Monday, 26 October 2009

Fried Fish and Chicken Boti

Ok, so dont have a step by step of these.. but still they are so worth eating :) So just noting them down.

For the fish:
Marinate 1 and half kilo fish fillets in
4 tbls besan, mixed with 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp ginger garlic paste, 1 tsp fish masala (recipe below) and 1 tbls white vinegar, 3 tbls mustard oil. Mix it, marinate the fish for at least a day and fry in hot hot mustard oil and a tbls ghee...

**fish masala - dry roast a tsp each of fengureek, coriander seeds and white cumin, half a tsp of kalongi and ajwain. Grind them and 1/4 tsp garlic powder together. Use a tsp or less, according to your taste for fish**

For the chicken:
Cut 2 large breast fillets into cubes, marinate in a mix of 1 cup yoghurt, 125 ml cream, 1 tbls ginger garlich paste, yellow food colour, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp garam masla and 1 full tsp amchoor - or mango powder. Marinate overnight. Thread on skewers and brush with oil. Set under the grill. Alternately, heat a tbls ghee in a small pan and put the chicken in and stir fry till done. The stir fry gives u more juicy boti.. but the grilled version is good too. Serve hot...

Meethi Paneer Biryani

Ok, its Meethi - as in Fengureek... and not meethi as in sweet :))  A different taste, somewhat unusual, but I find it a refreshing change from the usual meat and chicken affair. Worth a try, even if its only once...

You need
3 mugs rice, soaked
5 green cardamons
1/2 zeera
1/2 tsp dry fengureek seeds
Salt to taste

2 blocks, or 400 grms of paneer, fried - I used halloumi
2 bunches fresh meethi leaves
1 bunch fresh mint, chopped
2 onions, finely chopped

2 cups plain yoghurt
100 gms almonds, fried in some ghee
1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 black pepper, 1/2 garam masala, 14 tsp each jaipfal and jawetri and ground green cardamon

Do this:

1-heat some oil in a pot, add the fengureek, cardamons and zeera to it and let it splutter

2- add the rice, salt and enough water for it to cook.. and cook as u would normal pilaw..

3- once rice is done, let it rest and cool down a bit

4- wash, clean and blanch fengureek leaves for 2 minutes. You want them to retain colour and smell

5- heat some oil in a pan and add the onions. Let them get golden in colour and add the yoghurt, spices and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes

6- add the paneer cubes and let it cook for a few minutes. You want a gravy like look..

7- add the meethi leaves and cover, letting it simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and set aside

8- layer rice in another pot, adding half of the paneer meethi mix, sprinkling some almonds and half the chopped mint. Repeat, till all is used up. Cover the pot with aluminum foil and put the lid on. Let it sit till it gathers steam.

9- open.. and enjoy with plain dahi or the kababs :)


Melt in ur mouth kababs..

I am sure there is another name for them somehow.. or maybe someone can come up with a name for me.. these kababs are sooo soft.. Just be careful - the longer you leave the mince with the papaya mixed in, the softer they will become.. and so even more difficult to form or fry, since they will just keep getting tender. So papaya only shortly before frying..

You need
1 kilo mince meat - do be careful that u dont wash it.. it should be dry
50 grms papaya, made to paste in blender with a little water
2 onions, blended with very little water
2 tbls roast chickpea flour (besan)
3 tbls cornflour - or more if needed
1 heaped tsp salt
1 heaped tsp black pepper
1 tbls ginger garlic paste
1 tsp cumin and coriander powder each
1/4 tsp haldi

Do this:

1- mix all the ingredients together - if u have blended either the papaya or onions with too much water and the "dough" looks too wet to hold together, add some more cornflour

2- if you're not frying immediately, dont add the papaya just then, otherwise the kababs will be too soft to hol together. Add it up to 2 hours before frying time

3- heat oil to really hot, and add a large spoonfull of the mince mix, flattening it in the pan itself with the back of a spoon dipped in oil

4- let it get all crusty and brown and then carefully turn it and let the other side brown as well on moderate heat

5- remove, set and serve hot...

Note: the inside will feel as if its not done - but no worries, it is.. its just the papaya that makes it so.. these kababs are perfect with simple roti, a sald and chutney. Or with me coming-soon meethi-paneer biryani :) Enjoy :)

Thursday, 22 October 2009

A quote after my own heart

"Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy." -Kahlil Gibran

 Courtesy: Shahida Baji - Thanks sis :)

Rahat's Stone Oven

I watched this on the cooking program of Chef Rahat, and thought to try it out because it just looked too easy to be true. But, hats off to the woman - the result is amazing. Here my experiment with it:

I used leftover dough from my pizza dough. Formed small balls, and placed in a small greased form. For teh stone oven, I used a simple small pot with lid and some plain garden stones. Washed them, put them in the pot, covered it and let it gather steam. Once it was really hot, I placed the form inside, covered with lid and put heavy thing on it, to hold it. It took me around 30 minutes to bake.. but the end result is really worth it. DO give it a try..

... YES! they really DID get that golden crisp top in that oven!


I have so many pizza dough experiments.. this is another one. The crust will be as u like it.. thin and crispy, or thick and pan-like... worth the millions of calories that go with it :) This is a simple chicken pizza.. u can of course top with anything u like.. 

This is what u need:
For the dough:

2 tsp yeast - instant
200 - 225 ml warm water
2 tbls olive oil
3 cups flour
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt

Do this:

1- make a dough by mixing all ingredients together. Since this dough uses instant yeast, there is no need for yeast frothing and all that. Just dump it all in.. use lesser water to start with and only add more if the dough is too dry. You want a soft and slightly sticky dough.. However, DO knead for at least 10 minuts, if not more. The better the dough is kneaded, the better ur pizza will be

2- cover and let it rise at least an hour... or until doubled in size, whatever comes first

For the sauce:

Mix together a cup of tomato paste with tomato puree. Add half a tsp of white pepper, salt each and 1 crushed clove of garlic

For the topping:

I had grilled chicken in the fridge. Heat some olive oil, add the chicken, half a tsp salt, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp coriander powder. Mix and saute. Add a chopped paprika, some olives, onion if you like. Let it roast a bit and set aside.


I use a combination of Cheddar, Mozzarella and Gouda. Grate all, mix together, add 1 tsp of olive oil and a sprinkle of oregano. This makes the cheese juicy and doesn't let it dry out while baking.


1- flatten out the dough on a baking tray with ur hands. If u want a crisp base, roll it with a rolling pin. If you want it thick, flatten with hands and dont use the pin

2- flatten as good as it goes and let it rest for 10 minutes. That will make the dough easier to pull more. Pull out some more and push up the sides to form a crust.

3- put the tray in preheated hot oven for 10 minutes

4- remove, lather with tomato sauce, spread the chicken, lather cheese... brush the sides with some olive oil and sprinkle some semolina on it... SOME... not too much :)


5- bake in HOT HOT oven, until the cheese is golden and the crust crispy....

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Again, one of those biscuits that really make ur day.. with a cup of coffee.. or tea.. or cold milk.. yummmmmm :)

This is what you need:

1 pack of chocolate chips
2 and 1/4 cup flour, or 320 gms
3/4 cup butter, at room temperature or 170 gms
3/4 cup white sugar, or 150 gms
3/4 cup brown sugar, or 100 gms
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla sugar
1 level tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 - 3 tbls cold milk

Do this:

1- cream together the butter with the sugar

2- add eggs, one by one, adding vanilla in between

3- sift together flour, soda and salt and add to the egg mix.. just blending in

4- add the choco bits and around 2 tbls cold milk. Do add the milk, it changes the texture of the cookies and u will note the difference.. I forgot to take a pic at this stage :)

5- drop spoon fulls on wax paper lined baking sheets and bake in preheated oven, for 12 minutes, or until golden below and light golden on top. They will spread out and become larger, so do give some space in between

6- enjoy :)

Buttery Shortbread

DONT make these, if you're trying to loose weight .. because one is not enough, and the more you eat, the more the weighing machine will complain :))

This is what you need:

1 cup or 227 gms butter, at room temperature
1 cup or 200 gms sugar
2 and half cups, or 350 gms flour
2 tsp vanilla sugar

Do this:

1- melt the butter on LOW heat, until just melted

2- add to sugar and beat really well

3- add vanilla and flour, and just mix in, with a spatula.. even if it does look a bit wet, dont add more flour as this will not give u the crumbly texture

4- pat into two forms, of any shape, and flatten evenly. With a sharp knife, cut serving pieces, but dont separate them. This is just so u have an approximate line, when u cut after baking

5- bake in preheated oven, for 15 minutes or less - u want the top to be golden and the base to be just browning..

6- remove from oven and cut immediately - if u let them cool down before, they will break. So cut the squares or shapes that u want and let them cool down for at least 10 minutes, before u lift them out and put them on a wire rack

7- store in airtight jar, far away from your reach... just look at them and sigh :))

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Fresh Loaf of Bread...

Been trying to get that fresh-out-of-oven bread.. and it doesnt always turn out right.. but this one got me 4 stars out of 5 from hubby dearest.. :)

You need:

700 gms plain white flour
1  tbls - or less - salt
1 tsp yeast - instant
1 tsp sugar
around 400 ml warm water
egg wash with one egg and some warm water
sesame seeds

This is what you should do:

1- put the flour in a baking tin and let it warm up in the oven. Turn the oven off after 10 minutes and remove

2- add in all ingredients plus the water to the flour and mix - either by hand or in machine

3- the dough should be slightly sticky, so if it is too dry, add some more water, spoonwise

4- turn it over to a floured surface and knead well by hand for at least 5 to 7 minutes

5- spray cling film with oil, put the dough in a bowl, cover with the film and set it in a warm place to rise - at least 2 hours

6- remove, punch down gently, form by pulling it flat and rolling up.. and place the loaf in a well buttered tin, cover it again and let it rise again till it is well to the edge

7- DO NOT punch it down! Brush with egg wash, sprinkle with seeds and pop in a warm oven, preheated at least 10 minutes before. Place a tray full of water at the base of the oven. The boiling of that water will make steam, giving your bread a crispy crust..

8- bake for 30 to 40 minutes - remove from tin and knock on the base. It should sound hollow.. turn it over and place it back in the tin - upside down.. so that the sides and bottom get crisp too..

9- let it cool a bit before cutting.. and then lather it with salted butter and all those goodies that taste so good on oven fresh bread :)