Sindhi fish kok

Sindhi style machi/fish kok

Maachi kok or fish kok, is a sindhi style of cooking fish. Normally only HILSA/ ILISH fish is cooked in this way… we sindhis call Hilsa as PALLO. Here in jakarta its difficult to get pallo aka hilsa. And frankly I prefer using boneless fish fillets with skin on. . As pallo has too many fine  bones. But its a easy recipe. .Do try this and have it with khichdi rice or sindhi phulko( chapati). Its a tangy and spicy dish which does not take long to make. I  have also made Paneer using the same recipe. KOK over here means uncooked onion tomato marination. Cooked while pan steaming.
Long before Partition,  buying Pallo fish was an elaborate affair, and the River Indus in Sindh gave a huge bounty of  these fish , especially during the monsoons. Our men  ancestors would buy pallo on sundays and this was cooked by the womenfolk , mostly for lunch only, to be enjoyed leisurely.
I have seen my mom preparing this kok pallo on many a sundays, for my grandparents or when we had special guests. She would cook this on a special tawa we had ( before the advent of  non stick pans).
On a sigdi( coal flame).
Just before serving she would heat up some brandy in a deep  hot metal  spoon,  flambe it, and pour over the fish..😊( mind you, this was for special guests).
My mom cooked andaz se, is a vegetarian but she could cook super tasty non veg.

200 gms Carp fillet ( Gurame)with skin or any other river fish. Gurame is a fresh water fish.
( I tried using red snapper, which is a salt water fish, but sadly it became too dry.)
Lightly salt it and keep aside for few mins, rinse and pat dry.

In a bowl, add
1 tbsp oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 red tomato finely chopped
1 or 2 chopped green chillies
1 tbsp finely chopped ginger.
1 tsp corriander seed powder
1/4 tsp Amchoor
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chillie powder
Salt to taste…I used 1 tsp.
2 tbsps yogurt.

Mix this together using your hand, giving the ingredients a good massage. ( can use gloves)
Lastly add about 1/4 cup finely chopped corriander leaves.
Keep aside.

Back to the fish.
Heat 2 to 3 tbsps of oil in a non stick pan.
Slip in the fish, skin side down
Cook on both sides till 50 percent done.
Remove in a plate and apply the masala generously on the white part.

Slip the fish back in, skin side down.
Cover and cook on low heat for 10 mins.
The steam will cook the masala and fish.

Done. Sprinkle corriander leaves.

Serve hot.

This same masala can be used for making Paneer kok.
Shared some photos in comments section.

Paneer kok

Capcai ( chaap chai)

CAPCHAI
Pronounced.. chaap chai.

This is a simple stew, which we eat regularly at home. Especially when we have been eating out a lot. A very simple healthy non spicy dish which is really tasty.
Have it accompanied with egg fried rice to make a one dish meal. A very forgiving dish, which makes use of a lot of vegetables…( good way to clear out your fridge.😊)
You can make it vegetarian, or add chicken, or prawns.  Just make sure to cut the vegetables at a slant. So they can cook evenly and fast.

3 options to have this dish.
1.. Poured over fried rice.
2.. Poured over a mix of boiled noodles and deep fried boiled noodles.( also called IFUMIE) similar to chopsuey.
3. Poured over fried or steamed wontons( including a picture in comments.)

Just make sure its made on a high flame. And try to make  it near serving time, so the vegetables look fresh and not limp. Vegetables  should have a crunch..

1 carrot..peeled, sliced at a slant .
1 potato , peeled , quartered and sliced  at a slant.
4 baby corn, sliced at a slant.
1/2 cup of broccoli flowerlettes .. soaked in salted water.
1/2 cup pakchoi or mustard greens roughly chopped.
10 snappeas…baby sweetpeas whole.
1 big dry shitake mushroom ( boil in water untill soft).. then sliced.( retain about 1 cup of the water)
1 onion cut into big cubes
1 bell pepper..green or red or yellow, cut into big cubes.
1/2 cup quartered mushrooms( fresh or tinned)
1/2 cup chinese cabbage roughly chopped.
OPTIONAL…I ADDED SILKEN TOFU.
2 to 3 tbsps vegetarian oyster sauce.
2 tbsps sesame oil
1 tsp white pepper powder
Salt to taste.
1 tsp mushroom seasoning or MSG.
About 2 heaped tbsps cornflour mixed with some water to make a slurry..use as required.

To be ground to a paste..
3 seedless red chillies
6 garlic pods
1 inch piece of ginger.

Heat 2 tbsps oil in a pan and add the paste. Saute till fragrant and add the white pepper and salt.
Now add carrots, potato, corn, mushrooms and mix. ( IF ADDING CHICKEN , ADD NOW, BONELESS CUBED )

Add  3 cups of HOT WATER.( including reserved water from shitake mushrooms)
Let the vegetables boil for about 5 mins, and add the oyster sauce, sesame oil, msg.
Now add onions, bell pepper, snap peas, chinese cabbage , pok choi, and broccoli.

Bring to a rolling boil for few mins only. 
Now add enough cornflour slurry to thicken the stew. Check seasoning and serve immediately.


Sai Thoom mein Machi, cassava je dhode saan.( Green garlic fish with cassava bhakri)

SAI THOOM MEIN MACHI.
( Fish in green garlic, Sindhi style).
Served with CASSAVA BHAKRI.

This is a very simple sindhi recipe, especially made during winter months when fresh garlic stalks are available in India. Here in jakarta we  don’t get them very easily. We happened to get some yesterday and I happily made this with fresh fish. Made the exact same with Paneer also for my daughter😊 so vegetarians can also make this using any vegetable.

300 gms of chunky fish ( I used  red snapper)
Wash fish well, cut into chunks, rub some salt and keep aside.

1/2 cup  finely chopped fresh garlic heads.
1/2 cup  finely chopped fresh garlic stalks.
1/2  cup finely chopped corriander leaves
2 tbsps kasoori methi.
3 finely chopped green chillies.
1/2 tsp mustard seeds.
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chillie powder
1 tsps corriander powder
1 tsp cummin powder.
1 tsp garam masala.
2 tbsps wheat flour made into a slurry, use as required.
Salt to taste.

Wash the salted fish
Heat about 4 to 5 tbs of oil in a pan.
Flash pan fry the fish, till 80 percent done.
Keep aside.
In the same hot oil,  add mustard seeds, add turmeric, corriander powder, cummin powder, red chillie powder, garam masala and salt. Stir .
Next add kasoori methi and green chillies.
Stir fry for a minute
Add the remaining greens, stir fry well.
Add the fish pieces and mix.
Add about 2 cups water.
Boil for few minutes, add the slurry, just enough to thicken the gravy. Cook for another 5 mins. And serve hot.

CASSAVA BHAKRI.( gluten free)
200 gms finely grated cassava / singkong.
1/2 tsp salt.
2 tbsps finely chopped corriander leaves.

Mix and form into 4 balls. PLEASE DO NOT ADD ANY WATER.

Take each ball and pat onto a lightly greased banana leaf/ foil.
Form into a thin roti.

Overturn onto a hot non stick pan.

Cook on both sides. Slightly brush with oil on both sides.

Note… this has to be served immediately, or else can keep in a hot case.

We even make this bhakri adding chopped onions, green chillies, cummin seeds, and corriander leaves…like a sindhi koki/loli.

Sindhi fote bhugi khichdi with fusion potato sabji.

Sometimes the simplest of food can bring such comfort. For me, my comfort soul food is sindhi fote bhugi khichdi, accompanied by a potato sabji, crispy brinjal or karela and a piece of fried fish. Being a Sindhi, I have grown up  eating delicious simple food cooked by my mom. Sindhi food is really simple and easy to put together.
When I got married,  every sunday our food was FOTE BHUGI KHICHDI( khichdi cooked with cardamom)  methi patata, dahi and fryums.. it was  the family sunday meal. Over time I changed the methi aloo to a fusion aloo sabji( aka malaysian and Bengali fusion).  Now its  cooked twice a month😊But its a meal I look forward to . Please do try this combination.

2 cups rice
1/2 cup split green moong dal( with skin)
2 tsps freshly ground elaichi powder
2 tsps shah jeeri
2 tsps salt
2 to 3 tbsps oil

Mix the dal and rice , wash well and soak for an hour.
Drain out the water.
Heat a pan, add oil, jeeri and elaichi powder . Once fragrant, add the rice and dal mix.  Saute for few mins, Add salt and enough water to cook the khichdi. We want each grain seperate. Not a mushy khichdi.
Done.
Ps…I cook the khichdi with enough water to cover, once water dries up I shift the rice to a steamer. And steam cook for 20 mins.

Aloo sabji
3 boiled, peeled and cubed potatoes.
1 small  onion sliced
1 small onion chopped finely
2 medium tomatoes..finely chopped
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 tbsp minced garlic.
1/2 tbsp paanch phoran( mix mustard seeds, cumin seeds, methi seeds, onion seeds, saunf).
1 sprigs..about 10 curry leaves.
2 heaped tsps curry powder( I used malaysian baba brand)
2 tsps red chillie powder.
Salt to taste
Corriander ..finely chopped.

Heat 2 to 3 tbsps mustard oil in a pan, add panch phoran, followed by curry leaves.
Now add minced garlic and ginger., saute. Add the diced onions and saute till onions become translucent.
Add chopped tomatoes, curry powder, salt, red chillie powder  and mix well. Add the cubed potatoes and sliced onion. Mix and finally add corriander leaves. Done.

For the fish, I took one boneless fillet of  snapper.  Marinated in turmeric and salt, gave a lime rub and shallow fried in oil.

Remove and sprinkle generously with red chillie powder, corriander seed powder, amchoor.
This is a typlcal Sindhi  sprinkle mix for fried fish or  fried arbi.

Sindhi Phote(cardamom) Bhugi Khichdi with fusion Potato Sabji

Sometimes the simplest of food can bring such comfort. For me, my comfort soul food is sindhi fote bhugi khichdi, accompanied by a potato sabji, crispy brinjal or karela and a piece of fried fish. Being a Sindhi, I have grown up  eating delicious simple food cooked by my mom. Sindhi food is really simple and easy to put together.
When I got married,  every sunday our food was FOTE BHUGI KHICHDI( khichdi cooked with cardamom)  methi patata, dahi and fryums.. it was  the family sunday meal. Over time I changed the methi aloo to a fusion aloo sabji( aka malaysian and Bengali fusion).  Now its  cooked twice a month😊But its a meal I look forward to . Please do try this combination. SOULFOOD FROM MY HOME TO YOURS.

2 cups rice
1/2 cup split green moong dal( with skin)
2 tsps freshly ground elaichi powder
2 tsps shah jeeri
2 tsps salt
2 to 3 tbsps oil

Mix the dal and rice , wash well and soak for an hour.
Drain out the water.
Heat a pan, add oil, jeeri and elaichi powder . Once fragrant, add the rice and dal mix.  Saute for few mins, Add salt and enough water to cook the khichdi. We want each grain seperate. Not a mushy khichdi.
Done.
Ps…I cook the khichdi with enough water to cover, once water dries up I shift the rice to a steamer. And steam cook for 20 mins.

Aloo sabji
3 boiled, peeled and cubed potatoes.
1 small  onion sliced
1 small onion chopped finely
2 medium tomatoes..finely chopped
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 tbsp minced garlic.
1/2 tbsp paanch phoran( mix mustard seeds, cumin seeds, methi seeds, onion seeds, saunf).
1 sprigs..about 10 curry leaves.
2 heaped tsps curry powder( I used malaysian baba brand)
2 tsps red chillie powder.
Salt to taste
Corriander ..finely chopped.

Heat 2 to 3 tbsps mustard oil in a pan, add panch phoran, followed by curry leaves.
Now add minced garlic and ginger., saute. Add the diced onions and saute till onions become translucent.
Add chopped tomatoes, curry powder, salt, red chillie powder  and mix well. Add the cubed potatoes and sliced onion. Mix and finally add corriander leaves. Done.

For the fish, I took one boneless fillet of  snapper.  Marinated in turmeric and salt, gave a lime rub and shallow fried in oil.

Remove and sprinkle generously with red chillie powder, corriander seed powder, amchoor.
This is a typlcal Sindhi  sprinkle mix for fried fish or  fried arbi.

MARTABAK/AKA BAIDA ROTI/ AKA ASIAN PARATHA

MARTABAK aka ASIAN PARATHA aka BAIDA ROTI

This stuffed Pancake or paratha is probably known to many of us. Arabs, Indians, south asian, chinese etc each nation has its own way of making it. Here in Jakarta its very common to see martabak carts on most streets. They sell the sweet version( shared the recipe earlier) and the savoury version.
But the street version uses a lot of MINYAK SAMIN( a local ghee) and also mostly uses duck eggs which are bigger than hen eggs. They also keep dough balls dunked in oil( maybe to give the dough more elasticity) and use bigger skillets than our home tawas.
I prefer making a healthier  fusion version at home using eggs and stirfried vegetables . This on its own is a complete meal.
Most nights when I don’t know what to cook…we make martabaks.
Please do try out this simple martabak recipe.

2 cups flour
2 tbsps oil
1/2 tsp salt
Cold water.
Mix the oil and salt  into the flour, and add some cold water to make a medium soft dough..cover with a wet cloth and keep aside.

1/2 cup carrots.. julienned
1/2 cup french beans cut diagonally
1/2 cup cabbage ..thinly sliced
1/2 cup beansprouts. Or young corn( cut into small strips)
1/2 cup spring onions finely chopped
1 tbsp minced garlic
1  tsp white pepper
1 tsp sesame oil.
Salt to taste

Heat a wok and add 1 tbsp oil, add the garlic, white pepper and salt.
Saute for a minute, and add all the prepared vegetables… saute on a high flame and cook just for few mins. Add sesame oil and remove the vegetables in a bowl. The vegetables should still have a crunch… keep aside.

For this recipe you will need 8 medium eggs.
I normally make 8 small size martabaks from this quantity.

Divide the dough into 8.
Preheat the tawa or skillet on very very low.

Take one part of the dough, roll into a very thin chappati…as thin as you can ,
Gently place the chappati on the tawa, pour the filling, and spread it a bit, now fold 3 parts of the chappati to form a triangle, try not to leave any space, and let grill on one side, gently flip over, apply butter or oil..and let cook.
Once both sides have brown spots , remove and cut into smaller triangles. Serve with a chillie sauce.

Filling..
For each martabak beat one egg in a bowl, season very lightly with salt and pepper. Add about 1/4th cup of stir fried vegetables, and mix.,,( can add 1 tbsps grated cheese at this point)

Options for vegetarians..
Just spread the stir fried vegetables on the chappati ( on the tawa,) sprinkle grated paneer or cheese.

Ayam /Chicken Nanking

AYAM NANKING/CHICKEN NANKING.

A fusion Indo chinese fried chicken dish which is crispy on the outside and silky on the inside, due to the combination of prawns and chicken. This is served with a light sauce, and some steamed vegetables on the side. There are 2 ways to make this..
The old fashioned way is to roughly mince chicken and prawns, mix together with spices..pat onto a banana leaf and deep fry.
The newer method is to thinly slice chicken breasts, apply shrimp paste and egg wash and bread the chicken.

I Prefer the old fashioned way
It is still served like this in old chinese restaurants. Some sources say that this dish originated in the city of Nanjeng in China. Hence the name chicken Nanking.
Its a non spicy  dish reminicent of olden days cantonese cooking.
Worcestershire sauce also known as KECAP INGGRIS ( english soya sauce) gives a good flavour here.Do try this recipe..

200 gms roughly minced chicken breast
( I used the underside of the chicken breast)
200 gms prepped shrimp/prawns.
( peel, clean and then weigh the prawns)
Roughly chopped.
1 heaped tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp sesame oil.
1 heaped tsp white pepper powder.
1 tsp sugar
1 tsps salt
1/2 tsp msg..optional.
2 heaped tbsps tapioca starch powder or cornflour.
2 heaped tbsps all purpose flour.
1 big egg.
2 tbsps water.
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce.

Mix everything in a bowl and keep aside for 15 mins.
Take banana leaves and cut into rounds of 18 cms..approx.
Divide the chicken prawn mixture into 2(if you like it a bit chunky) or 3.(if you like it thinner)
And pat onto the banana leaves.
Heat a wok, add enough oil for frying the chicken.
When oil is hot..slide in the banana leaf .
After a few mins, it will seperate from the patty..remove and discard.
Continue frying the patty till crispy.
Remove and cut.
Serve on a platter with the sauce, french fries and steamed vegetables.
Sauce.
300 ml water
3 tbsps of tomato ketchup
3 tbsps worcestershire sauce
2 tbsps sugar.
1 tbsp sesame oil.
1/2 tsp salt.
1 tbsp cornflour( mixed with little water)

Put everything in a saucepan, bring to a boil and add cornflour slurry.

Ready to serve.

TELOR PINDANG ( INDONESIAN HARD BOILED BRAISED EGGS)

TELOR PINDANG( INDONESIAN HARD BOILED BRAISED EGGS)

Over the years I must have eaten these eggs a number of times, especially in restaurants where they are served mostly with set rice dishes. And have never given them a second thought
But this once I decided to make them at home since my mom and sister are here from India and are eggitarians.
PINDANG refers to a style of cooking.
Years ago when chinese labourers came to Indonesia, they married the local women and thier cooking merged to become pernakan style cooking.
These eggs are a cousin to the chinese tea eggs.
The traditional old fashioned way is to boil the eggs , peel them and reboil with guava leaves, onion peels, teak leaves, etc.
Not all of these are readily available, so onto an easier method which I saw on a local channel. Delicately flavoured, and a lovely brown look. These eggs taste good.
Today I will share the recipe for hard boiled Pindang eggs as well as the batik design ones.
The batik ones to tell you frankly, are very pretty no doubt. But one needs to patiently remove the egg shell without loosening the membrane as the design is stronger on it.
These eggs can  be served with fried rice, or even as starters with a home made chillie sambal sauce..
Do try out this simple recipe.
And pls excuse the not so perfect looking eggs, as this was my first time in making these eggs.

10 boiled eggs.
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp white sugar
1 tsp corriander seed powder.
50 gms chopped palm sugar( do try to get the dark brown gur)
3 tbsps Indonesian Kecap manis( sweet soya sauce)
4 fresh bay leaves
1 inch pc ginger
1 inch pc galangal
4 garlic pods.
1 tea bag.
750 ml water.

Shell 5 of the boiled eggs and place in a saucepan.
Take the other 5 eggs, and tap each with the back of a spoon, cracking the shell without peeling it.

Place these eggs in the saucepan along with the peeled eggs.

Take ginger and  galangal and roast lightly on an open flame till the skin is charred. Bash lightly to release flavours and add to the saucepan containing eggs,  add rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Once the water boils, add the tea bag.
Lower the heat, cover and let the eggs braise for 45 mins.

Shut the fire, and let eggs cool down in the water itself.
The longer you let them sit, the deeper the tinge on the eggs.

Remove the peeled eggs and either serve whole or cut into 2.
Peel the cracked eggs very carefully without lifting the inner membrane.
These make for a pretty plate..

Asinan serut or liquid fruit salad

ASINAN SERUT OR LIQUID FRUIT SALAD
Here in Indonesia, people love Asinans and Rujaks.
Rujaks are cut fruits and raw vegetables, served with a thick palm sugar sauce.( will put up recipe soon) .
An Asinan has fruit or vegetable,which are marinated in a tangy, spicy sweet syrup. And sort of pickled.
These can be bottled and kept upto 2 weeks, depending on the fruits and vegetables used.  Asinans vary from region to region. Todays recipe is ASINAN SERUT( Grated fruit Asinan )

The recipe I will share with you is an instant fusion Asinan. Fusion because I have added young coconut strips, which is not normally added, but I love the taste of it.😊 this recipe is very forgiving, you can add or omit any fruits, you can either chop the fruits or grate.
You can use this as a palate cleanser, amuse bouche,  between courses or even before meals to give your appetite an edge😊.
Best served chilled.

1st step..syrup.
Take 500 ml of water in a pan,( can use the water from coconut, as I have done)
add paste of 3 red chillies( can reduce or increase as per your choice)

5 tbsps of sugar
3 tbsp of vinegar.
1/4 tsp salt.

Boil till sugar melts, for about 5 mins.

Cool completely. .

To this add
1/2 cup grated semi ripe mango
1/2 cup grated cucumber with the skin
1/2 cup young drinking coconut, cut into thin strips.
1/2 cup grated apple.

Mix everything and let sit in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Serve in small glasses
Topped with some peanuts, and chopped red chillie.

Enjoy this refreshing liquid salad chilled.

SINDHI PHOTE BHUGO CHICKEN / CARDAMOM CHICKEN.

SINDHI PHOTE BHUGO CHICKEN.

Today’s recipe is SINDHI PHOTE BHUGO CHICKEN, cardamon/Elaichi chicken.
After someone asked me for an authentic sindhi recipe for phote bhuga TEEVARN( mutton), I went straight to the source of my sindhi recipes, MY MOTHER. While I was on a short trip to India. Sadly Mom’s health has detoriated as well as her memory. But she immediately could recall this recipe, and told me. In fact I asked her if we could add tomatoes, she said not at all.😊 so this recipe is more like a stew with a strong cardamon flavour and peppery undertones.A very light on the tummy dish.

Memories of my mom making this super fragrant dish( phote bugo teevarn) on sundays for my grandparents are so clear. My mom is a masterchef of sindhi delicacies, but sadly cannot cook any longer at the grand age of 90. But I am so thankful to have learnt most of my sindhi cooking from her.

Pls try it and have this accompanied by parathas and tawa toasted bread. The simplicity of this dish is what makes it so special.
The last time I made it was years ago for my mother in law , but with mushrooms. ( vegetarians please note).

500 gms chicken with bone( 6 good size pieces) make slashes on the chicken.
2 tsps of freshly ground cardamon with skin
4 to 5 whole cardamons..lightly bashed.
2 tsps freshly ground black pepper.
1 tsp shah jeera
1/4 tsp turmeric powder.
1/4 tsp garam masala
1.5 tsps salt.
3 cups water.
Finely cut corriander leaves with stems.
3 tbsps oil
2 tbsps Wheat flour mixed with 1/2 cup cold water.
( DO NOT USE CORNFLOUR).
Heat oil in a pressure cooker, and add the shah jeera, whole cardamons and the powdered cardamom. After a few seconds add the chicken and start sauting for at least 10 mins. The cardamom will start sticking to the chicken, keep going. Now add the corriander leaves, black pepper powder, turmeric and salt, mix for another 5 mins. The combined flavours of corriander, pepper and cardamom are amazing. Add the water and close lid. After 3 whistles, shut the flame and let the cooker cool down.
Open the lid and bring the chicken to a boil. Add the wheat flour slurry and simmer for a few more minutes.
Serve hot, sprinkled with black pepper and corriander.
Serve with parathas, and tawa toasted bread.or pao.