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Recheado Bhangde – Spicy Stuffed Mackerels Recipe

9 Sep

This recipe is not for faint hearted as it is spicy. It is quintessential Goan and an everyday food during the mackerel season. Growing up we ate fish, vegetables and fruits that were only seasonal. It was much healthier this way. The word “recheado bhangde” is a combination of 2 languages “recheado” is portuguese and means “stuffed” and “bhangdo, bhangde ” is in konkani meaning “mackerel, mackerels”. Goan love their fresh caught fish for everyday meals. Till today the fisherwoman comes over with the daily catch in the morning.

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A typical fish market in Goa

FYI: While I was researching for images on google I came across a YouTube video that had used one of my earlier image as the icon picture for the video and watermark it as their own. It made me very upset since I always credit my images and do not water mark.recheado-bangde-bangda-bhangde-recipe-ingredients-mackerels

Suggestion: 4 medium stuffed mackerel

Ingredients:

4 medium mackerel

5-6 tbsp of goan recheado masala

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 cup cream of wheat or rava for coating

Salt to taste

Directions:

Clean the mackerel guts and scales. Next butterfly the fish on both side of the bone and leave the bone in.

Apply salt on the inside out and keep aside.

Mix the recheado masala with sugar and salt to taste.

Apply the masala on either side of the fillet and marinate for 15-20 minutes.

Heat oil in a pan. Coat each sides with cream of wheat or rava or semolina and fry for about 4-5 minutes on each side on medium heat till golden brown.

Enjoy with a side of salad, pulao rice or some steamed vegetables.

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Methi Bhaji – Fenugreek Leaves and Urad Dal Recipe

26 Aug

Fenugreek leaves is popular in a Goan household. It is usually made into a vegetable while in the rest parts of India methi leaves is used in many ways. It has many health benefits  which makes it very popular. I had never cooked with methi leaves before so this was my first time. Just fyi, I have to be in a zen state before I get cooking with first time ingredients so as not to mess up the recipe 😉

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Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

leaves of 2 bunches of methi

1 small onion chopped finely

1 cup of moong or urad dal soaked for 30 minutes in water

1/4 tsp of Asafoetida (hing)

1/2″ finely chopped ginger

3 finely chopped garlic cloves

1 slit green chili

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp lemon/lime juice

salt to taste

Directions:

Heat a pan add oil. Once the oil is hot add asafoetida (hing), chopped garlic, ginger and sliced green chili.

Add sliced onions and saute the onions for 1 minute until they turn soft.

Drain the water from soaked dal, add dal in the pan. Let the dal cook along with onion for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add turmeric powder and coriander powder. Give a stir and mix well.

Now add washed methi leaves or fenugreek leaves and stir.

Let the methi gets cooked for 2 minutes until it reduces in size.

Once methi starts shrinking add salt as per taste and sugar. Squeeze 1 tsp of lemon juice.

Mix well and let cook uncovered for 2 minutes.

Methi bhaji is ready to serve with phulkas, chapati or rice.

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Baked Stuffed Karela – Bitter Melon Recipe

15 Aug

Bitter Melon is not a common vegetable at the grocery stores in the US but is a very popular vegetable among the Asians and for its health benefits. In Goa one of the popular recipes I grew up with is stuffed karela made with prawns/shrimps and goan recheado masala. The stuffing is first cooked and then stuffed melon is shallow fried in oil.  My recipe is vegetarian with 2 variations from the original recipe, I have skipped the prawns and I baked the karela instead of shallow frying.

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Since karela is a bitter melon to rid the bitterness it requires 3 things that I think help cut the bitterness. First applying a generous amount of salt to each melon inside out and let stand for 30-45 minutes to drain out the bitter liquid. Second it need an acid and finally a little sweetness. Indian’s believe in many health benefits of karela/bitter melon you can check out more on my earlier blog post of Prawns and Bitter melon Fry by clicking here.

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Serving Size: 12 small karela – 4″ size

Ingredients:

12 small karela/ bitter melons

2 medium onion chopped fine

1 medium tomato chopped fine

6 cloves of garlic chopped fine

1″ ginger cut fine

3 tbsp of goan recheado masala

1 tsp of sugar

1 bunch of fine chopped cilantro

2 tbsp of garam masala

salt to taste

Directions:

Split each karela and scoop out the seeds apply generous salt to each one inside-out and keep aside for 30-45 minutes. It will let out some bitter liquid. Wipe each dry with a paper towel.

In a pan heat oil, saute the onions till soft. Next add the ginger garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes along with the recheado masala. Finally add the sugar and salt to season mix well.

Take of heat and add the chopped cilantro. Keep aside to cool.

To the dried karela apply a little oil and garam masala inside and out and stuff each one with the recheado filling.

Bake at 415F for 35 minutes till the karela is soft.

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For Variations

  •  Add prawns/shrimps or paneer to the stuffing and instead of baking shallow fry the karela till they soften on the outside about 5-7 minutes on each side.
  • Some recipes in Indian Cuisine use ground beef or chicken and potatoes.

Do note this recipe is spicy. You can make your own stuffing. My recommendation would be to add sour and sweet taste to cut the bitterness.

Nachne Polle – Gluten Free Sweet Red Millet Flour Pancakes Recipe

29 Jul

According to my mum Polle/Pole/Polo in konkani is a sweet or savory pancake made of flour. I really do not know much history about the Goan polle/polo nor could I find any information online. Hopefully on my next trip to Goa I can get more information on less popular Goan recipes that are disappearing. Another on my wish list is “Shollio/sholorio“. I hope I have spelt it right….if not please correct it in the comment section below…Thanks!

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The nachne(millet in konkani) pole are almost red-black in color if you use the goan coconut jaggery but if you use the pale brown then it had a reddish-pink color. I do make these pancake often now since my husband and I enjoy them for breakfast and evening tea and it is gluten-free and vegan 🙂  . These pancakes are not fluffy but if you like them to be fluffy you can add about 1/2 tsp of baking powder to the batter. Growing up as a child we had a variations of the pancakes made for evening tea and some more homemade snacks. We ate boiled sweet potatoes, coconut stuffed pancakes called allebelle,  nankhatais, patolios, boiled taro, gorchem, bolo de rulao, bolinhos de coco, xiro, docebaji, plum-cake, atoll.

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Serving Size: 12 pancakes

Ingredients:

2 cup red millet/ragi/nachne flour

1 cup grated fresh coconut

3/4  cup grated jaggery

1.5-2 cups water or coconut milk (pancake batter consistency)

1/2 tsp of baking powder (optional if you do not like dense pancakes)

2 pinches of salt

Directions:

Mix the batter together till the jaggery mixes well and dissolves.

Heat a nonstick pan and pour approx 1/4 cup of the batter and let cook about 4 minutes on each side on medium heat.

Enjoy a nice healthy tea snack.

You can make in advance and store it in the refrigerator or the freezer. Just warm them up in the microwave before eating.

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Pressure Cooker Seasoned Black Beans Recipe

22 Jul

I had never cooked with black beans before as I always bought canned ones from the store. I was very surprised as to how easy and flavorful it was cooking at home.  Making your own is a better option than the cans considering from a health safety point of view. You can refrigerate or freeze the beans for later use. I made this recipe a couple of time now with and without oil and you cannot tell much of a difference.

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One know fact about Goan cuisine is it does not use black beans neither did I see them in stores growing up. My husband has made an effort (with his wife’s helps 🙂  ) to eat more greener. He has been eating almost 90% plant-based diet and I must admit it can be monotonous if not being creative. It is also hard work and has to be planned. Since we do eat a lot of leafy green salads I am always looking for some protein to be included and black beans along with garbanzo beans are my goto.

Please feel free to share your Black Beans Recipes in the comments section.

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Serving Size: 4 cups

Ingredients:

2 cups of overnight soaked black beans

4 cups water

1 tsp of whole cumin seeds

4 crushed cloves of garlic

1/2 tsp of red chilli powder (optional)

1 chopped small onion (optional)

3 tbsp of oil

1/8 tsp of baking soda

Salt to season

Directions:

Add all the ingredients into a pressure cooker and cook for 25 minutes or 4 whistles.

Take off heat and let the pressure be released completely before you open the cooker to be safe.

Drain the liquid and save for making soup. Use black beans to make a variety of foods like rice, tostada, salad or more.

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Goan Guisado de Galinha – Chicken Stew Recipe

8 Jul

Guisado in portuguese means “stew”. This recipe is credited to the portuguese influence on Goan heritage. It is more of a chicken curry than a stew. My mom makes it often at our home. Since my dad loved potatoes, she always added some. In my recipe there is a little added heat from fresh green chilli as my mom says that it adds a nice fresh flavor to the curry. If you feel it has too much heat then substitute the red and green chilli with paprika.

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I may be wrong but based on my online search, in Portugal polvo(octopus) guisado is more popular than galhina(chicken). Also I found out that guisado is a very popular dish in south america with variations from each country.

Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

2 lbs of chicken (thighs, drumsticks with or without bones)

1 small onion chopped

1 small tomato chopped

5-6 garlic clove chopped

1″ ginger chopped

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/4 tsp red chilli powder

1 green chilli halved (optional)

1/4 tsp black pepper powder

1 dime sized tamarind

1/2 tsp whole cumin seeds

2 potatoes cleaned and quartered

1 cup of water

salt to taste

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Directions:

Clean, wash and apply salt, ginger and garlic to the chicken pieces and keep aside for 10-15 minutes.

Add the tamarind ball to the cup of water and let soak.

Heat oil in a pot add onions and saute till soft. Next add the green chilli, cumin, red chilli powder, turmeric and tomato and saute till the tomato softens.

Next add the chicken and saute for 4-5 minutes till well coated with the spices.

To this add tamarind water, cut potatoes and season with salt. Cover and cook on medium heat for 30-35 minutes. Check in between and stir.

Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice or bread.

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Bolinhos de Coco – Coconut Cookies Recipes

24 Jun

Bolinhos de coco or Bolinhas ( cookies in portuguese) is a very popular cookie for evening tea time in Goa. They are also popular during christmas. Since cream of wheat /rava is used to make them, they have a nice crunch and can also be tricky if not made right. The cookies can be hard to bite. In India cream of wheat is used to make multiple sweets/ desserts, Baath / Batica (cake), Sheera / Xiro , Neureos ( deep-fried coconut stuffed sweet dumplings).

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As I was researching the recipe I found that some used white flour in the batter and some cooked the batter slightly before baking the cookies.  My recipe does not use flour but I did roast the cream of wheat/rava for a couple of minutes on medium heat to remove the rawness. My mom always did it and it gives a nice toasted smell. I also soaked the batter for 5 hours to soften the rava  before I baked the bolinhos and added a little extra baking powder to make it light instead of the cookies being dense. Since I used frozen grated coconut I replaced the water with coconut milk. In my opinion the frozen grated coconut found in the US is squeezed out of the first milk and so has no taste.

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Serving size: 20 cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups of toasted cream of wheat / rava/ sooji

2 cups grated coconut

1.25 cup of sugar

3 tbsp of butter

2 beaten eggs

1/2 cup water or coconut milk

1 tsp of baking powder

1/2 tsp cardamom powder

2-3 pinches of salt

Directions:

In a pan heat sugar, frozen coconut, salt, butter and water / coconut milk till all the sugar melts. Take off heat and mix in the cream of wheat / rava and let stand for 4 to 6 hours.

Heat oven to 350F. Grease a cookie sheet or line a cookie pan.

Next add the 2 beaten eggs and baking powder and mix well.  Shape into cookies and bake for  25-30 minutes till light golden brown.

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Recieta de Sopa de Camarao – Shrimp Soup Recipe

10 Jun

Sopa de camarao/ Shrimp or prawn soup is a light creamy soup with the bold flavors of shrimps/prawns. This is a soup of the portuguese past days in Goa. I guess in our household we ate a lot of vegetable soup with macaroni and bread soup made from previous day leftover bread. I think I must have made this recipe once’s or twice. If you visit Goa it would be a hard soup to find compared to the chinese soups that are popular in Goa.

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What I love about the soup other than it’s very seafood smell 🙂 is that it is a lighter soup compared to clam chowder. Adding diced potatoes and tomatoes is an option. I have added tomatoes  for some color. I do want to mention that I used red onions as I forgot my grocery bag with white onions at the grocery store till I was ready to cook and realized I left one whole bag of groceries at the store on my way out.

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Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

20-25 small shrimps shelled and deveined

1/2 finely diced white onions

3 tbsp of butter

3 cloves of garlic diced finely

1 small tomato diced finely

3 tbsp of white flour

3 cups water

1 cup milk

1 vegetable bouillon

salt to flavor

Directions:

Wash the shrimps, apply a little salt keep aside.

Melt butter in a pot add the chopped onions and saute till soft.

Next add the tomatoes, garlic and saute for 1 minute.

To this add the flour and mix it for about a minute.

Gently add a little water to form a roux and take out all lumps.

Add the shrimps/ prawns and the remaining water stir gently and cook on medium heat till it comes to a boil.

Finally add 1 cup cold milk, season with bouillon and salt. Bring it to a boil again.

Serve hot with some oyster cracker, saltines or croutons. When we were kids we also dipped bread in the soup (psst…I still do it 🙂 )

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Arroz Con Pollo Recipe – Indian Spices Inspired

27 May

Arroz which means rice in portuguese is a staple in Goa but the confusing fact is that when a Goan says they made arroz it means they made pulao. I had arroz con pollo only a couple of times but each one had a variation and as a home cook I wanted to make a recipe based on my taste. I do know that the Peruvian version uses cilantro and not all south american countries have the same recipe. Though the argument is that it first originated in Spain. To an Indian it’s more like a biryani pulao recipe. I have found that my kids enjoy my food experiment. Every time I come with something new they get excited and willing be my taste testers, while my husband on the other hand is more cautious and has a refined tongue not everything is a hit 😉

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Goan’s make arroz de camarao (shrimp/prawns),  arroz de verdura(vegetables) or Clam Pulao (arroz de mexilhão). The basic ingredients for making Pulao/Arroz is turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, onions, tomatoes, chicken or vegetable bouillon, bay leaf is optional. My recipe of arroz con pollo had a strong flavor of ginger, garlic, mint and cilantro. You can also use the same spice recipe to make a very aromatic curry for chicken, fish or meats.

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Serving Size: 8-10

Ingredients:

2-3 lbs of chicken thighs/ drumsticks

3 cups basmati rice

4 cups water or stock

2-3 chicken bouillon (according to preference)

4 tbsp of lemon or lime juice

salt to taste

Grind into paste

1 medium onion

1 medium tomato

5-7 cloves of garlic

1″ ginger

1 bunch of cilantro

8-12 leaves of mint

Dry Whole Spices

3″ cinnamon stick

8 whole cardamom

8 whole cloves

2 bay leaves

2  whole star anise

Directions:

Wash the chicken, apply salt and lemon juice and keep aside. Grind the wet ingredients and apply to the chicken. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Next heat oil add whole spices and till the oil is aromatic about 2-3 minutes while watching carefully on medium heat. Next add the marinated meat and saute for a couple of minutes. Check for seasoning. Cover and cook on medium heat for 25 minutes. Check occasionally.

In most cases there should be a gravy about 1.5 to 2 cups approx. Now add the washed rice, water or stock and season the liquid with bouillon. Bring it to a boil, cover and cook on medium low heat for 15 minutes. Turn of heat and let stand for another 20 minutes.

Open the cover and fluff the rice with a fork.

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Variations:

You can use any meat of choice, shrimps or if you want to make a vegetarian version use soya nuggets

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Goan Beef Roast Recipe – Assado de Carne

13 May

Assado de carne or Beef Roast is a very popular everyday dish in Goa. In Portuguese assado is roast, carne is beef and vaca is cow. As kids we often took roast beef sandwiches to school. It was thin slices of beef with bread and butter. In Goa butter is a more popular spread, as mayo goes bad since the weather is very hot and proper food safety are not very well practised. Each family in Goa has their own variations in making assado/roast but mostly will included vinegar, ginger, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, green chilli and black-pepper.

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My mum usually marinates the meat for a couple of days with the ground paste and then slowly braises the meat in a pot even though it is called a roast (not every household in Goa has an oven). The meat would be cooked for an hour or more depending on the size of the roast. She also uses the same recipe for pig roast.  If you have access to a pressure cooker then you can cut short the time by cooking it for 7-9 whistles.  If there was leftover roast them my mom would make beef chilli fry, almondegaes (shallow fried ground beef pattie), beef chops or croquettes (click on each highlighted words to check the recipe). The Goan roast beef has a nice thick gravy that is then poured over the sliced beef. For parties you can sever sliced beef with some french fries or roasted potatoes for decorations. On my last trip to Goa I was surprised to see these sandwich being sold at the cafes as most everyone makes them at home.

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Serving Size: 8-10

Ingredients:

3 lbs of beef

1″ ginger

1.5 bulb of garlic cleaned

1 green chilli  (i deveined mine)

1-2 sticks of cinnamon

1/2 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp black pepper

3 tbsp of vinegar

1/2 tsp of sugar

salt to taste

1 medium onion chopped

4 cloves of garlic chopped

1/2″ chopped ginger

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Directions:

Grind all the dry ingredients along with vinegar to a smooth paste. Apply to the meat and let marinate for 1-2 days in the refrigerator.

In a heated pot saute the chopped onion, garlic and ginger. Till soft and fragrant.

Next add the marinated beef and cook on each side for 1.5 hour on a medium heat by rotating each side after 10 minutes and checking on the seasoning. If required add 1/2 cup of water halfway through and keep cooking the meat. Till soft and fully cooked.

Slice and serve with some roasted potatoes or fries.

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