Saturday 12 September 2020

Daab Chingri

This dish is one of the delicacy of Bengal.... The Prawns are cooked in the coconut shell. It’s generally made on occasions. The ingredients used in this recipe are almost same as prawn paturi or prawn bhappa... only difference here is, the coconut water and the coconut meat are added in this recipe and the cooked prawn gravy is filled into the coconut shell and grilled in the oven. 

There are different ways of making it.. many people add onion paste and  ginger paste while cooking the gravy... but I haven’t added these ingredients... Many a times after grinding the mustard, the dish taste bitter, to avoid bitterness, please strain the mustard paste. If you don’t have oven, it can be made in the pressure cooker. 

500 grams big size Prawns, cleaned and deveined 
4 Green Chillies slit
1 Garlic clove
3 tbsp Tender Coconut Meat (Malai)
3 tbsp Mustard seeds 
Salt to taste 
1 tsp Turmeric powder 
1 cup Coconut Water
3 tbsp Mustard Oil 

Take a grinder and add coconut meat, 2 green chillies, garlic, mustard seeds, salt, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and 3/4 cup coconut water to make a fine paste. Take a strainer and strain the paste and add remaining coconut water into the paste. Take a wok, add mustard oil and let it heat up. Meanwhile add salt and remaining turmeric powder on prawns and mix the ingredients together. Add the prawns into the hot oil, let the prawns cook until it changes its colour, add the remaining 2 green chillies and continue to cook for few seconds, pour the paste and continue to cook for a minute. Switch off the flame, take the coconut shell, add the cooked prawn gravy into the coconut shell, cover the top part of the coconut shell with foil, grill the daab chingri at 180 degrees celsius for 15 to 20 minutes in a preheated oven. Once done let the coconut shell cool down a bit in the oven, remove the coconut shell from the oven, remove the foil and serve the daab chingri with steamed rice. 
Incase Otg is not available, the coconut shell can be steamed in the pressure until 2 whistles. 

Friday 11 September 2020

Achari Veggi Garlicky Mayonnaise Dip


                   Achari Veggi Garlicky Mayonnaise Dip 

This dip can be enjoyed with any chips / Nachos or fries... served as starters. This is a tangy and a creamy dip, it’s very delicious. This dip can be kept in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. 

2 tbsp Carrot grated
2 tbsp Beetroot grated
Few Coriander leaves chopped
1/2 cup Garlicky Mayonnaise or Plain Mayonnaise with crushed Garlic added
1/4 cup Hung Curd 
1 tbsp Any spicy Pickle Oil along with the masala
Rock Salt to taste 
Packet of Cheese Nachos / Nachos / Fries / Chips 

Take a mixing bowl, take garlicky mayonnaise, add the carrot, beetroot, spicy Pickle Oil, curd and Salt. Mix all the ingredients together well. Transfer the dip into a serving bowl and sprinkle little chopped Coriander leaves on the dip. Serve the dip with Nachos, Chips, Fries etc . 

Wednesday 9 September 2020

Pomfret Macher Tel Jhal

This is a quick and easy Bengali recipe to go with steamed rice. This dish is one of our family’s favourite dish, my mother use to make it. It’s supposed to be bit spicy and tangy.

1 big size Pomfret cut, sliced and cleaned 
1 medium size Tomato chopped 
2 to 3 Green Chillies slit
Few Coriander leaves chopped 
1/2 tsp Nigella seeds 
Salt to taste 
3/4 tsp Turmeric powder 
1/2 cup Mustard Oil to fry the fish
Few drops of Mustard Oil to drizzle  

Take the sliced pomfret pieces, apply 1/2 tsp turmeric and salt, heat the oil and fry the fish slices until brown in colour. Remove the fried fish pieces, keep it aside. Remove the excess oil and keep around 2 tbsp oil in the wok. Add the nigella seeds and green chillies. Sauté the nigella seeds for few seconds. Add the chopped tomato, salt and remaining turmeric powder. Stir and cook until the chopped tomato is mushy. Add a cup of water and let the gravy simmer. Add the fish pieces and continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes more. Switch off the flame, sprinkle the chopped coriander leaves and drizzle little mustard oil over the gravy. Serve this dish with steamed rice. 


Sunday 6 September 2020

Ilish Macher Bhappa

After a long time we managed to get Ilish from an online cold storage. We were very thrilled, after all it’s called the Macher Raja... King of Fish in Bengal, as it’s the tastiest fish. The fish was delivered whole, we had to clean and cut the fish... and I love cutting the fish. So quickly got into action, geared up with the cutting tools, cut the fish and made Bhappa Ilish - one of the classic traditional dish made with Ilish. 


6 pieces of Ilisha Fish
1 Garlic Cloves
4 to 6 Green Chillies as per the spiciness you require 
Salt to taste
1 tsp Turmeric powder 
1/2 tsp Chilli Powder - Optional 
1 tbsp Fresh or Desiccated Coconut  -  optional 
2 - 3 tbsp Mustard seeds 
1 tsp Poppy seeds - optional
2 tbsp Curd 
1 1/2 tbsp + 1//2 tsp Mustard Oil 

To make a paste, add mustard seeds, poppy seeds, coconut, 2 green chillies, garlic, salt and curd in a grinder and grind all the ingredients with little water into a paste. Strain the paste. Take fish pieces and apply salt chilli powder and turmeric powder on the fish, pour the paste and mustard oil on over the fish and coat the fish well with the paste. Add slit green chillies. Close the container and steam the fish for 10 - 15 minutes or add water in the pressure cooker, place the cooker stand and place the closed container inside the cooker and pressure cook with 2 whistles. Once done, drizzle the remaining mustard oil and serve it with hot steamed rice. 

Friday 4 September 2020

Chicken Tikka

Chicken tikka is a popular dish found in India.
The word tikka means small bits or
 Small pieces of boneless chicken are marinated with spices, curd, lemon and salt. The marinated chicken pieces are then skewered. It’s then grilled over hot charcoals. It’s served with green chutney, onion and lime. 

For Marinating the Chicken pieces- 
500 grams medium size Boneless Chicken pieces 
Juice of 1 medium size Lemon 
1 tsp Garlic paste
1/2 tsp Ginger paste 
1/2 tsp Chilli paste
1 medium size Green Capsicum cut into cubes
1 medium size Onion cut into cubes 
1 medium size Tomato deseeded cut into cubes 
1/2 cup Hung Curd
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Tikka Masala 
1 tsp Kasuri Methi - optional 
1 tbsp Mustard Oil 

Marinate all the above ingredients together and keep it for 5 to 6 hours 

To Grill the Chicken Tikka
Marinated Chicken 
Little Chaat Masala to sprinkle 
Onion and lemon cut into pieces for garnishing 

 Skewered in the vegetables and chicken pieces one after the other into the wooden skewer. Place it on a tray and grill it in a preheated oven for 15 minutes at 240 celsius, remove and turn the skewer, grill for another 15 minutes. Remove, sprinkle with Chaat masala and serve it hot with green chutney, onion and lemon. 

Tikka Masala Powder 
1 Black Cardamom 
4 Green Cardamom 
3 to 4 Cloves
1 small piece Cinnamon 
1 tsp Pepper Corn
2 tbsp Coriander Seeds
2 tbsp Cumin seeds
10 Red Spicy Whole Dry Red Chillies 
10 Kashmiri Dry Red Chillies 
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder 
1 tbsp Dry Mango Powder 


Roast the whole spices 2 minutes on a low medium flame. Cool the spices and add the turmeric and dry mango powder. Grind all the ingredients into into a powder.