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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Athishaya Pathiri with Beef / Malabar Lasagna (Celebrating 1 year of Blogging !!)

            It's gonna be 1 year since Im blogging....Crossed 1 lakh views by now...Last Ramadan did I enter this wonderful world of blogging, when we Muslims do give a try to many new dishes...A lot has changed with this 1 year...If you see my earlier posts, you can see a gradual change in my pics (I suppose). At first, the major drawback of my blog was that my pics weren't really eye catching or pleasing enough..Even though the recipe was good, that didn't seem to have any use...I used to admire the photography skills of other bloggers..How do they do it??? [I still do admire many bloggers]...I have tried changing my photography methods, & I think i have succeeded to an extent..There is a lot more to explore...But Im loving the clicks & posting..Getting no time nowadays as my little one seems to be very naughty.....

           I have SO enjoyed sharing recipes, conducting events & being connected to people from all over....  When I started this little blog, I never thought it would give me such pleasure... It's been amazing to have readers contact me with question and comments ...Getting response from our followers & readers was the other best thing in blogging....Got a new friends circle.....If someone prepares my dish & sends me the feedback, thats something which really highlightens my day....Thanks to all those who have supported me till now & hoping more in future too..Expecting new friends also....I love helping out beginners, as its lovely to see them expressing their happiness when they succeed in preparing something from my blog & all in their family were happy..

        So lets come to our post...Athishaya Pathiri...'Athishayam' means wonder or surprise....This dish is actually baked pancakes with a non-veg filling that turns out to be a cake...May be thats the wonder here...Anyhow this 'surprise cake' is really mouth watering...I never thought of preparing this, as I had a bad feeling about it complications...But thanks to Rafeeda AR, owner of the page The Big Sweet Tooth, whose writings made me feel easy on this 'Athishaya Pathiri'...

        I have reduced the amount of egg used, since I didnt want so much of eggs to go into my tummy...Seeing the number of eggs increased my heart ache...Also I should have used a more smaller saucepan...& thats the reason why my wonder cake turned a bit small & flattened, instead of towering..But there was no compromise for the taste..It was just awesome..

        I used to make these pancakes, cooking both sides called as 'Paalada' , mostly at my house...Using thick coconut milk gives it a special taste..Its my favourite along with most spicy curries...& something really easy to prepare too...

        Ususally athishaya pathiri is made with chicken i suppose, but i gave it a try with beef...This is a very traditional Malabar spicy delicacy which is a real tummy filler to have at Iftar ... Malabar food is so much an excitement for any cook...... I'm not hailing from Malabar, so if there is a mistake, kindly forgive...This is indeed a good recipe with a very impressive outcome !!

Ingredients (for masala)

1. Beef/Chicken - 250 gm
2. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
3. Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
4. Coriander powder -1/2 tbsp
5. Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
6. Black pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
7. Ginger - 1/2 tsp (grated/paste)
8. Garlic -  1/2 tsp (grated/paste)
9. Salt-1/2 tsp
10. Onion - 1 large (sliced)
11. Green chillies - 2 (chopped)
12. Coconut oil/Oil - 1 tsp

Ingredients (for pancakes)

13. All purpose flour (maida) - 1 cup
14. Egg - 1
15. Thick Coconut Milk / Milk - 1 cup
16. Water - Enough to make the batter loose.
17. Salt - 1/2 tsp

Ingredients (extra)

18. Ghee - 1 tbsp
19. Cashewnuts -6-7 (optional)
20 . Raisins/kismis - 5 (optional)
21. Eggs -4 (I used only 2 ..thats why my athishya pathiri is little small..)
22. Salt and pepper to taste 

Preparation (of masala)

~Cook the cleaned beef in the pressure cooker along with turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala, pepper, ginger, garlic & salt (6-7 whistles...until cooked)
~ Once the pressure goes on its own, keep the chicken/ beef on high flame till the stocks dry up and coat on the meat. 
~Meanwhile, heat the coconut oil and saute the onions and green chilies with a pinch of salt till well cooked.
~Grind little the cooked beef in a grinder. 
~Add this grinded beef to the onion and mix well & cook for 1 min in medium flame.
~Keep the masala aside.

Preparation (of pancakes)

~Add eggs, coconut milk, maida, salt & blend well.
~To make the batter thin use sufficient water.
~Heat a fry pan and make the crepes/pancakes without using any oil. 
~Ensure that the pancakes are really thin.
~Only cook one side, you do not need to flip over. 
~The quantity mentioned gives around 10 pancakes. 
~Keep them aside.

Preparation (of extras)

~In a small saucepan, heat the ghee & fry the cashews & then the raisins & keep aside. (optional)
~Heat up a saucepan (the one that you use for making your curries!) till dry. 
~Pour this ghee in the saucepan and nicely brush all over the pan. We will use this pan for the layering.
~Beat the eggs along with the salt and pepper well with a spoon. 

Preparation (of athishaya pathiri)

~Dip one pancake both the sides in the egg mix and place it in the saucepan.
~Sprinkle some beef masala on the top of the pancake. 
~Do not stuff masala too much, sprinkle sparingly.
~(Else you can place the pancake in the saucepan & sprinkle beef masala & then pour little egg mix on top with a spoon as I did, to reduce the egg usage)

~Dip the next pancake into the egg and lay on the top, again sprinkle the beef masala.
~Keep repeating the process till the last pancake is layered on the top.
~Pour the remaining egg mixture on the top and ensure that the egg mixture onto the sides of the towered pancakes. 
~This will ensure that the sides are locked.

~Keep the saucepan with the lid tightly closed on the lowest flame for around 15 minutes.
~Now slowly flip the pathiri onto a flat plate, and then flip it again on another plate and back into the saucepan for cooking the top portion properly. [care required]
~Keep for another 15 minutes. 
~Ensure the flame is low so that the outers don't get burned.
~You can bake this as well for 15-20 mins.
~For serving, flip it onto a flat plate & sprinkle the roasted nuts & raisins & cut it just like a cake. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Caterpillar Chicken Buns (In pressure cooker)- Iftar Special !!

           Have to admit...This is something really interesting from which i have prepared the recent days...It looks really beautiful & smells heavenly too...Its an eye-catching snack, something which you really want for an Iftar party as well....When you give a munch, a soft texture of bun filled with spicy & yummy chicken masala...Isn't that just what you want !!

           I never used to try such dishes, since I don't use an oven. It just remained as a wish. This Ramadan, took a risk & prepared this in my pressure cooker & it was a grand success...Any doubts, you can ask me...The recipe courtesy goes Saneeba Rafiq of Sisters Cuisine... A big thanks to her for this wonderful mouth watering recipe...I made for only half the quantity mentioned below & made 5 buns of the below size....My very first attempt with buns...Atlast !!!!!

                  I gave a try to a different shape too...I think its call braided...Couldn't take its preparation pics as I was in hush bush before the Iftar...

Ingredients (for dough)

1. All Purpose Flour (Maida) - 2 1/2 cup
2. Egg - 1 (beaten)
3. Yeast - 1 tbsp
4. Sugar - 2 tbsp
5. Salt - 1 tsp
6. Ghee/Butter/Oil - 1/4 cup
7. Lukewarm milk - 1 cup
8. Egg white - 1 (egg wash)
9. White Sesame seeds (vella ellu) - for ganishing

Ingredients (for filling)

10. Chicken - 500 gm
11. Onion - 4 (medium...chopped)
12. Green chilly - 4 (slit into halves & chopped)
13. Ginger - 1/2 tbsp (grated/chopped/paste)
14. Garlic - 1/2 tbsp (grated/chopped/paste)
15. Curry leaves - 2 springs (chopped)
16. Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp (chopped)
17. Pepper - 1 tsp (according to spice reqd.)
18. Garam masala - 1 tsp
19. Carrot - 1/3 cup (chopped)
20. Capsicum - 1/3 cup (chopped)
21. Tomato ketchup - 2 tbsp
22. Oil - 4 tbsp
23. Salt - as reqd.
24. Cinnamon sticks - 4

Preparation  (of dough)

~Dissolve yeast in 2 tbsp warm water along with 1/2 tbsp sugar & 1/2 tbsp maida.
~Keep aside for 10 minutes until when it doubles.

~Take 1 cup maida in a bowl & make a well in the centre.
~Pour milk, butter, salt, sugar & mix well.
~Add the beaten egg along with the yeast mix.
~Add the rest of the maida & combine well into a soft dough. (can use little milk/maida if required for kneading)
~Knead well for 5 minutes & keep aside for 1 or 2 hours.

Preparation (of filling)

~Cook chicken with little pepper, salt & water.
~De-bone them & shred them to pieces & keep aside.
~Heat oil in a wok & add cinnamon sticks.
~Saute ginger, garlic, green chilly for 1 minute.
~Saute onions until translucent.
~Add salt, curry leaves, coriander leaves.
~Add all the powders.
~Add shredded chicken along with chopped carrot & capsicum & cook for 5 minutes in medium flame.

Preparations (of buns)

~ Knead the dough once more & make it soft.
~Make balls out of it & roll it out.
~Keep the filling on one side (try adding more filling) & close it. (keeping some space below as shown in the figure below)
~Make cuts in the below space with a knife.
~Pull the cuts towards the covered dough & bend the whole bun towards you from the side to get the shape.

~Apply egg wash on all sides of the bun. 
~Keep inside a tin inside a pressure cooker for 20 minutes in low flame without weight on.
~Or bake for 10 to 15 minutes in a preheated oven.
~Do not keep them stuck to each other...Keep a small space as the bun will rise.
~Until you can see the bun turining slighly brown.

Enjoy your snack....Fill your tummy this Ramadan with these..

Thursday, July 4, 2013

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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