Since it was festival ( Dashehra ) time last week, we came up with a special lunch menu:
Hara bhara kebab
Sounds scrumptious..doesn't it ?
My cousin made the delicious Hara bhara kebabs and I'm wondering how I've missed them till now..they seem to be everywhere on the blogging world and definitely go in my list too...future safekeeping :)
For my part, I thought I will use the Gulab Jamun packet that's in my pantry for a while now..to make the kofta..(not an original idea, I had read it around and thought it was a nice concept and would turn out well) and try my hand at Malai kofta aka Rich Dumplings in cream gravy..
Kofta:1 packet gulab jamun mixa pinch of saltwater as requiredFilling:1 potato - boiled,peeled nd mashed1/2 tsp red chilli powder1/2 tsp garam masala/chat masala1 tbsp cashew nuts small piecespinch of turmericsalt as per tasteMix the Gulab Jamun mix with salt and add water to form a firm but pliable dough. Keep aside covered for 5 mins.Mix all the filling ingredients together. Form small balls (gulab jamun size) and add small filling inside each. Cover with the dough so it wont fly out in frying.Fry the balls till golden brown and keep aside.Gravy:1 large onion ,chopped coarsely1 medium tomato ,chopped coarsely5-6 cashew nuts ,chopped coarsely1 bay leaf8 whole black peppercorns3 cloves2 dried red chillies1/2 tsp cumin1/2 tsp cut ginger1/2 potato ,mashed1/2 cup cream or milkHeat some oil and add all the dry spices and stir. Add cashew nuts and stir for another 30 seconds and add onion. Cook till golden , then add ginger and tomatoes. Let cook till the tomatoes soften. Let it cool and grind into a paste. Heat another tbsp of oil and add the mashed potatoes. Stir around for a minute and add the paste and cream/milk. Add salt to taste and bring to boil. While serving , arrange the koftas in the serving bowl and pour the gravy over it.
I don't mean to brag, but this turned out to very well and got a lot of compliments , one being 'ekdum restaurant style' !!
P.S : Excuse the poor photo, and definitely do not judge the recipe per the photo..try it once! (Awaiting a better photo)