Minced lamb (मटन कीमा) when cooked with aromatic spices, tomatoes, onion and garlic yields a perfect mouth watering dish, which can be used as main dish or as side with some other curry with gravy. Lamb keema is a “happy dish” (as I call it), that it can be easily paired with any bread or naan or can be used as a filling in sandwich or as even topper on jacked potatoes.
Talking off the off beat vegetables, Tinda (टिंडा) stands out. It is also called “Indian squash”, “round melon”, “Indian round gourd” or “apple gourd” or “Indian baby pumpkin”. Tinda is also called “tindsi” in Rajasthan part of India. When I was kid, I used to make faces thinking of eating Tinda, thanks to ad reputation it carries for no real reason. When I tasted it for the first time (force fed by mom), I was astonished to see how nice this vegetable is!
Mango Pickle, Chilli pickle, Lemon pickle etc are common pickles you will find easily however when talking of less common pickles Jackfruit pickle is one I really crave for!
Jackfruit pickle (कटहल का अचार) is one thing that surely I can say my mother-in-law is an expert. Jackfruit is a seasonal fruit is normally available fresh during March through May, and for someone like me who lives in UK, its a novelty to find fresh Jackfruit.
Rajma does not need any introduction for an Indian household. Likewise Kidney beans is widely known term in west too. Having said that Rajma has not been so popular as Chole (Chick Pea) or Samosa in west. Objective of my recipe here is to familiarise this to my audience in west as well as for the from Indian subcontinent to suggest how to make restaurant style authentic punjabi rajma masala.
Liver fry or tawa kaleji fry is simple way to cook chicken, lamb or mutton liver using some simple spices on a flat pan. This process of cooking yields a dry dish which can be used as a side dish or can be consumed with naan bread. Not everyone loves livers. As they say either you love liver or don’t love it, just like marmite, you either love it or hate it.
“Dal Bukhara” ( दाल बुखारा ) is a velvety smooth slow cooked black lentil simmered in a tomato based gravy. The world famous Bukhara restaurant of ITC Maurya in Delhi serves the best dal Bukhara. Their Dal Bukhara is just ultimate. I had always fancied trying this at ITC Bukhara (from where this dal originated) ever since I learnt about this dal and I got a chance to try this dal in my recent trip to india.