Smokey Kofta Biryani

This is LEGENDARY! It takes a lot of effort and time to make it but the result is amazing. People will love you for this and you will get paid for your effort in form of love and thank yous.

It is my own creation, made for some of my besties over a dinner party and they loves it. The tender, charcoal smoked meatballs and spicy potatoes with aromatic rice is a perfect combination to make anyone fall for you. ❤

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Ingredients:

FOR KOFTAS

  • ½ kg beef mince with fats
  • 2 onions fried
  • 1 tbspn ginger paste
  • 1 tbspn garlic paste
  • 7 – 8 green chillies (small)
  • A bunch of coriander
  • Few sprigs of mint
  • 1 tbspns Salt
  • 1 tbspns red chilli flakes (for extra hot)
  • 1 tbspn crushed anardana
  • 1 tbspn crushed cumin seeds
  • ½ tspn ground garam masala
  • 1 egg
  • Oil for shallow frying

FOR BIRYANI

  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 cups rice (soaked in cold water)
  • 3 onions sliced
  • 3 tomatoes crushed
  • 2 tbspns ginger and garlic (freshly crushed)
  • 6 – 8 dried plums soaked in hot water for 30 mins
  • 3 medium potatoes cut into big chunks
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 – 8 cloves
  • 1 tbspn black peppercorns
  • A small piece of aniseed
  • 2 large pieces of cinnamon
  • 2 black cardomoms
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 1 tbspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tbspn coriander powder
  • Few drops of yellow food color
  • Few drops of kewra essense
  • Some lemon juice
  • 5 boiled eggs

FOR GARNISHING AND TEMPERING

  • 2 tbspns ghee
  • 1 fried crisp onion
  • Few lemon slices
  • Some chopped mint leaves
  • Some chopped coriander leaves
  • 3 – 4 curry leaves
  • Charcoal

Procedure:

  • For koftas/ meatballs, grind onion, chillies, mint, coriander and anar dana and add mince. Mix well on pulse and take out in a mixing bowl. Mix all the spices in egg and add it to the mincemeat mixture and mix well. Make small round balls, (size of golf ball) and refrigerate.
  • Meanwhile, boil biryani rice. Biryani rice should be cooked to 80% of the tenderness. This will help to maintain the shape of biryani rice. Remaining 20% will be cooked in dam.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry onions, add ginger garlic and tomatoes. Mix well and when tomatoes are tender, add potatoes and all the spices and cook covered on low heat until the potatoes are tender and masala is made.
  • Meanwhile, fry koftas and temper them with coal. Keep aside until needed.
  • For tarka, fry 1 sliced onion until its crispy golden and add curry leaves. When the curry leaves begin to splatter, the tarka is ready.
  • In a separate pot, lay the 1st layer of rice, add tempered koftas, coriander, mint, green chillies, 2nd layer of rice, potato curry and the 3rd and the last layer of rice. Drizzle some yellow food color, kewra water, lemon juice and tarka. Cover and cook on dam for 10 minutes.
  • Take of the lid of the cook pot and very carefully mix the biryani. Serve hot with boiled egg. mint raita and fresh salad.

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Italian Meatloaf

My TOP favorite dinner…. it is so moist and juicy and the glaze is just awesome! ❤

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Ingredients:

  • 2 kilos of ground beef
  • 1 tbspn of Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, finely choppes
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 2 bread slices
  • ¼ cup of Milk
  • ¼ cup of Chopped Parsley
  • 1 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Dash of Worcesteshire Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

FOR GLAZE

  • ¾ cup of Ketchup
  • 2 tbspns of Tomato Paste
  • ¼ cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp of Dried Mustard
  • 1 tsp of Paprika
  • 1 tsp of Granulated Garlic
  • 1 tsp of Granulated Onion

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  • In a sauté pan over medium heat, cook the onion and garlic in the olive oil for about 6 to 8 minutes or until soft and translucent, allow to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, put the slices of bread and pour the milk over them, let them sit for a few minutes or until the bread soaks up all the milk.
  • In a large bowl, combine the beef, the milk soaked bread, cooked onion and garlic, parsley, parmiggiano, worchesteshire sauce, eggs, salt and pepper. Mix until everything is well combined but don’t over mix and compact the mixture too much otherwise your meatloaf will be tough.
  • Place a cooling rack over a baking sheet (or use a broiler pan) and place the meat mixture onto it and form it into a loaf, set aside.

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  • In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the glaze. Smear half of it evenly over the top and reserve the rest.
  • Bake the meatloaf for 50 minutes, then smear the rest of the sauce on top and put it back in the oven to bake for another 15 minutes.

Molten Lava Cake

Who doesnt like lava cake???? If you dont, then there is something not normal in you, sorry!

Perfect dessert for two ❤

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Ingredients:

  • 30 gms bittersweet chocolate
  • 30 gms semi sweet chocolate
  • 3.5 tbspns butter (unsalted)
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Few drops of vanilla

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 220 C.
  • Grease 2 ramekins.
  • Melt the chocolates and butter in the microwave, or in a double boiler. Add the flour and sugar to chocolate mixture. Stir in the eggs and yolks until smooth. Add vanilla and stir.
  • Divide the batter evenly among the ramekins. Place in the oven and bake for 14 minutes. The edges should be firm but the center will be runny. Run a knife around the edges to loosen and invert onto dessert plates.

Shorba Boti

Shorba boti….. famous in Pakistani home cooking and very nutritious to eat.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 kilo mutton (leg or chops)
  • 1 tbspn ginger and garlic paste
  • 2 large onion (sliced)
  • 2 large tomatoes (sliced)
  • 6 – 8 green chillies
  • 1 cup coriander chopped
  • Water as required

SPICES

  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn turmeric powder
  • 1 tbspn coriander powder
  • 1 tbspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tbspn garam masala
  • 1 tspn fenugreek leaves
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 peppercorns
  • 2 big cardamom
  • 1 green cardamom

Method:

  • In a pressure cooker, add mutton, 3 green chillies, ginger and garlic paste, onion, salt, peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and 2 cups of water and cook until the meat is 80% done.
  • Remove the lid carefully and cook on high heat to evaporate the moisture. Add oil and fry the meat and add tomatoes and other spices except garam masala and fenugreek leaves.
  • Boil 4 cups of water.
  • Add a splash of boiled water whenever needed and stir fry until the masala is cooked. Add rest of the green chillies and mix and add rest of the boiling water.
  • Cook on low heat until the meat is cooked and the oil comes up to the surface. Garnish with some coriander, fenugreek leaves and garam masala and serve hot.

Daal Makhni

Very famous Punjabi vegetarian dish….. loved by everyone!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup moong daal
  • 1 cup masoor daal
  • 1 cup chana daal
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 large tomato sliced
  • 1 tbspn garlic minced
  • 9 – 10 curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn turmeric powder
  • 1 tbspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tbspn fenugreek leaves
  • ½ cup butter
  • 6 green chillies (2 normal, 4 chopped)
  • 1 cup coriander
  • 1 tbspn garam masala
  • 6 cups water

Procedure:

  • Wash and soak all the daals for 30 mins.
  • Put daal in the cooker and add 6 cups of water, salt, red chilli, 2 green chillies, turmeric and cook until the channa daal is cooked and the other daals are smashed.
  • Melt butter in a frying pan and fry onion until it is brown, add garlic, cumin seeds, tomatoes and curry leaves and make a masala. Stir in this masala in daal. Add coriander, green chillies, garam masala and fenugreek leaves and mix. Serve hot with rotis.

Greek Omelette

Greek omelette is one of my favorites. It has got all the essential from Greece; olives, feta, capsicum, etc. everything. This omelette is a full treat for weekend breakfast or brunches. Try it this weekend and enjoy with your family and friends ❤

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Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cooked shredded chicken
  • ¼ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2 spring onions (chopped)
  • ¼ cup chopped capsicum
  • ¼ cup sliced black olives
  • ¼ cup chopped mushrooms
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta
  • ¼ cup parmesan
  • ¼ cup chopped baby spinach
  • Some dried Italian herbs
  • 1 tbspn butter

Procedure:

  • Whisk eggs, milk and salt and pepper. Be careful with the salt as feta is also salty.
  • Melt butter in a frying pan over medium heat and pour the egg mixture. When the egg starts turning white, scatter all the other ingredients on the omelette, feta being the last ingredient.
  • When the egg is cooked from the bottom, very carefully fold it.
  • Serve hot.

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