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Xmas Cake

 

 

Ingredients:

900 gms mixed Dry fruits (can obtain from Supermarket in packet) or put in the following:

200 gms Currants

150 gms chopped Dates

150 gms chopped Cranberry

100 gms Dark Sultanas

100 gms Sultanas

100 gms Chopped Dry Cherries

100 gms Prunes chopped

Mix the above in a glass bowl or Jar. Add 2 cups of Dark Rum and close with cling wrap. Keep this in the cupboard or away from sunlight. Do this at least 3 days prior to baking cake. Some do this a month earlier, some 3 months earlier.

250 gms nuts (Almonds and Walnuts) cut into small pieces. To be added to the above mixture a day earlier to baking cake (1 cup Dark Rum to be added and mixed well)

1 bottle Dark Rum (750 ml)

500 gms standard flour or Maida to be sifted along with baking powder

½ tsp baking powder

500 gms Powdered (Castor) Sugar

500 gms Unsalted Butter

125 gms Ghee or Clarified Butter

500 gms Eggs (8)

1 tbsp. Vanilla Essence

1 tsp Caraway Seeds (to be rubbed on palm of your hand before putting)

1 Tbsp. Treacle or Golden Syrup (to be added last)

1 cup Burnt Sugar Syrup (see video – how to prepare burnt sugar syrup)

Method:

Remove soaked fruit and nuts and spread on a tray. Sprinkle some of the flour over them and mix lightly.

Line the cake tins to be used for baking with Baking paper.

Separate the eggs yolk from the white and keep aside. Beat the white of egg to stiff consistency.

In a cake mixer or in a deep vessel, blend the butter, ghee and sugar adding the sugar little at a time. Total 20 minutes if blending in vessel. Use a big wooden spoon or wooden buttermilk churner. Start adding flour and egg yolk – little at a time and blend well. When egg yolk is finished start adding white of egg until both the flour and egg has been added. Blend well.

Add the vanilla essence, caraway seeds and blend further. Add the burnt sugar and mix well. Lastly add the golden syrup. Now add the dry fruits and nuts. Mix well and pour into Cake tins (sized 6 to 8 inches or 12 to 20 cms) lined with baking paper.

Bake in pre-heated oven for 2 hour at 140 degrees fan forced or 150 conventional oven or 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Check if the cake is done, by piercing the cake with a skewer. If it comes clean without any batter, cake is baked. Otherwise continue baking for some more time.

Remove and let the cake cool in the tins.

 

Feeding the Cake with Rum:

Remove the cake along with the baking paper and place on aluminium foil. Pierce the cake half way through with a chopstick or thick skewer. Around 12 to 15 will suffice. Pour the rum into the holes little at a time, 6 to 8 spoons. Wrap the cake with the baking paper and foil and place it in cupboard for a week. You can do this a couple of times (if you have time). Just before Xmas you can ice the cake or top it up with dry fruits (I have not shown this hear).

Slice the cake and enjoy.

 

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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.

Mackerel Curry (Mangalorean)

Mackerel Curry (Mangalorean)

Ingredients:

5 Mackerels (6) or 500 Sardines or 2 Pomfrets

Masala (ground)

1/2 onion (sliced)

4 seeds garlic

1 inch ginger

1 green chilli

200 gms Chopped tomatoes (Canned) or two tomatoes (sliced)

8 Red Chillies

3/4 tsp turmeric powder

½ Tsp Cumin Seeds

A small ball tamarind

Water if required

Seasoning:

½ Onion (Sliced)

Few Curry Leaves

2 tblsp Ghee (clarified butter) or Oil

Salt to taste (1 tsp)

Method:

Clean the Mackerels (see Video), Cut them into required size pieces (2 or 3) apply ½ tsp of salt and keep aside.

Place a deep pan or vessel on stove. Add ghee or oil, when hot add ½ sliced onion. Fry for a minute, add curry leaves. Fry for another minute and add the ground masala. Fry for 10 minutes, add masala water if it dries up. Now add the remaining masala water and more water if required to make gravy. This should not be too thin. The gravy will increase when you add the fish (water from fish). Now add 1 tsp salt and the Mackerel Pieces. Boil for 3 minutes or until fish is cooked. Check for salt and gravy requirements. Remove from stove.

That’s it Mackerel Curry.

 

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.

 

Prawn Vindaloo

Prawn Vindaloo

 

Ingredients:

800 gms Tiger Prawns (shelled and deveined) (wash, marinate with ½ tsp turmeric and ½ tsp salt, keep aside for 15 minutes)

Grinding:

12 Red Chillies (Kashmiri)

15 Pepper Corns

1/2 Tsp of Cumin Seeds

1/2Tsp Turmeric Powder

1 marble sized Tamarind

4 green chillies

2 Onions

8 seeds garlic

1 inch ginger

8 cloves

2 sticks cinnamon

1 cup vinegar

Other Ingredients:

400 gms Potatoes peeled and cut into thick round slices

Quarter cup Oil

1 Onion (minced)

3 tbsp vinegar

1 tsp sugar

2 tsp Salt

 

 

Method:

Grind all the ingredients using the vinegar and some water. Keep aside. Also keep aside the masala water from the grinder.

Fry the sliced potatoes and then the marinated prawns. Keep aside.

Heat a vessel and add the oil in which prawns were fried. Add more oil if required. When hot add minced onion and one tsp salt. When onion becomes slightly brown add the ground masala. Fry for about 45 minutes. If the mixture dries up add masala water. When the masala turns brown add the fried prawns and fry for 5 minutes. Add sugar, salt and vinegar. Add one cup water and when boiling add potatoes thick gravy. Boil for another 5 minutes until the potatoes are well mixed in the gravy.

Pork Indad

Pork Indad

1.2 Kgs Pork (rind with fat and meat) sliced into 2×2 inch pieces

750 gms Potatoes (peeled and sliced)

1 Sliced Onion

Salt & Vinegar

Oil for frying the pork and potatoes

Grinding:

3 Onions

12 Red Chillies

6 Green chillies

12 Pepper Corns

1 Heaped Spoon Cumin Seeds

1 tsp Turmeric Powder

5 cloves

1 piece cinnamon

1 lime sized Tamarind

6 seeds garlic

To be ground in water and little vinegar

Method:

Wash the sliced pork and drain. Apply little salt and keep aside for 15 minutes. Apply salt to sliced potatoes and keep aside for 15 minutes. Fry the sliced potatoes and sliced pork slightly on both sides and remove. Heat a vessel and put the oil in which the pork was fried. Season the sliced onion and fry till slightly brown. Fry the ground masala till the colour changes to dark brown. Keep adding the masala water and more water if required. Add 2 to 3 cups water and add the fried pork and boil till pork is cooked. Add salt and vinegar to taste. Add fried potatoes and bring to boil. Pork Indad is ready.

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).