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A delectable mix

TOMATO CREAM SOUP

Ingredients

2 cups chicken stock

250g tomato

2 tbsp corn starch

50g butter

½ tsp black pepper

1 tsp sugar, 2 slices bread

½ cup ghee

2 pieces onion, 2-3 cloves garlic

2 eggs, salt to taste

Method

Cut small pieces of the bread and fry them in ghee. Boil tomato slices in chicken stock and 2 cups of water. Cook for 10 minutes or till it thickens. Heat ghee in a wok, add chopped onion and garlic and stir fry briefly. Add cooked tomato and cook on high heat for 2-3 minutes. Add salt, pepper and sugar. Stir in blended corn starch and cook for a minute, stirring continuously. Then pour whisked eggs, stirring gently to form egg threads. Allow egg to coagulate and float to the top. Then add butter. Serve hot with crispy fried bread.

SOUR AND SPICY CHICKEN SOUP  

Ingredients

1 medium size chicken breast

6-8 mushrooms

½ medium sized carrot

5-6 French beans, 2-3 garlic cloves

½ inch piece ginger

2-3 green chillies,

2-3 spring onion green

1 egg, 3 tbsp cornstarch 

1 tbsp oil, 1 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp green chilli sauce

½ tsp white pepper

Salt to taste

5-6 cups chicken stock

2 tbsp vinegar

Method

Wash and finely shred chicken breast. Wash and trim mushroom. Julienne the carrots and cut French beans into thin diamond shaped pieces. Finely chop ginger, garlic, green chillies, and spring onion greens and reserve some for garnish. 

In a bowl, whisk egg lightly. Blend cornstarch in half a cup of water. Heat oil in a wok, add shredded chicken and stir fry briefly. Add chopped ginger, garlic, green chillies, and spring onion, and continue to stir fry for half a minute more. 

Add carrot julienne, sliced mushroom and French beans. Add soy sauce, green chilli sauce, white pepper and salt to taste. Mix well and stir in chicken stock. Bring it to boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 3-4 minutes. 

Stir in the blended cornstarch and cook for a minute or until the soup thickens, stirring continuously. Stir in whisked egg in a steady stream so that it forms into threads as it cooks. Add vinegar and serve hot, garnished with chopped spring onion greens.

THAI CHICKEN CAKES 

Ingredients

½ bunch green spring onion, chopped

1¼ inch ginger chopped

3 garlic clove crushed

Handful fresh coriander leaves

2 red chilli flakes

500g chicken minces

2 tbsp light soy sauce

2 tbsp, Thai fish sauce

1 egg white

2 tbsp flour

1 grated lime zest

2-3 tbsp oil

1 tsp pepper

Lime wedges, and sweet chilli sauce to serve

Method

Place spring onion, ginger, garlic, coriander, and red chilli flakes in a blender and process until everything is finely chopped. Put in a mixing bowl and add the chicken combined together with soy sauce, egg white, flour, lime zest and pepper. Heat a little oil in a pan and add spoonfuls of the mixture in batches. Cook each batch for about 4 minutes on each side, until golden and cooked through. Serve the Thai chicken cake with lime wedges and sweet chilli sauce for dipping.

CHICKEN MAKHANI

Ingredients

1 large sized chicken 

1 tbsp lemon juice 

1 tspKashmiri red chilli powder 

Salt to taste

For marination —

1 cup yoghurt 

2 inch piece of ginger 

5-6 cloves of garlic 

1 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder 

Salt to taste

1 tbsp lemon juice 

½ tsp garam masala powder 

2 tbsp mustard oil 

2 tbsp butter (for basting) 

For makhani gravy —

2 inch piece of ginger 

10-12 cloves of garlic 

2-4 green chillies 

50g butter

1 tbsp whole garam masala 

400g tomato puree 

1tbsp red chilli powder 

2 tbsp garlic paste 

½ tsp garam masala powder 

Salt to taste

2 tbsp sugar/honey 

½ tsp dried fenugreek leaves 

Method

Skin, clean and wash chicken. Make incisions with a sharp knife on breast and leg pieces. Apply a mixture of red chilli powder, lemon juice and salt to the chicken and leave aside for half an hour. To prepare the marinade, hang yoghurt in a muslin cloth for 15-20 minutes to remove water. 

Add red chilli powder, salt, ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice, garam masala powder and mustard oil to the yoghurt. Apply this marinade to the chicken pieces and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours. Later, put the chicken on to a skewer and cook in a moderately hot tandoor or pre heated oven (200 C) for 10 to 12 minutes or until almost done. Baste it with butter and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Remove and keep aside.

For gravy, heat butter in a pan. Add whole garam masala and let it crackle. Add ginger-garlic paste and chopped green chillies. Cook for 2 minutes. Add tomato puree, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, salt and one cup of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Then add the marinated gravy. Add sugar or honey and powdered fenugreek leaves.

Add cooked tandoori chicken pieces. Simmer for five minutes then add fresh cream.

Serve hot with naan or paratha.

BAKED SHANDESH

Ingredients

3 cups dry milk

1 litre water

½ cup lemon juice

1 tin condensed milk

1 tbsp butter

½ tsp cardamom powder

2 tbsp chopped almond and pistachio

Method

Put all ingredients except almond and pistachio in a blender and blend. Grease an oven proof dish and put the mixture. Add chopped almonds and pistachio on top. Bake on 180 C for 30 minutes. Chill it, cut into pieces and serve.

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