Tag Archives: fried

Plain or pretentious?

1 Feb

I read this article today in the Guardian about how the innocence of the potato crisp must be preserved i.e. it should be seasoned only with salt, instead of dousing the fried delight in fancy flavours (read ‘Pizza’, ‘Chargrilled Steak’, ‘Chicken Tikka’). I personally love to break up the boring routine, espcially when its a flavour like Lay’s Masala Magic.

Here’s a link to the article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2012/feb/01/walkers-crisps-gourmet-chipsnk

What is your opinion?

Fried Baby Eggplant with Salad

4 Oct

And we’re BACK! Has it really been more than a month?!

Between relocating and getting my kitchen set back up, I haven’t been able to do much cooking, but here’s a little something to get me started again and to give you a taste of the exciting stuff that’s to come.

Making Fried Baby Eggplant is quite simply the easiest-tastiest thing there is and can be passed off as a regular meal after a hard day’s work, or be dressed up on your party table to impress guests. My mother makes another version of this at home, which has a more complex seasoning, but for now, let us work with really simple ingredients and let the eggplant do its smoky flavoured magic!

What you need (serves 2):

4-5 baby eggplants

Oil for frying (about 4-5 tbsp)

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp garlic powder

Salt to taste

For the garnish,

1 large red onion, thinly diced

1 large tomato, chopped

a handful of coriander, finely chopped

What to do:

Combine the smoked paprika, salt, oregano and garlic powder and keep aside.

In a shallow pan, heat oil for frying.

Now take the baby eggplants, wash and slice off the green heads. Now carefully make two cuts going downwards to the base of the eggplant, so it forms a cross.

Take a pinch full of the prepared seasoning, and stuff it inside the baby eggplants. Make sure that it is spread evenly on all four of the segments we’ve just made.

Once this is done, pop in the eggplants into the heated oil, and turn the flame to medium. Fry until the purple skin turns very dark indigo.

Serve hot with sliced onions, tomatoes and coriander for garnish.

Hiding under an avalanche of onions and tomatoes!

Here served with pita bread and leafy salad

Good Intentions, Great Expectations

23 Feb

I recently had some foodspiration and decided to experiment with whatever ingredients I had in my fridge and cupboard at the time. Turns out, I managed to make some pretty excellent fried chicken! Of course by the time my friends ate it, it was cold and so not half as good as would have tasted when it was hot. But the important thing was I experimented without a set a recipe and it was Fun!

an experiment gone well

So here’s me sharing my easy 20 min fried chicken recipe. To make things easier, I’ve put an ‘E’ in front of all the essential ingredients. The rest you can add or subtract depending on how you want your experiment to go. Feel free to add anything extra as well (I even contemplated putting vanilla essence into the thing). Enjoy!

What you need: (serves 2)

2 chicken breast fillets——E

3-4 cloves of garlic chopped

1 inch ginger, peeled and chopped

1 raw egg—-E

2 tbsp flour—–E

1/2 tsp ground pepper

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp red chilli powder

Oil for frying—–E

salt to taste—–E

What to do:

So here’s the thing. The recipe has got to be made with a certain I-care-a-hoot attitude, but just enough to keep you relaxed. Otherwise you wont end up experimenting and enjoying the results when they turn out right.

Defrost the chicken breasts and mix it up with the garlic, ginger and pepper. Leave it aside while you prepare the batter.

fillets with seasoning

For the batter, mix the flour, egg, salt, cumin seeds and red chilli powder.

flour and egg

spices in the batter

In a shallow pan, heat up the oil.

the mystery cook in the oil 😛

Dip the chicken fillets in the batter and fry until golden brown. Done!

You can always eat it plain, but just for fun, I served it with some salad and a bun!

all packed up for my friends