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Swordfish Steak with Bean Mash and Green Peas

Cherie felt like cooking up a meal a few days. We discussed available options, time and difficulty levels and came up with this very nice platter that would make for a nice meal as well as be quick to execute.

Ingredients:

  • Fish steaks:
    • Swordfish steaks
    • Seasoned flour
    • Oil for frying
  • Bean Mash
    • Boiled kidney beans/rajma, 500 gm
    • Lemon juice, 2 whole
    • Butter, 100 gm
    • Green chilies, de-seeded and chopped
    • Onions, 2 medium, chopped
    • Garlic, 10 cloves, chopped
    • Salt to taste
  • Peas
  • Egg, fried

Method:

  1. Wash drain and dry steaks. Dust with seasoned flour and pan fry for a few minutes on each side until cooked. This fish doesn’t have a lot of fat – don’t overcook it or it’ll be too dry.
  2. Mash the kidney beans/rajma with lemon juice butter and gently fried mixture of onions, green chillies and garlic, seasoning as required.
  3. The egg was broken into a hot pan with a bit of oil, then quickly flipped over so the white would cook, and then slid onto each platter, after a total cooking time of about 1 minute. We like our eggs soft and yolks liquid.
  4. Thaw the peas.
  5. Serve up on a plate.

Notes:

  • Substitute with any other mash, though this one is somewhat healthier for most of us.
  • Cook the eggs longer if you wish.
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Patiala Fried Chicken

This pan-fried chicken is made using the thighs of the bird, so it’s difficult to overcook, is really moist inside due to the fat present, and quite easy to make.

This chicken has a mild crust from the onion powder and maida and is delicious as a snack or part of an otherwise boring dinner.

I made this for Cherie’s lunch today and she quite liked it and even asked for seconds, which given her current focus on healthy eating and all, is rare. The name is random; I couldn’t think of anything else and thought the title apt.

Ingredients:

  • Boneless chicken thighs, 500gm
  • Processed cheese, 2 tbsp
  • Chilli powder, 1 tsp
  • Jeera powder, 1 tsp
  • Garam masala, 1 tsp
  • Onion powder, 2 tbsp
  • Garlic powder, 1 tsp
  • Kasoori methi, 1 big pinch
  • Black pepper, 1 tsp
  • Carrots, finely chopped, 2 tbsp
  • Maida, 2-3 tbsp
  • Eggs, 2, beaten
  • Hing, 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for shallow frying

Method:

  1. Mix the lot and marinate for an hour.
  2. Mix again, ensuring the masala is evenly coated over every piece of chicken.
  3. Shallow fry – about 2 – 3 minutes on each side in a moderately hot pan.
  4. Pat dry, sprinkle with lemon juice,
  5. Serve hot

Notes:

  • If you plan to deep fry, increase the maida and eggs, and ensure the batter covers each piece fully.
  • The cheese can be omitted, unless you’re using breast.
  • A vegetarian version can be made with paneer.
  • The carrots add to the texture of the final product.
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Breakfast Platter #1

I’m trying to post regularly, yet again, and want to try documenting the stuff we do in the kitchen. It helps to have something to refer to.

It’s Saturday and this is breakfast in bed for the girls.

When we spend more time eating from a platter with multiple ingredients designed to be eaten together and to complement each other, we take more care in choosing what we put in the platter and then have to contemplate nearly every bite. This results in slower eating, more conversations, more time spent together, smaller portions and ultimately, greater satisfaction.

Indu is a small eater and the smaller platter is hers, though even this is stretching it a bit.

The eggs were slowly cooked so the whites wouldn’t crisp up, which none of us like, potatoes were boiled and then grilled with the tomatoes in a grill-pan, broccoli florets blanched, broccoli stem trimmed and the tender portion chopped, cucumber sliced and a spoonful of olives to go with the potatoes.

A spoonful of spicy spring onion jam spread on a burger bun brought in a burst of flavour and was the central point of the platter. Freshly squeezed and chilled orange juice to wash it all down.

Altogether, simple to put together, interactive and easy to eat, all altogether satisfying. We realised later there was no meat on the platter and that’s a good thing. We’re trying to reduce our consumption of meats and such meals help.

Ingredients:

  • Broccoli, florets, blanched
  • Broccoli, stem, trimmed and chopped
  • Olives, bottled
  • Potatoes, boiled, sliced and grilled
  • Tomatoes, halved and grilled
  • Eggs, very slowly fried and drained
  • Cucumber, peeled, trimmed and sliced
  • Oranged, juiced, with pulp
  • Jam
    • 3 Spring onions, chopped
    • 1 tsp Garlic powder
    • 1 tbsp Balsamic reduction
    • 1 tbsp Olive oil
    • Salt and pepper
  • Burger bun halves

Method:

  • Jam: Put all jam ingredients in a pan and cook to a soft mush.
  • Assemble all ingredients and serve

What do your weekend breakfasts look like?