When you think about a Goan fried fish, visions of perfectly crispy fried fish in a red masala paste come to mind, and this recipe for Pomfret Rechad or Pomfret Rechado does not disappoint!. The name Rechado is derived from”recheio” is a Portuguese word referring to a stuffing and typically this recipe is made by stuffing a fish with this luscious spice paste. This can also be used to marinate fish steaks and makes a wonderful shrimp or seafood chilly fry.
This spice blend is made from dried chillies, spices, fried onions and vinegar. As you may know, I am an admin and member of the Traditional Goan Foodies and before I settled on a recipe I could share with you I took a lot of suggestions and tips from our members that share their authentic recipes from their kitchens. In my opinion, these are the experts of authentic Goan cuisine. My mom does not have a documented Rechad recipe, or not one that I could find anyway, so I had to build this based on member suggestions and my memory of it’s taste.
I can’t remember if my mom used friend onions in the mix, but it seems to make a lot of sense as it provides depth of flavour for the stuffing. Typically Goan vinegar is used in this recipe, it’s not easy to find, and I like to use a 50% 50% blend of Coconut Vinegar and Red Wine Vinegar as a good substitute. Typically the paste is made with a combination of Kashmiri chillies that aren’t very spicy and something that is spicier like Byadgi chillies, but I’m just going to use 30 Kashmiri chillies. I also like to clean the chillies and take the seeds out, some members advised against this as Kashmiri chillies aren’t very spicy and they rely on the seeds for the heat, but I do believe that keeping the seeds in reduce the impact of the red colour, so out they come!
In the recipe printed below, start with the dry ingredients, and then add the wet ingredients and grind to a smooth paste. I’ve got some beautiful white Pomfret, also called Pamplet in India but you can use any fish of your choice. Although not traditional, I prefer the deboned fillets. This recipe is super easy to follow.
Most Canadians love their double double … most Indians too …2 is always better than one and when my friend told me about a dish that was prepared with both mutton chunks and ground mutton, I was all over it! I have no idea where the name come from, I tried to research it and didn’t find anything that made sense. If I do find it, I will post an addendum, or if you find it, please let me know in the comments below. This curry is usually slow cooked and requires patience and TLC. If you have a pressure cooker, it can cut down the cooking time quite a bit.
Ra Ra Gosht – Chunks of meat and ground meat cooked together in a spicy curry
2. 2 lbs Mutton or lamb
1/4 pound ground mutton or lamb
2 red onions sliced
2 tsps coriander powder
Garam masala – Roast and grind 1 tsp each regular and black cumin(shahi jeera), 2 pieces mace(javitri), 2 black cardamoms and a stick of cinnamon. Can sub 3 tsps garam masala
2 tbsps ginger and garlic paste
3 tsps red chilli paste (recipe)
2 chopped tomatoes
6 – 8 cups of water
1 cup stirred yogurt
1 cup chopped coriander
Salt to taste
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
Oil for frying
Making sure the mutton is quite dry, heat some oil in a sauté pan and brown the meat on both sides. This can take about 5 – 7 mins.
In a separate frying pan fry 2 sliced red onions till a light golden brown.
Remove the onions and add to the meat and mix well.
Add the coriander and garam masala(previously roasted and ground).
Add the ginger and garlic paste and chili paste and mix really well.
Add the chopped tomatoes.
Add a cup of water, cover and cook for about a half hour. Squish the tomatoes down with the back of your spoon, add salt and more water and continue cooking for another hour, stirring at intervals and adding water when the gravy gets dry. If you have a pressure cooker, you could just cook it in the pressure cooker.
Once the meat is nice and tender, add the yogurt and coriander and more water if required.
Cover and cook for 15 mins, add the raw ground meat, salt as required, pepper and more water and cook till done for another 15 mins.
These are such a delicious option to eat especially if you don’t eat lamb for ethical reasons. Mutton has a richer flavor and since it is older sheep or goat, takes a little extra time to cook. Some people cook it by sautéing it in a frying pan, I prefer to sear it and bake it. This way I can throw some veggies in the pan and I have a whole meal ready.
Mash the garlic with a muddler or the back of a spoon. Smear the marinade all over the meat on both sides. When marinated, drizzle with some olive oil sear in a pan on each side for a few minutes and then continue to cook in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20 – 30 mins
Not just healthy and gluten free , this delicious roll is also packed with flavor. I was introduced to this treat bu a coworker whose parents used to run a restaurant. I introduced it to my kids and just loved it. The measurements below are not exact, simply because the size of the rice paper wrap you will use will vary.
Every year to celebrate the summer and our backyard, I invent a new recipe for the grill. This year we’ve been trying to cut back on our red meat consumption and so I concocted this recipe that is so big on flavor, that you’d never miss the meat. These can be prepped ahead of time and frozen if desired, but please give additional time to the grilling process. Top these with crunchy spiced fried onions and you have a flavor bomb between your bun!
Looking for the perfect ground meat recipe? Seekh and you shall find! Until my friend Ravish Kohly showed me his tips and tricks, I was doing this all wrong! This kebab is made typically from Beef although Lamb and Mutton are widely available since Beef has been recently banned in India.
Couple of tips
1. Never wash your meat
2. Keep your kebab mixture as try as possible
3. Work the protein by kneading the meat like a dough
3. Use lean meat to minimize the drip and flare up
4. Use metal skewers and cook the kebabs over an indirect flame
5. If using a resular bbq, be sure to elevate the skewers from both sides
This is one of the most popular kebabs in India. Nuggets of chicken are spiced with a delicate blend of herbs and spices and grilled over charcoal. Hara means green and green herbs are ground together to make the marinade for these delicious morsels. My old childhood friend Ravish Kohly came by one Saturday armed with boxes of ingredients. He showed me how to make a Chipotle Kebab, Seekh Kebab and this recipe below.
Popular in India, this recipe is made using marinated chicken cooked with onions and spices. My friend Sheela Sonawane shared this recipe with me and I was fascinated to see ingredients like onions and coriander cooked in different ways in the same prep. While this was being prepared, my son who is also my cameraman was drooling over the camera!
When it comes to a Korma recipe, there are so many variations from the use of yogurt, cream, nut pastes and coconut cream. Some gravies are dark and earthy and others are light and creamy. This recipe uses cashew nut paste that makes this gravy creamy and luxurious. If you love Indian food sans the spice, this recipe is perfect for you!