joi, 14 februarie 2013

My own homemade recipe of Chicken Fried & Curry Rice, Spicy Tomato Curry and Roti. Namaste!

I‘m in love with the indian culture, cooking style & all those many food ingredients that can enrich a simple day just by "magic".  
 And also, I can say that I'm so glad to cook in an "almost" indian style ... just the way I saw in movies or by watching different indian chef's video recipes. Actually -  it is beyond my imagination the expression "I can't do the recipe because..."
        I use only some of various condiments from their cuisine: curry powder, black pepper, thyme, bay leaves and cumin seeds… (or according to my taste and digestive possibility; too spicy it is known that it can harm to health (ex. digestive ulcer).
      But it is known that they use a lots of flavours to spice the cooked foods: "Depending on the recipe, additional ingredients such as ginger, garlic, asafoetida, fennel seed, caraway, cinnamon, clove, mustard seed, green cardamom, black cardamom, nutmeg, long pepper, and black pepper, etc may also be included." Wikipedia

      So… I have a new perspective concerning the cooking rice and the mixture of  cooked vegetables, various, but most of all: tomatoes and red or green peppers. My favourite receipes includes: curry fried rice with various vegetables (mushrooms, carrots, corn beans or green peas), chicken curry rice and a variation of a spicy tomato curry / "tomato chutney" or spicy tomato sauce - if you like... (in roumanian: "sos de rosii cu ardei picanti).

Recently I also experimented a new element from the indian kitchen: Roti.

Roti or chapati - which is considered "An Indian Bread made with whole wheat flour traditionally known as 'atta' and most important an integral part of the Indian Cuisine and a day to day accompaniment to the main course in most Indian homes"...

Of course - I adapted the recipe at my own inspiration and tastes...

Below - I'll post the recipes of my homemade versions of
        Chicken Fried Rice, Roti and Spicy Tomato Curry.

     Ingredients for Chicken Fried Rice:

1. - 100 g. boneless chicken cut into thin strips or chicken wings cut into large sized chunks and fried in a hot pan;
2. - 2 carrots (chopped),  2 onions (very well sliced), 1 cup of green peas, 1 cup of corn beans that  must be cooked separate into a frying pan.
3. - Curry to taste (1 spoon - mixture of condiments as you like - to be sweet & hot & spicy);
It can be added: hot chilli pepper , black pepper, salt, thyme, bay leafe, cumin seeds.
4. -  4 tablespoons of oil;
5. - Cooked rice; 200 g. (1 full glass) the long rice.

Optionally: According with the original receipe you can use at the beginning of cooking: 2 garlic cloves - finely chopped and 2 eggs and lightly mix before to add the soaked rice followed by 1 tbsp of soy sauce and 1/2 tbsp vinegar.

My Method (Inspired from the Indian recipe):

       In a hot pan while you prepared the curry add the vegetables and let them for a couple of minutes to mix with spices! Then add the chicken & the rice and stir them together.
Then add salt, pepper to taste.

     Ingredients for Roti:

- 2 cups whole wheat flour;
- Salt to taste
- 1 tablespoon /Oil as required
- cca. 250-300 ml water.

Method (Inspired from the Indian recipe):
“Combine wheat flour, salt and 1 tablespoon oil in a parat. Mix well and knead into a soft dough using water, at intervals. Apply little oil on the dough, cover with a bowl and set aside to rest for 15-20 minutes.
Divide dough into equal portions shaped into balls. Roll out balls into large discs: These are rotis.
Heat a non stick tawa. Place a roti on it and cook for  2 minutes on medium heat. Flip and cook again on the other side for 2 minutes. Remove roti from the tawa, place on open fire and cook till it  puffs.
Serve hot. 

How to make a Homemade Spicy Tomato Curry

This is a really fresh homemade sauce. You can adjust the amount of chilli to your taste, but I surely like it quite spicy!!

- 400 g tinned or fresh tomatoes
- 150 g bell peppers 
- 3 tablespoons of  oil
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp paprika or hot chilli
- 1 tsp powder of sweet bell peppers
- salt
- black pepper

Sometimes if it is necessary we will add more vegetables (carrots or onions for instance) and 1 tsp sugar or vinegar or other spices or sauces - if you like it …or according to taste!

My Method

Heat your pan and add some cooking oil, then the fresh tomatoes and bell peppers followed by the tinned tomatoes, curry powder, paprika, powder of sweet bell peppers, more vegetables, pepper & salt to taste.
Stir together and bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and leave to simmer for 20-25 minutes to cook and thicken.
            It can be served immediately with simple bread, roti or as a garnish to the rice, potatoes or various type of dishes as well...

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Info about : Indian Cuisine 
 Curry Powder / Garam Masala /
Roti / Vegetarian Curry

"As it is most commonly used, Namaste is roughly equivalent to "greetings" or "good day," in English, implicitly with the connotation "to be well". As opposed to shaking hands, kissing or embracing each other in other cultures, Namaste is a non-contact form of respectful greeting and can be used universally while meeting a person of different gender, age or social status.
The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in anotherSanskrit the word is namah + te = namaste (Devnagari/Hindi: नमः + ते = नमस्ते) which means “I bow to you” - my greetings, salutations or prostration to you.
Namaskār (Devnagari/Hindi नमस्कार) literally means "I bow to [your] form"."

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