Egg Curry – Anda Masala

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As far as Egg curries go, there are probably more than a 1000 different ways to make it. From the north to the south there are various different regional recipes and then there are the distinct curries from our neighboring countries – Pakistan, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka. Egg curries can be made with whole boiled eggs, or egg halves like I’ve used in this recipe and also in an egg drop style also known in the Middle East and Israel as Shakshuka.

This is a great curry to make, especially when you don’t have other protein on hand and you’re wondering what curry to make to satisfy your hungry family.

Egg Curry – Anda Masala

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sliced Onions
  • 5 red de seeded Kashmiri chillies
  • 2 inch piece of Ginger and
  • 4-5 Garlic cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 3 green Cardamoms
  • 6 Cloves
  • 6 Peppercorns
  • 3 tsps Coriander seeds
  • 2 tsps Poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated Coconut
  • Water as required
  • 4 Eggs, halved
  • 1 Egg white
  • 1/4 cup diced Onions
  • 1 tbsp sliced green Chilli
  • 1/2 cup fresh Curry leaves
  • 2 cups of Water
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • Salt
  • 2 tsps Sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh Coriander

Instructions

  1. In a pot saute the onions and red chillies
  2. Add the ginger and garlic cloves
  3. Add the cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves & peppercorns
  4. Saute everything well and then add coriander, fenel, cumin and poppy seeds
  5. Remove everything and allow to cool
  6. Dip the egg halves cut side into the egg white and place face down for the eggs to seal
  7. Once done, flip over and keep aside
  8. Saute the fresh grated coconut till a light golden brown and just add it to the other whole spices and chillies
  9. Add everything to my food processor, together with some water to get it started and grind it
  10. Add water as required a little at a time till you get a nice smooth blend.
  11. Add more oil to your pan and saute the diced onions, chilli and curry leaves
  12. Add the spice paste
  13. Add water to your processor
  14. Saute the masala with the onion, chilli and curry leaves for a few minutes
  15. Add 1/2 tsp turmeric
  16. Add the water and salt to taste and allow this to heat up
  17. Put a lid on this and allow it to cook.
  18. Taste again for salt and add more if required
  19. Add 2 tsps Sugar to balance the salt and spices
  20. Cover this again and continue o cook on a simmer for another 5 minutes
  21. Immerse the eggs in the gravy, cover and cook for a few more minutes.
  22. Finally add the fresh Coriander to garnish
https://kravingsfoodadventures.com/egg-curry-anda-masala/

 

Butter Chicken Biriyani

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Just saying the words makes me happy … Butter Chicken Biriyani. Butter Chicken is beloved by everyone, I like to BBQ the Chicken before adding it to a delicate and creamy gravy. I had this idea a while ago to turn this into a Biriyani, but I wasn’t sure if it would work … I’m so glad that I did give it a shot as this is a marriage made in heaven.

My sons who love both Butter Chicken and Biriyani gave this fusion dish a big thumbs up!

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Butter Chicken Biriyani

Ingredients

  • 2 cups long grained Basmati rice
  • 1 lb boneless chicken thigh ( approx 500 gms )
  • 1 cup Tandoori marinade
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 2 cups sliced Onions
  • 8 whole Cashews
  • 1 tbsp chopped dry Coriander
  • 1 tsp sliced green Chillies
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Pav Bhaji
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups of blanched and pureed Tomato
  • 1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream
  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • Add 4 cups of water 1 tbsp Salt and bring to the boil
  • Pinch of Saffron strands
  • 1/2 cup hot Milk
  • 1 - 2 inch stick Cinnamon
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 2 black Cardamoms
  • 5 green Cardamoms
  • 8 Cloves
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup melted Ghee or Butter
  • Pinch Food colouring

Instructions

  1. Marinate the Chicken in the tandoori marinade, preferably overnight
  2. Start by soaking the rice at least for an hour and then wash and drain
  3. Skewer the Chicken and half cook on the BBQ – you can also use the oven or pan fry the pieces
  4. In a pot add the oil and fry the onions
  5. When the onions are brown but still soft, remove half and keep aside
  6. Continue cooking the second half and add the cashews and remove when the onions are darker and crispy(but not burnt) and keep aside
  7. In the same pot add the coriander and the green chillies
  8. Add the soft onions back in followed by all the powdered spices
  9. Add in the Chicken and follow with the tomato puree and stir well
  10. Add salt to taste and cook for a few minutes so the chicken is completely cooked
  11. Add the cream and mix
  12. Cook the rice in the water and salt till half cooked
  13. Add saffron threads to hot milk and allow to steep
  14. Remove and drain any extra water
  15. Layer the rice over the gravy
  16. Add the melted ghee
  17. Add the fried onions and cashews and the saffron milk
  18. Seal with foil, cover and cook for 20 – 25 mins
  19. Gently stir with a fork and serve with fresh mint and coriander
https://kravingsfoodadventures.com/butter-chicken-biriyani-2/

 

Butter Chicken Biriyani

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Just saying the words makes me happy … Butter Chicken Biriyani. Butter Chicken is beloved by everyone, I like to BBQ the Chicken before adding it to a delicate and creamy gravy. I had this idea a while ago to turn this into a Biriyani, but I wasn’t sure if it would work … I’m so glad that I did give it a shot as this is a marriage made in heaven.

My sons who love both Butter Chicken and Biriyani gave this fusion dish a big thumbs up!

Butter Chicken Biriyani

Ingredients

  • 2 cups long grained Basmati rice
  • 1 lb boneless chicken thigh ( approx 500 gms )
  • 1 cup Tandoori marinade
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 2 cups sliced Onions
  • 8 whole Cashews
  • 1 tbsp chopped dry Coriander
  • 1 tsp sliced green Chillies
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Pav Bhaji
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups of blanched and pureed Tomato
  • 1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream
  • Drain out all the water from the rice and add fresh water and drain it out again till the water is clear.
  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • Add 4 cups of water 1 tbsp Salt and bring to the boil
  • Pinch of Saffron strands
  • 1/2 cup hot Milk
  • 1 - 2 inch stick Cinnamon
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 2 black Cardamoms
  • 5 green Cardamoms
  • 8 Cloves
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup melted Ghee or Butter
  • Pinch Food colouring

Instructions

  1. Marinate the Chicken in the tandoori marinade, preferably overnight
  2. Start by soaking the rice at least for an hour and then wash and drain
  3. Skewer the Chicken and half cook on the BBQ – you can also use the oven or pan fry the pieces
  4. In a pot add the oil and fry the onions
  5. When the onions are brown but still soft, remove half and keep aside
  6. Continue cooking the second half and add the cashews and remove when the onions are darker and crispy(but not burnt) and keep aside
  7. In the same pot add the coriander and the green chillies
  8. Add the soft onions back in followed by all the powdered spices
  9. Add in the Chicken and follow with the tomato puree and stir well
  10. Add salt to taste and cook for a few minutes so the chicken is completely cooked
  11. Add the cream and mix
  12. Cook the rice in the water and salt till half cooked
  13. Add saffron threads to hot milk and allow to steep
  14. Remove and drain any extra water
  15. Layer the rice over the gravy
  16. Add the melted ghee
  17. Add the fried onions and cashews and the saffron milk
  18. Seal with foil, cover and cook for 20 – 25 mins
  19. Gently stir with a fork and serve with fresh mint and coriander
https://kravingsfoodadventures.com/butter-chicken-biriyani/

 

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Matka Kulfi – Cashew Pistachio Almond Ice Cream

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For Diwali, Holi, Durga Puja, Dussera, Navratri or just any occasion this Matka Kulfi is perfect after a heavy meal. Nuts are ground to a paste and cooked with milk and saffron. Matka means pot and the ice cream is chilled in terracotta pots. Traditionally they were prepared in pots to cool them faster as they did not have refrigeration facilities. This recipe can be made and set in anything, including Tupperware.

I’m obsessed lately with making these delicious desserts in terracotta pots. Every time someone comes from India, I ask them to bring some back for me. Many Indian stores here in North America will likely also carry these beauties. Earlier I made a Phirni video and set the rice pudding in a flat terracotta dish. Check out that video here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xKKduZQKkk&t=2s

Matka Kulfi

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mixed nuts and raisins
  • 2 tbsps Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 500 ml Milk
  • Pinch Saffron
  • 1/4 cup or more Sugar
  • Extra 2 tbsps Milk

Instructions

  1. Grind the nuts and raisins with the 2 tbsps of sugar
  2. Add the 1/2 cup milk and grind to a paste
  3. Boil the milk and add a pinch of saffron
  4. Add the sugar and reduce the milk by half
  5. Add the nut paste and continue to cook
  6. Add some milk to the processor and scrape into the pot
  7. Cool and pour into small containers or matkas
https://kravingsfoodadventures.com/matka-kulfi-cashew-pistachio-almond-ice-cream/

 

Pista Burfi – Milk Barfi – Instant fudge

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For Diwali, Holi, Durga Puja, Dussera, Navratri or just any occasion this quick Burfi can be made in under 30 minutes. This easy method is made by using Milk powder and it turns into a fudge in no time at all.

This recipe can be made in under 30 minutes, and who doesn’t love to be served the freshest piece of barfi? I have many Hindu friends and they always drop off a box of sweets every Diwali, this time I may surprise them with a box of my own:)

Pista Burfi – Milk Barfi – Instant fudge

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Ghee or clarified Butter
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 3 Cardamom pods
  • 2.5 cups of Milk powder
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup sliced Pistachios (or any other nuts)

Instructions

  1. Melt the ghee and add the milk
  2. Add the seeds from the cardamon pods
  3. Add in the milk and sugar and keep stirring with a silicone spatula
  4. The mixture will first look dry and then as the sugar melts it will start looking like a dough
  5. Remove and add to a parchment lined tin and press down
  6. Add the nuts and press down
  7. Allow to cool and then cut
https://kravingsfoodadventures.com/pista-burfi-milk-barfi-instant-fudge/

Tandoori Chicken

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I love love love Tandoori Chicken. If you make this by slathering chicken with a store bought spice and yogurt, you are not alone, but if you want to try something amazing this recipe is for you. Tandoori is derived from the work Tandoor which is basically a large clay pot that is used to cook food. Coal is lit at the bottom and creates a tunnel of heat to submerge skewers of chicken and meat. Tandoori is basically the kind of marinade used in Chicken, Fish or Shrimp although some people now apply this marinade to Paneer Crab and even Turkey.

 

As with every recipe, everyone has their own secret blend. Mine isn’t such a big secret since I have published the recipe a few times before. I also like to use this recipe to cook the Chicken that finally goes into a Butter Chicken. Recently I made this live on my FB page, here is a link if you missed it –

 

As I write this, it’s already fall, but we had a sudden turn of weather for the better. Instead of the colder fall temps, the sun was out and the day warm. We decided to just grab some food and drinks and get out there for one last hurrah before mother nature realized she screwed up. Top of mind of me was making a batch of Tandoori Chicken, from scratch and with a lot of love to share with my family and friends.

 

Although I have shared this recipe before both on my YouTube channel and my blog, this new and improved video and recipe is amazing – enjoy!

Tandoori Chicken

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Chicken drumsticks
  • 1st Marinade
  • Juice of 1/2 a Lime
  • Generous pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp of Ginger and Garlic paste
  • 2nd Marinade
  • 1.5 cups of Yogurt
  • 1 tsp red Kashmiri Chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried Fenugreek also known as Kasuri methi
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp Chaat masala
  • 1 tsp Black salt
  • 2 tsps of Ginger and Garlic paste
  • And 1 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 1/2 cup minced green Chilli & Coriander
  • 1/4 cup Mustard and regular oil for basting

Instructions

  1. Skin the drumsticks and using a sharp knife make slits or gashes in the flesh
  2. Add all the ingredients from the first marinade and leave for at least an hour
  3. Prepare the tandoori marinade by mixing all the ingredients together
  4. Pour this over the marinated chicken and allow this to get right into the slits or gashes
  5. Stuff the minced chilli & coriander into the crevices as well
  6. Marinate overnight
  7. Heat the BBQ to 450 degrees and cook the chicken on both sides basting with a mixture of mustard and regular oil in between
https://kravingsfoodadventures.com/tandoori-chicken/

Mango Kulfi

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Mango Kulfi is an easy non churn ice cream made with heavy cream and Mango puree. Traditionally a Kulfi is made with full fat milk and is stirred and stirred till it reduces down and achieves a thick consistency. In this shortcut recipe, I’m using canned, evaporated & condensed milk together with whipping cream and mango puree to achieve the same taste without the long process.

 

I used traditional Kulfi molds in this recipe, but feel free to use popsicle molds or even just set this ice cream in a freeze proof container.

Mango Kulfi

Ingredients

  • 200 ml Whipping cream
  • 200 ml Mango puree
  • 200 ml Evaporated Milk
  • 200 ml Condensed Milk
  • Garnish optional - Pistachios & Saffron strands

Instructions

  1. For best results ensure that everything is fridge cold
  2. Whip the cream and when it’s nice and thick, drizzle in the puree
  3. Remove and store in the fridge
  4. Whip the Evaporated & Condensed milk together and slowly fold in the mixed whip cream and mango
  5. Using a pouring jug, slowly pour the mixture into the Kulfi or popsicle molds
  6. Cover each mold with a piece of foil
  7. Freeze for an hour till semi set, remove and stick popsicle sticks through the foil
  8. The foil and the semi set ice cream will help the sticks stay straight
  9. Return to the freezer and freeze for another few hours
  10. To unmold, just dip the outside in warm water and release
https://kravingsfoodadventures.com/mango-kulfi-2/

 

Tangdi Kebab – Kalmi Kebab

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Tangdi in it’s simplest translation means leg and refers to the leg of a Chicken. This BBQ Chicken preparation is either marinated in a cream base(Kalmi), Red spice blend(Tandoori) or a Green spice blend(Hara). Sometimes, just the drumstick is served and other times you will get the drumstick and the thigh together.

 

India & Pakistan and the surrounding countries are famous for these kekabs with their delicious smoked taste that is traditionally cooked in a tandoor. Most people don’t have tandoors in their homes, so I’m going to cook this on my BBQ. You can also use a frying pan or the oven.

Tangdi Kebab – Kalmi Kebab

Ingredients

  • 10 – 12 Drumsticks
  • 1st marinade
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 1 tsp each Ginger & Garlic paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 2nd marinade
  • 1 cup Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Gram flour
  • ½ cup of grated Cheese
  • 2 tbsps of minced green Chilli
  • ½ tsp each of Ginger paste & Garlic paste
  • ½ tsp of red Kashmiri Chilli powder
  • ½ tsp of Haldi
  • 1/2 tsp of dried Fenugreek or Kasuri Methi
  • 3 tbsps Cream
  • For Basting
  • Mustard Oil
  • Dried Fenugreek

Instructions

  1. Prepare the hung yogurt by adding it to a cheese cloth and giving it a gentle squeeze to remove the extra water
  2. Prepare the drumsticks by removing the skin and make gashes in the flesh
  3. Marinate it with the 1st marinade for a minimum time of 30 minutes
  4. Follow with the 2nd marinade
  5. BBQ on all sides till cooked basting with the mustard oil in between
https://kravingsfoodadventures.com/tangdi-kebab-kalmi-kebab/

 

 

 

Kheema Samosas

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Do I even need to explain why Samosas are a phenomenon? Crispy flaky pastry encases a delicious filling in a triangle shape. In other cultures it’s also known as a Sambusa or Samboska, different names for a similar concept. The early history of this delight can be traced to Arabia, Africa and India.

 

But of course no samosas are created equal. In India, most Samosas are made with a potato filling, but the non vegetarian filling is more popular with Christians and Muslims and are made with a crispier, spring roll like pastry. The sturdier Punjabi Samosas are made with a thicker batter and can stand upright. In this recipe we are combining different types of Samosas to make this delicious Kheema Samosa.

Kheema Samosas

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Pinch of Ajwain (Caraway seeds or Bishop’s weed).
  • 4 tbsps melted Ghee or clarified butter
  • ½ - ¾ cups Water
  • 2 lbs Kheema or minced meat
  • 1 cup diced Onions
  • 2 tbsps minced green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Ginger & Garlic paste
  • 1 cup diced Tomatoes
  • 2 tsps Garam Masala
  • ½ tsp Chilli powder.
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ cup Peas

Instructions

  1. Sift the flour
  2. Add the salt & Ajwain
  3. Add the melted ghee or clarified butter or oil if you prefer
  4. Work the dough till all of the ghee is coated with flour. Take your time with this, the flour mixture should feel like soft breadcrumbs. The fat in this dough will create the crispiness in the wrapper
  5. Add anywhere between ½ - ¾ cups of water just enough to bring this to a stiff dough
  6. Cover this with some cling film and leave it to rest for a min of 30 mins
  7. Saute the diced Onions
  8. Add the minced green Chillies and Ginger & Garlic paste
  9. Give this a stir just to remove that raw Ginger & Garlic taste and mix it in with the Onions and Chillies
  10. Add the diced Tomatoes and mix this in
  11. Add the Garam Masala & Chilli powder
  12. Mix this in and add a few tbsps. of water so the spices don’t burn
  13. Add the Kheema
  14. Add ¼ cup of water so it build enough steam for the ground meat to cook
  15. Add Salt to taste and the peas
  16. Mix this well and continue breaking up the lumps if there are any
  17. Cook this for 5 – 10 mins till all the liquid had absorbed or cooked off
  18. Taste for salt again and add more salt if required.
  19. Add ¼ cup minced Coriander and mix it in
  20. Allow this mixture to cool completely. You can also make this a day ahead and use a cold filling.
  21. To create the wrapper I’ve created a template. I took an oval object, gave it a bit more height free hand on a piece of card and just cut it. This template will ensure that I get the same size samosas.
  22. Knead this dough divide this in half and then in quarters
  23. Working on the first quarter, oil the surface and then roll the dough out till it’s a few mm thick. Cut out the oval using a template. Save these scraps for later
  24. Cut the oval in half. give it a light roll again as the gluten keeps contracting and shrinking the dough as it rests
  25. Using plain water I’m just going to dampen the edges
  26. Taking the flat edge, seal the two edges together and it forms a cone
  27. Add the filling using a small spoon. My samosas take about 2 tsps and it will depend on the size of the samosa you want to make
  28. Press the filling down using the spoon. Press down right in the middle where the dough wrapper is the longest and then seal the entire samosa well. Press it down and it should be able to stand up like a soldier
  29. These make about 12 – 14 Samosas and you can either fry them right away or freeze them for later
https://kravingsfoodadventures.com/kheema-samosas/