Archive | November, 2013

Malai Kofta

29 Nov

So Dinesh said he loved it and as we didn’t have anything else useful to do on Thanksgiving .. I decided to give it a shot. It came out reasonably well to be frank, only Dinesh said it didn’t particularly taste like Malai Kofta :D. All the same it was inspired largely by this recipe here – http://www.padhuskitchen.com/2013/03/malai-kofta-recipe-how-to-make-malai.html

In summary here’s what we did:

– Used Potatoes, Carrots, Beans and Sweet Corn as the base vegetable (for the Kofta).

– Ground the Onions, Tomatoes and dry masalas to a paste before frying it with a little cumin seeds.

– We used mild Cheddar cheese instead of paneer as that’s all we had.

– We used yoghurt instead of cream as we didn’t have it.

– Dinesh added some sugar in the end giving the gravy a unique sour, sweet taste and the Kofta’s being a little spicy, it made for a nice combination.

– We roasted the Koftas instead of deep frying them, thus consuming lesser oil. The flip side of this is that the sides don’t get roasted as well as we would like.

Gobi Manchurian

3 Nov

Always wanted to make this and finally did today. It came out quite well. The recipe was taken completely from here –

http://showmethecurry.com/appetizers/gobi-cauliflower-manchurian-dry.html

The only difference was that I didn’t use any corn flour and used a little extra all-purpose flour instead. You really can use any flour to do this in my opinion. Also I didn’t have spring onions so I used regular onions. That apart the recipe works well.

The sauce is the key to the whole thing .. otherwise it’s just fried cauliflower which might be tasty on its own but it’s not the same unless the sauce is used. Depending on whether you want it sweet, sour or spicy .. adjust the concentration of the sauces. The sweetish Tomato sauce seemed to dominate the other sauces.. so if you want it spicy add more chilly sauce and less tomato sauce.

Experiment with different combinations. I wish there was a way to roast this instead of frying it – it takes up far too much oil. It’s very tasty though for sure 🙂