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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

VEGETARIAN RICE DISHES FOR LENT

VEGETARIAN RICE DISHES FOR LENT

SOME VEGETARIAN RICE DISHES FOR THOSE FRIDAYS IN LENT AND OTHER TIMES AS WELL
Some easy recipes for one pot rice dishes which could be eaten for lunch with a vegetable side dish or just a salad and some pickle
All these recipes are featured in my Cookery Book VEGETARIAN DELICACIES
1. A SIMPLE MIXED VEGETABLE PALAO
Serves 6 Time Required: 45 minutes
Ingredients
2 cups basmati rice or any other raw rice
3 onions sliced finely,
1 cup ground coconut / coconut paste
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
½ cup oil or ghee
2 green chilies chopped
2 teaspoons chillie powder
1 teaspoon garam masala powder / all spice powder
2 cups assorted vegetables such as carrots, beans, peas, cauliflower etc cut into medium size bits
2 tablespoons chopped mint
Salt to taste
Heat oil in a suitable pan or vessel and fry the onions till brown.
Add the ginger garlic paste and green chilies and sauté for a few minutes.
Add the chopped vegetables, mint, chillie powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and salt and stir-fry for a few minutes.
Add the coconut and fry till the oil separates from the mixture.
Add 4 cups of water and bring to boil.
Add the rice and mix well.
Cook on medium heat till the rice is cooked and each grain is separate.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

2. MASOOR DHAL PALAO (RED LENTIL PALAO)
Serves 6 Time Required: 1 hour
Ingredients
2 cups raw rice wash and keep aside
½ cup masoor dhal (Red Lentils) wash and keep aside
3 cardamoms, 3 cloves, 2 pieces cinnamon, 1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
2 teaspoons chillie powder
Salt to taste
4 tablespoons oil or ghee
2 tomatoes chopped finely
2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
2 tablespoons mint leaves
3 boiled eggs shelled
Heat oil in a suitable pan or vessel and fry the whole spices and Bay leaves for 2 minutes.
Add the ginger garlic paste, chopped tomato and chillie powder and sauté for a few minutes.
Add the washed raw rice and dhal and stir-fry for a few minutes.
Now add the coriander leaves, mint, salt and 4 cups of water and cook till done.
Garnish with the boiled eggs on top
Serve with curds or any curry and pickle.

3. PEAS PALAO
Serves 6 Time Required: 1 hour
Ingredients
2 cups basmati rice or any raw rice – wash and keep aside
½ cup green peas,
3 tablespoons ghee or oil
1 onion sliced finely
2 tomatoes chopped
2 cloves, 2 cardamoms, 2 pieces cinnamon, 2 bay leaves
½ teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon garam masala powder / spice powder,
4 green chillies slit lengthwise
½ cup coriander leaves
Salt to taste
Heat oil or ghee in a vessel and fry the spices, bay leaves and onions till golden brown.
Add the chopped tomatoes, green chillies, garam masala powder, cumin powder and cook till the tomatoes turn to pulp.
Add the rice, green peas, salt and chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
Add 4 cups of water and cook on medium heat till the rice is cooked and all the water dries up.
Serve with salad and any curry.

4. TOMATO PALAO
Serves 6 Time Required: 1 hour
Ingredients

4 large tomatoes chopped finely
3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
2 large onions sliced finely
2 cups basmati rice
Salt to taste
2 teaspoons chillie powder
2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
2 cloves, 3 cardamoms, 3 pieces of cinnamon, 1 bay leaf
4 or 5 tablespoons oil or ghee
2 teaspoons chopped mint leaves
2 green chillies chopped

Heat oil in a pan or a rice cooker and sauté the spices, bay leaves, onions and green chillies till the onions turn golden brown.
Add the tomatoes, ginger garlic paste and chillie powder and fry for a few minutes till the tomatoes turn pulpy.
Add the rice, salt, mint leaves and coriander leaves and fry for a few minutes.
Add 4 cups of water and cook on medium heat till the rice is done.
Simmer on low heat for a few minutes then turn of the heat.
Serve with salad and any curry of your choice.

5. CARROT AND ROASTED PEANUTS RICE
Serves 6 Time Required: 1 hour
Ingredients
2 cups cooked rice
2 onions chopped finely
1 cup of finely cut carrot
2 tablespoons oil
2 small pieces of cinnamon, 2 cloves
4 or 5 whole pepper corns
1 bay leaf, 2 cardamoms
Salt to taste
½ teaspoon ground pepper / pepper powder
2 tablespoons roasted and crushed ground nuts
2 teaspoons chopped coriander leaves
Heat oil in a pan and add the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, bay leaf, pepper corns and onions and sauté till the onions turn light brown.
Add the carrots and stir fry till the carrots are cooked but still crunchy.
Add the cooked rice, salt and pepper and mix well.
Simmer on low heat for a few minutes then remove from heat.
Garnish with the crushed groundnuts and fried onions
Serve with any sauce.

6. CORIANDER LEAVES PALAU (GREEN MASALA PALAO)
Serves 6 Time Required: 1 hour
Ingredients
2 cups rice wash and keep aside
½ cup cashew nuts fried in ghee,
4 tablespoons ghee or oil
1 onion sliced finely
2 tomatoes chopped
2 tablespoons grated coconut
2 cloves, 2 cardamoms, 2 pieces cinnamon, 2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons ginger and garlic paste,
1 teaspoon chillie powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
2 green chillies
1 cup chopped coriander leaves
Salt to taste
Grind the Green chillies, coriander leaves and coconut together to a paste
Heat the oil or ghee in a vessel and fry the cloves, cardamoms, cinnamon, bay leaves and onions till golden brown.
Add the ground paste, ginger and garlic paste, chopped tomatoes, chillie powder and cumin powder and stir fry for about 2 or 3 minutes
Add the rice and salt and mix well.
Add 4 cups of water and cook on medium heat then on low heat till the rice is done and all the water dries up.
Garnish with a little chopped coriander leaves and fried cashew nuts.
Serve with any curry or raita.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

MIXED VEGETABLE STEW

 


MIXED VEGETABLE STEW

Ingredients

2 cups of chopped mixed vegetables such as carrot, potato, cauliflower, peas, knoll kol etc, 

2 onions chopped, 

3 green chillies slit lengthwise, 

1 teaspoon chopped garlic, 

1 teaspoon chopped ginger,

½ teaspoon pepper corns, 

2 cloves, 

2 pieces cinnamon, 

1cup thick coconut milk, 

salt to taste, 

2 table spoons oil.

 Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onions till golden brown. 

Add the green chillies, ginger, garlic, pepper and spices and sauté for a few minutes. 

Add the vegetables, salt and sufficient water and cook till vegetables are tender.  

Stir in the coconut milk and simmer for a few minutes. 

Serve hot with Hoppers or bread.


Sunday, January 17, 2021

FLAPJACKS - AN OLD TEATIME TREAT

 


FLAPJACKS - an old Teatime treat 

A flapjack refers to a baked bar, cooked in a flat baking tin and cut into rectangle. Flapjacks are usually made from rolled oats, butter or shortening, sugar, golden syrup and a hint of ginger

Makes 10

Ingredients

1 cup breakfast Oats

3 tablespoons golden syrup

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

½ ground ginger (ginger powder) 

1 egg, beaten

1 cup milk 

Mix all the above ingredients together. The batter shouldn’t be too thick. 

Pour the mixture into a buttered tray and bake in the centre of the oven at 180C for 30 minutes. 

Leave the flapjack in the tray to cool completely. 

Cut into fingers or bars.

Serve with a hot cup of tea

This recipe is featured in my Cookery Book ANGLO-INDIAN TEA TIME TREATS

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

COCONUT SWEETS

 


COCONUT SWEET / COCONUT CANDY 

A simple and easy recipe for a timeless Anglo-Indian Delicacy. Bursting with the goodness of fresh grated (scraped) coconut, sugar and milk and a hint of vanilla essence. This baby pink sweet will rekindle nostalgic childhood memories of helping to stir the sweet while its being prepared to greasing the big plate the molten pink lava would be poured on to and finally to scraping and licking the residues left in the dekshi!!!

Makes 30 pieces    Time required: 1 hour 
Ingredients 
2 cups grated coconut                            
3 cups sugar                                          
1 cup milk 
1 teaspoon ghee
½ teaspoon vanilla essence                   
½ teaspoon food colour either pink or green

Melt the sugar with the milk in a thick bottomed vessel. Add the grated coconut and mix well. Cook till the coconut is soft. Add the vanilla essence, pink or green food colour and ghee and mix well. Simmer on low heat till the mixture becomes thick and leaves the sides of the vessel. Pour on to a greased plate and cut into squares when slightly cold

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

RUM BALLS

 

RUM BALLS

Rum balls are a truffle-like confection of sweet, dense cake or biscuit material flavoured with chocolate and rum. They are roughly the size of a golf ball and often coated in chocolate sprinkles, desiccated coconut, or cocoa. Rum Balls are rich in flavor and have a fudgy texture. 

Rum balls are one of the Christmas season's easiest and most delicious treats. Fruit cakes are normally used as they are already packed with fruits, nuts and spices. However chocolate cake or vanilla cake could also be used. The Rum balls can also be made with digestive biscuits instead of cake
Ingredients
300 grams Fruitcake (or chocolate or vanilla cake)
100 grams Icing sugar for binding and rolling 
3 or 4 tablespoons condensed milk 
2 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons dark rum
Cocoa powder for dusting
Chocolate sprinkles or desiccated coconut for decoration (optional)

Crumble the cake into smooth crumbs without lumps.
Mix the butter and condenses milk with the cake crumbs and Rum and mix well. 
Refrigerate for 20 minutes if mixture is too runny or until just firm enough to handle.
Take small portions of the mixture and roll into balls using the icing sugar to bind them
Now roll the balls in the cocoa powder to coat them well.
You can serve the rum balls like this or coat them with Chocolate sprinkles or desiccated coconut for decoration (optional) 
Place each Rum Ball in mini muffin cups if desired 
Refrigerate till required to serve.


Thursday, December 10, 2020

SALTED OX TONGUE

 Ingredients

Ingredients 

2 Ox Tongue weighing about 3 kgs 

1 teaspoon saltpeter or lime salt

10 tablespoons table salt or powdered rock salt

3 teaspoons sugar

2 tablespoons vinegar

6 tablespoons lime juice 

Mix the saltpeter (black salt / lime salt), table salt, sugar, lime juice and vinegar together. Rub this mixture on the Tongues and prick all over with a fork.

Keep in the fridge for 10 days turning it over and rubbing it well every day

On the 10th day boil in a suitable pan or pressure cooker with all the residue, 2 Bay Leaves, 6 or 7 cloves, 1 teaspoon pepper corns, 2 pieces of cinnamon  and a little water till soft.

Remove the white skin when cool and then cut into slices. 

Use as a filling for sandwiches 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

BRINJAL BAKE (BRINJALS/ AUBERGENES STUFFED WITH MINCE)

 


½ -kg beef / lamb / mutton mince
4-big seedless Brinjals
4-tablespoons oil
1 -big onion sliced finely
1-tomato chopped finely
4-tablespoons oil
1-tablespoon flour
1-teaspoon salt
1-teaspoon pepper powder
4-green chilies chopped finely
2-pods of garlic chopped finely
2-eggs beaten well
4-tablespoons breadcrumbs or semolina
Wash the Brinjals and put them whole into boiling water with ½ teaspoon salt and cook for about 5 minutes till they are half cooked. Cut the brinjals into halves lengthwise dividing even the stalks. Scoop out the insides and keep aside. Heat 2-tablespoons oil in a pan and add the onions, mince, tomato, salt, pepper, green chilies, garlic and cook on low heat till the mince is cooked and all the water is absorbed. Add the cooked insides of the brinjals and mix well. Keep aside to cool for some time. When slightly cold, fill this cooked mince in the scooped out brinjal halves and press well. Coat with the beaten egg and sprinkle the breadcrumbs or semolina on the top. Brush the sides with oil and place in a baking tray. Drizzle the remaining oil all over the stuffed brinjals and shallow fry like cutlets

Sunday, November 29, 2020

ANGLO-INDIAN LAMB LIVER AND KIDNEYS

 



LAMB LIVER AND KIDNEYS IN GRAVY 

Ingredients

300 grams lamb / mutton liver cut into small pieces

250 grams lamb kidneys cut into quarters 

3 large onions chopped 

1 large tomato chopped

2 green chillies sliced 

2 teaspoons chillie powder

1 teaspoon cumin powder 

1 teaspoon coriander powder 

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

2 tablespoons oil

1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste

Salt to taste

Wash the liver and kidneys well. 

Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the onions and green chillies lightly. 

Add the liver, kidneys, ginger garlic paste and mix well. 

Now add the chopped tomatoes, salt turmeric powder, chillie powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and mix well. 

Cover and simmer on low heat till the liver and kidneys are cooked.  

Add a little water while cooking if gravy is required.  

Serve hot with Rice and Pepper Water, or as a side dish with Toast or bread.  

Monday, November 16, 2020

BRINJAL/ AUBERGENES IN TOMATO GRAVY



 


BRINJALS IN A TOMATO GRAVY (Aubergines in gravy)

Serves 6 

Preparation Time 30 minutes

2 big Brinjals / Aubergenes 

1 cup chopped onions

1/2 cup chopped tomatoes

1 or 2 green chillies chopped

2 teaspoons Chillie powder

1 teaspoon cumin powder

½ teaspoon tumeric powder 

1 teaspoon coriander powder 

2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste 

Salt to taste 

2 tablespoons oil




Remove the purple skin of the Brinjals and cut them into medium size pieces. 



Soak them in a bowl of water till required 




Heat oil in a pan and sauté the onions and green chillies till golden brown. 

Add the ginger garlic paste, chillie powder, tumeric powder, coriander powder and cumin powder and fry for some time. Add the chopped tomatoes and salt and continue frying till the oil separates from the mixture



 Add 1/2 cup of water and bring to boil. 


Now add the cut brinjals and mix well. 



Cover the pan and simmer on low heat till the Brinjals (Aubergene or Egg Plants) are cooked. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

ANGLO-INDIAN PEPPER MINCE AND POTATOES / MINCE AND TATTIES



PEPPER MINCE AND POTATOES (ANGLO-INDIAN MINCE AND TATTIES) 

Ingredients



½ kg Mince (Beef or Mutton)



2 big Onions chopped

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

2 green chilies chopped (optional) 

2 tablespoons oil

Salt to taste

2 teaspoons pepper powder

2 Potatoes boiled and chopped into small pieces



Heat oil in a pan and fry the chopped garlic and onions till golden brown. 

Add the green chilies, turmeric powder, pepper powder and sauté for 3 minutes.  

Add the mince and salt and mix well. 

Cook on low heat for about ½ an hour till the mince is cooked and all the water evaporates. Add the Potatoes and mix gently 

Simmer on low heat for 3 more minutes.  

Turn off heat and cover and keep for some time for the potatoes to drawn in the flavours 



Wednesday, July 29, 2020

SIMPLE ANGLO-INDIAN BEEF CURRY



SIMPLE MEAT CURRY

Ingredients

1/2 kg meat either mutton, lamb or beef cut into cubes

2 onions sliced roughly

1 tomato chopped

1 or 2 teaspoons chillie powder

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon coriander powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin powder

2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste

Salt to taste

2 tablespoons oil 


Heat the oil in a pressure cooker or suitable pan and add the meat. Fry for a few minutes.

Add the chillie powder, turmeric, cumin powder, coriander powder, ginger garlic paste and salt and mix well. Fry for a few minutes

Add the chopped onions and tomatoes and mix well

Fry for a few minutes till the tomatoes turn pulpy.

Add sufficient water and close the pressure cooker.

Switch off after 8 whistles. Let the pressure settle.

Open and mix. If thicker gravy is required simmer for a few minutes, then switch off.

Serve with rice or bread  


Sunday, July 19, 2020

LAMB MINCE PILAF / PALAU



LAMB MINCE PILAF
Ingredients
1/2 Basmati Rice or any other Good Rice … wash and soak for about 10 minutes
1/2 kg Mutton / Lamb Mince
3 bay leaves
2 teaspoons all spice powder or garam masala
3 large tomatoes chopped
3 small sticks of cinnamon, 3 cloves, 3 cardamoms
1 cup oil or ghee
Salt to taste
6 green chilies slit lengthwise
3 tablespoons ginger garlic paste
2 teaspoons chillie powder
3 large onions sliced finely          
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
½ cup fresh mint leaves
3 tablespoons curds / yogurt

Marinate the mutton / lamb mince with the garam masala/ all spice powder, green chillies, curds and half the quantity of ginger garlic paste and turmeric powder for half an hour.

Heat the oil or ghee in a large vessel and add the bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, remaining ginger garlic paste and onions and sauté for some time. Add the chopped tomatoes, mint leaves and chillie powder and simmer till the oil separates from the mixture and the tomatoes are reduced to pulp. Add the marinated mutton / lamb mince and salt and cook till tender. Keep aside.

Now add sufficient water to the gravy in a vessel so as to get about 5 glasses of liquid.  Add the rice and cook till almost done. Remove half the quantity of rice and add a layer of the cooked mutton / lamb mince on the rice. Repeat with the remaining cooked rice and mince. Cover and simmer for a few more minutes till all the liquid evaporates and the Rice is done. Let it stand for about 15 minutes before serving with salad or any curry.

Monday, July 13, 2020

MEAT BALL CURRY OR BAD WORD CURRY




1. ANGLO-INDIAN MINCE BALL CURRY OR BAD WORD CURRY 
(Tender Meat balls are simmered in a lightly spiced Coconut based Gravy and served with yellow Coconut Rice and Devil’s / Hell’s Flame Chutney. This curry is also known colloquially as “Bad Word Curry”. As the word ‘Ball’ was considered as a slang word in the olden days, hence the name ‘Bad Word Curry’.

Serves 6        Time required: 1 hour
Ingredients; For the Curry
3 large onions chopped                   
1 sprig curry leaves (optional)
3 teaspoons chillie powder               
1 ½ teaspoons coriander powder
3 teaspoons ginger garlic paste      
3 big tomatoes pureed
½ cup ground coconut paste            
1 teaspoon spice powder or garam masala
Salt to taste                                     
3 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon coriander leaves chopped finely for garnishing
½ teaspoon turmeric powder

Ingredients for the Meat Balls (Koftas)
½ kg fine beef mince or lamb / mutton mince    
½ teaspoon spice powder
3 green chilies chopped                
A small bunch of coriander leaves chopped finely
Salt to taste                                   
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon chillie powder 

Heat oil in a large pan and fry the onions till golden brown. Add the ginger garlic paste and the curry leaves and fry for some time.  Now add the chillie powder, coriander powder, spice powder or garam masala powder, turmeric powder and coconut and fry for a few minutes till the oil separates from the mixture. Now add the tomato juice and salt and simmer for some time.  Add sufficient water and bring to boil. 

Meanwhile get the meat balls ready. Mix the spice powder, salt, chopped green chilies, turmeric powder and coriander leaves with the mince and form into small balls. When the curry is boiling slowly drop in the mince balls carefully one by one. Simmer on slow heat for 20 minutes till the balls are cooked and the gravy is not too thick.  Serve hot with Coconut Rice and Devil Chutney.


Friday, June 26, 2020

CHICKEN IN RED WINE



CHICKEN COOKED IN RED WINE
Ingredients
1 kg Chicken cut into medium size pieces with bones 
1 teaspoon cumin powder
3 dry red chillies broken into bits
1 teaspoon garlic and ginger paste
3 tomatoes chopped
2 onions sliced finely
1 teaspoon all spice powder (or garam masala powder) 
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper 
1 teaspoon whole pepper corns  
3 tablespoons oil
1 cup red wine
Salt to taste

Marinate the chicken with all the above ingredients for about one hour. Transfer to a suitable pan and simmer on low heat till the chicken is tender and the gravy is thick. 
Just before serving add 2 teaspoons butter and mix well. 
Serve with mashed potatoes, steamed veggies and either bread, rice, chapattis 

Monday, June 22, 2020

MEAT AND SPINACH CURRY


Ingredients
½ kg meat (beef lamb or mutton)                                           
1 cup of Chopped Spinach 
2 big onions chopped finely                                          
2  tomatoes pureed
2 teaspoons chillie powder  (less spicy)                                    
1/4  teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder                                     
2-teaspoons ginger garlic paste
½ cup coconut paste or coconut milk (optional)                                                    
3 tablespoons oil
Salt to taste
Heat oil in a suitable pan or pressure cooker and fry the onions well. 
Add the ginger garlic paste and sauté lightly. 
Add the tomato puree, chillie powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder and fry for some time. Add the meat and the spinach greens and mix well. 
Continue frying for some time till the oil separates from the mixture and the greens shrivel up.
 Add salt, coconut paste and 2 cups of water (or add more for more gravy)
  Cook on low heat till the meat is tender or pressure cook for 6 whistles