ALMORTH OR BAFFARTH – MIXED MEAT STEW

Almorth (Mixed Merat Stew)

ALMORTH OR BUFFARTH – MIXED MEAT STEW

This dish is a mixed meat stew made with a combination of meat, chicken, pork and vegetables. It’s a very old Anglo-Indian recipe. However, any combination of meat could be used as per personal preference. The same recipe could be used with chicken only. This Stew was a must have for Christmas Breakfast in almost all Anglo-Indian Homes in the olden days and was eaten with bread or rolls.

Serves 6    Preparation Time 1 hour

Ingredients

¼ kg Beef

¼ kg mutton / lamb

½ kg chicken

¼ kg pork

A few carrots and beans chopped into medium size pieces (or any other English vegetables)

3 potatoes peeled and cut into quarters

2 teaspoons chillie powder

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

2 teaspoons pepper powder

1 teaspoon coriander powder

4 dry red chillies broken into pieces

2 teaspoons chopped garlic

2 pieces cinnamon

5 cloves

3 onions sliced

2 tomatoes chopped

2 tablespoons chopped mint

3 tablespoons oil

Salt to taste

2 tablespoons coconut paste

2 tablespoons vinegar

Cut the meat, chicken and pork into small pieces. Heat oil in a pressure cooker or a suitable vessel and add the onions, cinnamon, cloves and chopped garlic. Fry till the onions turn golden brown. Add the mutton, beef, chicken and pork together with the chillie powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder, salt coriander powder and tomatoes and mix well.  Fry till the tomatoes turn to pulp. Add the broken dry red chillies, mint and the coconut paste and mix well. Add sufficient water and cook till the meat is soft. If cooking in a pressure cooker, cook for 10 minutes (6 to 8 whistles). Now add the chopped vegetables and vinegar and simmer on low heat till the vegetables are cooked and the gravy is thick. Serve with rice or bread.

ROLONG SWEET (Suji / Semolina Coconut Sweet)

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ROLONG SWEET (Suji / Semolina Coconut Sweet)

Makes 30 pieces

Ingredients

2 cups grated coconut

1 cup roasted fine rolong / suji

3 cups sugar

1 cup milk

½ cup condensed milk

1 teaspoon ghee

½ teaspoon vanilla essence

½ teaspoon food colour either pink or green (optional)

Roast the rolong / sooji/ semolina with a teaspoon ghee till it gives out a nice aroma.

Melt the sugar with the milk and condensed milk in a thick bottomed vessel.

Add the grated coconut and mix well. Cook till the coconut is soft.

Add the rolong (suji / semolina), vanilla essence, food colour and ghee and mix well.

Simmer on low heat, stirring all the time, till the mixture becomes thick and leaves the sides of the vessel.

Pour on to a greased plate and cut into squares.

GREEN MASALA LAMB CHOPS

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GREEN MASALA LAMB CHOPS

Ingredients

½ kg lamb / mutton chops (Flatten slightly with the handle of the knife)

2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste

4 green chilies

3 tablespoons coriander leaves

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

2 cloves

2 cardamom

2 pieces of cinnamon

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

Salt to taste

3 tablespoons oil

3 potatoes pealed washed and cut into quarters

2 onions sliced finely

½ cup coconut paste

Grind the green chilies, coriander leaves, coconut, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and cumin seeds to a smooth paste in a blender. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and fry the onions till golden brown. Add the meat, ginger garlic paste and turmeric powder and fry for some time. Now add the ground paste and salt and mix well. Keep frying on low heat till the oil separates from the mixture. Add the potatoes and sufficient water and pressure cook for 15 minutes. Serve hot. This curry is good with ghee rice or Palau rice.

FISH PADDA (FISH PICKLE)

 

Fish Padda

FISH PADDA (Fish Pickle)

Ingredients

500 grams sardines or small mackerels or any other small fish cut into fairly big pieces

3 tablespoons chopped garlic

2 tablespoons chopped ginger

3 tablespoons chillie powder

2 teaspoons garlic paste

1 tablespoon cumin powder

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon mustard powder

2 teacups vinegar

20 or 25 curry leaves

½ liter sesame oil or mustard oil

Salt to taste

Marinate the fish with turmeric powder & salt for half an hour. Fry the fish lightly in either sesame oil or mustard oil, for 5-8 minutes. It should only be slightly crisp. Remove & keep aside.

In the same oil add the curry leaves, chopped ginger and garlic and fry for a few minutes. Mix in the garlic paste, chillie powder, cumin powder, mustard powder and salt and fry with a little vinegar till the oil separates from the mixtures and gives out a nice aroma. Add the rest of the vinegar and the fried fish and mix well . Simmer for 2 more minutes then take down.

Cool and store in bottles. This pickle will last for about 6 months if stored in the fridge.

 Note; Instead of fresh fish, Salt fish can be used instead.

SIMPLE FISH CURRY IN COCONUT MILK

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SIMPLE FISH CURRY IN COCONUT MILK
Ingredients
1 kg of any good fleshy fish such as Pomfret, Seer, Mullet or Salmon cut into thick fillets
2 big onions chopped finely
3 green chilies sliced lengthwise
2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
1cup thick coconut milk
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
3 tablespoons oil
Salt to taste
½ cup tamarind water from a small ball of tamarind
2 teaspoons chillie powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
2 sprigs curry leaves
 
Clean and cut the fish into thick slices.
Heat oil in a pan and add the curry leaves and onions and sauté for a few minutes. Add the ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, chillie powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, and tamarind water and fry for 2 or 3 minutes. Add the coconut milk, salt and slit green chillies and a little more water if more gravy is required and bring to boil. Add the fish. Cook on low heat for about 7 to 8 minutes till the fish is cooked. Pour a tablespoon of oil on top then remove from heat. Shake the pan so that the oil coats the top evenly.
(Care should be taken not to overcook the fish or else it will break up.) Serve with rice or breadFish Curry Taj Westend 1

ANGLO-INDIAN BRINJAL PICKLE

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BRINJAL PICKLE (Aubergine / Egg plant Pickle)

Ingredients

1 kg long purple or green Brinjals or 1 large seedless one

3 tablespoons chillie powder

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger

1 cup vinegar

1 tablespoon mustard powder

1 tablespoon cumin powder

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 cup Sesame oil refined oil

1 cup of sugar

2 tablespoons salt

Wash and dry the Brinjals well and cut them into medium size pieces.

Heat the oil in a pan. Add the cut brinjals and lightly fry them till the skin changes colour. Remove and keep aside.

In the same pan add the ginger and garlic and sauté on low heat for a few minutes.

Make a paste of all the chillie powder, mustard powder, cumin powder, and turmeric powder with half the vinegar.

Add this paste to the ginger and garlic and fry for a minute.

Now add the Brinjals and salt and mix well.

Cook for 5 to 6 minutes on low heat.

Add the vinegar and sugar and mix well.

Cook till the sugar dissolves and till the brinjals are cooked.

Cool and store in bottles.

This pickle would last for a month if stored in a fridge.