Grilled Prawns In Recheado Masala

It was just a regular weekend. As usual hubby went to the local mall to get fish. He came back with some mackerels, sardines and tiger prawns. Always wanted to try recheado masala and this time I thought that it is a perfect opportunity to make recheado prawns. Also I want to experiment again with my HamiltonBeach India OTG with I received from BlogAdda. Grilling prawns on skewers was easy and they tasted yummy too. So read the recipe and try this yet another authentic Goan recipe.

When hubby comes home with loads of fish my little one gets happy. She just loves fish.. actually we all love fish. Goans by heart and soul, we love fish. In Bangalore, though the fish is not that fresh, they nicely clean and cut the fish as requested by us. I still don't know to cut and clean fish. I only know how to clean prawns.

Without a second thought I made sardines curry and rice. Hubby told me to make stuffed mackerel. But this time I thought I shall give a try to the recheado masala. The ingredients and procedure is are listed below. This masala can be stored in the fridge for upto a week. You can use it for your stuffing into mackerel or pomfret, or make curry with it or even make grilled prawns like how I made today. You can even use this masala for marinating chicken and then grill it. Whatever you make with this masala, it will be yumm...

Prep. Time:30 Min's, Makes 10

For marinating the prawns:
10 Prawns
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilly powder
1/4 tsp salt

For the masala:
8 dry red chilies
10 garlic cloves
2 cloves
1 tbsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp black pepper powder
1 marble sized ball of tamarind
1/4 tsp sugar
4 fenugreek/methi seeds
1/2 cup chopped onion
A pinch of salt
1/2 cup vinegar for grinding

1 tbsp olive oil/any edible oil for brushing the prawns


Marinate the prawns by applying the masala mentioned above for marination and leave in the freezer for 20 Min's.

First dry grind the above mentioned masala without adding vinegar first.
Then add 4 tbsp vinegar and again grind to a thick paste.
Add more vinegar to grind into a think paste.
Paste should be smooth but thick as shown below.
It should be thicker than ketchup. You should be able to apply it to the prawns and fish.

Apply the recheado masala to the prawns on both sides and put the prawns on skewers.

Pre-heat the oven in convection mode for 5 Min's at 180C.
Brush the prawns with olive oil.

Grill the prawns for 10 Min's. After 10 Min's flip to the other side, again brush with olive oil and grill for another 10 Min's.

Note: You can use any edible oil for brushing. I prefer olive oil.
Serve with lemon.
Tastes best when it is hot.
Recheado Masala can be stored in airtight container in refrigerator for upto a week.
Apply it to prawns, fish or chicken and enjoy the authentic Goan taste.

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My Pillar Of Strength, My Source Of Motivation, My First Expert - My Mother

When a child is born, a mother is also born. The mother takes care of child’s every need. Right from feeding the child to changing nappies to putting them to bed, the mother sacrifices her sleep, her every need and completely devotes herself to the upbringing and to the welfare of her child. She teaches her child to walk, to talk and brings up the child by giving good moral values. A child’s first word is “Maa” or mother.

For every child, their first “hero” is their Mom and similarly for me. My mother is the pillar who keeps me strong. I am myself a mother to a little one. I work whole day in an IT company, I myself cook food, take care of my house, maintain a food blog and still take care of my kid. At times I feel like quitting my job as I get worn out at the end of the day. But it is my mother who keeps on motivating to continue and never to loose in life.

Right from my childhood my mother was my expert, my role model. Whenever I had problems in school, my mother would rush and come and complain to my teachers about the problems that I am facing. I was a shy girl and I would never complain. My mother always wanted me to top the class. She wanted me to excel in my education and I never let her down.

During my school days my mother would take part in cooking competitions in the town and win prizes. That was a big motivation. I learnt to cook from my mother and I too wanted to win prizes in cooking competitions like her. Now my mother feels proud when others talk to her about my cooking skills. 

When I wanted to go for higher studies, it was my mother who accompanied me to the entrance exam halls. My father would be busy with the business, but my mother would never leave me alone. She used to sit outside the classes and wait for me to write my exam. Just by looking at my face she knew how I wrote the paper. If I came out smiling means she too would be happy. Not just higher studies, but during my school days, my Mom used to accompany me to various competitions like dancing and painting which were being held in faraway places so that my stage fear would go away. I mean she was always there with me in every stage of my life.

If she ever found someone eve-teasing me, she would just catch that person and spank him up. I remember once during my college days, I was waiting for a bus just outside my home. Since it used to be very hot in Goa, I used to wear a cap. There was a guy passing by on his bicycle. He started teasing me and asking for my cap. I felt very uncomfortable. Just then behind my Mom came with a big stick screaming “Hey you, You want cap?  Come here, I’ll give you, I have lots of them”. The guy got scared and fled away. I myself never knew that mom was hiding behind in the garden and secretly keeping an eye on me. She saved me every now and then.

During my first job, she used to wait for me at the bus stop in the evenings to accompany me home. If my bus ever got late, she used to get scared and wonder what happened to me. There were no mobile phones that time for me to inform that I would be late nor for her to call back and inquire about the timings. All that she would do was wait for me.

When my little child was born, it was my mother who was beside me like a pillar. My little newborn was admitted to NICU soon after birth and it was my mother who stayed back in the hospital with me for full 10 days to give me company while I took care of my kid. She never left me alone and was always with me like an angel. They say that God cannot be everywhere, so he made mothers. I am also a mother, but my mother will always be special to me. She is my God!

Now my mother is grown old. Along with age, she has got lots of health problems. Apart from being diabetic, she is a heart patient too and has undergone angioplasty and has 3 stents. She is not like before. Her hair has greyed and has become scanty. She cannot cook like before. But all her skills are now in me. I too protect my kid, just like how she protected me. Only a mother knows about a mothers love.

In my childhood, my Mom used to apply Godrej hair dye and I used to laugh. She used to just tear the satchet, pour the powder in a bowl, add some water, take a brush and apply it by herself to her hair. Now my mother applies Godrej hair colour to my hair as my hair has started greying prematurely. She wants me to look beautiful. In turn, I apply it to her hair because I want my mother to look young and to live with me forever. I also know now how much painful it is to apply it for ones own hair. It's so much fun to have a best friend who is our own mother. We can confide anything in her and we can be 100% sure that she will never leak our secrets.

Before having a kid myself, I used to feel that my mother was over-protective. At times I used to scold her for doing that. But now I think that my mother is my best friend, my first and the best expert.

It’s true that no one loves and cares as much as a mother does. I love you Mom. I hope you read this post by connecting your new smartphone to Wi-Fi. Do you remember the poem I had written for you on your 50th birthday in my childhood? I am sure you do, If not, I shall remind you the first few lines…

 Early in the morning I see her face,
Just when she goes to start her cooking race…
I like the way she cooks,
Specially when I sit with my books.

The aroma of the food in your kitchen makes me hungry,
… And I go and hug my yummy mummy J

Love you Mumma, I want you to live forever and ever :* 

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Mango Recipes

Now is the season of Mangoes and I am sure you all are cooking with lots of mangoes. Some of you are even experimenting new dishes with mangos. I am sure some recipes from here with mangoes will inspire you to try some more. Click this link to get the mango recipes from my blog. Enjoy the Mango Mania in the season of mangoes :)

Markets in Goa are flooded with mangos and due to the demand people are charging between Rs.400/- and Rs.500/- per dozen of "Manqueraad" Mangoes. "Manqueraad" is a very good quality of mango and taste is even better than Alphonso Mango. The bigger the size of mango, the higher is the cost per dozen. 

Picture below shows a local lady in Goa selling mangoes on the road near Margao Muncipality.

There are some nice recipes to be made with mangoes at my blog here. Simply click on the following link to get some nice mango recipes

Enjoy the mango recipes before the season ends.

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3-In-1 Savings On Online Shopping Deals, Discounts And Cashback

I have come across an online shopping site named dealsncashback which gives the advantage of 3-in-1 savings. Here you can compare prices, find some free coupons and get extra cashback. It helps the users find great deals offered by famous retailers and earn cashback on their eligible online purchases. The site helps customers find good deals and save money when they shop online. User satisfaction is their top priority and they make every effort to ensure that offer details are accurate and they work.

When you land on the website you see a search box, a signup and login tab. You can sign up to receive emails on the exciting deals and coupons. Below this you can find 3 tabs namely Products Price, Shopping Offers and Cashback Stores

Click on Products Price and you will see a list of products categories like Mobiles, Tablets, Laptops, Desktops, Computer accessories, Computer components, Networking, Cameras, Kitchen appliances, etc. Click on any of these categories to get the pricings for every product in that category. For eg. In kitchen appliances category and you can find microwave ovens, juicer mixer grinders, electric cookers, food processors, hand blenders, etc. Click on hand blenders and you can find the hand blenders at lowest price with discount and cashback offers in India. Best prices are obtained from top online retailers in India like Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal. Here you can sort on price - discount, high rice and low price. On the right hand side of the page you can refine the search by adding filters according to the company brand, price, discount % and price lists. For eg. I searched on brand Hamilton Beach and found the following varieties of products. I clicked on Hamilton beach hand blender and it took me to the page from where I can do the purchase. You can see the list of sellers in this case Flipkart. Click buy now, then login and make purchases through Flipkart.

The Shopping Offers tab has offers by category, by discount % range, by discount range amount. You can also find Offers by retailers. Click on food and drink and find all the discount coupons and also see the cashback that you are eligible to receive. For eg. Foodpanda gives you Flat 50% Off on All Orders Maximum Discount of Rs. 200 + Upto Rs. 80 Cashback. There are some rules here to get the cashback.
  • -          Before you visit retailer web site, you need to login to your dealsncashback account to earn cashback on your purchases at retailer web sites. If you do not have dealsncashback account, you can register for free.
  • -          Complete your transaction at retailer web site in the same browser session and don't visit other web sites during your transaction as visiting other web sites in the same browser window may cause your orders to be not eligible for cashback.
  • -          Qualifying transactions will be tracked and cashback earnings will be credited to your account on dealsncashback website after retailer confirms your transaction and pays us commission. The entire process may take up to 90 days depending on retailers order cancellation and return policy.
  • -          You will not get Cashback on cancelled or returned purchases.

The 3rd tab is the Cashback Stores tab. This tab provides you a list of all the stores that gives cashback. Here too there are lot of categories. Select the one of your choice. I selected Kitchen And Dining and I came across all the stores which provide cashback like provides upto Rs.20/- cashback.

So isn’t it a nice thing to shop whatever you like at your own convenience and get not only discounts but also cashback? This is the reason why I prefer online shopping. 

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Bharwan Karela | Stuffed Bitter Gourds

When the hubby cooks something, yes it has to turn delicious. Today I have the recipe of stuffed bitter gourd or "bharwan karela" and it is prepared by my hubby. Yes! Believe me. He loves bitter gourd and he made this recipe so that I too start liking bitter gourd.

 He got these special organic baby karelas and he even decided what to cook with them. He had planned the entire recipe when he bought the ingredients itself.

The recipe is a bit lengthy but if followed properly it will turn delicious. My hubby took all the pains to compose the recipe and send it to me. He is a very good cook and the main person who taught me to cook. I just helped him with the ingredients and with the chopping of onions and tomatoes. He even took my camera and clicked some pictures. Actually it was team work as both of us were involved in cooking the recipe. We both clicked pictures and hubby even tried doing some food styling. It is really nice to have similar passion.

My little one found this mortar-pestle and started grinding some masalas. She said that she too will help us by grinding the masalas. It was fun at home. I remember, in my childhood even I used to get fascinated by these toys. My little one too loves these toys. When she plays with them she makes her mini kitchen.

Guess what I loved the dish and I did not feel that the bitter gourd was bitter in taste. It was tangy, spicy and slightly bitter. But the flavors complemented well and the dish was a huge success. .. and who says that guys can't cook? They are the best chefs in the world. Indeed my hubby is one of them.
Also check this recipe of rava fried bitter gourd which was shared with my hubby last time when he had been to US. He made it there and shared it with me from there.

4-6 small sized baby bitter gourds
1/2 cup edible vegetable oil
1 tbsp kasuri methi
2 large onions finely chopped
6 garlic cloves
3 large tomatoes finely chopped 
1 tbsp tomato sauce
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
3 red chilies
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
Salt to taste
A pinch of tamarind (optional)

Wash the bitter gourds. Slice the tips on both the sides.
Slit them lengthwise leaving one cm from top and bottom ends. Make sure that the slit is shallow enough such that the two halves do not separate. With a spoon carefully remove the seeds.

Take couple of cups of water in a vessel. Add 1 tablespoon of salt to it. Mix to dissolve salt. Put the bittergourds in this salt water and boil. After the water starts boiling, keep it on a simmer till the gourds’ skin gets soft. Drain the water and allow them to cool down.

Heat the oil in a separate skillet/pan on a low flame. When oil becomes hot, add cumin seeds and coriander seeds.
After they splutter, add garlic and onion.
Stir fry until the onion turns golden brown. Add chopped tomatoes and fry till they become mushy.
Add the red chillies, turmeric powder and kasuri methi.

After some time, add tomato sauce. Keep stirring so that the mixture does not get stuck to the pan. Add salt to taste. After 2-3 minutes, turn off the flame and allow the pan to cool down.

Take the mixture into a mixer and grind it into a coarse paste. Do not add water while grinding. Add chili powder and salt if required.

Carefully, fill the bitter gourds’ with this paste through the slits. After this is done, tie a thread around the bitter gourds so that the paste does not come out.

In a frying pan, add 5 table spoons of oil. Add the gourds and shallow fry till the skin turns a little brown. Turn off the flame.

After the bitter gourds cool down, carefully remove the threads. Use the remaining paste as a gravy around the bitter gourds.

Garnish with coriander leaves. 

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