Green Masala Meat Pulao - Pressure Cooker#Multi Cooker Monday

Meat Pulao is an amazing and delicious one pot meal made with boneless meat and rice, here I have used boneless mutton, you can make this with, chicken or boneless beef. It's quick and easy to make, just one pan, pressure cooker.
1 Cup Measurement = 250 Ml Cup

Serves 3 -4
1½ Cups Rice
300 Grams Boneless Mutton - cut into small cubes
½ Teaspoon Ginger Garlic paste
¼ Teaspoon Turmeric powder
1 Onion - finely chopped
3 Tablespoons  Green Masala Paste/Hirva Vatan
1 Teaspoon Shahi Biryani Masala
3 Cups Mutton Stock
Salt to taste
1- 2 Tablespoons Oil
1 Tablespoon Lime juice
Salt to taste
Whole Spices
½ Teaspoon Cumin seeds
1 Bay leaf
1 Big Piece of Cinnamon
2 Green Cardamoms
6 Black Peppercorns
6 Cloves
Cook the mutton with ginger garlic paste and turmeric powder with 2 cups for water in a pressure cooker.  Take one whistle on high flame then reduce the flame and keep it  for 20 to 25 minutes. When cooked strain the meat and the stock. Keep aside the meat and the stock separately.
Heat oil in the same pressure pan, add all the whole spices, when it starts to crackle, add the onions and sauté till light brown add the green masala paste and fry till oil leaves the sides of the pan. Then add the biryani masala, lime juice and sauté for a minute. Add the mutton and sauté for a minute.
Add the rice and lightly fry it for a minute add salt to taste and the stock (if the stock is less add water). Bring this to a rolling boil, cover the pan and cook for on high flame for 2 whistles. After 2 whistles switch off the flame. Open the cooker when ready to serve. Serve hot with a salad and curds. 
Enjoy !! The taste of this pulao is so delicious and yummy that one would make this very often.

My Notes
You can use chicken or beef to make this pulao.

Labels : Mutton, Pulao, Pressure Cooker, Main course, Rice, One Pot Meal, Multi Cooker Monday

Multicooker Monday - April 2021

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Chach- A Dessert Soup - East Indian#Soupswappers

What is Chach? That's a question many will be asking! This is an East Indian dessert soup which is made with sweet potatoes on Maundy Thursday. This is also called by many East Indians as Gorache. My mother made this every year on Maundy Thursday and we loved it. She made it without tapioca pearls, this is my addition to it. My hubby loves this Chach too. He had it as his meal, two bowls full. This dessert Soup is, no oil or butter, sugar free, vegan and gluten free too.
Make 3 Bowls

220 Grams Sweet Potatoes- cut into thick roundels
1/3 Cup Sabudana/Tapioca Pearls
180 Grams Jaggery - chopped
1 Medium Size Coconut - to make coconut Milk
1 Teaspoon Cardamom powder
A Pinch of Salt
Wash the sabudana/tapioca pearls in water 2 times then soak it in water till an inch above the pearls. Keep this covered for at least an hour or two.
Wash and peel the sweet potatoes and cut into medium thick pieces.
This should be the thickness or else they will melt when cooking. Soak them in water, keep aside.
Now let's make the Coconut Milk
Peel all the brown part of the coconut we require only the white meat, chop it into pieces
Then grate it in a blender jar.
Warm 4 cups of water.
In big blender jar add the grated coconut, add 250Ml warm water and run the blender for 2 minutes. 
Take this out into a fine muslin cloth and squeeze out all the coconut milk 
this makes the first thick extract. Keep this extract a side.
Again add the coconut from the muslin cloth into the blender jar 
add 250Ml warm water and again run the blender for 2 minutes.
Remove this into the muslin cloth and squeeze out all the coconut milk this makes the second extract, 
pour this into a airtight bottle . These are the two bottles (250Ml Each) that I filled and labeled thick and thin coconut milk.
If you require another thin extract you can do this process again by adding just a cup of water. After this you cannot extract any more coconut milk. Use can use how much you want and freeze the remaining coconut milk.

To Make the Chach
In a large pot/pan add the 2 cups thin extract of coconut milk , salt and the sweet potatoes slices. Place this on medium low flame and let it cook for 5 to 7 minutes or till nearly done, stirring once or twice in between. 
When the sweet potatoes are nearly done then add the tapioca pearls and give it a quick stir, let this cook again on medium low flame till done/ transparent and the sweet potatoes are fully cooked, do not make them mushy they should remain whole. 
Now add the jaggery and let it melt and comes to just a boil. Add the thick extract of coconut milk and give it stir, bring this to just a boil. 
Switch off the flame add the cardamom powder.
Serve into large bowls and enjoy warm!!
Labels : Dessert Soup, East Indian, Soup, Sweet Potato, Jaggery, Cardamom Powder, Healthy, No Oil Or Butter, Vegan, Gluten free, Soup Swappers, 
Homemade, Coconut Milk
For Soup Swappers April 2021, we asked to "Share a soup that provides a link to your ancestry". and our Host is Sidsel of Sid's Sea Palm Cooking. 

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African Tin Mackerel & Bell Peppers Stew#FishFriday

A very versatile recipe can use any vegetable of your choice. This so quick to make especially when you have a tiring day and your want something easy and tasty then this recipe is for you. You can substitute sardines in tomato sauce for the mackerel.
¼ Cup Oil
1 Medium Onion - sliced
2 Scallions/spring Onions - chopped
1 Small Tomato - sliced
1 Small Red Bell Pepper - sliced
1 Small Green Bell Pepper - sliced
1 Small Yellow Bell Pepper - sliced
3 Cloves Garlic - finely copped
1 Green Or Red Chilly - chopped
1 (425 Grams ) Can Mackerel In Tomato Sauce
½ Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes, or to taste
¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper Powder
½ Teaspoon Sea Salt, or to taste
1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

In a pan heat the oil add the sliced onion and scallions sauté till the onions soften add the tomato, garlic and sauté till the tomato softens add the bell peppers and chilly, sauté for a minute or two, now add the salt, black pepper, chilly flakes and vinegar and sauté for 2 minutes. Empty in the can of mackerel, mix well lightly and reduce the flame to medium low. Let it simmer until heated for about 7 to 10 minutes.
Serve hot with boiled yams, plantains, potatoes or rice. 
Labels : Seafood/Fish, Tinned Mackerel, Colored Bell Peppers, African, Main Course, Fish Friday

This month, Karen of Karen's Kitchen Stories is hosting  Fish Friday Foodies' April 2021 event . She asked us to share a fish recipe from any country or region of Africa!  We are a group of seafood-loving bloggers, wherein we  share fish and seafood recipes on the third Friday of the month. 

Here's the April 2021 

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Devil's Food Cake With Hard Icing#BundtBakers

This is Nigella's Lawson recipe. I have used the cake recipe and the icing is mine own. It's a hard icing that set immediately, you have to pour it on a cold cake immediately it set's immediately.

For The Bundt

50 Grams Cocoa powder
100 Grams Brown Sugar
250 ML Boiling Water
125 Grams Unsalted Butter
A Pinch of Salt
150 Grams Caster Sugar
225 Grams All Purpose Flour
½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2 Large Eggs - I used 3 Small Eggs
For the Hard Icing
200 Grams Icing sugar
30 ML Water
25 Grams Coco powder
1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter

Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Grease a bundt pan with butter very well, then dust it cocoa powder.
Add the cocoa and brown sugar into a bowl and pour in the boiling water. Whisk to mix, then set aside.
Cream the butter and caster sugar together, beating well until pale and fluffy.
Then stir in the flour, baking powder and soda together in another bowl, and set aside.
Add the vanilla essence into the creamed butter and sugar – mixing – then drop in 1 egg, quickly followed by a scoopful of flour mixture, then the second egg.
Keep mixing and incorporate the rest of the dried ingredients for the cake, then finally mix and fold in the cocoa mixture, scraping its bowl well with a spatula.
Pour this batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake it in a preheated oven for about 55 -60 minutes( since mine was a tall bundt pan) or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Take the tins out and leave them on a wire rack for 5–10 minutes, before turning the cakes out to cool it completely.

For the Hard icing
Mix all ingredients well and then cook it on low flame till it becomes watery / flowy. 
Pour this into a piping bag and spread it on the cake. Leave it to set/ harden and then slice with a warm knife ( placed in hot water ).
Since our theme for this month event is "Blooming Bundt" I decorated the bundt with Bougainville flowers. 
Labels: Bundt, Bundt Bakers, Chocolate Cakes, Hard Icing

#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all of our lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about BundtBakers, can be found on our home page

This month my Bundt Baker, our host is Camilla M. Mann of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, thank you for this wonderful theme. Check out the flavors from our Blooming Bundts below:

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Spelt Banana Bread#BreadBakers

Spelt is a special and ancient grain. Spelt is an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber, several vitamins and dietary minerals. Since this flour is high in protein and low in gluten lends a slightly sweet and nutty flavor to the bread. This is a one bowl banana bread, just mix the dry ingredients to the wet  and bake.

3 Very Ripe/Blackened Bananas
175 Grams Brown Sugar
2 Large Eggs
125 Ml Buttermilk
25 Grams Honey
115Grams Salted Butter - melted and cooled
200 Grams Spelt Flour
1 Teaspoon Heaped Baking powder
1 Teaspoon Level Baking soda
Pearl Sugar for the topping/decoration - optional

Preheat your oven to 180°C. Line a loaf pan (11.5 x 20cm/8" x 4") with baking parchment or grease it well and keep aside.
In a large bowl, mash your ripe bananas with a fork. 
Add in the brown sugar, eggs, buttermilk, honey and butter. Whisk thoroughly to combine.

In another small bowl, whisk together the spelt flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the wet.
Fold until the dry ingredients are just combined with the wet( do not over mix).  
Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan.   
Sprinkle the top with pearl sugar, if using.
Bake in the preheated oven for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when you poke the center of the bread. If it starts to brown too much, you can cover the top with foil.
Leave to cool in the bread pan, then turn out 
and slice to serve. 
Labels: Breads, Bread Bakers, Spelt Flour, Banana, Gluten free, Healthy
#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. This month the Bread Bakers are making Griddle Breads, a theme chosen by Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm

And don’t forget to check out all the amazing Griddle breads baked by our talented bakers ~
Bread Baker's Event for April 2021- Theme Whole Grain Breads   

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