Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Chicken Kothu Paratha

Chicken Kothu Paratha 10 minutes to prepare and 5 minutes to cook. Super easy with leftover paratha's and chicken curry. Wonder how?
There used to be a small food stall near my house. This was before I got married.   There you can find all kind of fried items and roti paratha with delicious chicken curry.  If you feel extremely hungry I will recommend to go to this stall. You will get the sizzle hot food in less than 3 minutes.  I have seen the cook, frying fried rice while Im waiting to get my order. He pour a ladle of special curry which I would say it was his secret recipe instead of chili slurry. No wonder his fried items especially fried rice can feel and taste the spicy aroma of curry. The taste completely different from any other shops. This is where I got the idea from to do this kothu paratha. One more thing, this shops quite famous for Roti Goreng which similar to kothu paratha. The very first time I tasted the kothu paratha was in Penang. Then only I realize the Roti Goreng was actually kothu parata. I'm not sure whether the stall still exist or not.
Here in Malaysia this dish not so popular compare to Mee Goreng Mamak (Mamak style fried yellow noodles).  Maybe we should call it Roti Canai Goreng so that it would become popular among all the races. Roti Canai how we call paratha in Malaysia.
The taste of kothu paratha may not the same when you do at home, since the important method of doing this is by chopping the paratha with the ingredients in a hot girdle. This is a practice in a restaurant. All the customers will know that somebody ordered kothu paratha. Ooooo! At home it is impossible to apply the method. But yet the taste is almost there. When I browse to know more about the dish, learned it's a street food in India especially Tamil Nadu. Kurma is the secret recipe for the tasteful scrumptious kothu paratha. Anyway this is my version of Chicken Kothu Paratha for all.

Ingredients :
  • Paratha - 2 shredded
  • Eggs - 2
  • Onion - 1 chopped finely
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  • Chili Powder - 2 tsp 
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Fried Chicken - 1/2 bowl chopped
  • Chicken curry 2 ladle 
  • Tomato -1
  • Cabbage - handful chopped finely
  • Green Chili - chopped finely
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - a pinch
  • Curry leaves - a sprig
Preparation Method:
  1. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a wok. 
  2. Temper fennel seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves till splutter. 
  3. Add chopped onions and saute till turns golden pink. Add a pinch of salt. 
  4. Add chopped tomatoes and fry till pulpy. 
  5. Once the tomatoes becomes mushy, add ginger garlic paste. Fry till the raw smell off.
  6. Now add the chopped green chilli. Fry for 1 minute.
  7. You may add any vegetable for this dish. I prefer cabbage its available all the time in my fridge. 
  8. Fry the cabbage till it cooks. 
  9. Make sure to remove spices like cinnamon, cloves from the curry before you pour into the wok.
  10. Add spices such as turmeric and chili powder. Let the gravy boils for 2 minutes. Add a pinch of salt. Remember the curry itself has salt. 
  11. Now add the shredded paratha with the chopped fried chicken and stir well to blend with the gravy. 
  12. Give a quick stir in high heat for 2 minutes. 
  13. Reduce the flame. Make a well in centre. Crack the two eggs one by one. Cover the wok for 1 minute.
  14. Then remove the cover and scramble the eggs together with the masala paratha. Check the salt. 
  15. Make sure to stir well blend eggs with the masala paratha. 
  16. Turn off heat. 
  17. Serve hot. 

Preparing our own parathas will take time. Its easy to buy two from the shop and serve your family with spicy chicken kothu paratha in jiffy.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Eggless Tiramisu Cake

This cake especially made for my hubby's birthday this year on 10th August. Since his birthday falls on Friday whereby special prayers will be held and all of us will be vegetarian on that day. I have no choice than baking   an eggless cake. When I was browsing and looking for ideas, suddenly the idea of Tiramisu crossed in my mind. Well Tiramisu basically an Italian dessert alternating layers of saviordi fingers with whipped mixture of mascarpone cheese and egg yolks and flavored with coffee liquor. This mouthwatering dessert requires no baking. All you need to do is assemble everything together and chill.
The research started one week earlier before his birthday. I have to make sure all the ingredients which Im going to use is free from egg. So happened to know saviordi fingers are made from eggs. Hmm need to substitute with eggless plain cake. Finally got the recipe for eggless sponge cake from tarladalal which later I modify with eggless coffee flavored sponge cake.
I have prepared eggless version of tiramisu before this, unfortunately I forgot to jot down the recipe. I have to look again for the recipe.  There are few recipes which attracted me. Finally I chose eggless recipe from Hunger Hunger guest post for Rasa Malaysia. Since I don't prefer coffee liqueur, so normal coffee been used in this recipe. Cappucino emulco helps to bring some extra flavor in the cake.
My husband really loves it. It was quiet surprise for him since he was wrongly predicted that Im going to bake carrot cake for him. Eggless carrot cake was my on going research which will be posted soon. I did brought some for my friends. They did not believe as they thought it was bought and I'm kidding. Last but not least myself was happy with the outcome and glad to share with everyone.
Sorry this time my snaps not that clear cause my DSLR not with me at the moment. Please bear with me. Will update if happens bake Tiramisu again!

Ingredients for the Cake:
  • 1 tin (400gm) condensed milk
  • 280 gm Self raising Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 120 ml melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp cappucino emulco
  • 150 ml Water
Preparation Method :
  1. Sieve the flour, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl.
  2. Mix condensed milk, melted butter, water, essence and cappucino emulco in a separate bowl. Mix to combine.
  3. Add in flour and beat well to incorporate.
  4. Pour into 9 inch tin and bake in hot oven 200 degree C for 10 minutes and reduce the heat to 150 degree C for another 10 minutes. 
  5. The cake is ready when the cake leaves the sides and springy to touch. 
  6. Remove from oven and cool in a wire rack.
  7. Slice into four layers and keep aside. 
Ingredients for tiramisu :

  • 500 gm mascarpone cheese
  • 1 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup (100gm)  semi sweet dark chocolate (i used Vanhouten)
  • 1/3 cup nescafe strong (2 tbsp coffee mix with warm water)
  • 3 tsp cappucino emulco
  • 8 tbsp confectioners sugar

Preparation Method:

  1. Mix the coffee with emulco and let it cool.
  2. Melt the chocolate with 1/2 cup whipping cream and let it cool.
  3. Whip 3/4 heavy whipping cream with 3 tbsp sugar till soft peaks formed. Keep in a chiller.
  4. Whip mascarpone cheese with remaining 5 tbsp sugar till blended for 1 minutes. Don't over whip. The cheese might curdle.
  5. Remove the whipped cream from chiller. Whipped again till stiff peaks formed. 
  6. Now mix with the cheese mixture till well mixed.
  7. Whip remaining 1/2 cup whipping cream  till stiff peaks formed.

Now time to assemble everything together.

Items to Assemble:

  • 4 slices of eggless cake
  • Cheese mixture
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • Strong Coffee
  • Whipped cream
Garnish :
  • Cocoa powder
  • Chocolate shaving
  1. Place a layer of sliced cake on a serving bowl or plate 
  2. Spoon with 1- 2 tbsp of coffee over the cake to soak.
  3. Spread with chocolate ganache followed by mascarpone cheese layer.
  4. Repeat the steps from 1 to 3 till fourth layer.
  5. At the end spread whipped cream over mascarpone cheese layer and sprinkle with cocoa powder and chocolate shavings.
  6. Chill at least 8 hours before serving.

The best tiramisu ever!

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