Almost mid way into Ramadan and you're running out of innovative recipes for Iftaar? Well, how about ditching the innovation and sticking to classic dishes that are hit amongst the young and the old.
Chef Sabir, Banquet Tandoor Chef at Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort, shares homemade Iftaar recipes of good old favourites.
MUTTON SHAMI KEBAB RECIPE
500 grams Boneless Mutton
1 cup chana dal
1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
10 cloves garlic
2 inch Ginger
3 green chillies finely chopped
Pecans finely chopped
3 spring mint leaves/pudina
Salt as required
Oil as needed
4 Red Chillies
1 teaspoon black pepper powder
1 teaspoon shahi jeera
2 black cardamom
To begin making the Mutton Shami Kebab recipe, wash and soak chana dal for minimum 1-2 hours.
Wash mutton pieces nicely and pressure cook it with soaked chana dal, turmeric powder, salt ginger, garlic and whole spices.
Once the mutton is done, pass it through a colander and collect the stock in a separate bowl which you can use later to make any mutton curry.
Collect the cooled mutton and dal mix in a grinder jar and grind to make a fine dough. The dough may look fibrous because of the meat.
Add finely chopped onion, chopped green chillies, chopped mint and coriander and mix nicely till everything incorporates well.
Heat a wide pan and grease it with 1-2 tablespoon oil.
Pinch a lemon sized ball from the mutton mix and flatten it to shape a round disk.
Similarly make rest of the kebabs and shallow fry from both sides in a wide pan till they turn dark brown in colour.
Mutton Shami Kebabs are a perfect snack option during Ramadan and also a great side dish with Chicken Biryani. Serve with onion rings, lemon and dhaniya pudina chutney.
Haleem made with lentils, spices and broken wheat, is a slow-cooked delicacy usually enjoyed during Eid festivities.
Ingredients of Haleem
150 gms moong dal (washed)
100 gms wheat (broken)
500ml desi ghee
4 Bay leaves
1 gms saffron
30 gms green chilly paste
10 gms turmeric powder
6 gms mace
10 gms green cardamom
50 gms ginger paste
50 gms ginger, grated
150 gms onion, fried
3-4 litre lamb stock
To taste salt
How to make Haleem
Wash and soak all the lentils and broken wheat together for 2 hours.
Take a heavy bottom handi and add ghee to temper it with whole spices- cloves, bay leaf and green cardamom. When the spices start crackling, add the grated ginger and garlic paste till the colour turns brown.
Add the lamb along with all the powdered spices saffron, green chilly paste, turmeric powder and cook until it is half done and then add fried onions.
Drain the water from the lentils and add it to the lamb along with lamb stock. Add salt at this stage.
Let it cook until lamb gets tender and mixes with the lentils and becomes thick in consistency.
Check for the seasoning and serve with choice of breads.
Key Ingredients: Lamb (boneless), moong dal (washed), dal chana, wheat (broken), desi ghee, Cloves, Bay leaves, saffron, green chilly paste, turmeric powder, mace, green cardamom, garlic paste, ginger, onion, lamb stock, salt.
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