Growing up I was not fond of Biryani, chicken or vegetarian. I don’t know why but the only rice based dish I liked was rajma chawal. Nothing else. So I avoided biryani and the likes. Of course later things changed but my true love for biryani started on one of my trips to Goa. My brother was posted there. He still is. I know, its awesome! Everyone should have a family member in Goa. It should be the norm.
About 6 years back, my parents and I went to visit my brother and his wife and they kept talking about the Biryani from a place called Anantashram.
They make handi biryani and the biryani is served in the clay pot/ handi that they make it in. One bite and I was in love. I don’t remember how many times I ate the biryani on that trip but I had countless dreams of it when I was back, and every biryani I ate was compared to the biryani from Anantashram. Sadly, over the years their quality has gone down. On a recent trip I tried it and it was a let down. My brother and sister in law resonated my feelings, and had also told us beforehand that it might not be the same as the first time we had it.
Besides the biryani disappointment our Goa trip was a huge gastronomical success. As you can see in this post. We all came back with our clothes a little tighter. And I came back in search of a new Biryani as my yardstick.
On a recent trip to Delhi, I was served these really delish Dahi ke kebabs (kebabs made from hung curd) and a reminder photograph on one of the food related facebook groups I am a part of gave me the nudge to try making these kebabs at home.
These kebabs are vegetarian kebabs and are made from mixing hung curd with onions, garlic, ginger and green chillies. Bread crumbs and roasted gram flour are used to bind the dough together. You could deep or shallow fry them and once eaten they melt in your mouth. It makes a great appetizer to serve at your dinner party.
A simple and easy prawns (shrimp) dish made with garlic and curry leaves.
In my last post (which was two weeks back- I know, sorry! my bad!) I talked to you about the food we had in Goa. Once back to the cold of the north, and missing all the good sea food that we feasted on in Goa, I decided to try my hands at making some prawns.
I wanted something garlicky and spicy and I wanted curry leaves. If you know me, you know my love for curry leaves. Seriously, its my favorite indian ingredient. That and cumin seeds. Freshly roasted cumin powder, to be precise. And garlic. I love garlic. And this dish has two of those ingredients. A winner in my opinion.
Though I made this dish on the drier side, a little coconut milk in it would make this the perfect prawn gravy dish. Yup. I love coconut milk too. But that’s an experiment for another day.