Sunday, 22 July 2018

SHEEM ALOO DIYE RUI MAACHER JHOL / FISH WITH BROAD BEAN & POTATO / SHEM ALOO MACCHI




Finally, something I can do with confidence, having since age 4-5, so no question of "haath kapa-kapi".... as happens to me while baking! I do wish to take forward the family recipes as often as possible in this space.... but unable to when I reach an extreme level of irritation caused by few! Then I felt this blog should consider only what it was meant for.... heirloom, family / Bengali recipes.... if not always but at large! On Bianca's birthday, if anyone expects me to blog on "charaponar jhol".... I will not even care! CURRY AND SPICE survives today mainly for few co-bloggers around... I feel like puking at some of my initial posts, I do not know how these people stopped by, spent few words of appreciation! I am thankful without any doubt but it may not be reflected in my actions at all times.... I am not a good observant.... to be precise I hate to spend a minute to think.... that too in social media! If I do so, when do I cook SHEEM ALOO DIYE RUI MAACHER JHOL / FISH WITH BROAD BEAN AND POTATO / SHEM ALOO MACCHI for the family and then take immense pleasure in blogging on it? A "tatka maacher jhol" is adorable to a Bengali.... My not so Bengali men also have it.... the mumma has to debone it which is not the case when its a salmon or prawns or sea bass! I do not mind this ordeal if the rui maach / Bengal carp is fresh.... we do get these smaller sized... 11/2-3 kg sized supplied from the neighbouring state! However, to be honest people of West Bengal and may be Bangladesh too prefer portions cut from a 7-8 kg weight rui / katla! My senior's side of the family prefers the later... with higher content of fish fat / oil! The half and half flesh and fat pieces from the stomach portion is favourite with the senior and his mother! Here in this island... you have to buy the entire 5-6 kg fish and that too frozen.... and then cook it with lots of garlic and onion! A family of four people take long to finish one and we do not like repeating same food often! The amount of taste fresh fish and vegetables will add to this curry cannot be had from frozen ones! My not so Bengali men are not bothered about maintaining authenticity of their roots.... in the entire tour if you had seen their diet... oh!.... Their breakfast table was filled with salami... sausage... and that "supremely bland scrambled egg"... among others ugh! I am not imitating anyone... it is the truth for the majority of Indians or South Asians! I share the same views as some around, I do not go public with them as I do not wish myself to be called an imitator! So there will be desi version of moussaka or falafel on this blog too! As of now it is a major concern when and how the spoon fed teen would learn to debone fish all of his own! It seems teens tend to get on my nerves at different stages of my life... haha!




My men' love for Bengali food is limited to "chingrir jhol / ruti mangsho / bhaja-bhuji".... 



SHEEM ALOO DIYE RUI MAACHER JHOL / FISH WITH BROAD BEAN AND POTATO / SHEM ALOO MACCHI was a winter treat during our childhood! It was only during winter that these vegetables like broad bean and fresh coriander leaves were available. The grandparents had this climber on the kitchen terrace... the green & purple one! I was given the task of picking them whenever I was there! Here in this island, we get everything round the year and do it often. The same curry is done with potol [pointed gourd], kancha kola [raw banana] which were done in summer while with cauliflower again in winter! The fish variety we use for these curries is Bengal Carp and "charapona"that is small sized carp!For this particular curry... we use "aar maach" that is long whiskered cat fish too! So, you can try this light, Bengali style fish curry with any variety of carp that suits your taste buds! If I buy a salmon, tiger prawns and lamb in one week, the next week is always a "rui / katla", chicken and sea bass smaller variety! Till date I could not buy cranberries from the super market... arey its "koromcha / karonda" that grew just like that in the neighbourhood... haha.... actually it was not had in our family though I have heard about fish curry with unripe cranberry! My curry leaves look pretty like a "karonda or koromcha or even jaam or jamun"..... Jamun does come from India but is pretty expensive.... Only this fruit natives here do not eat perhaps! I save that money for mangoes, litchi and jackfruit.... though the mother made us eat "jaam jhal noon diye" during its season!



There is no shame in being a bit miser! Money should not be spend according to your ability but spend 60-70% of your total income and save the rest.... that makes your future better.... For spendthrifts, the pleasure of retired life comes pretty late.... you work when your body needs rest! For women like me who do not share the burden of earning the livelihood  with the husband.... mind it being a spendthrift is something near to committing  a crime.... To glorify mothers is ok.... what about the fathers who sweat at the office? Lot of unnecessary talks cause irritation in others... in this case its my readers who will tend to unlove me.... So let me be a little wiser and share the recipe of SHEEM ALOO DIYE RUI MAACHER JHOL / FISH WITH BROAD BEAN AND POTATO / SHEM ALOO MACCHI asap!


My recipe of Fiery Chicken is updated with new pictures, do have a look clicking the below heading / link!






INGREDIENTS :

Bengal Carp / Any Carp : 8-10 pieces
Broad Bean / Sheem : 7-8 
Potato : 2medium
Red Chilli Powder : 11/2tbsp [freshly made paste is better]
Cumin Powder : 2tsp [freshly made paste is better]
Cumin Seed : 1/4tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1tsp + 1tsp + 1/2tsp
Ginger Paste : 11/2tbsp
Salt : As Required
Green Chilli : 2-3 [washed and slitted]
Oil : 6-7tbsp [ our family uses mustard oil always]
Chopped Coriander leaves to garnish!

My blender does not do justice to a red chilli or cumin or coriander seeds even if I soak them overnight in water! So, I prefer using spice powders instead of complaining of "gola.. buk...jola...pete byatha".... stomach pain at an unearthly hour of the night! Trust me... it tastes good with powdered spices too.... my mother has to move forward a bit... 


PROCEDURE :

Clean and wash the fish pieces thoroughly under running water! Drain the water and marinate with 1tsp and salt very well! Keep aside for 15 minutes.

Peel the potatoes and cut half vertically and then each half horizontally into little thicker pieces. Apply 1/2tsp of turmeric powder and salt, rub well!

Take off the fibre from the side of the broad bean / sheem! Cut half each horizontally and wash. Apply 1/2tsp turmeric and salt to them, rub well! I had to provide picture of this step... will add later...

Heat oil in a wok. Fry the potato pieces at low heat and take out draining as much as of oil possible.

Now we will fry the fish pieces on both sides in batches draining the marinade! We will do it adjusting the heat from low to lowest. We will not deep fry as we will use them in a curry. Drain the oil while taking them out of the wok as much as possible.

Take the ginger paste, salt, 1/4tsp turmeric, cumin powder in a bowl and mix well. Sprinkle little water if required!

Temper the oil with cumin seeds. Add the spice paste and stir for 2 minutes at low heat. Add the broad bean / sheem pieces and stir for another 1 or 2 minutes. Some families fry the sheem too, so does our mother. I am a "retain the colour" freak so I do not.... its healthy too!

Now add 11/2 coffee mug of water and let boil at slow fire for 2 minutes. Add the fried fish pieces and potatoes. Cover cook at lowest heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the slitted green chillies and chopped fresh coriander leaves just 1-2 minutes before switching off gas!

We are done! Enjoy with piping hot steamed rice. At times I love dunking a ruti / chapati in the light curry too! I did so as a teen on weekday nights! We also had some "lau diye moong dal"... bottle gourd with split yellow moong bean and "laal shaak"... red amaranth in the platter!







Friday, 20 July 2018

EGGLESS WHOLEWHEAT LEMON FLAVOURED CHOCOLATE CAKE






I had seen earlier a couple of whole wheat cake recipes around done by some co-bloggers and even through Google search option... does Martha Stewart use whole wheat in her cakes? I will not research.... I am losing out on energy.... it is mental and a characteristic feature too! Our parents had been worrying since my childhood about my lazy, dilly-dally nature. I so love sitting at one place and gazing through the window or listen to favourite numbers or read! The last thing is not happening... if so how to gather some information about the world.... that is causing irritation in me! When I force myself to do something I do not wish to... I get irritated. In this case it is that "ghanta pooja" in different groups. Many in this field know it how the  rules of group posting has got tougher for us ..... Spending the entire day on such an useless activity is taking its toll on me, the poor in technology me does not even know where exactly we can enrol our blog so that we get visits automatically without wasting time. If one has not earned some fame for oneself... its hard to get the desired number of visits from one's own streams alone! In such a scenario, I will justify my irritation.... fools usually justify their actions always! So, I am not in a mood to bring forth my humorous self at the moment.... when I feel like going out for a coffee or a bowl of my choice of soup.... I see... ohh its time for a post in this or that group.... I feel myself to be imprisoned but I am hopeful.... Just the way I have overcome that silly urge to get social media likes.... the day I understood its another game altogether.... majority are not liking you as you... they are mad enough to play a silly match game.... A blogger doing it is ok, one has to do to get traffic to the blog / website.... but in personal stream? Thats so silly... how do you even remember who wore what when? Ever since, I discourage people around to stop by mine, very much unwilling to stop by others except for a few.... because I know its just a farce! Do you require me / us beside your hospital bed or in any other distress?.... just give a call. We will do our utmost! So, eventually the urge for number of blog visits will go, I will travel back to the initial days of blogging when I knew only few around and blogged just for personal satisfaction! As of now I keep myself happy with food and my family.... For a woman approaching menopause.... family support is very important which I get.... if only the men at home had been a little normal! Though the thought that they are different from the majority gives me a high but its tough to handle the weirds at home! How do I keep myself happy then? I eat what I wish to every two days of clean eating.... like this freshly made semolina cake with my morning cuppa! If you are aiming to have a healthy self.... you should not follow me! This EGGLESS WHOLEWHEAT LEMON FLAVOURED CAKE was made a couple of months ago... it was melt in the mouth soft. Though the son prefers a plain vanilla flavour in ice creams to cakes, he did love this chocolate one! Then we developed a love for semolina cakes as the one I had this morning.... mumma / wifey loves semolina cakes... it feels easier to make! I will not call anything healthy if it has white sugar in it!





My dear friend Swati's father expired two days back. He would have completed 80 monsoons on this earth coming August or September! Had he been alive till then, his daughters Swati & Aditi would have celebrated the day with a decadent, yummy cake if not with my EGGLESS WHOLEWHEAT LEMON FLAVOURED CHOCOLATE CAKE! Swati is a good friend... I like her. She visited my father when he fell just in front of his home due to high blood pressure! She chatted for so long.... our daddy without knowing her ever talked, talked, talked! What was our mother doing? She sat with them for 5-10 minutes, said excuse me and retired to my bedroom! Two incompatible people did build a happy home and brought up their kids with love and happiness.... thats where they win! Swati was there with her husband in the hospital when our dad died, called me everyday, she does it for all the friends. When her father was in hospital, she was beside our friend Chanchal's death bed and in the burning ghat! I treasure such people truly! I really feel bad that I have to wait till December to visit Swati's home to meet her mother! Swati happens to be an excellent cook.... be it a "chapli kebab" or a "kaju badam bata pabda".... she does it with elan and feed us too! She was conducting a small scale home delivery unit from her flat when some in her society complained.... when we know Kolkata / West Bengal does not require permission for such a small unit, so many illegal, harmful things go on nationwide! People wished, they were jealous, so they did.... look at the other Indian communities.... they lift each other up in most cases! I will definitely blog on Bengali recipes soon but will always stick to my point, my belief, what I have grown up watching... we lack community feeling.... It is good to see if someone among us does it otherwise.... jealousy is not in my forte! If people have the ability to appreciate others, they definitely have stepped nearer towards humanity! I like it! What else I am enjoying? ..... to watch my micro-mini kitchen garden grow very slowly. The coriander leaves grew from seeds instead of roots! Look at the "thoka togor" plant... I had picked up a branch from the roadside.... hope it survives to keep my spirit up! I charge up instantly these days when I see people growing greens.... the mother so complained of her lazy daughter not taking a sneak-peek at her greens or helping her during a special prayer meet except for blowing the conch shell or eating the "proshad"..... Genes do work in some areas... I am not 1/4th of what they are has become a repeat statement and is so very true! The ninety year old grandmother does not allow anyone in her prayer room, washes her own clothes because they still live in an era where washing machine is considered "ashuddho"because she is a cleanliness freak and cannot align with other's sense of it!.... She is the owner of a small empire though.... gifts us more than we do! So, if not a full fledged garden, but few flowers and herbs should grow in my small, green space!




I had to pick up the branch of "thoka togor" from the road side because I could not get its English name as yet or had seen it in the nurseries I visit occasionally! For this EGGLESS WHOLEWHEAT LEMON FLAVOURED CHOCOLATE CAKE, I did not follow any recipe in particular.... may be a rough idea was already drawn from elsewhere and stored in the back of the mind! Since I am poor at baking, I select simple ingredients and have fixed a measurement for the basic ingredients! Lets start with the procedure that has used lemon zest, cocoa powder, condensed milk, dry fruits besides the rest! They say why do I make my life so open... if not 100% but 80% of it! I say I keep my intents clear just as we need to give a clear description of ingredients used in a recipe! Since I hate to observe and spend time on silly matters as someone's social media pictures, I make it clear to people.... better you do not stop by me.... do not expect anything from me either!

If you wish to have a look at my egg curry done in coconut milk and a selective blend of spices.... click the heading / link below.... its up there with updated pictures!

EGG CURRY IN COCONUT MILK





INGREDIENTS :

Atta / Wholewheat Flour : 11/2coffee mug
Baking Powder : 11/2tsp
Cocoa Powder : 1/3small cup
Condensed Milk : 1medium cup
Sugar : 4tbsp
Milk : 1/2medium cup
Vinegar : 1tbsp
Oil : 1/3small cup [I use canola, olive or sunflower]
Lemon Zest : 11/2tbsp
Chopped Mixed Nuts to garnish!

PROCEDURE :

Take the wheat flour, baking powder and cocoa powder in a wide mouthed bowl.




Mix well and add the lemon jest. Thereafter, mix well again.



Take the sugar, oil, milk and condensed milk, vinegar in a blender that we do not use for grinding or pasting spices.

Blend at high for 2 minutes until everything has incorporated well. Pause after 1 minute in between.




Add the mixture to the flour mix.





Fold in very well. I beat with a table spoon clockwise for about 3-5 minutes. The novice baker does have an archived electric blender! You are not a poor baker as me, so you will make a good use of it!

Pour the batter onto a cake tin. Level it by hitting softly on your kitchen table 2-3times.





Now, arrange the chopped nuts atop. You can also add them after 10-15 minutes of baking.... pausing your oven.




Preheat oven to 180*C. On my convection mode oven, I do it for 8-10 minutes.

Place the low rack inside the oven and place the cake tin atop.




Bake at 180*C for 35-40 minutes. Do check after 35 minutes inserting a fork in the middle of the cake.

Once done take out and let cool before you serve.





Enjoy it as a tea time pleasure or pack your family's lunch box... its wow both ways!



Tuesday, 17 July 2018

MANGO & DATES INSTANT SUGAR FREE DESSERT



I cannot go ahead with any time consuming recipe share... I am tired if not from a jet lag but of few things like sharing our Turkey Tour album with friends and then assessing the mind sets of people around based on it! I may be always wrong doing so, but to me I am always right! There will be no authentic Bengali food share today.... definitely not! I travelled the entire Turkey wearing my "gonshu baba" locket... got clicked with it standing in front of mosques... and also wore short length dresses in a muslim majority country... no one stopped... that is the uniqueness of a tourist spot... it all depends on how we wear a dress and what we intent to do with it! No, I may not wish to attack any individual or any faith .... I just observe the people around.... they have a lot of problem with trivial issues! Since, I have become a kind of person who does not aspire for "hundreds of likes" in social media, I do not compromise to make people happy.... If we are travelling Turkey.... then there will be pictures of mosques and Islamic monuments and not a temple! While travelling I will not be in a saree either! If a major section of my friends are non-Bengali speaking... then the preface to a tour post will always be in English.... Then some have problem with the preface itself! If we are travelling a historical place how can I write about something else .... one more factor is there too! My men do not survey my social media accounts before wearing their clothes on a tour! Then the most dangerous feature in me.... why do I write whenever I get a chance?.... because however poor I am in English, I love to write... I wish to improve in that arena! The husband sits in his office chair and writes an Essay every week... he says else he will forget to write English.... My kids, husband and few friends.... "virtual, real, known and unknown" write so good English that I feel I should practice to be in the loop even if I am unable to be like them! The mother and the husband so wished me to pursue English as a major few decades back, had I have complied to that, sat sincerely at the college library with few friends instead of roaming around Hathibagan, I may not have been sitting idle today.... that off course is a pain! I often take the name of one Chandrayee... I spoilt her career... how much of loggerheads I am with her... I have to admit it! During her statistics class I used to take her to the cinema halls! It feels good to see her become an ISC Examiner in Kolkata today! A Chandrayee or Nishi or Indirra are just examples... I have so many beautiful people around me as good examples.... I love them sans any kind of complications, regional tendencies, religious boundaries! So, I prepared and posted our tour album just the way I wished to without allowing any kind of influence on me! Henceforth, all my posts on my personal account will be like this... "I post what I wish to!".... So, a supremely delicious dessert MANGO & DATES INSTANT SUGAR FREE DESSERT is the call of the Day! I continue to learn good things from the "virtual, unknown" people besides the known, I do not care if people accept it or not.... they should know that I have no personal interest in doing so! It is a good habit to follow and learn from people who are worth it!

You can well understand how much I need a chilled dessert today.... what enrages me is people not being able to think in a broader perspective.... being modern is not in the clothes we wear but definitely in the mind set! I feel so happy to be a daughter of a father who taught me the right lessons of life at a tender age! Do the vast, unknown world of my readers wish to know what is there on my highly suspicious tour album? The son is wearing a black t-shirt with a headphone imprinted on it... he developed love for music without knowing any of my music loving friends, the husband wears a red & white shirt, sits under a "gach tola" and poses for me, in one I am wearing a black & blue dress all bare from the knee.... haha and an island girl t-shirt too! It all depends on the posture... many will agree with me! So, these are only few examples of the fifty pictures I shared in the album.... I did what I wished to and will not look here there for approval! So long my intentions are pristine, crystal clear, I should not bother about anything else... the daddy said long back! Both parents loved me to see in dresses more than a saree and bought me so... However, I developed a love for saree going after the mother.... soon to go public with few of my cotton sarees, all bare knee length dresses and below if not my thunderous thighs.... I am not bothered about the father likes... they brought us in this world.... but I strongly say no to certain things in life and I will stick to that... you can well call it my jealousy of not having a perfect BMI... I do not mind!Be it rejection or love... I have handled with elan.... always and ever will... Anyway, I do not make public my men... will do when the son gives me a reason to do so in few years... will he? Now, what I can do is share this 10 minutes recipe of a sugar free dessert MANGO & DATES INSTANT SUGAR FREE DESSERT for you which definitely is not authentic Bengali. I share Bengali recipes because Bengal has no place in the world map except for few dignitaries, because I grew up eating them!.... the sooner we accept the truth... better for us... this poor condition is because of us only... our mindset does not allow us to think beyond region... "doshta-pachter apish korbo aar boro boro lecture debo"... does not work in real situations! I had few dear guests the evening prior to our Turkey visit... We love them... hence called!... I had to think of quick something!This popped up in the mind!... I do not know if there are similar recipes or not.... I did not search through Google! For your anytime dessert craving or for the sudden guests you can try this instant sugar free dessert with mango, fresh cream and dates!



INGREDIENTS :

Mango : 2standard sized fully ripe
Dates : 8-10 [has to be good quality, fleshy ones]
Fresh Cream : 100-150ml [I always use Nestle]
Green Cardamom Powder : 1/2tsp
Chopped Dates : To garnish

PROCEDURE:

Wash the mangoes and discard the skin. 

Take out the flesh as much as possible and add to the blender. 

Take the seeds out of each of the dates! Roughly chop and add to the blender. 

Blend for 2-3 minutes pausing every 1 minute!

Add the green cardamom powder and just pulse for once!

Pour onto a serving bowl, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate at least for 2-3 hours to chill.

Garnish with chopped dry fruits before serving!




Sunday, 15 July 2018

CHICKEN TIKKI & SPICY ALOO



I know it is Rath Yatra today and a section of my readers & friends may not be happy to see me blogging on a chicken snacker .... In fact my ladoo gopal at this home is waiting for a treat soon! For that I need a little of preparation.... do some prior "kenakata".... taking a shower early morning, thorough cleaning the gas oven and the refrigerator... then cooking "payesh to khichuri to chutney".... then listening to the same old complain over phone "shobi to choya chuyi korey felish.... asuddho eshob".... the irritated me has to retaliate saying "do I have any option?... it is so difficult to maintain all these in an apartment house".... a major section of my guest room wardrobe is occupied with "thakurer bashon koshon"..... Who is after me always with such notes? Who else but our mother.... she is an unique piece... she has her prayer room at her terrace.... where is placed a big water tank too. She does not use that water to feed her Gods & Goddesses! Why? No, that is stored water! She takes shower three times a day, goes to the ground floor from the third floor terrace to fill the "komondolu" with "fresh" water... "koler jol".... specific timed water supplied by the municipality! She has developed knee pain... yet she has to! Then, I do not even have 1/4th of her energy level or body fitness! So, you know my parental home... or to be precise the mother belongs to the pre-historic age... she is again her mother's daughter! Since, I am their protege, I get homesick after five days of a tour.... I start hallucinating of a "lau chingri or kochi pathar jhol or shutkir bhorta"..... However lavish breakfast spread is there in the hotels we stay.... end of the day I am a "matir kachakachi manush"..... how can I ever forget that a majority in both sides of our family see such things on television or movies only? So, I feel happy & comfortable in my cosy... humble kitchen doing naan... I still feel very uncomfortable with people who had shown me the length of their "nose" few decades back.... they are "distant" people from Mars to me till date 😊......






Each time I come back from a tour, I prefer to prepare a dish from that place / country giving it a desi touch.... because I will not spend fifty dollars on ingredients which I may not use as often! So, this CHICKEN TIKKI & SPICY ALOO happened last night! You see few days of a tour is not enough to know the authenticity of food native of that place! What I do is take a rough idea from the restaurants we visit, take a look at what other people around is eating. This time we visited three cities / townships of Turkey.... just too inadequate to draw conclusions on their life and food! What I observed is that they prefer grilled meat.... kebab and kofta... they serve it with a little amount of rice, roasted peppers, a vegetable or more of French fries, a basket of Turkish bread or a very large naan or tandoori roti kind of! I found Turkish breads same as bread loafs... at least as they serve in the restaurants! If not that, they serve you Persian breads. The rice I felt is done in chicken or vegetable stock and butter.... absolutely no fancy! Another rice preparation I saw where they use certain ingredients to give it a yellow colour and serve with a light chicken / lamb / beef curry! The salad and soup have to be ordered separately. I found their lentil soup almost same as our mother prepared when we fell sick. Only the lentil soup has some spices but the rest has almost no spices or in so negligible amount that the very Indian, spice loving me could not feel it! So, I had to come back home and do something on similar lines if not with much spices but with good amount of chillies! This platter of CHICKEN TIKKI & SPICY ALOO can be had as appetisers or you may serve it with some homemade paratha / naan / chapati or just keep some bread loaf alongside! A first grade moron called the husband left home an hour back only to come back after few days. The hurry for some home cooked food yesterday was for this reason too! We always fight... even on tours on trivial issues.... End of the day I also realise that he is the one who did not let me carry a single luggage or allowed any hassle, he did not come to me with a measuring tape either decades back.... you know well I have perennial issues with my BMI.... height.... nose.... etc. etc. 😊..... Then.... I am a food blogger.... going by my blogger friends... I have to be a "sociable" person in "social media"..... so here I go with a CHICKEN TIKKI & SPICY ALOO for you all that my family loved a lot.... they love this kinds!
Though I have cooked them on the grill option of a microwave oven, you can pan sear them!



INGREDIENTS : [for the Chicken Tikki]

Minced Chicken : 300-400gm
Chopped Fresh Coriander : 1medium cup [root discarded, washed]
Chopped Green Chilli : 2tbsp [washed]
Chopped Onion : 1small cup [peeled, washed, chopped]
Minced Garlic : 2tbsp
Black Pepper Powder : 1tsp
Salt : As Required
Lemon Juice : 1/4small cup
Refined Flour : 2tbsp
Oil : 2tbsp

INGREDIENTS : [for the Spicy Aloo]

Potato : 2-3 medium sized
Red Chilli Powder or flakes : 1tbsp
Black Pepper Powder : 1tsp
Lemon Juice : 4-5tbsp
Chaat Masala : To Sprinkle 
Oil : 2tbsp

METHOD :

Let us do the SPICY ALOO first! 




I was too tired to take the stepwise pictures but I thoroughly enjoyed doing the platter!

You can boil the potatoes the way you wish. I mostly do this job in microwave! Wash the potatoes and prick with a fork all over!

Take them on a microwave proof bowl and microwave at lowest power for 4-5 minutes.

Once cool, cut into pieces not too thick or thin. Keep the skin on. Marinate with red chilli powder, black pepper powder, salt, lemon juice and keep aside for an hour.

After an hour, arrange them on a microwave proof plate. I use a convection mode microwave, so I need to place the plate on a high rack provided with the machine. 

Cook one side in grill option for 7 minutes, turnover and cook for another 5 minutes.

Sprinkle some chaat masala before serving!

The CHICKEN TIKKI now!




Wash the minced chicken 2-3 times through a strainer.

Take it on a bowl and marinate with salt, black pepper powder, lemon juice.

Keep aside for an hour or so. After an hour, heat oil on a wok. Add the minced garlic and fry till we get a burnt aroma of it!

Add the onion and fry till golden brown. Add the chopped green chillies and stir for 1/2 a minute!

Add the minced chicken and fold in well. Cover cook till all the water that has released dries up!

Open cover and add the chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Stir for 1/2 a minute before you add the refined flour!

Fold in well the entire mixture and transfer to a bowl. Let it cool.

Meanwhile we will finish off doing all the naans and spread some butter on each!




Once the chicken mixture is cool, we will take out small portions and flatten in between our palms.

Place them on a microwave proof plate and cook one side in the grill option for 8-9 minutes.

Turn over and cook for another 5 minutes. However, last night we did not have to turn over and cook... they were done we saw! You will see first and do the needful.

Roast some big chillies, prepare a salad and get everything ready on the dining table!



Thursday, 5 July 2018

A COLLECTION OF 30 EASY.. FRILL FREE VEGETARIAN & NON VEGETARIAN RECIPES




It was a long time wish to make a post as this.... as I have seen other bloggers doing... assorting some recipes from my own blog at one place! I may not be doing it the right way but I do not know any other way.... You all know how poor I am with technology! So, I am arranging them my way.... you have to scroll for a longer period... thats it.... if only you take interest in my recipes. I feel you should.... they are easy, done with low cost ingredients always available in any South Asian kitchen and most of them are heirloom... very Bengali! I am recording here 30 Vegetarian & Non Vegetarian Recipes including Chicken, Mutton, Egg, Fish, Vegetables, Paneer and some Desserts.... All the recipes are very easy, not at all fancy and done within an hour or so!

Shall we start scrolling and trying few at a time? You must prepare them to make your family & friends happy... in the process giving me the utmost pleasure! Thank You!

Just click the recipe headings / links which will take you to the particular post!


VEGETARIAN RECIPES :


1) Click the below heading / link for recipe πŸ‘‡

JHINGE ALOO POSTO

This is a vegetarian dish with poppy seed paste, ridge gourd and potatoes.... this authentic Bengali dish goes very well with lentil curry and steamed rice!

If you are a resident of Singapore or Dubai.... substitute the poppy seed paste with roasted white sesame seeds and peanut paste!




2) Click the below heading / link for recipe πŸ‘‡

THREE SEASONAL DAL

Three Bengali seasonal dal / lentil curries that are very healthy and yum....




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A Bengali Recipe where we cook a very healthy, non spicy mixed vegetable curry with Sun Dried Lentil Dumplings!





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MOCHAR BORA O ADA DIYE MOONGER DAL

This is another Bengali platter with Banana Blossom Fritters and Moong Dal / Split Green Gram Dal.





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PANEER STUFFED POTATO KOFTA CURRY

Paneer & Potato Kofta Balls in a normal gravy.






NON VEGETARIAN RECIPES : [FISH]

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MACHER TOK / SOUR FISH CURRY

We love sour fish curries in summer with tamarind or raw mango!






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BHETKI MAACHER JHAL / SEA BASS OR BARRAMUNDI IN MUSTARD SAUCE

Sea bass cooked in a green chilli-mustard sauce!




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TANGRA MAACHER JHOL

This is a small variety of cat fish... a fresh water fish cooked in simple spices and garnished with fresh coriander!





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PRAWN CURRY WITH RIDGE GOURD AND POTATO

Its too yum and light on your stomach... try!





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GHEE TOMATO FISH

An unusual Bengali dish learnt from a friend... I used Bengal carp, you can use any!





NON VEGETARIAN RECIPES : [CHICKEN]

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BADAM MURG / CHICKEN IN ROASTED PEANUT SAUCE

Unusual but supremely delightful for the chicken lovers... try with any kind of breads!



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CAPSICUM CHICKEN

Its something this family loves... how about you?




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CHICKEN KASHA

A very Bengali semi-dry chicken curry that usually gets cooked in its own juices.




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STIR FRIED PINEAPPLE CHICKEN

Oh! this is so quick and healthy!






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CORIANDER CHICKEN

If you love fresh coriander in every possible dish like me, this recipe is for you!





NON VEGETARIAN RECIPES : EGG

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TOMATO DHONEPATA DIYE DIMER KANCHA JHOL

Do it everyday and have.... its that light! A regular egg curry with tomato, fresh coriander and almost no spices.






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OMELETTE CURRY

This is a regular in a Bengali kitchen and you must have it once to know how good it is! It rescues you on a "nothing do I have in the pantry to cook" situation!





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BENGAL EGG CURRY

Thats how we have it every week! Try .... you must!





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DIM SHORSHE POSTO

If you stay in Singapore or Dubai, skip the poppy seed paste and use roasted white sesame seed paste instead!






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KOLHAPURI DRY EGG CURRY

This tastes awesome with steamed rice.... quite spicy!





NON VEGETARIAN RECIPES : MUTTON

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MUTTON KOFTA MALAI CURRY

Does it require any word to describe... just click the link and do it!



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BHUNA MUTTON

When its mutton.... I do not talk much... I am busy eating...



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NO OIL SUKHA MUTTON

There is no wrong having our favourite red meat twice a month... more so  if its done without oil!



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NO ONION NO GARLIC MUTTON / MAA ER PRASHADI MANGSHO

This is a heirloom Bengali recipe offered to Goddess Kali.... you have to try to know how good it is!



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MUTTON SAAGWALA

The Indian restaurants in Kolkata / India serves this dish... the idea is hired from there... I cooked it repeatedly to get the right texture and colour.... now happy finally!





VEGETARIAN DESSERTS :

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BAKED AAMRAS

Its mind-blowing with all the goodness of fresh ripe mangoes and pistachios.





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KALAKAND

A very authentic Bengali / Indian sweet which is too yum ... try it this way for a quicker version.



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MANGO PHIRNI

My phirni is not so authentic in texture... I always use less rice... no compromise with taste which seems like pudding πŸ˜€




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PAYESH (RICE KHEER / PUDDING)

The quintessential Bengali dessert... done exactly how the grand mother used to do!




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CHANAR PAYESH / PANEER KHEER

I do not know how authentic Bengali it is but it tastes amazing and done at Bengali homes a lot... mine is a very easy recipe.




ONE JUST LIKE THAT.....

GARAM MASALA NOODLES

A spicy Indian treat of noodles with bell peppers, prawn and chicken!!



                                                        !! HAPPY COOKING !!