Fish Fry (Red Chilli Masala)


Fish Fry © Mujahid Khaleel

Fish Fry
© Mujahid Khaleel

For all Fishtarians out there, this one is Mum’s fish fry (recd chilli masala) which is lip-smacking!
Try it out 🙂

Ingredients:
  • Fish of your choice – 2 pieces
  • Red chilli powder – 2 tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Vinegar – enough to mix the red chilli powder and salt
  • Garlic crushed – 2-3  cloves (optional)
  • Oil to shallow fry
Method:
  • You can use any fish of your choice. Here I have used Tilapia.
  • Wash the fish thoroughly.
  • Mix the red chilli powder and salt with enough vinegar to make a paste.
  • Do not add water.
  • (The salt and red chilli powder ratio is always 1:2)
  • Apply the paste to the fish and allow to marinate for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a tava and shallow fry the fish on both sides until cooked.
  • Fish takes lesser time to cook, about 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot with rice or roti.

Yummy Vegetable Cutlet


Mum would make yummy cutlets with spicy mint chutney and we would enjoy every bite!

Perfect for an evening snack, do  try out this heavenly vegetable cutlet. You will love it 🙂

Vegetable Cutlet  © Mujahid Khalee

Vegetable Cutlet
© Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes – 4 medium sized
  • Beans – 1/4 cup
  • Carrot – 1/4 cup
  • Peas- 1/4 cup
  • Cabbage – 1/4 cup
  • Cauliflower -1/4 cup
  • Green chilli and ginger paste – 1 tbsp
  • Onion finely chopped – 1 small
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Jeera powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Bread slices – 2
  • Corn flour – 1 tbsp
  • Semolina/ rava – 1/4 cup
  • Oil – 1tbsp + for shallow fry
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • Boil, peel and mash the potatoes and keep it aside. Steam the vegetables.
  • Heat oil in a Kadai.
  • Add the green chilli and ginger paste. Sauté for a few seconds.
  • Add the finely chopped onions. Sauté till pink and translucent.
  • Add the steamed vegetables and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add the mashed potatoes.
  • Add all the powders and fry for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove it from heat and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
  • Take some water in a bowl. Dip  1 bread slice into it.
  • Remove immediately , squeeze the water and add to the vegetable mixture. Repeat the same for the second slice too.
  • Add corn flour. (Corn flour and bread slices helps in binding the mixture). Mix well. Shape them into cutlets.
  • Add the rava to a plate.
  • Coat the cutlets with rava. This again help in binding and gives a crispy texture.
  • Shallow fry on a Tava or grill them by adding some oil.
  • Serve with pudina chutney, slices of cucumber and tomato.

Crispy Cabbage Pakoda


Simple evening snack, these Cabbage Pakodas leave you wanting for more!

Try it out 🙂

Cabbage Pakoda ©Mujahid Khaleel

Cabbage Pakoda
©Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients:

  • Cabbage shredded – 1 cup
  • Onion thinly sliced – 1/2 cup
  • Methi leaves finely chopped –  handful ( optional)
  • Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp
  • Gram flour / Besan – 3/4 cup
  • Rice flour – 2 tbsp
  • Green chillies – 4-5
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cooking soda – a pinch
  • Hot oil – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – as required

Method:

  • Add all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • Meanwhile heat oil in a Kadai. Once the oil is hot add it to the bowl. By then the cabbage would have released some water.
  • Add a little water now and make a thick batter. Make sure not to add too much water as the cabbage mixture would leave some water.
  • Drop small portions of the batter with your hands into the Kadai  to make pakodas.
  • Fry them on medium flame until they are crisp. (The rice flour and hot oil helps in making a crispy pakoda).
  • Serve them with tomato ketchup or green chutney.

Paneer Tikka!


Mum, would make yummy Paneer dishes for us – sandwiches, parathas, curries and more.
Bringing to you delectable Paneer Tikka recipe!
Simple and easy to make, relish these Paneer Tikkas with spicy green chutney 🙂
Paneer Tikka Image Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Paneer Tikka
Image Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients
  • Paneer cubes –  2 cups
  • Onion cut  into cubes – 1/4 cup
  • Capsicum cut into cubes – 1/4 cup
  • Hung Curd- 1/2 cup ( hang  the curd for an hour in a muslin cloth)
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  •  Red chilli powder – 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder –  1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin/ Jeera  powder -1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Chaat masala – 1 tsp
  • Dry mango powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Salt as required
Method
  • To prepare the marinade, combine all the ingredients from curd to salt, with only 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • Remember  not to add too much curd as the Tikkas might become soggy
  • Add the Paneer, capsicum and onion to it. Arrange these on a skewer and keep  in the refrigerator for 45 minutes
  • Then grill the Tikkas till cooked. You can roast them on Tawa too
  • Don’t over cook as the Paneer tends to become too hard
  • Cook  till it starts browning in the edges to have soft Paneer Tikkas
  • Sprinkle the remaining chaat masala and serve hot