Month: October 2011

Lamb Chintamani – The Three Ingredient Wonder

This one is a revelation. I came across the recipe at Spices and Aroma and was instantly intrigued. A lamb main course using just three ingredients? Now that must be either really simple or really a joke. I had to satisfy my curiosity. So I immediately bookmarked the page to try it and asked the co-resident to go meat shopping. (He knows this awesome butcher near my mom-in-law’s house, rest assured we always get the freshest and best cut of meat). The recipe says Lamb but I like to use Goat Meat. It’s less fatty and somehow so much more flavorsome. The recipe is an authentic Kongunadu (Salem, Erode and Coimbatore) recipe using lamb and onions in equal quantities with some many fiery dried red chillies to liven it up! The result is an almost pickle like consistency that you serve with some hot white rice and loads of ghee. Now, most people add ghee to their sambhar and curries to reduce the heat, but the purpose of serving ghee with this dish is to …

Red Bell Pepper Soup with Lime

I bought a new cookbook (yes, the umpteenth one!) and paid a ridiculous price for it. (Come on, 1000 photos don’t come cheap). I have so many cookbooks that I just stare at the pictures and sing myself a foodie lullaby. So this time I was determined to cook something from the new book, just so that I can redeem the guilty feeling of not having used it at least once! I admit that the reason I even made this recipe is because the color looked so gorgeous. Bright orangey red! And the fact that there was lemon rind in the recipe didn’t hurt either. I think Lemon rind adds a zing that is unmatched by anything else (Ok, maybe Basil). I must warn you that this soup is not some soothing balm before you start the meal. It’s more like a jolt that wakes you up and gets your belly fire started. Hot and Tangy, I give you Red Bell Pepper Soup with Lime! Red Bell Pepper Soup with Lime Prep time: 10 mins …

Easy Stir-Fried Vegetables

I always believe that good Chinese food can never be replicated at home. Our palate has been assaulted by MSG and extra salt in every Chinese restaurant, that we have now acquired a taste for it! That’s why every time I try Chinese at home; I’ve already resigned myself that the recipe is going to be equivalent to a pirated DVD! My fear of ODing on MSG and Salt has prevented me from achieving greatness in my quest for restaurant Chinese. (By restaurant I don’t me the fancy 5 star’s…am sure they go easy on the MSG). Am I sad? Au contraire… I actually like the fact that I can indulge in dangerous liaisons only once in a while (OK, I actually eat Chinese almost once a week… but you get the drift!). Coming to the point … this Stir-Fried Vegetable recipe is really easy and tasty. (Cross my heart!). It takes care of the mid-week Chinese craving quite well. Toss in some Chicken or shrimp if you fancy and you’ve taken it to another …

Onion Pakodas – For the Rains!

Monsoons! You either love it or hate it. I belong to the latter category. I know poems have been written about the rains and how it raises the spirits and blah blah blah. But clearly this is the work of someone sitting in the comfort of their homes and blabbing about the elements without experiencing its fury! For the ordinary man/woman who rides a bike to work or who needs to walk to a bus stop the monsoons are nothing but havoc to their plans and clothes and shoes might I add! I am always game for the occasional bout of rain, but five whole months of it??? Spare me the romanticism. Give me one person in Cherrapunji who’s waxed eloquently about it. Comon, think. No? There, I rest my case. Familiarity breeds contempt! It’s only freaking fantastic if you are a farmer looking for the rains for a good crop or someone in a really hot place who needs the spell of rain to cool the temperature down. Bangalore clearly does not need five …

Cucumber and Dill Salad

There is a dish in India called ‘Bheja Fry’ which literally means Brain fry and is also used to denote a situation when you’re head is all messed up! I’ve had Bheja Fry for the past few weeks. And no, its not what I ate! In an exact opposite to Bheja Fry is another synonym – Cool as a Cucumber. With the current state of affairs around me, I wouldn’t mind getting to the cucumber’s state. Coming to the point – Cucumber and Dill salad is as cool as you can get. Soothes the palate as well as the head. Hopefully my mind will unscramble itself soon! Cucumber and Dill Salad Prep time: 10 mins Marinating time: 3 hrs Serves: 4 What you need: 1-2 Cucumbers (regular will do) 1 Tbsp White Vinegar 2 Tbsp Sugar 4 Tbsp Water 1 Tbsp Olive Oil ½ a Handful of Dill Salt and Pepper to taste What to do: Trim and peel the cucumbers. (You can use regular cucumbers here as we marinate them to make them soft. …