Posts Tagged ‘Lemon juice

16
Jan
18

Bangladeshi Style Creamy Chicken Korma with Crisp Shallots

from Food 52 Chicken Korma, Bangladeshi Style

Chicken again ? Here’s a recipe that I was bound to try for a cardamom use, first up, modify the size of the recipe to reflect what I have on hand and the size of the servings, since I didn’t have a whole chicken around, 2 chicken thighs would be used, skin on. I’ve done recipes before that require the yogurt marinade but this recipe looks deceptively simple on the spices, I mean like where’s the curry, coriander, cumin ?

I halved all the ingredients to go with the 2 chicken thighs which weighed in at about 1 lbs.

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Some processed ginger root and garlic were added to the yogurt and then mixed up, bagged with the chicken thighs, about 1 and 1/2 teaspoon of each to 1/2 cup plain full milk yogurt. (is it only me that has a hard time finding PLAIN full fat yogurt at the market?).

Gather the rest of the ingredients while the chicken marinades.

  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon ghee (unsalted butter, clarified)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (if you use chicken with the skin, you may want to cut back on the oil, my result was on the oily side, but I prefer the skin on and the result.
  • 1 large onion , minced
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon ground almond
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon raisins, golden if you have them
  •  chiles, here it’s open for interpretation, I had some dried serannos, sliced thin and the amount to the level of heat that they are.
  • slivered almonds
  • 1 shallot thin sliced and fried

Ok the usual start, fry the diced onions in the ghee and olive oil for about 5 minutes, till golden.

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Do you like an aromatic kitchen and home or are you the type to run the exhaust vent full blast when frying onions and cooking spicy dishes?

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(frying onions is an appetizing odor to me) Ahem! back to the stove, add the cinnamon stick and bay leaf with the cardamom pods. Stir in and activate the aroma for a few minutes.

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Add the chicken with the marinade yogurt and the salt, now raise up the temperature at least medium, and cook , not to brown, the juices will separate, keep stirring, no browning !

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Mine gives off a fair amount of oils from the chicken, so I call it a more westernized style!

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Keep the mixture moving, about 10 minutes, you see a reduction, add in some liquid, several tablespoons or as needed to partially submerge the chicken. I used hot stock. Now cover and stir occasionally 20-30 minutes, to an active simmer, this may be less time in this case as the recipe volume is less than the full specifications.

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Meanwhile during the simmering, thinly slice the shallot, if you haven’t already, and in a fair amount of oil, fry them crisp, set on paper towelling or brown paper and reserve for garnish.

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Check on the chicken occasionally and when the liquid reduces and the oil rises add the lemon juice, ground almonds, sugar, raisins, and chilis. Taste for balance, and cover and cook for 5 minutes.  Take off heat. Prepare warm plates.

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It’s apparent that my result is a bit more gravy-ish than the pictures on the recipe website.

The crisp shallots and almonds make this an attractive dish.

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An unlikely companion, roasted sweet potatoes fries, yes the thighs are on the dish, just covered with gravy, this recipe begs for some steamed basmati rice.

Though the recipe does not comment on fishing out the cinnamon, bay leaf and cardamom, chilis etc. I like to serve it as is. It won’t be a homogenous mix, you may bite into a cardamom pod or get a burst of spicy heat from  the pepper, that’s OK by me! Or it could be served simply as family style, bringing the hot pot to the table.

The simple additions of the spices and aromatics, both in the marinade and recipe combine for a many layered finish than seems possible. I would definitely repeat this dish with the required whole chicken and a side of rice.

Also the habit of using fruit and nuts (raisins and almonds) in a recipe such as this is appealing as the sweetness of the raisins do show through versus a sugar only sweetness for the balance, and the ground almonds give a slight nutty background and thickness to the dish.

 

 

 

 

 

30
Jul
17

Green Chili Tomato Jam

Adapted from blog Cooking without Limits

Substituted a few ingredients for a savory chili sauce\ jam.

Rough measurements, and by taste to get a sweet\sour taste.

Very  good use for tomato and hot peppers.

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Green jalapeno peppers with seeds…  about 125 grams, processed in a food processor

white sugar……. 68 grams

apple cider vinegar …. about 51 ml

bottled lemon juice and peeled processed orange  combination ….. 2 tablespoons more or less

Tomatoes, cherry/grape type  is what I have harvested recently.

Pour the vinegar, sugar, orange and lemon juice in a pan

boil for 5 minutes, add the hot  peppers, Add tomato (amount by eye) to achieve and desired consistency.

Cook on low heat to thicken, adjust measurements if necessary, place in jar, cool and refrigerate.

Due to the size of the tomatoes, the sauce has a high concentration of seeds versus pulp. A good condiment to have on hand not only for toast etc. but a cooking ingredient for sauces and marinades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28
Feb
16

Brunch re-iteration


White flour flatbread made with a bit of bacon fat, lettuce, egg, beef, green pepper and onion, hot pepper relish.

11
Jul
15

Lamb shank with eggplant

Loosely followed from “Engryah”,  meat and eggplant, Cooks.com

Braised lamb shank with eggplant, a savory meal !

The shank was trimmed of silvery skin and fat.IMG_8295With a bit of olive oil, the trimmings were rendered when heated.

IMG_8296Brown up the shank, remove . The cracklings go to the cook !

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Start the veggies with chopped onion…

IMG_8297A family member brought home some turmeric, Maybe sorta like a spicy carrot flavor ? Very bright color and a lot of staining power ! Turning things orange, will I turn orange if I eat too much …? :-), don’t  forget to bring on the garlic too ! (peel and diced the turmeric root) and a bit of ginger root.

IMG_8299What else is on the counter?… toss in the dried hot  pepper flakes if ya got’em…. some of mine were smoked and I have  some sun dried dried tomatoes.

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IMG_8301Building flavors for the lamb, heat up some  veggie or chicken stock in another pan…

IMG_8302Add the shank back to the pan, add enough boiling stock to cover veggies and about 1/2 way up the shank.

 

 

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Were only halfway home ,now prep the eggplant. Peel to leave strips on the side. Salt , press, wait an hour, and rinse.

IMG_8306In a skillet , brown in olive oil,  mmmmm…. won’t be long now !

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IMG_8308If frying in batches, set aside on paper towel…

IMG_8309Depending on the size and amount of meat, slowly cook til tender about 45 minutes or better.

IMG_8310Layer the eggplant over the meat, place tomato slices (I didn’t have any) on top. Sprinkled with lemon juice and sugar.

Now for the final cooking , simmer for 20-30 minutes.

IMG_8311Plate over rice is suggested but I thought of bulgar or couscous , snuck in somewhere along the way and a side of flat bread for a killer wrap. !!

IMG_8312Always looking for new combinations of the traditional “meat and potato”, this is a winner ! Flavor galore !Any beverage suggestions? A deep dark red wine comes to mind.

18
Jan
13

breakfast,sourdough crumpets with raspberry and apple jam

Hmmm…. What’s for breakfast ??? Time to use some of the starter in the fridge and the the cold weather warrants , and the fact there’s no more jam or jelly, to use some of the raspberry frozen harvest .
Put the frozen raspberries in a sauce pan over low heat.

20130118-174043.jpgadd a small amount of lemon juice. A diced apple was added, a #4152 Macintosh , with the skin.

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20130118-174509.jpgnow, add some sugar to your liking, this allows you to tailor the sweetness , I like mine slightly tart not over sweet, also you can use sweeteners of your choice, like some honey.

20130118-174856.jpgcook the jam till it starts to thicken, watch out for a boil over, oops ! Take a small amount of the jam over time and put it on a plate. Put the plate in the freezer to rapid cool to gauge the density of the jam. Thick enough ?

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20130118-175434.jpgmix up a quick batch of batter for crumpets, I have previously posted a recipe for crumpets so I won’t be repetitive, this one used sourdough starter as a base with flour sugar salt and an egg, with some butter mixed together. Also just a pinch of yeast after I warmed up the starter from the fridge. It didn’t take long for it to bubble up a bit. The rest is in the photos….

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20130118-180342.jpgtime to peruse some of the many gardening catalogs I recently received, must have signed up for many as from just before Christmas till now still receiving many catalogs, I’ll list them on a future blog. BTW it’s close to 1 pm, a sleep in vacation day! Where’s the coffee!!!!




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