MUTTON FRY WITH BABY POTATOES

Mutton Fry With Potatoes

Most of the non vegetarians relish a meal with mutton fry with potatoes. Any simple meal becomes a delicious one with this side dish of fried mutton with baby potatoes. This mutton fry is a good accompaniment for any rice based meal and it is easy to make too.

Mutton Fry With Potatoes
Mutton Fry With Potatoes

COOKING TIME: 40 minutes

SERVINGS: 3

INGREDIENTS:

1. Mutton : 500 grams
2. Baby potatoes : 200 grams
3. Shallots: 75 grams
4. Onion : 1 (50 grams)
5. Tomato : 2 (100 grams)
6. Ginger : 1.5″ piece one
7. Turmeric powder : 0.5 Teaspoon
8. Chili powder : 1.5 Teaspoon
9. Pepper powder : 0.5 Teaspoon
10. Cumin Powder : 0.5 Teaspoon
11. Aniseed : 0.5 Teaspoon
12. Curry leaves : 3 sprigs
13. Oil : 2 Tablespoon
14. Salt : 1 Teaspoon
15. Water : 1 Cup

Mutton And Potatoes Fry
Mutton And Potatoes Fry

METHOD:

Wash mutton pieces and peel the skin from baby potatoes. Chop the shallots, onions and tomatoes. Clean the ginger piece and mash it and keep aside. Keep a pressure cooker with oil over medium flame. First add aniseed and then curry leaves. Then put the chopped shallots, onion, tomatoes and ginger and saute. Finally add the mutton pieces along with Turmeric powder, Chili powder, Pepper powder, Cumin powder and salt. Close the lid and cook for 7 to 8 minutes adding a cup of water. Open the lid ( when it is cool) and add the baby potatoes and pressure cook again for another 5 minutes. Keep stirring the gravy without closing the lid over low flame till you get the dry mutton potato fry of your choice.

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BAJJI (BANANA – ONION )

BAJJI

Any occasion and any time is suitable to have the snacks like Bajji, Bonda, Vada and Pakoda. Though “Bajji” is an oily dish, it is a filling snack which can be consumed along with either a cup of coffee or tea. One is sure to find them in every tea shop in any street in Tamil Nadu. Before the advent of the introduction of fast food items like noodles, burgers and pizzas, these tiffen items like vada, Bajji etc were made as evening snacks at households for the kids who returned from school.

Bhajji
Bajji

SERVINGS : 5
COOKING TIME : 20 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS :

1. Bengal gram Flour ( Besan or kadalai maavu ) : 2 Cups ( 200 grams)
2. Rice Flour : 2 Tablespoon
3. Salt : 1 Teaspoon
4. Chili Powder : 2 Teaspoon
5. Asafoetida : 0.25 Teaspoon
6. Soda Bi-carb (Cooking soda ): A pinch
7. Water : 2 Cups ( 400 ml )
8. Oil ( any refined oil) : 1.5 Cup ( 300 ml)
9. Veg ( Raw Banana of “monthan variety “, Onion -1, Brinjal-2 , potato, other vegetables like g chili called Bajji chili and even bread slices are also used for making “Bajji”.

METHOD:

Take 2 or 3 vegetables of your choice. Potato, Onion and Raw Banana need their skin to be peeled. Chop them to medium size ( neither too thin nor too thick) slices and keep aside. Both asafoetida and salt can be added to the water. Use a sieve to clean up the gram flour and add Baking soda. Now mix the gram flour with chili powder and water to a smooth consistency. The batter should be like dosa batter. Heat up oil over high flame and dip the vegetable slices 3 or 4 at a time in the batter and slide into thehot oil. The sliced vegetables should be evenly coated with the batter. Turn the Bajji pieces to the otherside so that they are cooked evenly.

Tips : Drain the oil on the Bajji on tissue papers and serve it with Coconut chutney.

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Fish Cutlet

Fish Cutlet

Fish cutlet is a favorite item of almost every one.   It can be relished along with rice based meals either for lunch or dinner or eaten just like that as a snack item along with either coffee or tea at any time of the day.  The making of it takes a longer time as it involves removing the bones completely from the fish.   But the delicacy of the fish cutlet overcomes the difficulty in making it.!
Fish Cutlet
Fish Cutlet
Cooking Time: 1.5 hours
Pieces :  25 Cutlets

INGREDIENTS:

1. Fish ( fish like mackeral, seer fish etc without much bones) : 1.25 kg
2. Onion: 3 ( approximate 200 grams)
3. G. Chili : 6
4. Ginger : 2 ” piece one
5. Garlic : 15 Cloves
6. Coriander and Curry leaves : 1 small bunch
7. Aniseed : 1 Teaspoon
8. Coconut gratings : 0.5 Cup
9. Potato : 350 Grams ( 3 no approximate)
10. Turmeric Powder : 1 .5 Teaspoon
11. Red Chili Powder : 1 Teaspoon
12. Oil :  1.5 Cup ( 300 ml)
13. Eggs : 2
14. Salt : 1.5 Tablespoon

METHOD:

Wash and cut the fish into big pieces.  Boil them with minimum water ( 0.25 cup) along with 0.5 tablespoon salt and turmeric powder.  Fish should be boiled in five minutes and all the water should be absorbed.  Remove the bones and the skin completely and mash the fish and keep aside. After removal of the bones and the skin of the fish, you will get approximately 1 kg of mashed fish.   Boil the potatoes for 10 minutes in pressure cooker and mash them well and keep aside. Chop the onions, g. chili, ginger and garlic cloves  into fine pieces.
Take a  big frying pan and keep over medium flame. Pour first  0.25 cup oil  for frying. First add the aniseed and onion and after onion turns translucent, add the chopped green chili, ginger and garlic pieces.  After frying them well, add the coriander, curry leaves, coconut gratings with red chili powder.  Finally the boiled, mashed fish with mashed potatoes should be mixed well.  The remaining salt should be mixed with it.
Take from stove and add the beaten eggs to it .  Make small lime sized balls and shape them of your choice.  After making the fish cutlets, keep a frying pan with the rest of the oil over medium flame.  Fry the cutlets 6 to 7 at a time and turn them to the other side for them to get cooked well.  when the cutlets turn golden brown,  take them out.
Fish Cutlets
Fish Cutlets
Tips :  If you want fish cutlets to be crisp, you can dip the cutlets first in beaten egg white  and then dip them in bread crumbs before frying. This is optional
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AVIAL – MIX VEG GRAVY

AVIAL

As the name suggests, Avial is a mixture of vegetables steamed in a simple way  with a minimum use of 6, 7 of them with Coconut gratings and coconut oil.  Some dishes like “appam”, “avial”  etc are mainly prepared in the state of Kerala and being very close to Tamil Nadu, some of these food items are commonly used in the households of Tamil Nadu also.  It is a tasty, healthy food dish as it is prepared  with many locally grown vegetables along with
a liberal amount of both coconut gratings and coconut oil.
Kerala Avial
Avial Dish
Cooking Time: 30 minutes.
Servings : 5

INGREDIENTS:

1. Onion : 1 ( 50 grams approximate)
2. G. Chili : 5
3. Cumin Seeds : 1 Teaspoon
4. Coconut gratings : 1 Cup
5. Coconut Oil : 1.5 Tablespoon
6. Water : 1 Cup
7. Salt : 1 Teaspoon
8.  Vegetables : 6, or 7 veg out of the following vegetables mentioned
1. Unripe mango ( small ), 1 Drumstick, 1 Unripe banana, one small piece of ashgourd or pumpkin,  2 Egg plants (brinjal), 1  carrot, 4,5  beans, a few  cluster beans, a small piece yam

METHOD :

Wash and dice the vegetables of your choice and put them all in the small
cooker along with water, salt, coconut gratings and cumin seeds.  Chop the onion and the green chili  and add them.  Pour the coconut oil over it and pressure cook them over moderate flame for 5 minutes or give three whistles.
Avial Kerala
Avial
Tips : If raw mango is not available,  use 0.25 cup thick curd just before taking the cooker off the stove.  Grinding the coconut gratings along with cumin seeds, onion and green chili before adding to the vegetables for cooking is optional.
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CABBAGE MINCED MEAT / MUTTAKOS KOTHU CURRY KOOTU

MINCED MEAT

This minced meat dish is a good combination for rice based meals with curry like sambhar, rasam etc. Since a good amount of vegetable ( cabbage ) is used, we can be assured that it  is a  healthy item too. Other vegetables like Ridge gourd, peas, cauliflowers can be substituted for Cabbage.
Minsed meat
Minsed meat
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
SERVINGS: 4
 
INGREDIENTS:
1. Minced Meat : 200 Grams
2. Cabbage : 350 Grams
3. Onion : 2 ( 125 Grams approximate)
4. G Chili : 4 No
5. Ginger : 1/2″ piece one
6. Turmeric Powder : 1 Teaspoon
7. Coriander and Curry leaves : 1 small bunch
8. Grated Coconut : 2 Tablespoon
9. Oil : 1 Tablespoon
10. Salt : 1 Teaspoon
11. Water : 0.5 Cup ( 100 )
Minsed meat with cabbage
Minsed meat with cabbage


METHOD :
Wash the minced meat in water and keep it aside.  Chop the cabbage into small pieces and keep them.  Onion, G.Chili and Ginger should be cut.  Take a pressure cooker and add oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, chili and ginger and fry for a few minutes.  Then the curry leaves along with Coriander leaves and the meat can be put. Stir it well adding salt, turmeric powder and water. Pressure cook the content for 7 minutes till the meat is tender.  Open the cooker ( when cool ) and add the chopped cabbage and allow it to cook in the remaining water along with the cooked meat etc without closing the lid.  The cabbage gets cooked in five minutes and water should be fully absorbed.  Finally add the grated coconut and stir for a couple of minutes.  Your cabbage minced meat Kootu is ready to be served.
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