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Double Layered Fruit Custurd

Double Layered Fruit Custurd

Double Layered Fruit Custurd

Two Different tastes together…

Ingredients:

First layer:

1. Milk 1 liter
2. 2 egg yolks
3. Custard Powder ( as directed in the packet)
4. Sugar to taste

Second Layer:

1. Sweetened Condensed milk half tin
2. Sour Cream 100 gram
3. Heavy cream ( whipped) 100 gram

And Fruits of your choice

Method:

Pour 1 litre milk in a pot.. Either Cold or of room temperature. Remember they must not be hot…Take 1 cup from it…Blend two egg yolks ( only the yolk) and Custard powder with that milk..Now mix them with the remaining milk of the pot..Turn on the stove and boil them..Add sugar…Stir constantly.. It will take a while until they become thick..Make a medium thick custard….Keep it aside to cool..better to keep it in the fridge after it gets cool..

For the second custard mix condensed milk, sour cream/ yogurt and heavy cream together…Mix some canned fruit with it like canned mangosteen, pineaple and canned palm seeds..

Now in a transparent bowl pour some of the from the first custard and then add your favorite fruits, like banana, mango, papaya..You may add swiss roll pieces too..Add some blob of jello…Pour the first custard again.. Now pour the second custard …Decorate them with jello..Keep it in the refrigerator..serve when it’s cool…yummy..

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Kalakand/ Indian Milk Cake

Kalakand/ Indian Milk Cake

Kalakand/Indian Milk Cake , a super easy way..

Ingredients:

For Chaana/ chesse

1. Milk 1 ltr / 4 cups

2. Lemon Juice 1 and half table spoon

Other Ingredients:

1. Ghee/clarified butter 2 tbl spoon

2. Powder Milk 4/5 tbl spoon

3. Condensed Milk a little more than half Tin

4. Cardamom Powder/ Elach guro half teaspoon

5. Yellow food color very little ( optional)

Cooking Method:

1. Heat the milk and bring it to a boil stirring occasionally so that the milk should not get burnt on the bottom. Then add the lemon juice and stir until the greenish water is seen, i.e, the whey is separated and the milk curdled.

2. Now remove almost all the whey/ water from the cheese , taking a little amount of it . If you strain all the whey no prob at all. 🙂

3. Continue to cook the Chaana on the stove on medium low heat. Add ghee, cardamom powder and sweetend condensed milk. Keep stirring. It will get thicker and will form water less lump. Remember Kalakand should have that crumbly texture.Then add the powder milk and a little bit of yellow food color. But yes of course, You can alwayz omit the food color part.. 😀 … Keep cooking until the mixture come together.

4. When done transfer it to a greased( with butter/ghee) serving dish. Let it cool and then cut it with a greased knife. Garnish with Pistachio and raisins.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Chicken rezala

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Ingredients:

1. Chicken pieces 1 kg
2. Onion paste 3/4 th cup (three-fourth cup)
3. Sliced Onion half cup
4. Ginger paste 2 tbl spoon
5. Garlic paste 1 tbl spoon
6. yogurt 1/4 th cup
7. Red chili powder 1 and half teaspoon
8. Coriander powder 1 and half teaspoon
9. Salt to taste
10. Whole garam masala ( bay leaf, cardamom, cinnamon)
11.Special garam masala powder.
12. Sugar to taste

For the special garam masala powder:
Microwave elachi ( cardamoms), mace(joyetree), blackpepper, whole dhania/coriander seed, whole jeera/ cumin seed , cloves,poppy seed for 25/30 second…crush it into a powder…

Cooking Method:

1.Wash the chicken pieces(1 kg) and marinate it with onion paste, ginger paste, garlic paste, yogurt, red chilli powder, corriander(dhania) powder, and salt….What i do do to save time I blend onion, ginger, garlic altogether..:)…set aside for half an hour…

2.In the mean time in a pan heat the oil..and add few bay leafs (tejpata), darchini, elachi and stir it…For this you will have a good aroma from your meat…then add 1/2 cup sliced onion…fry it until it is golden brown…..now add the chicken with the marinade…add little water…cover it with lid..you have to cook it adding water little by little,i.e, “koshano” in bangla, for 20/25 minutes…….Now add water and cover the lid..Don’t add too much water..Just enough to get the chicken done.

3.When oil separates from chicken add 1 teaspoon sugar and raisins(kishmish)..If i have time sometimes i blend the kishmish and add them…add some green chillies and 1 teaspoon ghee…add the garam masala powder we made…cover the lid and keep it in very lil flame for 3/5 minutes…….ur chicken rejala is ready…u may sprinkle lil keora water before serving..alhamdulillah it tastes so good and doesn’t take much time…

Tips:
the color of the rejala depends on how u fry the onion…if it is too dark the rejala would be too dark..if it is light golden brown the color of the rejala would be perfect…inshaAllah..enjoy

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Morog Polau/ Chicken Biriyani

Morog Polau/ Chicken Biriyani

Morog Polau/Chicken Biriyani

Ingredients:

For Chicken preparation:

1. 1 medium chicken cut in 4 pieces

2. 1/4th cup ( one-fourth cup) of yogurt

3. Ginger paste 2 tblspoon + 1 tbl spoon

4. Garlic 2 teaspoon

5. Onion Paste 1/2 ( half cup)

6. special garam masala powder ( the recipe is given below) 2 teaspoon

7. Whole cardamom, cinnamon , bayleaf

8. food color

9. regular milk 1/4th ( one-fourth) cup

10. oil

11. salt and sugar to taste

12. chili powder 1 teaspoon

13. Corriander powder 1 teaspoon

Special garam masala:

Microwave or you can dry roast cumin seed, whole corriander seed, cardamom, cloves, black pepper, nutmeg (jaifol), mace ( joyetree/javetri) together. Then crush them into a very fine powder.

For Pulao:

1.Aromatic rice like kalojeera or Basmati 750 gram or 3 cup

2.Ginger paste 2 teaspoon

3.whole garam masala like 2 pods of cardamom ( elachi) , one small cinammon stick and 2 bay leaf.

4. Sliced onion 1/4 th cup

5. Handful of green chilies (whole), atleast 15/20

6. salt to taste

7. Oil+Ghee

Cooking Method:

1. Wash the chicken pieces and marinate them with ginger juice from 1 tbl spoon of ginger paste , salt and food color (optional, you can alwayz omit the food color) for at least 1 hour. You can include potato in your Morog polau. In that case cut the potatos and rub with little food color and salt.

2. heat oil and fry the potatoes and keep aside. Fry the chicken pieces for a while. Add the whole garam masala.

3. Beat yogurt and combine other ingredients except milk and sugar.

4. Add into the chicken and cook adding water little by little.

4. Add water and cook the chicken. When the gravy is reducing add the potatoes. The potatoes should be half done at the end of the cooking. Otherwise after adding it into polau over cooking may break the potato pieces.The same is with the chicken pieces. So you should add that amount of water so that your chicken is done but still remains firm. When the gravy is almost dried out add one fouth cup of milk and 1 teaspoon of sugar. The gravy should be almost dried out. Only a little gravy should remain.

5. In another vessel add oil+ ghee.Put whole garam masala and fry for a while. Add the sliced onion. Fry them until golden brown. Add the ginger paste and salt..Add rice (soaked and drained out)..Fry for a while.

6. Now add the chicken, potatos into it with the little remaining gravy. Add hot water. If you take 3 cups of rice add 4 and half cups of water. For each cup of rice 1 and half cup of hot water.

7 Cook the rice on medium low flame. Don’t stir your polau after adding the water.That would make your polau gooey and sticky.The water will be almost dried out within 15 minutes. You may think, your pulao looks half done. Don’t worry when we are going to place it on “dom” ( cooking on very low heat), it will be fully done.

8. Add handful of green chilies. Remember the taste of biriyani alwayz depends on the amount of green chilies added in it. they enhances the taste. Since you are adding whole green chilies it won’t make your polau that hot.You may stir your polau now with a very light hand not breaking the rice so that it sould not get burnt at the bottom.

9. Now Cook the polau on medium low heat that we call to keep it on dom. I alwayz use “bain marie” or double boiler system, that works excellent for me. Put your polau vessel over another same size vessel, filled with water. Place it on heat. The steam will make your poalu so moist free.
when done spread some ghee over your Chicken biriyani, it would enhance the flavor. Sprinkle some keora water. Your Morog Polau/ Chicken biriyani is ready. Serve hot with kabab and salad.

Bon A Petit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Fish Bhorta / smashed fish

Fish Bhorta / smashed fish

Fish bhorta

Sometimes you may find boring eating same type fish preparations. Fried, Curry nothing makes you feel good. Then you should try this bhorta one..So yummy with plain, hot steamed rice..

Ingredients:
2 pieces of any Big Fish like Rohu, Carp, Mrigel or any other.
Little turmeric, chili powder
Chopped Onion
Chopped green chilies
Chopped Cilantro ( Dhonia pata)
Salt to taste
Musturd oil/ Shorishar tel
Fresh lemon zest (optional)

Cooking Method:

1. Wash the fish thoroughly. Now rub little turmeric,chili powder and salt on the fish.

2. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the fish pieces. It should not be too fried. But the water in the fish should be dried out.

3. Take out the bones from the fish. You don’t need to work that hard as the big fishes hardly have bones and the few bones they have are easily removable. 🙂 .

4. Now by using your hand mix chopped onion, chopped green chilies, chopped cilantro, lemon zest, salt with mustard oil squeezing them hard with your fingers. Now Mix it with the fish.ready.
Serve with hot plain rice.

Tips:
1. The more you can squeeze the onion, green chilies, cilantro before adding mustard oil, the more you will have the taste.
2. To enhance it’s taste you may add oil of the Indian pickles ( Acharer tel) or add some pickles in it.

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Bakorkhani, Traditinal Old Dhaka ( Puran Dhaka) way,a wonderful heritage of Old Dhaka

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Bakorkhani

Ingredients:

For the dough:

1. All purpose flour 1 cup
2. Ghee 1 and half table spoon of ghee
3. salt to taste

and to create layering effect we need some extra enough oil+ghee and flour.

Method:

1. Make a dough with 1 cup flour, 1 and half tbl spoon ghee, salt to taste and water.

2. Knead well and cover it with a wet cloth for atleast 30 minutes. It would make the dough very stretchy. For Bakorkhani, we need stretchy kindda dough.

3. Apply some oil all over the dough and keep it like this for 10 minutes.

4. Now take a long board to roll in the dough.I took my wooden chopping board for that. Apply oil all over the board and over the rolling pin. That is your board and rolling pin must be wet with oil. Now without adding any flour roll out the dough as thin as possible, stretch it over the entire span of wooden board. The board should be covered with it.You should be able to see the board through it.

5. Now Apply some ghee or oil over it and then after strew some flour over the oil. So the oil is dried out by spreading the flour.Repeat the process once again. That is apply oil , then spread flour evenly on it.

6. Fold it into half. It will look like a rectangle. Now then again apply the process twice. That is, after spreading ghee over it, flour is strewn on.

7. Now fold in into like square envelops and then again repeat the process twice; rub oil/ghee and spread flour over it. it should be done twice.. In Fact e,it should be noted,every time the process should be done twice.

8. Now make a roll out of this dough. Take small balls from the roll and roll in into small breads.

9. Make three cuts with a knife on the bread and bake it in a preheated oven to 325 FH / 170 C for 25 minutes or until it gets light brown.

Caution:

Don’t over bake the bakorkhani as it may destroy the flavor and the layering effect.

Tips:
In traditional Dhakai bakorkhani they add reduced dried milk/maowa/ khoya in the dough. You may experiment adding a little amount of maowa too. For 1 Cup take one eighth cup of maowa..

Bakorkhani

Bakorkhani

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Beef Jhuri with leftover beef

384Beef Jhuri with leftover beef

Beef jhuri with leftover beef/ Crunchy spicy fried masala beef

Ingredient:

1. Left over beef curry
2. sliced onion
3. Little turmeric and Chili Powder
4. Cumin seed (optional)
5. Fenugreek ( optional)
6. Dried Chili
7. Green Chili
8. Salt to taste
9. Bell peppers ( optional)

Cooking Method:
1. Take some pieces of beef from your leftover curry.Don’t take the gravy.

2. Break the meats using your hand.

3. Heat oil and deep fry the meat pieces until little crunchy.

4. Now in a pan heat oil. You can use the oil you fried the beef with.Add little amount of Cumin seed and fenugreek ( methi). Add dried chili..Too much fenugreek may ruin the taste so be careful with that. This is something we call “foron” in Bangla.

5. Add sliced onion ( a fairly good amount).Fry then until tender. Add very little turmeric and chili powder. Now add the meat and fry. Sprinkle some salt.You may skip the turmeric and chili powder, won’t make any difference.

6. Add green chilies and chopped bell peppers..Fry a little while.

Serve hot with Plain hot steamed rice or even with “Panta Bhat”( prepared rice in water)..Either way it goes great..:)

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Beef Khichuri

Beef Khichuri

Beef Khichuri

Ingredients:

Cooked Desi style Beef Curry

For Khichuri:

Aromatic rice 1 cup
Daal/lentil 1 cup ( 3/4 th cup moong daal+1/4 th cup red lentil/mushur daal=1 cup)
Ginger paste 1 tbl spoon
Garlic paste 1 teaspoon
Cumin powder half teaspoon
Turmeric powder little more than half teaspoon
Chili powder 1 teaspoon
salt to taste
Whole garam masala ( Bay leaf, cardamoms, cinnamon)
Hot water 3 cups

Cooking Method:

Cook the beef in regular way, then in another vessel heat ghee+oil.Add chopped onion and whole garam masala ( bay leaf, cardamoms, cinnamon). Fry until golden brown.Now add ginger-garlic paste, turmeric-chili powder, cumin powder and salt.Now add the aromatic rice and daal (lentil) and fry a while.Add the cooked beef and hot water.You may add vegetables like potatoes, carrots and green peas in it.Cover the lid. Cook on medium low heat. After 10/15 minutes the water will be almost dried out, add handful of green chilies. Now reduce the heat of the stove and cook it on very low flame , which we call to keep on “Dom” in Bangla.

Cooking Tips:
You may use your left over beef curry to make this wonderful Khichuri. So from now on no more wastage!!!!!!!!!

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Beef Pakki Biriyani

 

Beef Pakki Biriyani

Beef Pakki Biriyani, very easy to make, yet very delicious….A Variation of Beef Tehari

Ingredients:

  1. Beef: 2 Lbs (cut them in larger pieces)
  2. Rice (uncooked): (Kalijeera or Basmati): 1 Lbs
  3. Potato: 4 (cut in half – vertically)
  4. Onion Paste: ¾ Cup
  5. Ginger Paste: 1 ½ TBSP (tablespoon)
  6. Garlic Paste: 1 TBSP (tablespoon)
  7. Yogurt: ¼ Cup
  8. Red Chili Powder: 1 TSP
  9. Clove (lobongo): 4
  10. Cardamom (Elachi): 4
  11. Cinnamon (Darchini): 2 pieces, 1 inch each
  12. Bay Leaf (Tej Pata): 2 small
  13. Biriyani Masala Mix: (Dry fry on a pan and then grind the following together to make the mix): ½ TSP each of whole Cumin, Coriander, Mace (Jaifal), Cardamom, Cloves, Black Pepper, and ¼ TSP of Mace (Jayatree or Javantri).
  14. Mustard Oil: 2 TBSP (Tablespoon)
  15. Vegetable Oil: 2 TBSP (Tablespoon)
  16. Salt: 2 TSP (teaspoon)
  17. Whole spices to cook the rice: 1 Bay Leaf, 2 Cardamom, 2 pieces of Cinnamon and 1 medium sliced onion.
  18. Green Chili: 10 Pieces
  19. Milk: ½ Cup
  20. Pitted Prune (Aloo Bokhara): 6 – 10 pieces
  21. Keora Water: 1 TSP

Cooking Method:

1. Cut the beef into big pieces..now marinaate it with 3/4th cup onion paste,1 and 1/2 (half) tbl spoon ginger paste, 1 tbl spoon garlic paste, 1/4th cup yogurt, red chilli powder, salt, elachi/cardamom, darchini/cinnamon, tejpata/bayleaf, , musturd oil( shorishar tel)+vegetable oil( half n half)…

2. Now cook the meat on medium heat. You need to cook it adding water little by little, that we call “Koshano” in Bangla for quite long..atleast for 1 hour..Add water covering the meat..cover with lid…When the gravy is reduced add potatos cut in lengthwise…But remember the potatos must not be fully done when the gravy is dried out….when the gravy is almost drying out add 1/4th (one-fourth cup) of regular milk.Dry out the gravy.

3. Microwave or dry roast cumin , whole corriander, cardamom,mace ( joyetree), nutmeg ( jaifol), black pepper, clove together…Grind them into a fine powder and add into the meat.

4.  Now in another vessel heat ghee and fry whole garam masalas. Add sliced onin..Fry until golden brown.Add 2 teaspoon of ginger paste and salt to taste.Add the uncooked rice/chaal .Add the meat.If your meat gathers some extra oil then put less ghee while cooking the rice. If You take 2 cups( measuring cup) of rice then add 3 cups of hot water. Cover the lid. Don’t stir.

5. Now when the water is almost dried out add plenty of green chilies, 1/4 th cup milk and dried plum/alubokhara. Turn your stove on low heat that we call to keep the biriyani on “Dom”. Sprinkle some keora water before serving!!!!!!!!!!!
Bon A Petit!!!!!!!!

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Steamed Fish Cake Curry

Steamed Fish Cake Curry

Steamed Fish Cake Curry

Ingredients:

For the Fish cake/ Pudding:

1. 6 Pieces of any big Fish like Rohu, Mrigel. Katla or any carp.

2. 2 eggs

2. Ginger-garlic paste 1 teaspoon

3. salt to taste.

4. Little amount of chili-turmeric powder.

For the curry:

Sliced Onion 2 small
Onion paste 2 teaspoon
Ginger paste 2 teaspoon
Garlic Paste 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder half teaspoon
Chili powder 1 teaspoon or according to your taste
Corriander powder half teaspoon.
Cumin powder half teaspoon ( dry roasted and grinded)
Chopped tomato 1 small
salt to taste
green chilies
garam masala ( cinnamon stick, cardamoms, bayleaf)
Bell peppers/capsicum

Cooking Method:

1. Wash the fish. Rub some turmeric, chili powder, salt on them.

2. Fry them and take out the bones from the fish pieces. You don’t need to work that hard as the big fishes hardly have bones and the few bones they have are easily removable. 🙂

3. Blend fish with 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste and little turmeric-chili powder.

4. Pour the mixture into a greased baking pan. Now you can steam it like pudding / creme caramel or you can bake it like cake in a preheated oven.

5. Slice the cake or pudding. Normally I don’t try to flip it over as sometimes it tends to break if you try to do that. So cut it when it’s on the pan.

6. Shallow fry them just like regular fish fry. keep it aside.

7. Heat oil in a pan. Add whole garam masala like cardamoms, cinnamon and bayleaf. Then add sliced onion and fry them until brown.

8. Add the onion, ginger, garlic paste. Add turmeric, chili powder, corriander powder, cumin powder,salt. Cook very well adding water little by little.

9. Add chopped tomatoes and cook until the tomatos are completely dissolved. Add water.

10. Add the sliced fish cakes and cover the lid.

11. When the gravy is near about your desired consistency add the cubed bell peppers or capsicum and green chilies.

12. Cover with lid and keep it on low heat until the oil separates.

Cooking Tips:

1. You may cook it with coconut milk the same way mentioned. You Just have to omit the tomatoes.

2. You may cook it in tomato sauce, or using yogurt or in oriental way too.

3. You may add chopped spinach too in the fish cake batter before steaming it .

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!