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Garlicky Paprika Salmon steak / Dolphin Emotions

20 Mar

Today’s post is about fishes :-). Most restaurants in Portugal offer assortments of freshly grilled fishes. Fresh fish taste much better compared to frozen ones and feels light when you take a bite… After getting used to this in Portugal, I was looking at options of buying fresh fishes back in Germany. One day when I went for shopping to buy some chicken for our Sunday menu, I saw this fresh beautiful steak in fish counter. Hurray, I decided to change our Sunday menu. What other fish is better suited for grilling than Salmon!. This Omega-3 rich Salmon fish  is our family favorite.  Be it grilled or in a spicy tamarind gravy or fried or steamed it tastes yummy.  Coming from an Indian background, I tend to use a bit more of spices and chilli, especially for the fish grill. Beware my European friends!.  Dont worry :), this recipe is to let you enjoy the spicy version without burning your tongue. So those who dont like lot of hot chilli powder in their fish, this is for you. I just replaced chilli powder with red paprika powder which is labelled as hot but it is not as hot as medium hot chilli powder. Adding paprika powder gives bright red color and good chilli flavor. So I spiced it up with little minced garlic, paprika , turmeric, crushed pepper. The accompaniment is creamed spinach, Lemon rice and carrot.

Recipe of Grilled Salmon


  1. Fresh Salmon steaks – 3 ( for 3 persons)
  2. Paprika powder – 2 Tbsp (sweet paprika)
  3. Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
  4. Garlic minced – 1tsp
  5. Salt – as per taste
  6. Oil  – few Tbsp
  7. Pepper crushed – 1tsp (optional)


1. Wash the Salmon steak. Add some turmeric, salt, garlic, pepper,paprika powder and 2Tbsp of oil into a bowl . Apply this mix on the steaks. Let it rest for 1/2 an hour.

2. Heat a flat pan and add a spoon of oil. Now add the fish to the hot pan and cook for 5 min on each in medium flame.

3. Once done squeeze some lemon juice on top and enjoy.

Dolphin Emotions in Portugal

Our Portugal expedition continues in this post as well…

Riya’s primary school group name was Dolphins and since then she was super excited to meet this beautiful animal in real. First time when we visited Portugal, we stayed in Lagos. It is an old town with narrow cobbled streets. Some streets are narrow that even a person cannot walk on the side when the car is on its way. There is an old church and the town has got some good restaurants and lot of souvenir shops. Lagos is also a point where lot of ferries operate which takes you to wild dolphins watching in sea or a casual boat trip or caves trip. The boat takes you deep into the ocean for Dolphin watching where the depth of the sea runs few kilometers. Weather has to be sunny and warm for the dolphins to come out and sign of seagulls being there is an indicator for dolphins in that area. One should be lucky to see these intelligent animal in this ride. Our planned day of visit happened to be a cloudy day (around end of April ). Even after we were 15kms into sea we could not see them. With lot of disappointment, we promised ourselves that we will meet them in our next visit.

On our next visit to Portugal, we didn’t want to check our luck in wild sea but rather looking for other options. The one we had was watching Dolphin show in Zoomarine in Algarve. It is a water theme park which also has quite a number of Dolphins, sea animals & birds. It had one of the amazing Dolphin Shows. If you want more intimate (dont get wild!) sessions with Dolphins you can go for a special program called Dolphin emotions. It is a bit expensive but worth the experience for lifetime. We planned to be there on Riya’s birthday. After cutting her Birthday cake, we started to ZooMarine. We booked for a Dolphin Emotions program for Riya as her bday present. She was quiet excited that she can swim together with dolphins . She & her group went in to the large pool of water with bottlenose Dolphins swimming happily and we could see her from distance.  In this program, she had some informative session followed by commanding the Dolphins to do to some spins etc..The best part was also a ride on back of Dolphin by holding its fin. Even after a year now she is excited and remembers the fun she had. By the way this the only place in Europe where such lively interactions with dolphins is possible. Google for Dolphin Emotions and you can find more details…


Paella and (Fuente Mágica de Montjuic)

12 Jul

Paella is a famous main course food from spain. The appearance resembles quite a bit like Italian risotto or an Indian Biriyani, although the ingredients and the variety of rice used in these dishes are different. I have tried Paella with chicken and veggie paella. But today’s post is SEAFOOD Paella.

Paella is actually the name of the pan used to make this preparation. There are different names such as Paella valencian, Paella verduros that differentiate the types and ingredients used in it. I have a used a normal pan for making this, but Spanish like to use the traditional Paella pan. The ingredients for this sea food paella is simple, but it tastes really delicious.

A click on menu board of the road side bar….You can see Paella in there and almost every restaurant has it in their menu card.

Here is the recipe…


  1. Bomba Rice –  3oo gms
  2. Fish stock – 400 ml
  3. Water – 200 ml
  4. Salmon – 250 gms, cleaned and cut in to pieces
  5. King prawns – 100 gms
  6. Olive oil – 2 Tsp
  7. Garlic – 5 flakes, minced
  8. Chilli flakes – 1/4 tsp
  9. Red Bell Pepper – 1
  10. Onion – 1, finely chopped
  11. Tomatoes – 2 , finely chopped
  12. Peas – 1/4 cup (frozen green peas)
  13. Orange food color a pinch or saffron a little
  14. Salt for taste


1.  Add the oil to the hot pan. Add the onions and garlic and saute it till golden brown color.

2. Add the tomatoes and cook it for approx 5 min, till the tomatoes are smashed and cooked.

3. Now add the bell pepper ,peas , food color, chilli flakes,salt and mix it up. Add the rice and nicely coat it with the ingredients in the pan for about 5 minutes.

4. Add the fish stock and let it cook for 10 minutes. At later point in time you can add the water and let it cook for another 1o minutes in slow flame. (when you cook in a flat pan, there is no extra space to add all the liquid together. So add it time to time)

5. Now the rice is almost done. Add the fish pieces and prawns to the rice and cook for another 5 minutes.

Tip :

1. Add the favorite seafood of your choice. You can show your creativity in this dish very well. Just add the vegetables , seafood and meat and make it look colorful.  Instead of fish stock, you can also try with chicken stock.

2. For vegetarian version, just replace seafood and add veggies of your choice,  some legumes of your choice and use vegetable stock.


In my previous posts, I have been sharing my Barcelona vacation experience and some of the pictures. On this series today, I am going to add a little bit about this famous Magic Fountain in Barcelona.

Fuente Mágica de Montjuic — The Magic fountain of Barcelona

Tremendous colorful water fountain which dances beautifully along with music. It is simply amazing and a great pleasure to watch this wonderful fountain. Anyone who like to enjoy their evening and would like to have a pleasant feeling , I would definitely recommend this fountain as one of the best attractions one should visit. The musical fountain is seeasonal and opened every day from 10Pm to 11.30pm.

Some of the pictures………

Entrance to this fountain

Look at the powerful flash lights behind the building focussing to the sky.

One of the better way for sight seeing in Barcelona is to choose the Open top  touristic Bus. One can able to complete almost all the places in a day or two. This Bus exactly takes the visitor in front of the attractions and the visitor can decide to hop off and hop on at their favorite attractions.

Thanks for taking time to read the story. Okey….Thats all about my vacation experiences  Barcelona. I would like to say Adios  (Bye) to spain at this moment and my next posts will resume with other cusinies.


(Arroz Caldoso Bogavente – Lobster soupy Rice) & Barcelona Beach

08 Jun

Never had an idea before how the spanish cuisine will look like until I was in Spain. We went to a Restaurant called Marina Manchos, which had an exotic spanish cuisine of food varieties. Enjoying the view of Mediterranean sea from our table, we wanted to try some seafood. We decided that we will try Lobsters and asked the waiter for options. He suggested this Lobster Soupy Rice which is a one pot meal for 2. Between they served a cup of potato chips, Spanish pickled olives & little cucumbers and Bread with a spread of fresh tomato puree. When the dish arrived on the table, it was in a big deep pan  and looked like it can serve the entire family . Since it was the first time I am trying lobster, my first sip of the food was kind of skeptic but not the rest. After returning back from vacation, the first thing I did was buying the Lobster and making this dish at home. Believe me, it was one of the dish I just loved it . We packed the remaining and had it for dinner. Honestly what we had in restaurant was excellent than which I made. Probably  because of the fresh seafood and  may be  some chefs secret ingredients.

Choice of restaurant is very important, especially when you are in a new place and trying new food. Fortunately the one we tried was good. Bit expensive but worth it.


  1. Lobster – 2 , divide in to pieces
  2. Squid – 100 gms (optional) I did not add it
  3. Fish stock – 2 cups
  4. Water – 4 cups
  5. Parboiled Rice – 2 cups
  6. Onion – 2, finely chopped
  7. Tomato – 2, finely chopped
  8. Bell Pepper – 1/2 , cut in to small pieces
  9. Garlic – 5 pods
  10. Olive oil – 2 Tbs
  11. Paprika powder – 1 Tbs
  12. Coriander leaves a few or  Petersilie  a little
  13. Salt for taste


1. Heat the pan and oil to it. Add Onions and garlic and saute it till it is translucent.

2. Add paprika then followed by tomatoes and cook till tomatoes become soft approx 5 min.

3. Add the fish stock and water and let it boil. Once it starts boiling add the rice and let it cook for 15 minutes.

4.  Add the lobster and bell pepper when the rice is half cooked and allow it cook. Add some water if required, to look like soupy rice .

5. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve it warm.

Now coming to Barcelona attractions……..

Barcelonata is a very beautiful beach with not much waves but it is very deep after 5 feets from the seashore. Lot of people were swimming though the water was bit cold. My daughter started building a sand castle decorated with shells.

Beware, there is also nude beach called Mar bella. Even in Barcelonata, there were  few taking sun bath.

Ships returning to Barcelona Port.

Port Vell near from the Columbus Monument

Monument Columbus.

Throughout the city and in the beach side one can see these palm trees.


Meen Kuzhambu (Fish in Tamarind Sauce)

17 May

Meen kuzhambu is one of our favorite gravies that I usually make. It is a spicy, hot,sour gravy and a natural sweetness from tamarind.   Admired my mother several times, when she cooks this and brings it out with wonderful taste. Being brought up near the  coastal region of India,  I have enjoyed different varieties of  fishes. Father and I used to go to near by fish port early at 5.30AM and buy fresh fishes , prawns and crabs directly from the vendors before it is taken to fish market. It was fun to go there and see the discovery channel (Big fishes as they are shown in TV) .

Adding raw Mango may induce the sweet, sour taste to kuzhambu as well as the mangoes taste better with those masalas. Do not use too sour raw mangoes as it adds more sourness to the gravy. Semi ripened can also be used.


  1. Pomfret fish – 500 gms, cleaned and cut into pieces (use any kind of fish)
  2. Raw Mango – 1/2, cut into medium sized pieces (optional)
  3. Onion – 2 nos, finely chopped
  4. Tomato – 1 finely chopped
  5. Garlic – 5 cloves , roughly chopped
  6. Oil – 2 Tbs
  7. Mustard seeds -1 tsp
  8. Fenugreek – 1/2 tsp
  9. Cumin – 1 tsp
  10. Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp
  11. Tamarind – juice of lemon size tamarind.(Mix with 1/2 cup of warm water and separate the juice
  12. Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  13. Chilli powder – 1 Tbs
  14. Corriander powder – 1/2 Tbs
  15. Salt for taste
  16. Curry leaves – 2 strands
  17. Corriander  for garnishing


1. Add oil to the pan. Add Mustard and wait for it to crackle.  Then add fenugreek , cumin and asafoetida.

2. Add the Onions, garlic and saute it till it becomes soft.

3. Add the spice powders turmeric, chilli , corriander and mix it up for a minute.

4. Now add the tomatoes and cook till they are soft and mashed up.

5. Add the tamarind juice, 2 cups of water and salt and let it cook covered for 15 minutes.

6. Now add the fish and mango and cook for 5 minutes in a medium flame.

7. Finally add the curry leaves ,coriander leaves and serve it with Rice.

TIP: Tastes much better the next day . As the fish absorbs the tamarind juice and become more flavorful.


Prawns veggie Rice Saute

02 May

My Girl doesn’t eat very spicy food.  So sometimes,I have to make a non spicy dish for her alone. This recipe is quick and very handy and  it can be made in less than 10 minutes. It needs only few main ingredients such as cooked rice , vegetables and some prawns . The vegetables can be added as of your choice. Suggestions would be  Capsicum , Carrot, Beans, Zucchini, Cabbage, Mushroom.  Prawns can also be substituted with cooked chicken or fish.

Ingredients for 1 serving:

  1. Tiger Prawns – 5 nos
  2. Mixed vegetables – 1/2 cup finely chopped ( Carrot, Beans, capsicum)
  3. Cooked Rice – 1 cup
  4. Onion – 1/2 finely chopped
  5. Turmeric -1/4 Tsp
  6. Oil – 2 Tsp
  7. Lemon – 1 Tsp juice
  8. Pepper powder a pinch
  9. Salt for taste


1.  Add oil to the hot pan. Add onions and saute it for a minute. Add turmeric followed by mixed vegetables. Saute it for 3 minutes.

2. Add prawn, lemon juice, pepper and salt and saute it for 2 minutes.

3. Finally add cooked rice and give a nice mix it up for 2 minutes. Serve it and enjoy.