Thursday, February 14, 2008

Dum ka kheema

Its always Biryani day on the weekend!
By weekend I mean Friday & Saturday, coz here in Dubai this is the weekend!Of late, I am a bit bored with the routine of biryani on each coming Friday, so I decided to make something different this week to get outta the chain of biryani Friday, So I was determined to try out some new or for that matter some old recipe, so I started searching on net for a recipe ,that has the ingredients which I have in my fridge!

So after about 15 minutes of search,with a background shrieking of my daughters,I ended up with the recipe of dum ka kheema, that I used to eat ,growing up, I never bothered to learn that then, I don't know why? I wish I had learnt, coz mom made the best, I only knew how it tasted, never attempted to learn how to create that taste,I regret not learning,So coming back to the dum ka kheema, it was close to what mummy used to make,but I guess i need to put a little more tadka,.it tastes well with chapatis...mainly parathas or naans go well with this recipe.

So far, I have read in so many blogs about William Sonoma...everybody is raving about William Sonoma cookbooks, all those ravings are tempting me to buy one, but I guess I will wait one more year till my younger one is little older, so that its a bit easier for me in the kitchen, otherwise its a pain running to and fro the kitchen every time she shrieks, it takes 1 hour for a job that could be done in 15 minutes to get done!

But I have a little watchman, guarding the baby, my older one Samy, every time Huddu does something,immediately I get the report via...shouting "Mummy Huddu ko dekho,corner me aagai girjaati...Mummy jaldi aao, Huddu girjaati", she shouts this continuously till I come for her lil sister's rescue... :-)
So its kinda out of question reading from books and then cooking,and running around checking on kids, and then not knowing the end results of what is being is not the right time for that for me I guess, so tried and tested works well for me than trial and recipes but aproved from someone.
Anyways again coming back to the kheema,here are the ingredients


--kheema 500gms
--onion 2 medium finely sliced
--ginger garlic paste 2 tbsp
--chilly powder 1.5 tsp
--haldi 1/8 tsp
--yogurt 1 cup
--garam masala 1 tsp
--2 small pieces of charcoal(non chemical)

-->Mix kheeema,ginger garlic paste,garam masala, chilly powder,haldi, yogurt,salt...mix it well and let it marinate for about an hour or two

--> Deep fry the onions till they turn golden brown, then drain and spread the fried onions on a paper towel, so that it gets crisp.

-->now using hand, crush the crisp fried onion, Heat oil in heavy bottom pan.
--> Alongside,put the charcoal over medium flame, wait until the coal is fully red and is covered by white ash.
-->when the oil is hot,put the marinated kheema and the crushed onion,and fry it really well(bhoono).
-->Then make a well in the center and place a piece of aluminum foil in the well.
-->Place the burned coal over it and put 2-3 drops of oil on it. Cover it at once with a tight fitting lid and put aside for 20-25 minutes.(this is called charcoal ka tadka)

P.S----The kheema that you are using should be very fine.

Serve with hot naan,paratha...anything your choice!!!!


well if you have any leftover, which I don't think you will have, then you can make it the filling of samosa if you don't wanna have it again as it in Dubai we get samosa strips, in my next post I will show you how I made the samosas... along with the khatti mithi chutney..made from tamarind and dates.
till then adieu


Adil said...


It came out very well. WonDelicious!!!