Category Archives: Entree

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.

 

Spicy Chicken Livers Dry

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500 gms Chicken Livers

Ingredients:

12 Dry Red Chillies

5 Seeds Garlic

1 tsp Cumin seeds

¾ tsp Turmeric Powder

Small Ball Tamarind

12  pepper corns

Two sticks cinnamon

5 cloves

All the above ingredients to be ground fine in water.

1 Onion Chopped

15 Curry Leaves

1/2 scraped Coconut

Vinegar ( 1 to 2 tbls)

Salt (1.5 tsp) to taste

Chopped coriander leaves few stalks.

Method:

Clean and Cut Chicken Livers into 2 to 3 pieces each, wash well and boil the pieces with a little salt, 1 tsp pepper powder, ½ tsp turmeric powder, 2 tblsp vinegar and one cup water.

Grind and remove the masala and reserve the masala water.

Fry 4 tablespoons of the ground masala. Add the scraped coconut and fry till you get the fried coconut aroma. Remove the coconut.

Heat two tablespoons oil and add curry leaves and then fry the chopped onion. When brown add the ground masala and fry till dry. Add the masala water and again fry till nearly dry. Now add boiled chicken liver pieces and fry till they are coated with the masala. Now add the boiled water, vinegar, salt and allow to cook till the meat is nearly dry.

Check for salt and vinegar- add if required. Add the fried scraped coconut and mix well. Add chopped coriander leaves. Mix and remove from flame.

 

Gobi 65

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Ingredients:

300 gms Cauliflower cut into medium Florets

Marinade

3 tsp Chilli Powder

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

Few coriander leaves – chopped fine (two stalks)

Few curry leaves – chopped fine (15)

Salt to taste (1/2 tsp)

1 tsp garam masala powder

4 tbsps Corn Flour

1 tbsp All Purpose Flour (Maida)

2 tbsp Rice Flour

2 tbsp Lime Juice

Water to mix

Seasoning

½ tsp of Chilli Powder

½ tsp of Garam Masala Powder

20 curry leaves

2 sliced green chillies

Oil for frying

 

Method:

Wash the Cauliflower Florets. Place in a vessel. Sprinkle ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder and ½ tsp salt. Pour hot water over the cauliflower to cover them. Keep for 5 Minutes. Drain and keep aside.

Prepare the marinade. The batter should be thick. Add the cauliflower florets. Mix and marinate for 10 mins.

Heat oil in a deep pan and fry the cauliflower florets. Fry in batches.  Remove and keep aside. In another pan add two table spoons oil. When hot add the curry leaves and sliced green chillies. Fry till crisp . Now add 1/2 tsp chilli powder and ½ tsp garam masala powder to the pan, fry for 30 secs. Mix and add the fried Cauliflower Florets. Toss and mix well- fry for a couple of minutes. That’s it. Gobi 65.

Bread Upma

 

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Ingredients:

1 Loaf Sliced Bread

1 Cup Beaten Yoghurt

1 tsp Mustard Seeds

1 tsp Fenugreek Seeds (Methi)

3 Tablespoons Oil

I big Onion or 2 small Onions finely chopped

Curry leaves (16)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp Turmeric Powder

3 Green chillies  chopped

5 Spoons Fresh Desiccated Coconut

A Bunch coriander leaves (chopped)

 

Method:

Cut the Sliced Bread into small cubes, mix with yoghurt and keep aside for half an hour. Chop the onions fine, chop green chillies, chop coriander leaves-keep aside.

Heat deep pan and when hot add oil. When oil is hot add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds. When it starts spluttering add the onions and curry leaves and fry till onions loose its rawness. Add the chopped chillies and salt. Add turmeric powder and fry to mix well. Add the bread pieces and mix well. Fry till bread pieces loses its moistness due to the yoghurt and become dry. Add the desiccated coconut and mix well. Now put the flame off and add chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and remove from Stove (if electrical stove).