Canned Sardines Salad

31 Jul

As it is rainy season in Goa, I remembered my mom’s canned sardines recipe called Sardinhas a Portuguesa (Sardinhas em Molho de Tomate) that she would make. Growing up we ate fish that was seasonal as we had no other options. Goan’s did not import foods as they do now a days. Our exposure to other cuisines was very limited. It was only when friends and family visited from outside Goa or India we got  a chance to taste other foods.

canned-sardines-goan-recipe-fish-salad-sardinhas-portuguesaUsually in July-August sardines were available and at least once’s a year my mom cooked her Sardinhas (Portuguese). She would also make sautéed sardines with tangy and sweet recheado masala, curry and crispy fried sardines coated either with rava(cream of wheat ) or rice flour, salt and turmeric. This recipe is also made in Goa with Fire Roasted Sundried Salted Mackerels (“Karem” in Konkani).

canned-sardines-goan-recipe-fish-salad-curry-sardinhas-portuguesaSince I am not that privileged with easy access to fresh sardines in LA, I do use the canned one’s along with canned tuna to make this salad. My kids enjoy it with tortilla chips and I like it as a side with my rice and fish curry or Goan Pulao. As kids we called it “Mama Arroz” as it was cooked by my mom on Sundays which was her day off.

 canned-sardines-goan-recipe-fish-salad-sardinhas-portuguese-pulaoAnother recipe of the canned sardines we made was a smooth paste with room temperature butter. We would make sandwiches or spread it on Ritz Crakers as appetizers for birthday parties.

canned-sardines-goan-recipe-fish-salad-sardinhas-salsa-low-fat-tortillas-chips-dipsServing Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

1 large can of sardines in tomato sauce

1 medium onion diced

2 tomatoes diced

1 jalapeno chopped finely (optional)

10 springs of fresh cilantro chopped

3 tbsp of vinegar

Salt to season

canned-sardines-goan-recipe-fish-salad-ingredientsDirections:

Drain the fish out of the sauce. Add all the chopped ingredients along with vinegar and salt in a bowl and mix well.

Finally crumble the fish and add to the mixture. Mix gently as not to break it up too much. Chill in the refrigerator till ready to serve.

Enjoy it as a side along with rice or as a canned fish salsa with tortilla chips which my kids enjoy.

Ps: This recipe is for those days when you plan to chill out at home :-)

canned-sardines-goan-recipe-fish-salad-triscuit-snacks-ideasHere is the Sardine Butter Paste Recipe made for parties with 1 can of drained out sardines mashed with 3-4 tbsp of room temperature butter and then topped with quickly pickled crispy fresh veggies like beets, bell-peppers and sweet white onions. I have topped it on a Triscuit. We also made sandwiches with the sardine paste.

If you have a sardine recipe please do share in the comment section :-)

Marble Cake

24 Jul

Marble Cake is very much part of the Goan culture. In-fact in the 80’s stores would mostly sell 4 types of cakes in Goa Pound, Plum, Marble and Rainbow cake. During Christmas we would get Walnut and Fruit Cake. The batter was a basic pound/sponge cake with different twist. In mid 90’s coffee and pastry shops were getting popular and these cakes started to lose their charm to newer pastries.

marble-cake-recipe-goan-indian-cupcake-sponge-white-chocolate-usaThis cake does brings back fond memories. Tea time after siesta is very much the “Susegado(peaceful)” Goan lifestyle that is slowly dying. Family or friends usually drop by to visit between 10-12pm or 3-6pm and that is when either tea or soda will be served along with snacks.

marble-cake-recipe-goan-indian-from-scratch-moist-low-sugarPlease note: If you are a professional baker than my measures may not seem right. I like my cakes to be less sweet and low-fat :-) . If you skip the cocoa powder than you can use the same batter to make the famous Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe. A very easy to make basic moist sponge cake.

Serving size: 6-8

Ingredients:

1 cup of all-purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

2 eggs

1 tsp of vanilla essence

1 (1/4 lbs) stick of room temperature butter

1.5 tsp of baking powder

2 tbsp of cocoa powder

marble-cake-recipe-goan-indian-mix-ingredientDirections:

Heat the oven to 400F.

Grease and flour a bread loaf pan.

In a mixing bowl, mix together butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla essence, baking soda till all the mixture is smooth.

Next add the milk and mix well.

Add the sieved flour slowly and keep mixing with your hand mixer till smooth.

Divide the batter into 3 equal portions and add the cocoa powder to one portion.

Pour in the vanilla batter first then slowly add the chocolate and top it again with the vanilla batter. Use a knife and swirl it around through the batter.

Bake for 20-30 minutes. Till a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes take it out and then cool it on a cooling rack.

marble-cake-recipe-goan-indian-victoria-sponge-usa-easy

Enjoy the moist Marble Cake with a nice cup of afternoon tea like a true Goan.

If you have a similar recipe please share in the comments section. I would love to know all about it :-)

Potato Chops

17 Jul

Goan Mince Meat Potato Chops is a soft delicate potato pattie stuffed with seasoned cooked beef. It is very similar to the Cuban Papas Rellenas with a couple of twists. Goan’s cook the meat stuffing without peas and carrots, they use cream of wheat instead of bread crumbs as coating and shallow fry the disk shape pattie instead of deep-frying the potato balls. I know it seems quite far apart but when you take a bite it taste very close to the potato chops.

potato-chops-mince-ground-beef-vegetarian-recipe-goanThere are many variations I have seen online. Some use a little flour mixed with the potato mash, an egg wash, bread crumb and corn starch. You can make it vegetarian by using cooked peas and carrots in garam masala with some onions and fresh cilantro/ coriander then mixed with the mashed potato and shallow fried. You can replace the beef with cooked ground chicken or turkey. At times my mom would use leftover beef roast. She would put small pieces through the meat grinder then saute it with some onions, green chili / jalapeno. Other times if meat was too less she would mix it with the potato mash. You want to skip tomato for this recipe as the meat needs to be dry to be stuffed.

potato-chops-mince-ground-beef-vegetarian-recipe-goan-papas-rellenasThe Goan Potato Chops were usually made as a side dish. As eating out got popular in the 90’s they used to be served as appetizers in coffee shops with a side of ketchup. You can make them mini’s for your cocktails parties.

potato-chops-mince-chicken-beef-vegetarian-recipe-goanServing Size: 16-18 pattie 3″ disk shape

Ingredients:

Stuffing: Mince Meat

1 lbs of lean ground beef

2 tbsp of fresh ginger garlic paste

1 tsp of vinegar

1 medium onion chopped

1 jalapeno chopped (optional)

1-2 tbsp of xacuti masala

1/3 cup water

salt to taste

potato-chops-mince-ground-beef-recipe-ingredients-goan-indianDirections:

Heat oil in a pot, saute the onions till translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute.

Add the xacuti masala, vinegar and saute for 1-2 minutes.

Next add the ground beef and mix it well with all the spices add water and salt to taste and cook covered for 15-20 minutes on medium heat. Uncover and cook for another 5-10 minutes till all the water dries.

Let the meat cool.

Potato Mash and Coating for Shallow Frying:

4 large russet potatoes

2 cups cream of wheat

salt to taste

oil for shallow frying

potato-chops-mince-ground-beef-keema-recipeDirections:

Wash and boil the potatoes on medium heat till you can stick a knife  through, about 20-25 minutes. Take it out of the pot and let cool. Take off the skin and mash the potatoes, season with a little salt.

Divide in equal portions about the size of a golf ball. Flatten with your hand each ball and then stuff the center with cooked ground beef. Gather at the center the mashed potato to cover the meat and shape it into approx 1/2″ thick disk or hockey puck.

Cover in cream of wheat and shallow fry each side for about 1.5 to 2 minutes on each side till it has a nice golden brown crust.

Do you have a similar recipe with a different name. I would love to hear about it in the comment section of this post.

Feijoada – Red Kidney Beans with Pork

28 Jun

Feijoada is a Portuguese recipe and become a popular dish in all it’s colonies Brazil, Macau, Angola, Mozambique and of course Goa. For an American the all time favorite “Chili” is the closet to it. It always taste better the next day.

feijoa-feijoada-goan-brazillian-red-kidney-beans-pork-chili-recipe-spicy-porkFeijoada is derived from the word ” feijão, Portuguese for “beans“. Usually kidney beans or white beans along with pork and beef are used in Portugal. Brazilians use black beans and Goan’s use dark red kidney beans.

In the past I only made it with goan smoked pork sausages which is really easy. So when I was testing the recipe with marinated meat I realized how easy it was to make. This recipe could not have turned out any better than this after 2 previous failed attempts.

feijoa-feijoada-goan-brazillian-red-kidney-beans-pork-crockpot-recipeIt is a 2 step process. First the meat needs to be marinated and then the feijão are cooked along with the marinated meat. The longer you marinate the meat, the better the feijoada tastes. I marinated my meat for 2 whole days and during the day I kept it out to dry in the California sun. The meat soaked up the spices well.

feijoa-feijoada-goan-brazillian-red-kidney-beans-pork-ground-turkey-chili-recipeServing Size: 6-8

Ingredients:

1 lbs of pork meat with some fat

5-6 tbsp of recheado masala

4 cans of dark red kidney beans

8-10 fresh garlic cloves grated.

2 medium onions diced

2 medium ripe tomatoes diced

4 cups of water

Salt to taste

feijoa-feijoada-goan-brazillian-red-kidney-beans-pork-recipe-ingredientsDirections:

Cut the meats in small cubes about 1/2″. Wash and dry with paper towel. Apply 1.5 tsp of salt, fresh garlic and recheado masala paste. Marinate for a minimum of 24 hrs.

Drain the liquid from the canned beans. Keep aside.

Heat a pot and saute the onions till translucent. Next add the tomatoes saute till softened.

Next add the marinated pork meat and saute for 4-5 minutes.

Add the water and cook covered on medium heat for 20-25 minutes till beans are soft. Check and stir in between so the beans do not stick to the bottom.

feijoa-feijoada-goan-brazillian-red-kidney-beans-pork-slow-cooker-recipe

Serve hot. Enjoy with white rice, bread or roti.

Make a vegetarian or vegan version of the famous Goan Feijoada Recipe with Soya Nuggets for meat texture.

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.

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