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.

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.
 

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.
 

Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani
Chicken Biryani
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 10 MINS
  • SERVES 2
  • 16 pieces chicken (750 grams of chicken)
  • 1.5 cups Basmati Rice (Soaked and drained)
  • 2-3 black cardamom (Salt to taste)
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaves
  • 2-3 Green Cardamom
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 2 tbsp ghee (Plus for drizzling)
  • 1 tbsp caraway seeds (shahi jeera)
  • 2 medium onions (sliced)
  • 1 tbsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp biryani masala
  • 3/4 cup Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup browned onions + for garnishing (A generous pinch of saffron, soaked in warm water)
  • 5-6 Green Chillies (slit)
  • 1 inch fresh ginger (cut into juliennes )
  • 2 teaspoons rose water (Whole wheat dough (atta) to seal)

Boil sufficient water in a deep non-stick pan. Add salt, black cardamoms, cinnamon, bay leaf, green cardamoms, cloves and Daawat Biryani Basmati Rice, cover and cook till the rice is fully done. Strain and set aside"

Heat ghee in a deep non stick pan, add caraway seeds and onions, mix and sauté till onions turn golden."

Add ginger-garlic paste and mix. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and coriander powder, mix well and sauté for 2-3 minutes."

Add chicken pieces, salt, biryani masala, mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add yogurt and mix. Add half the chopped coriander, half the mint leaves, half the browned onions and cooked rice. Spread the rice evenly."

Drizzle saffron water on top and add green chillies, ginger juliennes, remaining browned onions, remaining chopped coriander and remaining mint leaves. Drizzle some more ghee and rose water and top."

Roll the dough into a long cylinder and press onto the edges of the pan. Place the lid on top, press to seal and cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes."

Let it stand for 5 minutes. Open the lid and transfer the biryani onto a serving plate. Serve hot garnished with browned onions and mint sprig"

Cooking Tips • In order to keep the rice fluffy with each grain separate, pre-soak the rice for about an hour and drain. When ready to cook, heat a pot, add 75g ghee (clarified butter), followed by the rice. Sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add 1.5 litres of water, cover and cook till al dente. • Instead of cooking oil, use ghee as it will make the biryani tastier and flavorsome. • If cooking with meat, marinate with spices, salt and yoghurt to tenderize and to ensure the meat is well flavored. • To avoid the biryani from sticking to the bottom of the serving dish, place sliced tomatoes as the bottom layer, and then top with biryani. • When adding saffron, soak in a small quantity of hot water for about 10-15 minutes. When ready, use the strands as well as the water, which will add yellow color. • If you burn the biryani, turn off the heat immediately. Transfer the good portions into a different dish, and add dried lemon to balance out the charred flavor. • When cooking dum style, use pastry sheets to cover the clay or copper pot. It is faster than rolling out the dough yourself. • A mistake most people make when making biryani is overcook it. Turn off the heat at the right time. (This tine varies depending on whether you are cooking meat, vegetable or fish.) • Lamb will result in the most flavorsome biryani, but takes the longest to cook. For quick biryanis, use shrimp or vegetable.

Palak Paneer

Learn how to make Palak paneer by chef Afraz Shaikh only on cookmydish.in.

Palak Paneer
Palak Paneer
  • PREP TIME 8 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 8 MINS
  • SERVES 2
  • 2 large bunches fresh spinach leaves (palak)
  • 250 grams cottage cheese (paneer), cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1-2 Green Chillies
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1.5 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp chopped Garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • A few drops lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh cream + for drizzling

Method 1. Blanch spinach leaves in sufficient water for 30-40 seconds. Remove from heat and refresh in ice cold water. "

2. Squeeze out the excess water and grind into a fine puree with green chillies."

3. Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add cumin seeds and sauté till it changes colour."

4. Add garlic, mix and sauté well. Add prepared spinach puree and little water and mix well."

5. Cut cottage cheese into large cubes."

6. Add salt, lemon juice and cottage cheese cubes, mix lightly and cook for 2-3minutes."

7. Add cream and mix well. Switch off heat."

8. Drizzle cream on top and serve hot. "

Cooking Tips
  • Remove stems and wash the spinach thoroughly, till the water it is dipped into remains clean.
  • Strain the spinach using a large strainer and turn it immediately over into the bowl of chilled water.By keeping it in chilled water helps Palak (Spinach) to maintain it’s original green color.
  • Paneer should always be added at the last stage of the dish. Once the dish is done, then add paneer cubes or chunks and gently mix the paneer with the gravy base.  Cook for 1 minute.  Don’t overcook for more time as the paneer will become rubbery and hard.