November 25, 2010

Mutton Brain Curry

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One among the few dishes, which I like to eat but not to cook is this Mutton Brain Curry.  Rarely, we get mutton brain here and this weekend pravin was very fortunate to get them.  Very rich & heavy dish taste great with rice and chapathis too.  Pravin made it very simple with little ingredients yet taste simply delicious.  Leftover if any, can be used as a stuffing inside the cutlet.  

Ingredients :
  1. Mutton brain - 2 nos
  2. Oil - 2 tbsp
  3. Cinnamon stick - 1 no
  4. Cloves - 2 nos
  5. Onions - 4 nos
  6. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  7. Chilly powder - 2 tsp (to taste)
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Corriander leaves for garnishing
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Method :

1.   Clean the brain (remove the outside thin layer).

2.   Heat oil in the pan, add cinnamon stick, cloves & finely chopped onions.  Saute till tender.

3.   Add turmeric powder, chilly powder & salt to taste.  Cook for 10 mins over low medium flame.

4.   Finally, add the brain.  Cover & cook till done   (Don't mix the curry frequently)

5.   Garnish it with corriander leaves.

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Serve with rice or rotis.

November 22, 2010

Crispy Ladies Finger Pakoda

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This time pravin wants something different in ladies finger, but he doesn't want either semi or curry form.  Finally, I tried this crispy pakodas with okra & to my surprise it taste very delicious.  Very crispy perfect for simple jeera rice or BBB rice.  Yum :)

Ingredients :
  1. Ladies fingers - 500 gms (slit lengthwise)
  2. Oil for deep frying
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Besan (Gram flour) - 2 tbsp (may be little more)
  5. Rice flour - 2 tbsp
  6. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  7. Chilly powder - 2 tsp
  8. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  9. Garam masala - 1/4 tsp (optional)
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Method :

1.   Combine all the ingredients together - Gram flour, rice flour, turmeric powder, chilly powder, ginger garlic paste, salt, garam masala & ladies finger.  

2.  Mix it well (without adding water).  Deep fry them in the medium flame oil till crispy & golden grown on either side.

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Serve warm.

November 19, 2010

Pumpkin Dal Curry

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Simple to make yet taste delicious.  Most comfort & healthy dish which can be served with both rice & chapathis too.  Even channa dal can be used instead of moong dal.  My son likes to have this with rice & lotz of ghee.  It taste yum :)

Ingredients :
  1. Yellow pumpkin - 250 gms
  2. Moong dal - 1/4 cup
  3. Oil - 1 tbsp
  4. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  5. Urad dal - 1 tsp
  6. Green chillies - 3 to 4 nos
  7. Curry leaves - 1 tbsp
  8. Garlic pods - 3 nos
  9. Onion - 1no
  10. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  11. Grated coconut - 1 tbsp
  12. Corriander leaves for garnishing
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Method :

1.   Cook the pumpkin.  Keep aside.

2.   Cook the moong dal and keep aside.

3.   Heat oil in the pan, add mustard seeds, urad dal, green chillies, curry leaves, garlic & finely chopped onions.  Saute till tender.

4.   Add cooked pumpkin & moong dal.  Add grated coconut & salt to taste.  Cook over low flame till done.

5.   Garnish with corriander leaves.

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Serve with rice & rotis.

November 13, 2010

Chocolate & Cherry Pound Cake

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Very soft, moist & delicious chocolate cake with cherries & drizzle of chocolate glaze is perfect to serve with tea.  Even strawberries can be used instead of cherries.  Best treat for chocolate lovers :)

Ingredients :
  1. All purpose flour - 2 cups
  2. 1 Jar morello cherries
  3. Chocolate custard or pudding powder - 1 cup
  4. Baking powder - 2 tsp
  5. Sugar - 175 gms (to taste)
  6. Vanilla sugar - 1 sachet
  7. Eggs (medium) - 5 nos
  8. Oil - 150 ml (I used sunflower oil)
  9. Buttermilk - 125 ml
  10. Grated chocolate - 100 gms
For the glaze :
  1. Milk or dark chocolate - 100 gms
  2. Cooking oil - 1 tsp

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Method :

1.   Grease the baking pan with flour & butter.  Preheat the oven to 180 C.

2.   Drain the cherries.  Mix the flour, custard powder, baking powder & sieve.  

3.   Add & whisk together the sugar, vanilla sugar, buttermilk, eggs & cooking oil until you have obtained a smooth mixture.

4.   Carefully fold the chocolate flakes & cherries.  Now put the batter in the greased pan & bake it for 50 to 70 mins or until done.

5.   Leave the cake to rest in the mould for about 10 mins, then remove it & put on a cake rack to cool.

6.   To make the glaze, break the chocolate into pieces & melt with the cooking oil over the low flame.  Pour over the cake & leave the glaze to set.

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Serve with tea & sprinkle some icing sugar before serving.

November 8, 2010

Sweet Appam

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Wish you all happy diwali.  This diwali is something special for me.  Everytime we go to India to celebrate this special occasion.  But this time, we celebrated it here with nombu.  We do lotz of prayers & fasting till late evening.  We need to make athirasam or some jaggery sweet for the pooja.  This time I made sweet appam & it turned out extremely delicious & soft.  Very easy & simple to make.  

Ingredients :
  1. Wheat flour - 1/ 2 cup
  2. Jaggery - 1/2 cup
  3. Water 
  4. Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  5. Dessicated coconut - handful
  6. Riped banana - 1 no (Smashed)
  7. Sesame Seeds - 2 tsp
  8. Nuts ( cashewnuts) - 1 tbsp

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Method :

1.   Dissolve the jaggery in the water & filter it.

2.   Combine all the ingredients together & add water if necessary till you get the idly batter consistency. 

3.   Heat oil in the appam pan & pour the appam batter.  Cook till golden brown in either side.


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Serve warm.

November 3, 2010

Minced Mini Chicken Kebabs

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Minced chicken kebab or reshmi kebabs is a quite popular dish in India.  Once the mixture is ready, I realised the skewers are out of stock.  Finally, I made it as a mini version & used toothpick which finally turned out extremely good and attractive.  I served it with onions which work wonderfully on the barbecue. 

Ingredients :
  1. Minced Chicken - 500 gms
  2. Fresh ginger (finely chopped) - 1 tsp
  3. 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  4. 3 green chillies, chopped
  5. Fresh corriander leaves, chopped - 1/4 cup
  6. Black pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
  7. Cardamom & mace powder - 1 tsp
  8. Salt to taste
  9. oil / butter 
  10. Juice of 1/2 lemon
  11. Chaat masala - 1/2 tsp

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Method :

1.   Mix together the minced chicken, ginger, garlic, chillies, corriander leaves, black pepper powder, cardamon & mace powder and salt to taste.  Chill it for 2 to 3 hrs.

2.   Divide the mixture into portions and shape each one round a skewer, squeezing the meat gently with wet hands so it adheres to the skewer.

3.   Grill the kebabs or shallow fry them for 10-12 mins, turning constantly & brushing regularly with oil or butter.

4.   Sprinkle some chaat masala & lemon juice before serving.


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Serve with onions.
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