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Water Chestnuts How to consume tender water chestnuts


Water Chestnuts – how to consume them

NUTRITION Evidence Based 5 Surprising Benefits of Water Chestnuts (Plus How to Use Them) Written by Ryan Raman, MS, RD on April 20, 2018

Despite being called chestnuts, water chestnuts are not nuts at all. They are aquatic tuber vegetables that grow in marshes, ponds, paddy fields and shallow lakes. Water chestnuts are native to Southeast Asia, Southern China, Taiwan, Australia, Africa and many islands in the Indian and Pacific oceans. They are harvested when the corm, or bulb, turns a dark brown color. They have a crisp, white flesh that can be enjoyed raw or cooked and are a common addition to Asian dishes such as stir-fries, chop suey, curries and salads Water chestnuts are very nutritious and contain high amounts of fiber, potassium, manganese, copper, vitamin B6 and riboflavin. Most of their calories come from carbs. Water chestnuts are a great source of the antioxidants ferulic acid, gallocatechin gallate, epicatechin gallate and catechin gallate. These antioxidants can help the body combat oxidative stress, which is linked to many chronic diseases. Also known as Water Caltrop, Paniphal, Singhara

Eaten raw

Wash, peel and eat raw. Delicious, crunchy.

Boiled

Wash, cut off the stems and boil 15 minutes. Drain, cool, peel and eat as a delightful healthy nutritious snack

Sauteed Water chestnuts

1 medium onion, chopped ½ tsp. chilli powder 4 flakes garlic, chopped, 1” pc ginger, copped 1 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped ½ tsp. salt 1 tbsp. lemon juice Optional: 1 tbsp. green chutney sauce, 1 tbsp. sweet chutney sauce or Schezwan sauce or combination of soy sauce and tomato ketchup 1 tbsp. each. Etc.

Wash and peel the water chestnuts and immerse in water till required. Add 1 tbsp. oil to a pan and stir fry for 10 minutes. Drain and remove. Add 1 tbsp. oil to the pan and sautee the chopped ginger garlic for a minute, then add the chopped onion and sautee till saoft. Add the chilli powder, green chutney and sweet chutney and salt and 2 t 3 tbsp. water and add the chestnuts and cook till the moisture dries and the sauce thickens. Sqyeeze over the lemon and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve as an accompaniment with any main meal or as a starter! Absolutely delicious!!

Breadfruit Fry


Breadfruit is a staple food in many tropical regions. Most breadfruit varieties produce fruit throughout the year. Both ripe and unripe fruit have culinary uses; unripe breadfruit is cooked before consumption. Before being eaten, the fruit are roasted, baked, fried or boiled. When cooked, the taste of moderately ripe breadfruit is described as potato-like, or similar to freshly baked bread.  Breadfruit is exceptionally high in fibre and excellent for gut health!!

This recipe is similar to the Raw Banana Fry (Cooking with raw Bananas) that I

posted, but the method is different.  Here the breadfruit is marinated in the spices

and vinegar and then dipped in the batter prepared with the remaining marinade and

addition of flours.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium Breadfruit
  • 1 tsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp. Vinegar or Lemon juice, or to taste
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder or to taste
  • 1 cup water, approx.
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup rice flour
  • ¼ cup corn flour
  • ¼ tsp. soda bicarb (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

Method

Cut the end of the breadfruit and peel.  Cut into half, then fours.  Remove the pith and cut into 1/4 slices lengthwise or horizontally if its a large fruit.  Immerse in plenty of salted water, to prevent oxidation. 

In a separate bowl, mix the ginger garlic paste, chilli & turmeric powder, salt with the vinegar/lemon juice and water.  Add the breadfruit slices to this marinade and leave for 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove the breadfruit and set aside.  To the marinade add all purpose flour, rice flour, corn flour, soda bicarb and make a thick smooth paste.  If it’s too watery add some more of the flours.  Batter should coat the slices. Test salt and add if necessary.

Heat oil in a kadai or wide frying pan.  Dip the breadfruit in the batter to cover well. Deep fry in batches till crisp and golden on medium flame.  Drain on kitchen towel.    Serve as a side with a main meal or with tomato ketchup as a snack or appetizer.

P.S.: The same batter can be used to fry arbi, egg plant, zucchini, cauliflower, raw banana, potatoes, yam, mushrooms, etc.

Traditional way to make fried breadfruit is to just add some chilli powder, turmeric, salt and lemon juice or tamarind pulp to the slices and then shallow fry till cooked and lightly browned on both sides.

Spanish Paprika Prawns


Spanish Paprika Prawns

These prawns turn out absolutely delicious, so juicy and succulent.  Makes a great starter or appetiser!!  Serve with lots of lemon and crusty bread to mop up delicious gravy.

Ingredients

  • 12-15 prawns (1 Kg medium sized)
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup cream
  • ½ cup Aglio Olio sauce
  • Lemon and Parsley/coriander leaves for garnish

Trim the head and keep the shell & tail on the prawns.  Use kitchen scissors to cut down the middle to remove the vein.  Clip off the legs, etc. as shown. Wash and pat dry.  Rub salt on the prawns.

Take 1 tsp of just the oil from the aglio e olio sauce.  Heat a large wide pan till very hot.  Add oil and prawns.  Press the prawns down so that the shell gets a nice char.  After 2 mns on each side, add about ½ cup of the aglio e sauce and cook for 5 mns or till done.  Add lemon juice and cream, mix till heated through.  Take it off the heat and top with chopped parsley/coriander leaves.  Serve with crusty bread and lots of lemon wedges.

Roasted Garlic and Lemon Soup


Delicious tangy soup, if you have roasted garlic handy the soup would be real easy, otherwise would take a bit longer to roast the garlic.  Check my tips for roasting garlic! Excellent for garlic lovers, great panacea for flu and colds due to the healing properties of onion and the large amount of garlic used.  The garlic flavor however does not overpower the dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 large heads garlic (one roasted)
  • 4 medium Onions
  • 3 stock cubes, any flavor
  • 1 bunch cilantro (or parsley)
  • 1 tsp. thyme (fresh if available)
  • ½ cup milk (substitute with Soy or almond milk)
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. black pepper powder
  • ½ tsp. salt or to taste
  • ½ tsp. lemon zest

Prepare stock.  Add the stock cubes to 1 litre (4 cups) hot water, stir to dissolve. Peel onions and chop roughly, peel one fresh garlic head and chop, peel the roasted garlic and discard the skins.  Heat the olive oil and add the fresh and roasted garlic and the onion and saute 2 mns.  Add the chopped parsley or cilantro (reserve some for garnish) and thyme, cook 2 minutes till onion is soft and translucent.  Add the stock and stir well.  Bring to a boil and simmer covered for 30 minutes stirring in between.  Take off heat and strain the soup.  Transfer the onion garlic mixture to a blender.  Add some stock to move the contents in the blender and blend to a smooth puree.  Transfer the puree to the strained soup and put it back on heat, add salt and pepper powder, stir and simmer further 5 minutes.  Add the milk and heat through, do not boil. Garnish with chopped parsley and lemon zest.  Serve hot with bruschetta.

To Roast garlic:  Cut off 1/4 “ of the tail of the garlic head, dip in olive oil and smear oil all over.  Wrap tightly in aluminium foil and bake in an oven for one hour.

TIP: On roasting garlic –

  1. Roast several heads of garlic and store leftovers in the refrigerator for couple of weeks and use as and when required
  2. Roast the garlic when cooking other food i.e. whenever you use the oven for roasting or baking food. 
  3. For quick roasting – Peel one head of garlic and roast on a frying pan with a little oil till lightly brown and fragrant.

Tomato Cheese Pizza


A universal party snack – Most simple and so easy to make at home.  Loved by old and young! Feel free to create your own toppings.  Can be baked on the stove top using a pan.

Ingredients (makes 12 to 15 small circular pizzas)

  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. warm milk
  • ½ tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Pizza sauce or as required
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • Chopped and sauteed pepperoni or mortadella (optional)
  • Chopped onion (optional

Mix yeast and sugar in warm milk and stir.  Cover and leave to bloom.  Rub the butter into the flour.  Mix in yeast mixture, stir in the eggs and knead well.  If dough is too sticky dust some flour or grease your hands with butter and knead till smooth. Cover and put in a warm place for 2 hours, until double in size.

Knead risen dough for 3 minutes.  Work into large flattened circles or use a cutter to make smaller pizzas.  Arrange on a greased baking tin and spoon over with the sauce, and other toppings. Sprinkle over with grated cheese.  Bake in a hot oven gas mark 4 for 10 to 15 minutes.  Serve immediately.  To bake on the stove top, heat a flat pan on medium low heat till hot.  Place the dough circles on the pan and quickly add the toppings.  Cover and cook 10 minutes till cheese melts and underside is light brown.

Zucchini Fry


The zucchini, courgette or baby marrow  is a summer squash, a vining herbaceous plant whose fruit are harvested when their immature seeds and epicarp (rind) are still soft and edible.

Ordinary zucchini fruit are any shade of green, though the golden zucchini is a deep yellow or orange.  At maturity, they can grow to nearly 1 metre (3 feet) in length, but they are normally harvested at about 15–25 cm (6–10 in).

In botany, the zucchini’s fruit is a pepo, a berry (the swollen ovary of the zucchini flower) with a hardened epicarp. In cookery, it is a vegetable, usually cooked and eaten as a savory dish or accompaniment.

Source – wikipedia

Ingredients

(I am using 12 zucchinis approx. in the video recipe, so the ingredients used are proportionately more)

  • 4 to 6 Zucchini
  • ½ tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. Vinegar or Lemon juice, or to taste
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder or to taste
  • ½ tp. Cumin powder
  • ½ tsp. coriander powder
  • 3 to 4 tbsp. rice flour
  • 2 tbsp. corn flour
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

Method

  • Wash and drain the zucchinis.  Trim the head and tail and cut vertically into ¼” thin slices.  If the zucchinis are tender and unblemished the skin can be retained.  Sprinkle 1 tsp. salt and set aside for 10 minutes. Then drain the water which is released from the zucchinis. Mix the ginger garlic paste, chilli powder, cumin and coriander powder, rice flour, corn flour, vinegar and salt (if required because the zucchinis are already salted) and make a thick paste using as much water as required.  Mix the slices with the batter.  A;ternatively you can dip each slice in the batter to coat before frying, in which case more batter will be required.  Heat oil for deep frying, when hot reduce flame and fry in small batches till crisp and golden.  Drain on kitchen towel.  Serve immediately when still crisp as a side with a main meal or with tomato ketchup as a snack or appetizer.

P.S.: The same batter can be used to fry arbi, egg plant, raw banana, bread fruit, potatoes, yam, mushrooms, etc.

Stuffed Giant Mushrooms


Stuffed Giant Mushrooms (A variation in the filling from the stuffed mushrooms baked)

Ingredients

  • 800 gms. Large White Giant Mushrooms (about 15 nos)
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 green chillies
  • Garlic, chopped
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1tsp. Herbs,
  • 1 tbsp. coriander leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Bread crumbs to sprinkle

Method

  1. Clean the mushrooms, remove stems and keep aside. 
  2. Peel the mushrooms and discard the skin. 
  3. Chop the mushroom stems, chop onions and chop and deseed tomatoes. 
  4. Chop green chillies and coriander leaves and mix together and season with salt and pepper. 
  5. Stuff the mushrooms with the filling, top with mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with bread crumbs. 
  6. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 20 minutes.
  7. Serve hot.

Chicken Satay


Chicken Satay

A versatile dish that can be served on the wooden skewers as a main entree or remove the chicken pieces to a plate and serve as a snack or appetizer.  Plate it, put tooth-picks on the meat and serve with cocktails. Don’t forget the dipping sauce!

Use only chicken thighs.  Any other meat like boneless chicken breast (though easier to prepare) would not achieve the same results.

 Ingredients

  • 8 Chicken thighs
  • 1 package wooden skewers

Satay Marinade

  • ¼ cup minced lemongrass, fresh or frozen
  • 2 shallots or ¼ onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 fresh red chillies, sliced or ½ to 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 thumb size pc. Galangal or ginger, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp. ground coriander
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 3 tbsp. dark soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 6 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil

Peanut dipping sauce to serve

Method

  1. Place all marinade ingredients in food processor and grind to a smooth paste.
  2. Taste-test the marinade – you should taste sweet, spicy, and salty.  The strongest taste should be SWEET and SALTY in order for the satay to taste its best.  Add more sugar or more fish sauce (in place of salt) to adjust the taste.  Add more chilli if you want it spicier.
  3. Remove skin and debone the thighs (or use boneless thighs if available) and cut meat into small pieces or strips – thinner is better. 
  4. Place in a bowl and pour marinade over. 
  5. Stir well to combine. 
  6. Allow at least 2 hours for marinating, or longer (upto 24 hours refrigerated). 
  7. Simultaneously, place the wooden skewers in water and leave to soak until required.
  8. When ready to cook, thread meat onto the skewers.  Fill upto 3/4  of the skewer.
  9. Grill the satay, turn over and grill over all sides of the skewer till well roasted and brown, about 15 to 30 minutes.
  10. Serve with satay sauce for dipping.

Satay Sauce (Thai Peanut sauce)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup dry roasted peanuts, unsalted
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp. dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp. tbsp. fish sauce (substitute with soy sauce)
  • ½ tsp. tamarind paste or 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. thai chilli sauce or cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ to ½ cup water (as required)

Method

  1. Process all the ingredients in a food processor until sauce is smooth.
  2. Adjust, salty, sour, sweet and spicy taste by adding fish sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar and cayenne pepper, respectively as required.
  3. If you require more salty add fish sauce, if more sweet, add sugar.
  4. Serve warm or at room temperature as dipping sauce for veggies, spring rolls, chicken satay, etc. 
  5. Keeps well in the refrigerator for two weeks.

Beef Croquettes


Beef CROQUETTES

Ingredients

  • 1 Kg. Boneless Beef or Beef mince (substitute with lamb/chicken)
  • 4 medium onions, chopped
  • 12 cloves garlic
  • 2” fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 tsp. garam masala powder, or to taste
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • 2 bread slices without edges
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • ½ cup freshly chopped coriander leaves
  • 6 to 8 green chillies
  • Salt to taste
  • Rawa/semolina for rolling
  • Oil for frying

Method

  1. Combine ingredients upto turmeric powder, add salt, ½ cup water and cook till almost dry.
  2. Set aside to cool down a bit.
  3. Break the bread into pieces and add to the cooked mince with the garam masala, lemon juice and coriander.
  4. Mix well and grind to a fine paste. 
  5. Add egg and mix well. 
  6. Chill the mixture for half an hour to make it easier to handle.
  7. Shape the mince paste into small cylindrical rolls and roll in rawa to coat. 
  8. Chill another 15 minutes. 
  9. Remove and shallow fry in a pan on medium flame till lightly brown and crisp.
  10. Keep turning the croquettes so that they are evenly browned on all sides. 
  11. Drain on absorbent paper and serve hot.

Goan Roast Beef


Goan Roast Beef

A delicious roast, can be cooked with steak slices or a chunk of beef roasted and then sliced before serving. Serve as a starter or with a main meal. Leftover roast can be made into tasty sandwiches. Yummy…..

Use boneless Lamb instead of beef!

Goan Roast Beef

Ingredients

  • 1 Kg. Beef
  • 3 medium onions, chopped into large pieces.
  • 15 to 18 cloves garlic
  • 1.5”pc. ginger
  • 15 cloves
  • 4 piece cinnamon (1” pc. Each)
  • ¼ tsp. pepper corns
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 4 red chillies
  • 2 tsp. sugar (optional)
  • ¼ cup vinegar, or to taste
  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste

Method

  1. Grind the spices from garlic to turmeric powder with the vinegar. 
  2. You can add some water to get the spices to move while grinding. 
  3. Transfer the masala to a wide bowl, add salt, mix
  4. Marinate the beef with the ground masala for one hour.
  5. To cook, heat ghee and add the red chillies and onion. 
  6. Saute till the onions are translucent. 
  7. Then add the meat with the masala water and cook till meat is tender and gravy is almost dry. 
  8. Serve hot. 
  9. Leftover beef can be used for sandwiches.

Beef Roulade


Beef Roulade

Goan Beef Roulade

Beef steak stuffed rolls – I am calling this Goan Beef Roulade because this is the spicy version of Beef Olives with typical Goan flavors as it includes Chorizo (Goan sausages) in the stuffing. The Beef Olives I have made earlier are a milder version leaning more towards continental cuisine. Try them, both are delicious in their own right!!

Ingredients

  • 1 kg. Beef steaks, beaten
  • 2 medium chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 to 4 tbsp. oil or ghee
  • Stuffing : Potato, Carrots, Choris (Goan sausages), Bacon, as required

Grind to a smooth paste

  • 10 red chillies
  • 1 ½ “ pc. Ginger
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 10 cloves
  • 1” cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp. peppercorns
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • 4 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt

Method:

P.S.: Ask the butcher to beat and flatten the steaks well. If not you will need to use a mallet or heavy pestle to beat the steaks to thin them so forming the rolls is easier. 

  1. Wash, drain and marinate the steaks in the ground masala paste for one hour.
  2. Prepare the stuffing. 
  3. Peel, wash and cut one potato in 2” sticks. 
  4. Wash carrot, peel and cut into 2” sticks. 
  5. Remove the Goan sausages from the casings. 
  6. Cut the bacon into 2” strips.  As bacon is not available here I have skipped it.  
  7. Spread the steaks on a board and trim off any excess meat and you need a rectangle piece. 
  8. Reserve the extra meat trimmings 
  9. Place the potato, carrot and sausages on one end of the steak and roll into a compact roll. 
  10. Secure with string or toothpicks. Thus make all the rolls.
  1. Heat a wide pan, add the oil/ghee and fry the chopped onions, w
  2. When they soften and are translucent, add the tomato paste and saute 2 to 3 minutes. 
  3. Place the rolls in a single layer (reserve the excess marinade) and fry 3 to 4 minutes on high till light brown. 
  4. Turn over and cook 20 minutes till the gravy almost dries up. 
  5. Stir well scraping the bottom of the pan to avoid burning the onions. 
  6. Add the excess marinade and some water to rinse the bowl and add to the roulade gravy. 
  7. Also add the leftover potatoes and carrots, if any, chopped finely.
  8. Check and adjust seasoning. 
  9. Cook till meat is tender and gravy is thick and oil surfaces. 
  10. Any rolls that are large in size can be cut into pieces before serving. 
  11. Remove the string before serving. 
  12. Toothpicks may be left as it is as they can be easily removed.  Serve hot.

Cafreal


Frango à Cafreal is a spicy chicken preparation consumed widely in the Indian state of Goa. The preparation originated from the Portuguese colonies in the African continent.[1] It was introduced into the Goan cuisine by the Portuguese and the African soldiers serving under the Portuguese.

The generic preparation involves green chillies, fresh coriander leavesoniongarlicgingercinnamonpepperchillimaceclove powder and lime juice or vinegar. Chicken Cafreal is always made from whole chicken legs, flavoured with the spices and herbs mentioned and then shallow fried.[2] Chicken Cafreal is usually accompanied by potato wedges and lime wedges. It is a popular dish in the bars and taverns of the state. – Source: Wikipedia

This recipe s inspired by Late Wendell Rodricks

Cafreal – Chicken Cafreal

Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg. Chicken
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. black peppercorns
  • ½ tsp. Turmeric powder
  • 1 bunch coriander leaves (about 100 gms)
  • 12 to 15 flakes garlic
  • 2” piece ginger
  • 6 green chillies (or to taste)
  • 10 cashewnuts
  • 2 Onions
  • 4 Tomatoes (deseeded) (Optional)
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. ghee or as required

Method

  1. Clean and cut the chicken into large pieces.
  2. Wash and set aside to drain.
  3. Grind to a paste the ingredients from garam masala to lemon juice alongwith the salt.
  4. Marinate the chicken with this masala. 
  5. Refrigerate overnight.
  6. Heat 2 tbsp ghee and fry the chicken in batches to light brown to seal the juices. 
  7. Set chicken aside
  8. Reserve the marinade.
  9. Add the coconut oil to the ghee left over from frying the chicken. 
  10. If not add a tbsp of ghee to a vessel, heat and fry the masala paste for 5 minutes till the raw smell disappears and fat leaves the masala. 
  11. Add the chicken, salt (if required), 1 cup hot water and cook till chicken is tender and gravy is thick. 
  12. Serve hot garnished with onion rings and lemon wedges.
  13. Repeated reheating gives a deeper color and improves the taste and texture of the gravy and the Cafreal just tastes better!

Bharwa Masala Mirchi


Bharwa Masala Mirchi

Stuffed Masala Peppers

These stuffed chillies can be consumed as a pickle or an accompaniment or loaded into sandwiches or rotis for a snack! Make a large batch and store in the refrigerator for upto a month!

Bharwa Masala Mirchi

Ingredients

  • 6 large long green Chillies
  • ¼ cup sev (fried bhel puri sev)
  • 1 ½ tbsp. fennel seeds (Saunf)
  • ¼ tsp. Ajwain (carom seeds)
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp. coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp. Amchur (Dry mango powder)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. Asafoetida
  • ½ tsp. mustard seeds
  • 4 to 5 tbsp. oil

Wash chillies and wipe dry.  Make a slit on the length of the chilli without cutting through.  Carefully remove the seeds and the pith with a small spoon or a knife.  Leave the stem on. 

To prepare filling:-

Powder the sev fine.  Grind the fennel and Ajwain to a powder.  Mix the sev, fennel, Ajwain, coriander, amchur, turmeric and salt in a bowl and add 2 tbsp. of the oil and mix well.

Stuff the masala powder into the chillies and set aside.  Heat the remaining oil and temper with asafoetida and mustard seeds.  When the seed pop add the stuffed chillies and fry on medium low heat for 3 to 4 minutes till it changes color and is light brown. Turn and cook other side for 2 minutes. Don’t burn them.  When the chillies are soft, switch off flame and cover and keep for 5 minutes.

Serve with besan chillas, rotis or with any meal as pickle or appetiser.  Can be preserved for a month in the refrigerator.

Crispy Fried Chicken


Crispy Fried Chicken

The chicken is so amazingly delicious and crispy and crunchy that you just can’t have enough of it. It was just flying off the frying pan. Very simple and easy to make with very few common ingredients. Serve as a starter, appetizer or as an accompaniment with any main meal. Or simply serve as a meal with a green salad and potato fries!

Crispy Fried Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 Kg. Chicken or Boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp. coriander powder
  • ½ tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp. chilli powder or to taste
  • 1 cup rice flour & 3 tbsp. rawa for coating
  • Ghee or oil for frying
  1. Clean chicken and cut into large pieces. If using boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips or cubes.
  2. Mix the ginger garlic paste with the masala powders, salt and vinegar to a smooth paste. Add a little more vinegar if the paste is too dry.
  3. Apply this mixture to the chicken and allow to marinate for half an hour or can even keep overnight in the refrigerator.
  4. Roll each piece of chicken in rice flour rawa mixture.
  5. Heat enough ghee/oil in a frying pan.
  6. Place the chicken pieces in the pan.
  7. Deep fry, reduce flame to medium, turning occasionally until a delicate brown and tender about 3 to 5minutes each side.
  8. Serve hot.
  9. May be shallow fried if desired.

Brinjal Pakoras


Brinjal Pakoras

Brinjals or aubergines or eggplants as they are called are a very versatile vegetable and a universal favorite, available roundthe year. They are delicious fried as pakoras, bhajias, stuffed with mince or green chutney masala (these recipes are in the book Mai’s recipes). The brinjal bharta and brinjal pickle are famous and so is the turkish recipe Imam Bayildi

Ingredients

  • 6 medium brinjals (or two large)
  • 1 ½ cups besan (gram flour)
  • ¼ tsp. soda bircarb (optional)
  • 1 tsp. carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 2 tsp. chilli powder or to taste
  • 1 ½ tsp. amchur (dry mango powder) or pomegranate seeds powder
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • Oil for shallow frying

Method

  1. Slice the medium brinjals horizontally.  If large cut into round slices.
  2. Mix the gram flour, soda bicarb, ajwain, chilli powder, amchur, salt to taste and make a batter with 1 cup water.
  3. Add some more water if batter is too thick. 
  4. Batter should coat the brinjals without dripping. 
  5. At the same time the coating should not be too thick. 
  6. Shallow fry to golden brown on both sides in hot oil. 
  7. Serve hot with ketchup, mint sauce, chilli garlic sauce or any sauce of your choice. 
  8. Make into sandwiches with bread or pita bread or rolled into a chapati for breakfast, packed lunch or a snack.
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