Mood Fixer- coconut curry…

Sunday 18 October 2009 | Posted by Kishi | Easy Cooking,South Asian Cooking

Coconut curry

My pantry stock is moving slow. I haven’t been cooking a lot lately. Diwali season, work, Ted India coming close and 1000 other things on mind I am lazy to cook and eat whatever Mom makes. She is my inspiration always. Check what I had to say about her here.

Hats off to people who can blog everyday, I follow so many blogs but I never get the chance to comment. I read them as bed time stories on a regular basis. I think that blog fever hasn’t gotten to me yet and nor has the twitter fever. I am quite internet savvy but not so much. I don’t know how people manage to twit 24/7..its quite an art /task to accomplish! When I do I shall let you guys know 🙂

Dinner was simple food – coconut curry with rice
I don’t have an exact recipe coz I put whatever was in the fridge to the masala’s my hand could reach, literally being on phone with a customer who was ordering a cake 😉

Take some oil; add some ginger garlic and green chillies, a small diced onion and sauté till golden brown. Add some lemon grass galangal, kaffir lime leaves if you have them else the Rs.20 Thai curry paste will also do and sauté for next min or so. Add in veggies that you have at home. My collection was sort of boring (Thai green eggplant, mushrooms, yellow peppers, baby corn, broccoli, tomatoes, but the addition of tofu added to the textures of veggies).Add a can of coconut cream to it. Give it a boil and it’s done! Voila enjoy with steamed rice and some freshly squeezed lemon juice.
So guess what I added in the curry to it give it a crunch??
Haldiram’s Nut Cracker heheh!

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Homemade Burgers

Wednesday 22 April 2009 | Posted by Kishi | Food,Salads

I am a workaholic thanks to foodaholics! I am determined to teach my maid today. You know it’s hard sometimes to multitask…as much as I find irresistible body for sure can get fatigued. So I found the solution. For dinner I decided to make burgers…home style and decided to teach my maid so my life becomes easy. I call my maid “Gudiya” coz she is about 19-20 in age and a darling.

There are days she asks me attention-grabbing questions when I am assembling cakes. She recognizes fruits by colour. I am teaching her how to write, pack chocolates, bake cakes, learning the ingredients my helper in real sense. I make her taste all the stuff I make so she learns the taste. Now and then I get the most genuine/weird/funny response from her. At times she gets confused between spatula and an off set spatula or between fondant and marzipan and when she picks up something wrong I just give her the look…almost saying gudiyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa not again!! And she just cracks up. And both of just become the reason for each other’s amusement. Tell you she is a real entertainer.

I think I am getting a bit emotional I am very fond of her and she is thinking of going back to the village. I don’t want her to go. She lost her parents in an accident and I don’t know if she goes back will she have a healthier existence. Nevertheless getting back to the meal so where were we-Vegetarian burgers ok?

 

So here you go… (Good for 5 people, I ate twoJ)

 

Burger Buns                                                             6

Potatoes                                                                   3

Soya small pieces                                                   300 Gms (nutrela chura)

Carrots                                                                      2 medium

Beans                                                                         100-150 Gms

Cauliflower                                                              1 small

Capsicum                                                                  2 small

Onions                                                                       1 large

Salt                                                                             2 tsp

Black pepper                                                           1tsp

Red chilli                                                                   1 ½ tsp

Mango powder (amchur)                                                ½ tsp

Coriander powder                                                 ½ tsp

Panko/bread crumbs                                            100 Gms

Oil                                                                               4-5 tbsp

Bread if required                                                    2 slices

Flax seeds                                                                 1 tbsp

                       

Method:

 

1.     Boil the potatoes and grate them.

2.     Add all the veggies together and chop them super fine. I use an electric mixer.

3.     Mix all the potatoes and the veggies together. And all the seasoning.

4.     Add panko (Japanese bread crumbs) or regular ones. Bread Crumbs: I use multigrain bread to make them at home. I like the concept of flax seeds in the burger. Today I added some extra other than the 1tbsp.

5.     Mix all the ingredients together and form sort of dough. Potatoes and bread help to bind.

6.     Make small balls and shallow fry them on a flat pan.

7.     Make the balls nice and round and press them as they cook that way the whole mixtures will cook evenly and you won’t get the raw feeling in the middle.

8.     Once both sides are nice and brown put them on a mesh plate. So they dry up and still don’t get soggy.

 

By and large I don’t eat my burgers with mayo like the rest of the world. Did you know I don’t eat ketchup?

So I more often than not put green chutney made of fresh coriander, mint, onion, ginger and cumin.

Another relish I love putting in there is the Thai sweet chilli sauce. It adds a bit of the tang. It’s non-compulsory. Though you can get it at any market INA rocks!!

 

On the same pan take the buns and cook them till light golden brown.

Take some lettuce, cucumber, tomato; cherry tomato if it’s available. Onions whatever salad items you like toss them in some lemon juice black pepper, extra virgin olive oil or add some balsamic vinaigrette.(check the recipe section) Toss it and fantastic …home style burger ready!

 

Ps- the preeminent ingredient of this meal…gudiya now knows how to make it! One task overJ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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