Ssh!! Secret Recipes from Chef Bala's Kitchen at The South of Vindhya's- Mumbai, revealed. Mind those taste buds.

Chef Bala looked at me for a full minute. I waited. He smiled slowly, very slowly. I was sure, I had goofed up. After relishing amazing dishes at the Orchid hotel's "Coorg Food Festival", I had requested him to share a few recipes. Well, I really wanted him to give them to me. He relented. I was ecstatic. Good food is Good mood, you know.

A smiling, Chef Bala 

A favorite dish amongst Coorgis, Bamboo Shoot Curry is usually relished in monsoons. The tender shoots are found during the first monsoon showers or sometimes a tinned variety is also used. I tasted this dish when I visited Coorg, last year and recently at the "Coorg Food Festival".

Bamboo Shoot Curry

  • 1 kg Bamboo Shoot, chopped & cooked with salt & turmeric till tender.
  • 3 Onions, sliced thin.
  • 10-12 green chillies, sliced
  • 12 garlic cloves, pounded.

For Masala paste (grind with little water):
  • 1 Grated Coconut.
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds.
  • 3 tsp Chilli powder.
  • 1 tsp Jeera powder.
  • 1 tsp Pepper powder.
  • 6 tsp Coriander powder
  • Salt, to taste

  • Heat oil, add mustard seeds and pounded garlic. Saute till golden brown. Add sliced onions.
  • Add the masala paste and green chillies, let the mixture turn brown.
  • Add bamboo shoot and adjust water and salt.
  • Cook till curry comes to a boil.
  • Relish it hot.

Kodagu Cutlet

  • 1 cup Mutton Kheema.
  • 8 tbsp oil.
  • 1/4th cup minced onion.
  • 4 green chillies, finely minced
  • 50 gm Coriander leaves, finely chopped.
  • 1/2 tbsp pepper powder.
  • 1/4th tbsp chili powder.
  • 1/2 cup mashed potato
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 egg
  • Bread crumbs

  • Saute onion, green chilli, kheema, chilli powder, pepper powder with 1/2 cup water and cook till tender. Add  salt as per taste.
  • Cool the meat, add potato, coriander leaves and egg yolk.
  • Make cutlets and dip it in egg white and roll in the bread crumbs.
  • Shallow fry in oil.

Do try these recipes and tell us if you liked them. Chef Bala, will be really happy :-)