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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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Pork Sorpotel (Mangalorean)

Pork Sorpotel

1.25 Kgs Pork cut into Small Pieces

1 Pig Heart

250 Gms Pig Liver

Green Masala:

3 Big Onions Finely Chopped

15 Cloves Garlic Finely Chopped

15 Green Chillies Finely Chopped

3 inches Ginger Finely Chopped*-

Grinding:

Each of the below ingredients to be dry roasted separately and ground in vinegar and water

15 Red Chillies

1 Spoon Black Pepper

1 Heaped Spoon Cumin Seeds

1 heaped Spoon Mustard Seeds

2 Heaped Spoons Coriander Seeds

1 Spoon Cuscus (poppy seeds)

12 cloves

4 big sticks Cinnamon

4 Cardamom Pods

1 tsp Shahi Jeera

1 Onion Sliced

1 tsp Turmeric Powder

1 small piece nutmeg

A small lemon sized ball of Tamarind

Half cup vinegar

Water

Other:

4 tbsp. Oil

2 Cinnamon Leaves

Salt to taste

3 tbsps Pork Blood or 150 gms black pudding smashed and soaked in vinegar.

Method:

Clean the pork, wash and cut into big chunks. Boil adding 1 tsp salt and 2 cups water. Don’t cook fully. Just boil for 10 minutes and remove. Similarly, cut the heart and liver, wash and boil in ½ tsp salt and 1 cup water. Allow to cool. Drain and reserve the stock. Cut the pork, heart and liver into very small pieces.

In a deep pan fry the pork and liver pieces in batches slightly in its own fat and remove.

In a deep vessel, heat 4 tablespoon oil and fry the minced green chillies for 30 secs. Then add the chopped onions and 1.5 tsp salt fry for a minute and add the bay leaves. After two minutes add the garlic and ginger and fry for 5 minutes. Now add the ground masala, mix well and cook on slow fire for 5 minutes. Add the masala water and stock (from boiled meat) and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the fried meat and liver pieces and cook on slow fire for 45 minutes. Add salt and vinegar to taste.

Add the pork blood or black pudding and cook for another 15 minutes.

Pork Sorpotel is ready. You can have this with Sannas or Appams or Rice Pancakes or just plain rice or dunk with bread.

 

 

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.