Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Meat balls in hot garlic sauce

This hearty dish makes a simple and speedy midweek meal. I made it straight away after seeing it on Television .i think this is one of the best i have ever made!If it was up to me i would like to make this every weekend :)

  1. 300 grams Minced mutton
  2. 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  3. 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  4. 2tbsp corn flour/maida
  5. 2 tablespoons minced fresh coriander
  6. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  7. 1 tsp soy sauce
  8. 2 minced green chillies 
  9. 1 teaspoon pepper powder
  10. 2 tablespoons olive oil/ veg oil
  11. Salt to taste
For the Sauce:
  1. 10 garlic cloves, minced
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 2 cups tomato puree
  4. 2 to 3 cups water, divided
  5. 1 tbsp tomato sauce
  6. 1/2 cup minced fresh coriander/cilantro 
  7. 1 tablespoon dried basil (optional)
  8. 2 tsp chilly powder or Kashimiri red chilly paste
  9. 2 teaspoons sugar
  10. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  11. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
for garnishing :
5-6 cloves of garlic fried
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except mutton.Crumble mince mutton over mixture and mix well. Shape into 25 meatballs. In a large skillet, brown meatballs in oil on all sides and drain on a paper.
For the sauce
  1. In a pan saute garlic in oil for 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes, and red chilly powder or paste ,stir till sauce turns to red in colour. Now add 2 cups water, tomato sauce , coriander, , basil and sugar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; carefully ,add meatballs.
  2. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, adding more water if needed to achieve desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper. 
chefs tip:
  1. For additional flavour Garnish with  grated cheese .
  2. You can add little cornstarch for the sauce if you want smoother consistency .
 Yield: 6 servings.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Hot & sour kerala style Tuna fish curry...

Yesterday we went to the local fish market  and were looking for live crabs. We were surprised to see tuna and the other varieties of fish as well. when the fisherman showed us tuna, I was really happy to see it in our market  and went for it ,so we could make something on my daughter's 19th birthday. We bought one big tuna which was about a Kilo and some local variety of fish called palu (goan konkani) and  headed home.But i didn't know what to prepare! Then my husband asked me to prepare a Kerala style curry ...tried this version after going through several food blogs ..Satisfying result! and husband really loved it :)

For the marination:

  1. 1 kg  Tuna sliced
  2. 1 tsp lemon juice
  3. 1 tsp Salt
  4. 1/2 tsp Turmeric

For the main dish

  1. 15-20 red small shallots /sambar onions,chopped
  2. 2 tomatoes,chopped
  3. 12-15 Garlic cloves,chopped
  4. 2 inch Ginger,chopped
  5. 2 tsp Kashmiri Red chilly powder
  6. 1/2 tsp Black pepper powder
  7. 2 tsp Badshah chicken tandoori masala or curry powder
  8. 2 tsp coriander powder
  9. 1/2 tsp Cumin powder
  10. 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  11. 2 tbsp raw mango, grated ( optional)
  12. 1 tbsp Tamarind pulp
  13. Salt to taste
  14. 2 Green chillies,slit
  15. 2 Springs of curry leaves
  16. 1tsp Mustard seeds
  17. 3 tbsp Oil


  • Wash and marinate the fish with lemon,salt and turmeric powder and let it stand for 20-30 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan add,mustard followed by curry leaves and green chillies,saute for a second.
  • Now add chopped onion,ginger and garlic and fry till onion turns translucent.
  • Add all the dry ingredients ( chilly powder,turmeric power,coriander powder,jeera powder,pepper powder and tandoori masala/curry powder).Stir continuously so that noting chars or sticks to the bottom of the pan.
  • Then add tomato and wait till it turns mushy.
  • Add grated raw mango and tamarind paste/pulp and 3 cups of water or as per required consistency and bring it to boil.
  • Now slowly slice tuna slices one by one,cover and let it cook for 10-12 minutes on low flame.


  1. You can use big onion also but small onion gives more flavour and taste.
  2. Tastes best with red boiled rice,idli and dosa.