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Baked Chicken Nargisi Kofta..Indian Scotch eggs

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Hello there. Sorry for being away for so long. We just came back from a trip to the Niagara Falls in Canada. It is undoubtedly the best fall in the world. Here is a picture of the beauty. If you have never been there, I highly recommend it. 🙂

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Today I am sharing some Chicken Nargisi Kofta with you, or Indian scotch eggs. It is made by coating hard boiled eggs with minced meat and then deep frying them. These koftas are then added to a delicious gravy and the result is a treat you don’t want to miss. So just like the Niagara Falls above, this is one of a kind and definitely a must try. 😛

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Here is how I made it:

Ingredients:

For the Kofta

Hard Boiled Eggs – 6

Minced chicken – 1 pound (Use your choice of meat)

Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp.

Roasted Chickpea flour – 1/2 cup

Red Chilly powder – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Mint Leaves – 1/2 cup, made into a paste, optional

For the curry

Oil – 1 tbsp

Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped

Tomatoes – 2 medium, pureed

Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp

Cashew nut paste – 1/4 cup

Cumin Seeds – 1/4 tsp

Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp

Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp

Garam Masala Powder – 1.5 tsp

Salt to taste

Water – 1/2 cup

Cilantro leaves – for garnish

Procedure:

  1. Hard boil the eggs, peel and keep aside.
  2. In your minced chicken, add in the ginger garlic paste, roasted besan or chickpea flour, red chilly powder, salt and the mint paste. You can totally skip the mint if you don’t like the taste. Make a smooth paste of this mixture.
  3. Wet your hands and gently coat the eggs with this minced meat mixture making sure an even coating on all sides.
  4. These eggs are usually fried but I baked them instead to make a healthier version. You can definitely fry them. To bake them, preheat your oven to 400F and bake them for about 30 minutes, turning sides midway.
  5. While the eggs are baking, we can make the gravy. Heat oil in a pan and add in the cumin seeds.
  6. Once, the cumin seeds crackle, add the ginger garlic paste and let it cook for a minute. Now add the finely chopped onions and let them cook till they get a beautiful brown color, about 5 minutes.
  7. Its time to add in the tomato puree now. Some people also like to use yogurt for the gravy. You can add half cup of yogurt in place of the tomatoes if you like. Cook the tomato puree till you see some oil oozing out from it.
  8. Once the onion tomato masala is ready add in all the dry spices – salt, red chilly powder, turmeric and the garam masala. Mix well.
  9. Finally, add in the cashew nut paste and about half cup of water. Mix everything well and let it come to a boil. Cook for a few minutes.
  10. Now gently slide in the egg koftas in the gravy, making sure not to break them. Cover and cook for about 2 minutes.
  11. Finally, garnish with some chopped cilantro leaves and serve hot with your choice of Indian Bread or rice.

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So that is how I made this delightful dish. It looks beautiful when you cut the koftas and the eggs inside are such a pleasant surprise. I hope you will give this a try.

Thanks for stopping by.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂

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Turkey Seekh Kebabs…Can also be made with Chicken.

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Seekh Kebabs are such a delicious way to enjoy minced meat. I am using the turkey mince to make kebabs today but chicken mince would work just as fine for this recipe. If you are looking for a quick and delicious non vegetarian appetizer, this is it. These are traditionally made in a Tandoor or clay oven but turn out just as delicious in your conventional oven, on the stove top or also in an appe pan. And now that the grilling season is here, this would definitely be a great option.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish Ramadan Mubarak to all my fasting friends. May this fasting month bring lots of happiness to all of you. Stay blessed.

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Now fasting or not, lets make some delicious Kebabs. 😛

Ingredients:

Turkey Minced – 1 pound (Can use Chicken or lamb mince meat as well)

Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp.

Onion – 1 small chopped

Garlic Cloves – 4, finely chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, finely chopped

Green Chilies – 2, finely chopped

Egg – 1 (or use 1/2 cup roasted Besan/gram flour)

Garam Masala – 1 tsp

Black pepper Powder – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Cilantro leaves – 2 tbsp., finely chopped

Oil – 1 tbsp. (more, as needed for basting)

Method:

  1. Soak your wooden skewers in water for at least an hour before cooking to make sure they do not burn.
  2. Mix all the ingredients, except oil and keep it covered to marinade for at least an hour, if you can. I have made them without marinating too and they turn out fine.
  3. If you plan to bake these, preheat your oven to 400 F. Wet your hands, put the chicken paste on to the skewers and place them in a greased baking sheet. If your chicken is not sticking to the skewers, you can just shape your mixture like a rod and insert the skewers in it.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes, turning midway to ensure even cooking. Baste your chicken with oil as needed.
  5. Once done, broil/grill the kebabs for another 2 minutes to get a beautiful brown color.
  6. You can also make these on the stove top. Just heat a tawa or a skillet pan and drizzle some oil on it.
  7. Place your skewers on the tawa and cook them, turning around to ensure even cooking. Baste your kebabs with oil as needed.
  8. Your delicious kebabs are ready. Serve them with Onion rings, lemon wedges and some green chutney.

 

Notes:

  1. For a variation, I sometimes add a mashed ripe avocado to the kebabs. This makes super soft and delicious kebabs or burgers.
  2. You can enjoy them as is or as a roll in between a tortilla or roti. Or make them like a patty and enjoy a delicious burger.

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So that is how I made these yummy kebabs. I hope you will give these a try and let me know if you like them.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂