Thursday, September 28, 2017

Karal Ularthiyathu/Mutton Liver Pepper Fry



Karal Ularthiyathu/Mutton Liver Pepper Fry

Spicy liver fry or masala tastes delicious.This recipe is liver/karal Ularthu, which is a kind of stir fry. The liver is cooked first and then stir fried with the masala.You can also make chicken or meat using the same recipe.Usually thin slices of coconut is added to the ularthu,but here I have used grated coconut.The star ingredients in this recipe is crushed chilly flakes  and pepper, which gives a nice spice kick. This goes well with rice and chapathi.



Ingredients

Goat liver  - 1/2 Kg
Shallots- 10-15
Ginger- 2  inch thick
Garlic-2-3
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
(or thinly sliced coconut- 3 tbs)
Pepper powder-1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Whole red chilly-5
(or according to spice tolerance)
Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves
Coconut oil
Salt to taste



Cut liver into small cubes. Rub with salt and turmeric powder and wash liver pieces thoroughly for at least three to four times. Drain out all the excess water and keep aside.

You can use a heavy bottom pan. Add liver, turmeric powder and pepper powder and 1/4 cup of water. Do not add too much water  as liver will start oozing out water. Add salt only when liver is almost cooked other wise it can make it tough. Continue cooking till soft and all the water evaporates.

In a mixer coarsely blend dry red chilly,shallots, ginger, garlic and a few curry leaves.

Heat oil in a pan and add curry leaves. Fry coconut and fennel seeds till it changes color. Next add the onion chilly mixture and saute till golden brown.Mix all the dry spice powders and fry till oil separates. Add the cooked liver and mix well till the masala is well coated.If it is too dry sprinkle little water.Saute for 3-4 minutes and switch off the flame. Serve with rice.

 

Try it,
Hope you will enjoy!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Pandan Butter Mochi



Pandan Butter Mochi

Butter Mochi is a Hawaiian sweet snack/dessert, full of tropical flavors that you cannot resist.Butter mochi is the Hawaiian version of the Japanese sweet rice cake/mochi. This is a quick recipe with rice flour,coconut and butter. I added pandan paste and pistachios for extra flavor and color. The rice flour used in this recipe is Mochiko/sweet rice flour which you can find in any Asian grocery stores. In this recipe along with Mochiko I  added organic coconut flour which is optional. Butter mochi has a rich, chewy and buttery texture. Try this,you will surely love it.

Ingredients
Mochiko/Rice flour- 2 cups
Coconut flour- 1 1/2 cup
(above two combined or one box of mochiko- 16 oz)
Baking powder- 2 tsp
Sugar- 2 cups
Butter- 1 stick
Egg- 4
Milk- 2 cups
Coconut milk- 1 can/400 ml
Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
Pandan flavor paste- a few drops
Pistachios chopped- 3 tbs




Pre heat oven to 350 degree F.
In a large mixing bowl add melted butter and sugar and mix well.
Add egg and gently whisk till light and fluffy.
Mix pandan paste and vanilla essence and dump the rest of the ingredients along with milk and coconut milk. Mix to form a smooth batter.
Pour this into a 9 x 13 inch cake pan. Bake in 350 degree Fahrenheit for one hour.  Allow to cool in pan. When it cools down completely cut into slices and serve.



Try it,
Hope you will all enjoy!

Bread Vada



Bread Vada

Bread vada can be made with left over bread, it is an instant vada. It is a yummy tea time snack and can be made in a jiffy.This recipe is inspired from Mrs. Vahchef YouTube Channel. It is soft and spongy in the inside and crispy outside. It is mildly spiced and flavored with pearl onions,ginger and curry leaves. Try this, you will surely love it.

Ingredients
Bread slices- 8
Rava/Sooji- 3 tbs
Rice flour- 2 tbs
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp (optional)
Asafoetida/Hing- a pinch
Yogurt -1/2 cup
Pearl Onions- 4-5
Ginger finely chopped- 1 inch thick
Curry leaves finely chopped- 1 spring
Green chilly  finely chopped- 3
salt to taste
Oil- 2 cup to fry
 

In a food processor pulse the bread till it becomes a course mixture. Transfer this into a bowl and add the rice flour,rava, salt, chilly powder and hing(asafoetida) and mix well.

Into this add the yogurt and mix. Adjust consistency by adding little water. Do not add too much water,just enough to moist the bread crumbs, so that it holds shape.

Add  chopped pearl onions,ginger, green chilly and curry leaves.


Drop a small portion of the vada mixture to check the oil. If it sizzles then the oil is ready to fry.

Take a small bowl of water and wet your hands first. Take a lemon sized portion of the bread mixture and shaped into a  ball and then press a finger in through the middle to  make a depression in the center.
Drop into hot oil and fry in medium flame till both sides turns golden brown. Drain and place on paper towels to take off the excess oil. Serve with chutney or ketchup.

Try this,
Hope you will all enjoy!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Kerala Beef Biryani



Kerala Beef Biryani

Biryani is a glorious one pot meal,satisfying and delicious. It is an exotic dish prepared and served on all festive occasions. The rice and meat is gently spiced and flavored with earthy spices. Biryani is a one pot meal, but not easy (of course there is a quicker pressure cooker version! ), as prepping and making a good biryani is time consuming. But once in a while I do crave for Biryani  as a weekend dinner. I have already shared a lot of Biryani recipes in this blog. Here's one more to the list- it is a Kerala style beef biryani. 


Ingredients
To cook rice
Kaima Rice- 3 cups
Ghee- 1 tsp
Fried onion- 2 tbs
Salt- to taste
Water- 6 cups
Cinnamon- 2 inch
clove- 4-5
Star Aniseed - 2
Green chilly -1
Chopped pineapple- 3 tbs
Mint leaves- a few

For the masala

Beef - 1 kg
Ghee- 3-4 tbs
Shallots- 1 cup
Green Chilly- 10
Ginger- 2 inch piece
Garlic pods- 8-10
Tomato-3 small
Carrot Cubed- 3/4 cup
Chopped coriander leaves and mint- 1 tbs
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Coriander powder- 2 tsp
Lemon juice- 1 tbs
Garam masala powder- Roast and make a fine powder of the following
(Fennel- 1 tsp,Cinnamon- 1 inch thick,Cardamon- 3,Black pepper- 1 tbs,Black cumin/ jeera- 1/2 tsp, Curry Jeera/cumin- 1/2 tsp,Cloves- 5-6,nutmeg- a small piece,Mace- 2-3)
salt to taste
Lemon- 1
oil


To make a paste
Coconut- 1/4 cup
Cashew nuts- 1/4 cup
Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp

To Garnish
Onion thinly sliced- 4 medium
Cashew nuts- 10
Raisins- a hand full
saffron- a pinch
Ghee- 2 tsp
mint leaves
Coriander leaves
  

 Prepping for the biryani
1)Marinate the meat with chilly powder, coriander powder, salt and juice of half lemon. Set this aside for one hour.
2)Heat ghee and oil in a pan and fry raisins and cashew nuts till golden brown,drain and set aside.
3)Fry thinly sliced onions till crispy and golden brown. Drain and set aside . You can use this onions in three stages, cooking rice,masala and final garnish. 
4)Make a fine paste of cashew nuts, coconut and fennel seeds.
5)Crush shallots,green chilly, garlic and ginger into a course paste.
6)Roast the spices listed under masala and make into a fine powder.
7)Chop mint and coriander leaves and set aside.

Cooking the rice

Wash and drain rice completely dry. Heat one tbs of ghee. Add the whole spices and saute. Next add green chilly, chopped pineapple and mint leaves and saute for a minute. Next add rice and 2 tbs of fried onion and stir fry gently for one minute. Add salt, and 6 cups of warm water and cook till the rice is 80% done.Squeeze half of a lemon over the rice and fluff the rice with fork.



To make the masala.
Heat oil in a pan and add the crushed onion, ginger,garlic and green chilly mixture. Saute for 5-6 minutes in medium flame till is golden brown. Add turmeric and tomatoes and cook till it is soft.Add the marinated meat,half of the fried onions and saute in low flame for five to six minutes.Add salt, coconut cashew paste and one cup of water. Pressure cook the meat till soft and tender ( 5-6 whistles). When it cools down remove the lid of the pressure cooker. There will be gravy at this stage. Add the powdered garam masala, some chopped coriander and mint and chopped carrot. Cook till the gravy thickens.


Layering the Biryani.
Use a heavy bottom pan. Add one tsp of ghee and spread a layer of the meat masala and then a second layer of rice. Add a portion of chopped mint and coriander, fried onion and a second layer of meat. Again add rice and spread chopped coriander leaves, fried onion and cashew nuts, raisins and pineapple. Add a pinch of cardamom powder a tsp of ghee on top. Cover and seal with a tight lid.Put it on very low flame for about 10 to 15. Serve with salad,pickle and papads.



Try this,
Hope you will all enjoy!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Vietnamese Caramelized Fish with Basil



Vietnamese Caramelized Fish with Basil

Vietnamese Caramelized fish is very different from the fish recipes I have tried. This recipe is inspired from here and a recipe I found in a South Asian cook book. Both recipes call for fish sauce, but I am not a fan of fish sauce. So if you are like me use dark soy sauce or oyster sauce.  This is crispy fish in sticky sweet and savory sauce flavored with basil. The traditional recipe is braising the fish in clay pot.The recipe calls for catfish, but you can try with other thinly sliced fish.

Ingredients
Fish - 1 1/2 lb
Corn starch- 1 tsp
Ginger- thinly sliced- 2 tsp
Shallots sliced- 1/2 cup
Garlic- 3 pods
Green chilly-2
Basil leaves-a hand full
Dark brown sugar/palm sugar- 3 tbs
Fish sauce - 1 tsp
(I used dark soy sauce- 1 tsp)
Black pepper powder- 1 tsp
Red Curry paste- 1 tsp (optional)
Lemon grass powder- 1/4 tsp
Galangal powder- 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil as needed



Cut and clean the fish. Pat dry with a paper towel.Marinate with salt,pepper powder and corn starch.

Heat oil in a pan and fry the basil till crispy drain from the oil and set aside. In the same oil fry the fish till crispy and set aside. ( Frying the fish is an optional step).

Saute shallots, ginger, garlic and green chilly till it is golden brown. Add curry paste, sauces, pepper powder, salt to taste, brown sugar and 3/4 of stock or warm water and mix. Allow this to simmer and thicken. Slide the fish and simmer in low for about 15 to 20 minutes or till the sauce is well coated over the fish. Finally add fried basil. Serve with jasmine rice or fried rice.



Try this,
Hope you will all enjoy!


Friday, September 15, 2017

Capsicum Kadumanga



Capsicum Kadumanga

Kadumanga is indispensable in Kerala Sadhya. It is a spicy condiment made with green mangoes. Whenever we get raw mangoes I make a batch of Kadumanga which is a quick and instant mango pickle. Capsicum/bell pepper tastes yummy in pickles and has a unique flavor.This is not excessively spicy and makes a good accompaniment with rice. It can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.Try this you will surely love it.

Ingredients
Raw mango chopped- 3cup
Capsicum chopped- 2 cup
Asafoetida- 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek powder- 1/2 tsp
Ginger thinly sliced- 1 tsp (optional)
Garlic- 4-5 cloves
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp+ 1/2 tsp
Green chilly chopped- 4
Chilly powder- 2 1/2 tbs
(Or according to your spice tolerance)
Salt to taste
Gingerly oil- 1/3 cup
Curry leaves-2 springs
Hot water- 1/2 cup
Vinegar- 2 tbs (optional)




Wash and wipe the mangoes dry, remove skin and chop into small pieces. Mix in salt and keep aside for 2-3 hours.This will help to shed liquid from the mango. Do not discard the liquid, you can use to adjust consistency of the gravy.

Heat a pan and dry roast 1/2 of the mustard seeds. When it just begins to splutter switch off the flame and grind this into a coarse mixture and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan and add the rest of the mustard seeds. When it splutters add green chilly,garlic,ginger and curry leaves. Add the chopped capsicum and saute in medium flame for 4-5 minutes or till it becomes soft. Add chilly powder,fenugreek powder and asafoetida. Strain the water from the mangoes and add along with half cup of hot boiling water.Allow the gravy to thicken.

  Switch off the flame and add chopped mangoes, vinegar (optional) and coarsely grounded mustard seeds and mix well. Serve with rice.


Try this,
Hope you will all enjoy!
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