Monday, March 31, 2008

Chicken Pickle

A friend shared with me this recipe to make chicken pickle, which i wanted to try from a long time. It was relatively easy to make and a very tasty pickle to have with rice. Also same recipe can be followed to make prawns pickle.

Ingredients

1 lb - Chicken, boneless or with bone, cut to small pieces
1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
Salt to taste

To dry roast

10 - Cloves
2 '' long - Cinnamon sticks
4 to 5 - Star anise
5 to 6 - Green cardamom

For masala

2 tbsp - Poppy seeds
3 '' piece - Ginger
1 whole clove - Garlic
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
1.5 to 2 tbsp - Red chili powder
1 tbsp - Vinegar Or 1 tbsp - Lemon juice Or lemon salt

To season

1 tsp - Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp - Jeera seeds
2 to 3 sprigs - Curry leaves
1 to 1.5 cup - Sesame oil / vegetable oil

Method

1 ) Cook chicken with turmeric powder and salt to taste. Mostly you will not need to add water, some water will come out of the chicken. Cook on low heat, covered with a lid till all the water is evaporated. Take off stove and cool.

2 ) Dry roast ingredients listed for that, cool and grind to a powder, set aside. Grind poppy seeds to a fine powder, set aside. Make a paste of ginger and garlic.

3 ) Heat 1 cup oil in kadai or wok, add cooked chicken pieces in small batches and fry lightly. Take off the oil and drain. To the same oil, add mustard seeds, jeera and then curry leaves. Now add ginger garlic paste and fry until golden brown.

4 ) Lower heat and add poppy seed powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, mix and fry for a second. Add the dry roasted masala powder and fry in oil for a second. Add chicken and mix with masala. Add vinegar, salt to taste and mix well. Take off the stove and cool. There should be good enough oil in the pickle. If not heat 1/2 cup more oil and add to the pickle. Oil will act as a preservative. You can add 1 tbsp more vinegar or lemon juice if you like the pickle to be a little more sour. If you want more gravy then increase poppy seeds and garlic-ginger amount.

When completely cool transfer to a sterilized bottle and store in fridge. You can keep outside for a day or two if you want and then keep in fridge.

Serve the pickle with rice, curds and pappad.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sabudana / Sago Upma

A simple Sabudana and potato combo preparation, which is light on the stomach. These sago pearls are commonly used as a fast time food in northern India.

Ingredients

1 cup - Sago / Sabudana
1 big - Boiled potato, cubed

Seasoning

1/2 tsp - Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp - Urad dal
1/2 tsp - Jeera seeds
2 - Whole dry red chili
1 sprig - Curry leaves
4 to 5 big - Shallots, diced
1/4 tsp - Red chili powder
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
Salt to taste

Method

1 ) Wash and soak sago in enough water to cover sago. Soak sago overnight. Drain water from sago and set aside.

2 ) In a kadai heat oil, add mustard seeds, pop it, add jeera, urad dal, dry red chili and fry in oil. Add curry leaves, shallots and fry shallots to light brown. Add red chili and turmeric powder, for a second, add potato and mix and stir. Add salt to taste.

3 ) Now lower the heat to very low heat, this is very important step to make to get a non- soggy sago. Now when the pan is not very hot, add sago, stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes covered with a lid. Sago will cook fast. Otherwise place sago in a microwave safe bowl, add the seasoning potato mixture to the sago and mix in well. Microwave for 2 to 3 minutes, breaking the cooking time 1 minute each. Cook till sago is translucent.

Serve for breakfast.

Purnima suggests a variation to this recipe and also to get a non soggy sago in the end, which she learned from Shilpa of Aayi's Recipes - "Pravs, we call it sabudana Khichidi (in mumbai lingo) I make this quite often on gas top with a variation, soak time -30 mins, drain in colander, cover colander with tight fitting lid, leave overnight, fluff with a fork or hand, add fistfull of roasted crushed peanuts, salt n sugar to sago stir with hands, then same process - the sago grains don't stick to each other that way". - Thanks to Purnima & Shilpa.

To microwave potato : Wash one potato. Pierce deep into the potato two times, down to the center. Wrap the potato in a moist paper towel. Place in microwave and microwave for 3 minutes.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Meen Thoran

Thoran with meen / Fish is prepared with fish like Ayila / Indian mackerel, which has good meat to make thoran. I have tried this thoran with salmon too, which turns out good. But will always prefer Indian mackerel.

Ingredients

4 - Indian mackerel, cleaned
1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp - Red chili powder
1 - Kodampuli ( Optional )

Salt to taste

To chop finely

1 small - Onion
4 - Green chili
1/2 '' piece - Ginger
1/2 cup - Freshly grated coconut
1 to 2 sprigs - Curry leaves

To season

1/2 tsp - Mustard seeds
Coconut oil

Method

1 ) First cook fish in little water with kodampuli, salt to taste, red chili and turmeric powder . Cook till fish is well cooked. Cool and shred fish meat finely. Take out the bones. Discard kodampuli.

2 ) To a mixing bowl add fish, and finely chopped ingredients and coconut. With hand crush all the ingredients together.

3 ) Heat oil a kadai or wok, add mustard and pop it. Then add the fish mixture and stir. Simmer and cook, occassionally stirring. Add fish stock if any little at a time and use it up. Cook till dry, add some more coconut oil and fry well. It will be good if it gets lightly browned. Take off the stove and serve.

Serve as a side dish with rice.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Okra / Lady's Finger Masala Fry and Curry

Vendakka masala, which can be made as a masala fry or as a curry by adding coconut milk.

Ingredients to make masala fry

1/2 lb - Okra / Vendakka
5 big - Shallots, chopped
3 - Green chili, slit in center
4 big - Garlic flakes, crushed & minced
1/2 '' piece - Ginger, grated
1 medium - Tomato, chopped
1/2 tsp - Red chili powder
1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
2 tsp - Coriander powder
1 sprigs - Curry leaves
Oil, preferably coconut oil

Method

1 ) Wash and dry okra. Trim off the top and bottom. Slit in center and cut to two parts and cut each part into two and set aside.

2 ) Heat oil in a pan, add okra in small batches and fry very lightly. Don't have to brown it. Take out of the oil and drain.

3 ) After okra is done, add curry leaves, shallot, green chili, garlic and ginger. Fry in oil for 2 minutes in simmer. Add tomato and fry for a minute.Then add red chili, turmeric and coriander powder. Fry the powders, then add fried okra, salt to taste and mix with the masala. Stir and cook okra in the masala for 2 minutes. Let the masala coat the okra well. Take off the stove and serve.

Serve as a side dish with rice or roti.

To make this masala fry into a curry: Add 1 cup to 1.5 cup coconut milk and bring to a boil. Cook for minute and take off the stove. Coconut milk depends on how much of gravy you want.


Serve with steamed white rice.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Mutton Cutlet

A combination of meat and potato, this cutlet is prepared with cooked minced meat, which is cooked in spices then boiled potato, fried ingredients are mixed and combined with meat to make a cutlet.

Ingredients

2 cups - Minced goat meat
2 - Potato
1 small - Onion, finely chopped
4 - Green chili
1 '' piece - Ginger
4 big flakes - Garlic
2 sprigs - Curry leaves, finely chopped

Masala Powder

2 tbsp - Coriander powder
1 tsp - Red chili powder
1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
1 small - Cinnamon stick
3 - Cloves
1 tsp - Fennel seeds

To dip and shape

1 to 2 - Egg
Bread crumbs
Oil to fry

Method

1 ) Boil potato with skin, discard skin and mash. Coarsely grind garlic, ginger and green chili.

2 ) Heat a pan on low heat, add coriander powder, red chili powder and turmeric powder. Dry roast the powders lightly. Add this powders to raw minced meat and mix well. To the pan add cinnamon, clove and fennel seeds. Dry roast till the spices gives out aroma. Cool and grind to a powder. Add spice powder, salt to taste and mix with meat.

3 ) Place minced meat in pressure cooker and pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles. Open cooker and dry out any water completely.

4 ) Heat oil in a pan , add onion, curry leaves, coarsely ground ginger-garlic-green chili. Fry lightly. Transfer this to meat and combine. Add mashed potato and mix , very well with meat. Adjust salt to taste.

5 ) Beat one egg, add a pinch of salt. Keep bread crumbs ready in a plate. Take a small amount of meat mixture and shape into a ball and then flatten to a pattie shape. Dip in egg and then roll in bread crumbs.

6 ) Heat enough oil in a pan, place cutlets in hot oil and fry on both sides till brown in color. Take off the oil and drain on a paper towel.

Serve as a snack.


Check out this cutlet made with fish : Fish Cutlet

Friday, March 14, 2008

Kaipakka / Pavakka Kondattam - Bitter Gourd Crisps

Kondattam's are dried vegetables, marinated in spices, sun dried and then fried in oil. When you have limitations to sun dry, then other methods come in use. Microwaving the marinated bitter gourd is a easy and fast way to make these kondattam's.

Ingredients

1 medium size - Bitter gourd
1/2 tsp - Red chili powder
1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
2 to 3 tbsp - Yogurt / thick curds
A pinch of - Hing
Oil and salt to taste

Method

1 ) Cut bitter gourd to thin round rings.

2 ) Mix red chili powder, turmeric powder, hing, yogurt, little oil and salt in moderation. Apply this paste on each bitter gourd ring. Marinate for 1/2 hour.

3 ) Grease a microwave safe plate. Arrange bitter gourd on the plate in a single layer. You will need to microwave for 10 to 11 minutes. Don't cook for 10 minutes at one go. Cook for 2 minutes, stop, stir the rings and repeat for 2 minutes till the cooking time is total of 10 minutes. Then cook for 1 minute more, give a resting time for 2-3 minutes and then check if you need to make it more crisp. If you do, just microwave for 50 seconds more.

Great with rice, curds and pappad.

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"Vegetable of the week" ( VoW ) is an event hosted by Pooja of "creative Pooja" . "Vegetable of the week" is a monthly event now and she has chosen "Bitter Gourd/Karela" as her vegetable for this month. Bitter gourd crisps is my contribution to this event.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Instant Mango Pickle

I was so happy to see some fresh raw mangoes which was labeled pickle mangoes, in the Indian store. I wanted to make instant mango pickle, ever since i saw sig's 'young green mango pickle'. So here is how i made instant mango pickle.

Ingredients

1 big - Fresh green raw mango
5 to 6 flakes- Garlic, sliced
1 tbsp - Red chili powder
1/4 tsp - Hing powder / Asafoetida
1/4 tsp - Fenugreek powder
Salt to taste
Sesame oil

Seasoning

1/2 tsp - Mustard seeds

Method

1 ) Cut mango with skin on, into small pieces.

2 ) Heat 2 tbsp oil. Keep the heat low, once the oil has warmed up. Add garlic and just fry lightly. Don't brown it. Then on low heat, add red chili powder, hing and fenugreek powder. Stir and fry for a second. Take off the stove and pour on the cut mango pieces. Add salt to taste and mix well with mango pieces.

3 ) Heat 1 tbsp more oil and pop mustard seeds. Pour this on pickle and mix in. Cool and transfer to a glass or ceramic jar.You can warm little more oil and pour on top of the jar, if you want to store this for long time. Keep in room temperature for a day, then store in fridge.

Serve pickle with rice, chapati and enjoy this unique taste of raw mango with spices.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Aloo Tikki Choley Chaat

Aloo tikki is a very popular north Indian snack. These aloo tikki's are stuffed with channa dal in the center and shallow fried. You can put any veggie filling you like instead of channa.Now these tikki's can be served along with tamarind-date chutney, green chutney and yogurt. Then the next thing you can do is make chaat with Aloo tikki and serve along with choley.

Aloo Tikki - Stuffed with Channa dal

Ingredients

6 medium - Potatoes, boiled
2 tbsp - Bread crumbs
1/2 of a - Onion, finely chopped
2 - Green chili, finely chopped
2 tbsp - Coriander leaves, finely chopped
Salt to taste

Masala powders

1/2 tsp - Red chili powder
1/2 tsp - Coriander powder
1/2 tsp - Amchoor powder
1/2 tsp - Roasted jeera powder
1/2 tsp - Garam masala powder

For filling in center

1/3 cup - Channa dal
Salt to taste

Method

1 ) Soak channa dal for 1/2 hour and cook dal in enough water with salt to taste. Dal should not get over cooked. Cook till the dal is cooked and grainy, not mashed.

2 ) Boil potato with the skin. Discard the skin and mash potato finely. Add bread crumbs, mix and knead to make a smooth dough. Now add all the masala powders, salt to taste, onion, green chili and coriander leaves. Mix well.

3 ) Now take a small portion of potato dough, make a ball, then flatten it. To the center of the dough put little cooked chana dal and wrap it with potato dough, like it is done with stuffed paratha. Wrap the dough and then make like a ball and flatten little to get a pattie shape.

4 ) Heat a flat pan with little oil. Place the tikki in the oil and shallow fry on both sides to a golden brown color. Take off the pan and drain in a paper towel. Similarly make tikki's with rest of the potato dough.

Serve with Tamarind-date chutney, green chutney and yogurt. You can drizzle the chutneys and yogurt on the tikki and serve. I have not made green chutney for this picture. It was yummy even without green chutney.

To make Aloo Tikki Choley Chaat

You need to make choley to serve with aloo tikki. This is a simple choley preparation to go with aloo tikki.

For choley

Ingredients

29 0z / 822 grams can - White chick peas, drain water and wash well
1/2 of a - Red onion, chopped finely
1 - Tomato, chopped
1.5 tsp - Coriander powder
1/2 tsp - Red chili powder
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
1 tsp - Amchoor powder
1/2 tsp - Garam masala powder

Seasoning

1/4 tsp - Cumin seeds
1/4 tsp - Hing powder
2 - cloves
1 - Big black cardamom /Badi Elaichi
1 small - Cinnamon Stick
1 - Bay leaf

Method

1 ) Heat oil in a saucepan, add cumin, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon , bay leaf and hing powder. Let the spices give out the aroma. Then add onion and fry till golden brown.

2 ) Add coriander, red chili, turmeric, garam masala and Amchoor powder. Fry for a second. Add tomato and cook on low heat till tomato is well cooked and oil separates. Add cooked channa, little water and bring to a boil. Smash little channa, simmer, add salt to taste and cook till all the water is used up and is dry. Take off the stove.

Now that the Channa is made, to make the chaat.

1/4 cup - Beaten yogurt
1/4 cup - Tamarind-date chutney
1/4 cup - Green chutney
1 tbsp - Red onion, chopped ( instead of onion, white radish julienne can be used)
Little ginger julienne and coriander leaves

In a serving plate, place tikki, little choley then drizzle with yogurt and chutneys. Sprinkle onion, ginger and coriander leaves. Serve this yummy Aloo tikki choley chaat as a evening snack.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Tamarind Date Chutney

This Sweet and sour chutney is like a dipping sauce and very much a must accompaniment with savoury snack like chats and samosas.

Ingredients

1 cup - Seedless Tamarind
1/2 cup - Dates, finely chopped
3/4 to 1 cup - Jaggery, grated
1/4 cup - Brown sugar or Sugar
4 cups - Water

Seasoning

2 tsp - Roasted cumin powder
1 tsp - Red chili powder
1/2 tsp - Garam masala powder
1/2 tsp - Black salt
1/4 tsp - Dry ginger powder
1 tsp - Salt or more to taste

Method

1 ) To a saucepan, crumble and add tamarind. Then dates, jaggery, brown sugar and 4 cups water and bring to a boil. Simmer and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir and crush the tamarind to the side of the pan with spoon. Once this has cooked and thickened, take off stove.

2 ) Strain through a sieve and place the strained sauce back on stove. Add the seasoning powders and salt. Bring to a boil and thicken the sauce a bit. Take off the stove and cool. Chutney will thicken more as it cools down completely. Store in fridge and use as needed.


Serve as a dipping sauce with savoury snacks.