Category Archives: Indian

Semolina Pudding/ Parsee Custard

SEMOLINA PUDDING

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
To serve: 4

You will need
½ oz. almonds
1½ oz. butter
½ oz. currants
1½ pints (U.S. 3¾ cups) milk
4 oz. castor sugar
4 oz. very fine semolina
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
½ teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
½ teaspoon grated nutmeg (optional)

Blanch the almonds and slice into thin strips. Heat the butter and fry the almonds until lightly coloured. Remove. Fry the currants gently and set aside. Bring the milk and sugar to the boil, then simmer for a minute on a very low flame. Fry the semolina very gently in the butter. Stir all the time and do not let the semolina get creamy coloured. Now add the milk gradually and keep stirring all the time so that no lumps are formed. Add the vanilla essence and turn out onto a serving dish while still of a fairly soft consistency. When cold, sprinkle with the almonds, currants and spices.

PARSEE CUSTARD

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
To serve: 4

You will need
1½ pints (U.S. 3¾ cups) milk
2 oz. castor sugar
2-3 eggs, well beaten
1 tablespoon ground almonds
1 tablespoon rose water (optional)
pinch nutmeg and cardamom powders

Boil the milk and sugar together over a low heat till the quantity has been reduced to half. Allow to cool, and add the well beaten eggs. Add the almonds and rose water. Put the custard into a buttered pie dish and sprinkle with nutmeg and cardamom powders. Preheat the oven to very moderate (335°F. of Gas Mark 3). Place the dish in a pan containing 1 inch of cold water. Bake for 45 minutes or 1 hour till the custard is set.


© Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968 English text © The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd. 1968

Kofta Curry

Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 25-30 minutes
To serve 4

You will need
Koftas:
1 dessertspoon mint leaves
1 medium-sized onion
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 lb. finely minced meat
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon clove powder
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder

Curry:
1-inch piece fresh ginger
1 tomato
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/4 pint (U.S. 5/8 cup) water
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1 medium-sized onion
2 oz. cooking fat
1 pint (U.S. 2 1/2 cups) yoghurt
1 dessertspoon coriander powder

Chop the mint finely. Chop the onion and garlic. Put the mince in a bowl with the mint, chopped garlic and onion. Mix and add the salt, chilli, clove and ginger powders. Make into balls the size of a large walnut. Scrap the ginger and chop very finely. Chop the toamto coarsely, crush the garlic and add to the water and ginger powder. Slice the onion finely. Heat the fat and fry onions till cream coloured. Add the tomato, yoghurt and coriander powder and simmer for 15 minutes. Now add the garlic water and simmer for 5 minutes and add the meat balls. Cover and cook gently till the meat is cooked. If more gravy is required add 1/4 pint (U.S. 5/8 cup) hot water and simmer for 5 minutes more. Serve with rice.


© Shufunotomo Col, Ltd., Japan 1968 English text © The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd. 1968

Vermicelli Kheer and Carrot Halva

Vermicelli kheer

Preparation time: 8 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
To serve: 4

You will need

4 oz. fine vermicelli
2 pins (U.S. 5 cups) milk
4 oz. sugar
1 oz. butter
1 oz. raisins
1 oz. blanched almonds
pinch cardamom powder

In a dry frying pan, roast the vermicelli carefully till lightly browned. Add vermicelli to the milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil steadily until the vermicelli is tender, then add the sugar and remove from the heat when the sugar has dissolved. Heat the butter and fry the raisins and blanched almonds and add to saucepan. Put into a serving dish. Sprinkle with cardamom powder. Serve hot or cold.

Carrot halva

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes
To serve: 4

You will need

2 oz. almonds
1 oz. raisins
few strands saffron
2 teaspoons warm water
1 lb. carrots
2 pins (U.S. 5 cups) milk
8 oz. sugar
2 oz. butter
seeds 2 green cardamoms (optional)

Blanch and slice almonds finely. Wash and dry the raisins. Soak saffron in water. Grate the carrots as finely as possible. Bring the milk to the boil and add the grated carrots. Simmer, stirring occasionally, and cook till the contents of the pan are very thick and creamy. Add the sugar and the raisins and cook till mixture is very thick. Add the butter and saffron and continue cooking till the halva is a rich golden colour. Put in a dish and sprinkle with the sliced almonds. Serve cold. The seeds of two green cardamoms may be coarsely ground and sprinkled over the halva.


©Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968 English text © The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd. 1968

Meat Yakhini Pulao

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 40 minutes
To serve: 6-8

You will need

2 lb. meat
2 large onions, finely sliced
2 bay leaves
4 peppercorns
4 cloves
1 stick cinnamon
3 pints (U.S. 7 1/2 cups) water
salt to taste
4 oz. butter
2 oz. almonds
1 lb. rice
2 oz. raisins
pinch saffron (optional)
1 teaspoon milk

Cut the meat into 2-inch pieces. Put half the sliced onions, the meat, and spices tied in a muslin cloth (bay leaves, peppercorns, cloves and cinnamon) in a saucepan with the water and bring to the boil. Simmer gently until the meat is tender. Add salt to taste. Lift the meat from the liquid, remove muslin and spices, and keep aside. Strain the liquid reserving 2 pints (U.S. 5 cups). If not 2 pints, add water to make it up to this quantity. In a large saucepan heat the butter and fry the rest of the sliced onions and almonds a golden brown. Take out and keep warm. Put the mean in the hot fat and fry gently till the meat is dry. Remove meat to a plate. In the same fat fry the rice for 5 minutes, add the raisins and fry for another minute. Now add the 2 pints (U.S. 5 cups) stock and bring to a boil. Simmer, covered, till water is absorbed. Turn into a fireproof dish, add the meat and saffron soaked in the milk, cover, and put in a slow oven (290° F. or Gas Mark 1) for 20 minutes till rice is cooked. Serve garnished with fried onions and almonds.


© Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968 English text © The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd. 1968

Curried Cottage Cheese Salad/Tomato Bhurtha

Preparation time about 1 hour 10 minutes
To serve 4

You will need
4 oz. onions
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
4 tablespoons hot milk
1/2 green pepper
6 sprigs green coriander or watercress leaves
8 oz. cottage cheese
lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Peel and slice onions very thinly crosswise. Sprinkle with the salt. Let stand for 30 minutes, then pour cold water over and drain well. Soak the coconut in hot milk and let stand for 30 minutes. Drain. Chop the green pepper and coriander or watercress leaves coarsely. Mix all the ingredients together and stir well. Set aside for 30 minutes after mixing. Serve cold with rice and curry.

Tomato Bhurtha

Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 5 minutes
To serve 4

You will need
4 ripe tomatoes
1 large onion
2 or 3 green chillis
salt and sugar to taste

Scald tomatoes in boiling water. Remove skins and mash with a fork, removing the hard parts. Chope the onion and the chillis very finely and mix with the tomatoes. Add salt and sugar to taste. Serve with rice and curry.


© Shufunotomo Col, Ltd., Japan 1968 English text © The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd. 1968

Baked Spiced Eggs


Preparation time: 7 minutes
Cooking time: 38-40 minutes
To serve: 4

You will need
2 large onions
2 cloves garlic (optional)
1 small bunch fresh coriander leaves or watercress
1/4 green pepper
1 tablespoon vinegar or Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
2 oz. cooking fat
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon cummin [Sic] powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Thinly slice the onions. Finely chop the garlic, coriander leaves and green pepper. Mix the vinegar or Worcestershire sauce, and sugar. Fry the onions lightly in the cooking fat, until soft. Add the garlic, green pepper and coriander leaves to the onions. Fry for 3 minutes, stirring all the time. Beat the eggs and add to the onions in the pan. Add cummin [Sic] powder. Remove from the heat and pour in vinegar and salt. Stir the mixture well. Pour into an ovenproof dish and put in pre-heated moderate oven (350°F. or Gas Mark 4) to set. It should take about 30 minutes to set.


© Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968 English text © The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd. 1968