Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Restokitch Holi Special Indo-Western Fusion Food Fest

Hello All,

I am back, this time, with a contest entry for the Restokitch Indo-Western Fusion Food Fest entry.

And my entry is: Cheese stuffed lauki capsicum kofta (served with with mac and cheese and garlic toast))

Bottle gourd isn't a vegetable which is a favourite among most people. It often gets ostracized as the 'squishy' vegetable that tastes of nothing! So, I took it upon myself to make something yummy with it and a cheese stuffed melt-in-mouth kofta sounded just about right for the job! ;)

Compulsory ingredients:

1. Maida (4 tbsp)
2. Onions (1 medium sized)
3. Garlic (6-7 cloves)
4. Eggs (2)

Additional ingredients:

1. Besan (chick pea flour) - 200 g
2. Lauki (bottle gourd) - 400 g
3. Capsicum - 1 small size

Optional ingredients:

1. Mozzarella cheese
2. Mushrooms
3. Macaroni
4. Pizza seasoning (for mac and cheese)
5. Butter
6. Milk
7. Bread (additionally, for serving garlic toast on the side)
8. Oil (for sauteing vegetables)
9. Green chillies
10. Salt
11. Atta (3 tbsp)

For the koftas:

In a small pan, heat 3-4 tbsp of oil and add finely chopped garlic to it. Once it starts browning, add onions and saute till onion is golden brown. Set aside. In a bowl, grate lauki and squeeze out the additional water. Grate half the capsicum and add it to the lauki. To this bowl, add 2 eggs, maida, besan, salt, finely chopped green chillies and the sauteed onion-garlic. Add a little water, if necessary (I didn't need to, this was a sticky paste) to bring it to a sticky consistency.

Cut mozzarella block into 2 x 2 x 2 cm cubes and keep ready.

In an appam tawa (you can do it in a skillet too, but i prefer my appam tawa), add oil to the sections and add about half teaspoon of the kofta mix. Once half cooked, press the mozzarella block into it.

Once a bit cooked, add another half spoon on top to make a 'sandwich' of mozzarella in the kofta. Fry them till they are cooked on both sides and remove to put on tissue.

I love to make mac and cheese to go with anything, so here goes my mac and cheese.......

In a non-stick pan (I prefer these are burnt and stuck food isn't a problem here), add about 50 gm  of butter. Once it melts, add the 3 tbsp atta (you can use maida too, but I prefer atta) and stir till no lumps remain. Add 1 litre of milk and 100 g grated mozzarella to the atta and stir very fast. This will make sure there are no lumps. Add the remaining vegetables (onions, capsicum, sauteed lightly) to this and add boiled and strained macaroni. 

FOr the cheesy garlic toast, I've taken two bread slices and sandwiched a thin mozzarella slice with some finely chopped garlic and a little pizza seasoning. Roast on a non-stick tawa (or grill/bake) and it's ready to accompany your yummy cheese-stuffed koftas.......