Chelo Kebab

‘Chelo Kebab’ consists of Rice or ‘Chelo’ and Kebabs or grilled meat. It is considered as the ‘national dish of Iran’. A butter flavoured rice is accompanied with ‘cubed chicken tikka’, ‘minced mutton seekh kebab’, poached egg, grilled tomato and a scoop of butter.

Few famous restaurants in Kolkata make this dish popular to all Kolkatans. Thus it becomes a worth having dish during our visit in Kolkata. If you are not willing to have a spicy mutton or chicken gravy still want to have the meat then this dish can be one of your top choices. Again rice fulfills the carbohydrate need of this protein rich dish which presents a complete meal to you.

Chelo Kebab

Chelo Kebab

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Afghani Tandoori Chicken

Delhi is heaven for Tandoori lovers. Almost in every corner of this city you will find small shops of tandoors with plenty of veg and non veg options. From the small glass windows you can see hanging marinated chicken or paneer or other marinated stuffs which are ready to be baked in a large charcoal clay oven. Any of these grilled items coming right from the oven can be your first choice as dinner in the chilled nights of Delhi’s winter.

Besides that, restaurants are also available with plenty of options. Whenever we wish to have something in tandoor we usually order for Afghani Tandoori Chicken. The most I like about the white coated tandoori chicken with the burnt brown edges is its tenderness. As it remains marinated in fresh cream, the flavour of malai gets soaked with the chicken pieces getting soft and tender. This post is my hands on the Afghani chicken prepared in the oven which you can try too without much trouble. Although you may miss the smell of charcoal in this recipe, it’s still worth of trying.

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Baked Salmon

Salmon is a widely popular fish in Europe, used in various dishes, with pastas, risottos and even in salads. However the best one can do with the Salmon is to bake it. The fleshy baked fish with fat between the layers make it simply outrageous. However, it has its fare share of protein as well. It also contains omega-3 fatty acid and vitamin D which is beneficial for health. I was so fond of this fish that I used to prepare it often during my stay in Europe. However, mostly I used to give it Bengali treatments, few of which I have shared with you in the form of Doi Mach (Salmon in yogurt gravy), Salmon macher paturi (Salmon smoked in banana leaf). This time, I share with you the baked version of Salmon which is nevertheless super delicious and very easy to prepare. Hope you will like it.

Baked Salmon

Baked Salmon

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Chicken Tandoori

Chicken Tandoori is a very popular dish in Indian subcontinent. Chicken, marinated with yogurt and some spices, is generally roasted in a traditional cylindrical clay oven, called tandoor and thus inherited the name. It can be obviously prepared on barbeque grills. But I chose the electric oven for this recipe as I didn’t have either ‘tandoor’ or barbeque grill.

Chicken Tandoori

Chicken Tandoori

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Grilled Pork with Potato

Grilled meat, although easy to cook yet gives a tempting end product. In India “Tandoori Chicken”, “Chicken Tikka”, “Shik Kabab” are very popular grilled meat dishes and our favourite too. Since I am writing my first grilled meat recipe, it should have been one of those. But last night we had our dinner with grilled pork which I loved so much that I can’t resist myself from sharing its recipe with you. One of our Assamese friends cooks pork curry very well but I never dared to try my hand into it, though I grilled pork quite a few times before.

In Europe it is hard to get any curry dish with meat. In popular restaurants we generally get different grilled meat with varieties of delicious sauces. I also bought a book on grilling but till now didn’t try any recipe from it as most of them require ingredients not really known to me. So without giving much effort to find them, I made this dish completely in Indian way. This recipe goes well with any kind of meat. It requires a handful common ingredients and you can make it any time. So whenever you wish to have grilled meat, there is no need to rush to a restaurant, you can make it at your kitchen. 🙂

Grilled Pork with Potato

Grilled Pork with Potato

Ingredients to serve 2 :

For Grilled Pork :

  1. Pork fillet – 2
  2. Plain yogurt – 3 tbspoon
  3. Ginger paste – 1 tbspoon
  4. Garlic paste – ½ tbspoon
  5. Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  6. Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Oil – 2 tbspoon (I used olive oil)

For Baked Potato :

  1. Potato – 2
  2. Olive oil – 1½ tbspoon
  3. Crushed black pepper – 1 tbspoon
  4. Salt to taste

Procedure :

Grilled Pork :

Marinate the pork fillet with ginger & garlic paste, yogurt, red chilli powder, black pepper powder, salt and 1 tbspoon of oil for at least 2 hours.

Now preheat your oven at 250ºC.

Put an aluminum sheet on your grill tray and grease with oil. Place the marinated pork fillets on it and grill them in oven. When all the liquid dries out during grilling, take the tray out, brush both sides of the fillets with remaining 1 tbspoon of oil and again put them back to the oven. Grill the meat till it is completely cooked with its colour turning brown. In my case the grilling time was 1 hour as I only have a small OTG. The time may vary according to your oven capacity.

Now you are ready to serve soft, juicy yet crispy grilled pork.

Baked Potato :

Peel and cut the potatoes into thin round slices. Wash them well and boil in salty water till they get cooked.

Place an aluminum sheet on your baking tray and grease with ½ tbspoon of oil. Now spread the boiled potatoes over it, drizzle with remaining oil and sprinkle over crushed pepper and salt (if needed).

Now bake them in preheated oven (at 200ºC) till they turn crispy.

Enjoy with a glass of chilled beer 🙂

Note :

  1. Grilled meat is best prepared on griller instead of oven. So use that if you have one.
  2. Meat with little fat is most suitable for grilling than the one without. The melt fat on the meat makes it even juicier.
  3. You can try the same recipe with different kinds of meat. The time of grilling differs then too.