Baked Cabbage Kofta and Eggplant in Tomato sauce

I’ve started making baked dishes since last year and I’m slowly growing an affinity towards it. You may ask why? Well for the obvious reasons… it is a healthier option as it requires less oil compared to cooking (for many recipes), saves time (I can keep the ingredients for baking and watch my tv show or do other chores) and gives the dish a very unique taste – be it fish, meat or vegetable 🙂

Talking about vegetables, let me tell you I have always been a chicken and meat lover. I can literally count days when there was no chicken or meat in my meals. Even on days I didn’t have company, I remember going to my favorite restaurants alone to enjoy the dishes I like the most 😀

However, with time I’ve realized that having vegetables is important for one’s diet and nowadays I try to balance it out by cooking vegetables as well at home! For this dish, I baked cabbage along with potato, corn and some sauces and herbs. I also had some eggplant in the fridge and so I cooked them separately with tomato sauce and a few other ingredients. After cooking for the last few years, I’ve realized that vegetarian food could also be very tasty if prepared with the right ingredients and in the right way 🙂

Have a great weekend and hope it’s accompanied with good food 🙂

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Preparation Time: 30 minutes (all inclusive)

Cooking Time:

Baked Cabbage Kofta – 40 minutes (including baking time)

Eggplant in Tomato sauce – 15 minutes

Serves:

Baked Cabbage Kofta – Around 4 to 5

Eggplant in Tomato sauce – 2

Ingredients:

For the Baked Cabbage Kofta

Olive oil – 1/4 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons (for brushing)

Cabbage – 1 medium, chopped

Corn – 1/4 to 1/2 cup

Ginger and garlic paste – 2 to 3 teaspoons

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Dried Parsley leaves – 1 teaspoon

Chili Lime powder – 1 teaspoon

Potato – 4 medium, boiled, skin peeled and mashed

Salsa – 1 tablespoon

Salt – to taste

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For the Eggplant in Tomato Sauce:

Olive Oil – 1 tablespoon

Eggplant – 4 small, cut into discs

Tomato sauce or puree – 2 tablespoons

Sesame seeds – 2 teaspoons

Onion – 1 medium, sliced

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoons or as per preference

Coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Water – 1/2 cup

Salt – to taste

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Baked cabbage:

Step 1: Heat olive oil in a pan. Add the ginger garlic paste followed by the chopped cabbage. Cook for around 3-4 minutes.

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Step 2: Add the cumin powder, dried parsley leaves and chili lime powder. Follow by adding the corn, mashed potatoes and salsa. Add some salt for  taste. Mix well and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a big bowl and let it cool for some time. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180 degrees C for 10 minutes.

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Step 3: Make small balls or squares (shape it as per your preference) from the above mixture. Brush each of them lightly with some olive oil. Place them on an oven tray covered with aluminium foil. Bake for around 20-30 minutes at 180-200 degrees C until you get a nice golden brown kofta.

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Eggplant in Tomato Sauce:

Step 4: While the koftas are being baked, heat another tablespoon of olive oil in a pan. Add the onions and eggplant. Cook for 3 minutes or so until the it is soft and starts changing its color.

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Step 5: Add the tomato sauce or puree and mix well for another minute. Add the sesame seeds and coriander leaves. Add 1/2 cup of water after few seconds. Cook for another 5 minutes or so until you have the desired consistency. Transfer to a serving bowl.

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Check your koftas now. Once they are done, transfer to a serving dish.

Step 6: Serve both koftas and eggplant hot with fresh bread of your choice.

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Fish in Turkish style (Pilaki)

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Turkey has been one of the most fascinating countries I have visited till date. Starting from the people to the food! Yes, I loved the food and even 10 days at a stretch seemed too less a period!

Hence, after my return, I wanted to try my hand at Turkish food. I tried out some of the mezze appetizers and it turned out to be quite good! We’ll come to that later.

I’m sure fish is a favorite to many of you and Pomfret…. yummm! ‘Pilaki’ in Turkish refers to a dish cooked in a sauce made out of onion, garlic, carrot, potato, tomato or tomato paste, sugar and olive oil. Fish Pilaki is quite a popular dish there and I chose Pomfret for this one. I’ve tweaked the recipe a little bit to suit my style.

As for the taste of this dish, this is definitely yummmmm! So just go for it!

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Serves: 2 – 3

Preparation Time: 10-12 minutes

Cooking Time: 30-35 minutes

Ingredients:

Olive Oil – 3 tablespoons

Pomfret – 2, big sized. You can use smaller ones as well depending on the size of your oven dish. 

Potato – 1 big or 1-2 medium, diced

Carrot – 1 big, chopped

Red or Yellow pepper – 1, cut into small square like pieces

Onion – 2, chopped

Tomato – 2 large, chopped / Tomato juice

Garlic cloves – 3 to 4 cloves finely chopped

Green Chilli – 2, seeded and chopped

Lemon – 1 to 2, juiced

Bay leaves – 2-3

Sugar – 1 teaspoon

Ground black pepper

Parsley/Coriander leaves – to garnish

Salt – to taste

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Step 1: Cut the fish on the top and bottom carefully without cutting the backbone.

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Step 2: Heat oil in a pan. Put the onions, garlic and chilli and cook until soft. Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 170C/ 3250 F for 5-7 minutes.

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Step 3: Add the carrots and potatoes and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, sugar and bay leaves.

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Step 4: Add around 2 cups of water and bring to boil. Lower the heat and cover the pan, let cook for 5-10 minutes, until the vegetables are soft. Make sure you don’t cook for too long, else the vegetables may become mushy. Add salt and pepper according to taste.

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Step 5: Place the vegetables at the bottom of an oven proof dish and place the fish on the top. Cover the fish with rest of the vegetables over them. Pour in the lemon juice on top making sure it covers the fish properly. Put a few parsley/coriander leaves on top.

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Step 6: Place the dish in the oven for around 20 minutes or until the fish is cooked. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool. Garnish with parsley/coriander and serve hot with bread or rice.

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Tips to adapt:

  • You can use other fish like Mackerel, Shellfish, mussels etc as per your taste, instead of Pomfret.
  • If you don’t have olive oil, you can use vegetable oil as well.
  • For a vegetarian option of this dish, replace fish with beans.

Spicy Sausage with Potatoes

Back in college, when I didn’t know how to cook gourmet dishes, I came out with this dish which was a blessing for my taste buds! I made this at times for dinner during exams and also sometimes on Sunday mornings. Yes that’s the specialty of this dish. You can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

It’s basically a simple mish mash of some basic ingredients which I find tasty without much processing. Even now I like preparing this dish from time to time for my family and they simply love it!

Go ahead and try it! If you feel adventurous mix up your favourite ingredients and let me know about your version 🙂

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Serves: 4

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: Around 15 minutes

Ingredients:

Cooking Oil – ½ to 1 tablespoon

Sausage (Chicken, beef, pork as per preference) – 2 packets, cut into small cylindrical pieces

Potatoes – 3 big potatoes, boiled and skin peeled, cut into small cubes

Garlic cloves – 1 to 2 cloves finely chopped

Onion – 1, sliced

Tomato – 1 ½, chopped

Button Mushroom – 1 small packet, sliced

Green Chilli – 3 to 4, chopped (You can use less if you don’t like it too spicy)

Ground black pepper

Salt – to taste

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Step 1: Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions till they are lightly browned.

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Step 2: Add the tomatoes and garlic and fry for another 4-5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and green chillies and cook for few more minutes until the mushrooms are soft.

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Step 3: Add the sausages and cook for another 2 minutes.

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Step 4: Lastly, add the boiled cubed potatoes. Stir for 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle the ground pepper and toss well. Serve hot.

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This dish can be served as a standalone dish or with bread of choice.

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Tips to adapt:

  • Boil the potatoes the previous night to reduce your time of cooking.
  • Add in chicken or meat stock to make the dish juicier.
  • For a vegetarian option of this dish, replace sausage with mock meat or vegetables like broccoli.