Fried Batere (Fried Quails) (Desi Style)

Bater is Urdu name for quails. These are small chicken like birds with very less quantity of meat but they are very famous in Pakistani (specially Gujranwala City) and Lebanese cuisine. In Pakistan, there are 3 methods of cooking Quails, in curry, fried or barbecued. This is my version of fried quails. I add spices and herbs and fry with a thin coating of gram flour to give it crunchy outside.

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Ingredients:

  • 24 batere (quails, skinless)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 – 1 ½ tbspns Red chilli flakes
  • ½ tspn turmeric powder
  • 1 tbspn cracked dried coriander
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tbspn minced garlic
  • 1 tspn fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tspn carom seeds
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tspn chaat masala
  • 1 cup gram flour
  • 2 green chillies (chopped finely)
  • 1 bunch coriander, chopped
  • 2 tbspns mint, chopped
  • 4 lemons (small size) (squeezed, seedless)
  • 2 tbspns vinegar
  • Oil or deep frying

Method:

  • In a mixing bowl, mix all the spices, lemon and vinegar into a thick paste.
  • Take a big, not very deep platter and pat dry the quails. Apply this spice paste to the quails and keep aside for 1 hour in refrigerator. This will help in marination and maintaining the shape of the bird.
  •  After one hour of refrigeration, add gram flour and mix with the juices, lemon and vinegar without adding any additional liquid.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan, wok or kadai and fry in batches depending on the size of your wok. 5 – 8 mins per quail on medium heat.
  • Serve them on a platter with some lemon slices, green chillies and fresh coriander.

Salad Raita

Salad Raita is a Pakistani home condiment served with Biryani, Pulao or any other spicy rice or spicy dish. I like it with Pulao and Shaami Kabab or Biryani. This time whenever you make Biryani, try this and don’t forget to leave a comment below 😉

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tbspn chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tbspn chopped mint leaves
  • 1 tspn chopped green chillies
  • Some chaat masala
  • 2 cups thick natural yogurt
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cucumber with skin cut into small cubes
  • 1 red onion cut into small cubes
  • 1 tomato deseeded and cut into small cubes
  • Some salt

Procedure:

-Whip yogurt with a fork and add water if you are using very thick yogurt.

-Adjust salt to taste.

-Add coriander, mint and green chillies and mix.

-Now add all other vegetables and stir.

-Dish out and dust with some chaat masala.

-Chill and serve with Biryani, Pulao or any roast meat.

Muthi Kabab

Another variation of Seekh Kabab …..

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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.

Chicken Ki Tikkian

Need a tasty idea for a tea party or a great side dish for desi dinners??????????
Here you go …….

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Ingredients:

  • 750 gms to 1 kg chicken mincemeat (with fats)
  • 2 red onions
  • 4 green chillies
  • A bunch of coriander
  • 4 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 2 tbspns crushed ginger
  • 1 tspn chaat masala
  • Some salt
  • Some chicken powder
  • A pinch of garam masala
  • 3 tbspns lemon juice
  • 2 tbspns chilli flakes
  • 2 tbspns breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbspn cracked dried coriander
  • ½ tspn cumin and ½ tspn carom seeds (pan roasted and crushed in mortar and pestle)
  • Some oil for shallow frying

Procedure:

-Chop onion, green chillies and coriander in food processor.

-In a deep mixing bowl, combine chicken mince and all the spices along with ginger garlic paste.

-Now take a handful of chopped onion, chilli and coriander and squeeze excess water out of it. Mix in the chicken mixture.

-Mix well.

-Heat oil in a frying pan.

-Now with wet hands make medium sized, 1 cm think flat roundels and fry until they are crispy brown. Flip sides and after some time take them out onto your serving dish.

-Serve hot with chutney or raita.

Aalu Ke Anokhe Kabab

One of my favorite Tea snack ……..

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 6 large potatoes boiled and peeled
  • A bunch of coriander
  • A bunch of mint
  • 4 green chillies chopped
  • Some salt
  • Some chicken salt (OPTIONAL)
  • ½ tspn cracked black pepper
  • ½ tspn red chilli
  • A pinch of white pepper
  • ½ tspn chaat masala
  • A little bit of garam masala

FOR FRYING

  • 2 eggs
  • Oil for shallow frying

Procedure:

-Mash potatoes and add everything to it.

-Mix and make small flat roundels.

-Heat oil on medium heat. Dip roundels in egg and fry until they are crisp and golden from outside.

-Serve hot with raita as an appetizer or with tea.

Cottage Style Potatoes

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Ingredients:

  • A dozen of baby potatoes cut into 4 wedges each (with skin)
  • Some water to parboil
  • A scoop of butter
  • Some sour cream and spring onions to serve

Procedure:

-Boil water and add potato wedges. Boil for around 10 minutes and discard water.

-In a skillet, melt some butter and add potatoes.

-Stir fry until the wedges get a nice golden, crispy colour.

-Serve hot with sour cream and sour cream.

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