Saturday, July 23, 2011

Master Chef

I haven't cooked as much in my entire life as I ve done this week.
Starting with flounder fry on Sunday night to today's neer dosa and chutney , feels like I ve accomplished much. Mainly because I did so little cooking back home.

Flounder was a big risk as it was a totally unfamiliar fish.
The fish I had bought before that was also unfamiliar and a big disaster. First , the gravy turned out wrong . Too much methi made it bitter. So we fried it instead. But the fish itself had a peculiar taste.

So when I saw bought flounder at this Korean store I was sure that one more disaster was on its way. But it was good. I fried it the same way - with chilly powder , salt and a little rice flour for that crunchy texture and it turned out awesome. Much like the koddai fish. It was great with dal and rice but there was nothing left to pack for Monday lunch as I had bought just a single fillet. My friend who had seen me haul home beans , fish , prawns and chicken was surprised to see me buy that awful cafeteria food the next day for lunch.

So on Monday after work I set out to make prawns ghee roast.
Here is what I did-
Ground the following ingredients to a paste
-1 tsp chili powder
-1 tbsp coriander seeds
-1/4 tsp each of fenugreek seeds ,tamarind extract and turmeric.
-1 tsp each of chopped ginger and garlic.
The prawns were fried in this paste along with lots of ghee.
Though it did not exactly turn out to be ghee roast, it was pretty tasty.

Following day it was the turn of the chicken to be cooked.
The recipe is taken from here

And here is the final product with some rice and pickle.

And today , I set out to make neer dosa with coconut-coriander chutney. Here is it .

Chutney recipe is taken from

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