Pressure Cooker Pork Dry#SundayFunday

Want something that is quick, then this is a recipe for you. For I have never made anything as simple and easy as this. No oil is added in this recipe. This is a one pot dish/meal.

1 Kg Boneless Pork - cut into cubes
Grind To Paste
1 Tablespoon Kashmiri Chilly powder
15 Cloves Garlic
2 " Piece Ginger
½ Teaspoon Heaped Black Pepper powder
12 Shallots
¾ Teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt
¼ Cup Water
½ Teaspoon Turmeric powder
1 Tablespoon Heaped Vinegar - I used coconut vinegar

Marinate the pork with the ground paste got one hour in the pressure pan itself.
After one hour place it on high flame and take one whistle. Reduce the flame to low and let is cook for 12 - 15 minutes. After 15 minutes switch off the flame and let the cooker cool. When it cools open the cooker and dry off the excess liquid in the cooker on medium high flame and the renders all the fat.
Switch off the flame and serve this as a side dish. Taste awesome.
Labels: Pressure Cooker, Pork, Side Dish, Sunday Funday, One Pot Meal, Gluten Free, Low Carb  

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Vegan Italian Pasta Salad With Basil Dressing#SundayFunday

So flavorful pasta salad with fresh herbs, tomatoes, olives, pickled pepperoncini's, red onion and a basil dressing. It’s perfect for potlucks and picnic's. This Vegan Italian Pasta Salad is quick, easy to put together.

For Pasta Salads, cook the pasta a little longer than the directions given since Al denté is ideal for hot pasta dishes, but for pasta salads it should be a little softer/slightly overcooked pasta. Pasta firms up a lot once it’s cold hence a slightly overcooked pasta works best for salads.
For The Basil Dressing
¼ Cup Olive Oil 
1 Teaspoon White Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Water
½ Teaspoon Sea Salt or to taste
¼ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
¼ Teaspoon Onion Powder
¼ Teaspoon Sugar
12 -15 Fresh Basil or more to your taste
¼ Teaspoon Dried Basil
¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper Powder
For The Salad
2 Cups Boiled Pasta
1 Cups Cherry Tomatoes - chopped
2 Tablespoons Fresh Herbs (I use basil, thyme & oregano)
⅓ Cup Green & Black Olives - chopped
1 Small Red Onion - chopped
1 Tablespoon Pickled Pepperoncini's - chopped

Cook pasta according to package instructions, but add an extra minute to the cooking time. The pasta should be just slightly overcooked .
While the pasta is cooking , let's prepare the dressing.
Add all of the dressing ingredients to a blender. Blend on medium-high speed until the dressing is a creamy light green with plenty of fresh basil flecks are seen throughout.
Drain the pasta and transfer it to a large bowl. Immediately toss the hot pasta with ⅔ of the dressing (enough to liberally coat). Chill.
Once the pasta is cold, mix in dressing mixture, tomatoes, olives, chopped herbs, pepperoncini's, and red onion. Chill. 
Taste and adjust seasoning before serving.
Labels: Vegan, Italian, Basil, Dressing, Salad, Side Dish, Pasta, Healthy, Sunday Funday
For Pasta Salad and Noodle Salad Event 

Sneha's Recipe: Vegan Italian Pasta Salad With Basil Dressing 
Amy's Cooking Adventures: Caprese Pasta Salad 
A Day in the Life on the Farm: Couscous Salad 
Karen's Kitchen Stories: Chinese Egg Noodle Salad with Pork 
Mayuri's Jikoni: Tropical Pasta Salad 
Cook with Renu: Vegetable Orzo Pasta Salad   

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Grilled Cauliflower Tikka Masala#SundayFunday

This dish is so delicious and creamy, you will love this dish.
For this recipe if have used mustard oil, this oil gives a delicious and nutty flavor to the dish. Mustard oil is also a healthy oil. Once you acquire a taste of the oil you will love using it in cooking. Do try this recipe with this oil. I have made the gravy thick to enjoy it with chapatti, if you want to have with steamed rice then add more hot water and adjust the gravy consistency accordingly. This crowd-pleaser of a dish for vegetarians, a perfect, warming bowl of comfort food.
Serves 4 - 5

1 Medium Head Cauliflower - cut into florets
1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
For The Cauliflower Marination
150 Grams Yogurt -whisked
½ Teaspoon Sea Salt
¼ Teaspoon Black Salt
1 Tablespoon Kashmiri Red Chilly powder
½ Teaspoon Amchur powder
½ Teaspoon Cumin Powder
½ Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Chutney Chana - grind to a fine powder
½ Teaspoon Kasuri Methi
1 Teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste
2 Tablespoons Mustard Oil 
For The Tikka Masala Gravy
1 Medium Onion - chopped
3 Cloves Garlic - chopped
1" Piece Ginger - chopped
2 Medium Tomatoes - blanche & peeled
2 Tablespoon Mustard Oil
1 Teaspoon Red Chilly Powder
½ Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
1 Teaspoon Cumin Powder
2 Teaspoons Coriander Powder
½ Teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
¼ Cup Yogurt
½ Teaspoon Sea Salt
½ Teaspoon Sugar
For Garnishing
Coriander Leaves
¼ Cup Fresh Cream

For The Cauliflower/Gobi Florets
In a large pot or kadhai, pour water add a teaspoon of salt bring it to a boil. Once the water comes to a rapid boil, add the cauliflower floret. Bring this to a boil and switch off the flame. Drain the water and let it cool down completely.

For The Cauliflower Marination
In a large mixing bowl combine, all the given ingredients to a smooth mixture, add in the cooled cauliflower florets, mix well. Set it aside for 30 minutes. 
In the mean time let's prepare the gravy
In a large pan / kadai, heat mustard oil, when it comes to a smoking point, switch off the flame let is cool for a minute or two. Now switch on the flame and fry the chopped onions, ginger and garlic till it just starts to turn golden, add the blanched and chopped tomato, sauté it for 2 minutes. Switch off the flame and let it cool.
Let's get back to the cauliflower
Heat the oven to 200°C, with both the elements on. Arrange the marinated cauliflower in a lined tray. Do not add the marinade, keep this aside, we will use it in the gravy.
Place the tray in the oven and let it grill for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, remove the tray out and turn the sides of the florets. Turn the oven setting to grill only and place the tray on the top rack and grill it for 10 minutes, half way through change the sides of the tray.    
They will be slightly charred see pic.
Back To The Gravy
In blender jar add the sautéed onion and tomato along with the oil, all the given spices and yogurt, grind this to a fine paste.
Pour this back into the same kadai without adding any oil.
Wash the blender jar with little water, pour this also into the kadai. Add the all the remaining cauliflower marinade and wash that bowl too with little water. Add another cup of water and mix all this well, add salt and sugar and give it good mix. Now switch on the flame and on medium high flame stir it continuously till the gravy comes to a rolling boil. Once it comes to a rolling boil, cover with a lid and reduce the flame to low and let it simmer till oil surfaces. 
Once the oil surfaces our gravy is done. Now add the garam masala, crushed kasuri methi, cream and give it good mix, let is simmer for a minutes. Switch off the flame add the grilled cauliflower florets and mix. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves and a drizzle of cream.
Enjoy with chapatti or naans.
Enjoy super delicious, finger licking Cauliflower Tikka Masala.
Labels: Cauliflower, Grilled, Gluten free, Main course, Indian, Sunday Funday, Oven Roasted, Vegetarian

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Beef Mince / Kheema With Vindaloo Masala#Improv

This has a fiery hot color and it tastes awesome. Mouthwatering and delicious, a recipe you must try. This is my mother's recipe, an East Indian dish.

¼ kg Beef Mince
2 Medium Onions - finely chopped
1 Large Tomato - blanched and skinned
1 Large Potato - cubed - optional
Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves for garnishing
3 Tablespoons Oil
Grind To Paste With Vinegar
3 Kashmir Chilies
3 Bedki Chillies
8 Cloves Garlic
1"Piece Ginger
½ Teaspoon Cumin seeds
¼ Teaspoon Turmeric powder

Boil the kashmiri and bedki chillies in sufficient water with a tablespoon of vinegar, till they softened. Cool. Fish out the chillies and then grind with a rest of the ingredients with a tablespoon of vinegar to a fine paste. Add more water from the boiled chillies if necessary and grind to a thick paste. When this is finely ground add the tomato and grind this too along with masala. Keep this aside.
Heat oil in a vessel / pot and add chopped onions. Fry well add the tomato puree fry well add the masala paste and fry for a few minutes more.
Add mince and salt to taste, fry for 2 minutes then add the cubed potatoes with a cup of water and bring this to a boil. Cover and let it cook for 15 to 20 minutes or till done. If there is excess gravy then cook it without the lid till it is saucy. This is thick gravy dish. 
Garnish with chopped fresh coriander. enjoy this with Brun Pav or chapatis takes super yum !! 
Labels: Beef, Mince, Improv Cooking Challenge, East Indian, Main course, Vindaloo Masala

For May 2023 in Improv Cooking Challenge the theme is - Meat & Potatoes

Beef Mince / Kheema With Vindaloo Masala from Sneha's Recipe
Smoked Sausage and Potato Skillet from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Potatoes Stroganoff from Palatable Pastime

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Hilachas - Guatemalan Shredded Beef in Tomatillo Sauce#EatTheWorld

Hilachas is a popular Guatemalan dish made of cooked and shredded beef and it's simmered in a mildly spiced tomatillo sauce. This is usually enjoyed with it with a side of rice or fresh corn tortillas for a meal. This taste so good that you will enjoy it do try it and adjust the spice level according to your taste.

Serves 4
To Cook The Beef
500 Gram Beef Steak - cut into slices
1 Cup Water
1 Onion
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Bay Leaf
1 Medium Ripe Tomato
Half Of A Small Onion
¼ Teaspoon Salt
Other Ingredients
1 Tablespoons Oil
3 Medium Ripe & Firm Tomatoes
3 Green Tomatoes/ Tomatillos
1 Green Pepper
3 Dried Red Chillies - deseeded or Guajillo chilies
Salt & Pepper, to taste
1 Medium Potato - peeled and chopped
2 Medium Carrots - peeled and chopped
¼ Cup Chopped Coriander / Cilantro 

Place the beef, garlic, half of a small onion, cut the tomato into two and one cup water and salt in a large pressure cooker ( if you are using a saucepan then add more water accordingly to cook) and cook until the beef is very tender.
Remove the beef to a bowl, reserving the broth. When cool enough to handle, shred the beef with your fingers and set aside.
When cooled puree the broth and set aside.

Roast the green pepper, onion, tomato and tomatillos. When cooled remove the skin and puree along with dried red chillies and keep aside.
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium flame. Add the potatoes and chopped carrot sauté for a minute on medium high flame. Then add tomatillos puree and the shredded beef and the pureed the broth season with salt and pepper. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
Simmer and cook until the potatoes and carrots are cooked through, about 15-20 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
When done then add in the chopped coriander, adjust seasoning. 
Serve hot with corn tortillas or steamed rice.
Labels: Beef, Guatemala, Onion, Green Tomato, Peppers, Roasted Tomato, Main course, Eat the World   

Each month Evelyne of CulturEatz invites us to visit a country and explore their foods.

Check out all the wonderful Guatemalan dishes prepared by fellow Eat the World members and share with #eattheworld. Find out how to join Eat the World here and have fun exploring a country a month in the kitchen with us!
Amy’s Cooking Adventures: Fiambre (Guatemalan Salad)
A Day in the Life on the Farm: Pepian de Pollo  

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