Bajra Flakes with Beets and Capsicum

Beets

You need:

  • Bajra Flakes.
  • 3 medium beets.
  • 2 capsicums
  • Cumin seeds
  • Mustard oil.

Grate the beets and finely dice the capsicum. Wash and strain out the excess water from the Bajra Flakes.

Heat oil and add the cumin seeds. For this recipe you will need to rely on your power of smell. Add the beets and capsicum and cook on high. When the raw smell of the capsicum goes away, season with salt. Now add the flakes. Cook on medium heat till the raw and distinctive earthy smell of the bajra reduces.

Garnish with coriander and serve hot or cold.

 

 

Spatchcock Chicken with Coriander, Garlic

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You need:

  • A whole chicken with skin.
  • Lots of coriander, garlic and green chilies chopped up really fine.
  • Any oil preferably olive or sesame.
  • Salt.

After you clean the bird, generously salt it and keep it in the freezer. About 2-3 hours before you plan to grill it, remove and let it thaw. Wash out the excess salt. The meat would have absorbed enough salt and do not add anymore at any time in the cooking process.

To spatchcock the bird, use kitchen shears or a sharp knife and remove the back bone all the way to the neck. Lay it down on a flat board with breast facing up. No using your palm, press down till the wish bone breaks.

Mix the oil with the finely chopped coriander, garlic and green chilies. Using your fingers stuff in as much of these into the gap between the skin and meat of the bird.

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The advantage of spatchcocking the bird is that it protects the breasts while allowing the legs to attain higher temperatures.

Grill at 240C for about 45-55 mins. The time depends on the size of the bird. When the legs reach 75C and the breasts hover around 65C, the chicken is ready. You may want to blast it with maximum heat with only top setting for about 4-5 mins.

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Let it rest for at least 10 mins before you start carving it up.

I grilled the back along with the whole bird for my kittens.

Tapioca Biffins

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I can’t decide if these are biscuits or muffins so I invented a new name…Biffins.

You Need:

  • Grated Tapioca about 800 gms.
  • Some fresh coconut
  • 2 teaspoons of Cumin and fennel seeds.
  • 3 Dry red chilies.
  • Whole Wheat Flour approximately 3 to 4 tablespoons.
  • Sugar as per taste.
  • Salt to season.
  • Grate the tapioca.

Powder the chilies, cumin, fennel and coconut. Add salt and sugar.

Combine the tapioca and the powdered spices. Knead together. It will be very wet. Add whole wheat flour in small batches till the moisture wetness is manageable.

Make into biscuit shapes and bake for 30 mins in a 160C oven. Don’t use butter paper as it has a tendency to stick to the paper. I made this mistake, you don’t need to.

Enjoy with any chutney or ketchup.

Honey Sesame Cabbage

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You need:

  • A full head of cabbage. Cut into long strips.
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil.
  • pepper and salt.

Super simple as always.

Just roast the cabbage on a hot grill pan. You can also broil it in the oven. But a stovetop is easier. You may need to do the cabbage in batches. As cabbage shrinks when its cooked you can add them all back into the pan before the final step.

Whisk together honey and oil. Drizzle this over the cabbage. Season with salt and pepper. Its a simple and nice dish that goes great with any grilled protein.

Garlic Prawns

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You Need:

  • Prawns, cleaned and de-veined.
  • Garlic Paste about one tablespoon.
  • Pepper Powder
  • Salt
  • A one inch piece of cold butter

Mix all ingredients except the butter and then carefully place the prawns in a moderately hot nonstick pan. Do not stack them up. After a min or two place the cold butter in the middle of the pan. Now slowly and carefully shake the pan around. The butter will start melting and also knock the prawns causing them to get free from the pan. When the pan makes a loud sizzling sound, remove from heat and keep rotating the prawns in it. When the sound goes away, return to heat. Keep repeating this for about 5 to 6 times. This much time is enough for the prawns to get cooked.

Its always a good idea to slice up a prawn and check if its done. This one step will make you confident about the prawns being cooked and also save you from overcooking the remaining prawns.

 

Snake Gourd without Oil

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Snake Gourd is a fantastic vegetable loaded with many health benefits. But it has a tendency to get a oily glaze when cooked. Its something I don’t particularly fancy. This recipe gets rid of this by not using any oil.

You need:

  • Cumin seeds
  • Coriander seeds
  • Dry red chilies
  • Snake Gourd, peeled and cut into small pieces.
  • Chopped up tomato
  • Aamchoor Powder.

Heat a pan and dry roast all the spices. As they release a lovely aroma, add the snake gourd. Cook on high flame and keep stirring. As the snake gourd starts to soften up and this may take only 7 to 8 mins, taste and check if its done. If satisfied, sprinkle some aamchoor powder and salt. Mix it well. But in minute or two, this will form a slightly sticky layer at the base of the pan. Now add the tomato and mix it up. This will clean up the pan.

 

Dill, Carrots and Mutton

You need:

  • An onion
  • 250 gms of mutton
  • 1 teaspoon of Ginger and garlic paste
  • Turmeric and red chilli powder
  • Carrots
  • Dill leaves

First step is to cook the mutton in a pressure cooker. So saute onions till translucent, add the ginger and garlic paste. When the raw smell is gone add the meat. After the meat turns into a white walker season with salt, turmeric and red chilli order. A cup of water. Pressure cook till it’s done.

Open the cooker add the finely chopped dill leaves and carrots peices. Pressure cook once again for only five mins. Open and reduce the consistency till very less water remains.

The sweetness of carrots with the distinct taste of dill leaves makes this an amazing accompaniment for Rotis.