Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Minty Taro Kebabs…and a small break

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Hi Friends!
Last few days have been busy as we celebrated my son’s 10 birthday and we also had my parents visiting us. Now that my parents are off to London to spend time with their brand new  grandson I got busy to pack for our family vacation. Yes, I will be off from blogging for a while as we spend time in the now lush green mountains of Himalayas, in the extreme North of India, considered the paradise or swarg on earth.. Yes, you guys guessed it right I am going to Kashmir for a week.
I have been trying to finish things in the refrigerator and we had a huge batch of mangoes to finish. Mangoes, we are eating them religiously post lunch and dinner. S, kindly offered to cook complete meals while I completed other chores, so he made dosa for breakfast and  a bengali style cauliflower subzi for lunch. I was left with some paneer and colocasia to finish, with paneer I  made low oil parathas and with Colocasia/Taro I made the Kebabs….
I had never made kebabs with this earlier and it was quite an impromptu plan…but glad I made it because they are extremely delicious and made us feel that we had a royal treat. I also had some mint and cilantro to finish so they also went into the kebabs and gave an amazing flavour. I also used carom seeds which enhanced the flavour of the kebabs further. I would personally recommend that if you are trying these kebabs, do not ignore these seeds.
The kebabs have a nice crunch on the crust and are extremely succulent inside. Taro being sticky one has to be careful while making these as one tends to put more binders to reduce the stickiness but the real art of the making good kebabs is to have less binders, this helps in maintaining the succulence. This is how I have made it…

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Ingredients (makes about 16)
about 500gms Taro/Colocasia/Arvi
1 tbsp chaat masala
1/2 tsp carom seeds
2-3 bread slices
2-3 tbsp corn starch
7-8 green chilies
5-6 garlic pods
a small piece ginger
4-5 tbsp cilantro
handful of mint
salt to taste
half cup semolina
oil for shallow frying

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Method
Boil and peel the taro. Mash it on cooling
Grind together coarsely (I used my hand mixer) cilantro, mint, ginger and garlic.
Add this mix to the mashed taro. Also add the chaat masala, corn starch, carom seeds and mix together.
Feel the texture of the mix, based on that add soaked bread to it. I required about two slices. Remember, we do not have to make the bind too hard, it should be just moldable.
The mix will continue to stay sticky, do not worry, just wet your hands lightly and then use the mix.
Take a small portion with wet hand and flatten it into a small tikki.
Roll it in semolina and then shallow fry on medium flame till golden in colour from either side, remove it on a kitchen towel to remove the excess oil.
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Serve it hot with curd based mint dip or tomato sauce. I served with tomato sauce as I was clearing my pantry but this will taste amazing with the mint dip.
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50 comments:

Priti said...

Kebab looking delicious Pari simple fab...love the pics..yaar gr8..enjoy in janaat....will wait for the pics...hav fun gal

Mina Joshi said...

Delicious and very innovative. Enjoy your holidays and bring back some great photos to share on your blog.

Sowmya said...

looks delicious....kashmir huh?Enjoy !!!
Have a safe trip!eager to see the snaps:)

Pari said...

Thank u dearies as I type I am finishing my packing too.
Thanks Mina, I am glad u found it innovative.

Kanchan said...

Wow .. Kashmir, exactly this time couple of years back I was in Kashmir !
so waiting for some beautiful snaps :)

Loved your kababs ... bookmarked :)

Nandini said...

Have a happy vacation! The kebabs are flavorful and exquisite! Love it!

Asha said...

Kashmir!! OMG!! How lucky are you? Have a fab time there Pari, see you in July again.

Kababs looks gorgeous, good one. Enjoy.

Pari said...

thanks Asha, kanchan and Nandini. Kanchi let me know what I should not miss out there.
I hope u will try this, it's really good, I surely recommend u.
Asha, enjoy ur vacation too.
Nandini, surely the flavour is exquisite, i relished it completely.

Sarah Naveen said...

have a wonderful vacation dear!!!!
kebabs looks so delicious...nice click too

Pari said...

Thanks Sarah, am looking forward to it.

Rajee said...

Delicious kababs. I love arvi and this is a very delicious recipe. Have a fun and safe trip to Kashmir.

Rachana Kothari said...

Kashmir!!! OMG! Have a lovely holiday, dear Pari.

Kebabs look delicious!

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Have a great vacation...........till then will enjoy your crispy kebab visually.

SS blogs here said...

The kababs look great. Have a good break!

lata raja said...

Royal treat indeed Pari! The chutney is fascinating.
Have a very happy vacation...though just be safe too.

Rujuta said...

Dear Pari,
Lovely kebabs and the clicks are so tempting...i m definately going to try them soon...
Wishing you Happy and Great holidays...Happy Journey and enjoy your trip...Looking forward to your next post after Kashmir trip

Angie's Recipes said...

These look so yummy! Semolina patties flavoured with mint...simply gorgeous.

sowmya's creative saga said...

yummy..

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Yummy looking kebabs. Looks so good. So mouthwatering. YUM!

PranisKitchen said...

pari delicious kabab..the ingredients i really liked the taroo mint combo sure taste um.. picture itself saying how delicious it is..yummy yarr
Enjoy the vaccation

Kiran said...

Dear Pari,
Taro Mint Kebabs look very delicious.Have a wonderful vacation and bring us back lots of fun and beautiful pictures and memories from Kashmir.Waiting to see all the lovely pics.Wish your parents a very happy journey to their trip to London.

divya said...

Mouthwatering.Looks yummy.

Swathi said...

Nice kebas, enjoy the vacation.

Parita said...

Kashmir????? WOW! I have been wanting to visit kashmir since a lonnnnng time...hope you enjoy your holidays and be safe! Kebabs look delicious, love your creativity!

SE said...

you know what..just the other day i was thinking about making kebabs with semolina covering just like we do the goan fish fry or konkan phodis...and I am amazed i see it here on your blog !! wonderful...enjoy you vaccations !!

Mansi said...

What an interesting way to use taro in a recipe! the kebabs look lovely!

btw, I'm hosting a Magic Bullet giveaway on my blog, and it'd be great if you could participate!

Take a moment to send in these kebabs, if you haven't left for the "Paradise Valley" already:) enjoy your break:)

Pari said...

Sorry Mansi, I guess I can not participate as I am not a US resident.

Kairali sisters said...

Hello Pari..

Kebabs looks absolutely heavenly...Delish.

Have a great trip...

Love
Kairali sisters

Priya said...

Kebabs looks absolutely gorgeous and tempting..have loads of fun and hope u will share some clicks, enjoy ur break dear..

Krishnaveni said...

delicious kebabs...great

N S said...

Kebabs looks so delicious. Have a happy and safe holidays.

Raina said...

Looks delicious! Have a wonderful trip:)

PJ said...

Pari, have a wonderful and safe trip! You definitely deserve a break. Come back with lots of delicious Kashmiri recipes too ;)

These taro root kababs look so delicious.. i love your first photo of them.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Kebabs looks absolutely divine....Perfect shape and nice texture ...Have a wonderful vacation and safe trip. Enjoy!!!!

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

jeyashrisuresh said...

wow what a creative idea of making kebabs with taro. beautiful clicks too.Have a great and memorable trip

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovely kebabs! Enjoy kashmir!

Gouri Guha said...

lovely kebabs and
enjoy your holidays:)

Sushma Mallya said...

Enjoy your vacation pari...kabab looks mouthwatering, loved your presentation...

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Delicious Kebabs!!! Have a safe trip dear:)

Bergamot said...

The kebabs look great. Must try these since I love arbi but others back home don't so maybe this is a way to get them to enjoy it

nandini said...

Hi Pari... U have a great break... The tikkis are looking lovely. Never tried making it with colacasia. Genius!!!.

BTW i think we have a friend in common ... Saw his picture in Facebook followers... Senthil Saravanan frm Coimbatore...

munchcrunchandsuch said...

the kebabs look damn gud pari..cant wait to grab them..and u enjoy ur lush green himalayan vaccation.

GayathriRaj said...

Hey going to Kashmir??? that was a good news to all of us...really very beautiful place to visit...and have a nice and happy trip will be waiting for all those pics and new recipes....
And these kebabs are looking very perfect and too good dear...

Spice said...

Hope u r having nice time in Kashmir....away from delhi's hot hot weather....have a safe trip...btw nice recipe, I love arvi so I might try this....

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♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

So delicious!!!
Ahh u sure are going to have a super holiday and will look foward to read about ur trip!!!

Madhavi said...

Kabab looks great :))

Sanjeeta kk said...

Lovely Kebabs! Must try this weekend.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Gorgeous pictures. Lovely kebabs!

shriya said...

Very nice kebabs, nice presentation. Bookmarked it.

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