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The secret ingredient: Cooking for your sibling this Rakhi? Try these hearty recipes

If you’re planning a home-cooked meal for your siblings, you can’t go wrong with these delicious and easy recipes

Pooja Mitra | Published 10.08.22, 03:08 PM
You can’t go wrong with a fruit tart if you’re looking for a quick fix!

You can’t go wrong with a fruit tart if you’re looking for a quick fix!

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Irrespective of how often you fight over your shared Netflix accounts, Rakhi is a time for indulgence. However, pampering your sibling may not be a cakewalk, especially if you’re not sure what to buy them. But a home-cooked meal can always be a love language. 

So, if you want to do something special for your brother, sister or sibling squad this Raksha Bandhan, why not whip up something in your own kitchen?

Be it low-calorie mains, some zesty curried sausages, succulent kebabs or fruity tarts — these delicious recipes may just help you bargain some extra favours with your siblings this year!

Lemon rice

The tangy lemon rice is low in calories and boasts the aroma of curry leaves. It is light, palatable and has crunchy peanuts that zhuzh up its overall texture. It’s quick and easy to make and can be teamed with almost anything.

Ingredients

Rice: 1 cup

Curry leaves: 10-15

Roasted peanuts: 15-20

Slit green chillies: 5-7

Lemon juice: ½ cup

Yellow mustard seeds: 1/1 tablespoon

Dry red chillies: 2

Turmeric powder: 1 tablespoon

Mustard oil

Sugar

Salt

Recipe

  • Cook rice and drain the starch
  • In a frying pan, add mustard oil and heat
  • Add yellow mustard seeds and dry red chilli and let the mustard seeds pop well to form the spice base
  • Add the curry leaves and fry until lightly roasted. Put the peanuts and cook for 1-2 minutes
  • Add the green chillies and saute for about 30 seconds. Add the rice next
  • Mix the rice well with the spices and add the turmeric powder. Mix well again and cook in medium heat for about 5-7 minutes, uncovered
  • Add the lime juice, salt and sugar and stir well. Cook for another 5 minutes, check the seasoning and serve piping hot

‘Bekti paturi’

If you want to go traditional but don’t want to slave away in the kitchen for hours, go for a paturi! The recipe guarantees an explosion of flavours and also perhaps the ‘Sibling of the Year’ award. The zesty sorshey-posto marinade accentuates the tenderness of the steamed fish and the smoked banana leaf adds the perfect accent.

Ingredients

Bekti fillet: 6

Yellow mustard paste: 4 tablespoon

Poppy seed paste: 4 tablespoon

Slit green chillies: 6

Banana leaves cut into medium sizes: 8

Mustard oil

Salt

Strings/Toothpick

Recipe

  • Mix the mustard and poppy seed paste in a bowl with a generous sprinkle of mustard oil and check the seasoning
  • Marinate the fish fillets in the mustard and poppy seed paste
  • Take one banana leaf per fillet and place the marinated fish
  • Add one green chilli on the top and some mustard oil
  • Wrap the paturis with string or seal with toothpicks
  • If you are steaming on a gas oven, grease a large enough tiffin box and place the parcels. Heat water in a kadhai and add enough water to half submerge the tiffin box. Place the tiffin box in the kadhai once the water is rolling hot and add a cover on the top
  • Steam for 15-20 minutes. Sneak into one paturi to check the final outcome and serve hot

Tip

  • Paste the mustard seeds with a pinch of salt, ½ teaspoon lime juice and 1 green chilli
  • You can try this recipe with hilsa, rui or any fish of your choice

You can use a microwave to steam the paturis too. Preheat for five minutes and bake the fish parcels for 15-20 minutes at 180 degrees on the baking tray. Don’t forget to use the stand!

Pork sausage 'kosha'

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Give this indulgent recipe a try if you have pork-loving siblings coming over. You can go for some artisanal sausages (even chicken, if you don’t like pork sausages) from city-based delis or use store-bought ones. It takes less than 30 minutes but will earn you a long-lasting reputation as a culinary maverick! 

Ingredients

Sausages: 15 (large)

Roasted onion paste: 3 tablespoons

Ginger-garlic paste: 1 and 1/2 tablespoon

Green chilli paste: 1 tablespoon

Roasted dry red chilli paste: 1 tablespoon

Diced tomato: 1 large

Slit green chillies: 2-3

Roasted cumin and coriander powder: 2 tablespoon

Tomato sauce: 2 tablespoon

Black pepper powder: 1 teaspoon

Bay leaf: 1

Roasted garam masala powder: 1 teaspoon

Potatoes, cut into small dices: 1

Mustard oil

Salt

Sugar

Recipe

  • Add mustard oil to a frying pan and heat
  • Add bay leaf and saute for 7-10 seconds, followed by adding the onion paste. Cook for 3-4 minutes and add the ginger and garlic paste
  • Saute the spice pastes together for another 3-4 minutes before adding the green chilli paste, red chilli paste, cumin and coriander paste and black pepper powder
  • Mix well and cook for 5 minutes in low to medium heat, occasionally sprinkling water
  • Add potatoes at this stage and stir well
  • Add tomato sauce, mix and cook for 3-4 minutes, add the diced tomatoes, salt, sugar and some water. Cover the utensil for the potatoes to cook
  • Once the potatoes are almost ready, add the sausages and green chillies and cook for 7-8 minutes
  • Sprinkle the garam masala powder, check the seasoning and serve hot

Tip

  • If you are opting for artisanal sausages, opt for a 70:30 meat-fat ratio and a medium spice profile
  • To roast an onion, peel the skin and grease some oil on all sides. Hold it with a tong and roast it in direct high flame till it turns golden brown

Beef malai kebab

The perfect cheat day kebab with the richness of spices and a tender galawati finish — this beef kebab can be the superstar of your Raksha Bandhan menu. Bookmark this recipe for when you need delicious monsoon appetisers

Ingredients

Beef keema: 500 gm

Boiled onion paste: 3 tablespoons

Ginger-garlic paste: 2 tablespoons

Finely chopped green chillies: 1 and ½ tablespoon

Red chilli flakes: 1 teaspoon

Chopped onion: 1 large

Chopped coriander leaves: 2 tablespoons

Lime juice: 1 tablespoon

Bay leaf: 1

Whole garam masala: ½ teaspoon

Garam masala powder: 1 teaspoon

Roasted sattu: 1 cup

Egg- 1

Salt

Sugar

Mustard oil

Ghee

Chaat masala

Recipe

  • Boil the beef keema with the bay leaf and whole garam masala powder. Cool it and make a smooth paste with onion paste, ginger-garlic paste, a pinch of salt and some mustard oil
  • Add chopped onion, green chilli, chilli flakes, coriander leaves, garam masala powder, salt, sugar and egg and mix well. Keep the marinated meat aside to rest for a minimum of 20 minutes
  • Right before frying the kebabs, add the roasted sattu. Check the seasoning
  • Heat mustard oil and ghee on a non-stick pan and slow-cook the kebabs in low to medium flame, covered
  • Sprinkle some chaat masala and serve hot

Tip

  • You can make this kebab with chicken, mutton and pork keema. You can also try using fish (chitol, bekti, lotey, topshe) to give it a fishy twist
  • Using kebab sticks is optional

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Lemon tart with ripe mango

End the joyful day with this fresh, homemade, sweet concoction. This lemony tart has the goodness of mango which balances the acidity and adds to its luscious texture.

Ingredients

For tart- 

All-purpose flour: 200 gm

Unsalted butter: 150 gm

Powdered sugar: ½ cup

Lemon juice: ½ teaspoon

Lemon zest: ½ teaspoon

Lemon essence: ½ teaspoon

Salt: A small pinch

For filling-

Full fat cream- 200 gm

Ripe mango pulp- 200 gm

Desiccated coconut- 3 tablespoons

Unsalted butter- 50 gm

Sugar- 4-5 tablespoons

For topping-

Ripe mango pieces: 8-10

Mint leaves: 8-10

Recipe

  • Mix flour with salt, sugar and butter and mix till it has a breadcrumb-like texture. Add lime juice, lemon zest and lemon essence along with some chilled water to make a dough. Cover the container and keep in the fridge to rest for 10 minutes minimum
  • Grease the moulds with some butter and add the dough. Keep in the fridge for 10 minutes
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and bake the tarts for 10-15 minutes
  • In a non-stick pan, add butter and melt. Add sugar and cook on low flame till it is light brown and liquid. Add desiccated coconut and cook for 5 minutes
  • Add the mango pulp and cook on low to medium flame till it has a jam-like texture
  • Turn off the flame and cool
  • Add cream to the mango mixture and fold. Put in a piping bag or use a spoon and fill the tarts
  • Garnish with mango pieces and mint, and fresh seasonal berries
  • Serve chilled
Last updated on 10.08.22, 03:16 PM
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