Kesari Murgh

Kesari Murgh
Kesari Murgh
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 30 MINS
  • SERVES 3
  • 6 large pieces Boneless chicken
  • 1 cup onion paste
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon kesar dissolved in milk
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 4 teaspoon cashew nut paste
  • 1 cup curd
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon whole cloves and green cardamoms
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • salt (As per as taste.)

Marinate the chicken with 1 tablespoon of red chilli powder, 3 tablespoon curd and 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste and a pinch of salt. Mix it nicely and keep aside for 3 to 4 hours."

Heat 3 tablespoon oil in a heavy duty pan, add 3 green cardamom, 3 cloves and a spring of bay leaves. Roast it nicely to come out of the original flavor of these spices. Then add 1 tablespoon of Onion paste, a teaspoon ginger garlic paste. Fry it for some times. Then add the marinated chicken in to this. Mix it well, cover it and simmer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, add the dry spices like 1 tablespoon coriander powder, 1 teaspoon of red chilli powder, 4 tablespoon of cashew nut paste as well and some salt to season."

Mix it well and add ½ teaspoon saffron milk. This gives a great flavor of saffron and a fabulous colour to this dish. To finish with add ¾ cup fresh cream. Cover it and keep for 10 to 15 minutes in very low flame until the chicken become soft and tender. Finally add some fresh coriander leaves."

Your Royal, Fabulous, Juicy Saffron chicken is ready to serve. Garnish with coriander leaves and Saffron."

  • Use deep vessels to cook chicken for proper cooking and avoid splashing of juices / masala / gravy all around the place.
  • Make ginger, garlic paste in bulk and store in the refrigerator to save the time of cooking.
  • Keep coriander leaves in an air tight container in the refrigerator to keep them fresh for a long time.
  • Always use sharp knives. Not only is it safer but it will make your work much more efficient.

Sweet Jaipur Mewa Chaval

Sweet Jaipur Mewa Chaval
Sweet Jaipur Mewa Chaval
  • PREP TIME 10 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 20 MINS
  • SERVES 3-4
  • 2 cups Long grained white rice
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup ghee
  • 1/2 cup chironji coarsely ground
  • 25 almonds blanched and chopped
  • 25 Pistachios chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron soaked in 1teaspoon milk
  • 4 cups milk

In a Pan add 1 cup of ghee, bring to melt add 2 cups long grained white rice. Mix it up nicely. Add 4 cups of milk. Give gentle mix with rice and milk. Don’t over stir the mix otherwise the long rice will break. Cover it; allow cooking for 5 to 10 minutes."

Once the rice is almost cooked and the milk is reduced then add the seasoning ¼ tablespoon nutmeg powder, 1 tablespoon cardamom powder, ½ tablespoon saffron milk. Give a gentle mix. And finally add the 2cups of sugar in to this."

Make sure that, the rice is fully cooked, the milk is reduced. It’s time to add the nuts, cashew, blanched almonds, chopped pistachios and some kismis. Mix it gently. Plate it. Garnish with nuts, cardamom and nutmeg powder."

Enjoy the Sweet Jaipur Mewa Chaval"

  • Don’t add sugar in the beginning of cooking, otherwise the sugar will get caramelized and will change the colour of dish.
 
  • Give a gentle mix otherwise the long rice will break and lose the look and feel of the dish.
 
  • Take a proportionate quantity of rice and milk for the proper cooking. (i.e. one and a  half cup of rice then milk should be two and a half cup of milk)

Laal Maas

Laal Maas
Laal Maas
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 45 MINS
  • SERVES 3-4
  • 2 small onions, finely chopped
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 18-20 dried red chilies
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon jeera / cumin seeds
  • 1 cup Mustard oil
  • 10 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 piece small ginger, finely chopped
  • 1/2 kg lamb cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small cup kachri powder
  • 3-4 pod cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • little bit mace
  • 1 pod black cardamom
  • water
  • handful coriander leaves, chopped

Roast the Kashmiri red chili, coriander seeds and cumin seeds to make a paste. Marinate the Red Meat (with bones) with this paste and keep it for 1 hour."

In a pan add 1 tablespoon mustard oil in that add whole spices like cinnamon, green cardamom, pepper corn, black cardamom. The spices are nicely fried and add 2 chopped onions, 2 green chilies. Fry it well and add the marinated Mutton along with 1 tablespoon Red chilly powder, 1 tablespoon Kachiri powder. Mix it up. Add salt and 3 cups of water. Stir it nicely. Make sure that none of the spices are stuck in the bottom of pan. Otherwise it starts burning. Put a handful of chopped coriander leaves while its cooks."

Allow to simmer gently for 45 minutes or in a pressure cooker for eleven whistles. After 45 minutes you can see that the meat and gravy has reduced and its nice dark brown in colour. Switch it off. Add a handful of coriander leaves. Transfer the Laal Mass in to beautiful bowl. Garnish with some coriander leaves and enjoy with Baajre ki roti. "

  • When you cook meat or chicken, you should first cook over high heat to seal juices and then lower the heat and cook till tender.
  • Meat that partially frozen is much easier to cut or slice.
  • Don’t add salt to the meat before you cook. The salt force the juices out and impede browning instead, salt meat halfway through cooking.

Papad Ki Sabzi

Papad Ki Sabzi
Papad Ki Sabzi
  • PREP TIME 10 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 15 MINS
  • SERVES 2
  • 5-6 papad
  • 75 ml oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 onions
  • 1 tablespoon kachri powder
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 tablespoon Red chilli powder
  • 2 tablespoon coriander powder
  • ½ tablespoon Turmeric powder
  • 3 tablespoon Yogurt

Cut the Papads in triangle shape. In a bowl, put 3 teaspoon yogurt, 2 teaspoon chilli powder, 2 tablespoon coriander powder, 1/2 turmeric powder, 1 tablespoon kachiri powder and just a dash of water to mix it well."

In a pan heat a tablespoon of oil in to which add ½ teaspoon of cumin seeds. Once it starts crackling add the onions, fry it till golden brown add some chopped garlic, after the spices getting colored add the yogurt spice mix. Add some salt. Simmer the heat and toss it for sometimes."

Now add the papads and just enough water as long as the papad is covered. Simmer the fire until the papad become nice and soft. It should take about 7 to 8 minutes. After 8-10 minutes, the water is absorbed by papad. Papad become nice and tender. Add some coriander leaves. Time to plate the Papad Ki Sabzi. Garnish it with coriander and mint leaves."

  • Whenever curd is to be added to the masala. It should be beaten well and add gradually.
  • Always add hot water to the gravy to enhance the taste.
 

Fish and Mango Curry

Fish and Mango Curry
Fish and Mango Curry
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 30 MINS
  • SERVES 3-4
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • ½ cup sliced shallots
  • ½ teaspoon methi seeds
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 4 cups water
  • 500 gm Fish Fillets
  • 1 cup sliced sour green mango
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Coconut paste
  • 1 cup fresh grated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 2 green chilies
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup water

Marinate the fish in turmeric, salt and little bit of tamarind pulp and keep it for 5 to 10 minutes."

For the Coconut Paste: In a blender add 1 cup of grated coconut, ¼ teaspoon of turmeric, ½ teaspoon of chilli powder, 2 green chilies, 1 teaspoon of ginger, 8 cloves of garlic and ½ a cup of shallots. Grind it well with some water to make a smooth paste."

In a pan add a tablespoon of coconut oil, in that add some Methi seeds and Jeera let it crackle add the coconut gravy which we made before and toast it well for some time, then add some water stir it nicely to make a gravy, you can add more water in to it if required. Now it’s time to put the marinated fish and a cup of sliced sour Mangoes. Close the pan with a lid and allow cooking for 5 to 10minutes. Finally put some curry leaves on top of it. The mouth watering Fish and mango curry is ready to eat."

  • Don’t overcook fish ever as it’s very soft and bound to break if you overcook.
  • The taste of any fish curries depend on the masala / tamarind you use. You could use any tamarind or kokum locally available near you.
  • Kerala has a typical tamarind which they use of only fish curries.
 

Avial

Avial
Avial
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 15 MINS
  • SERVES 3-4
  • 1 cup Elephant Yam
  • 2 Raw Banana
  • 1 Big Carrot
  • ½ cup snake gourd
  • Drumsticks
  • ½ cup white pumpkin
  • ½ cup cucumber
  • beans
  • full mango
  • Green Chillies
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • salt (To taste)
  • sprig curry leaves
  • A little water
  • 2 cups Grated coconut
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • small onions
  • Green chilly

In a large pot add all the above mentioned vegetables with 2 cups of water, ½ a teaspoon of turmeric powder and salt. Cover it and cook for some times, so that the vegetables become soft. "

By the time we can make the coconut paste. In a blender put 2 cups of grated coconut, a 1/2 teaspoon Jeera, 1 small onion, 3green chili, a pinch of salt and little water. Just a spin don’t make a smooth paste. Now add this paste in to the half cooked vegetables. Nicely mix it and add some curry leaves. Keep it for more 5 minutes. "

Finally, add 2 tablespoon coconut oil on top of it and some more curry leaves. Enjoy the real taste of Kerala Avial."

  • Cut all the vegetable in one size and shapes and also use all coloured vegetables its gives an authentic look and taste to the dish.
  • Don’t over grind the coconut mix.
  • To get a real taste of this dish use only coconut oil.
  • Wash vegetables before peeling or cutting to preserve the water soluble vitamins.

Chemmeen Moilee

Chemmeen Moilee
Chemmeen Moilee
  • PREP TIME 20 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 30 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 300 gms Prawns
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped Garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ginger thin strips
  • 1 large Onion sliced
  • 1 pinch Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Lime juice
  • 100 ml Coconut milk
  • 10 ml coconut oil
  • 2 gm mustard seeds
  • salt (to taste)

Marinate the cleaned prawns with turmeric powder, salt and fresh lemon juice and keep it aside for a while. Now for a Curry, Place a pot with 2 tablespoon of coconut oil add a teaspoon mustard seeds, some curry leaves. Let them crackle add sliced onions and keep the pot closed for a while till the onions soften. "

Now it’s time to add ¼ teaspoon of chopped garlic and 1 tablespoon of ginger strips, a little bit of chopped green chillies. Add a pinch of turmeric mix it well and a cup of thick coconut milk. Now add salt, some fresh coriander leaves, a teaspoon of lime juice and some water to make fabulous gravy. Keep the gas simmer for some times. "

Once the masala is ready, add the marinated Prawns in it. Keep the pot closed for 5-10 minutes. So that the prawns cook well and the amazing Chemmeen Moilee is ready to serve."

  • Clean the Prawns very well before marinating it.
  • To get rid of the smell of prawns, apply salt and lemon juice to the prawns before cooking. Leave for 15 – 20 minutes so that it gets marinated and taste well.
 

Thalassery Chicken

Thalassery Chicken
Thalassery Chicken
  • PREP TIME 20 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 30 MINS
  • SERVES 10
  • 1 kg chicken
  • 2 kg coconuts
  • 250 gms shallots ((Madras Onion))
  • 100 gms green chilli
  • 50 gms garlic
  • 50 gms ginger
  • 25 gms curry leaves
  • 15 gms red chillies
  • 5 gms mustard seeds
  • 150 gms fennel seeds
  • 50 gms coconut oil
  • salt (to taste)

For the Masala: In a pan add some oil, in that add shallots (no need to make a small pieces), ginger, 3-4 cloves of crushed garlic, a tablespoon of fennel seeds and 2 green chillies. Mix it well and add a cup of grated coconut, a pinch of salt. Fry all for sometimes without changing the colour of coconut. Put it in the blender and make a paste. "

Heat the coconut oil in a pot, put the mustard seeds, few curry leaves and a couple of red dry chilies, once it starts crackling add the chicken with salt. Stir it for some times, then add the masala that we made before, mix it well with chicken, add some water and sliced green chilies. "

Cover the pot and keep it cook for 10 to 15minutes. Now it’ time to plate the yummy Thalassery Chicken curry! "

  • To check if the chicken has been cooked thoroughly, take a piece from the pot and set it on a plate or chopping board. Use a fork and a knife to cut a slit. If the inside is white, it is cooked. If it's not, put the piece back in the pan and cook the mixture for a little longer.
 

Masaledhar Aloo

Masaledhar Aloo
Masaledhar Aloo
  • PREP TIME 10 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 8 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 8 big size potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp dry mango powder
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • salt (To taste)

Slice the Potatoes in matchstick shape and soak in the water for some time. In a pan add oil for deep frying. Allow to boil at smoking point. In that time remove the sliced potatoes from water to another pan and let it dry. Wipe the excess water from it."

Put the potato wedges in to the oil, fry it till it becomes golden brown colour. Make it nice and crispy. Remove the fried potatoes from the oil and put in a kitchen towel to absorb the excess oil."

Take another plate; add fried potatoes while it is hot. To season add a pinch of red chilli powder, cumin powder, dry mango powder, chaat masala and salt. Mix it nicely. Garnish with coriander leaves. Majedhar Masaledhar Aloo is ready to eat!"

  • Wash the sliced potatoes three to four times to remove starch from the potatoes. If you do so you get really nice crispy potatoes while frying.
  • Potatoes soaked in salt water for 20minutes will bake faster.

Kurkuri Bhendi

Kurkuri Bhendi
Kurkuri Bhendi
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 15 MINS
  • SERVES 5
  • 500 gms bhendi
  • 3-4 tbsp besan ((gram flour) )
  • 1 tsp red chilly powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp amchur powder
  • salt (To taste)
  • oil (For frying)
  • Heat the oil thoroughly before adding seasonings or vegetables.
  • Fry the seasonings until they change color, to get full flavor of seasonings.
  • Besan removes the stickiness of Bhendi and it stands as a binding agent.
  • Always keep besan in the refrigerator to avoid getting small insects in it.
 

Dhaabe di dal

Dhaabe di dal
Dhaabe di dal
  • PREP TIME 20 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 30 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 1/4 cup bengal gram divide ((chana dal))
  • 1/4 cup red kidney beans ((rajma))
  • 1/2 cup black gram divide ((urad dal))
  • 2-3 Green Chillies
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves
  • 8 - 10 garlic flakes
  • 4 tsp oil
  • 3 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 2 tsp medium size onions
  • 1 kasoori methi
  • 3 tsp Butter milk
  • salt (Taste)

In a pot add all three dals (1/4 cup chana dal, ¼ cup rajma, ½ cup urad dal) cook altogether till the dals get cooked and soften."

Let’s melt 3 teaspoon butter in a pan, add sliced garlic, green chilies and sliced onions, mix it till light brown colour. Now add a teaspoon of red chilly powder, roasted jeera powder, 3 chopped tomatoes, toss it well and add some more butter and salt in to this. Cover it for some time."

Then add the boiled dhal mixture in to the tadka. Simmer it. Mix it well and keep for 5 minutes. Finally add some kasoori methi, chopped coriander leaves and a pinch of jeera powder. It’s time to plate the “Dhaabe di dal”, garnish with Methi Sprouts and enjoy with Jeera Rice or Roti."

 
  • Soak the Dals overnight for fast cooking (or soak it for about 4-5 hours)
  • To make it even easier, you could also soak it in boiling water for an hour before cooking.
  • For the health conscious you can use vegetable oil instead of butter.
  • Use Pressure cooker instead of using a pot to boil the dhal and can save energy.

Chicken Kofta Walnuts

Chicken Kofta with Walnuts
Chicken Kofta with Walnuts
  • PREP TIME 30 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 30 MINS
  • SERVES 6
  • 4 cup chicken stock
  • 500 gms boneless chicken mince
  • ½ cup walnut paste
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Ginger paste
  • 3 elaichi
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chilly paste
  • 1 tsp Jeera
  • 2 tsp fresh cream
  • salt (To taste)
  • pinch Garam masala
  • coriander leaves

Take 500gm boneless minced chicken into a medium bowl. Add some jeera powder, garam masala, red chilli powder and salt. Blend everything thoroughly and make small balls of chicken Koftas (any shape and size)"

In a pan add 4 cups of chicken stock, 3 green cardamoms to give a flavor to the stock, get it to boil. And put chicken koftas directly in the chicken stock. Simmer the heat and let the koftas cook for some time."

Heat the oil for gravy in a pan; add boiled onion paste along with ginger garlic paste, some green chillies and a spoon of Elaichi powder. Keep on stirring. Then add 2 teaspoon of tomato puree, ½ cup of walnut paste, stir it well, then add 2tablespoon fresh cream. "

Now add some chicken stock for smooth paste and add all the koftas in to this. Give a gentle Mix. And boil it for a minute until everything is heated through. Turn it off. Your silky beautiful chicken koftas are ready. Garnish with cherry tomatoes, mint and walnut. "

  • Always make stock in large quantity and freeze it in plastic bags. That way, when you want to make a nice soup or boil veggies, you can simply pull the bag out of the freezer.
 
  • Koftas can be deep fried, instead of cooking in the chicken stock; it will be tastier than this.
 
  • We can use cashew nut or badam paste also for this dish.
 
  • Give a gentle fry to onion, garlic and ginger, before making the paste. Its gives a special aroma to the dish.
 

Lime Rice

Lime Rice
Lime Rice
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 15 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 3 limes
  • 4 dry red chilies
  • 1/2 Bengal gram dhal
  • big pinch hing ((asafoetida) )
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
Heat 2 tablespoon of Oil in a pan and add ½ teaspoon of mustard seeds, curry leaves after crackling the mustard seeds add 4 dry red chilies, ½ tsp of soaked chana dal, hing and turmeric powder. Mix and fry all this for some times till the chana dhal becomes brown in colour, add salt and green chilies (if required more spicy). Now add the main ingredients lime juice and cooked rice. Mix it well. Your favorite Lime Rice is ready to serve.  

Chicken Chettinad

Chicken Chettinad
Chicken Chettinad
  • PREP TIME 20 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 30 MINS
  • SERVES 5
  • 1 kg chicken
  • 4 onions
  • 3 green chilies
  • 2 springs curry leaves
  • 4 tbsp ginger (garlic paste)
  • 3 ripe tomatoes
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • ½ cup oil
  • salt
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • salt
  • 3 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 10 dry red chilies
  • 2 tbsp Khus Khus
  • 2 tbsp Saunf
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 3 cardomom
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 one inch pieces cinnamon sticks
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 4 tbsp Grated coconut
  • Store spices in a cool, dark place, not above your stove. Humidity, light and heat will cause herbs and spices to lose their flavor.
  • Dry roast spices masala can also use for vegetable dishes. Its gives the special flavor to any dish.
  • When you fry the onions add some salt in to that before adding the oil. It dries the onion and fry faster.
  • When we make the masala for chicken, fry it till oil separates, before adding the water. Its gives a nice flavor and original colour to the dish.
 

Sevai kothamalli balls

Sevai with kothamalli balls
Sevai with kothamalli balls
  • PREP TIME 10 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 15 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 1 big bunch coriander leaves
  • 1/4 cup bengal gram
  • 1/4 cup urad dal
  • 8-10 red chillies
  • 1 pinch hing
  • 1/2 tsp oil
  • salt (To taste)
  • 1 cup Sevai
  • 1/2 Kothamalli balls
  • 1 tbsp Peanut
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 2 tsp oil
  • few curry leaves
  • pinch hing
  • salt (to taste)
  • corainder (for garnishing)
  • Kothamalli can be used in various dishes like Curd Rice, Masala Rice, Fry Idli etc
  • Kothamalli balls can make and store it in the refrigerator for long time; it’s a time saver of variety cooking.
  • Rice Sevai is very good to make noodles. Kids will enjoy with rice noodles.

Meen Kozhambu

Meen Kozhambu
Meen Kozhambu
  • PREP TIME 25 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 30 MINS
  • SERVES 5
  • fish
  • 3 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard oil
  • 1/4 tsp methi seeds
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 4 Green Chillies
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • 3 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup (soak about 75 (pulp (soak about 75 gm of tamarind))
  • 1/2 cup water
  • curry leaves
  • coriander leaves
  • Always clean the fish with salt and lemon juice, which remove the smell of fish.
  • Try to use the earthen pot for cooking fish. Its gives the traditional taste.
  • Fry the masalas till the oil separates, to get an original colour for the dish.
 

Chingari Malaikari

Chingri Malaikari
Chingri Malaikari
  • PREP TIME 20 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 30 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 500 gms Prawns ((big/medium size) )
  • 2 medium sized onions
  • 2 tbps Ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 slit up Green chilli
  • 3/4 cup Coconut milk
  • 2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt (to taste)
  • 2 tbps oil
  • bay leaves
  • 4 cardamoms
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 5-6 cloves

Wash the prawns very well before you marinate it. Add salt and a touch of turmeric powder and mix it."

Heat 1-2 tsp of mustard oil in a pan. Once the mustard oil comes to a smoking point, add a bit of salt. When the mustard oil is hot, put some mustard seeds into it and once the mustard seeds start to crackle you could add 2 pieces of cardamom, 2-3 of cloves, 1-2 pieces of cinnamon sticks, 1-2 bay leaves, 1 cup of onion paste, 2-3 tsp of ginger garlic paste, paste of 1-2 green chilies and mix it very well until it becomes a bit dry. Once the masala is ready, add 1-2 tsp of turmeric powder and 1 tsp of red chilly and mix it well. Add a little water to the mix so that the masala comes out well. Continue to stir and add 1 cup of coconut milk to the masala. Please keep the stove simmer and continue to mix it add more water if you want more gravy. Keep it covered for sometime. Let the mix get boiled, keep it for a 2-3 minutes. "

  • Coconut milk could be made at home or you could use the ready to cook instant coconut milk available in the market.
 

Bhetki Macher Paturi

Bhetki Macher Paturi
Bhetki Macher Paturi
  • PREP TIME 20 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 45 MINS
  • SERVES 5
  • 1 kg Bhekti Fish ((cut into 6 to 8 pieces) )
  • 1 tablespoon poppy ((posto/khus khus) )
  • 2 teaspoons Black mustard
  • 3 tablespoons White mustard
  • 1 cup Grated coconut
  • 4/6 Green chilly
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 4 mustard oil Mustard oil
  • Salt To taste
  • Banana leaf
  • Banana leaf

To get the right mix of marinade soak white mustard seeds, black mustard seeds and poppy seeds separately in warm water for about 30-40 minutes. Once it’s soaked, grind it to make a delicious yummy paste."

Add 2-3 tablespoons of this paste to the grinder, a pinch of turmeric powder, 2-3 tbsp of grated coconut, 1-2 green chilies, 1 tbsp of mustard oil, and some salt to make a nice marinade. "

Take the banana leaves and add 1-2 tbsp of the paste to the banana leaves. Add a dash of mustard oil to the paste and place the bhakti fish fillet on top of the paste. Add 1-2 tbsp of paste on top of the fish fillet. Place 1 green chilly on top and add a little bit of salt. Wrap it with the banana leaf and tie it with a cotton string and make it a parcel."

Heat the frying pan and add some water into it. Also add 1-2 tsp of mustard oil and mix it. Keep it on a low flame and then place the fish fillet parcels in the pan. Keep it covered and let it cook for about 7-10 minutes on onside and turn it over for the other side to cook. "

Once the fish is cooked, open the parcel and plate it. You could add some mustard sprout, edible flowers, coriander leaves, pudina for garnishing. Serve it hot. Enjoy! "

  • Heat the banana leaves directly in a low flame so that it becomes flexible and easy to wrap.
  • Wipe the banana leaves with a dash of mustard oil before you start placing the paste so that it does not get stick to the parcel.
  • The fish fillet parcels could be either fried on a frying pan or cooked in a steamer as per your convenience.
 

Kosha Mangsho

Kosha Mangsho
Kosha Mangsho
  • PREP TIME 20 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 45 MINS
  • SERVES 5
  • 850 grams mutton
  • 2-3 medium sized onion
  • 2 inch ginger
  • 4 pods garlic
  • 5 elaichi (whole cloves and green cardamoms)
  • 21 inch dalchini (cinnamon )
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 2 tsp kashmiri mirch/deghi mirch
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp finely powdered cumin seeds
  • 3 tbsp heaped curd
  • Salt To taste
  • 6 tbsp Mustard oil

To marinate the mutton add ½ to 1 cup of curd, 1-2 tsp of red chilly powder, 1 tsp of roasted coriander powder, a pinch of turmeric powder and salt. Marinating the meat 6-8 hours in advance is recommended."

Add 2-3 spoons of mustard oil into your pan and let it become hot. Once the oil is hot, add couple of bay leaves, 2-3 dried red chilies, a cinnamon sticks, 2-3 cardamoms and 2-3 cloves. Once the spices start crackling, add the next mixes."

Add 1 cup of minced onions into the pan. Stir the mix until it gets caramelized. Once it’s caramelized add ginger garlic paste into it. Stir the mix until its dry and get the brown color. "

Add the marinated mutton into the mix. Add a dash of red chilly powder, coriander powder and keep it shut and let it cook. It may take 30 to 45 mins to cook. Once it is cooked, plate it and garnish it with some green chilies and a pinch of chopped coriander leaves. Serve it hot. Enjoy!"

While cooking meat, you should first cook it over high flame to seal the juices and then you can lower down the heat and cook till it becomes tender.  

Jhal Muri

Jhal Muri
Jhal Muri
  • PREP TIME 10 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 5 MINS
  • SERVES 2-3
  • 2 cups muri/murmura ((puffed rice))
  • 4 tbsp aamchur
  • 4 tbsp sev ((Bengal gram vermicelli)
)
  • 3 tbsp raw peanuts
  • 2 tbsp fresh coconut ((thinly sliced)
)
  • 1 green chili ((very finely chopped)
)
  • 1 Onion ((finely chopped)
)
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves ((chopped))
  • boiled potato ((peeled and chopped))
  • 1 tomato ((finely chopped)
)
  • 1 tsp mustard oil

  • oil from pickle
  • 1/2 tsp juice of lemon

Heat up a frying pan and toast some raw peanuts. Toast the peanuts in simmer. "

Take a bowl add 2 cups of puffed rice (Bhel / Muri), 2 tbsp of sev (vermicelli) into the bowl. Add boiled potato cubes, freshly chopped tomatoes, finely chopped onions, salt, dry mango powder (Aamchur powder), finely chopped coconut, some chopped green chilly and mix it well. Once this is mixed add the toasted peanuts into it and mix it again. You could add a dash of oil (any oil) or oil from the pickle as it adds a pickle flavor to the snack. "

Add a teaspoon of lemon juice and add some finely chopped coriander leaves and mix it very well. Jhal Muri is ready to serve. Enjoy!"

  • When you are roasting or toasting any kinds of nuts be very careful as these nuts have natural oils in them they tend to burn very fast.  So, toast it in low flame.
  • Use low cholesterol oils
 

Chicken Cafreal

Chicken Cafreal
Chicken Cafreal
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 20 MINS
  • SERVES 5
  • 1 kg chicken
  • 7-8 green chilies
  • 8 Stocks Coriander leaves
  • 1 piece ginger
  • 13-14 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Khus Khus
  • 7-10 Peppercorns
  • 1 big piece Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Jeera
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 small ball Tamarind
  • 4-6 cloves

For marinade, add coriander leaves, 1-3 green chilies, 3-4 cloves of garlic, 1-piece of ginger, a pinch of jeera (roasted recommended), a pinch of khus khus (poppy seeds), salt to taste, tamarind, 1-piece of cinnamon, 7-10 pepper corns, 1-teaspoon oil (olive oil recommended). Grind these spices together and you will get a nice, spicy, tangy, green thick paste. "

Once the paste is ready, take the cleaned chicken and mix it. You could either use chicken leg pieces or chicken normal pieces as convenient. You could also use the chicken with or without the skin removed. Add the ground paste to the chicken pieces. And add a pinch of salt (for taste if required) and a little turmeric powder and mix it well with the chicken pieces. Would recommend doing the marinating process at least 3-4 hour before the preparation. It helps the chicken pieces to absorb all the spices and herbs used in the marinade. "

Once the marinating is done, take a pan and put some oil and wait for the oil to become hot. When the oil is hot, place the chicken pieces in the pan and wait for it to cook. While you frying the chicken, make sure that the flame is not so high or not so low. Keep a medium flame so that the pieces are cooked equal to taste well. Once it starts coloring, turn the pieces so that both sides are cooked well. Once both sides are colored, cover it for a while (3-5 mins) and then rest it for 5 mins and plate it. Service it nice and hot with some nice salads."

  • Marinating the chicken 3-4 hours in advance will increase the taste.
  • Maintain a medium flame to avoid burning the pieces.
  • Heat the pan first and put the oil later so and let the oil heat well before you place the chicken pieces.
  • Add more of peppercorn than green chilies, as it’s healthier.
  • You could make a cut mark in the chicken pieces so that masala catches the pieces fast and become easy to marinate.
  • Use fresh and soft chicken.

Prawns Ambotik

Prawns Ambotik
Prawns Ambotik
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 20 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 500 gms prawns, peeled, deveined
  • 6 Red Kashmiri Chilies
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 20 Pepper Corns
  • 3 Cinnamon sticks
  • 2 Green Cardamom
  • 10 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 table spoon Tamarind pulp
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoon Ginger chopped
  • 2 table spoon oil
  • 1 cup Tomato chopped
  • ½ cup water or as consistency required
  • Triphala Spice ((Sichuan Pepper))
  • salt (to taste)
  • 4 to 5 Coriander and sprigs
  • To get a sweet and sour effect use tamarind and sugar in an equal proportion.
  • It’s always advisable to have the tamarind pulp stored in a bottle for convenience.  This can be made at home. Soak the tamarind in a cup of water for an hour and squeeze the tamarind into the water and a nice ready to use tamarind pulp is ready.
  • Always cook or fry masalas on a moderate heat to avoid burning the masala.

Fish Xacuti

Fish Xacuti
Fish Xacuti
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 20 MINS
  • SERVES 6
  • 1 kg fish
  • 8 -10 Peppercorns
  • 1 inch (cinnamon stick )
  • 6 cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
  • 4 pods cardamom split and seeds removed
  • 1 tsp Poppy seeds
  • 4 onions
  • 2 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Ginger paste
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 3 tbps white vinegar
  • 3 tbps Grated coconut
  • 3 tbps vegetable oil
  • salt (to taste)
  • Chopped coriander leaves

Marinate the fish with salt and a touch of turmeric. You could also pre-marinate the fish in advance and keep it for 2-3 hours to increase the taste. "

Take a frying pan and put 1-2 teaspoon of vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, you could add chopped onion and fry it a bit and add ginger garlic paste after that. Stir the mix for a while and let it half frying and add spices like cinnamon powder, jeera powder, red chilly powder, turnmeric powder, khus khus, cloves powder, cardamom powder, nutmeng powder stir the mix and fry it. After 2-3 minutes add grated coconut to the mix and fry it till the masala gets a dry form. After that add 1 tsp of vinegar and stir it again and add half a cup of water let it boil. Add salt to taste and let it cook for 5 minutes and keep it covered. "

Once the gravy is ready, slide the fish into it and add some chopped coriander leaves. Keep it covered and let it cook for about 7-10 minutes. Once its cooked serve it along with rice or goan pao. Enjoy!"

• For convenience, you could add garam masala instead of adding each spice and herbs at every interval. The garam masala could be made at home by shallow frying all the spices and grind it. You could preserve it in a bottle or a sealed pouch for later usage. • Don’t use sharp or metal spoon for stirring fish curries as it may break the cooked fish pieces. • Don’t overcook fish. 7-10 minutes would be appropriate depending on the fish that you use. Firm fish may require 4-5 minutes more. • Adding vinegar would help to get a better flavor to the whole dish.

Vegetable Caldin

Vegetable Caldin
Vegetable Caldin
  • PREP TIME 10 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 15 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 400 ml fresh coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves
  • 2 medium sized onion (chopped finely)
  • 2 green chilies (chopped finely)
  • 1 tbsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 cup auliflower florets
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 2 Drumsticks (cut into batons)
  • 2 carrots (cut into batons)
  • 1 cup French beans (split into 2)
  • 1 medium potato peeled (and baton)
  • Few Chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp turmuric powder
  • 1 tsp dhania powder
  • salt ( to taste)

Take a frying pan and put 1-2 teaspoon of vegetable oil and let it become hot. Once it gets slightly hot, add some curry leaves and some chopped green chilies, chopped onions, 1-2 tsp of ginger garlic paste into it. Stir it proper until it gets slightly brownish color. "

Once it’s slightly colored add the spices like turmeric powder and chopped and cleaned vegetables drumsticks, carrots, potatoes, cauliflower and green peas. Mix it well and pour coconut milk. Add salt to taste. Also add just a dash of water. Mix it well and add coriander powder and jeera powder into it and stir it well and let it cook for 5-7 minutes on moderate simmer. Once it’s cooked, add some chopped coriander leaves and ready to be served. Enjoy! "

  • Do not cook over cook vegetable as it may cause loosing nutritional values of the vegetables.
 
  • Since cutting of vegetables is time consuming, you could cut it on a day when you are relatively free and refrigerate it in tight containers.  It’s even advisable to do the chopping of vegetables on a weekend and preserve it for the week ahead.
 
  • Vegetables that have been stored in the refrigerator tend to look dull and lifeless. If you want to make a salad, and need your veggies to look fresh, soak them in cold water with a few drops of lime for about 15 minutes and they will look bright and delicious.

Ringan nu Shaak

Ringan nu Shaak
Ringan nu Shaak
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 20 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 2 medium Ringan ( white ones preferred)
  • 1 medium size Onion ((fine chopped))
  • 1.5 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 cup Groundnut ((crushed))
  • 1.5 cup curd
  • 1.5 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • salt (to taste)

Wash the baby eggplant and cut each into 4 pieces. Soak the cut eggplant into a cup of water and salt. This is called purging and it takes all the bitter taste of the eggplant away. Keep it for about 10 minutes and squeeze the water away and keep it dry in a separate bowl."

Heat up a pan with 1 tbsp of vegetable oil. Once the oil becomes hot, add 1 cup of chopped onions, 2 tbsp of garlic paste, add the eggplant pieces into it and give it a nice toss and let the eggplant get nicely coated with the sorted onions and garlic. Add ½ tbsp of turmeric powder, ½ tbsp of red chilly powder, ½ tbsp garam masala, ½ tbsp of roasted jeera powder, ½ tbsp coriander powder and salt to taste and mix it well. Add a dash of water into it and cover it keep it for cooking. The cooking should take 7-10 minutes. "

Add 1 cup of curd into the mix, few ground nuts, little bit of coriander leaves and stir it well and let it be on a simmer for about 7-8 minutes. Once its cooked you could garnish it with some edible flowers, coriander leaves and plate it and serve it hot. Enjoy!"

 
  • Soak the cut pieces of eggplant in a cup of water and salt to get rid of the bitter taste of eggplants.

Kadhi Gujrati

Kadhi Gujrati
Kadhi Gujrati
  • PREP TIME 10 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 10 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 500 ml Butter milk
  • ½ tbsp chickpea flour
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 2 tsp ginger chili paste
  • Pinch hing
  • Pinch Garam masala
  • ½ tbsp coriander leaves ((fine chopped))

Take 2-3 cups of buttermilk and beat it very well. Add 1 tbsp of chickpea flour (basen) into it and blend it."

Take a pan and add 1-2 tbsp of ghee to the pan. Give the pan a little swirl until the ghee start melting. While the ghee is melting in the pan add some curry leaves, a pinch jeera seeds, 1 tbsp of ginger, 1 tbsp green chilly paste, a pinch of Asafoteda (hing), 1 tbsp garam masala."

Once the basic tempering is ready add the premixed buttermilk into the pan and whisk it very well. Give it a nice gentle stir until it becomes smooth. Add salt to taste and some chopped coriander. Keep the kadhi in low simmer for 2-3 mins. Please do not boil it. The Gujarati Kadhi is ready to be served."

 
  • Do not boil the kadhi.  If you boil the kadhi it will start splitting.  So please heat up the kadhi for a maximum of 2-3 minutes.
 
  • Stir the kadhi very well after adding to the masala to avoid getting stuck at the bottom of the pan.
 

Vaghareli Khichdi

Vaghareli Khichdi
Vaghareli Khichdi
  • PREP TIME 10 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 15 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 1 cup Rice
  • ½ cup moong dal
  • ¼ cup Toor Dal
  • 1 medium size potato
  • 1 medium size onion
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • ¼ tbsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tbsp Chili paste
  • ½ tbsp Ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp turmeric paste
  • 1 tbsp Red chili powder
  • ¼ tbsp Garam masala
  • salt (to taste)
  • 5 cups water
  • Soaking the rice and dal for 5-6 hours would help the mix to cook and blend well.
  • Cook the khichdi the till the water level reduces and absorbed by the rice and dal mix.

Methi Muthia

Methi Muthia
Methi Muthia
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 20 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 1 c cup hopped fenugreek ( (methi))
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour ( (gehun ka atta))
  • 1/3 cup besan ((Bengal gram flour))
  • 1/2 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder ( (haldi))
  • 1/4 tsp Garam masala
  • 1 tsp oil
  • oil (for greasing)

Start cooking by mixing the finely chopped fenugreek leaves (methi) with 1/3 cup of Bengal gram flour (besan) and 1/3 cup of whole-wheat flour. Add a pinch of salt, some garam masala, some chilly paste, some ginger paste, a little turmeric powder, a little bit of sugar and mix it up and add a ¼ cup of water and make a nice dough. While mixing the dough add a little lemon juice and rest the dough for 15-20 minutes."

Once the dough is ready, make small balls. Take a pan and heat ½ cup of vegetable oil. When the oil is hot, start sliding the balls to the oil and fry it. Turn the pieces once they’re cooked. It will have a little brownish colour after they’re fried."

After frying, take the balls out and place it on a tissue paper so that it absorbs all the oil. You could serve it along with some nice green chutney."

  • Washing leafy vegetable in warm water would help reduce the level of contamination of soil, water, bacteria etc.
  • Heat the oil proper before you start sliding the balls for frying.
  • Always fry the food in low simmer.
  • Do not slide anything to fry in cold oil as the food may end up absorbing more oil.
 

Pickle Fried Rice

Pickle Fried Rice
Pickle Fried Rice Partner
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 10 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 1/2 kg cooked rice ((left over rice also could be used))
  • 1 Yello Bell Peppers
  • 1 Red Bell Peppers
  • 1 Sliced Onion
  • 1 Spring onion
  • Some green peas
  • Little bit ginger
  • Some garlic
  • Some chopped green chillies
  • Salt to taste

Step 1 Heat one table spoon of vegetable oil in a pan and add all the above ingredients (except rice) and toss it very gently. Once the mix is half cooked, add the cooked rice into the pan and mix it. "

Step 2 Add 1-2 tbsp of lime pickle and toss it and then add some finely chopped coriander leaves and plate it up and serve hot. Enjoy ! "

Cooking Tips
  • When you cook vegetables or vegetable fried rice, make sure that you don’t overcook them as the nutrition value of the vegetable may be lost.

Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer Tikka Masala
Paneer Tikka Masala Partner
  • PREP TIME 5 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 10 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 1 packet Soul Paneer Tikka Masala
  • 1 onion cut
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 tomato
  • Salt to taste

Step 1 Cut open the Soul Instant Wet Masala pouch and put it into a bowl. Add 200 ml water to the de-hydrated masala and mix it until it becomes soft and a gravy form. "

Step 2 Heat one table spoon of vegetable oil in a pan and add 1 cup onion chopped into pieces, 1 cup green bell pepper, 1 cup tomato and toss it very gently. Keep it on a simmer for about 2-3 minutes and take it off the stove and rest it aside. "

Step 3 Take another pan and heat it up and add the Soul Instant Wet Masala mix into the pan. Once the masala start boiling, add paneer cubes into to the mixture and add the pre-shallow fried mix of onion, bell pepper and tomato to the mix. Add 1 tbsp of butter, some fresh finely chopped coriander leaves, 1-2 tbsp of fresh cream and mix it well. Keep it on low flame for about 3-4 minutes. Once it’s cooked serve it hot. Enjoy ! "

  • When looking for instant cooking products choose the ones which does not have added preservatives.
  • Olive Oil is very good for health as it has less Cholesterol levels compare to other cooking oils.
  • Instead of using packaged fresh crèmes, you could make cashew nut paste at home and add to the dishes.