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British Cuisine – A Culinary Experience for Your Tastebuds .

Britain offers a vast range of cuisines, while some are borrowed, others dishes are very popular for being a part of the authentic British cuisine. Previously, Britain cuisine did not hold the reputation it enjoys today in relation to Europe. It was disdained for offering banal flavors, soft vegetables, and watery meat, and the food wasn’t seen as appetizing. But luckily, there was a turnaround and the British cuisine was home to easy recipe foods, substantial flavors, simple ingredients, best beef, the sea of salt, and a great variety of teas.

What’s more, is the concept of having four meals a day is quite prevalent in British Cuisine. You’d get to see a variety of different dishes, with easy recipes for you to follow, especially if you are a fan of budget cooking. Depending on the time of day, you can take dinner ideas, or breakfast recipes from British cuisine, and perfectly replicate the recipe with just a few ingredients. 

Typical British Cuisine – 5 Meals You Can Make

Interested in trying out something new? Cooking at home recipes of British cuisine can be a great option for you, especially if you enjoy beef recipes, lamb, pork, protein recipe, fresh veggies, and budget cooking options. Many traditional British meals come from deep historic origins, such as cheese, game pies, meat and bread, boiled vegetables, soups, saltwater fish, and more. Here are 5 dishes you can try when you’re on the look for dinner recipes, breakfast ideas, or just something different. 

  • Fish and Chips with Mushy Peas

The local favorite, fish, and chips are easily an all-time favorite and have a quick and easy recipe – making it an all-time favorite. Fish and chips is a top recipe for new cooks and is a budget friendly meal that is also flavorful. Mushy peas are boiled, mashed, seasoned, and paired with lemon zest and butter – served with fresh and crispy fish and chips. 

The fish fillet is puffy, fried till golden brown in seasoned battered after being coated multiple times. The famous budget friendly dish originated in England, with the two main components belonging from immigrant cultures combined to create an exceptional British cuisine experience. 

  • Shepherd’s Pie

Looking for a classic British meal for your dinner recipe? Look no further! Try making Shepherd’s Pie, an all-time favorite dish that originated from Scotland. Shepherd’s Pie is made from minced lamb and a combination of potatoes but is also prepared using beef and then referred to as Cottage Pie. Your meal recipes for dinner cookbook should contain the traditional recipe for Shepherd’s Pie. 

The British comfort food has multiple nutrients and combinations. Starting with ground lamb, vegetables, and Guinness for better flavors, covered with fluffy and buttered mashed potatoes, then baked to perfection. Try the heart of British cuisine at your home today!

  • The Full English Breakfast

We’re sure you must have heard of the fry up or the full English breakfast? The hefty breakfast plate has pretty much everything you will need to get through the day and doubles as a great breakfast recipe. The fry up is a vast platter that has eggs, bacon, kidney beans, fried bread, sausages, potatoes, vegetables, mushrooms, and even more. 

Depending on how you like it, you can customize this British cuisine dish to your liking. The full English breakfast is a great way to start your day and is one of the easy recipe foods that can be prepared without any hassle by new cooks and professionals alike. 

  • Cream Tea/Afternoon Tea

In the mood to try something different? Britain’s famous tea ritual could easily be your cup of tea. What started in the early 1840s, quickly became the new norm and evolved into a mini meal that happens before dinner. If you’re on the look for easy cooking at home recipes, or snack recipes, afternoon tea could be your thing. 

It is a simple easy to make meal composed of sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, sweet pastries, and cakes – not to forget the pot of tea! You can also make variations of this British cuisine by going with either lemon or milk tea or wheat, milk, multigrain bread. Paired with either strawberry, raspberry, blackberry jam, or clotted cream on the scones.  

  • Yorkshire Pudding

A puffy, airy, mouthwatering pudding – but not really. Yorkshire Pudding may look like your average pudding, but it is entirely made of eggs, milk, fat, and flour, which is unlike most puddings you might have seen. This pudding can be a great meal recipe for dinner if you are a fan of eggy rich taste. 

The easy-to-make at-home recipe is a great English side dish, which can be quite versatile depending on how you like it. Pair this British Cuisine dish with breakfast, lunch, or dessert to mix and match it to your liking. You can make mushroom and brie stuffed Yorkshire puddings, double chocolate Yorkshire pudding, and breakfast Yorkshire puddings with bacon and fried eggs for a simple classic budget friendly meal.

The Perfect Lemon Chicken Recipe

I have three words for this Baked Lemon Chicken Recipe – Healthy, flavorful and easy! 

Lemon chicken… Even the name makes your mouth pool with water. This delicious Baked Lemon Chicken recipe will make for a luscious dinner with an underlying hint of tanginess – the perfect way to end your day. You can make this recipe ahead and enjoy it after a tiring day at work. Or maybe, you can enjoy it as a treat on the weekend. 

Garlic, herbs and lemon make this recipe, not just delicious but also nutritious and healthy. The best thing about this recipe is that it is quite simple to make. If you know how to make simple baked chicken, you can easily pull off this recipe. The carefully chosen ingredients are what jazz up this recipe. 

What Makes Our Lemon Chicken So Special? 

In order to jazz up this recipe, we use lemon in three different ways. First off, we will use fresh lemon juice to add a lemony, citrusy kick to this chicken. Secondly, we will also use the lemon zest for marinating the chicken. And, finally, we will garnish the dish with thin lemon slices, adding a burst of yellow to the dish. 

We will also a nuanced touch of garlic to our Lemon Chicken. We won’t just use freshly chopped garlic. We will also throw in a dash of garlic powder to add different layers of flavor to the recipe. 

The chicken is coated with a delicious layer of parmesan. When you fry the bake the chicken, the parmesan melts on the crispy crust of the chicken. As soon as you will take the first bite, your mouth will explode with a burst of flavors. Oh yum! 

And, the final secret of our Lemon Chicken is herbs. We add a lot of dried herbs to enhance the flavors and fragrance of this recipe. As soon as you will start preparing this recipe, the delectable wafts will spread in your entire home and tickle everyone’s olfactory bulbs, making them crave this luscious dish. 

What Tools Do You Need For This Recipe? 

First off, you will need a baking dish. If you do not have a baking dish at home, you can use any oven-proof dish. Also, you do not need a baking sheet because of the sauce. 

Secondly, you will need a grater for the lemon zest. If you have a squeezer or citrus juicer, it always comes in handy. But you can always squeeze the lemons with your hand. 

Lastly, it is always a good idea to use a meat thermometer, especially if you are not experienced in using your oven. This ensures that the meat is not undercooked. 

How to Make Lemon Chicken? 

This recipe takes just a few simple ingredients to get ready. First off, you will need to cut the chicken pieces. Make sure that you cut evenly so that it gets cooked evenly. Next, prepare the egg mixture. All you have to do is to add eggs, garlic, and the seasonings, and go whisk, whisk, whisk! Then, prepare the parmesan cheese and flour mixture to coat on the chicken. Once you have evenly coated the chicken with the egg and parmesan mixture, it’s time to cook. You can either bake the chicken in an oven or fry it on a hot skillet. Cook the chicken for about 5 minutes until the internal temperature is 165 degrees. 

For the Lemon Butter Sauce, sauté the garlic and butter. Once the garlic is sautéed, whisk the lemon juice, chicken broth and seasonings into it. Then, pour this Lemon Chicken sauce over the cooked chicken. 

A good tip is to drizzle this sauce just before serving so that it doesn’t get dried out. Also, if you want an extra tangy flavor, you can increase the lemon juice in this recipe. 

Garnish the dish with lemon wedges or thin slices after your drizzle the Lemon Chicken sauce. Also, add a splash of green with chopped coriander. 

Can You Make Lemon Chicken Ahead? 

Yes, you can do some prep ahead of time. You can marinate the chicken with the egg mixture and place it in the fridge. In fact, this marination helps the flavors emulsify better, making for a juicier and more tender chicken. 

What To Serve With Lemon Chicken? 

The options are unlimited. It’s a great idea to serve asparagus and zucchini with the chicken as they go well with the lemony flavors. If you are looking for a more filling dinner, you can also serve mashed or roasted potatoes with this perfect Lemon Chicken recipe. 

You can also cut the chicken into smaller pieces and use it for pasta. Fried rice is also a great option to serve with Lemon Chicken. Now you know what to serve with Lemon Chicken. 

Tips for Making the Perfect Lemon Chicken  

If you want to add another hue of fragrance to your recipe, throw in some extra black pepper and rosemary with the lemon juice when you make the sauce. The rosemary compliments lemon perfectly, creating a mouthwatering fragrance. 

Also, it is a good idea to marinate the chicken and leave it for some time so that the flavors merge together and the lemon tenderizes the chicken. 

If you feel that your chicken gets rubbery after cooking, try brining it with saltwater before you cook. Soak the chicken in saltwater for some time and rinse it before cooking it. This helps to make the chicken tender so that it doesn’t get rubbery after cooking.
A final tip is to always make the Lemon Chicken sauce in double so that you can serve it separately. You can also use it in other recipes!
Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • Lemon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 8 tbsp melted butter
  • ¼ cup chicken broth 

Method 

  1. Cut the chicken breaths and pat them dry with a towel. 
  2. Mix the egg, garlic, salt and pepper to make the egg mixture. 
  3. Coat the chicken with the egg mixture. 
  4. Cook or bake the chicken until the internal temperature is about 165 degrees. 
  5. Add butter, garlic and seasonings, chicken broth, and lemon juice in a saucepan and cook it to a boil. 
  6. Once the chicken is ready, drizzle the sauce over it. 
  7. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve immediately. 

How to Cook the Best Paneer Steak at Home?

How to Cook the Best Paneer Steak at Home?

Today, I am here with a recipe that will have you licking your fingers in delight. Paneer steak with sautéed vegetables is one of the Continental recipes that you cannot afford to miss out on. You will smack your lips in contentment as soon as you take the first bite of the panner steak. The succulent cottage cheese will melt on your tongue, making you moan in pleasure.
The best thing about this recipe is that it is quite easy to prepare and also economical. My favorite part aspect about this recipe is that you can play around with the flavors as much as you want.

Steak is always a special dish, whether you make it with chicken or cottage cheese. 

What to Serve with Paneer Steaks?
Paneer steak with sauteed vegetables is one of the best combinations ever. It is the perfect combo of flavors and nutrients. The delectable crunch of bell pepper with the soft bite of paneer steaks makes it just so delicious. The reds, yellows, and greens of the vegetables make the dish look great on the table. 

You can also serve your favorite dip or sauce with cottage cheese steaks to add a kick of flavor to the dish. Now you know what to serve with paneer steaks! 

How to Make Spicy Pepper Garlic Sauce for Your Paneer Steak? 

Now, let’s talk about the spicy part of the recipe. A spicy pepper garlic sauce adds a punch of flavor and takes the dish to the next level. To make the spicy pepper garlic sauce, all you have to do is mix a teaspoon of red chili flakes, half a teaspoon of black pepper, with half a teaspoon of garlic paste in a non-stick pan on medium heat. Then, mix two teaspoons of cornflour with water and add the garlic paste to it. Make sure that you mix the cornflour with the water first. Otherwise, it will get clumpy and won’t mix properly. 

If you want to give it a ketchup-y tinge, add two tablespoons of ketchup to the dip. Before you serve, sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves on the dip to add a burst of green to it. All done!

A tip to make the sauce even more yummy is to ground the chili and black pepper fresh. This will bring out more flavor to this dip. Also, do not make this dip ahead of time because it gets very thick. If you do want to store it for later, you can add some water to dilute the dip. 

You can drizzle the spicy pepper garlic sauce over the paneer steaks before serving. 

Tips for Making the Best Paneer Steak 

An amazing tip is to grill the paneer steak on a grill pan. The patterns of the grill pan get imprinted on the steak, making it look even more appetizing. 

The next tip is to add vegetables to your recipe. You can use anything from broccoli, zucchini, and corn to capsicum and carrots, and it will turn out amazing. If you serve the paneer steaks with broccoli, even your kids will love broccoli. If you want to get a little fancy, pierce the vegetables on skewers. This will give it a restraint-style look. You can serve the paneer steaks separately or add them to the bamboo skewers also. 

You can also mash the paneer and mix it with salt, pepper, coriander, garlic, etc. to make patties. If you are using this method, you can grill the patties for about 5 minutes and the paneer steak will be ready. Many people like their paneer steaks like this because the flavors get mixed together, making an even more delicious paneer steak. The crisp softness of the paneer steak patty will make you moan in delight. To make the paneer a little crispy on the outside, coat it with bread crumbs or crushed cornflakes. This will add a delectable crisp to the paneer. If you are using bread crumbs or cornflakes to coat the paneer, you can add a little more salt and pepper to balance the flavors. 

Also, before you place the paneer steaks on the grill, make sure that the skillet is smoking hot so that the cottage cheese steaks steak gets a little crispy. 

A useful tip is to not make these cottage cheese steaks in advance. This is because the paneer starts to get a little chewy if you keep it out for too long. The best way is to make them fresh so that the paneer stays soft and crispy. This makes for the best paneer steaks ever! 

Ingredients

For The Paneer Steak:

  • 125 grams cottage cheese
  • ¼ tsp salt or salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 Clove garlic
  • Refined Flour 1 tbsp
  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp mint leaves
  • 1 tsp green chilies, chopped
  • 2 slices cheese
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 1 yellow capsicum
  • 1 green capsicum

For The Rice:

  • 1 1/3 cup Basmati Rice Grains
  • 2 2/3 cups Water
  • 1 tbs Olive Oil
  • 4 tbs Butter
  • 2 tsp Finely Chopped Garlic
  • 1 tsp Sliced Jalapeno Pepper
  • 3/4 cup Sliced Zucchini
  • 1/4 cup Sweet Corn Kernels
  • 1 tsp Fresh Black Pepper Powder
  • 2 tsp Finely Chopped Celery Stalks
  • 1 tsp Chopped Parsley Leaves
  • To Taste Salt

Method

  1. Grind the mint leaves, coriander leaves, garlic and lemon juice. Add salt, red chili powder and olive oil to make a paste. 
  2. Cut the cottage cheese into thick slabs and sprinkle salt and red chili powder on each side. 
  3. Spread the paste on the cottage cheese. 
  4. Sprinkle some flour over the paste so that it sticks to the paneer steaks. 
  5. Drizzle some olive oil to grill them. 
  6. Add a dash of chili powder and salt to the chopped capsicums. 
  7. Sauté the capsicums for a few minutes. 
  8. Add chopped garlic and olive oil to the pan. Then, add zucchini slices and sauté them. 
  9. Add jalapeno peppers and corn to the pan. 
  10.  Once the vegetables are sautéed, add chopped parsley and seasonings to the mixture. 
  11.  Add the rice and toss it will. 
  12. Serve the sauteed vegetables and rice with a paneer steak and serve immediately. 

Here Is What You Need To Know About Indian Food Culture & Its Diversity

People of India are fond of cooking as it plays a vital role in their everyday life and festivals, religious and cultural events. In India, Food is cooked and decorated as a part of the everyday meal, consisting of various course dishes and side dishes. Indian food culture is rich with diverse dishes and cooking styles. 

The Food of India that we see in the present form has attained its shape after going through many changes. Due to this reason, North Indian food is quite different from South Indian food, while East Indian Food is totally unique from West Indian food. 

The primary reason behind the diversity of Indian Food is that it was greatly influenced by the neighbors, travelers, and rulers. Moreover, India’s unique geography and exciting history have also impacted the Food as well as overall eating habits of the people. 

History Of Indian Food, Culture & Traditions 

Having a detailed look at Indian history helps us understand how Indian Food is strongly related to culture and traditions. 

2000 BC 

In this era, India was a part of the Indus Valley Civilization that laid the foundation for the Ayurvedic cooking style. 

1000 BC 

It was the time when Aryans entered India and gave rise to the caste system. They devised different eating standards for the lower and upper class of society. 

600 BC 

In this era, Buddhism and Jainism dominated India. As a result, people started to follow the foods recommended by religious scholars. 

400 BC 

Around 400 BC, Greeks entered India and started living in various Indian regions. Their eating habits, culture as well as traditions also impacted the way Indian people live and eat. 

1200 -1500 AD  

In this Era, Portuguese people invaded India. Moreover, it also became home to Persian and other non-Indian Dynasties. All of them came up with their unique Food as well as traditional eating habits. 

1500-1800 AD 

Mughals dominated this area in this era. They were Muslims, and their favorite Food was meat. It was the time when various meat dishes became a part of Indian culture. 

 1800 – 1947 AD 

As we know, the British ruled India from 1857 to 1947, which gave rise to the popularity of British Anglo Indian cuisine, including tea. 

1948 and onwards 

In the late 20th century and the 21st century, significant foods that are a part of Indian culture today include rice and wheat as staple foods. 

However, this is not the end. Many varied accompaniments and desserts add deliciousness to family gatherings, functions, parties, and festivals.   

In-depth Details About Indian Classic Cuisine 

The major factor that distinguishes Indian Food from other foods is the use of spices. Indian Food does not rely only on a single spice; instead, different herbs are used to prepare various dishes. 

The best part about Indian spices is that they carry various medicinal as well as nutritional benefits. 

Here it is worth mentioning that spices are used very generously in Indian Food. In fact, spiciness is the major reason behind the immense popularity of Indian cuisine. 

Let’s study Indian food culture in various regions of India in detail. 

North Indian Food 

Indian food culture in North India comprises Kashmiri cuisines. An interesting thing about North Indian Food is that every dish revolves around rice. It is due to the reason that rice is the primary food that is found abundantly in the beautiful valley of Kashmir. 

In other words, rice is the principal Food of North Indian people. 

Let’s have a look at some other major food dishes of North India.  

  • One of the tastiest and delicious dishes of Indian Food is Saag. It is similar in appearance to other leafy green vegetables such as spinach and mustard greens. The Interesting part about it is that it is prevalent in Kashmir, but the people of all religions and areas of India and Pakistan equally love Saag. 
  • In some areas of North India, people are also fond of preparing chapatis with a variety of flours, including rice, wheat, and besan.  
  • It is a cultural norm of Kashmir people to cook various breads baked in tandoors or natural stoves on numerous occasions, including weddings, festivals, and religious celebrations. These chapatis have different names based on their unique recipes, including Tandoori, rumali, and naan, etc. 

All of the foods mentioned above of the north Indian region strongly reflect the Mughlai food. So we can say the people of Kashmir follow the cultural and traditional cooking styles of Mughlai foods. 

West Indian Food  

When we move from North to west, we find that the food trend slightly changes and converts into dessert cuisine. It is most commonly observed in the areas of Rajasthan and Gujarat, where people are used to preparing and eating various pickles, vegetable preserves (chutneys), and other similar food items.   

Each of these desserts comes up with a different flavor and unique taste, while spices also make them different from one another. 

In this region, people are more geared towards the use of pulses than the use of chicken or other meat-related dishes.

If you mainly study the classic food trends of the states like Goa and Maharashtra, you will know that people usually love the amalgamation of both Northern and Southern Food.  

So, we can see that people use rice and wheat to make chapati and add various desserts and pickles to their diet. The great benefit of using vegetable preserves and pickles is that you can always use them without keeping your vegetables fresh.

Moreover, they are a very delicious and unique addition to our daily meals. 

The use of pickles reveals the eating habits and lifestyles of Persian people and North Indian Dynasties. So the use of desserts dates back to almost 800 years.  

In Mumbai, dishes related to fish are ubiquitous, such as Mumbai prawn and pomfret. 

If we closely observe and examine the Food of Goa, we know that it is closely related to Portuguese Food. The cooking style recipes and the dishes of this region closely resemble the Portuguese dishes. Some of the examples of the dishes include duck baffad, egg molie, etc. 

East Indian Food 

Eastern dishes are very strongly influenced by Bengali food. Remember that Bengali Food comprises fish and rice as the major food items.

In Eastern India, the Assamese style of cooking is also very prominent and noticeable.  

The people of Bangladesh, as well as East India, have a strong inclination towards the use of fish for the preparation of a variety of dishes. 

The most common dish of Eastern India is “Hilsa,” in which fish is wrapped in the pumpkin leaf and then cooked. 

Various sweet dishes are also common in this region, including Sandesh, Cham Cham, and rose Gullahs.  

South Indian Food 

As the Southern region of India comprises coastal areas, fish, spices, and coconut are ubiquitous. Or we can say that almost all the dishes of the South Indian region have these components as the star ingredients. 

To further add characteristic spicy odor and sour flavor, people use tamarind in their coastal dishes. 

Andhra Pradesh and Kerala are the most prominent regions of South Asia where people are fond of adding chilies and spices to their Food. Some of the examples of these dishes are fish Moli, Dosas, and rice puttu.  

Puttu is a highly unique and exciting dish of South India consisting of glutinous rice powder. 

In short, when we compare all four Indian regions, we come to know that the most interesting area in terms of food culture is the Southern Indian region. 

Indian Food, culture, traditions and their role in community health

As we have seen that Indian cuisine changes from region to region, which is strong evidence that the people of India are ethnically different and live in the diverse subcontinent. 

However, they share some common food styles, such as spices as an integral part of their food and cooking. 

It is also said that India’s significant and integral part of food preparation resembles that of Indus Valley civilization. 

Final Verdict 

If you have ever eaten Indian food, you should know that herbs, vegetables, pulses, and legumes are the primary food components. Moreover, all the foods of Indian cuisine are equally delectable, aromatic, and favorable, which ensure health benefits and provide a highly delicious taste. 

Various spices that are used in the preparation of Food come up with nutritional benefits. 

In most areas where people use chilies excessively, the dishes are tasty, but they may cause stomach burning. However, the use of various drinks such as lassi makes it easy for people to digest spices and enjoy the improved taste of the dishes. 

 By the way, now that you have read about Indian food culture, does this discussion seem interesting to you? Which of the four Indian Food Traditions do you like the most? Have you ever enjoyed eating Indian Food? 

Let us know in the comment section below. 

Best Beef Kofta Recipe

Keywords

  • Authentic kofta recipe
  • How to Make the Best Koftas? 
  • Best Beef Koftas
  • Meatball

Best Beef Kofta Recipe

Kofta or Meatballs is a delectable recipe that you must try out. This is an authentic kofta recipe with the perfect blend of spices. The succulent koftas just melt in your mouth. The spices infused in them will make you feel hungrier. 

What is A Kofta? 

A kofta is a meatball. You can enjoy it with a delicious curry, that is made with onions, tomatoes and yogurt. You can also bake your koftas without the curry. 

How to Make the Best Koftas? 

First of all, fry the onions until they are golden brown. Then, add some water to the pot and mash the onions into a smooth paste. If you want, you can transfer the golden-brown onions to a blender to grind them. Once the onion paste is ready, add the ginger garlic paste and oil. Once these ingredients form a smooth waste, it’s time to add the onion paste, yogurt and seasonings. Cook the mixture for some time and add water if required. 

Then, mix all the seasonings with the beef. Once the beef mixture is ready, start rolling the koftas into golf ball-sized meatball. When you are rolling the meatball mixture into balls, use your fingers. Do not use a spoon or spatula as that can turn the mixture into an overworked meat paste. If the meatball mixture is sticking to your hands, you can grease your hands. In this way, the mixture won’t stick. Also, make sure that the meatballs are of the same size so that they cook evenly. If you are not sure about the size, you can use a cookie scoop to make sure that they are of the same size. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, you can pat the meatball mixture in a tray and cut it into even squares. Then, roll each square into a ball. 

If you feel that the meatball mixture is getting too dry or tough, you can add a bit of milk with the breadcrumbs and add it to the mixture. This will keep the meatballs moist and soft.  

Traditionally, koftas are deep-fried before transferring them to the curry. But, to keep this recipe healthy, I have skipped that step. If you want to add some extra flavor to the meatballs, consider browning them in the oven. To brown the meatballs, use a dark baking sheet and place the meatballs in the oven for 10 minutes. 

Once the meatballs are ready, transfer them to the pot. Rotate the pot so that the curry coats the koftas properly. Once the koftas are cooked in the sauce, you can dish them out. Garnish with green chilies and fresh coriander. If you want your koftas without the curry, you can simply bake the koftas. 

Now you know how to make the best beef koftas!

Tips and Tricks for Making the Best Beef Koftas

One of the most important things that you must remember is that there should be no excess moisture in the meat. Too much moisture can make the koftas break. If the beef is too watery, you can squeeze out the excess water and strain the beef. So, make sure that you dab the meat dry before you use it. If there is no moisture and the kofta mixture is still too soft, you can add some breadcrumbs to the mixture. The breadcrumbs also prevent the meatballs from shrinking. This is because they create a starchy paste that will not let the water squeeze out of the meatballs. If you do not add breadcrumbs, the meatballs tend to become dry, tough, and reduced in size. 

Another essential trick is to use full-fat ground beef instead of lean beef. The extra fat in the beef helps the meatballs bind.  

If you want to make your koftas soft and juicy, a helpful tip is to soak the bread with grated onion. This will make the read puff up when it’s cooking. This also adds a punch of onion flavor and fragrance to the koftas. 

Another tip is that you shouldn’t spoon the koftas to move them around when they are cooking. Otherwise, they will fall apart. If you want to move them, you can rotate the pot gently. 

You can also use minced chicken or mutton to make koftas. It’s also a good idea to use fresh meats (not previously frozen). The other herbs and spices should also be fresh for the best flavors and fragrances. 

If you like an extra tinge of garlic in your meatballs, feel free to add double the garlic. The garlicky kick with the spice makes the perfect combo. 

If you are making the koftas ahead of time, you can freeze them. Just cool them down and place them in a Ziplock bag. You can store them for up to a month. With this authentic kofta recipe, you can enjoy this traditional dish whenever you want! 

What to Serve with Koftas? 

Pakistanis and Indians usually enjoy koftas with chapattis or naans. You can also eat them with spaghetti or bread. If you plan to eat the koftas with spaghetti, you can also try adding cheese. This will make the flavor quite different from the traditional ones, but meat adds a lot of flavors to the meatballs. The options are unlimited!

If you want to get a little fancy, serve the kofta curry with boiled eggs. It adds a hearty flavor to the dish and makes it more satisfying. Baked potatoes also compliment koftas really well. 

Ingredients

  • 500 gm minced mutton
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 6 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 3 tablespoon yogurt (curd)
  • 3 crushed black cardamom
  • 3 pinches salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a pot and add chopped onions to it. Fry the onions until they are golden brown. 
  2. Grind the onions with a splash of water to make a smooth paste. Add ginger-garlic paste to the onions. 
  3. Add yogurt, salt, red chili powder, coriander powder and turmeric to the pot and cook. 
  4. Mix the meatball ingredients and roll the mixture into balls. 
  5. Cook the koftas in the pot with the curry. 
  6. Serve immediately. 

Traditional moroccan chicken tagine recipe .

Chicken tagine is a typical North African and especially Moroccan dish; the main ingredients are chicken, cooked with mixed vegetables, lemons, honey, and spices. It is a very popular dish with Moroccans, as it is served on holidays and weddings, also it is considered one of the main dishes in Ramadan. 

Moroccan Chicken Tagine Recipe: 

  • Meal course: Arabian food.
  • Meal type: Maghrib Traditional Food.
  • Meal difficulty: Medium.
  • Servings: For 6 People.
  • Total Time, preparation, and cooking: 1 hour, 25 minutes.

Ingredients: 

  • 4 chicken thighs.
  •  1 yellow pepper.
  •  2 onions.
  •  2  cloves garlic.
  •  1 zucchini.
  •  1 carrot.
  •  1 handful of black olives.
  •  1 red tomato.
  •  2 spoons of honey.
  •  2 TBSP Lemon juice.
  •  1 TBSP turmeric.
  • 1 TSP ground ginger.
  • Fresh cilantro.
  • Salt and black pepper.

Instructions:

  • In a Deep pan, over medium heat with the oil. Add the garlic cloves and sliced onions. Saute the onions over low heat. 
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and honey. At this point, brown the chicken for a few minutes and add the lemon juice. Add spices and cook over low heat.
  • Cut all the vegetables into small pieces and add them harmoniously to the chicken. Also, add the black olives. Salt and pepper.
  • Cover with the special extended lid and cook at 175 degrees for one hour.
  • Once ready, sprinkle with fresh cilantro or chopped fresh parsley.
Hot And Cold Middle Eastern Appetizers

Hot And Cold Middle Eastern Appetizers

The Middle Eastern kitchen is very generous, varied, and rich in flavors and colors, authentic with different flavors of spices. Its dishes with Mediterranean accents make us travel from tajines in couscous, for the most famous dishes, such as Khaliji Kubsa and Egyptian Kushari. 

And, don’t forget the sweets such as dates, baklavas, and honey cakes that are also part of the festivities and breaking the fast and shared with the family. So, let’s talk more about the hot and cold middle eastern appetizers.

About Middle Eastern Appetizers: 

Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, Iran, or even Palestine. These countries share many similarities in terms of gastronomy. You can draw from these different influences to receive your loved ones around a dinner that will make them travel in an atmosphere of a thousand and one night!

 It is customary in Eastern countries to start the meal with an assortment of appetizers to be shared among the guests. It is a varied and delicious hot or cold appetizer, cooked from vegetables or fruits. Each one draws in what he likes with a piece of bread for an atmosphere of sharing and authenticity! If dried fruits and olives are essential, we especially appreciate salads of cooked or raw vegetables that do not weigh down at the beginning of meals like the tabbouleh, the salad of carrots with cumin, the caviar of aubergines or peppers confit.

 The Oriental Sweets:

If Orientals like to finish their meal with fresh fruit, they don’t miss a nice tray of oriental pastries at tea or coffee time! Indeed, these sweets are so consistent and sweet that it is better to reserve them for snacks during the day. Full of fats, they are mostly based on dried fruits, honey, orange blossom water, and mild spices such as cinnamon. To mention only the best known, let’s talk about the horns of gazelles, the “makrout” with semolina and dates, or the delicious “baklava” made with filo pastry, crushed dried fruits, and honey syrup.

Middle Eastern Appetizers Examples:

  • TUNA AND POTATO BRICKS:

 Mix a drained can of tuna with 2 boiled potatoes, cooled and peeled. Add an egg, salt, pepper, a pinch of cumin powder, a few stems of fresh cilantro finely sliced. Garnish the brick paste and roll them according to the chosen folding ( triangle for me). In a frying pan pour a little olive oil and cook the bricks until they are golden brown on each side. Arrange on a dish and garnish with lemon slices. Serve hot. 

  • Hummus: 

In the bowl of the mixer pour the drained chickpeas, lemon juice, a little olive oil, a nice tablespoon of sesame cream (tahini), one or two crushed garlic cloves, a little salt. Mix to obtain a fairly fine puree. If the puree is too thick add a little water. And serve cold.