Category Archives: Entree

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

Stuffed Bread Balls (Veg or Non-Veg)

 

Stuffed Bread Balls

Ingredients:

Bread Slices (one for each Ball)

Any stuffing: Chicken, Mince, Potato

Shredded cheese

Bread Crumbs (optional)

Stuffing:

Chicken roast (any leftover or from Supermarket (Deli section)- shredded

Chopped onion (small)

2 cloves Garlic Chopped

Small piece ginger chopped

1 small chilli chopped

Few chopped coriander leaves

Small boiled potato

¼ tsp Turmeric Powder

¼ tsp Pepper Powder

¼ tsp Garam Masala Powder

Salt to taste

Method:

Heat 2 table oil. Add chopped onion, garlic, ginger, chilli. When slightly fried add boiled and chopped potato. Add Powders and mix well. Add shredded chicken. Mix and add coriander leaves and salt. Remove and when slightly cool make lime sized balls.

Cut away the sides of the bread. Dip in water and immediately squeeze out the water by placing the slice sandwiched in your palms. Place the stuffing (chicken ball or any other stuffing ) in the middle of the bread slice. Sprinkle shredded cheese and then close the bread slice by pulling the ends towards the middle. Form balls and place this aside. You can dip the balls in bread crumbs at this stage.

Heat oil in a deep pan or you can shallow fry. When oil is hot, drop the bread balls with the bottom part of the ball (pulled ends) touching the oil first. When fried (after a minute or two) turn and fry the other side.

Remove to paper towels and then have with schezwan sauce or chilli sauce or tomato sauce or can be had plain.

Good for breakfast, snack or starter. Any time of the day

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.