Friday, November 11, 2011

Shallow Fried Tilapia & Eleven.Eleven.Eleven

I accomplished Sirashasana without any help today on cool & auspicious is that :) Even though it was  for a few seconds but today is just the beginning and it can only get better & controlled with time.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's Fans-In-case you missed out on this piece of  news-I overheard on T.V that Aishwarya was  planning to got for a C-Section @ 11.11am on 11.11.11 but I have not been able to validate this piece of news on Google.We will soon find out if the baby did arrive on this auspicious date. I just thought it was very interesting that they even planned the time i.e if they did

For now I have to share this awfully simple but super tasty Tilapia recipe,marinated in spices and dipped in egg and than coated with panko bread crumbs and than shallow fried till it is a little charred and crisp on the outside and soft and flaky inside...mmmm.mmmm

My aunt use to make this so often and she would coat this with poppy seeds after dipping it in the egg instead of bread crumbs.It use to make it even crispier and gave it a nice nutty texture.I was running out of poppy seeds.....
Also I remember she made this with pompfret and she choose to deep fry.
We enjoyed the fish with curd rice,you can serve it as a side or have it just the way we did,I loved the combination and it made a wholesome and yet light-on -the stomach dinner:)

here is what you will need to prepare this:
Tilapia fillet: 6
egg beaten: 1
coriander powder: 1tsp
salt: 1/4 tsp
Turmeric: 1/4 tsp
Lemon Juice: 2 tsp
paprika: 1tsp
Garam Masala: 2 pinches
Poppy seeds or bread crumbs to coat
Oil to shallow fry: 4 tbsp or more depending on the pan(less if using non-stick)
Mango powder: 1tsp

1.Take all the spices along with salt and rub them nicely on the fillets. Let them rest for 30 minutes.

2.Take a cast iron skillet and let it heat. Now add oil and wait for it to become hot.

3.Take the beaten egg in a bowl and dip the marinated fish in it .

4. spread the poppy seeds or bread crumbs on a separate flat plate.

5. take the fish dipped in egg and put this on the plate with poppy seeds/bread crumbs and turn it on both the sides till it is coated with bread crumbs/poppy seeds .

6. slide it into the cast iron skillet,you can put all the pieces together if the skillet fits all in one go,otherwise do them as per the space.Just make sure they do not overlap.

7. let it fry for 3-4 minutes on one side and then turn and do the other side.

8. The fish is ready when it turns crispy on the outside and is white and flaky on the inside.

8.serve it on a plate and put some lime juice and serve it with onion rings and green chutney if serving as an appetizer.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Acchari Broccoli/ Broccoli in pickle masala

I know everyone at some point will find mango pickle masala swimming in a pool of left over pickle oil from the mango pickle,and I have never ever run short of ideas to make good use of it and create some very yummy ,"masaledaar " treats. Thanks to mom dear who I had always watched while she would create magic with left over stuff :)
I have used this oil & masala to make mathhis, then I make paranthas with this,sometimes I will add this to the acchari Ghosht or the achhari paneer for that extra kick. So you know this masala is bursting with versatility,just let your culinary imagination go rampant and you will find this masala can come in handy to liven up even the most insipid dishes with robust flavors,oh yes-even the left over daals can be seasoned with this oil and masala when consumed the next day.

For now I have come up with this very scrummy appetizer,which you will love as an evening snack,or serve it as hor'duerves or even serve as a side dish.Whatever way you decide to eat this,you can take my word-You will make this over and over again,it is quick and packed with all the nutrients and yummy to the core.

Here is what you will need to make this:

Broccoli Flowerettes: 15-20
Masala without oil  left over from the mango pickle: 2 tsp
Hung yogurt: 2 tbsp
Turmeric: 1/4 tsp
kalonji: 1tsp
Lime Juice: 1 tsp
salt: to your taste or Chaat masala if you want to spike it up further
Oil for spraying on the foil

Wash the broccoli flowerettes and dry them on a paper towel.
Take all the ingredients except broccoli and mix these well.
Now add the broccoli flowerettes to this and marinate for 15- 20 minutes.

Choose the broil option on your oven and heat it to 400 d Fahrenheit. remove the tray and line it with aluminium foil and spray some oil on it,now spread the flowerettes on this foil and put this on the rack below the broil flame for 7-10 minutes (turn it once) and Viola- Acchari broccoli is ready to enjoy :)!!!

We enjoyed this with Caesar salad and some ciabatta  for lunch and it tasted great !!!