Mathania Mirchi Mutton


Ingredients: 1kg mutton, 

16 fully grown mathania mirchis, ghee (clarified butter), and

Salt.
Method
1. In a pan, add ghee and 16 mathania mirchis. 

2. In a few minutes, the mirchis will begin crackling. Add 1 kg mutton to the pan.

3. Stir well. The mutton will release some water. Wait for it to dry out.

4. Once the pan dries out, sprinkle about 5 ml water over the mutton and cover the pan with a lid. Cook the mutton till it is tender by repeating the same process. It takes roughly 50 minutes.

5. Serve with rotis.

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Chicken Malai Tikka

 
Ingredients

Two Chicken Breasts, cut into tikka sized pieces

1/2 cup hung curd

1 cube processed cheese, grated

3 tbsp fresh cream/ malai

2 tbsp ginger garlic paste 

1 tsp coriander powder

Salt and black pepper to taste
Method

1. Mix the hing curd, cheese, cream, ginger garlic paste, coriander powder, pepper and salt in a bowl.

2. Take the chicken pieces. Pierce each a few times using a fork.

3. Add the chicken to the marinade. Mix well. Set in the refrigerator for about three hours.

4. Pre-heat the air fryer at 180 deg C for three minutes.

5. Brush the rack with a few drops of oil. 

6. Add the chicken pieces. Set the air fryer to 180 deg C and cook for 16 minutes, or till the chicken is done. 

Tip: toss the tikkas around the halfway mark at about 8 minutes.

Tomato and Cheese Cold Soup

 
Ingredients 
150 gms Homemade cottage cheese/ ricotta cheese

Half a tomato, diced

2 pods of garlic, finely chopped

Half a cube of processed or Parmesan cheese,  grated

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper for garnish according to taste

Method

Take a blender and add all the above ingredients to it, and blend till they reach the desired consistency. You may add a little water if you want.

Serve with garlic bread, or crackers.

Sugarless Mango Pudding

 

Ingredients

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2 mangoes, puréed

1 packet of Digestive biscuits

2 tbsp cream or malai

1 tbsp museli/ mixed cereal

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tsp chocolate ganache/ chocolate chips

3 cherries (cut into spherical halves without seeds)

A few small pieces of watermelon without seeds and watermelon juice

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Method

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1. Pulse the digestive biscuits in the mixer and make a crumble. Set aside.

2. Add the malai and the vanilla essence to the mango purée. Set aside.

3. Make a watermelon granita or freeze the watermelon pieces.

4. Assemble the pudding, just before serving, in layers as shown in the photograph. First add the crumble, then the mango purée. Add a few pieces of the watermelon and sprinkle some juice with it. Remember to decorate with cherries, sprinkle some museli or mixed cereal for the crunchiness, and chocolate chips or small cubes of frozen chocolate ganache for the extra zing!

 

My Mother’s Sari

My mother’s sari fills the void she left behind.
It is her essence, it still carries her fragrance.
The nine yards are:
the nine years symbolic of her absence.
.
In the pleats of her sari,
I used to bury my head and
wish the cares of my life away.
And, they’d actually be gone.
.
Clinging on to the fall of her pallav,
I knew I was holding my anchor.
It was also my touchstone.
And sometimes, I would wipe my brow with it.
My mother’s saris, so fondly collected,
to be passed on to her daughters,
are still hanging in her closet.
I visit it time and again, and borrow from it.
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In wearing her saris, I feel a sense of pride;
a surreal embrace that envelops me,
of clutching on to the nostalgic past,
which slowly slips away into memory.
.
But, there is this one sari belonging to Ma,
which I will never wear.
Never will I ever take it out of her closet.
I dare not move it or, wash it, or air it.
I will not share it,
because
when everything else is a matter of the mind
and all words and deeds of comfort fail,
this one sari is what I can hold in my hand
bury my head in,
and
still smell Ma in it.
My only way of filling the void, that she left behind.
.
– Shraddha 10/5/15

Easy Lunch fix: Kathi Roll in Homemade Baida Roti

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Baida Roti is a roti made using Maida (all purpose flour) filled with egg, and is fried on the tawa/ non-stick pan using some oil. Here, I’ve tried a wheat flour no-oil version for a healthier, yet equally tasty meal.

For Baida Roti

Ingredients
Wheat Flour (kneaded into a dough)
2 eggs, whipped
Salt to taste

Method
1. Make a round ball with the dough and roll it into a circle using a rolling pin in the shape of a roti.
2. Heat a non-stick pan and place this roti on the pan. Flip it once or twice till it gets done.
3. Remove from the pan and let it cool a little.
4. Whip the eggs and add a little bit of salt for taste.
5. Make a small incision on any side of the roti so that the egg mix could be poured into it.
6. Seal it and let it cook till the egg is done.
7. The Baida Roti is ready to be served.

Serving suggestion as a Kathi Roll

Ingredients
1 Baida Roti
1 Kakori or Shammi Kebab
Half an onion cut into rings
Some grated cabbage
Lemon juice
Coriander mint chutney
Chilli powder
Salt

Method
1. Cook the kebab till it is done.
2. Mix the onion and cabbage. Sprinkle lemon juice on it and add red chilli powder and salt according to taste. Keep aside for at least 15 minutes for it to absorb the flavours.
2. Place the Baida Roti on a plate. Spread the chutney on it. Place the kebab. Sprinkle the onions and cabbage. Roll it together and secure it with half-a-toothpick.
3. Serve with coriander-mint chutney, onions and raita.

Orange Cupcakes

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Ingredients (makes about 12-15 cupcakes)

1 and 1/2 cups flour (maida)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cooking oil
2 eggs (at room temperature)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup orange juice (I used fresh orange juice. You can try the tetra packs but make sure the batter doesn’t become too sweet.)
1 tsp vanilla essence
Pinch of salt

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
2. Blend the sugar, oil and eggs. Add the dry ingredients along with the orange juice, little by little, and fold them into the mix.
3. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners and spoon the batter into them. Bake for 15-20 minutes, so a skewer poked into the cake comes out clean.
4. In case the cupcakes aren’t ready, bake for another 4-5 minutes at 120 deg C. If you continue baking at 180 deg, the cupcakes might burn.