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Recipe: Chicken curry for kids….

Posted in Chicken, Children's Food, Recipes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2012 by ninasnosh

This has to be my kids favourite meal – they are constantly asking me to make chicken and roti. Luckily, because I have a pressure cooker the entire dish probably takes about 10-15 mins from start to finish.

 

 

 

Ingredients

Feeds 2 hungry children – vary the spices according to your child’s taste

  • 1 boneless chicken thigh cut into small pieces (fat removed)
  • 1 small potato peeled and cubed
  • I fresh tomato chopped or 1/2 cup of of passata
  • 1/2 tbsp of tomato puree if using a fresh tomato
  • 1/4 onion finely chopped
  • 2 inches of zucchini finely chopped
  • 1 small clove of garlic – crushed
  • 1/2 tsp for of ground coriander and cumin
  • 1/4 tsp of garam masala
  • pinch of chilli powder or fresh masala
  • 1/4 tsp of turmeric
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of water

 

 

Easy method

  1. Simply add all the above ingredients except the tomato puree and spices to a pressure cooker
  2. Seal the pressure cooker and place on a medium heat – allow the whistle to sound twice
  3. Allow to rest for 5 minutes – off the hob
  4. Then release the steam from the cooker (on mine I remove the whistle)
  5. Safely open the pressure cooker – add all the spices and tomato puree if you have used a fresh tomato
  6. Allow the dish to simmer for a further 5 or so minutes on the hob
  7. Check that the dish is cooked, taste and allow to rest before serving

Can be served with roti or rice.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker you can of course go with the more traditional method:

  1. Soften the onions and garlic in some oil
  2. Add the passata/ tomatoes
  3. Add the spices and then simmer on a low heat until you have a nice sauce
  4. Next add the zucchini, potatoes, chicken, water and tomato puree
  5. Simmer until the dish is cooked

chopped chicken

 

chopped zucchini and onion

 

all the ingredients in the pressure cooker

 

spices

 

 

finished dish

Introducing children to ‘Indian Food’

Posted in All about food, Children's Food with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2012 by ninasnosh

 

Since my children were weaned on to solids they have been eating indian style food cooked with only the non hot spices. My boys are now 4.5 and 2, my youngest has no issue with trying spicy food but my eldest will refuse it before trying it. Probably our own fault for saying things were ‘too spicy’! So I have decided it’s about time we sorted things out and got them both on the spicy food track (only on moderate levels of course).

All of the dishes I blog for children can be cooked without the hot spices too.

I hope this section of my blog will help you vary your child’s diet and introduce so many more new flavours and ingredients that they otherwise would not taste. So many Indian spices hold great health benefits so please give these recipes a go.

Will update my first recipe later today…..

Indian Chips ……

Posted in Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2012 by ninasnosh

There are not that many people out there who don’t like chips so if you like spicy food these have got to be a winner.

 Ingredients

Method
1. Peel and cut the potatoes into even sized chips then soak in cold water
2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan (preferably one that has a lid)
3. Once the oil is hot add the mustard seeds and cover the pan with a lid
4. Once the seeds have popped remove the pan from the heat
5. Now add the hing and allow it to sizzle for a few seconds before you add the rest of the spices
6. Mix the spices all together to form a paste in the oil – return to a medium heat
7. Drain the potatoes and add to the pan – make sure the pan is hot but not too hot that the potatoes burn
8. Carefully mix the potatoes so that the spicy paste covers them
9. Cook the potatoes on a medium heat turning every few minutes so they are cooking evenly – keep the lid off for about 10 minutes
10. Cook with the lid half on for about 10 minutes – do not completely cover as you don’t want them to go soggy
11. You want the chips to be nicely brown and cooked through before you serve…
I only use as little oil as I can get away with – as you can see from the picture my chips were not oily. By soaking them in water, making sure the oil was hot enough when cooking and cooking with the lid partially off I ensured they were both cooked and crispy.

Easy and filling snack or meal: Poha

Posted in Lunch, Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2012 by ninasnosh

Poha are dehusked flattened rice. They are very popular in India as they are easy to use and transform into a delicious dish. This is a good snack to take out if you are on your travels and can keep for a few days in the fridge. You can buy a bag of Poha at any good Indian grocery store and they normally come in 500g bags.

I made the above dish recently when we were busy packing and needed some comfort food to keep us going. 

Ingredients

Feeds 3 for a meal or more for a light snack

For the Vaghar:

  • 2 tbsp of oil (sunflower or canola)
  • 1/4 tsp hing
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
and the rest….
  • 200g of Poha
  • 2 large potatoes: peeled and cubed (1.5cm)
  • 1 tsp of fresh masala (or more if you like it spicy)
  • 2 1/2 tsp of ground coriander and cumin (1 part cumin to 2 parts coriander)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt ( alter to taste)
  • Hot water from kettle

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan or saucepan
  2. Once oil is hot add the mustard seeds and cover the pan with a lid – once they have popped remove pan from the heat
  3. Add the hing
  4. Return the pan to a medium heat – add the potatoes and spices, mixing so the potatoes are covered (see fig 1)
  5. Now you need to add water so there is actually some liquid in the dish
  6. Add about a cup of hot water so the  potatoes are nearly covered (see fig 2)
  7. While the potatoes are cooking put the Poha in a colander
  8. Cook the potatoes for about 10 minutes on a low to medium heat so that they are cooked through  – add more water if required (the liquid consistency will be needed later)
  9. When the potatoes are nearly ready rinse the Poha with cold water – just run the cold water tap and rinse them in the colander
  10. Then add the Poha to the potatoes mix through and cook on a low heat – they will absorb all of the water
  11. Add more water if required – the Poha should disappear into the dish
  12. Cook the dish for a few more minutes
You can eat this on it own, I made a thin dahl to go with it…….
fig 1. potatoes

fig 2. potatoes with water

fig 3. poha

It’s all about variation….

Posted in Recipes, Vegetarian with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2012 by ninasnosh

I wasn’t really planning to blog this dish but thought why not!  I’m in the process of having a good go at using up the contents of my pantry and fridge, and thought it would be a good opportunity to show you how easy it is to vary a dish. A slight change in ingredients or method of cooking can easily change a dish and add variation to your culinary repertoire.

So after my pizza making on Sunday I was left with 1/3 jar of passata and needed to find a use for it. Here is a variation of my earlier recipe of ‘Tuver, Aubergine and Methi’. Substituting the fresh tomato with the passata creates a dish where the vegetables are cooked in a sauce.

Ingredients

Serves 4 people if served with another dish

For the vagar:

  • 1 1/2 – 2 tbsp sunflower/canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp hing
  • 1 medium size aubergine (eggplant) chopped into 3cm sized pieces
  • 1 frozen bag of tuver (about 300g) – you could substitute with frozen peas
  • 1/3 jar of passata – topped up to a half a jar with with water
  • 2 blocks of frozen fenugreek leaves – taken out the freezer 30mins before cooking
  • 1 potato peeled and cut into cubes of 2cm
  • 1 heaped tsp of fresh masala
  • 3 tsp of ground coriander and cumin
  • 1/4 tsp of turmeric
  • 1-2 tsp of salt

Method

  1. Prepare the aubergine and potato – soak the aubergine and potato in water once chopped or it will go black (strain when ready to use)
  2. If you haven’t had a chance to take the fenugreek out the freezer defrost it in the microwave
  3. In a largish non-stick saucepan heat the oil for the vagar
  4. Once the oil is hot add the hing and mustard seeds
  5. Remove the saucepan from the heat once the mustard seeds have popped
  6. Now add the aubergine, tuver, potato and fenugreek leaves – mix through
  7. Return the saucepan to the heat, add all the spices and mix through
  8. Cover with a lid and cook on a medium heat for a couple of minutes
  9. Now add the passata and water, mix through, cover with the lid and cook on a low-medium heat for around 25 – 30 minutes
  10. During the cooking time gently stir to prevent sticking – add water if the dish starts to get too dry
  11. Cooking times will vary so check the aubergine, tuver, and potato to make sure it is cooked – adjust cooking time accordingly
Remember, alway taste your food before serving, add extra spices if you think you need to, then cook through a little longer

Serve this dish along side a dahl with roti, naan or rice.

Recipe: Cauliflower, Peas and Potato

Posted in Recipes, Vegetarian with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2012 by ninasnosh

The Pampel family are yet again surrounded by packing boxes so apologies, but I haven’t managed to update my blog for a while.

This is my sister Rowaina’s favourite dish it takes a somewhat dull vegetable (cauliflower) and transforms it. This savoury dish takes on a subtle sweet flavour from both the peas and cauliflower.

Ingredients

Serves 2 hungry people or 4 if served with another dish

For the vaghar:

  • 2 – 3 tbsp sunflower/canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp hing

And the rest:

  • 1/2 a cauliflower – florets cuts into about 4 pieces each (see images below)
  • 1 potato peeled and cut into small pieces (about 2-3cm)
  • 2 cups of frozen peas
  • 1 tsp of fresh masala
  • 2 tsp of ground coriander and cumin (1 part cumin to 2 parts coriander)
  • 3/4 – 1 tsp cooking salt
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • water – may be required

Method

  1. Firstly prepare all the vegetables
  2. Heat the oil for the vaghar in a large deep frying pan
  3. Once the oil is hot add the mustard seeds and hing – cover with a lid
  4. Once the mustard seeds have popped/cracked in the oil remove the pan from the heat
  5. Now add all the spices to the oil and stir
  6. Return the pan to a low heat and add the cauliflower, peas and potato
  7. Mix everything together
  8. Cover with a lid and cook on a low-medium heat for about 20 minutes
  9. Stir occasionally making sure the food does not stick to the pan
  10. If you find it is sticking/burning turn the heat down and add 2-3 tbsp of tap water to loosen
  11. Taste to ensure there is enough salt and spice – add more if you think it needs it ( remember to always cook a little longer if you add more spices)
  12. Once you are happy the dish is cooked remove from heat, allow to rest for a few minutes and serve
Best eaten with roti or other indian bread
cauliflower

cauliflower, peas and potato – raw

cooking

Recipe: Rich Tomato Sauce

Posted in Chicken, Lamb, Recipes, The Pantry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2012 by ninasnosh

This is the sauce I used for my lamb curry. It’s a wonderfully rich tomato sauce that provides a wonderful base for chicken or lamb. I make a few variations of this sauce but if you can master this your chicken/lamb curry will taste amazing.

The great thing about this sauce is you can make it in larger quantities and freeze some to use at a later date.  I would probably add it to one of my pantry/freezer must have’s.

Ingredients

Makes enough to cook a whole shoulder of lamb plus potatoes

  • 2-3 tbsp of sunflower/canola oil
  • 2cm cube of ginger  peeled and sliced
  • Half a cinnamon stick
  • 10 cloves
  • 3 small or 2 medium size onions finely chopped in the chopper
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 2 x 400g tins of plum tomatoes – pureed
  • 3 tsp of fresh masala
  • 4 heaped tsp of ground cumin and coriander (1 part cumin to 2 parts coriander)
  • 3 heaped tsp of garam masala
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of chilli powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp of turmeric

Method

1. Chop the onions in a chopper

2. In a large heavy based saucepan heat the oil – add the onions, cinnamon stick, cloves and ginger

3. Cook on a low heat for about 10-15 until the onions take on a reddish tinge – don’t allow it to catch or go too brown

4. Now add all the spices, salt and bay leaves – stir and cook through

5. Add the pureed tomatoes, stir and simmer on a low heat with the lid on for about 15-20 mins (remember to stir it at intervals)

The sauce should take on a deep and darker colour – the onions will have dissolved into the sauce

7. Taste the sauce and add further spices and salt if required – remember the meat and potatoes will absorb a lot of the flavour so if you feel it needs more of a kick add some extra spices

8. Cook through for a little longer if you add more spices

9. The sauce is now ready for you to add the lamb

You could also refrigerate the sauce to use the next day or freeze it to use much later. If I am having guests I try and make the sauce the day before to save time.

It’s the show stopper: Lamb Curry

Posted in Recipes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2012 by ninasnosh

On Sunday we enjoyed a lovely meal will some friends. I cooked a couple of vegetarian dishes and also a yummy lamb curry. I thought it was about time I introduced you to a delicious meat dish that you just have to have a go at cooking – especially if you want to impress your friends 😉

The secret of this dish is of course the sauce. So read carefully and give it a go.

Ingredients for the Sauce

Makes enough to cook a whole shoulder of lamb plus potatoes

  • 2-3 tbsp of sunflower/canola oil
  • 2cm cube of ginger  peeled and sliced
  • Half a cinnamon stick
  • 10 cloves
  • 3 small or 2 medium size onions finely chopped in the chopper
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 2 x 400g tins of plum tomatoes – pureed
  • 3 tsp of fresh masala
  • 4 heaped tsp of ground cumin and coriander (1 part cumin to 2 parts coriander)
  • 3 heaped tsp of garam masala
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of chilli powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp of turmeric

Method

1. Chop the onions in a chopper

2. In a large heavy based saucepan heat the oil – add the onions, cinnamon stick, cloves and ginger

3. Cook on a low heat for about 10-15 until the onions take on a reddish tinge – don’t allow it to catch or go too brown

4. Now add all the spices, salt and bay leaves – stir and cook through

5. Add the pureed tomatoes, stir and simmer on a low heat with the lid on for about 15-20 mins (remember to stir it at intervals)

The sauce should take on a deep and darker colour – the onions will have dissolved into the sauce

7. Taste the sauce and add further spices and salt if required – remember the meat and potatoes will absorb a lot of the flavour so if you feel it needs more of a kick add some extra spices

8. Cook through for a little longer if you add more spices

9. The sauce is now ready for you to add the lamb

You could also refrigerate the sauce to use the next day or freeze it to use much later. If I am having guests I try and make the sauce the day before to save time.

Recipe: Lamb Curry

Cooks enough for 4 hungry people

Ingredients

  • One portion of the above tomato based sauce
  • 1 shoulder of lamb – fat removed and cut up into casserole size pieces including bones and washed
  • 3 -4 medium size potatoes peeled and cut into roast potato size pieces
  • Handful of chopped coriander

Method

1. Heat the sauce in a heavy based saucepan
2. Add the lamb pieces, mix through and allow to cook with lid on for 5 minutes

3. Then add enough water to cover the lamb and simmer with the lid on for 45-60 minutes

4. Stir regularly and add extra water as needed

5. After 45 minutes if you think lamb is ‘just’ cooked turn off and rest for at least an hour – last Sunday I actually left it for 4 hours ( or if you are in a rush you don’t have to rest but it does improve the lamb)

6. 30 minutes before you want to eat add the potatoes to the lamb, a little more water so everything is covered – simmer until the potatoes are cooked

7. Once cooked allow the dish to rest with the lid on

8. Finally garnish with coriander and serve with rice, roti or naan

Anyone for Oven Chicken???

Posted in Chicken, Recipes with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2012 by ninasnosh

Oven Chicken’ aptly named by the Patel/Jasmat Family is spicy oven roasted chicken with peas and potatoes. It’s a family favourite and perfect for the days you want to cook something yummy that you don’t have to watch over.

Ingredients

Makes enough for 4 people.

If possible try and marinade the night before or at least a few hours before.

  • 1 x 1.6kg chicken skinned and cut up or chicken drumsticks and thighs  – free range*
  • 3 cups of frozen peas
  • 4 medium size potatoes peeled and cut up into roast potato size pieces
  • 2 tbsp of sunflower/canola oil
  • 2 heaped tsp fresh masala
  • 3  tsp of garam masala
  • 4  tsp of ground cumin and coriander ( 1 part cumin and 2 parts coriander)
  • 2-3 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp of turmeric
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp of chilli powder
  • 3 tbsp of lemon juice
  • handful of chopped fresh coriander – optional

*For this dish I tend to use a whole chicken. I either get the butcher to joint and cut up into smaller pieces  or lately I have actually started to skin and cut up the chicken myself. It is far more economical to do this, I freeze the breast meat to use another time, save a bit for the kids and use the rest of the chicken for this dish. However, if you don’t want to do this you could use the equivalent in skinned drumsticks or chicken thighs – about 10/12 pieces.

Method

You’ll need a large baking tray or dish to cook this in.

Preheat oven to about 170 degrees when you are ready to cook.

  1. Measure out the frozen peas and rinse through with warm water so the aren’t frozen when you mix them through – or your hands will freeze
  2. In a large mixing bowl place the chicken, potatoes and thawed peas
  3. Now add  the lemon juice, oil, fresh coriander (if you have it) and spices to the mixing bowl
  4. Using you hands (sorry, no other way to do this) mix everything together so the chicken, peas and potatoes are well marinaded
  5. Cover the tray tightly with foil
  6. Keep in fridge until you are ready to cook
  7. Cook in your preheated oven for around 1 hour and 15 minutes
  8. This is meant to be a fairly dry but moist dish – the chicken should be succulent, but there should be hardly any liquid
  9. If when you check the chicken there is a lot of liquid in the tray, cook with the foil off  for a few minutes to evaporate the liquid
  10. Once cooked rest for at least 5 minutes with the foil still on

Serve this dish with roti, naan or  fresh crusty bread.

spices

how the dish looks before it is cooked

Recipe: Egg and Potato Curry

Posted in Recipes with tags , , , , on March 24, 2012 by ninasnosh

We seem to have had a pretty basic but yummy week of food this week.

This dish is one of my favourites  from when I  was growing up and now Scott (my husband) loves it and can even cook it himself.

If you like eggs you really have to try it, it’s simple, fairly healthy, filling and delicious.

Ingredients

I’d say that this would feed 3 people or more if served with another dish.

  • 550g of peeled and cubed potatoes
  • 6 free range eggs
  • 1 tin of whole plum tomatoes – please see ‘my top tips’  for my rant about tinned tomatoes 
  • 1 tsp of fresh masala 
  • 2 heaped tsp of ground cumin and coriander ( 1 part cumin, 2 parts coriander)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt (alter to your taste)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp oil ( sunflower/canola)

Method

I have divided the method up so it’s easier to see what needs doing but I suggest you go with what’s easier for you. I tend to get it all going at the same time but I have been making it for years!

  1. Boil the eggs until they are hard boiled, peel, halve length ways and set aside
  2. Peel and cut the potatoes into around 4cm cubes
  3. Boil the potatoes until they are cooked but still have a bite to them – around 5 minutes (drain and set aside once done)

For the sauce:

  1. In a largish saucepan add the oil and heat
  2. Once the oil is hot add the cumin seeds and mustard seeds – this process is called the Vaghar
  3. Allow the mustard seeds to pop and cumin to brown – once done remove saucepan from heat
  4. Now carefully add the whole tin of plum tomatoes to the oil. It will probably spit so be very careful – use the lid to stop oil spitting on you
  5. Once it settles down use a spoon to break down the tomatoes (you could blend them beforehand if you wanted to but I prefer to do it this way – less washing up)
  6. Return to the heat and simmer the tomatoes for about a minute on a low heat
  7. Now add all the spices and mix in well
  8. Half fill the empty tomato tin with water from the tap and add most of it to the sauce
  9. Mix well and simmer sauce on a low heat for about 8 minutes – add more water if it gets too thick as you need it to be slightly runny as the potatoes will absorb the liquid (see pictures for consistency)
  10. Taste to see if you want to add more salt or spice – if you do add please ensure you simmer a little longer
  11. Now add the potatoes and simmer for a couple of minutes so they are totally cooked through
  12. Once the potatoes are cooked, carefully arrange the eggs on top, close the lid and give the pot a jiggle to allow the sauce to cover everything – try not to use a spoon to mix as you don’t want it to all break up

Again this can be eaten on it’s own or with roti, rolled up in a wrap or naan bread.

spices

colour of sauce once spices were added