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Shrimp Biryani

Posted: June 10, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food, Rice
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Biryani is a rice based dish made usually with basmati rice, vegetable or meat and aromatic spices.This is again a dish brought in India by Mughal emperors. Over period of time the dish was assimilated into regional cuisines and there are various variants of Biryani such as Hyderabadi Biryani, Kerala Biryani etc. – each one adapted to region and taste.

Making biryani is an elaborate process but the end result is always worth it. Vegetable biryani is common in my mom’s house. So, whenever she plans to make this dish she would have a long list of ingredients to get from market. Since I eat chicken, I have tried Chicken Biryani in the same way mom does for vegetable biryani. So, I was familiar with this two types of biryani.

Recently, I had Shrimp Biryani at friend’s house and it was super-duper delicious. When she started cooking this for sunday lunch the whole house was filled with delicious aroma and I couldn’t wait for her to finish the dish. It was so delicious and aromatic. So, thought of making this dish at home.

Ingredients:

For Biryani:

  • 15-16 shrimps, deveined and cleaned, tail on
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced and fried

For marinating shrimp:

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt to taste

For Shrimp Masala:

  • 1 large onion, chopped(Blend onion, garlic, ginger and poppy seeds to a fine paste)
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 inch ginger, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped( Make a paste of mint leaves and green chillies)
  • 4 green chillies
  •  1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 tablespoon Biryani masala powder(I have used sanjeev kapoor’s)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 whole pepper corns
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 black cardamom
  • salt to taste

For Rice:

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 whole pepper corns
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 star anise
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon warm milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron strands

Method:

  • Wash the rice in running water until the water turns clear about two to three times. Drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Marinate the shrimp with turmeric powder, lemon juice, ginger-garlic paste and salt for about 30-40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, fry the sliced onions in 1/2 cup of oil until crispy and golden brown. Once down, keep this aside.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet and fry the shrimps for about 5 minutes on low flame. Once done, keep it aside.
  • In the same pan, add the whole spices and when it changes the color, add onions-ginger -garlic -poppy seeds paste and cook until the onions turns brown.
  • Now add crushed tomatoes, salt to taste, turmeric powder, coriander powder, biryani masala and garam masala and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Once the masala is cooked throughly add yogurt and mint leaves-green chillies paste to the masala and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the shrimps and salt to taste. Mix well so that all the shrimps are coated with the cooked masala and cook on a low flame for 4-5 minutes.Remove from heat and keep it aside.
  • In a separate pan heat 2 tablespoons of butter and fry the bay leaves, whole black pepper corns, cloves and add rest of the whole spices.
  • Add the rice and stir fry for about 2-3 minutes. Add 2 cups of water and mix well. Put the lid on the pan and let it cook for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed and the rice is almost done on a low flame. Once the rice is done, pour saffron mixture on top and gently fluff the rice with a fork.
  • Add the cooked rice on top of the shrimp masala and mix everything together. Also, add the fried onions to the biryani.
  • Cover the dish and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Once done garnish the biryani with coriander leaves to serve.
  • Serve with cucumber raita and salad.
  • And enjoy!

Kundri Rice

Posted: May 20, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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Everyone’s loves one pot meal and I am not an exception. I am always in search of delicious and easy one pot meal with minimal ingredients. So, recently while blog hopping, I came across this delicious tendali bhaat on Cinnamon n Chillies which I have bookmarked. Tendali (Ivy gourd) or Kundri is one of the most favorite veggie in our home which is very simple to make and have wonderful taste. I had a friend staying with us last week, she gave me this idea as well to make this delicious tendali rice. In a weeks time I have already made this twice and hence you can imagine how easy and tasty it is:

Ingredients:

  • 2  1/2 cups cooked basmati rice
  • 1/2 pound kundri/ivy gourd, slit in four pieces, length wise
  • 1 medium white onion, sliced
  • 4 green chillies, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 3 tablespoon tamarind pulp
  • 1/4 cup  peanuts
  • 2 tablespoon Channa dal, soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil plus 1/2 teaspoon

Method:

  • In a pan, heat one teaspoon of oil, add peanuts, fry them until they turn light brown. Remove from the pan to a plate, keep them aside.
  • In the same pan, heat another 2 tablespoon of oil over medium high heat, add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds pop, add the green chillies, soaked Channa dal and sliced onions. Stir fry until onions are lightly brown.
  •  Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder with salt, stir.  Let it cook on medium heat for a couple of minutes.
  •  Then add the kundri/tenali/ivy gourd to the onion masala mixture. Stir and cover until the ivy gourd is cooked, but crisp.
  •  Add the tamarind pulp, stir to mix well , cover the pan and cook  until all the tamarind pulp is absorbed by the veggies.
  •  Now add the cooked basmati rice and fried peanuts to the pan and gently mix everything together.
  • Take off the heat and serve hot.

Enjoy!!

I am introduced to many cuisines after coming to US, one of which is mediterranean cuisine. Middle Eastern cuisine is known for its versatility, interesting ingredients and flavorful spices which is so much like Indian cuisine.The spices, the veggies, the flavors reminds me that I am having something Indian. Also, mediterranean cuisine is considered to be one of the healthiest cuisine.

Falafel is a fritters made from coarsely ground chick peas and this is usually served in pita bread as sandwich with some veggies and sauce. Falafel can also be served as a snack. Falafel pita sandwich is also considered to be street food of middle eastern countries and is a national dish of Israel.You can make falafel by baking if you counting on calories but I think it tastes great when its fried…:-)

Falafel and Pita Sandwich

Falafel and Pita Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, devined and chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 dried bread crumbs
  • salt to taste
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 4 pita bread
  • Shredded lettuce,
  • sliced tomatoes, sliced seedless cucumbers ,thinly sliced red onion

For yogurt sauce

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • fresh coriander leaves, chopped

In a small bowl combine yogurt, coriander leaves, salt, pepper, cumin powder and red chilli powder. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

Method:

  • Soak the chick peas overnight and the next morning drain the same and rinse throughly.
  • Cook the chickpeas with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder in pressure cooker for about 6-7 minutes or until its slightly tender. Cool and drain the same.
  • Put the cooked chickpeas in a food processor and pulse to coarsely grind, stopping to scrape the sides . Also, there shouldn’t be any whole chickpeas remaining.
  • Transfer the chickpeas in a large mixing bowl, add baking powder, chopped onion, crushed garlic cloves, grounded cumin powder, coriander powder, red pepper flakes, chopped red bell pepper, green chillies, coriander leaves, lemon juice and salt to taste. Mix everything together. Add bread crumbs to the mixture so it holds together and can be shaped in desired forms. You can add more or less bread crumbs as needed.
  • Heat oil for deep-frying in heavy bottom skillet.
  • Roll the falafel mixture into small size balls, use an ice cream scoop to get them exactly in same sizes.
  • Carefully drop a few at a time into the hot oil, making sure they don’t stick to the bottom. Fry until the chickpeas fritters are a dark brown on all sides, turning as needed. Drain on a platter lined with paper towels.
  • Warm pita bread on both the sides, cut the same into halves to make pockets and put 3 fried falafel into each. Drizzle with the yogurt sauce and layer with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers. Serve immediately.
Falafel and Pita Sandwich

Falafel and Pita Sandwich

Palak Khichdi

Posted: March 2, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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There are lots of different ways to make khichdi. The basic ingredients is rice and lentils which is cooked together. The addition of  veggies and masala is vary from family to family. Some like their khichdi with masala and some don’t.  It considered  a very plain dish, cooked with very less oil, less masala and usually served to people who are ill.

Its is also the first solid food introduced to babies coz it is full of proteins and carbohydrates. Well in my case I consider khichdi one of my all time comfort food. And I make sure I make this once in a week. so, I keep modify the recipe once in a while. But this recipe is from my mom’s kitchen. Couple of weeks ago when I was talking to her she asked me to try adding palak/spinach in the khichdi. So, thought of sharing the recipe here:

Palak Khichdi

Palak Khichdi

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup basmati rice
  • 1/4 cup mix orange lentil(masoor dal) and yellow lentil(arhar dal)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 dried red whole chillies
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil

Preparation:

  • Wash and drained the mixture of rice and dals together and put into the pressure cooker along with turmeric powder, salt to taste and 3 cups water and cook for 2 whistle.
  • When the cooker has cooled down, stir the khichdi, check for consistency and add more water if needed.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil over medium high heat, add garlic and spinach leaves. cook for 2-3 minutes. Blend the cooked spinach in food processor and pour it in the khichdi and mix well.

For tampering: On medium heat add oil in a pan, then add cumin seeds followed by red chilli and wait until it gets brown. Pour this mix to the khichdi, be careful while doing this coz it gets splutter when hot oil touches the khichdi. Give a boil and serve hot .

  • Serve with pickle of your choice and dollop of ghee on top.
Palak Khichdi

Palak Khichdi

Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks

Posted: February 23, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Chicken Dishes, Indian Food
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Tandoori Chicken is most popular indian dish consisting of roasted chicken, yogurt and  masala. The chicken is marinated in yogurt and tandoori masala. It is traditionally cooked in tandoor but can also be prepared on barbecue grill.  Tandoor is a oven made of clay, heated to a high heat over charcoal or wood, and used in India for baking bread and roasting meat.

Since summer is still couple of months away I thought of making this inside on cast iron griddle. Also, I have used the store brought tandoori masala paste which is very easily available in grocery store in Asian/Indian aisle.You have to plan ahead if you want to make this dish because the marination require some time.

Tandoori chicken drumsticks

Tandoori chicken drumsticks

Ingredients:

  • 5 Chicken drum sticks, skinned on
  • 4 tablespoon tandoori masala paste
  • 4 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

Preparation:

  • Pierce the chicken with fork to make tiny holes which will help marinade to get inside the meat. Season the chicken drumsticks with salt and pepper generously.
  • In a large shallow baking dish, mix tandoori masala/paste with yogurt, turmeric powder and 1/ teaspoon of salt.
  • Add chicken, and marinate for 3-4 hours, or overnight, refrigerated.
  • Heat cast iron griddle, brush the grill with olive oil to prevent the chicken pieces from sticking.
  • Grill chicken on each side for about 6-7 minutes or until is cooked through.
Tandoori chicken drumsticks

Tandoori chicken drumsticks

I hope you enjoy making and eating this! Yummie!

Egg Salad Sandwich

Posted: February 21, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Lunch, Sandwiches
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Sandwiches are one of my go to meal when I am running out of time for lunch or dinner. This time I am sharing a recipe for egg salad sandwich which is quite easy to make. An easy egg salad sandwich means very less of ingredients and not too much of chopping. The most important part in this sandwich is Mayonnaise.

We used to get this sandwich from Starbucks for lunch sometimes. But after having it for a couple of times I have decided to give this a try at home and believe me it is the best even better than the Starbucks one. So, what are you thinking go ahead and try this for your lunch today…will you?

Egg Salad Sandwich

Egg Salad Sandwich

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 hard boiled egg, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 4 slices Rye bread
  • lettuce leaves and spinach leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  • In a medium bowl, mash eggs with a  fork roughly.
  • Mix together the rest of the ingredients with the egg mixture.
  • Layer the mixture on bread slices and serve cold or at room temperature.
Egg Salad Sandwich

Egg Salad Sandwich

Recipe Yields: 2 Servings
 
Sandwich with Egg Omelette and Tomato Spread
 

I know this sandwich is very simple and anyone can think off. But I love simple yet tasty dishes to eat. For me the dish should look good before even I tried them out, I know I am crazy but that’s how I am. My mom use to scold me a lot because I was such a picky eater.  Now I understand what all she has to go through with such a picky eater like me. Thank God my 18 month old son is not like me. He is just like his dad who happily eat whatever I make without any complains.

Sandwich with Egg Omelette and Tomato Spread

Sandwich with Egg Omelette and Tomato Spread

For the tomato Spread:

  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat, add garlic, onions, green bell pepper and cook until onions are translucent.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, dried oregano, salt to taste and cook until oil separates.
  • Cool the tomato sauce before layering on the bread.

For the egg Omelette:

  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon or a pinch of freshly grounded black pepper
  • salt to taste

Crack the eggs and whisk slightly with a fork mix them with black pepper and salt.

Heat a pan on medium high heat, brush generously with olive oil and then pour the egg mixture into the pan and spread just like you will do it for crepe or dosa. It should be very thin.  Cook both the side slightly golden brown and transfer to a plate and cool off.

Assembling of the Sandwich:

  • To assemble the sandwiches cut the bread into halves and slightly toast the same on the grill by keeping the cut side down.
  • Spread the bottom half of the bread with the tomato spread and half of the egg omelette.
  • Cover with top half of the ciabatta bread and cut into triangles to serve.

 

Sandwich with Egg Omelette and Tomato Spread

Sandwich with Egg Omelette and Tomato Spread