Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Mini Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

This choc banana cake is nice and soft with a lovely banana flavour. The recipe is from my niece Jessica who baked it in her cookery class in school. When it comes to icing I believe in the minimalist approach as cakes by itself is already full of calories without topping it with even more.

Chocolate Chip Banana cupcake

Makes 10 cupcakes

Ingredients
50 gm butter (melted)
90 gm sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
130 gm flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ cup milk
1 banana, mashed
¼ cup chocolate chip

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Russian Fudge

A fudge that is rich and creamy. If you have a sweet tooth, you will like this treat. I normally double the recipe. Great as a Christmas gift.

Russian Fudge
Makes about 36 pieces

INGREDIENTS
3½ cup white sugar
125g butter
3 Tbsp golden syrup
125ml milk
½ tsp salt
200g sweetened condensed milk (½ a standard can)
2 tsp vanilla essence

Method
1. Place all ingredients except the vanilla in a medium-heavy saucepan.

2. Warm over a gentle heat until the sugar has dissolved.

3. Bring to a gentle boil and cook for 15-20 minutes until it reaches the soft-ball stage* (120C)

4. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla

5. Beat (I use a electric mixer) until the fudge is creamy and thick and has lost its gloss.

6. Pour into a greased 20cm cake tin (I use a tray).


Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Ngau Yoke Yuen ~ Springy n' Bouncy Beef Balls

I have made these umpteen times and they have always turned out bouncy. However cooking is not always smooth sailing and I have to confess that I did 'muddle' up the steps once and the ngau yoke yuen did not have even a hint of a 'spring'.

Chinese Bouncy Beef Balls
It is not so much the ingredients that makes the beef balls springy but the process of making it. If you do try it please follow the instructions very carefully. I have videoed the whole process to make it easier to follow as well as to remind myself of the steps so that I won't muck up ever again.

As the meat is minced to mush, the cut of beef is not important. I have used chuck, bolar, blade and even rump steak.

Makes 35-45 beef balls

Ingredients
560 gm beef, cut to small pieces

½ cup (125ml) icy cold water
1 Tbsp fish sauce
½ tsp salt
½ Tbsp sugar
½ Tbsp oil
2 Tbsp cornflour
1¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp kan sui (lye or alkaline water) {optional}

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Strawberry Vodka Jam

Strawberry jam is easy to make and cooks in less than 20 minutes. With the fruit becoming quite cheap and abundant, now would be a good time to build up a supply.

Homemade jams will always taste better than store ones with the added advantage of being able to adjust the sweetness and also how chunky or smooth you like your jam. The balsamic vinegar gives the jam depth. Omit if you do not have any available.

Strawberry Vodka Jam
Makes 2 : 250gm jars

500gm strawberry, hulled
1 Tbsp lemon juice
250-400gm sugar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1½ Tbsp vodka

Method
1. Place 2 small saucer into the freezer.

2. Put the strawberries and lemon juice in a pot. If the fruit is too big, cut in half. (I did not crush the strawberries as the fruit will be boiled to the point of almost disintegrating)

3. Add sugar, balsamic vinegar and stir thoroughly.

4. Boil rapidly (rolling boil) for about 10-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5. Test whether the jam is ready by spooning a little onto a chilled plate. If the jam is ready, a skin will form on top when it cools and 'wrinkles' when pushed with a fingertip.

6. Add vodka and use a lighter to burn off the alcohol or just stir to mix

Burning vodka

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Itek Sio ~ Braised Duck in Tamarind n' Coriander

Itek Sio is a Peranakan braised duck in tamarind and coriander gravy. Cooking duck can be time consuming but using a pressure cooker can reduce the cooking time to a third. To ensure a very fragrant sauce try to use freshly ground coriander. A very tasty fork tender duck with minimum preparation.

Itek Sio

Ingredients
½ duck (1kg)
1 Tbsp ground coriander
3/4 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp raw sugar
2 tsp dark soy sauce

1 Tbsp tamarind paste
1 cup water

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Rosemary Focassia

Rosemary focaccia is our favourite flat savoury bread. We always have a supply of it in our freezer for lunches. Slice it into thinner strips and it is great in the winter months for dipping into soups as well. It is a breeze to make and a hit for any gathering.

Rosemary Focaccia


I have already posted the recipe earlier this year but have recently spliced together a short 1:45 minute video on the making of this Italian flat bread. Crank up the volume to enjoy the music of Duel by Bond.



Italian Flat Bread Focaccia
There are numerous focaccia recipes but I find this recipe works well and require the least amount of skill in the shaping. Just let your fingers do the 'walking'.

Rosemary Focassia

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Sweet and Spicy Sticky Chicken

Cooking this sweet spicy and sticky chicken is really simple as it does not involve a lot of preparation. The ingredients are common items most of us have in the pantry. We love the intense flavour of this dish.

I usually precook a meat dish at least an hour earlier and let it sit in the pot to let the meat absorb the flavour. That way you end up with a more flavoursome and better tasting meal.

Sweet Spicy Sticky Chicken
Ingredients:
1½kg chicken pieces

1 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
2 clove garlic, minced
3 spring onions or bunch of chives, thinly slices

Sauce Mix
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp sugar
3 Tbsp fish sauce
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
3 Tbsp water
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp chilli powder or chilli paste

Sweet Spicy Chicken

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Chelsea Buns

I have tried several recipes for chelsea buns and find that this 'sponge and dough' method is the best by far. It produces nice and fluffy buns every time and the dough is a breeze to handle.

Chelsea Bun
I prefer the buns without icing but it seems to be a Kiwi thing to have white or pink icing. Make sure the buns double in size before baking or else it will be dense. I usually leave the dough in the fridge overnight so that the next morning I can proceed to the next step and have fresh sweet sticky buns in time for morning tea.

Sweet Sticky Buns


Makes 18 buns

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Redneck Lemon Chicken

This is the Rednecks preferred Lemon Chicken dish which combines the marinade and coating of Sinner's previously posted recipe with lemon sauce found on the net at ‘CD Kitchen’.

Lemon Chicken


We disagree as to which dish is best so one day we will cook both sauces and do a ‘taste test’. I hope the people who commented on Sinner's recipe will also try my version. As with all sauces the cook should taste and tweak to suit prior to serving. If it is not lemony enough add more zest or if it is too thick add more water.

Ingredients
6 pcs drumstick

Marinade
1 Tbsp chinese cooking wine
1½ Tbsp light soya sauce

Coating
100 gm cornflour
50 gm rice flour

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Short Crust Pastry with 25% less fat

I have always been apprehensive about handling pastry and even more so making it. I have only ever attempted making short crust pastry once, more than a decade ago and that experience was enough to stop me dead in my tracks.

Here I am again, taking up the challenge, all because I bought myself a pie maker. It was on special for $10 and too good an offer to pass up.

curry mince pie
Pastries are by nature quite fattening. I played around with trying to reduce the ratio of fat to flour as even a slight reduction in the fat content will help in the cholestrol and calorie count. In this recipe I have successfully reduced the fat used by 25 percent without affecting the flaky texture of the pie.

This short crust pastry was easy to handle and did not crumble . When baked the pastry was tender, flaky and crispy right through to the inside. I usually make a batch, pre-cut the pie tops and bottoms, and freeze them thus making the task of making the next lot of pies less tedious. We have used the pastry to make curry mince and bacon n' egg pies and they were delicious.

Makes 5 - 5" pies

Ingredients
260 gm flour
60 gm butter
40 gm shortening
¼ tsp salt
95-105 ml ice cold water
1 tsp vinegar or lemon juice (add to water)

Method
1. Add flour, salt, butter and shortening to food processor. Cube the butter and shortening. Pulse a few times until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

2. Sprinkle the water over the flour mixture. Pulse until it starts to clump together (fig 2). Pinch a little of the mixture between your fingers, if the dough is too dry and crumbly, add a little more water and pulse for 1-2 seconds more. It is very important not to overprocess the dough. Do not allow the pastry to form a ball in the food processor. The dough should not be wet or sticky.

3. Transfer the mixture to a plastic wrap (fig 3). Gather the wrap round the dough and flatten the dough to form a square (fig 4). Do not knead the dough.


making shortcrust pastry in a food processor

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Ginger Prawns

This was my mother's favourite way of cooking prawns and is an exceptionally quick and easy dish to cook. The prawns are cooked with ginger juice.

Ginger Prawns
Ingredients
300gm raw prawns
50gm ginger
½ onion, sliced thickly
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp oil

Seasoning
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp cooking wine
1 tsp fish sauce

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Beef Kheema

Beef Kheema is an indian mince curry that is delicious with Naan. The meat we used is minced aged rump steak with the fat removed making it healthy and tender.

This dish if cooked without the addition of too much liquid could even be used as a pie filling.

beef keema

Ingredients
500gm beef mince
1-2 Tbsp oil
1 big onion, chop fine
3 clove garlic, chop fine
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, chop fine
2 tsp chilli paste or powder

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Chocolate Pinwheel Biscuits

I like these pinwheel biscuits because they are hard and crunchy. Good for teething babies too ! If you like to dunk your biscuits in coffee, then this is it.

The dough of these pinwheels can be kept in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for 4 weeks. The biscuit dough can be shaped into rectangles, rounds or squares.

Pinwheel Biscuit
Ingredients
175 gm butter
80-125 gm sugar
75-100 gm brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
350 gm flour
2 tsp baking powder

1 Tbsp cocoa

Method
1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla slowly and beat well.

2. Fold in sieved flour and baking powder.

3. Divide the dough into half. Add 1 Tbsp cocoa to one portion. Mix well. Cover the doughs and refrigerate for ½ hour to firm up the dough (a firmer dough is easier to roll)

4. Roll each dough into 3mm thick on a sheet of baking paper. I find it easier to work with half quantity of each dough.

5. Flip the plain dough onto the chocolate layer (fig 3).

refrigerator biscuit dough

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

South Indian Prawn Curry

I love the gravy of this prawn curry. It is spicy, slighly sour which makes me want to eat heaps of rice to soak up the gravy. If you prefer it hotter add more chilli.

South Indian Prawn Curry
Ingredients
350gm raw prawns
1 Tbsp tamarind paste
1½ cup water

1 - 2 Tbsp oil
½ tsp white or black mustard seeds
1 stalk lemon grass, bruised
1/8 tsp salt (to taste)
3/4 tsp sugar
1 spring curry leaf
1 tomato (optional)

Spice Paste (grind together)
2 Tbsp ground coriander
1 Tbsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground fennel
½ tsp chilli powder or chilli paste
1 Tbsp chopped ginger
½ small onion
1 clove garlic

South Indian Prawn Curry

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Char Siew Pau ~ Steamed Barbecue Pork Bun

I have been searching for the illusive char siu pau recipe which is soft and fluffy without having to use expensive specialised pau or bleached flour or long preparation time of a few days. I am pleased to say I have found it.

char siu pau
A combination of plain and high grade flour is used for this recipe which does not require a long or complicated proving time after the pau is pleated.

I am not very good at the pleating which could explain why my buns 'loose' the pleat pattern after steaming. The buns turned out with only a slight tinge of yellow. They were delicious. I am all right with it not being pure white , the texture was what I was after.

For testing purposes I ate a cold char siu pau a few hours after it was steamed. It was still soft though normally I prefer my pau hot or at least warm and would zap them in the microwave to reheat.

You can rest assured you will not end up with rock hard buns with this recipe. The dough is very forgiving.

Makes 12 buns

Ingredients
150 gm plain flour
250 gm high grade/bread flour
50 gm sugar
30 gm milk powder
1 Tbsp shortening
2 tsp Surebake yeast
250 ml warm water (50C)
1 tsp Edmonds baking powder

char siu filling recipe

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Louise Cake

Louise Cake is a kiwi favourite. It has a cake base with raspberry jam in the middle and a crusty coconut topping. The slice is quite sweet and is best eaten with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

Louise Cake
Makes 30-40 slices

Ingredients
125gm butter
80gm sugar
1 egg
230 gm flour
2 tsp baking powder
approx 1 cup plum or raspberry jam

Topping
1 cup coconut
1 cup sugar
1 egg

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Pak Lo Ngap ~ Teochew Braised Duck

A very scrumptious duck. This teochew braised duck called Pak Lo Ngap in cantonese, is sweet tasting from the use of rock sugar and is contrasted sharply by the vinegary dipping sauce. You get that mouth watering sweet sour sensation.

In this instance I have used the pressure cooker to cook half a duck which only took less than a third of the time. The duck was well braised and the meat literally falling off the bones.

Pak Lo Ark

Ingredients
½ duck (1kg)
½ Tbsp five spice powder
3/4 tsp salt

20 gm galangal, finely sliced
4 pip garlic, finely sliced
½ Tbsp oil
3 Tbsp sugar
100 ml soy sauce
1¼ - 2 cup water

Monday, August 20, 2007

Chocolate Brandy Muffins

Alcoholic muffin anyone! Nice soft texture with a distinct brandy taste. Make them into mini sizes and these chocolate brandy muffins will be a great accompaniment with after dinner coffee. Freezes well too.

chocolate brandy muffin
Makes 12 muffins or 24 minis

Ingredients
160 gm flour
2 tsp baking powder
3 Tbsp cocoa
75 gm sugar
¼ cup or 35 gm chocolate chips
75 gm melted butter
125 ml milk
1 egg
2 Tbsp brandy

choc chip for topping (optional)


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Ayam Tempra ~ Tarty Spicy Chicken

A delicious nonya chicken dish that is spiced with chillies, sweetened with palm sugar and made slightly tarty with lime juice.

I prefer to cook dishes like these a few hours before the meal to let the meat absorb in more of the flavour.

ayam tempra
Ingredients
1.4 kg chicken pieces, cut to bite size

Marinate
1 tsp belacan (shrimp paste)
1½ Tbsp palm sugar
3 Tbsp kicap manis
1 Tbsp water

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Savoury Coated Peanuts

Another moreish temptation which I daresay is high in calories. Definitely not for one on a diet.

These savoury coated nuts was another nibble I used to make for Chinese New Year. A crunchy nut, the flavour of which is enhanced with 5-spice, pepper and garlic. They are not salty and if cooked right should not leave a greasy feel to the fingers.

Savoury Coated Peanuts
Ingredients
300 gm raw peanuts
1 egg
3/4 - 1 tsp salt
1½ Tbsp sugar
1 tsp pepper
4 pip garlic, mashed
½ Tbsp five spice powder
75 gm flour

Friday, August 03, 2007

Apricot Vodka Jam

There was an abundance of apricots from the fruit tree in January and since I don't eat apricots I made it into jam instead for Mr Redneck.

To a lot of people making jam seems like a lot of work but surprisingly it is not. The final reward and satisfaction in eating your own flavoursome jam justify the small amount of time and effort required.

By making your own jam, you have the flexibility of adjusting the sweetness, have it chunky or smooth or in this case we added some alcohol to our homemade apricot jam giving it an extra kick.

homemade apricot vodka jam
Makes 4 x 300ml jars

Ingredients

850 gm apricots
¼ cup water
800 gm sugar
1½ Tbsp vodka (optional)

Method
1. Put 2 saucers into the freezer for use later to check the jams's setting point.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Kaiser Buns

The kaiser roll or bun has a very nice soft crumb with a crisp, crusty and slightly chewy exterior. The secret to making a good kaiser according to Bernard Clayton is an egg, egg white plus a steamy moist oven. It is delicious as a filled roll or just eaten by itself.

The difficult part of making this bread is shaping it to resemble a five petal flower blossom . There is a kaiser roll stamp to get a flower-like imprint but judging from the supermarket rolls it is not very effective or visible. There are two ways of shaping the rolls, the spoke-wheel or the rope-knot method.

kaiser roll by knot shaping


Ingredients
330 ml water
1 egg white (40gm)
1 egg (55 gm)
600 gm high grade/bread flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2½ tsp surebake yeast
1 Tbsp butter

Method
1. Breadmaker setting : Dough

2. Place all the ingredients into the bread pan in the order according to your breadmaker instructions and press start.

3. Cover the breadpan with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or leave in a warm place to rise until dough double in bulk. (I prefer to let refrigerate overnight where it still rise slowly).

4. Next morning remove breadpan from fridge and punch down the dough. Cover and leave to double in volume again.

5. The shaping of the kaiser bun is the tricky bit. Use either the spoke-wheel or rope-knot method (see below). I find the rope-knot method retains its petal shape better.

6. Lightly mist the buns with a light spray of water from a height of 12".

7. Preheat oven to 230C. Create steam by placing an old pan with hot water in the oven. Just before putting the buns in, mist the oven walls with a water sprayer (do not spray the light bulb). Lower the oven to 200C. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Three minutes into the baking spray the oven wall again, avoiding the buns.

kaiser bun by spokewheel shaping


Note
1. Total weight of egg white and egg = 95gm (weight without egg shell).
2. The buns freezes well. To defrost we nuke it in the microwave and pop it on top of the toaster to crispen up the exterior.
3. I have a fan oven which seems to bake the buns faster than the recommended time of 20 minutes.

Tip
Leaving the dough to overnight and prove in the fridge is a real time saver and ensures you will have plenty of time to get the bread ready by lunch time. The bread is suppose to taste better with the overnight proving in the fridge.


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Shaping the Kaiser Rolls

Friday, July 20, 2007

Homemade Pure Essence of Chicken

As kids I remember my mother brewing this for us whenever we were studying for our exams. Nowadays whenever I feel lethargic or have trouble getting a good night sleep I cook this to boost my energy levels.

This is chicken essence in its purest form with no added water. When I first cooked this, Mr Redneck did not believe I could get a bowlful of soup with just placing some chicken on top of a bowl. Trust me...at the end of 3 hours you will end up with a bowl of very nutritional soup.

Pure Chicken Essence
Yield : 1 rice bowl

Ingredients
1 small skinny chicken or chicken pieces (1.2kg)

Utensils
chinese soup pot (fig 1)
rice bowl (fig 1)
metal rack or dish cloth
big stock pot

Method
1. Remove skin and all fat from the chicken. Cut the chicken into big chunks.

2. Lightly crush each chicken piece with a pestle or the back of a chopper (make sure you crush the bones as well).

3. Invert a rice bowl in the chinese soup pot (fig 2).

4. Place the crushed chicken on top of the rice bowl (fig 3). Cover with the lid.

homemade essence of chicken : step by step

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Har Meen ~ Prawn Noodles

I was really looking forward to eating this har meen. The trick to a good prawn noodle is to have a very tasty and flavoursome prawn stock. It took me months of religiously collecting every bit of prawn heads and its shells to make the base.

For me this har mee recipe is an easier version as I used my homemade red curry paste which I have a ready supply in my freezer to spice up the dish . Instead of yellow fresh mee, I substituted with dried noodles as it is more readily available.


Har Meen, Prawn Mee
Yield : 2 bowls

Ingredients
1 tsp homemade red curry paste
2 cup prawn stock
1 chicken drumstick
12 raw prawns
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp soy sauce
fresh yellow noodle or dried noodle
handful ngah choy (bean sprout)
chives or spring onions
fried onions

Har Mee

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Seremban Siew Pau ~ Crispy Bbq Pork Bun

Seremban, a town in Malaysia is famous for its siu pau . Seremban siu pau is a popular dim sum dish. The pau has a filling of barbecued pork wrapped in a pastry made up of an oil and water dough . The siew pau skin in this recipe is light and crispy with many flaky layers. However, don't look too closely at my pleating as I stink at it.

Seremban Siew Pau, Crispy Pork Bun
Makes 9 paus

Ingredients
Water dough
60g all purpose flour
60g bread/high grade flour
40g cooking oil
18g sugar
½ tsp golden syrup
60g water (minus 1 Tbsp)

Oil dough
62g all purpose flour
37g shortening

Friday, July 06, 2007

Filling for Char Siu Pau ~ Pork Bun Filling

This is my favourite filling for steamed or baked savoury siew pau (buns). I always have a ready stock of barbecue pork in my freezer and can whip a small batch of this in a jiffy whenever I feel the urge to make some seremban siu pau or char siu pau .

char siew pau filling

Ingredients
125 gm char siew (bbq pork) (chopped into small pieces)
5 Tbsp frozen peas
chives or spring onions (optional)
2 tsp oil

Seasonings
3 Tbsp water
¼ tsp sesame oil
1½ tsp oyster sauce
2 tsp sugar

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Curry Puffs

I always like to have a batch of these curry puffs in the freezer for that unexpected guest or to satisfy the sudden craving for some savouries. The pastry in this recipe is quite easy to make, the dough bind together nicely, were easy to roll out and very crispy and flaky when fried. Instead of curry puffs, they can also be shaped into samosas. The filling is a delicous curry of beef and potato. They are very morish and you won't be able to stop at eating just one.

curry puff
Makes 13 'large' curry puffs

Ingredients for pastry
100gm flour
½ tsp salt
2 Tbsp shortening
4 Tbsp cold water

Method
1. In a food processor add the flour, salt and shortening. Pulse to blend the shortening into the flour mixture. Add water slowly till a dough is formed.
2. Remove and rest dough in the fridge for ½ hour.
3. Roll out thinly.(I prefer to use my pasta machine as it can churn out a very thin pastry without too much effort).
4. Cut pastry into rounds, place on the curry puff mould, add the filling. Lightly brush one edge with water to help seal .

pleating curry puff with a mouldcurry puff mould


curry puff ready for frying
5. Deep fry the curry puffs until golden brown.

curry puff


beef curry puff filling
Ingredients for Curry Puff Filling
100 gm beef mince (meat of your choice)
330 gm potato (boil and cube)
¼ cup peas
½ tsp garam masala
1 tsp curry powder
¼ tsp fennel seeds
½ tsp chilli powder
¼ tsp tumeric powder

Method
1. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a wok. Add mince and the rest of the 'filling' ingredients and fry till mince is cooked.
2. Set aside and leave to cool before using.

flaky curry puff pastry

Tip : These curry puffs freeze well. Freeze them uncooked. When you want to eat them, toss them straight into the deep fryer without defrosting. There is no difference in texture or taste and are just as crispy.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Mui Choy Kau Yoke ~ Stewed Pork With Preserved Salted Mustard

The pork in this dish of mui choy kau yoke is cooked till it is so tender it literally melts in the mouth. The salted preserved mustard green adds to its flavour. Make sure you see the word 'salted' on the packet or else you would end up with the 'sweet' mustard green which will make this dish taste very different.



Ingredients
400 gm salted mui choy (preserved salted mustard green)
1 kg pork leg roast
black soy sauce

12 clove garlic, chopped
2 cup water/stock
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp shao hsing cooking wine

Method
1. Soak and wash mui choy of all its sand and salt. Squeeze out all the water and cut to ½" length.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Red Chicken Curry with Homemade Red Curry Paste

My lazy way of cooking curry is usually with a curry powder. But making the homemade red curry paste from scratch looked easy enough so decided to give it a try and it taste great. This paste have given the curry gravy such a nice reddish colour and smells divine. I like my curry with plenty of gravy and this was lovely with rice and there was plenty to dip with naan or roti chanai.

Thai Red Chicken Curry
Ingredients
1.2 kg chicken pieces
6 potatoes (skin off)
2 big onions (blend to a paste)
2 Tbsp homemade red curry paste
150 ml coconut milk
200 ml water
1 tsp salt
dash of sugar
2 Tbsp cooking oil

Method
1. Heat oil in pan and saute potatoes for a few minutes. Remove and set aside.
2. Add onions and red curry paste to pan. Fry until fragrant .
3. Add chicken and cook for 5 minutes. Add potatoes, coconut milk and water.
4. Simmer on low heat until chicken and potato is cooked.
5. Add salt and sugar to taste.

Curry chicken with homemade red curry paste
Note :
1. If you are not too worried about cholestrol or calories, substitute the water for more coconut milk and omit the sugar.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Homemade Red Curry Paste

I use to buy ready made red curry paste but by following this recipe have found it quite easy to make it yourself. Then you know that it is fresh and has not been sitting on a shelf in the shop for years. I have made this paste using easily available ingredients from my pantry and garden.

Homemade Red Curry Paste

Yield : 4 Tablespoons

Ingredients
3 stalk fresh lemongrass (use the bottom white part only, slice thinly)
1 Tbsp galangal
5 clove garlic
2 tsp chilli paste
½ tsp shrimp paste (belacan)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
5 tsp red paprika

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