Juicy Meatballs

The humble meatball is a versatile dish and has its variety worldwide. Some say it came from Persia,  but since it is found in almost all cuisines, its origin is debatable. Basic spices and aromatics remain the same everywhere, a few ingredients vary though, depending on the local produce and geography. It can be made from any type of meat but, I have used chicken mince in this recipe. You can use mutton or lamb instead but the cooking time has to be increased depending on the meat. This is my favourite recipe and this evolved over years under my experimentation, failure and success. Its simplicity and taste and its ability to satiate from one person to a crowd makes this recipe very close to my heart. Earlier I used to coat the meatballs in egg and then in bread crumbs and then fry them.  You can try it that way but, the healthier version is dearer to me. 

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A Sneak Peek Into My Kitchen  – ( Green Herby and Nutty Chutney)

 I am sure you have heard a lot about Indian green chutney. This one is a bit different because I incorporated very tasty and healthy nuts in it. By adding nuts, the chutney gets a creamy texture. I generally make and keep this in the fridge for a week. If I keep it in the freezer, I add very hot oil to it and mix well before storing. 

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Chicken and Leek Pie

This recipe is liked by all age groups and it is a golden opportunity to sneak healthy veggies in. This is a perfect lazy day’s recipe. You can use onions and garlic to substitute leeks, and fish or soya chunks to substitute chicken. Currently, my family is on a low carb diet and hence my experiment with various ingredients is on the rise. 

In this recipe, I used cauliflower mash to make the pie crust. The result was amazing and here goes the recipe. 

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Dal Murgh

This is one of the amazing Indian chicken recipes or maybe one of the many Indo- Muslim fusion recipes. History concurs that Indians loved their dal with a soupy consistency and the Muslims who ruled over India for many years, loved their meat and rice dishes with lots of nuts and dry fruits. When both the ideas came together the Dal- gosht or dal with meat was born. It is a one pot meal, comprising of dal and chicken, easy to cook and satisfying for your taste buds. Originally this recipe was cooked over open fire in a big vessel called handi.

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 Fish cooked in mustard gravy( Macher Jhaal) 

Traditionally, Bengal has been renowned for its extraordinarily fertile agricultural land and production of paddy. At the same time, the rivers of Bengal are an apparently inexhaustible resource of different varieties of fish. That is why, since the ancient times, rice and fish emerged as the staple food for the Bengalis. Each variety  of fresh water fish involve a different way of being cooked and different set of masalas. In one of my previous posts, I have mentioned how to make a mustard paste. The mustard powder I have used in this particular recipe is a dry mix which can be kept in the fridge for years.This fish known as Rui in Bengali  and comes in all sizes begining from 500 gms to 10 kgs or even more.

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Finger Licking Goulash

This recipe caught my attention because of its simple ingredients and no fuss cooking. I have taken liberties to suit my taste but I haven’t changed the essence of this recipe. It is a rustic dish, though this is served as fine dining in many of the restaurants nowadays. This recipe demands a heavy pot to cook in and very slow cooking but I used a pressure cooker to cook. This is a soupy dish but I preferred to serve it sticky as the sweetness of paprika and bell peppers gives a caramely texture to the dish.

Serves 4

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Bengali Masoor Daal ( Red lentils)

Lentils have been eaten by humans since Neolithic times and were one of the first domesticated crops. In the Middle East, lentil seeds have been found, dating back to more than 8000 years. In Judaism, lentils are considered to be a food for mourners because of their round shape symbolizing the circle of life. The Greek playwright Aristophanes called lentil soup the “sweetest of delicacies”. Lentils have also been found in Egyptian tombs from as far back as 2400 BC. In India, the lentil is known as dal or daal. For many centuries, lentils were considered to be “the poor man’s meat.” In Catholic countries, those who couldn’t afford fish would eat lentils during Lent instead. In the 18th century, King Louis XV’s wife, Marie Leszczynska, made lentils fashionable among royalty and they were nicknamed “the queen’s lentils”.

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