Hari Pyaaz aur Malai wale Jhinge

This is one of the dishes that I prepare when I do not have much time to spend in my kitchen. These creamy prawns with scallions get prepared quite quickly and contain all the goodness.

Hari Pyaz aur Malai wale Jhinge – Shrimp with Scallions and Cream

Prawns are my favorite among the Seafood. These little crustaceans are devouring. In this dish I have used hari-pyaz/scallions and light cream along with some other ingredients as well, each one of them imparting their own special flavor to the dish, but keeping the flavor of the prawns the dominant.

I have also used the Salan Masala which I came across from the cookbook Regional Indian Cooking by Ajay Joshi and Alison Roberts. This masala has now become a very important ingredient in many of my daily recipes and I find it very flavorful. I’m sharing the recipe of the masala with you all which I found in the cookbook.

Salan Masala

Makes about 2/3 cup

Ingredients:

  • Dry Dessicated Coconut – 1/3 cup
  • Sesame seeds – 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon stick – 1 insh piece
  • Whole cloves – 4
  • Green Cardamom pods – 6 green
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Red Chilli powder – 2 tsp
  • Turmeric – 1 tsp

Method:

  • Dry roast the coconut and sesame seeds at medium heat until golden forn 3-4 minutes. Set aside to cool, then in a spice grinder, grind it to a fine powder. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Add coriander, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and cumin to the same pan. Dry roast at medium heat, stirring, until fragrant, 4-5 minutes. Set aside, cool and gring to a fine powder. Add to the coconut mixture along with chilli powder and turmeric. Stir well to combine.
  • Transfer to an airtight container. Store in refrigerator forupto 6 months. Use a clean dry spoon each time to us ethe masala to prevent mold from forming.

I usually get frozen prawns as they are easy to keep and are available for me to prepare and have them whenever I want. You can even use fresh prawns if available. I miss all the freshly available food in abumdance in India so much. Here, I do not get most of my Indian ingredients, and miss many of the Indian delicacies.

Hari Pyaz aur Malai wale Jhinge – Shrimp with Scallions and Cream

Ingredients:

  • Fresh or Frozen Prawns – 400 gms, deshelled; tails, legs and veins removed
  • Canola Oil – 2 tsp
  • Scallions – 3 cups, chopped with both the green and white parts
  • Tomato Paste – 2 tsp
  • Red Chilli Flakes – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Light Cream – 2 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice – 2 tbsp
  • Grated Ginger – 1 tsp
  • Salan Masala – 2 tsp

Method:

  • Pour oil into a large frying pan with lid at medium heat and as soon as it warms up, add the scallions and saute them for 3-5 minutes. Add tomato paste, red chilli flakes, turmeric, salt and shrimp. Mix, cover with lid and let it cook for 3 minutes.
  • Later, add light cream, lemon juice, grated ginger and salan masala. Gently mix well and cover and let it cook for 5 more minutes. Serve warm.

Suggested Accompaniments: It tastes wonderful along with warm Rotis, or Basmati Chawal and any Vegetable side dish.

Luv,
Mona

Fettuccine in Creamy Coconut Milk

Pasta is loved by everyone, and i believe it is one of those simplest one dish meals one can think of which is also everyone’s favorite for times when you have to serve the meal in less than 35 minutes. This is one such dish that i prepare using the usual ingredients and turns out to be a great hit with my loved ones.

This is my lovely Sisters recipe. She taught me this recipe and i prepare this along with any noodles that I have in my house. I also serve it along with Chicken Tikka, Salmon Tikka or Lamb Tikka. Children will especially devour upon it, and the elders too.  

 

Fettucine in Creamy Coconut Milk 

Coconut Milk here makes a creamy sauce giving it a rich golden colour. Its healthy and nutritious.

Fettucine in Creamy Coconut Milk  

Ingredients:

To Prepare Sauce

  • Canola Oil – 4 tbsp 
  • Yellow Onions – 2, thinly sliced
  • Tomatoes – 1, large, finely diced
  • Red Chilli Powder – 2 tbsp
  • Salt – 2 tbsp
  • Garam Masala – 1 tbsp
  • Cornmeal – 2 tbsp
  • Coconut Milk – 3 tbsp
  • Light Cream – 1 tbsp
  • Water – 2 cups approx
  • Green Capsicum – 1, chopped
  • Red Capsicum – 1, chopped
  • Cremini Mushrooms – 100 gms, sliced

To Prepare Pasta 

  • Fettuccine Noodles – 500 gms
  • Water – 5.5 litres
  • Salt – 1 tbsp

Method:

  • In a heavy non-stick saucepan at medium high heat, pour in oil and as soon as it warms up, add the sliced onions and sauté them till they are light brown in colour. Add the chopped tomatoes, red chilli powder, salt and garam masala. Mix and let it cook on medium heat till the tomatoes are mushy.
  • Transfer the mixture to a blender container and add cornmeal to it. Blend till pasty.
  • Pour this paste back in the same pan and let it cook till oil seperates.
  • Add Coconut milk, cream and water to it. Let it cook for 3 minutes.Throw in the chopped red and green capsicums and mushrooms. Bring to a boil at medium high heat.
  • Meanwhile in a large saucepan , pour water and add the remaining salt to it. Bring it to a boil and add the pasta and stir until water again returns to a boil. Cook uncovered for 9 minutes stirring occassionally or until al dente. Drain.
  • Mix the drained pasta with the prepared Coconut milk sauce in the saupan and cook on low heat for 3 minutes.

Suggested Accompaniments: Serve it hot along with Boiled halved Eggs, and sliced Black Olives, Chicken Tikka or Lamb Tikka or Salmon Tikka, Chicken Croquettes, Pan Grilled Chicken Mustard, Grilled Sweet Chilli Chicken.

Luv,
Mona

Navratan Khorma

Khorma is one dish which we can have with Pulao, or Plain Rice, or Parathas or Naan. Today I savored this curry along with Rajma Pulao. I love the meal the day I get to enjoy combination. It is even great for gatherings, when you can prepare this combination with some snacks and a dessert to finish off and impress your loved ones.

This dish comes from the cookbook India’s Vegetarian Cooking by Monisha Bharadwaj. I have tried many recipes from this cookbook and loved most of them. I have not yet bought this book, but it sure now is among the top in the list of my Cookbook Wishlist.

Navratan Korma – Nine Jewelled Curry

It was yummy, and I am glad I tried this recipe. You can dump in all the left over vegetables, like cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, peas, corn, capsicum, carrots, beans, from the refrigerator you have in you house. I have used only a few, I didnt have all those in the house.

Navratan Korma – Nine Jewelled Curry

Serves:4; Preperation Time:15 mins; Cooking time:25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Frozen Mixed Vegetables – 300 gms
  • Canola Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Onion – 1, small, finely sliced
  • Ginger Garlic Paste/Adrak-Lahsun Masala – 1 tbsp
  • Tomato Paste – 3 tbsp
  • Green Chillies – 3 fresh, slit in middle
  • Turmeric powder/Haldi – 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder – 1 tsp
  • Cashew Nuts – 2 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Tinned Pineapple Chunks – 2 tbsp, chopped
  • Light Cream – 100 ml
  • Cherries – to garnish
  • Cilantro – to garnish
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese – to garnish

Method:

  • Heat oil in a saucepan and fry the onion for a minute or so. Keep stirring to prevent it from sticking and stir in the ginger garlic paste.
  • Add the tomato puree and chillies and cook until oil seperates, ading a couple of tablespoons of water to hasten the process.
  • Add the frozen vegetables, turmeric powder, garam masala and salt. Mix gently and cook for a couple of minutes before folding in the cashewnuts, pineapple and cream. Heat through without allowing to boil.
  • Serve hot garnished with the cherries, coriander leaves and cheese.

Suggested Accompaniments: You can have it along with Pulaos, Naan, Parathas, Basmati Chawal or Roti

Luv,
Mona

Palak Paneer

As usual, today I was scanning the refrigerator for ingredients to prepare a curry for the lunch. I found some frozen spinach and paneer in the deep freezer. Palak Paneer is what striked my mind and I immediately began to work my way to prepare it.

This is great with Parathas, or even along with rice. This dish can be found on the menu of most North Indian restaurants all over the world. Here, I have used Frozen spinach for my convenience, you can substitute it with equal amount of fresh spinach.

Ingredients:

  • Frozen/Fresh Chopped Spinach – 500 gms
  • Yellow Onion – 1, large, chopped
  • Tomato – 2, large, chopped
  • Ginger Garlic paste – 1 tbs
  • Canola Oil – 4 tbsp
  • Green Chilli – 1 tsp, chopped
  • Garam masala – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 2 tsp
  • Red chilli flakes – 1/2 tsp
  • Paneer/Cottage cheese – 250 gms, cubed
  • Canola Oil for frying paneer
  • Light Cream -2 tbsp

Method:

  • In a pan, add a tablespoon of oil and fry the onions till very light brown.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste, and green chilli paste and give it a good stir.
  • After 3 minutes add, the chopped tomatoes and the spinach.
  • Cover the lid of the pan and let it cook on simmer until the spinach is soft and pasty. Add a little water if needed to make the spinach soft and mushy.
  • Cool and grind the above spinach mixture to a paste.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan and deep fry the cubed paneer/cottage cheese till light browned on all sides. Remove the paneer from the oil into a bowl and keep aside.
  • In a another pan pour the remaining oil and add cumin seeds, let them splutter.
  • Now add the grinded paste of spinach to the pan, sprinkle in the garam masala and salt. Reduce heat and stir well.
  • Add the paneer pieces and gentlymix them into the spinach paste.
  • Simmer for 2-3 minutes, and take the pan off the heat. The paneer will soften in the heat.
  • Serve hot, swirled with the cream.

Luv,
Mona

Butter Chicken with no Butter – Makhani Murgh

Butter chicken is one of the famous North-Indian dishes that made its way on the menu card of almost every Indian restaurant all over the world. Each person/household has their own style of cooking this delectable dish, but I prefer this procedure, its simple, healthy and gets prepared soon, and its delicious.

Butter Chicken – Makhani Murgh

Butter Chicken can be enjoyed along with parathas, naan or with plain rice.

Butter Chicken – Makhani Murgh
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

For Marinade
Chicken – 1 (large) whole, cut into pieces
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Yogurt (thick) – 1/2 cup
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Salt – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
For Curry
Cloves – 3
Green Cardamom – 4
Cinnamon stick – 2 inch long stick
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Fresh tomato puree – 5-6 cups
Red chilli powder – 2 tsp
Salt – 2 tsp
Half and half – 1 1/4 cups (or) equal amounts heavy cream or light cream
Garam masala – 1 tsp
Kasoori methi – 1/4 cup
Canola oil

Method:

1. Mix all the ingredients under the heading ‘for marinade’, and keep aside for 2-3 hours or overnight. Bring it back to room temperature before you start cooking. Heat a stove top grill pan and grill the marinated chicken pieces until lightly charred on both sides. Baste with canola oil whenever needed.
If using boneless chicken, marinate them as above directions. Skewer them onto bamboo skewers and grill them both sides until charred as shown here.
You can even grill the chicken on a charcoal grill for best flavors.
Cover and keep the grilled chicken aside in a bowl.
2. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a saucepan, add cloves, cardamoms, and cinnamon stick. As the spices begin to sizzle, add ginger garlic paste and stir fry for a few seconds. Add pureed tomatoes, red chilli powder, salt. Cover and let it cook until the puree is thick. Give a stir every once in a while. Add half and half or whatever using and let it come to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat and add the grilled chicken, kasoori methi, garam masala and water according to the consistency of the curry you desire. Cover and let cook until the chicken is tender and thoroughly cooked. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with drizzles of cream.

Suggested Accompaniments: Parathas, Naan, Basmati Chawal, Pulaos.. or even in between toasted bread as sandwiches.

Luv,
Mona