Culinary Skills, Kills, and Thrills

July 28, 2009

OddChef has Visitors

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1. Chicken curry
2. Rajma
3. Beans (with coconut)
4. Tandoori chicken
5. Veg fried rice
6. Tandoori roti
7. Raita
8. Baingan bharta (a la Krishnan)
9. Mango pickle

What do you think?

-OddChef

July 24, 2009

B’day Cake!

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For a Birthday Girl…

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July 21, 2009

Indian Masala Tuna

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Tuna is mostly eaten in salads and sandwiches, here. But you can “Indianize” it and make a good dry side dish for your roti-dal routine.
Let me show you how to make “tin fish” step-by-step :

1. Saute curry leaves, chopped onions, ginger, garlic (optional), green chillies.

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2. Remove the tuna from the tin and click  a pic 🙂

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3. Add lovely, red, juicy, diced tomatoes to the pan when the onions have lost their crispness.

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4. Add the tuna into this mixture and cook for a while. Add a pinch of salt and continue cooking.

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5. Cook till the mixture is nice and dry.

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Enjoy masala tuna with rotis or rice or bread! 

– OddChef

July 19, 2009

Yellow Yoghurt Curry a.k.a Mallu Kadi

Filed under: Uncategorized — 2BigChefs @ 8:58 pm

This dish is called “Moru” in Malayalam and I like to call it the “Mallu Kadi”. Both the chefs find it real easy to make and nice to eat. 🙂

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This is how I make it.

What to use:
Yoghurt – mix it well with some water to get a honey-like consistency. Make sure it is lump-less.
Chopped onions, ginger, green chillies
Mustard seeds, dried red chillies, curry leaves, Methi seeds.
Corriander leaves, salt, turmeric powder.

How to make:
Heat VERY little oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, methi seeds, curry leaves, and dried chillies to this. When the seeds begin to pop, add ginger and onions and green chillies to this. Saute this mixture till the onion is golden brown. Add a pinch of turmeric and salt to taste. Lower the flame to simmer. You can switch off the stove as well. To this, add the yoghurt and mix well. Add corriander leaves to this.

Mallu Kadi ready! 🙂

– OddChef

July 16, 2009

Acquire a Beer Belly =)

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Wheat beer at Rockbottom Brewery, Milwaukee.  It is called “Heartland Wheat Beer”.

-OddChef

July 12, 2009

Wheat Cereal Upma

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Upma is normally made of semolina (sooji). I made it with wheat cereal… the one that you use to make porridge. And it tasted awesome.

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What to use:

1. Chopped onions
2. Chopped ginger and green chillies
3. Wheat cereal
4. Curry leaves and mustard
5. Hot water

How to make:

Heat the pan and roast the wheat cereal till it turns golden brown. Set it aside. Now, in the same pan, add some oil and heat it. Add the mustard seed and curry leaves. When the seeds pop, add the chopped onions, ginger, and green chillies. Cook this mixture until the onion turned transluscent. Add the wheat cereal into the pan and the required salt too. Now mix it real well and add the hot water. Cook it for a little more time. Keep stirring quickly to avoid lumps from forming. This takes a good bit of practice, your hands can ache and you can end up with a big lump of cereal 🙂

Upma is best served with coconut chutney and hot filter coffee. But at home, we have it with a banana and chai. Try it out with anything that catches your fancy! Bon appetit!

– OddChef

July 11, 2009

Palak Paneer

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Disclaimer: This is not your conventional palak paneer (Spinach and Cottage cheese). It is my way of preparing it so please mind it.

To prepare, you should have:

1. Bag of spinach leaves. Stop and Shop has the best spinach leaves.

2. 125 gm of paneer (cottage cheese)

3. And the usual stuff; salt, red chili powder, green chili, onion, tomato, garam masala, jeera, amchur, ginger, and oil.

And now how to prepare:

1. Chop spinach leaves (fine) and add soak them in water.

2. Chop Onion, tomato, ginger, and green chili.

3. Cut paneer into cubes

4. Heat tea spoon of cooking oil in a pan.

5. Add jeera, garam masala, red chili powder, haldi, and salt. Mix them well.

6. Add onion, tomato, ginger, and green chili to the masala and let it cook for a while.

7. After 5-7 mins add paneer and palak. Mix all well.

8. Cover pan with the lid and cook for 10 mins. Keep mixing all this while.

After 10 mins your palak paneer will be ready to serve and eat. Yummy!

– MasterChef

July 10, 2009

Lemon or Lime?

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OddChef spotted this at the “Bastille Days” fete in downtown Milwaukee.

July 9, 2009

Coming Soon

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Sweet Chai

Sit back…
Relax…
Sip sweet chai…
And watch out this space for more.

Photo courtesy: Nirupa

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