Mazedaar Koftay

My favorite recipe of Koftay (meatballs) ……. Try it and let me know how you go with it!

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR MEATBALLS

  • 500 gms beef/ mutton/ chicken mincemeat
  • 2 medium sized onion
  • 5 – 7 green chillies
  • ½ bunch fresh coriander
  • 1 tbspn chopped mint leaves
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tspn fenugreek leaves
  • Some salt
  • Some red chilli flakes
  • 1 tbspn crushed ginger
  • 1 tbspn crushed garlic
  • 1 tspn butter/ ghee
  • 1 egg

FOR CURRY

  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 medium sliced onions
  • 3 tomatoes chopped
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1 tbspns ginger garlic paste
  • Some salt
  • Some red chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tspn coriander powder
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 2 tbspns yogurt
  • A pinch of cardamom seeds
  • 4 tbspns chopped coriander leaves

Procedure:

-In a chopper, chop onion and green chillies. Add mincemeat and chop once again. Take it out in a bowl. Add egg and all the spices along with ginger and garlic. Mix and make small meatballs (about 16).

-Heat oil in frying pan and fry the meatballs. When the meatballs are cooked from outside but raw from inside take them out on a plate.

-Heat oil and fry onion. When onion gets translucent, add ginger garlic paste and fry. When onion gets golden brown add tomatoes and all the spices except cardamom seeds and garam masala.

-Cook on low heat until the tomatoes are mixed. Add water if required and make masala. Add yogurt and ¼ cup water and mix. Give it a simmer and add fried meatballs. Add garam masala, green chillies, coriander leaves and cardamom seeds and cook covered on medium low heat until the oil starts to separate.

-Don’t stir or mix after adding meatballs, just carefully swirl the cooking pot.

-Serve hot with chapattis and salad.

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Quarter Pounder with Cheese (McDonalds Trademark)

Quarter Pounder with Cheese is McDonalds trademark burger. Sometimes you don’t feel like going out just for a burger so here is the recipe for that lazy lousy time …….

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 sesame buns (divided) (toasted or steamed) (TOASTED: on griddle/ hot grill or hot frying pan and STEAMED: in microwave for 25 secs per bun)
  • 8 dill cucumber slices (when you search for gherkins or pickles in a grocery store, you mostly get sweet spiced pickles, they are NOT the ones we are looking for. On the same shelf you can find dill cucumbers (whole cucumbers). That’s what we are looking for over here)
  • 1 brown onion sliced
  • Some ketchup
  • Some mustard sauce
  • 4 processed cheese slices (we don’t get orange colour cheese in Australia; maybe in US u can but there is no such difference in the taste of orange cheese and normal cheese. You can use Krafts or any other famous brand)
  • 250 gms beef mince (processed without any seasoning in a food processor)
  • Some salt and pepper

Procedure:

-For meat patties, process beef mince in food processor and then on a baking sheet/ parchment paper/ butter paper/ baking paper/ wax sheet put 2 balls of this meat and with oiled hands spread and make round patties a little bit bigger than your bun in diameter because mincemeat have tendency to shrink when cooked/ grilled.

-Freeze them for 30 minutes.

-Heat your non-stick grill and cook the meat. Season each side with salt and pepper and grill each side for 1 minute.

-Make sure your burger is dressed when the meat is ready to enjoy hot and fresh burger.

-Bun have two parts, the head part with sesame seed is the “crown” and the bottom base part is the “heal” . Now on the heal put one slice of cheese and on the crown drizzle some tomato ketchup and some mustard sauce, place some onion, 4 pickles (per burger) and then another slice of cheese.

-Now place the fresh hot meat patty rite from the grill onto your cheese slice on the heal and cover with the crown. So the sequence is burger heal (base), cheese slice, meat, cheese slice, onion, pickles, mustard, ketchup and top of the bun (crown).

-Repeat the same process with the other bun.

-Serve hot with chips.

Keema Aalu Methi

If you are not in mood of just vegetables, add some mincemeat ……….

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms mincemeat
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbspn garlic and ginger, crushed
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • ½ cup oil
  • 500 gms methi (fresh fenugreek leaves)
  • 2 large potatoes , peeled and diced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn turmeric powder
  • 2 tbspns yogurt
  • 1 tspn coriander powder
  • 1 tspn garam masala powder

Procedure:

-Heat oil and fry onion and ginger garlic until its golden red. Add mincemeat and stir, break and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the mincemeat changes its colour.

-Add methi, potatoes and all the spices. Stir and cook until the water dries. Add tomatoes and yogurt and cook covered on medium heat for 20 minutes or until the oil hoose out.

-Serve hot with raita, salad and rotis.

Muthi Kabab

Another variation of Seekh Kabab …..

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 700 g beef mince (20% fat 80% meat)
  • 2 medium sized onion
  • 4 – 8 green chillies
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbspn ginger
  • Salt
  • Red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tbspn chaat masala
  • ½ tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tomato deseeded and chopped fine
  • ½ bunch of fresh coriander (chopped)
  • 2 tspn gram flour (pan roasted)
  • Oil for shallow frying

Procedure:

-In an electric chopper, chop onion, garlic, ginger and green chillies together. Take this mixture in your hand (little by little) and squeeze access water and keep it aside.

-In a deep mixing bowl, put mincemeat and add all the spices, onion mixture, chopped tomatoes and coriander. Add egg and mix with your hands. Mix, mix and mix until well combined.

-Keep aside for 10 minutes.

-Now take a handful of this mixture and give them oval like shape, like seekh kabab but without whole.

-Fill a skillet with oil to 5cm.

-Fry the kababs and serve hot with tamarind sauce or podina raita.

Achar Gosht (Meat Cooked in Desi Pickle Curry)

One of the famous dishes in Pakistan Home Cooking, mostly cooked with mutton (goat meat)…….

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ kg meat (lamb, beef or mutton)
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 tbspn nigella seeds
  • 1 tbspn fennel seeds
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 6 – 10 curry leaves
  • 4 – 8 bird eye chilli or dried red chillies
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbspns Grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tspn crushed red chilli
  • 1 tbspn dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tspn fenugreek seeds
  • 2 onion sliced
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup yogurt

Procedure:

-In a pressure cooker, combine meat, salt, onion, water, 1 tbspn grated ginger and fenugreek seeds.

-Pressure cook for 3 whistles or until the meat is ¾th tender.

-Cook uncovered on high heat and let the water dry. Leave about 1 cup of stock in the meat.

-Now in a separate pan, heat oil and fry onion and ginger until they are brown and crunchy. Now add meat and yogurt and cook on medium flame.

-Add stock and let the meat fully cook. Now add all the spices and cook with constant stirring until the oil starts to separate. Now add curry leaves and dry red whole chillies and cook for anoter 5 minutes.

-Serve hot with home-made chapattis or kandhari naan.

Afghani Kabab

A very easy and tasty appetizer ……….

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • ½ kg beef mincemeat
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 1 tspn black pepper
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tbspns ginger and garlic paste
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 onion cut into cubes
  • 1 tomato cut into cubes
  • 1 green capsicum cut into cubes
  • Some ghee

Procedure:

-Chop beef and onion in chopper.

-Now add all the spices and mix. On skewers screw mincemeat, onion, tomato and capsicum.

-Grill.

-Serve hot with mint sauce and naan.