STEAMED BUNS


Steamed buns originated from the Chinese cuisine is one good food for breakfast and take away.

This can be made sweet or savoury.The sweet buns are the traditional red kidney beans stuffing ,and the savoury ones i think it can be your choice of vegan,or non vegan.

I got this from an old chinese recipe book,and wished to share with you.

I will be giving the dough recipe and some suggestions for the filling.Do try and let me

know your comments.

INGREDIENTS

500 gm flour

2 tsp yeast

3 cups  milk (lukewarm)

1/4 cup oil

3 tblsp.sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt.

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METHOD

Mix all the ingredients and knead  to a soft dough.

Proofing  of dough  is required  twice (untill double ).

Make portions and steam for 10 miutes.

For red bean filling (Sweet)

Soak the beans overnight and cook till soft.Drain out the water and mash coarsely

Add sugar or jaggery to taste .Add a blob of butter or coconut which is optional and cook

for few minutes and use as filling .

Savoury filling have many options to choose from,and i will be giving a few.

1.Curried paneer and spinach 

2.Potato and beans or peas curried

3.Butter tossed vegetables like carrot,beans,cabbage,bokchoy…….with a little pepper.

4.Minced meat filling

5.Sea food filling

TIP: You can add ground spinach for green steamed buns…..

Do try your innovations too,and post in your ideas .!

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PRAWN ‘N’ SPINACH FALAFEL


Falafel is one good and nutritious food anyone will relish.

I have posted recipes of falafel before..and in addition to that I’m sharing this recipe with

prawn ‘n ‘spinach.

The authentic falafel is made with coriander leaves ,but this one is made with the iron

rich spinach leaves.

Spinach leaves have amazing health benefits,and it is beneficial, if you can include it in

your diet daily in the form of salad and juices.

When cooked with dals,paneer or any meat it brings out an unique flavor and taste .

There are 3 types of spinach you could pick on in Asia

1. Baby spinach

2.Chinese spinach ( red)

3.Regular Spinach

You could use any of the variety for this falafel.

So let’s move on to the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

200-250 gm prawns ( shells removed)

2 cups channa ( kadala) soaked overnight(brown or white)

1 cup spinach leaves

3-5 green chillies or red chillies

4 pips garlic

1 tsp cummin seeds

Salt to taste.

1/2 tsp pepper.

1 onion chopped fine ( optional)

Oil for frying

METHOD

Grind all the listed ingredients, except onions to a coarse paste and fry to a golden color.

You could shallow fry or deep fry.

Serve hot with any dips of your choice.

Tip : A cube of your favourite cheese can be used in the centre before frying.

Prawns could be ground with tails on for that extra crunch.

 

 

FISH FILLET CURRY


This is my tic- tac -toe curry which turned to be very tasty.For those of you who don’t like

the crunch of onions and other ingredients in the curry this is a good to try recipe.

Smooth,silky texture good to serve with chappathis .rice,iddlis,dosas.stringhoppers…..

So..let’s get into the recipe now..

INGREDIENTS

500-1 kg fish fillet

For grinding

2 big onions chopped

3 tomatoes

1/2 cup grated coconut

4-5 pips of garlic

2-3 tblsp curd or yoghurt

1 tblsp mustard oil +1 tblsp coconut oil

few curry leaves

few kasuri methi ( dried fenugreek leaves)

1 tblsp chilli powder

1 tblsp coriander powder

1 tsp turmeric powder

salt to taste.

1 tblsp.lime or lemon juice

few mustard seeds,fenugreek seeds, for tempering

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METHOD

Grind the ingredients listed for grinding to a paste and set aside.

Heat oil ,add ingredients for tempering with the curry leaves .Next add the chilli

powder,coriander powder,turmeric powder and then the ground paste,and cook for 10

minutes till the oil separates and you get a nice color.

Add required amount of water (this gravy should be thick not watery).After a boil add

the fish fillet and the rest of the ingredients and simmer for another 10 minutes.

FISH STEW CURRY


This curry can be made with seer ,tuna and salmon fish or whatever type suitable

to grill or fry.

I made the curry by only grilling the fish .It was pretty rich and awesome ,with

the inclusion of moringa leaves.Good with  rice,stringhoppers,hoppers,….or

any bread of your choice.

Let me share this recipe with you now.

INGREDIENTS

To grill the fish

1 kg fish slices

1 tblsp chillie powder

1 tblsp coriander powder

1 tsp.turmeric powder

salt to taste.

coconut oil

Mix the masalas and salt together and marinade for some time.Grill the fish in coconut

oil (do not use oil like for frying ,a little to seal the fish will be enough) till brown.Remove

and set aside.Do not discard the leftover oil after grilling.

For the curry

INGREDIENTS

1 kg fish slices

2-3 onions chopped

3-4 green chillies chopped

1 tblsp.ginger garlic paste

3 -4 big tomatoes chopped

1 tsp.turmeric

1 tblsp.chillie powder

1 tsp.garam masala powder

2 tsp sugar or jaggery

enough coconut milk

curry leaves

Moringa leaves

2 tblsp ghee or butter

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METHOD

Heat the ghee and add onions and saute till brown .Next add the ginger-garlic

paste,tomatoes green chillie,turmeric and salt and cook till tomatoes are very soft and

well blended.

Add chilli powder and garam masala powder ,sugar and cook for another 3 minutes.Add

a little water (1/4 cup water) and cook till thick.Add coconut milk (2-3 cups) enough for

the quantity of gravy you require .

Add the grilled fish after a boil and cook on a slow flame .Add the moringa leaves and the

leftover oil .(about a tblsp only)and simmer for a few minutes and serve.

You can add dried methi or fresh leaves too if you dont have moringa leaves.

 

 

 

 

QUICK FISH WRAP


This recipe came up,when I had to prepare a quick dinner.I tried this simple and quick

recipe with sword fish fillets.You could try with any type of fish(boneless) you like. I’m

going to share with you the recipe for the simple fish filling.I have used chappathis for

the wrap( you could find the recipe for the dough in my previous posts.)CHAPPATHI EGG ROLL

So let’s get into the simple and quick wrap recipe.

INGREDIENTS

250 gm fish fillets or cubed

1 small bokchoy or any greens you like

Few pieces of capsicum julienned.

1-2 tsp.chillie flakes

1 inch piece ginger chopped fine.

1 tblsp vinegar

1 tsp cornflour

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tblsp.butter or oil

Salt to taste.

METHOD

Heat butter in a pan and cook the fish lightly on both sides for 2 minutes or untill light

brown.Shove the fish to a corner of the pan,add ginger,bokchoy,and the rest of the

ingredients,and saute for another 2 minutes.(do not add water).Remove from fire and

use to make the wrap. Make chappathis and apply beaten  egg on one side.After egg is set

and cooked,remove from fire keep the filling on the side of the egg .Roll and serve.

You can add grated cheese if you like.Can be served with pickled veggies or lettuce or any

salad leaf .Do send in your comments and suggestions.

QUICKEST CURRIED PRAWN PASTA


This pasta has less ingredients ,and less time in making too.Not the usual pasta ingredients…

Good for lunch boxes ,and quick fix food.

I’m moving on to the recipe right away!

INGREDIENTS

200-250 gm cooked pasta ( reserve 1/4 cup of the drained water)

10 red chillies

1 tblsp. ginger -garlic paste

1 tblsp vinegar

1 tsp.kashmiri chilli powder(for the color)

100 gm prawns

1 big leeks/ spring onions chopped

1/4 cup cauliflower chopped fine or cabbage

1 green chilli chopped

2 tblsp.butter

1 tblsp red wine vinegar/ plain vinegar

Salt to taste

METHOD

Grind the bold listed coarsely and set aside.

Heat the butter,and add the prawns and sauté till it changes color

Next add the chilli paste and cook for further 2-3 minutes

Add the chopped leeks,cauliflower,and the chillies and mix well.

Add cooked pasta and the water ( drained water)

Add the wine vinegar ,mix well and remove from fire.

Garnish with parsley or coriander leaves if you like.

SQUID MASALA


This masala can be served with any type of rice and rotis.The masala is prepared and ground

first,and then the squid is added.This is a spicy dish with a sway,towards chettinadu cuisine.

Let’s get into the recipe right away!

INGREDIENTS

500 gm squid(cleaned )

For the masala

2-3 big onions cut into quarters

5-6 pips garlic (with peel on)

7-10 red chillies

1+1/2 tblsp coriander seeds

2 tsp.cummin seeds

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

1 tsp.peppercorns

1 tsp.saunf

1/4 cup coconut

1 tblsp.white poppy seeds(khus khus)

1 inch piece cinnamon

2 cardamons

3 cloves

1 mace

2 tomatoes cut

Curry leaves

2-3 tblsp gingelly oil

1/4 cup tamarind water

1 tsp.sugar or jaggery

METHOD

Heat half of the oil.First add the onions and sauté till brown.Next add the rest of the

ingredients,except for the bold listed and roast till you see the fenugreek or the methi in it

turns golden brown and not burnt ( otherwise it will be bitter).Saute the tomatoes slightly in

the same pan and add to mixture and grind to a paste.

Heat the remaining oil ,add curry leaves and the masala and cook till it is thick.(If it turns

watery you could add a tblsp.of rice flour).Once it starts to thicken ,add tamarind water and

the cleaned squid and cook till thick and squid is done.Add sugar or jaggery and remove from

fire.

Garnish with curry leaves.

TANDOORI FISH BIRIYANI


Fish biriyani made with tandoori masala and tandoori fish.What I have observed mostly is

when it is sea food it has to have that methi taste .As tandoori masala has the fenugreek or

methi included ,I think this is best when tried with fish.The fish has to be partly fried,deep

fried or grilled .Fish best suited will be seer,Sea bass(Kodava),tuna or any filleted fish.

For the recipe now…..

INGREDIENTS

500 gm boneless fish cubes

2 big onions sliced

1 big tomato

1 lime

4-5 green chillies slit

Curry leaves

Whole spices(1 inch cinnamon,6-7 cloves,2 star anise,3 cardamons)

1 tsp saunf

2 tblsp ginger -garlic paste

1 tblsp garam masala or biryani masala powder

1 tblsp red chilli powder

1/2 tblsp coriander powder

1 tsp.cummin powder+ methi powder(dry roast and powder)

3 tblsp kasuri methi or dried fenugreek leaves

Ghee and oil 1/4 cup.

1 cup curd

Salt to taste.

Method

To marinade the fish

1 tblsp chillie powder

3 tblsp.curd

1 tblsp lime juice.

1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder ( optional)

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1/2 tsp cummin powder

Salt to taste

Few kasuri methi leaves

Mix all ingredients to a paste and marinade the fish in it for 10-15 minutes.Deep fry,or grill

and set aside.

To make the biriyani gravy

Heat the ghee and oil ,and add the whole spices ,add sauté onions till brown.Next add the

green chillies ,and when it changes color,add salt,tomato,ginger garlic paste ,and rest of the

ingredients except for methi-cummin powder,and methi leaves( to be added last).When the

oil separates ,add 1/4 cup water.After a minute add the fish and cook on a very slow flame for

10 minutes.Add mint leaves,and the rest of the ingredients.Cook for a minute and remove

from fire.

To prepare the rice

750 gm basmati rice

2 bay leaves

2 tsp peppercorns

1 tblsp saunf

1 tblsp chopped pieces of ginger

Salt to taste

Heat water,add the spices and the rice and cook till 3/4th done.Drain off the water ,leave 1/2

cup water with the rice.Transfer half of the cooked rice to another vessel.and spread half of

the fish curry.

Next add the remaining rice,and on top of that spread the curry.

Heat a spoon of ghee and pour on top.Cover and cook with a weight on top of the cover .Cook

on a very low flame (dum) for 10- 15 minutes.

You could garnish with fried onions ,cashewnuts if you like.

Serve with mint chutney,raita……and your choices.

FRIED FISH CURRY


This curry is a very rich,spicy,and awesome curry to have with rice,chappathis,rotis,hoppers

stringhoppers or anything which needs a curry accompaniment.You can use any fish you like,

but I like to use the small category with less bones.This dish is also categorised under stew fish

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

INGREDIENTS

500-1 kg.fish

2 onions chopped finely

1 cup tamarind water (thick)

2 tomatoes coarsely ground

6-7 pips of garlic

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tblsp chilli powder

2-2.5 tblsp coriander powder

1 tsp cummin seed powder

1/2 coconut ground to a fine paste.

Few curry leaves

Dried methi leaves / coriander leaves

1 tsp.mustard seeds

2 tsp fenugreek seeds

Salt to taste.

Oil to fry the fish

To marinade the fish

1 tblsp chilli powder

A pinch of turmeric powder

2 tsp salt.

METHOD

Marinade the fish ,and set aside for a few minutes and deep fry till golden brown and set

aside.

Heat 2 tblsp oil (from the leftover oil,which gives the added flavour).Add the mustard

seeds ,curry leaves,fenugreek seeds and the chopped onions.Let the onion brown a little,then

add the tomatoes with salt and turmeric .Add the chilli powder,coriander and cummin

powder and sauté till you see the tomatoes soft and oil separates.Next add the coconut

paste ,green chilliesand sauté further for 2-3 minutes .Add the tamarind water and required

amount of water,and allow to come to a boil .Add the fried fish and simmer for further 10

minutes.Sprinkle methi/coriander leaves.

BAKED BUTTER PRAWNS IN FIERY GARLIC SAUCE


This recipe has a few ingredients only,but the tangy hot taste makes it more than simple.

These prawns can be served as starters,made wraps with egg chappathi,or with any

wrap.Good to serve with rice too.A toss with spaghetti or egg noodles will be fine

too..To add to the aroma i used a banana leaf for baking.Okay ….i think i’l get into the

recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

500 gm prawns

50 gm butter

3-4 tblsp oil

15 cloves of garlic chopped fine

2-4 tblsp chilli flakes (you can reduce if you like)

juice of 2 limes

salt to taste

1/2 tsp.kashmiri chilli powder

few curry leaves

METHOD

Heat butter and oil in a pan and add the finely chopped garlic saute for a minute.Add the

chilli flakes,chilli powder,and saute for a minute more.Remove from fire .Add lime juice

and salt .Pour this on the cleaned prawns and mix well.Transfer on to a banana leaf or

any tray and bake for 20-30 minutes. If there is gravy after baking thicken it and pour

again on the baked prawns and serve.

If you like an eggy flavor,or a scrambled look add egg to the gravy ,scramble and transfer

back with the prawns.