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Ayam Goreng Berampah (Malaysian Spicy Fried Chicken)

Had it not been for my father’s encouragement, I wouldn’t have turned out to be so passionate about cooking. So this time, when they were visitng us, I had made up my mind to cook …

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Malvani/Malwani Mutton Sukka (Dry Mutton Dish)

? As mentioned in my previous post, this year’s first cooking experiment was Malvani Mutton Sukka. This is a dish from the Malwan area of the Konkan region. As the name suggests, it is a dry dish. However, you can make it a gravy by adding more water. The dish can be used as a starter as well as a side dish.

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Parsi Sali/Saali/Salli Keema

Salli Keema is a popular Parsi dish that is made of minced meat and garnished with fried potato. There are quite a few variations to this recipe. The recipe I followed was my favourite cookery book by Jiggs Kalra.

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Spicy Mutton Fry

I love it when D comes up with a specific request. That makes things a lot more easier for me. The other day, when I mentioned my plan to prepare mutton, his only requirement was that it should be spicy. I went ahead with the preparation, adding things along the way. Thus a Spicy Mutton Fry was created 🙂 You may adjust the amount of chillies to suit your taste.

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Buffalo Wings

Contrary to it’s name, the dish has nothing to do with the animal. Buffalo wings are basically deep fried chicken wings coated with a hot sauce. One can hear a lot of versions to the story behind the invention of this dish. The most popular story is that this dish was invented in Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York and hence the name Buffalo Wings. During our trip to US, Anchor bar was one of the must-visit places for me. J’s bestie Sachin being a foodie, made things easier 🙂 While returning from Niagara to Cincinnati, we stopped at the…

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Crab Risotto

The dilemma I face when it comes to cooking food, is to strike a balance between the liking of my boys. While J is fond of Indian food, preferably authentic Kerala cuisine, D is a stark contrast. So the deal I struck between them is to cook the food of their choice on alternate days 🙂 Lately as J has to do a lot of travelling, I try my experiments with other cuisine while he’s away. My latest experiment was making Risotto. Risotto is an Italian dish in which rice is cooked in stock to a creamy consistency. After going…

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Bacon Jam

I have always been drawn to trying out something new than preparing the usual menu. So I’m always on the lookout for that inspiration. This time, I was inspired by my little sister. During our chat session, she was going on about a unique jam she tasted. Bacon Jam. Though I’ve seen them on TV, I never got the opportunity to taste them. Naturally,it piqued my curiosity. As expected, next thing to do was to google for a recipe. I followed Martha Stewart’s recipe with minor tweaking. All of us loved it. You can use in sandwiches, burgers, rolls etc.

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Guncha-O-Bahar (Cauliflower in an almond based gravy)

Awadhi cuisine is famous for its richness in its ingredients. Guncha-O-Bahar is a dish comprising of cauliflower dum-cooked in a rich gravy. I found this recipe in the Jiggs Kalra collection of recipes. I was not sure if my boys would like it, but decided to give it a try. Surprisingly, they both liked it. I halved the quantity of the cauliflower used in the original recipe. However, I followed the measurement in the original recipe for the gravy.

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Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons (Djaj Mqualli)

? Tagine is a slow cooked stew made with meat, vegetables and spices. This dish is common in Africa. The dish got its name after Tagine, an earthen pot with a conical lid, which is used to cook the stew. I was tempted to try making this dish at home but didn’t have a Tagine pot. On doing some research, I found that that one could prepare Tagine even without the traditional pot. Aah !! My Eureka moment !!
The recipe I chose was Djaj Mqualli, a tagine made with Chicken, preserved lemons and olives. I had bookmarked a recipe from Saveur. Though the recipe called for Olives, I omitted it as I’m not particularly fond of the taste. I had preserved the lemons couple of weeks back. So that was taken care of. I served the Tagine with Couscous. The cleaned plates were a testimony to how good the dished turned out to be. 🙂

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Beef Curry

I had mentioned about our Coorg trip in one of my previous posts. Lilian aunty, our host, had prepared this wonderful Mutton Curry that was served with Paapputtu, a steamed rice dish. Aunty had promptly shared the recipe with me. When my parents and sister were here, I prepared this dish. The only difference is that I used Beef instead of Mutton. The beef version also turned out to be as good as the mutton curry. You can prepare this with chicken as well.

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Moussaka

Moussaka is an eggplant or potato-based dish, often including ground meat, in the cuisines of the countries of the former Ottoman Empire, with many local and regional variations. In Turkey, it is sautéed and served …

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Kothu Parotta/Porotta

Kothu Parotta is a popular street food of Tamil Nadu. This dish is made of shredded Porotta/Parotta mixed with masala and vegetables/meat/egg. It’s an interesting way of using up your leftover porottas/rotis. The recipe I have given has eggs in it. However, you can make it using vegetables or meat as well. This dish should be eaten hot.

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Vendakka Mappas (Okra cooked in Coconut Milk)

Vendakka Mappas is a traditional Kerala gravy mainly consumed with Rice. You could use any vegetable of your choice to prepare this dish. Another variation to this curry is the Maangaa Mappas, a favourite of mine.

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Paneer Bhurji (Scrambled Cottage Cheese)

Paneer bhurji is a dish that can be whipped up in a jiffy. This goes well with any Indian bread.

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Stir fried Minced meat with Vegetables

It’s Easter today. A special day for the Christians all over the world. This is the day for celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as the culmination of the forty days’ lent. Stir fried Minced meat with vegetables, is something that can be whipped up in a jiffy. It goes well with Rice or any bread. You may use any vegetables of your choice. Make sure you add them according to the cooking time.

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Laal Maans- A fiery Rajasthani Lamb Curry

Laal Maans is an authentic Rajasthani meat dish. The literal translation of “Laal Maans” is Red Meat. Traditionally, this lamb dish is prepared with red chillies and curd. However, the recipe I followed, doesn’t use curd. Instead it calls for Kachri powder, which is the powdered form of wild cucumbe

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Ikan Pari Bakar (Malaysian Style Baked Sting Ray)

D is not particularly fond of fish. So, the other day when he started pestering me to buy Sting Ray, I was a bit surprised. As soon as the fish was brought home, he searched and gave me the recipe of Ikan Pari Bakar, from Tasty Kitchen. On reading the recipe, I figured that it was similar to the sti

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Singapore Chilli Crab

Singapore Chilli Crab. The mere mention of it takes me back to 2007, where I got to taste it for the first time. While doing my research before the travel, I had read the Singapore Chill Crab is a must-try. Being a foodie that definitely topped my to-do list. After placing the order, we sat there, e

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