KonkanFood

Food has always attracted me and been away from home for years for my studies and work taught me the importance of good home made food. Food makes me happy. I have named by blog "KonkanFood", I come from the konkan region of India and my food is majorly influenced by this region. I love eating and like to incorporate the delicious dishes I come across in my day to day life.


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Chicken Seekh Kabab

Originally seekh kababs are made on skewers and grilled. You could try different kinds of minced meats and flavors. It entered Indian cuisines centuries ago. We love appetizers and this one is very simple and a quick recipe. I tried making them on one of our Friday snack parties and it was a hit. I served it with some sriracha and tomato sauce. You could also cut them in cubes and roll in a tortilla or add to a salad.

I was running out of skewers, so just shaped them and cooked in oven. You could also cook them over a grill or pan.

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Ingredients:

1 lb minced chicken

2 medium sized onions

2 tbsp ginger garlic paste

3 tbsp coriander leaves

1 tbsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tbsp chilli/paprika powder

1 tsp garam masala /All spice powder

2 tbsp lemon juice

4 to 5 tbsp oil

salt to taste

 

Method:

1. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan, add in finely chopped onions and saute. Once onions have sweat and turned golden brown add in the ginger garlic paste. Cook it for 5 minutes and set it aside.

2. In a bowl add all the above ingredients with cooked onion, ginger garlic except oil, mix them well with your hands. Rest the mixture for 30 minutes. Apply a little oil on your palms and get a handful of the mixture and shape in rolls as shown in picture.

3. Preheat the oven to 375 degree Fahrenheit. Lay aluminum foil on a baking sheet, spray cooking oil and place the rolled kebabs on the baking sheet.

4.Bake for around 15 minutes initially, get the baking sheet out and put the uncooked side down. Cook on all sides. Bake for 10 more minutes. It took me 25 minutes altogether.

Serve it with your favorite sauce.


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Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is one of the must have snacks in India. Its enjoyed by all ages. I and my friend Madhu have set a new tradition from last few weeks. We get together every friday and try and cook different snacks. This week we nailed pav bhaji from scratch. It was fun and and I was specially exited about the Pavs/Bread.

 

 

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Recipe makes 24 pavs

Recipe

Ingredients for the Pav:

10 cups all purpose flour/Maida + 1 cup for kneading and dusting

1/2 cup non salted butter+ 3 tbsp for applying once baked.

4 cups warm water

3 tbsp dry yeast

1 tbsp sugar

salt to taste

Method:

1. In a large bowl add the water, dissolve the sugar and add the yeast and give a good stir. Add the salt and a cup of flour. Start adding a cup at a time and get the mixture together. Dust some flour on a counter top, get the dough and knead well, add the melted butter. Once butter is added dough will become less sticky, knead it for 5 more minutes  and rest the dough in a warm place for 2 hours.

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2. After 2 hours of proofing, dough should double in size, dust some more flour on a counter top and knead the dough for 5 minutes. Line a baking sheet with butter and divide the dough in required side balls and place them next to each other. Allow them to rest for a hour in a warm place. Cover the baking sheet while kept for resting.

3. After a hour time, the flour balls must have doubled the size and are ready to bake.

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4. Preheat the oven to 380 degree Fahrenheit and bake them for 25 to 30 minutes, the crust will change to a light brown color. Apply butter to pavs and rest it for 10 minutes and enjoy the pavs with bhaji. They are very close to pavs we get in Goa.

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For the Bhaji/Mix Vegetable gravy

Ingredients:

2 medium sized potatoes

2 big sized onions

2 tomatoes

1 capsicum

1 cup cauliflower florets

1/2 cup peas

1/2 cup carrots

1 tbsp ginger garlic paste

1 tbsp cumin powder

2 tbsp coriander powder

1 tbsp chilli powder

1/2 tbsp mango powder

1 tsp fennel powder

1/2 cup butter

2 green chilies

1 cup coriander leaves

salt to taste

 

Method

1. Steam cook cauliflower, carrots, peas, potatoes, capsicum, green chilies and keep it aside.

2. In a pan heat the butter add finely chopped onions, saute them until golden brown, add the ginger garlic paste, cook well. Add tomatoes and cook them for 5 more minutes. Add cumin, coriander, chilli, fennel and mango powder and get the whole paste to a good consistency.

3. Add the steamed vegetables to pan with cooked mixture, mash the vegetable with a potato masher. Add water to get the whole mixture to a good consistency. Add salt to taste and chopped coriander leaves. Cook the bhaji for 10 to 15 minutes on a low flame.

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Serve the bhaji garnished with coriander leaves, fresh baked pavs, a peice of lime,  and enjoy!!

 


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Chicken Burger

I like American chicken burgers, a variety to taste and endless toppings. You can never go wrong with burgers here. We use to go to this local restaurant, burgers were their specialty and we always loved the food there. Sadly it closed down. I have tried my best to make these burgers today and they tasted pretty good.

Hope you will too like them.

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Following are the ingredients you will require for the burger.(This recipe will make 2 medium sized burgers)

250 grams minced chicken

2 medium sized onions

3 cloves garlic

1/2 inch ginger

2 tbsp coriander leaves

1 egg

1 tbsp soy sauce

4 to 5 lettuce leaves

3 to 4 tbsp unsalted butter

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp cajun powder

1 tsp paprika/chilli powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp cumin powder

3 to 4 tbsp Sriracha sauce

3 to 4 tbsp tomato sauce

1/2 avocado sliced

2 buns of your choice

2 tbsp mozzarella cheese

2 to 3 tbsp bread crumbs if required or 2 to 3tbsp of boiled potato

salt to taste

 

Method

1.We will start with making the burger , take the minced chicken in a large mixing bowl, add 1 grated onion with its juices, finely chopped garlic, ginger, coriander leaves, soy sauce, olive oil, egg, bread crumbs or boiled potato, cajun, cumin, coriander, chilli powder and salt to taste. Incorporate all the ingredients well and keep it aside.

2. In a flat pan add 1 tbsp of butter and add sliced pieces of 1 onion, saute them until golden brown, add salt and set them aside.

3. Apply a little oil on your palms and make 2 portions of the burger mixture and make patties with help of your palms and pat it on the same skillet you have used earlier for sautéing onions. Put in the remaining butter and cook the patties on both the sides, each side should take around 3 to 4 minutes at least.

4.Once the patties are ready put cheese of your choice on patties when they are still on the pan, this will allow the cheese to melt, you could cover the pan with plate or foil to accelerate the process of cheese melting.

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4. Once the patties are ready its time for assembling your burger, take buns of choice, I have used whole wheat buns here. Cut them into half, place some lettuce leaves at the base, put the patty on it. Then goes the caramelized onions, sliced avocado, sriracha sauce and tomato sauce. Cover it with the top bun. Enjoy the Burger!!

 

Tips: You could also add caramelized bell peppers and  mayonnaise on the burger.


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Baked Kale chips

This is new addition to to my evening snacks. I have never had kale before, this was my first try and was a hit. Loved the crispy and crunchy texture.

 

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Here is how I got it done.

Recipe:

1 lb kale (you could pick any type of kale)

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp pepper powder

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/4 tsp red chilli powder or paprika

salt to taste.

 

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.

2. Wash the kale and pat them dry to remove the water content.

3. Sprinkle the oil on the kale and rub them well with the oil, you should make sure that you have spread oil on every leaf. Once done put in the pepper, turmeric, chilli powder and the salt.

4. Mix them well and lay them on a baking tray in a way that the kale is not over lapping, this will make sure that the kale turns out to be crispy and is cooked well.

5. Bake the kale for 10 to 12 minutes, but do check after 8 minutes have passed as every oven is different. There will be change in color.

Enjoy the snack with your favorite drink.

 

 

 


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Banana Cookies

I always think of baking a cake when I see ripe bananas laying on my counter, but the amount of sugar and butter goes into baking a cake made me think I should try something different this time.

I came across these recipes of banana cookies and everyone had their own version like adding oats, flour and so on.

Here is my version of a Banana Cookie. You will be surprised with the sweetness and deliciousness of these cookies without sugar or butter.

 

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Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas

1 1/2 cup ground almond powder (Grind a cup of almonds, should give you around 1 1/2 cup of powder)

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup dry coconut flakes

2 tbsp honey

2 tbsp dark chocolate flakes (Optional)

1 tsp vanilla essence

 

Method

1. In a large bowl mash the bananas, add in the almond powder, coconut flakes, raisins,honey and vanilla essence. Mix it well.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.

3. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet, spray cooking oil and scoop out the cookies on the baking sheet.

4. Bake them for around 14 to 18 minutes, do check now and then after 12 minutes in oven. It may vary in given conditions. Once you take them out, cool it for 10 minutes and enjoy!!

 


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Sweet Potato Chapati/Indian flat bread

Sweet Potato, reminds me of my childhood days when dad use to cook them as sides with food. I never savored them much until now when I realized the nutritional value of it. I try and search different ways to incorporate them in my diet. Today I made sweet potato chapati’s , Indian flat bread. Chapathi is usually made of wheat. IMG-20150427-WA0010 Recipe: 1 medium sweet potatoes 2  cups whole wheat flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp turmeric powder Water if required   Method 1. Roast or pressure cook the sweet potatoes until completely done. Allow them to cool to room temperature, peel of the skin. Mash the potatoes  in a large bowl, add around 2 cups of wheat, salt, turmeric and knead. The dough should be firm and soft. You could add more flour or water to get to the required firmness. 2. One should be able to roll the dough with a rolling pin to a flat sheet. Divide the dough in size of golf balls or say in size of truffles and roll them with a rolling pin on a hard surface. Dust flour if required on both sides while rolling them to thin sheets which will prevent it from sticking to the surface. 3. Take a flat skillet, keep on medium heat. Once hot enough put the rolled sheet, cook through on both the sides. Enjoy chapati’s with a gravy or you can use as a tortilla.


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Varan/ Lentil coconut gravy (Dal)

Varan is one of the most delicate and scrumptious dish you will ever have. It is made from simple ingredients and yet appetizing. It goes along with rice as well a side dish to any meal.

It a dish made widely in Goa, originally made on festival days for its simplicity.

 

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Ingredients:

1 cup pigeon peas lentil (toor dal)

1 cup coconut milk or 2 cups grated coconut

2 tbsp cumin

2 green chillies

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 tbsp oil/clarified butter

1 tsp turmeric

 

Recipe

1. Cook the lentils through with 2 cups water, I pressure cook them. Tip: Its easy and quick to cook lentils and beans in a pressure cooker.

2. Grind fresh coconut with a tbsp of cumin and extract the coconut milk.

3. To a pan add clarified butter, once the butter melts add in the mustard and cumin. Allow the seeds to splutter, add slit green chillies, followed by the extracted coconut milk. In case you have store bought coconut milk, add that with 1 tbsp ground cumin.

4. Stir the mixture continuously till it boils. Add turmeric and the cooked lentils with a cup of water. Get the whole gravy to a boil.Adjust the gravy with water if required.

Hope you will enjoy this! Let me know how you liked this and if any questions you have for me.