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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Zaika - e - Basmati - Khaas

I throughly enjoyed Master chef aired in Star plus.My fav contanstant were Zebi Zubair and Radhika.I thought these two ladies will be in the finals,but two didnt come to finals.Radhika just missed it and zebi got elimated before semi finals.I liked all the dishes cooked by Zebi Zubair.Few days back i tried her Zaika-e-basmati-khaas (actually it was a team effort).


Basmati Rice 3 cups
Green Cardamom 3

Black Cardamom 4

Black Peppercorns 4
Salt to taste

Curd 1/2 cup

Amul Butter 1 tbspCumin seeds 1tsp

French Beans (boiled and finely chopped) 1tbsp

Cauliflower stem (boiled and finely chopped) 1 cup

Cabbage 1/2 cup chopped finely

Carrot chopped finely 1 cup

Cornflour 2 tbsp

Ginger-garlic paste 2 tspRed chilli powder 1tspOil for deep frying

Onion (finely sliced) 1

Mint leaves (shredded) 10 nos

For Koftas

Mix together corn flour with cabbage,carrot,beans,cauliflower,ginger garlic paste,red chilly powder and salt.Mix throughly and shape into koftas.Heat oil and deep fry koftas.Take them on a tissue and keep aside.

In the same oil fry onions and keep aside.

In a deep pan, boil 1½ cups of water with green cardamom, black cardamom and peppercorns for 5-7 minutes. Add salt, boil for two more minutes and keep aside.
In a bowl, whisk the curd with an equal amount of water.
In a deep vessel, heat butter and add cumin seeds. When cumin crackles, add spice water and curd water and bring to a boil. Mix in rice and some more salt if required. Boil the rice on a high flame and when rice is just undercooked, reduce the flame, cover the vessel and cook till done.

Serve the koftas on a bed of the prepared rice, sprinkled over with fried onions and mint leaves.


  1. Very nicely done...I liked radhika...those kofta's look just perfect..:)

  2. very delicious recipe....nice presentation....

  3. Hey yours looks too tempting....you have followed their recipe to most extend...yummy..did you check I hav made their makhani gravy and used with this koftas...time to try their other recipe :)

  4. I hve neve rhad this but it looks so so super yumm.

  5. Lovely presentation I think yours is better then Zebi..

  6. Wow! That looks fantastic, tempts me to make it immediately.

  7. Basmati Khas looks yummy and fulfiling.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  8. Wow.. That's a very interesting Biryani. Looks delicious.

  9. Slurp,thats a delicious,marvellous and droolworthy rice..

  10. even i thought one of them wl b masterchef.. den i thought jayanandan wl make it wen radika missed..
    this looks super delicious

  11. OMG ....really a delicious platter...wanna savour now..
    Tasty appetite

  12. i was a great lover of masterchef in fact i adored Radhika, wow this looks so good :)


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