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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.

 

Tandoori Masala Powder

1 tblspoon Pepper Corns

3 tblspoon Cumin Seeds

4 tblspoon Coriander Seeds

1 tblspoon Fenugreek Seeds

1 tblspoon Green Cardamom Seeds

1 tblspoon Black Cardamon

2 pieces Turmeric

1 tblspoon cloves

3 piece cinnamon

1 tablespoon mace

All the above to be dry roasted and dry ground along with the below powders

¾ tblspoon Nutmeg Powder

1 tblspoon Garlic Powder

1 tblspoon Ginger Powder

1 tsp salt

After the spices are ground, allow to cool. Then store in airtight container or ziplock bag. Use as required.

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.

Schezwan Sauce

 

Ingredients:

6 Tablespoons of Red Chilli Paste ( see my recipe for Red Chilli Paste)

5 tablespoons Sesame Oil

12 cloves finely chopped garlic

1 small piece (1 inch) finely chopped ginger

1 small onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons finely chopped celery

1 cup water

1 tsp pepper powder

2 to 3 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tblsp Soy Sauce

1 tblsp vinegar

1 tsp salt

Method:

Heat Sesame Oil in a pan and when hot add the ginger and garlic. Saute for a minute and add the chopped onion. Saute till the Onions turn translucent. Now add the Red Chilli Paste and mix well, fry for a minute. Add water and the rest of the ingredients. Cook for five minutes. Check for salt, vinegar and sugar. The taste should be spicy, sweet and tangy.

When cool, store in sealed container in refrigerator. Good accompaniment for Fried Rice, Chicken Lollipop etc.

Beetroot Halwa

Beetroot HalwaBeetroot Halwa

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

Ingredients:

2 Kilos of Beetroot Pulp (after extracting for wine) or 2.5 Kgs of Beetroot (cut, peeled and grated).

650 gms of Sugar

2 Cups of Milk

8 spoons of Ghee or clarified Butter

Few almonds (cut into thin slices)

Few Cashewnuts

Cardamom Powder

Method:

In a deep pan, add 2 spoons ghee and fry the cashew nuts lightly and remove. Then repeat the process with Almonds. Add the Beetroot pulp or grated beetroot. Add 2 more spoons ghee and cook till the rawness of the beetroot goes. Already boiled beetroot for wine will progress to next stage faster. When the beetroot has lost its rawness add the milk and on slow fire allow to cook. Keep stirring so it does not stick to bottom. After the milk has evaporated and beetroot has become soft add sugar and mix. The sugar will dissolve and you will get some more liquid. Add 4 spoons of ghee and cardamom powder and mix and fry well till the mixture comes together. Add the fried cashew nuts and almonds. Mix and remove.

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Beetroot Wine

Beetroot Wine Bottle (1)

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=ZkH4shyt2bg

Ingredients:

3.5 kilos of Beetroot

2.75 Kilos of White Sugar

9 litres of Water

25 gms Active Yeast

Earthern Jar or Plastic Bucket with airtight lid (20 litres capacity)

2 Lemons (peel or grate the skin), Juice of lemon

25 gms of ginger (sliced fine), 16 cloves

Muslin cloth or thin cotton cloth for straining the wine.

Method:

Cut the top and bottom part of the beetroot. Wash and peel the beetroots. Grate the beetroots using a hand grater or electric grater. In a big vessel (can use two vessels), add the grated beetroot, ginger, lemon peel, water and boil. Simmer and cook till the beetroot is cooked (becomes light in colour).

Strain through Muslin or thin cotton cloth. Add sugar, lime juice and cloves. Stir and allow to cool. Reserve the pulp to make beetroot halwa. Transfer the beetroot Juice/Water mixture to the Jar or Plastic Bucket. Add the yeast (in a small bowl of luke warm water, add the yeast and a spoon of sugar, when it rises add). Stir well and then close the lid. Close with airtight lid and keep for 21 days. The quantity should not be more than 75% of the container.

After 2 days open, strain and keep for another 20 days. After 20 days, strain the mixture and then bottle it. Leave a gap of 2 inches from the cap of the bottle, to allow for any further fermentation process. If you want you can pour the beetroot wine back into the jar or plastic container for another week, before you bottle it.

Enjoy. You should get around 9 to 10 bottles of Beetroot Wine.

Grape Wine

Grape Wine

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=0uBnJ9DV3sQ

Ingredients:

4 kilos of Red/Black/Purple Grapes (with seeds or seedless)

4.5 Kilos of White Sugar

12 litres of boiled and cooled water

2 tsps Active Yeast

Luke warm to wash grapes

Earthern Jar or Plastic Bucket with airtight lid (20 litres capacity)

2 Handfuls of whole wheat

Muslin cloth or thin cotton cloth for straining the wine.

Method:

Wash the grapes (in luke warm water) and separate them from bunches. Squeeze the grapes directly into the jar or plastic bucket using your hand or using a lime squeezer. The skin of the grapes give the colour to the wine. If you want white wine remove the skin from the must (grape juice including skin and seeds). After all the grapes are squeezed add 12 litres of water and 3 kilos of sugar. Mix well using your hand. Add yeast (mix in slightly warm water and little sugar, when it rises add). Mix well. Add wheat. Close with airtight lid and keep for 21 days. The quantity should not be more than 75% of the container.

After 10 days open and add rest of sugar, stir and keep for another 14 days. After 14 days, strain the grapes and then bottle it. Leave a gap of 2 inches from the cap of the bottle, to allow for any further fermentation process. If you want you can pour the grape wine back into the jar or plastic container for another week, before you bottle it.

Enjoy. You should get around 15 to 18 litres.

Grape Wine

Rice Flour Puttu

Rice Flour Puttu

Ingredients:

1 Cup Rice Flour ( Lightly Roasted)

Half Scraped Coconut

½ tsp salt

Water

Puttu Steamer

Bananas, Sugar, Ghee

Method:

Mix the Rice flour and salt in a tray. Sprinkle boiled water over it and then using your fingers mix the flour. Keep adding more water till you get a sandy texture of the flour. It should be moist.

Now pour some water in the bottom portion of the puttu steamer and bring to boil. In the top portion drop in some scraped coconut (half a inch) and then the puttu mixture (about two inches) and then repeat the process. At the top you add the scraped coconut. Close the lid and place on top of the bottom portion of steamer.

After about 4 to 5 minutes you will see the steam coming through the perforations on the lid. After a minute take off the stove. Open and with the handle of a spoon or ladle, push through the puttu from the bottom out through the top onto a plate.

How to eat:

Puttu can be had for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is a South Indian preparation. I have it for breakfast in the following manner:

Sprinkle a spoon of sugar on top of the puttu. 1 tsp ghee and add a cut up banana. Mix them all together by mash them up. Then eat it.

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.

Pathrade in Mutton Curry

Patrade Mutton Curry

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=63ZerKUBgN0Patrade Mutton Curry

Ingredients:

2 Cakes of Steamed Pathrade Shredded and steam (cut into slices) – see my recipe to get this.

½ Kilo Mutton or Lamb cut into small pieces

1 Can Coconut Milk (425 ml)- ¼ use as thick. Remaining add a cup water to form thin juice.

5 Red Chillies

1 flat tblsp chilli powder

¼ tsp mustard seeds

5 pepper corns

1 tsp cumin seeds

1tsp Turmeric Powder

2 cloves garlic

A small ball Tamarind

1 tsp boiled rice

1 tblsp coriander seeds

1.5 tsp Salt

2 tblsp ghee or clarified butter

6 spoons of scraped coconut

1 sliced onion for Masala

1 sliced onion for cooking

Method:

Boil the mutton in 2 to 3 thin coconut and 1 tsp of salt till well cooked. Roast the ingredients one by one and remove (except chilli, turmeric powder and tamarind). Fry the coconut along with onion and garlic, when half done add the chilli and turmeric powder and fry till you get a good aroma. Roast the boiled rice and remove. Grind all together along with tamarind using thin coconut juice.

Place a deep vessel on stove. Heat two tblsps ghee and when hot add the sliced onion. When onion turns slightly brown add the ground masala and fry for some time (5 Minutes). Add boiled mutton and gravy. Add masala water. Cook for sometime (3 minutes). Add thick coconut juice and salt to taste. Mix well and bring to boil. The gravy should not be thick. The pathrade will absorb the gravy, so keep it slightly thin. Add the pathrade slices and bring to boil and put off.