CHOW-CHOW AND TOMATO CURRY (Vegetable Marrow and Tomato Curry)

½ kg tender squash / vegetable marrow
2 onions chopped finely
A few curry leaves
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
½ teaspoon mustard seeds
2 teaspoons chilly powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
2 medium size tomatoes chopped
2 tablespoons oil
Salt to taste

Remove the skin, wash and cut the squash / vegetable marrow / chow chow into medium size pieces and keep aside. Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard. When they splutter add the curry leaves and onions and fry till golden brown. Add the tomatoes chilly powder, salt, tumeric powder, coriander powder, ginger and garlic paste and sauté for a few minutes. Now add the cut vegetable and mix well. Cook on low heat for a few minutes till the pieces of squash / vegetable marrow are cooked. Care should be taken not to over cook or they will get smashed.

Green Masala Fish Fry

1 kg good fleshy fish cut into thick slices
2 teaspoons garlic paste
1 medium size bunch coriander leaves
1 teaspoon cumin powder
3 green chillies
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
Salt to taste
4 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons vinegar

Grind the green chillies and green coriander together to a paste. Mix in the cumin powder, garlic paste, salt, turmeric powder and vinegar. Marinate the fish slices with this paste and keep aside for half an hour. Heat oil in a flat pan and shallow fry the fish on both sides till brown. Serve with Rice and Pepper water or Bread.

CHOCOLATE YULE LOG CAKE

200 grams flour / maida
4 eggs beaten
250 grams sugar powdered
3 tablespoons Icing sugar
200 grams sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoon Nescafe
125 grams fresh cream
50 grams chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt.

Sift the cocoa powder, Nescafe, flour and baking powder together. Cream the butter and sugar together well. Add the eggs one by one and mix well. Add the vanilla essence. Now add the sifted flour with the other ingredients and fold in the mixture to form a smooth slightly thick consistency without lumps. Pour into a greased and papered long cake tin and bake in a hot oven for 30 to 35 minutes till slightly golden on top. Remove from the cake tin and turn it out on a sheet of paper, which has been liberally sprinkled with icing sugar. Roll the cake tightly with this paper so as to form a log and keep aside to cool.
Beat the fresh cream with 3 tablespoons of icing sugar and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder till peaks form. Unroll the log cake from the paper and place on a suitable plate. Using a spatula, cover the cake with the icing. Then with a wet fork make long lines across the surface of the icing to create a bark effect on the log. Store in the refrigerator until required for serving. Before serving, dust with icing sugar and decorate with some fresh small leaves

Coq au Vin or Rooster in Red Wine,

Coq Au Vin is a Burgundian dish, and is considered a French comfort food. The traditional recipe for Coq au Vin did not include chicken, but rather a “Coq,” which is a rooster.
The red wine in the recipe was used not to mask flavor, but to allow the acids to help break down the old meat of the rooster True coq Au Vin was actually finished with the blood of the rooster stabilized with brandy and vinegar, this would help the blood not clot. Initially blood of the rooster was used to thicken the dish.

This dish was originally introduced in India by the French. It has since undergone changes in the method of cooking and now has a distinct Anglo-Indian flavour to it. It was quite a popular dish in the places where the French ruled such as Pondicherry, Karikal, Yanum, etc
Coq au Vin or Rooster in Red Wine,
1 chicken preferably a rooster about 1 kg in weight cut into 6 large pieces
2 medium carrots, cut into chunks
2 medium sized onions, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
2 teaspoons crushed garlic
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
3 cloves
1 piece cinamon
1 teaspoon black pepper powder
5 cups red wine
¼ cup Cognac or brandy
2 tablespoons cooking oil
salt to taste
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon chillie powder

Marinate the rooster or chicken with all the above ingredients and set aside for about one hour. Heat oil in a suitable pan and add the marinated rooster / chicken pieces. Cover and cook on low heat till the pieces are well cooked and the gravy is thick. Serve with bread or dinner rolls.

Deviled Beef Steak

Serves 6
Preparation Time 1 hour
Ingredients
1 Kg Beef Steaks cut from the Round Portion
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons chillie powder
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
3 onions sliced finely
1 teaspoon Mustard Powder or paste
3 tablespoons oil
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce or Tomato ketchup (Optional)
Wash the steaks and flatten them by beating with a big knife or cleaver on the cutting Board. Marinate the steaks with all the above ingredients and leave aside for 2 or 3 hours.
Heat a pan and cook the steaks on low heat till soft and tender. (Add some water if required). Serve with Bread and Mashed Potatoes.

SAVOURY MINCE PAN ROLLS / PANTERASS

Ingredients for the Pan Rolls
2 cups flour
3 eggs beaten
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons melted butter
A pinch salt

Ingredients for the Mince
500 grams topside mince
1 onion chopped finely
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
2 medium size potatoes peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
Salt to taste
2 teaspoons chillie powder
1 teaspoon garam masala powder or all spice powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 egg lightly beaten
Oil for deep frying
1 cup dry bread crumbs

On low heat, cook the mince along with the chopped onion, garlic, giner, potatoes, chillie powder, garam masala / all spice powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and salt with half cup of water till the potatoes are soft and the mince is cooked. Cool and keep aside.

Mix the flour, 3 eggs, milk, butter and salt with a little water to make a think batter. Make thin pancakes / crepes on a flat pan cooking them on one side only.

Place each pan cake / crepe on a plate, add a tablespoon of mince mix on one end and roll up tucking in the sides as you would a spring roll. Follow the same procedure till all the mince and pancakes / crepes are exhausted.

Heat oil in a pan. Dip each pan roll in beaten egg then roll in bread crumbs. Shallow fry until golden and drain on a kitchen towel.

Serve with tomato or chillie sauce
Chicken roll 2

FISH CROQUETTES / CUTLETS

300 grams good fleshy fish fillets
2 teaspoons chopped mint
1 teaspoon pepper powder
Salt to taste2 tablespoons tomato sauce
1 teaspoon butter
1 egg beaten
Yolk of one egg
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons bread crumbs
1 cup boiled and mashed potatoes

Wash the fish and cook in a little water with some salt till soft. Remove from the heat and cool. When cold mash the fish with a fork. Mix in the mashed potatoes, mint, pepper, salt, sauce, butter and the egg yolk. Form into croquettes (cigar shape). Heat oil in a flat pan. Dip each croquette in the beaten egg, roll in bread crumbs then shallow fry on both sides till brown.
Drain and serve with mashed potatoes