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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.

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.

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.
 

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.

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.

Royal Hara Bhara Kebab

Hara Bhara Kebab is another vegetable cutlet like snack, prepared with spinach and green peas. This one is the best way to add some nutrition in your diet. This one is every vegetarians go to kebab. Made with a mix of mashed potatoes, spinach, green peas, chillies, some cornflour for binding and select spices for flavour this kebab is quick, simple and delicious.

Royal Hara Bharat Kebab
Royal Hara Bharat Kebab
  • PREP TIME 20 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 20 MINS
  • SERVES 4-5
  • 2 cup Spinach, blanched & chopped
  • 2 large sized potatoes, boiled & mashed
  • 1/2 cup Green peas, blanched & crushed
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds (shahi jeera)
  • 1 inch chopped
  • 4-6 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 2 tsp Green chilli paste
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 3/4 cup Gram flour (besan), roasted
  • 2 tbsp Cashewnut powder
  • 1/2 cup Hung yogurt
  • 2 Green chillies, chopped
  • 5-6 Almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp White pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

In a kadai heat butter, add shahi jeera, sauté till it begins to change colour."

Add chopped ginger, chopped garlic, green chilli paste and sauté for another fifteen seconds making sure that the paste does not stick to the bottom of the kadai."

Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt, besan and cook till it gives a good aroma. This may take about one minute on medium low heat."

Add cashewnut powder and cook for further thirty seconds on medium low heat."

Add the chopped spinach, mashed potatoes, crushed green peas and cook on medium heat for about five minutes or till it leaves the kadai."

Remove from heat and spread it out on a flat surface to cool."

Add chopped green chillies, chopped ginger, chopped almonds, salt, white pepper powder, chaat masala and garam masala powder to the hung yogurt. Mix well."

Divide both the spinach and the filling mixture into sixteen equal portions. Spread the spinach mixture on your palm, place the filling in the center and bring in the edges and roll into a round ball. Press slightly to form kebabs."

Heat sufficient oil in a frying pan and shallow fry the kebabs, a few at a time, till crisp on both the sides. This may take about one minute on each side on medium heat."

Serve hot sprinkled with lemon juice and chaat masala."

  • Wash Spinach and other leafy vegetables in warm water before you grind it.  This helps removing chemical and dirt from the vegetables.

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.

Lasuni Paneer Tikka

Lasuni Paneer Tikka is one of the best paneer recipes that can be served as a starter. Learn the step by step ways to cook Lasuni Paneer Tikka by chef Afraz Shaikh.

Lasuni Paneer Tikka
Lasuni Paneer Tikka
  • PREP TIME 1 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 5 MINS
  • SERVES 2-3
  • 850 gms cottage cheese (paneer), cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp garlic (lasun) paste
  • 3 teaspoons tandoori masala
  • 1/2 cup Hung yogurt
  • 2 tbsp fresh cream
  • 1 tbsp chopped Garlic
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain) powder
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • 3 tbsp roasted gram flour (besan)
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Mustard oil
  • Oil for greasing
  • Chaat masala for sprinkling
  • Salad for serving

1. Slit the cottage cheese cubes without cutting through."

2. Mix together 1 tablespoon garlic paste and 2 teaspoons tandoori masala in a bowl and apply the mixturebetween the slits of cottage cheese cubes."

3. To prepare marinade, mix together hung yogurt, cream, chopped garlic, remaining garlic paste, green chilli, coriander leaves, salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, remainingtandoori masala, carom seed powderand gram flour in a bowl. Add vinegar and mustard oil and mix well. "

4. Add the prepared cottage cheese cubes to the marinade and mix well. Refrigerate to marinate for 1-1½ hours."

5. Preheat oven to 200° C."

6. Grease a baking tray with some oil and place the marinated cottage cheese cubes. Put the tray into the preheated oven and bake for 6-8 minutes."

7. Sprinkle chaat masala on top and serve hot with salad."

Cooking Tips
  • While making Paneer Curries, 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 or mixture.  Cook for 1 minute.  Don’t overcook for more time as the paneer will become rubbery and hard.
  • You can also fry the paneer in oil and then add it to the dish. While frying ensure that the oil is hot moderately before you add the paneer cubes to the pan.  Fry till it becomes light brown.  Don’t over fry it as it may become hard.

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.

Mutton Do Pyaza

Mutton cooked with plenty of onions, as the name suggests, is simply delicious

Mutton Do Pyaza
Mutton Do Pyaza
  • PREP TIME 1 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 15 MINS
  • SERVES 2
  • 12 chops mutton
  • 4 pieces Whole dry red chilies
  • 6 pieces green chilies
  • ¾ cup ghee
  • 2 teaspoons Fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Pomegranate seeds (anardana)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 8 onions
  • 2 piece Ginger chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • to taste salt
  • ½ teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh coriander leaves, chopped

1. Soak red chillies in half a cup of hot water. Chop two green chilies and slit the remaining. Sauté slit green chillies in one tablespoon of ghee, drain and set aside. Roughly chop four onions and slice the remaining."

2. Coarsely grind fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds and pomegranate seeds separately. "

3. Grind together cumin seeds and red chillies with one tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply this paste to the chops and marinate for one hour preferably in a refrigerator."

4. Heat the remaining ghee in a pan and add chopped green chillies, chopped onions and ginger. Sauté till light brown. If required, sprinkle water. Drain, cool and blend to a paste. Strain the ghee and heat it again. Add fenugreek seeds, sliced onions and mint leaves. Sauté well and add the marinated chops. Sauté till dry."

5. Add coriander seeds and one-fourth cup of water. Mix well and simmer till dry. Add pomegranate seeds, turmeric powder, salt and half a cup of water. Once it boils, lower the heat and simmer till almost dry. "

6. Add garam masala powder, fried green chillies and coriander leaves. Cover and cook on low heat for five to seven minutes. "

7. Add fried onion paste, mix well and cover and cook on low heat for fifteen to twenty minutes."

8. Sprinkle the remaining lemon juice, mix and serve hot."

Cooking Tips
  • The most difficult and important task for a perfect mutton dish is to make the mutton tender and soft. There are many ways to do so.  Slice the mutton in small and thin pieces and mix it with curd and keep aside for 1-2 hours.
  • Cooking mutton with raw papaya in it would help the mutton cook well and become soft and tender
  • Cooking slowly would also help mutton to become tastier, soft and tender.

Mutton Pepper Fry

A simple delicious fry recipe with mutton that goes beautifully with rotis, rice and dal or even dosas.

Mutton Pepper Fry
Mutton Pepper Fry
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 25 MINS
  • SERVES
  • 500 grams boneless mutton (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger-garlic paste
  • to taste salt
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 Onion (sliced)
  • to taste Crushed black peppercorns
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp scraped fresh coconut
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 4-5 Garlic Cloves
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 8-10 black peppercorns
  • 1 star anise
  • 3-4 green cardamoms
  • 1 black cardamom
  • ½ inch Cinnamon
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1½ tbsp scraped fresh coconut
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder

1. Heat some water in a deep non-stick pan. Add mutton pieces, turmeric powder and ginger-garlic paste and mix. Add salt, mix, cover and cook till mutton is done. Drain in a bowl and reserve the stock."

2. To prepare paste, heat oil in a non-stick pan. Addcurry leaves, let it crackle and drain in a bowl. Switch off heat. "

3. To prepare the paste, slice garlic cloves and ginger."

4. Place the oil pan back on heat, add caraway seeds, peppercorns, star anise, green cardamoms, black cardamom, broken cinnamon, cloves, coriander seeds, remaining curry leaves, sliced ginger and garlic to hot oil and sauté for 1 minute."

5. Add onion and coconut and sauté for onion and coconut turns golden brown. Add turmeric powder and chilli powder and mix well. Transfer on a plate and cool. "

6. Heat oil in another non-stick pan. Add onion and sauté. Add dried red chillies and sauté till onion turns golden brown. "

7. Grind the sautéed spice mixture alongwithsomewater into fine paste. "

8. Add ground paste to the sautéed onion, mix and cook till the mixture slightly dries. Add cooked mutton pieces, mix and cook for 1-2 minutes."

9. Add salt and mix. Add crushed peppercorns, tamarind pulp, sugar and coriander leaves and mix. Add 1 cup reserved stock, mix and cook till the mixture boils. "

10. Add fried curry leaves and coconut, mix and cook for 1-2 minutes. "

11. Serve hot. "

Cooking Tips
  • Rinse the muttons pieces with salt and turmeric before cooking so that it becomes soft and tender.
  • Leave the meat in curd or papaya paste to tenderize the meat for at least 2-3 hours, and if you have enough time, leave it for about 6-7 hours. For making the prefect Mutton Pepper Fry, meat is left to marinade overnight. You could also use acidic fruits like lemon or kiwi with salt and pepper, which help in breaking down the solid fibers of meat. Once these fibers break down, that's when the meat becomes tender and ready to devour. Marinating not only makes the meat tender, but also adds moisture to it, further making it juicy.