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.

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.

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.

Kadai Prawns

Learn the recipe of kadai prawns by chef Afraz shaikh

Kadai Prawns
Kadai Prawns
  • PREP TIME 25 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 10 MINS
  • SERVES 2
  • 12-16 medium prawns (peeled and deveined)
  • 4 tbsp kadai masala
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 medium onions (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 medium tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp Red chilli powder (salt to taste)
  • 1/4 cup cashew nut melon seed ((kaju-magaz) paste)
  • 2 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves ((kasurimethi) powder )
  • 1 medium green capsicum (chopped)
  • 1 large Onion (diced and layers separated)
  • 2 medium tomatoes (diced )
  • Chopped fresh coriander leaves for garnishing

1. Heat oil in a non-stick kadai. Add onions and sauté till golden brown. "

2. Add ginger-garlic paste and sauté. Add chopped tomatoes and tomato puree, mix well and cook till the tomatoes soften. "

3. Add turmeric powder, cumin powder, chilli powder and mix well. Add 2-3 tablespoons water and stir well. Add salt, mix and cook till the oil separates. "

4. Add cashew nut-melon seed paste, mix well and cook for a few seconds. Add prawns and mix. "

5. Add dried fenugreek leaves powder and mix. Addcapsicum, onions, tomatoes, and mix well. Add kadai masala, mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes"

6. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves. "

Cooking Tips
  • Devein the prawn before you cook it. Deveining prawn is very easy to do.  While prawns can be cooked and eaten with or without the vein, most people remove it. This is more for presentation rather than taste, but leaving the vein in can result in a gritty taste when it is bitten into. Just remember, the vein is the digestive tract of the prawn, so more times than not, you will probably want to remove it.
Marinated the prawns in salt and turmeric before adding the main ingredients or kadai masala.