Laal Maans

Laal maans.
A spicy and lipsmackingly delicious mutton curry from Rajasthani cuisine. A fiery hot and laal or bright red coloured curry. This spicy, rich, aromatic and red mutton curry is made of yoghurt, onion, garlic, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and mathania chillies. But it you don’t have mathania chillies, you can use Kashmiri red chilli. Use chilli according to your taste. If you want it hot add red chilli powder or chopped green chillies. My family members can’t eat too hot so I have used less chilli.

Laal maans is a meat curry from Rajasthan, India. It is a mutton curry prepared in a sauce of yoghurt and hot spices such as red Mathania chillies. This dish typically is very hot and rich in garlic, the gravy may be thick or liquid and is eaten with chapatis made out of wheat (usually eaten in summers) or bajra (a millet grown in Rajasthan and eaten in the winter months.
Rajasthani cuisine was influenced by both the war-like lifestyles of its inhabitants and the availability of ingredients in this arid region. Food that could last for several days and could be eaten without heating was preferred. Scarcity of water and fresh green vegetables have all had their effect on the cooking. It is also known for its snacks like Bikaneri Bhujia, Mirchi Bada and Pyaaj Kachori.
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This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge facebook group we members are sharing different dishes from the cuisine of Rajasthan.
This month my partner is very talented blogger Pavani Gunikuntla who blog at Pavanis kitchen. I always love her healthy and easy to make recipes.
Visit her space for different types of healthy and mouthwatering recipes. Before giving secret ingredient we always ask our partner about her choice. And I have wanted to make this laal maans. Everyone in my family loves it and I wanted to share the recipe for my readers. So as secret ingredient Pavani gave me curd and green cardamom and I gave her red chilli powder and cumin seeds. Do visit her blog to check the delicious Dahi kadhi recipe she made with these ingredients.
Shhh Cooking Secretly a group started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes, is where every month food bloggers are paired up and give each other 2 secret ingredients to cook with according to the theme chosen. If you’re interested in joining this exciting group then please leave a message in the comment section. Thank you.

Normally mathania chillies are used to make this mutton curry. But We don’t get this chilli in our state. So I have used Kashmiri red chilli powder. This spicy mutton curry is goes well with steamed rice, jeera rice, pulao, roti, naan, bajra roti or any bread. Picture courtesy my daughter Suchismita .

Recipe

Mutton – 500 gram

Onion – 4, thinly sliced

Black cardamom – 2

Green cardamom – 4

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Bay leaf – 2

Mustard oil – 1/2 cup

Curd – 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Ginger garlic paste – 2 tablespoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 3 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Warm water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Cilantro or coriander leaves and onion slices to garnish

Method

1. Heat mustard oil in a pan or pressure cooker.

2. When the oil becomes smoking hot remove from heat.
Let it cool down for a minute. Add bay leaf black cardamom, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and slices onion. Heat again and fry till the onion becomes brown.

3. Add mutton pieces, salt, ginger garlic paste and all the dry spices. See notes for other options for chillies. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

4. Add well beaten curd and mix well. Saute again till dried up and oil separates.

5. Add warm water and pressure cook till mutton pieces becomes tender.

6. Let the pressure settle on its own.
Open the pressure cooker and heat again. Check the seasoning and adjust as require. If require add little more water or if you want more thick gravy boil for a few minutes more till you get your desired consistency.

7. Add ghee and mix.

8. Remove from heat. Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and onion slices.
Serve with hot steamed rice, jeera rice, pulao, puri, roti, naan, bajra roti or any bread.

Notes
1. You can add some finely chopped green chilli with sliced onion if you want more spicy and hot curry. Or you can use hot variety red chilli powder. Use chilli according to your spice tolerance.
2. If you have red Mathania chillies or kashmiri dry red chilli either dry roast and powder or soak in water for 20 – 25 minutes and grind and use instead of kashmiri red chilli powder.

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Fish caldine

Fish caldine.
A lip-smacking Goan fish curry. Coconut based aromatic thick gravy. You can make it with any fleshy fish. I have made it with rohu fish, which is commonly available here.
According to Wikipedia “The rohu, rui, or roho labeo is a species of fish of the carp family, found in rivers in South Asia. It is a large omnivore and extensively used in aquaculture.”

You may like two more fish recipes here.

Fish Kalia

Masor tenga

One of my reader Francis Dsouza gave me his mom’s recipe to try. I have made it for a small get together in my home. All the guests loved the taste of this fish caldine. Thanks a lot Francis Dsouza for this wonderful recipe.

I have made little changes as per my convenience. I have fried the fish pieces before adding in the curry. I didn’t add curry leaves. And instead of juice of spices I have used ground spices. Original recipe needs cumin coriander seeds but I have used powder. And loved the taste and aroma. But you can try the exact recipe if you want. I am sharing screen shots of recipe which Francis Dsouza shared with me.

To make this fish caldine you have to make a paste of coconut and spices. If you can prepare it earlier then you can make it in a jiffy.

Recipe

Fish pieces – 12

Coconut – 1 cup, grated

Tomato – 2 large, chopped

Onion – 1 large, finely sliced

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Garlic – 5 – 6 cloves

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful

Green cardamom – 3 – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 4

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 1 teaspoon

Nutmeg powder – a pinch

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon + 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Slit green chilli – 4

Mustard oil – 4 – 5 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Method

1. Marinate the fish pieces with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder.

2. Grind coconut, cilantro, ginger, garlic, poppy seeds, nutmeg powder, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and tomatoes altogether. If you want to make authentic caldine grind with water and drain the juice. I didn’t.

3. Heat oil in a wok or pan at smoking point.

4. Fry the fish pieces. Don’t overcrowded. Fry 3-4 pieces at time.

5. When fish pieces becomes light brown turn over and fry the other side. Fry all the pieces in this way and remove from oil.

6. In the same oil add sliced onion. You can add more oil if require.

7. When onion becomes brown add ground spices, turmeric powder, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder and black pepper powder.

8. Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Add water as require to make thick gravy.

9. When it starts to rolling boil add slit green chilli and fish pieces.
Mix and let it boil again.

10. Reduce the heat and cook on simmer for 10 – 12 minutes.

11. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Remove from heat and garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and slit green chilli.

12. Serve with steamed rice, fried rice, jeera rice, pulao, roti, naan, puri or any bread.
Happy cooking.

 

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Chicken Kosha With Whole Garlic And Potatoes

Chicken kosha.
Chicken or mutton kosha is a famous dish of Bengal. You can make this curry with mutton, eggs or any vegetables.
Kosha means bhuna or saute. You have to fry chicken with onion, garlic, tomato and spices on low flame till done. Need lots of patience but the result will be lip-smacking and flavourful.
Posting a non veg dish after a long time. Some of my blog reader requested for a spicy chicken. So here is a delicious mouthwatering dry chicken curry for you. Hope you will like it.

You can get some more chicken and mutton dishes here

1. Zafrani chicken

2. Chicken dak bungalow

3. Chicken chaap

4. Rara mutton

5. Railway mutton curry

If you want your chicken less spicy decrease the amount of chilli but if you want it hot increase green chilli or you can add 1 – 2 teaspoon hot variety red chilli powder in the curry.

I have added potatoes and whole garlic in it. But its optional. You can skip whole garlic if you want. And if you love the taste of garlic then I am sure you will love this curry with whole garlic. If you want you can also make it without potatoes.

Recipe

For marination

Chicken – 500 gram

Onion garlic paste – 1 tablespoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Thick yogurt – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 1 tablespoon

Salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

For curry

Onion – 3, thinly sliced

Tomato – 3 chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Garlic – 10 cloves, minced

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste, chopped

Whole garlic – 2-3, optional

Potatoes – 2, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Green cardamom – 3 – 4, crushed

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Clove – 3 – 4

Bay leaf – 2

Oil – 1/2 cup

Hot water – 1 cup

Method

1. Clean and wash the chicken pieces. Marinate with ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, cumin powder, thick yoghurt, lemon juice, mustard oil, salt, red chilli powder and black pepper powder.

2. Cover and keep in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.

3. Peel and cut the potatoes into half. Wash, drain and keep aside.

4. Peel the outer layer of the garlic and wash well.

5. Thinly slice the onions.

6. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the potatoes until light golden brown, remove from oil and keep aside.

7. Add crushed green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf in the oil.

8. Now add sugar and sliced onions. Caramelised sugar will give the curry perfect colour so don’t skip it.

9. Fry for a couple of minutes and add minced garlic, green chilli and grated ginger.
Fry till onions becomes light brown and raw smell of garlic goes away.

10. Add the chopped tomatoes, cumin powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and garam masala powder. If you want your curry hot add 1 – 2 teaspoon hot variety red chilli powder. Fry till the tomatoes becomes mushy.

11. Add marinated chicken pieces along with its spices. Mix well.
Cover and cook on low medium heat. Stir in between to avoid sticking at the bottom.

12. After 10 – 15 minutes add fried potatoes and whole garlic. Mix well. If you like you can omit the garlic or potatoes.

13. Again cover cook on low flame. Stir in between.

14. When oil leaves the sides add hot water and cook till everything becomes soft.

When chicken and potato pieces becomes soft cook on high heat till you get your desired consistency. Curry should be almost dry.

Serve hot with pulao, fried rice, roti, paratha, puri, luchi, naan, steamed rice or any Indian bread or rice dishes.

Notes

1. If you like you can omit whole garlic. Potatoes are also optional.
2. Add chilli according to your taste. You can increase the green and red chilli if you want your curry more spicy.

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Chhanamukhi Ilish Or Cottage Cheese Stuffed Hilsa ( Guest Post By Nandini Ghosh)

Chhanamukhi ilish or paneer or cottage cheese stuffed hilsa.
Hilisha or hilsa or ilish is a very popular fish of Bengal. Its called King of fish because of it’s taste.

In Bengal and Odisha, ilish can be smoked, fried, steamed or baked in young plantain leaves, prepared with mustard seed paste, curd, eggplant, different condiments like jira (cumin) and so on.

Source – Wikipedia

Here is an unique and delicious recipe of hilsa fish stuffed with cottage cheese.
A big thank to Nandini Ghosh for this lip-smackingly delicious recipe.
I met her in the food groups. I impressed with her excellent food photography and delicious recipes. A very lovely person and avid cook. She loves traditional recipes. So requested her for a recipe for my readers. And she immediately gave me this awesome recipe. Thanks again Nandini.

You can get two more fish recipes here.

Fish kalia

Masor tenga or tangy fish curry

A rich and delicious fish curry. You can make it as a party side dish. Stuff with little clarified butter or ghee and salt mixed paneer or cottage cheese. You need very minimal spice to make it. You can imagine how delicious and flavourful it will be.

Recipe

Ilish Machh / Hilsa steaks (ring piece) – 5 pieces

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup, Crumbled

Ginger Paste – 1 teaspoon

Onion Paste – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Poppy seed paste – 1 tablespoon

Coconut Milk – 1 cup

Slit green chillies – 2 – 3

Ghee/ Clarified butter – 1/4 teaspoon

White Oil – 4 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Water as require

Method

1. Wash and clean the fish pieces. Take out the fish roe or eggs if there are any.

2. Mix paneer or cottage cheese well with ghee & salt.

3. Smear salt & turmeric on the Hilsa pieces & stuff the paneer in place of the eggs / fish roe or machher deem. See the picture below 👇

4. Heat white oil in a frying pan & fry the Hilsa steaks on both sides. Take out the fish pieces once they are fried.

5. Add onion paste in the same oil. Add a bit of salt so that it does not splutter. Now add ginger paste, turmeric ,red chilli powder and saute till oil leaves the sides.

6. Add water as require for thick gravy. Don’t add much water, we have to add coconut milk too.

7. Add Hilsa pieces in the gravy. Add some more salt if require and mix gently. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

8. Now add poppy seed paste, coconut milk and slit green chillies.

9. Close the lid and cook on low to medium flame for 5 – 6 minutes or until done.

10. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Note

Use green chilli and red chilli powder according to your taste.

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Soya Loaf

Soya loaf.
A loaf made of soya granules or nuggets with some other ingredients like bread slices, milk, eggs, onions, tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Sounds healthy and protein rich, isn’t it 😊
A perfect loaf for your breakfast or dinner.

You heard about meat loaf.
Meatloaf is a dish of ground meat mixed with other ingredients and formed into a loaf shape, then baked or smoked. The shape is created by either cooking it in a loaf pan, or forming it by hand on a flat pan. Source – Wikipedia

When our this week’s bloghop members decided the theme leftovers. I thought of my leftover bread pieces lying in the refrigerator. And here is a loaf for semi vegetarian people who can consume egg. Yes I didn’t try it without eggs. I don’t think it will taste much without eggs.

Sending this post to the #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Leftovers.
A delicious loaf for your breakfast or dinner. Serve it with any sauce. I have made it with the ingredients whatever available in my pantry. I have wanted to add 1 – 2 spoon Worcestershire sauce but I don’t have it right now. And didn’t find it in my neighbouring shop. If you have you can use 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce for taste. I have used brown sugar in it but if you don’t have brown sugar add 2 tablespoon tomato ketchup.
Here is the method of making soft delicious soya loaf.

Recipe

Soya granules or nuggets – 1 cup

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Milk – 3/4 cup

Bread slices – 4

Or

Breadcrumbs – 1 cup tightly packed

Onion – 2 large, finely chopped

Tomato – 2, chopped

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon

Salt – 1 & 1/4 teaspoon

Oregano – 2 teaspoon

Garlic powder – 2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Egg – 2

Brown sugar – 2 teaspoon

Tomato ketchup – 1/4 cup

Method

1. Soak soya granules or nuggets in 1 & 1/2 cup hot water for 15 – 30 minutes.

2. Soak the bread slices or breadcrumbs in warm milk for 10 – 15 minutes.

3. Grind the tomatoes. And keep aside.

4. Drain soya granules or nuggets and wash under tap water. Squeeze well and grind into a smooth paste. You can add little water to grind easily.

5. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add chopped onions. Fry till the onions start to change it’s colour.

6. Add ground tomatoes. Saute till the mixture dried up.

7. Add soaked, squeezed and ground soya granules or nuggets.
Saute till it dried up completely.
Remove from the heat and let it cool down.

8. In a large bowl mix soya, onions and tomato mixture, soaked bread, eggs, brown sugar, oregano, black pepper powder and garlic powder. Mix well.

9. Transfer the mixture in oil or butter greased loaf pan. Level the top with a spoon or your fingers.

10. Spread tomato ketchup over it. Spread evenly.

11. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 40 – 50 minutes or till its done.

12. Let it cool down for 10 – 15 minutes.
Slice and serve with any sauce.
Happy baking!!

Notes

1. You can use parsley if you want.

2. You can add 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce if you have it.

3. If you don’t have brown sugar add 2 tablespoon tomato ketchup instead.

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Bombay Duck Fry Or Loita Machher Jhuri ( Guest Post By Mahesh Khole )

 

Bombay duck fry or loita machher jhuri. Shallow fried boneless fish.

A guest post by Mahesh Khole.
I have requested him to give some non veg dishes for my readers. Thanks Mahesh for this easy to make yet delicious recipe.

I have met Mahesh in a food group  ‘Chef at large’.  He is not only a foodie but a passionate cook.
Mahesh’s love for Bengali food is unbeatable. And he surprised us by making the different kinds of non veg dishes from Bengal.
Now have a look what Mahesh said about this recipe.

“Loita maachher jhuri.
Loita is popularly known as Bombay Duck or Bombil.
This is found in abundance in coastal areas .
This is not only one of the most popular fish that is dried and stored but also one of the cheapest sea fish. Delicately flavoured with soft bones that will never get stuck. In spite of being a very fleshy fish, frying it whole is an art.
For people like me who don’t have the patience to fry them whole and nor do I want any bones to interfere, this is a boneless and flavourful preparation. Which can be made and stored in the fridge like a chutney or pickle.”

 

 

Recipe

Bombay duck – 500 gram

Onion – 2 medium

Tomato – 1 large

Garlic – 10 cloves

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Oil – 2-3 tablespoon

Method

Clean the Bombay ducks well.
Preferably buy the big ones as they are meatier.

Add salt and boil the fish with sufficient water till they become soft.
It take around 15 minutes to perfectly boil.

Grind onions, garlic, ginger and tomato. Make a smooth paste.

Now take out the fish from water.
Separate and discard the bones and remaining water.

Heat oil in a pan. Add onion, garlic, ginger and tomato paste.
Saute till oil leaves the sides.

Now add the fish and saute till the mixture dried up completely and the mixture starts shining. And its ready to serve.

Serve with steamed rice, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha, naan or any bread.

You can store this in refrigerator and serve as a chutney or pickle with rice, roti or bread.

Note

You can use any oil but mustard oil is best for the perfect flavour.

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Piperade With Indian Spices 

Piperade with Indian spices.

Yes presenting a fusion recipe again.

For this week’s bloghop google searched for some French recipes.

There are lots of delicious recipes but this one is tempting and easy to make.

Piperade or Piperrada, from piper is a typical Basque dish prepared with onion, green peppers, and tomatoes sautéd and flavoured with red Espelette pepper. The colours coincidentally reflect the colours of the Basque flag. Wikipedia

Adopted the recipe from

Cured by bacon

According to the author Traditionally speaking, a Pipérade is a Basque dish colored with onions, peppers, and tomatoes to reflect the Basque flag (red, green, white). Typical additions include egg, garlic or meats such as ham.

Our this week’s 116th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Fusion fiesta.

My contribution is this delicious French dish with Indian spices.

This piperade is a specialty from the French Basque country. Bake a few eggs in the onion tomato gravy and you’re in for a treat.

Something like shakshuka. I have already shared an Indian style shakshuka recipe. Get the recipe here.

Recipe is very easy and simple. You have to make a onion tomato gravy and bake it with eggs. I don’t have bell peppers but you can use roasted and chopped bell pepper in it. I have baked the eggs in halogen oven. You can bake in microwave convection or OTG or any oven.

Recipe


Egg – 3 – 4

Onion – 3 large, sliced

Garlic – 5 – 6, crushed or grated

Tomato – 3 large, pureed

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Method 
Preheat the oven at 200°.

Heat oil in a pan. Add sliced onion, green chilli and garlic. Fry till the onions become translucent.

Add ginger, tomato puree, cumin powder, coriander powder, black pepper powder, garam masala powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder, chopped cilantro, salt and sugar.

Saute till the mixture becomes thick.

Switch off the flame.

Pour the mixture into an ovenproof pan.

Make holes with a spoon for the eggs. Crack the eggs one by one and drop in the holes.

Bake in preheated oven at 200° for 8 – 10 minutes or until the eggs are set.

Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Serve with crisp toast or any Indian bread.

Notes –

1. You can use bell peppers in the gravy.

2. You can double the gravy by increasing the amount of ingredients.

3. Add chilli according to your spice tolerance.
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