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Tandoori Chicken

Ingredients:

1 Chicken ( cut into eight parts) or a mixture of chicken parts (breast, drumsticks)

Remove the skin and make cuts/slits (2 or 3) on the pieces

Marinade:

1 Cup Yoghurt

2 tblspoon ginger garlic paste

1.5 tblspoon Olive oil

2 tblspoon Red Chilli Paste (see my recipe for Red Chilli Paste)

3 tblspoon Tandoori Masala Powder (see my recipe)

1 tsp salt

Mix the above and apply to chicken. Make sure to insert the marinade into the cuts/slits. Cover and keep the marinated chicken in the refrigerator overnight or at least eight hours.

Remove from refrigerator, mix the chicken well and place the chicken on a tray. Apply a little oil on the chicken pieces or spray with Canola or any other vegetable oil. Preheat the oven at 250 degrees fan bake and bake for 25 minutes. Remove, apply the remaining marinade to the chicken, turn over and bake for 10 minutes.

Cut an onion into rings, add a little of the marinade to the rings. Place the onions rings on a tray and place in oven and bake it along with the chicken, when you turn over the chicken.

Remove the chicken and the onions. Keep onions aside for Garnish.

Change the oven setting from Fan Bake to Fan Grill. Apply little oil to the chicken and place the chicken under the grill for 5 to 7 minutes. Check and see that it does not burn. Remove and turn over the chicken and place it back under the grill for another 5 minutes.

Remove- Tandoori chicken is ready.

Serve with baked onions rings, lemon/lime wedges or pieces, coriander leaves. You can serve with mint chutney or tamarind chutney.

 

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Chicken Lollipop or Drums of Heaven

 

Ingredients:

15 Chicken Wings ( cut them at the joints to separate into three parts- throw away the tip of the wing)

Remove thin bone from the part that has a thin and thick bone. Pull the flesh to one the end of the thick bone, to form lollipops. The other part of the wing, pull the flesh to one end of the bone.

Marinade:

1 spoon of Red Chilli paste (see Recipe)

1 tsp of Soy Sauce

8 cloves Garlic and 1 small piece ginger (paste)

1 tsp pepper powder

1 tsp vinegar

1 tsp salt

Marinate the lollipops with the above marinade for an hour.

Batter:

1 cup Cornflour

1 cup Standard Flour or Maida

1 egg

3 tblsp oil

1 spoon Red Chilli Paste

1 tsp salt

Add Sufficient water to form thick batter of pouring consistency. Keep aside for half hour

 

Frying

Heat sufficient oil in a deep pan. Dip the lollipops in the batter and drop them in the hot oil. Do not crowd them. Fry in batches on medium heat. Keep turning them so that they are fried on all sides. Remove onto paper towels to absorb the oil.

Serve with Schezwan Sauce (see recipe). Garnish with chopped onions leeks and lemon wedges. Cover the tips with pieces of Aluminium Foil. This is only for presentation.

Marathi Chicken

Marathi Chicken

Ingredients:

1 Big Chicken (1.5 kgs) – cut into medium pieces, wash and marinate with 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp Turmeric Powder and ½ tsp Pepper Powder. Keep overnight or 6 hours.

15 Red Chillies

1 Pod Garlic

2 inch piece Ginger

2 Heaped Tsp Cummin Seeds

1 Tsp Pepper

1 Heaped Tsp Kuskus

3 med pieces Cinnamon

10 cloves

Soak the above in half cup of vinegar overnight or 6 hours.

Grind the above mixture with 2 onions, a tsp of turmeric powderand 3 big tomatoes. Retain the masala water.

Other ingredients:

3 Onions sliced

1 chopped tomato

4 green chillies (split into two)

A handful of raisins

Half cup tomato Ketchup

A bunch of coriander leaves (chopped)

Salt to taste

Method:

Heat some oil in a vessel and saute the chicken pieces for sometime to remove the rawness. Remove and keep aside the chicken pieces.

Add more oil if required, a couple of tablespoons. Fry the sliced onions. Do not brown them. Add the ground masala and fry for about half hour. Add the masala water and more water if required. Add the chopped tomato and fry till you have a thick gravy. Add the chicken pieces and also the raisins and green chillies. Add a cup of water and allow the chicken to cook till done. Add 1 to 1.5 tsp salt as required.

Add tomato ketchup and coriander leaves and remove from stove. Serve hot

Rice Flour Puttu

Rice Flour Puttu

Ingredients:

1 Cup Rice Flour ( Lightly Roasted)

Half Scraped Coconut

½ tsp salt

Water

Puttu Steamer

Bananas, Sugar, Ghee

Method:

Mix the Rice flour and salt in a tray. Sprinkle boiled water over it and then using your fingers mix the flour. Keep adding more water till you get a sandy texture of the flour. It should be moist.

Now pour some water in the bottom portion of the puttu steamer and bring to boil. In the top portion drop in some scraped coconut (half a inch) and then the puttu mixture (about two inches) and then repeat the process. At the top you add the scraped coconut. Close the lid and place on top of the bottom portion of steamer.

After about 4 to 5 minutes you will see the steam coming through the perforations on the lid. After a minute take off the stove. Open and with the handle of a spoon or ladle, push through the puttu from the bottom out through the top onto a plate.

How to eat:

Puttu can be had for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is a South Indian preparation. I have it for breakfast in the following manner:

Sprinkle a spoon of sugar on top of the puttu. 1 tsp ghee and add a cut up banana. Mix them all together by mash them up. Then eat it.

Turmeric Leaves Patholi or Steamed Sweet Rice Cakes

Turmeric Leaves Patholi

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=MCV8O_kFw6E

Ingredients:

15 Turmeric Leaves

2 cups of boiled rice or ponni rice. Washed and soaked in water overnight.

Scraped Coconut

Scraped Jaggery

½ tsp Cardamom Powder

1 pinch nutmeg powder

Salt

Method:

Grind the rice with little salt in little water to form thick batter. Make a mixture of scraped coconut and jaggery (to taste). Add cardamom powder and nutmeg powder to mixture and keep aside. Apply the paste to a leaf (face of the leaf) very thinly. Leave 1 cm at the sides dry. Place a little of the mixture along the spine of the leaf. Fold the leaf and keep aside. Repeat this to all the leaves

Heat up a steamer or tondoor (with water in the bottom section). Place the rolls in the top section and steam for 30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Peel and enjoy the rice cakes.

Patrade or Allu Vadi (Rolled leaves Method)

Rolled Patrade Fried (1)

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=sefLfTDvdUo

Ingredients:

6 Allu or Colococia Leaves

2 cups Gram flour or Channa Atta

¼ tsp Asofoetida or Hing

1 to 1.5 tsp Chilli Powder

2 tsps Sesame seeds or Teel

1 tsp Turmeric Powder

Water

1.5 tsp Salt

2 tblps Jaggery

1 tblsp Oil

Method:

Wash and wipe the leaves. Cut the remaining stalk at the back of the leaves. Keep aside. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Add little water to form a paste.

Apply the paste to the back of a leaf (big) leaving the edges (about a cm) dry. Then place a smaller second leaf and apply paste to it. Then the third and repeat. You can add more leaves to make a thicker roll.

Now fold in the sides to meet at the middle (broader sides). Then the other two sides. This will form a rectangular flat cake. Now roll from one side to meet at the other end. Keep aside. Repeat to form the second roll. You may use more leaves and have more rolls. Make more paste as required.

Heat up a steamer or tondoor (with water in the bottom section). Place the rolls in the top section and steam for 30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Once cool cut into slices to form Patrade Pinwheels. Shallow fry each side in a little oil for a few minutes. You can store the remaining Rolls in refrigerator for future use.Patrade Fried (1)

Masala Peanuts or Groundnuts in Microwave Oven

 

Ingredients

1 cup raw peanuts with skin

3 tbsp. Gram Flour or Besan

3 tbsp. Rice Flour

1 to 1.5 tsp salt

1 to 1.5 tsp Chilli Powder

½ tsp Garam Masala Powder

½ tsp Amchor Powder or Mango Powder

¼ tsp Asafoetida or Hing

2 tbsp. oil (optional)

Little Water for mixing the flour with peanuts.

Method:

Drop the groundnuts in a bowl of water and immediately remove and drain.

In a dry bowl, add and mix all the ingredients except oil and peanuts. Now add the peanuts and mix. Add water little by little and keep mixing. The peanuts should be coated with the batter. This should be dry not watery.

Place the peanuts in a microwavable tray or dish or plate. The peanuts should be separated from one another. You can make in batches. I am doing this here in two batches –one without oil and one with oil. Microwave on high setting for 3 minutes. Remove mix and again microwave for another minute. Remove and allow to cool.

If you want to add oil, do this after the peanuts are coated with flour mixture and then mix well. Then place them on the microwavable plate and microwave.

Enjoy. Snack for all occasions. Remember Spice to taste.