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.

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.
 

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.

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.

Amritsari Fish

Amritsari Fish
Amritsari Fish
  • PREP TIME 10 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 15 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 275 gms boneless rawas (cut into one & half inches)
  • Oil for deep frying
  • salt
  • 1 tsp red chilly paste
  • 1/2 juice of lemon
  • 1 tsp Ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • pinch carom seeds
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp gram flour
  • 1 tsp refined flour
  • pinch Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala + to sprinkle
  • 1/4 tsp chopped Garlic
  • 2 tbsp eggless mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp coriander-mint chutney

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai."

Place fish in a bowl, add salt, red chilli paste, lemon juice, ginger paste, garlic paste and mix well and marinate for 30-45 minutes."

Add carom seeds, vinegar, gram flour, refined flour, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, chaat masala, garam masala powder and mix with hand. Add a little water if necessary."

The fish pieces should be well coated but the masala should be thick."

Gently slide in each fish pieces into hot oil and deep till deep golden. Drain on absorbent paper and sprinkle a little chaat masala over them."

To make the dip put eggless mayonnaise and coriander-mint chutney in a bowl and mix well. Pass the mixture through muslin cloth into another bowl. "

Serve fish hot with the dip."

  • Apply salt to fish and rinse it well. Drain thoroughly.  Mix all the ingredients except oil and apply to the fish so it marinates well.
  • It’s always nice to serve fried fish with Onion wedges.
  • Squeeze half a lemon on top of the fried fish as it helps digestion.

Masala Pomfret

It is one of the easiest fish dish to make. You can try it as an appetizer or serve with the main course. Learn how to make Masala Pomfret by chef Afraz Shaikh only on cookmydish.in

MASALA POMFRET
MASALA POMFRET
  • PREP TIME 10 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 15 MINS
  • SERVES 2
  • 2 fresh pomfrets (600 grams each)
  • Salt to taste
  • Crushed black peppercorns to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp red chilli paste
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves paste
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind pulp
  • 1/2 teaspoon clovepowder
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 medium onion, cut into rings
  • lemon, cut into wedges

1. Make one centimeter deep slits on either side of the pomfrets. Apply salt, crushed black peppercorns, red chilli powder and turmeric powder and set aside to marinate for fifteen minutes."

2. Prepare another marinade with two tablespoons olive oil, garlic paste, red chilli paste, fresh coriander leaves paste, tamarind pulp, clove powder and a pinch of salt. Apply this on the pomfrets on all sides. Set aside for another fifteen minutes."

3. Heat a tawa. Roll each pomfret in rice flour and place on the tawa. Drizzle some olive oil all round the fish and cook for two to three minutes. When the underside is golden flip over, drizzle some more olive oil all round and cook till the other side is evenly golden."

4. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with onion rings and lemon wedges. "

Cooking Tips
  • Hold the fish by the tail and gently slide it into the oil. Letting go the whole fish along the side of the pan as close to its surface as possible will produce least amount of oil splash.
  • Keep the flame in medium heat for frying the fish better and to get a crispy pomfret fry.
 
  • Wrapping the fish with a piece of banana leaf would prevent the fish from absorbing a lot of oil. You could brush the banana leaf with few drops of oil so that it does not get stick to the fish while frying.
 
  • Clean the oil splatters off your stove as soon as possible. Heat dries the oil into varnish which becomes more difficult to remove with each passing hour.
 
  • Adding curry leaves to the oil before sliding the fish inside the frying pan would help the dish to have a nice aroma of the curry leaves and it’s healthy too.

Herbed Cucumber Bites

Today I am going to share with you a summer idea for your belly! Cucumber Bites a light and fresh summer appetizer. Cucumber slices are topped with a fresh dill cream cheese mixture, and finished with a juicy colored bell pepper. Parties and get-togethers are a great excuse to make some of the indulgent treats, like brownies and cookies and cheesy dips.  I thought why not make a healthy, but still delicious, appetizer!!

Herbed Cucumber Bites
Herbed Cucumber Bites
  • PREP TIME 20 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 20 MINS
  • SERVES 8-10
  • 2 large English Cucumbers ( Cut in Circles and thin length wise)
  • 250 grams Cheese Cream
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp Dill / Mint leaves (freshly chopped)
  • 2 Red Capsicum, small pieces for garnishing
  • 2 Green Capsicum, small pieces for garnishing
  • Coriander leaves to garnish
  • Salt + Pepper

1. In a medium bowl beat together the cream cheese, dill/mint leaves, garlic until smooth."

2. Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag or a Ziploc bag."

3. Pipe the herbed cream cheese mixture onto each cucumber round."

4. Garnish each cucumber with a sprig of green and red capsicum and coriander on top."

5. Serve immediately or cover and store in the fridge until ready to enjoy."

Method 2

1. On a thin long strip of cucumber spread the mixture smoothly and roll it securing it with a toothpick."

Plating / Presentation We will plate each bite on a long white plate. Must Have Sharp knife, tooth pick, thermacol balls Cooking Tips
  • Adding herbs to your sandwich or snacks will escalate the flavor and taste. You could mince herbs fine to blend into spreads or cut them up in small pieces or leave them in small sprigs to add to sandwiches. For garnishes, leave the herbs just as you pick them, in their whole-leaf or flower splendor.

Tandoori Chicken

Learn how to make Tandoori chicken by chef Afraz shaikh only on cookmydish.in

Tandoori Chicken
Tandoori Chicken
  • PREP TIME 1 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 25 MINS
  • SERVES 2
  • 750 grams whole chicken, cut into 4 pieces on the bone
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp Ginger paste
  • 1 lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Hung yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1.5 tbsp Kashmiri red chilli paste
  • 1 teaspoon Chaat masala for sprinkling
  • Black salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp gram flour (besan)
  • 1.5 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 1 tbsp Mustard oil
  • Butter for basting
  • Onion roundels for serving

Method 1. Make incisions in chicken pieces and put in a large bowl. Add garlic paste, ginger paste, lemon juice and salt and mix well. Set aside to marinate for 30-40 minutes. "

2. Combine hung yogurt, garam masala powder, chilli flakes, chilli powder, Kashmiri red chilli paste, 1 teaspoonchaat masala, black salt and salt in a bowl and whisk well. "

3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a non-stick pan, add gram flour and carom seeds and sauté on low heat till gram flour is fragrant."

4. Add the gram flour mixture to yogurt mixture and whisk well. "

5. Add yogurt mixture and mustard oil to the marinated chicken pieces and mix well. Set aside to marinate for 1 hour. "

6. Preheat oven to 200° C."

7. Heat remaining oil in a deep non-stick pan. Place the marinated chicken pieces and cook from both sides till golden brown."

8. Place the cooked chicken pieces on a baking tray. Put the tray into the preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, basting with some butter."

9. Sprinkle some chaat masala and serve hot with onion roundelsand pudinyachi chutney."

Cooking Tips
  • Remove skin from chicken pieces, and cut slits into them lengthwise. Mix it with curd or yoghurt and keep aside for 45 mins to 1 hour before cooking.  This would help the chicken to become soft and tender.
  • Preheat the oven before cooking.
  • Brush the chicken pieces with a bit of ghee to make the chicken bit moister and soft.