ¼ cup chilled water

Method:

  • Take 800gms to 1kg fish chunks in a mixing bowl and add everything else except egg, besan & rice flour. Mix well and keep aside for 30 minutes.
  • Add rest of the stuff and add a little cold water if required to make a medium consistency batter.
  • Heat oil to 180 degrees Celsius and fry fish chunks in small batched until golden brown.
  • Serve hot with chutney of your choice.