Rara Mutton 


Rara mutton or rara ghosht. 

A very flavourful mutton dish. Made of mutton pieces, minced mutton or keema and whole spices. Flavour of dry roasted powdered spices makes the dish superbly delicious. 

After reading Vir Sanghvi’s article in Hindustan Times Brunch I was tempted to try it. And very happy with the taste. 

Browsed for the recipe. There are different varieties. According to Vir Sanghvi it is a fusion dish so I didn’t follow any particular recipe. I have some roasted ground spices which we call ‘bhaja moshla’ in Bengali. And its made my cooking easy. 

Now read what Vir Sanghvi has written about the recipe. 

“I thought back to the best Rara Ghosht I had eaten and it was at Embassy restaurant in Connaught Place’s D Block, famous for its Dal Meat and its old-style Punjabi restaurant cooking. I persuaded Amit Kundal, the executive chef at Embassy to send me the recipe. It was as I remembered. You cook the mutton pieces first with onions, ginger and garlic paste, coriander and cumin seeds, chilli powder and garam masala. When the mutton is ready, you add keema. Tomatoes, garlic and chillis come next and then you slow cook the dish till the flavours have mingled.”

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Recipe is very simple. You have to use only whole spices, onion, garlic, ginger, and some regular spices which we use in our curry. 


Recipe 


Mutton – 500 gram 

Mutton mince or keema – 200 gram

Onion – 4 sliced 

Garlic paste – 1 tablespoon

Ginger paste – 1 tablespoon

Tomato – 5 finely chopped 

Green chilli – 3-4 finely chopped 

Coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon chopped 

Salt to taste 

Turmeric powder – 1 /2 teaspoon 

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon 

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon 

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 tablespoon 

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional 

Nutmeg powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Sugar – 1/4 teaspoon 

Roasted Powdered spices – 1 teaspoon 

Bay leaf – 1 

Green cardamom – 3-4 

Cinnamon – 1 inch stick 

Cloves – 4

Mace – 1 string 

Mustard oil or ghee/clarified butter  – 1/4 cup 

For marinating 
Curd – 1/2 cup 

Salt 1 teaspoon 

Garlic paste – 1 teaspoon 

Ginger paste – 1 teaspoon 

Mustard oil – 1 teaspoon 

Roasted Powdered spices – 1 teaspoon 

Nutmeg powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

For roasted powdered spices 


Cumin seeds – 1 tablespoon 

Coriander seeds – 1 tablespoon 

Green cardamom – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch stick 

Cloves – 4

Mace – 2 strings


Method 


Heat a pan and add 1 tablespoon cumin powder, 1 tablespoon coriander powder, 4 cardamom, 1 inch piece cinnamon, 4 cloves and 2 strings of mace. Dry roast on low flame. Spices should’nt be burnt. Stir continuously. Roast until colour of the spices slightly changed and becomes fragrance. Let it cool down. Grate the nutmeg and keep aside. 

Clean and wash well the mutton pieces and minced mutton or keema separately. 

Marinate the mutton pieces with curd, salt, garlic paste, ginger paste, mustard oil, 1 teaspoon powdered roasted spices and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder. Mix well and keep aside for 30 minutes. 

Crush the cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and mace. 

Heat oil or ghee or clarified butter in a pressure cooker.

I have used mustard oil but if you like you can use ghee. Add bay leaf, crushed cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and mace. 

Add sliced onion and chopped green chillies. Add sugar. Fry until the onions becomes translucent. 

Add the marinated mutton pieces. Fry until the mutton changes it’s colour. Stir continuously to avoid sticking from downside. 

When the mutton starts to change it’s colour add the tomatoes, ginger paste and garlic paste. 

Saute until the tomatoes becomes mushy. 

Add salt, be careful we have already added 1 teaspoon salt while maintaining. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, garam masala powder, dry roasted powdered spices and nutmeg powder. 

Saute until the tomatoes mixed well and dried up completely. Keep stirring. 

Now add the minced mutton or keema. Fry till oil leaves the sides. 

Add the remaining marinating spices and curd. Add water to make a thick gravy. Mix well. Add chopped coriander leaves. 

Close the pressure cooker with lid. 

Switch off the flame after 8 whistle or till the mutton pieces becomes tender.

Let the pressure settle down on it’s own. 

Open the pressure cooker and check if it is done. If not pressure cook again for 1-2 whistle. 

You can garnish with chopped coriander leaves and ginger julienne. 

Serve with hot steamed rice, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha, naan or puri. 

Enjoy……

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Mango Raisin Chutney 

Mango raisin chutney.

Mango season is about to over. But still raw mangoes are easily available in the market.

Sweet and tangy mango chutney is a very common dish in summer. There are many variations in mango chutney recipes. I am sharing an easy and very common recipe today.

In Bengali households aamer chutney or mango chutney or aamer ombol is a must dish in Bengali meals.

Mango chutney is thick and the taste is tongue tickling. And ombol is very light in consistency and runny,  similar to soup. With this same recipe you can make both, just adjust the sugar and salt. And add more water to make a thin soup like consistency for aamer ombol.

Normally we make it without raisins. But I love raisins in chutney. Whether it is mango or tomatoes. But you can omit raisins if you like.

Recipe 


Raw mango – 250 gram

Sugar – 1/2 cup

Salt – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Oil – 1 teaspoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Roasted cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Water – 1 cup

Method 


Peel and chop the raw mangoes. Wash, drain and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. When the seeds starts to crackle add the dry red chilli. Stir and add the chopped mangoes.

Add salt and turmeric. Saute for 1- 2 minutes. Add raisins and water.

Cover and cook until the mangoes becomes soft.

Now add the sugar. Cook until the sugar dissolved and chutney becomes thick. You can add little red chilli powder too. I didn’t.

Taste and adjust the sugar and salt if require.

Remove from heat. Add roasted cumin powder. Mix well. I have used 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder but if you like you can add 1 teaspoon.
Keep in refrigerator and serve in meal times.
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Chickpea Potato Dry Sabji Or Curry / Guest Post For Avin S Kohli


Chickpea potato dry sabji or curry.

Bored with regular chana masala or spicy chhole or chickpea Curries?

Try this no onion garlic delicious chickpeas with potatoes.

If you want to make something spicy and delicious in a hurry this chickpea with potatoes is a best option if you have soaked and boiled chickpeas.

My blogger friend and amazing cook Avin of theyellowdaal asked me to write a guest post for her blog. I think its a best recipe for her blog. Because Avin is from Punjab and I am from Bengal. Why not mix matche Punjabi chhole and Bengali bhaja moshla or dry roasted mixed spices. Avin has a lovely blog. Do visit her blog for many awesome recipes from different cuisine.

This chickpeas goes well with puri, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha or simple daal chawal. Or use it as sandwich stuffing.

Its very easy to make. You don’t need onion garlic for it. But you can make it with onion garlic too if you like. I will share the mathod of both.


Recipe 
Chick peas – 1 cup

Potatoes – 3 medium

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Amchur or dry mango powder – 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Dry roasted mixed spices – 1 teaspoon

Ginger Julienne and cilantro for garnishing

Method 


Boil overnight soaked chickpeas or chana with 2 green cardamom 3 cloves and 1/2 inch piece cinnamon in a pressure cooker.

Let it cool down. Grind in a mixer grinder and keep aside. Don’t discard the remaining water, we will use it later.

Peel the potatoes. Cut into small cubes. First cut into 4 parts in length wise. Then make small pieces. Wash well. Drain and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the potatoes. And keep aside.

In the same oil add cumin seeds. When seeds starts to crackle add hing or asafetida.

Add grated ginger and chopped green chilli. Fry for few seconds.

If you want to add onion garlic add finely chopped 1 onion and 1 teaspoon garlic paste or minced garlic with ginger and chilli. Fry until onion becomes translucent.

Add ground chickpeas. Saute until chickpeas changes it’s colour. Stir continuously.

Add the fried potatoes.

Add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and garam masala powder. Mix well.

Add the remaining water of boiled chickpeas.

Mix and cover. Cook until the potatoes becomes soft.

Fried potatoes don’t take much time to cook so don’t add too much water.

When the potatoes becomes tender stir and cook until dried up. If you like you can make thick gravy. I have made it dry.

Add lemon juice, amchur or dry mango powder and dry roasted mixed spices.
For mixed spices dry roast 2 tablespoon each of cumin and coriander seeds, 3-4 cardamom, 1 inch piece cinnamon stick and 4 cloves. If you like it hot add 1-2 dry red chilli with it. After roasting let the mixture cool and grind them to make powder. Keep in airtight container for later use. 

Mix everything well. Taste and add more salt, lemon juice and dry mango powder if require.

Remove from heat.

Garnish with ginger julienne and cilantro. If you are using onion garlic you can use onion rings for garnishing.

Serve with puri, kachaudi, paratha, roti or Indian flat bread or daal chawal.

Even you can make delicious sandwiches with it. Keep it in refrigerator make sandwiches in a jiffy. Or enjoy with crisp toast.

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Mint Rice Or Pulao 


Mint rice or pulao.

A very flavourful and spicy one pot meal. Goes well with any veg or non veg curry. Or serve it with simple onion cucumber raita or fruit raita. You can make this delicious rice for tiffin too.

Whenever we have to cook lip-smacking dish in a short notice one pot meal is the best option.

This post is going to be a part of 95th #Foodiemonday bloghop one pot meal theme.

You don’t have to spend lots of time in the kitchen. Just grind the spices and and make it in a pressure cooker for one whistle. You can add whole spices as tempering. But I have ground them to make the rice more flavourful.

Recipe 


Rice – 1 cup

Onion – 2 sliced

Garlic – 4 – 5 cloves

Ginger – 1 Inch piece chopped

Mint leaves – 1 cup

Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped

Green cardamom – 3 – 4

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch stick

Mace or javitri – 1 string

Star anise – 1/2

Tomato – 1 chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil or ghee/clarified butter – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Water – 1& 1/2 cup

Fried cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Method 



Wash the rice well. Drain and keep aside.

Grind mint leaves, coriander leaves or cilantro, ginger, garlic, green chilli, cardamom, cinnamon, mace or javitri, star anise and tomato. Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil or ghee in a pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

You can can use cardamom, cinnamon, cloves  mace and star anise as tempering. I have ground them to make the rice more flavourful. If you want to add as tempering crush the whole spices and add with cumin seeds in hot oil or ghee. Grind only mint leaves, cilantro, green chilli  ginger, garlic and tomato.

When cumin seeds starts to crackle add sliced onion. Fry until onions becomes translucent.

Add the ground mixture, salt, black pepper powder, sugar, coriander powder and cumin powder. Adjust chillies according to your taste.

Saute until oil leaves the side.

Add the rice. Mix gently. Saute for few seconds.

Add 1 and 1/2 cup water and lemon juice.

Mix well.

Close the lid. Remove from heat after one whistle.

Don’t open the pressure cooker immediately. Let the pressure settle down on its own.
Fluff the rice gently.

Garnish with fried cashew nuts.

Serve hot with any veg or non veg curry. Or onion cucumber or fruit raita.

Potato Pie 


Potato pie. 

A very delicious and easy to make baked dish with boiled potatoes mixed with seasoning.

Usually we make it with eggs. But I have made it eggless for my vegetarian friends. Used yogurt instead of eggs.

Our this week’s 92nd #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is yogurt. My contribution is this delicious easy to make potato pie. 

Potatoes are not so bad. Specially boiled potatoes.

Boiled potatoes are naturally rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly potassium, phosphorus, B-complex vitamins and vitamin C. They are low in calories and fat, and their high fiber content helps you feel full. Contrary to popular belief, potatoes are not inherently fattening. 

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Coming to the recipe. If you are making it for kids add generous amount of cheese with potato mixture. I have used oregano but you can use Indian spices like cumin powder, garam masala powder, chaat masala etc. Follow the method and add spices of your choice. 

Recipe 
Potato – 2 & 1/2 cup, boiled, peeled and mashed 

Yogurt – 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon 

Onion – 1 large, sliced 

Green chilli – 1 – 2 finely chopped 

Capsicum – 1/2 chopped 

Salt and pepper to taste 

Butter or oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon 

Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon 

Oregano – 1 teaspoon 

Chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon, optional 

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon 

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon 

Cilantro – 2 tablespoon, finely chopped 

Oregano to sprinkle

Breadcrumbs – 1/4 cup

Mozzarella cheese – 1/4 to 1/2 cup or as much you want

Method 


Grease a pie dish with butter or oil. 

Preheat the oven at 200°.

Heat butter or oil in a pan. Add sliced onion and chopped green chilli. Fry until the onion becomes translucent. 

Add chopped capsicum. Fry until the onion becomes light brown. Remove from heat and keep aside. 

In a large bowl mix boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes, salt, pepper, chilli flakes, yogurt, oregano, lemon juice, grated ginger, cilantro, garlic powder, and fried onion, green chilli and capsicum. You can use Indian spices too if you like. 

Add green chillies and chilli flakes as per your spice tolerance. 

Mix well. Mixture should be soft not runny. 

Taste and adjust salt and pepper. Delicious isn’t it? But wait we have to bake it 😊

You can add 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese too. I didn’t. Add more garlic powder and oregano if require. 

You can add frozen peas, bell peppers etc if you like. 

Pour the mixture into the greased pie dish. 

Level the top with a spoon or your palm. 

Spread breadcrumbs over it. 

Sprinkle generous amount of mozzarella cheese. 

At last sprinkle little oregano all over the pie.

Bake in preheated oven at 200° for 20 – 30 minutes or until the top becomes golden brown.

Serve it as a side dish or enjoy in breakfast.

Gazpacho Or Cold Soup 

Gazpacho 

In this hot weather we want some no cook dishes, right? 😀

Yes we enjoy smoothies, cooler, mojito and different types of fruit juice and mocktails in this season. 

Now what about some refreshing  chilled, yummy and healthy soup made of raw vegetables and fruits. Nothing is better than a bowl of gazpacho in summer. Some crisp toast and a bowl of chilled no cook soup, perfect dinner for summer. 

Gazpacho is a Spanish cold soup made of raw vegetables.

You can get one more cold soup recipe here.

Our this week’s 91st #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #20minutes recipes. My contribution is this chilled, refreshing, healthy and yummy gazpacho. 

If you have all the ingredients in your pantry  you can make it in a jiffy. Just chop and blend. Keep it in refrigerator and serve chilled or add some ice cubes. 

Instead of sugar I have used grapes and watermelon. Fruits made the soup delicious and healthy. And both are easily available in this season. I have used almonds to give a creamy texture. 



Recipe 



Chopped tomatoes – 3 cup 

Cucumber – 1 small peeled and chopped 

Onion – 1 small chopped 

Garlic – 1 clove chopped 

Capsicum – 1 small chopped 

Seedless watermelon cubes – 1/4 cup 

Grapes – 1/4 cup

Chopped cilantro – 1/4 cup

Vinegar or lemon juice  – 2 tablespoon 

Almonds – 1/4 cup soaked and peeled 

Olive oil – 1 tablespoon, optional 

Salt and pepper to taste 

Chopped tomato, cucumber, onion and cilantro for garnishing



Method 


Taste the chopped cucumber. It shouldn’t be bitter. 

Combine all the ingredients. Blend in a mixer grinder. 

I have made it smooth but you can keep it little coarse if you like. 

I have used vinegar, you can use lemon juice too if you don’t like vinegar. 

Taste and adjust salt, pepper and vinegar or lemon juice if require. Drizzle olive oil. I didn’t. 

Garnish with chopped cilantro, tomato, cucumber and lemon wedges. 

Keep in refrigerator and serve chilled. Or you can add some ice cubes if you want to serve it immediately. 

Serve with crisp toast. 

Enjoy the delicious, refreshing and chilled gazpacho or cold soup.

Egg Korma With Almonds And Coconut Milk 


Egg korma with almonds and coconut milk.

A very delicious and rich egg curry with thick and creamy gravy. If you don’t like eggs you can make this gravy with any vegetables or kofta or vegetable balls.

I love to try different egg recipes. I have already shared some in this blog earlier.

 

 

Egg in mustard and poppy seeds 

 
Egg in yogurt sauce 

 
spicy egg or masala egg 

 
egg biryani

 
Potato stuffed enchiladas 

 
Tomato cilantro egg drop soup 

 
Dimer chop or devilled eggs 

 
Eggs are a well known rich source of protein — an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. The body uses protein to build and repair tissues as well as making enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals. Unfortunately, unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein, and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply. Thus eggs are the perfect sources and a smart food choice for those who reduce their intake of carbohydrates in a bit to lose excess weight.

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Our this week’s 86th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is coconut milk. And my contribution is this egg korma with almond and coconut milk.

Coconut milk and almond gives the gravy creamy texture.

Coconut milk is highly nutritious and an excellent source of vitamins, fibre and minerals.

This egg korma is very easy to cook and super delicious. It goes well with rice and bread both.

Recipe 


Eggs  – 4 – 6, hard boiled

Onion  – 2 medium

Garlic paste – 1 teaspoon or 4 garlic cloves

Ginger  – 1 inch piece

Tomatoes – 3 medium or 2 large, chopped

Oil  – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Green cardamom  – 3

Cloves – 3 – 4

Cinnamon  – 1 inch piece

Mace or javitri  – 1 string, optional

Almond  – 6 – 7 soaked and peeled

Cumin powder  – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder  – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder  – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder  – 2 teaspoon

Coconut milk  – 1 cup

Water – 1 cup

Chopped cilantro for garnishing

Method 


Peel the hard boiled eggs. Make some slits on the eggs with a knife.

Grind onion, garlic and ginger.

Grind tomatoes, green chilli, cardamom,cloves ,cinnamon, almonds  and mace.

Make a smooth paste and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the eggs in it. When the eggs become golden brown remove from the oil and keep aside.

Add onion, ginger and garlic paste in the same oil. Saute until oil leaves the side.

Add tomato, green chilli, almonds and whole spices paste.

Saute and add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and turmeric powder. Mix well and saute until the oil leaves the side.

Add coconut milk and water. Stir well and add the eggs.

When it starts to boil cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes or until you get your desired consistency. Make a thick gravy, Stir occasionally.

Remove from heat. You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon cream. I didn’t.

Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with hot streamed rice, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha, puri or any bread of your choice.

Enjoy the delicious, rich and creamy egg korma.