Saturday, 23 November 2019

Baked Chingri Begun


This is a side dish made with prawns and brinjal. Though the wet paste made with mustard seeds and other ingredients are commonly used in Bengali dishes to make Jhal, Paturi, Bhapa etc, and even brinjal is a common ingredient used along with fish to make curry, here I have tried out the recipe in a bit different way... 
This dish can be made with other small fishes. 
You can serve this dish with steamed rice.



Ingredients 
1 medium size Bharta Baigan / Brinjal 
10 to 12 medium size  Prawns cleaned and deveined
1 small Onion or 1/4 part of the Onion
4 to 5 Garlic Cloves 
4 to 6 Green Chillies as per the spiciness you require 
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 
1 tbsp Fresh or Desiccated Coconut  
1 1/2 tbsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Poppy seeds
1 tbsp Coriander leaves chopped 
2 tbsp + 1 tsp Mustard Oil 
2 tbsp Curd (Optional)





Method 
Take the brinjal, cut the brinjal from the center horizontally leaving the end tail part of the brinjal intact. Scoop out the inner part of the brinjal on both the sides. Keep it aside. Now chop the scooped flesh of the brinjal and keep it aside. Take a grinder, add the onion, green chillies, garlic, mustard seeds, poppy seeds, coconut, turmeric powder and salt. Add little water and 2 tbsp of curd (optional), make a smooth paste. Rub little salt on the inner and outer parts of the brinjal.  Take a bowl, add the prawn, chopped brinjal flesh, coriander leaves, 2 tbsp mustard oil and the paste. Mix all the ingredients together. Now stuff the prawn stuffing on one side of scooped brinjal. Cover it with the other side of the brinjal. Tie up the brinjal with a thread. Keep the stuffed brinjal in the refrigerator for an hour, Remove the brinjal from the fridge.  Place the brinjal into a baking tray, pour the remaining mustard oil, and apply the oil on the brinjal. To bake, you can either bake it in a preheated OTG at 200 degrees Celsius for 15 to 20 minutes, turning the brinjal after 10 minutes to cook it evenly or to bake it on a gas stove, take a wok, place a pressure cooker stand into the wok, cover the the wok for 5 minutes on medium flame. Open the lid, place the tray on the cooker stand. Cover the lid and bake for 10 minutes on medium low flame, after 10 minutes turn the side then continue to cook for another 20 minutes with the lid covered. Remove the baking tray from the wok. Remove the thread, place the brinjal on a serving plate and open one side of the brinjal. Pour in the liquid of the baked brinjal and prawns. Garnish with coriander leaves and green chillies. Serve the dish with hot steaming rice.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Pork ar Tomato r Acchar


Pickle making is my passion, I love to develop new pickle recipes,  specially when it comes to non veg pickles adding up with vegetables...This is a Bengali style meat and tomato pickle. You can use any meat, here I have used pork. 




For the Masala
Ingredients 
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Coriander seeds 
1 tbsp Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds
25 Garlic Cloves 
2 to 3 small piece of Ginger 
10 to 15 Green Chillies depending upon the spiciness you require



Method 
Take a grinder, add the dry ingredients and coarsely grind into a powder. Keep it aside. 
Now grind the ginger, garlic and green chillies into a coarse paste without adding any water, keep it aside. 




Pork and Tomato Acchar 
Ingredients 
250 grams Pork meat + 125 pork fat cut into small pieces 
375 grams Ripe Tomato chopped into small cubes 
Dry Masala powder 
Wet Masala
1 tsp Turmeric powder 
1 tbsp Kashmiri Red Chilli powder 
Salt to taste 
1 1/2 tsp Sugar 
1/2 tsp Panch Phoran 
1/2 cup Vinegar 
1/4 cup + 1/4 cup Mustard oil



Method 
Take a strainer, add the pork pieces along with the pork fat in the strainer, sprinkle and apply salt on the pork, keep it aside for an hour or two for draining out the extra water. Pour 1/4 cup mustard oil in a heavy bottom pan. Let it heat up, add the pork pieces and fry the pork until golden in colour on a low medium flame. Remove and keep it aside. In the same pan, add the panch phoran, sauté for few seconds. Add the wet paste. Add the remaining mustard oil. Sauté and cook the paste on a low flame until the oil separates from the masala. Now add the tomato pieces. Sauté and cook the tomatoes until the tomatoes have become pulpy and the oil has separated from the tomatoes. Add the pork, continue to cook for 10 minutes. Add the dry masala, salt, sugar, turmeric powder and chilli powder. Continue to cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Switch off the flame and add 1/4 cup of vinegar, stir and then add the remaining vinegar and stir, let the pickle cool down completely. Store the pickle in a dry glass container. This pickle can be preserved for 2 to 3 months in the refrigerator. 




Sunday, 20 October 2019

Saoji Chicken Curry


Saoji style Cuisine mainly comes from the region of Nagpur, some parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka where the Saoji Community resides. They are mainly non vegetarians and loves to have hot and spicy food. The Saoji masala can be used to make mutton, fish or eggs.



For Saoji Masala 
Ingredients 
2 tbsp Coriander seeds 
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Shahi Jeera 
1/2 tsp Fennel seeds
8 Dry Red Chillies broken into pieces 
8 to 10 Black pepper corns
1 inch Cinnamon stick 
1 Black Cardamom 
4 Green Cardamom 
4 Cloves 
1 Mace
1 Star Anise 
1 tsp Dagad Phool / Stone Flower 
1/4 piece Nutmeg 
2 Bay leaves 
1 tsp Poppy Seeds
1 tsp Rice
2 tbsp Dry Grated Coconut / Dessicated coconut 
1 tbsp Jowari Atta / Sorghum Flour  
2 medium size Onions Roughly chopped 
8 Garlic Cloves 
1 medium piece of Ginger 
3 tbsp Oil 


Method 
Add 1 tbsp oil in a pan, add the all the ingredients except coconut, sorghum flour, onion, garlic and ginger. Roast the ingredients until you get a good aroma from the masala. Remove and keep it aside. 
Next dry roast the dessicated coconut on very low flame until it gives out an aroma and changes colour. Remove from the pan.Now roast the sorghum flour until the colour changes, but not burn. Let the ingredients cool. Meanwhile in the same pan add 2 tbsp oil, add the onions, garlic and ginger, sauté until the onions are golden brown in colour. 
Add all the ingredients into a grinder and grind all the ingredients to a fine paste. Keep it aside. 

To make the Saoji Chicken 
Ingredients 
1 kg Gauti Chicken 
Wet Masala paste 
Salt to taste 
1 tsp Turmeric powder 
4 to 6 tbsp Oil



Method 
Take a pressure pan, add the oil, once the oil heats up, and the chicken and sauté it for 2 minutes. Add salt and turmeric powder, continue to sauté for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add the wet masala paste and continue to cook for 10 minutes on low medium flame or until the oil separates from the masala. Add 2 cups of water and continue to cook until the chicken is cooked and tender or pressure cook it until 2 whistles. Serve it with roti and salad. 



Sunday, 13 October 2019

Chicken Chaap


The Nawabs moved to Murshidabad from Dhaka in 18th century, they introduced Awadhi cuisine to Bengal. This cuisine became a part of Bengali Muslim Culture. They introduced many dish, the Biriyani and Chicken Chaap became a combination which is sold in many of the old Muslim restaurants in Kolkata. 
Chicken Chaap
My memories take me back to my childhood where every summer my visit to Kolkata and visiting Nizam or Shiraj or Royal Indian Hotel for the chicken Chaap, Rezala and Biriyani with my cousin was a must.
The chicken full leg marinated and fried in ghee is a rich affair. There are lots of ingredients that goes into the marination.
I followed the recipe from you tube channel Uttar Bangla shared by Royal Indian Hotel which I found relatively easy to make with less ingredients.




Ingredients 
2 Chicken Full Leg pieces, make few slits on the chicken. 
1 1/2 tsp Ginger paste
1 tsp Garlic paste 
Salt to taste
1 tsp Garam Masala powder 
1 tsp Red Chilli powder 
2 tbsp Sattu 
4 tbsp Curd
1 tsp Kewra water
2 drops Meeta Athar 
2 pinches of Saffron soaked in 3 tbsp of water
1/2 cup Ghee







Method 
Take a bowl, add curd, saffron water, ginger, garlic, salt, chilli powder, garam masala powder, sattu, kewra water and meetha athar. Mix all the ingredients very well. Add the chicken legs, apply the marination to the chicken. Keep the chicken for 2 hours. Take a heavy bottom pan, add the ghee. Once the ghee melts, add the marinated  chicken. Fry the chicken pieces on both the side on a low flame until almost tender turning the chicken pieces occasionally. Add in the marination and 1/4 cup of water. Cook the chicken in the marination, turning the sides occasionally until the chicken is tender and the masalas have cooked well. Serve the chicken chaap with Biriyani, Pulao or Porotha. 



Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Beetroot er Sandesh



May this Bijoya Dashami light up for you, the hopes of happiness, peace and prosperity !
Bijoya Dashami marks the end of Durga Puja. It is  celebrated differently across India. It’s the celebration of good over evil. In Bengal it is celebrated after the MA Durga idol is immersed. Young seeks blessings from the elders and share sweets. Men embrace (Kola - Kuli) each otherto wish Subho Bijoya. 

Beetrooter Sandesh 
This is a healthy sweet dish to be shared during Bijoya with your loved ones. 
Ingredients 
1 small Beetroot boiled and puréed 
1 cup Chana / Cottage cheese mashed 
2 to 3 tbsp Date Jaggery 
Ghee to apply on the sandesh mould




Method 
Take a pan, add the beetroot puree, on a low flame stir and cook the purée for a minute. Add the chana and continue to cook for 2 minutes or until the mixture has dried up a bit. Add the jaggery and continue to cook until it forms into a lump, and yet it is soft. Switch off the flame. Take the sandesh out on a plate. Let it cool down. Mix the sandesh dough well. Take the mould, apply ghee.  Take a small portion of the sandesh and shape up the sandesh with help of the mould. Remove the sandesh from the mould and serve.