Thursday, March 29, 2012

Keema Kaleji and Some Heart-to-Heart

So yesterday P was working from home. Which meant I could wiggle my way out of parenthood and take some time off. Without feeling guilty about it. It felt awesome going Downtown by myself without a baby carriage and a diaper bag. Travelling light, my iPod blasting some raunchy Bollywood songs, and a large bubble tea to sip took me to new heights! And it did not even feel dizzy up there. It felt free.

I enjoy being with LMN immensely. But I crave for some downtime. There is always the next thing waiting to be done. If I make the mistake of ignoring it, I see a huge backlog of chores looming large over my little head. The cleaning ladies come and go, but the permanent role as a parent never lets me take a break.

I have great respect for people who have more than one kid. Managing one baby with shared responsibilities with the spouse has me overwhelmed many times! I wish I had more abilities. More patience. And definitely more sleep.

053And some easy-to-cook recipes, which happen on their own while I am playing with the baby, and making moo sounds. Like this mince goat meat with liver recipe. Quite a popular dish in and around Delhi.

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Ingredients for Keema Kaleji are:

400 grams mince meat (I always use goat’s)
300 grams liver, cut into bite-size pieces (goat again!)
1 large red onion finely chopped
2 tablespoons garlic paste
2 tablespoons ginger paste
3-4 whole green chillies
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon garam masala powder (I dry grind cardamom, cloves and cinnamon)
2 teaspoons red chilli powder
2 teaspoons turmeric powder
1 small nutmeg, freshly grated
4 tablespoons canola oil
2-3 bay leaves
Pinch of sugar
Salt

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Its important that you cook liver fresh, without freezing. My butcher lady, Maria cut the whole liver for me, which made life easy.

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Start by heating oil in a thick-bottom pan. I used my trusted cast aluminum karhai.

003Sprinkle the pinch of sugar as soon as the oil heats up, add the cumin and the onions and sauté on high till the onions become translucent. Now add the garam masala powder and the bay.

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Cook the onions with the garam masala till they turn dark pink, but not brown. You know that particular color while shallow frying onions!

Now add the mince meat and the liver all at once. Crank the heat up and mix the meat well with the onions.

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The secret behind a perfect meat recipe is to sear the meat, that not only gives you a beautiful color to your meat but also locks the flavours within the layers. Cook the mince meat and liver on high, mixing all the time. Once its brown, add the ginger-garlic paste, red chilli and turmeric powders, mix, and keep cooking till juices and oil start coming out of the meat.

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Add the nutmeg at this point. Mix. Cover and cook till the liver is done. The mince meat would have already been cooked by now.

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Season with salt. Throw in the whole green chillies for some special effects. And finally do what you ought to do before finishing any dish – a taste test.

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I love having my Keema Kaleji with phulkas or parathas. Tonight we indulged and ate it with lachcha parathas and a bowl of salad.

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Hopefully, I can have some more “me time” this weekend too. I have promised to watch a movie in the theatre all by self! That way I think I can pull off playing the role of a mother with a little more style (read without complaining!).

6 comments:

Sayantani said...

same here Pree. i love my son and spending time with him is so precious to me. but once in a while I need a little breather...some me time. with so much of work to do and almost no help available in my locality that seems alsmot impossible now a days. great that you managed to go out.
Keema kaleji looks perfect....my hubby loves kaleji and so am bookmakring this.

sulagna ™ said...

i hear you Pree :) but like i always say, you are a rockstar to pull off everything so well

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

same story everywhere... Only thing I can say is it gets better! Hang in there my friend!
lovely kalejas... I dont know where you get such fresh goat liver!

Moumita said...

Hi! Pree,
Ur Keema Kaleji looks so good. But have a confusion..... Have u add Nutemg(Jaiphal) in the recipe or Mace (Javatri) in the recipes? Please clarify it coz i want to try this...... Thanxs

Mona Basu

PreeOccupied said...

Moumita, thanks for pointing that typo out. I corrected that in the list of ingredients. It's nutmeg.

sampurna majumder said...

awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!