Kashmiri Lamb khorma

The Rice shortage had severly affected my family’s dietary lifestyle. Rice is a staple food for me and my family. Nowadays, we rely on other sources as rice has become too costly here in Canada too and because of its unavailibility. I hope and pray that Rice will be available very soon again in the markets in surplus amounts.

A few days back I got my hands on the cookbook Regional Indian Cooking by Ajay Joshi and Alison Roberts. After a moments of spending my time browsing through the recipes of the book, I knew I will be trying out some dishes as the recipes and presentation pleased me a lot. The recipes were easy to follow and described and divided the different Regional Indian Cuisines very well.

Kashmiri Lamb Qorma

I tried the following recipe from the this cookbook and modified it here and there according to my tastes. I and my family enjoyed it, as it was very delicious and I mostly liked it because I found it very simple to prepare. I put the meat to cook for about an hour and then went on with my other house chores and activities and later came back to finish the dish which took me not more than 30 minutes and did not require any laborius techniques or ingredients for the preparation. 

Kashmiri Lamb khorma

Ingredients:

  • Boneless Lamb Meat – 650 gms, cut into 2 cm approx cubes
  • Tumeric/Haldi – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Unsalted Butter – 3 tbsp
  • Green Cardamom pods/Sabut Elaichi – 4
  • Cloves/Laung – 6
  • Whole Cinnamon Stick/Dalchini Sabut- 2 inch piece
  • Aniseed/Saunf – 3/4 tsp, powdered
  • Red Chilli powder – 2 tsp
  • Fresh grated Ginger – 1/2 tsp
  • Tamarind concentrate – 2 tsp

Method:

  • In a saucepan, combine lamb, turmeric, salt and water. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, uncovered, until meat is very tender, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Drain meat, reserving cooking liquid. Set meat aside.
  • In a heavy-bottomed frying pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, aniseed, chilli powder, ginger and tamarind. Reduce heat to low and stir until oil seperates, 2-4 minutes.
  • Raise heat to high, add meat and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes to coat meat with seasonings. Stir in 1 cup reserved stock, reduce heat to low and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes to blend flavors. Serve immediately.

Kashmiri Lamb Qorma in a pan 

Suggested Accompanimeant: Basmati Chawal or Paratha or Naan or Coconut Rice.

Luv,
Mona

Rajmah Masala

Red kidney beans are one of the gorgeous beans among the Beans and Lentils food group. They are very nutritious too.

Rajmah Masala

Whenever I prepare this dish, I make it a point to savor them along with Palak Pooris, the combo I love to have for a meal or a filling breakfast. You can even have this red bean curry along with rice and a side dish, or prepare Rajmah Pulao for a one-dish meal.

Rajmah Masala

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • Canola Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Yellow Onion – 1, large, finely sliced
  • Dried Red Kidney Beans – 1 cup (or) Canned Red KidneyBeans – 1 can (173 gms, Red Kidney beans in Water), drained
  • Tomatoes – 2, finely chopped
  • Thick Coconut Milk – 4 tbsp
  • Garam Masala – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilli powder – 2 tsp
  • Salt – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Dried Crushed Curry Leaves – 2 tbsp (or) Fresh Curry leaves – 8-10

Method:

  • Wash and soak the Red kidney beans in surplus water overnight. The next day, drain them and in a saucepan, bring two litres of water on boil and add the soaked and drained beans and cook them along with half tsp salt till they are just soft. Do not make them mushy. Drain and keep aside
  • Pour oil into a saucepan at medium heat and as soon as it warms ups, throw in the sliced onion. Stir fry them till they are golden. Add the drained Red kidney beans, chopped tomatoes, coconut milk, red chilli powder and salt. Stir gently to mix well and cover the lid. Simmer for about 10 minutes stirring it two times in between.
  • Open the lid and mash the mixture a little bit with the back of a wooden sppon. Throw in the crushed dried curry leaves and the garam masala. Gently give it a stir and cook for 4-5 minutes more. Serve warm.

Suggested Accompaniments: It tastes delicious along with Palak Poori, my favorite combo. You can also have it along with Roti or Parathas or Rice.

I am sending this to as an entry to the Click:Beans ‘n Lentils event hosted by Jai and Bee at Jugalbandi.

Luv,
Mona

Aloo Gosht and Arusuvai Friendship Chain

I had received these lovely gifts from Mallugirl from Malabar Spices a few weeks back as part of the Arusuvai Friendship Chain..

The day she informed me that she was going to send me a surprise ingredient, I was thrilled. From that day till I received the package, I wondered every moment what the surprise ingredient might be. When I received it I tasted the surprise powder ingredient and guessed it might be something with ground Cinnamon as it had a pleasantly sweetish aroma. Mallugirl then told me that it was the Biryani Garam Masala. I also loved the fiery red hot dried chillies she sent me along. I used them in my cooking for the Baghaar (tempering), even planted the seeds from a dried chilli and the plants are doing very good. Mallu girl, I really enjoyed the yuummy chocolates and delicious other ingredients.

Aloo Gosht – Lamb meat and Potato Curry 

I used the Biryani Garam masala to prepare Gosht Ki Biryani and also prepared Aloo Gosht a few days ago using the Biryani Masala and it turned out quite delicious.

Aloo Gosht – Lamb meat and Potato Curry

Ingredients:

  • Canola Oil - 1/2 cup
  • Yellow Onions – 3, large, finely chopped
  • Lamb/Veal Meat – 300 gms, washed, cubed and drained
  • Yogurt/Dahi – 2 cups, lightly whisked
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Red Chilli powder – 3 tsp
  • Lemon Juice – 2 tbsp
  • Green Beans/Binees Ki Phalli – 20 to 30 ,fresh, each sliced at an angle into 3 pieces
  • Potato/Aloo – 2, medium, peeled and quarted
  • Dried Fenugreek leaves/Kasuri Methi – 1 tbsp
  • Biryani Garam Masala – 2 tsp

Method:

  • In a medium sized pressure-cooker at medium heat, pour oil and as soon as it gets warm add the finely chopped onions and let them fry till they are nicely browned. Keep stirring them frequently.
  • Add the cubed meat and let it cook along the onions for 4-5 minutes. Pour in the whisked yogurt and salt and mix well. Let it cook for 5 minutes.
  • Close the lid of the pressure cooker and let it cook till the meat is tender. Keep an eye on it.
  • During this time, in a seperate frying pan, pour little oil and stir fry the french beans and the quartered potatoes seperately for 5-8 minutes each. Drain and keep aside.
  • Add red chilli powder, lemon juice, Kasuri methi, Biryani Garam Masala, quartered potatoes and water (around 5 cups or according to your wish as per the consistency of the gravy you desire) and let it cook till the oil has seperated and the potatoes are soft and nicely done. Serve hot.

Suggested Accompaniments: Serve hot with warm Naan, Afghani Roti or Parathas..

I will be sending my surprise ingredient to Trupti of The Spice Who Loved Me very soon.

Luv,
Mona

BlueBerry Muffins

There’s colour everywhere finally after a long peroid of snow when you only get to see endless sheets of white everywhere. That is a beauty in itself too. I love the seasons in Canada. Each has its own splendour and gorgeousness. Its spring here, with frequent showers of rain and colorful blooms on almost every tree. The markets are also full of fresh produce and lots and lots of fruits and vegetables. I happened to find some Blueberries a few days back and thought of preparing some muffins. 

Blue Berry Muffins and a mup of Warm Coffee

Any kind of blueberry-frozen or unfrozen, is good for you. The fruit is filled with immune-boosting Vitamin C and antioxidants said to improve brain function. Research shows that blueberries can help to increase the number of cells in the area of the brain responsible for memory.

Blue Berry muffins are my favorite breakfast for a change. These muffins were soft and delicious. I had them along with a mup of warm coffee. And as the author of New Baking Book from which I have adapted this recipe says:

There’s nothing better than a fresh-baked blueberry muffin with your favorite cup of coffee or tea.

I totally agree!

Ingredients:

  • All-Purpose Flour – 2 cups
  • Granulated Sugar – 1 cup
  • Baking Powder – 2 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Eggs – 2, beaten
  • Milk – 3/4 cup
  • Melted Unsalated Butter or Cooking Oil – 1/2 cup
  • Orange Zest – 1 tbsp
  • Fresh or Frozen blueberries – 1 cup, thawad
  • Coarse Sugar (optional)

Method:

  • Grease twelve 2 1/2-inch muffin cups for medium size muffins or you can grease six 3 1/2 inch muffin cups for giant size muffins. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the centre of the dry mixture; set aside.
  • In an another medium mixing bowl combine eggs, milk, butter or oil, orange zest. Add egg mixture all at once to the dry mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lunpy). Fold in buleberries.
  • Spoon batter into the prepared muffins cups, filling each almost full. If desired sprinkle tops with coarse sugar. Bake in 350 oven for about 35 minutes or until golden. Cool muffin cups; serve warm.

Suggested Accompaniments: Along with a cup of warm Tea or Coffee for a filling breakfast.

I am sending this as an entry to Mansi who is hosting the Monthly Mingle:Appetizers & Hors’Doeuvres as she requested me to,. So here it is Mansi, all the way to you!

Also, I had been awarded the Yummy Blog Award by Meeso recently and I am delighted to recieve it.

“Yummy Blog Award is the award given to a blog with the most yummy recipes/photos”

And now according to the rules of this Award, I have to quote here my favorite dessert which I have prepared/eaten. My favorite desserts would be:

  1. Qubani Ka Meetha with Vanilla Icre-Cream
  2. Black Forest Cake
  3. Caramel Custard Pudding
  4. Trifle Pudding with dry fruits
  5. Ande Ka Meetha
  6. Cheesecakes

I now pass on this award to:

Leisure Reding: An article on Hyderabadi cuisine by a Toronto newspaper 

Luv,
Mona

Kaddu Ke Chilke Ka Saalan

Two Bottle Gourds/Opo squash

Bottle Gourd, aka Opo squash, is a very humble vegetable. Not many people like it, and it is not a favorite of many people. But it is quite nutritious, delicious, healthy, and perfect for weight watchers! Its delicate nutty flavor provides a great taste to dishes. This particular recipe uses the peels of bottle gourd and it is one no-fuss yummy curry which you will all love.

Kaddu Ke Chilke Ka Saalan – Bottle Gourd Peels with Lentils Curry

Tip : While I the peel the bottle gourd, I take care not to peel it too thin if I plan to prepare this curry out of the Peels. I peel them about half a centimetre thick (about 5 millimeters). This is because a little bit of the flesh (magz) along with the peel gives a great taste to this curry. Usually I prepare this curry with Split Bengal Gram/Chana Dal but you can prepare it even along with Yellow Lentils/Tuvar Dal. It truns out equally delicious.

Kaddu Ke Chilke Ka Saalan – Bottle Gourd Peels with Lentils Curry

Ingredients:

Bottle Gourd Peels/Kaddu Ke Chilke – 400 gms, cut into small bite size strips
Yellow Lentils/Tuvar Dal or Bengal Gram/Chana Dal – 1/2 cup
Fresh diced Tomato – 1, medium, finely chopped
Red Chilli Powder – 1 1/2 tsp
Salt – 2 tsp or to taste
Canola Oil/Sunflower Oil – 1 tsp
Fried Yellow Onions paste - 1 cup

Method:

1. Soak the dal in two cups water overnight(optional). Drain and cook the dal in two cups of fresh water till they are soft but still can hold their shape well. Drain and reserve.
2. In an another saucepan, put the cut bottle gourd peel strips with around 3 cups water and a pinch of salt and let it boil once, then simmer it with closed lid until the peels are tender. This can take about 30 minutes. Or you can simply pressure cook for a little while until they are tender.
3. Later add fresh diced tomatoes, red chilli powder, salt, oil and fried onions to it. Give a good stir.
4. Gently add the cooked dal and mix it well. Cover the lid and let it cook for 3-5 minutes. Keep checking it in between if it is sticking to the bottom of the pan. You can add a little water if it becomes too dry. Serve it warm.

Suggested Accompaniments: This simple curry taste delicious along with a warm Roti or Paratha.

Luv,
Mona