Friday, October 12, 2012

Thanksgiving with Tandoori Bhutta

In this short life of mine, I do have a lot to be thankful about. Like the vast expanse of corn fields from where comes the produce of my favourite thing in this whole wide world.


Its no secret that I adore corn. I used that same love for corn and mixed with some tandoori masala to make some Tandoori Bhutta/ Sweet Corn for Thanksgiving last week.

I am running late on this post. I can explain. But that can wait.

Before that, take down the recipe for Tandoori Bhutta.

Ingredients for Tandoori Bhutta are:

4 corn on the cob
3 tablespoons plain yogurt
3 tablespoons ready to use Tandoori mix spice
Juice of 1 lime/lemon
2-3 tablespoons mustard oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

IMG_6414Mix together all the ingredients, massaging the spice blend, yogurt, mustard oil and salt into the corn.


Marinate for 3-4 hours.


Use a stove top rack/ roti mesh to roast the corns on direct fire. I have an electric cooking range, and the roti mesh works fine for me.


Make sure you switch the vents in the kitchen on when you are making the tandoori corn. It gets really smoky in there.


Baste the corn with the leftover marinade from time to time. Use butter to brush on the corn.

IMG_6483Keep moving the corn around to get equal cooking time on all sides. Once you see adequate char on the corns, take them off the heat.



IMG_6494Wrap aluminum foil at the stems for easy holding/eating. Squirt some lemon juice on them and serve immediately.


Happy Thanksgiving everyone. We have so much to be thankful for everyday of our lives.



Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Kalyani’s Mint and Tamarind Chutney

Kalyani and I have known each other for a very, very long time. She was that protector everybody needs. Especially if you have nosy siblings who go about snooping in your precious secret diary!

She is someone I can call any time of the day or night and pour my heart out. Most times she’d listen patiently. But there have been times she has hung up on me. Times I have been completely out of line with her. And I hang my head in shame for that.

But I know, she forgives. But never forgets. So every time she gets a chance, she reminds me that I have a daughter too!

That’s my Mother. Kalyani. Whose recipes I share here. The do-gooder. The pillar of strength for our family. She is just like this chutney – smooth with things around her, sweet and a mix of tang when it comes to handling people. And the memory of her mint-like freshness. Especially when she came out of the shower smelling like Pears soap. I use Pears too, especially when I miss my Mother. It makes me smell like her. Feel like her.

IMG_7317Okay, coming back to this Mint and Tamarind Chutney which was part of our meals during many summer days.

Its important you use the ingredients mentioned, and NOT substitute jaggery/gur with sugar or tamarind with lemon juice. That will make it an altogether different chutney. And you know how unkind I am to people who tamper with a good recipe!



Ingredients for Kalyani’s Mint and Tamarind Chutney are:

250 grams bunch of fresh mint, leaves torn, stems discarded (use the stems to plant in moist soil for new leaves to sprout)
Handful of green chillies (the real hot ones)
100 grams good-quality jaggery/gur
2 heaped tablespoons tamarind pulp (I use from the jar available in desi grocery stores)

In a blender add the mint leaves, green chillies, jaggery, tamarind pulp and salt. Give it a whizz, add very little water to get a smooth chutney consistency. Give it a taste test and add jaggery or tamarind or salt if needed.

IMG_7326This chutney will be dark in color, almost like a dark knight coming to kiss your soft face. And the taste will be a burst of mint (of course!) and sweet and sour. With adequate heat. We have the Mint and Tamarind Chutney with Kebabs or Pakoras. Its awesome with some dal-chawal too.

IMG_7344This is how I made an instant beef kebab to go with this chutney.

IMG_7324Mix together some minced red onion, chopped mint and coriander leaves, freshly grated grated ginger, chopped green chillies to the lean ground beef. Season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper, pound well and keep for 10 minutes.

IMG_7333Make small balls with the meat mixture, flatten as patties and shallow fry in olive oil for about four minutes on each side.


Serve hot with my Mum’s Mint and Tamarind Chutney.

IMG_7342You can store this chutney in a clean, glass jar in the fridge for up to a week.