POMFRET FISH BIRIYANI


This is another version of fish biriyani ,an

addition to my rices list.

Here’s the link to the previous post:https://calinskitchen.com/2017/11/24/tandoori-fish-biriyani/

Today’s biriyani is with seeraga samba rice .

The fish has to fried and added.

So let’s get into the recipe right away!

INGREDIENTS

500 gm seeraga samba rice ( washed and

soaked for 30 minutes)

250-300 gm fish ( pomfret,seer,tuna,…)

1 cup curd

3/4 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp cummin powder

1 tsp chilli powder

3-4 tblsp ghee

Juice of 1 lemon

Mint and coriander leaves

Grind to a coarse paste ( not fine)

15 small onions peeled

15 cloves of garlic (1 tbsp paste)

2 inch piece ginger ( 1 tbsp paste)

7-8 green chillies

For the biriyani masala

2 tbsp.sea moss ( kadal passi)

10 cashewnuts

1/4 of a nutmeg

6 cardamons

1 inch piece cinnamon

1 star anise

7 cloves

2 bay leaves

Powder all this together and set aside.

To marinade the fish

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tblsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp cummin seed

Salt

Oil for frying

METHOD

Fry the fish till brown ,and set aside.

Heat ghee and first add the ground paste with

salt and sauté for 3 minutes.

Next add the coriander,chilli,cummin,biriyani

masala powder.

Then add the curd , mint and lemon .

Add the fried fish for few minutes, and remove

the fish and set asid (This is to avoid crumbling

of the fish ).Add the soaked rice and

mix well.

Add water( twice the amount of rice 1:2 ratio).

Allow to reach boiling point .

Arrange the fish on top of the rice . Sprinkle

some mint and coriander leaves,cover tight and

cook on a very slow flame (dum)for 20-25

minutes.

Serve with raita and your choice of

accompaniments.

CUTTLE FISH FRY


Cuttle fish is one dish to long for , if done with

extra care . I have erred many times , in getting

the correct texture, but this recipe is perfect.

Even a beginner will not fail to get the correct

texture. So here’s to the failproof recipe.

INGREDIENTS

500 gm cleaned and cut cuttle fish

1 tblsp ginger garlic paste

2-3 slit green chillies

1 tomato

1 tblsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tblsp coriander powder

1 tsp cummin powder

1 tsp pepper powder

1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder ( for color)

Salt to taste

Curry leaves

2-3 tblsp oil

METHOD

Add the fish ,chilli powder, coriander,turmeric

powder,ginger garlic paste ,1/2 cup water,

tomato and pressure cook to 2 whistles.Let

steam release on its own.

Heat oil in a kadai/ wok and add onions and

sauté till light brown .

Add the cuttle fish ( water drained) with the

rest of the spices, and a little of the stock and

cook till semi dry .Remove from fire and serve.

CRAB KORMA MASALA


This is a different type of Masala ,prepared like

a spicy korma and made to a thick gravy.

Crab is considered good ,for treating cold and

phlegm,so if you are lucky enough to get crab ,

it’s good to make a soup or your favourite dish

with it .

Anyway ,let’s move on to the recipe now..

INGREDIENTS

1 kg crab ( cleaned and cut)

3 onions sliced

4 tomatoes ground coarsely

1 tblsp ginger garlic paste.

1 tblsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp pepper

1 tsp. garam masala powder

A handful cashewnuts

1 tsp.saunf

Few mint leaves

1 green chilli

2 tblsp oil

METHOD

Heat oil and fry the onions brown.

Remove half of the fried onions ,and grind with

the bold listed and set aside.

Now into the remaining onions add the ground

tomatoes with the rest of the ingredients,and

cook till the tomatoes are soft ,and oil comes

out.

Now add the cleaned crab,mix well and allow

to cook on a slow fire ,covered for 5 minutes.

Finally add the cashew – onion paste, and cook

till slightly thick .

Serve with rice,roti,hoppers,string hoppers.

If you try this recipe , please do post in your

comments and suggestions!

CRAB FRIED RICE


This is a different type of fried rice ,with

pineapple ,corn pellets and crab meat and a

sprinkle of spring onions.No addition of sauces,

just few ingredients and a yummy rice bowl.

To the recipe now…

Tip : I added washed Crab claws into the

cooking rice . Extra flavour seeps into the

rice.

Strain when the rice is 3/4th done. Save 1/2

cup of the strained liquid .Remove the crab

claws and extract the meat.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basmati rice

3-4 crab claw meat

Few corn pellets

1 capsicum chopped or 2-3 green chillies

chopped

2-3 pineapple pieces chopped

1/2 tsp pepper powder

Few spring onions/ leeks chopped

1 tsp chopped ginger and garlic

2 eggs

2 tblsp. butter

METHOD

Heat butter in a wok on high heat , add the

chopped ginger-garlic,add vegetables except

the pineapple pieces.

Shove the vegetables to a side in the pan and

break in the eggs and scramble.

Add pepper pineapple, rice and a little of the

drained stock.

Cover and cook for 5 minutes .Remove from

fire.

Note: You can add white pepper in place of

black pepper

FISH FIESTA


This a lovely dish made with lightly fried

fish,browned onions and tomato purée with

finishing touches of coconut milk.

Can be served with any rice,rotis,or any dishes

you like.I served it with Yellow rice (coconut

milk rice).

To the recipe

INGREDIENTS

500 gm barracuda slices

2-3 onions chopped fine

2 tomatoes ground

1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste

2 tsp thinly sliced ginger

3 green chillies cut into strips

1 inch piece cinnamon

1 tblsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp kasuri methi ( dried fenugreek leaves)

1/2 tsp. cummin powder

1/2 tsp.garam masala powder

1 tblsp.vinegar

1/2 cup coconut milk

Salt to taste

Curry leaves

For the marinade

1 tblsp.red chilli powder

Salt

Oil for frying fish

METHOD

First marinade the fish. Shallow fry to a golden

brown and set aside

Heat 2-3 tblsp oil ,and add the chopped onions

with cinnamon and fry till brown .

Remove a little of the onions and grind

coarsely.

Add ground tomatoes ,ground onions,sliced

ginger ,ginger garlic paste ,salt and turmeric

and sauté till tomatoes are well cooked.

Add the rest of the ingredients , except coconut

milk .

Now add the fried fish .

Add coconut milk and simmer for 5-7 minutes.

Remove from fire .

CRAB CURRY WITH COCONUT MILK


Crab curry ….tempered with moringa leaves is

irresistible!

Tops my favourite in seafood list.The aroma it

creates when it is cooking is really excellent.

Finger licking curry…also has health benefits.

A crab soup is a good cure for cold ,and for

treating long settled phlegm .

To the recipe now…

INGREDIENTS

1 kg any crab

2-3 onions chopped

2-3 green chillies

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

2-3 tomatoes

1-2 potatoes cut

2-3 cups coconut milk

1/2 cup tamarind extract ( adjust to your taste)

1/2 tsp garam masala powder

1/2 tsp.turmeric powder

1 tblsp chilli powder

1.5 tblsp coriander powder

1 cup moringa leaves

2-3 tblsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp mustard

1 tsp methi seeds/fenugreek seeds

METHOD

Heat 2 tblsp oil, add mustard seeds.Next add

chopped onions and sauté till light brown.

Add ginger-garlic paste,tomatoes,spice powders

and sauté till tomatoes are soft.

Add the cleaned crabs and potato,let it cook in

the masalas for few minutes. Add tamarind

extract.

Add the coconut milk and cook till required

consistency.(if you need thick consistency

mix 1 tsp.rice flour and add to curry)

In another vessel heat the remaining oil and

sauté moringa leaves for just 2 minutes and

pour over the curry . Cook on a slow fire for 5

minutes and remove from fire.

SRI LANKAN SODHI ( VEGAN +NON-VEGAN)


Sodhi is a mild non spicy gravy with

coconut milk.

It is cooked almost daily in Srilankan

homes.

The types of Sodhi are made with

seafood, dried sprats,dried fish,

potatoes …. .

Today I give you, the famous Agathi

keerai sodhi which is served mostly in

vegetarian hotels in Srilanka with

stringhoppers and pol sambol ( recipe

will follow)and my favourite too.

To the health benefits ….

Agathi keerai in Tamil, scientific

name is sesbania grandiflora and in

English the spinach variety is called

as august tree leaves/hummingbird

leaves.

In Sinhalese it’sKathuru Murunga’

Agathi keerai…

* Will cure acidity related problems

* Will reduce body heat and eyes will be cooled

* Urination and stools elimination will be

proper

* Stomach ulcer will be cured

* Mental depression and stress will be cured

* The soup made of agathi spinach, small onion, pepper and cumin will heal stomach ulcer easily

( excerpts :Google)

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

Depending on the quantity you

require you cantake the coconut milk ( 1 cup / person)

Turmeric powder

A handful of agathi leaves only

1 tblsp. oil

2-3 dry chillies

Few mustard seeds

1 garlic clove crushed ( optional)

Coarsely ground pepper

Few cummin seeds

1 onion chopped

Salt to taste

METHOD

Heat oil ,and add mustard seeds, dry

chillies,cummin seeds,onions , agathi

leaves.

Sauté for a minute, add turmeric and

rest of the spices.

Add coconut milk and cook till the

Sodhi is near to boiling point .(not

boiling)

Remove from fire .Mix well and serve.

Non-vegan Sodhi

My version of Sodhi which can be

made with seafood likefish,prawn,dry

sprats,dry fish,tiny dry prawns , crabs.

If you are using dry fish ,do soak in hot water for few minutes,wash and use.

For the recipe

INGREDIENTS

Any seafood 100- 200 gm

1 onion

2-3 green chillies

Few peppercorns

1 tsp cummin seeds

Curry leaves

1/2 tsp crushed coriander seeds

3-4 cloves garlic

3-4 cups thick coconut milk

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tomato

Salt to taste

1 potato cut ( optional)

1/2 tsp rice flour ( to prevent curdling)

1 cup water

1/2 lime

METHOD

Excluding the milk and the rice flour,

mix the rest of the ingredients and

cook for 10 minutes.

Next add the rice flour and coconut

milk and cook for 3-4 minutes .

Remove from fire and add lime juice.

SRI LANKAN ‘AMBULTHIYAL’


This is an authentic dish of Sri Lanka. This dish descended from people with lesser

privileges in olden times , before the birth of the refrigerator .The need to preserve fish

for  quite some time led to the discovery of this recipe .

The fish used in this recipe should be like tuna preferably with less bones , fillets will be

best suited.

The key ingredient is kokum/ garcinia Cambogia/kodumpuli.

Like Sri lankans Keralites  too,use this ingredient widely in their preparations.

As, this ingredient aids in fatburn many people add this in many drinks and dishes now.

This a blackish curry made with few ingredients and no oil.

Rice , milk rice, or coconut rice with this curry and pol sambol ( coconut sambol) is a

good treat and good combination.

Before you make the curry ,add a handful of kokum / Goraka to half a cup water Boil for few minutes till soft to grind . Grind to a paste and use . This could be stored in the refrigerator and used when needed.

To my version of the recipe…

INGREDIENTS

500 gm fish cubes ( medium)

2-3 tblsp of kokum paste

1 tblsp. Pepper powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

3/4 -1 tsp chillie powder

1 tsp fenugreek or methi seeds

2-3 pieces of cinnamon

1 piece rampe/pandan leaf

Lots of curry leaf sprigs to cover the bottom of the pot

7- 8 cloves of garlic

3-4 green chillies cut

1 tsp sugar

Salt to taste

1 onion cut into rings ( to be added finally )

METHOD

Wash the fish and apply kokum paste ,pepper powder,turmeric,chilli powder  with salt .

(Check for sourness you prefer and gradually add paste)

Spread the curry leaf sprigs and cinnamon at the base of the clay pot ( some use banana

leaf too). This is done to prevent the ingredients from burning.

Arrange the marinaded fish pieces without clumping, and cook covered with the rest of

the ingredients for 5 minutes.

Next add a little water and cook for a few minutes . In between just shake the pot and

cook on a very slow fire for 10 minutes.Add onion rings and remove from fire and keep

it covered.Serve hot.

This dish is semi dry so don’t use lot of water.

Try this dish from the Lankan cuisine and post in your comments.

SHRIMP SCAMPI MASALA


Scampi is one tasty dish no one could resist.

It is made with pastas, stir fry, battered or different types of rice.

Today’s recipe is scampi masala with few ingredients, but rich in taste.

Do try this and post in your comments.

To the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

400-500 gm scampi

1 big onion

2-3 green chillies

7-8 cloves garlic

1 inch piece ginger

1 tblsp. chilli powder

1 tblsp coriander powder

1 tblsp.cummin seed powder

3-4 tblsp oil

Few curry leaves

Salt to taste

A sprinkle of pepper powder( to be added last)

METHOD

Clean the scampi, ( let the tails on).

Wash and add turmeric powder and salt and leave it in the fridge for some time. ( you

could marinade overnight too)

Grind the onion ginger, garlic,and green chillies to a paste.

Heat oil , slightly toss the shrimp in oil for 2 minutes and remove from fire.

Add the ground paste to the same hot oil and cook with a little salt for 5 minutes.

Next add the rest of the ingredients.

Add 3/4 cup water and cook till slightly thick.

Next add the scampi, and cook till thick ( not more than another 5-7 minutes).

Remove from fire and sprinkle pepper. Serve hot.

FRIED FISH MANGO CURRY


This is a fusion of Malabar fish curry made my way ,with mango and coconut milk.

Good with rice,stringhoppers,hoppers and rotis.

Do try, and send in your comments and suggestions!

INGREDIENTS

500 gm mackeral or any fish

2 onions chopped fine

3-4 green chillies slit

2-3 strips of ginger cut fine.

1 tblsp.red chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp.whole peppercorns

1 cup thick coconut milk

2-3 cups second extract coconut milk

Salt to taste

1 tomato

1/2 cup light tamarind water or  1-2 pieces of kokum

1/4 tsp garam masala

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

1 tsp sugar

Oil

For fried fish marinade

1 tsp.chilli powder

a pinch of turmeric

Salt.

METHOD

Mix in the masalas listed for fried fish and fry  till brown.

Heat a little of the leftover fried oil,add mustard, fenugreek seeds and onions and cook

till onion is translucent.

Add ginger, green chillies, mango,chilli powder,turmeric, chopped tomato and salt and

saute dry till masalas are well blended.

Add tamarind and second extract of coconut milk and cook till mango is soft.

Add garam masala

.Next add the fried fish and thick coconut milk and simmer for 5-7 minutes.

Remove from fire and add coriander leaves.