Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mackeral with green mango / Meenum mangayum

Ingredients :
  1. Mackeral / Aiyala / Bangada - 2 medium large sized cleaned and cut into 2 or 3 pieces
  2. shallots - 3 crushed
  3. garlic - 2 cloves crushed
  4. ginger - 1 inch piece crushed
  5. coconut oil - 2 tbsp
  6. curry leaves - 2 springs
  7. green chilly - 2 slit
  8. red chilly powder - 2 tsp 
  9. turmeric powder -  1/2 tsp
  10. salt - to taste 
  11. thick coconut milk - 1/2 cup
  12. green mango - 1 big peeled and cut into pieces as big as the fish pieces

into a claypot , add all of the ingredients except the coconut oil and curry leaves and pour in 2 cups of water and mix well with your hands .
cook this on a medium flame for about 10 minutes until the fish and mango are cooked .
reduce the flame to low and taste for salt , spice and sourness .
Adjust taste now and add the coconut milk  and mix gently
allow it to warm up for a minute
turn the flame off and add the raw coconut oil and curry leaves on top of the hot curry mix lightly and cover with a lid and allow to sit for 30 minutes .
serve with rice 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Shallow fried Lady fish

Ingredients :

  1. Kane/Lady fish /Nongal - 4 medium sized cleaned ,washed and drained
  2. red chilly powder - 1 tbsp
  3. turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  4. salt - 1/2 tsp
  5. vinegar - 1/2 tsp
  6. black pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
  7. coconut oil - 4 tbsp

mix together the chilly , turmeric,salt,vinegar,black pepper and 1 tbsp of coconut oil and make into a paste , add few drops of water if needed .
taste the paste for salt and adjust if required
apply the paste on the cleaned fish and set aside for an hour .
heat remaining coconut oil in a shallow nonstick tawa or pan
once the oil is hot place the fish in a single layer and cook on medium heat for 2 minutes per side
turning the fish once.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients :
  1. Chicken - meat from 1 chicken breast and 2 chicken thighs (blitz in the food processor or mixie to make a rough mince)
  2. minced garlic or garlic powder- 1 tsp
  3. black pepper powder - 1 tsp
  4. soy sauce - 1 tbsp
  5. salt - to taste
  6. herbs of your choice , oregano or parsley -2 pinches 
  7. chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
  8. vinegar - 1 tsp
  9. Bread - 2 slices
  10. milk - 1/4 cup
  11. egg - 3
  12. fresh bread crumbs - 2 cups 
  13. all purpose flour - 1 cup
  14.  Oil - 2 cups fry

soak the bread slices in milk and crush with your fingertips and set aside
into the minced chicken , add the garlic ,pepper,soy sauce,salt,herbs,chilly powder,vinegar , 1 egg and soaked bread and mix well with your hands .
to check for salt and spice I usually saute a small pea sized meat mixture on a pan (it will only take a minute to cook such a small portion).
Adjust seasonings and cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes .
After 30 minutes remove from fridge and shape the mixture into nuggets .
apply oil on your fingers and palm and shape it as the mince will stick to your hands if not oiled.
place the formed nuggets in a single layer on a plate and freeze for 15-30 minutes (you can skip this step - but it is easier to handle the nuggets when they are hardened in the freezer ,else it is very delicate and takes a lot of time and effort to coat the nuggets)
beat 2 eggs
place bread crumbs on a sheet of news paper
all purpose flour on a flat plate - season with 2 pinches of salt .
Remove the nuggets from freezer and roll in the all purpose flour
then dip in the beaten egg
then coat with bread crumbs and keep aside .
At this stage they can be frozen by placing flat in a single layer on a plate and once hard transfer to ziplock bags to fry whenever needed.
heat oil until medium hot and fry the nuggets on medium low flame until cooked (if frozen it will take about 7 minutes )
once the nuggets are cooked they float to the surface of  the hot oil.
fry until golden brown. drain on paper towels and serve with ketchup

NOTE : you can make your own breadcrumb . Save the sides and ends of the loves of bread when you make sandwiches in a ziplock bag in the freezer . remove from freezer and allow to thaw for 15 minutes , break into small pieces and process in a food processor or mixie for 30 seconds  to make fresh bread crumbs

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