Category Archives: Masala

Beef Red Curry Masala

800 gms of Beef cut into cubes

1 Onion sliced and chopped into big pieces

2 tsp Kashmiri Chilli Powder

2 tsp Coriander Powder

1 tsp Pepper Powder

1 tsp Cumin Powder

1 Tsp Garam Masala Powder

1.5 tsp salt

Paste of Ginger (2 inches), Garlic (5 cloves), 4 green chillies

3 tomatoes chopped

¾ cup Yoghurt

Few curry leaves

A bunch Coriander leaves chopped

Method:

Fry chopped in 3 to 4 tbsp oil. Add the green masala paste and fry for a minute. Add all the powders and salt. Fry for 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and fry for further 5 minutes. Then add the beef cubes and fry for 10 minutes. Add yoghurt and curry leaves, mix well and add one cup of water. Cook on slow fire for 45 minutes. Add coriander leaves and put off the flame.

Have with bread, chapatti or rice.

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Spicy Chicken Livers Dry

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500 gms Chicken Livers

Ingredients:

12 Dry Red Chillies

5 Seeds Garlic

1 tsp Cumin seeds

¾ tsp Turmeric Powder

Small Ball Tamarind

12  pepper corns

Two sticks cinnamon

5 cloves

All the above ingredients to be ground fine in water.

1 Onion Chopped

15 Curry Leaves

1/2 scraped Coconut

Vinegar ( 1 to 2 tbls)

Salt (1.5 tsp) to taste

Chopped coriander leaves few stalks.

Method:

Clean and Cut Chicken Livers into 2 to 3 pieces each, wash well and boil the pieces with a little salt, 1 tsp pepper powder, ½ tsp turmeric powder, 2 tblsp vinegar and one cup water.

Grind and remove the masala and reserve the masala water.

Fry 4 tablespoons of the ground masala. Add the scraped coconut and fry till you get the fried coconut aroma. Remove the coconut.

Heat two tablespoons oil and add curry leaves and then fry the chopped onion. When brown add the ground masala and fry till dry. Add the masala water and again fry till nearly dry. Now add boiled chicken liver pieces and fry till they are coated with the masala. Now add the boiled water, vinegar, salt and allow to cook till the meat is nearly dry.

Check for salt and vinegar- add if required. Add the fried scraped coconut and mix well. Add chopped coriander leaves. Mix and remove from flame.

 

Prawns Gassi

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Ingredients

700 gms (40 to 50)Prawns – Shelled, deveined, washed and drained

Marinate with 1 tsp salt, ¾ tsp Turmeric powder, juice of one lime and place in  refrigerator for 30 minutes

Masala:

7 Kashmiri Chillies

½ tsp pepper corns

½ tsp Fenugreek (methi) seeds

3 tsp coriander seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

All above to be dry roasted

1 roughly chopped Onion

6 cloves garlic

1 cup fresh scraped coconut

1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

Small ball tamarind

 

For Curry

1 finely chopped Onion

1 tsp red chilli powder

2 sliced green chillies

Few curry leaves (10)

Coriander leaves small bunch

Oil 2 tbsp.

 

 

Method:

Fry the roughly chopped onion in 1 tsp oil till slightly brown. Grind the fried onion along with roasted masala, garlic, turmeric, tamarind, coconut. Use water for grinding. Grind into smooth paste.

In a deep pan or vessel, add oil and fry finely chopped onion. Add 1 tsp salt. Fry till slightly brown and then add curry leaves. Fry till rawness goes. Add red chilli powder and fry for a minute. Add the ground masala till oil oozes out. Add masala water and enough water to form a thickish curry. Add sliced green chillies and boil for 2 minutes. Then add the marinated prawns, mix well and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Check for salt and vinegar. Garnish with coriander leaves.

This can be had with Neer Dosa (Rice Pancakes) or Appams or Sannas or plain cooked rice.

 

 

Lamb or Mutton Masala

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600 Mutton or Lamb

Ingredients:

Marinade:

½ tsp turmeric powder

½ tsp Red Chilli Powder

½ tsp Coriander Powder

Salt to taste (3/4 tsp)

Masala:

6 Tbsp Dexter’s Meat Masala Paste (see Video)

Other ingredients:

One sprig curry leaves

½ Chopped Onion

½ tsp Salt

2 Small Sliced Tomatoes

Few Stalks Chopped Coriander Leaves

4 to 6 boiled eggs

 

Method:

Cut the Lamb or Mutton into medium pieces (wash and drain) and marinate with the marinade ingredients for at least 30 mins.

Heat 2 tbsps. of oil in a pan and add the marinated Lamb or Mutton pieces and fry till the meat is slightly browned (seal the meat). Transfer to a pressure cooker and cooked the meat (6 whistles). Separate the meat pieces and gravy.

Add the 2 tbsps. oil and add chopped Onion and salt. Fry till onions are brown. Add 6 Tbsps. of Dexter’s Meat Masala Paste and sliced tomatoes and fry till masala attains a brown colour and oil oozes out from mixture. Add the Lamb or Mutton. Add water (Preferably the boiled meat water). The consistency of gravy should be slightly thick. Add curry leaves. Mix well and Add boiled eggs. Mix well and cook for a couple of minutes. Garnish with Coriander leaves and remove from fire.

Lamb or Mutton Ghee (Clarified Butter) Roast

 

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600 Mutton or Lamb

Ingredients:

Marinade:

½ tsp turmeric powder

½ tsp Red Chilli Powder

½ tsp Coriander Powder

Salt to taste (3/4 tsp)

Masala:

6 Tbsp Dexter’s Meat Masala Paste (see Video)

Other ingredients:

7 Tbsps Ghee

One sprig curry leaves

 

Method:

Cut the Lamb or Mutton into medium pieces (wash and drain) and marinate with the marinade ingredients for at least 30 mins.

Heat 2 tbsps of the ghee in a pan and add the marinated Lamb or Mutton pieces and fry till the meat is slightly browned (seal the meat). Transfer to a pressure cooker and cooked the meat (6 whistles). Separate the meat pieces and gravy.

Add the 4 tbsps ghee and add 6 Tbsps of Dexter’s Meat masala Paste to the pan and fry till rawness goes and oil comes out of the mixture. Add little of the gravy and cook further till the get a brown colour. Add water if required (preferably the boiled meat water). The consistency of gravy should be slightly thick. Add the Lamb or Mutton and salt to taste. Mix well and Cook till water dries up. Add 1 tbsp ghee, mix well.

Garnish with curry leaves and remove from fire.

Dexter’s Meat Masala Paste

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Ingredients:

20 Kashmiri Chillies

12 Red Chillies

1 chopped onion

1 pod garlic

1 heaped tsp of black pepper

12 cloves

7 cardamon pods

2 sticks cinnamon

½ tsp mustard seeds

½ tsp fenugreek seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tbsp fennel seeds

All the above to be dry roasted.

½ cup vinegar

½ tsp turmeric powder- add to onion when it is dry roasted

1 small ball tamarind

1 tsp salt

Soak all the above in vinegar and water for 8 hours or overnight. Grind the mixture. Put in airtight glass container and store in refrigerator. To be used in a couple of months.

This masala can be used for Ghee Roast, Mutton Masala, Chicken Masala, Beef Curry etc.

Chicken Pepper Fry

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Ingredients:

1/2 Kg Boneless Chicken ( Thighs or Breast) cut into medium cubes

Marinade

2 tsp Pepper Powder

2 inch ginger paste

8  garlic cloves paste

1 tsp turmeric powder

Salt to taste (1 tsp)

3 tbsps Corn Flour

2 tbsp Vinegar or juice of lime

Seasoning

5 Cloves

2 piece Cinnamon Stick

5 Pepper Corns

3 Cardamon pods

1 Chopped Onion

30 curry leaves

1 Bunch Coriander Leaves

Juice of one lime

Oil for frying

Method:

Clean and cut chicken into medium pieces. Prepare the marinade and add the chicken pieces. Mix and marinate for at least 30 mins in the refrigerator.

Heat oil in a deep pan and fry the chicken pieces. Don’t fry too long or the chicken will be crusty. Remove and keep aside. In the same pan (removing the excess oil) or in another pan add three table spoons oil. When hot add half of the curry leaves. Fry till crisp and remove. Now fry the whole garam masala for 30 secs and then add the remaining curry leaves and fry till rawness goes. Add the chopped onion and 1 tsp salt. Fry till onions are brown. Add the fried chicken pieces. Toss and mix well. Add the lime juice- fry for 4 to 5 minutes till the chicken pieces are coated with fried onion. Now add the fried curry leaves and mix. Take of flame, add chopped coriander leaves and mix. Serve.