This week in my kitchen…It is too hot to stay in the kitchen for very long and when it is hot and humid I don’t want to eat.
Fruits in season this month here are Mangoes of all sorts, Custard Apples, Sala Fruit, Mangosteen, Pineapple, Watermelon, Lychee, Dragon Fruit, Rambutan, Small Banana all delicious and readily available everywhere street corners and markets…The good thing here is it can be cut while you wait which means no waste and no difference in price and always a lovely dip to go with it…
The small bananas are nice and creamy, sweet and very nutritious lovely for snacking on they are also BBQ or fried with or without batter …Very nice served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream…
Dragon fruit is one of the prettiest of fruits and always catches my eye which this lovely red fleshed one did the other day…Lovely to look at but not much flavour so into the blender it went with a few blackberries and blueberries, some greek yoghurt and some raw honey…
Look at the colour of that and it tasted awesome…
I seemed to come back loaded from market this week mangoes as I need to make more mango chutney I mean an Indian curry just isn’t the same without it is it? Some beautiful, red tomatoes to make my sauce for spag bol, chilli or anything else which needs tomatoes…Because of the BPA lining in tins of tomatoes, I won’t buy tinned tomatoes just when you think you are winning the war on plastic in your home…It is what manufacturers coat the inside of many tinned foods…
BPA is an endocrine disruptor that interrupts hormones and, in laboratory experiments on animals, has been linked with breast cancer, prostate cancer, hyperactivity and other metabolic and behavioural problems, diseases which are all on the rise in the West. But the plastics and chemicals industries insist its use is safe and accuse campaigners of misleading the public, pointing to industry-funded studies involving large numbers of rodents that have shown no harm…How many times have we believed manufacturers to then find out years later that it was all true and just what they wanted us to think for the sake of their profits…
Would you recycle more at home if you had the correct recycling bins, can crushers and other tools to make recycling easier? Well, have a look at this…I think it is such a cool idea…
What else was cooking in my kitchen this week…
Chettinad Masala Powder:
- 16 dried red chillies
- 4 tsp of black pepper
- 3 tbsp cumin seeds
- 3 tbsp dried unsweetened coconut
- 4 tbsp coriander seeds
- 2 bay leaves
- 4-star anise
- 8 cloves
- 4 x 1-inch sticks of cinnamon
- 4 tbsp fennel seeds
- 20 fresh/dried curry leaves
Dry roast all the ingredients you may have to do this in a couple of batches depending on your pan but be careful not to burn the spices.
Transfer to a plate or dish and allow to cool down before grinding to a powder.
Store in an airtight container. This recipe makes enough for 3/4 curries.
The original recipe I found on Madraasi @ a Tamilian Tales and is now my go-to Indian curry spice mix and one we all love…
Now to the recipe for the Chicken Masala.
- 500gm Chicken.
- 2 tbsp Oil or ghee
- 1 large Onion.
- 2 Large tomatoes pureed.
- 1-2 sprigs Curry Leaves.
- 1 Bay Leaf( Optional)
- 1/8th tsp Tumeric.
- 1/4 tsp Chilli Powder.
- 2 tsp lemon juice or Natural Yoghurt.
- 4 garlic cloves chopped finely.
- 1in piece fresh ginger chopped finely.
- Salt as required.
Marinade the chicken.
Add oil to the pan and cook onions until golden, this adds more flavour.
Add 3 tbsp of Masala mix and stir.
Add chicken, curry leaves and tomatoes.
Add little water, bring to a slow boil and reduce heat to simmer until chicken cooked.
Serve with boiled rice, Mango Chutney and or nan bread.
This is a lovely curry well-flavoured and not over the top spicy.
That’s all for this week have a great weekend…xx
About Carol Taylor:
Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.
I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.
Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.
The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year
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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great weekend and have a creative week ahead xx