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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Mother's Chicken Curry












Ingredients:
1/2 kg. chicken(curry cut)
2 medium sized potato( halved)
2 tsp. oil
1 bay leaf
3-4 whole black peppercorns
2 cloves
1" cinnamon
2 cardamom
4 garlic cloves( paste)
1" ginger (paste)
1 large onion(paste)
1 tomato (cubed)
1 tsp. coriander powder
1/2 tsp. cumin powder
1/2 tsp. garam masala powder
1/2 tsp. chilly powder
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
1 green chilly

Method:
Take the oil in a kadhai(wok), add the whole garam masala. Then add the aromatics, onion, ginger and garlic paste.Fry till golden, add the dry masalas except garam masala powder.Fry adding a little water to prevent burning.Then add the chicken pieces and potato, add salt,water then cover and cook. When properly cooked add tomato, green chilly and garam masala powder,simmer for 2 mins.  

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Bengali Fish Curry With Vegetables










Ingredients:
4 slices of fresh water fish( Rohu/Katla)marinated in salt and turmeric for 5 mins.
2 tsp. oil( preferably mustard)
1 tsp. paanch phoran( made by taking equal measures of jeera,kalaunji,methi,saunf,mustard)
1 potato(quartered longitudinally)
1 drumstick(chopped long)
1 cup cauliflower( broken into florets)
1 carrot(peeled and sliced long)
1/2 brinjal(sliced long)
4 french beans( cut into 2 each)
1 tsp. cumin powder
1 tsp. coriander powder
1/2 tsp. red chilly powder
1/2 tsp. turmeric
2 green chilly(slit)
salt to taste

Method:
Fry the fish pieces in oi and take them outl. In the same oil add the panch phoran. Add all the vegetables and fry for 5-7 mins. Take a small bowl add 2 tbsp. of water and dissolve all the powdered masala, add it to the vegetables along with salt. Now keep stirring the vegetables till the water in the masala evaporates completely. Put 2 cups of water and green chilly and let the vegetables get completely cooked. Then add the fish pieces and bring to boil.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Palak Aloo Rassa( Spinach potato gravy)













Ingredients:
2 bunches palak(spinach) chopped very fine
2 potatoes( peeled and cubed)
1 tomato(cubed)
2 tsp. oil
1/2 tsp. cumin
1onion(chopped)
2 tsp. ginger garlic paste
1 tomato( paste)
1/2 tsp. haldi
1 tsp. cumin powder
1 1/2 tsp. coriander powder
1 tsp. garam masala powder
1tsp. chilly powder
 1 tsp. roasted sesame seeds(optional)

 Method:
Take the oil in a kadhai, add the cumin. Add the potato and turmeric and fry till it becomes almost cooked, take the potato out and keep aside.Then add  the onion  fry till golden, add the ginger garlic paste, tomato paste and all the powdered masalas except garam masala. Fry till the masala leaves oil, then add the spinach and cooked potato and cubed tomato.Cook for 5-10 mins till spinach is cooked then add the garam masala and sesame seeds.

Fada Ni Khichdi(Gujrati Khichdi)

















Ingredients:
1/2 cup broken wheat(dalia)
1 cup moong dal
2 tsp. oil
1/2 tsp. cumin
a pinch hing
2 cloves
1" cinnamon
1/2 tsp.whole black peppercorns
1/2 cup potato(small cubes)
1 cup peas
1cup cauliflower
1 cup onion(finely chopped)
1 cup tomato(finely chopped)
2 tsp. ginger paste
1 tsp. chilly powder
1/2 tsp. turmeric
3 cups water
salt to taste

Method:
Wash the dalia and moong dal and soak it in water for 30mins. Drain the excess water before cooking.Put the oil in a pressure cooker, add the cumin,hing and the garam masala.Fry for a minute then add the onion, ginger paste and tomato and fry till the raw smell goes.Then add the drained dalia and moong dal, vegetables , turmeric, chilly powder , 3 cups of warm water and salt. Let it pressuer cook for 3-4 whistles.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Mustard Fish(Fish in mustard gravy)


















Ingredients:
4 slices of fish(Rohu,Katla,Hilsa or any small fish)
2 tsp. mustard oil(vegetable oil can also be used)
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
1/2 tsp. salt

For Gravy:
1 tsp.mustard oil
1/2 tsp. kalonji(nigella) seeds
1 onion(sliced)
2 garlic cloves(sliced)optional
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1 tbsp black mustard( soaked in water with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 green chilly)ground to paste
2 green chilly

Method:
Marinate the fish pieces with the salt and turmeric, fry it in oil.
For the gravy,heat 1 tsp. oil in pan,add the kalonji, onion and garlic. Fry it till golden, then add the mustard paste, turmeric, salt and 1 cup of water.Add the fried fish pieces and the whole green chilly, cook for a few minutes.If you like a strong mustard oil flavour, you can add a few dropsof raw muctard oil in the end.
 Note: This dish can also be prepared without the onion and garlic, in which case the gravy is quite thick in consistency. 

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Egg Curry












Ingredients:
4 eggs(boiled and shelled)
2 tsp. oil
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 bay leaf
1" cinnamon
1 onion chopped
1" ginger 
3 garlic cloves
1 tomato
1/2 tsp.turmeric powder
1 tsp. coriander powder
1 tsp. cumin powder
1/2 tsp. garam masala powder
1 green chilly

Method:
Grind the onion,ginger,garlic and tomato into paste.Put a little turmeric on the boiled eggs and lightly fry them in the oil. In the same oil put in the cumin,cinnamon,bayleaf and after a minute the ground onion paste. Cook it for a couple of minutes then add the dry masala powders and the green chilly, keep stirring so it doesn't burn.Add salt, water and the fried eggs and cover and cook for 7-10 mins.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Fish Curry














Ingredients:
For Fish fry:
4 slices of fish(Rohu,Katla or any fresh water fish)
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. oil
1 potato(peeled and cut into 4)

 For Curry:
1 tbsp. oil
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 bay leaf
2 dry red chilly
1 onion+1" ginger+2 cloves garlic+1 tomato (paste)
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. coriander powder
1/2 tsp. cumin powder
1/2 tsp. kashmiri chilly powder
1/2 tsp. garam masala powder

 Method:
Apply salt and turmeric to the fish pieces and potato and fry it on high flame in oil till they are golden. In the same pan add 1 tbsp. of oil, add the cumin red chilly and bay leaf and give it a minute to become aromatic. Then add rest of the ingredients one by one and fry it on low flame till raw smell goes. Add 1 cup water, add the fried fish pieces and potatoes and cook for 10 mins. till potatoes get cooked.