Beef Hash

½ kg beef cut into medium pieces
2 large potatoes peeled and cut into quarters.
2 green chillies
1 teaspoon pepper powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard powder
2 onions sliced
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
Salt to taste
2 teaspoons chopped mint
Boil the beef in sufficient water and a little salt till tender. Drain and keep the soup aside. Boil the potatoes and keep aside. Shred the meat into bits. Mix all the above ingredients together with the shredded meat, boiled potatoes and ½ cup of the left over soup. Simmer on a low heat till the water dries up and the mixture is semi solid. Serve with bread or Chapattis.

CURRIED TROTTERS

8-Trotters (mutton or pork) preferably the front ones
1teaspoon ginger paste
1 teaspoon garlic paste
2 pieces cinnamon (about ½ inch each)
3 cloves
2-large tomatoes chopped
2-teaspoons chillie powder
2-large onions chopped
1-teaspoon coriander powder
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
3-tablespoons oil
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons coriander leaves chopped.
Heat oil in a pressure cooker and lightly sauté the onions, cinnamon and cloves. Add the trotters, turmeric powder, chillie powder, tomato, coriander powder and salt and mix well. Add sufficient water and pressure cook first on high heat then on low heat for half an hour till the trotters are well cooked. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with rice or bread or haveit with chapattis, dosas or Hoppers.

EGG PLANT / BRINJAL BAKE

½ -kg mutton mince or beef mince
4-big seedless Brinjals
4-tablespoons oil
1 -big onion sliced finely
1-tomato chopped finely
4-tablespoons oil
1-tablespoon flour
1-teaspoon salt
1-teaspoon pepper powder
4-green chilies chopped finely
2-pods of garlic chopped finely
2-eggs beaten well
4-tablespoons breadcrumbs or semolina

Method

Wash the Brinjals and put them whole into boiling water with ½ teaspoon salt and cook for about 5 minutes till they are half cooked. Cut the brinjals into halves lengthwise dividing even the stalks. Scoop out the insides and keep aside. Heat 2-tablespoons oil in a pan and add the onions, mince, tomato, salt, pepper, green chilies, garlic and cook on low heat till the mince is cooked and all the water is absorbed. Add the cooked insides of the brinjals and mix well. Keep aside to cool for some time. When slightly cold, fill this cooked mince in the scooped out brinjal halves and press well. Coat with the beaten egg and sprinkle the breadcrumbs or semolina on the top. Brush the sides with oil and place in a baking tray. Drizzle the remaining oil all over the stuffed brinjals and bake in a hot oven for about 10 minutes till brown on top. Serve hot with bread and chips.
(The stuffed bringals could also be shallow fried like cutlets instead of baking)

VEAL CHOPS

Serves 6
Preparation Time 45 minutes
½ kg good veal chops (Flatten them)
3 or 4 potatoes (Boil peal and cut each in half lengthwise)
4 big onions sliced
2 green chilies slit lengthwise
2 teaspoons pepper powder
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons oil
Pressure cook the veal chops with a little water till tender letting some soup remain. Open the pressure cooker and add the onions, green chilies, salt, pepper powder and oil and mix well. Keep cooking on low heat till the soup dries up and the onions and meat are a nice brown. Just before turning off the heat add the boiled potatoes and mix once so that the masala covers the potatoes. Serve hot with bread or rice.

This recipe is taken from my recipe Book FLAVOURS OF THE PAST

CHOW-CHOW AND TOMATO CURRY (Vegetable Marrow and Tomato Curry)

½ kg tender squash / vegetable marrow
2 onions chopped finely
A few curry leaves
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
½ teaspoon mustard seeds
2 teaspoons chilly powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
2 medium size tomatoes chopped
2 tablespoons oil
Salt to taste

Remove the skin, wash and cut the squash / vegetable marrow / chow chow into medium size pieces and keep aside. Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard. When they splutter add the curry leaves and onions and fry till golden brown. Add the tomatoes chilly powder, salt, tumeric powder, coriander powder, ginger and garlic paste and sauté for a few minutes. Now add the cut vegetable and mix well. Cook on low heat for a few minutes till the pieces of squash / vegetable marrow are cooked. Care should be taken not to over cook or they will get smashed.

Green Masala Fish Fry

1 kg good fleshy fish cut into thick slices
2 teaspoons garlic paste
1 medium size bunch coriander leaves
1 teaspoon cumin powder
3 green chillies
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
Salt to taste
4 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons vinegar

Grind the green chillies and green coriander together to a paste. Mix in the cumin powder, garlic paste, salt, turmeric powder and vinegar. Marinate the fish slices with this paste and keep aside for half an hour. Heat oil in a flat pan and shallow fry the fish on both sides till brown. Serve with Rice and Pepper water or Bread.

CURRIED TROTTERS (Also known as Paya and Kaal Soup in India)

8 Trotters ( mutton or pork) preferably the front ones each chopped into 3 pieces
2 large tomatoes pureed or chopped
1 teaspoon garlic paste
1 teaspoon ginger paste
3 teaspoons chillie powder
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon spice powder
2 large onions chopped
1 teaspoon coriander powder
3 tablespoons oil
Salt to taste
A small bunch of coriander leaves chopped.

Wash the trotters well and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pressure cooker and lightly sauté the onions. Add the ginger and garlic paste and sauté for a few more minutes. Now add the trotters, spice powder, chillie powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, tomatoes and salt and mix well. Cook first on high heat then on low heat for half an hour till the trotters are well cooked. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with rice or bread or even dosas or hoppers.