Golap Pitha

I have made these a while ago. The lady that I have learned from is my favorite of all the deshi people on youtube. Here is a shout out to Fouzia aunty. I have tried a lot of her recipes. Her techniques are very easy to follow and understand. I hope that whoever reads this also tries out a few recipes from her vlog on youtube. The taste and the presentation is very authentic and I am sure they will satisfy your deshi cravings. I have linked this recipe down below. For those of you who do not speak Bangla, it may help to watch the video as I have tried my best to explain the process of making the shape of the flower,  but it might have sounded a bit complicated when explained. Happy Cooking!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Flour – 1 cup
  • Milk- 1/2 cup
  • Egg beat -1
  • Olive oil- 1 Tbsp
  • Sugar- 2 Tbsp
  • Food color (optional) – Used to color the flowers

To make the Sugar Syrup:

  • Sugar-2 cup
  • Water- 1 cup

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a saute pan, pour the milk and wait for it to come to a boil. After which you can turn off the stove and pour in the oil and the sugar making sure to whisk it in. Beat the egg and add it to the mixture. Lastly, add the flour and mix vigorously and wait for it to cool down.
  2. After the mixture is cooled, form a dough and roll them out into big thin rounds. Take a cup or a round cookie cutter and cut out three circles (3 circles will make one flower).
  3. Stack the three circles on top of each other. Press down with your pinky finger in the middle of the stacked circles to attach them together.  Make three cuts leaving the middle portion intact. Lift one piece by holding the ends of the piece and press down towards the middle indent bringing together the two ends of the piece to form a cone in the middle which will be the middle of the flower. Lift another piece holding it by the two ends pressing it down alongside the other piece. Keep lifting all the pieces by the two ends of them and pressing down the corners to make it look like flower petals.
  4. After you are done making the shape make sure to press all the corners together well enough so that it doesn’t come undone when frying. Trim out the excess from the corner to give it a much more realistic look.
  5. In a frying pan on low heat cook these flowers until they are golden brown. Do not rush this process, as you want the flowers to cook thoroughly.
  6. To make the sugar syrup – on a separate saucepan bring the sugar and the water to boil. After frying the flowers let it sit on a paper towel to soak up the oil. Place the flowers in the sugar syrup under medium heat for about five minutes. Take them out and serve them warm. The flowers should be slightly soft and crispy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4iX0XACHLw

 

 

Tuna kabab

 

Growing up these kababs were one of the staple dishes made in our house. My mom would always ask me to help her with these as she made them in large batches. She would never let me go close to the stove but always involved me in shaping and handling food like this. There would always be a large batch of them leftover afterwards. These store in the fridge really well, I would suggest storing them in the freezer after you’ve fried them in oil.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Canned Tuna in Water – 4 cans
  • Russet or golden potatoes – 4 to 5 medium-sized
  • Garlic paste – 1 Tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Cayenne powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Ground black pepper – 2 tsp
  • Salt – To taste
  • Egg
  • Green chillies – 1 Tbsp
  • Onions (thinly sliced) – 1 cup
  • Cilantro – 1/4 cup
  • Oil – as needed

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Firstly, peel and boil the potatoes cutting them in halves. On a separate bowl cool the potatoes and smash them.
  2. Drain the water out of the canned Tuna and saute it in about 4 tablespoons of oil. Add garlic paste and saute for another minute. Mix in turmeric, cumin, cayenne, coriander, ground black pepper, and cumin powder. Cook it in the oil for 10 minutes.
  3. On a separate bowl pour the mixture and let it cool. Add salt, egg, green chillies, onions, cilantro, and the mashed potatoes. Mix everything well so that it is homogenous.
  4. Make them into a round-shaped patty according to your preference ( i.e. big, small, thickness). In a deep set saucepan, deep fry the patties in medium heat oil, making sure that both sides are cooked equally.
  5. Serve with rice or by themselves as appetizers.

It’s been a while since I got any kind of a break. Now with this unique situation in the world. I have been able to catch up to things that I have been meaning to do but either did not feel like doing or was too busy to do it. I’ve stocked up the house with at least a month worth of food. I finally started looking for new recipes to make something with whatever I have. I came across this one. I ended up eating it with polau that was leftover and later on cooked some pasta and threw this in to mix it up and I was so surprised with the versatility that this offers. Here is the recipe, if you have the ingredients, give this a try.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Avocado (large, pitted) – 1
  • unsalted butter (room temperature) – 1/2 stick 
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro (leaves and tender stems)
  • Garlic (minced) – 2 cloves 
  • Fresh lime juice (1-2 large limes, to taste) – 3 tablespoons
  • salt (to taste)
  • hot sauce (to taste)
  • Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
  • freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • Shrimp (jumbo, 12-20 ct, peeled and deveined) – 1 pound 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine avocado, butter, cilantro, garlic and lime juice in a food processor. Process until smooth. Season with salt to taste and add lime juice as needed. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a cast iron skillet. Season shrimp with salt and black pepper.
  3. Place shrimp in the skillet and cook 1-2 minutes per side or until translucent and firm.
  4. Add butter to the skillet and melt over the shrimp. Serve immediately with lime wedges.

https://www.yummly.com/recipe/Shrimp-in-Avocado-Butter-2171190#directions

Loaded cauliflower casserole

This past week was one of the most special weeks ever. I got to spend a whole week with my grandpa Maylon. I’ve made him so many different things for breakfast lunch and dinner. He enjoyed it as much as I did. This was one of the many side dishes I made.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into pieces, about 5 cups
  • Sour cream- 1 cup
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, divided- 2 cups
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced, divided
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled, divided ( you can substitute it with turkey bacon)
  • Salt- 1/2 tsp
  • Fresh cracked pepper- 1/4 tsp

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Steam cauliflower until just tender.
  3. Place cauliflower, sour cream, half of the bacon, half of the scallions, half of the cheese in a bowl and salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Transfer to a casserole dish, sprinkle with other half of cheese.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until heated through. Top with remaining cheese and scallions and serve hot.

https://www.yummly.com/recipe/Loaded-Cauliflower-Casserole-2442125#directions

This was my first girls trip ever. I had to live up to my cooking expectations from my girls. The pressure was on, we have been going in circles trying to come up with a simple dish that didn’t involve too many ingredients. All of a sudden I spotted this beautiful big juicy mango and something in my head just seemed to feel right. We picked up the mango and everything else that was needed. Both of my friends enjoyed it so much that I had to put this up on the blog. Here is the recipe for both, Lisa and Shannon 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • Baby spinach – 8 cups
  • Couscous – 1 cup
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, divided – 1/2 cup
  • Extra-virgin olive oil 1 Tbs
  • Salt, divided – 3/4 tsp
  • 1 large mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • Mushrooms – 1 cup
  • Chopped red onion –  1/4 cup
  • 1/2 jalapeño chili, seeded and finely chopped
  • Fresh lime juice – 1Tbs

DIRECTIONS:

I did not have a grill out there, so I cooked everything on the stove top. If you want to use your grill. Please follow the recipe below.

  1. Place 2 cups spinach and the mushrooms in a pan and cook well.
  2. On a saucepan combine couscous with 1/4 cup water. Cook it following the directions on the packet.
  3. Combine shrimp, 1/4 cup cilantro, oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in another pan, after that is cooked mix the shrimp with the cooked spinach and simmer them for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Combine remaining 1/4 cup cilantro with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, mango, avocado, tomato, onion, jalapeño and lime juice in a bowl.
  5. Place the couscous on a serving dish, top it off with the mango salsa and the cooked spinach and shrimp on top.

https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/shrimp-with-avocado-mango-salsa-365851