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Mom’s Kitchen

A culinary compilation from an Indian mother’s kitchen

Published by Satyabrata Dam at Shakespir

Copyright © 2014 Sabita Dam

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Table of Contents

About the Author

Foreword

Acknowledgement

Vegetarian Delights

Non Vegetarian Indulgences

Rice and Shine

Snacks to Savor

Dessert Dreams

Chutney and Raita

[]About the Author

Sabita is 73 with a zest of someone half her age. Despite her severe ill health and age related ailments she simply refuses to say ‘no’ to life. With a globetrotting adventurer for a son, Sabita spends most of the year by herself in her house in the suburbs of Delhi. Rather than seeking help or the company of others, she keeps herself busy with several pursuits, Braille literature being one of her major activities. She has been translating books in Braille for many years and has also been working with blind children; all her books are donated to blind libraries. She does social service and counseling for children and adults alike. She is also the author of several novels and a compilation of poems in Bengali and has also written and composed many songs in Bengali. Sabita practiced classical Hindustani Vocal music past her 70th year, till a throat infection put a hold to her lifelong pursuit for music. Sabita has always been a nature lover and gardener, and has an enviable collection of botanical samples of rare leaves and roots that her son gathers from around the world. This collection has been lauded by the Botanical Survey of India. Sabita also has a blog where she showcases many of her pursuits including collage collections, poems and puzzle games like Rebus.

Sabita cooks whenever she can, and whenever her son’s friends pile into her house from around the world. Her cooking is an extension of her motto in life – live simply, do good and share what you have.

Please visit Sabita’s Blog to know more about her.

[]Foreword

No matter who we are, where we go, or what we eat, no one cooks like mom. And we always long to get back to mom’s kitchen, to the fragrances and memories of our childhood and the love that only a mother can pour into her cooking. Like every mother, mine too has been churning out mouth watering delicacies as far back as I can remember. I was always drawn to her kitchen to learn the secrets of her ingredients, the source of the aromas and the delectable cuisines. My friends from around the world would visit and she would cook for each with the same love and care that she bestowed upon me. Everyone praised her cooking and wanted more. To take her cooking to the distant shores of our planet I learned my mom’s recipes, and discovered that at the very heart of good and wholesome cooking lies the same ingredients to living a good and wholesome life – keep it simple, keep it creative and keep it full of love.

As I traveled around the world so did my mom’s recipes. I cooked in the cities and also in the mountains, using my mom’s secret – simplicity, creativity and filled with love. Not only did people want more of her recipes but her approach also helped redefine Indian cooking for many abroad – from the Indian stereotype of spicy oily rich food; while here I was making lip smacking food with barely any oil or spices. Nearly everywhere people asked me for the recipes so they could replicate the dishes I prepared. And that is the genesis of ‘Mom’s Kitchen’.

My mother’s recipes run into more than a thousand. Selecting just 105 was as much a challenge for me as it was for her. I selected those with international appeal, most of which I had prepared for friends and had been appreciated. And of course, they had to be easy and simple to prepare but equally, gentle on the stomach and heart – and full of a mother’s love. It was a herculean effort for my mother to write the recipes in longhand on paper despite her failing eyesight, and to write it authentically in terms of culinary and cookery terminologies and phrases that would be easily understood by an international audience. In her era, recipes were taught by mother to mother, and then passed on through word of mouth. So writing this was an entirely new way of sharing her cooking. Yet she persevered day and night, ending up with several hundred recipes. Then it was left to me to transcribe.

The book is divided into sections that sum up the gamut of Indian cooking; you’ll find sections for the main course, non-vegetarian and vegetarian, sections for snacks and savories, for rice dishes and for desserts – no Indian meal is complete without dessert! Plus those famous chutneys and raitas, which are everyday accompaniments.

Open the book anywhere and indulge your taste buds, my friends. Be creative while cooking and eating! As my mother says, ‘never forget to add love in ample quantity for the ones you cook’, and you will never go wrong. My mother would be delighted to hear back from you on your culinary adventures and any suggestions or ideas that you may like to share with her on her first book in a series of her kitchen offerings. Please write to her at damsabita@gmail.com and she will be happy to reply.

With that I can only add that I have been extremely fortunate to have the mother that I do; not only is she a great cook, but also a human being with great love for everyone. No one has ever been turned away from her kitchen.

Satyabrata Dam

New Delhi

March 2014

[]Acknowledgement

Since simplicity is at the core of mom’s kitchen, the recipe book has been kept simple for ease of reference. This book is a labor of love not only of my mom but also every friend who asked for it. To all of them my mom and I express our heartfelt gratitude that you are keen to learn what an old ailing lady has been cooking in her kitchen in India for her children. My mother’s joy is boundless knowing that her cooking will literally cross the oceans and reach where she never would physically.

We also thank a very dear friend and a highly talented designer who designed this book in every aspect for digital accessibility. She prefers to remain anonymous and for her act of generosity, we both are grateful.

Finally, we thank our readers, each one of you, who enter ‘Mom’s Kitchen’ cook something for your loved ones and share that joy and happiness with us. This book is nothing without our dear readers and fellow culinary adventurers, to whom we acknowledge our gratitude and dedicate this labor of love. May you all have a wonderful experience cooking and eating and sharing the bonds therein!

Sabita Dam

Satyabrata Dam

New Delhi, India

[] Vegetarian Delights

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1. Cauliflower with Coriander Sauce

Ingredients

Cauliflower – 400 gm                    

Green chili – 3

Mustard seed – 2 teaspoon           

Sugar – 1 teaspoon

Coriander leaves fresh – 250 gm   

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Mustard oil – 50 ml (to fry)           

Method

1.      Cut cauliflower into flowerets and wash

2.      Grind mustard seed and green chili together into a fine paste. Keep aside covered (else the flavor will go)

3.      Wash coriander leaves and grind into fine paste

4.      Heat oil. When smoking, add cauliflower, salt, turmeric. Stir well, fry till light brown

5.      Add ground mustard seed and green chili, and keep on stirring on low flame

6.      Add sugar and sprinkle water while stirring

7.      Add coriander leave paste, keep on stirring

8.      When done and dried, remove from fire. Serve with rice or roti or poori 

2. Doi Begun (Eggplant in Curd)

Ingredients -

Eggplant – 500 gm         

Onion – 4 in number      

Ginger – 1 inch piece      

Garlic – 4 flakes             

Curd – 400 gm               

Coriander seed – 1tspn   

Cardamom big – 2          

Cumin seed – 1 tspn (for tempering)

Sugar – 2 tspn

Salt to taste

Turmeric – a pinch

Red chilli powder – a pinch

Coriander leaves fresh – 100 gm

Cooking oil – 40 ml

Method

1.     Wash and cut eggplant into roundels and rub turmeric and salt; keep aside

2.     Grate onion

3.     Grind together garlic, ginger, and coriander seed to fine paste

4.     Beat curd well adding salt and half of the sugar to it, keep aside

5.     Heat oil, add eggplant, fry till light brown and remove from fire

6.     In the remaining oil add cumin seed and crushed big cardamom

7.     Add grated onion and stir. When onion starts to turn light brown in colour add turmeric, red chilli powder and paste of garlic, ginger and coriander. Stir well on medium flame, sprinkling water from time to time

8.     Add remaining sugar and fried eggplant

9.     Add salt and little water. Cover with a lid and bring it to only one boil. Immediately remove from fire.

10.   In a deep serving bowl spread half of the beaten curd and on that layer keep one layer of prepared eggplant. Pour the rest of curd to cover the eggplants

11.   Finely chop the fresh green coriander leaves and spread over the curd. Serve with rice or chapatti. 

3. Eggplant with Coconut

Ingredients

Eggplant (long ones) – 500 gm

Mustard seed – 2 tsp

Coconut grated – 1 cup

Green chili – 2

Turmeric – a pinch

Salt to taste

Mustard seed for tempering – ½ tsp

Mustard oil – 40 ml

Method

1) Wash and cut eggplants into two halves lengthwise. Rub with turmeric and salt and keep aside

2) Grind mustard seed and green chili into fine paste

3) Mix ground mustard, green chili paste, turmeric, salt and two tbsp of grated coconut in half cup of water. Keep aside

4) Heat mustard oil. When smoke comes out add eggplants and fry on slow fire and remove

5) In remaining oil add mustard seed for tempering. When mustard seeds crackle add the spice mix at 3 and bring it to boil

6) When the curry is thick add fried eggplants and remaining grated coconut

7) Cook for a minute and remove. Serve hot

4. Spicy Aubergine

Ingredients

Round (small) aubergine – 500 gm

Roasted peanuts – half cup

Grated coconut – 1 cup

Poppy seed – 20 gm

Onion – 4

Garlic – 4 flakes

Green chili – 4

Sugar a pinch

Turmeric powder a pinch

Mustard oil – 40 ml

Method

1) Wash aubergine, split partially into 4 strips keeping whole with stem. Apply turmeric and salt. Keep aside

2) Heat oil, add aubergine and deep fry and keep aside

3) Grind roasted peanuts to fine powder

4) Finely chop onion and garlic separately

5) Heat oil; add onion fry till light brown. Add garlic and stir for a minute and remove

6) Grind poppy seed, green chili, grated coconut, fried onion and garlic all together to fine paste

7) In hot oil add ground spices at 6 add peanut powder, turmeric, sugar and salt, keep on stirring

8) After two minutes add fried aubergine and stir again

9) When spices are well fried, add little water, cook till done and gravy is thick. Remove and serve hot

5. Cauliflower Roast

Ingredients

Cauliflower big – 400 gm

Potato – 200 gm (small round ones, each of same size)

Onion – 200 gm (small round ones, each of same size)

Bay leaves – 5

Black pepper powder – 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Refined oil – 80 ml

Method

1) Cut cauliflower into pieces similar to size of potato and onions

2) Peel potatoes and keep them whole

3) Peel onion and keep them whole

4) Heat oil, add bay leaves

5) Add cauliflower, potato, onion and salt. Keep on stirring. Cook on low flame with lid on

6) Occasionally stir to prevent vegetables from burning or sticking to the pan

7) Cook till the vegetables are tender and light brown in color

8) When done add black pepper powder, remove from fire and serve hot

6. Cauliflower in red sauce

Ingredients

Cauliflower whole – 500 gm

Onion – 300 gm

Tomato – 300 gm

Ginger – 2 inch

Red chili powder a pinch

Green chili – 2

Cardamom – 4

Cinnamon – 2

Clove – 4

Bay leaves – 2

Coriander leaves – 200 gm

Sugar a pinch

Big cardamom – 3

Peanuts – 100 gm

Cashew nuts – 10

Raisins – 15

Turmeric – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Refined flour – 2 tbsp

Refined oil – 3 tbsp

Ghee – 1 tbsp

Method

1) Clean cauliflower and wash, keep it whole

2) Dip cauliflower in hot salted water for 20 minutes. Drain and wash with cold water. The cauliflower should be bit hard. Keep aside

3) Finely chop onion, ginger, tomato, green chili, each of them separately

4) Make garam masala by grinding together cinnamon, cardamom and clove into fine powder. Keep aside in a covered bowl

5) Wash coriander leaves and chop finely

6) To make white sauce – in a dry pan roast refined flour till color changes to light brown. Remove, when cool, add water. Stir well with a spoon, keep aside

7) Heat oil, fry separately peanuts and cashew nuts and keep aside

8) In remaining oil add ghee. Add crushed big cardamom and bay leaves

9) Add finely chopped onion, stir till light brown

10) Add chopped tomato; keep on stirring for 5 minutes

11) Add chopped ginger, red chili powder, turmeric, salt, and sugar and keep on stirring on low flame sprinkling water intermittently

12) Add fried peanuts, cashew nuts, raisin, chopped green chili and stir

13) Add white sauce, stir well and cook on low flame till the sauce turns reddish brown

14) Add garam masala powder and finely chopped coriander. Stir well, remove from fire

15) Take a flat bottom serving bowl, spread a layer of sauce in the dish, place the cauliflower on the sauce, and cover the cauliflower completely with more sauce. This should be done at least 2 hrs before serving. Keep aside. While serving use knife and fork to cut the cauliflower pieces

7. Cauliflower Dalna

Ingredients

Cauliflower – 400 gm

Potato – 3

Green peas shelled – 100 gm

Ginger – 1 inch

Cumin seed – 2 tsp

Red chili powder to taste

Turmeric a pinch

Tomato – 2

Cumin seed for tempering – 1 tsp

Big cardamom for tempering – 2

Bay leaves – 2

Salt to taste

Cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 2

Cloves – 4

Ghee – 1 tsp

Cooking oil – 40 ml

Prepare garam masala – grind cardamom, cinnamon and cloves together into fine powder

Method

1) Cut cauliflower into pieces, rub salt and turmeric and keep aside

2) Peel potatoes and cut into cubes

3) Grind ginger and cumin seeds together into fine paste

4) Heat oil, add cauliflower, shallow fry and keep aside

5) Fry potatoes and keep aside

6) In remaining oil add cumin seeds and crushed big cardamom and bay leaves for tempering

7) Add ginger-cumin paste; keep on stirring on low flame, sprinkling water intermittently

8) Add chopped tomato, shelled peas, fried cauliflower and potato and salt and turmeric. Stir for few minutes more

9) When flavor comes out, add water up to the level of the vegetables, cook with lid on till done

10) Add ghee and garam masala powder

8. Cabbage Kofta Curry

Ingredients

Cabbage – 500 gm

Curd – 50 gm

Bengal gram flour – 3 tbsp

Ginger – 2 inch

Red chili powder to taste

Sugar to taste

Turmeric a pinch

Cumin seed for tempering – 1 tsp

Red chili (without seeds) for tempering – 2

Salt to taste

Garam masala – grind together into fine powder cardamom 4, cinnamon 2, cloves 4

Cooking oil to fry

Method

1) Grind ginger to fine paste

2) Wash and cut cabbage, steam and drain

3) Squeeze moisture from cabbage and mash well adding red chili powder, pinch of sugar, salt, Bengal gram flour and a pinch of ground ginger. Make small balls to make cabbage koftas

4) Heat oil, add kofta balls and deep fry, remove and keep aside

5) In remaining oil add cumin seeds and red chili for tempering; add ginger paste, red chili powder, turmeric, curd, salt, pinch of sugar. Keep stirring till spices are light brown

6) When flavor comes out add half cup of hot water

7) Bring to boil add garam masala powder. Mix well and remove. This is the curry sauce

8) Arrange the kofta balls on a serving dish and pour the curry sauce from top. Stand at least 6 minutes before serving

9. Green Potato

Ingredients

New potatoes (small round ones) – 500 gm

Coriander leaves – 200 gm

Green chili – 3

Salt to taste

Sugar a pinch

Mustard oil – 2 tbsp

Method

1) Boil potatoes in jacket and peel

2) Grind coriander and green chili together to fine paste

3) Heat oil when smoke comes out add potatoes, salt and sugar, keep stirring

4) Add one cup of water, reduce fire and cook on low flame with lid on

5) When almost dry, add coriander green chili paste, stir for few minutes and remove from fire

10. Aloo Posto Charchari (potato poppy seed)

Ingredients

Potato – 250 gm

Poppy seed – 2 tbsp

Turmeric a pinch

Salt to taste

Green chili – 2

Black cumin seeds – 1 tsp for tempering

Sugar a pinch

Mustard oil – 30 ml

Method

1) Peel potatoes, cut into small cubes and dip in water

2) Grind poppy seeds and green chili into fine paste

3) Heat oil, when smoke comes out, add black cumin, potato, turmeric and salt, stir well

4) Stir on medium flame till the potatoes are light brown

5) Add water, poppy seed and green chili paste and sugar

6) When potatoes are done and gravy is thick, remove from fire

11. Coconut Curd Mix Veggie

Ingredients

Coconut grated – 2 cups

Curd – 150 gm

Potato – 100 gm

French beans – 100 gm

Pumpkin – 100 gm

Cucumber – 50 gm

Drumstick – 50 gm

Green chili – 3

Cumin seed – 2 tsp

Carrot – 100 gm

Mustard seed – 1 tsp for tempering

Red chili (seedless) – 2 for tempering

Curry leaves – 6

Salt to taste

Cooking oil – 40 ml

Method

1) Grind cumin seed, green chili and coconut together to fine paste and mix with curd. Keep aside

2) Cut all the vegetables into 1 inch long pieces

3) Steam all the vegetables with little water for 5 minutes. Keep aside

4) Heat oil, when smoke comes out; add mustard seed and red chili for tempering. Add four curry leaves

5) Add steamed vegetables, stir and cook on low flame

6) Add spices and curd mix and stir well

7) Bring to boil, add two finely chopped curry leaves and remove from fire

12. Okra Sour

Ingredients

Okra – 750 gm

Tomato – 200 gm

Onion – 3

Red chili powder to taste

Turmeric a pinch

Tamarind pulp – 30 ml

Salt to taste

Cooking oil – 30 ml

Method

1) Wash and wipe dry okra 30 min before cooking

2) Slant cut each okra into 3 pieces

3) Wash and cut tomatoes into thin long pieces

4) Cut onion into fine long strips

5) Heat oil, when smoke comes out, reduce flame to low. Add okra. Stir well for two minutes and add onion

6) Cook with lid on, stir from time to time without damaging the vegetables

7) After 5 minutes add tomato, turmeric, red chili and salt. Keep stirring

8) Now cook on medium flame, if vegetables starts sticking to the pan, reduce flame to low, cook till done

9) Add tamarind pulp, stir for a minute, and remove from fire

13. Okra Coconut

Ingredients

Okra – 500 gm

Coconut grated – 1 cup

Green chili – 3

Mustard seed – 1 tsp for tempering

Red chili seedless – 1 (broken into two pieces) for tempering

Turmeric a pinch

Salt to taste

Cooking oil – 30 ml

Method

1) Wash and wipe dry okra 30 min before cooking

2) Cut okra into round pieces

3) Chop green chilies

4) Heat oil, when smoke comes out add red chili and mustard seeds for tempering

5) When mustard seeds crackle add okra and turmeric

6) Stir for five minutes; add chopped green chili and half cup of coconut. Cook on low flame

7) Keep stirring, when almost done add salt

8) When okra is well fried and done, add rest of the coconut, stir well and remove from fire

14) Potato Pumpkin Chakka

Ingredients

Small Bengal Gram – 150 gm

Potato – 300 gm

Pumpkin – 250 gm

Ginger – 50 gm

Red chili powder a pinch

Turmeric a pinch

Red chili (seedless) – 1 (broken into two halves) for tempering

Panch Phoron – 1 tsp for tempering (to make Panch Phoron mix mustard seed, fenugreek, fennel, cumin seed, black cumin in equal quantity)

Bay leaf – 1

Mustard oil – 30 ml

Method

1) Soak Bengal gram overnight

2) Peel and cut potatoes into cubes

3) Peel and cut pumpkin into cubes

4) Grind ginger to fine paste

5) Heat oil, when smoke comes out; add red chili, panch phoron and bay leaf for tempering

6) Add ginger paste. Stir well

7) Add potato and pumpkin. Stir well

8) Drain Bengal gram and add and keep stirring on low flame

9) Add salt, turmeric, stir well and cook with lid on

10) Cook till done, remove from fire

15) Cauliflower in Curd

Ingredients

Cauliflower – 750 gm

Green peas shelled – 250 gm

Onion – 4

Garlic – 4 flakes

Ginger – 30 gm

Grated coconut – 2 tbsp

Poppy seed – 2 tbsp

Curd – 3 tbsp

Black pepper – 6

Red chili powder a pinch

Turmeric a pinch

Coriander leaves – 30 gm

Cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 2

Cloves – 4

Salt to taste

Sugar a pinch

Oil – 50 ml

Method

1) Steam green peas and drain

2) Cut cauliflower into big pieces, dip in salt water for 10 min, drain and wipe dry, rub turmeric and salt and keep aside

3) Finely chop 2 onions and grind the other 2 into fine paste

4) Grind ginger, garlic, poppy seed and coconut together to fine paste

5) Finely chop coriander leaves

6) Heat oil, add cauliflower, fry till light brown and remove. Keep aside

7) In remaining oil add chopped onion, fry till golden brown and remove. Keep aside

8) In hot oil add crushed cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and ground spices at step 4, onion paste, red chili powder, black pepper and turmeric. Stir well, sprinkling water from time to time on low flame

9) Add cauliflower, salt, and sugar. Stir again and just add enough water to cook properly. Cook with lid on

10) When done, pour cauliflower in the serving bowl

11) Make a ring of peas around the cauliflower pieces along the edge of the bowl

12) Beat curd with a pinch of salt and pour on cauliflower to cover it fully

13) Finally garnish with fried onion and chopped coriander

16. Stuffed Capsicum

Ingredients -

Capsicum – 500 gm

Potato – 500 gm

Onion – 4

Peanut – 50 gm

Grated cheese – 1 cup

Red chili powder a pinch

Lime juice – 2 tsp

Turmeric a pinch

Salt to taste

Garam masala – grind together 1 cinnamon, 2 cardamom, 2 cloves into fine powder

Cooking oil – 40 ml

Method

1) For this dish, the capsicum is to be kept whole. Slit the top from the stem side and remove seeds and wash well from inside and outside

2) Rub salt and turmeric from inside and outside and keep capsicum upside down. Keep aside

3) Boil potatoes with jacket, when done, peel and mash

4) Chop onion finely

5) Heat oil, add peanuts, fry and remove. Keep aside

6) In remaining oil add onion, fry till light brown. Add mashed potato, peanuts, red chili powder, garam masala powder and salt

7) Stir well, add lime juice and mix well. Remove from fire. The stuffing is ready

8) Heat oil, fry capsicums on low flame and remove

9) Stuff the capsicums with the prepared stuffing and garnish each capsicum with grated cheese

17. Paneer Stuffed Capsicum

Ingredients

Capsicum – 500 gm

Paneer – 500 gm

Onion – 3

Ginger – 1 inch

Potato – 1

Raisins – 10

Tomato – 150 gm

Sugar a pinch

Salt to taste

Spice mix – roast together and grind to fine powder – cumin 1 tsp, coriander seeds 1 tsp, cinnamon 1, cardamom 2, cloves 3

Cooking oil – 50 ml

Method

1) For this dish, the capsicum is to be kept whole. Slit the top from the stem side and remove seeds and wash well from inside and outside

2) Rub salt and turmeric from inside and outside and keep capsicum upside down. Keep aside

3) Boil potato with jackets, peel and mash with salt

4) Knead paneer to make it free of lumps with even smooth texture

5) Finely chop onion

6) Grate ginger

7) Chop tomatoes

8) Heat oil add onion fry till light brown

9) Add ginger, tomato, spice mix, sugar and stir well

10) Keep stirring sprinkling water from time to time. When flavor comes out add paneer, raisin and salt

11) Cook on low flame. Sprinkle water in between

12) Add mashed potato, mix well, stir for few minutes. When well fried, remove from fire. The stuffing is ready

13) Stuff capsicum with the stuffing. Heat oil in a frying pan and cook capsicum on low flame till done. Remove and serve hot

18. Mattar Paneer Curry

Ingredients

Paneer – 250 gm

Green peas shelled – 250 gm

Onion – 3

Ginger – 1 inch

Garlic – 4 flakes

Tomato – 250 gm

Cumin powder – 2 tsp

Bay leaf – 1

Red chili a pinch

Salt to taste

Turmeric a pinch

Garam masala – grind together to fine powder – cardamom 2, cinnamon 1, cloves 3

Cooking oil – 30 ml

Method

1) Finely chop onion and garlic separately

2) Grind ginger to fine paste. Chop tomatoes finely keep aside

3) Cut paneer into cubes

4) Heat oil, add paneer cubes and fry till light brown. Remove and keep aside

5) In the remaining oil add bay leaf and onion, stir till light brown

6) Add garlic and stir well

7) Add ginger paste, cumin powder, turmeric, red chili powder and stir well on low flame sprinkling water from time to time

8) When spices are well fried add green peas, stir well

9) Add tomato and salt and stir till tomatoes are well cooked

10) Add water and cook with lid on till the peas are soft and desired curry remains

11) Add fried paneer cubes and simmer for few minutes

12) Add garam masala powder, mix well, remove from fire

19. Malai Kofta Curry

Ingredients

Paneer – 450 gm

Refined flour – 2 tbsp

Cumin powder – 2 tsp

Ginger paste – 2 tsp

Red chili powder a pinch

Curd – 2 tbsp

Tomato puree – 1 cup

Green chili – 2

Baking powder a pinch

Fresh cream – 100 gm

Bay leaf – 2

Sugar a pinch

Turmeric a pinch

Tempering spice mix – cumin seed 1 tsp, cardamom 2, cinnamon 1, cloves 3

Garam masala – grind together to fine powder – cardamom 3, cinnamon 2, cloves 4

Salt to taste

Ghee – 1 tsp

Cooking oil to fry as required

Method

1) Knead paneer to make it free of lumps with even smooth texture. Add salt, refined flour, baking powder, sugar, 1 tsp ginger paste, half cumin powder, chopped green chili, and a pinch of garam masala powder with paneer. Knead well to make smooth dough

2) Make small ball of koftas from this dough

3) Heat oil and deep fry koftas and keep aside

4) In the remaining oil add bay leaf, tempering spice mix, turmeric powder, remaining ginger paste and cumin powder, red chili powder, and stir well

5) Add tomato puree and keep stirring, sprinkling water in between

6) When flavor comes out add beaten curd, cook for two minutes

7) Add koftas, bring to only one boil

8) Add cream and ghee, mix well and remove. Serve hot

20. Spinach Paneer

Ingredients

Paneer – 500 gm

Spinach – 400 gm

Onion – 5

Garlic – 4 flakes

Ginger – 2 inch

Tempering spice mix – big cardamom crushed 4, bay leaves 2, cardamom 4, cinnamon 2, cloves 5

Green chili – 2

Salt to taste

Red chili powder a pinch

Cooking oil – 40 ml

Method

1) Cut paneer into small cubes. Rub salt

2) Heat oil, shallow fry paneer cubes, remove and keep aside

3) Clean, wash and chop spinach

4) Grate two onions and half of ginger

5) Add grated onion, ginger, red chili powder, salt and 1/4th cup of water to the spinach

6) Cook for few minutes till spinach is well boiled. Remove from fire

7) Meanwhile finely chop the rest of the onion, garlic, green chili and remaining ginger

8) When spinach cools down, mash well in a mixer

9) Heat oil, add tempering spice mix

10) Add finely chopped onion and garlic, stir well till light brown

11) Add ginger, green chili, keep on stirring

12) When flavor comes out add mashed spinach and keep on stirring for few minutes

13) Add paneer cubes, stir and cook till spinach comes to one boil. Stir well for few more minutes to bring to another boil and remove

21. Paneer Devil

Ingredients

Paneer grated – 400 gm

Lentil – 200 gm

Potato – 125 gm

Coconut grated – 2 tbsp

Onion – 3

Garlic – 2 flakes

Ginger – 1 inch

Cumin powder – 2 tsp

Tomato – 2

Red chili powder a pinch

Turmeric a pinch

Sugar a pinch

Salt to taste

Tempering spice mix – bay leaves 2, big cardamom crushed 3, black pepper 5

Garam masala – grind together to fine powder – cardamom 4, cinnamon 2, cloves 4

Cooking oil as required

Method

1) Soak lentil overnight. Drain and grind to fine paste

2) To grated paneer add salt, a pinch of red chili powder and knead well to make very smooth dough. Keep aside

3) Peel and cut potatoes into cubes

4) Chop tomatoes

5) Grind ginger to fine paste

6) Grate one onion and garlic

7) Add grated coconut, pinch of sugar, red chili powder, turmeric, grated onion and garlic and salt to ground lentil and mix well

8) Heat little oil, add lentil and stir till moisture is dried up. Remove from fire. Once it cools down, make small balls

9) Add half cumin powder and ginger paste to paneer dough and mix well

10) Make paneer balls (little bigger than the lentil balls), and stuff the lentil balls inside the paneer balls and make oval shape like egg shape. This is called Paneer Devil.

11) Heat oil, fry potatoes and remove. Fry paneer devils and remove. Keep aside

12) In remaining oil add tempering spice mix. Add remaining ginger paste, cumin powder, red chili powder, turmeric and stir well

13) Add chopped tomatoes, sugar and stir for few more minutes

14) Add potato and salt; keep stirring, sprinkling water in between

15) When flavor comes out add water and bring to boil

16) Cut paneer devils into halves lengthwise

17) When potatoes are well cooked add paneer devils

18) When gravy is thick remove from fire and add garam masala powder, cover for few minutes. Then serve hot

22. Spinach mix Vegetables

Ingredients

Spinach – 500 gm

Potato – 2

Sweet potato – 2

Brinjal – 2

Radish – 1

Pumpkin – 100 gm

Turmeric – a pinch

Cumin powder – 1 tsp

Red chili powder a pinch

Tempering spices – bay leaf 2, cumin seed 1 tsp, red chili seedless 1 broken into two halves

Garam masala – grind together to fine powder cardamom 2, cinnamon 1, cloves 3

Salt to taste

Cooking oil – 40 ml

Method

1) Peel potato, sweet potato and cut into cubes and wash

2) Cut all other vegetables into cubes

3) Wash well and chop the spinach

4) Heat oil, when smoke comes out add tempering spices then add all the vegetables except spinach. Fry for 3 – 4 minutes, add cumin powder, turmeric, salt and stir for another 3 minutes

5) Add spinach and cover with a lid. Cook in medium flame

6) Spinach will produce lot of water. Stir in between

7) When water is dried and the vegetables are tender add garam masala powder. Remove and serve hot

23. Raw Banana Kofta curry

Ingredients

Raw banana – 500 gm

Potato – 250 gm

Onion – 4

Garlic – 4 flakes

Ginger – 1 inch

Curd – 2 tbsp

Red chili powder a pinch

Raisin – 10

Sugar – 1 tsp

Besan (split Bengal gram flour) – 2 tbsp

Cumin powder – 1 tsp

Turmeric a pinch

Tempering mix – bay leaf 2, crushed big cardamom 2, cumin seed 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Garam masala spices – grind together to fine powder cardamom 3, cinnamon 2, cloves 4

Cooking oil – as required

Method

1) Boil banana with jacket, cool and peel

2) Peel potato and cut into cubes

3) Finely chop one onion, two garlic flakes and keep aside

4) Grind remaining onions and ginger to fine paste

5) Mash boiled banana, add chopped onion and garlic, red chili powder, pinch of sugar, besan, raisin and salt. Mix well. Make small round koftas

6) Heat oil, when smoke comes out add potato cubes, fry and keep aside

7) In hot oil fry the koftas and remove. Keep aside

8) Heat oil, when smoke comes out, add tempering mix. Add ground ginger and onion paste, cumin powder, red chili powder, turmeric. Stir well

9) Add curd, pinch of sugar and keep stirring

10) When flavor comes out add fried potatoes, salt and water (just enough water adequate for the koftas)

11) When potatoes are tender add koftas and bring to one boil

12) Add garam masala powder and remove from fire

24. Spicy Potato

Ingredients

Potato – 500 gm

Coconut grated 1 cup

Onion – 250 gm

Ginger – 1 inch

Lime juice – 2 tsp

Green chili – 2

Red chili powder a pinch

Sugar a pinch

Salt to taste

Tempering mix – bay leaf 1, cumin seed 1 tsp, red chili seedless 1 broken into two halves

Cooking oil – 30 ml

Method

1) Wash, boil, peel potatoes, cut into cubes

2) Chop onion and green chilies

3) Grind ginger to fine paste

4) Heat oil, when smoke comes out, add tempering mix

5) Add onion, fry till light brown

6) Add ginger paste, potato cubes, salt and stir for one minute

7) Add grated coconut, chopped green chilies, red chili powder, sugar, and stir with little water

8) Cook on low flame till gravy is dry

9) Add lime juice, mix well and remove

25. Green Papaya Dalna

Ingredients

Green papaya – 500 gm

Potato – 250 gm

Tomato – 1

Cumin powder – 1 tsp

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Ginger – 1 inch

Green chili – 2

Turmeric a pinch

Red chili powder a pinch

Peanuts – 100 gm

Salt to taste

Tempering mix – bay leaf 2, cumin seed 1 tsp, red chili seedless 1 broken into two halves

Garam masala powder – grind together to fine powder cardamom 4, cinnamon 2, cloves 4

Cooking oil – 40 ml

Method

1) Peel and remove seeds of papaya. Peel potatoes and cut both papaya and potatoes separately into cubes

2) Steam papaya, when half tender remove and drain

3) Grind green chili and ginger into fine paste

4) Heat oil, when smoke comes out, add peanuts, fry and remove. Keep aside

5) In the remaining oil, add potato, fry and remove. Keep aside

6) In the remaining oil add tempering mix; add ground spices, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder and turmeric. Stir on low flame for few minutes

7) Add chopped tomato and stir for another 2 minutes

8) When flavor comes out add papaya, potato, peanuts and salt. Keep on stirring, sprinkling water from time to time

9) Add little water and cook with lid on

10) When gravy is thick add garam masala powder, mix well and remove

26. Green Papaya Bhurta

Ingredients

Green papaya – 400 gm

Coconut grated – 1 cup

Green chili – 3

Salt to taste

Mustard oil – 40 ml

Method

1) Peel green papaya, remove seeds, cut into long big pieces and boil

2) When cool, drain and mash well

3) Mix papaya, grated coconut, chopped green chili, salt and mustard oil and mix together well

4) Serve hot with rice

27. Cabbage Paturi

Ingredients -

Cabbage – 500 gm

Poppy seed – 100 gm

Yellow mustard seed – 50 gm

Green chili – 4

Turmeric a pinch

Sugar – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Mustard oil – 50 ml

Method

1) Wash and finely chop cabbage

2) Boil the cabbage, when tender remove from fire and drain. Keep aside

3) Grind poppy seed, mustard seed and green chili together to fine paste

4) Squeeze steamed cabbage to extract all water. Marinate with ground spices of poppy seed, mustard seed and green chili paste and turmeric, salt, sugar and half the oil for 30 min

5) Heat the remaining oil, when smoke comes out, reduce to low flame add marinated cabbage and cook on low flame. Turn the cabbage upside down every five minutes

6) Keep stirring all the time turning the sides once in a while. Keep stirring till the cabbage mix becomes golden brown

7) When flavor comes out, remove from fire and serve hot

28. Doi Potato

Ingredients

New potato (small round shaped) – 500 gm

Curd – half cup

Green chili – 3

Ginger 1 inch

Chopped coriander leaves – half cup

Ghee – 1 tbsp

Roasted cumin powder – 2 tsp

Red chili powder a pinch

Turmeric powder a pinch

Salt to taste

Black pepper powder a pinch

Black cumin – 1 tsp for tempering

Cooking oil – 30 ml

Method

1) Boil potatoes with jacket

2) Peel and mash 4 potatoes separately and cut the rest of the potatoes into halves

3) Grind ginger into paste

4) Beat curd, keep aside

5) Heat oil and ghee together, when smoke comes out reduce flame and temper with black cumin, ginger paste, chopped green chili, red chili powder and stir well

6) Add cut potatoes, salt and stir for 1 minute

7) Add mashed potatoes and one and half cup of water. Stir and cook with lid on

8) Add curd and mix well and cook for another 2 minutes

9) Add roasted cumin powder, black pepper powder and finely chopped coriander leaves, stir well and remove from fire

29. Green Jackfruit Dalna

Ingredients

Green jackfruit – 250 gm

Potato – 200 gm

Roasted cumin powder – 2 tsp

Roasted coriander powder – 2 tsp

Red chili powder to taste

Ginger – 1 inch

Tomato – 125 gm

Salt to taste

Turmeric a pinch

Tempering mix – bay leaf 1, cumin seed 1 tsp, crushed big cardamom 2

Garam masala powder – grind together to fine powder cardamom 4, cinnamon 2, cloves 5

Ghee – 2 tbsp

Cooking oil – 50 ml

Method

1) Peel jackfruit, remove seed and cut into cubes. Boil, remove and drain

2) Peel potatoes and cut into cubes, grind ginger to fine paste, chop tomatoes

3) Heat oil, when smoke comes out; add tempering mix, turmeric and red chili powder. Stir well for few minutes on low flame

4) Add chopped tomatoes, stir well for sometime till tomatoes are well cooked and mixed with spices. Sprinkle water while stirring

5) Add roasted coriander and cumin powder, stir, add potatoes, jackfruit and salt. Stir well

6) When flavor comes out, add little water, cook with lid on low flame till water is dried up and vegetables are done

7) Add garam masala powder and ghee, mix well and remove from fire

30. Flat Beans Paturi

Ingredients

Flat beans – 500 gm

Green peas shelled – 100 gm

Tomato – 3

Poppy seeds paste – 2 tbsp

Yellow mustard seed – 2 tbsp

Green chili – 4

Chopped coriander leaves – ½ cup

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder a pinch

Sugar – 1 tsp

Panch Phoron – 1 tsp for tempering (to make Panch Phoron mix mustard seed, fenugreek, fennel, cumin seed, black cumin in equal quantity)

Mustard oil – 50 ml

Method

1) Clean flat beans. Keeping the beans whole, cut the tips of either ends

2) Wash tomatoes and cut lengthwise each tomato into 6 pieces

3) Grind together yellow mustard seed and green chili into fine paste

4) Heat oil, when smoke comes out, add panch phoron, reduce to low flame

5) Add flat beans and green peas, stir well for few minutes

6) Add tomato pieces, keep stirring

7) Add turmeric, keep stirring well

8) When tomato is mixed, add ground yellow mustard green chili paste. Stir well sprinkling water in between

9. After few minutes add little water and cook with lid on low flame

10. When water is dry add salt, sugar and poppy seed paste. Stir well, slowly flavor will come out

11. Add 2 tsp mustard oil and 2 green chili whole and stir well for half a minute and remove

 

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1. Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients

Chicken – 1 whole

Eggs – 4 (hard boiled)

Almonds – 12

Cashew nuts – 10

Raisins – 20

Poppy seed – 1 teaspoon

Dry coconut (grated) – 3 tablespoon

Cardamom – 4

Cinnamon – 2

Cloves – 4

Sugar – a pinch to taste

Cheese (grated) – 2 tablespoon

Cumin powder – half teaspoon

Coriander powder – half teaspoon

Curd – 1 cup

Onion – 3

Garlic flakes – 8

Chili powder – a pinch

Pepper powder – a pinch

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Butter – 3 tablespoon

Salt – to taste

Few pieces of pineapple and cherries for garnishing

Method

1) Clean and wash chicken keeping it whole

2) Wash insides of chicken with lukewarm water and wipe out the moisture with a clean dry napkin

3) Finely chop one onion and fry till golden brown, remove and keep aside

4) Add to this fried onion chopped hard boiled eggs, raisins, chopped cashew nuts, almonds, sugar, salt, pepper powder and grated cheese. Mix well. The stuffing is ready

5) Stuff the chicken with this stuffing and stitch up carefully

6) Grind poppy seed and grated coconut to fine paste

7) Grind cardamom, cinnamon and cloves to powder

8) Whip curd well

9) Finely chop remaining onion and garlic

10) Heat butter in a thick bottomed broad pan, add onion and garlic. Stir well till golden brown

11) Add all ground and powdered spices and two table spoon curd and stir well

12) When flavor comes out add remaining curd and bring to boil

13) Add the chicken in the pan and cook on slow flame with a tight lid on till the chicken is done

14) To cook the chicken properly, turn all the sides occasionally

15) Remove from fire and remove the stitches

16) Place the chicken on serving dish, garnish with thin roundels of pineapple and cherries

2. Savory Chicken

Ingredients

Chicken – 1 kg

Grated cheese – 8 teaspoon

Eggs – 4

Raisin – 4 tablespoon

Soya sauce – 4 teaspoon

Onion (medium) – 4

Tomato – 4

Ginger – 2 inch piece

Garlic – 12 flakes

Red chili powder – to taste

Green chili – 4

Milk whole – 4 cups

Mint leaf (chopped) – 1 tablespoon

Coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon

Cinnamon – 2

Cloves – 6

Salt – to taste

Refined oil – 50 ml

Method

1) Clean and wash chicken

2) Finely chop onion and garlic

3) Grind ginger to paste and chop green chili

4) Chop tomatoes

5) Wash and finely chop mint and coriander leaves

6) Beat the eggs

7) Heat oil; add onion, garlic and ginger. Stir till brown

8) Add soya sauce, chili powder, raisin, chopped tomato, coarsely ground cloves and cinnamon, green chili and grated cheese. Stir on slow flame for five minutes

9) When all the spices are mixed well add beaten egg and stir well

10) Add chicken, mint and coriander leaves and keep on stirring

11) When well fried and flavor comes out, add milk and cook on slow flame till the chicken is tender and milk is dried up

12) If chicken is still hard add some water and little more milk and cook on slow flame till done

13) Serve hot with rice or bread

Note – in the above recipe, chicken can be replaced with mutton or lamb

3. Almond Chicken

Ingredients

Chicken – 1 kg

Almonds – 18

Fresh cream – 1 cup

Saffron – 4 (soaked in milk)

Onion – 400 gm

Ginger – 30 gm

Coriander powder – 2 tablespoon

Red chili powder – a pinch to taste

Cardamom – 4

Cinnamon – 1

Cloves – 5

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Salt – to taste

Refined oil – 60 ml

Method

1) Clean and wash chicken pieces

2) Grind 10 almond pieces

3) Fry the remaining almonds and keep aside

4) Marinate chicken pieces with ground almonds, cream, soaked saffron and little salt for 2 hours

5) Grate onions, grind ginger to fine paste

6) Grind cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves together to fine powder

7) Heat oil, add onion and ginger, stir till brown

8) Add other spices and stir well

9) When spices are well fried and oil separates from the spices add marinated chicken

10) Keep on stirring till brown and flavor comes out

11) Add just enough water to cook the chicken tender with thick gravy

12) Remove from fire

13) Before serving, garnish chicken with fried almonds

4. Chicken Korma

Ingredients

Chicken – 1 kg

Cashew nuts – 50 gm

Almonds – 50 gm

Raisins – 25 gm

Red chili powder – a pinch to taste

Fresh cream – 1 cup

Fresh coconut (grated) – 1

Vinegar – 2 tablespoon

Yellow mustard seed – 50 gm

Onion (medium) – 5

Garlic – 6 flakes

Ginger – 50 gm

Salt – to taste

Cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 2

Cloves – 4

Refined oil – 50 ml

Method

1) Finely chop onion

2) Grind garlic and ginger to fine paste

3) Grind yellow mustard seeds with vinegar and keep it covered

4) Grind cashew nuts, almonds, raisins and grated coconut to fine paste

5) Wash chicken pieces and marinate with ground cashew nut-almond-raisin-coconut paste and fresh cream. Keep aside for 1 hour

6) Coarsely grind cardamom, cinnamon and cloves together

7) Heat oil and add coarsely ground cardamom, cinnamon and cloves, and chopped onions. Stir well till light brown

8) Add garlic and ginger paste, red chili powder and stir well

9) Add ground yellow mustard paste and stir well

10) Add marinated chicken and stir well

11) When flavor comes out add just enough water to cook properly to have little gravy

12) Cook over slow flame till done

5. Mughlai Roast

Ingredients

Chicken – 500 gm

Fresh coconut – half

Onion (medium) – 4

Garlic – 8 flakes

Ginger – 25 gm

Red chili powder – a pinch to taste

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Fresh Coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon

Sugar – a pinch to taste

Cinnamon – 1

Cardamom – 2

Cloves – 3

Salt – to taste

Lemon juice (fresh) – 2 teaspoon

Refined oil – 30 ml

Method

1) Clean and wash chicken pieces

2) Grate coconut

3) Grind together coconut, onion, garlic and ginger to fine paste

4) Marinate chicken with this ground spices, turmeric powder, red chili powder, sugar and salt for 1 hour

5) Chop coriander leaves

6) Grind cardamom, cinnamon and cloves to fine powder

7) Heat oil, add marinated chicken and cook on slow flame with lid on

8) Keep stirring from time to time, the chicken should be cooked with its own water

9) When chicken is well cooked, tender and almost dry add cardamom, cinnamon and clove powder and chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice

10) You can decorate the dish with fried or boiled potato roundels

Note – in this recipe, chicken can be replaced with mutton or lamb

6. Chingri Bhate (Prawns cooked inside rice) –

Ingredients -

Prawns – 500 gm                                             Turmeric – a pinch

Coconut – 1 (grated)                                        Salt to taste

Green chilli – 3                                                Sugar – 1 tsp

Mustard Seed – 1 tbsp                                    Mustard oil – 40 ml

Banana leaf – 12 inch long

Rice – as required for the members

Method

1) Shell, clean and wash prawns

2) Grind coconut, green chilies, mustard seeds to fine paste

3) Clean the banana leaf and wipe it with a wet cloth. Hold the leaf on the flame for few minutes till the color of the leaf changes. Keep aside

4) In a bowl marinate prawns with ground spices, sugar, turmeric, salt and mustard oil for fifteen minutes

5) Keep the marinated prawns in the center of the banana leaf and cover it by folding all the sides and bind the leaf with white thread

6) Prepare rice, when done remove from flame. And then remove half the rice. Place the stuffed banana leaf on the surface of the remaining rice and cover it with the previously removed rice ensuring that the leaf is covered with hot rice from all sides. Keep a lid on the rice

7) After 40 minutes remove the banana leaf, open it and serve it on a serving bowl with plain steamed rice. 

7. Alimo Roast

Ingredients

Group A

Mutton / Lamb Leg – 1 kg

Potato (medium) – 3

Carrot (medium) – 3

Onion (medium) – 3

Green papaya (small) – 1

Vinegar – 3 teaspoon

Sugar – 2 teaspoon

Salt – to taste

Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

Cooking oil – 3 tablespoon

Group B (grind each of the following ingredients separately)

Cumin seed – 2 teaspoon

Red chili – 5

Cloves – 2

Garlic – 10 flakes

Ginger – 50 gm

Coriander leaves – 100 gm

Onion – 2

Method

1) Cut leg into three big pieces. Clean and wash

2) Wipe out the moisture with a clean napkin, prick the skin with fork

3) Skin and grate the green papaya, keep aside

4) Peel potato, onion and carrot (from Group A), and keep them whole and wash

5) Marinate leg pieces with salt, grated papaya, onion paste and ginger paste (from Group B) for one hour

6) Heat oil in a cooker / deep pot with lid, add all ground spices (from Group B) and turmeric powder, stir well

7) Add marinated leg pieces and keep on stirring till fried well

8) Add salt and two cups of water, cover and cook for 15 minutes

9) Remove from fire and after few minutes open the lid and add the skinned whole potatoes, carrots and onions

10) Again keep the pot on fire with lid

11) After 5 minutes cook on low flame for another 5 minutes

12) Remove from fire, after few minutes open the lid and add sugar and vinegar

13) Again keep the pot on fire without the lid till the meat is done

14) Remove from fire and serve hot

8. Chicken Spinach

Ingredients

Chicken (breast and leg portions only) – 500 gm

Spinach – 300 gm

Curd – 150 gm

Onion – 100 gm

Ginger – 50 gm

Tomato puree – 100 gm

Salted butter – 100 gm

Tamarind pulp – 1 teaspoon

Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon

Pepper powder – a pinch

Sugar – 1 teaspoon

Salt – to taste

Cooking oil – 50 ml

Method

1) Cut and wash chicken pieces

2) Whip curd and keep aside

3) Prepare a paste of tamarind pulp and sugar and keep aside

4) Grind ginger and onion to fine paste

5) Steam spinach and grind to paste

6) Heat oil add ginger and onion paste, stir well

7) When ginger and onion paste is well fried add pepper powder and red chili powder

8) When flavor starts coming out add the whipped curd

9) Stir well and add the tomato puree

10) Now add the tamarind-sugar paste and cook for sometime

11) Add the chicken pieces, cover with a lid (add little water if required), stir occasionally

12) When chicken is done add butter and let the butter melt

13) Finally add spinach and salt to the chicken and mix well and then bring to one boil and remove from fire

14) Serve hot

9. Chicken Malaikari

Ingredients

Chicken – 500 gm

Coconut – half

Onion – 3

Cloves whole – 7

Coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon

Garlic – 4 flakes

Ginger – 30 gm

Salt – to taste

Black pepper whole – 5

Sugar – a pinch

Turmeric – a pinch

Cinnamon – 1

Cardamom – 2

Poppy seed – a pinch

Cumin seeds – a pinch

Coriander seeds – a pinch

Chili powder – a pinch

Cooking oil – 30 ml

Method

1) Clean and wash chicken pieces, boil chicken with grated ginger and one chopped onion in two cups of water for few minutes

2) When boiled chicken is cool, pass through a sieve and keep the stock for later use

3) Roast cinnamon, cardamom, two cloves, poppy seed, cumin seed, coriander seed and grind to fine powder; keep aside

4) Chop garlic and one onion and fry in little oil till light brown; keep aside

5) Grate coconut

6) Grind together grated coconut and fried onion-garlic to fine paste

7) Finely chop the remaining one onion and fry till golden brown and keep aside

8) Heat oil and add black pepper whole and 5 cloves whole, add ground coconut and onion-garlic paste and stir on medium flame

9) Add roasted powder spices (step 3 above), turmeric powder, red chili powder and salt. Stir well; when flavor comes out add sugar and chicken pieces.

10) Stir well and cook on low flame

11) Add finely chopped coriander leaves and stir well

12) Add chicken stock, cook with lid on low flame

13) Cook till chicken is very tender and the gravy is thick and remove from fire

14) Finally garnish with fried golden brown onion and serve hot with rice

10. Doi Chingri

Ingredients

Prawns (medium) – 500 gm

Curd – 100 gm

Onion – 2

Ginger – 50 gm

Sugar – 1 teaspoon

Bay leaves – 2

Red chili powder – a pinch

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Big cardamom – 2

Salt – to taste

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 2

Cardamom – 2

Ghee – 3 tablespoon

Method

1) Shell prawns, clean and wash well

2) Grind ginger and onion to fine paste

3) Marinate prawns with onion-ginger paste, red chili powder, salt, sugar, curd and turmeric powder for 30 minutes

4) Grind big cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom to fine powder. This is the ‘garam masala’ powder

5) Heat ghee, add bay leaves and garam masala powder, add marinated prawns and stir

6) Bring to boil and simmer till prawns are done; serve hot

11. Prawns with Okra

Ingredients

Prawns (medium) – 750 gm

Okra – 750 gm

Onion – 4

Green chili – 2

Red chili powder – a pinch

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Salt – to taste

Cooking oil – 30 ml

Method

1) Wash okra and wipe dry with a clean napkin; keep aside till okra completely dry

2) Chop okra in 1 inch long pieces

3) Shell prawns, clean and wash very well

4) Grind onion and green chili to fine paste

5) Heat oil, add onion paste and stir well

6) When onion is golden brown add okra, prawns, turmeric powder, red chili powder and salt

7) Cook on low flame with lid on

8) Sprinkle little water occasionally to prevent burning from bottom

9) Mix well carefully without breaking the okra

10) Cook till the prawns and okra is done well

12. Tomato Chicken

Ingredients

Chicken – 1.5 kg

Tomato – 1 kg

Fresh cream – 8 tablespoon

Garlic – 6 flakes

Refined flour – 2 tablespoon

Red chili powder – a pinch to taste

Salt – to taste

Cardamom – 4

Cinnamon – 2

Cloves – 5

Cooking oil – 70 ml

Method

1) Clean and wash chicken pieces

2) Steam tomato and take out the juice, keep aside (throw the skin away)

3) Grind to fine paste – cardamom, cinnamon and cloves with little water, and keep aside with lid on (to preserve the fragrance)

4) Grind garlic to fine paste

5) Make a batter of refined flour, pinch of salt and water

6) Dip chicken pieces in the batter and fry in hot oil, and keep aside

7) Heat oil and add garlic paste, red chili powder and tomato juice

8) Bring it to boil and add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves paste; salt and fried chicken pieces. Stir well for 5 – 6 minutes

9) When well fried and flavor comes out add little water. Cook till chicken is tender and remove from fire

10) Add cream and mix well

13. Nargis Kofta

Ingredients

For Kofta

Minced meat (mutton / lamb / beef) – 500 gm

Onion – 2

Ginger – 30 gm

Hard boiled eggs – 8

Raw egg – 1

Raw papaya grated – 1 tablespoon

Cashew nuts – 4

Poppy seed – 2 teaspoon

Green chili – 2

Salt – to taste

Cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1

Cloves – 2

Flour – to coat the boiled eggs

Oil – to fry

For Gravy

Tomato puree – 2 cups

Onion – 3

Garlic – 4 flakes

Salt – to taste

Red chili powder – a pinch

Green chili (chopped) – 1

Coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon

Cinnamon – 1

Cardamom – 4

Cloves – 3

Cooking oil – 20 ml

Method

1) Grind cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves into fine powder

2) Crush cashew nuts

3) Grind poppy seeds to fine paste

4) Grind together minced meat, finely chopped green chili, cinnamon-cardamom-cloves powder, grated raw papaya, poppy seed paste, cashew nuts and salt

5) Beat the raw egg and mix well to the above. Keep the mixture in fridge for one hour

6) Make a thick batter of flour, salt and black pepper powder

7) Coat the hard boiled eggs with the mince meat mix

8) Heat oil and dip the prepared eggs in the flour batter and deep fry

9) Remove from fire on paper to soak excess oil. The koftas are now ready

For Gravy

1) Finely chop onion, garlic and green chili

2) Heat oil, add finely chopped onion and stir till light brown

3) Add finely chopped garlic, green chili, turmeric powder and red chili powder. Stir till light brown

4) Add tomato puree and salt. Stir for a minute

5) Grind cinnamon, cardamom and cloves to fine powder and add to the above. Stir well

6) Now add little water and bring to boil

7) Add fried koftas one by one into the gravy. Simmer on low flame for 25 minutes

8) Before serving garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves

14. Paneer Chicken

Ingredients

Chicken – 1 kg

Paneer (cottage cheese) – 200 gm

Green peas (shelled) – 100 gm

Tomato – 2

Onion – 3

Garlic – 3 flakes

Ginger – 50 gm

Red chili powder – a pinch to taste

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Salt – to taste

Bay leaves – 2

Sugar – 1 teaspoon

Coriander leaves – 50 gm

Whole spices – black pepper 6, cardamom 2, big cardamom 1, cinnamon 1, cloves 2

For grinding – cardamom 2, cinnamon 1, cloves 4

Cooking oil – 60 ml

Method

1) Clean and wash chicken pieces

2) Cut paneer into cubes

3) Finely chop onion and garlic and tomatoes (keeping them separate)

4) Grind ginger to fine paste

5) Heat oil, add bay leaves, all the whole spices and sugar

6) Add chopped onion, garlic and ginger paste

7) Stir well till onion is light brown

8) Add chicken, stir for 5 minutes

9) Add peas and ground spices. Stir well

10) Add tomato and stir on low flame till flavor comes out and tomatoes are well cooked

11) Add paneer and stir on low flame, sprinkling water occasionally

12) Add little water and cook with lid on low flame

13) When chicken is well cooked and gravy is thick, remove from fire

14) Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves

15. Fried Meat with Potato Fingers

Ingredients

Meat (mutton or lamb) – 500 gm

Hard boiled egg – 3

Potato – 250 gm

Onion – 300 gm

Garlic – 6 flakes

Ginger – 1 inch

Bay leaf – 1

Tomato – 2

Red chili powder – a pinch to taste

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Salt – to taste

Cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1

Cloves – 4

Coriander leaves – to garnish

Mint leaves – to garnish

Cooking oil – to fry

Method

1) Cut meat into even cube pieces, clean and wash, squeeze dry

2) Peel and cut potatoes into long fingers. Rub salt and turmeric to the fingers and keep for 15 min. Water will come out

3) Drain out the water and deep fry fingers on slow flame till crisp. Remove from fire to drip extra oil

4) Finely chop onion and garlic

5) Grind ginger to fine paste

6) Grind cardamom, cinnamon and cloves to fine powder

7) Chop tomatoes

8) Heat oil, add onion and fry till golden brown

9) Add garlic and bay leaves, stir for two more minutes

10) Add tomatoes, stir till tomatoes are tender and well mixed

11) Add ground ginger paste and cardamom-cinnamon-cloves powder and turmeric powder and salt. Stir well. Add meat and stir on medium flame

12) When meat is well fried add water and cook till meat is tender and the gravy is totally dried up

13) Shell hard boiled eggs and cut into halves

14) Serve meat on a flat round bowl, place egg pieces on the round edges of the bowl and garnish the meat with fried potato fingers and chopped coriander and mint leaves

16. Lobster Kalia

Ingredients

Lobster – 750 gm

Cauliflower – 200 gm

Potato – 100 gm

Onion – 3

Garlic – 4 flakes

Ginger – 30 gm

Coriander – 1 teaspoon

Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon

Sugar – 2 teaspoon

Cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 2

Cloves – 4

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Salt – to taste

Cooking oil – 1 cup

Method

1) Shell lobster and remove intestine and wash well with water

2) Rub salt and turmeric to lobster, keep aside

3) Peel potatoes and cut into cubes

4) Cut cauliflower and wash

5) Grind ginger, garlic and onion to fine paste

6) Heat oil, when smoke comes out add lobster, fry and remove; keep aside

7) In remaining oil add potato, fry and remove

8) Apply salt and turmeric powder to cauliflower, fry and remove; keep aside

9) Again heat oil, add ginger-garlic-onion paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, salt and keep on stirring till spices are brown in color. When flavor comes out add fried potatoes and cauliflower

10) Add sugar, stir for one minute, and add water and lobster

11) When done and desired quantity of gravy remains, remove from fire

12) Add cardamom-cinnamon-cloves powder, cover with lid. Serve after 15 minutes

17. Meat Paturi

Ingredients

Meat – 1 kg

Curd – 225 gm

Sugar – 1 teaspoon

Onion – 150 gm

Garlic – 6 flakes

Red chili powder – a pinch

Black pepper powder – 2 teaspoon

Poppy seed – 50 gm

Mustard seed yellow – 25 gm

Salt – to taste

Mustard oil – 50 ml

Method

1) Clean and wash meat pieces

2) Finely chop onion and garlic

3) Grind mustard seed and poppy seed to fine paste

4) Heat little oil, when smoke comes out add chopped onion and garlic and stir till light brown

5) Marinate meat with fried onion-garlic, curd, sugar, salt, mustard and poppy seed paste, black pepper powder, red chili powder and raw (not heated) mustard oil for 1 hr

6) Cook marinated meat with lid on slow flame for 25 min, stirring occasionally

7) When done, remove from fire and mix well and serve hot

18. Chicken Dumphukt

Ingredients

Chicken – 1 kg

Curd – 500 gm

Butter – 50 gm

Almond – 10

Raisin – 10

Onion – 3

Ginger – 30 gm

Bay leaves – 3

Sugar – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Red chili powder – to taste

Cardamom – 6

Cinnamon – 4

Cloves – 4

Method

1) Clean and wash chicken pieces

2) Grind together cardamom, cinnamon and cloves to fine powder

3) Grind ginger to paste

4) Soak almonds for one hour, scale and slice

5) Grate onion

6) Beat curd till without lump and add cardamom-cinnamon-cloves powder and red chili powder, mix well

7) Marinate chicken with the above mix for 30 min

8) Heat butter and add sugar. When sugar starts burning and caramel color comes out, add bay leaves, grated onion and ginger paste

9) Stir well till the spices are brown in color

10) Add marinated meat, raisins, chopped almonds; mix well and cover with lid

11) Cook on slow flame for 45 min. When chicken is tender and gravy is thick, remove from fire

19. Sweet and Sour Mango Chicken

Ingredients

Chicken boneless – 250 gm

Ripe mango – 500 gm

Tomato (medium) – 1

Soya sauce – 2 tablespoon

Cornflour – 3 teaspoon

Garlic – 2 flakes

Salt to taste

Cooking oil – for frying

Method

1) Cut chicken into cubes, boil with little salt till done, remove from fire

2) Cut tomatoes into thin roundels

3) Make fine paste of garlic

4) Wash and peel mangoes and cut into cubes; keep aside

5) Heat oil in a pan and fry chicken pieces on low flame till light brown. Remove from fire and keep on a flat platter and cover

6) Heat one tablespoon oil and add garlic paste; fry on slow flame till garlic paste turns black (almost burnt), remove the garlic paste from oil. Add soya sauce and salt to the remaining oil in the pan

7) In two tablespoon water add cornflour and make smooth paste

8) Add the cornflour paste to the pan

9) Now add two more cups of water into the pan, stir well and bring the mixture to boil stirring continuously so that no lumps are formed

10) In a serving dish arrange fried chicken pieces, mango pieces, tomato roundels

11) Pour the hot gravy sauce over them. Serve hot with rice or noodles

20. Chicken Coriander Curry

Ingredients

Chicken – 1 kg

Onion – 500 gm

Garlic – 12 flakes

Ginger – 50 gm

Potato medium – 6

Curd – two tablespoon

Black pepper whole – 6

Bay leaves – 2

Coriander leaves chopped – 2 tablespoon

Tomato – 250 gm

Red chili powder to taste

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Salt to taste

Big cardamom – 3

Cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1

Cloves – 4

Cooking oil – 50 ml

Method

1) Clean and wash chicken pieces

2) Finely chop onion, garlic, ginger and tomato separately

3) Peel potatoes, cut into halves and wash

4) Heat oil; add whole pepper, crushed big cardamom and bay leaves

5) Add chopped garlic and stir for few seconds

6) Add chopped onion, stir till light brown

7) Add chopped ginger, tomato, red chili powder and turmeric powder; stir well

8) Stir till tomato turns to sauce

9) Add chicken, sugar and salt. Keep on stirring sprinkling water in between

10) Add curd and keep on stirring

11) Add potatoes and continue to stir

12) When meat is brown in color and flavor comes out, add water and cover with a lid

13) Cook on slow flame till the meat is done. Remove from fire

14) Grind cardamom, cinnamon cloves into fine powder

15) Add the above powder and chopped coriander leaves to the meat and mix well

16) Serve hot

21. Curd Egg

Ingredients

Egg – 6 (hardboiled)

Curd – 100 gm

Onion – 1

Ginger – 1 inch

Garlic – 1 flake

Red chili powder – a pinch to taste

Cashew nut – 1 tsp

Raisin – 1 tsp

Sugar – to taste a pinch

Bay leaves – 2

Salt – to taste

Green chili – 2

Cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1

Cloves – 3

Ghee – 2 tbsp

Method

1) Hard boil eggs, cool, shell and cut into halves lengthwise

2) Grind together ginger and garlic to fine paste

3) Finely chop green chilies and onion

4) Beat the curd

5) Heat half the ghee and sauté egg halves and keep aside

6) Heat the remaining ghee; add bay leaves, crushed cardamom, cinnamon, cloves

7) Add finely chopped onion; stir till onion turns light brown

8) Add ginger garlic paste, chopped green chili, red chili powder and sugar. Stir for few minutes

9) Add beaten curds, raisin, cashew nut and eggs. Simmer for 5 minutes

10) Remove from fire

22. Egg Paturi

Ingredients

Eggs – 8

Poppy seed – 2 tbsp

Yellow mustard seed – 2 tbsp

Green chili – 2

Red chili powder – a pinch to taste

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Salt – to taste

Coconut – 1 cup freshly grated

Mustard oil – 3 tbsp

Method

1) Hard boil eggs, cool and shell

2) Grind together poppy seed, mustard seed and green chili to fine paste

3) Grind coconut to fine paste

4) Cut boiled eggs into halves lengthwise

5) Marinate the egg halves with ground paste of poppy seed, mustard seed, green chili, and grated coconut, turmeric, red chili powder, salt and mustard oil. Mix well

6) Place the marinated eggs along with all spices into a Tiffin box with lid and steam for 15 minutes

7) Remove from fire, serve with rice

23. Mutton Kofta Curry

Ingredients

For Kofta

Minced meat – 1 kg

Onion – 3

Egg – 1

Ginger – 50 gm

Red chili powder – to taste

Salt – to taste

Oil – to fry

For curry

Tomato puree – 2 cups

Onion – 3

Garlic – 5 flakes

Ginger – 30 gm

Turmeric – a pinch

Red chili powder – to taste

Salt – to taste

Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp

Cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1

Cloves – 4

Oil – 40 ml

Method

For Kofta

1) Grind together minced meat and all other ingredients expect egg and oil

2) Beat the egg and mix well with above

3) Make medium sized balls out of the above mixture

4) Heat oil, deep fry the kofta balls till golden brown, remove and drain on paper

For Curry

1) Finely chop onion, garlic and ginger

2) Heat oil, add the above

3) Stir till brown; add turmeric powder, red chili powder, tomato puree and salt. Let it simmer

4) Grind cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves to fine powder and add to the above

5) Stir; add little water to make the gravy and bring to boil

6) Add kofta balls one by one to the gravy and simmer for 20 minutes

7) Remove from fire and garnish with chopped coriander leaves

24. Chili Chicken

Ingredients

Chicken – 1 kg

Egg – 3

Soya sauce – 4 tsp

Onion – 8

Garlic – 10 flakes

Refined flour – 2 tbsp

Vinegar – 2 tbsp

Green chili – 15

Capsicum – 6

Tomato ketchup – 3 tbsp

Salt – to taste

Sugar – 2 tsp

Oil – to fry

Method

1) Clean and wash chicken pieces

2) Chop green chilies finely

3) Beat eggs

4) Marinate chicken with vinegar, soya sauce, beaten egg, salt and chopped green chilies for 1 hr

5) Cut onion in big pieces and separate layers

6) Cut capsicum in big square pieces

7) Finely chop garlic

8) Heat oil, fry marinated chicken pieces two at a time to light brown. Keep aside

9) In remaining oil add onion, garlic and capsicum, stir and fry lightly

10) Add fried chicken pieces, leftover marinated spices, vinegar, and soya sauce and tomato ketchup. Stir; add sugar and optimum water to cook

11) Roast refined flour, dissolve flour in half cup of water, mix well and add to chicken. When gravy thickens, remove from fire, serve hot

25. Liver Curry

Ingredients

Liver – 200 gm

Potato – 200 gm

Onion – 3

Ginger – 1 inch

Garlic – 6 flakes

Bay leaves – 2

Tomato – 1

Salt – to taste

Red chili powder – to taste

Black pepper – 6

Green chili – 1

Turmeric – a pinch

Vinegar – 2 tbsp

Cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1

Cloves – 5

Refined oil – 30 ml

Method

1) Clean and wash liver, cut into cubes

2) Peel potato and cut into cubes. Fry in hot oil and keep aside

3) Finely chop onion, garlic, ginger, green chili and tomato separately

4) Heat oil, when smoke comes out add black pepper and bay leaves

5) Add chopped onion and garlic, stir till golden brown

6) Add ginger, green chili, tomato and turmeric, stir well

7) Add red chili and lever pieces, stir on slow flame

8) Add salt and keep stirring with lid on

9) Add water and cover

10) When liver is well cooked, add vinegar and fried potato cubes, stir well

11) Grind cinnamon, cardamom and cloves into fine powder

11) When gravy is thick and liver and potatoes are done add the above spice powder, mix well, remove from fire. Serve hot

26. Mutton Vindaloo

Ingredients -

Mutton – 500 gm

Onion – 3

Cumin seed – 1 tsp

Ginger – 1 inch

Garlic – 4 flakes

Tomato – 2

Mustard seed – 1 tsp

Vinegar – 2 tbsp

Cinnamon – 1

Cardamom – 2

Cloves – 2

Salt – to taste

Red chili powder – to taste

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Ghee – 1 tsp

Refined oil – 30 ml

Method

1) Clean and wash mutton pieces. Wipe out the moisture with a napkin

2) Chop one onion and two tomatoes

3) Grind together remaining two onions, cumin seeds, mustard seed, ginger, garlic, red chili powder, turmeric powder, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves with vinegar (do not add any water) into fine paste

4) Smear ground spices and salt on meat and keep in fridge for 3 hrs

5) Heat oil add chopped onion

6) Stir well, when onion is golden brown, add meat and keep on stirring

7) Add chopped tomato

8) Cook on low flame with lid on

9) Remove the lid occasionally to see the meat is not sticking and stir. Again cover with lid and cook

10) If needed add little vinegar but no water. The meat should get tender with its own juice

11) When meat is tender, add ghee, stir and remove from fire, serve hot

Note – No water is used in this preparation at any stage. If needed, you may add vinegar

27. Chicken Lazawab

Ingredients

Boneless chicken – 500 gm

Grated coconut – 1 cup

Yellow mustard seed – 3 tbsp

Garlic – 8 flakes

Ginger paste – 2 tsp

Green chilies – 5

Curd – 125 gm

Lime juice – 2 tsp

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1 tsp

Mustard oil – 50 ml

Method

1) Wash boneless chicken

2) Grind garlic to fine paste, grind green chilies to fine paste, grind grated coconut to fine paste, grind yellow mustard seed into fine paste (all separately)

3) Place chicken in deep glass bowl, marinate with half of ginger paste, half of lime juice and 2 tbsp mustard oil

4) Marinate in fridge for 30 minutes

5) Take another glass bowl and beat the curd the in it, add ground coconut, yellow mustard seed, remaining ground ginger and garlic paste, remaining lime juice, ground green chili, salt, sugar and rest of the mustard oil. Mix well

6) Take out the marinated chicken from the fridge and mix into the above mix properly

7) Now put the above with lid on in microwave in medium heat. Microwave for 10 minutes

28. Prawn Paneer Korma Curry

Ingredients

Prawns – 500 gm

Paneer – 200 gm

Tomato – 3

Poppy seeds – 2 tbsp

Cashew nuts – 50 gm

Red chili powder to taste

Salt to taste

Ginger – 30 gm

Sugar a pinch

Raisin – 10

Cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1

Cloves – 3

Corn flour – 2 tbsp

Cumin seeds (for tempering) – 1 tsp

Mustard oil – 50 ml

Method

1) Clean and wash prawns, add salt and rub well, keep aside

2) Cut paneer into equal cubes, dip for few minutes in a bowl of warm water

3) Grind poppy seeds, cashew nut, and ginger separately into fine paste

4) Grind tomato to fine paste. Grind cardamom, cinnamon, clove to fine powder (garam masala)

5) Take out paneer pieces from warm water and sprinkle corn flour and salt

6) Heat oil, when smoke comes out, add prawns, sauté and keep aside

7) In remaining oil, fry paneer and keep aside

8) Heat oil add cumin seed (for tempering)

9) Add tomato paste, ginger paste, garam masala powder and red chili powder and stir well sprinkling water intermittently

10) Add ground poppy seed, ground cashew nut, sugar and salt, stir well sprinkling water as needed to prevent burning

11) Add prawns, stir for two minutes, add water and cook with cover

12) When water starts to boil, add paneer and raisin

13) When curry is thick, remove from fire and serve hot

29. Fish Kalia

Ingredients

Rohu Fish (Common Carp Fish) – 1 kg

Onion – 3

Garlic – 4 flakes

Ginger – 50 gm

Curd – 2 tbsp

Sugar – 1 tsp

Raisin – 20

Red chili powder to taste

Turmeric powder as required

Salt to taste

Bay leaves – 2

For tempering – big cardamom – 2, cardamom – 2, cinnamon – 2, cloves – 4

Ghee – 2 tsp

Mustard oil – 75 ml

For Garam Masala – grind to fine powder Cardamom – 3, cinnamon – 2, cloves – 4

Method

1) Clean, cut and wash fish into pieces. Rub salt, turmeric to fish pieces and keep aside

2) Finely chop one onion

3) Grind the other 2 onions with garlic and ginger

4) Heat half of oil, when smoke comes out, add 4 to 5 fishes at a time. Fry till light brown all fish pieces and remove

5) In remaining oil add ghee and rest of the oil

6) When oil is hot, add cashew nuts fry till light brown and remove

7) Add bay leaves and all ingredients (crushed) for tempering

8) Add chopped onion and stir till light brown

9) Add ground ginger, garlic and onion, stir well sprinkling water in between

10) Add turmeric powder, red chili, sugar, salt and curd. Stir well. Keep stirring till spices are brown and flavor comes out, sprinkling water from time to time

11) Add water, cashew nuts, raisins, and fish

12) Bring to boil and cook till the gravy is thick

13) Add garam masala powder, remove from fire and serve hot

30. Dilbahari Gosht (meat)

Ingredients

Meat (Chicken or Lamb or Mutton) boneless – 500 gm

Poppy seeds – 2 tbsp

Cashew nuts – 20

Sesame seed – 2 tsp

Onion – 3

Garlic – 5 flakes

Ginger – 30 gm

Curd – 2 tbsp

Grated coconut – half cup

Bay leaves – 2

Red chili powder to taste

Salt to taste

For Garam Masala grind to fine powder – cinnamon 1, cardamom 2, cloves 2

Refined oil – 40 ml

Method

1) Steam meat with little salt

2) Grind separately poppy seeds, cashew nuts, sesame seed, grated coconut, ginger, garlic, onion keep aside

3) Marinate steamed meat with ground poppy seed and sesame seed and cashew nut, coconut and curd, salt and keep aside for 1 hr

4) Heat oil, add bay leaves, add onion, ginger, garlic paste and stir well

5) Add marinated meat and red chili powder and adequate water to make a thick gravy

6) Add garam masala powder. Mix well and remove from fire. Serve hot

[]Rice and Shine

1. Paneer Pulao

Ingredients

Basmati Rice – 500 gm

Paneer – 250 gm

Green peas – 200 gm

Salt to taste

Cumin seed – 1 tsp for tempering

Bay leaves – 2

Green chili – 2

Cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1

Cloves – 4

Sugar – 1 tsp

Ghee – 2 tsp

Refined oil – 50 ml

Method

1) Wash rice and drain. Spread out the rice to dry

2) Shell green peas

3) Chop green chilies

4) Cut paneer into small cubes

5) Heat oil, when smoke comes out, add paneer cubes. Fry and remove when light brown

6) In the remaining oil add ghee. Add bay leaf, cumin seeds, crushed cloves and cardamom and cinnamon

7) Add rice and keep stirring on medium flame

8) Add green peas and stir on low flame

9) When rice is well fried, add salt, sugar, chopped green chilies and water a little less than twice the amount of rice. Stir well

10) Add paneer cubes and cook till the rice is done

2. Veg Pulao

Ingredients

Basmati rice – 500 gm

Green peas – 100 gm

Beans – 100 gm

Carrot – 200 gm

Cauliflower – 100 gm

Onion – 2

Turmeric powder a pinch

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1 tsp

Bay leaf – 2

Cumin seed – 2 tsp to temper

Cloves – 4

Cinnamon – 1

Cardamom – 3

Method

1) Wash rice well and drain. Spread out the rice to dry

2) Shell green peas

3) Cut cauliflower into floweret’s

4) Peel and cut carrot into thin long shapes. String and cut beans into long slices

5) Heat oil, fry vegetables with salt and little turmeric and remove

6) Fry onion till light brown and remove. Keep aside

7) In remaining oil add cumin seed, bay leaf and crushed cinnamon, cardamom and cloves

8) Add rice and stir

9) Add salt, sugar and turmeric powder to the rice and keep on stirring

10) When rice is well fried, add all vegetables and water double the amount of rice

11) When the rice is cooked, remove from fire

12) Add fried onions and mix well

3. Fish Pulao

Ingredients

Fish boneless – 750 gm

Basmati rice – 500 gm

Onion – 5

Ginger – 50 gm

Red chili powder – 2 tsp

Roasted Cumin powder – 2 tsp

Raisins – 10

Cashew nuts – 25

Ghee – 4 tbsp

Bay leaves – 4

For tempering – big cardamom – 3, cloves – 4, cinnamon – 1

Turmeric powder as required

Salt to taste

Garam masala powder – cardamom 5, cinnamon 2, cloves 5, grind all together into fine powder

Oil (mustard oil preferable for fish) – 80 ml

Method

1) Cut fish into 1 inch square pieces. Wash thoroughly and smear with turmeric and salt. Keep aside for 30 min

2) Wash rice well and drain. Spread out the rice to dry

3) Finely chop onion and ginger separately

4) Heat oil and fry cashew nuts and remove

5) In the remaining oil deep fry fish and keep aside

6) In the remaining oil add bay leaves 2, crushed big cardamom 1, and crushed cloves 2. Fry and add onion and stir till light brown. Add ginger, turmeric powder, red chili powder and cumin powder, and salt. Stir well on low flame, sprinkling water intermittently to prevent sticking to the pan.

7) Add fish and raisin, stir and mix well and remove from fire. Keep aside

8) Heat 2 tbsp of ghee; add bay leaves 2, crushed big cardamom 2, crushed cinnamon and cloves 2

9) Add rice and turmeric powder, salt and sugar. Stir well on medium flame. When rice is well fried, add water (double the quantity of rice) and cook till done and remove

10) Take a flat serving dish with high wall, keep one bay leaf and spread half the rice, then spread the entire fish and cover it with the remaining rice, add fried cashew nuts. Add the garam masala powder and the remaining ghee. Mix well and serve hot

4. Green peas Pulao

Ingredients

Basmati rice – 500 gm

Green peas shelled – 200 gm

Big cardamom – 2

Cardamom – 2

Cloves – 2

Cinnamon – 1

Ghee – 2 tsp

Bay leaves – 2

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1 tsp

Red chili powder – 2 tsp

Turmeric powder a pinch

Refined oil – 60 ml

Method

1) Wash rice well and drain. Spread out the rice to dry

2) Heat oil; add bay leaves, crushed big cardamom, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. Stir well

3) Add rice, turmeric, salt, sugar, green peas and stir well

4) When rice is well fried add water little less than double the quantity of rice. Cook, when rice is done, remove from fire. Add ghee to the rice. Mix well and serve hot

5. Bhuni Khichuri

Ingredients

Basmati rice – 500 gm

Split green gram – 400 gm

Ginger – 2 inch

Cumin seed – 3 tsp

Green chili – 4

Turmeric as required

For tempering – cumin seed 1 tsp, black cumin seed – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Bay leaves – 2

Sugar – 2 tsp

Garam masala powder – cardamom 3, cinnamon 1, cloves 4. Grind all together to fine powder

Ghee – 2 tbsp

Oil – 3 tbsp

Method

1) Wash rice well and drain. Spread out the rice to dry

2) Clean split green gram

3) Grind ginger, cumin seeds, and green chili together into fine paste

4) Heat 1 tbsp of oil, add split green gram and stir on low flame. When flavor comes out, add rice, turmeric powder and salt and keep on stirring

5) Add sugar and stir again. When well fried, add sufficient water and cook till done. Remove from fire

6) Heat remaining oil, add bay leaves, cumin, black cumin and stir

7) Add ginger, cumin, green chili paste and stir well while sprinkling water

8) When flavor comes out, add cooked rice and gram. Add garam masala powder, ghee and stir well and cook for few minutes. Serve hot

[]Snacks to Savor

1. Fried Chicken

Ingredients

Chicken – 500 gm

Onion – 3

Ginger – 1 inch

Garlic – 6 flakes

Cumin powder – teaspoon

Black pepper powder – a pinch

Vinegar – 1 teaspoon

Egg – 2

Refined flour – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Red chili powder – a pinch to taste

Salt – to taste

Cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1

Cloves – 3

Cooking oil – to fry

Method

1) Clean and wash chicken pieces and prick with fork

2) Grind ginger, garlic and onion together into fine paste

3) Grind cinnamon, cardamom and cloves together into fine powder

4) Beat eggs

5) Mix well ginger-garlic-onion paste with cinnamon-cardamom-cloves powder with turmeric powder, red chili powder, refined flour, beaten eggs, salt

6) Marinate the chicken pieces with the above and keep in the fridge for 2 hours

7) Heat oil and fry chicken pieces till golden brown. Remove from fire, let the extra oil drip, serve with potato wafers

2. Egg Devil

Ingredients

Eggs – 6 (hard boiled)

Potato – 300 gm

Onion – 3

Ginger – 1 inch

Bread crumb – 200 gm

Green chili – 3

Eggs – 2 (beaten)

Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp (finely chopped)

Red chili powder – to taste

Salt – to taste

Refined oil – to fry

Method

1) Boil potato with jackets. Peel and mash while hot with salt and red chili powder

2) Hard boil 6 eggs, cool and shell

3) Cut each egg into halves lengthwise and take out the egg yolk and keep aside

4) Heat oil, add mashed potato and stir well for 2 – 3 minutes. Remove from fire, make 6 balls and keep aside

5) Grind onion, ginger and green chili to fine paste

6) Heat oil, add this ground paste and salt and stir well. When spices are light brown and flavor comes out, add finely chopped coriander leaves and mashed egg yolks. Mix well and remove from fire

7) When cool, fill this egg yolk stuffing into the empty boiled egg white halves, cover with the other white halves

8) Shape one mashed potato ball and stuff with the above egg. The egg devils are now ready

9) Dip the egg devils into beaten egg, rub on bread crumbs

10) Heat oil, when smoke comes out, deep fry the devils. Remove on a paper to soak the extra oil

11) Serve with onion ring, with tea or coffee

3. Coconut Loochi

Ingredients

Refined flour – 200gm

Whole wheat flour – 50 gm

Coconut grated – 250 gm

Salt a pinch

Ghee to rub – 2 tbsp

Refined oil to fry

Method

1) Grind grated coconut to fine paste

2) Sift both the flours. Rub in ghee, add salt, coconut paste and a little water to prepare stiff dough

3) Knead well and divide into even sized balls

4) Roll each ball into a thin round shaped loochi

5) Heat refined oil in a deep pan. Fry loochi gently pressing down with a flat wooden spoon

6) When puffed up, turn over and fry till light brown. Drain on paper and serve hot

4. Green Loochi

Ingredients

Refined flour – 250gm

Whole wheat flour – 50 gm

Spinach – 250 gm

Salt a pinch

Ghee to rub – 30 gm

Refined oil to fry

Method

1) Wash and chop spinach. Grind to fine paste

2) Sift both the flours together. Rub well in ghee.

3) Add salt and ground spinach, mix and knead well to prepare stiff dough

4) Divide into even size balls

5) Roll the balls one by one into thin round shaped loochi

6) Heat refined oil in a deep pan, fry loochi till light brown by gently pressing with a flat wooden spoon. Turn over and fry the other side

7) When done, drain on a paper. Green loochi is ready

5. Green Peas Cutlet

Ingredients

Green peas shelled – 300 gm

Potato – 500 gm

Green chili – 2

Red chili powder a pinch

Black pepper powder – 2 tsp

Egg – 2

Raisins – 15

Peanut – 15

Salt to taste

Bread crumb – 100 gm

Cumin seed – 1 tsp

Cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1

Sugar a pinch

Refined oil to fry

Method

1) Boil, peel and mash potatoes

2) Boil shelled green peas and grind coarsely

3) Roast peanuts and remove the skin

4) Roast together cardamom, cinnamon, cumin seed, and red chili powder. Grind to get fine powder spices

5) Chop green chillies

6) Heat little oil on a pan; add ground green peas, salt, chopped green chilies and sugar. Stir well on medium flame.

7) Add powdered spices. Stir well

8) Add roasted peanut, raisins and mix well. Stir and remove from fire. The stuffing is ready

9) Add salt and pepper powder to mashed potato. Mix well and make even sized small balls

10) Stuff each ball with the prepared stuffing. Close and give any desired shape (round or oval). These are the cutlets

11) Beat eggs well, add a pinch of salt

12) Dip the cutlets in the beaten egg and coat with bread crumbs

13) Heat oil in a deep pan; deep fry the cutlets, remove and drain

14) Serve hot with chutneys

6. Stuffed bread with minced meat

Ingredients

Minced mutton – 200 gm

Hardboiled egg – 2

Onion – 3

Garlic – 6 flakes

Ginger – 50 gm

Green chili – 4

Raw egg – 1

Coriander leaves chopped – 1 tbsp

Cashew nuts – 12

Raisins – 20

Coriander powder – 2 tsp

Sandwich bread loaf – 1

Turmeric powder a pinch

Salt to taste

Garam masala – cardamom 3, cinnamon 1, cloves 3

Refined oil – 2 tbsp

Method

1) Clean and wash minced meat

2) In a pressure cooker put minced meat, turmeric powder, salt, coriander powder and 1 cup of water. Cook for ten minutes

3) Heat oil, add coarsely broken garam masala, finely chopped onion, green chili and garlic and grated ginger. Stir well till brown

4) Add boiled meat, stir till dry

5) Add raisins, chopped cashew nuts and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and remove

6) Cut a thin slice from one edge of the bread loaf. Make a hole through the loaf without breaking the other edge; and mix the extracted bread pieces with prepared meat and mix well

7) Mash the hardboiled eggs and mix with meat. The stuffing is ready

8) Stuff the hollow loaf with this prepared meat stuffing

9) Beat the raw egg. Dip the thin slice of bread into the beaten egg and close the opening. Now bind the loaf with a white thread.

10) Brush the entire loaf with the beaten egg

11) Heat oil on a non stick frying pan and on low flame, fry till all the sides of the loaf is light brown

12) Remove from fire and take the thread off. Slice the loaf and serve hot with onion rings and tomato sauce

7. Prawn Pakora

Ingredients

Prawns – 500 gm

Garlic – 15 flakes

Ginger – 50 gm

Mustard powder – 2 tsp

Refined flour – 100 gm

Pepper powder – 2 tsp

Red chili powder – 2 tsp

Egg – 5

Chopped celery leaves – 1 cup

Salt to taste

Oil to fry

Method

1) Shell and wash prawns. Coarsely grind prawns, keep aside

2) Grind ginger and garlic to fine paste

3) Beat all the eggs thoroughly till the white and yellow mix well

4) Add garlic-ginger paste, pepper powder, mustard powder, red chili powder, refined flour, chopped celery, and ground prawns to the beaten eggs. Add salt and mix well

5) Make small even sized balls with the prawns mix

6) Heat oil, deep fry. Remove from fire and serve hot

8. Fish Kachuri

Ingredients

Boneless fish – 500 gm

Onion – 3

Ginger – 50 gm

Red chili powder – 2 tsp

Garam masala – freshly grind cinnamon 1, cardamom 3, cloves 5 into fine powder

Refined flour – 2 cups

Salt to taste

Ghee – 2 tbsp

Refined oil to fry

Method

1) Clean and cut and wash fish

2) Boil fish for ten minutes and remove. Mash well

3) Grind ginger to fine paste

4) Finely chop onion. Heat 2 tbsp of oil, when smoke comes out add chopped onion. Stir till light brown. Add ginger paste, red chili powder and stir well

5) Add mashed fish, salt, garam masala powder and stir well. Stuffing is ready

6) Cook for ten minutes on medium heat and remove

7) Mix together refined flour, ghee and salt. Add water and prepare medium-stiff dough, knead well and keep aside for 20 min

8) Make even sized balls from the dough

9) Stuff each ball with fish stuffing

10) Dust each ball with refined flour and roll out into a round shape

11) Heat oil and deep fry. Serve hot

9. Bread Pulao

Ingredients

Sandwich bread – 12 slices

Onion – 2

Green chili – 3

Red chili powder a pinch

Turmeric powder a pinch

Eggs – 4

Sugar – 1 tsp

Raw peanuts – 50 gm

Black mustard seed (for tempering) – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Chopped coriander leaves – 2 tbsp

Refined oil – 40 ml

Method

1) Cut bread slices into small square pieces

2) Finely chop onion and green chili separately

3) Hard boil eggs, when cool, shell and cut into small pieces

4) Fry groundnut in little oil and grind coarsely

5) Heat oil, add mustard seed, when seeds crackle add onion, green chili, red chili powder, turmeric and stir till onion is light brown

6) Add bread pieces and keep stirring on low flame

7) Add salt, sugar, boiled egg pieces and groundnut. Mix well, stir for few minutes and remove. Garnish with chopped coriander. Serve hot with tomato ketchup

10. Chivda Upma

Ingredients

Pressed rice – 200 gm

Potato – 3

Onion – 2

Grated coconut – 100 gm

Green chili – 3

Turmeric a pinch

Cashew nuts – 6

Chopped green coriander leaves – 2 tbsp

Black mustard seed for tempering – 1 tsp

Curry leaves – 5

Sugar – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Cooking oil – 40 ml

Method

1) Clean pressed rice and place in a colander. Dip in cold water and take out immediately and drain all water

2) Peel potatoes and cut into thin small cubes

3) Finely chop onion and green chili separately

4) Cut cashew nuts into halves

5) Heat oil, add potatoes, and fry on low flame. When done, remove

6) In remaining oil add mustard seeds and curry leaves. When seeds crackle add onion. Fry till light brown

7) Add cashew nuts, turmeric, green chili, stir well

8) Add potato, pressed rice, sugar, salt and stir well. Keep on stirring for few minutes. Add grated coconut, coriander leaves and mix well. Cook for a minute. Remove and serve hot

11. Sabudana (Tapioca Sago pearls) Cutlet

Ingredients

Sabudana – 200 gm

Potato – 400 gm

Green chili – 3

Sandwich bread slices – 2 (cut into small pieces)

Ginger – 1 inch

Red chili powder a pinch

Sugar a pinch

Peanuts – 50 gm

Curd – 1 tbsp

Cumin seeds – 2 tbsp

Salt to taste

Chopped coriander leaves – 1 cup

Garam masala – cardamom 3, cinnamon 1, cloves 4

Oil to fry

Method

1) Boil potatoes with jacket, when cool, peel and mash

2) Clean, wash and soak sabudana in level water for 2 hour

3) Chop green chilies

4) Roast cumin seed and grind to powder

5) Roast peanuts, remove skin and grind to powder

6) Roast garam masala and grind to fine powder

7) Grind ginger to fine paste

8) Mix together mashed potato, soaked sabudana and bread pieces and coriander leaves and mash well. Add all the other ingredients into this and mix well

9) Divide into even sized balls and make round flat shape cutlets

10) Heat oil and deep fry cutlets till golden brown. Remove and serve hot

12. Spinach Pakora

Ingredients

Spinach – 500 gm

Onion – 3

Garlic – 6 flakes

Green chili – 3

Red chili powder a pinch

Besan (Bengal gram or chick pea flour) – 200 gm

Poppy seeds – 4 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil to fry

Method

1) Clean and wash spinach, chop finely

2) Finely chop onion, garlic and green chilies

3) Add all the above and all other ingredients into the besan, add little water, mix well to make fairly soft thick dough

4) Make even sized balls and deep fry. Serve hot with tomato ketchup

13. Red Lentil Pakora

Ingredients

Red Lentil – 200 gm

Onion – 4

Green chili – 4

Salt to taste

Turmeric a pinch

Black cumin seed – 2 tsp

Ground ginger paste – 1 tsp

Sugar – 1 tsp

Chopped green coriander leaves – 1 tbsp

Mustard oil to fry

Method

1) Soak red lentil for 4 hours. Drain and grind to fine paste

2) Finely chop onion, green chilies and coriander

3) Mix together black cumin, salt, sugar, turmeric powder, ground ginger and all other chopped ingredients with lentil paste

4) Make small even sized round balls

5) Heat mustard oil, when smoke comes out, put flame to low add the balls and fry till golden brown. Remove and drain. Serve hot

14. Vegetable Cutlet

Ingredients

Potato – 500 gm

Carrot – 100 gm

Beetroot – 50 gm

Green peas – 100 gm

Sweet potato – 50 gm

Ginger – 50 gm

Garam masala powder – cardamom 3, cinnamon 1, cloves 5 grind together to fine powder

Corn flour – 3 tbsp

Green chili – 3

Red chili powder to taste

Salt to taste

Pepper powder a pinch

Raisins – 15

Bread crumbs – 100 gm

Oil to fry

Method

1) Boil potatoes in jacket, cool, peel and mash

2) Boil carrot, beetroot, and sweet potato and green peas with little salt. Drain and mash. Add to the mashed vegetables ginger paste, chopped green chili, pepper powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder, raisins and salt. Mix well. Divide into equal portions of even sized balls

3) Add salt and pepper powder to mashed potatoes and make even sized balls. Stuff potato balls with vegetable balls and make cylindrical shape cutlets

4) Mix corn flour and salt to water to make medium thick batter

5) Dip cutlets in the batter and coat with bread crumbs

6) Heat oil and deep fry cutlets. Remove on paper and drain

7) Serve hot on lettuce leaves with curd and tomato sauce or tamarind chutney

15. Malai Paratha

Ingredients

Whole wheat flour – 500 gm

Fresh cream – 150 gm

Milk – 150 ml

Cumin seed a pinch

Baking powder a pinch

Salt to taste

Ghee to fry

Method

1) Sift flour; add cumin seeds, baking powder and salt. Mix well

2) Add fresh cream and rub well

3) Add warm milk to make smooth dough. Keep aside for two hours covering the dough with a damp cloth

4) After two hours, knead well and divide into even sized balls

5) Roll out each ball into 1/4th inch thick flat rounds and coat with melted ghee, and then fold into two. Sprinkle little flour on the rolling board and roll out the round flat portions into triangle shape paratha

6) Heat a flat pan on low flame, dry roast the paratha on the pan, when light brown on each side, keep adding ghee around the paratha and on top of it on either sides. Serve hot

16) Cabbage Paratha

Ingredients

Whole wheat flour – 250 gm

Cabbage – 200 gm

Red chili powder to taste

Oregano (ajwain) – 2 tsp

Salt to taste

Ghee – 40 gm

Method

1) Wash cabbage well and grate

2) Sift flour, rub in 3 tsp of ghee, add salt, red chili powder, oregano and grated cabbage to flour. Mix well, add water to make a smooth dough

3) Knead well and divide into even sized balls

4) Roll out each ball into 1/4th inch thick flat rounds and coat with melted ghee, and then fold into two. Sprinkle little flour on the rolling board and roll out the round flat portions into triangle shape paratha

5) Heat a flat pan on low flame, dry roast the paratha on the pan, when light brown on each side, keep adding ghee around the paratha and on top of it on either sides. Serve hot with butter or mango pickle

17. Green Peas Kachuri

Ingredients

Green peas shelled – 400 gm

Refined flour – 450 gm

Whole wheat flour – 150 gm

Cumin seeds – 2 tsp

Ghee – 30 gm

Red chili powder a pinch

Asafetida (hing) powder a pinch

Garam masala powder – cardamom 3, cinnamon 1, cloves 3, grind all together to fine powder

Salt to taste

Sugar a pinch

Refined oil to fry

Method

1) Steam peas, drain and grind to fine paste

2) Roast cumin seed and grind to fine powder

3) Heat little oil; add asafetida powder, ground peas, cumin seed powder, garam masala powder, red chili powder, sugar and salt. Stir fry till dry and light brown. Remove from fire. Stuffing is ready

4) Sift both the flours together, rub in ghee, and add salt and water to make fairly stiff dough. Keep aside for at least one hour. After an hour knead well and divide into even sized balls

5) Stuff each ball with the stuffing and close

6) Roll out each ball into round shape. This is the kachuri

7) Deep fry kachuris in hot oil, gently pressing down with a flat spatula. When kachuri puffs up, turn over. Make both the sides light brown. Dry on paper and serve hot

18. Crispy Prawn

Ingredients

Prawns shelled (medium size) – 10 pieces

Potato – 750 gm

Besan (gram flour) – 150 gm

Refined flour – 150 gm

Onion – 5

Garlic – 12 flakes

Ginger – 50 gm

Cumin seed – 2 tsp

Turmeric powder a pinch

Green chili – 4

Red chili powder to taste

Egg – 2

Salt to taste

Pepper powder – 1 tsp

Semolina – 2 tbsp

Bread crumbs – 3 cups

Refined oil to fry

Method

1) Wash prawns and rub turmeric powder, pinch of red chili powder and salt. Keep aside

2) Boil potatoes in jacket, when cool, peel and mash well

3) Finely chop onion, garlic, and green chili separately

4) Grind ginger to fine paste

5) Roast cumin seeds and grind to fine powder

6) Heat two tbsp oil, when smoke comes out add chopped onion and stir well.

7) After few minutes add garlic and stir

8) Add ginger paste, turmeric, red chili powder, chopped green chili and stir on low flame

9) When light brown in color, add mashed potato and salt and mix thoroughly. Remove from fire. When cool, make even size ten balls

10) Make a batter of refined flour, besan, pepper powder, salt, pinch of red chili powder and water to get a semi-liquid consistency

11) Stuff each ball with one prawn and cover

12) Beat eggs well in a bowl

13) Dip each ball in beaten egg and then into the batter

14) Coat each prawn-ball with bread crumb and semolina

15) Heat oil and deep fry prawn balls. Remove and serve hot with onion rings and tomato ketchup

19. Fish Fry

Ingredients

Fish – 750 gm

Cumin seed – 2 tsp

Black pepper – 4

Mustard seed – ½ tsp

Onion – 3

Garlic – 10 flakes

Ginger – 50 gm

Red chili powder a pinch

Turmeric powder a pinch

Cinnamon – 2

Clove – 3

Big cardamom – 2

Salt to taste

Lemon juice – 2 tsp

Oil – 70 ml (mustard oil preferable)

Method

1) Clean and cut fish into 2 inch long pieces, make slashes on surface and wash well

2) Roast cumin, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, big cardamom seeds, mustard seed and grind to fine powder

3) Grind together onion, garlic, ginger to fine paste

4) Mix together all paste and powdered spices, red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt and lemon juice

5) Smear the fish pieces with this spicy paste. Keep aside for 30 min

6) Heat oil, when smoke comes out, deep fry fish pieces. Serve hot with tomato sauce or mint chutney

20. Paneer Cutlet

Ingredients

Paneer – 200 gm

Ginger paste – 1 tsp

Chopped green chili – 2

Salt to taste

Chopped green coriander – 2 tbsp

Roasted cumin powder – 2 tsp

Refined flour – 1 cup

Besan – ½ cup

Red chili powder a pinch

Bread crumbs – 1 cup

Lime juice – 1 tsp

Refined oil to fry

Method

1) Mash paneer, add 2 tbsp of refined flour, one tbsp refined oil, salt, ginger paste, roasted cumin powder, green chili, red chili powder, coriander leaves, lime juice and mix well

2) Mix besan with balance refined flour, salt, red chili powder and water to make a semi fluid batter

3) Make even size cutlets from paneer dough

4) Dip cutlets in batter and rub in bread crumb

5) Heat oil, when smoke comes out, deep fry cutlets. Remove and serve hot

[] Dessert Dreams

1. Bread Pantua

Ingredients

Bread unsliced – 450 gm        

Milk – 2 litre                          

Big cardamom – 10 in no

Rose water – few drops

Refined oil – for frying            

For syrup – sugar 500 gm and water 250 ml

Method

1)     Boil milk and reduce to 750 ml. Remove from fire

2)     Cut 40 thick square pieces from the bread

3)     Remove the skin of big cardamom and separate the seeds

4)     Insert two seeds into each bread piece

5)     Prepare sugar syrup of two thread consistency. Remove from fire, cool and add few drops of rose water to the syrup

6)     Heat refined oil, dip each bread square into the reduced milk and fry till brown

7)     Remove from fire and dip them in sugar syrup. The bread pantuas are ready to eat

2. Malpoa

Ingredients

Refined flour – 500 gm

Sugar – 300 gm

Coconut grated – 250 gm

Milk – 200 ml

Cashew nuts – 30 gm

Raisins – 20 gm

Fennel – 15 gm

Refined oil to fry

Method

1) Finely chop cashew nuts

2) Add together refined flour, sugar, coconut, milk, chopped cashew nuts, raisin and fennel. Mix well to make a thin batter. If required add more milk to get a thin consistency. Keep aside for two hours

3) Heat oil in a deep frying pan; pour a big spoonful of batter and fry. When malpoa is light brown on one side, turn it over and fry till both sides are light brown. While frying, flame should be medium. Remove from fire, serve hot or cold

3) Potato Peetha

Ingredients

Potato – 300 gm

Eggs – 2

Sugar – 200 gm

Butter – 2 tbsp

Lime juice – 2 tsp

Refined flour – 2 tbsp

Ghee – to fry

Method

1) Boil potato with jacket, peel and mash well into smooth texture

2) Beat eggs well, add lime juice and sugar to the eggs. Beat again and add butter

3) Add mashed potato and refined flour to the egg batter and make smooth dough

4) Divide dough into even sized portions, shape like ball and press with palm to flatten

5) Heat ghee, fry till both sides light brown. Drain on paper and serve hot

4. Papaya Mohanbhog

Ingredients

Papaya ripe – 1 medium size

Milk – 1 ltr

Sugar – 150 gm

Ghee – 50 gm

Method

1) Wash papaya, peel, remove seeds and cut into small pieces. Mash well and press through a strainer to get a fine smooth paste

2) Boil milk till reduced to 200 ml, almost thick and remove from fire. Keep aside

3) Heat ghee, add papaya paste, and stir well for few minutes

4) Add milk and sugar. Cook stirring all the time till totally dry. Remove from fire and serve cool

5. Green Peas Barfi

Ingredients

Shelled green peas – 500 gm

Milk – 1 ltr

Sugar – 400 gm

Cardamom – 5

Cashew nuts – 30 gm

Pistachio – 30 gm

Ghee – 60 gm

Method

1) Grind peas to fine paste

2) Boil milk and remove when reduced to 200 ml and thick

3) Heat ghee, add green peas paste and fry, stirring well

4) When well fried, add sugar and milk, stir till dry. Remove

5) Grind cardamom to powder. Finely chop cashew nuts and pistachio. Add all of this to the above and mix well

6) Pour out on a greased plate and smooth the surface with palm

7) Cut in diamond shape with a knife and serve

6. Sesame Chikki

Ingredients

Sesame seeds – 250 gm

Jaggery – 125 gm

Water a little

Method

1) Prepare jaggery syrup – break jaggery into small pieces in a deep pan, add water, cook on low flame. When jaggery bubbles and the color changes to light brown, check for one string consistency

2) Add sesame seed and mix well

3) Immediately remove from fire and pour out on a greased plate. Flatten the surface by pressing with wet palm. Cut pieces into diamond shapes while it is hot and soft, as this will harden once cool.

7. Peanut Takti

Ingredients

Peanuts – 250 gm

Jaggery – 150 gm

Water a little

Method

1) Roast peanuts, remove skin, grind coarsely

2) Prepare jaggery syrup – break jaggery into small pieces in a deep pan, add water, cook on low flame. When jaggery bubbles and the color changes to light brown, check for one string consistency

3) Remove jaggery syrup from fire and immediately add peanuts and mix well

4) Immediately remove from fire and pour out on a greased plate. Flatten the surface by pressing with wet palm. Cut pieces into diamond shapes while it is hot and soft, as this will harden once cool.

8. Pineapple Paayesh

Ingredients

Fresh pineapple pieces – 2 cup

Milk – 2 ltrs

Raisins – 15

Sugar – 300 gm

Cardamom – 4

Rose water – few drops

Method

1) Cook together pineapple and 100 gm sugar on low flame till pineapple is soft smooth. Remove from fire and let it cool

2) Boil milk and reduce to half the quantity

3) Add raisins, balance sugar to the reduced milk. Keep on boiling till the milk is again reduced to half (little thick and pink in color). Stir continuously while boiling to prevent sticking to the bottom

4) Remove from fire, add cardamom powder, mix well and let it cool

5) In a deep serving bowl pour cold sweet pineapple and then cold milk, mix well. Add few drops of rose water before serving

9. Sweet Khasta Bara

Ingredients

Rice flour – 200 gm

Whole wheat flour – 200 gm

Semolina – 75 gm

Coconut grated – 500 gm

Sugar – 500 gm

Poppy seed – 2 tbsp

Milk – half cup

Oil to fry

Method

1) Sieve together rice flour and whole wheat flour. Mix well all ingredients except milk into the flour

2) Add milk and if required little water to make a stiff dough

3) Divide dough into even sized balls, press with palm to flatten

4) Heat oil and fry on low flame till golden brown and crisp. Remove and serve hot

10. Sweet Potato Paayesh

Ingredients

Sweet potato – 200 gm

Milk – 1.5 ltr

Sugar – 200 gm

Raisin – 15

Cashew nuts – 40 gm

Cardamom – 5

Rose water few drops

Method

1) Barbeque sweet potatoes with jacket, when cool peel and mash

2) Boil milk, when reduced to 1 ltr add sugar, mashed potatoes and finely chopped cashew nuts. Keep on stirring

3) When milk thickens further add raisins, cardamom powder and rose water. Remove from fire, serve when cool

[]Chutney and Raita

1. Tomato Chutney

Ingredients

Tomato – 750 gm

Green mango – 1 medium size (if mango is out of season, use lime juice)

Raisin – 10

Dates – 10

Ginger – half inch

Green chili – 1

Salt to taste

Sugar – 100 gm

Chopped coriander leaves – half cup for garnishing only

Method

1) Wash and cut tomato into very small pieces

2) Peel mango, remove seed and cut into small thin pieces

3) Grate ginger, chop green chili in a pan and mix all the ingredients and cook on a low flame with lid on

4) Stir occasionally. When the gravy is thick, remove and garnish with coriander leaves and serve

2. Green Mango Chutney

Ingredients

Green raw mango – 500 gm

Sugar – 100 gm

Turmeric a pinch

Mustard seed – 1 tsp (for tempering)

Cumin seed – 2 tsp

Corn flour – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil – 30 ml

Method

1) Peel mango, remove seed, cut into thin small pieces

2) Roast cumin seed and grind to powder, keep it covered to preserve flavor

3) Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when seeds crackle, add mango, turmeric powder, salt and stir for few minutes

4) Add water and sugar, cook till mango is tender

5) Mix corn flour to two tbsp of water, mix well and add to the above, and then bring to boil

6) Add roasted cumin powder and mix well. Remove and serve

3. Coconut Chutney

Ingredients

Grated coconut – 2 cup

Roasted peanut – 1 tbsp

Ginger – 1 inch

Green chili – 2

Garlic – 2 flakes

Lemon juice to taste

Salt to taste

Sugar to taste

Black Mustard seed – 1 tsp

Curry leaves – 6

Mustard oil – 1 tbsp

Method

1) Grind together coconut, roasted peanut, ginger, green chili and garlic to fine paste

2) Add salt, sugar and lemon juice. Mix well

3) Heat oil, when smoke comes out, add black mustard seed. When mustard seeds crackle add curry leaves and remove from fire and pour in the coconut paste and mix well. The chutney is ready

4. Green Chutney

Ingredients

Coriander leaves chopped – 3 cup

Mint leaves chopped – 2 cup

Green chili – 4

Sugar a pinch

Salt to taste

Lemon juice – 1 tsp

Method

1) Grind together all the ingredients except lemon juice, adding little water if needed, into a fine paste

2) Add lemon juice, mix well and serve

5. Peanut Chutney

Ingredients

Peanut – 200 gm

Sugar – 30 gm

Red chili powder a pinch

Salt to taste

Lime juice – 1 tbsp

Refined oil – 1 and ½ tbsp

Method

1) Roast peanuts and remove the skin

2) Grind peanuts, salt, sugar and red chili powder to fine paste, adding water as required

3) Heat oil and remove from fire. Add peanut paste, lime juice, and mix well

4) Keep chutney in fridge for 2 hours before serving

6. Apple Raita

Ingredients

Apple – 3

Curd – 300 gm

Pepper powder a pinch

Sugar a pinch

Salt to taste

Roasted Cumin seed – 2 tsp

Method

1) Wash well, peel and grate apple, removing seeds

2) Beat curd well, add all ingredients and mix well

3) Garnish with roasted cumin seed powder and serve

7. Spinach Raita

Ingredients

Spinach – 250 gm

Curd – 250 gm

Green chili – 2

Sugar a pinch

Salt to taste

Roasted cumin seed – 2 tsp

Method

1) Wash spinach, steam and drain; grind with green chili and salt

2) Grind roasted cumin seed to powder

3) Beat curd well with sugar and salt

4) Add spinach to beaten curd, mix well, garnish with cumin powder and serve

8. Cucumber Raita

Ingredients

Cucumber – 2

Curd – 250 gm

Green chili – 1

Mustard powder a pinch

Pepper powder a pinch

Sugar a pinch

Roasted cumin powder – 2 tsp

Method

1) Remove skin and seeds of cucumber and grate

2) Whisk curd well. Add salt, sugar, pepper powder, whisk till all mixes well

3) Add chopped green chili, grated cucumber and mustard powder. Mix well, garnish with roasted cumin powder and serve

9. Tomato Raita

Ingredients

Tomato – 3

Curd – 250 gm

Onion – 2

Green chili – 1

Coriander leaves – ½ cup

Red Chili powder a pinch

Sugar a pinch

Roasted cumin seed – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Method

1) Finely chop onion, tomato, green chili, and coriander leaves separately

2) Grind roasted cumin seeds to fine powder and keep aside

3) Add salt and sugar to the curd and beat well. Add tomato, onion, red chili powder, and green chili and mix well

4) Finally garnish with cumin powder and coriander leaves

10. Potato Raita

Ingredients

Curd – 250 gm

Potato – 3

Onion – 1

Cumin seed – 2 tsp

Green chili – 2

Red chili powder a pinch

Sugar a pinch

Salt to taste

Chopped coriander leaves – ½ cup

Method

1) Boil potatoes in jacket, peel and chop into small thin pieces

2) Roast cumin seeds and grind to powder

3) Finely chop onion and green chilies

4) Beat curd with salt, sugar and red chili powder. Add potatoes, onion and green chilies and salt. Mix well

5) Finally garnish with cumin powder and coriander leaves and serve


Mom's Kitchen

Mouth watering traditional and authentic recipes from an Indian mother's kitchen. Most of the Indian food that has been introduced in the west are not the real home made Indian food. This book offers genuine home made Indian food recipes that Indian's eat at home using little spice or oil and includes many original recipes from the author's own kitchen.

  • ISBN: 9781370443543
  • Author: satyabratadam
  • Published: 2017-03-22 08:05:18
  • Words: 20263
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