Category Archives: Punjabi Food

Keema* Koyla* (Coal Tempered Mincemeat)

Coal tempered mincemeat is barbecue flavoured mincemeat which is usually served with chapattis, parathas or naan bread in Pakistani. It is one of the famous dishes of Pakistan, people usually serve it on small get togethers and parties …

Ingredients:

  • ½ kg mincemeat (goat/ chicken/ lamb/ beef)
  • An onion chopped
  • A tomato chopped
  • 2 green chillies slitted
  • 4 green chillies sliced lengthways (OPTIONAL)
  • ½ bunch coriander
  • Some ginger julienne
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ tspn ginger garlic paste
  • Few cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • ¼ tspn turmeric
  • Some salt to taste
  • ½ tspn garam masala

Procedure:

-Heat oil and stir fry onions until they are golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste and tomato. Cook well on low heat. When tomatoes lose their stiffness add mincemeat and fry for a minute. Add water and all the spices and cook it covered on medium heat.

-After 10 – 15 minutes, when very less amount of water remains, place a big piece of onion or some dry paper and place hot coal on it. Pour some oil over it and immediately cover your dish.

-Remove from flame and keep it covered for 10 minutes.

-Remove coal and paper/ onion.

-Stir in some coriander and green chillies, scoop and serve hot with daal and chapattis.

Outcome:

Tasty coal tempered barbecue taste mincemeat is ready.

Tips:

Use non-stick pan.

Servings:

This will serve 2 – 4 persons easily.

Narigisi Kofta

Nargisi Kofta is a famous delicacy of Pakistan, women over there used to do these kind of experiments but this was one of their successful inventions, people appreciated it and now this dish is often served on weddings or other occasions, do try them and let me know your remarks, if you cant understand anything please ask me, email me (About page) …

Ingredients:

FOR KOFTAS

  • ½ kg chicken/lamb/ beef mincemeat
  • Some salt
  • ¼ tspn turmeric powder
  • 4 – 8 dried red chillies (even 12 if you want really spicy)
  • 1 tbspn dried coriander whole
  • A small (1 cm) pc. Of cinnamon stick
  • ½ tspn nigella seeds
  • ¼ tspn carom seeds
  • 1 green cardamom pod
  • A pinch of garam masala powder
  • 4 – 6 hard boiled eggs
  • Oil for frying

FOR CURRY

  • ¼ cup oil
  • An onion chopped
  • A tomato chopped
  • ½ lemon squeezed
  • Salt to taste (keep in mind, meatballs also have salt in them)
  • ½ tspn red chilli powder
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • 1 lemon squeezed
  • ½ tspn funnel seeds (saunf) (powdered)
  • ¼ tspn nigella seeds
  • ½ tspn cumin seeds
  • 2 – 4 dried curry leaves
  • 1 big green chilli shopped
  • Few coriander leaves chopped
  • ¼ tspn methi dana
  • ½ tspn dry whole coriander
  • 2 – 4 cracked black peppercorns
  • Some water
  • 3 tbspns yogurt

Procedure:

-Combine all the dry spices given for meatballs in a spice blender and make a fine powder.

-Add this powder to mincemeat and mix well, use food processor if needed.

-Now very carefully, take some mincemeat and make it into egg sized balls. Now coat this mincemeat around boiled egg and deep fry in hot oil.

-When its golden brown in colour take it out and keep aside.

-Do the same with the remaining eggs and mincemeat.

-Now for curry, heat oil and add curry leaves, cumin seeds, cracked coriander and dried red chilli. When they begin to splatter add onions. Cook for some time and then add all the spices except nigella seeds, saunf and methi dana.

-Blend nigella seeds, saunf and methi dana in spice blender to make fine powder. Keep it aside.

-Now add tomatoes in the curry and mix well until they lose their stiffness, cook them on low heat.

-Now add water and let it simmer. Add yogurt, powdered masala and lemon juice and let it simmer for some time. Add fried koftas and with a spoon pour over the gravy on it.

-Cook on low heat for 2 minutes and then garnish with coriander leaves and green chillies and serve hot with chapattis.

Outcome:

Tasty nargisi koftas are ready to serve.

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Ayesha's Kitchen

Tips:

-I like these koftas with simmered curry, if you want to make a bit gravy kind of thing, add 1 cup of water.

-Adjust salt and pepper according to your will.

Servings:

This will serve 3 – 4 persons easily.

Chicken Tawa Tikka

Chicken tawa tikka is a quick version of chicken tikka, if you dont have charcoal barbecue grill accessible, then this is the best way to make barbecued flavoured chicken tikka, do try this and enjoy …

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken skinless 16 pieces
  • 1 big lemon (squeezed)
  • Some oil

MASALA

  • Some salt
  • Some red chilli powder
  • ¼ tspn turmeric
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • ½ tspn carom seeds
  • ½ tspn nigella seeds (kalonji)
  • 2 – 4 black peppercorns
  • ½ tspn dry coriander
  • ½ tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 big cardamom
  • 1 piece of bay leaf
  • 2 curry leaves
  • ½ tspn methi dana
  • A pinch of crushed Kasoori methi*

Procedure:

-Combine all the masala ingredients in spice blender and make fine powder.

-Take it out in a bowl and add lemon juice.

-Place chicken pieces in a mixing bowl and add this mixture.

-Coat well and keep aside For 8 hours.

-Heat some oil on tawa* (Flat pan), and place half of the chicken pieces on it and on low heat cook them.

-When they slightly changes their colour and no water remains, remove the tawa* from heat and then on naked flame with the help of tongs, cook each of the chicken piece until well coloured.

-Do the same with the remaining chicken.

-Serve hot with tamarind sauce, and mint Raita.

Outcome:

Tasty tawa* tikka is ready to serve.

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Ayesha's Kitchen

Tips:

-Serve immediately.

-When water is no more cook each and every piece of chicken on naked high flame. Be careful while doing that.

Servings:

This will serve 4 persons easily.

Keema* Biryani

Keema Biryani is one of the special dishes of Ayesha’s Kitchen, believe me its awesome, i made it yesterday and my family loved it, do try this and let me know about your comments …

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of basmati rice
  • Few drops of yellow Food colour
  • Some water to soak and boil
  • Few drops of kewra essence

FOR KEEMA

  • ½ kg mincemeat
  • An onion chopped
  • A tomato chopped
  • 1 green chilli slitted
  • 1 cup water
  • A cardamom pod
  • A green cardamom pod
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ tspn cumin seeds
  • A small piece of bay leaf or few curry leaves
  • 2 – 4 peppercorns
  • 4 – 8 tbspn olive oil

MASALA POWDER

  • ½ tspn methi dana
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 big cardamom whole
  • 2 pcs. Cinnamon
  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • 4 – 6 black peppercorns
  • 8 – 10 dried red chillies or pods
  • 4 – 6 curry leaves
  • ½ tspn dry coriander
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • ¼ tspn turmeric

Procedure:

-Take all the ingredients given for masala in a spice blender and make fine powder. Keep aside

-Soak rice For at least 10 minutes (no more nor less).

-Heat some water in a vessel, add some salt and boil it. When it comes to boil add soaked rice and when they are all white and 80 percent cooked drain the water and keep them aside.

-Now in a separate vessel heat oil something around 4 – 6 or 8 tbspns and add whole garam masala or all the spices that are given (not the powdered one). When they begin to splatter add onions.

-When onions are slightly brown in colour add tomatoes and cook them on low heat, avoid adding water at this stage. Add powdered masala and mix well. When tomatoes lose their stiffness add mincemeat and fry for some time.

-Add a cup of water and cook it covered. When the water begins to simmer and a dry mixture of mincemeat is formed add boiled rice layer by layer. Add few drops of yellow food colour and kewra essence and cook it covered on very low heat.

-After 5 – 10 minutes when rice are 99 percent cooked serve your Biryani hot with some mint sauce and Fresh salad.

Outcome:

Tasty and mouth watering Keema* Biryani is ready to serve.

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Tips:

-Avoid adding too much of kewra just a small drop and same goes with food colour.

-See tips for Biryani rice given on Tips page.

Servings:

This will serve 4 persons easily.

Lachha Paratha

These parathas are lovely, ingredients are same as of Saadaa* Paratha, but there is a slight change in the method of rolling and giving a particular lachha look. Follow the steps given below, take help From the illustration and if you have any problem then email me …

Ingredients:

Procedure:

-Take a lump of Paratha dough and Make a kiwi Fruit sized ball.

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Ayesha's Kitchen

-Press it with your palm and then Flat its edges with your Fingers.

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Ayesha's Kitchen

-Now with a rolling pin, Flat this ball into chapatti. Spread 1 tbspn of ghee on it.

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-Now roll it into blinds.

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Ayesha's Kitchen

-Take one edge and Fold it with non – grease side up,

-Then Fold it with grease side top.

-Repeat this process.

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Ayesha's Kitchen

-Now make a spiral, coral like shape, like this,

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Ayesha's Kitchen

-And then press it with your Fingers.

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Ayesha's Kitchen

-On a lightly Floured surface roll it into a chapatti with a roller pin.

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Ayesha's Kitchen

-Place this on hot Flat pan.

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Ayesha's Kitchen

-After 5 – 6 seconds, turn its side and apply another tbspn of ghee on the half – cooked side.

-After 4 seconds, turn its side and apply another tbspn of ghee on it.

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Ayesha's Kitchen

-Now turn he sides Frequently and when its cooked (hot red) serve it hot with lots of pickle.

Outcome:

Tasty Lachha paratha is ready to be served.

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Ayesha's Kitchen

Tips:

-If its greasy and difficult to roll, then use some lose Flour.

-Cook on medium low heat.

Servings:

This will serve 4 persons easily.

Keema* Paratha*

Keema Paratha is a lovely, non – vegetarian stuffed paratha and believe ,me its awesome …

Ingredients:

FOR FILLING

FOR PARATHAS        

Procedure:

-Marinade mincemeat with all the ingredients given under the heading of Filling. In a thick bottomed pot, place this whole mixture and cook it covered on very low heat.

-After 30 – 45 minutes, it will be cooked, take it out in a plate and allow it cool.

-Now make a kiwi Fruit sized ball and roll it on a lightly Floured surface. Place some Keema*, mixture on it and close all of its edges with Filling trapped in.

-Now roll it again into a nice chapatti and place it on hot Flat pan, tawa*.

-After sometime change its side and spread 1 tbspn of ghee on it and then change its side again.

-On the other side spread 1 tbspn of ghee and then change its side again.

-Change its sides Frequently and when it is hot red, remove From heat and serve hot with yogurt or sour cream.

-Do the same with others.

Outcome:

Tasty Keema parathas are ready to be served.

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Ayesha's Kitchen

Tips:

-Cook meat well.

-No need of adding water while cooking mincemeat.

Servings

This will serve 4 persons easily.