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Monday, September 22, 2014

Chicken In Fremented Bean Paste

Ingredient A
600gms boneless chicken (cut into small cubes)
1 tsp turmeric powder
¼ tsp salt

Ingredient B
100gms cashewnuts
1gm dried chillies (break  into  few parts )

Ingredient C
Make into a paste
5 rose shallots
3 nips garlic
2 cm ginger

Ingredient D
10 fresh red chillies (deseeded ) (pounded in a mortal and pestle coarsely)

Ingredient  E
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
3 tsbp taucu (fremented soya bean paste)
1 tbsp chopped green onion/scallion
Sugar and salt to taste
A dash of white pepper powder

Combine ingredients A and leave to marinate for about 20mins. Deep fry in semi hot oil, until the chicken turn golden brown.Dish out in a paper towel to drain excess oil.
Deep fry ingredients B separately in hot oil and dish out them out as well ,in a paper towel.
Blend ingredients C into a smooth paste and leave aside.Pound ingredient D in a pestle and mortal. Do not blend in a mixer. Pounding gives the dish a different flavouring .Pound the fresh red chillies until ¾ done.Keep aside.
In a wok, heat about 1 ½ tbsp oil, add in the ingredients  C and sauté until fragrant .

Then add in ingredient  D and sauté further.  Once aromatic, add in oyster sauce, light soy sauce, taucu and stir to combine.Break the taucu bean slightly to blend well in the sauce.  Add in chicken ,salt and sugar and white pepper powder. Combine and leave to cook for about a minute. Before closing fire , add in cashewnuts,fried dried chillies and chopped scallion. Serve .

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Funnel Cake

Funnel Cake was said to be invented in Pennsylvania Dutch country.When I came to know about this cake ...which was a year back ,I goggled and found the recipe in youtube .This recipe has been tried and tested and considered one of the best. believe me when I say,that it is so easy to prepare at home .Funnel cake got its name by pouring unleavened cake batter in a circular motion through a funnel(or out of a spouted container) into hot oil.Some people use circular form to shape it,others just pour freehand and aim for circularity.When the edges of the batter turn golden,flip it over to fry the other side.When it’s finished put it on a plate and sprinkle powdered sugar over top.Some people prefer to brush the top with butter,or sprinkle it with cinnamon .Some do all three!!
At times the same batter is used to prepare  deep fried oreo.The cookie is dip into the batter and deep fried. You can use a variety of oreo cookies available in the market.
A fast tea time snack for kids ...especially that now its the school holiday here!!

Lets check out the simple recipe which can be prepared and devoured within 15 mins!!
In a bowl mix:
2 cups milk
2 whole eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 ½ tbsp sugar 
Whisk the ingredients above until well incorporated .
To it add in the dry ingredients as stated below:

Combine Dry ingredients in a separate bowl:
2 cups all purpose flour
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tbsp baking powder

Whisk the dry ingredients slowly into the liquid  until all ingredients are well combined.Keep stirring until there are no lumps. The batter should have the consistency similar to a pancake batter.I left the batter for about 10 mins before frying.

Heat a non stick pan with about 2 to 3 cups of oil to fry the funnel cake.Use a funnel to pour the batter into the wok or you can use a measuring cup with a spout.Prepare a plate with paper towel so that you can transfer the funnel cake on the plate. As mention earlier, use a circular form to shape it or pour freehand and aim for circularity.
Start from one end when pouring the batter and end it in the middle.Once one side of the cake has browned, flip and   cook the opposite side.Once both sides are browned ,drain it on a paper towel. Transfer to a serving plater,sprinkle with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar and if preferred with some fruits in the centre. Simple to make, Fast to prepare and Tasty to eat!!

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