MEAT BALLS IN GINGER SAUCE


A good dish fit for any menu or a filling for a

wrap .

This is made with minced meat,a handful of

wheat flour and finely chopped cabbage.

Cabbage can be replaced with bokchoy,leeks or

even finely chopped palak(spinach).

Let’s get into the recipe right away!

Any meat can be used to make this recipe.

INGREDIENTS

250 gm minced meat

1/2 cup wheat flour

1 cup finely cut cabbage

1 tsp pepper powder

1 tsp fennel seeds

Salt to taste

Oil to fry

For the sauce

2 inch piece ginger ground

1 big onion chopped

2 tomatoes puréed

1/2 cup tomato sauce

1 tsp sugar

1/4 cup vinegar

1 piece cinnamon

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder ( for colour)

Salt to taste

1 heaped tsp cornflour mixed in half cup water

To garnish

2 green chilli strips

Spring onion

METHOD

First bind the ingredients listed for meat balls,

and fry in oil till golden brown ( deep / shallow

fry) and set aside

For the sauce

Take 2 tbsp from the fried oil and heat .

Add cinnamon,cut onions,salt and sauté till

onion is brown.

Next add the ginger,tomato purée,chilli powder

sugar and cook for 5 minutes on high heat .

Add the remaining ingredients excluding green

chillies .

Add cornflour mix and cook .Once it reaches a

boil ,add the fried meat balls,and cook on a

slow flame for 5 minutes .

Garnish with green chillies and spring onions .

KEERAI DRY SHRIMP VADA


This is an awesome crunch to be served with a

sambhar,rice,rasam …

These dry prawns are used to make shrimp

paste,and sauté with some vegetables and

greens.

Today’s recipe is vada with amaranth leaves ,

and shrimps .

Everyone enjoyed the tasty crunch!

Do try this delicious and easy recipe

INGREDIENTS

2 cups gram dal + a handful of whole moong

gram

2 tsp cummin seeds

8 dry chillies

3 cloves garlic

1 tsp saunf ( perumjeeragam)

10-12 small red onions chopped

1-2 green chillies

1 tsp peppercorns

1 tbsp gram flour

1 cup finely chopped amaranth leaves

1 handful of dried shrimps washed well

2 pinches of asafoetida

Salt to taste

Oil to fry

METHOD

•Wash and soak the gram dal and moong for

minimum 1 hour .

•Grind to a coarse paste with dry chillies,garlic

cummin seeds, peppercorns,saunf.

•Mix in the rest of the ingredients.

•Divide into portions .

•Flatten each vada slightly,and shallow fry till

golden brown.

STEAMED BOTTLE GOURD DHOKLA KORMA


It’s like the vegan meat korma,a little extra

effort and you will not regret your time in the

making .Can be served with rotis or any rice .

You could fry these dumplings and add to the

curry.

The curry/ korma may be made to your choice

too.

Let’s get into the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

250 gm bottle gourd peeled and grated

1/4 cup besan flour ( chick pea flour)

1/2 cup wheat flour ( this amount may vary

when you mix )

1 tsp.amchur powder (dry mango powder)/

lime juice

1/2 tsp cummin seed powder

1/2 tsp ginger paste

2 finely chopped green chillies

Salt to taste

METHOD

Squeeze out excess water ,and mix in with the

rest of the ingredients . Divide into portions

and make into medium sized rolls.

Steam for 10 minutes . Remove and allow to

cool . Cut into bite sized pieces .


KORMA

INGREDIENTS

1 onion chopped

2 green chilies

2 tomatoes

1/2 tsp methi

6-7 cloves garlic

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp garam masala powder

1/4 coconut +few cashews ground to a paste.

1-2 tbsp ghee / oil

Coriander leaves

METHOD

•Grind the bold listed ingredients coarse.

•Heat ghee and sauté onion till translucent.

•Add garam masala,turmeric,salt.

•Add the ground tomato paste,and cook on a

slow fire till oil separates ( 10 minutes)

•Add water required with cashew- coconut

paste.

•Let it come to boil ,simmer for few minutes .

•Remove from fire,and sprinkle coriander

leaves.

RAJMA KOFTA PEPPER CURRY


This is an awesome recipe to be served with

rice or rotis .Kidney beans or Rajma has loads

of proteins and many nutrients.

The same kidney beans may create anti-

nutrients if not cooked properly. Any type of

kidney beans has to be soaked overnight or 5-6

hours.When it comes to cooking ,it’s best done

in a pressure cooker .

Now to the recipe .

INGREDIENT

For kofta

1 cup rajma ( soaked overnight and cooked)

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1 tsp chilli paste

1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

METHOD

Blend the rajma coarse in a mixer,and mix with

the rest of the ingredients,and make koftas

( slightly flattened to shallow fry).

Shallow fry till golden brown and set aside.

For the gravy

INGREDIENTS

2 onions chopped fine

1 tsp ginger- garlic paste

2 green chillies slit

1 tomato chopped

1/4 tsp chilli powder

1/2 -3-4 tbsp pepper powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1/4 tsp.turmeric powder

1 tsp saunf powder ( perumjeeragam)

1 tbsp coriander powder

1 tsp amchur powder

1 tsp garam masala powder

1 cup thick coconut milk or cream

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

Few curry leaves

Salt to taste

METHOD

Heat 1 tbsp oil ( from the fried oil).

Add mustard seeds,curry leaves and cinnamon.

Add onions and sauté till translucent.

Next add the tomato,ginger garlic paste,salt ,

turmeric and cook till tomato is soft and well

blended.

Next add the rest of the spices and sauté for 2-3

minutes.

Finally add the coconut milk and allow to reach

a boil .

Add the fried koftas and simmer for 10 minutes

Garnish with coriander leaves or methi leaves

and remove from fire .

PANEER MALAI KOFTA KORMA


This preparation is totally different from any

other kormas and innovated by me .

It was yummy with a pulao I made for lunch.

You can serve it with rotis or parathas.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

For the kofta

200 gm paneer

2 potatoes boiled

2 green chillies chopped

1 tbsp flour ( besan/cornflour/maida)

1 tsp ginger garlic paste.

1 egg ( optional)

salt to taste

METHOD

Grate the paneer and mix in with the rest of the

ingredients . Make koftas and fry in oil till

golden brown .

For the korma

INGREDIENTS

1/2 coconut cut

2 green chillies

1 tsp white khus khus ( poppy seeds)

10 cashews

1 onion chopped

METHOD

Cook all these in 1/2 cup water for few minutes ( the onions should be cooked).

Grind to a paste and set aside.

For the finish

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp from the fried oil / ghee

Whole spices ( 1 tsp saunf, 3 cardamons,3 cloves , 1 stick cinnamon)

1 small onion chopped

1 small tomato

1 green chilli

Kasuri methi leaves

2 tblsp curd / yoghurt

salt to taste

METHOD

Heat oil,add whole spices ,onions ,green chilli

with salt and sauté for few minutes.

Add tomato,curd, the boiled -ground

paste .After few minutes add 2 cups water and

cook till it reaches a boil .

Simmer for 5 minutes and pour over the koftas

Sprinkle methi leaves .

QUICK RAW BANANA VADA


Yesterday I made raw banana Bajji ( valakkai Bajji).

Here’s the proof 🤪

To continue my story of on the spot innovation.

After making the fritters, there were leftover

marinaded banana slices.

I kept it in the fridge ,having an idea to make

some crispies out if it .While tossing the slices,

in the pan I changed my mind , broke in 2 slices

of bread and tossed with the masalas for few

seconds.

Then, I switched off the flame ,and thought for

a while how to make it interesting than a crispy

So let’s get to the recipe to know how…,

INGREDIENTS (makes 6)

1/2 of a raw banana slices marinaded in 1 tsp chilli powder,1/4 tsp turmeric,salt

3 slices bread

1 tsp ghee

1 onion chopped

2 green chillies chopped

A handful of chopped coriander leaves

A little water to moisten bread

1 egg ( vegans can opt out)

2 tblsp wheat flour

1/4 tsp garlic paste

A little oil to shallow fry

A handful of Panko crumbs or breadcrumbs ( optional)

Salt to taste

METHOD

Heat the ghee, and toss in the marinaded

banana slices, till brown .

Add the bread and mix in with the banana,and

toss for another 2-3 minutes.

Remove from fire.Sprinkle little water, on the

bread . Add the rest of the ingredients and

knead to get the consistency of a vada.

Heat oil in a shallow frying pan and fry these

vadas to a golden brown color.

I served it with South India’s dish ‘ Sambhar

Sadam ,valathandu chutney (banana stem) and

this cutlet. It was excellent!

Do try my innovated recipe , and post in your

comments and suggestions!

CORIANDER KEBAB IN SPICED CURD


Confused in naming this dish,came up with this

Simple title .

Lots of coriander leaf + seed . Flavourful,mild

and good to be served with biriyani,rotis,side

dishes.

Do try this easy and elegant dish, and send in

your comments and suggestions!

I think I should go to the recipe right away!

INGREDIENTS

For the kebab

250 gm mutton/ lamb cubes

1/2 cup channa dal ( kadala parippu)

3-4 dry chillies

1 inch piece ginger

A handful of coriander leaves

1 tblsp of roasted coriander

1 tsp of roasted cummin seed

Salt to taste

METHOD

Leaving out the bold listed ,cook the rest of the

ingredients with a little water ( 1/2 cup) till dry.

Powder the coriander + cummin seed powder,

and set aside .

Now mince all the cooked ingredients with the

coriander leaves in a mincer or a mixer to a

coarse paste.

Add the rest of the ingredients, divide into

portions and shallow fry till golden brown.

For the curd sauce

Ingredients

1 tblsp ghee/butter

1 tblsp chilli flakes

1/4 tsp turmeric

1/4 tsp mustard powder

1/4 tsp cummin seed powder

Salt to taste

1 cup curd ( lightly beaten curd)

1/2 tsp sugar /jaggery powder

Method

Heat the ghee ,add chilli flakes and turmeric,

with 1/4 cup water.Once it reaches a boil,add

curd and salt to taste .Drop in the fried kebabs

Add 1/4 tsp mustard powder and 1/4 tsp

cummin powder.

Mix and remove from fire .

Garnish with coriander leaves.

KEERAI ULUNDHU VADA


Is it a rule that keerai should be added to

masala vada ( split gram dal).?

Today,I tried adding keerai to ulundhu vada

mixture and it was very tasty.

I make this vada with variations like adding

flour,rice flour or only the lentil itself.

This time I made with the inclusion of a roasted

gram dal and ponnanganni keerai (dwarf

copper leaf ). As I liked the taste ,I immersed

some in curd (thayir vada,curd vada). You can

make sambhar vada or rasam vada with this

recipe.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup urad dal ( ulundhu) soaked for minimum

20-25 minutes.

a handful of roasted gram dal

2 green chillies

Few peppercorns

A pinch of asafoetida

A pinch of baking soda

a small piece of ginger

Curry leaves

1 onion chopped

A handful of keerai (spinach, or your favourite

keerai can be addded)

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

METHOD

Wash the dal and grind to a paste with all the

ingredients except the onions and curryleaves.

Add the onions and curry leaves after you have

ground the dal.

Divide into portions, deep fry, or shallow fry to

a golden brown color.

Curd vada variation

Add the fried vadas to a bowl of hot water

for 5 minutes.Squeeze out the water lightly

and add to prepared curd.

To prepare curd

Beat the thick curd with salt, a little ginger-

garlic paste,a little sugar.

Garnish with sliced green chillies and

coriander leaves.

Sambhar vada ,and rasam vada can be made

with the same method.

TENDER JAK FALAFEL


Tender jak kebab ! Meaty vegan dish …I have

posted tender jak cutlets, and tender jak kebab and here’s the link to it

https://calinskitchen.com/2017/03/11/tender-jackfruit-kebab/

Today is another version of tender jak kebab

In fact it was a reconstructed from the fried

jak fruit I made seeni sambol with. (Recipe to

be posted).

This is more of a falafel as I have, used the

ingredients to make falafel . Any dish,east ,west

south,or north can be fusioned to one’s own

taste. I don’t believe in dictating authenticity in

any dish.Yes… if authentic dishes are needed in

a competion I agree you have to prove your

skills . Present lifestyle scenario in fusioned

food is not always a delight or healthy. When it

comes to reconstructing a dish, I believe it

should be more of a healthy view.

Now to the recipe today

Ingredients

1 cup soaked chick peas

1 cup chopped coriander leaves

1 tblsp chilli flakes

1 tblsp saunf

1 tsp cummin seed powder

1 cup of thinly sliced fried / raw jak pieces

1 egg

1/4 cup coconut flakes

1 onion

A handful of roasted gram dal

Salt to taste

Oil for shallow frying.

Method

First grind the first 5 ingredients to a coarse

mixture.

Next,add the jak pieces and blend coarsely

Transfer the contents to a bowl.

Next grind the coconut , roasted gram dal and

onion also coarsely.

Mix all the ingredients together and make into

kebab (shallow fry ) or falafel shaped(deep fry)

Serve with mint raita.

Mint raita – few mint leaves,1 green chilli

ground with black salt to taste and lightly

mixed into beaten yoghurt.

BEETROOT TIKKIS


This is the quickest ever tikkis I have made.While the rice was in the cooker ,I placed the

beetroot and potato on the upper tray.

Next i put ,green chilli,ginger,spices,roasted gram dal,  then one grind in the mixer.

Next added the boiled beetroot, potato , and breadcrumbs . Another mix in the blender.

Added onions and that’s it .Shallow fried ..Done! Healthy ,nutrious tikkis within minutes.

Good for folks who have less time on their platter!

For the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 big beetroot

2-3 potatoes

3 green chillies

1 inch piece ginger

1-2 tsp. pepper powder

1-2 tsp.cummin powder

1 tsp .garam masala powder

1/2 cup roasted gram dal (pottukadalai)

1 cup breadcrumbs

1 chopped onion/spring onions

1 tsp. Saunf

Mint leaves/ coriander leaves/ methi / curry ( your choice)

Juice of 1 lime or 1 tsp amchur powder

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

METHOD

Boil / steam beetroot and potatoes.

Blend all the spices and roasted gramdal coarsely . Add the rest of the ingredients except

onions ,saunf ,and blend to a coarse mixture.

Mix in the remaining ingredients with salt.

Bind and shape into tikkis and shallow fry .

You could shape like Kola urundai and deep fry too.

The same can be made into balls, fried and tossed in chilli sauce for a variation.

Anyway do try ,and post in your comments and suggestions, and your innovations too!