If you love eating, you can surely be a good cook, but to be an excellent one, you should have good critics at home. For that I owe to my husband and my children.

I dedicate this blog to the young ladies - "the starters".

Monday, October 12, 2009

Mutton Chops in Cashew Paste


Mutton chops - ½ kg
Cashew nuts - 1 cup
Chopped onion – 1 cup
Ginger paste - 2 tsp
Garlic paste - 2 tsp
Curd - ½ cup
Turmeric powder -1 tsp
Chilli powder – 2tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tbsp
Cardamom powder -2 tsp
Whole garam masala – 1tsp
(2cardamom,4cloves,2 inch cinnamon)
Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp
Oil -1 tbsp
Ghee – 1tbsp

To marinate

Curd – ½ cup
Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
Nutmeg powder – ¼ tsp
Fennel powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1tsp
Chili powder – 1tsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp


Wash and dry the ribs.
With a knife push the meat from one end to another.
Pat the meat once with a heavy object.
Marinate the chops and keep it in the fridge for a night.

Next day sauté the cashew nuts brown and grind it to
a fine paste and keep aside.
In a small pressure cooker heat oil and add whole garam masala.
Add chopped onion and salt.Saut till transparent.
Now add chops and ginger, garlic paste and stir.
Mix turmeric, chili and coriander powder in curd and
pour into the chops. Let it simmer till fat separates.
Pour quarter cup of water, close the lid and pressure cook it for 35 minutes.
As the pressure is released open the lid, add in cashew paste and
cardamom powder. Keep on the flame till the gravy is thick
and coated on the chops.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves,
lemon and onion rings.
Serve with chappati or rice, dal and raita.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ginger Snaps


Plain flour - 2 ½ cups
Baking powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Ginger powder – 2 tbsp
Cinnamon powder – 2 tsp
Black pepper powder – ½ tsp
Butter - 11 tbsp
Brown sugar - 2/3 cup
Vanilla essence - ½ tsp
Molasses – ¼ cup
Egg - 1 large
Zest of 1 lemon
Lemon juice - 1 tsp


Sieve flour and baking powder together.
Add cinnamon, ginger and black pepper powder.

Beat egg and molasses (jaggery), lemon juice and zest.
Now add cold butter, vanilla essence and powdered brown sugar.
Into this add the flour mixture.
Mix well. Keep on a plastic paper and roll it into a log.
Keep this plastic wrapped log into the fridge until firm.
Slice thin to about quarter an inch, coat it with sugar and bake
for 15 minutes. Take it out and turn each ginger snaps
upside down and let it cool.

Store in an air-tight cookie jar.
Plain milk and cookies is a good combination.
Spicy ginger snaps and half a cup of hot plain milk
is a combination even I would like to vote for.