Beef Cutlets Recipe

26 Jun

The Goan Beef Cutlet Recipe is a spiced version of a German Schnitzel and Chicken Fried Steak and the coating is cream of wheat/ semolina/rava. I love these cutlets. We used to make sandwiches with the leftovers as a quick snack. Beef, fish and pork is consumed a lot in a christian household in Goa. Every time I think of a new recipe for my blog it always has to do something with beef :-) .

beef-cutlets-bread-mince-pao-goan-indian-rawa-fried-country-steak-recipeIf you do go online and search for Goan Beef Cutlets you will find a lot of recipes with ground beef. A pattie made with ground beef is called as Almôndegas for a Goan cutlet only sliced beef that is tenderized is used. I used  Chuck Steak to make this recipe but I wouldn’t recommend as it was way too chewy. Sharing my families recipe with you.

beef-cutlets-schnitzel-country-fried-steak-spiced-chicken-recipeServing Size: 6-8

Ingredients:

2 lbs of sliced beef about 3-4″ round and 1/4″thick

3 tbsp of vinegar

1″ of  fresh ginger

1-2 jalapeno

10-12 garlic cloves

12 whole cloves

10 whole pepper cloves

2 cups of cream of wheat/rava/semolina

Salt to taste

beef-cutlets-bread-mince-pao-goan-indian-ingredientsDirections:

Wash and wipe dry the meat. Grind garlic, ginger, jalapeno, cloves, peppercorns and vinegar to a fine paste.

Apply salt and the ground marinade to the cut meat. Let marinate for 1 to 2 hours in the refrigerator.

Heat oil in a shallow pan. Coat each slice with cream of wheat and shallow fry till light golden brown.

Serve as a side or enjoy with Oil-Free Sautéed Green Beans like I did.

beef-cutlets-bread-mince-pao-goan-indian-marinade-gravyMy Easy recipe for Oil-Free Sautéed Green Beans

Ingredients:

2 lbs of fresh-cut green beans

1 medium onion diced

1 chopped tomato

1 diced jalapeno

4 cloves of garlic chopped

1/2 tsp of cumin seeds

1/4 tsp of turmeric

1/2 chicken or veg bouillon

1 cup water

1/2 cup of fresh grated coconut (optional)

salt to taste

steamed-green-beans-turmeric-cumin-onions-bouillon-recipe-boiled-sauteedDirections:

In a pot add all the above ingredients together. Mix well, cover and cook for 25-30 minutes till the beans are soft. Check and stir in between. If adding grated coconut add in the last 5 minutes. Mix well and enjoy as a nice tasty  healthy side.

Mangalorean Buns – Fried Banana Bread

19 Jun

If you love Banana bread then you have to give Mangalore Banana Buns (Bhubhus Roti / Puri) a try. This sweet chewy deep-fried banana bread made with baking soda and cumin seeds is a bomb. The texture is very similar to a whole wheat pita bread and is also very similar to American Indian Fry Bread. Last week I stumbled upon this recipe while browsing online and was very excited to give it a try. I also found out for the first time that  it was a Mangalorean (Mangalore) and not a Goan sweet. Goan’s have something similar which is a ball-shaped called filoz.

mangalorean-mangalore-buns-pao-puri-goan-banana-fried-breadMangalore and Goa share some similar cuisines. This sweet bun (pao/puri/bread) was a common sight at most Goan Tea Stalls. It reminded me of the good old days when we were kids. When I went on my first visit back to Goa from the US, it was on my “Must Eat” list. Now a days it is hard to find in Goa with local tea stalls being replaced by the fancy pastry places.

To keep the dough chewy and soft I found that combining white with whole wheat flour is the best. The moisture in the banana and yogurt is enough to make the bread dough. Plus letting the dough to rest overnight in the refrigerator will give the best results. As I was making the buns for the first time I was worried if I would get the caramelized color on the bread and I was happy it did come out just the way I remember.

mangalorean-mangalore-banana-buns-pao-puri-pav-goan-bhubhus-roti-recipe-indianServing Size: 9-10 Pao/Puri about 3 inches rounds

Ingredients:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup of whole wheat flour

1 over ripe banana

1/2 tsp of whole cumin

1/2 tsp of baking soda

3 tbsp of sugar

3 tbsp of plain yogurt

salt to taste

mangalorean-mangalore-buns-pao-puri-goan-banana-bread-recipeDirections:

Mash or either puree the ripe banana. Put it in a mixing bowl. Add the sugar, salt, cumin, sugar, yogurt and baking soda and mix it well.

Next add the flour in slowly till a slight wet dough is formed similar to a bread or chapati dough texture.

Let it rest overnight. It will have a brown hue. Divide the dough into equal portions.

Heat oil in a deep pan for deep-frying.

Shape into small disk, dust with flour so it does not stick and roll it about 1/8″ thick and 3-4″ round.

Slip each disk carefully into the hot oil and gently caress the top of the bread to let it puff up. Flip and fry till brown.

Drain it on a paper towel.

mangalorean-mangalore-buns-pao-puri-goan-recipe-dishes-kannadaEnjoy fresh with a good cup of hot tea or coffee. If you have ever made something similar please share your thoughts in the comments section. And for all you fathers out there in the blogosphere wishing you all a Very Happy Fathers Day!

Salada Russo – Russian Salad Recipe

12 Jun

Russian Salad or Salada Russo(Portuguese) is not a truly Goan recipe. It came into the food scenes in mid 1980 to 2000’s. You would see it at all wedding buffets and Birthday parties. Since I haven’t made this recipe for ages I could not remember it too well. I did remember it’s subtle sweetness because of apples and pineapples added to the salad. As I was googling the recipes I found recipes with variations. I wanted to share the classic recipe.

russian-salad-recipe-indian-goan-creamy-mayonnaise-vegetarianA 411 call to my mum did not help either as she too could not remember as this recipe is loosing it’s popularity to newer one’s. I was fortunate to ask my good friend Maya P who took the time to send me whatsapp voice instructions. So I credit this recipe to her…..Thanks Maya!

The dressing for this salad is mayonnaise. Goan mayonnaise is made with vinegar, a tad bit of sugar and raw eggs. My mum always makes her mayo with cooked yolks. I would highly recommend making your own mayo then the store bought since it is so easy and simple. I make mine in a glass/mason jar with a hand mixer.

Serving Size: 1 Cup approx

Ingredients:

fish-mayonnaise-ingredients-recipe-indian-goan-vinegar-raw-egg

1 whole raw egg

1/2 cup oil

1/8 tsp of pepper powder

1 tsp of vinegar

1/4-1/2 tsp of sugar

salt to taste

fish-mayonnaise-in-jar-ingredients-recipe-indian-goan-vinegar-raw-egg

  Directions:

In a well dried mason jar add the egg, pepper, sugar, salt  and vinegar. Gently add the oil while you are using a hand blender. Blend the mixer for a minute or two till thicken.

Store in the refrigerator up to a week.

Goan Mayonnaise is used in a lot of recipes. Fish Mayonnaise that has a similar base of a Russian salad with the addition of steamed fish and cooked eggs.

Forminhas (canapé) are mini deep fried dough shell stuffed with fish paste or a mixture of boiled potato, peas, carrots and mayo.

ussian-salad-ingredients-recipe-indian-goan-creamy-mayonnaise-dressing

Chicken Rolls is a hotdog bun stuffed with shredded poached or boiled chicken, leafy lettuce and mayo.

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You can enjoy Russian salad as a nice cooling side dish for your barbeques on hot summer days. This is a rich salad as it is made with oil and raw eggs, so you do not want to over indulge :-) .

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients:

1 boiled russet potato diced in small pieces

1 green bell pepper

1 apple diced with or without skin

1 cup of cooked peas

1 cup of cooked diced carrots

1/2 cup mayonnaise

salt to taste

Optional:

1/2 cup diced cooked chicken or shrimps/prawns

1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple

2 chopped boiled eggs

russian-salad-salada-russo-recipe-goan-indian-vegetarian-vinegar-mayoDirections:

In a clean bowl mix all the ingredients together and let refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Serve chilled as a side, on a toasted crostini, bagel chips, puff pastry cups/shells or crackers.

Herb Goat Chops with Mint Yogurt Sauce

5 Jun

Goat meat is my newest favorite red meat as it is much leaner than Beef. I really enjoyed my doubled cooked ribs and I hope you do too :-) . I must warn you that if you follow culinary cooking instructions like Food Network Chopped, then I fail ;-) .

goat-meat-recipe-mint-grilled-chops-ribs-lamb-chopsAs you know Indian cooking does not have rare or medium-rare in the meat cooking vocabulary. We cook our meats so much that having any meat bacteria is almost a 0% possibility. All meats in India are chewy. My mama’s reasoning…. the animals were made to work first before they were killed (Sorry my dear vegetarian and vegan friends. Not so nice conversation ). So there you go, I love chewy dry meats :-) .

 goat-meat-recipe-mint-grilled-curry-indianYou can use this marinade for any meats, paneer and firm tofu. To make a nice roast or for grilling. My choice to add mint is that it goes well with goat or lamb.

goat-meat-recipe-mint-grilled-cast-iron-lamb-chops-greek-mint-yogurtServing Size: 6-8

Ingredients:

2 lbs of goat chops

4-5 springs of mint

1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro

6 garlic cloves

1″ ginger

1-2 jalapeno

1 juice of lemon

salt to taste

goat-meat-recipe-mint-grilled-lamb-chops-easy-ingredientsDirections:

Wash the meat and pat dry with a paper towel.

Grind the mint, cilantro, ginger, garlic, lemon,jalapeno to a paste.

Apply the marinade, season with salt and let stand in the refrigerator for at least 45-60 minutes. It is much flavorful if kept overnight.

Either grill the meat if you like.

Or you can double cook by braising it first and then giving the meat a quick char.

In a pot, braise the goat chops with 3/4 cup water for 40-45 minutes. Then on a lightly coated cast iron pan char the goat chops for 2 minutes on each side.

Enjoy with some good ole mash or as an appetizer with some mint yogurt dipping sauce.

yogurt-mint-sauce-dressing-chutney-recipe-greek-indian

Mint Yogurt Dipping Sauce

1/2 cup yogurt

2-3 sprigs mint

1 jalapeno (optional)

2 tbsp of lemon juice

salt to taste

* Blend well the above ingredients and Voila!.

yogurt-mint-salad-dressing-sauce-marinade-cucumber-dipping-recipe

Store well in the refrigerator for couple of days.

Enjoy as a healthy salad dressing.

Cooked Okra – Goan Ladyfingers Recipe

29 May

Sometimes the most simplest ingredients make for the best tasting dishes and this is one of those recipes. My husband and me love this old goan recipe of ladyfingers(Okra, Bhindi) that he willingly makes the trip once’s a week to the Indian stores to buy okra along with Chinese long beans. It is simple vegetarian clean eats unlike Fried Okra ;-) .

okra-fried-recipe-bhindi-lady-finger-vegetable-kokum-goan

Apart from okra the other star ingredient is Kokum( Garcinia Indica) and in portuguese is called Brindão.  Goan’s call it aamsul or binda sul in Konkani. It is a sour fruit mostly used in goan and maharashtrian cooking. Hard to find in the US, I have to get mine when I visit Goa. The one I am using is almost 2 years old. It’s sour and slight fruity smell makes for a great addition to a dish on top of it’s nice reddish black color when soaked in water. It is great for digestions and is used to make an after meal sour drink called Sol Kadi with water, cilantro, green chilli and coconut milk(optional). It was a staple at my engineering hostel(dorm) kitchen. It is more popular in a hindu household. They also make a syrup called Xarope de Brindão

kokum-bhida-sul-garcinia-indica-sour-fruit-goan

My quick tips to beat the slime :-)

  • Wash the okra and cut and line it on a cookie sheet to dry about 2 hours.
  • While cooking mix the okra with the spices gently and then cook on lower medium heat just checking it and not over sauteing or stirring.

Serving Size:  6

Ingredients:

2 lbs of cut okra

1 medium diced onion

1/2 tsp of cumin seeds

4-6 chopped garlic

8-10 kokum

1 chopped jalapeno

1 cup water

salt to taste

okra-fried-recipe-bhindi-lady-finger-vegetable-ingredientsDirections:

Heat oil in a pot saute onions, jalapeno and cumin till the onions are soft. Next saute the garlic.

Once done add the kokum, water, salt and cover and simmer the liquid.

Next add the cut okra mix gently, cover and cook for 20 minutes check in-between and just stir once or twice.

okra-fried-recipe-bhindi-lady-finger-indian-vegetable-kokum-goanYou can also add fresh grated coconut 5 minutes before you take it off the heat.

Perfect as a side and tastes even better the next day as the okra absorbs all the flavors. As a Goan I know okra is used in 2 goan dishes. The other is the famous Ladyfinger and Prawn(shrimps)Curry.

saute-okra-lady-finger-gumbo-recipe-indian-fried-fry   You can also check my version of the popular Indian restaurant Tava Bhindi Masala Fry or Spiced Sauteed Okra recipe here.

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