Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Rava Laddoo – Diwali Special!!!

Diwali is just few days away and I am sure everyone is busy making sweets and savories. I decided to make some myself .  To be honest I have never really prepared Indian sweets. But with the new blog and Diwali, I felt I should make more Indian sweets other than gajar ka halwa.  Since it is my first time I wanted something simple.  Rava laddoo was the obvious option and also suggested by my mom and aunt.
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Monday, 28 October 2013

Pomfret in Green Masala

The fiesta continues. Here is another Pomfret curry. I love green colored gravies. Be it chicken Cafreal or chicken in green masala or coriander chutney . Green gravies often are made with lots of coriander leaves and green chilies. I love both these ingredients. The freshness of coriander leaves with the pungent green chili just elevates my mood. 

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Maanji Ghashi ( Pomfret in a spicy coconut based gravy)

Like I mentioned in my last post , it’s a fish fiesta in my house. Reason, we have got lots of fish. It is just not possible to go to the market and not get loads of fish. When in the market it is just feels like you need to buy all of it and more. 

The first thing I do is to survey the market. See what is available and make a mental note of what I would buy and from which vendor.  Next comes the biggest challenge…BARGAIN. It takes lot of patience and skill to do this. I am no good at it but thank god my hubby is. I am usually just praying they come to an agreement and I get the fish I want.  In spite of deciding every time not to buy too many ….we never succeed. So I have lots of fish and so lots of recipes to post.

Here is the recipe for maanji (in Konkani) ghashi / Pomfret in coconut gravy. This is very common in all fish eating Konkani families.  My recipe is a combination of my moms and mom-in-laws recipe. I asked them both how to make. I got to slightly different answers.  So I decided to club them together and it was yum.

Pomfret – 4 cut into pieces
Onion – 3
Ginger - 7 to 8 tbsp finely chopped
Coconut – ½ grated
Tamarind – a small piece
Red chilies Р7 to 8 lightly saut̩ed (as per taste)

1.    Grind  ½ onion ,coconut, red chilies, tamarind into a smooth paste
2.    In a wok , add the fish ,1 onion finely chopped , 3 tbsp ginger and some water and let it cook
3.    When the fish is half cooked, add the masala and mix well.
4.    Allow this to cook on a low flame till the fish is cooked and the raw smell of masala is gone.
5.   In another pan heat 3  tsp oil. Add remaining onion (1 ½) and brown it slightly. When done add remaining ginger and fry for another 2 to 3 minutes .Add this to the fish curry.
6.    Add salt and serve hot with rice.

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Fish Fiesta – Mackerel (Bangda Fry)

It is fish time. After a long time, almost 5 months my hubby bought fish .  Last couple of months had been very hectic and there was no time for a fish feast in my house. But that time is behind us now.
As it was a holiday yesterday we were in a mood for fish. I had the energy to cook and hubby had the time to go to the market .Moreover we just bought is clay pot to cook fish and I was dying to use it.  Of course the recipe of the fish curry i cooked in it will follow soon.

I am a fish fanatic. Coming from coastal Karnataka and a family of fish lovers it hard not to be one . Given a choice between fish and chicken , i would definitely choose fish . Even from a nutrition point of view fish is very healthy . Fish has Omega-3 fats that reduces chances of blood clots and hence fish is good for the heart. The fish is a healthy choice for protein compared to other meat and poultry .

Here is a simple rava friend mackerel (bangda/Raju(Konkani)).  These are baby mackerels that I have used .

Mackerel(Baby) – 10
Lemon Juice – 3tsp
Red chilli Powder –  4 tsp ( as per taste)
Turmeric (Haldi) Powder – 2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Rava – 1 cup  for frying ..

1.         Mix all the first 5 ingredients and leave the fish to marinate for at least an hour. Put it in the refrigerator if you will not be using it for more than an hour.
2.          Keep some rava ready on the plate. Coat the fish in the rava .
3.        Heat oil in a pan.  Place the rava coated fish in the oil and let it cook for at least 5 minutes. Then turn it  over and cook the other side as well.