RAGI PANCAKES

Ragi or Finger Millet is an annual plant (Eleusine coracana) in the grass family. It is native to the Old World tropics especially Ethiopia. It was introduced in India about 4000 years ago and is an important cereal in India and Africa. It is rich in proteins, calcium, iron, minerals, carbohydrates, and dietary fibre. The Ragi or Finger millet grain is ground to a fine flour and can be used in the preparation of various dishes such as porridge, pan cakes or dosas, rotis / chapattis/ cakes, dumplings or idlis, etc. In Nepal and many parts of Africa, the grain is made into a fermented drink like beer. Ragi has cooling effect on the body. So it should be eaten in moderation in winter, or if you are eating it for the first time. Here are some delightful old recipes using Ragi which are extremely easy to prepare.

SWEET RAGI CAKE /ROTI

1 Cup ragi flour
3 tablespoons jaggery (dissolved in a cup of water)
1 cup fresh grated coconut or desiccated coconut
4 or 5 cardamoms pounded
A pinch of salt.
Oil for frying

Strain the jaggery water into another cup. Mix the ragi flour, coconut, cardamoms, salt and jaggery water together to form a soft dough. Heat a flat pan and smear some oil on it. Take small portions of the prepared dough and flatten on a plastic sheet or the back of a plate to form a small chapatti or roti. Drizzle oil around the roti / cake and cover with a plate or lid. Cook on a low flame till cooked. Serve hot.

SAVOURY RAGI PANCAKES OR DOSAS

1 cup Ragi flour
3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
1 onion finely chopped
2 teaspoon chopped curry leaves
3 green chillies chopped
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

Mix all the ingredients together with a sufficient water to form a slightly thick batter. Heat a flat nonstick pan and add a teaspoon of oil on it, then wipe it with a piece of cloth. When the pan is sufficiently hot pour a ladle ful of the batter in the middle then spread to form a dosa or pancake. Cook on low heat till done. Serve with any curry, chutney or pickle.

Meat Glazie (Fruity Meat Curry)

Serves 6
Preparation Time 1 hour
Ingredients
1 Kg beef / mutton/ lamb cut into medium size pieces
4 tomatoes chopped or pureed
3 large onions sliced finely
3 tablespoons oil
2 teaspoons chillie powder
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoons coriander powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
2 teaspoons garlic paste
2 tablespoons bottled Sweet Mango Chutney or Sweet Lime Chutney or 2 tablespoons Honey or 2 tablespoons chopped Ripe Papaya or Pineapple
1 teaspoon vinegar
Salt to taste
Heat oil in a Pressure cooker or a suitable pan and fry the onions till they look glassy. Add the meat, chillie powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garlic paste, chopped tomatoes, salt and vinegar and mix well. Fry on high heat for about 5 minutes. Add the Fruit pieces / Sweet chutney / Honey and mix well. Add sufficient water and cook till the meat is tender and the gravy thickens. The curry will have a slightly fruity, sweetish taste.

DING DING (SAVOURY SUN DRIED MEAT CRISPIES)

1 kg beef from the shank end of the leg  (cut into very thin slices)

3 or 4 teaspoons pepper powder  

2 teaspoons chilly powder

3 teaspoons salt                            

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

Wash the meat and marinate with the pepper powder, salt and chilly powder and turmeric powder for 2 or 3 hours.  String the pieces of meat on a string and hang to dry.  (Alternately the marinated meat could be placed on a flat plate and kept in the sunlight to dry). The pieces should be dried thoroughly.  Store in an airtight container and use whenever required at a later date.

To use at a later date, soak the dried meat pieces in cold water for a couple of hours.  Beat each piece with a rolling pin and then shallow fry with a little oil. This goes well with rice and pepper water.Neighbour's house 063

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Pork Mince Curry Puffs

For the Dough:

250 grams refined flour or Maida

50 grams butter,

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 kg oil for frying.

For the Filling:

½ kg Pork Mince or Boneless Pork without fat cut into tiny pieces

2 teaspoons chilly powder

2 medium size onions (chopped)

2 teaspoons chopped coriander leaves

Salt to taste

½  teaspoon ginger paste

½  teaspoon garlic paste

2 green chillies chopped

 Sift the flour with a teaspoon of salt and baking powder. Mix the butter with the flour and knead into a stiff dough using very little water. Keep aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan and sauté the onions lightly. Add the Pork Mince / pieces of pork, chillie powder, ginger paste, garlic paste, coriander leaves, green chillies and salt. Stir well. Add a little water and cook on low heat till the pork is cooked and all the water dries up. Remove and keep aside to cool.

Now take the prepared pastry dough onto a floured board and rollout into a thin sheet. Cut rounds of about 10 cm diameter with a saucer. Put a little of the cooked mixture on one half of the rounds and fold the other half over. Seal the edges by dampening with a little water. Prepare the puffs in this way till all the dough and chicken is used up.

Heat oil for frying in a fairly deep pan till smoky. Slowly drop in the puffs one by one     (as many as the pan can hold). Fry till crisp and brown on both sides. Remove from the oil and drain. Serve hot

Fried Pork Loin Strips

Serves 6     

Preparation Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

1 kg boneless Pork Loin cut into long thin slices

½ cup flour or maida

Salt to taste

1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons oil

2 tablespoons vinegar

2 teaspoons pepper powder

Marinate the Pork strips with the vinegar, flour, salt, pepper and butter and set aside for about one hour. Heat oil in a pan and simmer the pork strips turning over occasionally till tender and well browned all over. Add some water while cooking if required. Serve as a side dish with other curries and rice.

DEVILLED PORK CHOPS

1 kg Pork Chops                                           

4 green chilies ground to a paste

2 teaspoons lime juice                                  

1 teaspoon mustard powder

3 tablespoons Worcestershire / Soya sauce  

1 teaspoon chillie powder

1 teaspoon Coriander powder                      

 Salt to taste

2 tablespoons oil                                            

1 teaspoon peppercorns

3 onions sliced finely                                     

2 tablespoons vinegar

3 Potatoes boiled and cut into halves

Marinate the chops with all the above ingredients except the oil and onions for about one hour.  Heat oil in a suitable pan and fry the onions till golden brown.  Add the pork chops and mix well. Cook on high heat for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add 2 cups water and simmer on low heat till the chops are tender and the gravy is thick. Add the Potatoes and mix once. Serve with Rice or bread