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Semi-Homemade Malai Paneer Curry Recipe

20 Mar

malai-paneer-curry-recipe-masala-simmer-sauce-pasta-spicyAn accidental recipe that became a hit and helped me to discover and easy way to make any Indian malai curry. My husband later refused to eat the frozen malai paneer curry I had got from the Indian store. I love the tikka masala curry for its creaminess and since I had Trader Joe’s masala simmer sauce in my pantry for a while I had the idea to use it with some heavy cream. What I got was a very well spiced creamy curry which was close to any typical tikka curry available in the restaurants. You could use the curry with paneer, chunky pieces of eggplant, chicken, mushrooms,prawns (shrimps), crab or losbter and it will be equally delicious.

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Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

1 bottle of trader joe’s masala simmer sauce

1 block or 2-3 cups of cubed paneer about 1 inch cubes

1/4 cup water

1/3- 1/2 cup heavy cream

1 cup frozen peas

season with salt (optional)

Directions:

In a pot add the simmer sauce and bring it to a light boil /simmer.

Next add the heavy cream, paneer bring it to a simmer again add the frozen grean peas and check for seasoning.

Let cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Take off heat and add some fresh cut cilantro for additional flavor.

Serve with white rice, pasta for a vegetarian option as the sauce is creamy or fresh baked bread, naan or roti.

Check out my video to see how easy and quick it is to make the Malai Paneer Curry.

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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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Bolo de Bolacha Marie – Marie Biscuit Cake Recipe

18 Nov

Bolo de bolacha marie is a dense cake which is not baked. It can be prepared a couple of days ahead. My dad loved his bolacha marie and cream crackers biscuits. We always had it at our home. My titi (my mom’s older sister) would make this cake for my sister’s birthday quite often when we were small kids. Once I started to cook I used to make it for Christmas, Easter and birthday parties. In fact it was the first dessert  I made for my husband on his first trip back home from the US before we got married 🙂 This dessert holds a lot of good old memories for me. I haven’t made it for a very long time.

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The origin of this recipe is definitely portuguese and has some likeness to Italian tiramisu. Unlike tiramisu you cannot over eat this cake because of high fat and caffeine. If you do, it makes you feel uncomfortable. I have made a few tweaks in the recipe to make the frosting light and skipped the raw egg for whipped cream. I have also used graham crackers instead of Marie biscuits as it is readily available in the groceries store. The only challenge is that graham crackers tend to fall apart even after a quick dip in black coffee compared to the marie biscuits.

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Serving Size: 3-4

Dish Size: 6x4x2.5 deep glass dish

Ingredients:

1.5 pack of graham crackers

1 cup of unsalted room temperature butter

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or 1 egg

1/3-1/2 cup sugar

1 tbsp of vanilla essence

1 cup lukewarm water

1 tbsp of instant caffeinated or non coffee powder

1/8 tsp of salt

Directions:

Make the frosting first  by adding the butter, sugar,salt,vanilla and heavy cream. Whip for about 7-10 minute till light and fluffy.

Next make the black coffee by mixing instant coffee with 1 cup water put in a shallow dish so it will be easier to dip the cracker in.

Take you glass dish and first start by dipping the cracker in the coffee and layering the dish to cover it.

Next add a layer of frosting alternate between the crackers and frosting till all the frosting is done.

Decorate with crushed nut or sprinkle the top with some cocoa powder.

Let refrigerate for 3-4 hours before enjoying a slice.

Note: You can add cocoa powder to make chocolate frosting

You Can also watch a quick video to see how to make the recipe.

 

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Upma Recipe – Indian savory breakfast made with Cream of Wheat

14 Oct

Upma is a very popular south Indian breakfast food. In Goa it is available at the chaia dukan (Tea Stalls) till lunch time, locals call it Uppit. Upma recipes have changed so much that it is now  consumed for lunch or dinner. The newer recipes have toasted nuts and dal, veggies and additional spices. The flavor and aroma are from curry leaves and mustard seeds. My recipe is of the past old days when life and foods were simple and not complicated.

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Serving Size: 3-4

Ingredients:

2 tbsp of ghee or oil

1 cup cream of wheat/ rava/ semolina

2.5 cups water

1 medium onion chopped finely

15-20 curry leaves

1 green chilli

1/2 tsp of black brown mustard seeds

2 pinches of asafoetida

1/2 tsp of sugar

1/2 tsp of  salt

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Directions:

Heat a non-stick pan and roast the cream of wheat on medium heat by stirring continuously for 5-7 minutes till it has a nice light golden color and a nutty smell.

Take of heat. Heat oil or ghee in a pot. Add the mustard seeds, chilli and curry leaves, saute for 20-35 seconds. Add the onions and saute till light brown. You can add peas and carrots if you like and saute for 1-2 minutes. On the side boil 2.5 cup water add the sugar and salt.

Once onions are soft add the boiling water and slowly add the roasted cream of wheat by stirring continuously till no lumps are formed. check for seasoning.

Cook for about 2-3 minutes till thicken. Turn off the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. You can now mould the upma or serve as is. Enjoy it hot.

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Zoodles Recipe – Versatile and Healthy Low Carbs Alternative

3 Oct

zoodles-tikka-masala-chicken-curry-recipe-healthy-foods-vegetarian-veganEvery time I am on Pinterest I have seen appetizing pictures of Zoodles. It has been on my list for a while. Finally a couple of weeks back I made it for the first time. On my first try I cooked it too long and it became too watery. I kept reducing the time on the stove till I finally felt that I had got it. The best duration to cook the zoodles is adding it to an already heated pan or pot taking it off heat and mixing it gently till the heats transfers and makes them soft without letting out too much water. This is not a very good food for leftovers you got to make it fresh. For the next couple of weeks I used zoodles as substitute for pasta and rice. Enjoyed them with pasta sauce, chicken curry and kung pao chicken. It gives you the same sense of slurping regular pasta or noodles without the extra carbs.

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Serving Size: 2-4

Ingredients:

4 medium zucchini or courgette spiralized or julienned

2-3 smashed garlic cloves

1 tbsp of oil

Salt to taste

Directions:

Heat a pan add the smashed garlic saute for 15-30 seconds.

Take the pan off heat add the zucchini noodles or zoodles sprinkle salt and toss in gently for 1-2 minutes.

Top the zoodles with warmed pasta sauce, sautéed or curried chicken, vegetables or any creamy sauce of choice. Enjoy a healthy meal. Also enjoy it as a side vegetable dish.

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Indo-Chinese Hot and Sour Soup Recipe

19 Sep

The Indian hot and sour soup is one of my husband’s favorite and now it’s my 9-year-old’s as well. I grew up with Indo-Chinese cuisine outside of goan and indian as it was the only other cuisine.  Now a days you can find all sorts of different cuisine in Goa. A Indo-Chinese restaurant called “Gaylin” was the most popular one in Margao.  You can also check out my other Indo-Chinese recipe  Chicken Manchurian.

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This recipe is fairly easy and can be done a vegetarian or non-veg version. In the vegetarian version you can add cabbage, green beans, mushroom, carrots, bamboo shoots and tofu and for a non-veg shredded chicken. Else you can leave it as a thick broth without any additions. Last week I  used the same recipe to make chicken wonton soup.

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Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

6 cups of water or stock

1/2 onion finely chopped

5-7 finely chopped garlic cloves

1″ ginger chopped fine

3 tbsp of corn starch

1.5 tbsp of vinegar

4-5 tbsp of soya sauce

1 tbsp of chili-garlic paste

1/2-1 green chili chopped

salt to taste

Optional

1/2 cup finely chopped cabbage

1/2 cup finely chopped green beans

1/4 cup finely cubed carrots

1/2 cup cubed tofu

1/4 cup bamboo shoot

1/2 cup mushrooms

12-16 wonton

1 egg beaten

1/2 cup shredded chicken

Directions:

In a pot saute the onion and green chili till soften. Next add the ginger, garlic and saute for 30-40 seconds. Next add the vegetables and sweat them for 4-5 minutes.

To this add water or stock, chili-garlic paste, soya sauce, vinegar and salt to season and cook covered for 15 minutes on medium heat. You can add the wonton or tofu or shredded chicken bring to a boil.

Mix the cornstarch with 3-4 tbsp of water to form a paste. Add this mixture to the hot soup and stir till it thickens and starts to bubble. Finally add the beaten egg and stir the soup slowly to get egg stands.

Take of heat and serve hot. You can add fresh chopped cilantro for garnish.

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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.

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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Baked Doce de Grao – Gluten Free Coconut Blondie Recipe

29 Apr

I got the idea of testing this recipe after my success with my cheat version of coconut macaroons. Doce de grao (check recipe is a staple sweet made for weddings, Christmas, church feast and litany’s in Goa. This sweet requires a great labor of love. Depending on the quantity it can take an hour, two or more of constant stirring before it is ready to eat. Since it is laborious to make, I only put in the effort to make it during Christmas. Every time I go to Goa I would try to carry it back with me but since fresh grated coconut is used to make this sweet and having it packed would make the coconut go bad in a 27 hour flight. Always feeling disappointed, I truly was so excited to give this recipe a try and hoping it would work. I was so happy when my first batch came out just perfect. I can now make it often and it is gluten-free.

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If you are a Goan who has eaten doce de grao then this recipe makes for a softer version of the doce. Doce is a semi-soft dessert but you can also make it harder by adding more sugar. I love my mum’s version which was the semi-soft but it would go bad if not properly stored. Since I usually use less sugar in my deserts I only used 1/3 cup as the sweetened flakes of coconut would add more sweetness. The only alteration to the original recipe is the addition of eggs to bind the doce de grao batter/ coconut blondie(brownie). But it does not alter the taste in any ways. The flavor that is prominent is the chana and cardamom used.

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Serving Size: 9″ Brownie pan

Ingredients:

2 cans or 3 cups of cooked garbanzos beans/ Chana dal

1/3-1/2 cup of sugar

2 eggs

3/4 cup of sweetened flakes coconut

1/2 tsp of ground cardamom powder.

3 tbsp of oil/ghee

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Directions:

Heat oven to 350F

In a food processor add all the above ingredients and pulse a couple of times till all is well combined and smooth.

Pour into a well-greased / well lined brownie pan and bake for 25-30 minutes till a toothpick comes out clear.

Cool and enjoy with a nice cup of hot tea.

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Easy Coconut Macaroons Recipe

22 Apr

I always wanted to make coconut macaroons but never looked up the recipe since I thought it might not be easy. Until I had got some sweet shredded coconut for a dessert that I made to take over to a friend’s place. It was a milk custard with canned pineapple, whipped cream, almonds and some sweet grated coconut.  After that day I was left with almost a full bag of sweet shredded coconut. That is when I thought of giving coconut macaroons a try. When I checked the back of the package it asked for 4 whipped eggs white and I thought what will I do with the egg yolks and so I changed my recipe to use whole eggs.

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The recipe is so simple it can be whipped up in a jiffy and turns out chewy with a light crunch on the outside. It only needs 5 simple ingredients. Along with the eggs I used a bit of flour for binding and baking powder to make the macaroons light and airy. I also did not use any extra sugar since I do not enjoy overly sweet desserts.

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Serving Size: 16 macaroons

Ingredients:

1 pack or 5 cups of sweet shredded coconut

2 eggs

4 tbsp of all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp of baking powder

pinch of salt

Directions:

Heat oven to 325F

Mix in the flour and baking powder together well.

In a mixing bowl beat 2 eggs and salt.  Add the shredded coconut and slowly fold it into the egg mixture.

Next sprinkle the flour and fold it in careful till well mixed.

Shape them into coconut macaroons and line them on a cookie sheet tray covered with parchment paper. Spray oil on the paper so that the macaroons will not stick.

Bake for 25-30 minutes till the macaroons are done.

Let cool and enjoy and store in an airtight container for a couple of days.

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Variations:

Use chopped almonds and cranberry.

Unsweetened cocoa powder about 4 tbsp.

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Chilli Panner (Cheese) Recipe

4 Mar

Being from India it may sound strange when I say, I have never cooked with paneer till recently. But if you are from Goa and grew up Catholic than there is nothing strange about my statement. I have eaten paneer at my friend’s place and in restaurants but since Goan food culture is so different I have never felt the need to cook with it till now. Paneer is very close to a pressed down and shaped ricotta cheese. You can make it at home if you have the patience. Which is on my list to try sometimes soon. Paneer is used in many Indian vegetarian foods like palak paneer, paneer tikka masala, butter paneer, paneer pakora, paneer burji and paneer parathas.

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Since it is Lent season for a lot of Catholics around the world as an adult we try to make some sacrifice for the 40 days during lent in remembrance of Jesus’s 40 days of fasting. In our household it is giving up eating meats. I have fallen off the wagon a couple of times already this season, my husband has a stronger self-control than me. I had this recipe at a good friend’s place Kimmy for the first time about 2 years ago and since then she has made it a couple of times more. As my kids enjoyed it a lot I decided to make it. It is a very quick and easy recipe that is lightly sweet and sour. It can be enjoyed as a side dish to eat with rice or bread.

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Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

1 block of paneer cut in length

3 multicolored bell-pepper cut in length

1 medium onion cut in length

1″ ginger diced finely

6-8 cloves garlic diced finely

3 tbsp of ketchup

2 tsp of chilli paste or sriracha sauce

1 tbsp of vinegar

2 tbsp of soy sauce

1/8th tsp of sugar

salt to taste

Directions:

In a pan add some little oil and lightly brown the paneer on each side for about 1-2 minutes. Keep aside.

Now add the onions and bell-pepper and saute till they softened. Next add the ginger garlic and saute quickly.

To this add the ketchup, sriracha, vinegar, sugar, soy and salt to taste.

Let simmer for 1 to 2 minutes.

Next add the paneer and mix throughly.

Garnish with sliced fresh spring onions (scallion).

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Tomato Chutney Recipe

26 Feb

I want to thank you all for your prayers,concerns and support during the last couple weeks when I got sick and then my husband. I am truly blessed to have you all. My husbands surgery went well and he is now recovering. I appreciate you all very much 🙂

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Sharing a recipe that I really did not have a go-to recipe but only a memory. When I first started to work a senior faculty member would get it for lunch occasionally and I would love the tomato chutney so much since the only chutney I ate at home was the Goan coriander (fresh cilantro) and coconut chutney.

This tomato chutney is slightly on the tart side. The flavor comes from the roasted mustard seeds and curry leaves. If you want to make it like a jam then just add more sugar according to your taste. If you are allergic to nuts then skip the toasted peanuts that get added on last.  If you do not have access to curry leaves than you can use fresh chopped cilantro ones the chutney is done cooking. You can enjoy the tomato chutney with idli’s, dosa, vada, sandwiches, rice or on crackers with cream and fresh figs for a sweet note.

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Serving Size: 1.5 cup approx

Ingredients:

3 lbs of ripe tomatoes chopped

1/2 tsp black mustard seeds

1 green chili chopped finely

1/2 tsp of turmeric powder

8-12 curry leaves

1/2 tsp of sugar or according to taste

1/3 cup crushed roasted peanuts

salt to taste

Directions:

Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Let the mustard seeds pop (splutter).

Next add the turmeric powder and green chili. Quickly saute for a couple of seconds and add the chopped tomatoes and sugar.

Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally for 35 -45 minutes till the chutney thickens.

Season with salt according to taste and add the toasted peanuts.

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Creamy Mushroom and Peas Curry

6 Nov

Last couple week’s I wanted to make a creamy curry recipe but was just being lazy. As I consume more vegetables than rice, I am constantly looking for variations in my recipes. But most often I windup making cabbage soup. So searching online I came across a south Indian Mushroom and Pea’s Recipe that I altered to my taste and made it more efficient.

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This recipe calls for first sauteing the vegetables separately and then cooking it in the curry. Secondly the curry is made by grinding coconut and cashews, I added some heavy cream towards the end. The cream tones the spiciness if you do not like spicy foods. Also as and Indian we love pasta but with a tad bit of spice, this is another way you can use the creamy Mushroom Pea Curry.

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Serving: 8-10

Ingredients:

16 oz of white/brown mushrooms

2 cups fresh/frozen peas

1 medium onion chopped

1 medium tomato chopped

3 cloves garlic

1/2″ ginger

1/2 cup fresh/frozen grated coconut

10-12 cashew nut’s

1/2 tsp of turmeric powder

1/2 tsp of mustard seeds

1/2 tsp of cumin seeds

1/4 tsp of fenugreek seeds

1 tsp of grama masala

1 tsp of coriander powder

1.5 cups of water

pinch of sugar

Salt to taste

1/4 tsp of chili powder (optional)

3 tbsp of cold heavy cream (optional)

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Directions:

Wash the mushrooms and cut them into quarters, length wise.

Grind coconut, ginger, garlic and cashews to a paste, keep aside.

Heat oil in a pot and add the mustard, cumin and fenugreek seeds till it splutter. Next add the chopped onions and saute till soft.

Follow with chopped tomatoes till they soften then add the turmeric, chili, garam masala, coriander powder and saute for 1 to 2 minutes. Next add the ground paste, saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the water, salt and sugar cover and bring the curry/gravy to a boil.

Finally add the peas and mushrooms, check on seasoning and cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes covered. Finally add cold heavy cream for the last-minute or two.

Garnish with curry leaf or fresh chopped cilantro/coriander.

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Enjoy with plain rice, roti or bread.

Punjabi Chana or Chole Bhature – Garbanzo Beans Curry

23 Oct

I ate my first Punjabi Chole Bhature only after I came to the US as it was a popular dish in most Indian Restaurants. Goan’s make something similar with split green peas and same deep-fried bread called Puri (bhatura).  My husband had been saying he wanted to eat some Chana Batura for a couple of weeks till we had friends visit who said they had just eaten some. Feeling bad for him I decided to make it the next day for Sunday Lunch. I did experiment with the Bhatura(puri/fried bread) using unbleached whole wheat flour. They turned out soft and puffy which surprised me since it was my first attempt at making them from scratch. The flip side, I did not keep a track of the measures. So I will have to share the bhatura (fried bread) recipe at a different time.

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It is a perfect vegan recipe. You can also substitute the beans with chicken and make an incredible Chicken Curry. This recipe may get you overwhelmed by the sheer variations in spices but trust me it is worth every bit. My fussy 5-year-old enjoys it every time I make it. You can skip the chili and it still has lots of flavor.

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Ps Note: This recipe is prefect for the home cook’s who likes to be in charge of quality control 🙂  I cooked my own beans using a pressure cooker. The reason I did that is because I came across an article that was published recently about cancer causing foods in America. Canned foods and excessive salt were named along with some more foods. If you are a new owner of a pressure cooker then you should add this recipe to your list.

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Serving Size: 6-8

Boiling Chana/Garbanzo in a Pressure Cooker

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dried chana/chickpea/garbanzo beans or 5 cans of low sodium garbanzo beans.
  • 5-6 cups water
  • 1 tbsp of salt

Directions:

Soak the chana/kabuli overnight. Drain the water. In a pressure cooker add the soaked chana, salt and enough water to cover the beans about 5-6 cups of water.

Pressure cook for 6-7 whistle about 35-45 minutes.

Take of heat and let stand till all the steam is released and it is safe to open the cooker.  (Please for your safety follow this step.) 

Whole Spices

  • 2 bay leaf
  • 5 green cardamom
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 2″ cinnamon stick

Wet Paste

  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1″ ginger
  • 1 green chili (optional)

Powder Spices

  • 1 tbsp of coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp of dry mango/ amchoor powder
  • 1 tsp of red chili powder
  • 1 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of garam masala powder
  • pinch of asafoedita
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

Grind the wet ingredients with no water. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a separate pan. Add whole spices till the oil becomes fragrant.

Next add wet paste and saute till the oil starts to leave the side of the paste. About 10-13 minutes.

To this add the powder spices, saute for 1-2 minutes till it mixes well.

You either can transfer the spice paste to the pressure cooker, add water, season with salt and cook it for 2 more whistle.

OR If using the same pan add the water, salt and chana to the pan and cook for another 20 minutes on medium heat covered.

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Serve with hot bhature or with rice and a side of onions marinated with pickle.

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No Crust Baked Cheesecake Recipe

9 Oct

My kids love cheese cake and when I attempted to make my first one it was exciting to note how easy it was to make with just 4 ingredients. My ambitiously lazy self always looks for ways to make easy, low-calorie desserts without compromising the flavors. This weekend I am making some more cheesecake for a friend’s birthday and am going to add some pumpkin for fiber and color 🙂

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Cheese cake reminds me of a dessert which Goan’s make called Posu. It is made with cows Colostrum, it is the first milk the cow gives after it has given birth. To that sugar, nutmeg and a hint of turmeric is added and then steamed for 15 -20 minutes to form a thick pudding. Chilled and enjoyed. I love this sweet. It is a rare treat  in Goa as colostrum is not sold in stores. You need to know a generous farmer who would share it. We were lucky  enough growing up to know one. Three generations of farmers had delivered fresh milk to my family. By the time we were in college the milk-man (dudkar) had stopped coming. Last time I visited Goa my Madrinha(God-Mother) had made some and I enjoyed every bit of it.

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Serving Size: 9″ Round

Ingredients:

2 packs of 1/3 fat cream cheese

1/2-3/4 cup organic sugar

1 tsp of vanilla

2 room temperature eggs

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Sour Cream Topping (optional)

1.5 cup sour cream

1/4-1/2  cup sugar

1/2 tsp of vanilla

Directions:

Heat oven to 350F

Cream the eggs and sugar first. Next add the cream cheese and vanilla.

Pour in a 9″ round greased pie dish. Bake for 30 minutes till you see a golden brown edging and the toothpick comes out clear.

Cool and chill in the refrigerator for 1-2hrs.

If topping with sour cream whisk the 3 ingredient well. Spread the mixture on a cooled cheese cake and then chill for 2-3 hours before serving.

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Enjoy as a light dessert. Great for parties as you can make it a day early.

Atoll – Rice and Channa Dal Pudding

28 Aug

Atoll (Attol) is a slowly disappearing Goan sweet recipe. It is gluten-free. Made with rice, yellow channa dal, coconut and cardamom. We grew up eating a lot of homemade evening tea snacks and sweets in Goa. Some of them being Moong Dal Gorchem, Boiled Sweet Potatoes, Moong Dal Chunn, Alle Belle, Xiro, Banana Pancakes, Nankhatais, Baath, Pinaca, Patolios, Doce de Grao, Bolinhas de Coco and a few more.

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Many of the Goan recipes are gluten-free, Atoll is one of them. The Goan coconut jaggery plays an important role in many of the Goan sweets. It has a rich dark brown color and is made from coconut sap that is boiled down till hardened to form small triangular blocks. It melts very easily and soften to touch. It has the same amount of calories as regular sugar but has vitamin and minerals. Since it is not refined it’s a great alternative to regular white sugar. You can read more about the differences between the two here.

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Please note: For this recipe instead of yellow channa dal I have used split green peas (green pea dal) as it is readily available at the grocery stores in the US. I also had to replace a full freshly grated coconut with frozen grated coconut and coconut milk. And finally if you do not have access to coconut jaggery than you can use regular jaggery or molasses.

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Serving Size: 6-8

Ingredients

3/4 cup raw rice (washed and cooked as per instructions)

1/2 cup split green peas or yellow channa dal ( washed and cooked as per instructions)

1/2 cup grated frozen coconut

1 cup of coconut milk

4-5 crushed whole cardamom

1.5 to 2 square of coconut jaggery or 1/3 cup of molasses

Pinch of salt

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Directions:

Cook the rice and dal as per instructions, once’s done in a pot add the cooked rice, dal and the remaining ingredients. Keep stirring them together for 10-15 minutes on medium-low heat till the rice thickens like pudding.

Transfer in a 9-inch spring-form pan and let cool and set for at-least 30-60 minutes.

Slice and enjoy with your evening tea or as a dessert. You can refrigerate the rest for a couple of days. Just warm it up in the microwave for couple of seconds before serving.

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Variations:

You can make another similar dish called as Orna which is made by soaking the rice overnight and ground into a paste and cooked to a pudding consistency. Then add the remaining ingredients and stir together for another 10 to 12 minutes till it thickens.

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.

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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.

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!

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 😉 .

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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

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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.

Baked Onion Bhajia – Vegan and Gluten Free

22 May

This recipe can have many names it just depends on what you wish to call it. Pakoras, pakodas, bhajia, Bhaji, savory muffins, pancakes…yes, I use the same batter to make breakfast pancakes. How cool is that :-).

goan-onion-pakoda-pakora-bhajias-recipe-besan-bhaji-bhajjiI have used the traditional Goan recipe for deep-fried bhajias. It is a common sight along the street in the evening. I remember the Aai(mom) who would make it just outside of the general store with a stove, deep-frying pan and newspaper that she wrapped the bhajias. On my recent visit to Margao in Goa I saw her daughter who does it now. The smell of deep-fried onions would make me drool on my walk back home from the bus stop during my college days.

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Deep Fried Goan Onion Bhajia’s

The batter is made with gram flour (besan, chickpea flour, garbanzo bean flour), turmeric, ajwain or jeera(optional) and water. Sliced onions, overnight brine whole green chillies or slices of potatoes are added. You can spoon a small amount at a time and deep fry or bake like I did. This is a very common street food snack in Goa and perfect for those raining days with a nice cup of hot tea.

goan-onion-pakoda-pakora-bhajias-recipe-ingredients-gluten-free-savory-muffinsI made my baked onion bhajia in the muffin tin for its shape. I did not want to make the batter too thick and was not too sure of the shape if I had baked small scopes on a cookie sheet.

Serving Size: 11-12 muffins

Ingredients:

goan-onion-pakoda-pakora-bhajias-recipe-ingredients1 cup gram flour

1/4 tsp of powder ajwain (optional – but good for digestion – antiflatulent)

1/4 tsp of turmeric (for color)

1/2 tsp of baking powder

1.5 sliced medium-sized white or red onions

1 jalapeno chopped

1/2 bunch of fresh chopped cilantro.

2  tbsp of oil

3/4 cup water

Salt to taste

goan-onion-pakoda-pakora-bhajias-recipe-indianDirections:

Heat oven to 500F

Grease a muffin tin

In a mixing bowl add the first 4 dry ingredients, water and strip well to a smooth batter. Next add the onions, cilantro, jalapeno, oil and salt and mix well.

Spoon into muffin pan and bake for 8 minutes then flip the muffin and bake for another 8 minutes.

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Eat it hot off the oven with a nice cup of milk tea. Cool and refrigerate the rest. Warm up and enjoy it for a quick healthy snack or a breakfast muffin.

Sprouted Moong Dal

1 May

I love this recipe, it is my go-to for days when I want to watch my carbs but not starve ( You know what I mean right ;-)). It is more an Indian recipe with a touch of Goan spices and fresh grated coconut. It does take planning to make this recipe as you need to soak the moong beans at-least overnight or for 2 days. If you have a pressure cooker then you can skip soaking.

moong-mung-beans-dal-recipes-easy-indian-goan-curry-dosa-khichdiAt times I like to sprout extra moong dal (mung beans) so I can make a Goan Tea time sweet called “Chunn” which was made years back. Traditionally it is made with chana dal but I use moong beans since I usually have it in my pantry. It is made by steaming the moong beans and then mixing it with fresh grated coconut, cardamom and Goan coconut jaggery( I get mine imported from Goa).

moong-mung-beans-dal-recipes-indian-goan-curry-sproutsSoak the mung beans in water overnight. Then pour out the water and let it sprout one more day. Cover the top of the moong dal with wet paper towel. A 1.25 cup of dry moong dal will yield approx 3.5 to 4 cups of sprouted mung beans.

moong-mung-beans-dal-recipes-xacuti-masala-coconut-vegetarian-indian-goan-curryServing Size: 4-6 people

Ingredients:

4 cups of sprouted moong beans

1 medium onion diced

1 medium tomato chopped

4-5 garlic cloves diced

3 tbsp of xacuti masala

1/2 cup fresh grated coconut

1.75 cup of water

salt to taste

moong-mung-beans-dal-recipes-ingredients-indian-goan-curryDirections:

Fry the onions till translucent. Next add the tomatoes, garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes till the tomatoes soften.

Then add the xacuti masala spice mix and saute for another 2 minutes. Add water, season with salt, cover and bring to a simmer.

Next add the sprouted moong dal, mix well and cook covered on low medium heat for 15-20 minutes. Check on salt.

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Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro/coriander. I also like to garnish it with fresh made salsa.

Serve with hot white rice, bread or naan. If you love moong dal (mung beans) like me then check out more recipes made with moong.

Gorchem – Moong Dal Pudding made with fresh grated coconut and jaggery.

Moong Dosa – Moong beans savory pancakes

Batata Bhaji – Spiced Potatoes

24 Apr

Batata Bhaji is to an Indian what roasted potatoes is to an American. The potatoes are spiced to give it flavor. It is a vegetarian and a vegan recipe. In Goa there are a few variations one where curry leaf and cumin are the bold flavors, the other is ginger and cumin. This potato recipe can be made with or without coconut also with gravy or dry. The dry version can be used to make a favorite Indian snack called Batata Vada. A deep-fried potato dumplings coated with a garbanzo bean flour batter.

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Interestingly “Batata” in portuguese is “Potato” and is a word used all over in India but there is a difference in the pronunciation and you can tell the difference if you are familiar with both. This recipe was made mostly on Fridays at our home. The leftovers are used to make kids popular grilled sandwich for snack. The bread is stuffed with potatoes and a little ketchup….yummy! You can also make potato fritters by mashing the potatoes, forming into patties and coating them with rava (cream of wheat) and shallow frying till golden brown.

batata-bhaji-aloo-potato-subzi-ingredients-recipe-vegetarian-veganServing Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

3 russet potatoes peeled and diced in 1/2″ cubes

1 medium onion diced

1 jalapeno

1 cup grated coconut

1.5″ of ginger

1/2 tsp of cumin seeds

2 cups water

1/4 tsp of mustard seeds

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1-2 sprigs of curry leaf

salt to taste

batata-bhaji-aloo-potato-subzi-ingredients-recipeDirections:

Wash, clean and cut the potatoes in 1/2″ cubes. Soak them in light salted water.

Grind the coconut, ginger, 1/4 tsp of cumin with 1/3 cup water to a paste.

Heat oil in a pot add the mustard seeds till it splutters, add the onions, cumin seeds, jalapeno and saute till the onion is translucent.

Next add the turmeric, coconut paste, curry leaves and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the remaining water, season with salt and cover till the gravy simmers.

Finally add the potatoes, check on salt, cover and cook on medium low heat for 15-20 minutes till the potatoes are soft. Do not over stir lest the potato get mashed.

batata-bhaji-aloo-potato-subzi-recipe-goan-coconutEnjoy with hot rice, bread, puri (poori) or dosa.

Coriander Chutney

16 Jan

Dedicating this post to my loving dad Victor Basilio de Silveira who passed away peacefully early Thursday morning. I was in two minds to blog this post today. He would be 90 this coming April. As I head back tomorrow to Goa for 2 weeks I will miss hearing my papa say as I walk through the front door “Bai ja veio” (baby have you come).

My papa when he visited for the first time in 2007

My papa when he visited for the first time in 2007

Goan coriander/cilantro chutney is nothing like the cilantro chutney you may have eaten at the Indian restaurant. If you are a Goan who grew up eating this chutney than no other compares to this light fluffy tangy and sweet tasting chutney.

coriander-green-goan-chutney-recipe-bhel-puri-samosa-indian-cilantroIt’s a popular everyday recipe that is made to make quick sandwiches for snack or kids lunch boxes with just bread, butter and chutney. It is also an all time favorite for birthday parties, picnics as it’s one of the easy recipes. It is vegan and kid friendly.

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With butter.

Serving Size: 2 cups

Ingredients:

1 fresh cilantro/ coriander bunch with trimmed stalks

1/2 a small onion

2 garlic cloves

1 nickel sized tamarind

2 tbsp of warm water

1.5 cup of thawed frozen grated coconut.

1 green jalapeno/ chilli

1 tsp of sugar

1/2 tsp of sea salt ( or salt according to your taste)

coriander-chutney-green-goan-cilantro-ingredientsDirections:

Soak the tamarind in warm water for 2-5 minutes. In a blender first add the coconut then coriander/cilantro, followed by garlic, jalapeno, soaking tamarind and finally the onion, sugar and salt. If you follow the order it will be easier to grind the chutney to a fine paste.

Once done store it in a plastic container up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

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Goan Corned Beef and Cucumber Club Sandwich

Goan Corned Beef and Cucumber Club Sandwich

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Goan Corned Beef and Cucumber Club Sandwich

 Vegetarian Club Sandwich

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Vegetarian and Vegan Club Sandwich

 

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Vegan Club Sandwich

On a side note I would like to apologize about my gibberish post on Monday, that was my 4-year-old son trying to be smart on my computer when I was not in the room.

Dodol – Christmas Sweet made with Coconut Jaggery

19 Dec

We have a couple of days before Christmas and if you are still looking for healthy Christmas Sweets Ideas then maybe you should consider the popular Goan Dodol. It’s not only popular in Goa but also in South East Asia. You can also make it gluten-free by replacing wheat flour with millet / ragi flour and since it does not have any eggs or milk it can be vegan.

dodol-kalu-dodol-christmas-sweet-sri-lankan-goa-goanIn my short trip to Goa, I managed to visit the St Francis Xavier Exposition and celebrate the Immaculate Conception Feast. My unexpected short visit could not have been better timed, as the Exposition is once’s every 10 years and according to my mum St Francis 15th generation family members delegate came to Goa for the Expo.

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Exposition of St Francis Xavier in Old Goa, Goa

The must have Sweets at all Church Feast Fairs in Goa called as Festachem Khajem (Konkani)

goan-feast-fair-sweets-kadio-bodio-festachem-khajem-khajeThe dark rich pudding with an intense flavor of coconut and jaggery sure puts you in a Christmas mood right away. Goan dodol is not baked but cooked on slow fire till it has a jello consistency. Goan’s make the dodol in 2 ways either they use wheat flour or millet flour, rice flour is usually used in a small quantity for texture. Kalu Dodol in Sri Lanka is made with rice flour. My humble opinion is that using rice flour makes the Dodol firmer but the Goan dodol is softer and a little sticky, which I prefer.

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Goan Coconut Jaggery

This 5 ingredient sweet is very simple to make but requires a tad bit of patience.

 Serving Size: 6-8  (9″ round about 1″ thick )

dodol-ingredients-goan-christmas-sweets-recipeIngredients:

8 tbsp of wheat / millet flour

4 tbsp of rice flour

3 cans of coconut milk

14 oz of grated coconut / regular jaggery (approx 3 1/2 coconut jaggery squares. Add more if you like it sweeter)

1/2 cup of rough chopped cashews

2 tbsp of butter (optional)

pinch of salt

dodol-ingredients-goan-christmas-sweets-recipe-millet-flourDirections:

Use a non stick pot and a wooden flat spoon if possible.

Mix the flours, 2 cans of coconut milk and salt in a pot and place on medium heat. Stir slowly till the mixtures thickens approx 15 minutes.

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Next add jaggery, cashews and the remaining can of coconut milk. Stir slowly on low medium heat for approx 1.15 hrs till the mixtures leave the side of the pan and does not stick to the wooden ladle. If the dodol does not let oil then add butter towards the end.

Pour into a 9″ round and smooth it with the wooden spoon to form a nice round. Cool and enjoy.

dodol-ingredients-goan-christmas-sweets-recipe-rice-flour-cashewsLeave it in a cool dry place or the refrigerator for a week or two.

Check out more Goan Sweets like Bebinca, Doce de Grao and Neureos.

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas!

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Goan Fruit Salad

14 Nov

The Goan Fruit Salad Recipe is made with Custard and fresh fruits. The 3 popular fruits used in this recipe were apples, oranges and grapes, bananas were optional as they turned black and made the custard a little mushy. Just like the Goan Bread Pudding (recipe here), the Fruit Salad is a must have on the dessert table. Goan’s celebrate a  Sunday Lunch more than a dinner. A large population of Goan’s are Catholics and most are very involved with the local churches. It is normal for people to be in church on Sunday mornings and then go back home to cook a great meal for the family.

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The basic custard which is a lovely pastel yellow color, is made with a store-bought Custard mixture. It is a mixture of cornstarch, vanilla essence and yellow food color. Here in the US I have only seen them at Asian markets, so I made the same recipe with ingredients that are available at the local grocery stores. Corn starch/flour makes for a smooth custard without the use of eggs.

This recipe can be made vegan by substituting the milk and heavy cream with almond or soy milk. It is vegetarian as no eggs are used to make the custard. You can also use it to make a healthier version of the popular Creme Brulee.

custard-fruit-salad-goan-corn-starch-flour-indian-recipeAs time has passed there are a couple of variations to the recipe in terms of the type of fruits you can add. Dried fruits and toasted cashews, almonds or walnuts can be added. Papayas, kiwi, strawberry, blueberry, pineapple can be added as well. I also add crushed cookies or frosted corn flakes for an added crunch on top.

Servings: 8-10

Ingredients:

3 cups of low-fat or whole milk

1 cup of heavy whipping cream (optional if you want to cut the fat)

1/2 cup of sugar (If you like it sweeter add another 1/2 cup more)

12 drops of yellow food color

1 tsp of vanilla essence

4 tbsp of corn starch

4 tbsp of cold water

pinch of salt

1 cup of diced apples

1 cup of halved green/red grapes

3-4 medium-sized oranges

custard-fruit-salad-ingredients-goan-corn-starchDirections:

Mix the milk and heavy cream together in a pot and bring it to a boil. Add sugar, salt, vanilla essence and stir till the sugar is dissolved.

Next add the food color and stir. In a small mixing bowl stir the corn starch and water together till a smooth mixture. Add it to the hot milk and stir till the mixture thickens about 7 to 10 minutes on medium heat.

Take off heat and let cool.

custard-fruit-salad-goan-corn-starch-cocktail-recipeOnce cool, mix the chopped fruits and the custard together, chilli in the refrigerator for 2-4 hour and enjoy with crushed nuts, crumbled sugar cookies or frosted flakes for a nice crunch.

custard-fruit-salad-ingredients-goan-corn-starch-crumbled-cookies-flourThis fruit salad recipe is great for the holiday seasons as it can be prepared a day ahead. You can replace the fresh fruits with the canned fruit cocktail. I made the fruit salad for my 4-year-old son’s birthday and it was a hit with the small kids.

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