Monday, September 24, 2012

Kheema Balls

Kheema  1/2 kg  (Wash it under running water, squeeze water)
Garam Masala 1 tsp
Ginger Garlic paste 11/2 tsp
Turmeric powder  1/2 tsp
Kanda lasun masala  1 tsp   (
Salt                           1 tsp
Step 1 : Mix all the above ingredients, marinate for an hour or two.
Step 2 : Make golf size balls of the above marinate.

Onion  1 medium sized finely chopped.
Tamato 1 medium sized finely chopped.
Coconut    3 tbsp finely grated
Garam masala  1 tbsp
Corriander leaves  11/2 tbsp.

  • Dry roast coconut, grind roasted coconut together with garam masala and corriander leaves into smooth paste.
  • In a pan heat approximately 2 tbsp of dalda, once hot add chopped onions fry till light brown then add tomatoes fry for 2 minute. Later add 1 tsp of kanda lasun masala. Put water-> let it boil. 
  • Add the kheema balls made in step 2. Let it simmer for 10 min.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mutton Briyani /Lamb briyani


Mutton    1/2 kg
Ginger Paste 1tsp
Garlic Paste  1tsp
Cinnamon     1 inch
Cloves          6-7
Cardmom     6-7
Curd            3 Tbsp
Mint leaves        2 tsp
Coriander leaves 2 tbsp (finely chopped)
Green chiliies      4-5   (finely chopped)
Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
Ghee                   2 tbsp.
Eating color   a pinch   
Salt as per taste

Onions     3 medium sized
Basmati Rice  2 cups.
Refined oil/ Ghee  7 tbsp

Step 1: Caramelization of onion's :

  • Finely chop onion's. In a fry pan heat around  7 tbsp of oil, add finely chopped onions.Caramelize them.
  • Remove the caramelized onion and save the oil.

Step 2: For Marination :

  • Clean mutton wash it through running water, add ginger garlic paste, cinnamon, cloves, cardmom, curd, finely chopped mint leaves, finely chopped coriander leaves, green chilles, turmeric powder, caramelized onions, salt around 2 tsp. Marinate for one hour or more.
Step 3: Parboil Rice :

  •  Fill in open pot with water, add 1 tsp of salt and 3-4 mint leaves. Once water starts boiling add washed basmati  rice.Parboil rice. Drain all water.
Step 4: For  Dum  preparation:

  • In half cup of wheat flour, add water. Mix well to make something like chapati/roti  dough. (** Note : Make the dough a bit wet). Now on  lid edge apply the dough. 
 Step 5 : Final Step :

  •  In a pan or pot, add oil which was saved  during caramelization of onions. Once oil becomes hot add marinated mutton (Marination made in Step2). Put parboiled rice.  Add eating color to tbsp of milk put it on the rice.From the stock of paraboiled rice, take around a small cup of stock add 2 tbsp of pure ghee, boil this mixture add it to the rice after adding colour. 
  • Put on the lid. Put on hot charcoal. (** If using stove keep small grinding stone on the lid) Let it cook for  20 minutes. After around 20 minutes the dough applied to lid starts getting dry and aroma starts coming out . 
  • Cook for another 10 to 15  minutes on low flame.
  •  Briyani is ready to be served with  lemon dressed mint onion salad.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Alambi bhaji / Mushroom


People who love mushrooms know they taste great.Wild mushrooms are more tastier than the farm mushrooms. Wild mushrooms are available only for 15 days in a year. Agaricus bisporus—known variously as the common mushroom, button mushroom, white mushrooms.

Medical Benefits :
One cup of mushrooms includes vitamins C, D, B6 and B12, plus large doses of riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid. These vitamins along with minerals like calcium, iron, potassium and selenium keep you fit and in good health. The vitamins C, B6 and B12 found in mushrooms are responsible for boosting  immune system. This helps flush toxins out of your body.

Mushrooms  are a fantastic source of fiber.Potassium is a naturally occurring mineral that helps prevent strokes, and it reduces blood pressure.Mushrooms contain selenium, and along with vitamin E, selenium protects the cells of the body from free radicals.Copper is a mineral present in mushrooms that helps keep the cardiovascular system in check.Many of the enzymatic functions of the body rely on niacin. This includes the production of estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. Niacin also helps keep the nervous system functioning properly as well as many other working components of the body. Mushrooms, which contain niacin, also help the body produce energy from blood sugar, and they help give the skin a healthy texture and brilliant glow.
Intake of white button mushrooms each day, can decrease the risk of developing prostate cancer and breast cancer.

Coming to the spicy part, we coastal people try and make a point to eat  wild mushrooms atleast once in  a year. In Konkani mushroom is called Aalambi.

Ingredients required for aalambi bhaji :

  • Mushrooms  8-10 cleaned, washed under running water and then cut vertically.
  • One onion fried  (Keep onion directly on stove and fry till outer skin burns, Remove the burnt skin of the onions and use the inner part for grinding).
  1. Coconut   1/2 cup  (Finely grated)
  2. Cloves      8 in no
  3. Pepper corn    8  in no
  4. Coriander seeds 11/2 tsp  (Dhaniya)
  5. Garlic          4-5 cloves
  6. Red chillies        6
  • Fry all the above ingredients in  a  tbsp full of coconut oil, one item at a time (**Except onion and mushrooms). Now grind all the fried items together with fried onions into smooth paste.
  • In a Kadai or frying pan, add around 2 tbsp of coconut oil, Once oil becomes hot, add chopped onions and 1/2 tsp of salt. Fry till the onion turns its colour to light brown.Now add the mushrooms fry for a minute or two. 
  • Add above masala, add a cup of water adjust for salt. Put on lid and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Aalambichi bhaji is ready  to be served with chapatis.