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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.

 

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.

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 (Shredded leaves Method) and Fried Slices

Patrade Fried (1)

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=Oh1gHgsDEDM

Ingredients:

6 Allu or Colococia Leaves

2 Cups of boiled or ponni rice

1/4 cup raw rice

2 tblsp Urid Dhal (black gram)

Wash and Soak the rice and dhal in water for 6 hours

5 Red Chillies

½ tsp Turmeric Powder

1 tsp Cumin Seeds

A small ball Tamarind

1.5 tsp Salt

Method:

At the back of the leaves, cut the thick remaining stalk and spine of the leaf. Roll and cut fine into thin shreds.

Drain the soaked rice and dhal. Grind along with chillies, turmeric powder, cumin seeds, tamarind, salt and water to form a thick batter. Add to the cut Allu leaves and mix well. Place some quantity on a baking paper or banana leaves and fold the sides to form thick cakes. Make as many as you can.

Heat up a steamer or tondoor (with water in the bottom section). Place the rolls in the top section and steam for 60 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Use to either fry them or can add to mutton or chicken curry.

Fried: Once it has cooled cut a cake into thick slices. Make a paste of salt, chilli powder, turmeric, vinegar and water (Salt and Chilli Paste- see my video on youtube). Apply lightly to the sliced pieces and shallow fry on each side to get crisp Patrade Slices.

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)

Tuna Cutlets (Easy)

425 gms Tuna Meat (Canned in Spring Water)

Ingredients:

1 Onion (medium)

4 green Chillies

1½ inch ginger

6 Cloves Garlic

1 bunch Coriander Leaves

1 Stalk Spring Onions or Onions Leeks

Few mint leaves

All above to be minced fine

2 Eggs

300 gms Potatoes- (boiled and peeled)

1 tsp Pepper Powder

½ tsp Turmeric Powder

1.5 tsp Coriander Powder

1 tsp Garam Masala Powder

½ tsp Turmeric Powder

½ tsp Chilli Powder

1 tsp salt or to taste

Toast Powder (bread crumbs)

Method:

Cut open the Tuna Tin and drain all the water. Mash the boiled potatoes. Add the tuna to the mashed potatoes. Mince all the green masala add to the mixture. Add all powders, salt and yolk of egg (reserve the white of egg) and mix together.  Make small balls (if there is excess water, add bread crumbs). Form cutlets in the palms of your hands. Beat the white of egg. Dip the cutlets in white of egg and then Bread Crumbs (if you want crispy cutlets) or only white of egg.

Heat frying pan, add about 6 tbsp oil and shallow fry the cutlets on both sides. Remove to a paper towel to take off excess oil.

Xmas Cake the Easy Way

Xmas Cake the Easy Way

Ingredients:

600 gms mixed fruit (can obtain from Supermarket in packet)

¾ Cup Chopped Walnuts

¾ Cup standard flour

½ tsp baking powder

1 Egg (beaten)

1 can condensed milk (400 gms)

½ cup water

Method:

Boil the mixed fruit in water for a minute. Keep stirring while it is boiling. Remove and allow to cool.

Mix in a bowl the mixed fruit, the chopped walnuts, the condensed milk and egg. Stir in the flour, previously shifted with the baking powder. Mix well and pour into Cake tin (sized 7 to 8 inches or 18 to 20 cms) lined with baking paper.

Bake in pre-heated oven for 1 hour at 110 degrees fan forced or 135 conventional oven or 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Continue baking for another hour at 110 degrees fan or 125 degrees conventional or 260 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remove and allow to cool.

Dum Mackerel or Sardines

Ingredients:

800 gms Mackerels (6) or Sardines

6 medium onions (chopped)

1.5 pods chopped garlic

3 inches chopped ginger

6 chopped green chillies

400 gms tomatoes or one can of diced tomatoes.

A bunch chopped coriander leaves

1 to 1.5 tsp chilli powder (according to spice requirement)

½ tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp salt

½ cup vinegar

The above four can be substituted with 2 tbsp Dexter’s salt & chilli paste. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfGFqtF9UkU

Juice of lemon

3 tblsp of Olive Oil

Method:

Clean the Mackerels (with Pockets along the bone- see video) or Sardines, apply ½ tsp of salt and keep aside.

Heat a deep pan and add olive oil. When hot add the Onions. Add 1/2 tsp of salt. Fry till the onions become slightly brown. Add the ginger, garlic, chillies. Fry for 3 minutes. Add the chilli, turmeric, salt and vinegar or salt & chilli paste. Mix well and add tomatoes and mix well. Fry for 5 minutes.

Pre-heat Oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes. Take a deep baking dish or roasting dish. Add one portion of the cooked masala to the dish. On top of it place the Mackerels or Sardines. For Mackerels fill some of the masala into the pockets which were created. Put the rest of the masala on top of the mackerels or sardines. Sprinkle the coriander leaves on top of the fish and then sprinkle the lemon juice on top of the fish.

Close with lid (sealed) or aluminium foil. Place some water on top of the lid. Bake for 30 minutes.

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.

 

Mussels Grilled Japanese Style

Mussells Grilled Japanese Style

Ingredients:

20 Live Mussels or Frozen Packaged Mussels in half shells

Method for Live Mussels:

Clean the mussels under water and take off the beard if any. Scrub off the direct and wash them. If any of the mussels are already opened, tap them and see if they close. If not throw them away. Wash the mussels and then steam them in a little water. Place water in a vessel and the mussels in a colander over the water. When it steams the mussels open. If they do not open throw them away. You can also steam them in a little water with the lid of the vessel closed. When steam starts escaping from the lid the mussels would have opened. Use the stock for soup.

Open the mussels and then discard one of the shells. Remove the meat from the other shell, remove any beard or dirt and place it back in the shell. Do this for the rest of the mussels.

Preparing Sauce:

In a bowl pour half a cup of the Mayonnaise and add 2 tablespoon of Shiracha chilli sauce. Add 2 tablespoon of chopped green onion or spring onions. Mix well.

Grill Tray:

Place the half shell mussel either fresh or packaged one’s on a baking tray. Pour in one tablespoon of the sauce on top of each mussel. Place the tray under a grill in the oven. Grill at 180 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Remove and serve with lemon wedges.