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Mullo Bhaji – White Daikon Radish with Grated Coconut Recipe

24 Feb

Last weekend my husband came home with mullo -diakon radish and said he wanted to eat some goan mullo/ mulliah bhaji. Mullo – diakon radish is very common in Goa and is eaten as an everyday vegetable. It does not need too many ingredients to make this vegetable shine.  We ate it just boiled and as bhaji. It’s very tasty with just 4-5 simple ingredients. You can also cook it with caldin curry and it taste great. I also use the caldin curry recipe to make bottle gourd (opo squash or long melon).

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Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

4-5 average sized diakon radish with green leaves

1/2-3/4 cup of fresh grated coconut

1 medium onion diced

3/4 cup water

1 diced tomato (optional) gives color and flavor

1 green chilli for spice (optional)

salt to taste

Directions:

Wash the radish well to take off any sand or mud. Cut it into 1/2 inch pieces.

In a pot add the coconut, onion, tomato and the radish on top. Add in the water and cover and cook on medium heat for 20-30 minutes till the radish has soften.

Season with salt and enjoy it as a side with rice.

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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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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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Beef Croquettes Recipe – Shallow Fried and Baked

15 Apr

I should have done this recipe way back but knowing that it does take extra effort I kept pushing it off till this week. So here is my mother’s recipe. I also experimented by baking some of the croquettes which were equally firm and held their shape. Beef croquettes definitely has a Portuguese origin and is somewhat close to the Dutch and Japanese.

        Shallow-fried Beef Croquettes

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There are many variation in cooking the ground beef and how the croquettes are cooked. Some recipes  use Goan smoked sausages, recheado masala or the popular meat dry spices called Jeerem-Meerem for cooking the ground meat. Some use bread crumbs or cream of wheat/rava. And finally they are either shallow-fried or deep-fried. The reason I shallow-fried is my mom makes it that way. For extra flavor she adds more sautéed onions with a dash of sugar and fresh chopped cilantro/coriander to the ground meat mix, before she shapes them into cylindrical croquettes rolls. If you have leftover cooked beef like a roast you can use it.

Baked Beef Croquettes

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Beef croquettes are very popular in a catholic household in Goa as a snack or h’orderve for parties, weddings and celebrations along with Coriander chutney sandwiches, Forminhas and Beef patties, Rissois de camaraoclick on each to go to the respective recipes.

Popular Goan Party Snacks

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4 Step in making croquettes

Cook the ground meat.

Grind the cook meat and add extra sautéed onions, egg, fresh cilantro and 3 slices of bread and let refrigerate for 30 -60 minutes.

Roll them in cylindrical croquettes and coat them in cream of wheat.

Shallow or deep fry the croquettes.

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Serving Size: 16 croquettes

Ingredients:

1 lbs of ground lean meat ( 94% to 6%)

1 medium onion diced very finely

2 tbsp of recheado masala/goan jeerem-meerem (click for recipe)

1 tsp of vinegar

1 tsp of sugar

4 cloves minced garlic

1/2″ ginger minced

1 cup cream of wheat for coating/ finely ground bread crumbs

1 egg

3 sliced of bread crumbled

8-10 sprigs of finely chopped fresh cilantro/ coriander

oil for shallow frying

Salt to taste

Directions:

Cooking  the ground beef/ mince/ keema

Heat oil in a pan and saute half the amount of onions, ginger, garlic till soft and fragrant. Next add the recheado masala/ jeerem-meerem, vinegar and saute for 30-60 seconds.

Add the meat and mix very well, season with salt and half the amount of sugar. Cover and cook for 15 minutes on medium heat. Keep checking occasionally and stir as not to stick or burn.

Let cool completely or overnight.

Making the Croquettes

Saute the remaining onion till soft. Take off heat and add the remaining sugar, season with salt and fine chopped cilantro/ coriander. Let cool.

In a food processor/ meat grinder add the cooled meat, egg and crumbled bread slices and pulse a couple of times till all is mixed well.

Take out the mixture from the food processor and mix the cooled sautéed onion mixture. The texture and consistency have to be similar to a cookie dough to be able to shape the croquettes. Refrigerate it for 30 -60 minutes.

Divided the meat mixture into equal portions about 16 portions, roll them as ball and then press them down to form in cylindrical shape. Coat them in cream of wheat or finely ground bread crumbs and shallow fry on each side for about 5-7 minutes on medium heat.

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For baking:

Heat oven to 400F. Line a cookie sheet tray with parchment paper, spray oil, then line the croquettes and spray the croquettes on top with oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes turn the croquettes halfway through the baking process to be baked evenly.

Tip: Make the croquettes ahead of time and freeze it. You can reheat them in the oven for 15 minutes at 375F.

Baked Sev Strips – Gluten Free

22 Jan

Sharing with you the baked version of a popular Indian savory snack recipe that I enjoyed a lot in my college days specially while studying for exams. I was very surprised how close it tasted to the fried version. Sev is a popular Indian snack food consisting of small pieces of crunchy noodles made from chickpea flour paste, which is seasoned with turmeric, cayenne, and ajwain before being deep-fried in oil. These noodles vary in thickness. It is vegan and gluten-free.

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You can use this recipe to either fry the strip or use the sev maker to fry or bake the sev. There are variations to this recipe depending on each state in India. I am sharing with you the one that is popular in Goa.

On a side note I do apologize for being slack with my blog the reason being I fell very sick the day after Christmas and am still recovering and to add to it all my husband fell sick last week that ended in him being in the hospital and having various test done to see the cause of his sickness. The next 3 weeks are going to be hectic with doctor’s appointments and I want to focus on him being well. I will be there to support your blog post but will take a break from posting my self. I truly appreciate all your support. Thank you all so much 🙂

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Serving Size ; 4

Ingredients:

1 cup of besan/garbanzo beans flour 

2 tbsp of oil

1/4 tsp of turmeric powder

1/8 tsp of Asafoetida

1/4 tsp of red chili powder

1/2 tsp of baking powder

1/4 tsp of ajwain/ Carom seed powder

1/4 cup water

salt to taste

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Directions:

Heat oven to 355F or 180C or heat oil for deep-frying.

Mix all the dry ingredients together well. Knead the flour to a nice dough using little water at a time. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes.

If you have the sev maker, press the dough through the sev maker  to form thin noodles strips and lay it on parchment paper to bake or deep fry the sev.

If you do not have a sev maker then place the ball of dough in-between to parchment papers, roll the dough to a very thin layer. I used a pizza cutter to cut the dough into long strips. You can cut it in cracker shapes as well.

Bake for 13-15 minutes till crisp. Let cool completely and enjoy it as a snack or mix it with roasted nut for extra flavor.

Store in an airtight container for a couple of days.

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Pork Empadinhas

11 Dec

Goan Pork Empadinhas is not to be mistaken with empanadas that are popular in Mexican and South American restaurant. They are made with flour, are sweet and are shaped as mini pies. I have only eaten them twice when I was really young. And now I know why…..they take a lot of egg yolks and time 🙂 My aunt who lived with us would make all the Portuguese specialties in our family since they were time-consuming and needed attention to details.

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The Goan Pork Empadinhas does have a Portuguese influence. Traditionally empadinhas are made with pork but if you want to make it vegetarian you can use mushroom and follow the same recipe to cook it as below. Do note, the stuffing has to be dry so drain out all the liquid. If you do visit Goa you may not find it on regular restaurant menu’s but ask a Goan born during the Portuguese regime in Goa like my mum’s generation they know about the Empadinhas, Bacalhau (cod fish), Sardinhas à PortuguesaBeef Roulade, Assado de Leitão(Roasted Piglet) and a few more.

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This recipe is a 3 step Process.

  1.  Cooking the pork meat.

2.   Making the sweet dough and shaping them in a muffin pan

3.  Baking the mini Pork Pies at 350F for 18-20 minutes.

I made 12 empadinhas and used the remaining dough and meat to make a Pot of Gold ( as I call it).

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Serving Size: 12 mini pies + 1

Ingredients:

Cooking the pork meat

1.5 lbs of pork meat diced into small cubes

3 medium onions chopped

8 cloves garlic

1.5″ ginger

8 whole cloves

8 whole peppercorns

1.5″ cinnamon stick

1 green chili

1 red chili

1 dime sized tamarind ball

1/2 tsp of turmeric

1 tsp of vinegar

1 tsp of sugar

1/4 cup water

salt to taste

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Directions:

Wash and cut the meat into tiny cubes.

Grind the garlic, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, tamarind, peppercorns, green & red chili and vinegar to a paste.

Apply salt and ground paste to the cut meat. Keep aside.

In a pot heat oil and saute the onions till soften. Next add the turmeric and saute for a minute.

Add the cut meat, sugar, water season with more salt if needed and saute well till all mixes and cover and cook on medium low heat while checking for 15 -20 minutes. Till the meat is cooked well.

Let cool completely. You can also make this the night before.

Making the sweet dough:

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cream of wheat

9 egg yolks

2 tbsp – 3 tbsp of cold milk

6 tbsp of fine sugar

2 tbsp of melted butter

1/2 tsp of baking powder

1 egg yolk + 1 tbsp of water beaten together to brush the tops (optional)

1/8 tsp of salt

Directions:

Mix the flour, cream of wheat, baking powder, sugar and salt well.

Next add the melted butter and mix it well into the dry ingredients.

Beat the yolks together and pour in and mix to form a dough if the dough id too dry add some few tablespoon of cold milk to form a nice dough.

Cover and let rest in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Spray or brush the muffin pan with oil.

Divide the dough into 12 equal part and roll out each part to have the muffin pan covered at the base and the top. For this I used a 4 1/4 inch round for the bottom and 2 3/4 inch round for the top as per my muffin pan.

Fill each with the pork filling.

Cover  each pie with the 2 3/4 inch crust and give them all a yolk wash on top.

Bake in the oven at 350F for 18-20 minutes till all have a nice golden brown crust.

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KulKuls and Carambolas -Goan Christmas Sweets

4 Dec

It was exciting to make these sweet crunchy Christmas sweets with my sons. They enjoy trying different foods and want to learn to cook.  They love watching Food Networks.  It made me happy to pass my traditions and reminded me of my childhood doing the same with my family a week before Christmas. All the excitement, fun of going caroling home to home around our parish, making home cribs, decorating the Christmas trees, participating in singing competitions and going for Christmas Dances. Christmas was a day spent in exchanging Christmas sweets with family, friends and close neighbors.

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This recipe of Kulkuls and Carambolas( Kormolas) is a 2-in-1. Kulkuls are shaped just like the Italian gnocchi, which are shaped on the back of a fork. Carambolas are made by rolling the dough thinly and then cutting them into 2″ inch squares and pinching the opposite ends together to form into a conch shell. The dough is made with just 6 basic ingredients and has no eggs. Flour, coconut milk, butter/ghee, sugar, cream of wheat( rava, for crunch), pinch of salt and then deep-fried golden brown.

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1) Egg is added to the dough.

2) After being deep-fried sugar is sprinkled or it is dipped in sugar syrup.

3) Cardamom powder is added to the dough.

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Serving Size: 8-10

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1.5 cups approx of coconut milk

5 tbsp of medium cream of wheat / rava

6 tbsp of fine sugar

3 tbsp of melted butter or ghee

pinch of salt

Directions:

Mix the flour and cream of wheat  then add the melted butter and mix it well into the flour.

Next add the sugar and salt, mix well it into the dry flour mixture.

Finally knead the flour with coconut milk to form a moist dough. Cover with a moist kitchen towel and let set for about 10-15 minutes.

Divide the dough into 2 equal portions.

To make carambolas roll the dough thin and then with a pizza cutter cut to make approx 2″ squares.

Pinch the opposite ends to together as shown in the above image.

Place on parchment paper and cover with a moist kitchen towel till all the dough is used.

To make kulkuls make small dough balls the size of a dime and roll on the back of the fork.

Continue the above step till all the dough is used.

Heat oil in a deep-frying pan and deep fry the shaped dough till golden brown.

Drain on paper towel. Let cool totally and then store in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.

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Enjoy for Christmas celebration’s or with a nice cup of hot tea or coffee.

Trout Ambot-Tik

16 Oct

Ambot-Tik when translated from Konkani( Goa’s local language) to English means “Sour and Spicy“. Did that get your mouth-watering because when you make this fish curry the smell will literally water your mouth. It’s the tamarind, vinegar and spices combo that makes it happen.  This curry does not use coconut milk like the famous Goan Fish Curry. Goan make this curry using either Shark or Catfish. I used trout since it is a popular fish here in the US (Psst!…I am not a big fan of shark or catfish 😉 ).

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Ambot-tik is one of the curries which brings back some great summer time memories when we would get hungry and enjoy the leftover curry the next day with fresh-baked Goan Pao (bread).

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Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

2 regular sized whole trout or 4 fillet shark/catfish

3-4 tbsp of ambot-tik paste (depending on your spice level)

1 medium onion diced

2 cups of water

1/8 tsp of sugar

oil

salt to taste

Directions:

If using the fish whole, clean the fish of scales with the back of your knife, wash of the scales. Then cut in 4 equal portions or leave whole. Apply a little salt and keep aside.

Next heat a pot with oil add the chopped onions and saute till light brown. Add the ambot-tik paste and saute for a 1-2 minutes till the raw spice smell goes.

Next add water and cover and bring the curry to a simmer.

Finally add the fish, season with salt and sugar and cook covered on medium heat till the fish is cooked well. I cooked it for 20 minutes.

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Enjoy the sour and spicy curry with white rice, torta or bolillo bread.

If you have leftovers then you can use the fish to make another famous Goan Fish Cake recipe called Almondages de Peixe check out the recipe here  

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Almondegas de Peixe

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Almondegas (Almon) de Peixe recipe is very Goan and has a big Portuguese influence. It has many names depending where it is made. It is popularly knows as Fish Cutlets in rest of India and Fish Patties or Fish cakes in US. Mind you, you may want to call them croquettes but in Goa it has a total different meaning and are made only of beef.

Almondegas or Almones  as we called, according to Google translation is meatballs or hamburgers. Assuming that it is alright to call them fish burgers as they are disk shape then a ball. The fish is first cooked as Guisado de Peixe by following my earlier recipe. Which is made with garlic, onions, tomatoes, vinegar and a few spices. The lazy me used the recheado masala as it has most of the ingredients.

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Spicy Tilapia Curry also called as Goan Guisado de Peixe

To make these Fish cutlets you have to get your hands dirty. So be ready to put in some time but it will be worth all the effort in the end.

In this recipe I will confuse you with my cooking skills of making these fish cakes but do not worry in the end it all works out well. My intention is not to challenge or be rebellious but this is how I learned watching my family cook. There are 2 major differences.

  • Firstly Indian’s use Cream of Wheat instead of Breadcrumbs for coating. My humble opinion, it absorbs less oil 🙂
  • Second, egg wash is not very common. Usually the egg is mixed in the mixture. The dry-wet-dry breading concept is not common 🙂

So moving on, after the fish is cooked let it cool down. During this recipe I experienced that the tilapia retains liquid so you will have to squeeze out the liquid for the fish to be dry and to be shaped properly.

From start to finish this is what you will need for this recipe in ingredients

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Servings: 10 Fish Cutlets 2″ rounds

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Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of cooked guisado tilapia
  • 1 small onion diced very finely
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 15 sprigs of cilantro chopped finely
  • 1 jalapeno diced fine
  • 1/2 cup cream of wheat (semolina/ rava/ sooji)
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to fry
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Almondegas de Peixe Sandwich

Directions:

  • Squeeze the liquid of the cooked fish, break it apart in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the diced onion, cilantro,jalapeno, beaten eggs and mix it well with your hands. Check for salt.
  • Divide in 10 equal portions and then shape each in a approx 2″ round patty.
  • Coat the patty in cream of wheat.
  • Next heat a non stick pan add about 3-4 tbsp of oil and pan-fry for about 4 minutes on each side on medium heat till the cream of wheat is browned and cooked.

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Serve it as a side, an appetizer or make an easy sandwich with leafy greens and butter to enjoy the bold fish flavors.

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Banana Pancakes

18 Jul

Being a Goan, I think, I can take the liberty to say that Goan’s have been making these fluffy babies for multiple decades. As far as my knowledge, Banana Pancakes have been a recent hype that is still catching on in the US culinary world but I wouldn’t argue that Banana Bread is definitely an American Classic.

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These Banana Pancake were enjoyed by us for evening Tea Time, which is a social activity for most Goan’s from 3 to 6 pm. Hoping that this leisure activity does not cease.

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Ingredients:

  • 8 over-ripped bananas
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla (optional)
  • pinch of salt (Tip: For sweeter recipes my mum added a pinch of salt and for savory it was a pinch of sugar)

Directions:

* In a mixing bowl mash 8 over-ripe bananas, mix in the egg. Next add the flour to the mixture,vanilla and salt and mix it well till no lumps.

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* Heat a large non-stick pan, spray some olive oil and spoon in 4 mini-pancakes. Flip the pancakes after 3-5 minutes. Check to see they don’t burn. This mixture will make about 15 mini-pancakes.

* Serve plain or with powdered sugar.

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These fluffy babies do not need maple syrup. You can also check out more Goan dessert recipes here.

Spicy Sauteed Shrimps

6 Jun

I love shrimps/prawns and I do tend to over eat at times. I have to watch myself. I specially love fried shrimps the ones you get at the Chinese Seafood Buffets.

This recipe of spicy sautéed shrimps can be eaten in a couple of ways. It could be used as an appetizer or a side dish. Love it with lightly buttered sliced french bread, baguette or crusty loaf and topped with these shrimps. It’s yummy.

Ingredients:

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  • 3 medium onions chopped lengthwise
  • 25-30 medium size shrimps or prawns
  • 1 tbsp of ketchup
  • 2-3 tbsp of recheado masala
  • salt to taste

Directions:

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  • Clean the shrimps, wash and apply a little salt and keep aside for 10-15 minutes.
  • Heat a pan with some oil add the shrimps and saute them till lightly brown. Take off heat and keep aside.
  • In the same pan add the onions and saute till light brown. Then add the recheado masala, ketchup and salt to taste. Saute for 2 more minutes then add the sautéed shrimps and mix it well.

Serve it with rice or bread.

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On a side note and my humble opinion I wanted to mention that Indian food on a whole is overcooked then most cuisines. At times you may find meats and seafood more chewy than what you are used to but the flavors of the spices come more together when cooked for a longer time and makes the food very flavorful. Plus guessing with all the salmonella out breaks in the US I think it’s a great idea to over cook then under cook foods. WebMD does suggest the same. The reason I say this is because in India we rarely heard about salmonella outbreaks compared to when I came to the US.

Pumpkin with Grated Coconut

19 Oct
Pumpkin with Grated Coconut

Pumpkin with Grated Coconut

Wondering if you read it right? Yes you did pumpkin with grated coconut ! Its the way I grew up eating pumpkin. Goan’s (people from Goa, India) don’t consume pumpkin as regularly as in America .

You know its fall when you see pumpkin everywhere. According to Wikipedia pumpkin is native to North America and is most popularly used in pumpkin pie, puree and soups. My memories of pumpkin growing up in Goa was of it being used as a savory vegetable than that of a dessert. My mom liked to garden and she grew pumpkin, bottle gourd( Opo squash or long melon) and different vegetables every year during the rainy season that runs in the month of June to September. Since I have been seeing a lot of pumpkin, I have been thinking of how many ways have I eaten pumpkin in Goa and the only one I remember is pumpkin with  fresh grated coconut. A simple dish but you can truly enjoy the flavor of pumpkin.

Ingredients

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2 lbs pumpkins
1/2 cup frozen grated coconut (please note for this recipe I used dry grated coconut as I ran out)
1 medium onion
1 red dry chili
1 tsp cumin seeds
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp Oil
Salt

Heat oil, add the whole red chili and cumin seeds. Saute for 15 to 30 sec then add the onions till translucent.
Add diced pumpkin, water and salt to taste. Cook covered till pumpkin is almost soft then add grated coconut stir and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

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