The feeling of “hate” towards rain turned into “what a beautiful season it is!” as I got to spend the weekend on the hill station in the beautiful western ghats..’Mahabaleshwar’. In the earlier evening I was looking for a way out of crowded, dirty roads and the next morning,actually at the dawn I was enjoying the muddy roads that led me to the farmhouse which we had rented for 2 days. Away from the city’s hustle-bustle,no other sound than chirping of birds and winds through trees was giving a sense of tranquility. And not to forget the ‘Atithi devo bhav'(visitor is god) service. God bless my friend who had chosen this place for get together!! It was a small get together with some of my friends and cousins.
Let me ask you a question..Imagine a warm place surrounded by scenic green hills and crisp breeze after the rain,you and your family,friends sitting on a porch remembering good old times and making some new memories. How can it get better??..”Barbeque”😀😀. Good food makes all better😉. That’s what happened with us. My brother brought barbeque grill with some coal and chicken marinated overnight;a special gift from a wise woman,’my mother’😊. Earlier started as a necessity to cook food on fire transformed into the whole new ‘barbeque’ sector nowadays. It’s smoky smell make your nostril smile. Slow cooking is the key and the resulting flavor is a combination of smoke, meat juices, fat and whatever spices or rub have been added.
Chicken tikka,malai kebab,reshmi kebab,seekh kebab,hariyali chicken kebab these are few names pop up in the mind when someone says kebab. There are different types of kebabs,one of which I got to know while looking in the ready-made masala segment of a shop. “Pakistani bihari kebab” I read on the packet!! Is there a bihar in Pakistan too?? Is it traveled with people to Pakistan?? Can we get it in India? I did a little search and as usual there is no evidence of exact history in the matter of food. All you can get are the legends. But I did find something good. This recipe of “Bihari kebab”
- 4 tbsp – Plain yogurt
- 2 tbsp – onion paste
- 1 tbsp – garlic,ginger,coriander paste
- 2 tbsp – fried onion crushed
- 1 tsp – salt
- 1 tsp – red chilli flakes
- 1 tsp – garam masala
- 1- 2 tbsp – roasted gram
- 1 tsp – sesame seeds
- 4 tbsp – oil
- 600 gm – boneless chicken cut into pieces
- In a blender,blend roasted gram and sesame seeds.
- In a bowl add yogurt,onion paste,garlic-ginger-coriander paste,fried onion,garam masala,chilli flakes,oil,roasted gram and sesame seeds powder and mix well.
- Add this mixture to the chicken cubes and marinate for at least 2 hours.
- Skew the chicken cubes to the skewer and broil it for 15 to 20 min on both sides.
- Serve it with you favorite salad or chutney.