Tandoori Fish-Oven


That IS a good charr..& I always wish the pics were better ..sigh..

Loved this recipe to the core..

Tandoori Pomfret Fry Recipe


  • 2 whole pomfret fish, about 200 gms each
  • 1 tbsp thick curd, hung for a few hours
  • 1 & ½ tbsp Chickpeas flour (Beasn)
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • ¼ tsp turmeric pwd
  • ½ tsp red chilli pwd
  • ½ tsp Kashmiri/Deggi Mirch pwd
  • 1 tsp Coriander pwd
  • ¼ tsp Garam masala pwd
  • ½ tsp Carom seed (ajwain)
  • 2 tbsp oil for shallow frying plus 1 tbsp for marinade
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Fresh salad and lime wedges to serve

    1. Clean the pomfret fish and make deep incision across the fish on both side about 1 inch apart. Smaer with the lemon juice and salt and crushed pepper and keep aside for 10 mins.
    2. Now dry roast the chickpeas flour in a small pan until just fragrant but the colour does not change.
    3. Mix ginger garlic paste, turmeric, red chilli, kashmiri chilli, coriander pwd together in a bowl. Then mix in the carom seed, garam masala pwd, 1 tbsp oil and the roasted chickpeas flour.
    4. Marinate the pomfret in this spice mixture for 15 mins.
    5. Heat remaining oil in a non stick pan and fry the marinated fish along with all the marinade for 3-4 mins on each side on a med-high flame, until the marinade & skin turns golden and the fish is cooked through.
    6. Serve hot with a fresh crunchy salad of your choice and lime wedges.

Kheema Dosa-Mince meat fried & stuffed in Dosa’s


Wow..I can finally finally make big round dosa’s..will learn to make them nice & crispy & larger rounder soon! (you must excuse my language)

Boil mince meat/kheema with a few garlic cloves, cloves, peppercorns & salt.

Heat oil, lots of minced garlic, ginger..throw in the boiled kheema..stir fry. Burn it..yes you must but in a non stick 🙂 ..(haldi/mirchi/dhaniya if you may) ..add peas..chopped coriander leaves.

Make dosa’s in a separate pan, when you turn it over..add the kheema..roll up. Tricky to get it out of the pan if you are not using a griddle/tawa..ah well managed.

& for the thousandth time, I wish I were a better photographer..maybe life has something else in store 😀 :D..



Chicken In Coconut Milk Gravy

Chicken gravy-coconut milk

One of my favorite blogs..Sailus Food; finally a chicken in coconut gravy I love making 🙂

Chicken gravy-coconut milk
Chicken in coconut gravy:
Chicken Curry (with Coconut Milk) Recipe

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 40 min
Yield: 5
Main Ingredients: Chicken Coconut Milk

Chicken: 1 kg (washed, cut into bite sized pieces)
Yogurt: 1/2 cup (curd)
Lemon juice: 1/4 lemon
Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder: 1 tbsp
Cumin powder: 1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder: 1 1/2 tsp
Poppy seeds: 1 tbsp (soak in little milk and make paste)
Red Onion: 2 (large, finely chopped)
Garam masala powder: 1 cardamom, 1/2 ” cinnamon and 5 cloves finely ground
Star anise: 1
Cinnamon: 1″
Thick coconut milk: 3/4 cup
Coriander leaves: 2 tbsps (finely chopped for garnish)
salt to taste
Oil: 2 tbsps
Make a paste:
Green chilies: 3
Ginger: 1 1/2″ piece
Garlic: 6 cloves

Marinate the chicken in yogurt, coriander pwd, cumin pwd, turmeric pwd, lemon juice and half of the ground ginger-garlic-green chili paste for 10 mts.
Heat oil in a cooking vessel, add the star anise, cinnamon stick and chopped onions and fry for 4 mts. Add the remaining ground ginger-garlic-green chili paste and saute for 4 mts. Add red chili powder and mix.
Add the marinated chicken and cook on high heat for 4 mts, mixing once in a while.
Reduce to medium heat, add salt and poppy seeds paste and mix well. Let the chicken cook in this paste for 8-10 mts, uncovered. Cook till oil separates. Add 1 1/2 cups water and mix. Bring to a boil, reduce flame and cook for 13-14 mts.
Finally add garam masala pwd, mix well. Add thick coconut milk and cook on medium flame for 3-4 mts. Turn off heat and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
Serve hot with white steamed rice, coconut rice, any flavored or rotis.

You can add 4-5 tbsps coconut paste instead of coconut milk. Add the coconut paste at the time of adding the poppy seeds paste.
A fantastic and flavorful chicken curry that is a regular at our home. This favorite chicken curry recipe is usually prepared as a side with flavored rice like Tomato Pulao. Coconut milk and poppy seeds are essential in the preparation of the curry. The chicken simmers in a concoction of yogurt, coconut milk, poppy seeds and garam masala to yield a rich creamy textured curry.

Muslim Style-Authentic Biryani


I was looking for this particular recipe since 8 years now..finally found it..

Muslim-Authentic Biryani

yeehaww..Salmeena found you..God Bless You 🙂 🙂


I saved the source but cant seem to find it, Ill look for it & update on this post..I regret this (one random day, I was blindly copying pasting recipes desperately looking for this one) 


To Marinade Chicken

Chicken or Mutton: 1.5 kgs

Thick Yogurt: 250 gms

Red chilli powder: 2 tsps; Coriander powder: 2 tsps; Turmeric: 1/4 tsp; Salt to taste.

Green chilies: 5 slit; Coriander leaves chopped: 2 tbsps; Mint leaves chopped : 2 tbsps

For the Chicken Gravy:

Large onions: 3 sliced finely
Cloves:10; Green cardamoms: 8; Black pepper: 5 nos; Cumin seeds: 2 tsps; Cinnamon sticks: 2 inches
Black cardamom pods: 4; Raisins or prunes: handful (I used raisins);
Bay leaves: 2; Garlic paste: 2 tsps; Ginger: 2 tsps

Red chili powder: 1 tbsp or reduce for less heat; Coriander powder: 1 tbsp; Fennel powder: 3/4 tsp
Tomato: 500gms chopped; Salt: 2 tsps or to taste.; Oil: 1 cup

For the Rice:

Basmati rice: (soaked in water for atleast 1/2 an hour): 5 cups; Salt: to taste; Lemon juice: 1 lemon
Bay leaves: 2 nos; Cinnamon sticks: 3 nos.; Black cardamom pods: 3 nos.

For garnishing

Mint, Coriander, Browned Onions, Saffron, Lemon Juice, rose water, garam masala


Step 1: Marinade the chicken and keep overnight or for at least 3-4 hours

  1. Take the thick yoghurt in a bowl, beat well, to it add powdered spices and  salt to taste. Add the slit green chillies, chopped mint leaves, coriander leaves mix well. Finally add the cut chicken to this mixture, mix well. Cling film bowl and rest overnight in the fridge.
    Step 2: Make the Chicken Masala
  2. In a large non stick vessel take oil and heat it. Once hot add the finely sliced onions and fry until it is light golden brown. Keep aside 1/3 of the fried onions on a tissue paper for the final garnishing required while layering the biryani. 2. To the remaining brown onions in the pan add the whole spices ie cloves, cardamoms, black pepper, cumin seeds, cinnamon, black cardamom pods and bay leaves and fry till fragnant. Next add the ginger and garlic pastes and fry for 4-5 minutes till the raw smell goes away. Next add the powdered spices (chilli, coriander, fennel powders) and fry for 30 seconds before adding the tomatoes and the salt. Fry the tomatoes till they turn soft and moisture completely dries up. Add the marinaded chicken and yoghurt mixture to the vessel, mix well. (Add water only if needed to cook chicken) The chicken usually lets out water. Close the vessel and allow the chicken to cook for 30-35 minutes on medium heat until almost done, stirring in between. The gravy should be semi thick. You will know when the chicken is ready as the gravy turns darker in colour and oils starts floating to the top. 4. Next check for salt, squeeze over lemon juice to your taste turn off the heat.


Step 3: Prepare the Rice

  1. Wash the rice in a large bowl till the water runs clear, then soak the rice for about 20 minutes. Once 20 minutes are done drain the rice in a colander and keep aside.
  2. As the rice is soaking prepare the water in which it will cook. In a large vessel boil around 15 cups of water (you need to make sure the vessel you cook in is large enough to accomodate the water and the rice. If the rice has enough room to cook in you can see the grains of rice dancing about freely as it cooks and the grains freely lengthens to its maximum length. But if the vessel is too small the rice will not have enough room to cook in, the grains of rice will tend to stick to each other and clump.
  3. Once the water comes to a boil, add the bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, black cardamom. Close the pot and let the spices let out their flavours into the water for 3-4 minutes before you add the rice.
  4. Add the rice to the boiling water, stir gently. Add salt to taste (add a bit more salt). Add lemon juice to the boiling water and a dash of oil to help keep the grains of rice fluffy and seperate. Let the rice cook for 6-8 minutes or till the rice is half done. To check this, take a grain of rice and press it between your index finger and thumb, if it breaks leaving a white seed of uncooked rice in the center  your rice has cooked just right. Turn off flame and drain the rice immediately to a colander. Spread out the cooked rice to a large tray to allow it to cool.


Step 4: Bringing it all together or Assembling the Biryani

  1. Take a large pot that is oven safe. Grease the base lightly with oil.
  2. Place half the cooked rice at the bottom of the pan. Evenly distribute the pieces of meat over the rice. Then pour the gravy evenly over the meat. Add the remaining rice over the meat, level the rice gently to form an even layer.
  3. Sprinkle over the chopped coriander and mint leaves and reserved browned onions.
  4. Using the back of a spoon make  a few tunnels through the rice and meat layer. Pour in drops of saffron milk through some tunnels. Through the remaining tunnels pour in drops of lemon juice and rose water. Sprinkle over a garam masala powder. You could add a few drops of ghee over the rice.
  5. Seal the pan with foil and then place a lid over it. Place in preheated oven at l80 C for 25-30 mins. Gently mix it before serving.

Serve with a cucumber and tomato raitha.

Note: Salmeena includes boiled potatoes in the recipe, which I skipped as I ran out of potatoes. But will update the recipe when I use potatoes the next time

Do drop  me a line if you do make this biryani. Would love to know your experience.