Monday, 6 November 2017

Manji Pulimuchi


Pulimuchi is a sour and spicy Mangaloren Style masala gravy dish cooked with fish or chicken.
The gravy can be dry or semi dry as per one’s choice. This is a finger licking dish that can be served with Rice or Neer dosa.
Here I have used Pomfrets.

For the Masala Paste
Ingredients
20 or more Red Guntur Chillies as per the spiciness required - Soaked in water for 30 minutes
2 Onions chopped
16 Garlic Cloves peeled
1 small Ginger chopped
1 Green Chilli
1 1/2 tsp Tamarind Paste
10 Pepper Corn
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Coriander seeds
Salt to taste

Method
Grind the cumin, coriander and pepper till it is in powder form. Grind the onion, ginger, garlic, green chilli and 1/2 of the red chilli along the powder into a fine paste. Add the remaining red chillies, tamarind, salt and little water and grind the all ingredients together into a thick fine paste.

For the Pomfret Masala Gravy
Ingredients
4 medium size Pomfret marinated with Turmeric and Salt for 15 minutes
Few Curry Leaves
Masala Paste
1/2 cup Coconut Oil

Method
Take a flat pan. Add the oil and heat it. Add the masala paste, stir fry it for 2 minutes. Add the curry leaves. Continue to stir fry for another minute. Spread the masala on the pan. Place the pomfrets in the masala. Apply some of the masala on the top part of the pomfret too. Cover and let it cook for 5 minutes on a low flame. Remove the lid. Turn the pomfrets. Cover and cook the pomfrets father till the oil from the masala releases and the pomfrets are done. Serve the Pomfrets with Neer Dosa.

For the Neer Dosa Recipe click on the link given below....


Neer Dosa


Neer dosa literally meaning water dosa in Tulu. This dosa is prepared from rice. Neer dosa is a delicacy from Tulu Nadu region and a part of Mangalorean cuisine. This can be had for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is served with Chutney or any gravy dish. 

Ingredients
1 1/2 cup Raw Idli Rice 
1/2 cup Fresh or Desiccated Coconut
Salt to taste

Method
Soak the rice at least for 2 hours. Grind the rice along with coconut and 1 cup water into a smooth batter. Do not add excess water while grinding. 
Transfer the batter from the grinder into a bowl. Now add 2 cups of water and salt into the batter. The batter should be watery. Add more water if required. Take a skillet or pan. Spread some water over the pan, the water should sizzle and then pour a ladle full of batter over the hot pan. Rotate the pan and spread the batter. Cover the dosa with a lid and allow to cook on medium flame. Fold the dosa into a triangular shape. Serve the Neer dosa with chutney or any curry or fried dish. 



Friday, 3 November 2017

Phulkopir Roast


As winter approaches there are varieties of winter vegetables that comes in the market. Phulkopi / Cauliflower is one of  the winter vegetable that is one of my favorite. This vegetable is used to make various dishes. Phulkopir Roast is one of the vegetarian dish made with Cauliflower, as the name says it all.  This is an old Bengali dish made during occasions. Many of the restaurants in Kolkata serves this dish during Durga Puja. This is a very simple dish made without any garlic and onions. It can be served with rice or paratha or rotis. 

For the Masala Paste
Ingredients
1 tbsp Raisin soaked in 3 tbsp water
1 inch Ginger chopped
2 Green Chillies
1 tsp Coriander seeds
3/4 tsp Cumin seeds
3/4 tsp Kashmiri Chilli Powder
Method 
Add all the above ingredients in a grinder and add little more water. Grind all the ingredients into a fine paste. 

For the Cauliflower Roast
Ingredients
500 grams Cauliflower cut into medium size florets
Masala paste
Salt to taste
1 tsp Sugar 
2 Bay Leaves 
1/2 tsp Bengali Garam Masala (2 Cardomoms, 3 Cloves and 1 small stick Cinnamon ground into powder)
1/4 cup Curd
1/4 cup Mustard Oil
1 tbsp Ghee 

Method 
Take 1 liter water in a wok. When the water becomes hot, add 1 tsp salt and let it bubble. Switch of the flame. Add the Cauliflower and let it stand for 15 minutes. Drain the water out. Add mustard oil in the wok. Let it heat. Add the cauliflower and fry it till it’s colour changes. Remove the cauliflower from the oil. In the same oil add the bay leaves. Add the masala  paste and on a medium low flame, sauté the paste till the oil begins to separate from the paste. Add the curd and continue to cook. Add the sugar. Cook for 2 minutes. Add the cauliflower. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water, cover and cook the cauliflower till done. Keep stirring it occasionally. Add little water and salt in between as the cauliflower takes time to cook. Once done add garam masala and ghee. Serve hot with rice or roti. 



Saturday, 14 October 2017

Gondhoraj Chicken Bhappa




‘Gondhoraj' in Bengali means the king of smell. It's a type of a lebu / lemon, which is aromatic and it is different in size, shape and taste. The smell is very refreshing and mesmerizing.
It is best had with Korai r Daal and Aloo Posto served with hot steaming rice. Now a days many different dishes are made using Gondhoraj Lebu.
The lemons, lemon leaves and Bhut  Jolokia used are from the plant growing in my house. 
Here I have made Chicken Bhappa my style with Gondhoraj Lebu and it's leaves. Since I used bhut jolokia, I didn't add green chilli paste as bhut joloki is very spicy. 



Ingredients 
1 kg Whole Chicken 
1 Onion sliced
3 Green Chillies slit 
2 Bhut Jolokia sliced lengthwise 
5 Gondhoraj Lemon leaves
4 to 6 wedges of Gondhoraj Lime 
Some Coriander Leaves for garnishing 
Paste of 1 medium size Onion, 1 small piece of Ginger and 5 Garlic 
Paste of 2 tbsp Coconut grated and 2 tbsp of Poppy seeds ground with 2 tbsp of Curd 
1 tbsp Juice of Gondhoraj Lebu 
Salt to taste 
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp Mustard Oil 


Method 
Take a whole chicken, after washing the chicken, wipe the chicken with a paper towel. Poke the chicken with a fork. Apply little salt on the chicken properly and keep it aside for 15 minutes. Now add the Onion - Ginger - Garlic paste. Rub it well on the chicken. Keep it aside for 15 minutes. Add the coconut - Poppy seed paste, lime juice, salt, 1/4 cup of oil, sliced onion, 2 green chillies, some slices of bhut jolokia and lemon wedges. Apply all the ingredients well on the chicken as well as in the inside part of the chicken, let it stand for an hour. Take a pressure cooker, place the chicken and its marinated juices into the pressure cooker. Pour in 1 tbsp of the mustard oil. Place the green chilli and the remaining slices of the bhut jolokia on top of the chicken. Cover the lid of the cooker. Let it cook on a low flame until 5 whistles. Let the pressure release. Garnish it with some coriander leaves. Serve it with hot steaming rice. 

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Borhani


This is a very traditional and popular curd base drink from Bangladesh served in parties, weddings or on special occasions. I had this drink at Fakhruddin in Singapore. I must say it's an amazing drink. This drink helps in digesting the heavy food. The curd is blended with the other ingredients and it's served cold. The drink has the flavor of mint and it's bit spicy as green chilli, ginger, pepper corn and mustard seeds are some of the ingredients added in the drink. The sugar is added as per the requirement and taste you want. 
I have added mustard oil to enhance the flavor of the drink. 

For the Green Fresh Juice
Ingredients 
1/4 cup Mint Leaves 
2 tbsp Coriander Leaves 
1 Green Chilli
1 small piece of Ginger 
8 Pepper Corn 
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds 

Method 
Grind all the ingredients in a grinder. Add 1/4 cup water and grind further into a smooth paste. Strain the paste into a bowl. 
Watch the video here 👇🏼

For the Drink 
Ingredients
200 grams Curd
Green Fresh Juice
1 tsp Black Salt
1/2 tsp Roasted Cumin seeds powder 
5 tsp Sugar or as per the requirement 
6 Mint Leaves and some Mint for garnishing 
1/4 tsp Mustard Oil
2 cups Water 
Ice cubes 

Method 
Add the curd, sugar, black salt, roasted cumin seed powder, mint leaves, green juice, mustard oil, some ice cubes and 1/2 cup of water in a blender and blend the ingredients well. Pour the remaining water in a jug. Add some more ice. Pour the curd drink into the jug and add mint leaves for garnishing. Pour it into a glass and enjoy the Borhani. 



Saturday, 7 October 2017

Vavval Meen Varuval / Tamilnadu style Pomfret Fry


This spicy fish fry is good to be served as an appetizer or starter. The fish is marinated with the  ground paste. It is shallow fried and served hot. 

For the Ground Paste
Ingredients
10 Big Garlic cloves
4 Byadgi Chillies
4 Guntur Chillies
12 to 15 Curry Leaves 
2 tbsp Roasted Split Grams 
1 tsp Pepper Corn
1 tsp Coriander Seeds
3/4 tsp Cumin Seeds 
1 tsp Turmeric powder 
3 tbsp Lime Juice 
Salt to taste 


Method 
Grind all the above ingredients together. Add 1/2 cup water and further grind the ingredients into a smooth fine paste. 

To Fry the Fish 
Ingredients 
8 pieces of medium size whole Pomfret cleaned and give cuts on both the sides of the fish
Ground Paste 
Oil for shallow frying 

Method 
Apply the ground paste on both the sides of the fish. Let it marinate for 30 minutes. Heat oil in a pan. As the oil is hot, gently place the fish in the oil. Fry on both the sides till golden brown in colour on medium low flame. Remove the fried fish on an absorbent paper towel. Serve it hot with onion, tomato and lime.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Paneer Ke Kabab


A superb and easy festive snack or starter for vegetarians. Without any garlic and onion and with very few ingredients this snack can be made in very less time. This Kabab is shallow fried and served hot with green chutney.

Ingredients
250 grams Paneer / Cottage Cheese
3 tbsp Green Masala Paste ( Few coriander leaves, few mint leaves, 1 small piece of Ginger, 2 Green Chillies and 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds ground together in a mixer without adding any water )
2 tbsp All Purpose Flour ( Maida )
2 tbsp Semolina ( Suji )
Rock Salt to taste - (Sendha Namak)
2 tbsp Curd
Oil for shallow frying

Method
Take the cottage cheese, ground masala, maida, suji, salt and curd in a bowl. Mix all the ingredients  properly till it forms a soft dough. Make small balls and flatten it.
Take a pan, add oil. Let it heat. Shallow fry the Kababs till it is golden brown on both the sides. Serve it hot with green chutney.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Durga Pujo ar Misthi Mukh


Durga Mai ki Jai.... 


The sound of Dhak, Dhunochi r Naach, Smell of happiness in the Air, New Clothes, Dressing up, offering Puspanjali, Bhog, Meeting friend's and family, Adda and feasting means Pujo, ar Bangali mane Mishti.... 
Ar Shes Pate Mishti - at the end a sweet dish has to be there... 
Here are some of the festive sweetdishes you can try out... The links are given below each picture. Please click on the link for the recipe... Happy Durga Pujo... 



Chanar Pantua 


Langcha 


Nolan Gurer Roshogolla


Pan Bahar Sandesh


Keshri Babam Bahar Sandesh Roll


Raj Bhog


Chitrakoot


Rosogollar Payesh 



Oats ar Chanar Diye Gurer Payesh


Malpuas 


Rasgullas


Perakhi


Narkel Naru


Chanar Misti Polau 


Misti Doi


Chandrapuli


Malai Chumchum


Ranga Alur Pantua ( Sweet Potato Pantua )

Monday, 25 September 2017

Fish Caldino / Caldin ( Mild Fish Curry )


It's a Goan dish. It's a mild yellowish colour curry which is served as a side dish. This curry can be made with any vegetables or fresh fish. Surmai, pomfret or prawns are used to make this curry.  The curry though mild, is quite flavorful.
This can be served with hot rice or pav.

To make the Caldin Juice
Ingredients
1 fresh Coconut grated
4 Garlic cloves
2 Cloves
1 small piece of Cinnamon
10 to 15 Black Pepper Corn
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Tamarind Paste
2 cups of warm Water

Method
Blend all the above ingredients together in a blender along with the warm water.  Strain this through a strainer to get a thick Caldin juice. Add 1 cup of water to the residue and strain out a thin juice. Keep it aside.

For the Curry
Ingredients
3 medium Pomfret sliced and cleaned 
1 medium size Onion chopped 
1 medium size Tomato chopped 
1 tsp Ginger minced 
2 Green Chillies slit
1/4 tsp Sugar 
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Oil 

Method 
Take a wok, add oil. Let it heat. Add the chopped onions, sauté it till translucent. Add the chopped tomato, ginger and green chillies. Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add the thin juice and let it simmer. Apply little salt on the fish. Add the fish into the wok. Let it simmer for a minute. Turn the fish. Add the thick juice and continue to simmer. Add the salt and sugar. Let it simmer till the fish is cooked. Serve hot with steamed rice or with pav.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Putu Ayu Ketan Hitam (Black Glutinous Rice and Coconut Steamed Cake)


It's an Indonesian steamed cake recipe. It's can be served as snacks and believe me it is moist, healthy and super tasty.
I have followed Anna dina's blog for this recipe, but I have reduced the quantity of the ingredients to half and recreated the recipe as per my convenience.
The Black Rice was one of the ingredient that I had received as prize from Original Indian Table in collaboration with Commeat. I have plated it on a Tapas plate which again was one of the prizes I had received from Le Creuset...

I made the rice flour at home. I took 125 grams of rice and ground it. Then sieved it. I have used dried grated coconut, but the fresh coconut is more preferred.
Black Rice known as forbidden rice, it is less popular than the other rice varieties, it is also an ancient grain that has been eaten in Asia for thousands of year. It has a powerful disease-fighting antioxidants, and it also contains dietary fiber, anti-inflammatory properties, and has the ability to help stop the development of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and even weight gain.

For the Coconut Layer
Ingredients
50 grams grated Coconut
3 drops of Vanilla Essence
A Pinch of Salt
1 Pandan Leaf

Methods
Add the coconut, salt, vanilla essence and pandan leaf into the bowl. Mix the ingredients and steam it for 2 minutes. Let it cool. Discard the leaf and keep it aside.

For the Cake
Ingredients
120 grams of Black Glutinous Rice Flour
60 grams Caster Sugar as per the sweetness required
A Pinch of Salt
1 Large Egg
100 ml Coconut milk
1 Pandan Leaf
Oil for greasing

Method
Boil coconut milk with pandan leaf. Let it cool then remove the leaf from the coconut milk. Boil a liter of water in a pot. Grease the putu ayu moulds or mini bundt moulds with oil. Put 2 tsp of the coconut into the mould. Press the grated coconuts well until it sets. Keep the mould aside.
Remove the pot of hot water from the flame. Take another bowl which can fit onto the pot. Add the egg, sugar and salt into the bowl. Beat on low speed until the sugar dissolves. Increase the speed of the beater and  beat until the batter becomes thick and pale. Add the flour in the batter in batches. Beat it further till the flour has mixed well. Now gradually add the coconut milk little at a time and continue to beat the batter until the ingredients are well incorporated.
Fill the moulds with the batter until full till the edge, steam it for 15 minutes or till the cake is done. Let the cake cool down before remove it from the moulds.