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July Favourites

It’s been such a fabulous and rewarding month filled with such amazing opportunities on the work front. I am thoroughly drained but it has all been so worth it.

After a few months of discussions, brainstorming and testing, I was finally able to announce my collaboration with Feastively. It is a joy that I cannot put into words to finally see my recipes as a meal box. And of course the thought that it would be of immense help to busy families to put healthy, fresh and delicious meals in 15 minutes on the table.

I have already done a blog post announcing the collaboration so you can read it all here. And to purchase my fresh box, visit the Feastively website. If any of you have already cooked with it, I would love to hear your feedback.

Visit the Feastively website to purchase my special Beef Mince Curry with potatoes, peas and served with steamed rice.

My Recipes as Fresh Meal Boxes – a Collaboration with Feastively; thespiceadventuress.com

The second highlight of the month was the opportunity to be one of the judges for an upcoming series called Zee TV Chef Diaries. Shot in Melbourne, it’s a cooking series for passionate home cooks to showcase their culinary talents. It was an incredible honour because judging someone else’s cooking is no easy task. But I was happy that I was able to do my best; an experience I will cherish forever.

And the third was being chosen as one of the Top 30 Indian Food Photographers, 2018. Again a huge honour especially being in the company of some of the photographers that I have admired and learned from since the beginning of my blogging journey.

Top 30 Indian Food Photographers, 2018 - thespiceadventuress.com

There’s been a lot of recipe development that happened in July; it was a busy month again with lots of brand collaborations and the like. But one of my favourites was this simple Kerala platter with rice, parippu curry (Kerala style lentils); beetroot stir fry and mussels thoran (mussels stir fried with grated coconut and spices). It’s the taste of home!

Mussels thoran - thespiceadventuress.com

And time now for all other favourites for the month of July:

Most parents are often made to feel guilty about having just one child. I hope this article will make you feel better about the decision.

I have a little boy or I would have shopped this entire site. But I do buy for my nieces.

An easy peasy chicken noodle dish.

This kofta biryani is perfect for our Sunday lunch. And a long siesta thereafter….

I love taro (arbi), one of my favourite root vegetables.

A Vegan Wellington! How interesting….

Enchilada and a casserole….what a great idea!

Love gazpacho especially in summer but never tried a tomatillo version.

The best chicken sandwich I have seen in a long time

Totally making this pork burger

 

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Beef Cutlet (Kerala style beef patties with onions and aromatics)

One of the biggest culinary revelations that I had after moving to Australia was that a ‘cutlet’ is actually a cut of meat. Back in India, cutlets are similar versions of patties and there are several different types, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. But I am not going to re-name this recipe as the name itself inspires memories of my childhood and cooking with my mom.

My mum used to make these amazing cutlets and I was always the ‘helper’ and my task was always to coat the cutlets evenly with bread crumbs at the end – a job I took upon with great pride every single time. In spite of eating different types of cutlets over the years, the taste of this still lingers in my mouth and I would, unbiasedly, say this is the best beef cutlet ever! And made this for the first time all by myself to give my son, a taste of my childhood.

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Ingredients:

1. Beef mince – 1 kg (get good quality mince without the rough cartilage bits)
2. Potatoes – 3 large, boiled and mashed
3. Red onion – 2 large, finely chopped
4. Garlic – 5 cloves, finely chopped
5. Ginger – 1 inch, finely chopped
6. Green chillies – 7-8, finely chopped (the quantity can be varied according to the type of chilli used)
7. Black pepper – 2 tsp
8. Salt – to season
9. Coriander powder – 1 tsp
10. Egg – 2-3, beaten well
11. Bread crumbs – enough to coat the cutlets (is store-bought, one packet should be enough but if making at home, make crumbs from half a pack of bread)
12. Coriander leaves – 1 cup, finely chopped
13. Vegetable oil – for deep frying

Method:

• Boil the potatoes in salted boiling water, drain and pat dry, mash and keep aside.
• In a large wok, heat 2-3 tbsp oil, add the beef mince, onion, garlic, ginger, green chillies, salt, pepper and coriander powder. Saute for about 5 minutes till the rawness of all ingredients is removed.
• Transfer to a large bowl; add the mashed potatoes and coriander leaves. Mix thoroughly and form oval shaped patties.
• Beat the eggs in a bowl and keep aside.
• Spread the breadcrumbs in a large, flat plate and keep aside.
• Take each patty or cutlet, dip well in the egg mixture and roll in the breadcrumbs till coated evenly. Do this for all cutlets.
• Heat oil in a deep pan and deep fry the cutlets. Serve hot with chutney of choice.

Note. – You can make the cutlets in large batches and store in the freezer. Make sure that the cutlets are coated well with egg and breadcrumbs so that these do not stick to each other.

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