Category Archives: Appetiser

Crispy Pork Belly

 

 

Ingredients:

1 Kg Pork Belly (Scored)

Marinade:

¼ tsp pepper powder

½ tsp fennel powder

¼ tsp garam masala powder or spice powder

¼ tsp ginger powder or ginger garlic paste 1 tsp

2 tsp Oyster Sauce

1/4 Cup Soy Sauce

2 tblsp Olive oil

½ tsp salt

¼ cup water

Method:

Mix the marinade in a deep tray or roasting dish. Score (cuts parallel or crisscross ) the Pork belly if not already done by the butcher( butcher will do this if requested). Wipe the skin dry with a paper towel to remove any moisture. Place the pork belly immersing only the meat part into the marinade and skin dry. Place in refrigerator overnight uncovered. The skin will become dry in the fridge.

Line a roasting dish with aluminium foil. Take another aluminium foil and place it inside the dish. Now cut out the core and slice an apple. Spread this on the foil. Slice an onion and spread on top of apple slices. Add some sage to the mixture. Sprinkle two tsp of fennel powder on this mixture. Now place the pork belly on top of this mixture. Pull the sides of the aluminium foil to cover the meat but not the skin. Spread two tsp of Olive oil on the skin and then cover it with salt.

Preheat the oven at 200 degrees for 15 minutes, then place the pork belly dish in the oven and bake for 2 hours. Reserve the marinade for sauce.  Put some water in the dish around the foil containing the pork belly. Continue adding water when it evaporates. After two hours, remove the dish from oven. Take the excess salt from the skin. Place it back in the oven but this time under the grill at 250 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. This will make the skin crispy (crackling). Remove from oven, if it looks burnt, don’t worry only the salt would have burnt. Let it stand on a cutting board for 10 minutes. Scrape the burnt salt and also excess salt. Cut the pork belly to your required slice sizes.

Apple Sauce: In a vessel add the reserved marinade, the apple sauce from the aluminium foil and the water in the roasting dish. Add ½ tsp salt and boil for 5 minutes. Your sauce is ready.

Have your sliced pork belly with a little apple sauce spread on it.

 

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Chutney Sandwich in Yoghurt

 

Chutney Sandwich in Yoghurt

Ingredients

6 to 8 bread slices (cut off the sides)

¼ Cup Coconut Chutney for Sandwich

1 Cup Tamarind and Dates Chutney

1 tsp Chaat Masala

3 Tblsp Nylon Sev

1 Kilo Yoghurt (slightly beaten)

Salt or Sugar to taste for the yoghurt

Few Coriander leaves for garnishing

Coconut Chutney:

A bunch of Coriander Leaves

4 Tblsp Scraped Coconut

1 green chilli

Small piece ginger

¼ tsp salt

Water

All above to be ground to make chutney

Tamarind & Dates Chutney:

1 Piece Jaggery (50 gms)

6 dry dates

25 gms Tamarind

2 red chillies

Juice of half Lemon

½ tsp Salt

Ground with little water to make chutney

Method:

Apply coconut chutney to bread slice to make 3 to 4 sandwich. Cut each sandwich into 4 parts. Place the sandwich in a flat serving dish leaving a gap between each sandwich part. Pour the beaten yoghurt on top of the sandwich and also between the sandwich pieces to form two levels. Sprinkle chaat Masala on top of the yoghurt, then one tablespoon of tamarind & dates chutney on top of the sandwich pieces. Now sprinkle the nylon sev all over the yoghurt and finally the coriander leaves.

Crunchy Walnut Salad with Avocado Dressing

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Ingredients

1 Cup of Canned Beans

1 Cup of Chopped Capsicum (Red, Yellow, Green)

1 Red Onion (Chopped)

1 Cup Corn

1 Cup Chopped Spring Onion

1 Cup Chopped Lettuce

1 Cup Chopped Parsley

1 Cup Coriander Leaves

1 Tomato Chopped

1 cup Roasted Walnut (in butter)

1 cup Dip Chips ( packet) – any crunchy chips

Dressing:

1 Avocado (Scoop out)

1 Clove Garlic

½ cup Olive oil

Juice of one lemon

Few leaves coriander

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper powder

Method: Mix all the vegetables. Add the lettuce, parsley, Avocado dressing, walnuts just before serving. Garnish with Walnuts and coriander leaves. Mix and serve.

PS: You can add Chicken (Boiled, Boneless Tandoori, Roasted), Shrimps etc to make salad of your choice.

Butterfly Garlic Prawns

Butterfly Garlic Prawns

Ingredients

20 Tiger Prawns (Butterflied)- see video

Marinate with 1/2 tsp salt, 2 tblsp Olive Oil, juice of one lime, 1 tsp Pepper Powder, cover and place in  refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours or overnight

Butter Garlic Paste

6 tablespoon Butter (salted or unsalted)

1 tsp salt if butter is unsalted

6 cloves garlic – roughly chopped

½ inch ginger – roughly chopped

Few coriander leaves

A little parsley

Above to be ground into paste

Place the butterfly prawns in a baking tray. Drop little of the paste into each of the prawns. Preheat oven 250 degrees and grill the prawns for about 5 minutes. Remove and serve, garnish with parsley or coriander leaves.

 

Special Pav Bhaji (for 4 persons)

Special Pav Bhaji

Ingredients:

4 tbls Rajma (Kidney Beans)

4 Tbls Masoor Dhal (Red Lentil)

4 tbls Green Peas (dried)

The above items to be soaked in water for at least 7 hours or overnight. Frozen green peas can be used – in this case need  not be soaked in water.

2 Big Potatoes

Boil the pulses and potatoes adding 1 tsp salt in pressure cooker or vessel till they are soft.

1 spoon butter

2 big onions chopped

3 big tomatoes chopped

12 flakes garlic chopped

Masala:

¾ tsp Turmeric powder

1 Tsp Chilli Powder

2 tblsp Pav Bhaji Masala (available in Indian Supermarket)

Coriander leaves for garnishing

1 lemon cut into half and quarters

1 small onion chopped

Method:

Heat the butter in a deep pan. Add the garlic and onions. When onions turn slightly brown add the tomatoes, salt and masala powders. Mix and cook for 4 minutes. Then add the boiled pulses and potatoes with the water. Mix and mash the ingredients so that the mixture is well blended with the masala. Cook for another 4 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and remove.

Pav:

Bread Rolls cut into halves.

Heat a spoon of butter. When hot dip one side of the bread in the butter and then fry the other side in the remaining butter. When one side had fried slightly, turn over to other side and fry that side. Do not burn the bread. The bread should look golden brown.

Serving:

Serve required amount of bhaji onto a plate. Sprinkle some chopped onions over this mixture and then some coriander leaves and juice of lemon or lime ( from the cut lemon piece). Eat this with the fried pav (bread rolls).

Chicken Fingers

Chicken Fingers

 

Ingredients:

250 gms Boneless Chicken Breast (cut into two inch strips or pieces)

Marinade

1/4 tsp Chilli Powder

1/4 tsp pepper powder

1 tsp Tandoori Powder

1 tblsp Ginger Garlic Paste

Juice of ½ Lemon

Salt ½ tsp

1.5 tblsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tblsp Oyster Sauce

Other Ingredients:

Rice Flour seasoned with ½ tsp Salt and ½ tsp pepper powder

1 egg

Breadcrumbs

Oil for frying

 

Method:

Clean and cut chicken into pieces. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade, mix and marinate for at least an hour in the refrigerator.

Beat one egg. Roll the chicken pieces (one by one) in the seasoned rice flour. Then dip in beaten egg, roll in breadcrumbs and deep fry till golden brown.

 

Instant Onion Rava Dosa

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Ingredients:

1 Cup Fine Rava (Semolina)

1 Cup Rice Flour

½ Cup Maida or Standard Flour

1 tsp Cumin Seeds

1 tsp Salt

Water

Mix all above – watery consistency

Add

1/c Chopped Onion

4 Chopped Green Chillies

½ Inch Chopped Ginger

10 Chopped Curry Leaves

Small bunch of Chopped Coriander Leaves

Mix well and add more water if required (watery consistency)

Keep aside for 30 minutes

Frying:

Heat a non-stick or Dosa pan. Apply little oil. Spread the batter on the pan- Close with lid and cook on medium heat. Apply little ghee or clarified butter. Remove when crisp.

Have with coconut chutney or sambhar or dry coconut chutney.