Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Meen Podichathu (Fish Keema style)

Recipe No: 211
This is the result of a desperate attempt to get something tasty out of the canned Tuna. It is very similar to the Chicken Keema preparation that I posted before and is  excellent  if you are short on time and don’t want to thaw a frozen Fish.
Ingredients                                    Serves 5
  • Fish/ Canned Tuna……........14 oz (If using fresh Fish, use 300 grams of cooked and mashed fish without bones/ approximately 2 cups)
  • Oil……………………………….......1 ½ Tablespoons
  • Mustard Seeds…………….........1/2 Teaspoon
  • Onion chopped…………...........1 cup
  • Ginger Garlic paste…..............1 Teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves……………...........1 Sprig
  • Red Chilly Powder………........1 Teaspoon
  • Coriander Powder………........3/4 Teaspoon
  • Turmeric Powder…………......1/4 Teaspoon
  • Garam Masala Powder…......1/2 Teaspoon
  • Tomato chopped……………....1/2 small
  • Potato……………………………...1 small (cut into small cubes)
  • Fresh Green Peas……………...1/4 (If using dried, use after cooking)
  • Coriander Leaves chopped…2 Tablespoons
  • Salt as needed
  • Pinch of Garam Masala Powder, ½ teaspoon Coconut Oil and a sprig of Curry Leaf to sprinkle on top)
Method of Preparation
  1. Heat Oil in a pan on medium high heat and splutter the Mustard Seeds.
  2. Add Onion and saute till it starts to brown on the edges.
  3. Add Curry leaves and Ginger Garlic paste; saute till the raw smell is gone.
  4. Reduce the flame to medium low and add Red Chilly Powder, Coriander Powder, Turmeric Powder and Garam Masala Powder; saute really good for at least a minute. Stir constantly so that it won’t burn. 
  5. Add the Tomato and stir till it is mashed.
  6. Add Fish, Potato, Green Peas, Salt and 1 cup Water; cover the pan and let it simmer till the Potato is cooked.
  7. Once cooked and all the water is absorbed, saute it for a minute or two on a medium heat stirring now and then, taking care not to mash the Potatoes.  
  8. Add Coriander Leaves and mix well.
  9. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon Coconut oil, a pinch of Garam Masala Powder and a sprig of Curry Leaf on top just before turning the stove off.
  10. Keep the pan covered for 15 minutes before serving warm with Rice or Chappathi.
Notes:
  • If you are using canned Tuna, drain it well before using.
  • Take care not to mash the Potatoes while stirring.
  • This can also be used as a filling to make appetizers, stuff a Bread etc:
 





Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love…


3 comments:

Priya said...

Slurp, mouthwatering here, delicious fish keema..

Aaranyaka said...

Asha U R doing something Xtra ordinary ...My wife is ur fan now... Keep it up, Hats off 2 U - Shobin

Ravi Madur said...

Hi I am new to this blog. One of my friends madhu from New delhi referred me this blog to learn about all non veg recipes. i was really impressed for these many recipes using using non veg. I am very exited to make my first dish on non veg pickles with your blog inspiration. Thanks alot.

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