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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…


Chicken Piri Piri in my sytle…& Sagres(Western end of Europe)

05 Jan

Just recalling our trip to Portugal last year while writing this… Portuguese people are very warm and welcoming. We covered almost good part of south and traveled till Lisbon on the east. You can notice a good difference in culture &  food between south and upper Portuguese. The three common words we could hear very often in Portugal  is  ‘Obrigado ‘ , ‘ Ola’ and ‘Piri Piri’.  we had no idea of  any Portuguese until we arrived there. The first two words are thank you and hello.  Piri Piri is hot chili sauce made from bird’s eye chillies and  some  added spices. You may not miss this sauce in any of the restaurants there and they also warn you that its very spicy. This is something like Tabassco sauce but i find piri piri a milder and bit tangy one. This is also popular in African countries.

Basic ingredients in piri piri sauce are  fresh red chiilies, paprika,salt,lemon,vinegar,pepper.

Piri Piri Chicken is a popular chicken dish in Portugal. I spiced it up a little bit in my own way…I am using ready made Piri Piri sauce with slight addition of spices.


  1. Chicken – 250 gms
  2. Piri piri sauce – 5Tbs
  3. Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  4. White pepper – 1/4 tsp
  5. Orange food color a pinch( optional)
  6. Olive oil – 1 Tbs
  7. Salt as required for taste


1. Marinate the chicken with piri piri sauce with pepper little salt. Add the food coloring to get the bright orange color. Food coloring is optional.

2. Add oil to tbe hot pan and add ginger garlic paste and saute it for 2 min in medium heat.

3. Now add the marinated chicken and increase the heat to high. Cook for 3-5 min and incorporating oil and ginger garlic paste mixture on all sides of chicken. until a nice brown color coat.

4. Cover the pan and cook for another 10- 15 minutes in medium heat, after 10 minutes turn the chicken pieces into other side for covered cooking.

5. Once it is done, serve it warm with Piri Piri sauce.

we enjoyed this chicken with sauteed beans and sesame and baby cucumber.

——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Sagres and some pictures : Located in Algarve Portugal, this place is famous for its beautiful beaches and one can visit the south western tip of europe. The beaches are are surrounded by big strech of mountains. There is also a light house and remains of 14th century sailing school.

Light house in Sagres, Portugal and South western tip of Europe.


Sprinkled spices on Deep fried chicken

29 Apr


  1. Oil – 250 ml
  2.  Chicken boneless – 500 gms, cut in to medium pieces
  3. Ginger garlic paste – 1 Tsp
  4. Chilli powder – 1 Tsp
  5. Garam Masala –  1/2 Tsp
  6. Turmeric – 1/4 Tsp
  7. Orange food color – a pinch
  8. Salt for taste
  9. Curry leaves – 4 strands
  10. Onion petals for garnishing.

For sprinkling:

  1. Garam Masala – 1 Tsp
  2. Pepper powder – 1 /2 Tsp
  3. Cumin Powder – 1 Tsp


1. Mix Chicken, ginger garlic paste, food color, chilli powder, 1/2 Tsp garam masala,turmeric and salt. Let is sit for 1 hour.

2. Heat the oil in wok and fry the curry leaves for a minute and keep it aside.

3. In the same oil deep fry the pieces of chicken in batches for approximately 5 -6 minutes. Drain any excess oil in paper towel.

4. Serve in the plate with few chicken pieces and curry leaves.

5. Sprinkle the mixed spices powder on top of fried chicken and enjoy it.

Tip : If you sprinkle the spices, on top of chicken immediately after it is out of the oil ,tThe spices get stick to fried chicken.