Kolhapuri Veggies Curry
This is actually one of my most festive dishes. Every time I make it, it is always devoured by everyone. I do omit three things when I follow this recipe. Watermelon seeds, hing, and kasuri methi. You can also omit whatever you like to better suit your taste and or availability of ingredients. This recipe involves an extensive amount of ingredients but it isn’t hard to prepare. And in the end, you will have something quite awesome.
- Cumin Seeds-1 sp
- Cloves- 6 to 8
- Black Cardamom- 4
- Bay Leaf
- Curry Leaves
- Onion Paste- 1 Cup
- Garlic- 1Tbs
- Ginger- 1 Tbs
- Green Chillies
- Hing (asafoetida)- 1/4 tsp
- Turmeric- 1/2 tsp
- Red Chili Powder- 2 Tbs
- Garam masala powder- 1 tsp
- Cumin Powder- 1 tsp
- Coriander Powder- 1 tsp
- Tomato Paste- 2 large tomatoes
- Green Peas- 1/4 cup
- Paste of Watermelon Seeds- 2 Tbs
- Paste of Cashew nuts- 2 Tbs
- Cauliflower- 8 florets
- Capsicum- 1 whole
- Paneer- 1/4 cup
- French Beans- 8 strings
- Kasuri Methi- 1/2 tsp
- Tadka of Red Chillies- 5 whole
- Corriander Leaves
- Oil for cooking
- Ghee- 2 Tbs
- Pour oil into a hot pan. Add all the whole spices, cumin, black cardamom and bay leaves. Sautee everything for a little bit.
- Add onions and wait for the onions to turn to a nice golden brown. Add garlic, ginger and green chilies.
- Add all the spices. Hing, turmeric, red chili powder, garam masala powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, tomato paste, with some water to make a gravy.
- Add green peas with the paste of cashew nut and watermelon seeds. Slow cook it on low heat for 15 minutes.
- Make sure you boil the vegetables separately so they are cooked. Also Fry the Paneer separately on all sides.
- Add all the vegetable and Paneer to the gravy. Bring it to a boil and simmer it for 20 minutes.
- Fry the red chilies in a separate pan with Ghee. Add it to the mixture, and sprinkle Kasuri Methi over the top.
- Garnish it with coriander leaves and you are done!
Chicken fry from my mom’s recipe
There are a few things that I know from just watching and being around my mom while she cooked. I never really tried to learn cooking from her. But when it came time to do it on my own. I relied on my memory for things that she would make and the rest sort of just happened. This is one of those recipes that I can do with my eyes closed. Her famous Asian inspired chicken fry. She only ever makes this with drumsticks and thighs but you can use whatever you want. You can adjust all these ingredients to your taste. My mom doesn’t have an exact measurement for all the ingredients. But just to give you an idea this is more or less what is required to make it.
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- Chicken Drumsticks – 12 pieces
- Flour – 2 cups
- Eggs – 2
- Soy Sauce – 1 cup
- Onions (Finely Chopped) – 2 cups
- Green Chillies – 1 Tbs
- Corn Starch – 1 Tbs
- Salt – 1 Tbs
- Vinegar – 1 Tbs
- Ginger Paste – 1 tsp
- Ground White Pepper – ½ tsp
- Oil for deep frying
- Make sure you wash the Chicken first and let it dry. Prick holes in it with a fork.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a huge bowl except for the oil.
- For best results, it is suggested to keep this mixture in a fridge overnight. The flavor develops increasingly if you let it marinate for a longer time. If you are in a hurry then you can marinate it for an hour and that should also be good enough.
- Take it out and fry it well in oil under medium-high heat. Make sure to thoroughly cook it well on all sides. 2-3 minutes on each side before turning it.
- Serve it while it’s hot.
I have yet to discover what makes me happy. The discovery of new things in life that can bring arrays of emotions are endless. It is almost impossible to list every single thing that can or cannot make me happy. But most importantly in accordance to the social media outlet. The way people treat me depends on how happy I will be for that particular moment of interaction. One thing I know that makes me happy which is independent of any kind of human interaction would be cooking. Cooking in my own solace and privacy.
- Water – 2 1/4 Cups
- Grit quick (dry quick cooking grits, not instant) – 2/3 cup
- kosher salt – 1 1/4 Tsp
- Milk – 1/2 cup
- Butter (divided) – 3 tbs
- Olive oil – 1 tbs
- Dried oregano – 1/4 Tsp
- Crushed red pepper flakes – 1 pinch
- Lemon (juiced) – 1
- Hot sauce – 3 tbs
- Kosher salt – 1/4 Tsp
- Medium shrimp (peeled and deveined) – 12 ounces
- Combine water, grits, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in milk and 1 tablespoon butter. Continue cooking an additional 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened.
- Combine remaining butter and next 6 ingredients (through salt) in a large non-stick skillet; bring to a boil. Add shrimp, and cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until shrimp are done.
I have been wanting to make this for so long. You can customize this recipe to your liking. I have made the frosting with cream cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream with salt to taste. The decorations for the cake is also up to you. You can use any sort of salads, lettuce, vegetable even sandwich meat.
This is a savory cake that is similar to a sandwich, but with large amounts of filling and garnish, similar to a layered cream cake. It should be served cold and cut like a dessert cake. I find that it is best to make it a day ahead and just keep it in the fridge. For my filling, I used a mixture of chicken salad. You can alternate several fillings if you want. I have just used one for the entire cake. It is visually very impressive and just as good to eat.
This is sort of a throwback recipe. I have done this one a while back and they came out pretty nicely. I was very proud to have thrown this together for my parents.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a small saucepan bring water and butter to a boil. Stir in the flour, reducing heat to low. Stir vigorously, over low heat for 1 minute, or until the dough forms a ball. Remove from heat.
Beat in all of the eggs at once. Continue beating until smooth.
Drop 1/4 cup of dough about 3 inches apart on a baking sheet.
Bake for 35-40 minute, until puffed and golden. Cool completely.
While they are cooling, prepare the whipped cream. Using a stand mixer whisk the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until stiff peaks.
Once the puffs are cool, using a serrated knife, cut the top 1/3 off each puff. Fill each puff with a scoop of whipped cream. Place the top back on.
Dust with powdered sugar