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Gram Flour Fish Fingers

I bought some gram flour a while back so that I could prepare some bhajias. Since then, I haven’t cooked bhajias again and I feared my flour would go to waste. I started brainstorming on other ways I could use the flour.

Since, I love making fish fingers and I always coat them with flour, I thought of substituting the flour with the gram flour and boy!!! Need I say more, I have a new way of making fish fingers.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 fish fillets cut into finger sizes

1 cup gram flour

1 cup warm water – cold will work perfectly well too

2 tbsp fish masala

1 tbsp coriander powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp black pepper

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp ginger, minced

A handful of dhania/coriander/cilantro/parsley finely chopped

Oil for shallow frying – I normally use sunflower oil

In a bowl add in all the dry ingredients, except the dhania and fish.

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Mix them, then add the water slowly till you get your desired consistency. I used the whole cup. The paste was the right consistency. Then add the chopped dhania.

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As for the fish, remember to salt lightly before dipping them into the paste.

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And we are ready to cook.

Start by heating your oil in a pan. As the oil is heating, put the first batch of the fish in the paste.

frying
frying

Cook on each side for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.

Drain on a paper towel covered plate.

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To be honest, these were the most delicious fish fingers I have ever made. I have to say, it must be the gram flour.

PS: You can coat with breadcrumbs after dipping the fish in the paste.

Feeling Lazy? Bake Some Fish

Some days back, I was feeling kinda lazy and I needed to prepare supper. We had some leftover ugali and veggies so I just need to cook some fish and dinner would be done.

I didn’t want the task of flipping over the fish in the pan so I thought of baking. Baking is so hands off since you just pop the food in the oven, set the timer then you go on to do other things like paint your nails with green nail polish 🙂

This recipe is pretty simple. You can choose to substitute with the herbs/spices you have on hand. I guess the mandatory ingredient is the fish fillet not forgetting the salt.

Start by greasing your baking dish wish some butter or one tablespoon of vegetable oil. I used butter.

greased dish
greased dish

Remember to pre heat your oven at 370ºF.

Cut the fish fillets in big chunks, then salt it on all sides.

salt the fish

Grate the zest of one lemon over the greased dish.

zesty
zesty

Sprinkle about one tablespoon of dried parsley leaves. Place the fish chunks on the dish. Sprinkle the top with another tablespoon of the dried parsley, some lemon zest about a tablespoon. Finally I added some fresh sprigs of rosemary for flavour.

herbed
herbed

Pop it in the oven, set the timer for 15 minutes.

I turned the fish just once to enable the other side to cook.

not the bottom side has turned white, signs that it has cooked.
not the bottom side has turned white, signs that it has cooked.

Bake it for 10 more minutes.

Serve while hot, garnish with some lemon slices.

tada
tada

Delicious and flavourful.

Try it.

Soy Sauce Chicken with Lemon Sauce

Finally bought some boneless chicken breasts and I was very eager to try out a new recipe. I frantically searched for simple recipes that required stuff that I already had on hand. I found this one.

Funny enough mine didn’t quite look like the ones on site. Perhaps it’s cause I used one tablespoon of soy sauce instead of a teaspoon. ‘To eat is your own’ – Laura Vitale

Anyway, I didn’t do much to tweak the original.

Ingredients:

2 boneless chicken breasts cut into chunks

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 egg yolk

11/2 tbsp cornflour

3 tbsp vegetable oil for frying

Sauce:

Zest of 1 large lemon

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup water

2 tbsp sugar

Salt and Black pepper to taste.

Toss the chicken chunks with the soy sauce. Marinate for 30 minutes.

As the chicken is marinating make the sauce.

Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan and gently bring it to a boil. The sauce will thicken.

The lemon sauce

For the coating, mix the egg yolk with the corn flour.

Egg yolk and corn flour

Coat the marinated chicken with the mixture.

Heat some oil in a pan then fry the coated chicken. I did 5 minutes on each side.

Sizzle sizzle

Drain over a paper towel covered plate.

Crispy
Dinner 🙂

Served with some herb turmeric rice.

Delicious!

Verdict:

Heavenly!! The chicken was very crunchy and goodness the lemon sauce, never tasted such before. Finger licking good. Hubby enjoyed the meal.

It was too delicious there were no leftovers for me to carry for lunch 😦

If I could do it over gain:

Add a bit more black pepper in the sauce, to balance out the sweet and savoury, or reduce on the the amount of sugar to one tablespoon.

Terrific Tuesdays

I’ll be speaking for most people in saying that we normally love these offers. This mainly applies to fast food, especially pizzas and burgers.

Anyway on Tuesday, I had a brilliant idea of making pizza for dinner. The last time I made pizza I was still leaving with my parents and I have to say for a first timer I was pretty ambitious since I also attempted to make the dough, which didn’t turn out too great O-o. The pizza was still edible though.

Well a couple of months later and change of status, I can say I’m much wiser. I decided to buy ready made pizza bread *genius*. Once you have the bread everything else is pretty simple.

The good about pizzas is that you can top them with almost any food that tickles your fancy.

Keeping in terrific Tuesday fashion, I decided to make 2.

Ingredients:

Pizza bread

Toppings

3 rashers of bacon, chopped and fried

2 sausages

1 onion sliced

1 eggplant sliced

1 bell pepper diced

1/2 pineapple diced

Lots of mozzarella cheese

Sauce

3 cloves of garlic chopped

3 tomatoes diced

Salt

Black pepper

pineapple chunks,sliced and grated mozzarella cheese,sliced onions

So I started by making the sauce, which will form the base for the toppings.

in a saucepan, fry your garlic till golden then add the tomatoes

As the sauce is cooking, fry the bacon then set aside.

bacon *yummy*

Now for the sausages,I removed the meat from the casings then fried them together with the sliced onions.

crumbled sausage meat and onions

After the sausage meat was cooked and set aside. Pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees then assemble the pizzas.

store bought pizza bread

Step 1:

Spread the tomato sauce on the pizza dough, generously

Step 2:

Put the cheese slices

After doing this, I put the pizzas in the oven for about 5 minutes to allow the cheese to sort of melt. In case you are running against time you can skip this and just put all the toppings then bake.

Step 3:

add the sliced eggplants and diced bell pepper

Step 4:

On one pizza, I topped with bacon and pineapples

bacon and pineapple chunks

On the other I put the sausage and onion mixture.

I also added some pineapple chunks

Finally top off with the grated cheese

my ‘Hawaiian’ pizzas

Finally, place in the oven.

You just want the cheese to melt and the eggplants to cook, so 7 minutes are enough.

In my excitement, I totally forgot to add in the herbs when I was assembling the pizza, so I just sprinkled some oregano when I removed them from the oven.

Dinner is served.

enjoy

Verdict:

Hubby loved it.

This was a success.

If I could do it over again:

Probably remember to add the herbs during stage 1. I think I’d also not pre melt the cheese, since the bread almost burned O-o

PS. For my friend Dee who doesn’t like pineapples in her food, you can totally eliminate them from this recipe, it will still taste as good 🙂