Masaledaar Bakre ki Kaleji Gurda Phepsa

We celebrated Eid Ul Adha, our festival on the 20th of Dec ’07, and I had prepared this traditional organ meat curry prepared from the Qurbani ka gosht. This curry is loved by everyone, and is an excuisite recipe for this Eid which is also otherwise called as Bakr-Eid.

Some of the traditional dishes prepared by muslims just after Qurbani on Eid-ul-Adha are NihariMaghaz Masala, and various kinds of the red meat preperations from the Qurbani ka gosht.

This organ meat curry is had as a breakfast/brunch along with Parathas, on Eid just after the sacrifice. And I thought to share the recipe here with you all.

Instead of preparing this curry with the kidneys and lungs and liver of lamb, this curry can also be made the same way with any one of the organs, if anyone dislikes it.

Lamb Organ Meat Curry – Masaledaar Bakre ki Kaleji Gurda Phepsa

Ingredients:

Organ Meat of a young Lamb – Kidneys(Gurda)-a pair; Heart(Dil); Liver(Kaleji)-a pair; Lungs(Phepsa)-a pair; Trachea-cut into 2″ pipes – all nicely cleaned, washed up and cut into bite size pieces
Onions – 3, large, sliced thinly
Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Curd – 1 cup
Red Chilli Powder – 1 1/3 tsp
Salt – 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
Roasted groundnut paste – 2 tsp
Coconut milk – 1 tbsp
Cilantro – 1 cup

Lamb Organ Meat Curry – Masaledaar Bakre ki Kaleji Gurda Phepsa

Method:

1. Pour oil into a pressure cooker on medium heat and once it has warmed up, throw in the two of the three sliced onions. Reserve one for later use in this curry. Stir fry the onions till they are lightly brown in color. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry along for a minute. Pour in the whisked yogurt, red chilli powder, salt and turmeric. Add the cubed organ meat pieces and gently mix. Add cilantro and mix well. Close the lid and pressure cook it for 10 minutes.
2. Later, add the remaining ingredients, including the remaining sliced onion rings, and mix well.
3. Keep stirring it every now and then taking care it isn’t getting stuck to the bottom of the pan, and let it cook until the gravy is thick. Serve hot with Naan or Parathas. Enjoy.

Luv,
Mona

Double Ka Meetha

Double Ka Meetha, also called as Dabal Ka Meetha, is one of the classic Nizami desserts ~ an eggless bread pudding, that hails from the city of Hyderabad, India. It also happens to be my miya‘s most favorite dessert. Atleast every once in a month I get a request from Ir saying, ‘Aaj double ka meetha banao na!’ (which means ‘Could you prepare Double Ka Meetha today?’). So, this weekend it was Double Ka Meetha at my house.

Clockwise from right ~ Fried Bread Triangles, Simple Sugar Syrup,
Thickened Milk with Saffron+Khoa, Fried mixed nuts

Some of you might wonder why this sweet dish is called as ‘Double Ka Meetha‘. Milk bread, also called as double roti, is especially bought from Rose Bakery in Hyderabad, and this bread is used to prepare this famous meetha . The bread is called as double roti or dabal roti, because the dough expands to double its size due to the action of yeast, and roti in Urdu language means ‘bread’. So its double roti, and the meetha is called as Double Ka Meetha or Dabal Ka Meetha. This dessert is also referred to as a ‘King of Bread Puddings’. It is served usually at weddings in Hyderabad and is an important dessert reserved for festivals, celebrations and on other special occasions. This meetha is an evolved version of the Lucknowi Shahi Tukde, which is more rich and heavier kind of this meetha.

Fried bread striangles soaking up the sugar syrup and flavored thickened milk, garnished with dry fruits and nuts

You can serve this meetha when warm, some even prefer it chilled, it is up to ones own liking.

Hyderabadi Double Ka Meetha – Milk Bread Pudding with Nuts
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

Milk Bread Slices – 4
Canola Oil – to deep fry (traditionally ghee is used to deep fry)
Dry fruits and Nuts (cashewnuts-halved, raisins, pistachois, deseded dates, walnuts-chopped, almonds-chopped, pinenuts-chopped) – 4 tbsp
Milk – 2 cups
Homemade Khoa – 1/4 cup, grated (khoa is also available in most of Indian stores in the refrigerated section)
Cardamom Powder – 1/8 tsp
Saffron threads – a pinch
Water – 1 cup
White Sugar – 1 cup

Double ka Meetha

Method:

1. Fry bread slices and dry fruits and nuts: Cut off the corners of the bread slices and slice them into triangles. Deep fry them both sides in oil till they are dark brown but not burnt. Remove the fried crisp bread slices using a slotten spoon onto a wire mesh strainer for the excess oil to drip off. In a small frying pan, in about a teaspoon of oil, stir fry the dry fruits and nuts till they are browned. Do not burn them. Keep aside.
2. Prepare reduced spiced milk mixture: In a milk sauce pan, pour milk and let it boil once on high heat. Once it has come to a boil, add khoa, lower the heat, and let it cook till it has reduced to half its original quantity, throw in the saffron threads and cardamom powder and keep aside.
3. Prepare sugar syrup: At the same time in an another small saucepan, pour the water and the sugar. Stir to dissolve and let the water boil on high for 10-12 minutes.
4. In a wide non-stick pan, arrange the fried bread slices, and sprinkle the stir fried dry fruits and nuts all over them. Gently pour the prepared warm simple sugar syrup and the warm reduced spiced milk into all over the arranged fried bread slices in the pan. Cook on high until boiling, then reduce the heat to simmer and cook until the liquid has been evaporated. During this time, you can very gently move the pieces whithout breaking them. Some people like to have this meetha warm, and some like it chilled. I let it cool down and then refrigerate it for a while and serve it chilled.

Oven Method:
1. Follow the step 1 to step 3 above.
2. In a wide baking dish, arrange the fried bread slices, and sprinkle the stir fried dry fruits and nuts all over them. Gently pour the prepared warm simple sugar syrup and the warm reduced spiced milk a little at a time one by one into the baking dish with the arranged fried bread slices. Now keep the dish aside for about 2-3 hours, until it has completely cooled down and the bread has almost absorbed all the milk. If there’s still some milk around the bread slices, and the bread has not completely absorbed it, then put the baking dish in the oven at 350°C for about 10-15 minutes, uncovered, in the middle rack. Some people like to have this meetha warm, and some like it cool. I let the baking dish cool down and then refrigerate it for a while and serve it chilled.

Note: In step 2, instead of boiling milk to half its original quantity, you can simply use 1 1/2 cup half and half, or light cream and add khoa, cardamom powder and saffron threads and boil it for a few minutes to dissolve the khoa. Keep stirring and do not burn. Continue with next step.

Enjoy this authentic Hyderabadi Bread Pudding.

This recipe is also being featured in the HomeAway.co.uk Travel Cookbook.

Luv,
Mona

Baingan Bhajiya

Eggplants/Brinjal/Baingan are one of those vegetables which are often not much preferred by many people. I too did not like this vegetable much during my childhood, except when my Ammi used to prepare this eggplant snack. I and my sister really love it. These eggplant snacks are my all time favorite.

Baingan Bhajiya – Eggplant Fritters

I have used Japanese eggplants,  which are long and slender, like a cucumber. I buy these kind when I plan to prepare eggplant fritters as I feel the slices of the eggplants are of approximately same diameter and I can make many fritters out of just two Japanese eggplants. This time during my grocery visit to the market, I bought two of them and prepared these as snacks. They were yummy. You can however use the common ovoid shaped Indian eggplants too for this recipe. I love to enjoy these fritters without any chutneys. They are so tasty as they are.

Baingan Bhajiya – Eggplant Fritters

Ingredients:

  • Gram Flour/Besan – 110 gms
  • Japanese Eggplants – 2
  • Garam masala – 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger Garlic paste – 3/4 tsp
  • Red Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1 1/4 tsp
  • Oil – to deep fry

Method:

  • Put gram flour, garam masala, red chillli powder, salt and ginger garlic paste in a bowl and mix them well. Pour hot water into it, little at a time and mix well, so that the consistency of the mixture is like a thick paste. It shouldnt be watery. So, be careful while adding water. Mix well. This will the batter.
  • Pour Oil to deep fry the fritters in a Kadai, or a Wok.
  • Cut the eggplants into 4mm thick disks. Dip them in the batter and deep fry them till they are golden brown on both sides.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon on a kitchen towel.
  • Once all are done, arrange them on a serving tray and serve hot.

Luv,
Mona

Dum Gosht

I had prepared this yummy lamb dish for dinner yesterday, from Madhur Jaffery’s. It was delicious.

Dum Gosht – Slow Cooked Lamb Curry

The recipe is simple and quick to prepare. It takes only minutes for the stove top preparation, and the rest is to just let it finish off in oven at low heat until tender, so that it cooks completely and slowly.

We had it with Afghani Naan and Plain white rice. It was a delicious meal! Here goes the recipe-

Dum Gosht – Slow Cooked Lamb Curry
Source: Madhur Jaffrey’s Illustrated Indian Cooking

Ingredients:

  • Canola Oil – 1/4 cup
  • Lamb meat – 500 gms, cut into 2 cm cubes
  • Onions – 1, large, finely chopped
  • Ginger-Garlic paste – 2 tsp
  • Red Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 2 tsp
  • Black Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Yoghurt – 1 cup, lightly beaten

Method:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
2. Pour oil into a large non-stick pan on medium heat. When the oil is warmed, put the meat pieces into the pan, as many as the pan can hold, and brown them on all sides. With a slotted spoon remove the meat pieces once browned into a deep bowl. Cover and set aside.
3. In the same pan throw in the sliced onions. Once they are translucent, add the ginger garlic paste to it. Stir fry them for a few minutes. Now, put the browned meat with all its juices into the pan. Sprinkle red chilli powder, salt, black pepper powder and mix it well. Pour in the lightly beaten curd and bring it to a boil on simmer.
Then, pour this mixture into a baking dish and cover it with a lid, or aluminium foil, taking care that it has been covered properly and once formed, the steam will not escape from anywhere. Transfer this baking dish with the mixture in it into the oven for an hour.
4. After an hour, check the meat if it is tender and soft. If it is not, pour in half cup water, give it a stir, cover the dish very well again, and put it inside the oven for more 15-30 minutes till the meat has been properly cooked and is tender. Once done, garnish with chopped spring onions and serve hot with Naan or Plain White Rice.

Luv,
Mona