Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Granny's Fish Vindaloo Recipe

Tuna Vindaloo
The name Vindaloo is derived from the Portuguese dish "Carne de Vinha d’Alhos", which is pork with wine and garlic. While that's the original version, in this Indian version of vindaloo recipe, wine is substituted by vinegar and chilies.

My late grand mother, Lydia Gomez (father's side) made lip-smacking pork and fish vindaloo. At that time I always waited for her fish vindaloo ( tuna). One more thing, the fish vindaloo made in our family is different from the Goan Vindaloo recipe.

It's quite strange how few families in Trivandrum knows and make Vindaloo recipe, while most folks from Trivandrum are ignorant of such a side dish. I wonder who introduced this dish in my family, and where it came from?

Vindaloo is not supposed to contain aloo (potato). Instead, tomatoes is used. So, here's you'll find my grany's recipe.  Pls try this vindaloo recipe and share your thoughts in the comment box.

Ingredient for Fish Vindaloo
  • Tuna Fish               – 1 kg
  • Chili powder          – 5 tsp
  • Turmeric powder   – ½ tsp
  • Mustard powder     – 1 tsp
  • Whole Mustard       - 1 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 2 tbsp
  • Garlic chopped        - 4 pieces
  • Vinegar                    - 5 tbsp
  • Fenugreek powder – ½ tsp
  • Onion Chopped       - 1
  • Curry leaves            few
  • Oil as required
Preparation 
  1. Marinate fish with mustard powder, chillie powder, salt and vinegar
  2. Keep it for 30 minutes
  3. Take a meen chatti  pour oil and when hot add the whole mustard seeds, when it splutter add chopped onions and chopped garlic.
  4. Sauté till translucent now add fenugreek powder and ginger garlic paste and stir till the raw smell leaves.
  5. Now you can add the marinated fish and add ½ cup of water.
  6. Cover and cook for 5 mts then reduce the flame and cook again for another 5mts.
  7. Serve hot with boiled rice.
Fish Vindaloo - Served along with boiled rice
Also, check the pork vindaloo recipe.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Polly's Baked Chicken Mince

This baked chicken minced recipe is dedicated to my grand mom Polly Cruz. For me, she was one great cook and baker during her times.
Baked Chicken Minced

Since I spend my growing years away from her, I could learn very little from her. Still I managed to pick few tips and recipes from her.

I count my blessings often that I was allowed to watch over her shoulder as she stirred, sliced and added a pinch of this or that.

Amma (we used to call our grand mom ) had whipped up multi-course meals featuring real-deal of Malaysian style cooking in her 60's, with many of her recipes being passed on to us kids as oral renditions that often contained the phrase, "just eyeball it".

Amma wasn't big on measuring, and never did I ever see her crack open a cookbook, wished I could have learned much more from her.




This Baked Chicken Mince is one the recipe I have picked up from her and loved it like crazy, loved the crunchy crispy taste on the top and the moist softness inside. It is made almost like a Plum Cake.

Love you Amma for giving this recipe and wish she was around to guide me in my baking and cooking.

Ingredients used in this recipe: Maida, Butter, Spices, Eggs, Chicken Mince, Onion, Tomato, Potatoes, Coriander leaves.

This is best served in high tea.

The Greatest Gift

The greatest gift you can give to someone is your TIME.

I just love teaching and sharing my knowledge to others. And today I got a surprise gift from one of my student. She just walked in with a box of chocolates she made and I could say it made my day.



Garima, she had attended my basic chocolate classes. Being a very creative person, she is into cooking, baking, candle making and is a yoga teacher. I wonder how she finds time for all these after managing two young sons.


She recently started a startup venture called 'Chocolati, which specializes in gourmet chocolates. This Diwali seasons she sold around 300-400 chocolates this season.



So happy for her new venture and wishing her all the best in this journey of living her passion  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trivandrum Cake baking and Cooking Class - 15th to 19th Oct 2014

On each visit to Trivandrum , I teach around 20-30 students who keep coming back month after month. Thanks to all the students who had turned up for my classes, a very big hug to them 
Attending these classes has even spurred them on to start their own baking ventures!!!! So happy to hear their baking stories.
Last week classes include recipes for Breads, Briyanis, Chocolates, Plum cake, cupcakes, Black forest Cakes and Buttercream icing.
If you’d like to come and learn to bake with me, please get in touch with me to know about future classes at Cake Baking Class Trivandrum
Chocolate making class

Bread making session

Christmas cake mixing session

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

French Macaron Classes at Bangalore, Trivandrum and Hyderabad

Three-hour French Macaron Class focuses on the creation from start to finish of these elegant and colorful pasteries.

Students are divided into groups and work through the steps from dry ingredients, to creating the batter, to piping, and then finish with a box of beautiful macarons for you to take home with you!

Limited Seats - Contact Marina at 09379398865
Date - 17th October 2014 10am
Location :- Poonthi Road, Kumarapuram, Trivandrum


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cake Baking and Icing Workshop at Hyderabad

I live in Bangalore, I go for my classes to Trivandrum and Hyderabad, and I always say, 'There's no place like Hyderabad. It's the most exciting city I have lived till now. That's the way it is. That's it.
Another Baking and Icing session at Hyderabad on 27th and 28th Sept 2014 at Hotel Baseraa, Secunderabad.
Love this City because it has always helped me grow, A very big thanks to all the Students who had turned up for the class. 
Menna's Cake Baking Classes Hyderabad