There’s nothing like eating slow cooked food, especially if its meat and has been marinated over at least 24 hours. The flavours get nice and warm and the mutton simply melts away of falls of the bone like it should. This one is a speciality from my mom’s house. Some of her recipes are very “English” and I must say, this is one of them.
There can be nothing as pure in taste as this concoction. It’s a perfect pick-me snack in the evening, a lazy day’s supper or even dinner when combined with a Cobb Salad or any other salad of your choice and–now here’s where I go a little crazy–a cocktail! Yup you heard me right, chill it, add a largish dash of red pepper tabasco, a bit of Worcestershire sauce, a squeeze of lime, a salt rimmed glass and top it up with Vodka, your Herby Bloody Mary is ready.
My love for cheese and potatoes at times takes over my life. And this recipe is just the perfect amalgamation of that love. It renders the potatoes crispy on the outside yet moist on the inside and the cheesy cover on top is nothing but sin…
Where my weekend meals are all about fun, flair and proteins, my weekday meals are generally put together without much of an ado. Some weeks ago a friend commented on the fact that I didn’t have enough vegetarian stuff on my blog…the next Sunday was thus dedicated to this friend. Though recipes for everyday meals come without a blink of an eye, when you want to take it a notch higher, you need a recipe. Indian food is very precise. An extra teaspoon of a particular spice can change the end product, and taste.
This is one of my least favourite vegetables. And I often stuff it with spicy mashed potatoes and pan fry them when I have to eat it! As kids we had no choice we had to eat bitter gourd once a week to keep ourselves healthy! This veggie is said to be a blessing for those with diabetes, I come from a family that’s genetically pre-disposed to this ailment, so we had little choice than to eat the veggie with the funny skin.
I succumbed…succumbed to the need of making my food healthier. Boiled potatoes are fine, but those gorgeous soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, thrice-cooked-potato chips no way…So whenI cooked up thisdelicious cheese stuffed chicken burger(made with chicken that has been steeped in hot water to knock of the fat, yeah yeah the things I do to keep the fat away) I just had to make homemade baked crisps to go with it.
For a change, i decided to cook up the chicken breasts Indian style, and am I pleased! The chicken breasts that were supposed to be stuffed with cheese and spinach and cooked in a tomato gravy were instead cooked with black pepper and capsicum! And I teamed it up with a spinach lentil. the god of small green things was definitely going to fall in love with me.:)
Indian food is essentially all about combining a veggie dish, with a nutritious dal and a bread or rice. A yoghurt based raita is thrown in for good measure and some families even insist on a kachumber–if you look at it from a nutrition point of view, a good mix of carbs, proteins and fats!
When you think of vegetarian protein source the first thing the pops up is tofu and cottage cheese. I have grown up in a family that loves its food, and each weekend was a gourmet challenge to create something new. When my friends turned vegetarian for health reasons, I literally needed to go back to the roots and unearth new flavours.
Whilst surfing for things to do with my water buffalo meat–yeah beef is banned in my part of India–I came across gorgeous looking dish. I didn’t bother to read the recipe or to figure out how complex it would be, or how many hours of back-breaking labour it would involve before I’d set me mind and heart and stomach on it. The plans for a Sunday dinner were fixed, at least in my mind.
A steak definitely calls for sides of mashed potato, so the pots went into the oven, unsalted butter was called for and the stage was set. Wait…my favourite butcher had no meat That was surely not going to dampen my spirits..my entire weekend depends on the food I cook! A quick trip to Godrej’s Natures Basket and I managed to lay my hands on Prasuna’s steaks. That would have to do.